Friday, February 28, 2014

Former Mayor Requests Dominion Street Repaving

A former mayor of Bridgewater wants to see the paving of Dominion Street complete. Ernie Bolivar sent an email to the town, asking council to include paving into their capital work for their upcoming budget. He says the street has very heavy traffic and the situation must be corrected. Current Mayor David Walker agrees.

The street was never fully repaved after work was done to install a new sewer pipe in 2012. Walker suggests repaving costs could be around $250,000. He says there was talk of completing the work in phases, but feels the cost needs to be reviewed.

Saskatoon: Man Charged In Missing Person Case

A 33 year old Saskatoon man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with a missing person investigation. It's in relation to the disappearance of Myles Macintosh of Lunenburg. The 28 year-old was reported missing February 1 in Saskatoon . The charges stem from an altercation on a pub crawl bus MacIntosh was riding in while celebrating his upcoming wedding. Meanwhile, police say blood found on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River belongs to the Lunenburg native. It's believed he fell into the river. The man charged in the incident was due in court today in Saskatoon.  However, the altercation took place well-before a person was reported seen falling into the river.

Saskatoon Police Media Release:

A 33 year old Saskatoon man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with a missing person investigation.

The man is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

The charge was laid following an investigation into the disappearance of 28 year old Gregory "Myles" MacIntosh. Myles MacIntosh was reported missing when he failed to return home after attending an Idylwyld Drive bar on February 1, 2014. Investigation found that MacIntosh was asked to leave the bar following some sort of disturbance. He then boarded a pub crawl bus which was traveling to an east side bar. Police were called to an altercation between two men on the same bus minutes later, at the intersection of Lorne Avenue and 8th Street East. Based on numerous witness statements investigators believe one of those men was Myles MacIntosh, however when officers arrived Mr. MacIntosh had left the scene on foot. Following that, a report was received that a person had fallen into the South Saskatchewan River. A search was conducted by emergency responders, however no one was located. The following day, Saskatoon Police located blood evidence on the ice where the person was last seen. That evidence was sent for testing which, this week, has been confirmed to be that of Myles MacIntosh. Saskatoon Police would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this investigation.

Local Health CEO: Government Listening To Reform Ideas

The Nova Scotia government is looking at reforming the province's health care system, finding more dollars to pump into front-line care. One area being examined is reducing the number of health authorities in the province from 9 to 2, one for the Halifax capital district and IWK and one for the rest of the province. South Shore Health CEO Dr. Peter Vaughan gives full marks to the McNeil government for daring to open up the system for scrutiny.

Vaughan says the health minister received a good selection of opinions when he met recently with health care professionals on the South Shore.

Mustangs Continue Playoff Series Against Halifax

A big weekend for the Charlies Pizza South Shore Mustangs. The major midget hockey club hosts the Halifax McDonalds for a pair of games in their best-of-seven playoff series. The series is tied 1-1 after they split games in Halifax last weekend. Head Coach Brad Muise says it's a good start for his club, but he knows they can't take it for granted.

Muise says he was pleased with his club's defensive effort but would like to see better results on the power-play going forward. Game three goes Saturday night at 7:30. Game four will be Sunday evening at 8pm. Both games are being played at the Clearwater Seafoods Arena in Bridgewater.

Home Care Workers Walk Out

Hundreds of home-care workers in the Halifax area have walked off the job this morning to back their demands for higher wages. However, the provincial government has said it will move quickly to limit the strike's impact. It will introduce essential service legislation this morning in the Legislature that will force most of the strikers back to work. The unions are accusing the government of taking a heavy-handed approach to collective bargaining. However, former NDP labour minister Frank Corbett tells us, the unions are actually taking aim at the premier.

Northwood Homecare of Halifax, the VON and several CUPE home care workers would be affected by the proposed legislation being brought in today.

Gasoline Prices Up Again This Morning

Gas prices are up again at South Shore pumps. The good news is they didn't rise quite as much as New Brunswick prices a night earlier. Regular self serve is selling this morning for $1.41.8 a litre. High test is at $1.50.8. Diesel is selling in many places at $1.50.1 per litre. All grades are up this morning by about a cent-and-a-half.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Police Seize Crack During Traffic Stop

A 52 year-old Bridgewater man was arrested after police found crack cocaine during a traffic stop. Police made the stop earlier this afternoon on Highway 103. The traffic stop was made within the town limits. A quantity of the drug was seized along with a Ford Escape SUV. The man is facing drug related charges.  He will appear in Bridgewater court May 7.

