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Showing news for the month of September , 2016

RUSHTON PLEADS GUILTY TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER
Thursday 29th September 2016
A former Valley resident has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2013 deaths of his common-law spouse and her daughter. Gerald Ashley Rushton’s trial on two counts of first-degree murder was to begin next month. 53 year old Elizabeth MacPherson and her 24 year old daughter Brittany were found dead in the family home on Pictou Road in Bible Hill on the afternoon of 27 December 2013, following a 911 call from the residence. Rushton’s original trial was to begin late last October, but the day after jury selection the process was halted when Rushton fired his lawyer. Sentencing has been set for Nov. 15.


BOIL ORDER IN STELLARTON
Thursday 29th September 2016
The Town of Stellarton has issued a boil order for all Stellarton water customers, including Riverton. Until further notice, water is to be boiled for at least 1 minute before drinking, preparing infant formulas, preparing juices and ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking, dental hygiene or any other activity requiring human consumption. The water utility is doing all it can to determine the cause of the problem and to remedy it as quickly as possible. For further information about this notice, call the Town of Stellarton Engineering Department at 902-752-2946.


SEASONAL FIRE CREWS REMAIN ON CALL AS PROVINCE LOOKS FOR RELIEF FROM DRY WEATHER
Thursday 29th September 2016
As dry conditions continue in many parts of the province, the Department of Natural Resources is keeping some seasonal wildfire fighters and burning restrictions in place longer than usual. Seasonal fire crews in western and central Nova Scotia will stay on until October 22nd. Minister of Natural Resources Lloyd Hines says maintaining these resources and restrictions until then is necessary to ensure the safety of forests, communities, and people. Those in need of potable water and showers will still have access to designated provincial parks in central and western Nova Scotia after the camping season concludes. Those parks will be kept open until October 27th for water access only. Most provincial parks traditionally close after Thanksgiving. For more information on assistance during the water shortage in southwestern Nova Scotia, click on the link.


GAS STORAGE PROTESTERS CHANGE TACTICS
Thursday 29th September 2016
A protest organizer says Mi'kmaq participants have shifted away from the entrance of a construction site near proposed natural gas storage caverns in the Stewiacke area. Cheryl Maloney says the aboriginal opponents will focus their efforts now on asserting their fishing rights near the Alton Gas riverside construction site in Fort Ellis. On Monday, a small group of aboriginal protesters and non-native opponents of the project set up a chairs, tables and a canopy at the front entrance of the site about 12 kilometres from the proposed storage caverns. The construction site is the location where the proposed project would pump water from the tidal Shubenacadie River to underground salt caverns, and where briny water will be discharged back into the river. Opponents argue the discharged water poses risks to fish species and the environment, while the company and the province say they have done studies to show the processes will not cause harm. 


DOCUMENTS REVEAL CLOSE CALL WITH OFFSHORE PIPELINE
Thursday 29th September 2016
Access to information documents say that one of a string of heavy steel pipes wrenched off a drilling ship off Nova Scotia earlier this year fell just 12 metres from the wellhead. Shell Canada says there are multiple barriers in the well that would have prevented an accident if the pipes had struck the well on March 5th. But critics of the deepwater project say it's too close for comfort and say the figure should have been revealed sooner in reports from the regulator. The Shell report also says on 10 prior occasions weather reports called for seas and wind conditions harsh enough for the ship to remove the drilling fluids from the system.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 29
Thursday 29th September 2016
The Weeks Jr A Crushers look to extend their streak to five consecutive wins to start their season tonight when they host the Truro Bearcats. Truro comes into the game with a record of 3-2, while the Crushers are one of only two teams in the 12 team league without a loss, the other being the 6-0 Yarmouth Mariners. It is the first of three games in three nights for the Crushers, all against opponents within the Eastlink South Division. Tomorrow night they will be on the road in Bridgewater visiting the South Shore Lumberjacks, before a trip to Amherst to take on the Ramblers on Saturday.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey is holding its final registration for midget players on Saturday from 3-5pm at the Wellness Centre. Midget AA/A tryouts will be Saturday from 5-6 and 6-7pm. Please check the PCMHA website for details. 
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Two pieces of news from Pictou County Athletics. First, they have been chosen to host the Outdoor Atlantic Track & Field Championships in July of 2017. The meet will include over 500 athletes from around the Atlantic Provinces. Second, the group is adding a Masters category, which includes athletes ranging in age from 35 all the way to 99 years of age. Pictou County Athletics are holding an information session at the Pioneer Coal Track in Stellarton on Sunday from 5 to 6:30pm for any Masters that may be interested.
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Registration for the East Pictou Silver Blades' CanSkate and figure skating programs will be at the Thorburn Rink Wednesday 5 October. Both sessions are from 6:30 to 8pm. Open to kids three and up. Parents are asked to bring your child's health card. For more info, contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search for East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Blue Jays' lead atop the A-L wild-card standings dropped to one game with a 3-2 loss to Baltimore. Pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim hit a two-run homer off closer Roberto Osuna as Toronto fell to 19-and-25 in one-run games this season. The loss spoiled a solid start from Francisco Liriano, who struck out 10 over six-and-a-third shutout innings.
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Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees staved off playoff elimination at the last possible moment with a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Boston clinched the A-L East title anyway with Toronto's loss to Baltimore.
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Anton Rodin scored the tiebreaking goal with less than five minutes to play as the Vancouver Canucks defeated Edmonton 5-3 in pre-season action. Oilers phenom Connor McDavid was held off the scoresheet in his first exhibition game since returning from the World Cup of Hockey.
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Around the ice, Chris Kunitz scored two third-period goals as the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins beat Chicago 2-0 in exhibition play. And Luke Glendening and Steve Ott each had a goal and an assist to help Detroit down the Bruins 5-1.
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Toronto F-C is in first place in the Eastern Conference after a nil-nil draw with Orlando City at BMO Field. In other M-L-S action, Montreal halted a four-game winless run at home with a 3-1 victory over San Jose. And in Vancouver, the Whitecaps downed Central F-C 4-1 in a CONCACAF Champions League group stage match.
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Pete Rose is appealing directly to baseball's Hall of Fame to restore his eligibility, arguing the lifetime ban he agreed to in 1989 was never intended to keep him out of Cooperstown.  A seven-page letter to Hall president Jeff Idelson made the case that the settlement agreement didn't include a provision that he be ineligible for election to the Hall of Fame.


HEALTH MINISTER NOT HAPPY WITH FEDERAL PLANS TO HALVE INCREASES IN TRANSFERS
Thursday 29th September 2016
Nova Scotia Health Minister Leo Glavine is joining a chorus of criticism against a federal Liberal plan to cut the current rate of increase in health transfers to the provinces by half next year. Glavine says now is absolutely not the time to reduce the annual increase — currently at six per cent — especially with current health demands and an aging population. Health ministers in B-C, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario are also concerned with the Liberal proposal. Glavine says he expects a pointed discussion to ensue when Health Minister Jane Philpott meets her provincial counterparts in Toronto on October 18th.


POLICE WARN OF SCAM E-MAIL THAT WILL SCRAMBLE YOUR COMPUTER
Thursday 29th September 2016
Police in Halifax are warning people about a scam involving a courier service. They say someone sent an email to a local organization that appeared to be from a courier company. The email says recipients should click on an attachment to get a shipping label, which results in the files being encrypted. It then tells the person the files would be released if a ransom was paid.


PM OPENS YOUTH SUMMIT IN OTTAWA
Thursday 29th September 2016
Prime Minister Trudeau helped open the One Young World Summit in Ottawa last evening, urging youth gathered on the lawn of Parliament Hill to think of themselves as the leaders of today, not just the future. The summit through Saturday gathers together some 13-hundred youth leaders from nearly 200 countries. It'll feature such well-known guests as former U-N secretary-general Kofi Annan and Bob Geldof speaking on topics ranging from climate change to peace and security. Trudeau says the young people attending are from a generation that is "politically engaged, educated, innovative, inclusive and progressive," and he called on them to "harness that potential" to improve the world for everyone.


REFUGEES HELP PUSH CANADA'S POPULATION PAST 36 MILLION
Thursday 29th September 2016
Statistics Canada says a record number of immigrants arriving in the last year helped push the country's population to an estimated 36-million-286-thousand-and-425 as of July 1st. The agency says the country recorded an overall increase of more than 437-thousand people, or 1.2 per cent, during the 2015-16 fiscal year -- and increase not seen since 1988-89. The overall rise was driven by the arrival of nearly 321-thousand immigrants -- a number boosted by an influx of Syrian refugees. Under the system of population accounts used today, which dates to 1971, the previous record immigration level was in 2009-10, when 270-thousand-and-581 newcomers arrived.


SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE REPORTED AT HALIFAX LIBRARY
Wednesday 28th September 2016
Halifax­ Regional Police resp­onded to a report of ­a suspicious package ­in the Halifax Centra­l Library this afternoon. The library has been ­evacuated as a precau­tion and police ask p­eople to avoid this a­rea until further not­ice.  ­ The investigation int­o this matter is cont­inuing. Anyone with i­nformation about this­ incident is asked to­ contact police at 90­2-490-5020. Anonymous­ tips can be sent to ­Crime Stoppers by cal­ling toll-free 1-800-­222-TIPS (8477), subm­itting a secure web t­ip atwww.crimestoppers.ns.­ca or texting a tip – T­ip 202 + your message­ to 274637.


NURSE PRACTITIONERS TO BE HIRED FOR PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTIES
Wednesday 28th September 2016
Twenty-four-hundred more people in the New Glasgow, Westville, Stellarton and Truro areas will soon have access to primary health care. The province is giving Nova Scotia Health Authority three-point-six million dollars to hire a total of 22 new nurse practitioners and family practice nurses across the province, four of which will serve the New Glasgow, Westville, Stellarton, and the Truro areas. Nurse practitioners can diagnose patients, order tests and interpret them, and prescribe medication. Family practice nurses assess patients, make referrals, plan care and evaluate how people are responding to treatment.  


BAILLIE QUESTIONS PREMIER OVER HIRING ANOTHER STAFFER
Wednesday 28th September 2016
The Progressive Conservative leader in Nova Scotia is criticizing the Liberals' plan to hire another staffer in the premier's office. A new Senior Delivery Officer job was advertised yesterday, paying between 81-thousand dollars up to 101-thousand dollars. Tory Leader Jamie Baillie says at a time when there are cutbacks to nursing homes in Nova Scotia, the addition of staff is questionable.


SPRINGHILL JAIL ON LOCKDOWN SINCE SUNDAY
Wednesday 28th September 2016
A federal prison in Nova Scotia says that prisoners at the facility have been restricted to their cells except for brief breaks since Sunday morning. A news release from the facility in Springhill says the lockdown is to enable staff members to conduct a special search. It says the search is necessary to ensure the safety and security of the institution and normal operations will resume when it is safe to do so. It notes that Correctional Service of Canada is committed to preventing the entry of contraband into its institutions.


FISHERMEN SEEK COURT ORDER TO HALT INSTALLATION OF BAY OF FUNDY TURBINES
Wednesday 28th September 2016
Fishermen are going to ask a judge to suspend testing of two massive turbines scheduled for the Bay of Fundy. A group of Nova Scotia fishermen say they will seek a court order to suspend the Cape Sharp Tidal project until a judge can review the case early next year. The 175-member Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association confirmed yesterday that it will head to court mid October. The Nova Scotia government has said the slow-moving turbines are unlikely to have a harmful effect on marine life.


PEI PLANS THOROUGH SCHOOL REVIEW
Wednesday 28th September 2016
Pictou isn't the only place where schools are being reviewed. P.E.I. is about to undertake a huge round of public consultations regarding the future of six families of schools. The Public Schools Branch accepted recommendations yesterday to conduct in-depth reviews on the school families based on initial research showing declining enrollment. The Charlottetown Rural, Morell, Colonel Gray, Kinkora, Westisle, and Montague families of schools will undertake the reviews with options including possible closure. The Bluefield, Three Oaks Senior High, Souris and Kensington families of schools were recommended to stay status quo and will not be reviewed further.


WESTVILLE, BIBLE HILL AMONG FIVE LOCATIONS TO DEAL WITH BOMB HOAXES ON TUESDAY
Wednesday 28th September 2016
The Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill was the site of the latest bomb hoax. The university says in a statement that police received a "non-specific bomb threat" for the campus around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, and after staff at the campus were notified, students were evacuated to the Bible Hill Fire Hall. RCMP and Dalhousie Security completed a sweep of campus buildings, nothing suspicious was found, and the campus has reopened. The bomb threat at the Dal AC was one of five across the province on Tuesday, with others received in Westville, Kentville, Bridgewater and Annapolis Royal. There has been a rash of bomb threats in the Maritimes over the past week, and so far, no explosives have been found.


FIVE ARRESTS IN CONNECTION WITH MURDERED MAN FOUND IN TRUNK OF A CAR
Wednesday 28th September 2016
Five people have been arrested in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in the trunk of a stolen car in Nova Scotia last month. Police found 26-year-old Tylor Donovan McInnis in a black Honda Civic at a church graveyard in North Preston on August 23rd. An autopsy confirmed McInnis was the victim of a homicide, but police have not released a cause of death. They are not providing information on the people who have been arrested.


PROVINCE PLEDGING EASIER ACCESS TO INFORMATION IN NEW YEAR
Wednesday 28th September 2016
The province is pledging to make information easier to access. It says a system will be launched in January to let people file access to information requests online. And, completed freedom of information requests will be posted online, excluding anything relating to child and youth services or personal information. It says there were almost 23-hundred applications last year, with 81 per cent of the responses completed within 30 days.


CANADIAN FORCES ESTABLISHES OWN SEX CRIMES UNIT
Wednesday 28th September 2016
The Canadian Forces has created a special team of investigators to handle sexual crimes, in response to concerns that military police lack the skills and experience to deal with such offences. Brigadier-General Rob Delaney, the military's top police officer, announced the creation of the new 18-member team during a ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Trenton yesterday. Team members will be deployed to six locations across Canada to respond whenever and wherever an alleged sexual offence takes place. They've been given specialized training to better investigate crimes and support victims Military police investigated 280 alleged sexual crimes in 2015 and during the first six months of 2016, laying 49 charges -- although it's unknown how many resulted in convictions. Retired Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps sharply criticized the military police service in a scathing report last year on sexual misconduct in the forces. Some have suggested that criminal investigations dealing with sexual offences should be left with civilian authorities. However, military police commanders have pushed back against that suggestion, noting that they are the only ones with the jurisdiction to investigate crimes committed by military personnel on missions abroad.


GOV'T REPORT SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE COULD DOUBLE ANNUAL AREA OF FOREST FIRES
Wednesday 28th September 2016
A new report by Natural Resources Canada says by the end of this century, a changing climate is expected to at least double the area burned each year by forest fires in Canada. The report says just over seven-thousand forest fires burned about 3.9 million hectares in 2015, and while the number of fires was slightly above the 10-year average, the area burned was 50 per cent higher. The report says a warming climate will contribute to a 50 per cent increase in large fires, new tree diseases and more insect infestations by the end of the century. Scientists say it is difficult to link any single natural disaster, such as a flood or fire, to man-made global warming, but say the frequency and intensity of such events has been increasing and is likely to continue. The report notes that even if international efforts are successful in limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, that increase translates into a four-degree Celsius increase for Canada.


CANCER SOCIETY SAYS FEDS NEED TO BETTER REGULATE E-CIGS
Wednesday 28th September 2016
A senior policy adviser at the Canadian Cancer Society says although several provinces and municipalities have already brought forward measures on vaping, federal legislation is "clearly needed." Rob Cunningham says federal tobacco legislation promised for later this fall must address not only e-cigarettes, but topics such as new industry marketing tactics, water-pipe smoking and regulation of marijuana. Health Minister Jane Philpott says with the new laws, the federal government hopes to balance the risks and benefits of vaping. She adds that it is hard to fully understand the dangers of electronic cigarettes because of a lack of evidence. Philpott says the government hopes to protect young people from nicotine, while allowing adult smokers to use vaping to help them quit tobacco. Health Canada also says federal work continues on a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes, as well as a commitment to introduce plain and standardized packaging requirements on all tobacco products. The government says an estimated 87-thousand Canadians, including many young people, will become daily smokers this year -- placing them and others at risk of developing a variety of diseases and illnesses.


