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Showing news for the month of February , 2017

DOCTOR ACCUSED OF VOYEURISM CONDITIONALLY ALLOWED TO PRACTICE MEDICINE
Friday 24th February 2017
CBC News is reporting that the New Glasgow doctor who's license was suspended after he was arrested for secretly recording a woman in the staff washroom at the medical clinic where he worked is once again allowed to practice medicine. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has lifted the suspension on Dr. Rafid Al-Nassar, although there are strict conditions under which he must practice. Al-Nassar is also under strict conditions from the police after his release from custody. It is not known whether Al-Nassar intends to return to practice in New Glasgow, or elsewhere in the province.


HECTOR ARENA GETS MORE THAN $30K IN FEDERAL FUNDS
Friday 24th February 2017
Ottawa has contributed nearly $31,000 for upgrades to the Hector Arena in Pictou. MP Sean Fraser made the announcement this morning. The funding, which comes from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, went towards a new scoreboard, plumbing upgrades, and paint for the roof supports to prevent corrosion.


PROVINCE TO UPDATE CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES ACT
Friday 24th February 2017
Changes to Children and Family Services Act go into effect next week. The changes, to help protect Nova Scotians from 16-18 years of age, improve child safety, streamline court processes and ensure children have a safe and lifelong family relationship take effect March 1st. Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard says the province heard legislation needed to change to better reflect the realities facing many of the children and families that need support. For more information about the changes to the act go to the department website.


INFLATION MORE THAN 2% IN JANUARY
Friday 24th February 2017
The cost of living in Canada rose by 2.1 per cent in the year up to January, a sharp increase from December. Statistics Canada reported today that the annual inflation rate rose to 2.1 per cent last month, from 1.5 per cent. The data agency cited two major added expenses for the increase: the cost of shelter and transportation. The transportation index increased by 6.3 per cent, led by gas prices, which increased by more than 20 per cent in the previous year — the biggest jump since September 2011. Shelter costs rose by 2.4 per cent. Of the eight parts of the consumer economy that Statistics Canada tracks, only one got cheaper: consumers paid 2.1 per cent less for food in January than they did a year earlier, the fourth consecutive monthly decline.


RECORD NUMBERS FOR THE TOURISM INDUSTRY
Friday 24th February 2017
Numbers from the province's tourism sector are record-setting. Two-point-two million visitors came in 2016, an eight per cent jump from the year before. Tourism Nova Scotia says the main drivers for the increase were more travellers from the United States and Canada. Tourism revenue hit $2.6 billion, a five per cent increase from the previous year. Cape Breton saw the largest increase in room nights sold, up sixteen per cent.


BATHURST POLICE OFFICERS LEARN TODAY IF THEY FACE TRIAL IN SHOOTING DEATH
Friday 24th February 2017
A New Brunswick judge is expected to decide today if two Bathurst police officers will stand trial in the shooting death of a Tracadie businessman two years ago. Const. Patrick Bulger and Const. Mathieu Boudreau are each charged with manslaughter with a weapon, two counts of assault with a weapon, and two counts of unlawfully pointing a firearm in the death of Michel Vienneau. The 51-year-old was shot outside the Bathurst train station on Jan. 12, 2015 during what police said was a drug probe. An RCMP investigation later revealed that Vienneau, who owned an electronics store, was not involved in criminal activity. Vienneau's common-law partner was with him in a vehicle at the time of the shooting, and alleges in a statement of claim that his death was caused by police negligence. In a statement of defence, the City of Bathurst said the officers clearly identified themselves to Vienneau and had tried to stop his vehicle before it accelerated. None of the allegations and statements have been proven in court. Judge Anne Dugas-Horsman, of Moncton, conducted preliminary hearings for both officers and will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. If so, both have already elected to be tried by judge and jury in the Court of Queen's Bench.


SUSPENDED ADMIRAL HIRES GHOMESHI DEFENCE LAWYER
Friday 24th February 2017
A Canadian admiral mysteriously suspended last month responded Thursday by denying any wrongdoing, with his newly hired lawyer suggesting he's the victim of a "bureaucratic crossfire." The Canadian military announced last month that Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was suspended from his job as vice-chief of defence staff, but has not said why. Norman's lawyer Marie Henein issued a statement on Thursday that he "looks forward to being cleared." Henein's statement also stressed Norman's public service record that spans more than three decades and said he has always served Canada "honourably." The job of vice-chief of defence staff is the second-highest ranking job in the military and the opposition Conservatives said at the time that Canadians have the right to know the whole story behind Norman's suspension. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the suspension was not over national security concerns, but it was a decision that had to be made. Henein has been counsel on numerous high profile and controversial cases, most recently representing former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi.


GAS DOWN, DIESEL SAME
Friday 24th February 2017
The price of gas has taken a tumble. A litre of regular self-serve fell by a penny to $1.05. Diesel remains at $1.087 per litre.


WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT ON GRAVEL ROADS
Friday 24th February 2017
The warm weather has the province placing weight restrictions on all provincial gravel roads. As of Noon today, gravel roads will be posted to a maximum of 15,000 kilograms until further notice. The mild temperatures are softening gravel roads to the point where weight restrictions are necessary to avoid unsafe road conditions and expensive repairs. The department will continue to monitor road and weather conditions to determine when it is safe to remove the restrictions.


SEVEN MEASLES CASES IN HALIFAX AREA
Friday 24th February 2017
Four more cases of measles have been confirmed by health officials in the Halifax area, bringing the total number of known cases in the province to seven. Last week, the Nova Scotia Health Authority notified the public about three people who had become infected, saying it was the first time in nine years that the highly contagious infection had been reported. In an update Thursday, the medical officer of health, Dr. Trevor Arnason, said all of the current cases involve young adults. Arnason said it's not surprising that more cases have been found given how contagious the virus is. He said the risk to the general public remained low and that most people are protected by being vaccinated. The authority said of those people identified, "some were immunized fully or partially and some were not," although no numbers were provided.


MOUNTIES WARN OF TAX REFUND SCAM
Friday 24th February 2017
There's a new scam out there just in time for tax season, and Nova Scotia RCMP wants to remind everyone to be careful when sending information online. The victim in this case received an e-mail promising them a tax refund from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The e-mail, which was from info@unhpyf.apple.com then opened to an authentic-looking page which provided a link to an area to provide personal information in order to get a tax refund. When the victim clicked the "submit form" button, it led directly to the real CRA website. For more information, check out Get Cybersafe.ca. Anyone who feels they have been a victim of online fraud is asked to contact their local RCMP Detachment at 800-803-RCMP (7267). Should you wish to remain anonymous, tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477),  submitting a secure web tip or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.


OTTAWA STILL DITHERING OVER HOW TO SPEND MONEY ON FIRST NATIONS PROGRAMS: BLACKSTOCK
Friday 24th February 2017
Top First Nations activists said Thursday the government is still shortchanging Indigenous children through discriminatory spending practices on child welfare and health services, despite a year-old Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling that demanded the government immediately close gaps in care. Cindy Blackstock, a child advocate who filed a complaint with the tribunal more than 10 years ago, told reporters the government is failing — even after two orders from the quasi-judicial body calling on Ottawa to provide services to First Nations children comparable to those offered by provincial systems. The government voted in favour of an NDP motion last fall to inject $155 million into child and family services — but Blackstock says the money hasn't been spent. She said the government is hung up on further "engagement" on how best to reform the system, while more and more children are taken from their communities. Nearly half of the more than 14,000 children in foster care in Canada are Indigenous, and most of those kids are under the care of a provincially-run child welfare system. Blackstock says Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett's appointment of a ministerial special representative to study problems with child welfare system is simply an attempt at political damage control.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 24
Friday 24th February 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers continue to win at home, doubling the South Shore Lumberjacks 8-4 last night. Scoring for the Crushers were Alex Bonaparte (2), Bradley Kennedy (2), Michael Dill (2), Dylan Riley, and Drew Packman. Tonight the team hosts the Woodstock Slammers at 7:30.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers continue their playoff push Sunday afternoon in Truro as they face the Bearcats.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final with the Antigonish Bulldogs is even at one game each. Game three goes Friday in Antigonish, with game 4 Sunday night at 7 at the Trenton Arena.
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The Weeks Major Midgets wrapped up the regular season in 5th place and will play the 4th place Wolfpack in the opening round beginning Saturday night in Cole Harbour.
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The Mini Girls Basketball Team won 1st place in the Wilson's Security BringUsToAUS contest. The girls are slotted to play next Saturday March 4th at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax during the men's game at 6:30.
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Pictou County Athletics are starting the Spring Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program next month for children 5 to 9 years of age. The program is eight weeks long and will be offered in two locations: Pictou Academy Gym beginning March 21 and North Nova Gym beginning March 20. Cost is $60 per child, with a family rate for additional children. For registration information contact Stacey McLean slmclean22@gmail.com. PCA is also offering a Trail Blazer program twice a week for those 10 to 12 years old. Contact Trevor Boudreau for more information: boudreauT@ccrsb.ca.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Rookie Anthony Beauvillier scored in the first period and Thomas Greiss made 24 saves as the New York Islanders spoiled Montreal coach Claude Julien's 1,000th NHL game with a 3-0 victory over the Canadiens.
Sean Monahan scored his 100th NHL goal, Brian Elliott made 23 saves, and the Calgary Flames beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.
Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner as the New York Rangers continued a scorching February with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Nashville 4 Colorado 2
Chicago 6 Arizona 3
Boston 4 Los Angeles 1
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NBA
Portland 112 Orlando 103
Detroit 114 Charlotte 108 (OT)
Cleveland 119 New York 104
Houston 129 New Orleans 99
Golden State 123 L.A. Clippers 113
Sacramento 116 Denver 100


ONE OF TWO CHARGES AGAINST YMCA CEO WITHDRAWN
Thursday 23rd February 2017
A man accused of aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm has seen one of those charges withdrawn. Dave MacIntyre, CEO of the Pictou County YMCA, was not in court earlier this week, but was represented by his attorney Craig Clarke as one of the two charges was removed from the information. MacIntyre allegedly injured a woman during an incident in Broadway late last month. He is currently on voluntary leave of absence from his position at the YMCA. The aggravated assault charge is no longer included in the information. The case will return to court in early March.


WELLNESS GRANTS AWARDED IN PICTOU COUNTY
Thursday 23rd February 2017
The provincial Health Authority’s community health boards in Pictou County were on hand to present $51,000 in wellness grants and the 7th Annual Ed Bowden Community Wellness Award on Wednesday in New Glasgow. Wellness funds are provided by the Department of Health and Wellness to support community initiatives that encourage healthy living. Among the 29 groups whose projects were funded this year: Piktuk Elders' Circle, District One Meals on Wheels, Pictou Antigonish Regional Library, Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Association, John Howard Society of Nova Scotia, New Glasgow Farmers Market and Pictou County Active Transportation Committee. The Ed Bowden Community Wellness Award went to Highland Community Residential Services in New Glasgow for their program, Weekend Respite Program for Children and Youth with Varying Abilities.


STELLARTON MAN CHARGED AFTER COCAINE BUST
Thursday 23rd February 2017
A 28-year old Stellarton man has been arrested following a seizure of cocaine. Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:30 PM, the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the Stellarton Police Service, and the New Glasgow Regional Police Canine Unit, executed a search warrant on South Foord Street, and seized a quantity of cocaine from the residence. The man faces one count of possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking. He has been released from police custody and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.


TEACHERS WILL DECIDE HOW MUCH ACTIVITY THEY TAKE ON: CASEY
Thursday 23rd February 2017
Education Minister Karen Casey says the province's 9,300 public school teachers are in a transition period now that their work-to-rule job action was halted by a contract imposed Tuesday by the Liberal government. Casey says she thinks many teachers want to get back to helping with extracurricular activities, but it will be up to them to decide whether to volunteer their time for activities that are not part of the contract. The province also announced details Wednesday on its council to improve classroom conditions. The Education Department says the council, which will be co-chaired by government and union representatives and include nine teachers, a parent and a student, will be formed by March 7. Teachers can apply for one of the nine committee positions on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website. The deadline is February 28th. The department says a facilitator will also work with the committee and an arbitrator will be appointed in the event the co-chairs cannot agree on a recommendation.


NEW CULTURE PLAN EMPHASIZES MORE THAN JUST OUR CELTIC ROOTS
Thursday 23rd February 2017
Nova Scotia is making a shift away from the traditional, tartan-centric notions about its culture. There were no bagpipes, Highland flings or fiddles yesterday when the government unveiled its first comprehensive plan to promote the province's culture and creative economy. Instead, the event at the Canadian Immigration Museum on the Halifax waterfront featured traditional drumming from a group of Mi'kmaq youths, bhangra dancing performed by three Sikh men and videos featuring interviews with Syrian refugees and other immigrants. As for the 29-page document, it places a heavy emphasis on promoting aboriginal culture and bolstering the province's "diverse communities," including its African Nova Scotian minority. Despite Nova Scotia's strong historic links to Scotland, based on waves of immigration in the late 1700s, the word Celtic doesn't appear in the report -- though there is a nod to strengthening the province's office of Gaelic affairs. The NDP is skeptical of the plan, with critic Lenore Zann noting that it doesn't include budgets and due dates.


FEDS TO REVIEW LAWS AND POLICIES THAT AFFECT FIRST NATIONS
Thursday 23rd February 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday his government has assembled a working group of ministers to review all federal laws and policies as they relate to Indigenous peoples. The group comprises six federal ministers, including Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Health Minister Jane Philpott, Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement the group will "help ensure the Crown is meeting its constitutional obligations with respect to Aboriginal and treaty rights." The PMO said it will also help Canada comply with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and to fulfil Trudeau's ambitious promise to implement all of the Truth and Reconciliation's calls to action that relate to the federal government. The committee will be chaired by Wilson-Raybould. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomed the review, which he said was something he urged all federal party leaders to commit to doing during the last federal election.


TRUMP GOV'T DROPS PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS
Thursday 23rd February 2017
The Trump administration has ended federal protections for transgender students that instructed U.S. schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. Stepping into an emotional national debate, the administration came down on the side of states' rights, lifting federal guidelines that had been issued by the Obama administration and characterized by Republicans as a legal overreach. Without the Obama directive, it will be up to states and school districts to interpret federal anti-discrimination law and determine whether students should have access to restrooms in accordance with their expressed gender identity and not just their biological sex. It was not clear what immediate impact the change would have on schools, as a federal judge in Texas put a temporary hold on the Obama guidance soon after it was issued — after 13 states sued. Even without that hold, the guidance carried no force of law. But transgender rights advocates say it was useful and necessary to protect students from discrimination.


STUDY PROJECTS FOUR TO FIVE YEARS LONGER LIFE FOR NEXT GENERATION
Thursday 23rd February 2017
Canadians born in 2030 will live longer by a few years than the preceding generation, according to a U.K. study that projects life expectancies in 35 industrialized countries will continue to climb. The study was led by Prof. Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London. Unlike previous studies that relied on one model, Ezzati and his team used 21 models to predict life expectancy — the same statistical technique weather forecasters use to assemble their projections in a systematic way. In Canada, the life expectancy at birth for females in 2010 has been pegged at 83.94, compared with an expected 87.09 for those born in 2030. The corresponding figures for males are 79.41 and 83.89. The projections are in line with those from Statistics Canada. Among the 35 countries, Canada stands at about the middle of the pack.  In the latest study, women in South Korea are projected to top life expectancy of people in the countries studied, with women born in 2030 forecast to live to nearly 91, Ezzati and his colleagues report in this week's issue of the medical journal The Lancet. Men in South Korea also lead in projected life expectancy, at about 84.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 23 *UPDATED 7:55 AM*
Thursday 23rd February 2017
Six school sports have had their championships cancelled. The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation says its Board of Governors met to determine next steps following the interruption in school sport, which ended on Tuesday with passing of Bill 75. The federation said the limited time left in the school year forced the cancellation of regional and provincial championships in basketball, wrestling, snowboarding, skiing, curling, and hockey. Board Chair Robert Carreau says the remaining NSSAF sports will resume regular programming effective immediately.
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club U18 girls team travelled to Antigonish this weekend for the Soirm Volleyball club tournament, and came away with the gold medal. This is the first medal in the club's 4 year history. They defeated Halifax, Cheticamp, Cape Breton County and Fall River in the championship game in two sets. Team members are : Lydia Tobin, Janelle Young, Mckayla Symons, Roshan Ghafari, Victoria Robertson, Danielle Farrell, Lauren Kellock, Abygail Morrissey, Abby MacLean, Olivia Murray and are coached by Tracy Kellock and Crystal Young.
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The Canadians and Leafs played  to a 5-5 tie in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sportsplex on Monday evening. Scoring for the Canadians were: Debbie MacLean, Judith Rogers, Amy Cameron, Julie Anderson and Christa Webber. The Leafs goals were tallied by: Jana Shaw, Bethany Martin, Samantha Williams, Dawn MacKay and Carla Dumaresq.
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Last night in Atom B action Trenton defeated Pictou 5-3. Scoring for Trenton was Ethan Mackay (3), Derrick Mackay and Jake Maloney. Assists came from Landon Martin (2) and Tomas Hillier. Pictou's goals came from Leland Tobin, Shawn Rushton and Nathaniel Horne. Winning goalies were Austin Earle and Caden Macdonald. With the season completed, the playoff picture is: 1st place Trenton Steelers will take on the 4th place Antigonish Bulldogs. 2nd place Pictou Maripacks will play 3rd place Thorburn Golden Hawks. Teams will play best 2 out of 3 and two winners will face off in their own 2 out of 3 battle. Winner of that will play winner of Cape Breton to see who gets to go to "Day of Champions".
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The Atom AA Red Crushers continue their playoff push Sunday afternoon in Truro as they face the Bearcats.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final with the Antigonish Bulldogs is even at one game each. Game three goes Friday in Antigonish, with game 4 next Sunday at Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have back to back home games this week, playing the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight at 7, followed by the Woodstock Slammers on Friday at 7:30.
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The Weeks Major Midgets wrapped up the regular season with a 4-3 loss to Halifax. But the loss didn't affect their position in the standings: they are in 5th place in the 8-team NSMMHL and will play the 4th place Wolfpack in the opening round beginning Saturday night in Cole Harbour.
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Pictou County Athletics are starting the Spring Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program next month for children 5 to 9 years of age. The program is eight weeks long and will be offered in two locations: Pictou Academy Gym beginning March 21 and North Nova Gym beginning March 20. Cost is $60 per child, with a family rate for additional children. For registration information contact Stacey McLean slmclean22@gmail.com. PCA is also offering a Trail Blazer program twice a week for those 10 to 12 years old. Contact Trevor Boudreau for more information: boudreauT@ccrsb.ca.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Kris Russell scored the third goal of the night by Edmonton's defencemen with 7:58 left, lifting the Oilers over Florida 4-3 to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.
Washington 4 Philadelphia 1
Anaheim 5 Boston 3


APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR TEACHER POSITIONS ON COUNCIL TO IMPROVE CLASSROOM CONDITIONS
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Classroom teachers who want to improve the teaching and learning environment can apply online to be part of the new Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. It offers teachers the opportunity to direct how the province will invest $20 million into classrooms during the next two years.  There are nine teachers on the proposed fourteen-person panel created as part of Bill 75, which passed yesterday. Classroom teachers can apply on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website. The deadline is February 28th.


