March 2017

Argyle-Barrington PC MLA Concerned Over Ambulance Wait Times

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 16:07 PM

A Progressive Conservative Health Critic wants answers on an alleged increase in ambulance wait times.

Chris d'Entremont, the MLA for Argyle-Barrington says he's hearing from the community, including the fire department and those close to the EHS system that the priority of the ambulance base in Pubnico has changed.

"There might not be a paramedic sitting in Pubnico. They might be out on another call, or shipping someone to Halifax. That leaves us to depend on the base in Yarmouth or the base in Barrington."

d'Entremont says that can bring deadly wait times.

Molson Cup Gentleman's Hockey Tournament Starts Tonight At Mariners Centre

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 15:49 PM

A local gentleman's hockey tournament is entering its 16th year.

The Molson Cup is on this weekend at Mariners Centre.

Eight teams will be taking part in two divisions.

Organizer Derek Boudreau says there are always some recognizable names.

"Usually there are some ex-Mariner players, Q-league and university as well. Every year we have some great talent here in town."

There will be two divisions: 50+ and open.

Action starts with four games tonight and continues through the weekend.

Weapons Charges Laid in Walmart Arrest

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 14:49 PM

A Digby County man is facing weapons charges after an incident at the Cookville Walmart just outside of Bridgewater.

The 18-year-old from Brier Island was spotted with what appeared to be a gun around 11:30 Thursday morning.

The man was searched by police who found two replica hand guns and two knives. He has been released from custody.

The man is expected to appear at Bridgewater Provincial Court on May 3 to face a charge of possessing a weapon dangerous to the public.

Province Increasing Funding For Efficiency Upgrades

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 12:49 PM

The province has announced an increase in government support for home efficiency improvements.

Premier Stephen McNeil announced an additional $4 million dollars for the current HomeWarming program and two million dollars to create a new program for affordable rental units and non-profit housing.

McNeil says it will reduce the energy bills of those who need it most and lower greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.

Tall Ships Coming To Digby

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 09:38 AM

Artists and musicians in the Digby will have the chance to show their work in front of large crowds this summer.

The Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is coming Digby and Annapolis Royal August 15th and 16th as part of Canada 150 celebrations.

Seven ships including the Bluenose will sail from the Annapolis Basin to Digby Harbour.

The Town of Digby is planning to showcase local artistic talents through the town.

Mayor Ben Cleveland says there will be music on the waterfront, an arts show and more.

Province Investing In Aging Population

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 09:19 AM

Premier Stephen McNeil has committed $13.6 million dollars over the next three years for aging Nova Scotians.

The government has launched SHIFT: Nova Scotia's Action Plan for an Aging Population.

The goals include keeping older Nova Scotians involved in their communities and the workforce, as well as promoting active living.

Consultations on the plan were held with individuals and community organizations across the province.

Paramedics Set To Become A College In Nova Scotia

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:56 PM

Beginning April 1, paramedics will become a self-regulating profession in Nova Scotia.

The College of Paramedics will oversee 1,400 plus paramedics in the province.

It will establish standards as well take responsibilty for its members.

The council will deal with complaints from the public and handle discipline.

The Legislature passed the Paramedics Act in 2015 to create the College of Paramedics.

The College received a one-time $350,000 subsidy from the province to establish itself.

After that, it will be financed through its members.

Clare-Digby MLA Says PC Leader's Comments "Unfortunate"

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:46 AM

The Liberal MLA for Clare-Digby says it's unfortunate that the leader of the PC's is criticizing the government's investments in rural communities.

This week Jamie Baillie told Acadia News that the government have spent the last three years telling Nova Scotians the province is broke but now with an election looming, they're throwing money around.

Gordon Wilson says it's disparaging to see any kind of shadow cast on announcements that are so important to communities like yesterday's regarding a community centre for Acaciaville.