CTV Identifies Ottawa Shooter, Slain Hamilton Reservist Also ID’ed

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 18:04:53

CTV News has identified the shooter who shot and killed a Canadian Forces soldier who was standing honour guard at the War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday morning, and had the downtown core in lockdown for most of the day.

The killer, who was confirmed shot fatally in a dramatic hail of gunfire in the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, was identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, born in 1982, and believed to be Canadian. Witnesses describe the gunman as dressed in black with a scarf over his face, although other witnesses say they saw an unmasked gunman, .

A CBS report quoted a Canadian parliament official describing the gunman to BBC as looking “Arabian” with “long hair and a small beard”. Another eyewitness was quoted by the CP as saying the “shooter kind of raised his arms in triumph holding the rifle”, after gunning down the guard.

Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a reservist with a Hamilton regiment, The Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, has been identified as the victim of the shooting. Three others were hurt in the incident, but their injuries aren’t believed to be serious.


Ottawa Shootings

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 17:34:31

Today's shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa have renewed concerns over security, and how easily the public can access the area. This morning a gunman shot and killed a soldier at the war memorial, then fired shots in the Centre Block of Parliament. Liberal MP Marc Garneau says someone could easily reach a security checkpoint before guards could react, and that security will have to increase.

Southwestern Nova Scotia MPs Reporting They’re Safe Amidst Gunfire on Parliament Hill

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 16:55:03

Details are still confusing, but MPs from Nova Scotia are reporting they’re safe amidst reports of gunfire this morning at the War Memorial and the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. Police are warning people to stay away from the area in a situation that has been described as tense and scary from those in the vicinity. Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison was reported safe but under lockdown in Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s office while attending the weekly caucus as the incident unfolded.

Other MPs, such as South Nova’s Greg Kerr, and Gerald Keddy of South Shore-St. Margaret, tweeted they were alright, while expressing thanks for concerns expressed, and support for all affected. No politicians have been injured as of airtime, but CBC is reporting one gunman has been killed and another is still at large, with police conducting a door-to-door search in the downtown core. A soldier who had also been reported as having been hit has now been confirmed as killed by a tweet by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who expressed condolences to the soldier’s family.

Sergeant-At-Arms Considered Hero By Several MPs

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 16:54:55

Justice Minister and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay tweeted that Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is a “true hero” along with Canadian security forces, for keeping MPs safe. Vickers has been credited with having shot an attacker just outside MPs’ caucus rooms based on tweets from several MPs, including NDP MP Craig Scott and Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino.

While a recent report from Ottawa police has denied a shooting which had been reported earlier at Rideau Centre, security procedures have been stepped up not just around Ottawa, but across the country. Constituency offices have been shut down throughout Canada, and there had been talk of military bases being locked down, although a call to 14 Wing Greenwood confirmed the base was open for business as usual.

A Valley resident with a family relation working in Ottawa happened to be at the War Memorial when the shooting occurred and described the scene as “shocking”, and issued a statement to police.

The NHL game between Ottawa and Toronto slated for tonight has been postponed.

Annapolis County Officials Warn Residents of Possible Flooding Risks

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 16:54:46

In light of heavy rains forecasted through Friday, Annapolis County officials are warning residents to be prepared for localized flooding. All those living in the western end of the Valley are urged to monitor weather conditions, take appropriate precautions and to stay safe.

A Weather Network release issued at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon predicts up to 100 mms of rain could fall over the next 48 hours, which could lead to water pooling on roads, localized flooding, and washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

Enfield Police Concerned About Shooting and Fire

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 16:28:57

Enfield Police are investing a shooting during the early morning hours of Wednesday on a street called Martin Court. After responding, police learned that both a house and a vehicle had been fired upon, but no one was injured in the shootings. Police confirm this wasn’t a random act.

Halifax police are also investigating a suspicious fire in the area, which occurred early Tuesday morning in a structure off of Halls Road. An investigator with the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency is helping with the investigation.