RESEARCH SHOWS BETTER PROTECTION FROM STROKE DAMAGE POSSIBLE
Wednesday 28th September 2016
New research out of the University of Calgary shows there may be more time than first thought to prevent permanent damage during a stroke. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Before the study, it was thought patients had just six hours to benefit from a standard procedure called Endovascular Thrombectomy, which uses a clot-busting drug combined with an intravenous stent procedure to pull out the blockage. But Dr. Michael Hill, a stroke neurologist at Foothills Medical Centre, says the Calgary research suggests brain damage can still be diminished with the therapy after seven hours -- noting trials have proven to be effective.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 28
Wednesday 28th September 2016
The Weeks Major Midgets can add a captain in the QMJHL to their list of accomplished alumni, after Lane Cormier was named Captain of the Moncton Wildcats this week. Cormier, who also played six games as a midget call-up with the Weeks Crushers, had 67 points in 65 regular-season and playoff games with the Weeks Major Midgets between 2011-2014. Cormier will spend his final year of junior hockey leading a Wildcat team in a bit of a rebuild, as they have 11 rookies on their roster. He says he hopes to be able to continue his career in professional hockey next season.
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Two pieces of news from Pictou County Athletics. First, they have been chosen to host the Outdoor Atlantic Track & Field Championships in July of 2017. The meet will include over 500 athletes from around the Atlantic Provinces. Second, the group is adding a Masters category, which includes athletes ranging in age from 35 all the way to 99 years of age. Pictou County Athletics are holding an information session at the Pioneer Coal Track in Stellarton on Sunday from 5 to 6:30pm for any Masters that may be interested.
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There are a few spots remaining in this season's Canskate program at the Wellness Centre. Final registration will take place tonight from 5 to 7pm at the Wellness Centre. This National learn-to-skate program is for all ages and abilities. It  begins October 12, running every Wednesday until March. For more information call 902-301-0076 or email info@skatemariposaeast.com
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Registration for the East Pictou Silver Blades' CanSkate and figure skating programs will be at the Thorburn Rink tonight and Wednesday 5 October. Both sessions are from 6:30 to 8pm. Open to kids three and up. Parents are asked to bring your child's health card. For more info, contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search for East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Dominance it was not, but Team Canada still did enough to capture Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final. Carey Price made 32 saves and the top line of Sidney Crosby, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron combined for two goals and four assists as Canada edged Europe 3-1. Canada can win the tournament with a victory Thursday.
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The Blue Jays gained some ground in their push for a playoff spot. Aaron Sanchez struck out 10 as Toronto beat the Orioles 5-1 at Rogers Centre to move two games up on Baltimore for the top A-L wild card spot. Ezequiel Carrera filled in the leadoff spot in place of an injured Devon Travis and hit a solo home run.
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The American League wild card spots are far from certain. Toronto has a two-game cushion on Baltimore for the first wild card, but the Orioles have Detroit and Seattle right behind them. The Tigers are just a game back after a 12-0 win against Cleveland while the Mariners fell two games behind the O's with an 8-4 loss to Houston.
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The Red Sox will have to wait to clinch a division title. Boston's magic number for winning the A-L East remains at one after Tyler Austin belted a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Red Sox. A Toronto loss would be enough for Boston to clinch.
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With the post-season in sight, Cleveland's rotation may have taken another blow. The Indians are waiting to hear if ace Corey Kluber is seriously injured. He left the mound after just four innings Monday night with a tight groin muscle. The A-L Central champs already are without starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar as they finish out the regular season.
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Wayne Gretzky already planned to attend this season's Winter Classic, all-star game and Heritage Classic, so it was a no-brainer for the Great One when N-H-L commissioner Gary Bettman asked him to take an official role in the league's centennial celebration.  As the "ambassador" for the festivities, Gretzky returns to the N-H-L in an official capacity for the first time since 2009, when he served as part-owner, coach and head of hockey operations with the Phoenix Coyotes.


BOMB THREAT AT DALHOUSIE AGRICULTURE CAMPUS IN BIBLE HILL
Tuesday 27th September 2016
RCMP say a “dynamic situation” is underway at the Dalhousie Agriculture Campus in Bible Hill. Police could not comment on what is happening, but a Dalhousie University employee has indicated to our newsroom that a bomb threat has been issued to the Langille Athletic Centre. At this time, police are in the process of evacuating the campus.


FISHERMEN CONTINUE FIGHT AGAINST TIDAL POWER PROJECT
Tuesday 27th September 2016
A group of Nova Scotia fishermen is seeking a court order to put on hold any testing of a giant electric turbine in the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association says it fears Cape Sharp Tidal could conduct the test this fall before a judge has reviewed the Nova Scotia environment minister's decision to approve the project's test phase. The group will be in court on October 20th arguing for a stay of that decision until the review is complete. A spokeswoman for Cape Sharp Tidal declined to comment on a case that is before the courts, but confirmed the project remains on hold during a so-called voluntary pause.


TRACK CONDITIONS AMONG FACTORS IN 2015 EDMUNDSTON DERAILMENT
Tuesday 27th September 2016
The Transportation Safety Board has found a combination of track conditions and rail wear were contributing factors to the C-N Rail derailment near Edmundston, New Brunswick, last year. The board released its report today into the derailment of 35 rail cars and one locomotive, which destroyed approximately 275 meters of main track near Saint-Basile on April 17th, 2015. It says 20 of the derailed cars had last contained crude oil and it's fortunate they were only carrying residue when the derailment occurred. It also highlighted the lack of clear criteria for addressing combination defects — more than one occurring within 30 metres of track —  which it says increase the risk that unsafe combinations of track conditions can be missed or unaddressed.


ARRESTS MADE IN HALIFAX MURDER CASE
Tuesday 27th September 2016
The R-C-M-P say they've made multiple arrests in the death of a man whose body was found in the trunk of a stolen car in Nova Scotia last month. Police found the body of 26-year-old Tylor Donovan McInnis when they located a stolen black Honda Civic in a church graveyard in North Preston on August 23rd. An autopsy confirmed McInnis was the victim of a homicide, but police have not released a cause of death. The Mounties say five people have been arrested in connection with his death, but are not providing any further details at this time.


FATAL ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 101 MONDAY
Tuesday 27th September 2016
A man was killed when his car and a tractor-trailer were involved in a collision near Windsor around noon, yesterday. The 41-year old man from Sackville who was driving at the time of the accident, succumbed to injuries sustained. The driver of the transport truck was not injured. The incident occurred on Highway 101 between exits 5 and 5A in Garlands Crossing, resulting in that stretch of road remaining closed for several hours yesterday. The highway reopened to traffic around 8 p.m. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


SENIORS SAFETY GRANT PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Tuesday 27th September 2016
A provincial grant program intended to improve seniors' health and safety is now open to applications. The Senior Safety Grant program, funded by the departments of Seniors and Justice, provides up to 20-thousand dollars to non-profit, community-based safety programs that provide information, support and guidance to seniors. Application forms are available on the Department of Seniors website or by calling, toll-free, 1-844-277-0770.


PICTOU MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD LURING
Tuesday 27th September 2016
A 21 year old Pictou man has been charged with luring a child and invitation to sexual touching. New Glasgow Regional Police Major Crime Unit arrested the man Monday morning, and seized cell phones in relation to the investigation. The accused was released upon strict conditions and will be appearing in Provincial Court in Pictou on 5 December. Further charges may be pending as the investigation continues.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED AGAIN
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Once again, not having a doctor available means a closure of the Emergency Room in Tatamagouche. The provincial Health Authority says the ER at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC is closed today from 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., and during that time patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care.


CORAL CANYONS PROTECTED FROM DESTRUCTIVE FISHING PRACTICES
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Two underwater canyons off the province's southwest coast will be declared off limits to fishermen who use gear that is dragged or dumped on the seabed. The move by the federal Fisheries Department is aimed at protecting the Georges and Corsair canyons which are home to schools of fish and coral so colourful it's known as bubblegum. More than nine-thousand square kilometres of ocean bottom will be protected in total under the Fisheries Act. The department says the number of fishermen affected by the closure is small and the level of economic impact will be minimal.


EX-MILITARY SHOULD HAVE BENEFITS SET UP BEFORE THEY GO BACK TO CIVILIAN LIFE: OMBUDSMAN
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Canada's military ombudsman is calling on the armed forces to stop cutting loose ill and injured service members before they know what services and benefits the soldiers are getting from Veterans Affairs. In a report released today, ombudsman Gary Walbourne says the military should keep those troops within the fold until their supports are secure. It's just one of a number of changes that Walbourne says would transform the transition system that ill and injured military personnel must pass through on their way back into civilian life. Ill and injured military personnel have called the process for accessing services and benefits when they are made to leave the Forces onerous and overly bureaucratic. Complicating matters is the fact many end up being forced out of the military before their services and benefits are set up with Veterans Affairs. Walbourne says that causes huge stress on people who may already be struggling with physical and mental injuries.


NEW HEALTH TRANSFER PAYMENTS COULD LEAD TO FIGHT WITH PROVINCES
Tuesday 27th September 2016
The Liberal government has come under opposition fire for its apparent refusal to fully restore transfer payments to the provinces. In the Commons, N-D-P health critic Don Davies set his sights on Health Minister Jane Philpott, who told C-T-V's "Question Period" on the weekend that she doesn't plan to restore a six per cent escalator on health funding. Davies said Canadians were lead to believe the Liberals would negotiate a long-term funding formula -- not impose one. Starting next April, the transfer's annual increases will be tied to Canada's nominal G-D-P growth, which could have a significant impact in a sluggish economy. The escalator would provide a guaranteed minimum increase of just three per cent -- not six per cent as was stipulated in the previous agreement, which was meant to offset the impact of an aging population.


