Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hurricanes Top Summerside; Earn Second Win At Esso Tourney

The BMO Western Hurricanes have jumped out to a 2-0 record at the Esso Atlantic Major Bantam Hockey Tournament in Halifax. Matt Barron scored twice and added an assist to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-1 win over Summerside this afternoon. Ian MacPhee, Matt Sabbean and Alex Wentzell also scored. Earlier today, the Hurricanes also beat Pictou 4-1. Dawson Wood scored twice, while Ian MacPhee and Connor Barnhill also scored in that game. The Hurricanes are back on the ice around 11:30 tomorrow morning against Cape Breton.

Minister Encourages Radon Tests

The province is encouraging people to pick up a radon test kit to test their homes for the dangerous gas. Nova Scotia has the highest levels of the gas in Canada. Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill said four out of ten homes in high-risk areas are likely to exceed the Health Canada Guideline. The MLA for Yarmouth, Churchill says it's the second leading cause of lung cancer and in Nova Scotia and it claims about 70 lives a year. Radon is tasteless, odorless, and invisible and often finds its way into home through basements and concrete slabs. The province has released a map identifying the high to low areas for radon. A link to the map is can be found here

Property Crime Rates Drop In Barrington

Property crime rates in Barrington are at their lowest levels in six years. An RCMP crime analyst provided details to council members with the Municipality of Barrington. Mischief is on the decline in the municipality, but break and enters are on the rise based on analysis of this year's figures to date. Barrington RCMP detachment commander, Sgt. M.J. Deluco, says the reduction in property crime could lead to a trickle-down effect in neighbouring communities.

Deluco says she's pleased with the results. She says by examining crime data, it can identify people responsible for offences and locate key pockets of crime.

Hurricanes Open With Win At Esso Tourney

A good start for the BMO Western Hurricanes in Halifax. The Hurricanes opened up play this morning at the Esso Atlantic Major Bantam Hockey Tournament with a 4-1 win over Pictou. Dawson Wood scored twice, while Ian MacPhee and Connor Barnhill added singles. Matt Barron also chipped-in with three assists. The Hurricanes are back in action at 2:30 this afternoon against Summerside.

Health Authority Looking To Improve Patient Intakes

The CEO for South Shore Health says they are searching for ways to improve patient intakes for family doctors. The health authority has been criticized by the general public recently after a phone line was setup for 150 people to acquire a new doctor or nurse practitioner. The phone line botched on its first attempt after human error. It was cut-off in less than five minutes on the second attempt after the maximum amount of patients was received. Peter Vaughan says it's been a learning experience.

Vaughan says the challenge to provide other options includes costs they don't have the resources to cover. Another patient intake for Dr. Sheila Dwyer is expected later this winter.

MADD's Red Ribbon Campaign Set To Launch

MADD Canada's most recognizable initiative will kick off this weekend. A launch for the Red Ribbon Campaign will be held this weekend at Queens Place Emera Centre. The campaign is entering it's 26th year and serves as one of the most important events MADD Canada hosts each year heading into the Holiday Season. Vice President for Lunenburg-Queens Chapter, Laura Cormier says the red ribbons send a strong message.

Cormier says by displaying a ribbon on your car it shows a personal commitment to drive sober. The launch in Liverpool gets underway at 11 o'clock on Saturday.

Gas Prices Will Likely Climb Overnight Tonight

Gas prices are up this morning in New Brunswick after the weekly setting and you know what that likely means for South Shore prices come tomorrow. Prices will likely rise here also by similar amounts. The maximum price for self serve regular gas in New Brunswick today has risen by three cents a litre. The cost of diesel in New Brunswick has also increased by a cent and a half a litre.