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.