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Zach Churchill Promises Independent Review Into Gas Supplies.

The Nova Scotia government says it will review the province’s fuel supply management system after a gas shortage earlier this week. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill says he will do an independent review under the Emergency Management Act. The probe will look at how the system failed and identify ways to prevent it from happening again. Churchill says he wants to ensure police, fire and ambulance services are not affected by fuel shortages, and that people are warned about impending disruptions. He also plans to name a third-party public safety specialist to lead the review within the next week. Several gas stations closed earlier this week because of delivery problems with the fuel... read more

Work To Begin Soon To Replace Meteghan Overpass.

Work to replace the Meteghan overpass is expected to begin soon. The structure was closed due to damage that occurred on the evening of Sunday, May 24. The overpass is the Bonnie Road that crosses over Highway 101 at Exit 31 in Meteghan. A truck carrying an excavator drove underneath the overpass. The machinery struck the underside of the structure, causing significant damage to several of the main steel girders. Tony Hall, is the Operations Supervisor with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal in Saulnierville. He tells CJLS what has been taking place at the site. http://cjls.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/OVERPASS-cut1.mp3 Hall explains the time frame once the present structure is removed. http://cjls.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/OVERPASS-cut2.mp3 Hall says they want work completed before the winter weather... read more

New Initiatives As School Year Begins Tomorrow.

The 2015-16 school year marks the start of many new changes in the classroom for students and teachers from Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey says the first full year of the action plan provides changes for a solid foundation in math and literacy, more technology-based learning and new programs to support career education. Here are some highlights: — a streamlined and innovative curriculum with a stronger focus on teaching math and literacy for Primary to Grade 3 students — new homework standards to support and enhance student learning at every grade level — a new school code of conduct that will apply to all schools — hands-on learning activities for students to develop their technology skills, including Brilliant Labs — more math mentors working with teachers to support higher student achievement — an observation survey of early literacy achievement for all Grade 1 students to identify and provide supports for students who need them — workplace training to graduating students, such as WHMIS and labour relations — a new career education framework for grades 4-12 students — core French programs that use interactive and conversational teaching methods — a new growth and development guide for families with four-year-olds to encourage early learning The new curriculum development model is designed to ensure curriculum is continuously updated to reflect modern trends in education. The entire curriculum is being reviewed and grades 4-12 will be streamlined over the next few years. The action plan is available at http://ednet.ns.ca... read more

Tractor Trailer Fire On Hwy 101 Near Kentville.

A Nova Scotia highway has reopened this morning after being shutdown following a tractor trailer filled with cigarettes and toilet paper caught fire late Tuesday night. RCMP spokesman Const. Mark Skinner said Highway 101 between Exit 12 in New Minas and Exit 13 in Kentville is temporarily closed in both directions and traffic is being rerouted. He said the provincial department Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is on the scene directing traffic and cleaning up the roadway. Skinner said the amount of mess that the tractor trailer has created on Highway 101 has precipitated the closure. Skinner said no one was injured in the fire and that an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the blaze. He said the fire was not due to an accident, adding that it’s possible there was a mechanical issue with the... read more

Barrington Causeway Down To One Lane.

Motorists are advised that the Barrington Causeway will be down to one lane again today so that crews can work on the overhead distribution line. The causeway will be reduced to one lane until 3:30 this afternoon. The closure of one lane allows NSP crews to continue installing a new type of pin to secure conductors to the poles. Conductors are key to transmitting electricity and these pins are more robust than the existing... read more

Nova Star Ferry Posts Dwindling Passenger Numbers.

The latest passenger figures from the operator of the ferry that links Nova Scotia with Maine show a slight decrease when compared with last year, raising questions about the viability of the two-year-old service. Nova Star Cruises issued a statement late Tuesday showing that over a three-month period, the number of passengers had declined six per cent to 37,800 by the end of August when compared with last year. The biggest decline was in August of this year, when passenger numbers dropped by 22 per cent to 15,974. The disappointing numbers come as the Nova Scotia government is rethinking its multimillion-dollar investment in the service, which started operating last year after a four-year hiatus. The government has committed $13 million to the service for 2015, and in 2014 Nova Star received $28.5 million in subsidies. Nova Scotia’s Transportation minister, Geoff MacLellan, has said a decision on who will operate the Yarmouth to Portland ferry next year will be made after this sailing season is finished. Mark Amundsen of Nova Star Cruises says the decline in Canadians travelling to the States has affected overall numbers, but the number of Americans travelling to Nova Scotia in the summer months is up six per cent. The number of Canadians travelling to Maine dropped by 40 per cent when compared to the three-month figures for last year. The company is blaming the weak Canadian dollar for the sharp fall. Amundsen is scheduled to appear Thursday before the legislature’s standing committee on economic... read more