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Showing news for the month of August , 2016

SOURCE OF NEW BRUNSWICK QUAKES MAY NEVER BE KNOWN FOR SURE
Friday 26th August 2016
A seismologist says the cause of more than 100 earthquakes that shook homes and rattled nerves in a New Brunswick village earlier this year may remain a mystery. Stephen Halchuk at Earthquakes Canada says the kind of earthquake swarm that began rumbling under the village of McAdam in February is unusual but not unheard of. He says there's no defined fault in the area, so it's suspected that there's an area of weakness in the earth's crust that is allowing stresses to be relieved. A 3.3 magnitude quake on Feb. 9 shook homes and broke windows. Halchuk says he and his colleagues are writing a paper on the McAdam events that will be published later this year in a scientific journal.   He says there's no way to know when, or if, McAdam will get another cluster of quakes.


PHOTO MACHINE ISSUE MEANS PROVINCE CAN'T GIVE OUT DRIVER'S LICENCES TODAY
Friday 26th August 2016
If you're looking to get your driver's licence today, it's better to wait if you can. Service Nova Scotia says they can't provide licences as their photo machines across the province are down. The department is working with their provider and internal IT staff to fix the problem. Paper copies are being issued if needed, but they recommend waiting. So far, there's no estimate on when the machines would be fixed.


VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS IN CAPE BRETON CHARGED WITH ARSON
Friday 26th August 2016
Two Cape Breton volunteer firefighters are facing multiple charges of arson after a series of blazes in rural areas near Sydney. Cape Breton Regional Police said today they have arrested and charged 49-year-old Stephen Tremblett of North Sydney and 24-year-old James Clayton MacDonald of Bras d'Or in connection with 16 fires. The fires occurred in structures, wooded areas and vehicles throughout the Florence and Bras d'Or communities in recent months. Police say the two men are members of the Florence volunteer fire department. Tremblett was set to appear in Sydney provincial court to face 12 charges of arson, while MacDonald will face 16 charges. Police says they responded to numerous reports of suspicious fires in recent months, leading to an "intensified investigation" and the arrests.


FRENCH COURT OVERTURNS BURKINI BAN
Friday 26th August 2016
France's top administrative court has overturned burkini bans amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments. The ruling today by the Council of State specifically concerns a ban in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the binding decision is expected to set a legal precedent for all the 30 or so French resort municipalities that have issued similar decrees. Lawyers for two human rights groups argued the ban infringes basic freedoms and that mayors overstepped their powers by telling women what to wear on beaches. Mayors had cited concern about public order after deadly Islamic extremist attacks this summer, and many officials have argued that burkinis oppress women. Lawyer Patrice Spinosi says women who have already received fines can protest them based on today's decision.


STEPHEN HARPER RESIGNS PARLIAMENT
Friday 26th August 2016
Former prime minister Stephen Harper issued a statement this morning resigning from politics. He makes his departure 10 months after losing the federal election and stepping down as Conservative leader. Harper was first elected as a Reform M-P in 1993 and went on to be the first leader of the new Tory party. He is expected to start his own consulting firm focused on developing international business and advising companies operating outside of Canada. 


LIBERALS ARE BACKTRACKING ON CLEAR-CUTTING PROMISES: NDP
Friday 26th August 2016
The provincial NDP is accusing the Liberal government of flip-flopping on clear-cutting targets. In 2011, the Dexter government introduced a plan to reduce clear-cutting to 50 per cent of the forest harvest over 5 years. In May of last year, then Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill said in the Legislature that the Liberals were on track to meet that target.  Current Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines recently admitted that the Liberal government is backing away from that goal. Natural Resources Critic Sterling Belliveau says the Liberals have some explaining to do over the shift in policy, noting that a letter from the Deputy Minister this year shows that clearcutting percentages were higher than what Churchill was claiming last year.


STREET CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND IN NEW GLASGOW *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Friday 26th August 2016
There will be some street closures in New Glasgow due to this weekend's events. On Saturday for the Market to Main Street event, Provost Street from Dalhousie to MacLean Streets will be closed to vehicles from 3:30pm – 11:00pm. Traffic will be detoured to Riverside Parkway from a portion of Provost Street via Dalhousie Street (near the Town Hall). MacLean Street will remain open for access to Archimedes. Riverside Parkway also remains open. There is access to parking via Riverside Parkway at both the Glasgow Square Parking lot and the parking lots near the New Glasgow Farmers Market building. There will be no closures on Sunday, as the Critz of Fury cycling event has been cancelled.


KENT CORBETT ANNOUNCES COUNTY CANDIDACY
Friday 26th August 2016
Another candidate is entering October's municipal elections - Kent Corbett will run in Pictou County's District Three. Kent has been heavily involved in the community, sitting on various committees such as the Pictou Lobster Carnival, the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition, Fisheries Museum, and the Caribou District Fire Department.


GAS, DIESEL UP
Friday 26th August 2016
A big jump at the pump this week: regular self-serve gas is up almost a nickel to $1.044 per litre, while diesel rose three cents to 96.6 cents per litre.


IMPAIRED DRIVING CHARGE IN NEW GLASGOW
Friday 26th August 2016
A call from a concerned citizen led to an impaired driving charge. A 31-year old man from Pictou County was arrested Thursday morning around 8:50am by New Glasgow Regional Police after a concerned citizen called to report a possible impaired driver. Regional police located a silver Ford Focus in a parking lot on 38 George Street New Glasgow and charged the man with impaired driving. He will appear in court at a later date. Constable Ken MacDonald says reporting the impaired driver may have saved lives.


ER CLOSURE IN TATAMAGOUCHE TODAY
Friday 26th August 2016
There's going to be another temporary closure of the Emergency Department in Tatamagouche today. The Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed between 8 am and 8 pm due to an unexpected lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care. The public is reminded that in all circumstances, those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to 811 where callers can receive around the clock advice and information from a registered nurse. Anyone who is unclear about the availability of services may also contact the hospital at 902-657-2382.


HEALTH MINISTER PROMISES REFORM FOLLOWING JAILHOUSE DEATH
Friday 26th August 2016
The health minister says the province's oversight system for reviewing jailhouse deaths is in need of reform. Leo Glavine's comments come in the wake of the overdose death of an inmate at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility in January. The Nova Scotia Health Authority declined to participate in a review of Jason LeBlanc's death, citing privacy reasons. A police report says the 42-year-old appeared intoxicated and told a nurse he had taken so-called "nerve pills," but was nevertheless sent back to his cell.


FISHERMEN LAUNCH COURT CHALLENGE OF TIDAL PROJECT
Friday 26th August 2016
A group of Nova Scotia fishermen appeared in court in a bid to stop a plan to test giant electric turbines in the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association says the Cape Sharp Tidal project is based on "junk science". The fishermen say it should be put on hold until a year-long study can establish a scientific baseline for the state of the bay. Cape Sharp Tidal spokeswoman Sarah Dawson says deployment of the turbines remains on hold as the company continues to consult with the fishermen and other stakeholders.


CANADA RE-ENTERING THE PEACEKEEPING GAME
Friday 26th August 2016
At a Canadian Forces Base in Quebec today, the federal government is expected to announce it's ready to get back into peacekeeping. Two cabinet ministers will be on hand for the announcement, which comes ahead of a major peacekeeping summit in London next month. The Canadian Press has learned that today's event at C-F-B Bagotville will not include Canada signing onto a specific U-N mission. But it will include a promise of troops, police officers, military aircraft -- and hundreds of millions of dollars toward a new peace operations fund.


AHEAD OF CHINA MEETING, CONCERNS ABOUT CANADIAN CANOLA
Friday 26th August 2016
China's ambassador to Canada is hoping a simmering trade dispute over Canadian canola exports won't become an even bigger problem with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to visit Beijing next week. In an interview with the Canadian Press, the ambassador (Luo Zhaohui) said Canada has been inflexible and "unfair'' in its approach to talks that began seven years ago over Chinese concerns about rules for the make-up of canola shipments. At issue is the amount of so-called "dockage" -- foreign material such as other plants and weed seeds -- found in Canadian canola exports to China. China is concerned about the spread of a disease associated with canola and has given Canada until September 1st to cut the level of dockage in its deliveries of the crop down to one per cent from 2.5 per cent. Canada has stood its ground, with industry leaders saying scientific evidence shows such a change won't change the risks. Canola farmers are facing the possibility of losing business with their biggest export market -- China bought 40 per cent of Canada's exports of canola seed last year.


SPORTS AUGUST 26
Friday 26th August 2016
The AGR Fastpitch League Finals continue tonight at the Pomquet Field with Pomquet vs Heatherton at 7pm, followed by Guysborough vs Heatherton at 9. At the St. Andrews Field, Guysborough plays Arisaig at 7, followed by Pomquet vs St. Andrews at 9 pm.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is on Saturday, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding an Open House and Open Registration for Fall classes on Tuesday August 30th from 6-9pm.  The club offers fun pre-school programs, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills, as well as competitive training and support. Bring the kids and take a tour through their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow. Fall Term Registration – 10 Weeks starting September 12th Cost (1 hr. Rec classes): $120 + $35 GNS annual insurance. For more information, visit their official Facebook page - Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next month. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Not even Jose Bautista's return to the lineup could spark the Blue Jays to victory. Mike Trout drove in four runs as the Angels got past Toronto 6-3 at Rogers Centre. Bautista was reinstated off the D-L earlier in the day after missing time with a knee injury. He drove in two runs in the defeat.
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So close for Matt Moore. The San Francisco lefty lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning on a soft, clean single by Corey Seager, as the Giants beat the Dodgers 4-0. Moore's try ended on his 133rd and final pitch. He struck out seven.
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The Redblacks woes continue to pile up. Travis Lulay rushed for two touchdowns as the B-C Lions beat Ottawa 29-23. The Redblacks have lost four of their last five games and have only won once at home this season. Trevor Harris started at Q-B for Ottawa and threw for 352 yards and a touchdown.
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Dallas quarterback Tony Romo appeared to injure his back on the third play of tonight's pre-season game against the Seahawks, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it was just a scare. Romo was pulled down from behind by Cliff Avril after being forced from the pocket by a blitz. Dallas coach Jason Garrett opted to play it safe and Romo donned a baseball hat as a spectator the rest of the night.
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Fifty-two golfers will have to complete their first round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open this morning after play was suspended due to darkness at Priddis Greens. South Korea's Chella Choi leads at 7 under but has only completed 14 holes. Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow is the clubhouse leader with a 6-under 66. Hamilton's Alena Sharp is the top Canadian at 4 under.
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Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defence in Brazil. Lochte initially said that he and teammates were robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Games.


PROVINCE SEEKS ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK ON TOLLS AND HIGHWAY TWINNING
Thursday 25th August 2016
Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan is looking for more residents of the province to say if they are willing to pay a toll to get a stretch of highway twinned sooner. A study released last month by the province looked at the potential to twin four stretches of highway, including Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish, and using tolls to make it happen sooner. MacLellan, in a conversation with CBC News, said that while most of the province is split on the issue, the overwhelming majority of residents in the Antigonish area would be willing to pay a toll to see that area twinned. The minister said plans are in the works for 12 community meetings around the province as soon as possible.


PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG SET FOR MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY
Thursday 25th August 2016
A public dig at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton next month will give people a chance to discover the province's past. Lead archaeologist, Laura deBoer, says participants of all ages will be able to join in the dig to help find artifacts and features on 10 and 11 September. She says it's a very hands-on way to get involved in the history that belongs to all Nova Scotians. In partnership with Industrial Heritage Nova Scotia, the museum will uncover the ruins of the foundry over the two days. Under the supervision of archaeologists and with industrial historians on hand to tell the story of the site, the search is on for items from the early 1800s, and more evidence of the foundry building. Registration is limited. To register, contact the museum at 902-755-5425 or industry@novascotia.ca.


DOCTORS NS PRESIDENT SAYS PROVINCE HAS NEED OF NEW DOCTORS, NEW SYSTEM OF CARE
Thursday 25th August 2016
The President of Doctors Nova Scotia says the province is working to train and attract doctors to the province. Dr. Michelle Dow says the province's own resource plan says that more than 1,000 doctors will be needed over the next ten years to replace doctors who are retiring or moving. At least half of those will be family physicians, and many will be caring for greater numbers of seniors. Dow says that a recent finding that Nova Scotia has the most doctors per capita is misleading, as some doctors have a full roster of patients, while others only work part time. She says the future may reside in collaborative care.


LOBSTER SEASON GOOD FOR PEI FISHERMEN
Thursday 25th August 2016
The P-E-I government says lobster fishermen had a lucrative spring season even though the catch was down from last year. The Fisheries Department says preliminary landings totalled 10.6-million kilograms — down 13.5 per cent from the record catch last spring. But it estimates the preliminary landed value for the season at 148-million dollars — up 22 per cent from the 2015 spring season. The province says lobster fishermen enjoyed very strong shore prices this year amid what appears to be strong demand for lobster products. 


LEGISLATURE RESUMES MID-OCTOBER
Thursday 25th August 2016
The Liberal government has announced the legislature will start a new session on October 13th. It says the 62nd session will open with a speech from the throne. The session will get underway just over three years after Stephen McNeil led the Liberals to a majority in the last provincial election. Members in the house will include the winner of a byelection set for August 30th in Halifax-Needham after veteran New Democrat Maureen MacDonald announced her retirement after serving as an M-L-A for 18 years. 


NEW DATA SHOWS MAJOR OIL AND GAS FINDS MAY BE OFF NFLD
Thursday 25th August 2016
There is encouraging news out of Newfoundland about its potential offshore oil and gas resources. Premier Dwight Ball said yesterday that new seismic data indicates there may be huge reserves in West Orphan Basin. He says an independent assessment of nine parcels in the basin found they could contain 25.5 billion barrels of oil and 20.6 trillion cubic feet of gas. Ball says the new estimates should encourage more oil and gas exploration, despite the dramatic downturn in the industry.


FUNDY TURBINE PROJECT FACES APPEAL
Thursday 25th August 2016
A fisheries group says it plans to launch a court challenge over a plan to install two giant turbines in the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fisherman's Association says it will launch the challenge today over the Cape Sharp Tidal Venture project. Nova Scotia's environment minister gave her approval in June for the initiative for the Fundy Ocean Research Centre. Cape Sharp's five-storey-high turbines are destined for the Minas Passage.


JOHN BROTHER MACDONALD STADIUM FOR SALE
Thursday 25th August 2016
New Glasgow is putting John Brother MacDonald Stadium up for sale. The town is looking for proposals for the 39,000 square foot building and the three and a half acres of surrounding land. New Glasgow Business Development Officer Frank MacFarlane tells NG News the building is still in good physical shape, even though there has been little activity in it since closing in 2013. MacFarlane says the building is being sold “as is” and the town has no plans to demolish it before a sale, though proposals will be considered either with or without the building. The town is encouraging a residential developer to show interest in the property since it is in an ideal location close to grocery and drug stores as well as the hospital.


CANADA POST FACING DEADLINE FOR EITHER STRIKE OR LOCKOUT
Thursday 25th August 2016
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers will hold a news conference in Ottawa this morning to give an update on contract negotiations with Canada Post. There's word talks have stalled as a strike mandate for 51-thousand union members is set to expire tonight. CUP-W has until midnight to serve the Crown corporation with a 72-hour strike notice. The union is accusing Canada Post of continuing to make unacceptable demands of workers. Should the union halt bargaining and serve strike notice, there could be disruptions in mail delivery by Monday. Canada Post also has the option to lock out workers after today.


DOCTORS WANT GOVERNMENT TO REGULATE THC LEVELS WHEN MARIJUANA BECOMES LEGAL
Thursday 25th August 2016
A survey by the Canadian Medical Association is shedding light on what doctors think the federal government should do when it comes to regulating marijuana. Doctor Jeff Blackmer, the group's vice-president of medical professionalism, says the survey isn't about whether or not physicians support legalization, but about what should be done if marijuana is legalized. Seventy-two per cent of the doctors who took part in the survey say they want the federal government to regulate T-H-C levels in recreational marijuana. T-H-C is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The survey results show doctors were split on several issues in the survey, such as where marijuana should be sold and whether people with medical exemptions should grow their own pot. But nearly 87 per cent of physicians who took part say they need updated research on the harms of cannabis.


SPORTS AUGUST 25
Thursday 25th August 2016
The AGR Fastpitch League Finals began Wednesday night with four games. In Game # 1, the Pomquet Acadians edged out the Guysbrough Broadhorns 2-1 in 10 innings. In Game 2, the Heatherton Warriors defeated the Arisaig Blues 3-1. Game # 3 saw the St. Andrews Flyers defeat Arisaig  8-7. And in Game # 4, Guysbrough defeated St.Andrews 12 -2 in 5 innings. Play continues Friday at the Pomquet Field with Pomquet vs Heatherton at 7pm, followed by Guysborough vs Heatherton at 9. At the St. Andrews Field, Guysborough plays Arisaig at 7, followed by Pomquet vs St. Andrews at 9 pm.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is on Saturday, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding an Open House and Open Registration for Fall classes on Tuesday August 30th from 6-9pm.  The club offers fun pre-school programs, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills, as well as competitive training and support. Bring the kids and take a tour through their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow. Fall Term Registration – 10 Weeks starting September 12th Cost (1 hr. Rec classes): $120 + $35 GNS annual insurance. For more information, visit their official Facebook page - Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next month. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Boston and Toronto remain tied atop the AL East as both teams lost. The Red Sox fell 4-3 in 11 innings to the Tampa Bay Rays. Luke Maile doubled with two out in the 11th and scored after Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree dropped a throw to first base on a grounder.
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Meanwhile, the Blue Jays were getting trounced by the last-place L.A. Angels, 8-2. Albert Pujols moved into sole possession of 10th place on baseball's all-time list by hitting his 584th home run
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The Miami Marlins have acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur from Atlanta in a three-team trade. Miami is contending for an NL wild-card spot and isn't sure whether star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will return this season from a severe groin strain. Francoeur was hitting .249 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 99 games for the Braves. The 32-year-old plays left field and right field and is known for a strong arm.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by doctors to return to racing and will miss at least two more races as he recovers from a concussion. Hendrick Motorsports has announced Earnhardt is out of the races at Michigan and Darlington Alex Bowman, who drove for Earnhardt at New Hampshire, will return to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet at Michigan this weekend. Jeff Gordon will fill in at Darlington. He has driven the past four races for Earnhardt.
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Free agent right wing Jiri Hudler has signed a $2 million, one-year deal with the Dallas Stars. A veteran of 11 NHL seasons, he had 46 points in 72 games combined for Calgary and Florida last season. Hudler has appeared in 83 career playoff games and went to consecutive Stanley Cup Finals with Detroit in 2008 and 2009.
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The Arizona Coyotes have hired Dawn Braid as skating coach and say she is believed to be the first full-time female coach in NHL history. Braid has a long association with the NHL. She worked part-time for the Coyotes last year and has served as a skating consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames.


TRURO SEES UNUSUALLY HIGH NUMBER OF MISSING PETS
Wednesday 24th August 2016
Cats are mysteriously disappearing in a Truro, prompting local police to open an investigation. Insp. Rob Hearn of the Truro Police Service says patrol officers recently noticed an increased number of missing cat flyers in the area. Hearn says after discussing the issue, investigators decided to be proactive and open an investigation into the curious rash of vanishing pets. He says officers are urging people to report their missing animals. From that, as of this afternoon, there were 18 missing cats and dogs reported to police. Hearn says most animals have gone missing within the last few months, but at least one case dates back a year. He says there's no indication yet of what's behind the disappearances, but police are taking the matter very seriously, as many pets are considered members of the family.


MAN'S BODY FOUND IN STOLEN CAR IN NORTH PRESTON
Wednesday 24th August 2016
Halifax RCMP are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found in a stolen car in North Preston. The black Honda Civic was reported stolen yesterday afternoon, then police found it a short time later in the St. Thomas Baptist Church Cemetery on Upper Governor Street with the body inside. The body has been sent to the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner for an autopsy, scheduled to take place today, to identify the victim and determine a cause of death. Anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area between Monday and Tuesday at 11 a.m. is asked to call police at 902-490-5020 or send an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers.


ACCIDENT CLOSES PART OF HWY 316 *UPDATED 1:15 PM*
Wednesday 24th August 2016
A section of Highway 316 was closed earlier today as RCMP investigate a single-vehicle collision in St. Andrews. Police say a transport truck jackknifed and took down a power pole at the intersection of Highway 316 and Antigonish/Guysborough Rd around 7am. Nova Scotia Power, Transportation workers and the RCMP attended the scene, and so far there are no reports of injuries.The highway was expected to be closed for about three hours.


CORRECTIONS WATCHDOG INVESTIGATING INMATE DEATH
Wednesday 24th August 2016
Canada's correctional investigator is delving into the death of a Cape Breton man at New Brunswick's Dorchester Penitentiary. Howard Sapers says he has concerns about how guards restrain inmates and about the quality of health care they receive if injured. A report says 33-year-old Matthew Hines was pepper-sprayed in the face multiple times during a struggle with guards last May. The incident has drawn sharp criticism from Hines's siblings, who say they were initially given scant and inaccurate information about how their brother died.


ETHICS COMMISSIONER INVESTIGATING HEALTH MINISTER'S EXPENSES
Wednesday 24th August 2016
Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is looking into whether Health Minister Jane Philpott violated conflict of interest rules in her use of a high-end car service owned by a Liberal supporter. Dawson's probe will focus on a section of the Conflict of Interest Act dealing with "preferential treatment." The investigation comes after Conservative health critic Colin Carrie wrote to the commissioner over the revelation that Philpott paid a limousine company 17-hundred dollars on one day for service -- and more than 19-hundred on another day. The commissioner cannot comment on the review, but says a public report will be issued once it is complete. Philpott announced last Thursday she would repay the cost of these trips totalling just over 37-hundred dollars, while admitting these were "excessive costs" related to her work travel. The minister's department is also examining 20 rides from her home to Toronto's Pearson Airport totalling more than 38-hundred dollars, while it also conducts a wide-ranging review of all other ministerial expenses. Philpott has promised to pay back any other filings deemed to be inappropriate.


POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE ROCKS CENTRAL ITALY
Wednesday 24th August 2016
A powerful pre-dawn earthquake has shaken central Italy, causing widespread damage and at least 11 deaths after homes collapsed on residents as they slept. The magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 3:36 a-m local time and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including in Rome. The hardest hit towns were Amatrice and Accumoli. The mayor of Amatrice says "the town isn't here anymore." Residents, rescue crews, and even priests are digging through the rubble with shovels, bulldozers and their bare hands, trying to reach survivors.


TODAY'S DISCARDED LOBSTER SHELLS COULD BECOME TOMORROW'S COFFEE CUPS
Wednesday 24th August 2016
A B-C scientist is working on a way to make everyday objects like batteries and coffee cups out of an peculiar source -- lobster shells. University of British Columbia chemist Mark MacLachlan says the science behind transforming the exo-skeletons of lobsters, shrimp and crabs into a usable material isn't very difficult. He says the process involves removing minerals and proteins from the shell, which leaves behind a bio material called chitin (KI'-ton). His team has been using chitin to create sensors that change colours when squeezed and they're looking to convert them into electrodes to be used for batteries as well. The scientists also believe the substance can be turned into a biodegradable plastic that could be extra strong and hard because of chitin's natural properties. MacLachlan says that plastic could be used for a lot of different purposes, including coffee cups and disposable dishes, or bio medical supplies such as wound dressings or sutures.


SPORTS AUGUST 24
Wednesday 24th August 2016
The AGR Fastpitch League Finals begin tonight with four games. At the Pomquet Field, it's Pomquet vs Guysborough at 7pm, followed by Heatherton vs Arisiag at 9. Tonight at the St. Andrews Field, Arisaig plays St. Andrews at 7, followed by St. Andrews vs Guysbourough at 9 pm. Playoffs continue on Friday at both fields.
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SG Sports Club is offering a 3 day Multisport camp at the West Side Community Center Aug 29, 30, 31 (9am-12pm) The camp will include Road Hockey, Soccer, Handball and Dodgeball activities- for more info or to register contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@@Hotmail.com
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is on Saturday, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next month. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Russell Martin had three hits and two RBIs, R.A. Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2.
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The Boston Red Sox remained tied with Toronto atop the American League East by edging Tampa Bay 2-1. Clay Buchholz pitched into the seventh inning to improve to 5-9. David Ortiz had a run-scoring single.
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Jake Arrieta is the first 16-game winner in the National League. Arrieta allowed just two hits in eight shutout innings and the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs beat Seattle 5-3. The Cubs had a shutout until closer Aroldis Chapman gave up three runs in the ninth. Kris Bryant swatted his 33rd home run and Addison Russell also went deep for the Cubs.
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The Major League Baseball post season will open with the American League wild-card game on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and could run through Nov. 2 if the World Series goes to a seventh and deciding game. The American League champ will host the first game of the Fall Classic on Tuesday Oct. 25. The National League wildcard game is Wednesday, Oct. 5. The AL division series begins Thursday, Oct. 6 with the opening game of the NL division series beginning the next day. The AL championship series is scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 14 with the NLCS starting on the 15th.
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The Olympic flag has arrived in Tokyo, host of the next Summer Games. Preparations are underway for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike held the flag aloft as she got off an airplane and walked down a stairway to the tarmac at Tokyo's Haneda airport Wednesday. Koike received the flag at Sunday's closing ceremonies of the Rio Games.


NORTHERN PULP FACES OPPOSITION TO HERBICIDE SPRAY PLAN
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
An affiliate of Northern Pulp has put forward a plan to spray a herbicide over parts of Colchester and Halifax counties beginning next week, but the plan is meeting with some opposition. Northern Timber has several applications before the Department of Environment to spray VisionMax in Greenfield, Lower Harmony, Riversdale, Debert, Belmont Mountain and elsewhere. The active ingredient in VisionMax has been banned in the European Union, and is defined by the World Health Organization as a potential carcinogen. Northern Pulp spokeswoman Kathy Cloutier told the Truro Daily News that the purpose of the herbicide is to control species competition and allow for softwood trees a better opportunity for growth. Cloutier says there is no plan to spray anywhere near residential areas, however there are still those who oppose the plan, including Truro-area MLA Lenore Zann. Zann says part of her opposition is based on the potential harm to pollinators in the area, such as bees, butterflies, and other wildlife.


GLAVINE SAYS NURSING HOME CARE MEETS STANDARDS, ALSO DISCUSSES MENTAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Provincial Health Minister Leo Glavine says that despite the recent revelation from the NDP about cuts to nursing home budgets by 1 percent, he remains confident that the level of care is not being compromised. He says he has had conversations with many administrators of facilities across the province, and is assured that staffing requirements are still being met. Glavine also spoke today about the ongoing concerns over Mental Health service delivery at the Aberdeen. He says the unit as it existed before it closed was not meeting provincial or national standards, however two beds for mental health trauma will be opened once the ER renovations are completed.


FORMER SAINT JOHN MAYOR AND NEW BRUNSWICK MP ELSIE WAYNE DEAD AT 84
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Former New Brunswick member of Parliament Elsie Wayne has died at the age of 84. The death was confirmed Tuesday morning by the province's official Opposition. Wayne was first elected to Saint John common council in 1977 and became the city's first female mayor in 1983. In 1993, she and Jean Charest were the only Progressive Conservative MPs to win their seats in the House of Commons. Wayne represented the riding of Saint John until 2004, and was a strong supporter of Canadian veterans.   She suffered a stroke in November 2009.


CHURCHES MAY ASK FOR SOBEYS BOYCOTT IN WAKE OF RACIAL PROFILING CASE
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
A group of African Nova Scotia churches is calling for a boycott of Sobeys after the grocer appealed a human rights decision. The Human Rights Commission last year found one of its employees used racial profiling to target a black customer at Sobeys in Tantallon in 2009. A spokesperson for Sobeys told CBC News in an email that the company expects to withdraw the appeal shortly. But Reverend Lennett Anderson, the vice moderator of the African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia, says that's not enough. He says the community is also looking for an apology and a recognition from the company of what happened. Anderson says the incident is not an isolated one.


OYSTERS RECALLED OVER SALMONELLA CONCERNS
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Federal health officials are advising consumers to avoid eating a brand of oysters that are being recalled because they may be contaminated with salmonella. The oysters, packaged as "Large Standard Oysters" and "Mixed Oysters," are produced by P.E.I.-based Five Star Shellfish. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the affected products are sold in 100-piece packages and display a harvest date of Aug. 13. The CFIA says they were sold in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario but may have been distributed in other provinces or territories. Food contaminated with salmonella may not look visible alteration or smell, but can still make you sick.


MORE LOCAL CANDIDATES DECLARED, INCLUDING FOURTH FOR NG MAYOR
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
More people are entering the municipal elections in Pictou County. Ken Langille has announced he is running for mayor of New Glasgow. The former deputy mayor served as a councillor for Ward One for fifteen years. He is the fourth candidate declared to date, along with businessman Mark Firth, and town councillors Nancy Dicks and Henderson Paris. Meanwhile, Garry Pentz is running to be a councillor for Stellarton in Ward Two. The deadline to declare a candidacy is 13 September.


NEW TRURO LIBRARY BUILDING TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Staff at the Truro Library are aiming to open in their new building next month. The occupancy permit was issued last Wednesday, but there are still a few jobs to finish. Library director Janet Pelley tells the Truro Daily News that a children’s interactive feature wall and two kitchenettes are still being completed, electronic smart boards are being installed, and pictures are being hung and signage put in place for sponsored rooms. Jason Fox, director of planning and development for Truro, said the project is close to budget.


IMPAIRED DRIVING CHARGE AFTER CAR FALLS OFF CLIFF
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
A 17-year-old girl faces an impaired driving charge after a car went over a cliff in Sydney Mines. Police say none of the three people in the car were seriously injured after it smashed through a guardrail yesterday and landed in water below. The vehicle was heavily damaged in the crash.


HEALTH MINISTER IN HOT WATER OVER EXPENSES AGAIN
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Health Minister Jane Philpott has pledged to pay back an expense that got her into more trouble Monday. The Opposition Conservatives used the Access to Information Act to obtain a receipt for a one-year membership for access to Air Canada executive airport lounges. In a statement late Monday, Philpott says she'll reimburse the 520-dollar cost that was billed to taxpayers. This comes after several days of apologies for her use of a luxury car service for airport trips in her Toronto-area riding, and pledged to repay about 37-hundred dollars. She directed her department to review all her expenses and said she'll fully reimburse any found to be inappropriate.


AFTER CABINET RETREAT, TRUDEAU VOWS TO BUILD "RELATIONSHIPS"
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says relationship building will be among his Liberal government's top priorities when Parliament resumes sitting later next month. Trudeau emerged from a two-day cabinet retreat in Sudbury, Ontario to say his government "will not rest" until it makes life better for indigenous people across this country. He also said his government must pay more attention to issues that impact Canada's trade with the U-S. Ministers heard from Canadian ambassador to Washington David MacNaughton, who noted both Republicans and Democrats and their respective presidential nominees have adopted anti-trade stances that could be harmful to Canadian interests.


BETTER PALLIATIVE CARE SYSTEM NEEDED, SAY DOCTORS
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Doctors who deal with end-of-life care say Canada needs to broaden its approach to palliative care. They suggest improved access to palliative care is needed for patients with end-stage heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or C-O-P-D -- not just those suffering from cancer. Study co-author Dr Graeme Rocker, a respirologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, says two-thirds of the estimated 250-thousand Canadians who die each year have illnesses other than cancer -- yet most don't have access to the same types of palliative support as cancer patients. The research found only 20-to-30 per cent of those referred to a hospital palliative-care unit have a non-cancer illness. Surveys have repeatedly shown that most Canadians want to die at home or in a hospice when the time comes -- but too often a lack of community-based services means patients end their lives in a hospital bed. The research appears in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.


SPORTS AUGUST 23
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies softball during the past week. Both games ended with identical 6-3 scores as the Yankees defeated the Orioles and the Cardinals defeated the Blue Jays. Leading batsmen were Gina Markie, Britanny Heighton, Vanessa Heighton, Sherry Whytewwod, Carol Hartling, Stacy Ferguson and Sherry MacLeod with 3 singles each, Debbie D’entremont and Lisa James with a triple and 2 singles each.
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Tonight the Pictou County Rugby Club Women have a playoff game vs The Valley Bulldogs. Kick off is 6:45 at Parkdale Field.
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SG Sports Club is offering a 3 day Multisport camp at the West Side Community Center Aug 29, 30, 31 (9am-12pm) The camp will include Road Hockey, Soccer, Handball and Dodgeball activities- for more info or to register contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@Hotmail.com
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is coming soon, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. An earlier amalgamation several years ago involved the competitive divisions, not the recreational levels. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on Sunday. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell by e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next month. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Some of Canada's Olympic athletes have touched down on home soil. The returning athletes, including flag bearer Penny Oleksiak, are scheduled to arrive at Toronto's Pearson Airport at about 5:30 a.m. Eastern time. A second round of athletes will be arriving early tomorrow morning.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have some company atop the A-L East. David Price pitched eight scoreless innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 to pull even with the idle Blue Jays for the division lead.  Price limited his old team to two hits while walking two and striking out eight. Toronto begins a three-game home series against the Angels tonight.
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Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-8 walk-off win over the Atlanta Braves. Elsewhere, the visiting Cubs topped the San Diego Padres 5-1. And in Seattle, the Mariners held off the New York Yankees 7-5. 
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Retired N-B-A star Kobe Bryant has announced the formation of a $100 million-dollar venture capital fund to invest in media, technology and data companies. The fund, known as Bryant Stibel, is being co-managed by investor Jeff Stibel. Bryant Stibel has already made investments in 15 companies, including LegalZoom and home juicing company Juicero, according to their website.


POLICE LOOK TO SPEAK TO DRIVER IN POSSIBLE CASE OF HIT AND RUN
Monday 22nd August 2016
Pictou RCMP are looking for help from the public as they investigate a possible hit and run yesterday in a parking lot at Big Island Beach in Lower Barney's River. A vehicle was damaged while sitting in the parking lot. Witnesses say a black two-door Honda Civic pulled in and parked next to the vehicle that sustained the damage. When the owner of the damaged vehicle returned to his car both the Civic and its driver were gone. Police are looking to speak with the driver of the Civic. They are also asking anyone with information to call the RCMP at 902-755-4141 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637). You can also access Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers could qualify for a cash reward of $50 - $2,000.


MACKAY SEEKING ANOTHER WESTVILLE TERM; RYAN SEEKING FIRST TERM IN PICTOU *UPDATED 12:15 PM*
Monday 22nd August 2016
Roger MacKay announced on his Twitter feed this morning that he is running for a third term as Mayor of Westville. MacKay and Stellarton Mayor Joe Gennoe are the only sitting Pictou County mayors to re-offer in this October's elections, and so far, neither is facing a challenger. Meanwhile, a third name has been added to the race for mayor of Pictou. Retired principal of Pictou Academy and Dr. Thomas McCulloch School Jim Ryan has announced that he is seeking the position.


ELIZABETH MAY NOT STEPPING DOWN AS GREEN PARTY LEADER
Monday 22nd August 2016
Green party leader Elizabeth May is staying. She's told a news conference in Ottawa that the party's federal council has given her its full support. May was known to be unhappy after the party endorsed an embargo of Israel for its treatment of Palestinians. But May says she is motivated to stay on to fight for the issue of electoral reform. May notes her party is the one that would benefit most from ditching the current first-past-the-post system.


NDP SAYS NURSING HOME CUTS ARE EVEN LARGER THAN FIRST THOUGHT
Monday 22nd August 2016
The NDP says cuts to provincial nursing homes and care facilities are even worse than first thought. Last week, the party released a detailed breakdown of the Liberals’ cuts by facility. Since then, it has become clear through conversations with various nursing homes around the province that the numbers are inaccurate, and in some cases the cuts are almost double. For example, the document from the government shows the Maritime Oddfellows Home in Pictou was cut by $26,645.  According to the facility’s administration, the actual cut was close to $46,000. NDP Leader Gary Burrill accuses the government of trying the downplay the real effect of cuts to seniors.


RCMP INVESTIGATE DEADLY HOUSE FIRE
Monday 22nd August 2016
Pictou District RCMP is investigating a fatal house fire that occurred yesterday. Shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, police were called to respond to a house fire on Avondale Station Rd. When RCMP officers and fire departments from Barney's River, Linacy, Thorburn, Merigomish, and New Glasgow arrived on scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames. Efforts to locate the 42-year-old male resident of the home were unsuccessful.  Later that day, the provincial Fire Marshal requested the RCMP cadaver dog to attend.  The dog and handler arrived and after searching, human remains were located amongst the charred debris. The remains have been turned over to the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner's office to determine the cause of death and establish a positive identification. The investigation is ongoing.


MORE MUNICIPAL CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED
Monday 22nd August 2016
More people are entering the municipal elections this October. Simon Lawand has announced he is re-offering for Ward One in Stellarton, while Transportation worker Steve Stewart is going to run for Trenton town council. The deadline to apply to be a candidate for municipal or school board elections is September 13th.


LAWYER BARRED FROM ANY FURTHER LEGAL ACTION OVER HIS DOG
Monday 22nd August 2016
A Nova Scotia judge has found a retired lawyer who launched a flurry of legal actions over veterinary treatment of his dog was using the courts as a cudgel to wreak vengeance on his adversaries. Supreme Court Justice Jamie Campbell has banned Jack Cram from taking any new legal actions against several veterinarians, a vet clinic and the provincial veterinarians' association without court approval. Campbell also dismissed various other claims filed after the veterinarians' group dismissed Cram's negligence complaint against a vet in Bridgetown, which  he says prescribed harmful medication to his dog last year. But Cram's bid for a judicial review of the vets' association ruling will go ahead in the provincial Supreme Court in September.


MAN CHARGED WITH TAKING PICTURE OF YOUNG BOY AT MALL
Monday 22nd August 2016
Halifax police have charged a man accused of taking a photo of an 11-year-old boy in the washroom stall next to him at the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth. Security officers detained a man on Monday after the boy left the washroom and reported the incident to his mother. Patrol officers arrested the man, seized his cell phone and also a computer and other electronic storage devices when they searched a residence in Middle Sackville Tuesday afternoon. Thirty-one-year-old Ian Gerald Keddy of Middle Sackville has been charged with voyeurism, but police say their investigation continues.


MINISTER PHILPOTT APOLOGIZES OVER LIMO FLAP
Monday 22nd August 2016
The federal Liberals opened their two-day cabinet retreat Sunday in Sudbury, Ontario with an apology from Health Minister Jane Philpott. The Toronto-area M-P acknowledged that she could have been ''more specific'' when she told Parliament she'd never used a limousine service. Philpott is under fire from the opposition parties over her use of a luxury car service, owned by a man who volunteered on her election campaign. She has admitted the service was too pricey and pledged to reimburse 37-hundred dollars of the cost.


DOCTORS OUTLINE WHAT THEY WANT IN NEW HEALTH ACCORDS
Monday 22nd August 2016
Doctors are making public their wish list for a new health accord between the federal and provincial governments. The Canadian Medical Association says Ottawa must make sure health-care professionals have the resources they need to care for an aging population, including funding for long-term care, home care, and for caregivers. It also wants increased funding for provinces with larger populations of seniors and prescription drug coverage. The last agreement expired in 2014, and after refusing to renegotiate it, the previous Conservative government declared the annual six per cent increase in social program funding to the provinces would end next year. The Trudeau Liberals campaigned to restart talks on a new deal, though details haven't been determined.


DISABLED SURFERS RIDE THE WAVES AT NOVA SCOTIA BEACH
Monday 22nd August 2016
More than 40 people with disabilities, including 14 recent immigrants, hit the surf at a Nova Scotia beach this weekend. Organizers say Saturday's "They Will Surf Again" event at Martinique Beach near Halifax is the only Canadian stop for Life Rolls On, which sets up similar events in cities across the continent. Jesse Billauer, who founded the U-S-based organization after a surfing accident rendered him a quadriplegic around 20 years ago, flew out from California to support the roughly 115 volunteers assisting with the event. Elizabeth Burdon watched her son, Justin, who has a brain injury, experience the ocean for the first time in 12 years as he rolled along the waves with a full-faced grin. The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia invited newcomers from Iraq and Syria to take part in the summer fun. Ali Allawi, who came to Halifax from Iraq two years ago, says he was "happy" to see people with disabilities, including his sons Hussein and Ayoob, experience the joys of surfing.  


SPORTS AUGUST 22
Monday 22nd August 2016
Local curlers helped Team Nova Scotia take home the gold medal at the national 55+ games held in Brampton Ontario last week. Bluenose Curling Club members Jim Nix and Marc Essiambre along with Truro Curling Club members James Barr and Peter Nealy went 7 and 0 for the tournament defeating Alberta in the finals 6 - 5 to capture the gold. On the ladies side Colleen Pinkney and her team representing the Truro Curling Club repeated their gold medal performance from 2014 with a perfect 6 -0 record defeating BC 8 - 5 in the finals. Picture left to right: Jim Nix, James Barr, Peter Nealy and Marc Essiambre
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Tuesday night the Pictou County Rugby Club (Women) have a playoff game vs The Valley Bulldogs. Kick off is 6:45 at Parkdale Field.
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SG Sports Club is offering a 3 day Multisport camp at the West Side Community Center Aug 29, 30, 31 (9am-12pm) The camp will include Road Hockey, Soccer, Handball and Dodgeball activities- for more info or to register contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@@Hotmail.com
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is coming soon, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. An earlier amalgamation several years ago involved the competitive divisions, not the recreational levels. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on Sunday. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell by e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It's all over in Rio. The Olympic flame was extinguished last night and the Olympic flag was formally handed over to the governor of Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Summer Games. Canadian athletes did well in Rio, winning 22 medals -- including four gold -- to put us 10th in the overall medal standings. Sixteen-year-old Toronto swimmer Penny Oleksiak, who won four medals, capped her inaugural Olympic experience by carrying the Canadian flag into Maracana Stadium for the closing ceremony. The U-S dominated the overall medal count with 121, followed by China with 70.
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The Canadian Olympic Committee is pleased with the country's performance in Rio after reaching its goal of a top-12 finish in the medal standings. Canadian athletes brought home 22 medals, including four gold, to finish 10th. Canada was most dominant in the pool and track, winning six medals in each.
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Police are blocking Ireland's top four Olympic executives from leaving Brazil as their ticket scalping investigation expanded with a raid on the team on the final day of the Rio Games. The Rio police force said it executed search warrants to seize passports and evidence from Ireland team leader Kevin Kilty, chief executive Stephen Martin and secretary general Dermot Henihan. The new development in the investigation came as Olympic Council of Ireland president Patrick Hickey, who is also a top Olympic official, remained in jail following his arrest on Wednesday.
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The Blue Jays took just one of three on the road against Cleveland after a 3-2 loss. Toronto held a 2-1 lead in the eighth before reliever Brett Cecil gave up a two-run home run to Jose Ramirez. Cecil has four blown saves and is just 1-and-7 this season. Josh Donaldson went 1 for 3 with an R-B-I in his first game back from a thumb injury.
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Toronto maintained a half-game lead on Boston for top spot in the A-L East after the Red Sox dropped a 10-5 decision to the Tigers. The Indians are seven games up on Detroit in the A-L Central while Texas is six up on Seattle in the West. The Red Sox and Baltimore hold down the wild card positions.
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Kevin Harvick passed Denny Hamlin for the lead with 70 laps to go and stayed in front until he saw the checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway. Harvick led 128 laps for his second Sprint Cup victory of the season. Ricky Stenhouse Junior was second, followed by Hamlin. The race was finished a day behind schedule following bad weather on Saturday night.


