Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yarmouth: Ferry Service Delayed; Agreement Reached On Terminal

Nova Star Cruises has requested a new start date for ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine. The company is looking to start the service on May 15, two weeks after the original May 1 date. However, the province still needs to approve the request for an extension. Commissioner William Doyle of the United States Federal Maritime Commission says they have issued a certificate of performance permit for Nova Star Cruises, which allows the ferry company to begin promoting and selling tickets. Meanwhile, the COO of Nova Star also announced today that it has signed a lease agreement with the Town of Yarmouth for the use of the municipal ferry terminal. The seven year agreement means the company will be responsible for operational costs and pay the Town of Yarmouth an annual lease and usage fee, based on passenger numbers. Nova Star Cruises estimates that the lease agreement will generate more than $350,000 for the town this year.

Accused In Sexual Assault Case Thought Teen Was Older

A Halifax area man accused of sexually assaulting a young boy told police he thought the teenager was older. John Leonard MacKean made the statement just hours after he was arrested by police in New Brunswick. The 64 year-old also told police he had no idea the  16 year old had been kidnapped and was being held against his will. The information was revealed during police interrogation conducted in November 2012. The four hour video was played publicly for the first time today during his Supreme Court trial in Bridgewater. MacKean is accused of paying to perform sexual acts on the teenager who was chained up and blindfolded in a cabin in Upper Chelsea. The teenager was kidnapped by Wayne Cunningham and David Leblanc. MacKean is facing two charges in total including sexual assault and a prostitution related offence.

Lunenburg: New Ownership At Grand Banker Restaurant

What started out as a job as a teenager has turned into a perfect opportunity. Adam Bower is one of the new owners of the Grand Banker Seafood Bar and Grill and Brigantine Inn in Lunenburg. He grew up in the town, working as a bus boy at the restaurant in 1998. Now, he's a proud owner after it was sold to him and his wife, Christina. Bower says it's important for him to be back in Lunenburg.

Bower says plans include keeping the restaurant open year-round, instead of seasonal.

Opening day is scheduled to be April 7.

Ottawa Provides Money For South Shore Clean Technology Company

A South Shore-based clean technology innovator is starting up with financial input from Ottawa. CelluFuel's plant just outside Liverpool will transform otherwise low-value wood fibre into renewable diesel fuel for the refinery market. The firm is debuting its technology at ReNova Scotia Bioenergy in Brooklyn with a long-term plan to launch a full commercial-scale operation in Clare by 2015. South Shore-St. Margarets MP Gerald Keddy says the federal government will  contribute half a million dollar repayable investment through ACOA. The money will help in purchasing special equipment for setting up the plant. The Province of Nova Scotia has already announced a $1.5 million repayable investment in the project.

Bridgewater: Chamber Hosts 'Breakfast With Mayor' Event

Bridgewater residents are getting a chance to have breakfast with the mayor. The Bridgewater Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event Thursday morning from 7:30am-9am at the Days Inn and Convention Centre. David Walker is expected to talk about the future of the town and listen to resident concerns. People can register for the event on site, beginning at 7am or they can pay at the chamber website here .

Keddy Reflects On Jim Flaherty

Gerald Keddy says Jim Flaherty was one of Canada's best finance ministers. The South Shore-St. Margarets MP is reflecting on the now former finance minister who resigned Tuesday after 8 years on the job. Keddy tells us Flaherty will be sorely missed.

Keddy expects Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will also be a good finance minister. He will be taking over Flaherty's job for the final year of the Harper government's mandate. Flaherty plans to return to the private sector. Replacing Oliver as Natural Resources Minister will be Greg Rickford.

Interrogation Of Accused Heard In Sexual Assault Trial

The 12 member jury hearing a sexual assault trial in Bridgewater Supreme Court is hearing police interrogation of the man accused of paying to have sex with a teenage boy. John Leonard MacKean is facing charges of sexual assault and communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services with a person under eighteen. The 64 year old's arrest over a year ago came shortly after a Canada wide man hunt ended in Northern Ontario with the arrest of David Leblanc and the discovery of Wayne Cunningham's body. Leblanc and Cunningham orchestrated the kidnapping and confinement of a teenage boy in Upper Chelsea. The boy was sexually assaulted daily for eight days before he was able to escape. It's alleged MacKean paid to perform sexual acts on the boy while he was chained up. The jury is hearing a four hour interrogation led by RCMP officer Luc Cote. The Supreme Court trial is expected to last at least another day before the jury begins deliberations.

Bridgewater: Teenager Can't ID Third Man

A high profile sexual assault case enters its second day in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater. The alleged victim testified in court yesterday he was chained to a bed and sexually assaulted numerous times inside a Lunenburg County cabin in September 2012. The teenager told court he was blindfolded and not able to identify a man believed to have paid to perform sexual acts on the boy. Defence lawyer Mike Taylor says identification plays a big factor in any case.

However, Crown attorney Lloyd Tancock is expected to submit DNA evidence during court proceedings Wednesday. Sixty-four year old John Leonard MacKean is facing charges of sexual assault along with a prostitution related offence. He's is being tried by judge and jury.