NS and NB Premiers Discuss Shared Opportunities

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 12:01:50

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick's premiers have held their first official meeting since Brian Gallant was elected.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says he and Gallant discussed opportunities for regional collaboration.

Both want to promote the region as a tourism destination and the shared purchasing of pharmaceutical drugs and medical equipment.

Justice Minister: Disciplinary Action in Mistaken Jail Release

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 12:00:06

Nova Scotia's justice minister says disciplinary action will be taken against staff at a Halifax jail.

Lena Metlege Diab says mistakes were clearly made after a man facing charges including attempted murder was mistakenly released from the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility earlier this month.

Metlege Diab says policies and procedures were not followed when Eliahs Knudsen Kent was discharged.<

Tampered Potato Found In Southwestern Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 11:58:32

Police say a needle was found inside a potato sold in southwestern Nova Scotia.

They say the P-E-I russet potato was sold at the Co-op in Lower Pubnico on October 2nd.

The potatoes were put on sale for four hours before the store pulled the bags due to a recall.

R-C-M-P say although 62 bags were sold, no one was hurt and there have been no other reports of needles being found in the area.

Reward for Potato Perpetrator

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 11:55:48

The P-E-I government is adding 10-thousand dollars to a 50-thousand dollar reward offered for the capture of the culprit involved in a potato tampering case.

Police are investigating after at least 10 potatoes found in bags purchased in grocery stores throughout the Maritimes contained sewing needles inserted into the flesh.

Last week, the P.E.I. Potato Board issued a 50-thousand dollar reward in an effort to find the perpetrator.

Car Crash Claims Life of Former Acadia Football Player

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 11:54:21

Tributes are pouring in for former Acadia Axemen football player Steve Faoro, after news of his death in a single-vehicle collision last Sunday near his hometown, Port Moody, B.C.

He was a three-time all-conference linebacker, an all-Canadian, and two time AUS defensive player of the year. Faoro graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2006. While he went on to a pro career in the CFL and in Europe, it was his character, as evidenced through his volunteering with the S.M.I.L.E. program, and KinderSkills which prompted fond memories from all who were close to him.

Faoro was just 32.

Annapolis Valley C of C Weighs In On Review

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 11:52:57

The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce has written letters to Annapolis and Kings Counties calling, again, for an independent review of municipal governance... The Chamber cites a study it conducted last year saying it heard "loud and clear" from its members a need to improve on governance efficiencies to foster an environment conducive to economic growth.

President Sue Hayes quoted Ray Ivany's "Now or Never" report ...saying more than a report card on the varying degrees of financial stability of different municipal units is required, and a comprehensive plan promoting long-term financial sustainability in the Valley could become a role model for the entire province, while offering full AVCC cooperation.

Acadia Christmas Craft Expo Continues

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 11:52:05

The 40th Annual Acadia Christmas Craft Expo continues at the Acadia Arena. Organizers are promising a fun-filled, exciting event, bustling with hundreds of Christmas gift and decoration ideas.

ASU President Callie Lathem says it's one of the union's most important fundraisers, and invites everyone to attend one of the top crafting events in the province.

Doors close at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

Kentivlle Musician Sings Praises of First Responders

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 11:51:18

Kentville singer-songwriter Kevin Davison is singing the praises of the trials and tribulations of first responders.

Davison, who is a paramedic, uploaded the tune, called "When The Sirens Are Gone," to youtube earlier this week, and says the response from Canada and the U-S, has been "overwhelming".

His goal is to highlight the damaging effects PTSD has on first responders, and has a Kickstarter crowd fundraising campaign underway.

Davison plans to make the song the lead single on a new album he's recording this winter with fellow Nova Scotia musician Rylee Madison.

Part of the proceeds from the release, due in March, goes to support a PTSD-related charity.

Lotto Max

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 11:50:19

The winning numbers in Friday's Lotto Max draw for an estimated $30 million: 6, 18, 19, 26, 37, 39 & 47. Bonus 21.

No one has the winning ticket in last night's Lotto Max draw.

The jackpot for next Friday's draw will be 50-million, and there'll be two MaxMillions prizes of a-million dollars each up for grabs.

