September 2017

84th Independent Field Battery In Yarmouth To Host First Ever Open House

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:17 PM

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The Royal Canadian Artillery unit will hold the event Saturday from 9am to 4pm at the Armouries on Parade Street.

Honourary Lieutenant Colonel Neil LeBlanc says it's significant for both the 84th and the community.

"There's an attempt to have the community better understand what the Battery does and what advantages it brings to the area and what career opportunities there are."

Mayor Says Town Of Yarmouth Does Its Best On Street Maintenance

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:04 PM

Mayor Pam Mood doesn't think the condition of Yarmouth's streets are any worse than other towns.

She says the town does the best it can with limited financial resources.

Mood says towns are at a disadvantage compared to their municipal neighbours.

" When you live in a town, your taxes pay 100 per cent of the streets, from building to paving, plowing, sidewalks. When you step outside of the town boundaries the province takes care of a great deal of their roads."

Yarmouth Food Bank Open On Herbert Street Despite Zoning Issue

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:41 AM

The Yarmouth Food Bank is up and running in a new location.

They opened their doors Tuesday at the former Ben's Bakery location on Herbert Street.

Despite renovations made by the food bank society, an application to re-zone the property to permit its use as a food bank is pending with the Town of Yarmouth.

Reverend Bill Newell with the food bank society says they know they are in violation.

Opposition Leaders Wondering Where's The Money For Health Care

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 07:38 AM

The province released it's budget this week, and what's not included has MLAs talking.

The leaders of the two opposition parties say by announcing just eight new doctors across the province, government is ignoring the health care crisis.

PC leader Jamie Baillie says the message was clear during the spring campaign.

"During the election, every day I met a Nova Scotian family who was frustrated because they couldn't get a family doctor. And right up there with it, was care for our seniors in nursing homes and the food budgets that the Liberals had cut."

50 Pre-Primary Programs To Open In Nova Scotia This Week

Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:46 PM

The province's Education and Early Childhood Development Minister is pleased with the new pre-primary program.

Zach Churchill says 50 pre-primary classrooms will be open by the end of this week, with an additional two opening next month.

The program is a free, play-based learing curriculum for four year olds.

Churchill says all staff have been hired.

"It's a very exciting day for a lot of families and students. We've got 818 four year olds that will be accessing the program this year, and we know it's going to be really helpful for them in a lot of ways."

Head Of Western NS Cancer Support Network Thrilled Over Funding For Oral Cancer Drugs

Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:25 PM

The Western Nova Scotia Cancer Support Network is calling it a 'huge win.'

In yesterday's provincial budget, the province revealed they will establish a program to reduce costs for oral cancer drugs.

The Liberals say the take-home therapies cancer program will help pay for high deductibles and co-payments for cancer patients needing to take the medication at home.

The province set aside $846,000 in the budget.

The head of the network is thrilled with the news.

Derek Lesser says it's not total coverage, but a huge step forward.

Clyde River Man Charged With Uttering Threats Toward Indigenous Fishers Online

Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11:54 AM

RCMP have arrested a 36 year old man in relation to online threats toward Indigenous fishers off southwestern Nova Scotia.

The man was arrested without incident last Friday near a residence in Clyde River, Shelburne County.

He was released from custody later that day, and is facing two charges of uttering threats.

The man will be in Shelburne Provincial Court on December 6th.

In a release, police say they are looking for a second man for the same offece.

Yarmouth Transit Bus Still Out Of Service

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:30 AM

The 14 passenger Crestline Coach bus was taken out of service earlier this month.

Mayor Pam Mood says it's a mechanical issue.

"The bus went out of service on September 5th with engine problems, there was something wrong with the cam shaft. The repairs are under warranty however it's taken a little longer than expected to find the fix."

Mood says the town is hoping to have the bus back at the end of this week or the beginning of next week.

Another vehicle has temporarily replaced the bus however it is not accessible for mobility-restricted passengers.

Construction Has Begun On Shelburne's Collaborative Health Centre

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:29 AM

Rikjak Construction, a Nova Scotia company, was awarded the tender for the project in the spring.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is coordinating the construction portion of the project.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Department of Health and Wellness are planning the clinical part.

Mayor Karen Mattatall says the project taken long enough to get started.