Sunday, May 4, 2014

Income Tax Deadline Near

If you're a procrastinator and you've been putting off filing your 2013 income taxes, you have until midnight tomorrow (Monday) to do so. As you carefully plod your way through all that paperwork, renowned Canadian financial expert, author and university professor Mark Milke (MILL-kee) says you can blame our government of nearly 100 years ago for putting you through all the stress today! Milke says the newly imposed income tax during the First World War was supposed to be in place for a short time, not a long time.

Milke is the author of 5 books and dozens of studies and he's released a new edition of his best seller ... "Tax Me I'm Canadian". Its an entertaining history of how we ended up being saddled with income and other taxes in Canada.

Four of Region's Worst Roads In Nova Scotia

A rural road in Cape Breton is the winner of the Canadian Automobile Association's annual Worst Roads Campaign! The Gillis Point East Road in Washabuck Centre won this year's on-line public voting. Gary Howard of the CAA says often the reason for so many roads cracking and heaving is a result of poor construction.

Howard hopes the top 10 list will shame governments into fixing up the pot-hole littered and crack-laden roads. In all 4 Nova Scotia roads made the list and 3 in New Brunswick. Among them, Park Street in Kentville and the Hanwell Road in Fredericton.

Police Holding Second Prescription Drug Drop-off

RCMP are asking people to get rid of their unused medications safely. The Mounties along with municipal police services are holding their second National Prescription Drug Drop-Off day on May 10. The RCMP say people should clean out their medicine cabinets and bathroom drawers to get rid of medications. Sgt. Keith MacKinnon says they want reduce access and abuse of prescription drugs.

MacKinnon says they collected roughly two tonnes of pills during last year's inaugural event and they're hoping to build off that success. Drop-off points will be held across the province including Bridgewater at the Bridgewater Mall, in Chester at the Chester Pharmasave, at Kinley's Drug Store in Lunenburg and the RCMP detachment in Yarmouth.

EMO: Prepare Today For An Emergency

Emergency Preparedness Week kicks off today in Nova Scotia. The government is using the week to remind people to take responsibility to know the risks, plan ahead and prepare for potential emergencies. Lunenburg West MLA Mark Furey will be in Pine Grove on Monday to meet with emergency management officials. Furey, who is also the Emergency Management Minister, says emergency preparedness begins at home. The Emergency Management Office says people can prepare a 72-hour home emergency kit, select a common meeting place for their family and keep a list of phone numbers and addresses by the phone. Emergency Preparedness Week runs until May 10.

World War II Battle Remembered

It was a turning point in World War II. Today, marks the 71st anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino says the month of May in 1943 was a game changer for the Allies. They gained the upper hand over German U-boats. The victory by the Allies kept supply routes open between North American and Britain. Heroic efforts by the Royal Canadian Navy and Air Force kept those critical routes open but claimed the lives of 4,600 men and women. The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign in World War II, running from 1939 to the defeat of Germany in 1945.