First Degree Murder Charges Laid In Saunders' Death

First degree murder charges have been laid in the death of Loretta Saunders. Twenty-eight year old Victoria Henneberry and 25-year-old Blake Leggette will be in court tomorrow to face the new charges. Saunders was first reported missing on February 13. Her remains were located Wednesday just off the Trans-Canada Highway in Salisbury New Brunswick. Police say an autopsy will be conducted by coroners office in St. John within the next few days. Henneberry and Leggette were already facing charges in relation to a stolen vehicle. The pair were former roommates with Saunders.

Unique Fundraiser To Help Bridgewater Dog Park

A group trying to fast track an off-leash dog park in Bridgewater is offering a unique fundraiser to help their cause. Proponents of the park are looking to create stainless steel dog bones. People can get their names or their pets name engraved on the bones. They would be placed on the fence surrounding the dog park. Town councillor Andrew Tanner says it could be a great opportunity.

Tanner says they need to raise roughly $60,000 to clear land and build the space. He hopes to begin selling them by April.

Paving Tenders Slow But On The Way: Transportation Minister

A former South Shore provincial cabinet minister is wondering why the McNeil government is so slow in issuing tenders for this summer's paving projects. Sterling Belliveau, the MLA For Queens-Shelburne, says they should have been out long ago. The Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan tells us the slowdown results from his getting to know the process after the government was just elected in the fall.

MacLellan says the tenders for this year will be issued soon.

Barrington: Single Vehicle Crash Causing Highway 103 Delays

Highway 103 near Barrington is slow going after a single vehicle crash. The incident happened before noon. RCMP say traffic is delayed and they will be using alternating lanes until the scene is cleared. Sgt. Ben Parry says they don't know how long traffic will be tied up. Nova Scotia Power and fire officials are also on the scene. It's not known if there are any injuries.

NS MP: South Shore Voters Denied Hearing Into Election Act Changes

A Nova Scotia Member of Parliament is among a large chorus of people calling for cross-Canada hearings on proposed changes to the Elections Act. Deputy Federal NDP Leader Megan Leslie of Halifax tells CKBW & Hank-FM News, the Chief Electoral Officer has been stripped of most of his or her powers. She says even the old system of vouching, where a neighbor or friend can confirm your identity at a polling station, will not be permitted any more. Leslie says South Shore residents and others are not being allowed their say.

A motion by New Democrats calling for Canada-wide hearings on the Elections Act changes is being debated this week in the House of Commons.

South Shore MLA Says Home Care Dispute Unnecessary

An emergency session of the Nova Scotia Legislature is on for tomorrow (Friday). MLA's have been recalled to debate possible back to work legislation for home support workers. 450 home care workers can hit the picket lines at 12:01 tomorrow morning (Friday). Queens-Shelburne NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau says the dispute should have been settled long ago to avoid a strike.

The home care workers look after nearly 2,000 people in the Halifax area and in parts of the Annapolis Valley.

Drugs, Alcohol Factors After Missing Woman Found Safe

Drugs and alcohol are believed to be involved after a woman went missing Wednesday night in Bridgewater. RCMP along with Lunenburg Ground Search and Rescue and Bridgewater Police responded to the call around 11pm. The woman indicated she was lost in the woods and didn't know her location. She was found about five hours later near the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. There were no injuries. She was transported to the regional hospital in Bridgewater for observation.

Shelburne: RCMP Charge Man, Woman After Break And Enters

A man and a woman have been charged after several break and enters in Shelburne County. RCMP say they searched homes on Bulkley Street and Hastings Street this weekend and seized items believed to be from the Lions Hall bar, Farmer's Dairy Treat and Farmer's Co-Operative. Police have arrested 35-year-old Joey Wayne Langthorne and 55-year-old Kathy Lynn Gallant. Langthorne appeared in court Wednesday to face a number of charges including break, enter, theft and possession of stolen property. Gallant is facing a charge of breaching probation and possession of stolen property. She is scheduled to appear in Shelburne court on March 19.

Possible Home Care Strike Sparks Emergency Legislature Session

An emergency session of the Nova Scotia Legislature is ahead for tomorrow. MLA's have been recalled to debate possible back to work legislation for home support workers. 450 home care workers can hit the picket lines at 12:01 tomorrow morning (Friday). Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie tells us: labour situations like this could be avoided.

