April 2017

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

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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.

Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy Gets Provincial Boost

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 17:14 PM

A stack of grants have been awarded to groups combating sexual violence all over Nova Scotia.

As part of the announcement earlier this week the province also unveiled a new online course to help people gain a better understand the issue.

Prevention and support specialist Sarah Granke says it's a response to concerns raised by those trying to help loved ones who've been victimized.

ECMA Working To Address Mental Health Of Musicians

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:33 PM

There's more than music going on at the ECMAs this weekend.

Mental health issues for musicians have come to the fore over the past number of years.

The East Coast Music Association has partnered with Membertou First Nation and Debut Atlantic to commission a study on mental health issues that affect musicians.

ECMA Executive Director Andy McLean has seen the struggles first-hand.

"Being a musician is pretty tough, there's a lot of difficult conditions you have to deal with, particularly touring, but also the precariousness of the profession as well."

Kevin O'Leary Pulls Out Of Conservative Leadership Race

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 15:42 PM

Kevin O'Leary has officially dropped out of the Conservative Leadership race and is putting his support behind Maxime Bernier.

One of the main factors behind O'Leary dropping out of the race is surrounding the fact he cannot speak French and felt he could not get votes from Quebec.

O'Leary is ending his campaign just hours before tonight's last leadership debate in Toronto.

In a statement, O'Leary says he is not a politician and he never pushed a shopping list of promises.

NS Power Offering Former Customers A Refund

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:35 PM

Former Nova Scotia Power customers could be due a refund.

The money comes as a result of fuel savings the utility enjoyed last year.

Current customers will see a one-time credit automatically applied to their monthly bill.

Anyone who was a customer in 2016 but has since disconnected their service can apply for the rebate.

The refund is available here.

Best East Coast Musicians To Be Recognized Tomorrow Night

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:17 PM

The finest East Coast musicians will be honoured tomorrow night at the ECMA awards show at Harbour Station in Saint John starting at 8:00.

Saint John comedian James Mullinger will be hosting the show.

Mullinger says musicians from ther east coast have to be passionate about their music because they're not in it for the money.

He says, by contrast, people who try their hand at music in America and England do so because, by and large, they're looking for fame and fortune.