Friday, January 24, 2014

MODL: Petition Circulating After Lights Removed From Leary Fraser Road

Some residents of Leary Fraser Road in Whynott's Settlement have started a petition to get street lights re-installed. The councillor for the area, Frank Fawson, had six lights removed from the road after he understood it was his right to do so under municipal policy. However, that doesn't sit well with homeowners. Carmen Fraser says he's upset that residents didn't get a say.

This also bothers the LaHave Manor Organization, who feel the road is too dark for their clients. Homeowner Jeff Whynot agrees, saying it's unsafe.

Whynot and Fraser say they have about 80 percent of signatures collected from residents on the road. It's hoped the petition will be presented to the Municipality of Lunenburg next month to have the lights re-installed as quickly as possible.

Minister Begins Health Authority Tours

It's a move toward reducing the number of health authorities in Nova Scotia. Health Minister Leo Glavine will begin a province-wide tour Monday. He will meet with board members, executives and other health care personnel to discuss how best to move the process forward. The first meeting with be with South West Health. The goal is to shift to two authorities by 2015-16. It would mean a board for the IWK, and a provincial board, with four regional management zones. Another meeting with South Shore Health will be held February 19. It was a key election promise by the Liberals before they took office in the October election.

Top Ten List: How To Avoid Getting Scammed

Many Maritimers are astute shoppers when it comes to tracking down something to buy on the Internet. However, if you're afraid of being duped into buying something you don't want or getting hooked into an ongoing scam, the Maritime Better Business Bureau wants to help you avoid problems. The consumer group is out with its annual top ten list of ways to fight scammers. Included on the list, Jill Atkinson of the BBB says you should beware of job offers to make quick, easy money. Have anti-virus software on your computer and never wire or transfer money to someone you don't know. Then, there's reading the fine print on everything.

Atkinson also says you can fight identity theft by shredding sensitive documents. She also suggests creating a shopping budget and sticking to it, getting everything in writing, watching for checks in your name claiming you've won a bundle of money in a lottery and checking your local Better Business Bureau office for advice.

Here is the BBB's complete Top Ten List:

1.         Beware of “job” offers to make easy money. Unemployment is high and scammers are targeting the large pool of job hunters. Beware of any job offer, especially unsolicited mystery shopping offers, work-at-home schemes or business opportunity that promises big money for little work and no experience.

2.         Always check a business out with BBB before you buy.  Nearly 400,000 businesses across North America bear the BBB seal of accreditation and meet our standards; you can find the seal on Web sites and at business locations.  But BBB doesn’t just report on accredited businesses. You can locate trustworthy businesses by visiting

3.         Always read the fine print—especially for “free” trial offers. Each year, thousands of consumers signup for a “free” trial offer online that resulted in repeated charges to their credit or debit cards sometimes amounting to as much as hundreds of dollars every month. Read the terms and conditions of any “free” trial offer before handing over credit or debit card numbers. 

4.         Keep your computer safe. If you haven’t already, install anti-virus software onto your computer and don’t forget to regularly check for software and operating system updates and patches. Don’t open attachments or click on links in e-mails unless you can confirm the e-mail came from someone you trust. 

5.         Never wire money to someone you don’t know. Many scams require that the victim wire money back to the scammers. Scammers know that tracking money sent via MoneyGram or Western Union is extremely difficult. Even more troubling for victims is the fact that it’s nearly impossible to get your money back. 

6.         Fight identity theft.  Always shred paper documents that include sensitive financial data and dispose of computers, cell phones and digital data safely.

7.         Ask BBB for help. File a complaint with your BBB if you have a disagreement with a business or have been ripped off by a scammer.

8.         Create a budget and stick to it.  If you’re a cash-strapped consumer, setting a budget can help you stay afloat in 2014.  

9.         Fight fake check fraud.  Thanks to advances in printing technology, scammers have the ability to create very real-looking phony checks. Be extremely wary of checks that come with claims that you’ve won the lottery, are eligible for a government grant or have landed a job as a secret shopper. 

10.       Get everything in writing. Don’t just take a business’ word for it. Get every verbal agreement in writing to limit miscommunication and misunderstandings between your expectations and what the business delivers.

Updated: Fay Reaches Semi-Finals At Curling Juniors

Call it fate, call it destiny. Mary Fay says it's hard work paying off. The Chester skip and her team have earned a spot in the semi-finals at the M and M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool. Fay defeated Quebec 9-5 Friday morning to reach the semi-finals. They face B.C. Saturday morning at Queens Place Emera Centre. Fay says the team isn't feeling any pressure.

The winner between Fay and British Columbia will take on Alberta in the championship game Saturday evening. Meanwhile, Robert Mayhew wasn't as lucky. Although the Windsor team won 6-3 this morning over Saskatchewan, they needed Alberta to lose to Northern Ontario to clinch at least a tie-breaking game. However, it wasn't meant to be, as Alberta won the game and knocked the Nova Scotia men's team out of the competition.

Updated: URB Dismisses Halifax Group's Appeal To Construct Blockhouse Facility

The province's Utility and Review Board is dismissing an appeal by group in the city to build a construction and demolition transfer and processing facility in Blockhouse. The regulatory board released their final decision in a 118-page document this morning. In their decision, the board says a draft version of a development agreement by Halifax C and D was not complete and lacked provisions which addressed various policies of the Blockhouse Secondary Planning Strategy. Municipality of Lunenburg mayor Don Downe feels the URB made the decision based on compatibility and nuisance.

Municipal council rejected the development agreement in June, which prompted the appeal from Halifax C and D. Downe feels it was municipal process that helped quash the move.

The mayor expects residents to be pleased with a decision today by the Utility and Review Board. The facility was being proposed for the Cornwall Road. Halifax C and D has 30 days to appeal the URB decision to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

Cdn Jr. Curling Championships: Win & Stay! Lose & Go!

Win and you're in! That's the simple scenario for Mary Fay's Nova Scotia curling team as they get set for their final championship pool game this morning at the M and M Juniors in Liverpool. Last night, the Chester rink came back from a 4-1 deficit to edge Saskatchewan 7-6 and improve their record to 7-2. The Fay foursome meets 3-6 Quebec this morning at 8 o'clock. A win would secure a semi-final berth against BC tomorrow. A loss might mean a tie-breaker later today. Alberta has already clinched top spot and a trip to tomorrow afternoon's final.
Meanwhile, in the Mens division, Nova Scotia's Robert Mayhew needs to win and needs some help to stay alive. After a 5 and 4 record, the Windsor team must beat 6-3 Saskatchewan to remain in the hunt. They also need Northern Ontario to beat Alberta. If those results unfold, there will be tiebreakers to determine who heads to the playoffs. Those matches are also this morning at 8 at Queens Place Emera Centre. Manitoba will be in Sunday's final after going 9-1.

Higher Gasoline Prices

Gas is up in price this morning at South Shore pumps. Regular self serve has risen almost 1.5 cents to $1.32.8 a litre. High test is up by a similar amount to $1.41.8. Diesel is up about 3 cents this morning and varies some in price from station to station. The highest is $1.46.9.