February 2018

Justice Minister Unfazed By Delayed Cannabis Legalization

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 17:30 PM

Nova Scotia's Justice Minister says the delay in legalizing cannabis won't impact the province's plans.

The Senate decided earlier this month to delay the bill to allow more time to study the implications.

Mark Furey says legislation will be introduced in this sitting of the house that will lay out how cannabis will be sold in Nova Scotia.

Furey acknowledges the delay will affect when Nova Scotians will see pot available on the shelves.

Changes To Education Act To Be Introduced Tomorrow

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 16:52 PM

Changes to Nova Scotia's Education Act will be introduced in the Legislature tomorrow.

Government has said it will immediately go ahead with 11 of the 22 recommendations from Dr. Avis Glaze's report to overhaul the administration of education in the province.

Earlier this week, Premier Stephen McNeil said he would delay the legislation following talks between himself and Nova Scotia Teachers Union President Liette Doucet.

Shelburne's Hicks To Represent NS at Canadian Masters Curling Championship

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 15:44 PM

Photo: Team Hicks (Shelburne Curling Centre Facebook page)

The Shelburne Curling Centre hosted the 2018 Nova Scotia Masters Curling Championship recently.

Greg Hicks from the Shelburne Curling Centre defeated Ray Fowler of the Amherst Curling Club to become the Men's Champion.

Colleen Pinkney of the Truro Curling Club defeated Virginia Jackson of the Dartmouth club for the Ladies Championship.

Hicks and Pinkney's teams will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian Masters Championship, April 1-8 in Surrey/White Rock, B.C.

Maple Grove Finishes Fourth At Jr Girls Basketball Regionals

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 15:31 PM

The Maple Grove Junior Girls Basketball team finished fourth at Regionals yesterday in New Minas.

They lost to a very strong Evangeline Middle School team 53-22 in the semifinals.

Zoe Schwan had seven points and Ellie Hiltz had four.

In the bronze medal game, Maple Grove fell 58-40 to Kings County Academy.

Ellie Hiltz had 16 points and Zoe Schwan had 11.

The Panthers will finish out the season next Tuesday at home as they host a combined Tier 1 and Tier 2 Yarmouth/Shelburne County championship.

Yarmouth Curling Association Hosting Appreciation Night Friday

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 13:04 PM

The Yarmouth Curling Association wants to say 'thank you.'

They are holding a club appreciation night on Friday at the Yarmouth Curling Club.

Registration is from 6-6:30 and games will take place from 7-9.

Curling Director Nick Hilton says it's all about showing appreciation to the community.

"As everyone knows, we just went through a major refit of our plant. This event is in appreciation of what everyone in the community has done for us."

A provincial tournament was held last weekend at the club, and Hilton says it went extremely well.

Weather Network Releases Spring Forecast

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:55 PM

Expect a volatile spring in Atlantic Canada.

That's the prediction from the Weather Network.

Meteorologist Tyler Hamilton says the season will bring above normal amounts of precipitation with somewhat seasonable temperatures.

"There will be bouts of warmth. I don't think it will be as extreme as what we saw in Februrary. Crunching the numbers, back in February we had an average temperature of 5 degrees for a high in Yarmouth. The Normal is 1 degree.'

The first day of spring is Tuesday March 20.

Yarmouth County Municipal Alcohol Project Has Been Expanded

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:30 PM

First developed in 2016, it has been updated to include tobacco and cannibas.

The strategy was presented to the Municipality of Argyle's Committee of the Whole Tuesday night by Larry Phillips with Mental Health and Addictions and Yarmouth Municipal councillor Loren Cushing.

Cushing says the project is about developing an action plan to reduce harms from substance abuse.

Petition Tabled Demanding High Speed Internet For Some Yarmouth County Communities

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:16 PM

A petition was presented in the Legislature Tuesday asking the government to provide high-speed Internet to some rural communities in Yarmouth County.

Chris d'Entremont, the MLA for Argyle-Barrington, says residents in Little Harbour, Comeau's Hill and surrounding communities are demanding high speed Internet and they've been under-served for too long now.

"They can't even do some of the basic online governmental services. they deserve much better."

Argyle CAO May Remain As Interim Manager Of Yarmouth International Airport

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:06 PM

The interim manager of the Yarmouth International Airport could remain in the position for a bit longer.

Alain Muise, CAO of the Municipality of Argyle, was appointed to the job after Mike Fields resigned as the airport's full-time manager late last year.

Muise's position is supposed to expire at the end of next month.

Last night at Argyle's Committee of the Whole meeting many councillors like Guy Surette said the airport needs a full-time manager.

He says the municipal financial commitment also troubles him.

Multiple Fire Departments Respond To Blaze At Site Of Former Clare Social Club

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 06:46 AM

(Facebook photo)

Seven fire departments responded to a fire Tuesday night at a building that once housed the Clare Social Club at 1008 Highway 1.

Little Brook Fire Chief Michel LeBlanc says the call came in around 8 p.m.

He says the building was not fully engulfed when firefighters first arrived but he says it was a difficult blaze to contain.

"There were a lot of small rooms so the fire was everywhere in the small areas, it was hard to get at."

Chief LeBlanc says the extent of damage will be assessed this morning.