Thursday, December 9, 2010

New Crown Attorney for Bridgewater

Susan Bour is the new senior Crown attorney in Bridgewater. Her appointment was announced  today,
Thursday, December 9th by Director of Public Prosecutions Martin Herschorn . Bour is originally from the United States. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of New Brunswick law school and articled with an Ottawa law firm. Since 1995 she has been in Halifax with the Atlantic regional office of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada conducting federal statute prosecutions in Nova Scotia, primarily under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

New Access Ramp at South Shore Regional Hospital

Area residents now have easier access to South Shore Regional Hospital with the installation of a ramp. The 55 thousand dollar project officially opened yesterday, was funded by the Hospital Auxilliary. The ramp will make it easier for people using wheelchairs, pushing strollers or carts or who have difficultly using stairs to access the building. Over the past 10 years, Auxiliary members have raised and contributed over $1.6 million to help improve the care and comfort of patients at South Shore Regional Hospital. The Auxiliary's fundraising efforts include the Daisy, Gift Shop, and ShoreLines Gallery.

Fishermen's Memorial in Dr. Ross ER Report

The Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg is one recommended to be used as a collaborative assessment room for emergency (CARE) centre. Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says  the report on emergency care by Dr. John Ross is a very positive document. He says in a sense, to some extent they may already be doing some of the things in Lunenburg recommended by Dr. Ross. Mawhinney says the report seemed to be very positive about what was going on at Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, but as council they have not sat down and talked about it.


The Bridgewater and Area Performing Arts Society takes to the stage in an off-beat Christmas musical comedy on Wednesday, December 15th. Holidazed is performed as a radio play in front of a live audience, much the way radio's Vinyl Cafe or television's This Hour has 22 Minutes do their shows.  Song titles include "The 12 Pains of Christmas", "Wreck the Malls", and "It's the Most Fattening Time of the Year". The performance takes place at the Best Western Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre at 7:30pm.The production is the first annual fund raiser for BAPAS, dedicated to promoting the performing arts in and around Bridgewater.

Slim Town

Liverpool could be the star of an upcoming CBC series.

The town is now in the top three locations selected for the TV show 'Village on a Diet"

The series documents a community over the course of ten weeks as residents work to slim their waistlines and improve their health.

Economic Development Officer for the Region of Queens Municipality, Phaedra Charlton-Huskins says Liverpool fits the criteria well: town residents town may struggle with physical fitness but their sense of community is strong and healthy.

South Shore Schools Brace for Funding Cuts

The South Shore Regional School Board is bracing for provincial budget cuts.

Fiscal planning for next year will account for provincial deductions of three percent.

Board Chair, Elliott Payzant says school officials to need prepare for the severe ramifications of funding reductions.

"If there are additional cuts, then I'm looking to the government or the Department of Education to tell us where to make those cuts because they'd be made in programs that are so worth while that I cant see how a decision could be made without being devastating to the whole system," says Payzant.

Approximately twelve million dollars could be cut from South Shore schools over the next three years.

If the reductions are real, Payzant says student success will be sacrificed for the sake of a deficit.