February 2017

Rodd Grand Hotel To Undergo Renovations

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 14:20 PM

Renovations to the Rodd Grand Hotel in Yarmouth are underway.

The PEI based company made a two million dollar investment in the hotel recently.

The upgrades will focus on modernizing guest rooms, fitness facilities, meeting space and common areas.

In April, the hotel will see new windows and heating units installed on the south side of the building.

In October/November, painting, carpeting and new furnishings will be put in place in the rooms.

Province Explores Regional Pharmacare

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 13:43 PM

The Atlantic Provinces are taking a long look at pharmacare.

Premier Stephen McNeil met with his regional counterparts last week to discuss how to improve publicly funded drug plans.

Health Minister Leo Glavine hopes to see savings on drugs by using the buying power of four provinces.

"We have to look for every advantage around procurement, around administrative efficiencies that, can again, give the best price to our citizens."

He says getting the program right is a top priority.

Local Centre Gets Calls "Almost Daily" From Women Harassed Or Bullied At Work

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 13:13 PM

International Women's Day will be recognized next Wednesday.

It celebrates women's achievements and reflects on the work needed for women to reach full autonomy.

The executive director of the Tri-County Women's Centre says much has been accomplished, but more needs to be done.

Bernadette MacDonald says they know that first-hand.

New Fund To Help Community Museums

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 12:50 PM

The curator of the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives is excited about a new endowment fund.

The MuseFund was launched by the Association of Nova Scotia Museums.

It's designed to help community museums become sustainable in the future.

It can be used for emergencies like roof repairs.

Nadine Gates says it's great news.

100 Women Show They Care About Shelburne County

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 12:50 PM

An initiative is starting up to bring women together to support local groups in Shelburne County.

The first meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care of Shelburne County will be held Wednesday.

The women pay $400 annually.

One of the organizers, Penny Smith, says they will meet four times a year to nominate local charities or non-profit organizations.

"These charities or organizations will explain what they do and why they deserve the money. The women will then vote for who they feel is the most deserving."

Liberal MLAs Furey, Lohnes-Croft Stand By Bill 75 Decision

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 11:53 AM

A pair of Nova Scotia Liberal MLAs have spoken out over their decision to vote in favour of imposing a contract on teachers.

Suzanne Lohnes-Croft and Mark Furey represent the constituencies of Lunenburg and Lunenburg West, respectively.

They are two of the 33 MLAs who voted yes to Bill 75 and a four year deal for teachers.

Lohnes-Croft says she made the choice because she wanted to initiate change.

Early Thaw Creates Messy Gravel Roads

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 09:24 AM

Aaron Deon sent us the photo of the Canaan Road in Yarmouth County.

It's one of hundreds of unpaved roads in the Tri-Counties that are under weight restrictions.

No one is complaining about the recent mild, spring-like weather...unless you live on a gravel road.

This early thaw has prompted the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to place weight restrictions on all provincial gravel roads.

Don Houston, with the department's depot in Yarmouth, says it's a matter of safety.

It's That Time Of Year..Pothole Season

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 07:22 AM

Motorists in Yarmouth are dodging potholes, not just on side streets, but busy thoroughfares like Main, Pleasant, Water and Forest Streets.

The town is encouraging people to report potholes on the Internet at seeclickfix.com. You can also attach a photo.

Mayor Pam Mood says crews are out when they can to fix in the holes and cracks along the 70 kilometres of streets.

But she asks for patience.