National Energy Board To Survey Canadians

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 16:58:56

The National Energy Board will hit the road early next year to hear what Canadians have to say about pipeline safety. Chairman Peter Watson told a Saint John business audience that they'll visit every province and territory, and will have a report afterwards, according to CTV.

NS Power Can't Reduce Power Rates Next Year

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 16:57:00

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has blocked a plan by the McNeil government that wanted to reduce power rates next year. The Board says the $53 million in fees from a monthly energy efficiency charge will stay to help cover rising fuel costs.

Military Family Resource Centre Fraud Case Adjourned Until January

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 14:26:14

A Harbourville couple implicated in a case involving defrauding the Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre of over $400,000 appeared in Kentville court Monday, and the couple is free on undertakings until the trial resumes early in January. 56-year-old Karen Lorraine Byers worked for the centre from 1998 until 2011, and court documents indicate that she and her husband, Gary Wayne Byers, 57, allegedly acquired a property, several vehicles, and other items as proceeds of crime.

Karen Byers was arrested this past July after a two-year investigation by the Canadian Forces Investigation Service.

Former West Hants CAO Pleads Not Guilty In Assault Case

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 14:07:21

Former West Hants CAO Cheryl Chislett, who resigned her position in September, wasn’t present in court in Windsor today, but her lawyer entered a not guilty plea for her in connection with an assault case where she is accused of striking her husband with a hammer at their Martock home last June.

Chislett’s counsel, Elizabeth Buckle says she was confident the trial could be held within a single day, and an April court date was set.

Winter Storm To Barrel Into Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 12:24:47

While temperatures last night and today are more reminiscent of spring than late November, don’t be fooled, as we are in for a rude reintroduction to wintry conditions over the next 24 hours. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement which warns of “significant snowfall” beginning Wednesday night and into Thursday.

Southern parts of the province will be hit by rain late Wednesday morning, brought on by an intense low pressure system passing to the south of us, but the rain is expected to turn into snow overnight into Thursday, although no firm estimate of accumulation was offered. But don’t worry too much about shoveling as temperatures are expected to climb back to 9 by Sunday.

Another guilty plea regarding child pornography in Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 10:10:40

Another young man has pleaded guilty to one child porn count in that prominent child pornography case here in Nova Scotia.

The 19 year old man will be back in court in January for a sentencing hearing after he posted pictures of him having sex with a 15 year old girl on the Internet.

She later committed suicide.

Another young man pleaded guilty earlier to one charge and he was given a conditional discharge.

Local Christmas Tree Farm Gives Schools, Charity A “Cut”

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 10:10:12

When you get a Christmas tree at Rocky Mountain Christmas Tree U-pick, just north of Kentville, you’re getting more than just somewhere to stick your gifts. Owner Karena vanKippersluis, makes sure the whole experience is a pleasant one, but with every tree sold, she contributes $5 to one of 5 area schools. And she also honours her parents, both cancer victims, with a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The farm opens this coming weekend, with details available at treeupick.ca, or the farm’s facebook page

VRH Marks “Giving Tuesday” Next Week

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 09:50:47

With the holiday season upon us, the Valley Regional Hospital is taking part in a national movement called “Giving Tuesday”, slated for next week, with the goal of encouraging both individuals and businesses to make a contribution to a local charity on a special day. Executive Director Gerry MacIssac says all contributions to the Foundation will go toward the fetal monitor campaign for Maternal and Child Care, and donations can be made online at vrhfoundation.ca.

Axemen Slip In Top 10 Despite Wins

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 09:50:42

Despite two wins last weekend, the hockey Axemen wound up sliding from 4th to 5th place in the CIS Top 10 rankings. The fact the wins came over weaker opponents didn’t help their cause, and this situation will likely continue when they host 7th place Dalhousie Wednesday night at 7:00. Join Len Hawley for the pre-game show at 6:40 for all the action on AVR.

In an NSAAF Western Region Division 3 exhibition basketball game last night, Middleton swamped New Germany by a 73-26 score.

"Open Arms" Kentville update

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 04:40:49

Open Arms, a Kentville rescue mission which provides emergency shelter and more for many people, has released their year-end newsletter.

Among the points is admitting the complications moving to their new location on Cornwallis Street, but that they're pleased with it.

They also thanked the Valley Credit Union and Valley Ford for providing a van.

West Nova Liberal Nomination

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 04:40:02

An estimated crowd of over 1,000 were at Digby Regional High School Saturday to nominate Yarmouth lawyer Colin Fraser as the West Nova Liberal candidate for next October's federal election.

The 36-year-old is fully bilingual, has worked with the federal and provincial Liberals, and has volunteered on the Boards of organizations like the Southwest Nova Transition House, and the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation.

Kentville poverty report

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 04:38:59

The Nova Scotia Child and Family Poverty report card was published today, and the rate of child poverty has increased almost 23% since 1989.

The report, penned by Acadia Sociology Assistant Professor Dr. Lesley Frank; shows Kentville has the second highest rate, behind only Cape Breton.

Saint John to Digby ferry sailing cancelled

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 04:38:16

This morning's (Tues Nov 25) 9:00 Princess of Acadia sailing from Saint John to Digby has been cancelled due to weather.

Visit ferries.ca for more.

Vandalism in the Freeport area

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 04:37:10

The RCMP are investigating after several signs were damaged in the Freeport area.

Overnight on Friday November 14th, several signs; including speed, stop and school zone, were damaged, evidently knocked over by a vehicle.

The following Sunday, a new ferry sign suffered damage overnight.

If you have any information, call police or Crime Stoppers.

Halifax man granted bail as his case is reviewed

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 04:36:12

A Halifax man has been granted bail while his murder conviction is reviewed by the federal Justice Department.

59 year old Glen Eugene Assoun was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1999 for the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Brenda Lee Anne Way.

A preliminary assessment of the case raised the possibility of a miscarriage of justice and the government is now doing a more extensive investigation.

While that's underway, Assoun has been freed after spending 15 years behind bars and will be staying with family in an undisclosed province.

Cape Breton murder case update

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 04:35:10

The key witness in that murder trial in Port Hawkesbury says he initially gave police a false statement about the disappearance of Phillip Boudreau whose boat was rammed in Petit de Gras harbour.

Craig Landry says the crew of his boat suspected Boudreau had been tampering with their lobster traps before they confronted him that day in June last year.

He said Joseph James Landry shot at Boudreau four times and then rammed his boat several times eventually hooking Boudreau's body with a gaff and towing him further offswhore when it was sunk with an anchor.

First degree murder charge regarding a missing Halifax woman

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-25 04:34:17

A 29 year old man has been charged with first degree murder in the disappearance of a Halifax woman last summer.

Catie Miller was last heard from by family July 15th.

Her body has never been found but police arrested Jason James Johnson on the weekend and charged him with murder and intefering with the remains of a body.

Police say the two are known to each other but didn't mention the nature of the relationship.

He'll be back in court February 3.

Sports scores

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2014-11-25 04:32:02

NFL action had the Bills over the Jets 38 to 3, the Ravens downed the Saints 34-27 in the other.

It was the Penguins over the Bruins 3 to 2 in overtime, and the Red Wings beat the Sens 4 to 3.

In basketball, the Raptors topped Phoenix 104 to 100.

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