Monday, June 21, 2010

South Shore Health Finances

Despite having a balanced budget at the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year there are challenges ahead for South Shore Health. C-E-O Alice Leverman says they're still waiting for approval for their business plan from the Department of Health . Leverman says the Board has undertaken a number of initiatives so they know it's going to be a very tight year and there's lots of work to be done. She says they anticipate hearing back from the province very soon. Leverman says the Board was optimistically forecasting they would have a balanced budget and year end statements proved that correct.

Tie A Yellow Ribbon..

Bridgewater Mayor Carroll Publicover is getting set to tie one on next week.. ... a yellow ribbon that is, the Support the Troops Campaign. Major James Fera of 14 Construction Engineering Squadron is seeking the Town's support for another campaign this year. In a recent presentation to Town Council, Major Fera said last years community support was heartwarming and was a great boost to the morale of soldiers and military families. Many of the storefronts have kept the yellow ribbons in their windows year round. This year's campaign will kick off Monday, June 28th and continue over the Canada Day weekend until July 8th. The Mayor along with the Major will place the first yellow ribbon on King Street next week.

Waterfront Development Controls

A motion to investigate implementing development standards for the Liverpool waterfront generated lots of discussion at the Region of Queens Municipal Council meeting Monday. The guidelines would only apply to the waterfront, the only C-4 Zone in the municipality.Deputy Mayor Darlene Norman says the request came from the Planning Advisory Committee made up of three councillors and 8 members of the public. She says PAC determined there needs to be design criteria for the waterfront area and guidelines should be implemented in keeping with the natural esthetics of what is already there, in particular Shipyard Point and Privateer Park. Norman says discussions got off-line slightly when some councillors wondered if some of the C-4 should be zoned parkland only with no development. That may have caused some confusion on the motion which was passed by a 4 to 3 vote.

CAMs Classes Cancelled

A break from classes for students at Chester Area Middle School in the 6 and 7 wing. Due to localized flooding at CAMs students in Grades 6 and 7 will not have classes tomorrow (Tuesday, June 22nd.) They were sent home this morning upon arrival at the school. For updates on the situation check the School Board's website at

Early Morning Fire

Arthur's Auto Repair in Oak Park, Shelburne County was destroyed by an early morning fire that broke out. Around 6am Several Fire Departments were out battling the Stubborn Fire that was spotted by a passing motorist. Barrington, Port Clyde ,Island & Barrington Passage, Shag Harbour-Bear Point, Woods Harbour, East Pubnico and West Pubnico Fire Departments responded to the call. The RCMP and Nova Scotia Power also responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Crousetown Armed Standoff

A 43-year-old man is in custody following an armed-standoff with police in Lunenburg County late Sunday night.

The RCMP responded to a call to a residence in Crousetown where they found a man, whome they described as "suicidal", armed with a shotgun.

The Mounties secured the area and negotiated with the man for several hours before successfully negotiating his surrender.

The RCMP report that, although the man fired four shots in and around the building, no one was injured.

After an examination at the South Shore Regional Hospital, the Mounties held the man in custody overnight.

He appears at Provincial Court in Bridgewater on Monday.