Monday, September 23, 2013

Queens-Shelburne Candidates Discuss The Issues

Three candidates in Queens-Shelburne took the stage Monday night in Liverpool to discuss the hot topics. Liberal Benson Frail, Bruce Inglis of the PC's and NDP member Sterling Belliveau highlighted their party's stance on topics including Muskrat Falls, hydraulic fracking and electoral boundaries. Another major topic was the number of district health authorities across the province. Currently, there are nine plus the IWK. Sterling Belliveau says the NDP would maintain the status quo.

However, the PC's are proposing to bring the total down to three including the IWK, one in Halifax and another for rural Nova Scotia. Bruce Inglis says it's about saving money for primary health-care.

Frail says the Liberals are proposing two health boards to try and save roughly $13-million.

Roughly 150 people tuned in at the Astor Theatre.

Hurricanes Split In Cape Breton, Barrington Wins Junior 'C' Tourney

The Western Hurricanes earned a split over the weekend in Cape Breton. Ian MacPhee had the lone goal Saturday as the Hurricanes fell 2-1 to the Cougars. MacPhee continued to find the back of the net Sunday, scoring twice in a 4-2 win. Walter Flower and Ryan O'Toole also scored for the Hurricanes, who host the Truro Bearcats at Queens Place Saturday at 6:15pm and Sunday at 11am.
The Barrington Ice Dogs won the pre-season Junior 'C' hockey tournament in Liverpool over the weekend. The Ice Dogs defeated Avon 5-2 in the final. Barrington will play the South Shore Wild to open up regular season play Saturday night at 8:30pm at Queens Place.

Mixed Weekend For Seahawks Football

The South Shore Seahawks peewee football club earned their first win of the season over the weekend. Keegan Baker, Zach Hamm, Colton Chaisson and Jaden Wentzell all scored touchdowns as the Seahawks cruised to a 38-0 victory over the Fall River Dragons at Kinsmen Field. Their next game will be Sunday in Timberlea against the Titans. Over to the atom Seahawks, who lost 24-0 to the Truro Tide. A rematch between the two teams is scheduled for Saturday at 1pm in Bridgewater. The bantam Seahawks fell 37-0 to the Fall River Dragons. They welcome the Dartmouth Destroyers to Kinsmen Field at 11am on Saturday.

Chester: Council Weighs Mayoral System

Warden or mayor? That's one of the issues returning to the Municipality of Chester. Council could soon have to determine if they will stay status quo with a warden or choose to move to a mayoral system. The issue was brought up recently because the municipality is required to review its electoral boundaries in the next year. Switching from the warden system would mean reduced districts and realignment to prepare for the mayoral position. Warden Allen Webber says the public would be more involved if the process is switched.

Webber says council has tasked staff to find an effective way to engage the public on the matter. He expects a strategy to be presented to council later this fall.

Premier Campaigns With Belliveau In Queens

The premier will be in Queens County today to canvas with NDP incumbent Sterling Belliveau. Darrell Dexter has planned stops in Greenfield, Milton, Brooklyn and Liverpool Monday afternoon. The new riding of Queens-Shelburne was established after a boundary review was completed last fall. Dexter says all parties have a challenge to try and get elected in the riding.

Dexter says the NDP are working hard for local residents and the party isn't taking any seat for granted on the South Shore. Below is the premier's itinerary for Monday afternoon, which is subject to change.

12:30pm: Tour of Hillsview Acres Home for Special Care With Sterling Belliveau, NDP candidate in Queens-Shelburne
14 Middlefield Road, Greenfield

1:30pm: Visit at Hatt’s Garage With Sterling Belliveau,
374 Hwy 8, Milton

2:00pm: Canvassing with Sterling Belliveau,
Meeting at Anglican Church parking lot
Brooklyn Shore Road, Brooklyn

3:30pm : Canvassing with Sterling Belliveau,
Meeting at Belliveau’s campaign office
32 Waterfront Plaza, Henry Hensy Drive, Liverpool

Nature Conservancy Rated Number One

For the 4th year in a row, the environmental charity, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, has been listed as tops in the country. Among many projects along the South Shore the NCC has been involved with recently are land assemblies in Port Joli, Deep Cove, Round Bay and Johnson Pond on the Aspotagan Peninsula.
According to the NCC's Nova Scotia program manager Craig Smith, the Tusket River watershed project has been among the largest.

According to Smith, MoneySense Magazine's ranking of the Nature Conservancy doesn't come with any trophy or award. Its just the recognition which helps in attracting potential donors.

Get A Parking Ticket In Bridgewater? Be Warned

If you got a parking ticket (expired meter) in Bridgewater this weekend, consider it a warning. More than 20 tickets were handed out along King Street on Saturday. Most of those were for expired meters. However, some people were upset when they saw the tickets on their windshields because the meters haven't been policed consistently. However, Chief John Collyer says that's going to change.

He says anyone who got a ticket for an expired meter on Saturday, doesn't have to pay the fine. Collyer says they want give people a break but adds parking will be more strictly enforced in the future. Not everyone is getting off easy, those who recieved a ticket for things such as improper parking, still have to pay the fine.

Lunenburg West: Candidates Forum Thursday

An all candidates forum will be held later this week in the riding of Lunenburg West. The Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce will host the event. Manager Dan Hennessey says it's an opportunity for members of the business community and local residents to hear candidates talk about the issues.

The forum will be held Thursday at the Best Western. It gets underway at 7 o'clock. The candidates include incumbent NDP MLA Gary Ramey, PC candidate David Mitchell, Liberal candidate Mark Furey.

Bridgewater Set To Host 4-H Conference

Members of 4-H clubs will have the chance to show their skills at the 36 Annual Nova Scotia 4-H Show at the South Shore Exhibition Grounds in Bridgewater this weekend. Members are eligible to compete at the show after achieving top honours at a local exhibition with their life skills or livestock project. The annual family event is an opportunity for people to experience the 4-H youth leadership program  in an interactive way. The event will be held beginning Saturday, September 27th.