ANTIGONISH MAN GETS TOP TEN OLYMPIC FINISH
Sunday 21st August 2016
Eric Gillis of Antigonish finished 10th in the Men's Marathon in Rio this morning, completing the race in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 19 seconds. Gillis improved on his 22nd place finish in the London Olympics in 2012, and becomes the highest placed Canadian man in an Olympic marathon since Jerome Drayton finished 6th in Montreal in 1976. Fellow Canadian Reid Coolsaet finished 23rd. Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the race in a time of 2:08:44, in front of silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia and Amercian Galen Rupp who earned the bronze.


JOINT RESCUE CENTRE AIRLIFTS PATIENT FROM FISHING BOAT
Sunday 21st August 2016
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax airlifted a patient from a fishing boat off Browns Bank in the Gulf of Maine. Two helicopters from the Greenwood air base were deployed to the area on Saturday. The patient was hoisted from the boat and taken to Yarmouth Hospital for treatment.


HIP CONCERT LIVES UP TO AND BEYOND BILLING
Sunday 21st August 2016
It was night that those who were there in Kingston will no doubt treasure for the rest of their lives. A delirious crowd of nearly seven-thousand people packed the city's K-Rock Centre for what legions of Tragically Hip fans fear was the band's final live concert. Last night's hugely anticipated show in the Hip's hometown capped their "Man Machine Poem" tour, which was arranged after lead singer Gord Downie revealed his terminal brain cancer diagnosis. In a backstage moment just before they went on Downie hugged and kissed fellow bandmates Rob Baker, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay. And throughout the following three-hour concert he poured his heart and soul into the music -- at one point thanking fans for encouraging him on -- the crowd responding with a chant of "Gordie!" The concert was carried live on television and viewing parties were held across the country -- as well as some international venues, including Canada's Olympic House in Rio de Janeiro. But not surprisingly the biggest viewing party was in Bobcaygeon, the small Ontario community that lent its name to one of the Hip's most celebrated songs.  A crowd estimated at about six-thousand turned out for that one.


SPORTS ROUNDUP 21 AUGUST
Sunday 21st August 2016
The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is coming soon, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. An earlier amalgamation several years ago involved the competitive divisions, not the recreational levels. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday 27 August at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell by e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Catharine Pendrel hardly looked like a medal contender early in the women's mountain bike event at the Rio Olympics after crashing, but the Kamloops, B-C native was able to bounce back for a bronze medal finish. Pendrel won the bronze in a time of one hour 31 minutes 41 seconds, just ahead of teammate Emily Batty of Brooklin, Ontario, in fourth.
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Toronto's 6-5 win at Cleveland will keep the Blue Jays atop the A-L East at least one more day. The Jays blew a 5-0 lead before Edwin Encarnacion launched his 35th homer of the season. Russell Martin and Melvin Upton Junior also went deep for the Jays.
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The Tiger-Cats had it finished by halftime. Zach Collaros threw five touchdown passes as Hamilton hammered the visiting Roughriders 53-7. The Ticats were up 27-4 at the break and didn't let up in the second half.
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The Argonauts are hurting without quarterback Ricky Ray. Toronto starter Logan Kilgore struggled again in a 46-23 loss against the Eskimos. He completed 7-of-14 passes for 41 yards and two interceptions before being replaced by rookie Cody Fajardo in the third. Kilgore also threw five interceptions in a loss to Winnipeg last week.
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Conor McGregor avenged his only loss in the U-F-C with a majority decision victory over Nate Diaz at U-F-C 202. In a highly anticipated rematch of their two-round welterweight thriller in March, the two put on an action-packed fight, with each taking control at different moments. The judges scored it 48-47, 47-47, 48-47 for McGregor.


OLYMPIC GAMES MEDAL COUNT IS UUP
Saturday 20th August 2016
A Canadian record time in the 4 by 100 metres wasn't enough to knock off Usain Bolt and Jamaica.
But it was good enough for a bronze medal. Andre De Grasse, Akeem Haynes, Brendon Rodney and Aaron Brown ran a national-best time of 37-point-6-4 seconds to take Olympic bronze. Jamaica came first for the third straight Games.
Japan was second. The U-S was originally third but was disqualified for a baton violation, which moved up the Canadian squad.
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RCMP ASK FOR HELP TRACKING RURAL ROBBERY SUSPECT
Saturday 20th August 2016
Police are looking for a suspect following a violent robbery in Guysborough County.
RCMP say a man armed with a knife entered a woman's home in Fleet Settlement around 6:30 in the evening this past Thursday.
Investigators say the woman ran from the home unharmed after a brief struggle, and the suspect took off with some cash.
RCMP members from Guysborough and Pictou counties, as well as RCMP Police Dog Services mounted an intense search, but the man managed to get away.
The suspect is described as a white man, about 5'4" tall with a thin build, a brownish-red goatee in a single braid and a deep voice.
He was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up, blue jeans and black gloves.


ER CLOSURE AT LILLIAN FRASER HOSPITAL THIS WEEKEND
Friday 19th August 2016
An unexpected lack of available doctors has forced the Nova Scotia Health Authority to close the Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Collaborative Emergency Centre this weekend. The CEC will be closed Saturday between 3 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care. The overnight coverage (8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) provided by the paramedic, registered nurse and oversight physician team will be available as usual. The public is reminded that in all circumstances, those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to 811 where callers can receive around the clock advice and information from a registered nurse.


ATLANTIC CANADA'S OPPOSITION LEADERS WANT REGIONAL REPRESENTATION ON THE SUPREME COURT
Friday 19th August 2016
Atlantic Canada’s four provincial opposition leaders are united in calling on the prime minister to preserve the region’s seat on the Supreme Court of Canada. Ottawa recently announced that in choosing the next justice, there would be no guarantee that the candidate would come from Atlantic Canada. PC leader Jamie Baillie says that if the four Liberal premiers don't raise the point that the region deserves representation on the high court, they will. Justice Thomas Cromwell of Nova Scotia is retiring from the Supreme Court next month.


CAM BEATON SECOND NAME ON PICTOU MAYORAL BALLOT
Friday 19th August 2016
There are now two candidates for Mayor of Pictou. Ward Two councillor Cam Beaton is joining Shawn McNamara in the race to replace Joe Hawes, who is not re-offering in the upcoming municipal elections. And there will be other new faces in charge after 15 October: New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan and Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon aren't running either.  


GAS UP, DIESEL WAY UP
Friday 19th August 2016
Diesel shot up seven cents overnight, as the cost this week is now 93.6 cents per litre. Regular self-serve gas also went up, to 99.8 cents per litre.


SECOND ALGAE BLOOM IN THE PROVINCE
Friday 19th August 2016
The province is warning about two blue-green algae blooms in provincial waterways this week. It said blooms have been spotted in Parr Lake in Yarmouth County and in Middle River in Pictou County. It warns not to drink or bathe in the water -- the blooms can produce toxins and boiling the water will not eliminate the risk. Ingesting the toxins may cause stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.


SEVERAL CRASHES ON HWY 102 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON
Friday 19th August 2016
Nova Scotia RCMP say a single-car crash on a major highway led to eight other crashes. They said it started over the noon hour yesterday, when a 46-year-old man lost control of a Ford Freestyle on Highway 102 and drove into the ditch between exits 9 and 10. While first responders assisted the driver, an 83-year-old man driving a Ford Fusion struck a fire truck and then rear-ended a second vehicle as well. Police said it didn't stop there: Over the course of the next few hours, seven other vehicles collided because of traffic congestion and driver inattention.


LAWYER SAYS SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE SHOWS COMPANIES CAN'T CHANGE IN ONE FELL SWOOP
Friday 19th August 2016
A lawyer specializing in employment law says the case of a New Brunswick man who had his firing for sexual harassment overturned is an important one. An adjudicator reversed Kevin Kelly's firing because evidence presented by his union showed nobody in the office had ever been disciplined for sexual jokes, raising a question of what was permissible. Toronto lawyer Erin Kuzz says the case illustrates that employers can't permit a workplace culture to develop and then try to reverse it in one step. The adjudicator is recommending that Kelly be suspended without pay for five months and reinstated in a different office.


CANADA POST SAYS UNION REQUEST TO PROLONG STRIKE MANDATE IS "UNPRECEDENTED"
Friday 19th August 2016
Canada Post says a request by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to prolong their strike mandate is "unprecedented'' and "completely inappropriate." The mandate expires next week, and CUP-W national president Mike Palecek says negotiating without the mandate is not an option. Palecek says the union needs the mandate, which allows them to call for a strike, and to keep them on equal footing through the talks, which are currently stalled. The union says a freeze on the negotiation timeline -- which would require mutual agreement from both sides -- would allow talks to continue without another time-consuming strike vote. Canada Post says the strike mandate is creating uncertainty for businesses and customers, and barring a membership vote in favour of another mandate, the union should let it lapse. But the union is concerned that without a strike mandate, they won't be able to respond to changes Canada Post could make to their working conditions.


SOFTWOOD LUMBER TALKS CONTINUE IN THE US
Friday 19th August 2016
Canada's chief negotiator in the softwood-lumber talks with the United States says reaching a deal by the fall deadline will be a challenge. Martin Moen told a parliamentary committee Thursday that negotiations are continuing at an intensive pace, although the two sides remain far apart on several key issues. But he warns there is the possibility an agreement will not be reached, and Canada could be forced into litigation. American producers will be allowed to petition Washington to impose new duties if a deal isn't reached by October 15th -- the one-year anniversary of the expiry of the old, nine-year pact. Moen says without an agreement in place, Canadian officials are unsure what the U-S industry would actually do, and when. Officials from Canada and the U-S have met 12 times face-to-face and have held numerous teleconferences to discuss the issue, with the next meeting scheduled for next week.


SPORTS AUGUST 19
Friday 19th August 2016
The Weeks Jr A Crushers have shored up their goaltending situation just ahead of training camp, acquiring Luke Melanson from the Truro Bearcats in a trade. Going to Truro will be Caelan Blaikie and a 3rd round draft pick in 2018. Melanson had indicated his intention to attend St. Francis Xavier University, and the Bearcats accommodated moving him closer to the campus. Melanson will back up Daniel Vautour. Blaikie is a 1998 forward from Truro who scored 25 points in 38 games last season with the Weeks Major Midgets.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance August 20 to September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Stellarton Albions will take part in Baseball Nova Scotia’s 13U AAA Provincial Tournament this weekend in Hammonds Plains. The top two teams will represent Nova Scotia at the 13U AAA Atlantic Championships in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland next month. The Albions have had such a strong season that they were bumped up from AA to AAA. Their first match is today against the defending Atlantic champion Dartmouth Arrows, at 4 p.m. Their second game is at noon Saturday against the Tri County Rangers.
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is coming soon, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. An earlier amalgamation several years ago involved the competitive divisions, not the recreational levels. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday 27 August at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell by e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's Andre De Grasse is a double medallist in Rio. The Markham, Ontario native added to his 100 metre bronze by earning silver in the 200-metre event. He ran a time of 20-point-0-2 seconds. De Grasse was runner up to Jamaica's Usain Bolt, who ran a time of 19-point-7-8 for gold.  
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Erica Wiebe led the charge for Canada on Day 13 of the Rio Games. The Ottawa-area native won gold in women's wrestling, taking the 75-kilogram division with four wins in one day. Also, Damian Warner of London, Ontario won bronze in decathlon while Meaghan Benfeito of Laval, Quebec claimed bronze on the 10-metre platform.
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Canada's cracked the top-10 in total medals at the Rio Games. A four-medal day gives Canada 18 medals. They include, four goals and three silver and leaves Canada tied for 10th with South Korea. The U-S leads the way with 100, including 35 gold. China is next with 58. Britain is right behind with 56. 
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Seattle was unable to make up any ground in the wild card chase. Albert Pujols drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Angels held off a late rally to beat the Mariners 6-4. Seattle remains 2-and-a-half games behind Boston for the second A-L wild card.
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Major League Baseball is considering a facelift that could change the face of the game. Limiting pitching changes, restricting defensive shifts, altering the strike zone and installing pitch clocks are among the ideas that the Majors may consider as it undertakes a multiyear review. If implemented, it would be the sport's most radical changes in decades.


JOE HAWES WILL NOT SEEK FOURTH TERM AS PICTOU MAYOR
Thursday 18th August 2016
Another incumbent mayor is not running in the fall. Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes tells NG News that he will not be re-offering for family reasons. Hawes served three terms as a town councillor, and three as mayor. So far, Shawn McNamara is the only declared mayoral candidate in the town. Both New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan and Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon have said they won't run in this October's elections.  


PERCH LAKE AND MAITLAND BRIDGE FIRES OFFICIALLY OUT
Thursday 18th August 2016
The Department of Natural Resources says the forest fire that burned for about a week in the Perch Lake area is out. That information was released this morning. In their afternoon update, DNR confirmed that the Maitland Bridge fire is out, while the Ten Mile Lake fire continues to be patrolled although there is no visible fire activity. The 400 hectare fire at Seven Mile Lake is under control and 100 per cent contained with some hot spots still being attended to.


HOSPICE TO BE BUILT IN ANNAPOLIS VALLEY
Thursday 18th August 2016
Premier Stephen McNeil announced today that construction will start next year on a new hospice in the Annapolis Valley. The Valley Hospice Foundation will pay three-point-two million dollars to build the ten-bed facility on the grounds of the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville. The Valley Regional Hospital does not currently have a palliative care unit, but care is provided in other areas of the hospital. The Nova Scotia Health Authority will pay an estimated one-point-seven million dollars a year to operate it once it opens in 2019. This is the second stand-alone hospice announced in the province this year. Hospice Halifax plans to open a 10-bed facility in December of 2017.


HALIFAX CAB DRIVER FACING ANOTHER SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE
Thursday 18th August 2016
A Halifax cabbie previously charged with sexually assaulting a passenger is now facing a second charge involving another woman. Police say investigators in one case this July identified 44-year-old driver as a possible suspect in a June 4th incident as well. In both, women in their twenties reported being touched in a sexual manner. Police say Milad Houssen turned himself in Tuesday afternoon and will appear in provincial court in September. Last month, Halifax police said there had been 14 cases of sex assaults involving cab drivers in the last four years.


BORDER PATROL SAYS AMERICAN GUNS BEING SEIZED & DESTROYED MORE COMMON THAN YOU MIGHT THINK
Thursday 18th August 2016
Canada's border patrol says it's not uncommon to seize and destroy guns from Americans visiting the country. Two Texas men who tried to bring hidden guns into New Brunswick in separate incidents on the weekend have lost their guns, been fined, and sent home. Both men -- who didn't know each other -- told border guards they had no weapons, but the guns were found during secondary searches. A representative for the C-B-S-A says most firearm seizures at border crossings involve the undeclared personal firearms of U-S travellers.


SPORTS AUGUST 18
Thursday 18th August 2016
There are some changes to the schedule in the New Glasgow Tennis Jamboree due to the weather. Wednesday’s U12 tournament has been rescheduled until Friday Morning. Thursday’s  U18 tournament has been postponed until 1:00 pm to allow time for the courts to dry up. To date there are no revisions have been made to the adults program on Saturday.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance August 20 to September 5.
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The YMCA is offering Standard First Aid Recertification on Wednesday, August 24, from 9-5 pm. Cost is $74.75 for Members, $86.25 for Non-Members. There is also a Standard First Aid Course on Tuesday August 23 & 30 from 9-5pm. Cost is $92 for Members, $103.50 for Non-Members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is coming soon, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. An earlier amalgamation several years ago involved the competitive divisions, not the recreational levels. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday 27 August at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell by e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Two medal opportunities on the track for Canada today after an impressive Day 12. Star sprinter Andre De Grasse advanced to the men's 200 metre final after a neck-and-neck finish with reigning champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Meanwhile, Damian Warner is third in the decathlon. Both events wrap up tonight.
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The U-S Olympic Committee says the two American swimmers who were detained by Brazilian authorities before their U-S-bound flight departed have been released with the understanding they will continue to co-operate with police. The U-S-O-C also says a third swimmer who was involved in a supposed robbery along with Ryan Lochte also plans to speak to the police later today.
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Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst have won the beach volleyball gold medal over Brazil. It's the host nation's second straight medal-round setback on the Copacabana sand. The victory was Germany's first medal in women's beach volleyball. The bronze medal match had an American duo beat Brazil's other women's team.
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Another series win for the Blue Jays. They took two of three in New York against the Yankees after a 7-4 victory yesterday. Toronto leads the American League East division by one game. They have the day off today before starting another three-game series in Cleveland tomorrow.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have made some changes to their scouting department. They fired director of amateur scouting Brian Parker and national crosschecker Blake Davis. Parker had been with the team since 2009, first as a scout and then as a crosschecker. He was promoted to the amateur scouting director role in July 2012.
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There was no shortage of fireworks at a news conference to promote Saturday night's U-F-C 202. Conor McGregor showed up about 30 minutes late, then tossed expletive comments and bottles at his opponent, Nate Diaz. It will be a rematch of U-F-C 196 in March when Diaz beat McGregor by submission in the second round of a welterweight bout.


PRESENCE OF BLUE-GREEN ALGAE CLOSES MIDDLE RIVER TO SWIMMING OR DRINKING
Wednesday 17th August 2016
Residents and visitors in Granton and area are advised not to swim in or drink water from Middle River and connecting waterbodies because of a possible blue-green algae bloom. People should avoid contact with the water and not drink the water, use it to prepare or cook food, or to brush teeth. Boiling it will not eliminate potential toxins. Pets and other animals should not be permitted to drink or swim in the water. Recreational use of the water, bathing and showering is not advised. Direct contact with toxins from blue-green algae can cause skin and eye irritation. If symptoms persist after a few days, consult a health-care provider.


DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS CLOSED DUE TO BOMB THREAT NOW REOPENED
Wednesday 17th August 2016
Several buildings at Dalhousie University have been re-opened after a short closure for police to investigate a bomb threat. Police say the threat was phoned in to a building on College Street just after 11 this morning. The building and other buildings in the area were evacuated and three nearby streets were closed. Officers searched the area with the assistance of the K-9 Unit but police say nothing suspicious was found.


POLICE QUESTION MAN IN VOYEURISM INCIDENT
Wednesday 17th August 2016
Police in Halifax are investigating after a man reportedly took a photo of an 11-year-old boy in the stall next to him in a washroom at a mall. Investigators say the incident allegedly happened on Monday at Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth and the man was detained by mall security. Police say his cell phone was seized and a search warrant was later executed at a Middle Sackville home, where a computer and other electronic devices were seized. The 31-year-old man has been released from custody, but police say the investigation is ongoing. They say charges are anticipated, but have not yet been laid.


MEMORIAL FOR WARBOUND SOLDIERS TO BE UNVEILED FRIDAY
Wednesday 17th August 2016
A memorial for the hundreds of thousands of Canadian soldiers who passed through the Halifax harbour during wartime will be unveiled Friday. Titled "The Last Steps," the memorial pays tribute to soldiers whose final steps on Canadian soil were at the Halifax waterfront. The Army Museum Halifax Citadel says the installation was designed by Nova Scotia artist Nancy Keating.


TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS LIFTED AS RAIN REDUCES FIRE RISK
Wednesday 17th August 2016
The much needed rain that has dropped on the provice throughout the day today has allowed the Department of Natural Resources to lift the restrictions on travel and activities within the woods that were announced last week. Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines says after plenty of hard work by firefighters and the good fortune of rainfall, the woods can be safely opened to travel. Hines says he appreciates the co-operation and understanding shown by residents of the province while these restrictions were in place. Due to the amount of rainfall, burning restrictions have also been lifted across the province.


NDP SHOW HOW PROVINCIAL CUTS ARE AFFECTING INDIVIDUAL NURSING HOMES
Wednesday 17th August 2016
The provincial NDP are shining the spotlight on nursing home cuts. Data obtained through a Freedom of Information request shows the individual breakdown of $3.4 million in cuts to long-term care. Cuts for Pictou County homes include $18,000 for Highland Manor, $20,000 at the Oddfellows Home, $37,000 to Valley View Villa, and $67,000 to Glen Haven Manor. NDP Leader Gary Burrill says it's absurd to think that cutting so much would not affect facilities' programming or staff. Burrill notes that even with 14 of the 18 counties having at least a 200 day wait for a bed, the McNeil government has not opened a single new nursing home bed since taking office.


MORE MUNICIPAL NOMINEES COMING FORWARD
Wednesday 17th August 2016
A second name is in the Trenton mayoral race. Fred Charlton announced his candidacy today. He will be running against town councillor Fergie MacKay. So far, Westville is the only town to not have a candidate formally declared for mayor. As well, two more people have confirmed that they will be on the ballot for seats on councils. In New Glasgow, Ward 3 Councilor Trudy Vince has announced her intention to return for a second term, while in Trenton, Steven Stewart will be looking to fill one of the four at-large seats. The deadline to apply is 13 September.


OTTAWA AND THE PROVINCE PUTTING MORE MONEY IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Wednesday 17th August 2016
The province and the federal government are putting more money over the next two years to expand affordable housing. Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board made the announcement today in Cambridge Nova Scotia, along with Premier Stephen McNeil and provincial housing minister Joanne Bernard. The new agreement doubles the current funding under the Investment in Affordable Housing. Almost seventy-five million dollars in total will be invested. Of the seventy-five million, the province will be responsible to match half of fourty-two-point-eight million, while another thirty-two million will remain a federal contribution. The measures include more affordable housing for seniors, building and renovating shelters and transition houses for victims of family violence, and addressing repairs and improving energy and water efficiency for existing social housing.


NEW PROGRAM FOR AGRICULTURAL TECHNICIANS
Wednesday 17th August 2016
The province announced today a new training program for agricultural equipment technicians, providing in-demand opportunities for apprentices and helping farmers improve productivity. The program, developed at the request of the agricultural equipment industry, includes a combination of technical training, online courses and on-the-job training. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell says the new program will help young people gain the skills and experience needed to succeed in their communities, while also helping employers address a specific labour need.