FIVE FEDERAL BY-ELECTIONS COMING IN APRIL
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced five byelections to be held April 3, the first major electoral test for the Liberal government since its election more than 16 months ago. Two will be in Ontario, two in Alberta, with the other in Quebec. The races are to replace a number of high-profile members of Parliament, including former ministers Stéphane Dion and John McCallum, who recently took diplomatic postings, Mauril Bélanger, who passed away after a battle with ALS, former prime minister Stephen Harper, who retired from politics, and Jason Kenney, who is now running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta. The April 3 votes will be the last series of elections fought by interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose before she hands over the reins to one of the 14 contenders vying for the party's leadership at the May 27 convention. There was a byelection in the riding of Medicine Hat, Alta., last October that the Conservatives easily won after the death of MP Jim Hillyer, although the Liberals posted their best results in the southern Alberta riding in a generation.


BAIL REVIEW IN CAMPBELL MURDER CASE HELD OVER
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
A bail review for the man accused of second degree murder in the death of Constable Catherine Campbell has been held over until next Friday. Christopher Garnier was arrested after police were unable to contact him during a routine compliance check last week at both of his allowed residences. The Crown is seeking to have his bail revoked. He will remain in custody until next Friday's hearing. Garnier's murder trial is set to begin in November.


PROVINCE TOPPING UP SCHOOL GRANTS WITH FRIDAY'S TEACHER STRIKE SAVINGS
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
The province says that $3.4 million in savings from last Friday’s one-day unpaid strike action by NSTU members will go into Student Support Grants. Funds in this grant are allocated to each school board based on the number of schools and enrolment numbers. The formula is $5,000 per school, plus $1 for every student. This additional top up will be allocated on a per student basis. The grant funds are used for initiatives a school would normally fundraise for, such as class trips, band, student competitions, uniforms for school sports teams or travel costs related to tournaments. Any portion of the $3.4 million that is not spent in the current school year will be carried over, in addition to the allotment for the coming school year.


ONE CHARGE DROPPED AGAINST PICTOU YMCA CEO
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
A charge of aggravated assault against Pictou County YMCA CEO Dave MacIntyre has been withdrawn. MacIntyre is still charged with assault causing bodily injury. He was not present, but was represented in court Tuesday by lawyer Craig Clarke. MacIntyre's next court appearance will be in two weeks. He was charged in relation to an incident that took place on or about Jan. 31 in Broadway. Police say the victim was treated in hospital. Since he was charged, MacIntyre has taken a voluntary leave of absence from the YMCA.


AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT VERY GOOD, BUT HEALTH AUTHORITY STILL NEEDS WORK *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Auditor General Michael Pickup says the province completed 72 percent of his recommendations made back in 2013 and 2014, saying it's the best performance ever by the province. However, he says the province's health authority has fallen short on recommendations for wait-time reporting on knee and hip surgeries. In the report released today, Pickup says the Nova Scotia Health Authority has only completed two of the seven recommendations dealing with operating room usage and surgical wait-time reporting. He says the province continues to have the longest wait times for knee and hip surgeries in the country, yet the health authority hasn't given citizens a clear target of how long they must wait for the operations and a monitoring system to indicate how hospitals are performing. The auditor general also says in the report that he's concerned with slow progress by the Department of Transportation in carrying out 35 recommendations made to improve measures that prevent inventory loss or theft. A short video, one page report summary and the full report are available on the auditor general's website.


DOCTOR CHARGED WITH OVER-PRESCRIBING PAINKILLERS GOES TO TRIAL IN APRIL
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
The defence lawyer for a Nova Scotia doctor charged with drug trafficking after police accused her of prescribing 50,000 pills to a hospital patient has confirmed the trial is now set to begin April 3. The trial of Dr. Sarah Dawn Jones had first been scheduled to begin Tuesday, but defence lawyer Stan MacDonald says he had scheduling conflicts and last spring he asked for a fresh date in Bridgewater provincial court. MacDonald says a judge has set aside 10 days for the proceedings. When charges were laid almost a year ago, Bridgewater police said Jones wrote the prescription for oxycodone and oxyneo pills over a one-year period. Dr. Gus Grant of the College of Physicians and Surgeons has said the matter was reported to police in August 2015 after a pharmacist reported unusual activity to the college's investigative branch. Jones is also accused of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, theft, breach of trust, drawing a document without authority and fraud.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 22 *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
The Pictou County Atom A Crushers lost two of their double round robin playoff games this weekend to Truro, both in overtime. Saturday in Truro the boys battled hard only to see Truro poke the winner into the net from under the Crusher goaltender’s glove to win 5-4. On Sunday the boys played an excellent defensive game and held onto a 1-0 lead into the final minute of the third period. Truro pulled their goaltender and with 26 seconds left they scored to send the game into overtime. In an exciting OT finish, Crusher goalie, Noah MacDonald had the puck pinned between the post and his foot only to have Truro once again jam the puck from under him, into the net for the victory. Noah MacDonald put in a great performance, stopping numerous scoring chances. Scoring for the Crushers this weekend were Josh McDonald, Lucas MacDonald, Brett Butler, Chris Jordan, & Caden Hawes. Contributing assists were Caden Hawes (2) and Cole A. Miller (2), singles went to Chris Jordan, Kaleb MacEachern, Brett Butler, Ethan Barker, Lucas MacDonald and Cameron Pitts.
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club U18 girls team travelled to Antigonish this weekend for the Soirm Volleyball club tournament, and came away with the gold medal. This is the first medal in the club's 4 year history. They defeated Halifax, Cheticamp, Cape Breton County and Fall River in the championship game in two sets. Team members are : Lydia Tobin, Janelle Young, Mckayla Symons, Roshan Ghafari, Victoria Robertson, Danielle Farrell, Lauren Kellock, Abygail Morrissey, Abby MacLean, Olivia Murray and are coached by Tracy Kellock and Crystal Young.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers continued their round robin league playoff run with their third win. The Atom AA Red Crushers hosted Cumberland Tuesday evening at the Wellness Centre and came out with a 6-3 win. Lane Sim scored two goals for the Crushers while single goals went to Landon Steele, Cade Moser, Mac Wallace and Keagan Dalton. The Crushers continue their playoff push Sunday afternoon in Truro as they face the Bearcats.
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In Peewee C action last night, the Trenton Steelers defeated the Pictou Maripacks 8-4.  Landon Martin lead the way with 4 goals, Derrick Mackay with 3 and Harper Fraser with one. Assists came from Ethan Mackay (2), Halle Hillier, and Fraser. Pictou's goals came from Keenan Murray (2), Kale Shipley and Tanner Heighton. Assists came from Payton Fergeson (2), and Shipley. Winning goalies were Luke Avery and Michael Francis. 
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final with the Antigonish Bulldogs is even at one game each. Game three goes Friday in Antigonish, with game 4 next Sunday at Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have back to back home games this week, playing the South Shore Lumberjacks on Thursday at 7, followed by the Woodstock Slammers on Friday at 7:30. In the new weekly national rankings, the Crushers fell 5 spots to 19th in the list, after beating the Tigers and losing to the Timberwolves in overtime.
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The Weeks Major Midgets wrap up the regular season in Halifax on Wednesday before starting their playoff run this coming weekend. Regardless of the outcome of tonight's game, the Weeks will finish the regular season in 5th place in the 8-team NSMMHL and will face the 4th place Cole Harbour Wolfpack in the opening round.
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Pictou County Athletics are starting the Spring Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program next month for children 5 to 9 years of age. The program is eight weeks long and will be offered in two locations: Pictou Academy Gym beginning March 21 and North Nova Gym beginning March 20. Cost is $60 per child, with a family rate for additional children. For registration information contact Stacey McLean slmclean22@gmail.com. PCA is also offering a Trail Blazer program twice a week for those 10 to 12 years old. Contact Trevor Boudreau for more information: boudreauT@ccrsb.ca.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mark Giordano scored 43 seconds into overtime, and the Calgary Flames edged the Nashville Predators 6-5 in a crucial game between teams holding the Western Conference's wild cards.
Ondrej Palat scored twice and Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Jake Gardiner scored in overtime Tuesday night as Auston Matthews' Toronto Maple Leafs prevailed 5-4 over Patrik Laine's Winnipeg Jets.
Paul Byron scored in the fifth round of the shootout as Montreal beat the New York Rangers to give coach Claude Julien his first win in his second stint with the Canadiens.
Craig Anderson made 29 saves and the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 despite playing without three of their top forwards.
Pittsburgh 3 Carolina 1
N.Y. Islanders 3 Detroit 1
Chicago 5 Minnesota 3
Los Angeles 2 Colorado 1


POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK IN AT WESTVILLE BUSINESS
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Westville Police are investigating a break and enter and theft into a business on Barker Lane in the early morning hours this morning. Police say the incident occurred shortly after 4:30 this morning at Air Liquide. Police say the glass in the front door was smashed, allowing the suspect or suspects entry into the building. Police say two welding machines and two power cutters were taken. Westville Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact them or Crimestoppers.


WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER MAN STABBED ON SOUTH SHORE
Tuesday 21st February 2017
A man suffering from a stab wound was taken to the South Shore Regional Hospital in the early morning hours this morning. Bridgewater Police say a woman was arrested and remains in custody. They say charges are pending against the woman, although they did not release information as to her identity. The man was treated at the hospital for injuries sustained, and has since been released.


PREMIERS MEETING ENDS WITH STATEMENTS ON TRADE, HEALTH COSTS
Tuesday 21st February 2017
The meeting of Atlantic Canadian premiers in Newfoundland on Sunday and Monday looked at a number of issues. Premier Stephen McNeil did not attend in person, but remained involved through teleconference. The four provincial representatives came out of the meetings pledging to continue to protect Atlantic Canadian interests with relation to trade with the United States. Another key issue was reducing health care costs, which could lead to a single drug plan for the region, although there is no commitment on that move as of yet.


SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN IN ANTIGONISH SUSPENDED
Tuesday 21st February 2017
A search for a missing 23-year-old Afton man has been suspended. Craig Joseph Perry was last seen in the early morning hours on Saturday, 18 February leaving a home in Linwood. Antigonish RCMP say his vehicle was found abandoned on East Tracadie Road at Barrios Beach. The search for Perry was suspended late last night, and will be resumed once conditions improve. Police say they are still investigating his disappearance, and ask anyone with information as to Perry's whereabouts to contact them. They describe him as 6-foot-5 and 165 pounds, and was wearing blue jeans, black hoodie with pink writing on it, white shoes or boots, and a black winter jacket with leather sleeves.


GARNIER FACES NEW CHARGE, MAY HAVE BAIL REVOKED
Tuesday 21st February 2017
The man accused of second degree murder in the death of police Constable Catherine Campbell has been arrested while on bail and charged with breaching conditions. Christopher Garnier made a brief appearance in Halifax court this morning, where he will be held over until tomorrow. Halifax Regional Police say that a routine compliance check on Garnier last week went unanswered at both of Garnier's allowed residences. The Crown is seeking to have his bail revoked, but Garnier's lawyer says he plans to fight the new charge. Garnier's murder trial is set to begin in November.


LILLIAN FRASIER MEMORIAL EMERGENCY DEPT CLOSED TOMORROW
Tuesday 21st February 2017
There's going to be yet another closure of the ER in Tatamagouche. The provincial Health Authority says the Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be temporarily closed tomorrow from 8 am until 8 pm due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. The overnight coverage (8:00 pm to 8:00 am) provided by the paramedic, registered nurse and oversight physician team will be available as usual.


BILL 75 PASSES *UPDATED 4:50 PM*
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Debate has concluded and the vote has been called for in the third and final reading of Bill 75, which will impose a four-year contract on educators and end their work-to-rule campaign. Teachers once again rallied outside the legislature late last night and other rallies were held throughout the day by people supporting the teachers to try and convince the Liberals to stop the bill. The Bill passed 33-17, with all Liberals voting in favor, and all opposition members voting against. A minor amendment was passed for the proposed law, which will see an arbitrator called in if a dispute between members of the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions can't be resolved. Nova Scotia Teachers Union President Liette Doucet said during a break in proceedings early this morning that the once the bill passes, the union will challenge it in court as unconstitutional.


ATLANTIC PREMIERS TALK TRADE, AND DRUGS
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Atlantic Canada's premiers say they are focused on strengthening trade ties with the United States as Canada looks to establish its economic footing with President Donald Trump's administration. The premiers emerged from a two-day meeting in Corner Brook on Monday pledging vigilance with the region's largest trading partner, and acknowledging the need to promote their interests. Although no formal lobby program was announced, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the four provinces plan to sell U.S. businesses on the importance of the trading relationship with Canada. Also on Monday, the premiers pointed to their collaborative efforts to bring down health costs, including a review of public drug plan coverage to seek service improvements, cost containment and more help for high-cost therapies for rare diseases. Premier Stephen McNeil, who was not at the Newfoundland meeting, left it to his health minister to describe what is under consideration. In a telephone interview, Leo Glavine said while there's no commitment yet, the initiative could ultimately see something like a single drug plan for the Atlantic region. Glavine said Nova Scotia would put planned consultations on its Pharmacare program on hold until the results of the regional review are known. He said as a result there would be no change to the program either this year or in 2018-19. The Atlantic premiers will meet again this spring in New Brunswick.


ROAD MISHAP OUTSIDE TRURO LEADS TO DRUG BUST
Tuesday 21st February 2017
A Moncton couple whose car was searched after it slid off the road in Nova Scotia are facing trafficking charges after the discovery of nearly seven kilograms of cocaine. The cocaine was discovered in a search by Colchester District RCMP after the vehicle slid off the Kemptown Road, about 25 kilometres from Truro. A 34-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were arrested and face several charges, including possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. There were outstanding warrants for both people, and the driver had been suspended from operating a motor vehicle, police said.  The pair are to appear in Truro Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. today. The investigation continues.


MONTREAL NOW A SANCTUARY CITY
Tuesday 21st February 2017
The City of Montreal unanimously approved a motion on Monday declaring itself a "sanctuary city" for unauthorized immigrants. The motion includes provisions to ensure undocumented people can obtain services without fear of deportation. Mayor Denis Coderre said the move is more than symbolic and will help protect and assist the most vulnerable without compromising security. The designation ​comes as the province is dealing with an increase in the number of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally from the United States. ​Solidarity Across Borders, a Montreal-based human rights organization, welcomed the idea but said the city needs to take steps beyond what it called "easy symbolism." The group said Montreal police routinely arrest undocumented migrants and hand them over to the Canada Border Services Agency. It wants that practice stopped. Coderre initially referred to Montreal as a "sanctuary city" while tweeting a response last month to U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban, which proposed limiting entry for visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. While the term "sanctuary city" carries no official legal definition, in the U.S. it has come to mean more limited co-operation with federal immigration officials and the safe harbour of undocumented immigrants.


TRUMP NAMES NEW NAT'L SECURITY ADVISOR
Tuesday 21st February 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Lt.-Gen. Herbert Raymond McMaster would be his new national security adviser, replacing Michael Flynn, again turning to the U.S. military to play a central role on his foreign policy team. Trump also named Keith Kellogg, a retired army general who has been serving as the acting national security adviser, as chief of staff to the National Security Council. Speaking to reporters in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he spent the weekend, Trump said John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, would serve the administration in another capacity. McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers who wondered how McMaster, who is known for questioning authority, would deal with a White House that has not welcomed criticism. Trump spent the weekend considering his options for replacing Flynn. His first choice, retired vice-admiral Robert Harward, turned down the job last week. The national security adviser is an independent aide to the president and does not require confirmation by the U.S. Senate.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 21
Tuesday 21st February 2017
The Atom AA Red Crushers continued their round robin league playoff run with another win. The Atom AA Red Crushers travelled to Brookfield Sunday afternoon to take on the Brookfield Elks. The Crushers came out with a dominant 5-0 win with goaltender Alex Palmer standing tall in the nets for the Crushers. Mac Wallace  scored two goals for the Crushers while single goals went to Keagan Dalton, Ben Manos and Cade Moser. Assists went to Levon Walst and Lane Sim. The Crushers will continue their playoff push Tuesday evening at the Wellness Centre as they host the Amherst Ramblers.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians lost 4-3 in double overtime Sunday night at Trenton Arena to the Antigonish Bulldogs. That brings their best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final even at one game each. Game three goes Friday in Antigonish, with game 4 next Sunday at Trenton Arena. The game winning goal came just 42 seconds into the second extra period off the stick of Brian MacDougall. Scotians goals came from Robert Burrows, Riley Cameron and Jacob Pentz.
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In the MHL, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers defeated the South Shore Lumberjacks 7-3 on Monday afternoon. Alexis Roy and Ethan Marsh each scored a Hat Trick, with Keven Larouche getting the other Crusher goal. The two teams meet again at the Wellness Centre on Thursday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets beat the Cape Breton Tradesmen 6-2 Sunday in their second-to-last game of the regular season. They wrap up the regular season in Halifax on Wednesday before starting their playoff run this coming weekend. Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday's game, the Weeks will finish the regular season in 5th place in the 8-team NSMMHL and will face the 4th place Cole Harbour Wolfpack in the opening round.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Florida 2 St. Louis 1
Arizona 3 Anaheim 2
The Calgary Flames have acquired defenceman Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes for two draft picks. Stone had a goal and eight assists in 45 games with the Coyotes this season and will be counted on to help shore up Calgary's defence as it makes a playoff push. The Flames entered Monday's games a point up on Winnipeg for the second Western Conference wild-card spot. The 26-year-old Winnipeg native has 24 goals and 96 assists in 324 games with Arizona.


BROKEN GLASS MOVEMENT TAKES OVER POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
Monday 20th February 2017
The broken glass movement has become something of a phenomenon in recent days. The movement describes groups of people who have created Facebook groups in various constituencies in Nova Scotia who say they would crawl over broken glass to prevent their local Liberal MLAs from being re-elected. A significant majority of the 34 Liberal-held ridings in the Legislature have seen these groups created. While much of the protest is over the Liberal handling of Bill 75, an organizer of one of the pages – who wished to stay anonymous – told Local Xpress that the disillusionment is over several things that have happened in the past few years. Bill 75 is the piece of legislation that is expected to pass tomorrow that would enact a contract on the 9300 members of the NSTU. Several complaints have been heard about the Liberal attempts to shut down debate on the Bill, and the refusal to extend the law amendments committee to hear from the majority of citizens who applied to speak.


PREMIERS TO TALK ECONOMY AND MORE
Monday 20th February 2017
Atlantic Canada's four premiers are meeting today in Newfoundland to discuss the Atlantic Growth Strategy and trade. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball is hosting the two-day gathering in Steady Brook, just outside Corner Brook. Gallant says he, Nova Scotia's Stephen McNeil, New Brunswick's Brian Gallant and P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan will look at ways to strengthen trade relations between Atlantic Canada, the U.S. and the European Union. He says they'll also talk about improving the regional economy by co-ordinating training opportunities, harmonizing regulations and getting more women into the workforce. Other issues likely to be on the premiers' agenda include regulatory alignment, infrastructure development, clean growth and innovation in health care.


FAMILY OF THREE DISPLACED BY FIRE
Monday 20th February 2017
A fire has displaced a woman and her daughter and nephew in Milford. The blaze, which did not result in any injuries, happened early Sunday morning in a building that included their living space as well as a convenience store and pizzeria. The building was extensively damaged. The three are currently staying with relatives, while disaster volunteers from the Canadian Red Cross helped with emergency purchases including clothing and food.


CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY TEACHERS SAY YES TO COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT
Sunday 19th February 2017
Cape Breton University faculty have ratified their collective agreement. A majority of the faculty association voted in favour, with about 20 opposed. A key sticking point had been a layoff clause, with new language requiring two years of projected deficits before layoffs of faculty. The university's board of governors has also ratified the deal.


