Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Suspicious Fire In Liverpool

RCMP in Queens are looking into this week's fire at the former Wells Antiques and Book Store. Sergeant Jeff Wells says officials from the Fire Marshall's office ruled Monday morning's blaze was set on purpose. He says Mounties already have some leads and an investigation is underway. No word on how the blaze was sparked or where it began. The Antique and Book Store is located on Main Street in Liverpool and has been vacant and up for sale. Wells wasn't able to say if the RCMP were searching for one or multiple suspects.

Big Plans For Canadian Tire In Bridgewater

The Canadian Tire store in Bridgewater is about to get a new look thanks to $500,000 in remodelling work. Preliminary work on the outside of the store kicked off this week as workers are taking advantage of the warm temperatures. On the inside, a majority of that remodelling work will take place in February and March. General Manager Jodie O'Donnell says they want to improve the floor design to make items and products easier to find. Following the remodeling, O'Donnell says the Bridgewater Canadian Tire will be the most modern store in Atlantic Canada. O'Donnell expects a smooth transition and says customers won't be bothered or disrupted by the work. A grand re-opening of the Canadian Tire is set for this Spring.

A Break For Bowater Mersey Hinges On Future Of Newpage

Three Nova Scotia paper mills could see a $2 million dollar break on their power bills if Port Hawkesbury's Newpage paper mill remains dormant in 2012. Nova Scotia Power is asking the province's utility and review board to approve a 14 percent reduction in a tariff paid by several industrial customers who produce some of their own power. The proposed change in what's called the "load-following rate" would take effect of January 1st and is adjusted annually. NSP spokesperson David Rodenhiser says with NewPage's load off the system the cost of providing back up electricity to the other mills would be cheaper. The proposed adjustment would be welcomed news for officials and employees at Bowater Mersey's paper mill in Brooklyn, in addition to paper mills in Pictou County and Hantsport.

SSRSB Special Meeting To Make Censure Motion

The South Shore Regional School board is holding a special meeting next Tuesday to make a motion to censure a member or members of the board. The motion will be made around 7pm, followed by an in-camera debate and a public vote. Board Chair Elliott Payzant wouldn't confirm if the censuring is a result of the current investigation of the school review process. The review was launched after allegations that some board members tried to derail an open discussion on the future of 12 schools before a March 30 meeting. The special board meeting will be held at 7pm Tuesday November 15.