Thursday, January 3, 2013

Busy Times At LCLC

Crews continue to chip away on construction at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. General Manager Kevin Benjamin says a small group of workers were on-site over the holidays. He says there is lots happening including concrete being poured, roofing on the pool area, along with some plumbing and electrical work.

Benjamin says they're on par to meet a summer deadline. Bird Construction started working on the $33.5-million facility last spring. Plans for the facility include an NHL-size ice surface, a six lane 25 metre pool and library. You can watch construction as it happens from the comfort of your own home by clicking here .

Premier Out Of Touch On Ferry Issue Says Yarmouth MLA

Photo: Zach Churchill
Premier Darrell Dexter's recent comments about the state of the economy in western Nova Scotia since the Yarmouth ferry ceased operating are being taken to task by the area's Liberal MLA. Zach Churchill of Yarmouth says if the premier believes all is well, tourism is booming and no jobs have been lost since the ferry service was cut 3 years ago, then he's living in a world of his own.

The premier made his comments during an interview this week. He said the decision to cut the subsidy on the service has "had little impact on Southwestern Nova Scotia" and he said its a myth that the economy in the area was linked to the ferry. Yet, a few months ago, the premier committed 21 million provincial dollars toward a new Yarmouth to Maine ferry service and he's asked Ottawa to provide an additional 15 to 30 million. Zach Churchill says: "we've lost 3,700 full time jobs and 2,800 people have left Southern Nova Scotia since the Dexter government cut the ferry." Churchill says people in the area are fed up with the delays. He says the Yarmouth ferry will be a key issue when the next provincial election is called.

Tancook Island Ferry Back In Operation

People living on Big and Little Tancook Islands or those on the mainland wanting to go there will be glad to know the ferry is up and running again. Service was suspended yesterday by gale force winds and resulting rough seas. The "William G. Ernst" transports passengers back and forth from the mainland to the islands every day. It departs from Chester and services both Tancook Islands.

Gasoline Prices May Rise Again Overnight Tonight

Don't be surprised if gasoline and heating oil prices increase overnight on the South Shore. Prices are up again in New Brunswick today for the third week in a row. The new maximum price there for regular self-serve is $1.27 per litre, an increase of 2.1 cents over last week's setting. Diesel is up nearly two cents a litre this week. Furnace oil has also climbed just over a penny a litre.