December 2017

Shelburne County Historian To Receive Order Of Canada

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 10:11 AM

Historian Elizabeth Cromwell is being honoured for her work in preserving Black Loyalist heritage in Nova Scotia.

Cromwell is among 125 Canadians who will receive the Order of Canada in 2018.

The Shelburne County woman has worked for years to have Black Loyalist history recognized.

"The most interesting thing about Black Loyalist history was that, a lot of people didn't understand or know because no one ever talked about the fact that Black Loyalists were settlers in Nova Scotia, we didn't learn that in school," says Cromwell.

RCMP Remind New Year's Eve Revelers To Be Safe. Don't Drive Impaired

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 10:35 AM

Nova Scotia RCMP are asking you to plan ahead before going out New Year's Eve.

Some people will bring in the new year at home, at friends or at dances.

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke says there will be an increased police presence on the roads.

"Absolutely. We will certainly be out on News Year's Eve and as we are a lot of times. Impaired driving is certainly a priority for the RCMP as we enforce impaired driving laws and we certainly hope to see people driving safely."

Gas And Diesel Prices Up

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 05:59 AM

It will cost you more at the pumps this morning.

The price of both gas and diesel jumped overnight.

A litre of regular self-serve gasoline is selling for $1.15.5 cents in most of the Yarmouth area.

That's an increase of approximately 4 cents a litre.

Diesel is $1.20.5 cents a litre, a jump of almost two cents

East Jordan Home Destroyed In Fire

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:48 AM

A family home was destroyed in East Jordan yesterday after a generator being used outside the house caught fire.

The three adult occupants escaped unharmed but lost a family pet.

Fire departments from Jordan, Lockeport, and Shelburne all responded to the scene after receiving a call just before 3 p.m.

Dale Slack, chief of the Jordan Fire Department, says the weather conditions played a part in how quickly the blaze spread.

White Out Conditions Reported Across Tri-Counties And South Shore

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:35 AM

There's no surprise that these strong northwest winds in the Tri-Counties and South Shore are making driving challenging in some areas.

While there's no significant snowfall, Don Houston with the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation in Yarmouth says there are whiteouts in some places and the cold isn't helping.

"We're unable to use salt right now. We're pretty much plowing back hills, intersections and such. We're putting down sand for that. All the operators have been reporting white out conditions."

People Still Without Power In Yarmouth, Digby, Shelburne and South Shore Areas

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:28 AM

Nova Scotia Power technicians continue to brave cold temperatures and bitterly cold wind chills to restore power to those still without electricity.

They've been at it since Christmas Day when a storm carrying powerful winds snapped power poles, felled trees and broke power lines.

One of the worst hit areas was in our region.

Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Tiffany Chase says they understand it's been a real hardship for people.

RCMP Say Arson Suspected In Lobster Pound Fire In Digby County

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:26 AM

RCMP say a fire at a lobster pound in Digby County is suspicious in nature.

On Christmas Day flames destroyed the facility owned by Mi'kmaq band councillor Alex McDonald from central Nova Scotia.

Media relations officers Cpl. Jen Clarke says the fire on Little Paradise Road in St. Bernard was reported at 4:45 a.m. Monday.

"We do consider it to be arson. We have called the Nova Scotia office of the fire marshal to assist in our investigation which is ongoing."

Power Outage Update - 6:00am Thursday

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 06:28 AM

Just over a thousand Nova Scotians are still without power.

The wind storm Christmas Day knocked out power to more than 158,000 homes across the province.

Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Tiffany Chase says crews may have to wait for some homeowners to make repairs themselves before power is reconnected.

"Some customers may have damage to their meter mast. That's the tube that runs up the side of your house that brings the line into your meter. And that portion of the system is actually the responsibility of the customer."

Another ER Closure In Shelburne Has The Mayor Fuming

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:51 PM

There's more closures coming for Roseway Hospital's Emergency Department.

The emergency department in Shelburne will be closed this afternoon at 5:00 and will reopen tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

It will close again Thursday at 5pm and reopen Friday morning at 8.

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

The ER was closed Sunday and Monday.

Mayor Karen Mattatall says unfortunately she's not surprised by the latest closures.

It's COLD..l..Get Used To It For A Few Days

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:39 PM

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement advising that a cold Arctic air mass will remain over Nova Scotia today and tomorrow.

Cold temperatures combined with moderate to strong westerly winds will make it feel like minus 20 today and minus 26 to minus 30 tonight and tomorrow morning.

Environment Canada's Linda Libby explains where it's coming from.