Princess Of Acadia Sailing Cancelled For Tomorrow Morning

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 17:21:02

Tomorrow morning's 9:00 Princess of Acadia sailing from Saint John to Digby is cancelled due to the impending storm. Learn more at ferries.ca.

Four Arrested For Attempted Murder In Cape Breton

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 17:20:33

Police in Cape Breton have arrested four suspects after a Friday night stabbing. Richmond County RCMP found a 21-year-old Louisdale man was attacked by four males between 17 and 21. He's in serious condition.

18-year-old Richard David Polchies and a 17-year-old youth were charged with attempted murder. A 21-year-old man and a 28-year-old man turned themselves in afterwards. All are from Potlotek.

Storm Prompting Preemptive Cancellations

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 16:33:39

The first snowflake has yet to fly, but the forecasted storm has already prompted closures and cancellations. Both the Eastern and Western Memorial Health Centres walk-in health clinics will be closed tomorrow, as will walk-in blood collection at Eastern Kings. The West Hants Committee of the Whole meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled for Thursday at 6:00 at the West Hants Municipality Building. Lobster industry consultation meetings scheduled for Tuesday in Advocate Harbour and Digby have been postponed, with new dates to be announced soon.

Police are alerting all drivers to take bad weather precautions, and to avoid unnecessary travel. You can call 511 for road conditions.

Waterville Rehab Centre Quietly Approved To House Adult Offenders

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 16:04:56

Although to date, no adult inmates have had to be housed at the Nova Scotia Youth Detention Centre in Waterville, according to a recent entry in the Royal Gazette, Justice Minister Lena Diab recently changed the regulations last month to allow for just an eventuality. The move is considered controversial in that adult and youth offenders aren't supposed to be housed within the same facility, but a Justice department spokesperson says the Waterville facility has cottage-like buildings which can house up to 24 people in separate sections if adults needed interim accommodations there.

There is a temporary shortage of room for adult offenders as jails both in Springhill and Antigonish were closed over the past two weeks, and a new facility in Pictou County won?t be ready until February 8th.

Tax Session With Finance Minister Tonight At Acadia

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 16:04:29

'Tis the season to think about taxes, and while that might not make us jolly, but with a Let's Talk Taxes session scheduled for this evening at Fountain Commons at Acadia, we can at least be informed. Finance Minister Diana Whalen will be visiting Wolfville, providing citizens a chance to discuss their views on tax reform, and the upcoming budget.

The meeting begins with an open house starting at 6:00, where tax experts will available for one-on one consultations, and a discussion on budget balancing, and changes to the tax system will follow.

Predicted Snowstorm Prompts Snowmobiling Safety Warning

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 16:04:18

With a big storm expected Tuesday, Constable Tammy Lobb of the Nova Scotia RCMP anticipates renewed interest in snowmobiling, and, along with the Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia, reminds enthusiasts to enjoy the sport safely to avoid collisions, injuries, and even deaths. They suggest staying informed of the weather forecast, travelling in groups, remembering a charged cellphone, ensuring someone knows your route, wearing protective clothing and headgear, riding at safe speeds, and avoiding drinking and drugs while riding.

For more information, visit saferiderssafetyawareness.org/ .

NS Power Warns Customers To Prepare For Potential Power Outages

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 14:45:33

Nova Scotia Power is warning customers to batten down the hatches in preparing for what will likely be the worst storm of the season so far, bringing high winds, with gusts predicted over 100kms/hr in some locations, ice pellets, and over 25 centimeters of snow to much of the province starting early Tuesday morning. They warn that while the utility is moving crews into place in advance of the storm conditions might make prompt restoration difficult or impossible, so residents should be prepared for extended outages through Wednesday if indeed power is lost.

They suggest having a battery powered radio, flashlights, fully charged cellphones and other electronics, getting extra water on hand especially if you rely on well water, extra caution in using portable heaters and generators, and staying current with alerts from your local EMO office.

Acadia Earns High Grades in Campus Freedom Index

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 12:06:28

Dalhousie University is featuring a Free Speech Wall on Campus today to highlight free expression rights in Canada, sponsored by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. It coincides with the Centre?s release of the 2014 Campus Freedom Index, which measures the state of free speech at 52 Canadian universities.

While Dal itself got an ?F? for cancelling lectures for controversial speakers such as British MP George Galloway and American journalist Jared Taylor, Acadia got an ?A? for its student union successfully mediating a dispute between the student paper and its printer, when it initially refused to print a sketch of a semi-nude woman on the cover of an issue dealing with female sexuality. Full results are available at the jccf.ca website.

Beaton Powers Axemen Past UNB

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 10:53:09

The Acadia Axemen powered past the 2nd-ranked UNB Varsity Reds by a 4-1 count Saturday night at Acadia, led by a hat trick by Alex Beaton. The Lower Sackville native earned first star and McDonalds Male Athlete of the Week honours.