The home care workers care for almost two-thousand people in the Halifax area and in parts of the Annapolis Valley.

Yet Another Gas Price Hike Likely Tonight

South Shore gas prices are likely going to rise even more when the province's utility and review board sets the coming week's prices at midnight. In New Brunswick, prices there rose 1.9 cents a litre overnight for regular self serve. Diesel is also up by 3 cents this morning. Expect similar hikes overnight tonight at South Shore pumps.

Province Scraps Domestic Burn Permits

A move by the Nova Scotia government is expected to reduce the risk of wildfires. Residents will no longer need a permit to burn domestic brush. The province is replacing paper permits with an online burning restrictions map. The map will show green, red, or yellow in each county, to let people know if it is safe to burn, unsafe to burn, or safe, with restrictions. Restricted brush burning will also start earlier on March 15 instead of April 1. It goes until mid-October. Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill says safety is behind the new system.

The changes affect brush burning on properties including rural residential lots, woodlots, camps and cottages. Industrial brush burning still requires a permit. The map will come online March 15 here. People can get the same information in a recorded message by calling toll-free 1-855-564-2876.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

South Shore Sports: Full Calendar For Curling, Basketball And Hockey

A busy weekend is shaping up for several South Shore curling teams. There are four different tournaments going on across the province. Arguably, the biggest event involves boys and girls trying to represent Nova Scotia at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Chester's Mary Fay, Cassie Cocks, Adam Cocks, Graeme Weagle and Ben Baker are among eight teams involved. It also includes Bridgewater's Sarah Snair rink. Play begins Friday afternoon in Halifax. South Shore curling teams are also competing in the men's and women's dominion club championships and an under-13 youthspiel this weekend.
Five teams will try and bring a provincial basketball banner back to the South Shore. On the boys side, Bridgewater competes in division-three provincials while Lockeport hosts the division-four event. In girl's action, New Germany and Barrington are both competing in division-three provincials in Middleton. Lockeport will take the court in the division-four championships in Neil's Harbour. Play gets underway on Thursday.
Park View is one of five teams in Yarmouth for the 2014 Western Region Boys Division-One Hockey Championships. The Panthers open up play Thursday at noon against the host team. People can watch games online here . Meanwhile, the Bridgewater and Forest Heights boys hockey teams are in Middleton for the Division-Three regional championships. The Vikings will play the hosts in the opening game at 9am Thursday while the Falcons will play Bridgewater Thursday at 12:30pm. Tournament winners will advance to provincials.

Budget Talk By Premier Expected On South Shore

The South Shore and the rest of the province may get an early indication of what will be in the next provincial budget. Premier Stephen McNeil will be in Bridgewater in April to address the area Chamber of Commerce. Manager Dan Hennessey says the budget and the economy will likely be front and centre.

McNeil will appear before the chamber on April 11th for a noontime luncheon.

Queens Health Project On Target

The Queens General Hospital expansion project is on track and should be completed within a few months. South Shore Health's CEO Dr. Peter Vaughan has updated Region of Queens Council. He's impressed with progress, despite an earlier slowdown.

The facility will include a 22-bed medical unit, a collaborative health clinic and a team of social workers and other support services. Region of Queens Mayor Christopher Clarke says its going to be a blessing for residents of the area needing health care.

An official opening is planned in July.

Lunenburg: Town Will Not Join Power Consortium

Lunenburg is saying 'no' for now to joining a consortium that is setting up their own power source. Mahone Bay, Berwick and Antigonish are working together to operate a seven turbine wind farm in the Municipality of West Hants. It could be up and running in 2015. Lunenburg Mayor Rachel Bailey says the town needs to get their finances in order and also went through a rate increase recently for their utility. She says the timing doesn't make sense to join the consortium.

Bailey hopes the town can support the group by purchasing power from them in the future.

Yarmouth Ferry Clears Hurdle, Nears May 1 Launch

The Nova Scotia government is helping the operator of the new Yarmouth ferry meet federal requirements in the United States so it can start selling tickets. Nova Star Cruises will receive $2 million, part of the province's $21-million commitment to support a new ferry, to post a bond to meet regulations.Tourism Minister Michel Samson says the money means they'll be able to get the approvals they need in the United States to advertise their fares and sell tickets. Meanwhile, some changes to the ferry schedule were also unveiled - it will arrive in Yarmouth at 8 a.m. and depart at 10 a.m. The company requested the change to better accommodate marine traffic in Portland. It's set to begin making crossings May 1.

