Friday, November 30, 2012

Councillor Concerned After Near Misses In Crosswalks

A councillor in Lunenburg says he's had too many close calls in crosswalks around the town. Peter Zwicker says council will look at ways to improve pedestrian safety in the new year. He says several times over the past few weeks, cars have zoomed through crosswalks while he was out walking.

Zwicker says better signage or traffic lights on crosswalks might be the answer. He adds council and staff are weighing their options.

South Shore: Teacher Wins Court Battle With School Board

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has ruled in favour of an elementary school teacher who argued he was unreasonably fired more than three years ago. Peter Speight was let go by the South Shore Regional School Board after he plead guilty to committing an indecent act. The Bridgewater native was given a conditional discharge and later fired by the board. It marked the beginning of a three year legal battle which concluded with a decision on Thursday. Speight was teaching Grade 3 at New Germany Elementary School when the charge was laid in connection with incidents that occurred in 2008 in the Halifax area. Police said Speight would call women over to his car and pretend to ask for directors while he masturbated in his vehicle. In a 45 page decision, Justice Gerald Moir determined Speight is apologetic, a low risk to re-offend and has completed rehabilitation. The decision means Speight could get his job back if his teaching certificate is reinstated. He would also need to participate in a restorative justice program. An official with the school board told CKBW News late this afternoon the Department of Education has stepped in to try and block Speight from returning to the classroom. If the process moves forward in his favour, Speight would be awarded $150,000 in back pay for the work he has missed or in lost wages while fighting the matter in court.

Lower Gasoline Prices

There has been another drop in gasoline prices. Regular self serve is selling at South Shore pumps today for $1.25 per litre. Thats 2.5 cents less than yesterday. Diesel is also down in price. Its selling for $1.34.2 per litre, 1.5 cents less than yesterday.

Food Bank Challenge Close To Competition Day

It's the last day to drop off donations to three groups vying to raise more food than the other. The fourth annual Paramedic versus Police versus RCMP Food Bank Challenge will be held Saturday. Proceeds are going to the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank. People can still donate food or give money at the RCMP station on Cooks Lane, EHS Base on North Street or police service detachment on Exhibition Drive. The winner is decided by who fills up their vehicle with the most non-perishable food items. The event will be held at the Bridgewater Superstore from 1-5pm on Saturday.