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Concern Gas Shortage Could Reoccur.

Two Nova Scotia gas retailers say they’re concerned shortages that closed stations on the weekend could happen again because the province relies on tanker deliveries by sea. Motorists lined up at gas stations that had fuel this morning after a shortage of gasoline caused some outlets to temporarily close. Wade Sullivan owns the Fas Gas outlet in New Glasgow and he says motorists were backed up about 100 metres from his pumps this morning waiting to fuel up. He links the shortage to the conversion of an Imperial Oil refinery in Halifax to a tank farm a couple of years ago. He believes the reliance on shipments by sea leaves the province vulnerable. A spokesman for Imperial Oil says the company resumed deliveries this morning, but declined further comment. David Collins, vice-president of Wilson Fuel Company Limited, says he feels the shortages could happen again, citing the weather as a factor in getting ships into port. He expects it will take the rest of the week for supplies to reach all of his chain’s 55... read more

Gas Shortage To End Soon.

There is an end in sight to Nova Scotia’s gas shortage. Merle MacIsaac, a spokesman for Imperial Oil, said the shortage was caused by delayed fuel shipments to Dartmouth’s Imperial Oil terminal. The vessels arrived on Friday. MacIsaac said he expects supply to be back to normal and gas stations throughout the province at regular capacity around mid-week. He said the vessels are being discharged and their product is undergoing a process of settling, testing and treatment before it is ready for release to customers. Aldric Robicheau, who operates the Petro-Canada station in Yarmouth tells CJLS people shouldn’t panic . http://cjls.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/GAS-SHORTAGE.mp3 Robicheau said it was a particularly busy weekend with a lot of students returning to... read more

Province Provides Funding For Shelburne Medical Clinic.

Photo: Premier Stephen McNeil speaking with Shelburne Mayor Karen Matattall in Shelburne today. (Photo: Gary Nickerson) A much-needed new clinic for Shelburne-area residents will soon enter the final stages of development. Premier Stephen McNeil announced today in Shelburne that the government will contribute $1.65 million to renovate the old health clinic on the Roseway Hospital property. The new primary health-care collaborative centre will have a team of family physicians and other health professionals. The Municipality of Shelburne and the Town of Shelburne, along with the Roseway Hospital Charitable Foundation, will also contribute to the project. Premier McNeil says the money is budgeted for, and ready to be spent. http://cjls.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/MCNEIL-1.wav The clinic will also include space for family medicine residents from Dalhousie University on residency placement in Shelburne. The project was announced in 2011 and was designed as a more traditional doctor’s office. It did not include space for health teams working together or residents who are part of the family medicine residency program. The Premier was joined today by Health Minister Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia Health Authority CEO Janet Knox and Shelburne Mayor Karen Matattall. Matattall tells CJLS News, this is something Shelburne needs desperately. http://cjls.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/MATTATTALL-1.wav The province had originally committed $429,000 to the project, but as it evolved, more investments were needed for the design and... read more

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