Police are urging anyone with any information on these incidents to contact Enfield or Halifax police, or Crime Stoppers.

Oak Island Treasure Bill To Be Discussed Today In Legislature

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 10:22:54

The possibility of uncovering a treasure of immense historical and financial value on Oak Island has intrigued explorers for decades, even centuries. And NDP MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse from Chester-St. Margaret’s has introduced a private members bill designed to protect the province in the event that valuable heritage artifacts are recovered, which will be considered today.

Interest in a buried treasure have been rekindled since two American brothers resumed the search, with their hunt documented on a TV show. They have discovered a Spanish coin, but other discoveries have yet to be identified. Tantalizing rumours of items recovered from The Temple Mount in Jerusalem after the Crusades have circulated, and while this possibility remains a longshot, Petersen-Rafuse wants to ensure the province has legal recourse in the event of such a intriguing discovery.

West Kings gridiron ransacked by ATV's

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2014-10-22 10:01:06

Vandals caused a lot of damage to the football field at West Kings late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Aaron Evans, the head coach of the West Kings Wolverines; says it looks like the damage was caused by an ATV.

Team members and volunteers gathered at the field after school Tuesday to help get it back in shape for a final home game.

Two bomb threats yesterday, one in the Amherst area; the other in Bible Hill

By Rick Fleming via the RCMP. Last updated: 2014-10-22 09:58:14

The Colchester District RCMP are investigating after a gas station in Bible Hill received a bomb threat.

At about 11:30 yesterday morning, the threat was called into the Kennedy's Esso on Pictou Road in Bible Hill.

A woman with an accent told the manager at the Esso that she had a bomb and would blow up the place.

The station was closed and a search did not uncover anything suspicious.

It is believed the incident is related to a similar one that happened yesterday around noon at the Esso gas station on Highway 6 in West Amherst.

If you have any information, call the police or crime stoppers.

NS Products Lead NSLC To Bubbly 2nd Quarter Results

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 09:56:56

Despite overall sales remaining flat overall, strong increases in Nova Scotia wines, craft beers and ciders helped the NSLC increase their net income in the second quarter by over $2M to a total of $69M. Sales of Nova Scotia wines were up almost 10%, craft beer sales climbed almost 30%, and cider increased by over 60%.

Dog hurt by a trap on a private road in Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 04:50:07

A resident of Butler Road off Highway 12 found out the hard way that traps are legal on private roads, and no warnings are required. She was walking with her well-trained dog when it got caught in a trap. While her husband was able to release the trap, and the dog wasn't seriously injured, she was stunned to learn from the Department of Natural Resources that it was legal to place traps along any road, trail or path not maintained by the Department of Transportation.

To prevent accidental trappings, hikers, joggers; and cyclists urged to be extra cautious when using private roads.

Valley flu campaign underway

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 04:47:38

Health Minister Leo Glavine rolled up his sleeve Tuesday and got his flu shot while encouraging all Nova Scotians to do the same. This season,there is a special push to urge pregnant women to get vaccinated as well as other high-risk groups, such as children between the ages of 6 months to 5 years old, Aboriginals, those with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes, and their care givers.

The seasonal flu shot is free of charge under provincial Medicare, and is available from doctors, family nurses, pharmacies, and many workplaces.

Several Magic 94.9/AVR staffers took advantage of a visit from Kentville Wilson's Pharmasave pharmacist Robert Smallwood to get their shots at the station Tuesday, and invite you to get vaccinated.

Chris d'Entremont booted from the house during debate regarding the Nova Star

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 04:46:33

The Conservative house leader was ejected from the legislature during question period yesterday after a heated debate over the Yarmouth ferry. Chris d'Entremont asked whether the government signed a bad deal for taxpayers with Nova Star Cruises.

