MLAs Can Hire Students For Summer Jobs

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 17:21:28

Students needing a summer job can work for an MLA if they want. The McNeil government is using $290,000 for any MLA who wants to hire a student for 14 weeks. The money comes from the Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Department. Minister Michel Samson said there was money left over from last year’s budget, so they can set aside some for this.

NSCC/CBU Sign Fast-Track Deal

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 17:21:04

NSCC and Cape Breton University have signed an agreement that adds another pathway for college graduates to fast-track at university with their credits. NSCC graduates from ten eligible diploma programs can now enter the second-year of CBU's Bachelor of Engineering Technology.

Downtown Sydney Dealing With Prostitutes

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 17:20:44

There's lots of foot traffic in downtown Sydney, but not the kind business owners want. Members of the Sydney Downtown Development Association have complained to police about prostitutes, who've been out in full force on Charlotte Street. A few women have been arrested, and police are focusing on a crackdown now.

Kentville Considers Taking Over Environmentally Important Ravine

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 16:49:00

As the result of a unanimous decision by the plan council last week, the stewardship of 118-acre Kentville Ravine could be transferred over to the town from the federal department of agriculture. Management of the ravine, which is environmentally significant due to it being one of the few remaining old growth hemlock forests in eastern Canada, would be shared between the Friends of the Kentville Ravine Society and the Blomidon Naturalists Society.

The area, which attracts possibly thousands of visitors a year, has also been a favourite spot for field studies and graduate projects for Acadia students and faculty for over 80 years.

Corkum Pleased With Provincial Commitment To Replace Cornwallis River Bridge

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 15:52:32

For Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum, it’s been a ten-year battle with five different transportation ministers, but he was pleased to get a commitment from current Minister Geoff MacLellan that the aging bridge over the Cornwallis bridge will be replaced by next fall. With current weight restrictions, transport trucks have to use the New Minas connector road to get to North Kentville, and Corkum was concerned that if anything were to happen to the bridge, paramedics, who have a station close by, would have to do the same.

The new span will be built just east of the old one, necessitating the demolishing of the existing library, which is looking for a new home, anyway. The bulk of the estimated $4M budget for the cost-shared project will be shouldered by the province.

Major Development Planned At Glooscap First Nations

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 14:56:02

A major development at Exit 8A off Highway 101, which services Hantsport and the Glooscap First Nation, is in the works. Engineering firm Stantec has been putting together preliminary plans for the 25-acre site, which would include a gas bar, restaurant, pow wow grounds and a community centre, as well as a farmer’s market and walking trails around a proposed pond.

The project, entitled Glooscap Landing, will be hosting an open house on Tuesday, March 17th at the Glooscap Community Centre during the afternoon, with a formal presentation and discussion that evening.

“Boys of Summer” Begin Grapefruit League Play

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 14:55:52

There’s no surer sign that spring is on the way than hearing the familiar crack of the bat as Major League Baseball began its Grapefruit and Cactus League exhibition schedule Tuesday. Toronto native Russell Martin, who recently signed a 5-year, $82M contract with his hometown Blue Jays, impressed his new employers and fans with a highlight-reel off-balance throw to nail a Pittsburgh runner after a chopper in the ‘Jays first game, which the Pirates ultimately won by an 8-7 count.

The 'Jays are looking to improve on a 3rd-place finish last year which saw them end up only 4 games over .500.

Four Axemen Named To All-Star Teams

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 14:22:13

Four Axemen were named to various all-star teams as the AUS handed out its major awards as decided by the conference’s 8 head coaches following regular season play. 3rd-year forward Brett Thompson was named to the First Team All-Stars, Mike Cazzola got a Second Team nod, and forwards Zachary Franko and Remy Giftopoulus were picked for the All-Rookie squad. They’ll all have to be at the top of their game as they tangle with the UNB Varsity Reds tonight in Wolfville, down 1 game to none in their best-of-3 playoff series. Len Hawley has all the action starting with the pre-game show at 6:40 on AVR.

Students Slam Government Decision On “Partisan” Summer Jobs

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 11:00:36

The McNeil government continues to be battered on its recent announcements to make 7 provincial parks self-service, and to close visitor centres in Pictou and Digby, coupled with news of a government reallocation of $290,000 from the Economic, Rural Development and Tourism Department, earmarked to fund student jobs in MLA offices..

Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia Chairperson Michaela Sam said the money should go towards non-partisan student job development programs, and expressed disappointment in the results of a recent meeting with Finance Minister Diana Whelan, where she said there would be no new funding towards the federation’s suggestions for student debt reduction and retention.

Current Defence Chief Announces Intention To Step Down

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 10:38:29

In a brief statement, current Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson has announced his intention to step from the position after a three-year term which is a typical, but informal, custom. Lawson, originally from Etobicoke, Ontario, took over the position in October 2012.

Sources say his departure has been in the works for some time, and became a higher priority after a list of promotions and retirements were announced a few weeks ago, in order to avoid a replacement process in the midst of a fall election. A short list for a new Defence Chief has already been drawn up.

New Minas African Heritage Month Event Cancelled

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 09:53:25

Owing to rescheduling complications, the event celebrating African Heritage Month which was to be held this afternoon at the Louis Millett Centre has unfortunately been cancelled. The next scheduled Speaker Series session will be next Thursday, March 12 starting at 3:00 at the Berwick Town Hall Chambers, when Tim Hughes of the Valley Youth Project will discuss how Kings County can be more accommodating to its LGBTIQ community.

