Thursday, February 2, 2012

Webber: Residents Often Unaware of Bylaw Changes

The Warden in Chester is hoping to close a communication gap between the municipality and its residents. Allen Webber says there seems to be a disconnect when changes are made to existing bylaws or new ones are developed. He says most times when bylaws are modified or new ones passed, residents are often unaware. "We end up with a bylaw that doesn't particularly in their view meet the communities needs, but yet, its been adopted and they didn't know anything about it. Now, we make our attempts - just like everybody else to inform them, but what's become clear to me and most of council is that no matter what we may think we're isn't working," Webber says council wants to give residents more opportunity to become engaged in the bylaw process. The municipality is currently reviewing its bylaw and that issue is something they want to address.

SPORTS: Lumberjacks battle Mariners in Liverpool

The CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks and Yarmouth Mariners square off at the new Queens Place-Emera Centre Thursday night in Liverpool. The Lumberjacks come into the game riding a two game winning streak while the Mariners snapped a two game skid with a win Sunday. The two teams had an offensive flurry the last time they met, exploding for 16 goals in a 10-6 win for Yarmouth. Game time is 7:30 in Liverpool.

Municipality of Shelburne frustrated over Internet delay

It's been four years and the Municipality of Shelburne is still waiting for its high speed Internet. The provincial government awarded a contract to Eastlink in 2007 on the basis that rural areas of Shelburne and Queens County would have high speed at the end of the four year agreement. But, pockets of people continue to complain to the local government regarding the state of their Internet. CAO of the Municipality of Shelburne, Kirk Cox, says he doesn't blame them.
"Those people who don't have access to that service are still unfortunately left with just dial-up and that, I think, for most communities in Nova Scotia would be very obsolete technology."
Cox has sent a letter to Minister of Economic Development, Percy Paris, in hopes the government can intervene and ensure Eastlink's commitment is fulfilled. Meanwhile, Bell Aliant recently announced Bridgewater will be getting FibreOp Internet service sometime this month.  

Mustangs Captain breaks second team record

Brennan Bailey
South Shore Mustangs captain Brennan Bailey has broken another team record. Bailey's overtime goal Tuesday night gives him 14 on the season, surpassing Pete LeCain's previous mark of 13 by a defenseman set in 1997-98. Bailey says although he's in the hunt for a third team record, he's more worried about finishing strong with only two games left in the regular season. Bailey broke his first team record in December when the third-year Mustang became the teams all-time leading scoring defenseman. He's tied with Pete LeCain for most points in a season with 34 and has two games remaining this weekend to best that mark.

Local Businesses win awards in Halifax

A pair of local businesses have been awarded by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet in Mahone Bay took gold in the New Business of the Year award and Cedar Bay Grilling Company in Blandford also received gold for Small Business of the Year. A news  release says "the awards recognize those who are willing to take chances, push the boundaries and stretch the limits for success." The awards were handed out Thursday January 26.