NOVA SCOTIA SETTING UP PROGRAM TO CLEAR COURT BACKLOGS
Sunday 19th February 2017
Nova Scotia prosecutors will offer early plea bargains in minor criminal cases in an attempt to meet Supreme Court of Canada demands for speedier trials. A Supreme Court ruling last July set out a new framework declaring that a reasonable wait for trial is 18 months for provincial court cases and 30 months for cases before superior courts. The deadlines have left provinces scrambling to dispose of a backlog of criminal charges before tim runs out. In a handful of cases, including one first-degree murder trial, charges have been stayed or withdrawn on the grounds that the defendant’s right to a speedy trial had been violated. In response to the decision, a team of criminal justice officials have developed a pilot program in Halifax and Dartmouth in which prosecutors and defence lawyers try to work out a resolution early in the trial. The process aims to streamline what could be weeks of court hearings into a one-page form. Chief Judge Pamela Williams said the approach is meant to deal with charges like breaching a court order, first-offence breathalyzer charges, minor property crime and low-level assaults. Williams said the process could eventually apply to “mid-range cases” such as breaking and entering and more serious assaults, including those causing bodily harm, but said it wasn’t designed for cases involving sexual assault, sexual offences against children, significant property loss or significant violence.


HERITAGE DAY TO CELEBRATE MI'KMAQ
Sunday 19th February 2017
Nova Scotia's third Heritage Day on Monday will honour Mi'kmaw heritage. Heritage Day will recognize the important accomplishments of the Mi'kmaw community, including its contribution to Canada's favorite past time, hockey. To celebrate, the Mi'kmaw community will host a two-game hockey challenge called The Mi'kmaq Heritage Hockey Classic. Mi'kmaq chiefs and council members will play against a team of elected government members and civil servants. The games will be hosted in Membertou and Truro, and feature a traditional mid-winter feast after each game. The first game took place at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre. The second is at 10 a.m. on Monday at Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro. For more information, visit the Heritage Day website.


AFRICAN NAVAL EXERCISE HAS HISTORICAL NS CONNECTION
Sunday 19th February 2017
HMCS Moncton and HMCS Summerside are bound for training in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, but it's a side trip with a Nova Scotia connection that's got the crew of one of the vessels excited. The two Halifax-based ships will participate in training exercises with 20 other nations as part of a mission dubbed Neptune Trident. For the commanding officer of the Summerside, Lt.-Cmdr. Paul Smith, a visit to Freetown, Sierra Leone, will be the highlight. The city was founded by a group called the Nova Scotian Settlers — Black Loyalists who arrived in Nova Scotia after the American Revolution with the promise of land and a better life. When that promise didn't pan out as expected, nearly 1,200 men, women and children left Nova Scotia in 1792 to start over in Africa.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 19
Sunday 19th February 2017
The Pictou County Scotians defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-1 Friday night in Antigonish to open their playoff series.The best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final continues in Trenton at 7pm tonight.
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In the MHL, the Crushers are on the road in New Brunswick. First the Crushers tamed the Campbellton Tigers 12-2 on Friday, then lost in overtime 4-3 to Miramichi on Saturday. Scoring for the Crushers Saturday were Michael Dill, Ethan Marsh and Quinten Johnson. Tomorrow the Crushers have a rare Monday home game, with a Heritage Day matinee at 1:30 against the Lumberjacks.
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The Weeks Major Midgets were shut out 6-0 by the Cape Breton West Islanders in Port Hood Saturday night. Their next match is this afternoon as they host the Cape Breton Tradesmen at Noon at the Wellness Centre.
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In Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Squad plays the Procresting Penguins in one of their final regular season games at the Wellness Centre today at 5:45.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League - Two games tonight at the Stellarton Rink. 5:20 - Whitey's Vikings vs Cornova Contracting, 6:50 - Durham Bucks vs Connor's Transfer LTD.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Chris Tanev's goal 34 seconds into overtime gave the Vancouver a Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
The Ottawa Senators inched closer to the Atlantic Division lead with a hearty 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Montreal lost 3-1 to the Winnipeg Jets, and Nikita Nesterov lost a skate blade. Nesterov clumsily got himself back to the bench after sliding feet first into the boards.
Cam Talbot made 38 saves, Connor McDavid scored his 20th goal and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 for their third straight win.
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Kerry Galusha has played in a lot of big games over the years at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts but Saturday afternoon's win to clinch a berth in this year's championship in St. Catharines, Ont., seemed to carry a different level of importance. The 39-year-old skip from Yellowknife was locked in a back-and-forth game with New Brunswick to determine what team would move on. Galusha had to make a difficult last shot to secure a 5-3 victory.


SATURDAY LOCAL SPORTS
Saturday 18th February 2017
The Pictou County Scotians defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-1 last night in Antigonish to open their playoff series.
Game 2 at the Trenton Arena is Sunday night at 7 o'clock. Maritime Hockey League Results
Pictou County Weeks Crushers 12 Campbellton 2
Truro Bearcats 8 Amherst Ramblers 1


NDP, LIBS AT ODDS OVER TEACHERS DISPUTE
Saturday 18th February 2017
The provincial NDP has introduced legislation to cap class sizes at every grade level.
New Democrats say the legislation is based on a proposal put forward by the Teachers Union during the last of 3 failed bargaining sessions over the past year and a half.
They say documents developed during the negotiations between government and the union indicate it would cost about $41 million to extend caps on class sizes to all grade levels. Class sizes are currently only capped for elementary grades.
Earlier this week, the province said current class size caps would be maintained under back to work legislation expected to become law next week. The McNeil government also says its new council, which will include 9 classroom teachers, will closely examine class sizes as part of its mandate to address classroom issues.
The province points out it has invested 59-million new tax dollars to hire 59 new math experts and 114 reading recovering specialists who were not available in the provincial school system until the Liberals came to power.


TWO ARRESTED AFTER DRUG SEIZURE IN NEW GLASGOW
Friday 17th February 2017
Two people have been arrested following the search of a MacLean Street residence last night. Around 9 PM, the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the New Glasgow Regional Police, and New Glasgow Regional Police Canine Unit, executed a search warrant and seized a quantity of DMT and marijuana. A 19-year old woman faces one count of possession of a controlled substance, while a 20-year old man faces two counts of possession of a controlled substance. They've been released from police custody and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.


TEACHERS STRIKE TODAY
Friday 17th February 2017
Public school teachers are conducting a one-day strike today, a first in the union's 122-year history. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union is protesting the Liberal government's plans to impose a four-year contract on their 9,300 members. The Liberal government is expected to continue pushing Bill 75 through the legislature after the law amendments committee heard testimony from teachers and members of the public yesterday. Teachers told legislators that problems ranging from student violence to the neglect of students with learning disabilities will worsen if government pushes through Bill 75. Premier Stephen McNeil has said his governing Liberals have tried to negotiate an agreement with the teachers over the past 16 months, and continuing negotiations will only lead to ongoing disruption in the classroom.


FUEL PRICES UP
Friday 17th February 2017
After several weeks of decline, the price of gas has risen. A litre of self-serve is $1.061, two cents more. Diesel rose slightly to $1.087 per litre.


TRANSPORTATION BOARD WANTS DANGEROUS GOODS ON RAIL TO SLOW DOWN
Friday 17th February 2017
The Transportation Safety Board is calling for new rules surrounding the transport of oil by rail and says trains carrying dangerous goods need to slow down. That announcement was made at a news conference on Thursday in Sudbury, Ont. as investigators shared their findings about a derailment near Gogama, about 200 kilometres north of Sudbury on February 14, 2015. Twenty-nine oil tanker cars jumped the tracks 30 kilometres northwest of Gogama with several of them burning for the next few days. The fires happened despite the cars being newer models meant to replace those involved in the deadly disaster at Lac-Mégantic, Que. in 2013, according to TSB officials. The board blamed CN Rail for having insufficient training for track inspectors at the time of the incident, as cracks in the track due to cold weather were missed during inspections, investigators reported. According to safety officials, the train that derailed was actually travelling below the maximum speed limit of 64 km/h. The board is recommending that threshold be lowered. Officials with the safety board said that CN has replaced about 40 kilometres of track in the Gogama area and has improved inspector training since the derailment — the first of two in the area in a short span.


TRUMP PRESS CONFERENCE STILL LEAVES HEADS SCRATCHING
Friday 17th February 2017
The leaks are real. But the news about them is fake. The White House is a fine-tuned machine. Russia is a ruse. For its stunning moments and memorable one-liners, Donald Trump’s first solo news conference as president has no rivals in recent memory. For all the trappings of the White House and traditions of the forum, his performance was one of a swaggering, blustery campaigner, armed with grievances and primed to unload on his favourite targets. In nearly an hour and a half at the podium, Trump bullied reporters, dismissed facts and then cracked a few caustic jokes — a combination that once made the candidate irresistible cable TV fodder. Now in office, he went even further, blaming the media for all but sinking his not-yet-launched attempt to “make a deal” with Moscow. Trump used the event to try to claw his young administration back from the brink after a defeat in court and the forced resignation of his top national security adviser. He taunted reporters and waved away their attempts to fact-check him in real time. He (incorrectly) touted his Electoral College total and repeatedly blasted his November opponent — somehow mentioning Hillary Clinton more than anyone else in his defence of his administration’s early days.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 17
Friday 17th February 2017
The schedule for most of the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians opening round playoff series is set. The best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final against the Antigonish Bulldogs begins Friday in Antigonish, with the first game in Trenton going at 7pm Sunday night.
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The Crushers game against Summerside at the Wellness Centre last night will be re-scheduled.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists to regain the NHL scoring lead as the Edmonton Oilers came away with a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Mike Condon made 21 saves in recording his fifth shutout of the season, Dion Phaneuf scored on a power play and the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0.
Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby scored his 1,000th career point and followed that up with the game-winning goal in OT as the Penguins defeated Winnipeg 4-3.
St. Louis 4 Vancouver 3
N.Y. Islanders 4 N.Y. Rangers 2
Buffalo 2 Colorado 0
Minnesota 3 Dallas 1
Arizona 5 Los Angeles 3
The NHL suspended Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette for 10 games without pay Thursday for abuse of an official. He slashed a linesman after losing a faceoff in Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
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NBA
Washington 111 Indiana 98
Chicago 104 Boston 103


CRUSHERS GAME POSTPONED
Thursday 16th February 2017
Tonight's game between the Crushers and the Summerside Western Capitals at the Wellness Centre has been postponed. A make-up date will be announced soon.


DESPITE BAD WEATHER, NO EXTRA TIME FOR PUBLIC TO PUT THEIR TWO CENTS IN ON TEACHERS BILL
Thursday 16th February 2017
Opposition parties were unsuccessful in their attempt to extend the time period for teachers to offer their views on Bill 75. New Democrat and Tory MLAs argued in the law amendments committee that due to safety concerns over poor driving conditions, some teachers couldn’t make it to Province House to voice their objections to the four-year contract. However, the Liberal majority on the committee voted down the motion for a time extension. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union says it will hold a one-day, provincewide strike tomorrow to protest the legislation. Union president Liette Doucet says she understands parents will be inconvenienced, but adds that the union’s 9,300 members are tired of being bullied by the Liberals. Premier Stephen McNeil says the legislation will end the disruptions caused by the teachers’ work-to-rule campaign, which began on 5 December.


POLICE LOOKING FOR STOLEN CAR
Thursday 16th February 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police are asking for the public's help to recover a stolen vehicle. On January 9, Police received a report of a stolen vehicle that occurred sometime around 11:30pm on January 5. The vehicle is described as a Brown 2014 Honda Civic car with no plate attached and was stolen from Ceilidh Honda in New Glasgow. New Glasgow Regional Police is asking anyone has information about this incident to contact New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1941. Should callers wish to remain anonymous, they can also call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to CRIMES (274637) or by secure online tips. 


PROVINCE TO GRANT POSTHUMOUS PARDON TO MI'KMAQ LEADER
Thursday 16th February 2017
Nova Scotia will grant a posthumous pardon today to the first elected Mi'kmaq grand chief who became a passionate advocate for treaty rights after being convicted of illegal hunting. Gabriel Sylliboy will receive only the second posthumous pardon in Nova Scotia history, after black civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond. The province said it will also apologize to Sylliboy, who died in 1964, at a ceremony Thursday at Government House in Halifax. Sylliboy was born in 1874 at Whycocomagh, Cape Breton. He was convicted of hunting illegally in 1927, but took his fight to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, claiming treaty rights as his defence. He lost, but the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the Mi'kmaq people's treaty rights decades later.


NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ORDER OF NOVA SCOTIA
Thursday 16th February 2017
Nova Scotians are encouraged to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of outstanding citizens by nominating, or renominating, people deserving of the Order of Nova Scotia. Nominations for the province's highest honour are being accepted until Friday, March 17th to be eligible for consideration this year. Lieutenant Governor J.J. Grant, who is also Chancellor of the order says it is important to nominate and applaud the people of the province who strive to improve the lives of others and who seek excellence in their endeavours. Since its creation in 2001, eighty-seven recipients have been invested into the order, including nine posthumously. Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, Province House in Halifax, MLA and MP offices in Nova Scotia, municipal offices, and online at the Order of Nova Scotia website.


TRUDEAU IN EUROPE TO CELEBRATE YES VOTE ON CETA
Thursday 16th February 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Strasbourg, France, where he will mark the European Parliament's passing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. Trudeau will give a speech this morning to the European Parliament — the first time a sitting Canadian prime minister has addressed the legislature. After delivering his speech, Trudeau will travel to Berlin, where he will meet with German President Joachim Gauck. Trudeau will also visit the Reichstag and the German Holocaust Memorial. The prime minister will have a working lunch with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before flying to Hamburg, where he will be the guest of honour at the St. Matthias Day dinner. The House of Commons passed C-30, Canada's implementation legislation, at third reading Tuesday. Both Liberals and Conservatives — who were in power when the deal was negotiated — supported the bill. The NDP, Bloc Québécois and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May voted against. Once C-30 clears the Senate, federal laws and regulations will change to bring Canada into compliance.  Similar changes need to be made at the provincial and territorial level. Once Canada finishes this, over 90 per cent of the agreement may come into force provisionally. A release from the EU said this could be as early as April 1.


US LABOR SECRETARY NOMINEE WITHDRAWS
Thursday 16th February 2017
In another blow to U.S. President Donald Trump as he tries to assemble his administration, his nominee for labour secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration amid concerns that he could not garner enough Senate votes to be confirmed. Puzder's decision to withdraw is yet another setback this week for a White House still grappling with fallout from Monday night's abrupt resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, after less than a month in the job. Puzder, the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc., which primarily franchises fast-food chains including Hardee's and Carl's Jr, has been at the center of a swirl of controversies, complaints and potential conflicts. He admitted earlier this month that he and his wife had employed an undocumented person as a housekeeper. He faced a flurry of complaints and legal cases brought in recent weeks and months by workers against his business and its franchises. Most recently, a decades-old Oprah Winfrey tape raising allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife resurfaced, though those allegations had been withdrawn. Puzder's withdrawal came one day before his scheduled confirmation hearing. At least seven Republican senators declined to publicly back Puzder in advance of the confirmation hearing. Democrats and their allies welcomed Puzder's withdrawal, saying his corporate background and opposition to such proposals as a big hike in the minimum wage made him an unfit advocate for American workers at the top of an agency charged with enforcing protections.


BROADCASTER STUART MCLEAN HAS DIED
Thursday 16th February 2017
The bestselling author, soft-spoken humorist and popular radio host Stuart McLean has died at 68 after a battle with skin cancer. McLean's gentle celebration of life endeared him to legions of faithful listeners of CBC Radio's "The Vinyl Cafe." Tributes immediately poured in from fellow entertainers, broadcasters and fans who were quick to salute McLean's heartfelt efforts to unite Canadians. Fellow CBC veteran Peter Mansbridge calls him a master storyteller who helped shape the public broadcaster and reach the country's farthest corners. "The Vinyl Cafe" radio show, which featured a mix of stories, essays and musical performances, was spun into bestselling books and became a touring production in 2008. The show's stories centred on Dave, the owner of a second-hand record store, as well as his wife Morley, their two children and various friends and neighbours.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 16
Thursday 16th February 2017
The schedule for most of the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians opening round playoff series is set. The best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final against the Antigonish Bulldogs begins Friday in Antigonish, with the first game in Trenton going at 7pm Sunday night.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers took advantage of a bye week in league play to invite the the South Shore Ice Sharks to the Wellness Center for a Saturday afternoon exhibition game. The Crushers fell behind‎ 2-0 in the first period and despite goals by Nolan MacDonald and Myles Farnsworth in the second still found themselves down two goals starting the third period. Lucas Bernard got them within a goal with five minutes to play and later with an empty net and extra attacker Nolan MacDonald was able to get the tying goal with just 13 seconds remaining. The game ended in a 4-4 tie. 
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner each scored a goal, backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2.
Rookie Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and Brian Elliott made 33 stops to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
St. Louis 2 Detroit 0
Florida 6 San Jose 5 (OT)
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NBA Kyle Lowry scored 21 points as the Raptors roared back in the fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Hornets 100-95.
Cleveland 113 Indiana 104
San Antonio 107 Orlando 79
Boston 116 Philadelphia 108
Detroit 98 Dallas 91
Milwaukee 129 Brooklyn 125
Miami 117 Houston 109
New Orleans 95 Memphis 91
Minnesota 112 Denver 99
Phoenix 137 L.A. Lakers 101
Utah 111 Portland 88
Oklahoma City 116 New York 105
Golden State 109 Sacramento 86
L.A. Clippers 99 Atlanta 84


POPE FRANCIS SAYS INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S LANDS MUST BE RESPECTED
Wednesday 15th February 2017
Pope Francis is weighing in on the conflict over the 3.8-billion dollar Dakota Access pipeline. Francis, speaking with representatives of indigenous people at a United Nations agricultural meeting, said first nations people must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands. He says the key issue is reconciling the need for economic development with the protection of culture and history of territories. Francis did not refer to the Dakota pipeline project specifically, and Vatican press officials said his comments were to be taken in general terms and not a direct reference. .Two American Indigenous peoples, the Cheyenne River and the Standing Rock Sioux, have sought remedies through the courts to stop construction of the final stretch of the pipeline. They argue that the pipeline will threaten their water, as it will pass directly under a reservoir on the Missouri River which marks the eastern border of both nations' lands. They say they use that water for drinking and for religious rites.


DRUGS STOLEN IN COLCHESTER COUNTY HOME INVASION
Wednesday 15th February 2017
A home invasion in Valley, Colchester County last night has apparently resulted in the suspects taking some drugs from the residence. Colchester District RCMP say three men forced their way into a home around 10pm last night and demanded drugs from the home owner. The men took quantities of Fentanyl and morphine, a cell phone, and a quantity of cash. They then left the scene in an unknown vehicle before police arrived. Colchester District RCMP is asking anyone who has information about this incident to call them at 902 893-6820. Should you wish to remain anonymous, tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637. The investigation is ongoing.


PICTOU COURT SETS MAKE-UP DAY FOR MONDAY'S STORM
Wednesday 15th February 2017
The Provincial Court in Pictou has announced a re-scheduling due to Monday's storm. Matters scheduled that day that have not already been dealt with will be heard next Tuesday, February 21 beginning at 9:30am.


*BREAKING* TEACHERS PLAN WALKOUT ON FRIDAY IN PROTEST OF BILL
Wednesday 15th February 2017
It's going to be a very short week for students. As Debate continues in the house on Bill 75, the Teachers' Professional Agreement and Classroom Improvement Act, the Teachers' Union says they will stage a province-wide walkout on Friday to protest the bill. Union President Liette Doucet says Bill 75, which will impose a contract on teachers, is unconstitutional and that it is important to take a stand now. The union says Friday's walkout would be Nova Scotia's first ever province-wide teacher strike.