CABINET MINISTER COULD THEORETICALLY BE DEPORTED UNDER LITTLE KNOWN IMMIGRATION LAW
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Maryam Monsef could be stripped of her citizenship without a hearing under a law the Liberals denounced while in opposition but which they've been enforcing aggressively since taking power. That's according to civil liberties and refugee lawyers. The democratic institutions minister revealed last week that she was born in Iran -- not Afghanistan as she had long believed. She said her mother, who fled Afghanistan with her daughters when Monsef was 11, didn't think it mattered where the minister was born since she was still legally considered an Afghan citizen. Monsef has said she will have to correct the place of birth on her passport. But if Monsef's birthplace was wrong on her refugee claim and was a factor in the ruling on her case, her citizenship could be revoked, regardless of how the mistake was made. Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman, part of a group that launched a constitutional challenge of the law, says Monsef could even be deported. The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association argue that the citizenship revocation law, known as Bill C-24, is procedurally unfair and a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 27 *UPDATED 8:45 AM*
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Two pieces of news from Pictou County Athletics. First, they have been chosen to host the Outdoor Atlantic Track & Field Championships in July of 2017. The meet will include over 500 athletes from around the Atlantic Provinces. Second, the group is adding a Masters category, which includes athletes ranging in age from 35 all the way to 99 years of age. Pictou County Athletics are holding an information session at the Pioneer Coal Track in Stellarton on Sunday October 2 from 5-630pm for any Masters that may be interested.
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There are a few spots remaining in this season's Canskate program at the Wellness Centre. Final registration will take place Wednesday from 5 to 7pm at the Wellness Centre. This National learn-to-skate program is for all ages and abilities. It  begins October 12, running every Wednesday until March. For more information call 902-301-0076 or email info@skatemariposaeast.com
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Registration for the East Pictou Silver Blades' CanSkate and figure skating programs will be at the Thorburn Rink Wednesday 28 September and Wednesday 5 October. Both sessions are from 6:30 to 8pm. Open to kids three and up. Parents are asked to bring your child's health card. For more info, contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search for East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course November 12-13 & 19-20 from 9am to 2pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Yankees scored five runs in the ninth inning and shut down a Toronto comeback attempt in the bottom half of the frame for a 7-5 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Toronto had a 3-2 lead entering the final inning before New York stormed back. Jason Grilli shouldered with the loss.
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Things turned ugly early when the Jays and Yankees emptied their benches twice in the second inning after a string of hit batsmen. It started in the first inning when New York's Luis Severino hit Josh Donaldson on the elbow. Toronto's J.A. Happ took aim at Chase Headley in the second, then Severino raised the stakes by hitting Justin Smoak. Severino was ejected, as was Yankees manager Joe Girardi and coaches Larry Rothschild and Rob Thomson.
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Robinson Cano hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting the Mariners over the Astros 4-3. Houston scored two runs in the ninth, but Cano hit a ball into the second deck in right field to win. The victory moves Seattle two games behind Baltimore for the second A-L wild card.
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A good start to the pre-season for New Jersey's Adam Henrique. He scored two power-play goals to lead a Devils split-squad over the Montreal Canadiens 3-2. And the Toronto Maple Leafs opened their exhibition schedule with a 6-3 loss against the Senators in Halifax. Phil Varone had two goals and two assists for Ottawa.
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Two victories in two split-squad pre-season games for the Edmonton Oilers. First, Tyler Pitlick had a goal and an assist as the Oilers won their pre-season debut at Rogers Place Arena, beating the Flames 4-2. Moments later, Edmonton won again, this time in Calgary where they beat the Flames 2-1. 
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Tevin Coleman rushed for three touchdowns and Matt Ryan passed for two T-Ds as Atlanta beat the winless New Orleans Saints 45-32. The game was played nearly 10 years to the day after the Saints' memorable return to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.


STELLARTON POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING YOUTH
Monday 26th September 2016
Stellarton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing youth. Amber Rose Dowell has been missing from Stellarton, Pictou County, Nova Scotia since Friday September 23. Dowell can be described as five foot six, long blonde hair with dark roots and weighing one hundred and fourty four pounds. Police do not believe foul play is involved but it is imperative that they speak with her. Dowell is believed to be in the Maritimes, most likely Nova Scotia but this is not confirmed. If you have seen or know where Dowell is you can contact the Stellarton Police Service at 902-752-6160 or Crime Stopper at 1-800-222-TIPS, as always you can remain anonymous.


INVERNESS RCMP SEEK HELP FINDING MISSING MAN
Monday 26th September 2016
Inverness County District RCMP is asking for the public's help locating 54-year-old Mark Pawson. While visiting a residence on East Big Intervale Rd. in Margaree Valley, Pawson left and did not return. Pawson is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and 160 pounds, with a slender build, short blonde-brown hair, and a clean shave. He was last seen wearing a golf shirt and either a pair of shorts or a pair of black pants. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Pawson is asked to call Inverness County District RCMP at 902-258-2213. Should you wish to remain anonymous, residents can also call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or submit a tip by secure online tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.


IDENTITY OF SUBMERGED WRECK CONFIRMED
Monday 26th September 2016
Parks Canada is confirming that a submerged wreck found in the Arctic earlier this month was part of the doomed Franklin expedition. Underwater archeologists say the vessel found off King William Island in Nunavut is the HMS Terror, which went down more than 160 years ago during a search for the Northwest Passage. Environment Canada says it is working with the government of Nunavut and Inuit organizations on an agreement for joint ownership of the ship's artifacts. The federal government is currently talking with Great Britain about formally transferring the artifacts to Canada. The Terror was found Sept. 3 during a search involving Parks Canada, the Coast Guard, the Arctic Research Foundation and other government and Inuit partners. The ship was finally found after a tip from an Inuit hunter who recalled seeing a mast sticking through the sea ice seven years ago.  


NEW BRUNSWICK POLICE OFFICER FACING INJURIES AFTER ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING
Monday 26th September 2016
A police officer has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after an accidental shooting at a firing range in New Brunswick. Police say they were called to the Saint John Police Shooting Range just outside the city early this morning. The force offered few details about the incident, but say the 46-year-old officer was involved in an "accidental firearms discharge." They say the officer is with the Saint John police force. The Kennebecasis Valley Regional Police Force and WorkSafeN-B are investigating.


COLE HARBOUR STUDENTS RETURN TO CLASS AFTER BOMB THREAT EVACUATION
Monday 26th September 2016
Another bomb threat led to a school evacuation this morning. Cole Harbour High School was cleared out after police were alerted of a bomb threat around 8am. Nothing was found, and students are being allowed to return. This follows several threats around Nova Scotia and PEI in the last week. So far, police say all threats have been unfounded.


ONE DEAD, FOUR INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE CRASH ON HWY 107
Monday 26th September 2016
A woman has been killed in a two-vehicle crash outside Halifax. Police say the accident occurred near exit 18 on Highway 107 at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon. A woman driving a Volkswagen sedan was pronounced dead at the scene, while four people in a van — including two children — were taken to hospital with serious injuries. Highway 107 near exit 18 was closed as the investigation continued.


THREE CAPE BRETON POLICE OFFICERS SUSPENDED
Monday 26th September 2016
Three members of the Cape Breton Regional Police force have been suspended from duty. The Nova Scotia Government Employees Union says it will represent the officers under the Police Act if they're charged. However, neither union spokeswoman Holly Fraughton, nor a spokesman for the police force would say why officers Jerome Kelly, Roberta Kelly and Greg Livingstone were suspended. The police spokesman would only say that it's a human resources matter and that a statement might be released later today.


CONCERNS OVER LACK OF DOCTORS RAISED AT HEALTHCARE MEETING
Monday 26th September 2016
Being unable to see a family doctor was a recurring theme at a meeting held at Summer Street Industries to discuss the state of healthcare in Pictou County. Nearly 300 people came to discuss their concerns about access to services, including mental health. There were audible gasps from the crowd at times as relatives relayed the fallout of parents who weren't able to receive timely diagnoses because they couldn't see the same doctor on a regular basis. The three Pictou County MLA's organized the meeting to let residents share their stories with health officials in attendance, including CEO of the provincial Health Authority, Janet Knox. At the end of the meeting, Knox thanked people for their courage in sharing their stories, but said that solving the problems in healthcare will take years, noting that the Authority continues to actively recruit doctors to address shortages. Knox said administrators understand the changing needs of Nova Scotians, and want to work together to find solutions.


ELECTRONIC VOTING INFO FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTION BEING MAILED OUT THIS WEEK
Monday 26th September 2016
Voters in Pictou County, Stellarton, Pictou and New Glasgow should check their mailbox for information on electronic voting in the upcoming municipal elections. Josephine MacDonald, the returning officer for the County and the three towns, says the mail-out will include an individual PIN number and a web address voters can use if they want to cast their ballot electronically ahead of the 15 October election date.  MacDonald says to contact their returning office if they don't receive a mail-out by October 1st. The towns of Trenton and Westville don't have electronic voting, but will have traditional advance polls before election day.


ROYAL COUPLE FINISHES DAY TWO OF CANADA VISIT
Monday 26th September 2016
The royal couple wrapped up their second day in Canada by sailing from Vancouver to Victoria on a hovercraft from the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. The station was of particular interest to Prince William who's a helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. William recently spoke in a U-K documentary about "dark moments" on the job, and in Vancouver, discussed the mental-health issues faced by first responders in the Coast Guard. Earlier, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife Sophie, visited Vancouver's gritty Downtown Eastside and met with mothers recovering from addiction. William and Kate will visit B-C's Central Coast this morning and take an aerial tour of the Great Bear Rainforest.