Premier Stephen McNeil accused d'Entremont of abandoning the idea of such a ferry service. D'Entremont took exception and began shouting back at McNeil while the premier was trying to answer his question. Speaker Kevin Murphy warned d'Entremont to stop but when he didn't, he was asked to leave the legislature.

The questions come after last week's announcement of another $5 million dollars going to the ferry company.

Accident in New Germany

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 04:45:42

A mother and her three children were taken to hospital after an accident near New Germany yesterday afternoon.

RCMP say the 35 year old Lunenburgh County woman had significant injuries after her minivan crashed on Farmington Road near Barrs Corner.

Her three young children were checked out in hospital and released. The woman was trapped and had to be cut out of the vehicle with the jaws of life after it rolled and hit trees.

Cornwallis, Yarmouth; and Windsor companies will share $ from the NS gov't

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 04:45:04

The McNeil Government has announced that 26 companies will share over $740,000 from the Global Business Accelerator program. The fund is designed to help companies with the expense of hiring a specialist in international business, up to $35,000, in the hopes of expanding global trade, so critical to the provincial economy.

Both Acadian Seaplants with facilities in Cornwallis and Yarmouth, and BioMedica Diagnostics in Windsor were reimbursed by the maximum amount.

Starr's Point family opens new egg facility

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 04:43:47

You could say that Cox family of Starr's Point are very "egg-cited" about their newly-expanded $4M egg production facility. The state of the art plant opened its doors to thousands of hens last week, and with room to house 32,000 birds, Seaview Poultry has doubled its previous capacity.

The barn has features designed to make hens happier and more comfortable, and the family is confident the upgrade is in keeping with retailer and consumer sensibilities.

Healthy eating initiative in The Valley

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 04:43:04

Better eating will be a feature of Digby County communities since it has adopted a Healthy Eating Policy, as proposed by the Digby Care Healthy Eating in Municipal Settings committee. The policy is designed to encourage the consumption of healthier food and beverages within municipal buildings among staff, elected officials, and guests. Several other municipalities, such as Chester, Lunenburg, and Bridgewater, have adopted similar policies.

The policy of increasing healthier choices while decreasing less healthier ones will be reviewed next September, and any other interested municipal unit within Digby, Shelburne, or Yarmouth Counties are invited to contact Pubic Health Services to develop their own healthier eating initiatives.

Shipbuilding contract update

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 04:42:05

Premier Stephen McNeil is confident the Halifax Shipyard will build the number of Arctic Patrol Ships the Harper Government promised. The premier was responding to stories by the Canadian Press that Ottawa was planning to scale back the program.

McNeil says he has been told the company is on track to go ahead with six of the ships, but he'll be seeking clarification from the Feds. The original plan was for six to eight ships. Now the Canadian Press says it's five light icebreakers with an option for a sixth.

Officials in Ottawa as well as Irving Shipbuilding and the unions all reject the reports insisting there are no changes in the original contract. However, some defence analysts say rumours have been around for awhile that the Harper Government hasn't budgeted enough money and that with the federal election coming next year there could be added pressure to sign a contract before the costs are fully known for the new hybrid-icebreaker-warship, something never built before.

Valley sports

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2014-10-22 04:40:02

Despite a lopsided loss to Mount Allison, Axeman kicker Ryan Begin earned AUS Special Teams Player of the Week honours for the second week in a row for extending his unblemished field goal streak to 16 for the season.

Based on the CIS Top 10 Rankings released Tuesday, the Hockey Axemen retained their 3rd-place ranking with a pair of weekend wins, and the rugby Axewomen stayed in 9th place with a win, as well. Also appearing on the list, the Axewomen's swim team begins the season with a 9th place ranking and the men’s team is ranked 6th. .

The Giants took game one of the World Series by beating the Royals 7 to 1.

In the NHL, it was the Bruins over the Sharks 5 to 3, the Leafs beat the Islanders 5 to 2, and the Habs doubled up the Red Wings 2 to 1.

News stories from 2014-10-21.