TEACHERS' BILL GOES INTO SECOND READING AS OVERNIGHT DEBATE CONTINUES AT LEGISLATURE
Wednesday 15th February 2017
Debate continues in the house this morning, as second reading is underway on Bill 75, the Teachers' Professional Agreement and Classroom Improvement Act. The act creates a contract for members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, and would mean the union is no longer in a legal strike position. The bill establishes the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, composed of classroom teachers and representatives from the union and government, and invests $20 million over two years to address issues in the classroom. The bill also establishes a three-person Commission on Inclusive Education. Current class caps will be maintained for grades Primary to 6. Class sizes, at all levels, will be addressed by the council. The bill provides a wage pattern for teachers which remains at three per cent increase over four years. Newer teachers will continue to receive step increases of up to five per cent per year. The president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union is not ruling out a full strike by her members before the legislation is passed, likely next Tuesday. Liette Doucet told reporters at Province House on Tuesday night that teachers are upset and feeling demoralized by Bill 75.


HEALTH OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING THREE CASES OF MEASLES
Wednesday 15th February 2017
Provincial health officials have confirmed three cases of measles in the Halifax area -- the first time in nine years the highly contagious infection has been reported in the province. The Nova Scotia Health Authority says it is investigating to determine how the three people became infected. Dr. Trevor Arnason said it is rare to see cases of measles in Nova Scotia, and most people are protected by a vaccination. Measles is a viral illness and most people fully recover within two or three weeks, however it can have serious complications for infants, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of measles can include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, sleepiness, irritability, small white spots on the inside of the mouth and throat, and a blotchy rash on the face that spreads. Residents born after 1970 are eligible to receive two doses of the vaccine at no cost through a publicly funded immunization program.


EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES CANADA TRADE DEAL *UPDATED 7:45 AM*
Wednesday 15th February 2017
The European Parliament has approved the EU-Canada trade deal. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) passed 408-254, with 33 abstentions. Canada and the EU have agreed to provisionally apply over 90 per cent of the deal within months — the parts deemed entirely within the EU's legal jurisdiction. The rest waits for ratification votes in individual countries. Canada's implementation bill, C-30, passed at third reading on Tuesday afternoon. It now proceeds to the Senate. Bill C-30 makes legal and regulatory changes to bring Canada into compliance with CETA. Canada's provinces and territories — Quebec in particular — also must change laws and regulations to comply. None have signalled they won't co-operate.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 15
Wednesday 15th February 2017
The schedule for most of the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians opening round playoff series is set. The best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final against the Antigonish Bulldogs begins Friday in Antigonish, with the first game in Trenton going at 7pm Sunday night.
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Peewee C action Tuesday night New Glasgow defeated Trenton 6-4. Scoring for New Glasgow were Kyle McCumber with 3, Connor Chennel 2, and Cullen Park. Assists came from Park (3) and Conrad Robertson (2). Steeler's goals came from Nathan Greencorn with a hat trick and Ethan Mackay adding a single. Assists came from Ethan Mackay (3), Dylan Fraser, and Greencorn. 
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The Northern Subway Selects Midget AAA team brought home gold from the 11th annual Sweetheart Female Hockey Tournament in Prince Edward Island this weekend. Playing against a P.E.I. team in the championship game, Kings County got out to a 1-0 lead on a short-handed goal early in the second period. A point shot from Lindsey Smith of the Selects tied it late in the second, and then Heath Miller got the go-ahead goal and what proved to be the winner midway through the third period. Assistant coach Steve Halliday says great goaltending by both Jenna Landry and Lily Currie was instrumental in the team’s success as was the great defensive play and offence by committee throughout the tournament. The team’s first game of the tournament – a 5-1 win over Kings County – was shortened due to the snowstorm overnight on Thursday. On Saturday morning the Selects played against the Northern Miramichi Panthers, and although it was a chippy game with a lot of penalties, they defeated them 6-0. In the afternoon match, the Selects took on the Mid-Isle Wildcats of Summerside. After falling behind 1-0, the girls managed to come back to win by a final score of 3-2. The three win record left the Selects in first place in their pool, and set up a match with the Central Storm in the crossover game on Sunday morning. The game was close early on, but the Selects dominated the back half, winning 5-1. Captain Julia Scammell was named tournament MVP for the Selects.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Leon Draisaitl and Oscar Klefbom each had a goal and two assists as the Edmonton Oilers overcame a slow start to come away with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
Evgeni Malkin scored and picked up an assist in his return from a lower-body injury, Sidney Crosby got his 999th career point with an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins rolled by the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.
Auston Matthews scored twice and Frederik Andersen won his 100th career game as the Toronto Maple Leafs emerged with a 7-1 win and two key points over the surging New York Islanders.
Former Senators goalie Robin Lehner made 39 saves as the Buffalo Sabres rallied past Ottawa 3-2.
Anaheim scored the only goal to beat the Minnesota Wild 1-0, but Ducks centre Antoine Vermette could be facing a suspension after being ejected from the game for abuse of an official. Vermette slashed linesman Shandor Alphonso in the back of the leg after losing a faceoff against Wild captain Mikko Koivu in the third period to earn a 10-minute game misconduct. 
Winnipeg 5 Dallas 2
New Jersey 3 Colorado 2
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NBA
Chicago 105 Toronto 94
Cleveland 116 Minnesota 108
Sacramento 97 L.A. Lakers 96


EDUCATION MINISTER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO END TEACHERS' LABOUR DISPUTE
Tuesday 14th February 2017
Government is introducing legislation that will address classroom conditions and provide a fair wage package to the province's teachers. When passed, the Teachers' Professional Agreement and Classroom Improvement Act creates a contract for members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, and means the union is no longer in a legal strike position. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey says the continued work-to-rule strike action, has had a negative impact on students, families, teachers and communities. The bill establishes the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, composed of classroom teachers and representatives from the union and government, and invests $20 million over two years to address issues in the classroom. The bill also establishes a three-person Commission on Inclusive Education. Current class caps will be maintained for grades Primary to 6. Class sizes, at all levels, will be addressed by the council. The bill provides a wage pattern for teachers which remains at three per cent increase over four years. Newer teachers will continue to receive step increases of up to five per cent per year.


PROVINCE HOUSE WILL SIT TODAY TO BEGIN DEBATE OF TEACHERS BILL
Tuesday 14th February 2017
Premier Stephen McNeil will try again today to introduce legislation that will impose a contract on the province's 9,300 public school teachers. The government was to convene an emergency sitting Monday evening, but the massive storm forced the Premier to delay proceedings. The government wants to introduce a bill that will end the dispute that has seen teachers reject three contract offers and launch a work-to-rule campaign. Pushing the legislation through the legislature is expected to take a week or more to complete. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union and both opposition parties have condemned the use of legislation, saying it takes away teacher's rights. Elsewhere, the union asked teachers to register their displeasure on Twitter using the .underappreciated hashtag. It said the move was in recognition of Teacher Staff Appreciation Week, which runs until February 18. McNeil has said that with negotiations at a clear impasse, it was time for the government to act.


TRURO POLICE AUDITING SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES
Tuesday 14th February 2017
The Truro Police Service is going to audit its sexual assault investigations. A Globe and Mail investigation into sexual assault cases across the country, from 2010 to 2014, put the rate of unfounded cases in Truro at 55 per cent. Incidents are listed as unfounded when it is decided that a criminal violation did not take place. The staff sergeant in charge of the criminal investigation division is conducting an internal audit of files from the past six years to ensure files were thoroughly investigated and to determine whether occurrences should have been classed as ‘sexual assault’ or something different. Efforts are also being made to determine whether file scoring was done correctly, using the proper classification from the Uniform Crime Reporting index, which is where the statistics come from. The police service has arranged to meet with community partners at the Central Nova Women’s Resource Center and the Colchester Sexual Assault Center once the results of the internal audit have been completed to bring them up to date and get feedback. The audit will be completed by Feb. 20.


TRUMP AND TRUDEAU DISCUSS US-CANADA RELATIONS
Tuesday 14th February 2017
Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump struck an amiable, conciliatory note after face-to-face meetings Monday, acknowledging the unique nature of the Canada-U.S. relationship and the need to keep trade moving across a shared, secure border. Prior to their joint news conference, the two sides issued a joint statement on shared priorities that seemed to suggest the first in-person encounters between the prime minister and the U.S. president had gone well. The lengthy joint statement indicates the two sides have agreed to work on improving labour mobility and trade across the Canada-U.S. border, expand preclearance agreements to cover cargo shipments and work on infrastructure projects in both countries. The statement acknowledges that Canada is a vital foreign market for some 35 U.S. states, with more than $2 billion flowing across the border each day. The statement also acknowledges a shared goal of “moving forward on energy infrastructure projects that will create jobs while respecting the environment.” It also says the two sides plan to build on a number of areas of environmental co-operation, particularly along the border and the Great Lakes.


FLYNN RESIGNS AS US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR
Tuesday 14th February 2017
President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night, following reports that he had misled Vice-President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. His departure upends Trump’s senior team after less than one month in office. In a resignation letter, Flynn said he gave Vice-President Mike Pence and others “incomplete information” about his calls with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. The vice-president, apparently relying on information from Flynn, initially said the national security adviser had not discussed sanctions with the Russian envoy, though Flynn later conceded the issue may have come up. Trump named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting national security adviser. Kellogg had previously been appointed the National Security Council chief of staff and advised Trump during the campaign. Trump is also considering former CIA Director David Petraeus and Vice Admiral Robert Harward, a U.S. Navy SEAL, for the post, according to a senior administration official. The Trump team’s account of Flynn’s discussions with the Russian envoy changed repeatedly over several weeks, including the number of contacts, the dates of those contacts and ultimately, the content of the conversations. Late last month, the Justice Department warned the White House that Flynn could be in a compromised position as a result of the contradictions between the public depictions of the calls and what intelligence officials knew to be true based on recordings of the conversations, which were picked up as part of routine monitoring of foreign officials communications in the U.S. A U.S. official told The Associated Press that Flynn was in frequent contact with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the day the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russia for election-related hacking, as well as at other times during the transition.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 14
Tuesday 14th February 2017
Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Christian Dvorak had two goals and an assist and Mike Smith made 36 saves for his 32nd career shutout as the surging Arizona Coyotes won 5-0 over the Calgary Flames.
N.Y. Rangers 3 Columbus 2
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NBA
Philadelphia 105 Charlotte 99
San Antonio 110 Indiana 106
Memphis 112 Brooklyn 103
Orlando 116 Miami 107
Milwaukee 102 Detroit 89
Washington 120 Oklahoma City 98
Boston 111 Dallas 98
Denver 132 Golden State 110
L.A. Clippers 88 Utah 72
New Orleans 110 Phoenix 108
Atlanta 109 Portland 104 (OT)
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A federal judge on Monday refused to block the government's $100 million US lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, putting the former cyclist on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug use. The lawsuit was filed by Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis. The federal government joined in 2013 after Armstrong publicly admitted he cheated to win the Tour de France seven times from 1999-2005. Armstrong was stripped of those titles and banned from competition. Armstrong has also taken huge hits financially, losing all his major sponsors and being forced to pay more than $10 million in damages and settlements in a series of lawsuits. The Landis lawsuit would be the biggest by far and the ruling from U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington was a major setback for Armstrong with a trial most likely in the fall. Landis, himself a former doping cheat who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title, sued Armstrong under the federal False Claims Act, alleging Armstrong and his team committed fraud against the government when they cheated while riding under the Postal Service banner. According to court records, the contract paid the team, which was operated by Tailwind Sports Corp., about $32 million from 2000 to 2004. Armstrong got nearly $13.5 million. The law allows Landis and the government to sue to get that money back and for "treble" damages, or triple the amount, and Armstrong could be forced to pay all of it.


POWER COMPANY SAYS STORM WILL MEAN LONG WAITS FOR RESTORATION
Monday 13th February 2017
Nova Scotia Power is warning customers if the power goes out it likely won't be restored until Tuesday evening. In a statement released Monday morning, the utility said the powerful nor'easter moving across the Maritimes is making for unsafe working conditions that will slow response times. High winds and blowing snow are expected to continue until Tuesday morning. Nova Scotia Power said it expects to have power restored to 95 per cent of its customers in outage areas by Tuesday evening.  Whiteout conditions developed by Monday morning. The storm is predicted to intensify as the day goes on. Nova Scotia Power said it has taken steps to prepare for the storm, including contracting additional line crews. It said there are 380 workers placed around the province who will respond to outages as they happen.  Forestry crews will also work to clear power lines of leaning trees and branches.  The utility said it's working with the provincial Transportation department to get roads cleared to give access to damaged areas.


TRUDEAU TO MEET TRUMP IN WASHINGTON DC
Monday 13th February 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Washington for his first official meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. The one-day visit to the U.S. capital is viewed as critical for setting the tone for the Canada-U.S. relationship under the new Republican administration. The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues, including trade, the economy and security. One of the highlights of the day is a roundtable with women business leaders to discuss the advancement of women entrepreneurs and executives, an initiative that Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump helped to organize. It's expected that a new joint task force to advance women business leaders will be launched. Several key cabinet ministers are also part of the Washington delegation: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs with special responsibilities for the Canada-U.S. relationship, and Canada's Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton are also part of the delegation. The prime minister's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, is not on the trip.


LEGISLATURE PLANS SITTING TO BEGIN DEBATE ON TEACHERS BILL ***UPDATED***
Monday 13th February 2017
Premier Stephen MacNeil has acceded to the wishes of the Emergency Management Office and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and delayed the re-opening of the legislature until tomorrow evening. MacNeil plans to introduce a bill today to end the teachers dispute, and was going to do so tonight, despite the storm that is hitting the province. Both the opposition PC and NDP leaders questioned MacNeil putting people's safety at risk to further his agenda. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the opposition parties have condemned the use of legislation, saying it takes away teacher's rights. The union is demanding its members be allowed to speak when the opportunity comes to propose amendments to whatever bill the government brings forward. Opposition leaders say they will do everything possible to hold up the bill through procedural delays, but acknowledged the Liberals can use their majority to push a bill through the house.


FIRST LEADERSHIP CONTENDER FOR FEDERAL NDP
Monday 13th February 2017
B.C. MP Peter Julian has announced he will be running for leadership of the NDP, making him the first to come forward since the party voted to oust Thomas Mulcair and seek a new leader last spring. Julian, the MP for New Westminster-Burnaby, emphasized growing inequality throughout his speech, citing the importance of a country "where no one is left behind." His solution for bridging inequality between "the one per cent" and the least fortunate in Canada included ending tax breaks for the wealthy and shutting down tax havens. Affordable housing was also a key part of Julian's speech, with a promise to build 250,000 homes in two to three years. The party has struggled with sagging support and flagging fundraising since the Liberal government was elected in October of 2015. The most recent polls put the NDP's support at 15.9 per cent — less than half the support for the Conservative Party at 32.7 per cent and the Liberals at 39 per cent. Nominations for a leadership convention opened last July, and the new leader will be selected sometime between mid-September and the end of October. 


NORTH KOREA ANNOUNCES MISSILE TEST
Monday 13th February 2017
North Korea said on Monday it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile a day earlier, claiming further advancement in a weapons program it is pursuing in violation of United Nations resolutions. North Korea fired the ballistic missile on a high arc into the sea early on Sunday, the first test of U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to get tough on an isolated regime that tested nuclear devices and ballistic missiles last year at an unprecedented rate. The North's state-run KCNA news agency said leader Kim Jong-un supervised the test of the Pukguksong-2, a new type of strategic weapon capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The United States, Japan and South Korea requested urgent UN Security Council consultations on the test, with a meeting expected on Monday afternoon. Japan said on Monday further sanctions against Pyongyang could be discussed at the United Nations, and called on China to take a "constructive" role in responding to the latest launch. China is North Korea's main ally and trading partner but is irritated by Pyongyang's repeated provocations, although it resists calls from the United States and others that it should be doing more to rein in its neighbour.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 13 *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Monday 13th February 2017
The Crushers dropped the other half of their home and home against Amherst in a 4-3 loss last night at the Wellness Centre. Scoring for the Crushers were Nathan Sanderson, Alexis Roy and Dylan Riley.
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The Pictou Scotians avenged Friday night's narrow loss to Cumberland County with a 5-3 victory last night at the Trenton Arena. This is the last game of the regular season. With the win, the Scotians advance to the playoffs.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers hosted the Antigonish Bulldogs late Saturday afternoon in an exciting back and forth playoff battle at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers came out with a close 4-3 win with goaltender Alex Palmer providing a stellar performance. Single goals scored by the Crushers were delivered by Cade Moser, Keagan Dalton, Mac Wallace and Ben Marchand. Lane Sim tallied up two assists, while single assists went to Landon Steele and Mac Wallace. The Crushers will continue their playoff push as they visit the Brookfield Elks this coming weekend.
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In Peewee C action Friday, Trenton's Nathan Greencorn opened up the scoring under 5 minutes into the first period. 2 minutes later, Pictou's Payton Fergeston tied it up. Ethan Mackay then had the go-ahead goal giving the Steelers a 2-1 lead. The game would remain 2-1 until shortly into the 3rd when Pictou's Keenan Murray once again brought the Maripacs to a tie game. 20 seconds after that Kale Shipley gave Pictou their first lead of the game. The Steelers kept fighting back and with 3:42 left Trenton's Landon Martin tied it up. With 35 seconds remaining Derrick Mackay scored giving the Steelers a 4-3 lead. Derrick added another goal with 3 seconds left to give the Steelers the 5-3 victory. Trentons assists came from Ethan Mackay, Derrick Mackay and Braden MacDonald. Pictou's assists came from Martin Hoffman, Theron Scothorn, Murray and Fergeston. Both goalies turned away many shots but Michael Francais went away with the victory.
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The Atom AA Pictou County Subway Selects were one of several Pictou County teams at the Sweetheart Tournament in Charlottetown PEI this past weekend. The girls played with skill and stamina during all three games. They took on teams from PEI and Halifax, coming away with a win, a tie and a loss in the crossover game. The scores were tight and the competition was fierce!
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects participated in the 11th Annual Sweetheart Tournament in PEI from February 10-12. They were undefeated all weekend guaranteeing them a spot in the Championship Game. In an intense Championship Match up against SEFHA Stars from New Brunswick they were defeated 1-0 bringing home the Silver Medal.
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Atom B action, Trenton and Antigonish played a home and home game Saturday and Sunday. First game, Steelers won decisively 13-2. Leading the way was Ethan Mackay with an 8 point game (4 goals, 4 assists),  Derrick Mackay with 3 goals, Landon Martin 3, and singles from Nicholas Duff, Tom Hillier, and Jake Mahoney. Other assists came from Gavin Wong 2, Mahoney 2, Jesse Arbuckle, Ethan Foote, Derrick Mackay, Hillier and Martin all adding 1. Both Antigonish goals came from Nakhil Fergeson.
In game 2, Trenton came away with a 14-0 victory. Goal scorers were Derrick Mackay 3, Landon Martin 3, Jake Mahoney 2, Ethan Foote 2, Ethan Mackay, Robbie Wilkinson, Nicholas Duff and Gavin Wong. Assists came from Ethan Mackay 3, Derrick Mackay 2, Foote, Mahoney and Wong. Winning goalies were Caden Macdonald and Austin Earle.
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15 runners from Pictou County Athletics participated in the Saint Mary's Open at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax on February 11, 2017. Results are listed below.
Eric Hughes- 1st 60m hurdles 16/17 age category, 4th 60 m
Cara MacDonald- 1st 1200m 12/13, 1st 60m, 1st 300 m
Allie Sandluck- 1st 1200m 14/15, 1st 2000m
Breanna Sandluck- 4th 1500m 18/19, 2nd 3000 m
Dave MacLennan- 1st 1500 m  34/99, 1st 3000m
Jordyn Ferguson- 2nd 60m 12/13, 2nd 300m
Gabby Smith- 3rd long jump 14/15, 8th 60m
Abbey Stroud- 4th long jump 14/15, 9th 60m
Alexander Bates- 3rd 60m 12/13
Alex Moore- 3rd 60m 16/17, 3rd 300m
Dylan Perry- 2nd 60 m 18/19, 3rd high jump, 2nd long jump
Logan Coulet- 1st high jump 20-34, 18th 60 m
Peter Corbin- 2nd 2000m 18/19, 4th 3000m
Brett Corbin-Claveau- 2nd high jump 16/17, 1st long jump
Matthew Fraser- 8th 1500 m 20/34, 11th 3000m
If you are interested in keeping fit and learning some more about track and field, PCA practices three times a week and is accepting new members. Please contact cartyab@hotmail.com for more information. 
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Tuukka Rask posted his first career regular-season home win over Montreal by making 25 saves for his sixth shutout, beating the Canadiens 4-0.
Alexandre Burrows scored a goal and got under the Buffalo Sabres' skin with his pesky play, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 win.
San Jose 4 New Jersey 1
Minnesota 6 Detroit 3
N.Y. Islanders 5 Colorado 1
Nashville 5 Dallas 3
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NBA
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points, including a game-winning three-pointer with 13.2 seconds left to lift the Detroit Pistons over the Toronto Raptors 102-101.
Minnesota 117 Chicago 89
New York 94 San Antonio 90
Sacramento 105 New Orleans 99


PROVINCE WILL RE-VAMP DATED LIQUOR RULES: PREMIER
Friday 10th February 2017
Premier Stephen McNeil says the province is reviewing old liquor laws that date back to the Prohibition era and are still on the books. Nova Scotia has over 100 dry communities, most of them rural and unaware of their status. We are the only province that restricts where liquor can be sold or produced through provincial legislation, and dry areas can only become wet through plebiscite. Voters in two small districts inside the municipality of West Hants voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to allow the sale and production of liquor, ending their dry status. McNeil said Thursday the province is currently reviewing all its liquor laws, and noted it recently changed a controversial markup fee applied to the breweries by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. Beginning April 1, the 50 cent per litre Retail Sales Markup Allocation on craft beer will be changed to five per cent of wholesale costs of sales made directly by brewers.


