June 2017

Canada's Freshwater Supply Not As Pristine As We Think

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 13:05 PM

Freshwater in Canada is in trouble.

That's the result from a recent report issued by WWF-Canada.

Bluenose Coastal Action's Emma Kinley contributed data to the report.

"This report highlights some important issues and it's sparking a needed conversation of Canadian waterways."

It cites hydroelectric dams, paper processing, urbanization and oil and gas development as activities which are damaging to the water supply.

Emma Kinley says Canadians need to take notice.

Section Of New Paving Job On Main Street Needs Resurfacing

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 12:54 PM

Only two weeks ago, a section of Main Street in downtown Yarmouth was re-opened with bumpouts and new asphalt.

Now we learn a section will have to be resurfaced because it's not up to standards.

Mayor Pam Mood says the work will begin as soon as possible.

"Just a little bit of the section of paving work at the intersection of Brown and Main Street didn't quite meet the standards. Just a little bit of resurfacing there and we'll be good to go."

Mood says rough areas were discovered following an inspection.

She says it's best to get the job done right.

Heartland Tour To Ride Through Yarmouth County July 9th

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 12:24 PM

The Heartland Tour will mark 11 years in Yarmouth next month.

The cycling, running and walking event was started provincially to promote healthy living and to fight cardiovascular disease.

This year's event will take place Sunday, July 9th at 8:15am in front of the Rodd Grand Hotel.

A 70 plus kilometre route is in store for cyclists if they want to ride the full distance at checkpoints throughout Yarmouth County.

Many elect to do shorter distances, including a 12 kilometre ride from the Cape Forchu Lightstation back to the starting point.

Nova Scotia Asks Feds To Put The Brakes On Marine Protected Areas

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 12:17 PM

Nova Scotia's Energy Minister says the province has a very good record of establishing Marine Protected Areas.

The designation can restrict certain activities.

Nova Scotia has asked the federal government to stop setting aside new marine protected areas off the province's coast for the time being.

The province made its request in an April 5 letter from the ministers of energy, fisheries and natural resources.

The letter was to federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc.

'Music And Arts In The Park' Coming To Frost Park

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 11:54 AM

Frost Park will be culturally spruced up this summer.

The town is calling for musicians, actors, artists and dancers to be part of 'Music and Arts in the Park' beginning Wednesday.

Councillor Wade Cleveland and Economic Development Officer Natalie Smith are spearheading the campaign.

Cleveland says they are looking for volunteers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this summer.

Yarmouth Town RCMP Receiving Complaints Of Phone Scams, Items Stolen From Cars

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 14:34 PM

Yarmouth Town RCMP say they're receiving a number of calls on two issues lately.

Constable Terry Burridge says around 50 phone calls have come in over the last two days about a phone scam.

The caller claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency, and warns of consequences if payment is not made.

Cst. Burridge advises when this happens, never give out personal information and hang up immediately.

He says there is also still a problem with thefts of goods from unlocked vehicles around town.

Bridge Speeders A Concern For Shelburne Council

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 13:00 PM

The mayor of Shelburne says while she's pleased with the new two-lane Roseway Bridge, it has created an issue.

Karen Mattatall says speeding has become an increasing problem.

She raised the issue at a town council meeting last night.

"Speeding has become more of a problem since the new bridge has been placed there because it's a two-lane bridge so I guess it's a little bit easier to drive faster so it's a concern."

Mayor Mattatall says council would like to have rumble strips installed to help slow down vehicles.

West Nova MP Urges Senate To Approve Remembrance Day Bill

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:57 AM

A bill that would make Remembrance Day a legal holiday now goes to the Upper House of Parliament.

Bill C-311 passed the House of Commons Wednesday. West Nova MP Colin Fraser, who sponsored the bill, says he very pleased.

"It will now go over to the senate and then we'll wait and see but I've already been working with some senators on trying to make sure we've got a good chance of getting it passed over there too."

Fraser hopes other jurisdictions will give workers the day off to acknowledge the sacrifices made by our fallen soldiers.