Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bridgewater: Councillor Concerned About Missing Civic Numbers

A town councillor is concerned about the status of civic numbering in Bridgewater. Wayne Thorburne says improvements have been made but there are still too many issues. He says some numbers aren't visible, others have contrasting colors and many are missing. Thorburne says that's a problem for emergency services, who have difficulty finding homes in the area.

Thorburne is looking for a by-law to be created to help fix the issue. More discussion is expected between council, the public and emergency officials.

Interim NDP Leader Making South Shore Tour

The interim leader of the NDP is making a swing through the South Shore. Maureen MacDonald says she will be meeting with some residents over the next few days to hear their concerns and gather feedback in advance of the spring session of the legislature. MacDonald says the party is moving on from a disappointing October election where they were left with just seven seats.

MacDonald says she will join MLA Sterling Belliveau for community consultations in the riding of Queens-Shelburne. There's no date for a leadership election for the NDP, who are seeking a new leader after Darrell Dexter stepped down following the last election.

Former Lunenburg MLA Eyes Federal Politics

A former MLA in Lunenburg is throwing her hat into the federal ring. Pam Birdsall has announced her intention to run for the NDP in the South Shore - St. Margaret's constituency in the next federal election. Birdsall spent four years in provincial politics before she was ousted from office by Liberal member Suzanne Lohnes-Croft in last October's election. Birdsall feels she's ready for a new chapter in her life.

Birdsall is the first person to announce their intention, and she expects to be challenged by others. She feels it's time to reign out the Conservatives.

The next federal election is planned for the fall of 2015 or sooner.

Halifax Wins Bid To Host World Men's Curling Event

Halifax will host the best men's curling teams in the world in 2015. The city has won hosting rights for the Ford World Men's Curling Championship. It will be played at the Metro Centre from March 28 to April 5 next year. It's the first time the world men's championship has been played in Nova Scotia. Halifax has hosted several major curling events in the past, including three Tim Hortons Brier events and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. They've also hosted the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials in 2005.

Snow In Forecast Closes Schools

Schools are closed all along on the South Shore. No classes for students under the South Shore or Tri County Regional School Board. The French School in Cookville and Waldorf School in Blockhouse is also closed today. Schools in the Annapolis Valley are also closed. Park View Education Centre in Bridgewater says in a tweet, exams will be written tomorrow instead. Environment Canada is predicting 10 to 15 centimeters of snow for the region.