Mall threat

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 07:51:22

Police released three people last night who were arrested after the Micmac Mall was shut down yesterday.

Police say threats were received around 9:00 and a couple of hours later the mall decided to close for the day. Crichton Park and South Woodside Elementary Schools were also put on a hold and secure status for a few hours.

Police arrested two men and a woman at an apartment building on Willett Street in Clayton Park...but they were released last night as police don't believe they had anything to do with the threats.

The investigation continues as police try to determine the validity of the threat. The Mall will be open today with increased security.

Middleton Town Council report

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:37:31

Middleton Town Council approved the Valley Waste-Resource Management's budget of over $10 million, with the Town share about $150,000.

Questions were raised about the authority's plan to purchase a wind turbine.

Also, Mike Toole is the new Fire Chief, and property at Rotary Park was designated for a new skate park.

"Ammo" saves family regarding a Kentville house fire

By MNN - with files from the Chronicle Herald. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:36:52

Nobody was hurt in a house fire in Kentville yesterday morning thanks to an RCMP dog.

"Ammo" belongs to RCMP dog handler Rick Bushey, who told the Chronicle Herald that "Ammo" started barking and woke them up as soon as he smelled the smoke.

Damage could have been much worse but fire fighters arrived on the scene quickly and got the flames out.

The cause appears to have been electrical.

Cornwallis River to get a new bridge

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:35:13

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan was in Kentville yesterday to tell Mayor Dave Corkum the province is finally going to build a new bridge over the Cornwallis River.

Corkum said that's something the town has been pushing for a decade because of safety concerns.

It also has water and other utilities piped underneath it.

The new bridge will be built east of the current span.

New approaches mean the library will have to be demolished and a new home for it hasn't been found yet.

The cost will be between $3.5 and $4 million.

Valley schools lockdown

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:34:06

Two schools in the Valley were locked down briefly yesterday after police got a call about a woman with a weapon walking in Middleton.

She was seen near Annapolis East Elementary School and the lockdown also included Middleton Regional High School.

The hold and secure status was lifted around 2:00 and the kids went home as usual.

Police couldn't find the woman, and didn't say what kind of weapon was involved.

More provincial money for Nova Star Cruises

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:33:32

The McNeil Government has handed over a $2 million cheque to Nova Star Cruises, the first of what will likely be several cheques to keep the ferry running out of Yarmouth this coming season.

The government announced last month it had approved a total of $13 million for this year to help cover wintering the vessel as well as salaries and marketing.

The company is also planning to install a system to support refrigerated trailers, which will help with commercial traffic.

Acadia gets almost 15K in a grant

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:32:39

Kings South MLA Keith Irving was pleased to see Acadia take advantage of an almost $15,000 grant towards promoting healthier food choices.

17 groups across the province shared almost $268,000 for "Thrive!", a provincial initiative to develop nutritional policies that promote healthy and local.

Wolfville connection regarding the 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix finalists

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:31:53

Wolfville restauranteur Michael Howell will be among 11 jurors when the Dairy Farmers of Canada reveal their 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix finalists.

While Nova Scotian cheese wasn't nominated in the 27 categories, the Maritimes will be represented by PEI's Cows Creamery, which has 3 nominations.

Agriculture week continues in Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:31:07

Students are meeting local farmers and learning about provincial agriculture as part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy week, on until Saturday.

Farmers are visiting Grade 4 classes to read books about farming.

Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell says educating youth is the first step in supporting the future of a key economical component.

Nova Scotia healthcare update

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:30:30

The McNeil Government has backed off and says it will now negotiate with the four unions about setting up a new bargaining system under heathcare reform.

The Premier is getting directly involed but said the four unions had agreed to a media blackout on the negotiations.

Negotiations will probably take until after the new Health Authority takes over April 1.

NS education action plan released

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:29:56

Education Minister Karen Casey has announced plans supporting teacher excellence as part of the Action Plan for Education.

To start, the department won't be approving any new programs put forward by universities until new teaching standards are established.

Also, teachers who take video correspondence courses from Drake University will not get raises after passing the courses.

Annapolis Basin "Superchill"

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:29:09

The Port Wade aquaculture site in the Annapolis Basin is one of 3 in the province dealing with fish dying from "superchill."

It's when the water is extremely cold, causing the blood temperature in fish to go just below freezing.

This generally happens every few years.

Mic Mac Mall situation UPDATE

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:26:35

Halifax police released three people last night who were arrested after the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth was shut down yesterday.

Threats were received around 9 in the morning and a couple of hours later the mall decided to close for the day.

Crichton Park and South Woodside Elementary Schools were also put on a hold and secure status for a few hours.

Police arrested two men and a woman at an apartment building on Willett in Clayton Park, but they were released as police don't believe they had anything to do with the threats.

The mall will be open today with increased security.

Sports scores

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-03-04 05:18:31

At the Brier, Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs remains undefeated at 7 and 0.

New Brunswick's Jeremy Mallais is 1 and 5.

PEI's Adam Casey is at 2 and 4.

The Leafs edged Florida 3 to 2, while the Wild needed a shootout to beat the Sens by the same score.

Cleveland topped the Celtics 110 to 79.

News stories from 2015-03-03.