By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 16:05:00
Digby Police responded to a call early yesterday (Monday) afternoon regarding a man who had reportedly suffered a gunshot wound, but by the time they and other first responders arrived on the scene, the man was pronounced dead. The police are withholding the man’s identity pending notification of next of kin, and an autopsy was to be performed Tuesday in Halifax. The police investigation into the incident is ongoing.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 15:51:32
Acadia University will be the site of an unusual Parasport Expo, enabling both able-bodied and challenged athletes, coaches, officials, parents, teachers and fans to come out and celebrate the world of Parasports. Visitors will be able to try their hand at parasports such as wheelchair basketball, para-athletics, goalball, boccia, and even sledge hockey. The event is hosted by Sport Nova Scotia, along with partners the Department of Health and Wellness, Acadia University, and Canadian Sports centre Atlantic. It will run this Saturday, May 25th, from 10-4 at the Acadia Athletics Complex.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 15:36:02
The high cost of digital technology may well mean the show won’t go on at the Zedex Theatre in Greenwood. Susan and Tim MacIntosh took over the theatre in August 2009, and knew about the coming changeover to digital, but were originally told it would take a matter of years, but it’s getting harder and harder to find movies on 35 mm film, as production companies are issuing most movies in digital formats. They do want to continue providing low cost entertainment to the region, but the $50,000 coast of a digital projector is prohibitive, and the competition for the old 35mm film versions is fierce. Unlike Kings Theatre in Annapolis Royal, and the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville, which were both able to secure funding for a new projector, Zedex doesn’t offer actual stage productions, and has limited fund raising options. Anyone with suggestions is invited to call 765-8488.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 15:00:04
X-ray service at Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre will be closed today, Tuesday, May 21, due to staff illness.
Annapolis Valley Health apologizes for any inconvenience.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 13:36:30
The western end of Annapolis County is hopeful it will have 2 new major employers within the next few months. Economic development officer Cody Joudry recently reported to County council that the former Convergys building in Cornwallis has been sold with the deal expected to close by the end of June. He said it was a manufacturer, but wouldn’t confirm it was related to the mink industry. He said a formal announcement regarding the site will happen soon.
And West Nova Agro Commodities Ltd. will be leasing a portion of the former Britex building in Centrelea to produce heating pellets from forage crops. This is as a result of $1.3M worth of federal and provincial assistance, and the plant is expected to start up before the end of the year.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 13:11:39
The fur is flying in the Nova Scotia mink industry, and 2012 marked the first year mink farming formed the largest chunk of the agriculture sector, with its almost $140M in receipts easily outdistancing the dairy sector at $118M. And Agriculture industry Minister is bullish on the industry’s future, guessing it will top $150M this year. Revenues have increase over 100% since just the turn of the century, and Nova Scotia’s 1.4 M pelts make it Canada’s largest pelt-producing province. And it’s not just quantity, but quality making the difference with the bulk of pelts being the highly regarded black mink variety. Digby County is the home of over 80% of the province’s mink farms, and while how to dispose of waste produced by so many minks is a major concern, there is a disposal plan in the works. China is the largest customer of Canada’s $700M mink industry, with Russia and South Korea also representing large markets.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 12:49:24
While many towns in Nova Scotia are struggling with dwindling populations, Wolfville continues to grow. Mayor Jeff Cantwell noted a 14% population increase between 2006 and 2011, with growing school enrollments indicating it is younger families moving in. And while the “official” population is 3,700, Cantwell says that figure is outdated, and there is ‘room for thousands more”. The town has responding with a new economic action plan, and is expanding its residential and commercial sectors. While having Acadia as a centerpiece helps, David Hovell, WBDC executive director, praises the “youthful vibe” there. Hovell was invigorated with the new branding recently presented by the town, and thinks the soon-to-be widely-recognized stylized “W” will quickly become a vital economic development tool.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 12:32:27
An as yet unnamed Annapolis Valley apple orchard has been placed under quarantine by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The orchard, referred to only as being near Kentville, has been stricken with a pest known as apple proliferation phytoplasma, and this is the first time it has been detected in North America. In a press release dated May 17, the CFIA said it was consulting with the provinces and other stakeholders regarding possible regulatory actions. The pest results in smaller less sweet fruit, and symptoms include shoots around axillary buds, leaf rosetting, and enlarged stipules. The trees affected are Pacific Gala, imported from the US, and while the actual source is unknown, the US Department of Agriculture is testing the nurseries which supplied the afflicted trees.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 09:50:02
Kentville Police Chief Mark Mander is reassuring the public that recently announced Council budget cutbacks resulting in the loss of one officer won’t impact response times or actual numbers of front line police, and Kentville’s safety reputation isn’t at risk. He said community-based programs will feel the brunt of the reduced budget, hoping other organizations might pick up some of the fiscal slack, and was also prepared to do “more with less”. He compared Kentville’s force with Bridgewater’s stating Bridgewater spends almost $1M more on policing than Kentville, and a higher percentage of its town budget. He noted Kentville’s ‘clearance’ rate on violent crime, up slightly from last year’s rate at 87.5%, is higher than the national average.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 04:49:54
Conservative cabinet ministers, senators, aides and strategists were quiet on Monday about an ongoing Senate scandal.
