Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Former Development Authority CEO Returns To Court In January

The former CEO of the Southwest Shore Development Authority will be back in court in the new year. RCMP laid charges against 64-year-old Frank Anderson of Yarmouth County in October. He's charged with eight counts of uttering forged documents and one count of fraud over $5,000. Anderson's lawyer appeared in Yarmouth court this week. He requested the Crown to adjourn the case because the defence was looking for more information. Police began their investigation into the now-defunct authority last September. A forensic examination commissioned by the province's Department of Economic and Rural Development looked at expense claims and supplier invoices. The matter will be back in court January 28.

Bridgewater: Thai Restaurant Coming To King Street

Bridgewater is getting a Thai restaurant on King Street. Town council approved the sale of the current library building to THAI'D and TRUE, a company operated by Hazen and Gillian Trueman of Lower Kingsburg. The cost was just over $217,000. The couple were the only group to submit a bid on the property. Mayor David Walker says the restaurant could be a good fit.

Hazen Trueman used to be one of the owners of the King's Arm Pub in Kentville. The group is expected to take control of the current library space before next spring.

Canada Post Announces Big Changes

Big changes coming to the way some people get their mail. Canada Post is phasing out door-to-door delivery of regular mail in large city centres and will jack up the cost of stamps. Some people will need to get their letters, bills and flyers at community mail boxes. It doesn't appear people living in rural areas - like the South Shore - will be impacted by the changes. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has floated the idea of cutting door-to-door delivery in urban areas. She made those comments in September after the Crown Corporation unveiled $104 million in losses in the second quarter. The Crown corporation is also increasing the cost of mailing a letter to a dollar on March 31. However, those stamp booklets will cost you about $0.85 per stamp. The announcement comes just a few weeks before Christmas - the busiest time of the year for Canada Post.

New Judge Appointed In Yarmouth

A familiar face in Yarmouth's legal community is becoming a judge in the town. The province's justice minister has appointed Michelle Christenson as Nova Scotia's newest provincial and family court judge. Christenson was called to the bar in 1996. She worked with the Public Prosecution Service in 2003 in Yarmouth. Before that, she was in private practice. Judges are appointed to both the provincial and family courts to allow flexibility in dealing with court workloads.