Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review Process Meetings Underway

The province's Education Minister is holding meetings across the province to talk with school board officials about the school review process. The first meeting was held Wednesday night in Port Hawkesbury, while other meetings are planned for Monday night in Berwick and June 26 in Halifax. Jennex proposed questions to board members including ideas for moving forward, what worked within the process and suggestions for surplus schools. She says responses will help identify changes.

Jennex says the committee is expected to be formed before the end of the month and release its findings by the fall. Some South Shore board members are expected to attend Monday night's meeting.

Back-Up Location Found For Bridgewater Relay For Life

The Bridgewater Relay for Life has a back-up location prepared in case Tropical Storm Andrea tries to ruin the occasion. The group will use the main building at the South Shore Exhibition grounds if weather threatens the event. The leadership co-chair for the Bridgewater Relay for Life, Sarah Sweeny, says the forecast will be the difference-maker.

Sweeny says all events except the survivor reception at the Bridgewater Anglican Church Hall would be in the main building, if the Exhibition grounds are needed. A final decision will be made at 8:30 Friday morning.

New Queens-Shelburne PC Candidate Ready To Stump For Economic Improvements!

The new Progressive Conservative candidate for Queens-Shelburne says he's ready to spearhead a drive to solve some of the economic problems in the area.  Bruce Inglis believes "the fix" is not going to be more large industries like Bowater but, smaller businesses with many of them tied to tourism.  Inglis says much of it hinges on getting the Yarmouth ferry service up and running again.

Inglis intends to campaign for his party in the lead-up to the next provincial election while also continuing as a councillor for the Municipality of the District of Queens.  He will also continue to oversee operations at his financial services business.

Emotional Testimony As Wind Farm Hearing Concludes

A regulatory hearing into a large wind farm proposed near New Ross has wrapped up. Fifteen witnesses testified over the course of the five day hearing. Emery Peters gave an impassioned closing argument yesterday as a hearing into the appeal of the South Canoe wind farm concluded. Peters represents the Friends of South Canoe Lake. The group is opposed to the $200 million dollar wind farm because of unknown health risks and location of turbines. Peters has been vocal about the project from the beginning and feels project is tearing their community apart. Minas Basin Pulp and Power, Oxford Frozen Foods and Nova Scotia Power are the developers behind the wind farm. The board has 60 days to file its decision.

Mixed Results For Whalen, Wolter At NCAA Championships

A disappointing day for Chelsea Whalen at the NCAA Division-One Track and Field Championships. The Liverpool native finished in 13th place in the javelin, after placing 12th last year. Whalen was hoping for a top eight performance. She will now focus on shot-put on Saturday. Also, Mattias Wolter of Conquerall Mills qualified for the final of the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase. Wolter finished fourth in his heat with a time of eight minutes and 45 seconds. The final will be run on Friday. The event is being held in Eugene, Oregon.