Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New Hunting Regulations In Effect

New hunting regulations came into effect this week. Hunters can now use crossbows for deer hunting, and rifles up to twenty-three calibre are allowed for species such as coyotes during the regular deer hunting season. The changes will make it easier to control wildlife that cause damage or pose other threats, and will help more Nova Scotians get involved in hunting and ensure its sustainability. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker says hunting has long been a part of our heritage and the province is working to  ensure it has a healthy future.

Metro-Company Appeals Proposal For Diversion Facility

A metro-based recycling company is appealing a decision by municipal council which rejected their proposal for a diversion facility in the Blockhouse area. Halifax C & D filed the appeal with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board on Tuesday. The issue has been a contentious one for residents in Lunenburg County. Business owners in the area are concerned because they feel the facility shouldn't be located near a new visitor information centre and will flood the area with more vehicle traffic and pollution. The Municipality of Lunenburg officially turned down the proposal earlier this month. The regulatory board has yet to set dates for a hearing before the panel.

Enviro Group Must Continue 3 Year Lease Of Blockhouse School

An environmental group will not be allowed to buy the former Blockhouse School for a buck, at least not for now! Municipality of Lunenburg Council decided last night to continue with a three year lease with the South Shore Society Venture Co-Op. Mayor Don Downe says he and council are impressed though with the sustainable development work of the group.

The group is entering the second year of its three year lease on the building with the municipality. The Mayor says if it meets its targets, including paying the rent and shows its a reliable group, then serious consideration will be given to allowing it to buy the school property.

Wolter Named To National World Youth Track Team

A Conquerall Mills runner has been named to the 2013 Canadian World Youth Track and Field team. Tobias Wolter will dawn the red and white during the competition from July 10-14 in Donetsk, Ukraine. He's expected to run the men's 2,000 metre steeplechase event. The 15-year-old was ranked number one in Canada after he beat the qualifying standard time by 14 seconds. Only the top two times were eligible to qualify. Wolter and Bluenose Athletics coach Tanya Daniels will represent the South Shore at the event.

Bridgewater To Purchase And Install LED Lights

The town of Bridgewater has decided to look after their own street lights instead of renting from Nova Scotia Power. Council decided to move ahead with replacing existing rented NSP street lights with LED lights purchased and installed by the town. The lights would be owned and maintained by the town. Council had to make a decision by the end of the month. Mayor David Walker says the decision could help save up to $30,000 a year, making it the best choice for taxpayers.

The town has to convert all their street lights to LED by 2020 under the mandate of the province. The approximate cost for 20 years is $3.7-million. Staff will get back to council on issues including the pros and cons and purchasing options for the LED lights.