By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 12:00:01
Annapolis Valley Heath has released its position statement on tobacco use, and unsurprisingly, it continues to strive for a tobacco-free Nova Scotia. The health authority reminds us that tobacco use remains a leading cause of preventable illness and death in Canada, and particularly in Nova Scotia, and cites a 2005 report that estimated close to $1B in costs to the Nova Scotia economy as a result from tobacco use including both direct and indirect cost. It stressed continued legislative initiatives to restrict industry marketing and promotion, especially among youth, and in creating a culture where tobacco use isn’t the norm. It noted the importance of ensuring treatment options for vulnerable populations such as youth, women, mental health patients, and First Nations communities.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 10:12:42
A new family doctor is being welcomed by South West Health and potential patients in Digby County. Dr. Pejman Nourian, who originally studied medicine in the Iranian capital of Tehran, has already sat down at his desk in Digby, will be accepting new patients coming up Thursday morning. Preference will be given to Digby County residents, and they are asked to call 902-245-3025 between 10:00 AM and noon with their health care cards handy. Only the first 100 patients will be accepted to ensure prompt processing, and announcements will be made when more can be added.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 09:31:30
A major fire last night destroyed a lobster pound, an important employer in Belliveau’s Cove on St. Mary's Bay.
Firefighters from seven departments tried to douse the flames at La Pointe Seafoods after getting the call just after 8:30...but most of the building was gone three hours later. The icy, cold temperatures hampered the fire crews in their efforts...but they did manage to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes. Nobody was reported hurt.
Neighbours, who noted the warehouse was filling up with lobsters as the season had just started last week, added with relief that had the wind been blowing in a different direction, several homes would have been at increased risk.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 07:59:48
There was a major fire last night at a lobster pound in Belliveau’s Cove on St. Mary's Bay.
Firefighters from seven departments tried to douse the flames at La Pointe Seafoods after getting the call just after 8:30. But most of the building was gone three hours later. The cold temperature hampered the fire crews in their efforts. But they did manage to keep it from sprading to nearby homes. Nobody was reported hurt.
Highway 1 was closed at both ends of Belliveau's Cove while the firefighters worked.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:35:48
A man, who once has lived on the streets himself; is hoping the case of a homeless man who died on the streets of Berwick will motivate the government to do more to assist homeless people.
Harley Lawrence died in October in a burning bus shelter where he slept every night in what police are calling suspicious circumstances.
48 year old Doug Greene, who was also homeless in the past, says he can imagine himself suffering a similar fate as his 62 year old friend. He says elected officials should move quickly to provide more outreach workers and low-cost housing.
Chaplain John Andrew of the Open Arms shelter in Kentville says there also needs to be a discussion about when homeless people with severe mental illnesses should be required to receive treatment and taken off the street whether they want to or not. He says right now it often requires a person to break a law before they receive help.
The two senior levels of government are planning more housing programs for the homeless people over the next year. Provincial Health Minister Leo Glavine is willing to consider an overhaul of the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:35:29
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says that Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts and Dark Chocolate Almonds because they contain milk that is not on the label.
If you have an allergy to milk, do not eat them.
Product details are available on the CFIA's website.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:24:08
Province House and Ottawa will be spending $2.75 million on three infrastructure projects in Pictou County.
The McNeil Government says upgrades will be made to Pictou's water utility and combined sewers will be separated in Trenton.
The towns of Pictou and Trenton will kickin just over 340 thousand dollars for the facilities.
The third project will be the repaving of about 9 kms of Highway 3-48.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:22:49
Another big lottery winner in Nova Scotia.
A group of retirement home workers in Truro won a million dollars friday night in the LotoMax draw.
The 15 staff members of the Parkland Estates home, who range in age from 20-60 will share a million dollar prize.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:20:35
South Africans of all races and backgrounds participated in a day of prayer for Nelson Mandela.
Ceremonies were held in variety of settings, ranging from a vaulted cathedral with soaring voices to a rural church with goat-skin drums and barefoot dancing.
Leaders from around the world are heading to South Africa for a memorial in Johannesburg tomorrow.
Canada's delegation at the service will include Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, Prime Minister Harper and four former prime ministers -- Brian Mulroney, Joe Clark, Kim Campbell and Jean Chretien.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:19:30
Residents of Lac-Megantic, Quebec took time out yesterday to thank emergency workers who tackled the train derailment that devastated their town five months ago.
Firefighters, police, paramedics and Red Cross volunteers were honoured at a local high school that also served as an emergency shelter after the train wreck.
47 people died when a runaway train left the tracks and exploded, destroying the centre of Lac-Megantic.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:18:48
The death of a two-year-old Chicago girl who was mauled by a dog has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
The Sun-Times reports the county medical examiner's office says an autopsy determined she died Saturday of injuries suffered in a dog attack at her grandfather's home.
Child welfare officials are investigating allegations of abuse.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:18:17
Two legislators are calling on railway regulators in the United States to outfit trains with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.
Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are making the request a week after the deadly commuter train derailment in New York.
The train's engineer says he briefly nodded off or experienced a daze at the controls.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:17:22
Communist North Korea says it has purged leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, who was considered the country's second most powerful official.
It has accused him of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and generally leading what it calls a "dissolute and depraved life.''
The young North Korean dictator will now rule without the relative long seen as his "mentor."
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:16:41
The bloodshed in Iraq is reaching heights unseen since the country teetered on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.
Iraqi officials say at least 11 explosions tore through predominantly Shiite Muslim areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 39 people.
There's been no claim of responsibility but insurgent groups continue to attempt to stir up sectarian tensions.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-09 05:15:42
The Summit Hyundai Major Midget Wildcats dropped their 4th straight to the Kensington Wild 3-2 Saturday in Berwick.
The Junior A Wildcats split on the weekend, beating the Campbelltown Tigers Friday night, before the Miramichi Timberwolves blanked them 8-0 Saturday. To make matters worse, Wildcats standout goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon suffered a shoulder injury, and while coach Nick Greenough describes his status as day-to-day, it's unlikely he'll be back between the pipes before the Christmas break.
The Bantam Wildcats lost a heartbreaker Saturday against the Scotsburn Crushers in Pictou when the Crushers broke a 2-2 tie with just over a minute to go in the game and won it 3-2. But yesterday, Scotsburn scored 3 unanswered second period goals to shut out the 'Cats 3-0.
The Valley Maple Leafs couldn't stay out of the penalty box, and the Sackville Blazers exacted a heavy price, drubbing them 10-1 in front of a dejected home crowd at the Hants County Arena Friday night to climb within a point of the first place Leafs.
In the Q-League, Cape Breton beat Acadia-Bathurst 3 to 2, Halifax got past Charlottetown 4 to 1, and Moncton topped Victoriaville 4 to 3.
In Maritime hockey league action, the Campbellton Tigers beat the Summerside Western Capitals 5 to 3.
In the NHL, Boston topped the Leafs 5 to 2.
NFL action had New England over Cleveland 27 to 26, the Jets got past Oakland 37 to 27, while San Diego beat the Giants 37 to 14.
In the NBA, it was Boston over New York 114 to 73.