DIESEL UNCHANGED, WHILE GAS DROPS
Friday 10th February 2017
As diesel prices hold steady, gas continues to fall. A litre of regular self-serve is $1.041 this week, while diesel remains at $1.082.


THIRD TIME NOT THE CHARM: TEACHERS REJECT DEAL *UPDATED 9:55 AM*
Friday 10th February 2017
Despite teachers voting overwhelmingly against a tentative agreement she recommended, the president of the NSTU won’t be stepping down – and says the disconnect is due to a government “not willing” to agree to what educators want. For the third time in less than two years, a majority of NSTU members – 78.5 per cent – voted Thursday to reject the offer. There was over 100 percent voter turnout, as substitute teachers who were in schools could vote although they weren't on the formal voting list. Union president Liette Doucet says work-to-rule will continue for now, and the executive will meet next week to decide their next steps, which could include a walkout, a rotating strike, or a different type of work-to-rule. Doucet said she hopes the province could still return to the table, but can’t say if they will. In a brief statement released last night, Education Minister Karen Casey said the outcome of the vote was disappointing, and that the province will take time to consider their next step. The Liberal government has said it's prepared to impose a settlement through legislation.


HERALD LABOUR TALKS BREAK OFF
Friday 10th February 2017
The union that represents 55 striking newsroom staff at the Halifax Chronicle Herald says contract talks have broken off with the daily newspaper. The workers have been on strike for more than a year. The Halifax Typographical Union says the two sides have reached an impasse over seniority, jurisdiction and a handful of other issues. The union issued a statement saying the company will not look to seniority when deciding who to lay off. Union president Ingrid Bulmer says union members have already agreed to a longer work week, a five per cent wage cut, fewer vacation days, a freeze to their pension plan, lower salaries for new hires and other concessions. The newspaper's management has said big changes are required to meet business challenges.


REPORT CASTS DOUBT ON PLAN TO FIX WATER ISSUES ON RESERVES
Friday 10th February 2017
A new report is questioning whether Prime Minister Trudeau will be able to keep his promise to address First Nations water treatment facilities. During the election, the federal Liberals pledged to put an end to all long-term boil water advisories in First Nations communities within five years. The government committed $1.8 billion to the effort in its last budget. But a new study by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Council of Canadians is giving the government's plan mixed reviews. The report looks at nine communities in Ontario where boil water advisories were in place for more than a year. It finds three in which advisories have been lifted, or are expected to be lifted within the government's five-year time frame, three in which it's uncertain that deadline can be met and three in which it's unlikely the five-year goal can be achieved. The report cites several problems with the government's overall approach to providing clean water to First Nations communities. Chief among them is the time it takes for communities to win approval for new water treatment systems. The report recommends the federal government work with First Nations to streamline the process for approving new projects. It also calls on Ottawa to provide more money to bands to operate and maintain water facilities.


RCMP TAKING SECOND LOOK AT HUNDREDS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES
Friday 10th February 2017
The RCMP says it plans to review sexual assault cases that were labelled unfounded in 2016 to see if they comply with police policy and appropriate decision-making based on evidence. The national police force said in a statement Thursday it would also look at a sample of historical cases. The moves follow a report by the Globe and Mail that the newspaper says exposed deep flaws in the way investigators treat sexual assault allegations. It analyzed data, obtained through freedom-of-information laws from scores of police services, to conclude that police across Canada close about one in five sex-assault cases as unfounded. Unfounded rates vary considerably between provinces and cities, and even between cities in the same region, the newspaper reported. Statistics Canada stopped collecting the data in the early 2000s because it was concerned police forces weren't using the unfounded category consistently, the newspaper said. The Mounties recently updated their national policy on sexual offences, and it will soon be published as part of the force's operations manual. If the review identifies gaps in how sexual assaults are investigated, the RCMP will look at more cases and consider whether further policy updates — or additional training — are required, the force's statement added.


TRUMP'S TRAVEL BAN REMAINS BLOCKED
Friday 10th February 2017
A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travellers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, dealing another legal setback to the new administration’s immigration policy. In a unanimous decision, the panel of three judges from the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travellers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible. The court rejected the administration’s claim that it did not have the authority to review the president’s executive order. The judges noted that the states had raised serious allegations about religious discrimination. Both sides faced tough questioning during an hour of arguments Tuesday conducted by phone — an unusual step — and broadcast live on cable networks, newspaper websites and social media, attracting a huge audience.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 10
Friday 10th February 2017
The Crushers play Amherst this weekend in the conclusion of a home and home series at the Wellness Centre. Game time is Sunday at 7pm, as Thursday's match was postponed due to the storm.
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A NASCAR Hall of Famer has announced his intention to compete at the Riverside International Speedway this summer. Mark Martin was part of the NASCAR Hall Class of 2017, and now says he plans to race in the IWK 250 this July. Martin made the announcement Wednesday. Martin’s NASCAR career spanned 31 years and over that time he won 96 races in the top three series: 40 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (17th all-time), 49 in the XFINITY Series (second all-time), and seven in the Camping World Truck Series. He is one of nine drivers who has started 800 or more races in NASCAR’s premier division – fifth on the list with 882 starts, and one of only 27 drivers who has won races in each of NASCAR’s three national series. The IWK 250 is one of the most prestigious titles in Canadian stock car racing and the winner will see their name engraved on the magnificent  John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup, the perpetual award for the event paying homage to the late John Chisholm, founder and builder of Riverside International Speedway. And, if there’s not enough already on the line at the IWK 250, it is a championship points event for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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Curl for Cancer is being held at the New Caledonian curling club in Pictou February 24th, starting at 5:30 pm. It is a fun filled event to raise funds to fight cancer. They still have room for a couple of teams but it is filling up fast. To enter a team call Alta Munroe at 902-485-4913. Throw a rock at cancer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Alex Galchenyuk scored 2:13 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes that snapped their four-game losing streak. Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, one on the winning play. Montreal was shut out in its two previous games.
The Ottawa Senators snapped a two-game slump as Mark Stone scored the winner in a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. Jiri Hudler did not help his team as he scored on his own goal.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored the overtime winner as the St. Louis Blue kept rolling under new head coach Mike Yeo, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1.
Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist and Ryan Miller stopped 33 shots as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0.
N.Y. Islanders 3 Philadelphia 1
Washington 6 Detroit 3
N.Y. Rangers 4 Nashville 3
Anaheim 5 Buffalo 2
Boston 6 San Jose 3
Los Angeles 6 Florida 3
Pittsburgh 4 Colorado 1
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NBA
Houston 107 Charlotte 95
Philadelphia 112 Orlando 111
Oklahoma City 118 Cleveland 109
Dallas 112 Utah 105 (OT)
Boston 120 Portland 111


NOVA SCOTIA POWER READIES FOR STORM TONIGHT
Thursday 9th February 2017
Nova Scotia Power is opening its Emergency Operations Centre this evening in advance of the powerful snow and wind storm expected to hit the province. The Emergency Operations Centre is working with the provincial Emergency Management Centre on restoration planning and storm response. NS Power says heavy snowfall combined with powerful winds are expected to cause outages, and the company is making advance preparations. Customers are advised to be prepared as well, and to visit the NS Power Outage Centre website for more information. In the event of a widespread prolonged outage, you can also stay up to date by listening to East Coast FM, Classic Rock 97.9, or calling 1-877-428-6004.


BABY FOOD RECALL BY LOBLAW EXPANDED
Thursday 9th February 2017
Loblaw is expanding a recall of PC Organics brand baby food due to a risk of the presence of the bacteria that causes botulism. Loblaw says the recall is now covering all PC Organics baby food pouches due to a manufacturing error which resulted in excess water in the product. This can lead to circumstances which would allow for the Clostridium botulinum bacteria to develop and grow. These products have been sold throughout the country at No Frills, Loblaws, and Superstore locations. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recommends calling your doctor immediately if you are feeling sick and have ingested this product. The CFIA also says that food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum may not look or smell spoiled, but can still cause a potentially deadly illness.


POSITIONS AVAILABLE ON NEW GLASGOW TOWN COMMITTEES
Thursday 9th February 2017
The Town of New Glasgow is inviting citizens to become involved in Town Committees. Positions are available on the Planning Advisory Committee, a Young Leaders Action Committee for those 15 to 35 years of age, the Forbes Lake Watershed Source Water Protection Committee, the New Glasgow Business Advisory Committee, and the newly formed New Glasgow Community Development Advisory Committee. New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks says that citizens can play an important part in moving the community forward. The deadline to apply is next Friday at Noon. Applications should be addressed to: Town of New Glasgow Committee Applications, c/o Lisa MacDonald, CAO, P.O. Box 7, 111 Provost Street, NS, B2H 5S3 or by email to lisa.macdonald@newglasgow.ca. To find out more information on the role and responsibilities of each of the committees, visit the town of New Glasgow's website.


FEDS COULD BOOST USER FEES TO SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY
Thursday 9th February 2017
Ottawa is looking at boosting user fees to provide more revenue. Fees for everything from fishing licences to campsites have generally fallen farther behind the cost of providing those services. In 2004 the User Fees Act was passed, compelling departments to justify to Parliament any proposed new fee or fee increase. But the requirements became so onerous it effectively discouraged departments from applying for increases. As increased costs were not covered by fees, the difference had to be made up by the taxpayer. The federal Treasury Board wants to fix the law to smooth the way for fee increases, putting the fee-cost arithmetic back into balance — and generating millions in new revenue. A spokesman for Treasury Board declined to provide details or timing for the new initiative.


MILITARY REPORT SAYS FIRE RISK AT BEDFORD AMMO DEPOT IS HIGH
Thursday 9th February 2017
CBC News reports that an internal military review of the Ammunition Depot in Bedford concluded the risk of a “catastrophic” fire that could lead to severe destruction, damage, and even death, is high. The report was written in 2015, and said the depot is not compliant with federal Occupational Health and Safety regulations, the National Fire Code of Canada, or the Canada Labour Code. The Depot is a series of fortified buildings separated by large partially-wooded fields. The facility contains millions of dollars in ammunition, including missiles, torpedoes and other high explosives. The top military official at the depot, Lt.-Cmdr. Greg Walker, says that while the risk of a fire might be high, the risk of an explosion is low. The report recommended immediate action to remedy the deficiencies, but it's been more than a year since the report was delivered. The Bedford depot is next scheduled to undergo a fire risk assessment is 2025. Officials have pledged to reduce the risk level by that time from high, to medium or low.


HEAD OF BLUENOSE II REBUILD SAYS TO STOP WORRYING
Thursday 9th February 2017
The bureaucrat in charge of the ill-fated rebuilding of the Bluenose II says it's time to stop complaining about blown deadlines and cost overruns. Paul LaFleche, the deputy minister overseeing the project, made the comments Wednesday after appearing before a legislative committee at the provincial legislature. He says the divisive debate about the schooner's prolonged rebuild is hurting the province's shipbuilding industry. The project, described by the premier as a "boondoggle", was supposed to cost 14.4-million dollars, but that figured has ballooned to 23.8-million, and will increase once the cost of a new rudder is factored in.


JUDGE SAYS CONTEST WINNER DOESN'T HAVE TO SHARE SIX-FIGURE PRIZE
Thursday 9th February 2017
A Cape Breton judge has handed a big victory to a contest winner trying to keep a $100,000 prize despite an alleged agreement to split it with four other finalists. Darin Seymour won the cash in a car dealership contest on Jan. 6, but the other contestants claim there was a verbal agreement to split the winnings, with each finalist receiving $20,000. His wife, Kimberly Seymour, attended the draw on behalf of her husband. Darin Seymour acknowledges that his wife agreed to split the money before the draw was made, but says that she felt pressured to do so. Darin, who had to work at the time of the draw, says he would never have agreed to give away 80 per cent of his winnings. He adds that his wife suffers from anxiety and is ``very shy and uncomfortable in social situations with strangers.'' In a ruling Wednesday, Justice Frank Edwards says he did not have to decide whether Kimberly was coerced into the deal, as the couple claims. Edwards says Darin Seymour's wife did not have authority to make the deal on his behalf.


RCMP INVESTIGATE PHONY 911 CALLS
Thursday 9th February 2017
RCMP are reminding the public that even cell phones that are deactivated are still capable of calling 911. Two girls from Framboise, 12 and 14 years old, were given a Formal Caution by Richmond District RCMP following an investigation into eighteen 911 calls that came from the same cell phone between January 19 and February 7. For most of the calls, no one answered the dispatcher and hung up on them when they were asked, "911, what is your emergency?" In three of the calls, the caller said that they needed help. The dispatcher could hear the caller laughing. A Formal Caution is an option that police have under the Youth Criminal Justice Act as an alternative to laying a charge. The fine for making false 911 calls is $697.50.


PM TO VISIT EUROPE TO MARK MAJOR TRADE DEAL
Thursday 9th February 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Europe next week to mark an important milestone for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada (CETA) and the European Union. Trudeau begins his trip by addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Feb. 16, a day after the legislature is expected hold a vote ratifying CETA. When the 751-seat European Parliament votes for CETA, it will provisionally bring well over 90 per cent of the deal into force, possibly within months. Canada must pass Bill C-30, its implementation bill, and change some provincial legislation before provisional application can take effect. All but one of the EU's 28 member states are expected to hold ratification votes and, in some cases, referendums in their respective jurisdictions before the deal is completely implemented. This process may take years. ​After addressing the European Parliament, Trudeau will be travelling to Berlin and Hamburg, Germany to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trudeau, who last met with Merkel on the fringes of the July 2016 Nato summit in Warsaw, Poland, will sit down with the German leader to discuss "key foreign policy and commercial priorities for Canada and Germany," according to a release from the PMO.


NEW BLOOD DONORS NEEDED BECAUSE OF STRICTER GUIDELINES
Thursday 9th February 2017
New guidelines introduced by Canadian Blood Services limiting the number of times female donors can donate in a year has the national agency scrambling to find new donors to make up the difference. The change, implemented in December, was part of tougher guidelines on the amount of hemoglobin or iron required in the blood. The new rules mean that female donors are now required to wait 84 days between donations, as opposed to the previous 56 days. Nothing has changed for male donors although as of March 5 individuals will have to pass a slightly higher hemoglobin test. Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations for Canadian Blood Services, said women traditionally have lower hemoglobin levels than men in part due to menstrual cycles. Blood Services estimate the changes will mean a loss of 35,000 donations per year without new donors coming forward. Donnison said Canadian Blood Services will ramp up its recruitment efforts in part by reaching out on social media.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 9 *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Thursday 9th February 2017
The Crushers began a home and home series with a 7-2 win against the Amherst Ramblers in the Jungle. Scoring for the Crushers were Ethan Marsh with 3, Benji Curtis, Drew Packman, Alexis Roy, and Jean-Marc Evans-Renaud. Tonight's game at the Wellness Centre has been rescheduled to Sunday night at 7pm due to the impending weather.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Subway Selects are tops in their league after wrapping up their regular season this past weekend. They will be in Charlottetown for the Sweetheart Tournament Feb. 10-12, and then back home to prepare for playoffs in late February.
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A NASCAR Hall of Famer has announced his intention to compete at the Riverside International Speedway this summer. Mark Martin was part of the NASCAR Hall Class of 2017, and now says he plans to race in the IWK 250 this July. Martin made the announcement Wednesday. Martin’s NASCAR career spanned 31 years and over that time he won 96 races in the top three series: 40 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (17th all-time), 49 in the XFINITY Series (second all-time), and seven in the Camping World Truck Series. He is one of nine drivers who has started 800 or more races in NASCAR’s premier division – fifth on the list with 882 starts, and one of only 27 drivers who has won races in each of NASCAR’s three national series. The IWK 250 is one of the most prestigious titles in Canadian stock car racing and the winner will see their name engraved on the magnificent  John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup, the perpetual award for the event paying homage to the late John Chisholm, founder and builder of Riverside International Speedway. And, if there’s not enough already on the line at the IWK 250, it is a championship points event for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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Curl for Cancer is being held at the New Caledonian curling club in Pictou February 24th, starting at 5:30 pm. It is a fun filled event to raise funds to fight cancer. They still have room for a couple of teams but it is filling up fast. To enter a team call Alta Munroe at 902-485-4913. Throw a rock at cancer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Chicago 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)
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NBA
Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points against his hometown team, Tyus Jones hit a 3-pointer with 19.5 seconds left and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Toronto Raptors 112-109.
Cleveland 132 Indiana 117
San Antonio 111 Philadelphia 103
Atlanta 117 Denver 106
Detroit 121 L.A. Lakers 102
Washington 114 Brooklyn 110 (OT)
L.A. Clippers 119 New York 115
Memphis 110 Phoenix 91
Miami 106 Milwaukee 88
Utah 127 New Orleans 94
Sacramento 108 Boston 92
Golden State 123 Chicago 92
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If baseball purists thought the wild-card was a travesty, they ain't seen nothing yet. Major League Baseball is considering starting each extra inning of a game with a runner at second base, according to Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan. Passan reports MLB will test the rule in the minor leagues this season, and also in next month's World Baseball Classic and in spring training games. "It's not fun to watch when you go through your whole pitching staff and wind up bringing a utility infielder in to pitch," Joe Torre told Yahoo. "As much as it's nice to talk about being at an 18-inning game, it takes time." A similar rule has been used in international baseball for the past decade, and Yahoo suggests having a runner on second allows for more offensive options in ending a game. "What really initiated it is sitting in the dugout in the 15th inning and realizing everybody is going to the plate trying to hit a home run and everyone is trying to end the game themselves," Torre said. While MLB can make rule changes in the minor leagues without players' approval, support is required from players for changes at the major-league level unless one year prior notice is provided.


BUS FULL OF STUDENTS SLIDES OFF ROAD - NO INJURIES
Wednesday 8th February 2017
A chilling reminder as to why school boards choose to shut down for storm days this morning in a small rural community northwest of Montreal. A bus carrying 25 students slid off the road that was completely covered by a sheet of ice and ended up flipped onto its side in the ditch. A spokesperson for Surete du Quebec told Global News that there were no injuries to any of the students or the driver.


ARRESTS MADE IN RELATION TO VANDALISM OF MONUMENTS
Wednesday 8th February 2017
A 54-year old man has been arrested in relation to incidents of vandalism against monuments honouring fallen firefighters and police in Victoria Park in Moncton. Codiac RCMP say the man was identified and subsequently arrested thanks to a tip from the general public. The man, who police say has no fixed address, is being held pending an appearance in Moncton court tomorrow. On 29 January, 2017, police received a complaint that red paint had been sprayed onto the International Association of Fire Fighters memorial honouring Moncton firefighters who died serving the people of Moncton. Red paint was also sprayed on the Moncton Police Force memorial honouring officers killed in the line of duty.


MINIMAL DAMAGE TO GARAGE AFTER SNOWBLOWER CATCHES FIRE
Wednesday 8th February 2017
Pictou, Westville, Caribou, and Abercrombie Fire Departments responded to a structure fire this afternoon. Pictou Fire Chief Paul Janes says the fire, which is fully extinguished, appears to have started as a result of a snowblower overheating when it was put back in a garage after a person finished clearing a driveway. Janes says there was minimal damage to the garage itself, and no one was injured in the incident.


NOVA SCOTIA MAN ACCUSED OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUBJECT OF ARREST WARRANT
Wednesday 8th February 2017
A Dartmouth man accused of human trafficking has become the subject of an arrest warrent in Ontario. Twenty-five year old Kartel Pye is the subject of the warrant released by Peel Regional Police in the Mississauga area. Police say a report last week included allegations of a violent assault on a woman that they believe Pye was involved in trafficking. Along with the trafficking charges, Pye is wanted for ten other counts, including forcible confinement, assault causing bodily harm, and sexual assault. Pye is described as a 5’6”, 141 pound African Nova Scotian with a medium build and brown eyes. Police say Pye has no fixed address, but say he is known to travel between the Greater Toronto Area and his hometown of Dartmouth. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police.


AVALANCHE CLOSES HIGHWAY, NO INJURIES IN SOUTHEASTERN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Wednesday 8th February 2017
There were no injuries as an avalanche shut down the Trans-Canada Highway in southeastern British Columbia this morning. Field, BC Fire Chief Jamieson Harbottle told the CBC that one truck attempted to drive through the debris, but there was no one on the road at the time the slide occurred. Transportation British Columbia says the road will remain closed between the Town of Field and the Alberta border until more avalanche controls can be put in place. While there is no specific detour, the Transportation Ministry says there are alternate routes available.


POLICE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SEEKS TRENTON REPRESENTATIVE
Wednesday 8th February 2017
The New Glasgow Regional Police are looking for citizen membership on the Board of Police Commissioners to represent the residents of the Town of Trenton. In a Facebook post earlier today, the New Glasgow Regional Board of Police Commissioners invited applications for the volunteer position. The Board provides “advice to Council in relation to the enforcement of law, the maintenance of law and order, and the prevention of crime in the Towns of New Glasgow and Trenton.” They are asking for applications to be in by noon next Friday. For more information, check out the New Glasgow Regional Police Facebook page.


CENSUS NUMBERS REFLECT BADLY ON PREMIER: BAILLIE
Wednesday 8th February 2017
The provincial opposition leader says the census numbers show the Premier should have heeded the warnings in the Ivany Report. The 2016 census shows that Nova Scotia’s population grew to about 924,000 between 2011 and 2016, the second lowest growth rate in the country at just 0.2 per cent. Jamie Baillie says next week marks the third anniversary of the Ivany Report, which laid out 19 goals to improve the province, including two goals related to population growth. Baillie says the Ivany Report laid out a road map and the Premier chose to ignore it.


INTERIM REPORT ON HOME FOR COLORED CHILDREN INQUIRY RELEASED TODAY
Wednesday 8th February 2017
The staff of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry have met with former residents of the home, community partners and public agencies to lay the foundation for the next phase of the inquiry's work. The Council of Parties, which guides the inquiry, released a report today highlighting the work so far. The inquiry has a mandate to look at how the conditions that affected former residents of the home still affect Nova Scotians today, especially African Nova Scotians. The report includes feedback from information sessions around the province where participants spoke of the effects of systemic racism. Chief Judge of the provincial and family courts Pamela Williams, council co-chair, says one of the inquiry's goals is to build relationships so public agencies and communities can continue to work together long after the inquiry is over in the spring of 2018. The report is available online on the restorative inquiry website.


NUMBER CRUNCHERS SHARPEN THEIR PENCILS IN ANTICIPATION OF NEW CENSUS DATA *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Wednesday 8th February 2017
Data from last year's census shows that Canada had the strongest population growth of all G7 countries. Statistics Canada says our population grew by 1.7 million since 2011, to nearly 35.2 million. The numbers will help determine how much money Ottawa transfers to provinces and territories for services like health care and to cities for infrastructure. Today is the first of seven census data releases planned throughout the year. In May, Statistics Canada will release data on age and sex, to be followed in August by household and marital status data. Data on immigration and Aboriginal Peoples will be released in October, then figures on education, jobs and work patterns will be available in November. The data, drawn from the mandatory short-form census, will assist decision-making across all levels of government and provide sociologists, demographers, urban planners and businesses with a wealth of information.


NDP SAYS PROVINCE PLANNED TO STICK PARENTS WITH THE TAB IF SCHOOLS HAD SHUT DOWN
Wednesday 8th February 2017
The NDP say that the Education Department was preparing for a province-wide school shutdown as early as November, even after the Teachers Union announced a work-to-rule campaign to keep classes open. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request show Education Department staff were given about a week to figure out how many school-age child care spaces could be created in the event of a school closure, with a final list to be submitted to the Premier’s office by December 2. Emails also show that the province wouldn't provide any extra money to child care centres for the spaces, but expected them to make up the difference from parent fees. NDP Education Critic Lenore Zann says parents are already struggling to afford before and after school care, and it's unacceptable for the government to expect parents to deal with extra costs.


SCHOOL CLOSURES DELAY TEACHER'S VOTE *UPDATED 7:15 AM*
Wednesday 8th February 2017
All schools in the CCRSB are closed for the day today, with a 2 hour delayed opening for all other staff. The closure of schools also means that any planned Grade Primary registration sessions are cancelled. And NSCC Stellarton has delayed opening until 11:30 am. St. FX delaying opening until noon. Because of the school closures here and elsewhere in the province, voting by teachers on the province's proposed contract offer will be held tomorrow.


STELLARTON LOOKING FOR NEW TOWN ENGINEER
Wednesday 8th February 2017
If you're an engineer looking for work, the Town of Stellarton is hiring. Bob Funke was hired three years ago to serve as the interim engineer after Tony Addis retired. Funke was previously the town engineer for New Glasgow and also served as interim CAO there. Funke will stay in the position until a new full-time engineer is hired, and will help the successful applicant transition into the role.


NURSES' UNION CONCERNED OVER HOSPITAL OVERCROWDING
Wednesday 8th February 2017
One of the nurses' unions in Halifax is putting together a working group to address concerns over patient and staff safety after recurring overcrowding at the region's largest hospital. The NSGEU said in a news release that patients at the Halifax Infirmary are being put into hallways or double- and triple-bunked in rooms when there aren't enough bed spaces. The union said the Nova Scotia Health Authority strictly enforces a directive requiring patients to be admitted to different areas of the hospital even if there's no space for them during overcrowding situations, which they say puts patients and frontline staff at risk. Staff have said patients have been put in spaces that don't have access to needed equipment, or they're not given enough time to relocate patients to other areas of the hospital. A union meeting would be held Friday to discuss recommendations to put forward to the hospital. 


VISITING HALIFAX THIS SUMMER? ENJOY FREE WI-FI
Wednesday 8th February 2017
Free public Wi-Fi zones will be coming to the HRM this summer. A plan to set up a number of wireless-network zones in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth squeaked through regional council in a 9-8 vote Tuesday. The free Wi-Fi zones will be located in the Grand Parade outside Halifax City Hall, along parts of the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts, as well as the areas around the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road, the Halifax North Memorial Library on Gottingen Street and the Alderney Gate Public Library in Dartmouth. Municipal staff plan to talk to the Waterfront Development Corporation, which has had offered some Wi-Fi coverage since 2008, about sharing the cost of the Wi-Fi in the waterfront zones. Other private Wi-Fi networks, such as one along Argyle Street, may piggyback on the municipal system. The free public Wi-Fi zones should be up and running in time for Canada 150 events and the Tall Ships Regatta in July.


HEALTH CANADA TO TEST MEDICAL CANNABIS FOLLOWING RECALLS
Wednesday 8th February 2017
Health Canada says it will be conducting random testing of medical cannabis goods made by licensed producers. The move follows voluntary recalls by two companies after their products were found to contain low levels of prohibited pest control substances. Under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, licensed producers are permitted to use only the 13 compounds that are currently approved for use on cannabis under the Pest Control Products Act. The department says corrective actions have been implemented by both companies, including an expanded testing regime that covers pest control products. Health Canada said Tuesday in a release that the random testing is designed to assure Canadians that they are receiving safe, quality-controlled cannabis goods. It says it will be providing additional compliance education and information to licensed producers to support their efforts to strengthen controls and safeguards.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 8
Wednesday 8th February 2017
The CJAHL came out with their latest national rankings, and the Crushers have slipped two spots to 15th on the list. They lost their only game of the week last week at home against Yarmouth, leading to the dip. The Crushers remain the only MHL team in the top 20 nationally. The Crushers have two games coming up this week, both of them against the Amherst Ramblers - Wednesday night in the Jungle and Thursday at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Subway Selects are league champions, after wrapping up their regular season this past weekend. They will be in Charlottetown for the Sweetheart Tournament Feb. 10-12, and then back home to prepare for playoffs in late February.
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Curl for Cancer is being held at the New Caledonian curling club in Pictou February 24th, starting at 5:30 pm. It is a fun filled event to raise funds to fight cancer. They still have room for a couple of teams but it is filling up fast. To enter a team call Alta Munroe at 902-485-4913. Throw a rock at cancer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mikko Rantanen scored three times for his first career hat trick, Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0.
Sidney Crosby was just three points shy of 1,000 on Tuesday night, but the Calgary Flames held him to 998 as they defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout win. Kris Versteeg scored the only goal in the shootout.
Auston Matthews and the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs picked up a much-needed victory, edging out the Dallas Stars 3-1 at the Air Canada Centre.
Buffalo 5 San Jose 4 (OT)
Washington 5 Carolina 0
N.Y. Rangers 4 Anaheim 1
Columbus 3 Detroit 2 (OT)
Tampa Bay 5 Los Angeles 0
St. Louis 6 Ottawa 0
Nashville 4 Vancouver 2
Minnesota 4 Winnipeg 2
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NBA
Charlotte 111 Brooklyn 107
Houston 128 Orlando 104
Portland 114 Dallas 113


PICTOU CENTRE NDP NOMINATION TO BE CONTESTED
Tuesday 7th February 2017
The NDP nomination in Pictou Centre is going to be contested by at least 2 people. Late last night Henderson Paris announced his intention to seek the nomination in the riding. Then this afternoon John Atwater announced that he will also look to carry the orange banner into the next provincial election in the riding. Paris is a former town councillor in New Glasgow, and two time deputy mayor, while Atwater has been a long time activist for the NDP. The date for the nomination meeting has yet to be determined.


BODY FOUND FOLLOWING FIRE IN WHITNEY PIER
Tuesday 7th February 2017
Cape Breton Regional Police and the fire marshal are investigating after the body of a man was discovered by firefighters following a fire inside an abandoned Whitney Pier house. The owner of the building on Robert Street said the doors were nailed shut when it was last checked last week. Police were called to the scene around 9 p.m. The body has been sent for an autopsy. The owner believes the man found in the fire may have been homeless and was trying to escape the cold.


MACINTYRE ON LEAVE FOLLOWING ASSAULT CHARGE
Tuesday 7th February 2017
The CEO of the Pictou County YMCA has taken a voluntary leave of absence after being charged with aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm. 48 year old David MacIntyre allegedly assaulted a woman at a residence in Broadway. Police at this time are only saying the incident happened on the evening of January 31 and the woman involved required hospital treatment. MacIntyre is scheduled to appear in court again on February 21.


SCHOOL BOARD TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR FRENCH PROGRAMS
Tuesday 7th February 2017
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is accepting applications for students interested in enrolling in Late French Immersion and Integrated French. Late French Immersion (Grade 7 entry) is available at Redcliff Middle School in Valley, while Integrated French (Grade 7 entry) is available at the Dr. W. A. MacLeod Consolidated, Redcliff Middle School, and Truro Junior High School among others.

The Board has also extended the deadline for applications for Early French Immersion at AG Baillie and Middle French Immersion at Frank H MacDonald school. Registration deadlines for both of those programs have been extended to the end of the month as well. Early French Immersion has entry in Grade Primary, while Middle French Immersion begins in Grade 4. It should be noted that students do not need a background in French to find success in Early French Immersion or Middle French Immersion.

Information packages are available at all elementary schools with Grade 6 students, as well as each Family of Schools Office, the CCRSB Central Office in Truro, and the CCRSB website. Once completed, the application form should be returned to the child’s school. For those looking to enter Early French Immersion, application forms are available at daycares throughout Pictou County. Parents or guardians with questions should contact the French Program Services Department at 902-897-8965 or 1-800-770-0008 (toll-free in Nova Scotia).


PROVINCE EXPANDING THE ONLINE OPEN DATA PORTAL
Tuesday 7th February 2017
The province is marking the first anniversary of its open data portal by making more than 50 new and refreshed data collections available to the public today. Among the new data collections are provincial immigration nominee program statistics, farm registrations, African Nova Scotian family names and the nominal roll of the No. 2 Construction Battalion based in Pictou. Premier Stephen McNeil says the open data movement continues to grow in Nova Scotia and many entrepreneurs, students and citizens are finding new ways to use the government's data to innovate, solve problems and grow the economy. The government has posted nearly 400 data collections over the past year, including high-resolution 3D maps and some information previously only available for a fee, at this website.


LOCAL CLINIC IN SPAT WITH PROVINCE OVER METHADONE
Tuesday 7th February 2017
CBC News reports that the provincial health authority has stopped referring opioid users for treatment at Pictou's inpatient detox unit because the doctor in charge refuses to prescribe methadone. Dr. Cathy Felderhof, in practice for 42 years, says that she prefers other options such as long-term counseling, or a mixture of codeine and valium to treat withdrawal, rather than use the synthetic opioid. Methadone is currently used both as a short-term treatment for withdrawal symptoms, and as medicine to ease cravings in people who are off the drugs. In December, the provincial authority began to refer opioid users to detox in Springhill, rather than send them to Pictou. The conflict is over the protocol for opioid addiction – the health authority is shifting from inpatient detox to long-term methadone therapy, but Felderhof argues it should it considered on a case-by-case basis. The Pictou facility continues to treat people addicted to alcohol and other drugs.


GUILTY PLEA OVER CROSSWALK VANDALISM
Tuesday 7th February 2017
A 24-year-old Thorburn man has pleaded guilty to committing mischief by damaging New Glasgow's gay pride crosswalk. Dylan Robert Horton also pleaded guilty to a charge of having an alcohol concentration above .08 while operating a vehicle on or about November 11 of last year. Two other charges were withdrawn. Officers at the time say they observed an ATV driving dangerously, going the wrong way down one-way streets. The crosswalk was covered in skid marks and was later repainted. Horton will appear in Pictou Provincial court for sentencing on March 27.


PROVINCE DEFENDS JUDGE WAGE FREEZE
Tuesday 7th February 2017
The province is defending its decision to reject a recommendation to raise the salaries of provincial and family court judges. The response is contained in an order-in-council released on Friday. Last week, the government rejected a recommendation from an independent tribunal for a 9.5 per cent raise over three years for judges. Instead, the government imposed a two-year wage freeze, followed by an increase of just one per cent in 2020. The tribunal noted that Nova Scotia judges are among the lowest paid in Canada. The province didn't disagree, but says the province just can't afford such a hefty pay hike, and that judges are also entitled to a retirement bonus, which judges in some other provinces don't receive. The province said the tribunal exceeded its authority and took on the role similar to that played in contract negotiations, which the province claimed it wasn't supposed to do.


SEALS FOUND SHOT ON CAPE BRETON
Tuesday 7th February 2017
Five seals have been found shot dead on a beach on Cape Breton's southwest coast. Fisheries officials say they found the seals near Little Judique last Wednesday. Fisheries spokesman Etienne Chiasson says the carcasses have been removed from the beach and an investigation is continuing. It is illegal to disturb, harm or even approach marine mammals, except when hunting for them legally - but the seal harvest in the area is not currently open. Local residents say they were shocked by the gruesome find. Charles MacDonald of Port Hood says seals usually come to that stretch of the shore in January to give birth on the ice - but it's been a warm winter and the harbour hasn't iced over. MacDonald says he's never heard of anyone finding seals shot dead in the area.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 7
Tuesday 7th February 2017
Dylan Riley of the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers was named the league's rookie of the month for January. In eight games during the month, the 18 year old from Falmouth scored five goals and added four assists, helping the Crushers maintain their hold on first overall in the league. Among the highlights of Riley’s month were a two point game versus the Yarmouth Mariners on January 12th, a two goal effort against the Woodstock Slammers on January 19th and a three point effort during a January 25thvictory over the South Shore Lumberjacks. Through the month of January, Riley leads all MHL rookies with 45 points in 35 games. Riley comes to the MHL from the Valley Wildcats major midget program, where last season he took home NSMMHL MVP honors after leading the circuit in goals (30) and points (53).
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians were held scoreless by the Antigonish Bulldogs until Brendon Duff scored on the Power Play in overtime to get the 1-0 win. Next game for the Scotians is in Springhill Friday against the Cumberland County Blues.
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In Saturday Peewee B action, Trenton Steelers defeated the Stellarton Royals 7-1. Scoring for the Steelers were Dawson Mackay with 3, Zack MacInnis 2, Carter Dauphinee and Jake Henderson. Assists came from Aiden Tobin and Mackay. Stellarton's goal came from Archie Meier, assisted by Luc Casey and Zack Maclean. Winning goalie was Carter Maclean.
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Last night, Trenton Steelers defeated Westville Miners 5-0. Trenton's goals came from Aiden Tobin 2, Jake Henderson 2 and Dawson Mackay. Assists from Tanner Murphy, Olan Deyoung and Tobin . Winning goalie was Carter Maclean.
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Curl for Cancer is being held at the New Caledonian curling club in Pictou February 24th, starting at 5:30 pm. It is a fun filled event to raise funds to fight cancer. They still have room for a couple of teams but it is filling up fast. To enter a team call Alta Munroe at 902-485-4913. Throw a rock at cancer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Brock Nelson's second goal of the game at 2:42 of overtime lifted the New York Islanders to a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
St. Louis 2 Philadelphia 0
New Jersey 2 Buffalo 1
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan returned from an ankle injury to lift the Toronto Raptors to 118-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Cleveland 140 Washington 135 (OT)
Indiana 93 Oklahoma City 90
L.A. Lakers 121 New York 107
Detroit 113 Philadelphia 96
Utah 120 Atlanta 95
Miami 115 Minnesota 113
New Orleans 111 Phoenix 106
Denver 110 Dallas 87
Memphis 89 San Antonio 74
Chicago 112 Sacramento 107


HALIFAX POLICE SAY THEY WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRIDE PARADE
Monday 6th February 2017
The Halifax Regional Police have decided not to participate in the Halifax Pride Parade this year. Chief of Police Jean-Michel Blais says the decision comes after months of discussions with the organizing committee. Blais says the police do not want to contribute to divisions in the LGBT2Q+ community, a proactive attitude that is supported by Adam Reid, the executive director of Halifax Pride. Halifax Police say they will still provide traffic control for the parade, which begins at the Halifax naval dockyard and travels along Barrington Street, Spring Garden Road and ends up near the Halifax Common.


COLCHESTER RCMP LOOK FOR SUSPECT IN ARMED ROBBERY
Monday 6th February 2017
Colchester District RCMP are looking for help from the public in locating a suspect in a robbery last night on Plains Road. Police say a man with his face covered went into a convenience store just before 7pm last night wielding a 6 inch knife. They say he demanded money and cigarettes from the lone clerk in the store, and left in an unknown direction after getting his demands met. The clerk was not injured in the robbery. Police say the man is white, about 6' tall, and a medium build. They say he was wearing a black t-shirt, his face was covered, and he was carrying a backpack. Colchester District RCMP is asking anyone who has information about this incident to call them or Crime Stoppers.


SNOWPLOW HITS HOUSE IN WHITNEY PIER
Monday 6th February 2017
Police are investigating what can only be described as a rude awakening for a woman in Whitney Pier this morning. Cape Breton Regional Police say a snowplow lost control and crashed into a multi-unit home, narrowly missing a woman who had been sleeping in the next room. Police say there were no injuries in the incident. The vehicle has been taken in by police for a mechanical inspection as part of their investigation. Tenants have reported to CTV News that the snowplow lost its brakes and power prior to crashing into the building.


SIRT INVESTIGATES ARREST THAT POSSIBLY LEADS TO BROKEN RIB
Monday 6th February 2017
The police watchdog in the province is investigating a report of a man suffering a broken rib while being arrested by Cape Breton Regional Police. The Serious Incident Response Team says police went to a home in response to a complaint of an out-of-control party over the weekend. Shortly after arriving on scene, SIRT says police had to deal with a man who resisted arrest. Some time later, the man complained of pain. He was taken to hospital where it was determined he suffered a broken rib, was treated, and returned to police custody. The man has been charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. SIRT was contacted shortly after the incident by Cape Breton Regional Police and started an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest.


MILLION DOLLAR WINNERS COLLECT THEIR PRIZE
Monday 6th February 2017
The Pictou County couple who won the million dollar prize recently in a Lotto 6-49 draw have come forward and collected their winnings. Calvin Hayman and Sheri Campbell of Trenton won the guaranteed prize in the 25 January draw. The couple say they bought the ticket at Big Al's. They have not said what exactly they plan on doing with the winnings.


NEW STUDY SAYS FEDERAL HEALTH SPENDING WON'T KEEP UP WITH NEEDS
Monday 6th February 2017
A new report suggests Ottawa's health funding offers to the provinces doesn't provide enough cash to keep up services in the future. The study, to be released today by a University of Ottawa think tank, follows months of federal-provincial wrangling over health funding. On one side, the Trudeau government says it has put forward a "historic" offer with the potential to transform health care in Canada. On the other side, five provinces – representing more than 90 per cent of the country's population – argue the federal offer is inadequate and threatens their ability to maintain health services at current levels. The analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy, which explores health-spending numbers and projections for Ontario, agrees that the federal offer falls short. The report estimates the federal offer amounts to average annual funding increases of about 3.7 per cent over the next decade. By comparison, it predicts Ontario's health-care costs to rise by an average of 5.1 per cent annually between 2016 and 2018, due to factors such as the aging population. Beyond 2018, it expects the province's health expenditures to expand between 4.5 and five per cent average per year.


SLIPPERY CONDITIONS PUT TWO CARS OFF ROAD *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Monday 6th February 2017
There were two vehicles that went off the road earlier this morning on Highway 104 just west of Exit 23 in the Westbound lane. Mounties say the two incidents were not related, and there were no injuries.


FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR FAMILY HEALTH PROGRAMS
Monday 6th February 2017
The Aberdeen Health Foundation is now accepting applications for the Children's Aid Society (CAS) Endowment. Funding is open to community organizations and programs that are working to foster healthy outcomes for children and families in Pictou County. Now in its fifth year, $156,000 in funding from the CAS endowment has flowed into the community for projects ranging from natural and play-rich learning spaces to food security, respite services, health and wellness education, and digital literacy. Information on project eligibility and application forms can be found by clicking here, or by contacting Susan Malcolm, Executive Director of the Aberdeen Health Foundation at (902) 752-7600 ext. 4442. The deadline is March 31.


FIRE IN DOWNTOWN TRURO
Monday 6th February 2017
At least four people have been temporarily displaced by a fire Sunday afternoon that damaged a six-unit building in downtown Truro. Disaster volunteers from the Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency lodging, food and clothing for three adults. At least one other person displaced by the fire arranged to stay temporarily with family or friends. There were no injuries from the fire, which was at least the second blaze in the two-storey building in the past four months.  The Red Cross aided seven tenants forced out by another fire last October 21 in the same structure at 187 Arthur Street.


HALIFAX PARENTS RALLY FOR TEACHERS AHEAD OF VOTE
Monday 6th February 2017
More than 200 people braved the chill in Halifax to rally in support of teachers. The rally was organized by Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers, a Facebook group started last year. Organizers said it was important to hold the rally ahead of Wednesday's ratification vote of the province's latest offer. Lori Walton, one of the organizers of the rally, told CBC she doesn't think the teachers should accept the province's latest offer, as it doesn't address the concerns many have over classroom conditions.


POWER ALMOST FULLY RESTORED IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Monday 6th February 2017
The end is in sight for many who have been without power over a week in New Brunswick. By late afternoon Sunday, NB Power had re-established electricity for more than 133,000 customers and 90 per cent of the Acadian Peninsula. The Canadian Red Cross has been able to close some shelters, and have been concentrating their efforts on the Shippagan area. The province has also asked the Red Cross to help distribute emergency financial aid to those affected by the ice storm. Those affected are asked to contact the agency, which will either deposit funds in bank account or hand out prepaid cash cards. During the height of the outage more than 300 crews from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Maine were working. But as electricity continues to be restored, many of those crews are going home.


SHOWDOWN IN COURT OVER TRUMP IMMIGRATION BAN
Monday 6th February 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban faces the first of several crucial legal hurdles that could determine whether he can push through the most controversial and far reaching policy of his first two weeks in office. Today, the government has a deadline to justify the executive order temporarily barring immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries and the entry of refugees after a federal judge in Seattle blocked it with a temporary restraining order on Friday. The uncertainty caused by a judge's stay of the ban has opened a window for travellers from the seven affected countries to enter the United States. Trump has reacted with attacks on the federal judge and then the wider court system which he blames for stymieing his efforts to restrict immigration, a central promise of his presidential campaign. Democrats, meanwhile, sought to use Trump's attacks on the judiciary to raise questions about the independence of his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. A decision in the case either way may ultimately lead to the U.S. Supreme Court.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 6 *updated 10:55 am*
Monday 6th February 2017
In the NSJHL, the Aecon Atlantic Scotians host the Antigonish Bulldogs at 7:30 pm at Trenton Arena. With a win, the Scotians can tie the Bulldogs for second place in the sid Rowe division.
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Pictou County Basketball Association's U16 Girls won the silver medal at the First Annual Lightning Bolt tournament at New Glasgow Academy this weekend featuring six teams from around the province, as well as one from New Brunswick. Play was intense with 10 of the 16 games being decided by 7 points or less. The Pictou County Lightning began play with a 49-43 defeat of the Dartmouth Lakers.  Lead Scorers for Lightning were Raegan MacDonald with 11, Cailey Russell and Kassi Brightman both with 7. The next game was a victory 62 to 45 victory over Sackville NB.  Lead Scorers for the team were Karielle Floyd with 20 and Madelyn MacMillan with 12. The third game in the round robin was very close, with the Lightning pulling out a 59-57 victory over Shelburne.  Leading scorers for Lightning were Karielle Floyd with 24 and Jade Butler with 8. In the crossovers the Lightning faced the Halifax Hurricanes in a defensive match that saw Pictou County win 36-33. Top scorers in the game were Karielle Floyd with 9 and Madelyn MacMillan with 7. The Final was against the North Cabot Blazers. Lighting got off to an early lead, however most of the game was back and forth. The game ended with a 59 to 58 loss for the Lightning giving them silver.  Scorers for the final game were Karielle Floyd with 17 and Raegan MacDonald and Danielle Crosby both contributing 8 while Kassi Brightman pitched in with 7.
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects hosted Truro Cyclones on Wednesday February 1 at the Hector Arena in Pictou. They defeated the Cyclones 4-3 . Scoring for the Selects were Lucia Mason, Alyssa Ells, Taylor Toole and Mallory Sangster. Assist went to Emma MacLeod, Ashlyn Bona, Alyssa Ells and Frankie Hayman. On Sunday February 5 they once again hosted the Truro Cyclones at the Hector Arena. The game ended in a tie match 2-2. Scoring for the Selects were Frankie Hayman and an unassisted goal by Olivia Marks. Assist went to Raleigh MacDonald.
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In the championship game of the NS Wheelchair Curling Championship, Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville defeated Bluenose Curling Club's Devin Forbes 8 to 5 in a very exciting game.   Hubley-Bolivar will represent Nova Scotia at the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in April in Quebec.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Leon Draisaitl was the lone scorer in a shootout as the Edmonton Oilers ended a three-game losing run with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
N.Y. Rangers 4 Calgary 3
Washington 5 Los Angeles 0
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NBA
Kyle Lowry played through illness and injury to finish with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth career triple-double, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-95.
Boston 107 L.A. Clippers 102
Oklahoma City 105 Portland 99
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NFL
The New England Patriots completed a historic comeback to win the Super Bowl 34-28 against the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. It's the fifth win for both Brady and the Patriots.


O'LEARY HAS STRONG DEBATE DEBUT IN LEADERSHIP RACE
Sunday 5th February 2017
Kevin O'Leary stole the show at the latest leadership debate for the federal Conservatives in Halifax last night. Thirteen candidates crowded the stage, and the more experienced contenders focused their attention on O'Leary, characterizing the celebrity businessman as inexperienced, opportunistic and politically tone-deaf. However, O'Leary was able to hold off the charge during the two hour debate, refusing to rise to the baiting of his rivals while focusing on economic issues and attacking the Trudeau government. O'Leary timed his entrance into the leadership race to avoid making his debut during the last French-only debate because he barely speaks the language.


CHILD CARE WORKER ARRESTED ON ALLEGATION OF ASSAULTING TODDLER
Sunday 5th February 2017
A child care worker at an unlicensed residential daycare in Enfield was arrested Friday related to an allegation of assault on a 3-year old child. RCMP say the 55-year old woman has not been formally charged, and therefore her name is not being disclosed at this time. Corporal Jennifer Clarke says police were called on Tuesday by a parent of the child, who was bruised. The accused is a caregiver at the daycare, although police are unsure if she is the only person working in that capacity at that facility. The woman is scheduled to appear in Shubenacadie provincial court March 13. Anyone with concerns or information is asked to contact East Hants RCMP at 902-883-7077.


MAN INJURED AFTER BEING EJECTED FROM VEHICLE IN CRASH
Sunday 5th February 2017
A crash in the Annapolis Valley in the early morning hours of Saturday sent one man to hospital with injuries that are being described as serious. RCMP say a 28-year old man was ejected from his vehicle in Aylesford before the truck caught fire around 2am yesterday. The man was airlifted to hospital. Police say the crash is under investigation, and are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them.


BABY FOOD RECALL OVER BOTULISM WARNING
Sunday 5th February 2017
We begin the news today with a food recall. Loblaw is recalling its PC Organics brand Apple, Blueberry, and Green Pea strained baby food because of a high risk of botulism. The product is sold at No Frills, Loblaws, and Superstore grocery chains. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the 128 millilitre packets of the baby food with a best before date of 31 October, 2017 should not be used because they could contain Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism. The containers will have the UPC code 0 60383 06292 7. They should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased. The CFIA says a customer complaint triggered the recall, although no reported illnesses have taken place as a result of consumption. The agency says the complaint is under investigation, and more warnings or recalls could be issued.


SPORTS FOR SATURDAY
Saturday 4th February 2017
Maritime Hockey League
Truro 5 Yarmouth 4
St. Stephen Aces 9 Summerside Western Capitals 5
Miramichi 5 Campellton Tigers 4
Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League
East Hants 9 Brookfield 2
NHL
Calgary 4 New Jersey 3 (OT)
Carolina 2 Edmonton 1
Pittsburgh 4 Columbus 3 (OT)
Florida 2 Anaheim 1
Detroit 5 N.Y. Islanders 4
NBA
Orlando 102 Toronto Raptors 94


PREMIER MCNEIL GETS HIGH MARKS IN LATEST PROVINCIAL SURVEY
Saturday 4th February 2017
The latest survey from Halifax polling firm M-Q-O Research shows Nova Scotians seem to be siding with Premier McNeil in his government’s ongoing dispute with teachers who are working to rule.
The numbers from a survey compiled last week show McNeil and his Liberals are almost triple their nearest rivals in voter support…..58 per cent for the Liberals and only 21 per cent for Nova Scotia Tories. The NDP is dead last, with 18 per cent popular support.
The results come on the heels of a lawsuit filed by 5 Nova Scotia Universities against the Teachers’ Union this week, claiming other jurisdictions allow student teachers into the classroom during work to rule situations.
The teachers' union loosened the rules on teacher slowdown activities Friday, but not on the issue of having them supervise student teachers.


TORY LEADER BAILLIE CRITICIZES 2 FEDERAL CANDIDATES AHEAD OF SATURDAY DEBATE
Saturday 4th February 2017
Provincial Tory Leader Jamie Baillie is making waves ahead of Saturday night’s federal leaders debate in Halifax.
Baillie is criticizing Kellie Leitch for proposing values tests for newcomers and Steven Blaney for advocating greater limits on immigration.
The provincial leader says he completely condemns the things that Kellie Leitch and Steven Blaney have been saying.
Baillie says he and his provincial counterparts have seen a few candidates talk about values tests for immigrants, and he doesn’t agree with that.
He says one of Canada’s strengths is that we attract people who share our inclusive values and we don't need to test that.


TRUMP'S MUSLIM BAN ORDER PLACED ON HOLD BY AMERICAN COURTS
Saturday 4th February 2017
Bad news for Donald Trump to start the weekend.
A U.S. judge has imposed a nationwide hold on Trump's ban on travellers and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries, siding with two states that had challenged the executive order that has launched legal battles across the states.
In Seattle, U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled that Washington state and Minnesota had standing to challenge Trump's order, which government lawyers disputed, and said they showed their case was likely to succeed.
Donald Trump's White House is planning an appeal...but it's not clear how long that'll take.


PROVINCE REVIEWING PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION ACT
Friday 3rd February 2017
The province is consulting with the public and organizations handling personal health information as part of a mandatory three-year review of the Personal Health Information Act. The act came into effect in June 2013 to balance a patient's right to privacy with how their personal health information is collected, managed, disclosed and disposed. The review will look at how the act is working, how it is being applied, and what changes have taken place in privacy legislation. Nova Scotians can also get the survey through the Department of Health and Wellness website or by calling the Privacy and Access office. Consultations are set to conclude on Friday, 3 March.


SHIPYARD WORRIED ABOUT "CONSTRUCTION GAP" IN NAVY BUILDS
Friday 3rd February 2017
Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding says it is in talks with Ottawa to deal with a possible gap in construction of two new fleets of ships for the navy. Work on new Arctic patrol ships is expected to wind down by 2019, but work to replace the navy's frigates and destroyers won't start until at least 2021. Irving president Kevin McCoy says they are anticipating a construction gap and looking to the government for help in filling it in order to stave off layoffs and job cuts.


VIOLA DESMOND DOC TO SCREEN AT GLASGOW SQUARE
Friday 3rd February 2017
The story of a Canadian civil rights pioneer is being screened in New Glasgow, not far from the site of the incident that sparked her fight. The town, in association with Eastlink TV, presents The Long Road to Justice: The Viola Desmond story tomorrow evening at 7pm at Glasgow Square. Admission is free. Special guest will be Viola's sister Wanda Robson, who take part in an interview and Q&A following the screening. Mayor Nancy Dicks says New Glasgow is proud to show the expanded documentary in the community as part of African Heritage Month. The Long Road to Justice premieres on Eastlink TV Sunday night at 7pm.


PUMP PRICES DOWN
Friday 3rd February 2017
The price of gasoline continues its slow descent. This week, regular self-serve is down to $1.055 per litre, while diesel dipped to $1.082 per litre.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED TODAY
Friday 3rd February 2017
There's going to be another closure of the ER in Tatamagouche today. The provincial Health Authority says that the Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC from 8am to 8pm due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care.


TEACHERS UNION ALLOWING SCHOOL TRIPS DURING WORK-TO-RULE
Friday 3rd February 2017
Ahead of next week's vote, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union has loosened some of its work-to-rule conditions. Teachers will be allowed to supervise out-of-province trips that were organized before the job action began. Some students and parents faced the prospect of being losing thousands of dollars on school trips. Along with school trips, Union president Liette Doucet announced that Co-op and O2 courses and programs can go ahead during instructional hours, school officials can use PowerSchool to perform course changes and transfers, and to register students, and that students will be allowed to receive immunizations at school. ​The union is scheduled to vote on the province's latest contract offer on Wednesday.


CBU REACHES AGREEMENT WITH ITS FACULTY
Friday 3rd February 2017
A deal has been reached between the Faculty Association and Cape Breton University. The two sides issued a joint press release indicating that the deal will be brought to both the Board of Governors and full Association membership for ratification. The issue that had been at the centre of the standoff was a clause related to layoffs which said the university could lay off faculty members under two conditions: a financial emergency or academic reasons, including if the university needed or wanted to shut down a program. Details of the deal are being kept out of the media until ratification.


PROVINCIAL JUDGES SUBJECT TO SALARY FREEZE
Friday 3rd February 2017
The province has denied provincial and family court judges a hefty pay hike, instead freezing their salaries for two years. A provincial tribunal had recommended a salary increase of about 9.5 per cent over three years — including a 5.4 per cent hike in year one. But the province rejected that, freezing judges' salaries for two years with a one per cent hike in 2019-20. The Finance Department said it is giving the judges the same wage increase being given to Crown attorneys and proposed for public-sector workers. It said that is also the funding increase for doctors. The province also signalled its intention to freeze the accrual of judges' public service award effective April 1. Finance Minister Randy Delorey said he was taken aback by the salary recommendation given that the province is struggling to balance the books.


HUMAN RIGHTS BOARD RULES MEDICAL MARIJUANA MUST BE COVERED BY INSURANCE
Friday 3rd February 2017
A human rights board has determined a Nova Scotia man's prescribed medical marijuana must be covered by his employee insurance plan, a ruling advocates say will likely have a nationwide impact. Gordon "Wayne" Skinner, of Head of Chezzetcook, suffers from chronic pain following an on-the-job motor vehicle accident and argued that he faced discrimination when he was denied coverage. In a decision released Thursday, inquiry board chair Benjamin Perryman concluded that since medical marijuana requires a prescription by law, it doesn't fall within the exclusions of Skinner's insurance plan. Deepak Anand, executive director of the Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association, said the ruling is significant and could see a number of people apply for coverage through their provincial human rights commissions.


