Friday, January 18, 2013

Mouzar Named Honorary Chair For Local Curling Event

A familiar face is returning to Liverpool as the honorary chair for the 2014 M and M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships. Queens County native Jill Mouzar, who led Nova Scotia to a junior curling championship in 2001 and a provincial Scotties title in 2007 has been named to the position. The 29-year-old says she's excited about being involved with the local tournament.

Mouzar adds, she looks forward to meeting and providing guidance to the teams during the event. She also won events including the 2010 Canadian Mixed and 2004 Canadian Juniors. A 'one-year-to-go' celebration was held at the Liverpool Curling Club this afternoon.

Occupy Winter Movement Hits Keji National Park

A grass roots movement is gaining momentum across the country this weekend. Occupy Winter events are planned nation-wide including an event at Kejimkujik National Park in Maitland Bridge. People are expected to gather at the park and demonstrate their position of having national parks open and accessible year-round. A supporter of the movement, Peter Rogers, says they want to inspire change.

The Federal government decided last year to make most parks seasonal, meaning they only offer services during peak times. People are encouraged to visit Keji this weekend to hike, ski or snowshoe and show their support for a year-round national park.

Baille Puts Different Spin On Michelin Expansion Money

Premier Darrell Dexter is being criticized for handing out millions of dollars to another large corporation. The N-D-P government will provide 8.9-million dollars to Michelin for expansion of their plant in Waterville, a project that will create 50 jobs. Critics say Michelin is big and doesn't need the money and the jobs have cost the province about $170,000 each. However, PC leader Jamie Baillie tells us he's glad Michelin is up-sizing and not downsizing or pulling out.

The premier says it's a worthwhile, one-time investment to create long-term jobs in such a competitive job environment.

Adult Residential Centre Services Threatened?: Baillie

The newly unionized staff at a South Shore adult residential centre is the first group of workers in the province to get their initial contract under the First Contract Arbitration law. The law was passed by the legislature last year despite stiff opposition from the Liberals and PC's. The 50 or more workers at LaHave Manor in Bridgewater are represented by the Canadian Auto Workers Union. PC Leader Jamie Baillie fears First Contract Arbitration at the Manor will lead to cutbacks in service to clients.

There will be a public open house this afternoon (Friday) at LaHave Manor and Jamie Baillie says he will be there to show support for the staff and their families.

Stomach Virus Clearing, Restrictions Remain

A nursing home in Bridgewater has re-opened to visitors after a stomach virus broke loose earlier this week. Shannex-Ryan Hall is allowing limited visits after a restriction was imposed on Wednesday. Infection control nurse Pasty Rodding says the home is open to immediate family members.

Meanwhile, Hillside Pines will keep their visitor restriction imposed over the weekend. Residents at the group home are dealing with a similar illness. Officials say they will reevaluate the situation on Monday.

Nova Scotia: Gasoline Prices Drop

Gasoline prices are down today at South Shore pumps. The utility and review board set the coming week's prices at midnight. Regular self serve is now selling for $1.25.7 a litre, that's a drop of just over 3 cents. Diesel is unchanged though at $1.35.4 per litre.

Clippers Stave Off Huskies In Overtime

It was a sea saw battle last night as the Chester Clippers managed to get by the Shannon Huskies in overtime. The Clippers were down 2-0 early but stormed back to take a 5-3 lead in the second period. The Huskies didn't quit though, tying the game late in the third. Kyle Dilosa was the overtime hero, giving the Clippers a 7-6 win, the team's league-leading 20th victory of the season. The Clippers next game will be at home Saturday night at 7:30 against the Clare Lions.