Sunday, February 14, 2010

Up in Smoke

A Yarmouth County man has been handed one of the highest fines ever imposed in Bridgewater Provincial Court last Thursday,February 11th for having illegal cigarettes. Fifty-two year old Richard Lee White was fined a total of 335 thousand dollars under the provincial Revenue Act and federal Excise Act. White was arrested following a routine traffic stop near Maitland on March 19th/2008. Police found 50 cases containing 500 thousand illegal smokes in the cube van at the time the vehicle was stopped on Highway 103. His lawyer says it will take years , maybe his client's entire lifetime to pay off the fines.

Transit Service Still a Possibility

The possibility of a transit system for Lunenburg County is still very much alive. The Municipality of Lunenburg defeated a motion calling for a hybrid/Lunenburg County model integrating fixed services with on demand services. TRIP funding would be allocated for a detailed analysis and action plan. The recommendation by the Joint Transit Committee was defeated by a vote of 7 to 6. Mayor Don Downe says that doesn't mean the project is dead. He says the matter has been referred back to the Transit Committee to do some due diligence and bring back a recommendation that Councillors can see first hand what is needed to move forward. Bridgewater Town Council had concerns that without the Municipality's support the other partner units would not be able to proceed. The next meeting of the Joint Transit Committee is set for February 23rd.