MONTREAL MOSQUE VANDALIZED
Friday 3rd February 2017
On the same day that thousands of people of different faiths attended a funeral for the victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting, a Montreal mosque was vandalized. Police said that between 7 and 8 a.m. an employee at the Khadijah Masjid Islamic Centre in Montreal's Pointe-Sainte-Charles neighbourhood discovered a window had been smashed with a heavy object. The building had also been egged. Montreal police spokesman Daniel Lacoursière said the vandalism is being investigated as a hate crime, although another motive is possible. Craig Sauvé, the city councillor for Montreal's Southwest borough, called the vandalism an act of terrorism.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 3
Friday 3rd February 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers suffered a rare loss at the Wellness Centre last night, falling 3-1 to the Yarmouth Mariners in a physical match that saw several Misconducts handed out to both teams in a scoreless third period. Scoring for the Crushers was Dylan Riley. The Crushers, still five points ahead of the second place Mariners, will play the Amherst Ramblers on Wednesday.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians return to Trenton on the 6th as host to the Antigonish Bulldogs. Depending upon the outcome of a few other games this weekend, a win on Monday could possibly move the Scotians into second place in the Sid Rowe Division.
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In Atom B action last night, Trenton shut out Thorburn 7-0. Scoring for Trenton was Ethan Mackay with 3, Derrick Mackay, Jake Mahoney, Landon Martin and Robbie Wilkinson. Assists came from Ethan Foote, Wilkinson, Ethan Mackay, Derrick Mackay and Mahoney. Winning goalie was Caden MacDonald and Austin Earle.
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The Bantam Memorial Tournament starts today, running through Sunday. There are three local teams: Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers, Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers, and Pictou County Bantam A White Crushers. In all, there are 24 teams from New Brunswick, Cape Breton, Yarmouth, South Shore, Metro region, Truro, and Antigonish. Admission prices: Weekend pass - $10, Day pass - $5, Students - $2, 12 & under free.
Local teams in action Friday: 
8:45 AM PC Red vs Truro
9:00 AM PC White vs Antigonish 
10:10 AM Wonder Auto AA vs Strait Richmond
5:15 PM Wonder Auto AA vs Cape Breton West
6:40 PM Opening Ceremony with Brian Haines 
7:05 PM PC Red vs Cape Breton County 
7:10 PM PC White vs Bedford 
There will also be a Silent auction for Two tickets to a hockey game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, March 25th. Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens!
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The local roller derby club is looking for a temporary practice space for the next few weeks. The Highland Derby Dolls Kickin' Vixens says that they need a new space until end of March. If you have any suggestions, contact them via their Facebook Page, “Highland Derby Dolls – Team Kickin' Vixens”.
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The Bluenose Curling Club is hosting this year's Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship. This is the second time that the event has been held outside the HRM. Three teams will compete for the title, and a spot in the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec in April. The local team, who play out of the Bluenose Curling Club, is skipped by Devin Forbes, with Third Bill MacKenzie, Second Philip Sutherland and Lead Kathy McIsaac. Their opponents will be the defending Nova Scotia champions, skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville and a former Nova Scotia Champion, Laughie Rutt, also from Lakeshore. Opening Ceremonies at the Bluenose Curling Club are at 6:30PM, on Friday with the first game beginning at 7:30PM featuring Team Forbes and Team Rutt. Draws will be played on Saturday at 9AM, 1PM and 7PM , with the final games Sunday at 9AM and Noon, with a 3rd game at 5PM, if necessary. The public is invited and welcome to come and watch this unique version of “the roaring game”.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers are seeking coaches for the 2017 Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team. Interested person(s) can forward their name to Dan Richards at danrichards901@msn.com 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Patrick Marleau scored his 500th NHL career goal against Vancouver, as the Sharks defeated the Canucks 4-1.
Paul Stastny scored twice and Jake Allen stopped 26 shots for his first victory in more than a month to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Mark Stone had two goals and an assist, Mike Condon made 19 saves and the Ottawa Senators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2.
Matt Read scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to end his long drought and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
N.Y. Rangers 2 Buffalo 1 (OT)
Nashville 2 Edmonton 0
Winnipeg 4 Dallas 3
Chicago 4 Arizona 3
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NBA
Washington 116 L.A. Lakers 108
Atlanta 113 Houston 108
San Antonio 102 Philadelphia 86
Golden State 133 L.A. Clippers 120


FATALITIES ON HIGHWAY 103 THIS MORNING
Thursday 2nd February 2017
RCMP say two people are dead after a crash on Highway 103 between Hubbards and Ingramport this morning. The crash between an SUV and a cube van occurred shortly after 9 a.m. near the new Ingramport exit on an untwinned stretch of highway. RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said the man and woman in the SUV are dead. The driver of the cube van was taken to hospital — the extent of the driver's injuries is not known. Hutchinson said a LifeFlight helicopter was dispatched to the scene. Police have not said what caused the crash, but conditions on Highway 103 were slippery.Highway 103 will be closed for several hours between Hubbards and Ingramport. Traffic is being rerouted at the two exits, onto Highway 3.


EARLY SPRING? SAM, WILLIE SAY YES *9:30 AM*
Thursday 2nd February 2017
It's a split decision in favor of an early spring, which broke down along national lines. While Puxatawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, neither Shubenacadie Sam nor Wiarton Willie saw theirs.


LEGAL FIGHT CONTINUES OVER FUNDY TIDAL TURBINE
Thursday 2nd February 2017
A judge has reserved her decision on an attempt to overturn the approval of a massive tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy. The turbine was installed in November and the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association wants the test project put on hold to ensure the bay's ecosystem isn't harmed. The association's lawyer, David Coles, told the court Environment Minister Margaret Miller overstepped her authority last June because the company behind the project, Cape Sharp Tidal, did not submit enough scientific data about the state of the bay prior to installation. Environment Department lawyer Sean Foreman says the province has dealt with concerns raised by federal officials regarding data gaps. Cape Sharp lawyer Harvey Morrison submits it's not the court's role to decide the value of scientific data. The association has repeatedly stressed that the bay is a rich breeding ground for lobster, groundfish and scallops. The government has said monitoring at other turbine sites has not recorded a single collision with ocean life.


RICHMOND COUNTY EXPENSE INVESTIGATION CLOSED
Thursday 2nd February 2017
Elections Nova Scotia has closed their investigation into the improper expensing of political donations in Richmond County, as the ninth and final person in the probe signed a compliance agreement. Former councillor Gail Johnson had reportedly been out of the country when eight of her former colleagues signed the agreement, which acknowledged they made political donations in violation of the Elections Act. Elections Nova Scotia launched an investigation in October after it was learned council members attended, and expensed to the municipality, a Nova Scotia Liberal Party fundraiser in 2014 honouring the Premier as well as local MLA Michel Samson. Expensing the $50 tickets came to light amidst an audit of the municipal council's spending and expense practices. Johnson had previously repaid her expenses, but the matter would have been referred for prosecution if she hadn't signed the agreement. 


FISHERIES MINISTER APPOINTS FIRST AQUACULTURE REVIEW BOARD
Thursday 2nd February 2017
Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell has appointed the first members of the new independent Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board. The chair is retired lawyer Jean McKenna. The other two members are business owner Michael McKinnon and Richard Patterson, president of AquaEng Consulting. The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board is a new adjudicative board which reviews and decides on applications for marine aquaculture licences and leases. They will also hold public hearings on applications.


OTTAWA LOOKING TO SETTLE '60S SCOOP LAWSUIT
Thursday 2nd February 2017
In a major shift in tactics, Ottawa says that it wants to negotiate claims resulting from the so-called ’60s Scoop in which thousands of aboriginal children were taken from their families and placed in non-native homes. The change, which comes as a judge gets set to rule on a years-old $1.3-billion class action in Ontario, aims to resolve a “dark and painful chapter” in Canada’s history, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told the House of Commons. Bennett’s statement, which was short on details or time frames, comes after a last-minute cancellation of a hearing the judge in the Ontario case had requested for Thursday. Two former aboriginal leaders were expected to tell the court about the advice they would have given the government — had they been asked — on helping on-reserve children retain their cultural identities after placement in non-indigenous homes. Instead, government lawyers this week informed Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba that they now had no plans to cross-examine the aging elders or any further evidence to tender. In response, Belobaba scrapped the hearing and instead asked for brief written submissions to be filed before the weekend. He also said he expected to announce a date for his ruling next week. Initial claims have been filed on behalf of aboriginal children in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia, but none has been certified.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 2
Thursday 2nd February 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers, currently ranked 13th nationally, host the Yarmouth Mariners tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The Mariners are in second place in the Eastlink South after a pair of wins this past weekend.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians return to Trenton on the 6th as host to the Antigonish Bulldogs. Depending upon the outcome of a few other games this weekend, a win on Monday could possibly move the Scotians into second place in the Sid Rowe Division.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers recovered from a two game slide by sweeping a two game series versus the Pictou County Bantam A White Team this past weekend. On Saturday afternoon at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Rink in Thorburn the Red Crushers fell behind 3 to 1 early but rebounded with 4 goals in the second period on route to a 6 to 3 win. Scoring for the Red Crushers were Kaleb Clarke, Thomas Devine and Lucas Bernard with a goal apiece while Nolan MacDonald had a hat trick. Dominic Bond with two and Noah MacDonald with one were the scorers for the White Team. On Sunday afternoon at the Wellness Center the Red Crushers played to a hard fought 4 to 2 victory. Ben MacGillivray opened the scoring followed by Kaleb Clarke and a pair from Lucas Bernard. Dominic Bond had both goals for the White Crushers. Both teams will be participating in the Bantam Memorial Tournament being held at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Friday.
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The Bantam Memorial Tournament starts on Friday, running through Sunday. There are three local teams: Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers, Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers, and Pictou County Bantam A White Crushers. In all, there are 24 teams from New Brunswick, Cape Breton, Yarmouth, South Shore, Metro region, Truro, and Antigonish. Admission prices: Weekend pass - $10, Day pass - $5, Students - $2, 12 & under free.
Local teams in action Friday: 
8:45 AM PC Red vs Truro
9:00 AM PC White vs Antigonish 
10:10 AM Wonder Auto AA vs Strait Richmond
5:15 PM Wonder Auto AA vs Cape Breton West
6:40 PM Opening Ceremony with Brian Haines 
7:05 PM PC Red vs Cape Breton County 
7:10 PM PC White vs Bedford 
There will also be a Silent auction for Two tickets to a hockey game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, March 25th. Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens!
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The local roller derby club is looking for a temporary practice space for the next few weeks. The Highland Derby Dolls Kickin' Vixens says that they need a new space until end of March. If you have any suggestions, contact them via their Facebook Page, “Highland Derby Dolls – Team Kickin' Vixens”.
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The Bluenose Curling Club is hosting this year's Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship. This is the second time that the event has been held outside the HRM. Three teams will compete for the title, and a spot in the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec in April. The local team, who play out of the Bluenose Curling Club, is skipped by Devin Forbes, with Third Bill MacKenzie, Second Philip Sutherland and Lead Kathy McIsaac. Their opponents will be the defending Nova Scotia champions, skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville and a former Nova Scotia Champion, Laughie Rutt, also from Lakeshore. Opening Ceremonies at the Bluenose Curling Club are at 6:30PM, on Friday, Feb 3rd with the first game beginning at 7:30PM featuring Team Forbes and Team Rutt. Draws will be played on Saturday at 9AM, 1PM and 7PM , with the final games Sunday at 9AM and Noon, with a 3rd game at 5PM, if necessary. The public is invited and welcome to come and watch this unique version of “the roaring game”.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers are seeking coaches for the 2017 Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team. Interested person(s) can forward their name to Dan Richards at danrichards901@msn.com 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Sean Monahan scored twice to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Washington 5 Boston 3
Los Angeles 5 Colorado 0
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NBA
Isaiah Thomas scored 19 of his 44 points in the final quarter to lift the Boston Celtics over the Toronto Raptors 109-104 in a showdown for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Cleveland 125 Minnesota 97
Indiana 98 Orlando 88
Detroit 118 New Orleans 98
Miami 116 Atlanta 93
New York 95 Brooklyn 90
Dallas 113 Philadelphia 95
L.A. Clippers 124 Phoenix 114
Memphis 119 Denver 99
Utah 104 Milwaukee 88
Chicago 128 Oklahoma City 100
Golden State 126 Charlotte 111


ELECTORAL LACK OF REFORM BY NEXT FEDERAL ELECTION
Wednesday 1st February 2017
When Canadians go to the polls for a federal election in 2019, they will be once again doing so under the first past the post system. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould spoke in the foyer of the House of Commons earlier this afternoon and confirmed that her mandate was no longer to bring about electoral reform. Gould says because there was a lack of consensus found in the variety of consultations made across the country, the Liberals will not be proceeding with electoral reform. The opposition parties are quickly stepping up to point out that this is a direct break of a campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with the NDP calling it a 'cynical display of self-serving politics'.


NEW GLASGOW HOLDING PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS
Wednesday 1st February 2017
Beginning today, the Town of New Glasgow is seeking input on its Integrated Development Plan. Town council wants to know from citizens what they want for things ranging from community amenities and facilities to community events and ways to develop business. The first session, geared for seniors, is from 2 to 3:30 pm this afternoon at the New Glasgow Fire Hall. There are also sessions planned for the general public next Monday night at Glasgow Square, and a session for young people one week from now at North Nova, with more to come. 


LABOUR TALKS TO RESUME AT HERALD
Wednesday 1st February 2017
Negotiations will resume next week at the Chronicle Herald, following the withdrawal of unfair labour complaints. In a news release Tuesday, the union for 55 striking newsroom workers at the Halifax paper said it withdrew an unfair labour complaint related to the year-long strike. The union said a hearing was scheduled to begin next Monday before the Nova Scotia Labour Board, but was deemed unnecessary after management backed away from "bad faith bargaining positions." It said the Herald also withdrew a complaint about alleged disclosure of confidential information. A release from the Herald said the sides have agreed to resume talks over changes the company says are required to meet business challenges. The sides have agreed to resume talks next Tuesday.


UNIVERSITY UNION WANTS LAWSUIT DROPPED AGAINST TEACHERS' UNION
Wednesday 1st February 2017
The union representing faculty at the province’s universities is asking five of them to drop a proposed lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union. St. FX, Acadia, Ste. Anne, Mount Saint Vincent and Cape Breton universities allege that work-to-rule is violating the education act because it's keeping student teachers out of the classroom. A release from Association of University Teachers President Marc Lamoureux calls the lawsuit an intrusion by a third party in the collective bargaining process of a certified union, which he says is especially troublesome given that the union membership is set to vote on the latest deal next week. He added the suit is unbalanced by not including the provincial government, adding he doesn’t even think the province could be sued if they were to lock out teachers. The Association of University Teachers represents over 1,400 full-time faculty, librarians and contract academic staff throughout Nova Scotia.


GROUNDHOG DAY TOMORROW
Wednesday 1st February 2017
Nova Scotians are invited to celebrate Groundhog Day with Shubenacadie Sam, at Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park tomorrow at 8 a.m. Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines will join fans to see if Sam will see his shadow. If he does, folklore says winter will last six more weeks. There will be free hot drinks, activities and displays after the gates open at 7 a.m. The full park will be open on Groundhog Day until 1 p.m.Park hours and directions to the park are available here.


PUT ON A SWEATER FOR NATIONAL SWEATER DAY TOMORROW
Wednesday 1st February 2017
Tomorrow, why not beat the cold with another layer? The town of New Glasgow is taking part in National Sweater Day on Thursday, a day where people are encouraged to put on a sweater and lower their thermostats. It's an initiative led by World Wildlife Federation Canada to promote energy conservation. Town of New Glasgow departments are competing for prizes and bragging rights for best sweater. Citizens can submit their own sweater photos tomorrow to janine.linthorne@newglasgow.ca for a chance to win two tickets to the ECMA Songwriters Writers Circle at Glasgow Square Theatre next Saturday.


MANY PICTOU COUNTY NOMINEES AT THIS YEAR'S ECMA
Wednesday 1st February 2017
Pictou County is well represented in the nominees for this year’s East Coast Music Awards. Dave Gunning has three nominations, for Folk Recording of the Year (Lift), Songwriter of the Year and Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year. Also nominated in the folk recording category is Thom Swift for The Legend of Roy Black, which was mixed and mastered by Gunning at Wee House of Music. Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, whose front man is from New Glasgow, have two nods: Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year for Laugh, Dance & Sing as well as Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year. The Stanfields are also up for Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year, while Pictou County’s Jon Landry, the group’s front man, is nominated for Producer of the Year. The 2017 East Coast Music Awards will be handed out April 27 at Harbour Station in Saint John. The show will be broadcast on Bell Aliant’s TV1 platform and to Bell Fibe TV subscribers, as well as streamed online at ecma.com.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 1 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Wednesday 1st February 2017
The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers have moved up another spot in the most recent national rankings. The ranking of the top Jr A teams in the country now have the Crushers at 13th, moving ahead of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL. The Crushers are off until Thursday night, when they host the Yarmouth Mariners, who come into the game in second place in the Eastlink South after a pair of wins this past weekend.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians shut out the Bulldogs in Antigonish 4-0 last night. Goals scored by Riley Cameron with 2, Luke Spicer, and Robert Burrows. The Scotians return to Trenton on the 6th as host to the Bulldogs.
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The Weeks Major Midgets lost a squeaker just over a minute into overtime 5-4 to Halifax at the Wellness Centre last night. The Weeks team will be on the road Saturday night in Berwick to play the Valley Wildcats.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, Wednesday night one game Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Cornova Contracting   vs  Wranglers bar.
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The local roller derby club is looking for a temporary practice space for the next few weeks. The Highland Derby Dolls Kickin' Vixens says that they need a new space until end of March. If you have any suggestions, contact them via their Facebook Page, “Highland Derby Dolls – Team Kickin' Vixens”.
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The Bluenose Curling Club is hosting this year's Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship. This is the second time that the event has been held outside the HRM. Three teams will compete for the title, and a spot in the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec in April. The local team, who play out of the Bluenose Curling Club, is skipped by Devin Forbes, with Third Bill MacKenzie, Second Philip Sutherland and Lead Kathy McIsaac. Their opponents will be the defending Nova Scotia champions, skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville and a former Nova Scotia Champion, Laughie Rutt, also from Lakeshore. Opening Ceremonies at the Bluenose Curling Club are at 6:30PM, on Friday, Feb 3rd with the first game beginning at 7:30PM featuring Team Forbes and Team Rutt. Draws will be played on Saturday at 9AM, 1PM and 7PM , with the final games Sunday at 9AM and Noon, with a 3rd game at 5PM, if necessary. The public is invited and welcome to come and watch this unique version of “the roaring game”.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers are seeking coaches for the 2017 Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team. Interested person(s) can forward their name to Dan Richards at danrichards901@msn.com 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves and five Dallas players scored in the first period to send the Stars past the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3.
Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty scored his sixth career hat trick in a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Jonathan Marchessault scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to lift the Florida Panthers over the Ottawa Senators 6-5.
Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist, Jacob Trouba scored a key third-period goal, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-3.
Boston 4 Tampa Bay 3
Columbus 6 N.Y. Rangers 4
Carolina 5 Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 4 Nashville 2
N.Y. Islanders 3 Washington 2
New Jersey 4 Detroit 3
Minnesota 5 Edmonton 2
Los Angeles 3 Arizona 2
Anaheim 5 Colorado 1
San Jose 3 Chicago 1
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NBA
Kyle Lowry scored 33 points, including a huge basket with four seconds left in overtime, to lift the Toronto Raptors over the New Orleans Pelicans 108-106.
Washington 117 New York 101
Houston 105 Sacramento 83
San Antonio 108 Oklahoma City 94
Portland 115 Charlotte 98
L.A. Lakers 120 Denver 116