Friday, May 3, 2013

Conrad To Be Recognized By Provincial NDP

The MLA for Queens will be one of six New Democrat members honoured by the party during their provincial annual general meeting this weekend. The NDP are recognizing those MLAs who aren't re-offering in the next provincial election. Vicki Conrad confirmed last week that she will not run after consulting with family, close friends and the premier. She is the sixth member of the government caucus to say she won’t be running including cabinet ministers Graham Steele and Bill Estabrooks. The party's AGM will be held Saturday at Pier 21 in Halifax.

NDP's Fisheries Minister Will Run In Queens-Shelburne

NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau has announced he will seek the nomination in the newly formed riding of Queens-Shelburne. Belliveau was first elected to represent Shelburne in 2006 and was re-elected in 2009. He currently serves as Minister of Environment and Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The Shelburne riding was eliminated when the province's electoral boundaries were redrawn last fall. Current NDP MLA for Queens Vicki Conrad announced she would not seek the nomination on April 26th.

UPDATED: Bridgewater Prepares To Flush Water Mains

Residents are advised that watermains will be flushed during the period of May 11-June 4, between the hours of 6pm and 2am, and in accordance with the schedule below.  Some loss of pressure and discolouration of the water may be experienced during the flushing.  Customers are reminded that domestic hot water tanks should be flushed annually, and main water valves in basements should be turned off when flushing is being undertaken in their area.  If you have any questions, contact the Engineering Department at 541-4370.


May 11, 12, 14, 15
All streets on the west side of LaHave River, north of Dufferin St., but not including Dufferin St.

May 16, 21
All streets between Dufferin St. and Jubilee Rd., including Dufferin St., but not including Jubilee Rd.

May 22, 23
All streets south of, and including, Jubilee Rd., and west to, but not including Desbrisay Drive.

May 28, 29, 30
East side of LaHave River starting at Chapel Hill Road, flushing all streets westerly to LaHave St.

June 4
"Pressure zone" on east side of River, which includes Winter Street, Winburn Ave. above Glen Sarty Dr, Pine Grove Road, New Pine Grove Road, Highway 10 between Highway 103 and Champlain Drive.

NOTE: Due to weather and water conditions, there may be some deviation from the above schedule.

Yarmouth MLA Handed Suspension For Heckling

The MLA for Yarmouth has been handed a one-day suspension from the legislature for heckling. Deputy Speaker of the legislature Becky Kent initially suspended Zach Churchill for five days after asking him to apologize to her and to the house of assembly for unparliamentary behaviour. Churchill, who represents the Liberals in the riding of Yarmouth, said the move was heavy-handed and orchestrated by NDP house leader Frank Corbett. Corbett rejected the accusation. Kent later said she had erred in her ruling and reduced the suspension to one day.

PC Travelling Road Show Rolls Along The South Shore

The South Shore from Bridgewater to Yarmouth will be sporting a lot of Tory blue this weekend. The province's Progressive Conservative leader will be continuing a pre-election campaign swing through the region. Jamie Baillie says his party's fortunes have improved here in recent months and he wants to showcase the area's PC candidates.

Baillie will host a rally in Bridgewater on Saturday. On Sunday morning, he whips up pancakes at a candidates' breakfast in Yarmouth. Later in the day, there's a school/family fair in Argyle to attend and a meet and greet in Queens and Shelburne counties.

Mooseheads, Drakkar Clash In Q-League Final

The Halifax Mooseheads and Baie-Comeau Drakkar open up the President Cup Finals in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the Metro Centre. The Moose have gone undefeated through 12 play-off games so far while the Drakkar have been equally impressive, going 12-2. Mooseheads play-by-play announcer John Moore says he expects a tough series.

The teams met twice in the regular season with the Mooseheads winning both contests. Tonight's game is sold out but will be on Rogers Sportsnet beginning at 8pm.