Kentville Altercation Results in Attempted Murder Charges

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 11:36:26

A disturbance near the intersection of Chester Avenue and main Street in Kentville just after midnight Wednesday has resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old Kentville youth on several charges, including attempted murder. The 21-year-old victim of the attack is recovering from serious, but non-life-threatening head injuries at the QEII in Halifax, and may be released as early as today.

The suspect will be answering to several weapons-related charges, as well as the attempted murder accusation, at Kentville Youth Court today.

Student Group Slams Mental Health Service Cuts

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 11:36:00

Just at a time when increasing tuitions and other costs are causing students not just economic stresses, but mental ones as well, governmental cuts to student counseling services are forcing those who need help to wait longer, according to Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia Chairperson Anna Dubinski. Citing a poll from last year commissioned by the National College Health Association, well over a third of responding students felt their financial burdens to be traumatic, or very difficult to handle.

The group applauds the efforts of some post-secondary institutions, such as King’s College, NSCAD, and Dalhousie to pool counseling resources, but says waits up to six weeks for students seeking mental health resources is “unreasonably long”. The same poll indicated almost 19 in 20 students felt health services, including mental health services were an important part of post-secondary services, and close to three quarters of them felt more such services should be available.

Higher Gas Prices Loom For Back To School

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 10:01:10

It appears like the gas man is taking advantage of the last long weekend of the summer to boost prices a bit, making for a more expensive trip back to school next week. Costs for a liter of regular unleaded were up about 2 and a half cents in New Brunswick this morning, although diesel and furnace oil prices remained flat. Propane actually dropped marginally.

Pump prices in Nova Scotia will be adjusted at midnight tonight.

Another ‘Cats Loss, Soccer Action At Acadia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 09:53:29

The Kentville Wildcats took another one on the chin last night at Memorial Park, suffering 12 strikeouts against Shawn Tomlinson en route to a 10-0 drubbing at the hands of the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry. The dismal season comes to a merciful end this weekend when they face the charging Sydney Sooners, on a 4-game winning streak, in a four-game series. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 3:00, and on Sunday, the action begins at 12:00.

The Under 14 Exhibition Soccer Tournament got underway last night at Raymond Field in Wolfville, and the Axewomen battled the Regina Cougars to a 1-1 draw. A later game pitting the Axemen against St. FX couldn’t be completed due to a lighting problem.

Action resumes today with Regina taking on Mount Allison at 4:00, followed by the Axewomen hosting St. FX at 6:00.

New Motorcycle Safety Signs Up In Time For Digby Rally

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 09:32:59

Just in time for the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby, where an estimated 30 thousand motorcyclists from all over Eastern Canada and the US will be congregating, the province has announced the posting of 12 signs to remind motorists to take a second look for bikers. They are part of a new road plan promoting safety messages during the peak of the biking season.

Nova Scotia Bikers Down Society president Jimi Swinamer applauded the move by Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan, saying the signs will help improve motorcycle awareness at the busiest time of the year, and fulfills an earlier government commitment. There has been an average of 9 motorcycle fatalities a year over the past 4 years on Nova Scotia roads, and there have been 4 so far in 2014.

Former NS basketball player shot in Barrie

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 06:00:12

A former Nova Scotia basketball star is in hospital in critical condition after a shooting outside a Toronto bar this week that left a 31 year old woman dead.

The Chronicle Herald reports 25 year old Tremaine Nigel Fraser who played for Cape Breton University Capers as a point guard for four seasons was shot early Tuesday morning. The woman died on the street while Fraser managed to get to a gas station a few hundred metres away.

Firewood shortage

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:58:54

The opposition parties are accusing the McNeil Government of ignoring a firewood shortage as people start gathering wood for the winter.

New Democrat MLA Sterling Belliveau says he warned Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill there'd be a shortage last May but the minister hasn't taken any action. Now, Belliveau says, many people can't buy the firewood needed to heat their homes this winter.

The Conservatives are also saying they're concerned about a lack of firewood leaving people in the cold.