AS LONG-FORM CENSUS RETURNS, FEDS WORKING ON A NEW SYSTEM TO COUNT THE POPULATION
Monday 26th September 2016
The mandatory long-form census returned this year, a decade after it was last seen. And if things go as planned, a decade from now the short-form census won't be seen again. Statistics Canada is working on a plan for the 2026 census that would eliminate the mandatory short form census that goes to every household, and instead use existing government data bases to conduct a virtual count of the population. The plan would save taxpayers millions of dollars and provide the same information used by governments to plan roads, hospitals, schools and other public services. Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act show officials hope to have a digital register of every Canadian that could be updated every five years, if not annually, and a smaller long form questionnaire.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 26
Monday 26th September 2016
The Weeks Major Midgets picked up a pair of wins on the road this weekend, defeating the Cape Breton Tradesmen 4-1 in Sydney on Saturday afternoon, followed by a 5-2 victory over the Tradesmen Sunday afternoon.
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In Junior Hockey, the Pictou County Scotians picked up two points, losing 8-1 to the East Hants Penguins on Friday night, but rebounding with a win over the Strait Pirates 6-3 at the Trenton arena Sunday night.
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The Wear Well Major Bantam Bombers had a pair of home games this weekend: Saturday they lost 3-1 to the Dartmouth Whalers, then on Sunday were shut out 3-0 by the ACCEL Hawks.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Female Midget AAA league won both ends of a home and home series against the Panthers, starting with 6-2 score on Saturday at the Wellness Centre, followed by a 7-1 victory in Cape Breton.
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There are a few spots remaining in this season's Canskate program at the Wellness Centre. Final registration will take place today and Wednesday from 5 to 7pm at the Wellness Centre. This National learn-to-skate program is for all ages and abilities. It  begins October 12, running every Wednesday until March. For more information call 902-301-0076 or email info@skatemariposaeast.com
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Registration for the East Pictou Silver Blades' CanSkate and figure skating programs will be at the Thorburn Rink Wednesday 28 September and Wednesday 5 October. Both sessions are from 6:30 to 8pm. Open to kids three and up. Parents are asked to bring your child's health card. For more info, contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search for East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course November 12-13 & 19-20 from 9am to 2pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It was a good week for the Blue Jays. They won for the fifth time in six games following a dramatic 4-3 comeback win over New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Edwin Encarnacion had a bases-loaded single in the ninth to drive home the winning run. The two teams wrap up the four-game series tonight.
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The Cubs' impressive season continues. They wrapped up their home schedule with a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Chicago finished with a major league-best 57-2and-4 home record. It's the most home wins for the Cubs since they went 58-and-19 at the West Side Grounds in 1910. St. Louis remained a half-game back of San Francisco for the second N-L wild card.
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There won't be a rematch of the 2014 Sochi Olympics men's hockey final this week. Sweden fell 3-2 in overtime to Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey semifinals. The Europeans will now face Canada in the best-of-three final that starts Tuesday night. This is the first best-on-best tournament since the Sochi Games.
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Pheonix Copley and Jordan Binnington combined for 23 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Blue Jackets 5-0 in Columbus. It completed a sweep of the teams' two split-squad games on the opening day of the N-H-L pre-season. Earlier, Kevin Shattenkirk had two goals and an assist as the Blues beat the Blue Jackets 7-3 in St. Louis.
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Chicago's woes continue to pile up. The Bears lost again after falling to the Dallas Cowboys 31-17. That dropped them to 0-and-3 for the second time in two seasons under coach John Fox. Dak Prescott led the charge for Dallas with scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half.
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A golf legend is gone. Arnold Palmer died Sunday in Pittsburgh after complications from heart problems. He was 87. Palmer won seven major championships and the 1955 Canadian Open among his 62 P-G-A titles. Palmer's playing career included memorable moments at the U-S Open, where he rallied from seven shots down to win and once blew a seven-stroke lead on the back nine to lose.


MORE BOMB THREATS PLAGUE HALIFAX REGION
Sunday 25th September 2016
Another round of bomb threats kept Halifax Regional Police busy this morning for the second time in a week. Three threats came in minutes apart, beginning at 2 a.m. when police were called to Dalhousie University. A second bomb threat was reported at Saint Mary’s University while police were still on scene at Dal and a third was subsequently reported at the Halifax Library on Spring Garden Road. Two other searches were held early Sunday morning when fake threats were called in for Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Cole Harbour Place. Police say nothing suspicious was found at any of the locations. Halifax police had to respond to false bomb threats once already this week. Bomb threats made at two Nova Scotia Community College Campuses Wednesday forced the precautionary closure of all campuses across the province. Public schools on P.E.I. were all evacuated on Wednesday as well after RCMP received a bomb threat they later verified wasn’t “credible.” Police say investigations into the threats are ongoing.


SPORTS UPDATE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
Sunday 25th September 2016
The Miami Marlins have announced the death of ace right-hander Jose Fernandez. The U.S. Coast Guard says Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach early Sunday. The Marlins did not immediately release details, other than releasing a statement confirming the death of one of the top pitchers in baseball. In the statement, the Marlins say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time." The Marlins' game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.
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Canada is headed to the World Cup of Hockey's final. Brad Marchand scored twice last night as the Canadians beat Russia 5-3. Sidney Crosby paced Canada's offence with a goal and two assists in the semifinal matchup. Corey Perry and John Tavares also scored while Carey Price made 31 saves for the Canadians.
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Canada will find out its opponent in the World Cup of Hockey three-game final this afternoon when Sweden faces Europe in the second semifinal. The Swedes will be without forward Mikael Backlund because of a concussion. The Calgary Flames decided they wanted Backlund to leave the World Cup to be evaluated by their doctors.
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The Blue Jays will be looking for another victory when they host the Yankees at Rogers Centre this afternoon. Toronto has won the first two games of the series. Marco Estrada will start for the Jays with Michael Pineda on tab for New York. Estrada carried a no-hitter for the majority of his last start-- a win in Seattle earlier this week.
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ALS CLAIMS FORMER MOOSEHEADS CAPTAIN AND STFX HOCKEY PLAYER DEAN STOCK
Saturday 24th September 2016
ALS has claimed the life of Dean Stock, the former Captain of the Halifax Mooseheads. The 39-year-old is being remembered by two Nova Scotia hockey teams he suited up for in the past, the Halifax Mooseheads and the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. Not only did Stock earn 44 points in 48 games for the Mooseheads, he also received the team's award for outstanding community contributions. After his Junior career, he played 3 seasons for the X-Men, going on to play pro hockey for the Reading Royals and the Arkansas River Blades. His brother PJ also played for the X-Men before being drafted to the NHL. Dean Stock is being remembered for playing hard and being tough. The Montreal native leaves behind a wife and three kids.


SPORTS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 23,2016
Saturday 24th September 2016
Kevin Garnett has played his last game in the N-B-A. Garnett posted a video on his Instagram account saying "farewell" and "thank you" after 21 seasons in the league. He posted the video four days before the Timberwolves open training camp. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Wolves plan to waive Garnett so he can collect all of his $8 million dollar U-S salary for next season.
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A classic hockey rivalry will be renewed tonight when Canada faces Russia in the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. The winner of the single-elimination game will go on to next week's best-of-three final.
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Francisco Liriano threw six shutout innings and Troy Tulowitzki drove in four runs to help the Blue Jays keep up their playoff push with a 9-0 victory over the Yankees last night. Liriano gave up three hits, striking out six and walking two, in a gritty 100-pitch performance that featured 64 strikes.
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Marcus Stroman takes the mound this afternoon as the Blue Jays host the Yankees in the second meeting of their four-game series. Toronto enters the day a game up on Detroit for the top wild card spot in the American League and 5-and-a-half games behind Boston for first in the A-L East. C-C Sabathia is expected to go for New York.
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Dustin Johnson is the leader at the Tour Championship heading into today's third round after he powered his way down the fairways and occasionally out of the brutal rough for a 3-under 67 yesterday. He's closing in on the 10-million dollar FedEx Cup prize and was helped when Jason Day took himself out of the mix by withdrawing because of more back issues last night.
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COURT DATE TO DETERMINE EAST COAST REPRESENTATION ON SUPREME COURT OF CANADA
Friday 23rd September 2016
A court date has been set in the legal battle between Atlantic trial lawyers and Ottawa to ensure the East Coast keeps its traditional seat on the Supreme Court of Canada Wagners Law Firm says the two sides are scheduled to be in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on 5 October to set a date for a hearing. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said regional representation is important, but he won't commit to ensuring the country's top court has a judge from Atlantic Canada as he seeks other kinds of diversity. The Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association says it is seeking an order from Nova Scotia Supreme Court that would require the federal government to amend the Constitution if it wants to drop regional representation as constitutional convention. The association says such a change would require unanimous consent of the provinces. Justice Thomas Cromwell from Nova Scotia has retired from the bench, but Trudeau appears to be departing from the convention of automatically filling that place with another judge from the region. On Thursday, the federal Conservatives introduced a motion in the Commons calling on the prime minister to respect the tradition of Atlantic representation on the court. During question period, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould defended the government's process, adding she looks forward to working with the independent advisory board regarding the next Supreme Court justice.