TIDAL TURBINES BEING REPAIRED
Wednesday 17th August 2016
The tidal turbines constructed in Pictou are both being repaired. One has been sent to Saint John, New Brunswick to replace some components that were found to have issues with reliability. The other is being fixed at Aecon Fabco, where it was built. No date has been set for when the turbines will be deployed to harness the tides of the Bay of Fundy to generate power.


web.com JOB FAIR CONTINUES IN STELLARTON
Wednesday 17th August 2016
Even with all the attention focused on Justin Trudeau at Glasgow Square yesterday, the people at web.com had over a hundred applicants come to the first day of their job fair at NSCC's campus in Stellarton. The internet services company is setting up at the former Convergys space, and is looking to fill 100 positions by the end of the year. The job fair continues until 7:30 this evening, and concludes tomorrow at 5pm at the NSCC in Stellarton.


FEDS AND PEI TO COST SHARE UNDERWATER POWER CABLE
Wednesday 17th August 2016
P-E-I Premier Wade MacLauchlan says he has reached an agreement with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cost share the province’s 150-million dollar underwater power cable project. MacLauchlan had a private meeting with Trudeau yesterday during a quick swing through Atlantic Canada. MacLauchlan says Trudeau agreed to equally cost share the project during the 20 minute meeting.


COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN RECYCLE STYROFOAM AS OF SEPT 1
Wednesday 17th August 2016
Good news for those who have been trashing their old coolers and box fillers. Residents of Pictou County will be able to recycle Styrofoam beginning the first of September. Susan MacDonald, regional co-ordinator for Pictou County Solid Waste, tells NG News they will be able to accept foam polystyrene next month because Kemptown now has equipment to process the material. MacDonald says that foam polystyrene should be placed in your blue bag with plastics, glass, metal and milk containers. If the material has been used as food packaging, it should be rinsed. Accepted forms of foam polystyrene include plates, cups and bowls; meat trays (without the plastic wrap and absorbent pads), take out food containers, egg cartons, disposable beverage coolers and protective packaging blocks that come with computers and other appliances. MacDonald says packing peanuts are not accepted because they’re difficult for sorters to handle, and because some of them are made of cornstarch.


PUBLIC MEETING NEXT MONTH ON FORMER BROWN SCHOOL BUILDING
Wednesday 17th August 2016
New Glasgow Town council will be holding a public meeting next month to discuss a development agreement for the former Brown School building. Following the hearing, a decision will be made about MacGillivray Properties’ application to renovate the buildings at 52 Mountain Road into a six-unit residential building and a four- to six-unit residential building. Council approved a bid of $10,000 last year to purchase the former school. The public hearing will be held on 19 September.


BRIDGEWATER TEENS IMAGE SHARING CASE ADJOURNED TO OCTOBER *UPDATED 11:55 AM*
Wednesday 17th August 2016
The case against six teenage boys accused of sharing images of more than 20 underage girls has been adjourned to October 5. Two 18-year-olds and four 15-year-olds are charged with distributing intimate images without consent and possessing and distributing child pornography. The case is the first to use a new law aimed at discouraging illegal online sharing of intimate images.


TRUDEAU DENIES RIFTS WITH ATLANTIC CANADIANS
Wednesday 17th August 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's "very serious" about working with Atlantic Canadians, downplaying any potential unrest in the new Liberal stronghold. All 32 federal ridings east of Quebec went Liberal red last fall, but recently there have been concerns in the region representation on the Supreme Court and over federal health transfers. This week, during his first visit to the east coast since the election, Trudeau announced millions in infrastructure funding and spent plenty of time taking selfies and shaking hands in crowds of supporters. The prime minister says he hears the concerns of Atlantic Canadians regularly and will always take them closely into account.


MP MAURIL BELANGER LOSES HIS BATTLE WITH ALS
Wednesday 17th August 2016
Tributes are pouring in from politicians of all stripes, following news of the death of longtime Liberal M-P Mauril Belanger, who passed away yesterday at age 61. A lifelong advocate for francophone rights in English Canada, Belanger endured a very public battle with A-L-S after his diagnosis last November -- only weeks after winning re-election in his Ottawa-Vanier riding for the eighth straight time. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls him "a tireless M-P and brave fighter, adding "the entire Parliamentary family mourns his loss." Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says she will miss her friend and a "great parliamentarian." N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair described Belanger as a "very well-liked and respected colleague."


STUDY SUGGESTS RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS HAVE LEFT A LEGACY OF MISTRUST
Wednesday 17th August 2016
A study suggests the legacy of residential schools has left some indigenous people more wary and fearful of Canada's current education system. The study, published in this month's issue of the Canadian Review of Sociology, suggests that distrust leads parents to be less engaged with teachers and could hurt their children's education. The article is based on dozens of educators and parents from southern Ontario -- the majority were indigenous. Researcher Emily Milne, assistant professor of sociology at MacEwan University in Edmonton, says the unease can perpetuate inequity. The education system expects full participation of parents, so any reticence could lead to children being denied extra learning materials or access to programs. Milne found fear subsided somewhat depending on an indigenous person's education level -- the longer people spent in school, the more comfortable they were with educators. She says schools and teachers have to do more to reach out to indigenous families and to help rebuild their shaken trust.


SPORTS AUGUST 17
Wednesday 17th August 2016
Scotsburn Recreation be hosting a community Baseball game on Thursday at 6:30 at the Ball Field. This event is for all ages and abilities. 
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The YMCA is offering Standard First Aid Recertification on Wednesday, August 24, from 9-5 pm. Cost is $74.75 for Members, $86.25 for Non-Members. There is also a Standard First Aid Course on Tuesday August 23 & 30 from 9-5pm. Cost is $92 for Members, $103.50 for Non-Members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A historic gold medal for Canadian Derek Drouin. The Corunna, Ontario native won gold in men's high jump, becoming the first Canadian to win the Olympic title in the event since 1932. Drouin's medal brings Canada's tally to 14 overall. The Canadian track and field team has three of them.
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The Canadian women's basketball team won't be playing for a medal at the Rio Games. Sandrine Gruda scored 14 points to help France beat Canada 68-63 in the quarter-finals. The victory sets up a rematch of the 2012 gold medal game with the U-S, a game France lost by 36 points.
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Brazil beat the Americans in the women's beach volleyball semifinals to end the gold medal run of three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings.  Agatha and Barbara won 22-20, 21-18 to earn a matchup in the final against Germany. Walsh Jennings and her partner, April Ross, play Brazil's other women's team for bronze.
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The Toronto Blue Jays rebounded from a shutout loss in a big way. Toronto scored eight runs in the eighth inning to turn a six-run deficit into a 12-6 victory over the New York Yankees in the Bronx. Russell Martin hit two home runs, Troy Tulowitzki had four hits, including a homer, and Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for the A-L East leaders.
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The Boston Red Sox kept pace with the Blue Jays in the A-L East with a 5-3 win over division rival Baltimore. Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in five runs as Boston earned its fifth straight win. The Red Sox are now tied with the Orioles for second place in the division, one game back of Toronto.
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Noah Syndergaard hit a two-run homer to help himself earn his first victory in seven starts as the New York Mets beat Arizona 7-5. That ends a string of four consecutive losses to the Diamondbacks in the past week. Kelly Johnson also homered for New York.


GREENWOOD BASED AVIATOR FACING DRUGS AND WEAPONS CHARGES
Tuesday 16th August 2016
A member of the Royal Canadian Air Force faces drug and firearms charges after marijuana and a non-military firearm were allegedly seized from his Nova Scotia home. Canadian Forces investigators say Aviator Nicholas Burrell of 14 Wing Greenwood was charged Monday under the National Defence Act. They say the gun, more than half a kilogram of marijuana, packaging materials, and production equipment were seized from his home on May 14. Burrell is accused of possession of the drug for the purpose of trafficking, as well as with producing it. He faces four gun charges, including unauthorized possession, unsafe storage, and careless use of a firearm. Lt.-Col. Francis Bolduc, the commanding officer of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, said the charges "reflect the effectiveness of ongoing efforts by the team to eradicate drug use" within the Forces. Greenwood is the largest air base on Canada's east coast.


PROVINCE RELEASES PROGRESS REPORT ON NATURAL RESOURCES STRATEGY
Tuesday 16th August 2016
Atlantic Canada's first community forest and a new Mineral Resources Act are just two of the achievements outlined in a progress report on the province's 10-year natural resources strategy. The progress report, released today on the fifth anniversary of the Path We Share, A Natural Resources Strategy for Nova Scotia, provides an update on all 23 goals and 91 actions. Upcoming initiatives include a new forest operating agreement with Mi'kmaq, a report on state of the forests, and a new Crown Land Forest Resource Management Policy.


SUSAN CAMPBELL ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR STELLARTON'S WARD 2
Tuesday 16th August 2016
A life-long resident of Stellarton is trying her hand at municipal politics. Retired Aberdeen Hospital tech Susan Campbell is going to run for Ward 2 councillor in this October's election. Campbell is the current president of the Stellarton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and has never run for elected office before. She says she's looking forward to knocking on doors and talking to residents about what they want to see done.


PM AND PREMIER ANNOUNCE MILLIONS IN INFRASTRUCTURE MONEY
Tuesday 16th August 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Premier Stephen MacNeil's hometown of Bridgetown this morning to announce a new round of federal and provincial money for Nova Scotia's infrastructure. Altogether, Ottawa is contributing $87 Million towards clean water projects, and $32 million in public transit projects. For Pictou County, the money breaks down as follows:
Municipality of the County of Pictou
Phase II Upper Plymouth/Maclellans Brook Road -Wastewater Upgrades: $3,606,394 Federal, $1,803,197 Provincial, beginning September 1, 2016
Abercrombie wastewater extension: $513,609 Federal, $256,804 Provincial, beginning September 1, 2016
Alma Springfield Estates water and wastewater extension: $1,128,896 Federal, $564,448 Provincial, beginning September 1, 2016
Town of New Glasgow
Willow Avenue storm sewer rehabilitation: $206,376 Federal, $103,188 Provincial, beginning July 1, 2016
East River Road water transmission line renewal: $905,464 Federal, $452,732 Provincial, beginning August 15, 2016
East River East Side Road water transmission line replacement: $1,217,018 Federal, $608,509 Provincial, beginning September 1, 2016
Town of Stellarton
Water main replacement: $1,049,212 Federal, $524,606 Provincial, beginning November 15, 2016
St. Bernard Street water and sewer renewal: $368,599 Federal, $184,300 Provincial, beginning August 15, 2016
Town of Trenton
Smelt Brook culvert replacement: $268,537 Federal, $134,268 Provincial, beginning June 1, 2017
Storm water system separation: $862,425 Federal, $431,213 Provincial, beginning July 3, 2017


TRUDEAU COMING TO NEW GLASGOW COMMUNITY BBQ
Tuesday 16th August 2016
The Prime Minister is coming to town. Justin Trudeau begins his day with a major announcement in Bridgetown alongside Premier Stephen McNeil. Then the PM will travel to New Glasgow to host a barbecue with Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, beginning at 11:30. Trudeau is expected to arrive around 12:30. The event will also feature a performance from Heather Rankin. To accomodate the event, Riverside Parkway from Dalhousie Street to MacLean Street will be closed from 8:00am until 3:30pm. There will be local access to TD Bank and the New Glasgow Marina. Glasgow Square Parking lot will also be closed from 8:00am until 3:30pm.


FERGIE MACKAY ANNOUNCES TRENTON MAYOR RUN
Tuesday 16th August 2016
A Trenton town councillor is running for Mayor. Fergie MacKay has served over 20 years on council, and in a statement, notes he has served on all town committees, been deputy mayor several times, and has been part of several county boards. MacKay says the loss of DSTN as the last major employer in town is a big issue facing citizens, and that council is following the process closely as a new tenant is sought for the plant. Mayor Glen MacKinnon announced last October he is not re-offering in the election. 


SCIENTISTS MONITORING BUDWORM NUMBERS IN NORTHERN NEW BRUNSWICK
Tuesday 16th August 2016
Pictures of budworm moths swarming in northern New Brunswick may be creepy, but a federal scientist says further study is needed to determine if the sudden migration warrants eradication efforts. Warm winds carried the spruce budworm from northern Quebec into the areas around Dalhousie and Campbellton. Scientist Rob Johns says it's too early to determine whether the arrival will contribute to a major outbreak in the province. Johns says scientists will be gathering branches of trees to determine if there's enough density of moth larvae to warrant spraying bacterial insecticides.


PARTRIDGE ISLAND NOW PROTECTED LAND
Tuesday 16th August 2016
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is protecting an island it calls a "cherished gem." The group says a conservation easement agreement with private owners ensures Partridge Island will remain an historic and cultural landmark. The 21 hectare island lies in a narrow passage between the Minas Basin's north shore and Cape Blomidon.


APOLOGY AND SETTLEMENT FOR RELOCATION OF FIRST NATION IN THE 1950'S
Tuesday 16th August 2016
The federal government will formally apologize and issue a 33-million-dollar settlement package today for the forced relocation of a First Nations community in northern Manitoba 60 years ago. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett will apologize for a move that led the Sayisi Dene First Nation down a path toward to hunger, violence and death. Residents were forced out of their community of Duck Lake in 1956, partly because the Manitoba government said hunting was decimating the area's caribou herd. That turned out not to be true -- and in their new home near Churchill, there was little food or housing, and residents were often assaulted by people from town.


FEDERAL PANEL TO EXAMINE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Tuesday 16th August 2016
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has announced a four-person panel to study how environmental assessments are done. McKenna says the purpose of the study is to ensure decisions are based on sound science, avoid duplication and serve and involve the public. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke during the federal election about the need to reform a process that he said had lost the trust of Canadians. Industry says they are too complex and lengthy, while environmentalists say they don't protect fragile ecosystems and leave out important considerations. The panel will be led by Johanne Gelinas, a former federal commissioner of environment and sustainable development. Meetings are to be held in areas where projects have been through an environmental assessment. The panel is to begin next month and finish by the end of January.


ALBERTA GOV'T LOOKING TO BAN SPEAR HUNTING AFTER YOUTUBE VIDEO OUTRAGE
Tuesday 16th August 2016
The Alberta government says an online video showing a black bear being killed by a spear is unacceptable and it plans to ban the practice. The video posted in June on the YouTube account of Josh Bowmar, who runs an Ohio-based fitness company with his wife, sparked outrage before the video was made private. By the time it was removed from public view on Monday it had garnered more than 208,000 views. The 13-minute video shows the man launching a spear -- with a camera attached -- at a bear and captures his jubilant reaction when the animal is hit, raising his arms in the air and smiling broadly. Todd Zimmerling, president of the Alberta Conservation Association, says he can see how the images in the video would be upsetting to some. However, he says if hunters follow the law and are skilled enough to ensure a "quick and clean'' kill, he has no concern.


SPORTS AUGUST 16
Tuesday 16th August 2016
Scotsburn Recreation be hosting a community Baseball game on Thursday at 6:30 at the Ball Field. This event is for all ages and abilities. 
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The YMCA is offering Standard First Aid Recertification on Wednesday, August 24, from 9-5 pm. Cost is $74.75 for Members, $86.25 for Non-Members. There is also a Standard First Aid Course on Tuesday August 23 & 30 from 9-5pm. Cost is $92 for Members, $103.50 for Non-Members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Chad Green combined with three relievers on a three-hitter as the New York Yankees silenced the Blue Jays 1-0. Green struck out 11 while limiting Toronto to a pair of hits over six innings. Aaron Judge doubled home the lone run in the fourth inning as the Yankees dropped the Jays into a first-place tie with Baltimore in the AL East.
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Boston picked up its fourth straight win as David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered during a three-run sixth that lifted the Red Sox over the Indians 3-2 in Cleveland. Winning pitcher Drew Pomeranz was reached for just two runs and five hits over 7 2/3s after entering the game with a 5.26 ERA since joining the Bosox from San Diego last month. The outcome gets the Red Sox within one game of first place in the AL East.
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The San Francisco Giants' ever-shrinking division lead just got a little smaller. The Giants top the NL West by just a half-game over the Dodgers following the Pirates' 8-5 victory in San Francisco. Placido Polanco crushed a two-run homer off Matt Moore, who was reached for five runs over six innings. Moore was pitching in San Francisco for the first time since being acquired from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline.
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Alex Rodriguez is scuttling any thought of a comeback attempt this season. A-Rod said through a spokesman that he will not play again this year, dispelling rumours that he might join the Miami Marlins. The 41-year-old Rodriguez was released by the New York Yankees on Saturday after hitting just .200 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs this season.
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The NFL says the four linebackers being investigated for an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs will be suspended unless they agree to be interviewed by the league in the next 10 days. The linebackers are James Harrison of the Steelers, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of the Packers and free agent Mike Neal. A league vice-president sent a letter to the NFL Players Association detailing the plan to suspend the four if they don't speak with the league by Aug. 25.
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Antoine Vermette has joined the Anaheim Ducks by agreeing to a two-year, $3.5 million contract. Vermette's previous contract was bought out by the Coyotes after he scored 17 goals and 38 points last season. The Coyotes bought out the remaining $3.75 million on his contract earlier this month, making him a free agent. The veteran centre has scored 471 points in 910 NHL games while playing for Arizona, the Blackhawks and Senators.


LOCAL BUSINESS SECURES PATENT FOR TAP-AND-GO PARKING METERS
Monday 15th August 2016
MacKay Meters in Abercrombie has secured a patent for the creation of tap-and-go payment options on their parking meters. J.J. MacKay Canada Limited first applied for the patent four years ago, and it was granted earlier this month. The new technology will be available for municipalities to purchase and install immediately. Contactless payment includes Apple Pay, tap and go credit cards or any app enabled payment options. MacKay says they anticipate the majority of the demand for the new technology will come from Canada, although they do service customers around the globe.


BARRISTER SOCIETY NOT APPEALING TO SUPREME COURT TO EXCLUDE TRINITY WESTERN GRADS
Monday 15th August 2016
The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society will not take its legal battle involving Trinity Western University to the Supreme Court of Canada. Last month, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal upheld a decision allowing graduates of the Christian university law school to practice in the province. The British Columbia school is under scrutiny for forbidding sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage. The barristers' society says while it remains committed to equity and diversity in Nova Scotia's legal profession, it has decided after getting legal advice to "take the matter no further." The society amended its regulations in 2014 to say the Trinity Western requirement represented unlawful discrimination against gays and lesbians. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge later ruled the society had exceeded its jurisdiction — a decision that was upheld in last month's appeal court ruling.


INTERNET SERVICE FOR RURAL AREAS SUBJECT OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Monday 15th August 2016
The province continues to work to bring high-speed Internet service to more rural communities. A request for proposals was issued today to develop a strategy that will map assets, identify gaps and enhance infrastructure. Business Minister Mark Furey says this is another important step towards making sure Nova Scotia businesses have the tools they need to compete globally. In July, a request for information asked service providers to bring forward solutions that could be put in place quickly. Twelve proposals were submitted.


TORIES SAY PROVINCIAL LIBERALS MUST PUT MONEY BACK INTO HEALTHCARE
Monday 15th August 2016
The opposition Tories accuse the MacNeil government of stalling urgently needed health care projects. Cape Breton MLA Alfie MacLeod points out that last week’s consolidated financial statements for the last fiscal year show that over $31 million in spending was deferred by the Department of Health and Wellness. MacLeod says that by witholding spending, the province's health infrastructure continues to deteriorate, which in turn makes it harder to attract new doctors to practice here.


FOREST FIRES CONTAINED, BUT THE WORK ISN'T OVER
Monday 15th August 2016
After more than two weeks, the forest fires in Nova Scotia are now contained. The blaze at Seven Mile Lake in Annapolis County, the largest fire at 400+ hectares, is now 100 per cent contained according to the department of Natural Resources. But the work is not over, as crews will continue to monitor for hot spots and flare ups. Although there was rain yesterday, it wasn't enough for officials to permit travel in the woods. The ban on hiking, camping, fishing and other activities remains in place.


NEW OPERATIONS CENTRE IN NEW GLASGOW OFFERS HUNDREDS OF JOBS
Monday 15th August 2016
An internet service company is bringing hundreds of jobs to New Glasgow. At a press conference this morning, Mayor Barry MacMillan announced that web.com is opening a new operations centre in the town. The company is targeting 100 new jobs in this centre by the end of the year, with the goal of growing to 330 employees over the next three years. Web.com currently employs over 400 full-time positions in their Yarmouth and Halifax facilities. A payroll rebate has been approved by Nova Scotia Business Inc. for the company. If web.com creates the 330 jobs it's forecasting, the eight year agreement would mean the company would get back just over $6.3 million. The company is holding a three day job fair beginning tomorrow at the NSCC Campus in Stellarton.


SALT SPRINGS CRASH SENDS THREE MEN TO HOSPITAL
Monday 15th August 2016
Three men are in hospital with serious injuries after rolling their car in Pictou County. RCMP say the single-vehicle crash happened on Highway 104 in Salt Springs shortly after 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Investigators say the Honda Accord, traveling eastbound, lost control and rolled several times before landing in the middle of the westbound lane. The 19-year-old driver and his two passengers, ages 19 and 21, were taken to Aberdeen Hospital.


FIRE AT OLD HIGHLAND CONSOLIDATED UNDER INVESTIGATION
Monday 15th August 2016
The Westville Fire Department is investigating a fire at the old Highland Consolidated School. Chief Kenny Dunn tells NG News that crews found several small fires in the hallways when they arrived around 6:30 Saturday night. Crews managed to bring the fires under control within a half hour. The former school was purchased by a New Brunswick developer, who plans on converting the site into an apartment building.


