May 2017

Deadly Explosion Investigated As Terrorism: Police

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 21:40 PM

19 people are dead, and 50 others injured after an explosion at the Manchester Arena in England.

Police were called to the Arena during an Ariana Grande concert.

In a tweet, they say they are currently investigating this as a terrorist attack, until police know otherwise.

Digby ER Closed

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 12:55 PM

A lack of physicians means the emergency department of the Digby hospital will be closed today.

The ER closed it's doors at 6 a.m. and isn't expected to reopen until 8 this evening.

The health authority says anyone with who needs medical assistance should go to the next nearest medical centre.

However they advice people to call and make sure the office is open due to the holiday.

Grateful For The Long Weekend? You Can Thank Queen Victoria!

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017 09:43 AM

As many people enjoy the Victoria Day long weekend, it's worth pointing out the origins of the holiday.

The May 24 long weekend is named in honour of Queen Victoria, the ruler of the British Empire for more than 60 years until she died in 1901.

May 24th, Victoria's birthday, had been celebrated in Canada since at least 1845, but changes to the holiday came after her death.

Eventually, the government of Canada passed a law stating May 24th would be the official birthday of the ruling monarch of the Commonwealth, no matter what their actual birthdate was.

Advance Voting Opens in Nova Scotia

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017 08:19 AM

There is a steady stream of voters in Nova Scotia.

Elections Nova Scotia says more than 20,000 people have cast their ballot through advance voting.

There is seven days of advance polls and people can vote anywhere as officials can print off a ballot for any electoral district, with local candidate's names.

Advance polls opened yesterday until next Saturday, excluding today.

They are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but have extended hours this Thursday and Friday until 8 p.m.

People can also vote on election day at their local returning office until 8 p.m.

Despite Best Efforts, Fishermen Unable To Meet New Transport Canada Safety Regulations

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 13:19 PM

Efforts to upgrade safety equipment on fishing boats in Nova Scotia are facing a major hurdle.

The Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board is putting up $1.3 million dollars to purchase 1200 immersion suits, 600 beacons, 100 floatation devices as well a defibrillator for each wharf in their region.

The new equipment will help meet new Transport Canada regulations coming this July.

As the board's managing director Leonard LeBlanc explains, the problem is suppliers can't deliver the equipment before the deadline.

Election Campaign-Events Planned For Yarmouth This Weekend

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 11:47 AM

Two of the three main party leaders will be in Western Nova Scotia this weekend.

The PC's Jamie Baillie will be in Yarmouth tomorrow afternoon at 3:30.

He'll be campaigning with candidate Mitch Bonnar at Th'YARC.

Before that, he'll make stops to campaign with Queens-Shelburne candidate Kim Masland and Argyle-Barrington candidate Chris d'Entremont.

Liberal leader Stephen McNeil will be arriving Sunday afternoon.

He'll be at the Ultramar in Tusket at 2:30 with candidate Louis d'Entremont.

Court Hearing Delayed For Yarmouth Man Facing 34 Charges

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 11:21 AM

A Yarmouth County man had his show-cause hearing in Yarmouth Provincial Court adjourned until June 5th.

41 year old David Lloyd Gordon Benjamin was scheduled to appear yesterday.

Benjamin will remain in custody.

He was arrested on May 12th after police closed the Tinkham Road for several hours.

Benjamin is facing 34 charges, mostly weapons offences.

He is also facing counts related to assault, sexual assault, unlawful confinement and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Town Of Yarmouth Targeting June 1 For Completion Of Main Street Project

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 11:17 AM

Work on the sewer separation project on Main Street in Yarmouth is nearing completion.

The stretch is expected to be re-paved by June 1st.

Mayor Pam Mood says she's heard concerns from store owners about lost business and parking.

She says the CAO met with the owners to assure them they won't lose parking.

Mood says the future is bright for those businesses.

"I'm pretty excited for those business once the work is completed, because business will go up. They are losing it on one end, but hopefully it will go up on the other."

Gas Prices Up

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 05:24 AM

A long weekend coming up and wouldn't you know it...gas prices have gone up.

The price of a litre of regular self-serve jumped by 4.4 cents to $109.5 cents in parts of the Yarmouth area.

Diesel also increased.

It went up by just over 3 cents and is selling for $99.6 cents a litre.

Tax Rates Going Down In The Town of Yarmouth

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 05:14 AM

Town Council approved their 2017/2018 budget Thursday night.

The residential rate is $1.64 per $100 of assessment, three cents lower than last year.

Commercial rates are down five cents to $4.26 per $100.

Mayor Pam Mood says the town was paying for the sewer out of another fund over the last five years.

She says the sewer now pays for itself and that has implications for this budget.