Thursday, July 19, 2012

Motorcycle Crash Injures 40-year-old Man

Another motorcycle crash in as many days in Lunenburg County. A 40-year-old man was taken to South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater Wednesday night after losing control of his motorbike along highway 3 in Centre. The man suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. RCMP say speed is considered a factor. Traffic was disrupted and detours were set up while members of the Lunenburg Fire Department, EHS and RCMP were on scene. Earlier this week, a 17-year-old was killed after crashing his bike outside Lilydale.

Argyle MLA Seeks More Public Input In Wind Farm Issue

The Dexter government is moving ahead full steam, promoting wind power generation with little or no input from the public.  That comment from the MLA for Argyle, Chris d'Entremont. He has had a meeting with the province's Energy minister Charlie Parker and Environment minister Sterling Belliveau.  d'Entremont says if nothing else, the ministers received some idea of the extent of the concerns of his constituents. He says his constituents are worried about the possible effects of large wind turbines on people who live near them.

Municipal council in Argyle will hold an emergency public meeting tonight to discuss a proposed wind farm project there. The environment minister, Sterling Belliveau. must decide by mid-August on whether to move ahead with an environmental assessment of the project.

Bridgewater Exhibition, Harmony Bazaar Get Federal Funding

Two summer events on the South Shore are receiving federal funds. Gerald Keddy has announced $27,500 for the South Shore Exhibition and $5,500 for Harmony Bazaar. The MP for South Shore-St.Margaret's says the two events are big tourist draws for the area. The Exhibition goes from July 24-29 in Bridgewater while Harmony Bazaar will be held next weekend in Lockeport.

Charges After Drug Bust in Arcadia

Four people are facing charges after a drug bust in Yarmouth County. Three men and a woman have been charged with production and trafficking after police raided a home on Jacquard Corner in Arcadia. RCMP seized 124 marihuanna plants and 445 grams of pot in additon to some cash and a scale. The accused range in age from 28 to 44 years-old. The four individuals are scheduled to appear in court in September.

Shelburne Firefighters Save Five Homes From Fire

Firefighters in Shelburne helped save at least five homes from going up in flames. Crews responded quickly to a call regarding a forest fire around 2:30 yesterday afternoon. The fire broke out just off the Wrights Road and was under control by supper time. Fire Chief Edgar Allison says there were some tense moments because the fire was burning so close to the town.

Allison says the path of the fire was difficult to predict and several families were put on evacuation notice. An official from the Department of Natural Resources suffered minor injuries and was carried off the scene on a stretcher.

New Beds Will Help Staff At South Shore Health

The CEO of South Shore Health says an investment in new hospital beds will help staff avoid injuries on the job. The provincial government recently announced $300,000 to replace 49 hospital beds in Bridgewater and Lunenburg. Dr. Peter Vaghan says health care workers often suffer from back problems due to lifting and moving patients with limited mobility. He says the new beds have many modern features including built in weight scales to help staff.

A recent study by Statistics Canada found nurses suffer from back pain more than any other profession. The two main risks for back injury are lifting and transferring patients.

Premier's & Aboriginal Leaders Meet in Lunenburg

Canada's premiers and aboriginal leaders will meet in Lunenburg next week. Agenda items are still being finalized but some topics include education and economic development. The issue of violence against aboriginal women is another main discussion item. The meeting will also feature representatives from the Assembly of First Nations, Metis National Council and Natives Women's Association of Canada. The meeting will be held next Wednesday at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.