February 2018

Clare Firefighters Association To Host 2nd Annual Weekend Workshop In April

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 12:43 PM

Many people in the fire service in Canada and the U-S have taken notice of what's happening in Clare.

Firefighters developed the Clare Firefighters Association Training Passport.

It uses three levels: green, red and yellow, to identify individual skills and place recruits at a fire scene where they will be the most effective.

Red means a firefighter can do any activity on the ground other than fighting fire.

Yellow means they can can do exterior fire attack and green means interior fire attack.

RCMP Warning Of New Scam After Yarmouth Woman Defrauded

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 11:55 AM

RCMP are warning Yarmouth residents of a new scam making the rounds.

They say a woman was contacted recently and told she had won a large amount of prize money, and to claim it, all the woman would have to do is pay the fees and taxes.

The woman was asked to provide her account number so the money could be deposited into her account.

From there, the woman was asked to withdraw funds and send money via wire transfer to various bank accounts across Canada and the U.S.

She was defrauded of nearly $10,000.

Maple Grove Junior Girls To Play In Tier 1 Basketball Regional Championship

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 11:30 AM

The Maple Grove Junior Girls Basketball team will move on to Tier 1 Regional championships on Tuesday.

They secured their spot by defeating Northeast Kings Education Centre 43-22.

Ellie Hiltz had 17 points and Zoe Schwan scored 13, Janaya Hiltz chipped in with seven.

Maple Grove will face Evangeline Middle School in New Minas on Tuesday.

Business Owners Encouraged To Apply For Yarmouth's Downtown Facade Program

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 10:46 AM

The Facade program is a grant-based program to assist downtown property owners and tenants with the financing of street-oriented building facade improvements.

Mayor Pam Mood says the program is administered by the Yarmouth Facade Society, a not-for-profit volunteer board with support from the Town’s Economic Development staff.

The Town of Yarmouth matches up to $5,000 when business and property owners apply for the program.

But Mood says the return on those dollars has been much greater.

MADD Canada Disappointed That Feds Not Lowering Criminal Blood Alcohol Content

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 10:40 AM

The federal government has backed down on lowering the criminal blood alcohol limit, at least for now.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould's office says the government is instead counting on stricter roadside testing.

There is a bill before Parliament that would revise impaired driving laws, addressing both alcohol and drugs as the government legalizes recreational marijuana use.

Susan MacAskill is MADD Canada's regional manager for Atlantic Canada and says they're disappointed but not surprised.

Yarmouth Vying For Millions Of Dollars In Prize Money In Smart Ideas Cities Challenge

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 10:21 AM

Yarmouth's mayor is encouraging submissions for the Smart Cities Ideas Challenge.

The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition open to all municipalities and Indigenous communities across the country.

The federal government is accepting applications for ideas that would achieve meaningful outcomes for residents through the use of data and connected technology.

Mayor Pam Mood says they've already had quite a few responses to their request.

"We took some of the ideas and put them together. I believe now they are open for voting on the Town of Yarmouth website."

Roseway Emergency Department Closed Saturday

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 09:59 AM

The emergency department at Roseway Hospital in Shelburne, will be closed much of tomorrow, Saturday, February, 24.

It will shut down at 6:00 a.m. and reopen at 8:00 p.m.

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

If you have an emergency you're asked to call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department.

For non-emergency health advice from a registered nurse, call 811.

Province Creates New Immigration Stream To Attract Doctors

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 16:33 PM

The provincial government is launching a new immigration stream to help attract international doctors and specialists to Nova Scotia.

The stream, which has been approved by the federal government, is a part of the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program.

And according to a release from the province, they already have a recruit - Dr. Jamie Tribo, an American doctor who plans on practicing family medicine in Cape Breton this spring.

Nova Scotia NDP Introducing Bill To Open Health Care Authority Meetings To Public

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 16:27 PM

The Nova Scotia NDP is looking to pass two bills to make the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) more accountable.

One bill, the Nova Scotia Health authority Openness Act, would see all of the health authority's meetings open to the public and require agendas and minutes be posted publicly online.

The other, the Nova Scotia Health Authority Accountability Act, would require NSHA to track and publicly report information, such as wait times, percentage of people visiting ER who are without a family doctor, and number of patients in hospital beds waiting for long term care.