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Province Gives Nova Star Cruises Another $1.5 Million.

The Nova Scotia government has given Nova Star Cruises another $1.5 million. This is the first time funds have been issued to Nova Star since May. Earlier this month, Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan said until the province reviewed financial documents recently submitted by Nova Star, funds would be withheld. Including today’s grant, Nova Star has used $9.6 million of $13 million in funding for the Yarmouth to Maine ferry service in 2015. Nova Star Cruises will continue to operate the service for the remainder of this tourism season. MacLellan says talks are continuing with Nova Star and other potential operators for... read more

An Opportunity To Enjoy The Sights And Sounds Of Brier Island.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says participants are invited to arrive Friday evening (Aug 28) and enjoy a BBQ and presentations on Brier Island natural history and the Big Meadow Bog restoration. Early risers on Saturday can take in a bird banding tour and demonstration before we all meet at Big Pond beach for a shore and trail clean-up. After a lunch on Westport deck you will have the option of surveying seabirds or a guided hike into Big Meadow bog where the Endangered Eastern Mountain Avens may be found. For those interested, a whale watching tour departs at 4:30 pm. Driving directions and related information will be provided in a participant package. Note that getting to Brier Island includes two ferry crossings. A picnic lunch and snacks will be provided for Saturday only. Accommodation and other meals are not provided. Dress for the weather and in case of bugs. This event will run in the event of mild rain but will be cancelled in the event of extreme rain or other unsafe weather conditions. Registrants can participate starting Friday evening or meet at Pond Cove on Saturday morning. NCC would like to thank Scotiabank for their generous support of this event. Bird Studies Canada is the partner for this... read more

First Responders To Purchase New Equipment.

First responders will be better equipped to respond to emergencies with about $500,000 in investments under the provincial Emergency Services Provider Fund. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill announced the funding for new equipment for 47 emergency service provider. Equipment to be purchased includes personal protection equipment, self-contained breathing apparatuses, hoses, radios, pagers and rescue tools. First responders include fire departments, HAZ-MAT organizations, and ground search and rescue teams. Lakes and District Fire Chief Scott Killam says safety is paramount and the funding will ensure they can properly equip their members. Lake Vaughan Fire Chief Earle Raynard says they work together with neighbouring fire departments on calls so the benefit of these investments extends beyond the individual department. Organizations may receive up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000, once every three... read more

Organizers Still Hopeful Snowbirds Will Perform.

UPDATED: 3:30pm: The final call will be made at 4:30pm as to if the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform over Yarmouth Harbour today. The weather system that is moving through the Yarmouth area is expected to pass, and a window of clearer weather with a higher ceiling is expected between 5 and 7. If there is a Snowbirds show, it will be a ‘low ceiling’ show, and it will take place over Yarmouth Harbour at... read more

Gas Prices Down. Interrupter Clause Used.

The price of gas in Nova Scotia is down about five cents per litre. It happened last night-two days before the normal adjustment day after the province’s Utility and Review Board used its interrupter clause to drop the regulated price of gasoline overnight. Diesel was not affected. Typically the price of gas is adjusted every Friday, but the UARB has the power to step in early if there are dramatic changes in the wholesale prices. The price of oil has been sliding since the beginning of the summer after bouncing above $60 in June. Current prices are hovering at around $40 US a barrel. The Utility and Review Board considers using the interrupter clause for petroleum products when the market price for that product fluctuates by six to eight cents per litre versus the weekly price set by the board. The last time the interrupter clause was used was in March when the price of diesel was slashed 6.4 cents a litre. It was last used to adjust the price of gas in... read more

Public Health Agency Investigating Outbreak Of E.Coli Infections.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners to investigate an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157, commonly called E.coli. A specific source or product has not been identified yet, and the investigation is ongoing. The Agency will update Canadians when new information becomes available. At this time, the risk to Canadians is low. However, Canadians are reminded to follow safe food handling practices to avoid illness. E. coli are bacteria that live naturally in the intestines of cattle, poultry and other animals. Primary sources of E. coli illness are raw or undercooked meat products, raw dairy products, and raw fruits and vegetables that have come in contact with feces from infected animals. Most E. coli are harmless to humans, but some varieties carry genes that allow them to cause illness. Most people with an E. coli infection are ill for a few days and then recover fully, however infections can sometimes be life threatening. Ongoing Investigation There have been 24 cases of E.coli with a matching genetic fingerprint reported in Alberta (1), Ontario (7), Quebec (14) and Nova Scotia (2). Individuals became sick between July 12 and August 8, 2015, with the peak of illnesses reported to date occurring between July 25 and August 1, 2015. The majority of cases (63%) were male, with an average age of 24 years. Five cases have been hospitalized but all have recovered or are recovering. The Public Health Agency routinely investigates multi-provincial gastro-intestinal illness outbreaks, including E.coli, in an effort to determine if illnesses are linked to the same source. Who is most at risk?... read more