Students Receive Inaugural Lieutenant Govenor's Award

Students from across the province will be at Government House in Halifax later today to receive an inaugural award. The Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Awards will be handed out to youth who show leadership by creating safe and inclusive spaces - free of bullying or judgement. Locally, Robyn Whynot of Liverpool is being given the award along with the RCMP's Youth Advisory Committee in Lunenburg County. The Department of Education's Anti-Bullying Coordinator Kathleen Richard says students who demonstrate leadership deserve to be recognized.

Others recipients include Janell Stewart of Yarmouth and Stephen Bennett of Middleton.

It's the first time the awards are being presented. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MODL: No Appeal Received For Proposed Blockhouse Facility

It appears a Halifax company are giving up in their effort for a proposed construction and demolition diversion facility in Blockhouse. The deadline to file an appeal has passed for Halifax C and D. It was February 24. General Manager Lee Anne Chassie refused to comment on the issue. However, the CAO for the Municipality of Lunenburg, Tammy Wilson, says no notice of an appeal has been given to their legal counsel. She says unless a last minute appeal was filed, the issue should be dealt with. The province's Utility and Review Board dismissed an appeal by the group last month. Halifax C and D had 30 days to appeal the URB decision to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

UPDATE: Two Arrested In Valley School Lock Down

Two young people have been arrested in relation to a threat received by a student via text message in the Annapolis Valley. The text prompted the lock down of Central Kings High School and a nearby elementary school. RCMP had several resources at the schools along with a dog team to help with the investigation. However, it's not known what kind of threat was attached to the text message. The arrests were made nowhere near the schools. Police say it's too early to determine if criminal charges will be laid.

Threat Via Text Locks Down Valley Schools

Kings District RCMP are looking into a threat received via text message by a student at the Central Kings High School in the Annapolis Valley. Police got the call just before lunch time regarding the text message. Central Kings and a nearby elementary school were first placed on lock down and then under a hold and secure. That means no one is allowed to enter or leave the building. Police do not believe the suspect ever entered the school property. However, they have not revealed any information surrounding what was included in the text message. RCMP had several resources at the schools along with a dog team to help with the investigation. There have been no arrests.

Lunenburg: Ironworks Distillery Among World's Best

A Lunenburg business has been recognized for making some of the world's best alcohol. The World Drink awards were handed out recently in London, UK and Ironworks Distillery walked away with their hands full. Ironworks Bluenose Black Rum was named the world's best dark rum for 2014. Also, Ironworks Pear Eau de Vie won the world's best brandy and best fruit brandy. The company's apple brandy received world's best apple brandy and best design. Co-owner Lynne MacKay says they're delighted.

She says each of the award winning beverages are available at their shop in Lunenburg or at select stores and markets across the province. The awards were presented by the UK publication '', which is considered the world's number one online resource for drink professionals.

McIntosh, Drennan Win Pentathlons; Clinch CIS Berths

Bridgewater's Rachael McIntosh won her fourth consecutive pentathlon title at the Canada West track and field championships in Edmonton. The 23-year-old at the University of Calgary took home gold over the weekend. She also earned silver in the 4x400 metre women's relay and a bronze and personal best score in shot-put. McIntosh competed in 11 events in a span of five hours. She says she didn't have much time to think about winning.

Meanwhile, Lunenburg's Jesse Drennan of the University of Windsor won the pentathlon title at the Ontario University Athletics track and field championships. Both Drennan and McIntosh will compete at the CIS championships from March 6-8 at the University of Alberta.

Bridgewater: St. Phillips Street Home Pegged As Heritage Property

A Bridgewater home is being pegged as a heritage property. The town has approved the designation to the residence at 106 St. Phillips Street. Documents will be forwarded to the province to register the home with heritage status. Heritage Advisory chair Patrick Hirtle says this is their first home recognized.

The home was built in 1866 by David Walker and it remains in the Walker family. The Brookside Cemetery, Trinity Anglican Church and the Wile Carding Mill are the other heritage properties in Bridgewater.