Sports

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 11:49:41

Q-League Rimouski at Halifax Charlottetown at Saint John Shawinigan at Moncton Cape Breton at Drummondville Acadie Bathurst at Gatineau

AUS hockey Moncton at St. Mary's UNB at St. F-X Acadia at St. Thomas Dal at PEI

NHL St. Louis at Ottawa Montreal at Boston Detroit at Toronto New Jersey at Calgary Chicago at Edmonton

Tide is Turning at Burntcoat Head

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 08:43:08

The Municipality of East Hants is hoping to build on the momentum of the busy 2014 summer season at Burntcoat Head Park, which saw a 58% increase in tourism traffic, and Warden Jim Smith says he hopes the park will become an “anchor” attraction. His remarks were made at a Friday announcement by MLA Margaret Miller of a $60,000 provincial investment towards the second phase of the park’s development, which will fund more trails, interpretive signs, accessibility for the parking area, new stairs to the ocean floor, and washrooms.

See burntcoathead.com for more information on the attraction, which boasts the highest tides in the world.

Hockey Axemen On Road To Face Softer Opponents

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 08:42:33

The hockey Axemen are on the road this weekend. They defeated the UPEI Panthers 4-3 on Friday and will face the St. Thomas Tommies Saturday.

Coming off a big 8-1 win last night over Amherst, the Summit Hyundai Junior Valley Wildcats host the Campbellton Tigers Saturday night at 7:00 at the AppleDome. All Greenwood Minor hockey players wearing their team jersey will get in free.

The 1st-place Valley Maple Leafsare at home this weekend, they hosted the Liverpool Privateers Friday where they lost 4-3. The Cole Harbour Colts are in town Sunday at 5:30.

The Kings Mutual Major Bantam Wildcats got off to a slow start at the ESSO Atlantic Bantam AAA/Major Bantam Hockey Tournament in Halifax Friday, losing a pair of tight 2-1 decisions to Truro and St. John. They dropped another close one Friday against PEI’s Mid Isle by a 3-2 count, and have an early morning tilt Saturday against Central Attack.

And it’s an all Kings County affair at the provincial High School Tier 3 Championship, as Central Kings faces North East Kings Sunday at 1:00 at Raymond Field in Wolfville.

40th Annual Acadia Christmas Craft Expo Underway

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 08:38:22

The 40th Annual Acadia Christmas Craft Expo opened Friday at the Acadia Arena, and organizers are promising the event will be fun filled, exciting, and bustling with hundreds of Christmas gift and decoration ideas. ASU President Callie Lathem notes the event is one of the union’s most important fundraisers, and invites everyone to attend one of the top crafting events in the province.

Local Musician Sings Praises of First Responders

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 08:37:56

Kentville singer-songwriter Kevin Davison seems to have a hit on his hands on a topic about which you don’t hear many songs, the trials and tribulations of first responders. Davison, a paramedic himself, uploaded the tune, entitled When The Sirens Are Gone, to youtube earlier this week, but claims the response both from Canada and south of the border, has been “overwhelming”. His goal is to highlight the damaging effects PTSD has on first responders, and already has a Kickstarter crowd fundraising campaign underway.

Davison plans to make the song the lead single on a new album he’ll be recording later this winter with fellow Nova Scotia musician Rylee Madison, and part of the proceeds from the release, scheduled for March, will go to support a PTSD-related charity.

Kings County Police Launch Operation Hands Free Today

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 08:37:36

Kings District RCMP is launching an operation today which will continue through the end of December, and although they call it Operation Hands Free, they’re not promoting the latest wireless gizmo. In fact, as Constable Kelli Gaudet explains, the goal is to enhance the safety of our roads by targeting drivers using all kinds of hand-held devices, not solely electronic ones.

These would include make-up, a quick snack, and cell phones, but any kind of distraction is the equivalent of driving impaired, and Gaudet cites statistics indicating drivers using hand-held devices are four times more likely to be in crashes involving injury.

Premiers McNeil and Gallant Meet

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 08:37:16

Regional collaboration and more co-operation were topics in today's first official meeting between Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant. Collaborations discussed include marketing the region as a top tourism destination, and shared buying of pharmaceutical drugs and medical equipment.

New Electricity Regulations

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 08:37:10

Provincial regulations coming into effect next year will improve air quality and offer potential savings on power rates for the next two years. The regulations will replace annual limits on Nova Scotia Power's generation stations with multi-year caps, plus add annual limits on sulfur dioxide emissions in places with stations. Environment Minister Randy Delorey says it's part of the government's strategy to transform the electricity sector to cleaner-burning, renewable energy sources.

MacKay Upset With Leslie

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-11-22 08:37:04

Justice Minister Peter MacKay issued a statement this morning expressing disappointment with Halifax NDP MP Megan Leslie's allowing an organization to use her website to call attendees of the Halifax International Security Forum "warmongers".

MacKay demanded an apology from Leslie and the NDP.

News stories from 2014-11-21.