Sunday, April 20, 2014

Curling: Martin Leaves Game A Champ

He went out as a champion. Curling legend Kevin Martin capped off his brilliant career yesterday with a 4-3 win over Brad Jacobs in the Grand Slam of Curling championship game in Summerside. Martin announced his retirement earlier this weekend. His resume includes an Olympic Gold Medal, a World title, and four Brier championships. Jennifer Jones won the Women's crown with a 5-2 victory over Rachel Homan.

Acclaimed Cape Breton Author Passes

Acclaimed Cape Breton author and short story teller Alistair MacLeod has died. He was 77. MacLeod grew up in Inverness County. He is credited for writing classics such as "Lost Salt, Gift of Blood" and "No Great Mischief". MacLeod spent his summers in Dunvegan in Cape Breton. He was a professor during the winter months at the University of Ontario. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008. MacLeod leaves behind his wife Anita and six children.

New Twist In Rehtaeh's Online Bullying Case

There's another disturbing development in the online bullying case connected to Rehtaeh Parsons. A teenager in Eastern Passage has been charged with making death threats against the young girls father. Police wouldn't not confirm the relationship between the accused and the victim, but a source told our newsroom the threats were made online against Glen Canning last year. The 19 year-old was arrested Thursday. His name has not been released. Multiple media reports suggest the teenager is also connected to the child porn charges laid following Rehtaeh's death. A court date has been set for May 20 to deal with the charges. Parsons attempted suicide last year because of intense cyberbullying after lewd photos of the young girl went around the Internet . She was taken off life support a few days later.

Premier Says Town Identities Will Not Disappear

So far, at least four Nova Scotia towns have either ceased to exist or are headed that way. The latest is Hantsport in the Annapolis Valley, with town fathers saying they can't cope anymore with a low tax base, created by last year's closure of Minas Basin Pulp And Paper. Hantsport is following in the footsteps of Canso, Springhill and Bridgetown, which is Premier Stephen McNeil's home-town. He says while these areas will cease to exist as towns, their identities will remain intact.

As for Hantsport, it has applied to join the neighboring West Hants Municipality.

South Shore Legion Branch Benefits From New Horizons Money

The Royal Canadian Legion in Bridgewater is back in the business of cooking fund-raising breakfasts and for special events. Branch-24 has all new kitchen appliances resulting from a federal government grant presented this past week by local Member of Parliament Gerald Keddy. Legion branch President Wayne Hunt says the improvements were long overdue.

Ottawa has come through with $17,499. for the project. Groups other than the Legion who will benefit include the fire department auxiliary, the band, churches and other groups not having kitchen facilities. The funding is through New Horizons.