January 2018

Service Nova Scotia Reminds Nova Scotians To Check Licenses For Door-To-Door Sellers

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 07:51 AM

If you're considering a home alarm system then Service Nova Scotia wants you to be aware of a case of unlicensed door-to-door sales.

The department says iCONIC Alarms has been operating without a licence since February 2017, selling home alarm services door-to-door on behalf of ADT Security Services.

Rodger Gregg, Registrar for the province's Direct Sellers Regulations Act, says the company did not have the approved permits.

"We found their contracts were missing some of the requirements that are needed in our legislation to be able to sell door-to-door."

Western Regional Enterprise Network Getting The Word Out About The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 07:41 AM

The Immigration Lead for the Western Regional Enterprise Network says a business-led program to hire immigrant workers is a golden opportunity.

Benefits of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot include faster processing of immigrants, skipping the labour market impact assessment and international graduates being hired right out of school.

The program also helps match businesses with intermediate and high skilled workers

Gino Thibeault says our population numbers show that we need the people.

Municipality Of Barrington Seeks Public Input On 2018-2019 Budget

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 07:15 AM

Residents of the Municipality of Barrington are being asked for their input on the 2018-2019 budget.

An informal workshop meeting is taking place Tuesday night at 7 at the council chambers on Highway 3 in Barrington Passage.

CAO Rob Frost says the evening will be in an informal workshop setting.

"We'll do a little discussion about some of the things that we have to look at when we're putting together a budget then we'll get feedback from citizens."

Town Of Shelburne Issues Open Letter Calling For Province-Wide Discussion On Health Care

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 06:21 AM

The Town of Shelburne of Shelburne issued an open letter calling on all Nova Scotians to have a discussion about health care.

Specifically, the town along with the Nova Scotia Health Coalition, wants to talk about what they call a crisis in rural health care.

The letter states that since 1980, when the Roseway Hospital was built, successive provincial governments took ownership of the hospital and stripped away services like surgery and obstetrics.

Three Railway Employees Acquitted In Lac-Mégantic Disaster Trial

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 09:22 AM

After nine days of deliberations, a jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty acquitting three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway for role in the fatal explosion in Lac-Mégantic five years ago.

Locomotive engineer Tom Harding, 56, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, 59, and operations manager Jean Demaitre, 53, were charged with criminal negligence in the disaster that killed 47 people after tankers carrying crude oil exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic.

ALCU Visitor Restrictions Eased At Yarmouth Regional Hospital

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 16:46 PM

Visitor restrictions on the Alternative Level of Care Unit at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital have been eased.

However, the Nova Scotia Health Authority is still asking people to stay away if they are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms.

Spokesperson Fraser Mooney says visitors are also asked to restrict the number of patients they visit.

"We wanted to reduce the chances of patients who might already have illnesses from catching the flu. Just try to reduce your visits to one patient only and don't go from room to room. That will encourage the spread of viruses.

Auction For Pubnico Families Raises Over $42,000

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 16:41 PM

An online auction has raised over $42,000 for the families of the four young victims of a fire in Pubnico Head.

Mary Lloy of Yarmouth started the auction on Facebook as a way to help the families.

Soon, the group grew to over 9,000 members, and over 300 items were being bid on.

Lloy thanks the many people who stepped forward and donated items.

"Everybody basically overbid on the item that they took. I still haven't got my head around it, it's just amazing what people have done."

Eel Brook Man Facing Extortion, Other Charges

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 16:36 PM

A Yarmouth County man has been charged with extortion, fabricating evidence and public mischief.

33 year old Andrew James Chetwynd of Eel Brook was arrested on Wednesday.

This after a months long investigation which began in March of last year.

Police say a woman told them she had been contacted by someone who was demanding money from her.

She was being told that this man was in possession of a computer she once owned, and was telling her she needed to pay him to recover photos he allegedly found on the computer, which were child pornography.

School Board Taking Another Look At Snow Closure Policy

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 14:02 PM

A study by South Shore Regional School Board could mean fewer snow days.

The board is looking into the option of delaying opening schools by a couple of hours when the weather is bad.

Halifax Regional School Board put the policy in place this year.

South Shore Regional School Board Spokesperson, Theresa Schroder says delayed openings could lessen the disruptions for families.