Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fatal Motorcycle Crash On Highway 12

A 51 year-old has died after a motorcycle crash on Highway 12 in Lunenburg County. Mounties say the incident occurred around 12:30pm in Aldersville. EHS Lifeflight was called in to transport the man to hospital but he died from injuries. A section of the highway between New Ross and Kentville has been reduced to one-lane while an investigation into the crash is conducted. Police have called in a traffic analyst to try and determine the cause of the crash. Officers will be on scene until further notice.

Lunenburg Hosts Annual Day Of Mourning Ceremony

The annual Nova Scotia Day of Mourning will be held this weekend in Lunenburg. Its an annual event to remember those who have died or been injured on the job over the past year. Usually its held in Halifax. However, the South Shore was seen as an appropriate location this time, in light of the fact seven of the eleven workers killed in the province so far this year were fishermen. Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke says its always a moving ceremony. He says it's a chance to remember those who lost their life on the job and to promote safety in the workplace. The service will be held starting at 1 o'clock Sunday at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

NSP OK'd For $93 M Investment In South Canoe Wind Farm

Nova Scotia Power has been given the green light from the province's regulator for its 93-million dollar share of a Lunenburg County wind farm. The Utility and Review Board approved the energy company's investment into the South Canoe Wind Project in a written decision on Friday. South Canoe is slated to operate 34 turbines and be built between Vaughan and New Russell.  Minas Basin Pulp and Power and Oxford Frozen foods are the other partners in the project. It's expected to creat 100 jobs during construction on the $200 million wind farm - which is expected to begin this summer. Nova Scotia Power, which has a 49-per-cent stake in the project, would own 17 of the turbines. A community group opposed to the project will appear before the regulatory board May 30 and June 3 in New Ross.

Weekend Emergency Department Closure At Lunenburg Hospital

The emergency department at Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg will be temporarily closed this weekend. A staff shortage is forcing the department to be closed starting at 2:30 Saturday afternoon until 7:30 Sunday morning. Anyone requiring emergency services is advised to call 911 or visit the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater. Patients with non-emergencies should contact their family physician or call Health Link 811 for medical advice.

Crown Will Present Evidence In Teen Confinement Case

The preliminary hearing involving a man accused of sexually assaulting and confining a teenage boy in Lunenburg County begins Monday in Bridgewater. David James Leblanc is facing seven charges in relation to an incident last year in Upper Chelsea where a 16 year-old boy claimed he was held captive and sexually abused for about a week. The hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. In January, defence lawyer Mike Taylor told reporters the case could be complicated by the fact former co-accused Wayne Cunningham is dead. However, he's confident a one-day hearing will be enough to deal with the matter.  Taylor said his client wants to be tried in supreme court before a judge and jury. A police investigation began last September after a woman told police a barefoot boy, with chains around his wrists showed up at her door asking for help.