Thursday, August 8, 2013

PC Leader Says Cyber-Bully Law Is A Start; More Needed

Two males have been arrested in the case of Rehtaeh Parsons.  She's the 17-year-old Halifax girl who was taken off life-support following a suicide attempt in April.  The RCMP arrested the two this morning in the Halifax area.  Rehtaeh's family alleges she was sexually assaulted and that a digital photograph of the incident was passed around her school.  Police initially said there were not enough grounds to warrant charges, but later reopened their investigation.  Meanwhile, the province's Progressive Conservative leader is hailing implementation of the Cyber Bully Law. It became law yesterday and while Jamie Baillie tells us the Dexter government did the right thing in implementing it, he says more is needed.

Baillie says teachers, parents and judges all need more teeth in the laws to crack down hard on cyber bullying.

Liberal Leader Targets South Shore Health Care Reform

There's a call out for the province's Minister of Health to address on-going problems at the South Shore's three hospitals.  Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says the minister needs to do more about bed shortages, long waits and closures of the ER's at Fishermen's Memorial in Lunenburg.  McNeil says there needs to be better recruitment of family doctors and specialists, elimination of two-thirds of the province's health districts and cutting excessive administration costs which would save tens of millions of dollars.  He believes greater emphasis is needed on setting up a chronic disease management plan.

McNeil says he'd make it a priority to reform the health care system, making it more cost-effective, if his party is elected to power in the next provincial election.

Kraft Canada Ready For Bridgewater Celebration Tour

Kraft Canada is gearing up to bring its Celebration Tour to Bridgewater. The company is planning to set up at Shipyard's Landing along with crews from The Sports Network on August 18. There will be a community barbecue, as well as a number of kids activities and games and a live broadcast of TSN's Sportscentre. Senior Promotions Manager, Susan Brookes, says the Celebration Tour is about creating something new or making something better.

Brookes says this is the fifth year of the tour and they're happy to help Bridgewater improve active living in the community. Events planned for August 18 are expected to begin around 5pm before the live broadcast starts at 7pm. You can hear full details from Susan Brookes and South Shore Seahawks Vice-President John Peters during South Shore Sunday Morning this weekend beginning at 8am on HANK-FM and 9am on CKBW.

Little Change Expected Tomorrow In Gasoline Prices

Don't expect too much change in gasoline prices when the province's utility and review board sets the coming week's prices at midnight tonight. In New Brunswick today, the regulatory board there has allowed an increase of less than a cent in the price of a litre of  regular self serve but a two cent hike in diesel.