Minor Injuries Result From Early Morning 103 Crash

Two people were injured this morning in a two car accident on highway 103 in Hebbs Cross. It happened around 6am at Exit 14. Both of those people injured were taken to South Shore Regional Hospital with minor injuries. The RCMP say one car was pulling out on the 103 from Highway 3 and another vehicle travelling along the 103 collided with it. The highway was closed between Exit 13 in Wileville and the Conquerall Mills Road past Exit 14 for a couple of hours. The RCMP is still investigating.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Seven Years And Counting: Shelburne Waiting For High Speed Internet

It's been almost seven years and some areas of Shelburne are still waiting for high speed Internet. The Nova Scotia government awarded a contract to Eastlink in 2007 to provide the service province-wide. However, there are still roughly 1,000 people along the South Shore and Annapolis Valley with no service. Municipality of Shelburne CAO, Kirk Cox, says that includes many in the community.

Cox says with seven councillors, the issue comes up at meetings every month. He says it's positive news that the province has given Eastlink a December deadline to complete the work.

Whalen: Gov't Committed To More Education Dollars

Nova Scotia's finance minister says investing more money into education remains a top priority. Diana Whalen says the Liberals will follow through with re-investing $65 million dollars into education during their mandate. During a stop in Bridgewater, Whalen says that will be done over time.

Whalen says the government wants to make sure students have more support in areas such as literacy and math.  She says some new money could also help with ideas coming out of the recently announced school system review.

Blandford: SAR Exercise Planned

There will be a search and rescue exercise Tuesday in Lunenburg County. It's being organized by the Canadian Coast Guard, Department of National Defence, US Coast Guard and RCMP. It will take place near the coastline in Blandford and is expected to begin at 10 a.m. and end by mid-afternoon. Residents can expect to see helicopters, flares and boats in the water. The exercise should take up to four hours to complete.

Chester: Wind Project Enters Sewer Rate Discussion

A Chester councillor feels the South Canoe Wind project could help solve problems with sewer rates. Brad Armstrong suggested the option because five of six sewer systems are in a deficit position. The municipality is proposing a universal tax rate and few councillors seemed to lend an ear to Armstrong's idea. He was under the impression they backed the wind project to help taxpayers in the area.

Deputy Warden Floyd Shatford disagrees. He feels it doesn't make sense to take tax dollars from the wind farm to cover sewer rates.

The issue will be back in front of council next week.

Beware Of Scammers Phishing For Your Personal Info

Visa Canada has a new survey out shedding light on the prevelence of internet phishing scams. The survey has found 92 percent of digitally-connected young Canadians under age 35 have become regular targets of these fraud attacks. They're trying to get your personal information for financial gain. Jill Atkinson of the Atlantic Better Business Bureau says anything emailed by a bank or a company you deal with should be considered "suspicious".

Phishing scams go after information such as your bank account numbers, passwords, debit and credit card numbers and social insurance numbers.

Lunenburg: Fishermen's ER Closure

The ER at Fishermen's Memorial Hospital is temporaily closed today. It shutdown at 7 a.m. and will reopen at 7:30 p.m. A shortage of staff is the reason. If you have an emergency, call 911 or go to South Shore regional Hospital. If you need medical information, call 811.

Region of Queens "Snow" Budget In Good Shape Despite Storms

The Municipality of the Region of Queens may be one of the few districts along the South Shore and elsewhere with a snow removal budget thats still in pretty good shape! However, after a long period of relentless storms, the Region of Queens does have fewer funds left in the budget than usual. Mayor Christopher Clarke says the Region's staff is always prepared.

The Region of Queens does have reserve funds on standby if needed. However, the mayor doubts they'll be needed.

Shelburne: Pot Use Leads To Impaired Driving Charge

A Shelburne man has been charged with impaired driving by a drug after an incident early Friday morning. Police say they pulled over a vehicle around 1 a.m and found some marijuana. The 24 year-old driver was taken back to the detachment and questioned by an RCMP drug recognition expert who determined he was impaired. He was later released and will appear in Shelburne court May 29. The man is facing charges of impaired driving and possession of marijuana.

Mustangs Earn Split In Halifax

The Halifax McDonalds have evened their playoff series with the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs. Halifax skated to a 4-2 win Sunday to tie the best-of-seven series at one. The Mustangs won game one Saturday night 2-1 in overtime. Alex Nauss scored both goals for the Mustangs, who will host games three and four at the Clearwater Seafoods Arena this coming weekend.

Lunenburg Snow Removal Budget Headed For The Red

Lunenburg's mayor says they will need to look at their reserves to help cover the cost of snow removal this winter. Rachel Bailey says they started the winter with a budget of $106,000. However, that's been whittled down to roughly $3,000 before the last storm hit last week. Bailey says it's been an unusually difficult winter.