ANNAPOLIS VALLEY MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST YOUTH
Friday 23rd September 2016
A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with multiple alleged historical sexual assaults at an unlicensed residential daycare in Kingston in the Annapolis Valley. R-C-M-P say they received a report on Tuesday that a youth was sexually assaulted by a man who lived in the residence but was not a daycare employee. They say two additional victims came forward as a result of their investigation and they are urging any other victims to contact them. Jeffrey Roy Casey of Kingston was arrested on Wednesday and is charged with three counts each of sexual Interference, sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching.


DON'T CUT DISPATCHER JOBS IN WEST PICTOU: MACFARLANE
Friday 23rd September 2016
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane is concerned about the province's decision to cut the Transport Department's dispatcher jobs from Lyons Brook. MacFarlane says two full-time and ten causal positions have been cut, with calls now routed to a call centre in Cape Breton. She says that people in Cape Breton don't know as much about the roads in the area, and valuable time could be lost sending out salt trucks and plows in an emergency. MacFarlane wants Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan to reverse this decision and restore the jobs.


FUEL PRICES MOVE IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS
Friday 23rd September 2016
Gas has gone up again, but less than last week. A litre of regular self-serve costs $1.056. The price of diesel has backed off a bit, down to 93.4 cents per litre.


PEOPLE IN EASTERN PEI VENT THEIR FRUSTRATIONS WITH HAVING ONLY ONE FERRY
Friday 23rd September 2016
An audience of businesspeople and residents in eastern P-E-I attending a meeting last night described frustrations with disruptions in ferry service.  About 75 people attended a legislature committee meeting at the Wood Islands Welcome Centre regarding the disruptions to the Northumberland Ferries service. Keir White of the Belfast Community Development Corporation says one local campground saw stays drop from seven hundred and eighty-four last year to two hundred and forty-four this year. The ferry service has been operating with one ferry, M-V Confederation, all summer due to repairs on the other vessel.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSURE ON SUNDAY
Friday 23rd September 2016
There's going to be another ER closure in Tatamagouche this weekend. The provincial Health Authority says there will be a temporary Emergency Department closure at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care.


MACNEIL MOST POPULAR ATLANTIC PREMIER
Friday 23rd September 2016
Stephen McNeil is among the premiers with the highest approval ratings, according to a new Angus Reid survey. The online survey conducted earlier this month found 38 per cent of Nova Scotians endorse McNeil's job performance, down three points since the spring. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant's approval rating has dropped two points in the last quarter, to 24 per cent. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball is still feeling the fallout of an austerity budget tabled in the spring -- but his approval rating has ticked upward four points from an alarming 17 per cent last quarter to 21 per cent now.


NEW CYBERBULLY LAW WON'T HAPPEN UNTIL AT LEAST SPRING
Friday 23rd September 2016
The province says its now-defunct cyberbullying law won't be replaced until next spring. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia struck down the pioneering CyberSafety Act last December — saying it infringed on charter rights. Justice Minister Diana Whalen says government officials are still consulting with experts. She says the government wants to make sure the new law can withstand another court challenge.


SETBACK FOR PROVINCE'S PLAN TO REPLACE AIR AMBULANCE
Friday 23rd September 2016
The province's plan to replace its air ambulance has been stalled. Health Minister Leo Glavine says one of the helicopter models the province is looking at has been grounded. Still, Glavine says his department plans to make a decision on a tender this fall. Nova Scotia's LifeFlight helicopter — a Sikorsky S-76A — was banned from rooftop hospital landings under federal regulations in April.


HRM POLICE CHIEF SUGGESTS CRIME IS MOVING ONLINE
Friday 23rd September 2016
The chief of Halifax Regional Police says statistics suggesting crime rates in Canada have been falling for decades may not be telling citizens the whole story. Jean-Michel Blais says there are indications that the nature of crime is changing in a way that is not reflected in traditional crime data. Blais plans to explore the issue today in a speech to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. He says traditional crimes appear to be "morphing" and migrating to the Internet. As a result, he says crime probably hasn't decreased as much as statistics might suggest. In 2014, a study in the United Kingdom found just over half of those surveyed had been the victim of an online crime, including identity theft, hacking and illegal access to bank accounts.


TRUDEAU AIDES TO PAY BACK SOME OF THEIR MOVING EXPENSES
Friday 23rd September 2016
Two top aides to Prime Minister Trudeau are apologizing and paying back part of the 207-thousand dollars they claimed in moving expenses when they relocated from Toronto after last fall's Liberal election win. The Liberal government has been under Opposition fire about the expenses since they were revealed Monday. Trudeau's chief of staff Katie Telford and his principal secretary Gerald Butts say all rules were followed. But they say they don't feel comfortable about some of the relocation costs they were entitled to recoup and will reimburse some money to the government.


FEDERAL OFFICIALS KEEPING AN EYE ON CYBERSECURITY
Friday 23rd September 2016
The Canadian Press has obtained documents showing that federal officials have quietly warned operators of electrical grids, transportation hubs and other key infrastructure of the cyberthreat that lurks from insiders. The notes, prepared this year for Monik Beauregard, a senior staffer at Public Safety Canada, were obtained under Access to Information, and come to light as she prepares to chair a panel today on cybersecurity challenges at an intelligence conference in Ottawa. They say crucial networks Canadians rely on everyday face a "substantial threat" from rogue employees out to wreak digital havoc. The warning says an insider threat is difficult to detect, and adds it's important that organizations have the right security protocols in place and limit access to systems only to those who genuinely need it.


FORT MAC RESIDENTS DEALING WITH MAJOR UTILITY BILLS
Friday 23rd September 2016
Some Fort McMurray, Alberta residents are reeling from a big case of sticker shock over their utility bills. Many are upset that months' worth of charges racked up since May's wildfire and city-wide evacuation have been lumped together on one bill. In many cases, more than a-thousand dollars is being demanded at once. Direct Energy, a major retailer of electricity and natural gas in the area, has credited Fort Mac customers for charges during the evacuation, but many complain they can't make sense of their bills. Spokeswoman Wendy Tynan (TIE'-nan) says customers are welcome to call the company to work out payment plans.


QUEBEC JUDGE TO RULE ON WHETHER RELIGIOUS GARMENTS CAN BE WORN IN COURT
Friday 23rd September 2016
A Quebec judge is considering a request from a woman to clarify whether people have the right to wear religious attire in court. Rania El-Alloul was denied her day in court last year in a dispute with the province's auto insurance board because she was wearing a hijab. Judge Eliana Marengo put El-Alloul's case off when she refused to take her head covering off. Her lawyer, Julius Grey, says she felt her constitutional rights were violated and she filed a judicial complaint which was rejected earlier this year. Yesterday El-Alloul's lawyers were back in court seeking a declaration that would clarify that litigants have the right to wear a hijab or other religious attire in court. Grey says his client is still very interested in having her rights clarified, adding she's doing it on principle.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 23
Friday 23rd September 2016
The Weeks Jr A Crushers are a perfect 4-0 so far this season after defeating the Summerside Western Capitals 4-1 at the Wellness Centre last night. Scoring for the Crushers were Alexis Roy, Oliver Trachsel, Michael Dill and Benji Curtis. Netminder Daniel Vautour stopped 26 shots. The Crushers' next match is against their rivals the Truro Bearcats next Thursday at the Wellness Centre.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are on the road this weekend, taking on the Cape Breton Tradesmen in Sydney on Saturday afternoon, then on Sunday afternoon in Cole Harbour they play the Wolfpack.
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In Junior Hockey, the Pictou County Scotians play the East Hants Penguins tonight at 7:30, and take on the Strait Pirates at the Trenton arena Sunday night.
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The Wear Well Major Bantam Bombers have a pair of home games this weekend: Saturday at 5:30 they host the Dartmouth Whalers, then on Sunday at 12:15 the ACCEL Hawks come to play.
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The ladies of the Midget AAA Northern Subway Selects have a home and home series against the Panthers from Cape Breton, beginning at the Wellness Centre Saturday at 12:30, then travelling to Membertou for a Sunday morning match at 11am.
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Registration for the East Pictou Silver Blades' CanSkate and figure skating programs will be at the Thorburn rink Wednesday 28 September and Wednesday 5 October. Both sessions are from 6:30 to 8pm. Open to kids three and up. Parents are asked to bring your child's health card. For more info, contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search for East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will hold a special final registration for the upcoming season on Saturday from 9 am to Noon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Anyone who has not picked up all of their tickets, or require additional tickets, can pick them up at the same time.
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course November 12-13 & 19-20 from 9am to 2pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Milan Michalek scored twice as the Czech Republic downed the United States 4-3 in the final game of the World Cup of Hockey for both teams. Neither team is advancing to the playoff round of the international team being held in Toronto.
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A classic hockey rivalry will be renewed on Saturday.  Vladimir Tarasenko and Ivan Telegin scored just over a minute apart to lead Russia to a 3-0 win over Finland and into the World Cup of Hockey semifinals. The Russian win knocked the 23-under Team North America squad out of the semifinal group. Russia will face Canada on Saturday.
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American hockey fans are mourning the death of former U-S-A Hockey president Walter Bush has died at age 86.  The primary founder of the Minnesota North Stars was enshrined into the U-S Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980, the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Double-I-H-F Hall of Fame in 2009.
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Jacoby Brissett didn't play like it was his first N-F-L start. He had a 27-yard touchdown run, LeGarrette Blount added a pair of scoring runs and the New England Patriots beat the Houston Texans 27-0.  Brissett started in place of Jimmy Garoppolo, who was inactive because of an injured right shoulder. It was the first time since Drew Bledsoe in 1993 that New England had started a rookie quarterback.
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Yasmani Grandal homered twice, including a grand slam in the seventh inning, to rally the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies 7-4.  The victory reduced the Dodgers' magic number for clinching their record fourth consecutive N-L West title to four. Their division lead remained at six games after San Francisco beat San Diego 2-1.
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Over in the American League, the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the sinking Baltimore Orioles with a 5-3 victory.  And Justin Verlander tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts and the Detroit Tigers moved into the second A-L wild-card spot by beating the Minnesota Twins 4-2 to sweep a doubleheader.


