Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MODL Mayor Concerned About Oakhill Mill's Future

The future use of the Oakhill sawmill is up in the air after the Dexter government failed to purchase the site from Resolute Forest Products. The province announced Monday they've taken control of 220,000 hectares of woodlands, along with Brooklyn Power and the former Bowater mill factory site. The government didn't purchase the Lunenburg County sawmill because of the softwood lumber agreement. Municipality of Lunenburg mayor Don Downe says he's spoken to Resolute officials about operating the mill again. But, he says, a decision hasn't been made.

Downe says if Resolute doesn't operate the facility, it should be sold to a business who will take over mill. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Montreal based-company has told CKBW/HANK-FM News they will take their time in deciding the future of the Oakhill sawmill.

Details On Future Of Bowater Mill Site Coming On Wednesday

Premier Darrell Dexter will make two announcements in Queens County on Wednesday. The first will include details surrounding the future of the former Bowater Mersey paper mill. The factory site was acquired in the deal reached with Resolute Forest Products on Monday.  The province has already revealed it plans to transform the defunct mill site into a new clean energy, bioenergy & forestry innovation centre. Meanwhile, Mayor Christopher Clarke will join Dexter later for another announcement later in the day relating to the future of Pine Grove Park in Milton.

'Inn From The Cold' Returns In Lunenburg County

An emergency shelter program in Lunenburg County is beginning their fourth year. 'Inn From the Cold' helps local homeless people by providing a bed and food once a week. The program partners with the Bridgewater Police and seven local churches. Coordinator Laura Uhlman believes residents will benefit from the program.

The service helped roughly 30 people last year and runs until May. People needing a place to stay are asked to call Bridgewater police.

New Germany: Former Teacher Meets With Parents

A former teacher fighting to reclaim his job at New Germany Elementary will meet with parents and school board officials later tonight. It's the final meeting as part of a restorative justice program for Peter Speight. The Bridgewater native was given a conditional discharge in relation to sex offences that occurred in the Halifax-area in 2008. In November, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled Speight is apologetic, a low risk to re-offend and has completed rehabilitation. The ruling helped clear the way for his to return to the classroom. However, the Department of Education has filed for a judicial review of an arbitrator's decision to reinstate his teaching certificate. It would be the final hurdle before Speight can return to teaching. No date has been set for the hearing.

Woman Charged Twice With Stunting

A 31-year-old woman from Yarmouth County has been charged not once, but twice, with speeding. She was pulled over by the RCMP in Shelburne County on Sunday, for allegedly travelling way too fast. Officers claim she was clocked at 153 kilometers an hour in a 100 zone on highway 103. If found guilty in court, the driver from Hubbards Point in Yarmouth County faces a fine of as much as $2,412 for "stunting". She's also had her vehicle and license seized. Its the second time in two months the same driver has been caught driving at an excessive speed. On October 9th, she was charged with the same offence after being clocked by the Mounties doing 154 kilometers an hour in a 100 zone. No word on a court date. The RCMP is warning drivers to obey speed signs.

NS Gov't Unwraps Huge Bowater Land/Assets Deal

The Nova Scotia government is adding $117.7 million in debt to acquire a huge swath of private forest land formerly owned by Resolute Forest Products. The mega-deal was announced Monday night and will give the province control of 220,000 hectares of woodlands, along with Brooklyn Power and the former Bowater mill factory site. CKBW/HANK FM's Steve MacArthur has the details.

Dexter says acquiring the assets is necessary in order to revive the forestry industry and ``generate jobs and wealth in the province.'' The premier will unveil details of the Resolute deal at a forum later today in Halifax.