April 2017

'Beam Me Up, Scotty': Canada Post Launches Seven New Star Trek Stamps

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 13:01 PM

The latest set of stamps issued by Canada Post are honouring one of the most popular science fiction TV shows in the world.

Seven Star Trek themed stamps are now available for the public, featuring each of Starfleet's finest leaders, matched with their greatest adversaries.

Five of the stamps have characters on them, James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Kathryn Janeway, and Jonathan Archer.

The remaining two stamps have a Borg Cube, and the shuttle Galileo depicted on them.

Local MLA's React To Budget

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 12:46 PM

(Photo: Argyle Barrington MLA Chris d'Entremont and Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill in our studios for the Weekender on Sunday, April 23rd.)

Yarmouth's Liberal MLA says the latest provincial budget is one Nova Scotians can be proud of.

Zach Churchill says there has been a number of modest investments in many areas including health care, roads and tax cuts for low and middle income earners.

He says some have viewed it as a full spend budget right after labour negotiations with teachers just took place.

Meeting Held On Future Of New Arts Centre In Yarmouth

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 12:41 PM

An announcement on the location for a new arts centre in Yarmouth is expected soon.

Town Council met with stakeholders at Mariners Centre last night to discuss three potential sites, all in the downtown.

The old Odion Theatre, Visitor Information Centre site and the Collins Street parking lot were the areas identified.

Mayor Pam Mood says in order for there to be funding, they need to be on the same page as the Yarmouth Regional Arts Council.

Opposition Leaders React To Provincial Budget

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 11:18 AM

The leader of Nova Scotia's NDP calls government's latest budget a failure on multiple fronts.

Gary Burrill says the province has not addressed funding shortages in health care, long-term senior's care and education.

Council To Improve Classroom Conditions Releases Final Report

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 11:15 AM

The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions has released its final report.

They recommend hiring 139 teachers at a cost of $7.3 million in order to reduce class sizes and give students extra support.

The council suggests capping the number of students in junior high at 28 and at 30 in high school.

Other recommendations include: providing grants to help schools who don't meet provincial standards in math and literacy, eliminating and streamlining school board and provincial assessments, as well as coming up with an attendance policy to make students more accountable.

Federal Funding For Universite Sainte-Anne Library, Digby Town Hall

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:42 AM

Funding is coming for the library at Universite Sainte-Anne.

A big investment from the federal government, $440,000 will go towards renovations to the facility.

This will help create a digitization library, a study support centre and a video-conference room.

The library was built in 1977.

In a release, West Nova MP Colin Fraser says this will enable the institution to offer cutting-edge technology services to the French-speaking university community it serves.

In a separate announcement, federal money is going to Digby Town Hall.

Yarmouth Municipal Councillor Concerned Over Garbage Blowing Into Lake Milo

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:30 AM

(Photo: yarmouthandacadianshores.com)

A Yarmouth Municipal Councillor is concerned about garbage blowing into Lake Milo in Dayton.

Loren Cushing is the Councillor for District 6, which covers the areas from Chegoggin to Cape Forchu.

A resident emailed council complaining about possible toxic substances getting into the lake as it blows across the Milo stretch.

He says residents brought this to his attention, and he's concerned about what could get in the lake.

West Pubnico Man Facing Impaired Driving Charges After Single Vehicle Accident

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:17 AM

A West Pubnico man is facing impaired driving charges after a single vehicle accident Wednesday.

The 24 year old driver and another man were thrown from an off-road trail bike after it lost control, left the road and struck a tree on Highway 335.

The men sustained non-life threatening injuries, and were transported to hospital by ambulance.

The driver was then arrested for impaired driving.

He is facing charges of driving with a blood alcohol content over 80 mg% and impaired driving.

He will appear in Yarmouth Provincial Court on July 24.

Mitch Bonnar To Run For Progressive Conservatives In Yarmouth

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:13 AM

A longtime businessman will carry the Progressive Conservative flag in Yarmouth.

Mitch Bonnar is President of Tri-Star Charters and co-owned Tri-Star Industries for 27 years.

He is also President of the Yarmouth Regional Arts Council.

Bonnar has also volunteered with Yarmouth RibFest, minor hockey and other community projects.

He says the economy needs to grow so jobs can be created and investments can be made in health-care and education.

Bonnar will challenge current Liberal MLA Zach Churchill and NDP candidate David Ollie.