McNEIL LOOKING FOR CREDIT FOR CARBON REDUCTION STEPS
Thursday 22nd September 2016
Premier Stephen McNeil is shying away from a verbal joust with Ottawa over potential carbon pricing, even though his province would like to avoid the measure. McNeil says in talks with federal officials, Nova Scotia is looking for recognition of steps it's already taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The province says it is well on track to beat its 2020 goal of reducing emissions to at least 10 per cent less than 1990 levels and has set a goal of obtaining 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. McNeil says he's been pushing the idea of increasing Atlantic Canada's ability to use and export more renewable sources of energy such as hydro, tidal, and wind power. However, the premier is unwilling to say what the province's response would be if Ottawa imposes either a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system. The federal government is preparing to announce a national policy for carbon pricing this fall and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has indicated there will be a specific definition of what meets that standard.


ONE BOOK NOVA SCOTIA TO INCLUDE AUTHOR READING IN PICTOU COUNTY
Thursday 22nd September 2016
The province's biggest book club, One Book Nova Scotia, is encouraging all Nova Scotians to read Donna Morrissey's The Deception of Livvy Higgs this fall. The book is centered around an 80-year-old Halifax woman whose physical frailty and near-isolation raise memories of a past marked by secrets. The 2016 One Book Nova Scotia reading program includes seven readings across the province, including one in Pictou County on 23, September. Details on dates and specific locations can be found at the One Book Nova Scotia website.


MEETING PLANNED TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF SCHOOLING IN PICTOU
Thursday 22nd September 2016
While the CCRSB has set the first date for the  first of three public meetings of the School Options Committee for the ongoing School Review Process of the three Pictou schools for early October, local MLA Karla MacFarlane has organized her own meeting to take place a little over a week earlier to discuss the situation. MacFarlane, along with the Pictou Academy Educational Foundation has set up a public meeting for this coming Tuesday, 27 September at 7pm in the Pictou Academy Auditorium. This meeting is not part of the formal school review process, but will help to inform residents about the process that is examining the future plans for the three schools currently operating within the town.


NUMBER OF EI RECIPIENTS UP FOLLOWING RULES CHANGES
Thursday 22nd September 2016
Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving employment insurance payments climbed 4.4 per cent from June to July as changes to extend benefits for those in hard-hit areas kicked in. The agency says there were 575,200 people receiving regular EI benefits that month. The federal government changed the rules to extend benefits in 15 regions that saw significant increases in unemployment. EI claims totalled 307,600 in July, up 33.4 per cent from the same month a year ago due to the changes. According to Employment and Social Development Canada, the July claims included about 87,000 one-time automatic renewals related to the EI program changes. Statistics Canada says the changes accounted for almost a quarter of the total volume of claims in July and more than half of the renewal claims.


ONE PERSON HURT IN PLANE CRASH OUTSIDE NEW GLASGOW *UPDATED 10:35 AM*
Thursday 22nd September 2016
A small, single-engine plane made an emergency landing in a farmer's field just outside New Glasgow this morning, injuring the only person on board. New Glasgow Fire Chief Doug Dort says the plane went down around 8:30 this morning near Frasers Mountain Road. He says the plane appeared to land on soft earth and then dig in immediately, causing quite a bit of damage to the aircraft. Dort says the man flying the plane sustained some cuts and bruises and was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital. Pictou District RCMP are investigating with the Transportation Safety Board.


NOVA SCOTIA POWER USING HIGH-TECH BATTERIES IN NEW ENERGY PROJECT
Thursday 22nd September 2016
Nova Scotia Power is planning to launch a pilot project to combine Tesla batteries with renewable energy to provide energy for a small number of residences. The utility says sensors will be used to monitor and gather information on the flow of energy. The company says it sees major promise in integrating the use of the batteries, coupled with renewable energy. Construction is scheduled for 2017 and the project will be active in 2018.


CLASSES ON PEI RESUME AFTER YESTERDAY'S BOMB HOAX
Thursday 22nd September 2016
Prince Edward Island's Public Safety ministry says all public schools on the island will be open today after Wednesday's province-wide school evacuations that were triggered by a bomb threat. R-C-M-P said a fax was sent to Ottawa Mounties from someone threatening to detonate bombs at several schools. Schools were notified and 19-thousand students poured out of more than 60 English and French public schools and ran to designated safe locations, where they were met by buses and panicked parents. Post-secondary institutions were also shut down, as were three schools in Nova Scotia. Police later announced no explosives were found and were confident the threat was not credible.


LOCAL "REVENGE PORN" SITE TAKEN DOWN AMID RCMP INVESTIGATION
Thursday 22nd September 2016
A website featuring intimate images of local women has been taken down amid an R-C-M-P investigation. The Mounties say it appears the images were posted without consent from the women — an offence under a relatively new section of the Criminal Code. The investigation started after police received a complaint from a woman in Pictou County. The organization Sexual Health Nova Scotia says it's gravely concerned by the discovery of what it called a "revenge porn" site.


MORE WATER SHIPPED TO DROUGHT-STRICKEN PARTS OF PROVINCE
Thursday 22nd September 2016
The government is distributing more water to a drought-stricken corner of the province. Emergency Management Minister Zach Churchill says 83 pallets of water have been delivered to the hardest-hit communities in southwestern Nova Scotia — thanks to help from the Retail Council of Canada, Sobey's and Loblaws. As well, a tanker truck from the Transport Department has been dispatched to the Barrington area to haul non-drinking water to residents. Meanwhile, several provincial parks remain open for public use for showers and access to drinking water.


HFX COP DEFENDS HIMSELF AT EXCESSIVE FORCE APPEAL
Thursday 22nd September 2016
A Halifax police officer demoted for using unnecessary force during a traffic stop has offered his side of the story to a police review board. Constable Matthew MacGillivray, a former police sergeant, told a hearing yesterday he feared for his safety last September when Angela Acorn and her husband Graham Labonte emerged from a car that he had just pulled over near Halifax. The 36-year-old officer — who is fighting to have the demotion reversed — says he grabbed Acorn by the wrist after she moved toward him, ignoring repeated warnings to return to her vehicle. He says as he struggled to control Acorn, Labonte also got out of the vehicle and advanced toward him, prompting the officer to unbutton a retention flap on his handgun holster.