PM IN NFLD TODAY, VISITING NEW GLASGOW TOMORROW
Monday 15th August 2016
Justin Trudeau will be in Newfoundland and Labrador today. M-P Gudie Hutchings has invited the public to join her and the prime minister for coffee and breakfast at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Corner Brook this morning. Trudeau will be in Nova Scotia on Tuesday for an infrastructure-related announcement in Bridgetown with Premier Stephen McNeil. He's also attending a lunchtime barbecue with M-P Sean Fraser in New Glasgow.


ANNAPOLIS COUNTY FIRE NOW 70% CONTAINED
Monday 15th August 2016
Firefighters caught a break from Mother Nature yesterday. Rain helped contain a 400-hectare fire that crews have been battling for more than a week. The blaze at Seven Mile Lake in Annapolis County is now 70 per cent contained. Air tankers from Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec have been released and will be heading back to their home provinces. Nova Scotia's helicopters will continue to be engaged in the fire fighting effort. Although there was rain yesterday, it wasn't enough for officials to permit travel in the woods. The ban on hiking, camping, fishing and other activities remains in place.


BRIDGEWATER TEENS CHARGED WITH TRADING NAKED PICTURES UNDER NEW LAW
Monday 15th August 2016
There's a lot of discussion in Bridgewater of late about the dangers of on-line sharing of naked images. One of the early tests of a new law against sharing intimate images without consent will be before a youth court in the town on Wednesday. Police are alleging six Bridgewater teens shared intimate images of more than 20 underaged girls in a Dropbox account, and have laid the intimate-images charges as well as charges of distributing child porn against them. The identities of four 15-year-olds and two youths who are now 18 are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Some youth and experts say it's not unusual any more for a digitally empowered generation to sext. But at a local youth centre in Bridgewater, director Kim Whitman-Mansfield says she encounters a lot of kids who are struggling with the consequences of that kind of behaviour. She says it can deal a huge blow to self esteem and cause suffering. Whitman-Mansfield says it's time for more discussion in schools, youth centres and homes about the topic.


NB CHARITY SWIM KEPT CLOSE TO SHORE
Monday 15th August 2016
Organizers are calling the Big Swim fundraiser a success despite concerns about water conditions in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The scheduled 14-kilometre swim from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island was re-routed to avoid swelling waters in the Northumberland Strait. Instead, the 62 swimmers glided alongside the New Brunswick coast for about 12 kilometres. Organizers say the event raised 148-thousand dollars for Brigadoon Village, a camp in Nova Scotia for kids with chronic illness or special needs.


GOV'T ASSURES IT'S DOING ALL IT CAN TO STOP TERRORISTS
Monday 15th August 2016
The Trudeau government is moving to reassure Canadians that it has a grip on combating the threat of terrorism in the wake of last week's death of a man in Strathroy, Ontario, suspected of plotting an attack. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will be in Montreal Monday where he's to talk about how Ottawa is moving ahead with a program designed to identify and reach out to those vulnerable to radicalization. It appears his government is mindful about recent questions about why it was the F-B-I and not Canadian authorities who discovered a video and detected the alleged bomb plot that led to suspect Aaron Driver's death. Goodale issued a statement Sunday, saying Canadian authorities are constantly working with international allies to identify possible terrorist threats.


SPORTS AUGUST 15
Monday 15th August 2016
The two best games of the season were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League during the past week. The first game saw the Blue Jays score two runs in the bottom of the sixth to edge the Yankees 8-7. Stephanie Heighton and Carol Hartling had a double and two singles each to pace the Yankees while Heather Doubleday and Jackie Morrisey each had 3 singles apiece for the Blue Jays. In the second game the Orioles rallied to score two runs in the top of the sixth to earn an 8-8 tie with the league leading Cardinals. The Cardinals Dawn Cleary and the Orioles Christa Webber each had two home  runs and a double each to pace their respective teams.  This evening at the Albion Field the Yankees host the Orioles at 6:30 followed at 7:30 by the Cardinals hosting the Blue Jays.
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The YMCA is offering Standard First Aid Recertification on Wednesday, August 24, from 9-5 pm. Cost is $74.75 for Members, $86.25 for Non-Members. There is also a Standard First Aid Course on Tuesday August 23 & 30 from 9-5pm. Cost is $92 for Members, $103.50 for Non-Members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The U12 Stellarton Stinger Girls Softball team are holding a bottle drive at the Dorrington Ball Field on Saturday September 3rd from 9-3pm. Funds raised will go towards traveling expenses to Charlottetown to play in the Atlantics.  All donations can be dropped off at that time.  If you have a donation that can be picked up please call 759-5369.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Markham, Ontario's Andre De Grasse earned Canada its first medal in the men's 100 metres in 20 years. DeGrasse won bronze at the Rio Olympics with a personal best time of 9-point-9-1 seconds. Donovan Bailey was the last Canadian to reach the podium in the event, when he won gold in 1996. Usain Bolt became the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles. American Justin Gatlin took silver.
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Britain's Andy Murray did it again. Murray beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina for his second straight Olympic singles gold medal. Murray's the first man or woman with two Olympic singles titles, let alone two in a row. At London in 2012, Murray won a singles gold and mixed doubles silver.
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Edwin Encarnacion is keeping pace for the A-L home run crown. He hit his 33rd home run of the season as the Blue Jays beat the Astros 9-2. He's just one home run behind A-L leader Mark Trumbo of Baltimore. Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin also went deep for Toronto and Marcus Stroman pitched into the seventh inning to get the win.
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Mookie Betts has joined Hall of Famer Ted Williams as the only players in Red Sox history to produce a pair of three-homer games in the same season. Betts did it while collecting a career-high eight R-B-Is in the Boston's 16-2 win over Arizona. Betts also had a three-homer game on May 31st against the Orioles. The pair of three-homer games comes 59 years after Williams did it at age 38.
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Brock Osweiler didn't fare so well in his Texans debut, but Houston still came away with a 24-13 win over San Francisco in N-F-L pre-season action. Osweiler signed a $72 million dollar, four-year contract with Houston in the off-season after winning the Super Bowl with Denver. He went 4 for 7 for 27 yards and took one sack on three possessions. 


THE LATEST IN SPORTS AUGUST 14/2016
Sunday 14th August 2016
Canada has made History at Rio 2016. For the first time ever, Canada has won a medal in each of the first eight days of the Olympics -- winter OR summer! Heading into Day 9 of competition in Rio, Canada sits 11th in the medal count with 12 -- all of them won by women.
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Canada has matched its track and field medal total from the London Olympics, after Brianne Theisen-Eaton took bronze in the heptathlon. The performance highlights another impressive showing by Canada's women. And the women's track cycling team defeated New Zealand to win the pursuit bronze. Canada is 11th in the overall medal race, on pace to reach its goal of a top-12 finish.
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There won't be a fifth medal at the Rio Olympics for Toronto's Penny Oleksiak. Oleksiak and the women's 4 by 100-metre medley relay team finished fifth despite a strong swim in the anchor leg by Winnipeg's Chantal Van Landeghem. Victoria's Ryan Cochrane capped his impressive Olympic career with a sixth-place finish in the men's 1,500-metre freestyle.
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Zach Collaros's return to the football field didn't go as planned. The Tiger-Cats Q-B and his Hamilton squad fell 45-38 to the B-C Lions despite a late comeback attempt. Collaros had not been in a game in 329 days after he suffered a torn A-C-L last September. In Calgary, Rene Paredes kicked four field goals and the Stampeders beat the Roughriders 19-10.
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The Blue Jays got some solid pitching performances Saturday to get them a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros. Aaron Sanchez pitched seven innings, Jason Grilli pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 26th save. Russell Martin hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth inning to propel the offence. The three-game series wraps up today (Sunday).
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PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT CENTRAL NOVA TUESDAY
Saturday 13th August 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Pictou County on Tuesday. Member of Parliament Sean Fraser just announced that Trudeau will be at Glasgow Square for a BBQ this Tuesday, August 16 from 11:30 to 1:30. Fraser is inviting people to help him welcome the Prime Minister to what he calls a family-friendly event. Fraser says there will be music by Heather Rankin and activities for children, in addition to the free BBQ. Trudeau will make his first Nova Scotia stop Tuesday morning in Premier Stephen McNeil's home turf of Bridgetown to sign off on his government's infrastructure program. In addition to spending infrastructure dollars on buses, ferries and harbours, more than $60-million will be spent on small craft harbours in the province.


SPORTS UPDATE AUGUST 13/2016
Saturday 13th August 2016
Star swimmer Penny Oleksiak will try to cap her historic performance at the Rio Olympics with one final medal tonight. She leads Canada in the women's 4-by-100 metre relay. On the track, Andre De Grasse will make his Olympic debut in the men's 100 metre preliminary round. He's the reigning world bronze medallist in the 100 metres.
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Zach Collaros makes his season debut tonight in B-C when the Tiger-Cats visit the Lions. Hamilton's Number 1 quarterback returns to play his first game in 329 days after season-ending A-C-L surgery last year. In Saskatchewan, the Roughriders host the Stampeders. Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge will make his first appearance in a Saskatchewan uniform.
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Aaron Sanchez will start this afternoon at Rogers Centre when the Blue Jays host the Astros. Toronto manager John Gibbons said yesterday that the Jays intend to occasionally skip Sanchez in their six-man rotation. Collin McHugh gets the ball for Houston. The Astros got past Toronto 5-3 in the series opener last night.
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Star striker Didier Drogba returns to the Montreal lineup tonight in New Jersey when the Impact face the New York Red Bulls. Montreal is 0-and-5 on the road against the Red Bulls. Meanwhile in Houston, the Dynamo host Toronto F-C. Toronto has won a season-high four straight games. They enter the match just one point back of New York City F-C for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
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Three competitors at the Summer Games have now been sanctioned for doping offences. They are a Chinese swimmer, a Polish weightlifter and a Bulgarian steeplechaser. The Chinese Swimmer accepted a "provisional suspension on a voluntary basis" after testing positive for a diuretic. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport says the weightlifter and the steeplechaser have been kicked out of the games after testing positive for banned substances.
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PROVINCE SEEKING BUYERS FOR LISCOMBE LODGE AND DIGBY PINES
Friday 12th August 2016
The Waterfront Development Corporation issued new requests for proposals for Nova Scotia's Signature Resorts. They're seeking parties interested in acquiring Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa and the Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre.  Acting Waterfront Development president and C-E-O Jennifer Angel says the corporation was asked to manage this process because of its experience working with private real estate developers in the public interest. The province will continue to own, operate and maintain the properties until agreements are reached with suitable buyers.Information on the requests for proposals is available on the Nova Scotia tenders website. They close on September 12th.


ONE DRUG, TWO APPROACHES: CANADA LOOSENING MEDICAL MARIJUANA RULES, US KEEPS IT ON LIST OF MOST DANGEROUS DRUGS
Friday 12th August 2016
Medical marijuana patients in Canada will soon be allowed to grow their own pot or designate someone else to grow it for them. New rules from Health Canada that take effect later this month will allow authorized people to grow a limited amount of weed for their personal use. The regulations are in response to a court decision that found a ban on patients growing medical pot to be a violation their constitutional rights.
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The White House is keeping marijuana on the list of most dangerous drugs, despite widespread support for legalization. But the Obama administration says it will allow more research into pot's medical uses, possibly paving the way for the drug to be moved to a lesser category in the future. Marijuana is on the list of "Schedule One" drugs -- along with heroin and peyote -- that have no medical uses. Cocaine and opiates, in contrast, are considered "Schedule Two" -- still illegal for recreational use, but with recognized medical uses.


ONLY ONE FOREST FIRE STILL TO BE CONTAINED: AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IN PICTOU COUNTY *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Friday 12th August 2016
Five firefighters from PEI are joining in the fight against the Seven Mile Lake wildfire. The 400-hectare fire in Annapolis County is 45 per cent contained as of this morning. Department of Natural Resources says all other fires have been completely contained, but are still being patrolled because conditions remain very dry. Smoke from the Seven Mile Lake fire has reached Pictou County, leading to an air quality advisory. The smoke, combined with the heat and humidity, could cause health problems for the very young or those with breathing problems.


RISE AT THE PUMPS
Friday 12th August 2016
After a couple of weeks in decline, fuel prices have reversed course. Regular self serve is up to 97.1 cents per litre, and diesel has jumped three cents to 88.6 cents per litre.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSURE TODAY
Friday 12th August 2016
There is another temporary Emergency Department closure at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC in Tatamagouche today. The CEC will be closed between 7 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. due to an unexpected lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care. Overnight coverage will be available as usual.


PROVINCE LOOKING INTO LOCAL CODES OF CONDUCT AFTER AMHERST CONTROVERSY
Friday 12th August 2016
The province is considering a uniform code of conduct for municipal councils. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill says the move is in direct response to an incident involving an Amherst town councillor who admitted to uttering a racial slur to staff at a local pizza shop. Churchill says Amherst municipal council indicated it didn't have the legal ability to act. He says a possible model is the current code of conduct for members of the legislature.


CHIEF JUSTICE WANTS FEDS TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF REPLACING RETIRING JUDGE
Friday 12th August 2016
Canada's Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says it's taking too long to name a replacement for Justice Thomas Cromwell of Nova Scotia, who retires next month. In the past, Cromwell would have been replaced by another judge from Atlantic Canada, but the Liberal government has said a non-partisan advisory board will now consider candidates from across the country. McLachlin would not comment on the fact that the new justice might not necessarily come from Atlantic Canada, but says she'd like to see a new colleague on the bench early this fall. The Canadian Bar Association president has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, urging them to reconsider respecting the custom of regional representation.


FORMER PEI MOUNTIE FACING CHARGES AFTER MAJOR FIREARMS SEIZURE
Friday 12th August 2016
A former Mountie is facing numerous charges after police say more than 70 firearms were seized from his home in Prince Edward Island. Forty-three-year-old Jeffrey Rae Gillis has been charged with 12 weapons offences and five counts of filing false reports, and is to appear in provincial court on Monday. The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team says it started investigating earlier this year after police discovered firearms at Gillis's home in Charlottetown. Police were responding to an alleged off-duty incident at Gillis's home when the weapons were found.


SPORTS AUGUST 12
Friday 12th August 2016
The Play the Pros and Strong Kids event is on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center. The 3 on 3 games begin at 3pm with a revised after game event open to all ages starting at 6pm until 9pm. The after game "Meet and Greet" will feature autograph/photo sessions with all the pros including Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. During the event various silent auction items will be available for bids. Music will be supplied by Stuart Marchand. Admission to the event will be $10.00 for adults with children under 12 admitted free if accompanied by an adult. The 10.00 admission also includes a chance to win a Game Worn Jersey belonging to former NY Islander Jon Sim or NJ Devils Colin White. Brad Marchand's Boston Bruin Jersey will be also auctioned‎ off  that evening.  All proceeds from the event will go towards the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and Play the Pros Society Hockey Assistance Program. Besides Marchand, Sim and White, the other pros attending the event are Andrew MacDonald, Brent Turnbull, Dave MacIntyre, Blayre Turnbull, Andrew Bodnarchuck plus Lane Cormier who just got invited to the NY Islanders tryout camp.
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Scotia Speedworld is hosting the Atlantic Cat 250 on Saturday at 6pm. Local drivers George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm and Rollie MacDonald's #13 car driven by Cassius Clark will be competing. Clark is currently second in the points race.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The U12 Stellarton Stinger Girls Softball team are holding a bottle drive at the Dorrington Ball Field on Saturday September 3rd from 9-3pm. Funds raised will go towards traveling expenses to Charlottetown to play in the Atlantics.  All donations can be dropped off at that time.  If you have a donation that can be picked up please call 759-5369.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 13th, Sunday the 14th, Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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This time it's a gold medal for Toronto's Penny Oleksiak. She made Canadian Olympic history by winning gold in the women's 100-metre freestyle in an Olympic record time of 52-point-7 seconds. It's her fourth medal in Rio, which is a Canadian record for the Summer Games.
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Canada is currently sitting in 13th place in the overall medal standings with one gold, one silver and five bronze. The United States leads the count with 38 medals including 16 gold. China is close behind with 30 medals and 11 gold. Canada's goal at the Rio Games is a top-12 finish.
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When the Eskimos couldn't get it going with their offence, their defence stepped up. Deon Lacey had a six-yard interception return touchdown with less than a minute to play as the Eskimos snapped a three-game losing skid with a 23-12 victory over Montreal. Edmonton fumbled the ball away twice at the Montreal one-yard line when the club could have put the game away early.
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The Orioles are within a half-game of first place in the American League East following another blast by Mark Trumbo. The right fielder hit a grand slam and had five R-B-Is as Baltimore beat the Athletics 9-6 in Oakland. Trumbo has 32 home runs this season, one more than Edwin Encarnacion of the A-L East-leading Blue Jays.
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Patrick Roy has resigned after three years as head coach and vice-president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. He says he and the team are not on the same wave length when it comes to club matters. The Avalanche have missed the playoffs the last two seasons after winning the Northwest Division in Roy's first year behind the bench. Colorado was 130-92-and-24 under Roy.
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A Belgian woman who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics has become sick after racing on polluted Guanabara Bay. She is the first sailor to fall ill from the waters that were heavily scrutinized leading up to the Rio Games. Evi Van Acker reportedly felt sick after Wednesday's races . Her coach said he believes Van Acker contracted a severe intestinal infection while training in Rio in July.


MILLIONS IN UPGRADE MONEY SLATED FOR CAPE BRETON TOURISM
Thursday 11th August 2016
The federal government is planning upgrades to the Cabot Trail.
Close to $49 million will be spent to replace bridges and culverts.
A third of the route runs through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and federal minister Catherine MacKenna says it's visited by about 175,000 people a year.
The funding makes up most of the 66-milliion dollars being spent on Park sites on Cape Breton Island.
McKenna says trails, campgrounds and visitor facilities in the park will also be improved/ As well, building repairs will be made at the Fortress of Louisbourg and Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck.  


LIBERALS RELYING TOO MUCH ON VLT MONEY: DUNN
Thursday 11th August 2016
Pictou Centre MLA and Gaming and Control Act critic Pat Dunn says the government is using VLT revenue to fill government coffers, and that's irrresponsible. Dunn points to the consolidated financial statements for the last fiscal year released this week, which shows revenue from lottery tickets and VLT's is up $16.2 million. Two years ago, the Liberals cancelled a problem gambling prevention program, and have not made any moves to replace it. Dunn says the government should be creating wealth by growing the economy, not by relying on more money from gambling.


SHAWN MCNAMARA RUNNING FOR PICTOU MAYOR
Thursday 11th August 2016
A lifelong resident of Pictou is running for mayor of the town. Shawn McNamara previously served two terms on council from 2004-2012. He has also chaired the Pictou Lobster Carnival for the past three years, and has been a volunteer with many community groups. McNamara says he looks forward to going door-to-door to talk to residents about their vision for Pictou going forward.


FOREST FIRE UPDATE *UPDATED 12:30 PM*
Thursday 11th August 2016
The wildfire near Kejimkujik National Park has grown a small amount since last night. The province says the fire at Seven Mile Lake has reached 377 hectares, and is 40 per cent contained. Natural Resources says a wildfire at Ten Mile Lake is being held, but is still not contained. Meanwhile, small fires in Round Hill and Coldbrook and three in the Morganville area are either contained or extinguished as of this morning. Blazes in Clyde River, Perch Lake, West Dalhousie, Maitland Bridge, and Collingwood are contained and being monitored.


PEI TORIES WANT HEARINGS ON FERRY PROBLEMS
Thursday 11th August 2016
P-E-I's Opposition Tories are calling for legislative hearings on the Wood Islands ferry service having only one vessel available this summer. Darlene Compton, the member of the legislature for Belfast-Murray River, says she wants the standing commmittee on economic development to look into the ferry service between Wood Islands and Caribou. One of the two vessels was sent to Quebec for maintenance in the spring and has been in dry dock since before the start of the Northumberland Ferries season. The M-V Confederation has been making the crossings, and a few of the trips were delayed or cancelled due to mechanical problems.


RCMP KILL MAN ALLEGEDLY PLOTTING TERROR ATTACK
Thursday 11th August 2016
A potential terrorist attack in Canada appears to have been thwarted. The Canadian Press confirms R-C-M-P have killed a man after receiving what they say was credible information of a potential terrorist threat. A senior police official identifies the suspect as Aaron Driver, a man in his mid-20s and originally from Winnipeg, who'd been under a court order since February to not associate with any terrorist organization. He was killed in a confrontation with police in the southwestern Ontario town of Strathroy, after R-C-M-P says it received credible information hours earlier of a potential terrorist threat. What exactly prompted Mounties to conduct the takedown isn't yet known -- they are expected to release more details later today.


VANCOUVER POLICE ADMIT USING CELL-TOWER SURVEILLANCE DEVICE
Thursday 11th August 2016
Vancouver police have admitted using a controversial mass-surveillance device. The StingRay is a cell-tower simulator that intercepts communication to and from mobile devices, allowing police to access both audio and text information, as well as locate a device. The revelation of the StingRay's use by Vancouver police comes after prodding by the B-C Civil Liberties Association, and the prospect of an inquiry by the province's privacy commissioner. The civil-liberties group says without a paper trail, it's impossible to know whether police are respecting privacy rights.


FEDS PAID TOP DOLLAR TO GET MINISTER BACK FOR CRUCIAL VOTE
Thursday 11th August 2016
Government documents show federal officials scrambled to book costly last-minute flights in order to rush a cabinet minister back to Ottawa for a vote. The Trudeau government was afraid it could lose a vote on the controversial doctor-assisted dying bill. So, it plucked International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau from a conference in Copenhagen and interrupted her trip to Turkey and elsewhere. The mad dash followed an embarrassing near-miss for the Liberals, when the New Democrats and Conservatives caught chief government whip Andrew Leslie off guard with a surprise vote on an Air Canada bill. That prompted Leslie and his office to pull out all the stops to avoid being similarly caught out when it came time to vote on Bill C-14. After the vote Bibeau was then sent off to finish her trip with a flight out to Turkey. In the end the flight bookings came to about 14-thousand dollars.


HAWAII POLICE INVESTIGATING MISSING CANADIAN WOMAN CASE
Thursday 11th August 2016
Police on Hawaii's Big Island are trying to identify human remains found near personal items belonging to a Canadian woman who has been missing for about 15 years. Local hunters found partial human skeletal remains last month in a remote area of the island's Puna district. Police later found weathered clothing and what appeared to be a sleeping bag. One of the items had a name on it -- Jessica Urbina -- which led police to a missing person's report for the Montreal woman from 2001 at the Honolulu Police Department. Relatives told police Urbina travelled alone to Hawaii on vacation in November 2000 when she was 21 years old.


SPORTS AUGUST 11 *UPDATED 10:15 AM*
Thursday 11th August 2016
The Play the Pros and Strong Kids event is on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center. The 3 on 3 games begin at 3pm with a revised after game event open to all ages starting at 6pm until 9pm. The after game "Meet and Greet" will feature autograph/photo sessions with all the pros including Boston Bruin Brad Marchand. During the event various silent auction items will be available for bids. Music will be supplied by Stuart Marchand. Admission to the event will be $10.00 for adults with children under 12 admitted free if accompanied by an adult. The 10.00 admission also includes a chance to win a Game Worn Jersey belonging to former NY Islander Jon Sim or NJ Devils Colin White. Brad Marchand's Boston Bruin Jersey will be also auctioned‎ off  that evening.  All proceeds from the event will go towards the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and Play the Pros Society Hockey Assistance Program. Besides Marchand, Sim and White, the other pros attending the event are Andrew MacDonald, Brent Turnbull, Dave MacIntyre, Blayre Turnbull, Andrew Bodnarchuck plus Lane Cormier who just got invited to the NY Islanders tryout camp.
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Scotia Speedworld is hosting the Atlantic Cat 250 on Saturday at 6pm. Local drivers George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm and Rollie MacDonald's #13 car driven by Cassius Clark will be competing. Clark is currently second in the points race.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 13th, Sunday the 14th, Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Penny Oleksiak has a shot at Canadian history tonight. The Toronto teen qualified for the women's 100-metre freestyle final with a Canadian record and world junior record time of 52.72 seconds. A medal for Oleksiak would give her four at these Games, the most at one Olympics for a Canadian swimmer. 
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Canadian tennis duo Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil face stiff competition in the men's doubles semifinal this afternoon. They play Spain's Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez in a match that was postponed yesterday due to weather. The winner of the semi moves on to the gold-medal match while the loser will play for bronze. Nestor won Canada's lone Olympic tennis medal in men's doubles at the 2000 Games.
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Canadian gymnast Ellie Black is in action this afternoon in the women's individual all around final. The Halifax native is competing in four of the five events -- the floor, vault, uneven bars and balance beam. Brandon, Manitoba's Isabela Onyshko will also compete on the vault and beam.  American star Simone Biles will be the one to beat.
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Golf tees off today for the first time at the Olympics since 1904 and Canadian Graham DeLaet starts the tournament as defending champion. The native of Weyburn, Saskatchewan was given the lofty distinction because Toronto's George Lyon won gold at the St. Louis Games in 1904.
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The Blue Jays enjoy an off day tonight before welcoming Houston for a three-game set starting Friday. Last night, J.A. Happ became the first pitcher in the majors to reach 16 wins. He pitched six shutout innings as Toronto blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 7-0.
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Centre Justin Sorensen returns to the Eskimos lineup as Edmonton hosts Montreal in C-F-L action. The six-foot-eight, 310-pound Sorensen missed two games with a separated shoulder on July 23rd. The defending Grey Cup champions will welcome his return. They're on a three-game losing skid. 


FOREST FIRE CONTROLLED IN PICTOU COUNTY, BUT STILL OUT OF CONTROL NEAR KEJI PARK
Wednesday 10th August 2016
Nova Scotia's driest summer in 15 years is still creating havoc with the forest fire situation.
DNR's Walter Fanning says the Pictou County blaze at Perch lake is now listed as contained.
But a DNR helicopter is still on the scene while crews from a number of Pictou County volunteer departments keep a close watch on those flare-ups with this afternoon's dry weather.
Meanwhile, the rest of the province is watching the growing forest fire at Seven Mile Lake, which is just a few kilometers north of Kejimikujik National Park. That fire has grown to 350 hectares from 240 yesterday. Nine water bombers are in from Nfld, Quebec and New Brunswick, along with our own provincial teams.
Fanning says the smoke from it has spread through Lunenburg and Halifax Counties and is now making its way up the Eastern Shore.


POLICE INVESTIGATING BODY FOUND NEAR WILDFIRE SITE
Wednesday 10th August 2016
Pictou County RCMP is investigating the death of a man in the Trafalgar area, near Eureka. Just after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, a man was found deceased on a woods road in a remote area of Pictou County near where a wildfire was burning. RCMP officers from Pictou County and the North East Major Crime division say that foul play is not suspected in his death, and an autopsy will be conducted as the investigation continues. Police are asking anyone who might know anything about this situation to call them at 1-800-803-RCMP. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Nova Scotia crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or by text or secure online tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca


KEJIMKUJIK FIRE NOW 350 HECTARES IN SIZE *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Wednesday 10th August 2016
Twenty firefighters from New Brunswick will arrive in Nova Scotia today to help battle an out-of-control wildfire near Kejimkujik National Park. The province's Natural Resources department says the blaze in the Seven Mile Lake area has grown overnight to 350 hectares, and is only about 15 percent contained. Jim Rudderham, the province's operations manager for forest protection, says forecasters are predicting unfavourable fire-fighting conditions for today — low humidity, lots of sun and brisk winds. Among the equipment being used in the fight is an air tanker from Newfoundland, three air tankers from New Brunswick, two helicopters and two more water bombers that arrived Tuesday from Quebec. Two new fires were reported Tuesday - a one hectare fire in Clyde River is 70 percent contained, while the fire near Ten Mile Lake has grown to 10 hectares and is not yet contained. The government has restricted activity within forests such as hiking, camping and fishing in a bid to prevent even more wildfires.


PROVINCE'S FINANCIAL HEALTH BETTER THAN EXPECTED
Wednesday 10th August 2016
Nova Scotia's finance minister has released the final numbers for the province's deficit and it's a much lower figure than originally estimated. Randy Delorey provided the 10.7-million dollar deficit figure in the consolidated financial statements for 2015-16 released yesterday. The original budget predicted a deficit of over 97 million dollars. The opposition Tories are saying it's worrying to see how far off goverment projections are, and say it appears Nova Scotians are paying more in income tax that originally expected.


MUNICIPAL VOTERS WILL HAVE AN ELECTRONIC OPTION THIS FALL
Wednesday 10th August 2016
Electronic voting will be an option for many in this fall's muncipal election. Josephine MacDonald, returning officer for New Glasgow, Pictou, Stellarton and Pictou County, tells NG News that residents of those four units will be able to cast a vote electronically from 3 October until 11 October, or with paper ballot on election day. There won't be advance polls. However, the towns of Trenton and Westville have their own returning officers, and will have traditional advance polls and election-day polls with paper ballots, without an electronic vote. MacDonald said electronic voting worked well during the amalgamation plebiscite in May. The final day to declare a candidacy for this October's election is 13 September.


NFLD MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED WHILE HAVING BREAKFAST IN HALIFAX
Wednesday 10th August 2016
A Halifax restaurant owner says police were subtle, quiet and professional as they arrested a Newfoundland man on the run from murder and arson charges. John Carvalho says no one seemed to notice as two officers walked into the Bluenose II restaurant yesterday and arrested 23-year-old Chesley John Lucas. Lucas faces charges of first-degree murder, forcible confinement, robbery and arson in the murder of 25-year-old Steven Miller, and police say he'll be returned to St. John's in the next few days. Three other men are charged in the murder of Miller, whose body was discovered in a driveway in Conception Bay South on July 30th.


SENATOR MIKE DUFFY IS BACK TO SUBMITTING EXPENSES
Wednesday 10th August 2016
Senator Mike Duffy has resumed submitting work-related expense claims since being acquitted in April of 31 criminal counts involving questionable claims -- and he says the upper chamber has given its approval. The latest quarterly expense reports show the P-E-I senator claimed nearly 17-hundred dollars for living expenses, although there is no breakdown of how much of that was for days spent in his Ottawa-area home and how much was for meals. Duffy also claimed 627-dollars in regular travel between Ottawa and his home, and didn't claim any hospitality expenses.


SPORTS AUGUST 10
Wednesday 10th August 2016
Pictou Recreation and Parks is offering a basketball camp August 15th - 19th for grades 4,5,6 and 7. Learn new skills, in game experience and your own basketball to take home. Camp will take place daily 4-5pm in the Pictou Academy gym. Call Pictou Recreation for details and to register at 902-485-4372.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Registration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 13th, Sunday the 14th, Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Michael Phelps made up for one of the few losses in his Olympic career with another gold medal. Phelps avenged his defeat at the 2012 London Games by winning the 200-meter butterfly, holding off Japan's Masato Sakai by a mere four-hundredths of a second. Later he earned his 21st career Olympic gold, anchoring the 4-by-200 relay team to victory.
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Canadian Santo Condorelli has advanced to the men's 100-metre freestyle. The Kenora, Ontario product will try to medal in that race tonight. On the women's side, Canada's Sydney Pickrem finished sixth in the 200-metre individual medley. It was the first night of the Rio Games that Canada failed to medal in swimming.
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Tennis duo Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil have guaranteed themselves a spot in one of the medal matches at the Olympic Games. The Canadian pair advanced to the semifinal with a straight sets victory over Italy. They'll face Spain's Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez in the semi with the winner moving on to the gold-medal match. The loser will play for bronze.
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The Toronto Blue Jays couldn't quite solve Drew Smyly. They managed just two runs off the Rays starter in a 9-2 loss to Tampa Bay at Rogers Centre. Toronto's Marco Estrada went five innings. It was only the third time in 21 starts that the right-hander failed to make it through at least six frames.
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Jake Smolinski singled and scored the deciding run in the third inning and rookie Zach Neal earned his first career win as a starter as the Oakland Athletics held on to beat the Orioles 2-1. That keeps Toronto even with Baltimore for first place in the A-L East.
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The Boston Red Sox cancelled a David Ortiz bobblehead promotion Tuesday night when the figurine turned out to be "racially insensitive." Team president Sam Kennedy says the bobblehead depicts Ortiz addressing fans at Fenway Park following the Boston Marathon bombings, but it didn't much resemble the retiring slugger and was not fit for distribution.


AMHERST COUNCILLOR IN TROUBLE OVER RACIAL SLUR
Tuesday 9th August 2016
An Amherst city councillor who is running for mayor has admitted to using a racial slur to employees at a local pizza shop. A memorandum released yesterday says George Baker has admitted to "using a word that is known to have racial connotations," but immediately apologized to those present and later apologized to many members of the African Canadian community. The matter was brought to council July 21st at an in-camera meeting and later pushed into an open session by a private citizen but a review of the Municipal Government Act determined there is no policy to deal with allegations of misconduct by a council member. It is now being addressed by the Amherst Board of Police Commissioners, which does have a policy, because Baker is a member of the police commission.


NFLD MURDER SUSPECT MAY BE TRAVELLING IN NOVA SCOTIA
Tuesday 9th August 2016
Newfoundland police say a fourth suspect wanted in the abduction and murder of a 25-year-old man may be in Nova Scotia. A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for 23-year-old Chesley John Lucas of Paradise on charges of first-degree murder, forcible confinement, robbery and arson. Three other suspects face the same charges in the death of Steven Miller, whose body was found in a driveway in Conception Bay South on July 30th just hours after he was abducted from his home by armed intruders. Police say Lucas travelled by ferry to North Sydney Saturday afternoon and was believed to be travelling with 21-year-old Brady Myler, who was himself wanted in relation to a weapons offence unrelated to the Miller homicide. Myler turned himself in to Halifax police yesterday.


NEW GLASGOW TO HAVE NEW MAYOR: MACMILLAN NOT SEEKING THIRD TERM
Tuesday 9th August 2016
After two terms as mayor of New Glasgow, Barrie MacMillan says he is not re-offering this fall. MacMillan says he is proud of the many developments in New Glasgow over the past eight years, including the expansion of natural gas to the region, the ongoing enhancements at the Aberdeen Hospital, building of New Glasgow Academy, the construction of the Pictou County Wellness Centre, along with several provincial and national recognitions for the town, most recently the Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor Community Spirit Award. There are currently three candidates announced for New Glasgow mayor: town councillors Nancy Dicks and Henderson Paris, as well as local businessman Mark Firth.


MAJOR RESTRICTIONS ON ALL FOREST ACTIVITY AS CREWS BATTLE MAINLAND WILDFIRES *UPDATED 11:00 AM*
Tuesday 9th August 2016
Crews and aircraft are working hard to contain several fires on the mainland. Fires in Cumberland, Queens and Annapolis Counties have been contained , while the fire in the Perch Lake area is about 80 percent contained. It's estimated to be about 10 hectares in size. But the fire near Seven Mile Lake grew substantially overnight, and has burned more than 240 hectares. With dry conditions not seen in fifteen years, the Department of Natural Resources has placed a ban on all travel and activity in the woods for at least the next two weeks.


SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS READY AS NEW LOBSTER SEASON STARTS
Tuesday 9th August 2016
One of Atlantic Canada's major lobster fisheries is underway, and that means that the search and rescue co-ordination center is on a higher state of readiness. Lobster area 25 officially opens today in the waters between New Brunswick and P-E-I. The Defence Department said it has its search and rescue squadron based out of 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia on 30-minute standby posture. Maritime vessel operators are encouraged to wear life jackets, immersion suits or personal floatation devices to minimize the risk of drowning.


ACADIAN PLATES RAISING FUNDS FOR CULTURE PROJECTS
Tuesday 9th August 2016
Nova Scotians continue to support Acadian and francophone culture with contributions to the Vive l'Acadie Community Fund. Funds collected from the sale and renewal of 661 Acadian flag licence plates this past year will support community cultural projects in the amount of 33-thousand-fifty-dollars. Click here to learn how to get an Acadian flag licence plate.


SOCIAL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES' VISAS HELD UP BY GOVERNMENT
Tuesday 9th August 2016
Organizers of the World Social Forum 2016 in Montreal say many invitees have had their visitor visa application denied by the government. They say this could tarnish Canada's reputation as an open society. Twenty-four hours before the start of the event, co-ordinator Raphael Canet said the number of people denied entry to Canada hasn't changed much since he raised the issue a week ago. Canet says he sent two-thousand letters of inquiry to conference invitees asking about their travel plans and 70 per cent of the 315 people who replied said their visa application had been rejected by the Canadian government. Organizers say most of the people denied entry visas are from Africa, and many are from Latin America. Immigration Canada blame conference officials and say the rules for visitor visas need to be followed rigorously, while the event's directors said they did all they could to facilitate the visa process. World Social Forum is an annual conference that is being held in North America for the first time. It brings together left-leaning activists and other international civil society organizations, although most of the attendees are usually from the host nation.


SPORTS AUGUST 9
Tuesday 9th August 2016
Want to learn Roller Derby? How it's played, what equipment is needed? The Kickin Vixens invite everyone to come to their open house tonight. There's no obligation to join, just an information hour to see what this great sport is all about, get your questions answered and meet the team.  Child friendly and everyone is welcome to come to the Trenton Rink at 6pm. Any further questions please email: hddolls@hotmail.com
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is offering a basketball camp August 15th - 19th for grades 4,5,6 and 7. Learn new skills, in game experience and your own basketball to take home. Camp will take place daily 4-5pm in the Pictou Academy gym. Call Pictou Recreation for details and to register at 902-485-4372.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Registration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 13th, Sunday the 14th, Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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There will be a "Get Ready for Hockey Season", hockey school for IP and Novice age players at the Wellness Centre starting August 22nd. The school consists of 7 weekly one hour sessions as follows... Monday August 22 & 29 - 6:30pm and Friday September 9 to Friday October 7 – 6:15pm. Players are divided into 3 groups which rotate through different drills in each of the 3 zones. The emphasis is on having fun and keeping players moving as much as possible while developing hockey skills. Cost is $135, which includes player insurance. Please contact Tom Hahn at maripac50@gmail.com or call 902-616-1072.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Make it four medals for Canada so far at the Olympic Games in Rio. Canadian women won their third medal in the pool in as many nights, with Kylie Masse of La Salle, Ontario taking bronze Monday night in the women's 100-metre backstroke. Hours earlier, our women's rugby-sevens squad beat Great Britain 33-10 for the bronze medal. Australia beat New Zealand for gold.
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Eugenie Bouchard got knocked out in the second round of the Olympic women's tennis draw while Canadian doubles pair Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil advanced to the quarter-finals. World Number 2 Angelique Kerber of Germany downed Bouchard 6-4, 6-2. Nestor and Pospisil topped Portugal 6-1, 6-4.
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Another big night at the plate for Toronto's Devon Travis. Travis had a career-high four hits and cashed in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Blue Jays beat the Rays 7-5. The Jays second baseman is batting .371 over the last 22 games.  
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The Blue Jays will be without their best defensive player for at least the next two weeks after Kevin Pillar was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The outfielder sprained his left thumb on a slide into a second base on Saturday in Kansas City. Pillar rarely misses a game. He played in 109 of 112 games this year after suiting up for 159 of 162 last season.
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Brandon Crawford became the first major league player in 41 years to get seven hits in a game, putting San Francisco ahead to stay with an R-B-I single in the 14th inning of an 8-7 victory over Miami. Crawford tripled, doubled and had five singles in eight at-bats. The previous player to get seven hits in a game was Pirates infielder Rennie Stennett on September 16th, 1975.
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Manchester United has made Paul Pogba the world's most expensive soccer player. The English club signed the France midfielder for about $116 million dollars U-S. United says Pogba signed a five-year deal with an option for a further year. The signing comes four years after Man-U released him for virtually nothing.


PC LEADER WONDERS IF BILL FOR NEW FERRY PROMO WILL BE PASSED TO TAXPAYERS
Monday 8th August 2016
The leader of the Opposition wonders if taxpayers are on the hook for a new Yarmouth ferry promotion. PC leader Jamie Baillie says that Bay Ferries, in an attempt to boost ridership on the Cat ferry, are offering free $25 and $50 gas cards. Baillie wants to if the cost for those gas cards will be passed on by Bay Ferries to the province. And he's still waiting to find out from the province the amount promised the company in management fees. Baillie says he believes in an international ferry link, but that the Liberals made a bad deal.


BRYAN KNIGHT ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR STELLARTON COUNCIL
Monday 8th August 2016
Another candidate has announced their intention to run in this October's municipal elections. Bryan Knight is running for one of Stellarton's council seats in Ward One. Knight has been an active volunteer in the town, and says he'll work hard to represent Ward One, and make informed decisions in the best interests of the citizens of Stellarton.


ANOTHER SHARK SIGHTING
Monday 8th August 2016
Another shark has been spotted in East Coast waters. Bill Flower of Lunenburg Ocean Adventures says he saw a roughly two-metre shark near Cross Island this weekend. The marine tour guide says he's seen an uptick in shark sightings on his near-daily charters. But a scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says a handful of sightings is nothing unusual around this time of year.


TWO DEAD IN SEPARATE POOL INCIDENTS
Monday 8th August 2016
Police say two people have died in separate pool incidents this weekend. Yarmouth County R-C-M-P say a one-year-old boy died on Saturday after being found in a home pool in Chebogue Point. And Mounties in Annapolis County say bystanders pulled an adult woman and a child from a pool at a campground in Parks Cove on Saturday. They say the bystanders were able to revive the one-year-old boy, but the 53-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.


PIPELINE HEARINGS BEGIN TODAY
Monday 8th August 2016
The National Energy Board is set to begin cross-Canada hearings today into the proposed Energy East Pipeline. The first hearings will be held in New Brunswick, where there has been fierce and sometimes violent protests in the past over oil and gas development. A three-member panel is in Saint John this week, where the Alberta oil that would be sent through the proposed 45-hundred-kilometre project would be refined. Hearings will be held in nine other cities and will wrap up in Kingston, Ontario in December.


SPORTS AUGUST 8
Monday 8th August 2016
Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League during the past week. The Blue Jays defeated the Orioles 7-5 in the first game and the Cardinals hung on to defeat the Yankees 6-4 in the second game. Top batters  were  Laura Turner and Tracy Austin with  a double and two single apiece while Sherri Macleod, Samantha Williams and Theresa Dewar each notched three singles. This evening at 6:30 The Yankees host the Blue Jays: followed at 7:30 with the Cardinals hosting the Orioles. Both games are at the Albion Field in Stellarton.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Registration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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An evening of rugby is taking place in Scotsburn tonight starting at 6:30pm. All ages and abilities are welcome.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 13th, Sunday the 14th, Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is offering a basketball camp August 15th - 19th for grades 4,5,6 and 7. Learn new skills, in game experience and your own basketball to take home. Camp will take place daily 4-5pm in the Pictou Academy gym. Call Pictou Recreation for details and to register at 902-485-4372.
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There will be a "Get Ready for Hockey Season", hockey school for IP and Novice age players at the Wellness Centre starting August 22nd. The school consists of 7 weekly one hour sessions as follows... Monday August 22 & 29 - 6:30pm and Friday September 9 to Friday October 7 – 6:15pm. Players are divided into 3 groups which rotate through different drills in each of the 3 zones. The emphasis is on having fun and keeping players moving as much as possible while developing hockey skills. Cost is $135, which includes player insurance. Please contact Tom Hahn at maripac50@gmail.com or call 902-616-1072.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The U.S. picked up its first individual swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics on Sunday. Fittingly, it was Katie Ledecky doing it in world record time. Ledecky posted an easy victory in the women's 400 free, finishing in 3 minutes, 56.46 seconds. The 19-year-old from Maryland crushed the mark of 3:58.37 that she set nearly two years ago. She finished almost five seconds ahead of her nearest opponent. Ledecky's performance was followed by Michael Phelps' 19th Olympic gold medal. Phelps was part of the American 4x100 relay team that beat France.
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The entire Russian team has been banned from competing in the upcoming Paralympic Games as punishment for the country running a doping operation. The International Paralympic Committee's blanket ban on Russia is in sharp contrast to the earlier decision by the IOC to allow individual sports to decide whether Russians could compete in the Olympics. The Paralympics organization directly condemned the Russian state's involvement, while stopping short of blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Manny Machado and the Baltimore Orioles have regained sole possession of first place in the American League East by taking the rubber match of their series with the White Sox in Chicago. Machado was the leader in the Birds' 10-2 rout of the Chisox, belting three home runs and driving in seven. The Orioles top the AL East by one game over Toronto following the Blue Jays' 7-1 loss at Kansas City. The Blue Jays have dropped two straight since a four-game winning streak to finish 4-3 on their road trip.
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Alex Rodriguez is ending his lengthy major league career Friday in the Yankees' game against Tampa Bay. It's been a career of great accomplishments and much controversy. The 41-year-old Rodriguez is a three-time American League MVP and a 14-time All-Star whose 696 homers rank fourth all-time. But Rodriguez has been a polarizing figure, sitting out a full season in 2014 in the longest doping suspension in baseball history. Rodriguez will become a special adviser and instructor for the Yankees starting in spring training.


