December 2017

Crews Ready As Snow Starts To Fly

Posted on Saturday, December 16, 2017 09:44 AM

The snow is starting to fly and plow crews are ready.

Glen Strang, Area Manager for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal says they've been preparing since fall.

He says when a storm is forecast they'll head out in advance and spray a brine solution to keep snow from bonding with the pavement.

Strang says TIR does their best to make roads safe but ultimately, it's up to drivers.

NS Justice Minister Says 19 Is The Most Appropriate Age To Purchase Legal Marijuana In 2018

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 12:55 PM

Nova Scotia's Minister of Justice says he's comfortable with the age of 19 to legally purchase marijuana at NSLC select stores when it becomes legal next July.

Mark Furey says it was done after careful consideration and analysis.

He says also considered was the fact Nova Scotia has the highest consumption of illegal marijuana among youth 18 to 35 in the country.

Furey says there is a large population under the age of 19 using marijuana.

He says they also heard from the Canadian Medical Association who suggested that 25 should be the legal age.

Food Drives Today In Yarmouth

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 12:34 PM

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You can help feed those in need in the Yarmouth area.

Along with Feed Nova Scotia, the Yarmouth Food Bank and the RCMP are accepting donations of food items at two locations in town.

The RCMP will be at Superstore until 2pm and volunteers from the food bank will be at Sobeys until 6pm.

Food Bank Society chairman Rev. Bill Newell says the Christmas season is all about giving.

He asks folks to take a few minutes to help those less fortunate.

"I know its a busy time of year, people are on the go, but hunger still goes on."

Plans For New Arts And Cultural Centre In Downtown Yarmouth Moving Forward

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 06:30 AM

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The site chosen is the Collins Street parking lot area, and the project is considered a top priority for town council.

At their meeting last night, council approved over $136,000 for a design and feasibility study by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects.

The work will create a design and provide a look at the financial and operational feasibility of the project.

Council will also issue an RFP to engage a firm to develop a governance model for the centre.

Mayor Pam Mood says governance is extremely important.

Cape Breton Mayor Drops By South Shore To Explore PC Leadership

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 16:33 PM

A potential candidate for leader of the provincial PC party paid a visit to the South Shore.

The Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Cecil Clarke is one of the likely candidates to replace outgoing leader Jamie Baillie.

He's in the area to meet with municipal leaders and party faithful.

Clarke says he wants to hear what issues are top of mind for all Nova Scotians.

Christmas Is A Time For Giving, Helping And Serving. How About Serving 100 Meals ?

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 11:55 AM

The Mayor's Task Force has reached out to churches, charities and other organizations in Yarmouth to help provide meals to those less fortunate.

100 meals to be exact.

Mayor Pam Mood says this is a hard time of year for some people.

"In the cold winter months, some people struggle with having to choose between heat and food. So the Mayor's task team got together and basically I just thought, some of the organizations in town are supplying a meal here and there throughout the week. Can we not pull together a meal a day through the coldest days of winter."

Cook's Cup Starts Tonight At Mariners Centre

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 11:15 AM

The silver milk jug will be handed out at Mariners Centre this weekend.

The Yarmouth High Vikings and Par-en-Bas Sharks are teaming up to host the 11th annual Cook's Cup High School Hockey Tournament.

In the boys division, the Vikings and Sharks will be joined by Clare, Digby, Barrington, Avon View, Park View, Sir John A, Prince Andrew and Dartmouth.

The girls division will see Yarmouth, Par-en-Bas/Clare and East Hants.

YCMHS Boys team manager Tina Surette says the tournament is special for the players.

Good News For MGEC On Funding Announced Last Week

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 07:30 AM

Provincial funding announced last week for upgrades to Maple Grove Education Centre in Hebron is all new funding.

Education Minister Zach Churchill said the province would provide $390,000 for work on the middle school.

Recently, renovations to washrooms on the first floor were completed, and it was thought the funding announcement included that work.

Tri-County Regional School Board Director of Operations Steve Stoddart says the $390,000 is in addition to the washroom renos.

He talks about plans for the funds.

(UPDATED at 7:55am) No Power Means No School For Some

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 07:25 AM

It's a day off for students attending Evelyn Richardson Memorial Elementary School in Shag Harbour.

The TCRSB says the school is closed because of a power outage.

There are a couple of outages on Cape Sabe Island. Nova Scotia Power estimates service to be restored at 11am.

There's are also outages in the Lower Woods Harbour, and West Baccaro areas.

Restoration time is 1pm. NSP says they were caused by snow and strong wind.

Th'YARC in Arcadia? Former School Purchased From Municipality By YARC Board

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 19:04 PM

It looks like Th'YARC will be leaving the Town of Yarmouth.

Yarmouth Municipal Council recently issued a request for proposals for the former Arcadia School building.

The lone bid received was from the Yarmouth Regional Arts Council, which was approved on a 5-1 vote by council this morning.

Financial details have not yet been released, but will be revealed when a purchase and sale agreement is signed and Yarmouth Municipal council gives final approval.

YARC President Mitch Bonnar says it's time to move on after a decade of trying to rebuild in town.