She says the town has over $20,000 in reserves and other resources if they end up in the red.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Health Minister Applauds Recent South Shore Radiothon

Recently, the Health Services Foundation on the South Shore raised tens of thousands of dollars to help purchase a new piece of medical equipment for the South Shore Regional Hospital. The province's health minister is applauding the campaign and others across the region which Leo Glavine says is becoming the "norm".

Glavine says the South Shore's annual funding drive and others across the province won't be touched during reform of the health care system.

The Valentine's Day Gift For The Heart Radiothon raised more than 103-thousand dollars for a new portable X-ray unit at the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater.

Mustangs Score Overtime Win Over Halifax

The Charlies Pizza South Shore Mustangs drew first blood against the Halifax McDonalds. Jordan Messenger scored the overtime winner as the Mustangs defeated Halifax 2-1 Saturday nightThe win gives the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series. Alex Nauss also scored while Colby Muise stopped 36 shots in the win. Game two goes Sunday afternoon in Halifax

High School Hockey: Panthers, Falcons Meet For First Place

In boys high school hockey, Park View doubled up West Kings 6-3 on Saturday night. The win gives the Panthers a shot at first place overall in the Valley High School Hockey League. However, they will have to play a team that is undefeated so far in the regular season. Park View will meet the Forest Heights Falcons at 5pm Sunday evening at the Bridgewater Memorial Arena.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Lunenburg: ER Closure At Fishermen's

The emergency department at the hospital in Lunenburg will be temporarily closed this afternoon. The closure will began at 2:00p.m. It will reopen at 7:30am Saturday morning. Residents needing emergency care will need to go to the regional hospital in Bridgewater or call 9-1-1.

Mustangs Open Series Against Top-Ranked Halifax

The Charlies Pizza South Shore Mustangs will play their first semi-final series in 12 years. The Mustangs open up their best-of-seven series against the top-ranked Halifax McDonalds this weekend. The Stangs are coming off a series win over Valley. However, they were winless against Halifax in five games during the regular season. Assistant Coach Don Dodman says the team is ready for the task.

Game one will be held Saturday night at 7pm at the Halifax Forum. The two teams will also meet Sunday afternoon at 12:30 at the Forum before the series shifts to Bridgewater for games three and four March 1 and 2.

Will New Yarmouth Ferry Service Meet May 1 Startup?

Will the Yarmouth to Maine ferry service be able to meet the May 1st startup date? That question is haunting business and politcal leaders in Nova Scotia now that the province has been asked for financial guarantees for refunding cancelled trips. The ferry operator, Nova Star Cruises, has even removed passenger fare information on the route from its webside. Progressive Conservative House Leader Chris d'Entremont says the government needs to clarify whether or not May first is in jeopardy.

d'Entremont says if the province looks after the refund, will that be in addition to the 21-million dollars already guaranteed as backing for the service? He also says a problem like this, so late in the game indicates to him, closing the deal last fall with ferry operator, Nova Star Cruises, was a rushed job.

Chester: Worms Could Become Future Composting Source

The future of large-scale composting in Chester could be in worms. A group of students from Dalhousie University introduced vermicomposting to the municipality, which uses worms to consume organic waste. Councillor Andre Veinotte proposed the idea. He challenged the students to find a less labour-intensive operation.

The students have designed a machine and are looking to begin testing in early March. Veinotte says it could be a good fit, but they need to make sure it makes sense.

The municipality currently spends $200,000 a year to deal with organic waste. Vermicomposting would cut down that cost and make its way to Kaizer Meadow.

Higher Gasoline Prices

Gas prices have increased overnight. Regular self serve is actually past $1.40 now, selling this morning for $1.40.2 per litre. That's a jump of almost three cents. High test is at $1.49.2. Diesel has increased about a cent. It's selling this morning in some places along the South Shore at $1.48.7 a litre.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Shelburne: RCMP Search Home, Issue Charges

A Shelburne man is facing more charges after he was caught with marijuana in addition to breaking conditions related to his house arrest. Police say they searched a home Monday night on George Street. The house was empty but some grass and drug related property was seized. Police tracked down the person they were looking for about two blocks away. They seized roughly 30 grams of pot in total. Vincent William Buchanan is facing new charges and was taken into custody. The 34 year old is due in Shelburne court in April.