CREWS BATTLING AT LEAST THREE FOREST FIRES ON THE MAINLAND
Saturday 6th August 2016
Volunteer fire crews and the Department of Natural Resources have their hands full trying to contain the spread of several wildfires on the mainland. The wildfire in Greenfield has been contained after burning more than four and a half hectares, but hot, dry weather and steady winds are spreading forest fires in the Maitland Bridge/Seven Mile Lake area in Annapolis County. The fire at Maitland Bridge covers about 10 hectares and the fire at Seven Mile Lake is nearly 30 hectares in size. Two DNR helicopters and a contract helicopter are currently providing support at Seven Mile Lake, along with air tankers from New Brunswick. There is a complete fire ban in front and back country camping at Kejimkujik National Park, which includes no charcoal barbecue use, only propane.


NEW GLASGOW MAN CHARGED FOR IN-VEHICLE THEFTS
Saturday 6th August 2016
An 18-year old New Glasgow man has been arrested following a call from a resident. Friday night around 6:30, New Glasgow Regional Police received a call from a Almont Avenue resident that a suspicious person was looking in a neighbour's vehicle. The man has been charged with Trespassing At Night, Mischief, Theft, and Possession of Stolen Goods, in relation to thefts from vehicles from the Eastside New Glasgow area. He will appear in Pictou Provincial Court on 8 August. Investigators say that between 10 to 15 vehicles have been broken into and they encourage residents to check their vehicle in the Eastside area of New Glasgow for other possible thefts and report them immediately. Police remind everyone to lock their vehicles and make sure no valuables are inside. The public are also encouraged to call police at 902-752-1941 if they observe any suspicious activity. 


OPPOSITION URGING ACTION ON UNEMPLOYMENT
Saturday 6th August 2016
The Conservatives and N-D-P say it's time the Liberals took action on Canada's unemployment rate. The national unemployment rate inched up to 6.9 per cent in July from 6.8 per cent in June as the economy lost 31-thousand-200 net jobs last month Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt says the Trudeau government doesn't have a back-up plan after failing to deliver the jobs promised in the election campaign. New Democrat finance critic Guy Caron says the Liberals need to stimulate job growth by cutting taxes for small businesses -- a promise that fell by the wayside in the first Liberal budget.


SPORTS AUGUST 6
Saturday 6th August 2016
The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association, Home of the Subway Stingers, will be hosting this year's Female U-12 Softball Provincial Championship this weekend at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Action continues on Fields 1 and 2 today, concluding Sunday with playoffs and the Championship game which start at 1:30 pm on Field-1. The full schedule can be found on the Stingers website. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers
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An evening of rugby is taking place in Scotsburn on Monday starting at 6:30pm. All ages and abilities are welcome.
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Want to learn Roller Derby? How it's played, what equipment is needed? The Kickin Vixens invite everyone to come to their open house on Tuesday August 9th. There's no obligation to join, just an information hour to see what this great sport is all about, get your questions answered and meet the team.  Child friendly and everyone is welcome to come to the Trenton Rink this Tuesday at 6pm. Any further questions please email: hddolls@hotmail.com
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 13th, Sunday the 14th, Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is offering a basketball camp August 15th - 19th for grades 4,5,6 and 7. Learn new skills, in game experience and your own basketball to take home. Camp will take place daily 4-5pm in the Pictou Academy gym. Call Pictou Recreation for details and to register at 902-485-4372.
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There will be a "Get Ready for Hockey Season", hockey school for IP and Novice age players at the Wellness Centre starting August 22nd. The school consists of 7 weekly one hour sessions as follows... Monday August 22 & 29 - 6:30pm and Friday September 9 to Friday October 7 – 6:15pm. Players are divided into 3 groups which rotate through different drills in each of the 3 zones. The emphasis is on having fun and keeping players moving as much as possible while developing hockey skills. Cost is $135, which includes player insurance. Please contact Tom Hahn at maripac50@gmail.com or call 902-616-1072.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Rio Olympics officially kicked off with opening ceremonies last night. Rosie MacLennan, the only Canadian to win gold in the 2012 London Olympics, led Canada's athletes into Maracana Stadium. Canada's team of 314 athletes is gunning for a top-12 finish in the medal standings -- it's expected to take about 20 medals to reach that goal.
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There were some tense moments leading up to last night's Summer Olympics Opening Ceremoy in Rio. Police in riot gear fired smoke grenades and tear gas into a crowd protesting the billions of dollars spent on the games -- money they believe should have been spent on social services. Brazilian government officials taking their seats inside Maracana Stadium for the opening ceremonies were met with a smattering of boos.
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Devon Travis's first career multi-homer game gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City. Travis led off the night with a solo shot and then broke a 3-3 tie with another one in the top of the ninth inning. Francisco Liriano made his Toronto debut. He went six innings, alowing three runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out three. 
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The Jays and Orioles are still tied atop the A-L East. Pedro Alvarez hit two solo shots to extend his homer streak and the Orioles had 16 hits to overpower the White Sox 7-5 and keep pace with Toronto for first place in the division. Alvarez has five homers in his last three games.
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Knuckleballer Steven Wright threw a three-hitter and Mookie Betts had one of Boston's three homers as the Red Sox cruised to a 9-0 win over the Dodgers with David Ortiz out of the lineup in an N-L park. Wright had nine strikeouts in his third complete game this season. He retired 15 in a row during one stretch and won his fifth straight decision.
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Tom Brady says dropping the appeal of a four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" saga was "a personal decision." The four-time Super Bowl winner spoke for the first time since ending his attempt to have the suspension overturned. Brady is allowed to practice with the team and play in the pre-season.
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NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Junior said in his first public remarks since suffering a concussion that he's not ready to stop racing. NASCAR's most popular driver has already missed three races since suffering the concussion in the June 12th race at Michigan. He's expected to miss at least two more. Earnhardt gave no timetable for his return as he continues to experience concussion symptoms.


NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UP AS JOB MARKET TAKES A BIG HIT
Friday 5th August 2016
The Canadian labour market lost 31,200 net jobs last month as the country experienced the biggest monthly drop in full-time work in nearly five years. Statistics Canada's latest labour force survey says the market shed 71,400 full-time positions in July — a number partly offset by an increase of 40,200 in less-desirable, part-time jobs. The agency says full-time work in Canada hasn't suffered a one-month blow this big since October 2011. The report says the national unemployment rate in July crept up to 6.9 per cent from 6.8 per cent the previous month. The survey also says paid employee positions fell by 28,400 last month, compared to a decline of 2,700 in self-employed work. The unemployment rate for Nova Scotia rose from 8.2 to 8.4 percent.


MOUNTIE CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING BACK IN COURT NEXT MONTH
Friday 5th August 2016
A RCMP officer accused of drug trafficking is out on bail after a court appearance yesterday. Staff-Sergeant Craig Burnett, who worked in Truro at the operational communications centre, has been charged with theft of cocaine, trafficking cocaine, breach of trust and laundering proceeds of crime. He will return to court September 7. An RCMP spokesperson says Burnett has been suspended with pay, adding the internal process to suspend his pay and benefits is underway. Burnett is alleged to have stolen 10 kilograms of cocaine from an exhibit locker and gave it to other persons, pocketing proceeds from the sale.


GAS & DIESEL DOWN AGAIN
Friday 5th August 2016
Another drop in price at the pumps: regular self serve gas is at 95.7 cents per litre, and diesel is down to 85.6 cents per litre.


SERIOUS INJURIES IN HEAD-ON COLLISION ON 104 *UPDATED 6:50 AM*
Friday 5th August 2016
Two people have been taken to hospital after a tractor-trailer and a car collided on Highway 104 in Marshy Hope yesterday afternoon. Police say the vehicles were travelling in opposite directions when they collided. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured, while the driver and passenger of the car were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, one by helicopter, the other by ambulance. Joe MacDonald, chief of the Barney's River Fire Department, tells our newsroom this makes 348 accidents on the untwinned stretch from Sutherlands River to Antigonish over the years.


ER CLOSURE IN TATAMAGOUCHE TODAY
Friday 5th August 2016
There is yet another emergency department closure in Tatamagouche today. Due to an unexpected lack of physician coverage, the department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC is closed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Overnight coverage will be available as usual.


FAMILIES ALLEGE NEGLIGENCE IN TRURO PRISON DEATHS
Friday 5th August 2016
Two Newfoundland families have launched negligence lawsuits against Corrections Canada over the separate deaths of two women in prison. Veronica Park and Camille Strickland-Murphy died months apart in 2015 at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro. The families allege the prison failed to provide proper physical and mental health care in both cases. None of the allegations made in the suit have been proven in court, and a statement of defence has not yet been filed by Ottawa. The agency says it takes the death of any inmate seriously, and took ``immediate action'' following the deaths to investigate.


WATER BEGINS TO FLOW THROUGH MUSKRAT FALLS
Friday 5th August 2016
A major milestone has been reached at Muskrat Falls. The first water flowed through the massive spillway yesterday after four of the five gates were opened, redirecting the flow of the Churchill River at Muskrat Falls for the very first time. In the coming weeks, officials say all water will begin flowing through the spillway. The troubled hydro megaproject in Labrador is now projected to cost more than 11 billion dollars, including financing.


MOUNTIES URGE COMMON SENSE FOR POKEMON PLAYERS
Friday 5th August 2016
Mounties in P-E-I are urging people to use common sense when playing Pokemon Go late at night, after a number of officers showed up to deal with a player seen lurking around a home. They say numerous trespassing incidents have been reported in Cornwall and Stratford as players of the popular game move throughout residential neighbourhoods -- often at night and sometimes in complete darkness. A complaint in Stratford of a suspicious person early yesterday resulted in a number of units responding along with an R-C-M-P service dog. A person was detained and police say he admitted he was playing Pokemon, but they are concerned such situations could lead to someone being hurt.


HEALTHY COLONY DISCOVERED AS BAT POPULATION TRIES TO REBOUND FROM DISEASE
Friday 5th August 2016
Natural Resources officials say the discovery of a colony of healthy bats is a hopeful sign for the province's at-risk bat population. Scientists estimate that nearly 300 healthy female little brown bats and their young are thriving at the site, which is the largest known maternity colony in the province. Bats in eastern North America are at risk after years of population decline due to white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that has killed about seven million bats in the region. The location of the healthy colony is not being revealed in order to protect it from harm.


SPORTS AUGUST 5
Friday 5th August 2016
The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association, Home of the Subway Stingers, will be hosting this year's Female U-12 Softball Provincial Championship this weekend at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. The host Stingers begin play on Friday evening against Highland Park at 6:30 pm on Field-1. Action continues on Fields 1 and 2 Saturday, concluding Sunday with playoffs and the Championship game which start at 1:30 pm on Field-1. The full schedule can be found on the Stingers website. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers
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An evening of rugby is taking place in Scotsburn on Monday starting at 6:30pm. All ages and abilities are welcome.
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Want to learn Roller Derby? How it's played, what equipment is needed? The Kickin Vixens invite everyone to come to their open house on Tuesday August 9th. There's no obligation to join, just an information hour to see what this great sport is all about, get your questions answered and meet the team.  Child friendly and everyone is welcome to come to the Trenton Rink this Tuesday at 6pm. Any further questions please email: hddolls@hotmail.com
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is offering a basketball camp August 15th - 19th for grades 4,5,6 and 7. Learn new skills, in game experience and your own basketball to take home. Camp will take place daily 4-5pm in the Pictou Academy gym. Call Pictou Recreation for details and to register at 902-485-4372.
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There will be a "Get Ready for Hockey Season", hockey school for IP and Novice age players at the Wellness Centre starting August 22nd. The school consists of 7 weekly one hour sessions as follows... Monday August 22 & 29 - 6:30pm and Friday September 9 to Friday October 7 – 6:15pm. Players are divided into 3 groups which rotate through different drills in each of the 3 zones. The emphasis is on having fun and keeping players moving as much as possible while developing hockey skills. Cost is $135, which includes player insurance. Please contact Tom Hahn at maripac50@gmail.com or call 902-616-1072.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Russia will have a team of 271 athletes when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics get underway this weekend in Brazil. The I-O-C approved the entry of the Russian athletes after a doping scandal that has dominated the buildup to the games. Overall, more than 100 Russians have been excluded, including 67 in track and field. The opening ceremonies are set for tonight.
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Bo Levi Mitchell continues to sling touchdown passes. He tossed a T-D to Anthony Parker as the Stampeders beat the Roughriders 35-15 in Calgary. Mitchell has tossed at least one touchdown pass in 21 straight games. That ties Doug Flutie and Anthony Calvillo for the fourth-longest streak in C-F-L history. Rene Paredes kicked five field goals for the Stamps.
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A Loucheiz Purifoy touchdown was the difference in Montreal. The B-C defensive back ran a fumble back for a T-D as the Lions downed the Alouettes 38-18 in Montreal. The touchdown gave the Lions a 12-point lead on the  first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter. Jeremiah Johnson and Emmanuel Arceneaux also had touchdowns for B-C.
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Edwin Encarnacion accomplished yet another milestone in Houston. The Blue Jays designated hitter reached 30 home runs for the fifth straight season as Toronto beat the Astros 4-1. Encarnacion connected against James Hoyt in the ninth for his 298th home run. J-A Happ won his ninth consecutive decision on the mound.
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Jonathan Lucroy hit his first homer with Texas as the Rangers beat the Orioles 5-3 to avoid a three-game sweep. The loss drops Baltimore into a tie with the Blue Jays for first place in the American League East division. Ian Desmond drove in two runs for Texas while Shin-Soo Choo came off the disabled list to get two hits and scored a run.


TRURO MOUNTIE ACCUSED OF STEALING SEVERAL KILOS OF COCAINE
Thursday 4th August 2016
The provincial police watchdog laid charges today of theft of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine, breach of trust, and laundering proceeds of crime against Staff Sergeant Craig Robert Burnett, a member of the RCMP working at the RCMP Operational Communications Centre in Truro. Last September the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) was contacted by the RCMP in relation to information they received alleging in 2011 a Mountie had stolen 10 kilograms of cocaine from an exhibit locker and replaced it with another substance. These drugs were scheduled to be destroyed as they were no longer evidence in a court case. The allegations included that the member had provided the cocaine to other persons who sold it, allegedly resulting in the member receiving substantial proceeds from the sale. An investigation was carried out by numerous RCMP members from Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, under the independent oversight of the Director of SiRT. Staff Sergeant Burnett will appear in Provincial Court in Halifax today to set conditions for his release pending trial.


"INTERNET BLACK WIDOW" PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO PEACE BOND VIOLATIONS
Thursday 4th August 2016
An elderly woman who gained notoriety for killing and poisoning her intimate partners has pleaded not guilty to violating the conditions of a peace bond. Melissa Shepard did not appear in Halifax provincial court this morning, but her lawyer Mark Knox entered not guilty pleas on her behalf. Knox says the 82-year-old woman's trial has been set for Feb. 1. Shepard was charged with violating the terms of a peace bond in April after a police officer allegedly spotted her using a computer at Halifax Central Library. She is facing three counts of breaching a recognizance, including a ban on accessing the Internet.


DOUG FREEMAN, OWNER OF HECTOR BROADCASTING, HAS PASSED AWAY
Thursday 4th August 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce that Doug Freeman, owner of Hector Broadcasting, East Coast FM and Classic Rock stations, passed away Tuesday evening while under palliative care at the Aberdeen Hospital. Mr. Freeman purchased Hector Broadcasting, CKEC Radio, in 1964, and recently expanded the company by adding a second FM station, Classic Rock 97.9 , both stations to serve northern Nova Scotia. His top priority for the company was to serve and support the many communities in Pictou County. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.


NEW GLASGOW WOMAN APPLIES FOR SENATE SEAT
Thursday 4th August 2016
A New Glasgow woman has applied to become Nova Scotia's next senator. Tammy MacLaren filled out the rigorous Senate application to meet today's deadline. MacLaren is an entrepreneur who has advocated for government funding of insulin pumps and twinning Highway 104. Although MacLaren is not bilingual, she says she meets all qualifications for the Senate. There are currently 19 Senate vacancies, and the Prime Minister has created a new independent board to screen applications and make recommendations. MacLaren is not the only ordinary maritimer applying – PEI Veteran Owen Parkhouse is also putting his name in for consideration.


STUDY SHOWS FEWER CANADIAN MOMS IN THE WORKFORCE COMPARED TO OTHER RICH COUNTRIES
Thursday 4th August 2016
A newly released analysis from the federal Finance department prepared after the Trudeau Liberals took power in November shows fewer Canadian mothers participate in the labour market compared to moms in other wealthy countries. Data from 2013 showed 75 per cent of women between 25 and 54 with kids younger than 15 were working. That puts Canada ninth among member countries in the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The Liberals have pledged 500-million dollars and to work with provinces and First Nations to create a national framework on early learning and childcare.


NS-PEI FERRY TO HAVE TWO SHIPS IN THE RUN BY OCTOBER
Thursday 4th August 2016
Northumberland Ferries says it expects the M-V Holiday Island to be back in service between Wood Islands and Caribou before October 10th. The ferry is currently in drydock in Quebec for repairs. Operations manager Don Cormier did not have a specific date on when the ferry is expected to return, saying they don't want to commit to a timetable until the repairs are further along. Meanwhile, Northumberland Ferries has released a new schedule that's effective through October 10th, as it works out the best way to cope with just one ferry.


DANGEROUS DRIVING ARREST IN ENFIELD
Thursday 4th August 2016
R-C-M-P say a man arrested for dangerous and impaired driving in Enfield had a woman and child with him inside the vehicle. Mounties say officers were conducting a checkpoint early Sunday when one of them noticed the headlights of an approaching car which accelerated as it came through the checkpoint, nearly hitting the officer. They say the car continued erratically and the driver was arrested after pulling into a driveway, while a visibly upset woman and young girl remained in the vehicle. The man faces charges of dangerous driving and impaired driving and was also handed a ticket for driving while his privileges were revoked.


THREE PEOPLE CHARGED AFTER VALLEY DRUG BUST
Thursday 4th August 2016
Mounties say a large quantity of methamphetamine pills were seized following a traffic stop in the Annapolis Valley. It's alleged that about 750 grams of methamphetamine, or "Ice" pills, were found during the stop last night in Berwick following a month-long investigation. Three people from South Berwick -- 31-year-old Michael Wayne Nicholson, 50-year-old Crystal Ann Nicholson and 25-year-old Jenna Lyn Hobson -- have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance. They are set to appear in Kentville Provincial Court on October 25th.


MEL HURTIG DEAD AT 84
Thursday 4th August 2016
Ardent nationalist Mel Hurtig, the man behind "The Canadian Encyclopedia," has died of pneumonia at age 84. His eldest of four daughters, Barbara Hurtig, says her dad died in a Vancouver hospital while surrounded by family. Hurtig was publisher of the encyclopedia and was also the co-founder of the Council of Canadians, a group dedicated to preserving the country's sovereignty. Hurtig was an Officer of the Order of Canada and had honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from six Canadian universities. Hurtig also dabbled in politics as leader of the National Party of Canada, which was formed in 1992 to battle foreign ownership of Canadian industry, but failed to win a seat in the '93 election and disintegrated the following year.


LIBERAL MP TOOTOO EXPLAINS HIS RESIGNATION FROM CAUCUS
Thursday 4th August 2016
Nunavut M-P Hunter Tootoo has admitted to what led him to also resign from the Liberal caucus and cabinet in May when he abruptly announced he was taking time away to seek treatment for addiction. Prime Minister Trudeau's ex-fisheries minister returned to work last week after a two-month leave, citing an alcohol problem. And in the wake of persistent rumours that he was involved with a staffer, Tootoo on Wednesday admitted a "consensual but inappropriate" workplace relationship with an unidentified woman was the reason he quit the caucus at the same time.


