Thursday, November 4, 2010

Time Changes This Weekend

This is the weekend you get an extra hour of sleep.  Nova Scotians are reminded to set their clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 7th, when daylight savings ends at 2 a.m., or before going to bed Saturday evening. Along with watches and clocks, microwave ovens, VCR and DVD players, answering machines, car clocks and automatic timer lights need to be adjusted. It is also a reminder to change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.  People are also advised to check computer calendars to ensure appointments are up to date when the time change occurs.

Missing for Four Years

Shelburne RCMP will be conducting a search this Sunday, November 7th for a man who has been missing for four years.  Eric Helton Dorey was reported missing by family members on October 23rd, 2006.   Dorey who resided with his mother at Woodlawn Drive in Shelburne has never been located.  He was regularly seen walking in Shelburne or along the 103 between Shelburne and Yarmouth. In the weeks after Dorey was reported missing, a wooded area near his residence was searched  with negative results.  The Mounties will be searching another wooded area near Dorey's former residence this weekend for clues related to his disappearance.  Dorey would be celebrating his 53rd birthday next month.

Fishermen's Memorial ER Recommended for Change

Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg is one of the rural hospitals recommended to be used as a collaborative assessment room for emergencies (CARE) centre. The recommendation was contained in a report on emergency health care in Nova Scotia by Dr. John Ross. He stated in his report that of those who accessed ER services at Fishermen's none were life or limb threatening. Dr. Ross stated that according to data most patients could be seen in an office setting. Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says he hasn't seen the report yet and wants to thoroughly review it and discuss the impact of the report with South Shore Health officials before commenting.

Fishery Amendments Introduced

Nova Scotia's lakes and rivers will be better protected through amendments to legislation introduced Thursday (Nov,4) by Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau . The proposed amendments to the Fisheries and Coastal  Resources Act will better protect against the non-authorized introduction of fish into provincial waters and clarify definitions in the act.  Belliveau says Nova Scotians expect marine and  freshwater resources to be well-managed for present and future . The Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act outlines a structure for sustainable development of Nova Scotia's coastal resources. It has been in effect since 1997.

Keddy on Veterans Protest

The member of Parliament for South Shore St-Margaret's says the federal government offers Canadian veterans the best treatment in the world. A group of soldiers and their supporters will challenge that statement at Gerald Keddy's Bridgewater office on Saturday, November 6th, as veterans protest nationwide. Keddy says the 2.5 billion dollars the government has pumped into Veterans Affairs since coming to power has improved benefits and increased the number of pension pay-outs. He says they would never be able to afford to make it perfect, but it's a heck of a lot better than it was. Keddy says the Government deserves a lot of support and thanks for the good things they've done. He says if people want to advocate for more and advocate for the government to do things in a different way than do that in a legitimate way. Keddy says this Saturday's nationwide protest isn't valid because it claims the government has failed outright in its handling of Veterans Affairs.

Head-On Crash on Highway 103

A head-on crash on highway 103 near Chester around midnight last night sent four people to hospital in Halifax with non-life threatening injuries. It happened between exits 6 and 7.  An ambulance pulled in behind a vehicle parked along the side of the road to see if those inside needed assistance. But the vehicle took off. The ambulance followed and a short time later the other vehicle crossed the centre line and crashed head-on into another. The driver fled the scene on foot into the woods but was apprehended not long after with the help of a police tracking dog. Lunenburg County RCMP continue their investigation.