January 2018

Y95-CJLS Weekender: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 16:42 PM

Kevin Northup speaks to Education Minister Zach Churchill on the planned elimination of elected school boards.

Gary Nickerson speaks to Jeff Little and Mary Surette of the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation on the upcoming We Care Radiothon.

Gary Nickerson speaks with Krissie Wyman,Shannon Demille and Jennifer Martin on the fight to keep midwifery services in our region.

Curling Back In Yarmouth Tonight

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 12:35 PM

It's been a four month process, but curling returns to Yarmouth tonight.

The ice is in and ready for use at the Yarmouth Curling Club on Forbes Street.

In October, problems with the ice maker led to the postponement of the season.

Curling Director Nick Hilton says they are just looking forward to getting back on the ice.

"It has been a long process. We had a number of breakdowns, one part broke and we ended up with two extremely expensive parts to fix. We are really looking forward to starting curling once agaon.

Vigil Tonight In Yarmouth To Mark One Anniversary Of Quebec Mosque Shooting

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 12:11 PM

Today is the first anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting.

The shooting left six men inside the Islamic Cultural Centre dead and five more injured.

Vigils are being held at various locations across the country.

The Yarmouth Refugee Support Group has organized an event to honour the victims of the mosque massacre this evening from 7 to 8 at Yarmouth Town Hall.

New Arts Group Seeking Permanent Name. Your Ideas Are Welcome

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 11:50 AM

A new organization for artists in the region continues to grow.

More than two-dozen artists, representing arts of every genre, met early last month at the Holy Trinity Church Hall for a round-table discussion.

Andre Haines, the event’s facilitator, says the group's mandate is to nurture, foster and promote the arts.

The group is tentatively called 'Anchor For The Arts' but Haines says they will be filing with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies and need a permanent name for the organization.

Municipality Of Yarmouth Still Pushing For Doppler Radar

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 11:35 AM

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The Municipality of Yarmouth continues to go after the federal government for a Doppler radar weather system that would cover southwestern Nova Scotia.

The municipality made an initial request in 2014 but it went nowhere.

More recent requests didn't fare any better.

A letter from Environment Canada stated that the government was updating 21 of the weather stations with an option to update 14 more, but that doesn't include any new weather stations in Nova Scotia.

The issue was brought up again at a council meeting last week.

Town Of Yarmouth To Consider Capital Funds For More Improvements To Fire Hall

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 11:25 AM

Work to reopen the second floor of the Yarmouth Fire Hall continues.

The second floor was closed for public use a few years ago after it failed to meet fire safety standards.

Over the past couple of years the Town of Yarmouth has replaced doors and windows and new siding has been installed along with a new exit stairway in the back of the building.

Mayor Pam Mood says the town has items in the capital budget for consideration.

Yarmouth Municipal Councillor Says Lives At Risk During Storms At Yarmouth Bar And Cape Forchu

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 06:46 AM

The Municipality of Yarmouth wants both the provincial and federal governments to make improvements to the causeway that connects John's Cove with Cape Forchu.

The issue was raised by councillor Loren Cushing at a recent council meeting.

Cushing says there could be a disaster if a fire ever broke out on one of the many lobster boats if emergency crews were unable to get through.

He says there's also one other troubling scenario.

A potential emergency on Cape Forchu.

Education Minister Says Eliminating School boards " Tough, But Necessary Decision"

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 06:36 AM

The removal of seven English speaking elected school boards was one of 11 recommendations adopted by the province from a report on education administration by expert Dr. Avis Glaze.

Zach Churchill says it's a fractured system that needs to be unified, and is in no way a commentary on individuals involved with school boards.

Members of the Tri-County Regional School Board were upset at the report, and are wondering what lies next for children in rural areas.

Churchill says he doesn't feel good about impacting people in a way that makes them feel negatively.

Nova Scotia Legislature Set To Resume February 27

Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2018 09:59 AM

The governing Liberals have a month to prepare for what will certainly be a controversial session of the legislature.

It'll be all hands on deck February 27th when the house sits for the first time in 2018.

Government will have to re-write the education act if they wish to follow recommendations from Dr. Avis Glaze's report on the education system.

Donations From Live Well Challenge Nearing Half A Million Dollars

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 13:25 PM

More and more people are taking the Live Well Challenge.

Fishermen and women are jumping into cold ocean water and donating money.

It's extended well beyond our area as hundreds have filmed their jumps and posted them to Facebook.

Pledges are nearing half a million dollars, and dozens of organizations and charities are benefiting.

Cape Sable Island fisherman Todd Newell came up with the idea earlier this month to help the families of the victims of the house fire in Pubnico.

He says it's gone beyond his wildest dreams.