Monday, November 29, 2010

LCLC Public Meeting

The latest design for the proposed Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre will be unveiled tonight  (Tuesday .,Nov.30) at a public meeting at the Best Western. Chair of the LCLC, Paul Belliveau says the restructured and revamped design of the facility will be presented to the public as well as the next phase of the budgeting process for the capital program for the project .  Belliveau says they're still working on completing the project by late fall of 2012. He says the next step will be to have the land cleared. Tonight's meeting is set to get underway at 7pm . The 32 million dollar Lifestyle Centre will house an indoor aquatic centre, one NHL sized rink, a new library, multi purpose and active living space.

Refusal of Roadside Screeing Charges

Two Lunenburg County men are facing charges of refusal of a roadside screening device demand following a weekend traffic stop and collision. A 48 year old Wileville man was stopped at a checkpoint on St. Phillips Street. Police noticed signs the man had been drinking but he refused a demand to provide a breath sample. Meantime, a 26 year old man from First Peninsula refused a roadside demand after being involved in a a collision. South Shore Traffic Services came across a vehicle overturned in a ditch on Highway 10 in Cherryfield around 3 a.m. on Saturday November 27th. The driver was found walking a short distance away. Both men are scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on January 26th.

Pizza Parlour Faces Disciplinary Hearing

A Lunenburg pizza parlour will have a disciplinary hearing before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board in the new year.  J3 Pizza of 50 Montague Street is facing allegations of infractions under three sections of the Liquor Licensing Regulations. The company holds an eating establishment liquor licence.The disciplinary hearing has been scheduled for Friday, January 14th at 10:30 a.m. in Lunenburg Council Chambers.

Tourism Plan Launched

Nova Scotia has launched its 2011 provincial tourism plan (Nov. 29) to provide direction for building the industry and growing the economy. Presented at the 2010 tourism summit, the annual plan anticipates a competitive global market for visitors by focusing on innovation, helping businesses develop a competitive edge and capitalizing on the province's unique experiences and services. Tourism Culture and Heritage Minister Percy Paris says the department has advanced a plan for 2011 that will allow Nova Scotia to compete on the world stage as a top travel destination.  In the Maritimes region, a new approach will allow every Nova Scotian the opportunity to become a star. In spring, auditions will be held for regional television commercials, with Nova Scotians sharing favourite local experiences.
The tourism plan for 2011 is available on the department's website at

Christmas on the LaHave

The sound of singing filled the streets and lights flooded the sky as Bridgewater celebrated the festive season last night.

Record numbers turned out for the town's annual "Christmas on the LaHave" celebrations which included live entertainment, fireworks and a parade of more than thirty floats.

Event organizer and town councillor Bill McInnis says the event brings out the festive spirit in all who attend.

"People look forward to these types of events, when they become an annual event, in particular that time of year. And it give the community a sense of community... and anyone who at that function last evening would agree, there seems be an awful lot of happy people," say McInnis.

McInnis is guessing more than five thousand people attended the festivities.

The event is in its sixth year of operation, the parade was added the event bill four years ago.

Lobster Season Opens

Hundreds of vessels are scouring the coast of southern Nova Scotia today.

Lobster fishermen are setting traps in open waters stretching from Halifax to Digby County in the first day of the regional season.

Ian Marshall DFO Director for South Western Nova Scotia says some were not so lucky , despite favourable weather conditions.

"A vessel struck a rock and is basically inoperable at this moment and as well there were... three incidents in LFA 34 .So overall unfortunate for the four individuals, but overall not too bad when you consider roughly seventeen hundred vessels sailed...this morning," says Marshall.

Marshall says the four men were not injured in the accident and were able to safely beach their damaged vessel in a nearby port.


One of the most lucrative fishing seasons in the Atlantic region opens today off the southern coast of Nova Scotia.

Roughly 1,700 lobster licence-holders can set their traps in an area stretching from Digby County, around to the South Shore and to Halifax.
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the lobster fishery in areas 33 and 34 produced landings last year worth about $215 million.
Most of the lobster is exported to the United States.
The department notes that stepped-up security along the Canada-U.S. border has caused significant delays in lobster shipments in recent years.
The department says those delays could be reduced if fishermen and shippers ensure their lobster meets all the Canadian fishery regulations and U.S. entry requirements.