May 2017

It's Everything Lobster In Shelburne County This Week !

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:31 PM

As the lobster season ends in Western Nova Scotia, a celebration begins.

It's a celebration of our fishing heritage and of our world-famous lobster.

The Shelburne County Lobster Festival gets underway this week.

This is the 31st year.

The Municipality of Barrington's recreation director, Anna Kenney says activities are spread throughout the area.

"One of the big attractions in the Great Lobsterman Challenge. Competitions include banding lobsters, splicing and coiling rope and baiting traps and a lobster-shelling contest."

Yarmouth Mayor Says Bump Outs Won't Cause Traffic Problems In Busy Downtown

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:12 PM

Paving should be completed by the end of the first week of June along a section of Main Street and John Street that's been closed since March 22.

That's when infrastructure work began on a sewer separation project.

Last year the work took place along Brown Street, up from Water Street.

The project, now on Cliff Street, should be completed by the end of October.

Mayor Pam Mood says as for the paving, contractors had to work around the weather.

It's Election Day In Nova Scotia

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 05:19 AM

The polls open at 8am on this, the final day of voting in the provincial election.

The results will be tallied beginning at 8pm when the polls close.

You can cast your vote at your local returning office.

Voter information cards were mailed out and bringing them when you vote will speed up the process.

If you don't have the card you can still cast a vote by providing identification or swearing an oath.

Here are the candidates running in your district...

Youngsters Eager To Learn About Voting Process

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 11:49 AM

(Grade 3 French Immersion Students Madeline Mooney and Bryson Cottreau getting ready to cast their votes at Central School.
Photo-Y95 CJLS )

Today more than 15,000 elementary and high school students across Nova Scotia cast ballots for the official candidates running in their electoral district through the Student Vote program.

It's designed to help young people understand the basics of the electoral process.

186 schools registered to participate in Student Vote Nova Scotia 2017, representing 50 of 51 electoral districts.

Metis Still Treated Like 'Second Class' Citizens: Grand Chief

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 11:22 AM

The Grand Chief of a Metis organization in South Western Nova Scotia says she'll fight for her people's recognition until her last breath.

Mary Lou Parker of Yarmouth says it's been nearly 20 years and still neither the provincial or federal governments will officially recognize
the Metis people of the Atlantic provinces.

The 'Eastern Woodland Metis Nation Nova Scotia' group has nearly 24 thousand members.

Grand Chief Parker says there is a small degree of recognition but it needs to go much farther.

Last Chance To Cast Your Ballot Before Election Day

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 10:50 AM

Tuesday is your last chance to make your mark on the province in this election.

Advance polling closed Saturday.

You can still vote at your local returning office until 6:00pm tonight.

Polls will open at 8:00am tomorrow and close at 8:00pm.

Voting will be faster if you bring in the voter information card that was mailed out a couple of weeks ago.

If you don't have the card you can still cast your ballot by presenting identification or by swearing an oath.

Gary J. Surette Memorial Association Raises $25,000 For Local Cancer Patients

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 10:29 AM

April's NHL Legends game featuring Ray Bourque was a huge success in Yarmouth.

It was put on by the Gary J. Surette Memorial Association in honour of the former hockey coach, who passed away from cancer.

The association's Shelley LeBlanc says they were so pleased with the turnout at both the alumni hockey game and the tournament that followed.

"The end result: we raised almost $25,000 that was given to two organizations, the Gilles Boudreau and Friends Cancer Help Fund and the Lodge That Gives in Halifax."

Local Athletes Advance To NSSAF Track And Field Provincials

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 09:06 AM

(Photo: PEB athlete Ethan Cottreau at Districts)

The NSSAF Western Region Track and Field Meet was held at Acadia University on Thursday and Friday.

Many athletes from local high schools advanced to provincials to be held this weekend at Beazley Field in Dartmouth.

Par-en-Bas released their list of athletes:

Ethan Cottreau - special athletes - shot put, long jump and 100m

Courtney Joudrey - shot put

Rylan d'Entremont - shot put and discus

Julia Gushue - 100m

Bailey Gushue - 100m and 200m

Alyssa Cottreau - discus