Wednesday, June 13, 2012

VIDEO: Omnibus Protest in Bridgewater

Over 40 people took part in a protest in front of South Shore-St.Margaret's MP Gerald Keddy's office in Bridgewater on Wednesday night. The protest was over the Conservative's massive omnibus budget implementation bill - known as Bill C-38.

Here's some more coverage of the event from CKBW and HANK FM:

South Shore: Residents Protest Omnibus Bill

South Shore residents hit the streets on Wednesday night in Bridgewater in a protest over the Conservative government's omnibus budget bill. The demonstration took place just before MP's began a marathon voting session in Ottawa. More than 40 people took part in the protest in front of MP Gerald Keddy's office on Aberdeen Street. The government's budget bill changes over 70 laws. The Opposition decries the huge bill and over the next 24 hours will force votes on about 800 amendments. However, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the omnibus budget bill is essential to create jobs and long-term prosperity for Canada.

Yarmouth Area Man Charged In Gas Station Holdup

A 34 year old Yarmouth-area man has been arrested and charged in relation to an armed robbery earlier this week.  Murray Langille Nickerson of Hebron was arrested at his home yesterday.  He has been  charged with robbery with a firearm, wearing a disguise, pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats.  Nickerson returns to court June 18th.

Around 2:30 Monday morning, a man wearing a mask enterred a gas station on Starr's Road in Yarmouth and demanded cash and cigarettes.  The station attendant handed over an undisclosed amount of money and smokes and the robber fled on foot.  No one was injured.

Illegal Cigarettes Seized In Yarmouth & Charges Laid

There has been a major illegal-cigarettes bust in Yarmouth.  Two people have been charged and smokes seized.  A Yarmouth residence was searched by the RCMP and more than 13,000 contraband cigarettes were seized and a 75-year-old man and 64-year-old woman were arrested.  Both are facing charges under the Federal Excise Act and Provincial Revenue Act.  They have been released and will appear in Yarmouth Provincial Court on September 11th.

Long-time MODL Councillor Not Re-Offering in October

A District of Lunenburg councillor is calling it quits after representing his constituents for the last 42 years. Arthur Young has decided not to run in the October election, opening a seat that hasn't been filled by another person since 1970. He says its time to move on.

Young says he plans to keep busy on his farm and woodlot and hopes to travel with his wife. Seven District of Lunenburg councillors intend to run again, two are unsure, while two others will not seek re-election. The councillor decisions look like this as of June 12, 2012:
  • Councillor Arthur Young will not re-offer
  • Councillor Basil Oickle intends to re-offer
  • Councillor Sandra Statton will not re-offer
  • Deputy Mayor Frank Fawson intends to re-offer
  • Councillor Martin Bell intends to re-offer
  • Councillor John Veinot is undecided
  • Councillor Eric Hustvedt is undecided
  • Councillor Don Zwicker intends to re-offer
  • Councillor Cathy Moore intends to re-offer
  • Councillor Milton Countway will not re-offer
  • Councillor Lee Nauss intends to re-offer
  • Councillor Wade Carver intends to re-offer

Documentary To Discuss Salmon Aquaculture

A special documentary into the issue of open net salmon aquaculture will make its premiere Wednesday night across the province. Salmon Wars will be played on the South Shore at the Jordan Bay Hall and the Port Mouton Recreation Centre. The movie, written and hosted by Silver Donald Cameron, takes the viewer from one end of Nova Scotia to the other to discuss salmon aquaculture. Cameron speaks to lobster fishermen, conservationists, anglers about the issue. The movie will begin at 7pm. People can also watch the documentary online at . After the screenings, a distinguished panel will discuss the issues and answer audience questions. People in remote locations may submit their questions via email and twitter. Panel members include:

  • Ricky Hallett, Jordan Bay lobsterman 
  • Judith Cabrita, longtime executive director, Tourism Association of Nova Scotia 
  • Jeff Carr, science head, Atlantic Salmon Federation 
  • Mark Parent, former Nova Scotia environment minister