The party's elite gathered for a memorial service honouring Doug Finley, a key architect in their rise to power who died earlier this month.
The prime minister's former chief of staff Nigel Wright gave embattled PEI Senator Mike Duffy a cheque for 90-thousand dollars to repay his housing claims.
Stephen Harper is expected to address the caucus today before heading to South America for trade talks.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 04:46:37
The Kentville Wildcats will kick off a new season in the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League. The first game is set to go Tuesday evening at 7:30 when the Wildcats take on the Truro Bearcats in Truro.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 04:45:48
There is going to be a new home for the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. The provincial government has chosen the former Black Bear Tavern location on Upper Water Street in Windsor. The new 7,363 square foot location will host 37 employees but only 15 current employees have committed to relocating to the town. The space will cost just over 137,000 dollars to lease in the first year and should be up and running by the end of the year.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 04:45:13
Wolfville has just hired three new faces. Chrystal Fuller, David Brettell and Karen Dauphinee have secured positions with the town. Chrystal Fuller is now the senior planner and has over 10 year experience as a municipal planner. David Brettell will start on the job tomorrow as the town's first bylaw enforcement officer. Karen Dauphinee has worked with the town as a casual employee for some time now and has just accepted a full time position ad a horticulture technician.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 04:44:31
A new riding facility located on the Hants County Exhibition Grounds has just been named after a long time instructor. The indoor facility will be called the Dexter Construction Company Ltd. Mary Henry Equi-Center. The new name was unveiled on Friday during the Avon Pony Club's Spring Horse Show. Mary Henry who has been a long time riding instructor was on hand to see the unveiling of the new sign for the facility. The indoor facility was completed last April and will now allow riders the ability to ride all year round no matter the weather.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 04:43:52
Mader's Tobacco Store owner Bob Gee won't be challenging a recent court ruling. Gee fought a six year battle against the Nova Scotia law that bans the display of tobacco products in stores. Justice Claudine MacDonald ruled in favour of the display law; due to the poisonous effects of tobacco use. Products are now covered in the Madar's Tobacco Store which has been in business since 1929 and customers are slowly getting use to the change.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 04:43:09
RCMP have arrested three teens in connection with an assault on a Yarmouth cab driver Sunday.
The Cabbie apparrently picked up the three teens in Salmon River and drove them into Yarmouth where he was hit in the head.
The three suspects took off without paying their fare... but RCMP arrested three suspects a short time later.
The cabbie suffred minor injuries and was treated by paramedics.
Two 17 year olds from Yarmouth and an 18 year old from Lake Doucette, Digby County, are facing a number of charges including assault with a weapon.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-21 04:42:19
An 80 year old man died after falling into the cold water of Wentzell's Lake in Bridgewater on the weekend.
The man, whose name has not yet been released was fishing off of a small aluminum boat with another man around 5:30 Saturday afternoon when they ran into trouble.
RCMP are still investigating. The other man, whose 63; was treated and released from hospital.
No name has been released.