March 2017

Mayor's Task Force Up And Running

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:34 AM

Yarmouth's mayor says her Task Force on social issues will seek input from the public at some point.

Pam Mood says when she saw how many people were affected by the lack of food security, affordable housing and how many suffer from mental health issues she knew something had to be done.

She says the 14-member team brings together a good cross-section of people.

Argyle Minor Baseball Seeking Coaches

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:33 AM

Baseball season is almost here.

Those in the major leagues are almost set for the regular season.

The wait is a little longer for local minor baseball.

Argyle Minor Baseball is preparing for its second season.

Director of Recreation Services in Argyle Natalie d'Entremont says they are looking for coaches for kids between the age of 4-7.

She says they fielded six teams last year.

"That included the rookie, mosquito and peewee divisions. We do have some coaches for those divisions, but we always welcome other coaches."

Emergency Department At Roseway Hospital To Be Closed Friday Morning To Saturday Morning

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:28 AM

A 26 hour closure for the emergency department at Roseway Hospital in Shelburne.

The closure will start tomorrow at 6am and run until 8am Saturday.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority blames this on physician availability.

They say if you have an emergency to call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department.

NSTU Yarmouth Local President Hopes Province Is Serious About Implementing Classroom Council Recommendations

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:27 AM

The president of the Yarmouth local of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union says they hope the province will not use recommendations from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions as political window dressing.

Yesterday Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey said she received 18 initial recommendations from the council and that the province and school boards will implement 8 of those immediately.

Rollie Hannem says the proof of the government's long-term commitment remains to be seen.

Yarmouth Man Says Town's Sewer By-Law "Stinks"

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 06:52 AM

(photo Rodney Crowe)

Rodney Crowe, who lives on Tooker Street says a collapsed sewer pipe flooded his basement last month.

Now, he's on the hook to fix the pipe, even though it's off his property.

The town by-law says residents are responsible for pipes that hook to the main sewer line, which in Crowe's case is on the other side of the street.

Crowe says it doesn't make sense.

VIA Rail Suspends Sales Of Canada 150 Youth Passes Due To "Technical Difficulties"

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 14:15 PM

If you were hoping to purchase a Canada 150 Youth Pass you'll have to wait a little longer.

VIA Rail has suspended sales of the passes due to "technical difficulties" that were caused by such a high demand.

New Community Centre For Digby County

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:50 PM

The government will contribute $2.25 million toward the project, and the new centre will also serve Jordantown and Conway.

The local betterment association will lead the project.

President Kerry Johnson says the funding provides the African Nova Scotian community an opportunity to share its struggles and contributions of the past and to move forward with diversity and inclusion.

The 14,000 plus square foot centre will have space for a pre-school, youth and adult learning, recreation programming and retail.

Education Minister Promises Immediate Action On Initial Recommendations By Council To Improve Classroom Conditions

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:12 PM

Nova Scotia's Minister of Education says the province and school boards will implement some recommendations right away from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions.

In a release, Karen Casey says she's has received the 18 initial recommendations and has instructed her department and school boards to act on them.

MODS Budget Focuses On Seven Priorities

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10:29 AM

No changes in the residential and commercial tax rates in the Municipality of Shelburne.

Warden Penny Smith issued her budget address on Monday.

The residential and resource tax rate will remain at $1.26 per $100 of assessment while the commercial rate sits at $1.82.

The municipality is raising the septage disposal rate by .15 cents to 2.5 cents per litre while the sewer rate is increasing by five dollars to $265 due to rising operational costs.

Those changes take effect April 1.

Smith also highlighted seven priorities where funding is being budgeted.

Yarmouth Teacher Hopeful Council to Improve Classroom Conditions Will Make A Difference

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 08:39 AM

The first meetings of the provincially-appointed Council to Improve Classroom Conditions wrapped up last Thursday.

By the end of April, the group is expected to give government guidance on how to divvy up $20 million over two years to improve classroom conditions.

18 initial recommendations were made, mostly on data organization and student assessments.

Cheryl Bourque-Wells, who teaches at Drumlin Heights, says they requested more information on the student attendance policy.