On the women?s side, Haligonian sophomore Chanel Smith led the basketball Axewomen to their first win of the year with 15 points and 7 rebounds in a 77-70 victory over St. FX Friday. Added to a 21-point performance in a losing cause to St. Mary?s last week, she got the not for the women. The basketball Axemen came up short in a 77-71 game against St. FX, and the volleyball Axewomen were blanked 3-0 by UNB.

Perennia Inks Deal With Company From Iceland

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 10:18:12

Perennia Food and Agriculture announced it has reached an agreement with Matis Ltd.. a government-owned, independent research company supporting the food and biotech industries based in Reykjavik, Iceland. The goal of the deal is to strengthen the research and development capacity of both companies in the areas of fisheries, agriculture, aquaculture, biotechnology, and food.

Representatives from Matis will be spending time in Nova Scotia to further develop relationships with aligned agencies, companies, and academic institutions.

Nova Scotia braces for a winter blast

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-01-26 05:38:10

After Saturday's rain, we are going to get snow tomorrow; a lot of it.

Environment Canada is predicting 15 to 25 centimeters of snow, starting tonight; then changing to rain tomorrow evening.

Indian Brook incident

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-01-26 05:32:16

A domestic disturbance call at Indian Brook ended up with two RCMP officers being treated.

They were injured trying to arrest a 29 year old man at a Meadow Brook Road residence Saturday night.

The suspect was also injured and treated.

Michael Thiebaux Junior is facing numerous charges.

Cape Breton fatality

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 05:28:26

A Cape Breton teen has died in hospital in Halifax after an accident in Cape Breton Saturday evening.

17 year old Devin William Gilbert was riding his bicycle in Mill Creek near Sydney Mines when he was hit.

No word on charges.

Hantsport winter festival

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 05:27:45

Hantsport may be giving up its town status in the summer but that's not going to stop it from celebrating winter.

They are getting ready for the second winter carnival at the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre this coming weekend.

Organizers hope the festival will help lighten residents' mood in light of the financial pressures rorcing the town to give up that status and join West Hants in June.

A New Minas paramedic will attend Mountie David Wynn's funeral

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 05:26:58

The funeral for slain RCMP officer David Wynn will be held today in Alberta.

New Minas paramedic Kevin Davison has been invited to sing a special song at the service.

Davison has written a song about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and its effects on first-responders.

Wynn's wife called him late last week to come and perform the song at the service.

Davison also once worked with Wynnn when they were paramedics in Bridgewater.

Wolfville Farmers Market facelift

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 05:25:43

The Wolfville Farmers Market is getting money from the three levels of government for upgrades and removations.

The Federal Government announced $50,000 in funding.

The province is providing $25,000; Wolfville is providing $6,400 and Kings County $5,000.

The renovations will include upgrades to the sprinkler system, along with plumbing and electrical upgrades.

Some hope it'll mean the space can be used for other purposes on non-market days.

Moncton gun scare

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-01-26 05:24:09

It got spooky for people in Moncton yesterday morning.

Codiac RCMP got a call a little after 11 about a young man carrying what looked like a rifle down a street in the Parkton area.

The Mounties called for help from other detachments and locked down the neighbourhood, eight hours later they lifted the blockade after finding nothing.

The suspect is possibly in his late teens with dark-coloured hair, average height.

He was wearing dark-coloured pants and a grey-coloured jacket with red stripes on the sleeves, as well as a dark-coloured, knitted toque.

Call the police if you have any information.

NS residents allowed to go back home in Grand Desert

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 05:23:04

Life is slowly starting to get back to normal for residents in Grand Desert who were allowed to return to their homes Saturday night after a five day evacuation.

Authorities removed to last of the large store of chemicals from the small cottage on Dyke Road and declared the area safe.

42 year old Christopher Burton Phillips is due back in court Thursday on charges of uttering threats and possession of a dangerous weapon.

The Crown has indicated it wants a psychiatric evaluation.

Stellarton stabbing

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-01-26 05:22:14

A 19 year old man is facing a number of charges after a stabbing in Stellarton Friday night.

A 16 year old Pictou County boy was stabbed in a parking lot.

He was airlifted to hospital in Halifax.

Sports scores

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-01-26 05:07:49

Cape Breton beat Saint John 4 to 1, Moncton topped Acadia-Bathurst 3 to 2, and Halifax got past Drummondville 5 to 2.

Yarmouth beat Summerside 8 to 5, it was Campbellton over Miramichi 5 to 2, and Truro topped Amherst 7 to 1.

In the NHL All-star game, it was Team Toews over Team Foligno 17 to 12.

The NFL Pro-bowl had Team Irvin topping Team Carter 32 to 28.

In basketball, Toronto beat Detroit 114 to 110, and Golden State got past Boston 114 to 111.

News stories from 2015-01-25.