Friday, June 15, 2012

UPDATED: Bowater Mill Closing Indefinitely

It will be an indefinite closure for the Bowater Mersey paper mill. Premier Darrell Dexter confirmed in Liverpool late Friday morning that with the global economic changes including the struggling euro, the company is no longer in a position to operate the mill in Brooklyn. He says it's a huge blow to the workers, their families and the Queens County community. But, he feels they will pull through in the end.

Dexter says they plan on setting up a transition advisor to help bring government and community together and keep the economy growing.

Meanwhile, Queens MLA Vicki Conrad stood by the Premier as he made the announcement. She remains hopeful the community can survive the closure.

The closure throws about 320 people at the mill out of work. Meanwhile, a sawmill owned by the company in Oakhill and the Brooklyn Power Corporation are also affected by the shut-down. Resolute Forest Products says it's looking at selling all of its assets in the province, including the paper mill, sawmill and Brooklyn Power. The premier also says all money advanced to Resolute against the loan was returned to the province this week. The company says the facility in Brooklyn will be idled starting on Sunday morning.

BREAKING: RCMP Identify East River Crash Victim

RCMP have identified the person involved in a single vehicle crash in East River earlier this week. Police say 78-year-old Stig Owe Larsson of Chester Basin died when his vehicle crashed on Highway 329. RCMP responded to the call Monday afternoon after a vehicle was found on its side in a ditch and on fire. Police still don't know what caused the car to go off the road. The investigation continues.

Liverpool To Host 2014 Junior Curling Championships

A National curling event is coming to Liverpool. The 2014 M & M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men's & Women's Curling Championships will be played January 18 to 26, 2014. They'll be held at the Liverpool Curling Club and also at Queens Place Emera Centre. The finals will be broadcast live on TSN. Nova Scotia had previously hosted six Canadian Junior championships, the last in Truro in 1994. The official announcement was made Friday morning by the Canadian Curling Association.

Beware Of Buying Meds OnLine

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  To mark the occasion, the RCMP is reminding South Shore seniors and care givers of the dangers of buying medication and health care products on the internet.
Cpl. Angela Hawryluk says it can be down-right dangerous.

The RCMP are reminding older adults of the following tips to protect themselves from falling victim to a fraud when ordering medication or health care products on line:

- Does the price reasonably reflect the value or is it "too good to be true"?
- Is the packaging properly labeled?
- Are there spelling mistakes and is the wrapping material of poor quality?
- Are you familiar with the place of purchase?
- Are you shopping on a reputable retail site?
- Does the quality of the product seem acceptable?

There are legitimate online pharmacies.  However, there are also numerous fraudulent ones that may sell medications illegally or do not follow proper procedures for filling out a prescription.  Seniors are advised not to buy from an online pharmacy that offers to prescribe a medication for the first time without a physical exam or if it sells a prescription medication without a prescription from your doctor.

As with all on line services it is important to take the time to become informed and aware of possible scams and fraudulent companies.

Valerie White of the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors says seniors can be targeted as vulnerable consumers, however with some research, on line use can be done in a safe manner.

BREAKING: Bowater Mill Closing Indefinitely

The future of the paper and pulp industry is about to change on the South Shore. Resolute Forest Products says its mill in Brooklyn will close indefinitely. The company made the announcement early Friday morning while meeting with union executives. More to come on this story once it becomes available.

BREAKING: Bowater Union Execs Meeting With Resolute

Union executives from Bowater Mersey have been called to a meeting with managers Friday. Two union leaders will talk with a representative of Resolute Forest Products, the mill's parent company. Union leader Don MacKenzie says he's concerned about the meeting and the future of the mill. Yesterday, Premier Darrell Dexter said he expected the company to make an announcement about the factory soon. More information will be posted once it becomes available.

Chester & Yarmouth Host Relay For Life Events

Family, friends and volunteers will gather to celebrate cancer survivors and lost loved ones in Chester and Yarmouth. Both communities will hold Relay for Life events this evening. The 12-hour relay is the Canadian Cancer Society's signature event and helps support research, prevention and advocacy. The event in Chester will be held at the Middle School while the Mariners Centre will serve as the site in Yarmouth. Opening Ceremonies for both relay's get underway at 7 o'clock.