SPORTS AUGUST 4 *UPDATED 9:35 AM*
Thursday 4th August 2016
The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association, Home of the Subway Stingers, will be hosting this year's Female U-12 Softball Provincial Championship this weekend at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. The host Stingers begin play on Friday evening against Highland Park at 6:30 pm on Field-1. Action continues on Fields 1 and 2 Saturday, concluding Sunday with playoffs and the Championship game which start at 1:30 pm on Field-1. The full schedule can be found on the Stingers website. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers
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An evening of rugby is taking place in Scotsburn on Monday starting at 6:30pm. All ages and abilities are welcome.
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Want to learn Roller Derby? How it's played, what equipment is needed? The Kickin Vixens invite everyone to come to their open house on Tuesday August 9th. There's no obligation to join, just an information hour to see what this great sport is all about, get your questions answered and meet the team.  Child friendly and everyone is welcome to come to the Trenton Rink this Tuesday at 6pm. Any further questions please email: hddolls@hotmail.com
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is offering a basketball camp August 15th - 19th for grades 4,5,6 and 7. Learn new skills, in game experience and your own basketball to take home. Camp will take place daily 4-5pm in the Pictou Academy gym. Call Pictou Recreation for details and to register at 902-485-4372.
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There will be a "Get Ready for Hockey Season", hockey school for IP and Novice age players at the Wellness Centre starting August 22nd. The school consists of 7 weekly one hour sessions as follows... Monday August 22 & 29 - 6:30pm and Friday September 9 to Friday October 7 – 6:15pm. Players are divided into 3 groups which rotate through different drills in each of the 3 zones. The emphasis is on having fun and keeping players moving as much as possible while developing hockey skills. Cost is $135, which includes player insurance. Please contact Tom Hahn at maripac50@gmail.com or call 902-616-1072.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Montreal Alouettes play their third game in 11 days tonight when they host the B-C Lions. Montreal is last in the East with a 2-and-3 record while the Lions are second in the West at 3-and-2. The game will feature two of the league's top pass rushers. B-C's Alex Brazzie leads the C-F-L with five sacks, one ahead of the Als' John Bowman.
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders will have their offensive leader back when they play the Stampeders in Calgary. Quarterback Darian Durant will start for Saskatchewan tonight after missing two games with a sprained ankle. He'll face some stiff competition in the Stampeders. They're riding a four-game unbeaten streak.
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The Toronto Blue Jays send left-hander J.A. Happ to the hill as they look for a series victory over the Astros in Houston. Toronto lost the first game of the four-game set but rebounded to win the next two, including last night's 3-1 victory at Minute Maid Park. Josh Donaldson hit two homers to back a solid start from Marco Estrada.
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The A-L East leading Baltimore Orioles will try to keep their distance from second-place Toronto as they aim for a sweep of their home series against Texas. Wade Miley will start for Baltimore while A-J Griffin counters for the Rangers. The Orioles beat Texas 3-2 last night to extend their win streak to three games. Baltimore leads the division by a game over the Blue Jays.


GAS PIPELINE APPROVED FROM GOLDBORO TO CAPE BRETON
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
The Bear Paw Pipeline Corporation says it has received an official go ahead from the Utility and Review Board to build a 62-kilometre natural gas pipeline in this part of the province.
The corporation, owned by Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, says the pipeline will run from Goldboro to the proposed Bear Head L-N-G facility in Point Tupper, Cape Breton.
The company says the pipeline would connect the facility to the ENTIRE North American natural gas pipeline network.


FATAL BOAT ACCIDENT RESULTED FROM USING AN UNSUITABLE VESSEL: TSB
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
A Transportation Safety Board investigation into a fatal fishing accident that left three people dead off Newfoundland says the crew was using a boat that was not intended for crab fishing. The vessel was reported overdue from a fishing trip in Placentia Bay around 7:30 p.m. on June 16, 2015, and the bodies of the three crew members were found the next day. The report says the small, seven-metre open boat was lost at sea and there were no witnesses or survivors, so the investigation could not determine with certainty the primary cause of the accident. But it says the master of the boat was under increased pressure because he had not fished any of his crab quota for the year, and there were only weeks remaining in the fishing season. The board says he modified a smaller secondary vessel to use for crab fishing while his primary vessel was under repair, but the modifications were not tested for stability. It says the added weight from the modifications, combined with the weight of the crew members, bait, ice, and the catch onboard would have significantly reduced the distance between the water and the deck, making it more susceptible to taking on water. The board says deteriorating weather and sea conditions put the heavily-loaded vessel at further risk of taking on water.


CLEANUP WON'T GET ALL THE OIL SPILLED IN THE NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Saskatchewan's environment ministry says it's unlikely that all of the oil will be cleaned up from the Husky Energy pipeline spill into the North Saskatchewan River. Up to 250-thousand litres of oil mixed with a lighter hydrocarbon spilled into the river near Maidstone nearly two weeks ago and has made its way downstream, prompting North Battleford and Prince Albert to shut down their drinking water intakes from the river. The ministry says about 133-thousand litres of oil have been recovered, but some of the material will sink to the bottom of the river, making it extremely difficult to retrieve.


NEW PROCESS COULD MEAN LOSS OF ATLANTIC CANADA JUDGE ON SUPREME COURT
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Former prime minister Kim Campbell will chair a non-partisan advisory board that will recommend potential new Supreme Court of Canada judges to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Liberals say the new appointment process will add transparency to the process of selecting new justices from among interested and qualified lawyers or judges. But there is concern the changes will mean that Atlantic Canada could no longer have a justice on the court. The government has indicated that applications to replace Justice Thomas Cromwell once he retires September 1st will be accepted from across the country, despite the custom that the spot be occupied by an Atlantic Canadian.


NANCY DICKS BECOMES LATEST NEW GLASGOW MAYORAL CANDIDATE
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Another New Glasgow town councillor is going for the top job. Nancy Dicks announced in a press release this morning that she is running for Mayor. Dicks has been a councillor for four years, and has served in a number of positions, including chair of the Regional Police Commission, Deputy Mayor, and a member of the Heritage, Recreation, and Planning Advisory Committees. Dicks will be running against her council colleague Henderson Paris, as well as local entrepreneur Mark Firth in this October's municipal elections. Dicks says she's looking forward to a positive and enthusiastic campaign about ideas and the future of New Glasgow.


LEGAL AID HEAD MOVING TO DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
The woman who has been leading Nova Scotia's Legal Aid service has been appointed deputy minister of justice for the province. Karen Hudson is credited for expanding the province's legal aid service to make it more inclusive and to improve its diversity and community outreach work. She has organized and presented at national legal conferences for lawyers, judges and police with a focus on making justice more accessible, and has also chaired the National Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada.  Her appointment is effective August 8th.


INDIGENOUS WOMEN INQUIRY TO BEGIN TODAY
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Work will begin today on the long-awaited commission on missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. After working out the design and scope of the inquiry, the Trudeau government is set to fulfil a key promise to hand over the reins to five commissioners in a special ceremony at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. On hand for the morning event will be Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu.


AMERICANS SAY F-35 IS READY FOR COMBAT
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
The U-S air force says the version of the F-35 fighter plane that Canada was planning to buy is ready for combat. The surprise announcement yesterday represents a big step forward for the stealth fighter, which has been plagued by years of cost overruns, delays, and political headaches. And the announcement comes less than two months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the plane was "far from working." But U-S General Herbert Carlisle admits there are things the F-35A still can't do, such as sharing some information between planes. He says those issues and some technical fixes will be addressed in the coming months and years. The Liberals promised during last year's election campaign to hold an open competition to replace Canada's aging C-F-18 fighter jets, saying they would not buy the F-35. Conservative defence critic James Bezan says the F-35 becoming combat ready should force the Liberals to abandon their promise not to buy the plane.


SPORTS AUGUST 3
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
YMCA is holding a Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross Course: Friday, Aug 5th 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th 12 - 4 p.m., Monday, Aug 8th 12 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 9th 12 - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 10th 12 - 4 p.m., Extra day if needed Thursday Aug 11th, 12 - 4 p.m., Exam Friday, Aug 12th 12 - 4 p.m. Cost: Members $140.00, Non-Members $160.00 Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
National Lifeguard Course: Thursday, Aug 4th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 5th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th  10 - 4 p.m., Monday Aug 8th 1 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug 11th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 12th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 13th 10 - 5 p.m. Standard First Aid and Bronze Cross are a pre-requisite for the National Lifeguard Course. Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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There will be a "Get Ready for Hockey Season", hockey school for IP and Novice age players at the Wellness Centre starting August 22nd. The school consists of 7 weekly one hour sessions as follows... Monday August 22 & 29 - 6:30pm and Friday September 9 to Friday October 7 – 6:15pm. Players are divided into 3 groups which rotate through different drills in each of the 3 zones. The emphasis is on having fun and keeping players moving as much as possible while developing hockey skills. Cost is $135, which includes player insurance. Please contact Tom Hahn at maripac50@gmail.com or call 902-616-1072.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A milestone night for Jose Bautista. The Blue Jays slugger launched his 300th career homer into the stands at Minute Maid Park to help lead Toronto to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros. Edwin Encarnacion also hit a solo shot and R-A Dickey pitched seven strong innings to snap his own three-game losing skid.
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A comeback victory for the Seattle Mariners gave the Blue Jays some breathing room in the A-L East standings. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run eighth inning, as Seattle overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4. That keeps Boston in third place in their division, a game back of second-place Toronto and two games back of first-place Baltimore.
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Matt Shoemaker pitched seven solid innings, Jett Bandy and Jefry Marte hit home runs and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4. Khris Davis and Coco Crisp hit solo homers to give Oakland a 2-0 lead before the Angels scored five straight.
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Yasiel Puig's up-and-down career took another turn when the Los Angeles Dodgers sent the outfielder to the minors a day after they couldn't move him before the non-waiver trade deadline.  The Dodgers also optioned pitcher Ross Stripling to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for their new additions, outfielder Josh Reddick and reliever Jesse Chavez.
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Cristian Techera made sure the Vancouver Whitecaps opened their CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a win. Techera scored the only goal of the game in the first half and Vancouver held on for a 1-nil victory over Central F-C in Trinidad and Tobago. 
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American President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have no plans to attend the Olympics. The White House says U-S Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the American delegation to the games. He'll be the highest-level U-S official attending. The U-S contingent will also include nine-time gold medal-winning swimmer Mark Spitz.


PROUDFOOT ANNOUNCES MUNICIPAL RUN
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Another person has announced his intention to be on the ballot this October. Frank Proudfoot announced today that he is running in Ward 3 for New Glasgow town council. Proudfoot says he will begin a door-to-door campaign to talk to residents about their concerns, and to share some of his ideas should he be elected, including term limits for elected municipal officials.


TRUDEAU UNVEILS NEW PANEL TO PICK A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced changes to the way the next Supreme Court justice will be selected -- in a letter to the Globe and Mail newspaper. Trudeau says former prime minister Kim Campbell will chair a new seven-member advisory board to recommend candidates in a process that he says will set a higher standard for accountability. He's promising that M-P's will be about to directly engage the successful candidate before she or he is appointed to the Supreme Court.


POSSIBLE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND NEAR A CAPE BRETON CEMETERY
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Police say they are investigating the discovery of suspected human bones near a Cape Breton cemetery. Investigators say they were called to an area near the gravesites at Stella Maris Parish in Louisbourg on Sunday. They say the bones were seized on Monday and taken to the medical examiner's office to be analyzed by an anthropologist. A news release from police says other "material" suggestive of being from an old gravesite was also seized.


PICTOU FINISHES 2015-16 WITH SMALL SURPLUS
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
The Town of Pictou finished the fiscal year in the black. At a special meeting on Friday, the town’s financial statements for 2015-2016 were presented showing a surplus of more than $49,000. Town council also approved an operating budget of $5.8 million for this fiscal year. The tax rate is set at $1.64 residential and $4.34 commercial but user fees such as curbside collection, hydrants and sewer will be added.


VANDALS DEFACE RED CROSS PROPERTY OVER BLOOD POLICY - WHICH RED CROSS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Red Cross signs, trailers, two trucks, a van and a sedan were all defaced with permanent markers over the weekend by someone who didn't realize the agency no longer is in charge of blood collection. The all-caps graffiti said the society "discriminates against trans women" and stated "all trans women are women. No surgery needed." But the Red Cross said it hasn't collected blood since the 1990s, when Canadian Blood Services took over the job. Canadian Blood Services is changing its donor policies as of this month, saying on its website that it will accept donations from trans men one year after they have had genital surgery.


HYDRO QUEBEC WINS AGAIN IN LEGAL FIGHT AGAINST NL
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Hydro-Quebec has won another legal round against Newfoundland and Labrador over that province's efforts to modify a 1969 agreement with the utility over Churchill Falls power. The Quebec Court of Appeal upheld a 2014 lower court ruling yesterday. It agreed that the provincially owned power utility is under no obligation to revisit the deal as Newfoundland and Labrador has wanted. The Newfoundland government as well as Nalcor Energy have maintained the agreement that allows Hydro-Quebec to purchase the majority of electricity from the central Labrador facility, isn't fair.


AROUND THE WORLD SOLO SAILOR DEREK HATFIELD HAS DIED
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
A Canadian sailor who made two solo voyages around the world and performed years of charitable work has died. His wife says Derek Hatfield had died at age 63. The Newcastle, New Brunswick native set off from Newport, Rhode Island on the "Around Alone" race in September 2002 piloting the 12-metre sailboat "Spirit of Canada" for the nine-month trip around the globe. Hatfield completed the around-the-world solo race a second time in 2011.


SPORTS AUGUST 2
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
YMCA is holding a Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross Course: Friday, Aug 5th 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th 12 - 4 p.m., Monday, Aug 8th 12 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 9th 12 - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 10th 12 - 4 p.m., Extra day if needed Thursday Aug 11th, 12 - 4 p.m., Exam Friday, Aug 12th 12 - 4 p.m. Cost: Members $140.00, Non-Members $160.00 Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
National Lifeguard Course: Thursday, Aug 4th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 5th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th  10 - 4 p.m., Monday Aug 8th 1 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug 11th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 12th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 13th 10 - 5 p.m. Standard First Aid and Bronze Cross are a pre-requisite for the National Lifeguard Course. Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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There will be a "Get Ready for Hockey Season", hockey school for IP and Novice age players at the Wellness Centre starting August 22nd. The school consists of 7 weekly one hour sessions as follows... Monday August 22 & 29 - 6:30pm and Friday September 9 to Friday October 7 – 6:15pm. Players are divided into 3 groups which rotate through different drills in each of the 3 zones. The emphasis is on having fun and keeping players moving as much as possible while developing hockey skills. Cost is $135, which includes player insurance. Please contact Tom Hahn at maripac50@gmail.com or call 902-616-1072.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It was all about pitching in Houston. Toronto struck out a team-record 22 times en route to a 2-1 loss in 14 innings to the Astros. Carlos Correa's R-B-I double won it for Houston. Scott Feldman took the loss for the Jays -- just hours after Toronto acquired him from the Astros. Jays' starter Marcus Stroman struck out a career high 13 and walked one.
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The addition of veteran pitcher Francisco Liriano assures all-star Aaron Sanchez is headed to the Blue Jays bullpen. The 32-year-old Liriano was acquired by Toronto in a trade with Pittsburgh for pitcher Drew Hutchison. The Jays were already discussing moving Sanchez out of his starting role. General manager Ross Atkins says that acquiring Liriano makes the move a guarantee.
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Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig expects to be sent to the minors after the club was unable to trade him at the deadline. Puig followed the Los Angeles Dodgers' wishes when he didn't show up to the stadium on Monday before the team departed on its road trip to Colorado, according to manager Dave Roberts.
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Anthony Rendon drove in three runs and Stephen Strasburg got his major league-leading 15th win as the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 14-1 last night. Strasburg, now 15-and-1, also had three hits and an R-B-I. Daniel Murphy went 3-for-3 for the Nats to boost his National League-leading batting average to .355.
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Rookie Max Kepler had three two-run homers and six R-B-Is as Minnesota beat Cleveland 12-5. Kepler became the first Twin to homer three times in a game since Canadian Justin Morneau in 2007. Joe Mauer was 4-for-4 and homered in the eighth off Andrew Miller, who was making his first appearance with the Indians after being acquired Sunday from the Yankees.
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If P-K Subban felt any awkwardness in returning to Montreal for a comedy show after being traded away in June, there was no trace of it. The Toronto native agreed to host the closing gala at Just For Laughs before he was traded and wasn't going to miss the chance to yuk it up on stage with several leading comedians. The three-thousand-seat theatre sold out, with proceeds going to the children's hospital.
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Chris Buescher waited out a foul-weathered end on pit road to become a stunning winner in NASCAR's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Buescher, who hadn't finished better than 14th all season, was the beneficiary of bad weather on a rare Monday race that had been postponed a day by rain. Bad Keselowski was second, followed by Regan Smith.


***UPDATE***MISSING NEW GLASGOW TEEN FOUND SAFE
Monday 1st August 2016
New Glasgow Regional Police report that 14 year old Katelyn Nicolle Caulder has been located in New Glasgow safe and sound early this afternoon August 01, 2016.


NB GOV'T REPORT SAYS HERBICIDE IS NOT A BIG RISK
Monday 1st August 2016
The New Brunswick government has released a report about the controversial herbicide glyphosate. The province's acting chief medical officer found no increased risk for residents exposed to glyphosate. Doctor Jennifer Russell says New Brunswick's forestry sector used glyphosate more often than the Canadian average, but there's no evidence to suggest a risk to workers' safety. The World Health Organization's cancer research agency has classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic."


AFTER FIRES, FORT MAC DEALS WITH FLOODS
Monday 1st August 2016
Less than two months after residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta were allowed to return to the city after a devastating fire, the municipality has activated its emergency operations centre to deal with flooding. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo tweeted Sunday that people should restrict travel around Fort McMurray, and that anyone whose basements are susceptible to flooding should move their valuables to higher ground. Officials say the region received around 85 millimetres in just two hours yesterday, with more to come.


SPORTS AUGUST 1
Monday 1st August 2016
Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Softball League during the past week. In the first game, the yankees edged the Orioles 6-5 while the Cardinals defeated the Blue Jays 9-5 in the second contest. Top batters for the two games were Jennifer MacDonald, Claudette Wolfe and Tracey Brine with a double and two singles apiece followed by Laura Turner’s two doubles and four singles each by Judith Rogers and Jill Davidson. Tonight at the Albion field, the Blue Jays host the Orioles at 6:30 in the first game. Game 2 goes at 7:30 with the Yankees hosting the Cardinals.
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Play with the Pros will return to the Wellness Centre later this month with a number of current and former NHL, CIS, and Canadian National Team players expected to participate. Highlighting the list are Pictou County's former NHLers Colin White and Jon Sim, as well as current NHL players Brad Marchand, Andrew MacDonald, and Andrew Bodnarchuck. As well, locals Dave MacIntyre, who played in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons, Brent Turnbull, currently with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, Lane Cormier of the QMJHL Moncton Wildcats, and Women's National Team member Blayre Turnbull will all be in attendance. Registration for children between 6 and 13 years old costs 100 dollars, and is on a first-come first-served basis. You can register by telephone or in person at the Pictou County YCMA inside the Wellness Centre.
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Coed Volleyball is being played at Outdoor Grass Court Monday Evenings from 6pm to 8pm at Albion Ball Field Grass Parking Lot, Stellarton. It's free, but some team experience required. Drop-ins welcomed. Teams made from those who show up.
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Baseball Nova Scotia will be offering the following coaching courses at the West Side Community Centre: Strategies Aug 2, Pitching and Catching Aug 3, Initiation Aug 4, Teaching and Learning Aug 5. All courses are from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Cost of each course is $50.00. Registration and information can be found on the Baseball Nova Scotia and NCCP websites. Coaches can also register the evening of each course.
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YMCA is holding a Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross Course: Friday, Aug 5th 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th 12 - 4 p.m., Monday, Aug 8th 12 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 9th 12 - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 10th 12 - 4 p.m., Extra day if needed Thursday Aug 11th, 12 - 4 p.m., Exam Friday, Aug 12th 12 - 4 p.m. Cost: Members $140.00, Non-Members $160.00 Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
National Lifeguard Course: Thursday, Aug 4th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 5th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th  10 - 4 p.m., Monday Aug 8th 1 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug 11th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 12th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 13th 10 - 5 p.m. Standard First Aid and Bronze Cross are a pre-requisite for the National Lifeguard Course. Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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There will be a "Get Ready for Hockey Season", hockey school for IP and Novice age players at the Wellness Centre starting August 22nd. The school consists of 7 weekly one hour sessions as follows... Monday August 22 & 29 - 6:30pm and Friday September 9 to Friday October 7 – 6:15pm. Players are divided into 3 groups which rotate through different drills in each of the 3 zones. The emphasis is on having fun and keeping players moving as much as possible while developing hockey skills. Cost is $135, which includes player insurance. Please contact Tom Hahn at maripac50@gmail.com or call 902-616-1072.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Novak Djokovic is once again a winner in Toronto. He beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the men's Rogers Cup for his fourth tournament title. In Montreal, Simona Halep cruised to a win over American Madison Keys. It's Halep's third tournament win this year.
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The Blue Jays' grasp on first place in the American League East didn't last long. Jonathan Schoop hit a go-ahead single while Adam Jones launched a three-run home run in the 12th inning as the Orioles beat Toronto 6-2. Baltimore re-took the division lead with the win. They now lead the Jays by a half game. Toronto begins a four-game set in Houston tonight.
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Quite a comeback at Wrigley Field. Pitcher Jon Lester drove in Jason Heyward with a two-strike squeeze bunt in the 12th inning, and the Cubs overcame a six-run deficit to beat the Mariners 7-6. The Cubs trailed 6-3 before scoring three times in the bottom of the ninth to force extras.
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It was a kickers duel in Ottawa. Lirim Hajrullahu hit a 53 yard field goal with 1:15 to play as the Argonauts beat the Redblacks 23-20. It was his fifth field goal of the game. With two minutes left, Redblacks kicker Chris Milo made a 55-yard field goal to tie the game 20-20. Ottawa's Henry Burris returned from injury and completed 20-of-34 passes for 218 yards.
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Kellyn Acosta and Maximiliano Urruti scored to help F-C Dallas beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-nil. Vancouver is winless in its last three matches. In Toronto, Tsubasa Endoh and Sebastian Giovinco scored as Toronto F-C beat the Columbus Crew 3-nil. And, the Montreal Impact drew 1-1 with D-C United.
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Jason Day came close, but the weekend belonged to Jimmy Walker. Walker shot a bogey-free, 3 under to win the P-G-A Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. Day won the tournament last year and finished one shot behind Walker. He was trying to join Tiger Woods as the only golfers to successfully defend the PGA title since it went to stroke play in 1958.