December 2017

Still Many Without Power In Tri-Counties And South Shore This Afternoon

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:28 PM

The numbers continue to fall, but as of 12:45 Wednesday afternoon 5874 Nova Scotians remain without power according to Nova Scotia Power's outage map.

There were 681 active outages, most in Shelburne County and the South Shore.

Nova Scotia Power says it has over 700 frontline and support staff working to restore service to its customers after the Christmas Day storm.

Spokesperson Tiffany Chase says damage to utility poles, transmission lines and equipment was significant.

High Winds Cause Fuel Shortage

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 11:39 AM

There is a shortage of gasoline and diesel, across the province and it's being blamed on Monday's storm.

There were lineups yesterday and this morning at many service stations in the Tri-Counties and South Shore.

Guy Surette, the owner of Tusket Ultramar in Yarmouth County says the power went off at the Esso storage facility in Dartmouth on Sunday, but that was just one problem.

A Precious Christmas Gift

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10:10 AM

(Robin Surette donated a kidney to her dad Earl Ring-CJLS News)

There's no bigger gift Earl Ring's daughter could have given him this Christmas.

The Kempt, Yarmouth County native has known for over a decade he needed a kidney, and was on a donor list.

His daughter Robin Surette was in her late teens when she wanted to become a living donor.

But Earl and his wife Polly instructed her to 'get her life in order' first, and then they would reconsider it.

Surette is now a registered nurse, a wife and a mother to two kids.

Over 7500 Nova Scotians Remain Without Power This Morning

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 06:02 AM

On Christmas Day fierce winds, clocked at over 117 km/h in some areas, knocked down trees and poles and snapped lines across the province.

In a release, Nova Scotia Power says as of 6:30 last night they had over 90% of the electricity restored to customers who lost power.

There are still 768 active outages across Nova Scotia.

Dozens in the Tri-Counties and South Shore.

According to NSP's outage map, there are over 2100 customers in Shelburne County still without power, over 1100 in Yarmouth County.

High Winds Knocks Out Power For Tens Of Thousands Nova Scotians

Posted on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 06:29 AM

Tens of thousands of Nova Scotians are still without power this morning, and it might be as late as tomorrow before power is restored.

Winds blowing up to 100 km/h knocked down trees and poles and snapped lines across the province.

Nova Scotia Power says they have over 400 front line personnel and 250 support staff working to restore power and respond to customers.

Over 95,000 homes have seen their power return since it was knocked out last evening.

NS Power estimates power will be restored to most customers by noon tomorrow.

Free Yarmouth Community Christmas Dinner Celebrates 20 Years

Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 11:34 AM

For 20 years, a traditional Christmas dinner has been available for free in the Town of Yarmouth on Christmas Day.

Once again on Monday at the Yarmouth Lions Hall from noon to 3, all residents are welcome.

There will be eat-in, take-out and delivery options.

Organizer Brenda Hattie began the event when she was transferred to Yarmouth by the Canadian Armed Forces.

"My first meal was 12 people and six of them were volunteers. That didn't deter me. I had Ray and Louise Zinck go up the road and gather people for me, and it's grown ever since."

Spirit Of Christmas Alive And Well

Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 11:30 AM

A social media movement to help bring back the true meaning of Christmas is being embraced by many people in the Tri-Counties.

Derek Lesser, an educator at the Yarmouth High School shared a Facebook group called The True Christmas Movement.

It encourages acts of kindness.

Lesser says we have lost sight of what Christmas is all about.

Shelburne mayor "Outraged" Over Latest ER Closures

Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 11:30 AM

(Mayor Karen Mattatall speaks at rally in Shelburne condemning ER closures-CJLS News)

The mayor of Shelburne says it's insulting how the province is treating residents.

Karen Mattatal is referring to the latest closure of the ER at Roseway Hospital.

The department closes at 5pm today until Saturday morning at 8.

The ER will close again on Saturday at 5pm until Tuesday at 8am.

Mayor Mattatall is outraged.

Sledge Hockey Day Coming To Mariners Centre January 6th

Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 11:29 AM

The Mariners Centre will celebrate sledge hockey on Saturday, January 6th.

Renovations to Arena 1 have allowed better access for sledge hockey players to the player bench and penalty box area.

Members of the public are invited to come out and take part in ceremonies starting at 11am.

Arena General Manager Gil Dares says they had a grant from the Rick Hansen Foundation and the province to assist with the project.

Dares says the sledge hockey team 'South Shore Ice Sharks' will hold a demonstration.