Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Baillie Troubled By Local Candidate Harris' Remarks

The leader of the Nova Scotia PC party is calling on the Liberal candidate in Chester-St. Margaret's to apologize following remarks at a forum in Sir John A MacDonald High School in Upper Tantallon. Tim Harris told another media outlet that candidate participation was "a lot of effort for only three votes", after three students raised there hands that were eligible to vote. Jamie Baillie says he's disappointed in the comments and feels they will discourage young people from the political process. He says the Harris' comments are troubling.

A call to Harris wasn't returned. Baillie also wants Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil to address the comments and provide an apology as well.

RCMP: Grow Operation Dismantled In Shelburne County

Police arrested a man after finding a marihauna grow operation inside a home in Shelburne County. RCMP dismantled the grow-op on Birchtown Road around 5pm yesterday evening, seizing 17 marihuana plants. A 46-year-old man was arrested and later released. He's been charged with production of marihuana and will appear in Shelburne court December 4th.

Soft Opening For LCLC Arena

The arena at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre is open for public use. General Manager Kevin Benjamin says its a soft opening, but the public are allowed to view or use the ice surface between 1pm and 11pm daily. The arena officially opened for use last Saturday. Benjamin says there's still minor work to be done.

Benjamin says the work includes touch-ups for painting, and finishing up storage and mechanical rooms. He expects the work to take another 3-4 weeks before the arena opens at full capacity.

High Liner Acquires American Pride Seafoods

A Lunenburg-based seafood company is expanding its portfolio. High Liner Foods has acquired the east coast processing operations of American Seafoods Group. The company shelled out US$34.5-million for the New Bedford, Massachusetts whitefish and scallop processing plant American Pride Seafoods. American Pride distributes frozen products to restaurants, health care and education markets in the U.S. High Liner says in a release, it will delay integrating American Pride into its U.S. operations to allow them to realize benefits from its 2011 acquisition of Icelandic USA. High Liner expects most of the cost-savings from acquiring American Pride won't be realized until 2015.

Two More Debates Set In Chester-St.Margaret's Riding

Two more debates will be held in the riding of Chester-St. Margaret's before voters head to the polls on October 8th. The first will be hosted by the Hubbards Area Business Association tonight (Tuesday). It gets underway at the Shore Club at 7 o'clock. The candidates are Tim Harris of the Liberals, incumbent Denise Peterson-Rafuse of the NDP and PC candidate Janet Irwin. Another forum will be hosted by the Chester and Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday night - that event will be held at the Chester Legion. Start time is also 7 o'clock.