March 2018

NS Bantam Hockey Championships This Weekend In Liverpool

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:02 AM

Queens Place Emera Centre will be hopping this weekend.

The best bantam hockey players in the province will battle it out to win the 2018 Nova Scotia Major Bantam Provincial Championships.

Seven teams including the host Western Hurricanes will be competing.

Western Hurricanes President Kevin Benjamin says he expects the games will be exciting.

"This is the top level of hockey for 13 and 14 year-olds in the province. I'm looking forward to a very competitive weekend."

McNeil Government Tables Balanced Budget With $29.4 Million Surplus

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 17:21 PM

The McNeil government tabled a balanced budget with a $29.4 million surplus today.

That surplus is relying heavily on an estimated $20 million from taxes and duties on recreational cannabis sales.

Finance Minister Karen Casey presented the budget at Province House today.

"Achieving that fiscal sustainability is so important as it gives us the ability to make further investments in healthcare and education as we continue to live within our means," she told the legislature.

Organigram CEO "Disappointed" By Federal Packaging Rules

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 16:42 PM

The CEO of Moncton-based marijuana producer Organigram says the new federal packaging guidelines are nothing more than warning labels.

Greg Engel says he's disappointed but thinks ultimately it won't come down to the packaging anyway.

"Consumers are going to make a choice based on the product.  It's not going to be about the package per say.  If everybody has similar packaging then it's a level playing field.  It's about what you deliver in a quality product at the end of the day and can they link that product to your company in the brands that you sell," he notes.

Province-Wide Litter Cleanup Next Month

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 13:36 PM

Everyone could use a pick-me-up this time of year.

This one is a little different.

The Clean Nova Scotia Foundation kicks of its 2018 'Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up'.

It's the province's largest volunteer-driven community clean-up program.

The Clean Foundation provides supplies and support to participants for community-based clean-ups.

Amy Hilyaard, is waste reduction coordinator for Wastecheck.

She says they're pleased to take part each year.

Childcare Operator Says Pre-Primary Program Taking Educators Away From Private Sector

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 13:22 PM

As Nova Scotia's pre-primary program continues to roll out, preschools are facing uncertainty.

Preschools and daycares charge fees, but must now compete against a pre-primary system for four-year-olds that's free.

Jodi MacKinnon-LeBlanc, of Lil'Gems Childcare Centre in Yarmouth says the province caps the pay for educators at regulated facilities at $17 an hour.

She says some schools are advertising for trained childcare workers, and MacKinnon-LeBlanc says she and other centres will lose valuable staff.

Th'YARC Moving Ahead With Plans For New Theatre In Arcadia

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 13:11 PM

While plans by the Town of Yarmouth for a regional arts and culture centre move ahead, Th'YARC is also proceeding with their own plans.

The Yarmouth Regional Arts Centre will be moving from their present location on Parade Street to the former Arcadia school building.

Mitch Bonnar, president of the Th'YARC board of directors says the building almost meets their original criteria that was created a decade ago for a 10-thousand square-foot theatre with a bonus of the upstairs rooms.

He says the funding for the $6 million facility will be in place soon.

RCMP Arrest Man 'Literally' Drinking And Driving

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12:38 PM

Drinking straight from a liquor bottle while driving led to drunk driving charges for a Middlewood man.

A concerned citizen called RCMP after observing a man swerving between lanes, while drinking from a liquor bottle on Conquerall Mills Road at 11 AM yesterday.

Sergeant David Ferguson with Lunenburg District RCMP, says they located the vehicle on Conquerall Mills Road and arrested the man.

Ferguson says they took the 49-year-old man to the detachment and administered a breathalyzer test.

Mariners Take Game 3 In OT Over Bearcats, Lead Series 2-1

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 22:00 PM

An overtime thriller in Yarmouth tonight saw the Junior A Mariners defeat the Truro Bearcats 3-2 in Game 3 of their first round series.

With that, the Mariners lead the best of seven series 2-1.

The 1,300 in attendance at Mariners Centre could be heard all the way to the south-end of town as Noah McMullin's shot beat Kevin Resop high at 2:03 of the first overtime period.

Province Investing $40 Million In Initiatives, Incentives To Retain And Attract Doctors

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 17:44 PM

The province is spending $40 million in incentives to retain and attract doctors to Nova Scotia.

Premier Stephen McNeil made the announcement today along with the Dr. Tim Holland, president elect of Doctors Nova Scotia and Dr. Heather Johnson, a Bridgewater family doctor who runs a collaborative care practice.