Overall booze sales down...but local product up

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:57:59

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation's second quarter profits are down, although the sale of local products is up.

The Crown corporation says sales between April 1 and June 29 reached $144.4 million...but that's down $2.8 million from the same period last year. Profits dropped $2.1 million.

The total volume of alcohol sold was down 2.5%, although the sales of Nova Scotia wines, cidars and craft beers was up.

Pubnico post office and shoe shop gets funding

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:55:14

Pubnico, a unique Acadian village where most residents are descendants of founding settlers, will become even more authentic with the announcement Tuesday of funding to restore the community's post office and shoe shop, originally built in 1885. South Nova MP Greg Kerr was on hand to offer almost $33,000 towards the project through ACOA, with the provincial government contributing close to $11.000, and a smaller contribution from Argyle District Municipality.

The village opened to the public in 1999, and offers tourists a better understanding and appreciation of Acadian culture, including restored historical buildings, period costumes, and an amphitheatre featuring lively Acadian entertainment.

The Minister of State makes an announcement in Wolfville

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:53:40

Minister of State Rob Moore was in Wolfville Wednesday to announce a $350,000 investment in what's being termed a "Sandbox" to promote innovation and business start-ups on the Campus. The funding, through ACOA's Business Development program, will go towards the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre, and encourages innovation and brain-storming.

Labour Minister Kelly Regan used the example of Alexander Graham Bell's experimentations with avionics with the Silver Dart near Baddeck to explain the concept of the sandbox. The reference to Acadia president Ray Ivany's Cape Breton roots had him calling for a return of the spirit of aggressive trading and marketing innovation that marked the early history of Nova Scotia.

North Kentville Firearm Incident Results in Arrest

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:51:55

Kings District R.C.M.P. continue to investigate an incident early Tuesday. They got a call of a firearm complaint on Scott Drive in North Kentville. A passenger in a vehicle was reported to have pointed a gun at a resident of a home there. Police arrested 20-year-old Tristan Bigelow, and seized a pellet gun. Bigelow faces weapons-related, and breeching probation charges in Kentville Provincial Court.

In another incident in Kentville yesterday morning, police got a call about a disturbance on Chester Avenue. When they arrived they found a man with a serious head injury and took him to Valley Regional Hospital. He was later transferred to the QE11 for treatment.

Police say the investigation is continuing and charges are pending.

Digby gets set for the Wharf Rat Rally

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:51:30

For residents, visitors, and employees in downtown Digby, you'd better be either on foot or on two wheels starting Friday evening, because the area will be off limits to cars as the Wharf Rat Rally shifts into gear. Only motorcycles will be allowed on First Avenue between Racquet Road and Warwick Streets starting at 5:00PM Friday, and continuing through 8:00AM Labour Day Monday. Anyone contravening this restriction, in place to allow emergency vehicle access to the downtown core, will have their vehicle towed.

Water and Birch Streets will be one-way north bound, and First Avenue will be one-way southbound for motorcycle traffic only. Special Rally GO passes are available in exceptional cases for residents and employees of the area. If you haven't yet received yours, call 902-245-5924, and the Wharf Rat Rally Motorcycle Association thanks everyone for their cooperation.

The provincial government has also announced it's posting 12 signs to remind motorists to take a second look for bikers. They are part of a new road plan promoting safety messages during the peak of the biking season.

Nova Scotia Bikers Down Society president Jimi Swinamer applauded the move by Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan, saying the signs will help improve motorcycle awareness at the busiest time of the year, and fulfills an earlier government commitment.

An NDP MLA and the Tories are worried about a firewood shortage in Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:50:27

The opposition is accusing the McNeil government of ignoring a shortage of firewood needed to heat homes this winter.

N-D-P M-L-A Sterling Belliveau says he warned Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill of the shortage in May but that no action has been taken.

He adds that many people now can't buy the firewood needed to heat their homes.

The Tories also say they're worried a lack of firewood will leave people in the cold this winter.

A man wanted for a suspected murder in Halifax is nabbed in Ontario

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:49:23

A man wanted in a fatal shooting 10 years ago in Halifax has been arrested in Ontario.

A Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued last month for Shilo Marcino Beals of Cherry Brook.

Halifax police say the 31-year-old was picked up yesterday at a home in New Tecumseth, northwest of Toronto.

Beals is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kevin Bowser in July of 2004.

A new LNG terminal will be built in Cape Breton

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:48:53

An Australian company has finalized a deal to buy the Bear Head site in Cape Breton.

Liquefied Natural Gas announced the 11-million-dollar agreement last month to build an L-N-G export terminal near Point Tupper.

They are taking over the site and are anticipating approvals from Anadarko Petroleum.

Cristobal should miss the Maritimes land-wise

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:48:20

Hurricane Cristobal is headed towards Atlantic Canada.

But it's unlikely the storm that's being blamed for at least five deaths in the Caribbean will have much impact on land in the region.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the storm is expected to pass south of Newfoundland and over the Grand Banks on Friday.

The southern Atlantic coastlines of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland could see ocean swells starting tomorrow.

SMU is cracking down on frosh week events involving chants about sex

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:47:33

Student leaders at a Halifax university will receive special training a year after some took part in a chant that glorified non-consensual sex.

Saint Mary's University will provide the training to leaders involved in orientation week activities.

The "Welcome Week" leaders will also sign a charter that outlines the responsibilities expected of them.

As well, an orientation co-ordinator will oversee events and activities planned throughout the year.

A former Cape Breton hoops star is in serious shape

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:46:47

A former Nova Scotia basketball star is in hospital in critical condition after a shooting outside a Toronto bar this week that left a 31-year old woman dead.

The Chronicle Herald reports that 25-year old Tremaine Nigel Fraser, who played for the Cape Breton University Capers as a point guard for four seasons; was shot early Tuesday morning.

The woman died on the street while Fraser managed to get to a gas station a few hundred metres away.

The NSLC made 55 million during its first quarter

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:46:08

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation has released its first quarter results.

Highlights for the period from April 1 to June 29 show that the NSLC made a profit of 55 million dollars, that's down 2.1 million or 3.7 per cent over the same period last year.

Total sales were 144.4 million, a decrease of 2.8 million.

Nova Scotia product sales continued to increase with ciders up 71.9 per cent, following last year's 206.8 percent jump, craft beers increased 29.9 per cent and wines grew by 1.6 per cent.

Some NS docs are getting a pay boost

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:45:29

Some doctors in the province are about to get a raise.

The McNeil Government has passed an order in council approving a 2 percent increase for those doctors paid via the academic funding plan.

That works out to about 2.4 million dollars for 550 doctors.

Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says this increase is among the last before the government gets down to negotiations with "Doctors Nova Scotia" on a new master agreement.

Valley sports

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-08-28 05:38:36

They say golf is a game of inches, and the margin was no larger than that for Team New Brunswick as they edged teams from both Nova Scotia and PEI to claim the Atlantic Junior Match Play Championships, completed Wednesday at the Amherst Golf Club. The New Brunswickers were able to defend their title from last year, but young players from the Island and Nova Scotia were right on their heels.

Results for Valley golfers included Zack Forsythe handily defeating his PEI rival, but losing narrowly to his New Brunswick foe. Drew Ward also split his matches. Darcy Fuller and Heather McLean won theirs, but sister Megan came up empty in her two matches.

It's been a largely forgettable season for the Kentville Wildcats, who were plagued by a short bench and inconsistencies both at bat and in the field. Perhaps the best news is that it is coming to a merciful end this weekend. The 'Cats face the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry, tonight at 7:30 at Memorial Park in Kentville, and then face the charging Sydney Sooners, on a 4-game winning streak, in a four-game weekend series. Saturday's doubleheader starts at 3:00, and on Sunday, the action begins at 12:00.

On the diamond, the Jays beat the Red Sox 5 to 2, the Rays got past the Orioles 3 to 1, the Yankees doubled up the Tigers 8 to 4, and the Braves squeaked by the Mets 3 to 2.

News stories from 2014-08-27.