TAXPAYERS ON HOOK FOR $200K IN MOVING EXPENSES FOR TRUDEAU AIDES
Thursday 22nd September 2016
Taxpayers were reportedly billed 200-thousand dollars in moving expenses for two of Prime Minister Trudeau's top aides. The Globe and Mail reports Gerald Butts, the P-M's principal secretary, and chief of staff Katie Telford were reimbursed for moving their families from Toronto to Ottawa after the Liberals won power last fall. The costs were mostly for legal and real estate fees covering the sale of their million-dollar homes. A day earlier, the government revealed taxpayers forked out a total of 1.1-million dollars to move four-dozen political staffers to Ottawa after the October election.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 22 *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Thursday 22nd September 2016
It is game night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre as the Weeks Jr A Crushers host the Summerside Western Capitals in MHL action. The Crushers come in with a perfect 3-0 record after wins last weekend against South Shore and Woodstock. In order to keep their streak intact they will have to beat a Caps team that is 1-1. Game time at the Wellness Centre tonight is 7pm.
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St. Stephen returns to the league in its first game since the accident that left their defenceman Scottie Greene from Newfoundland hospitalized. They play in Bridgewater tonight, and the Lumberjacks are donating a dollar from each ticket sold to the Scottie Greene Fund.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club still has spaces available for its Fall season. To register children of all ages and skill levels, drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. New Glasgow.  For more information and hours of operation, find then on Facebook at Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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Registration for the East Pictou Silver Blades' CanSkate and figure skating programs will be at the Thorburn rink Wednesday 28 September and Wednesday 5 October. Both sessions are from 6:30 to 8pm. Open to kids three and up. Parents are asked to bring your child's health card. For more info, contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search for East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will hold a special final registration for the upcoming season on Saturday, 24 September from 9 am to Noon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Anyone who has not picked up all of their tickets, or require additional tickets, can pick them up at the same time.
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course November 12-13 & 19-20 from 9am to 2pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Jonathan Toews scored twice and added an assist and Team Canada easily beat Europe 4-1 in its final preliminary round game in the World Cup of Hockey. Canada won Group A and will face North America or Russia in the first semifinal Saturday night, with Russia getting the spot with a win Thursday in the preliminary round finale against Finland. Europe will play Group A winner Sweden in the semifinals.
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Robinson Cano hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning as the Seattle Mariners beat Toronto 2-1, preventing the Blue Jays from extending their wild card lead. The Blue Jays are one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles for the A-L's first wild card spot.
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The Boston Red Sox own a five-game lead over Toronto in the American League East after the Bosox scored five unearned runs in the sixth inning of their seventh consecutive win, 5-1 at Baltimore. The Orioles are one game behind Toronto for the first A-L wild-card berth and leaves them just one game ahead of Houston and Detroit for the second.
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Yasiel Puig slammed a three-run homer as the Dodgers crushed San Francisco 9-3 to open a six-game lead over the Giants in the N-L West. Maeda allowed one earned run and three hits over five innings to help Los Angeles cut its magic number to five. The Giants remain in a three-way tie with the Mets and Cardinals for the two NL wild-card berths after all three teams lost.
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The Indians beat Kansas City 4-3 to drop their magic number to five for winning the A-L Central. Cleveland trailed 2-1 until Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez lined R-B-I doubles in the fifth. The Indians lead the division by 7 1/2 games over the Detroit Tigers, who were rained out at Minnesota.
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Rowing Canada is parting ways with the heads of both its men's and women's programs in the wake this summer's disastrous showing at the Rio Olympics.  Martin McElroy is leaving his post as men's performance director after 3 1/2 years, while John Keogh, who has been with the women since 2010, is returning home to take a job with Rowing Australia.


TWO ARRESTED IN STELLARTON DRUG BUST
Wednesday 21st September 2016
In the early morning hours this morning, a man and woman, both in their twenties, were arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking of a controlled substance. The arrests came after the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of Stellarton Police and New Glasgow Regional Police conducted a Search Warrant on MacKay Street Stellarton. Police seized a quantity of Cannabis Marijuana, Cannabis Resin, Cocaine, MDMA, Psilocybin, Shatter and an undisclosed amount of cash. The 26-year-old male and 21-year-old female have been arrested and charged and are scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Pictou today. Both are facing six counts of possession for purpose for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance.


MAN ARRESTED IN YARMOUTH AFTER APPROACHING TEEN GIRLS
Wednesday 21st September 2016
R-C-M-P have arrested a 24-year-old man accused of approaching two teenage girls in Yarmouth. Police say a 13-year-old girl was walking her dog on Monday when a man came up to her and grabbed her by the wrist when she refused an invitation to go into his home. The girl managed to get away but called police, who say their investigation found a 14-year-old girl who had a similar experience in the past two weeks. The suspect was arrested last night and was to appear in Yarmouth provincial court today to face a charge of assault.


BAILLIE GOES ON OFFENSIVE OVER POTENTIAL CARBON TAX
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie says he is worried about the Prime Minister's approach to carbon pricing and is calling on Premier Stephen McNeil to just say no. Baillie says McNeil has had troubles in the past standing up against Justin Trudeau, however this time he must because Nova Scotians cannot afford any more taxes. Baillie says that whatever form carbon pricing takes, whether it be a straight carbon tax, cap and trade, or changes to regulations, he believes the Premier has to be clear in his defense of Nova Scotians. Baillie made the statement in response to a recent release from the Prime Minister, saying that all of the Premiers were in agreement that carbon pricing is the way forward.


SHELL ABANDONS EXPLORATORY WELL OFF NOVA SCOTIA, SAYING THERE'S NOT ENOUGH OIL THERE
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Shell has plugged the first of its deepwater exploration wells off Nova Scotia, saying it didn't find enough oil to make it worth proceeding. The well is located about 250 kilometres offshore of Halifax on the Scotian shelf. The company says in a news release that the work on the Cheshire well was completed last week. It says it has started working on a second exploration well, Monterey Jack, at a location about 120 kilometres southwest of the Cheshire location. A contracted vessel will open the exploration well by the end of September.  Shell acquired six exploration licences in 2012 and 2013, and the offshore play has been regarded as a key part of the province's hopes for a revival of its oil industry.


SCHOOLS CLOSED IN NS AND ACROSS PEI DUE TO REPORTED BOMB THREATS *UPDATED 2:45 PM*
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Schools across PEI have been evacuated due to bomb threats. It began this morning with threats called into the Nova Scotia Community College's campuses in Sydney and Halifax, as well as Cape Breton University. Police say nothing suspicious has been found, but as a precaution, all NSCC campuses are closing for the day. Just before 11am, police on PEI said that all schools were sending their students home. School staff have taken students to safe locations in the community, where parents can pick them up. The University of PEI and Holland College have also closed for the day. A spokesperson for the PEI RCMP says nothing has been found, but they are asking teachers to report anything at their schools that seems out of the ordinary. It's not currently known if the incidents are related, however, similar threats have now been issued to the Winnipeg School Division in Manitoba. Police in Manitoba indicate that the threat in that instance was sent in by fax, and officials have opted not to evacuate schools.


RCMP INVESTIGATING WEBSITE AFTER COMPLAINT FROM LOCAL WOMAN *UPDATED 6:00 AM WEDNESDAY*
Wednesday 21st September 2016
A Pictou County Woman is extremely concerned about a website that is exchanging nude photographs of local women. Kayde Stanley says she learned about the website when a friend messaged her saying that her name appeared on a list of people that were being requested by the website. Stanley says knowing that someone wants that information is horrifying. She's disappointed that when she went to the RCMP to report the site, the mountie she spoke to said because the pictures were of adults taken by adults, there was little that could be done. She strongly disagrees, saying that the public sharing of intimate photos without the women's consent is illegal, pointing to Criminal Code Section 162.1. In a follow up conversation with RCMP, Hector Broadcasting has learned that this section of the Criminal Code was added quite recently, and therefore the officer in question may not have been familiar with the updated statute. Stanley says since her interview with us, the RCMP has taken a statement from her, and is going to look into the matter.


PEI SAYS AUGUST WAS BUSIEST EVER FOR TOURISM
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Prince Edward Island says it looks like last month was the busiest August yet for tourism. Economic Development and Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald says preliminary numbers show the province on pace for the busiest August on record, and the third-straight record year for overnight stays. New figures show Confederation Bridge traffic jumped 9.4 per cent, while Charlottetown Airport reported a 7.5 per cent increase in passengers, and cruise ship traffic increased 33 per cent. Preliminary numbers show every region in the province reporting an increase in overnight stays compared to August 2015, with total overnight stays up 7 per cent, and campground stays showing a 7 per cent increase.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 21
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Pictou Recreation and Parks is offering two Learn to Run Workshops this week. With the Learn To Run workshop you'll learn effective breathing techniques that allows you to run more efficiently, pacing and form, best choices in clothing, how to keep hydrated and best of all, meet new people and have some fun. Whether you've run before or looking to start, this Q & A info session is for you. Learn to Run Workshop for Adults: Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm. Learn to Run Workshop for Youth: Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm. Registration required, please call 485-4372.
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Special Olympics Pictou County Registration Night is tonight at Summer Street Industries, New Glasgow from 6:30-8:00pm. Athletes are reminded to bring their health card and medications list.
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The Kanokai Judo Club is starting it's new season. The club is located in the Pictou County Gymnastics Club at the old Pictou County YMCA on South Frederick Street. Classes begin at 6:00 pm for children 6-12 years of age and 7:15 pm for those 13 and older. Anyone interested in coming to watch or try it out are welcome any Monday or Wednesday evening. New students are welcome! For further information contact Cindy Fraser at 902-759-0700 or e-mail kanokaijudoclub@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club still has spaces available for its Fall season. To register children of all ages and skill levels, drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. New Glasgow.  For more information and hours of operation, find then on Facebook at Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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Registration for this season's CanSkate program will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Wednesday and Friday from 4 to 6pm. This National learn to skate program is for all ages and abilities. It begins October 12, running every Wednesday until March. For more information call 902-301-0076 or email info@skatemariposaeast.com
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will hold a special final registration for the upcoming season on Saturday, 24 September from 9 am to Noon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Anyone who has not picked up all of their tickets, or require additional tickets, can pick them up at the same time.
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course November 12-13 & 19-20 from 9am to 2pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Matt Duchene had a pair of goals to lead Canada past the United States 4-2 at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. Goaltender Carey Price made 34 saves as Canada advanced to the semifinals of the tournament and the U-S was eliminated. Both teams still have a preliminary round game to play with the Canadians facing Team Europe today.
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Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves in