June 2017

MP Says Province Doesn't Need To Worry About New Maritime Protected Areas

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10:44 AM

The province recently asked the federal government to not designate any new maritime protected areas in our waters.

MPAs restrict activities in the oceans such as fishing or oil exploration.

MP for South Shore-St. Margaret's Bernadette Jordan says the request is premature.

"I don't know that there's any more actually on the radar for Nova Scotia at the moment. I haven't seen that list that says, you know, we're going to do this, this or this."

Jordan says Parliament would not impose new maritime protected areas unilaterally on the province.

Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse Enhances Visitor Experience, Improves Accessibility

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 07:22 AM

The Historical Acadian Village in West Pubnico received just uder $45 thousand dollars from the federal government.

The announcement was made yesterday by West Nova MP Colin Fraser who said we honour our roots by investing in places like Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

He said "its a place where we can come together and learn about our country's rich Acadian heritage, reinforcing what it means to be a Canadian."

Battle Over New Yarmouth Arts Centre Heats Up

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 06:31 AM

The president of the board of directors of the Yarmouth Arts Regional Council says the town is negotiating in bad faith.

Mitch Bonnar is referring to a news release issued last Friday by the Town of Yarmouth regarding a new arts and culture centre.

Mayor Pam Mood told Y95 News that the town and representatives of the Th'YARC board met and that a two-page discussion paper was produced generally outlining proposed terms of governance.

Mood also said that a new arts and culture centre would be located in the downtown in the area of the Collins Street parking lot.

Extended Emergency Department Closure For Roseway Hospital In Shelburne

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 16:41 PM

The Emergency Department at Roseway Hospital will be closed beginning Wednesday.

It will close at 6:00 a.m.on July 28 and reopen at 8:00 p.m. that evening.

The department will shut down again Thursday, June 29, at 6:00 a.m. and won't reopen until Saturday, July 1, at 8:00 a.m.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says it's due to physician availability.

They urge anyone with an emergency to contact 911 or visit the nearest emergency department.

For non-emergency health advice from a registered nurse, dial 811.

Video Being Produced Highlighting Digby And Annapolis

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:46 PM

The Mayor of Digby says he doesn't get to Yarmouth as often as he's like to.

But Ben Cleveland was in town Monday when MP Colin Fraser made a funding announcement for Canada's 150th.

The Digby Disabilities Partnership Committee was among the six organizations that were included.

Mayor Cleveland says they received $30,000.

"We're putting a video production together featuring a little bit of the history around Annapolis and Digby. Youth, veterans, firefighters, EHS are taking part to talk about where we're headed as a community."

Economic Development Meeting Today In Truro; Members: From Western NS Attending

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:36 PM

The CEO of the Western Regional Enterprise Network says cooperation among its members is strong.

Nova Scotia's five Regional Enterprise Networks are hunkered down in Truro for a strategic roundtable.

Angélique LeBlanc says today's meeting is the first time that all employees of the REN's across the province have come together to discuss common issues.

NS Attorney General Wants Equal Justice

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:21 PM

The MLA for Lunenburg West says he landed on his feet.

Mark Furey was named Attorney General and Justice Minister in Premier Stephen McNeil's recent cabinet appointments.

He says lessons learned in his previous career with the RCMP will serve him well in the new role.

Furey wants to clear away barriers to justice faced by some Nova Scotians.

"Access can be limited by a number of things. But certainly, an understanding of the process and one's financial inability to be properly engaged and represented in the justice process."

Provincial Government To Be Petitioned To Improve Cancer Treatment In Yarmouth

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:14 PM

A petition will be presented to the provincial government asking that fair and equal access to cancer treatments and medications be created for all Nova Scotians and that radiation treatment be provided at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

The on-line petition can be found on the Yarmouth Cancer Support Network's Facebook page.

A paper petition is also being circulated.

The founder, Derek Lesser posted that he's asking for another meeting with the Liberal Caucus and hopes that will take place in the fall at which time the petition will be presented.

Federal Funds Announced For Canada 150 Projects In West Nova

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 07:03 AM

With Yarmouth's Frost Park fountain in the background, the scent of sweet grass in the air and the sound of a Mi'kmaq drum and song, Canada's cultural diversity was highlighted yesterday during a funding announcement.

Leland Surette, Aboriginal spiritual leader, performed a song before West Nova MP Colin Fraser announced $253,000 for six community projects in the riding as part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Lobster Fishermen Don't Want 'Big Brother Watching Over Them

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017 15:28 PM

Three fishermen's organizations have joined their voices in opposition to a proposal by DFO to have cameras placed on board lobster boats.

The issue was discussed last week at a meeting hosted by DFO attended by more than 100 individual fishermen.

The meeting was organized by the Ecology Action Centre.

At issue is the bycatch of endangered or threatened species like Atlantic cod or cusk.

Vincent Goreham of the Maritime Fishermen's Union says lobster fishermen are excellent stewards because their livelihoods depend on a healthy fishery.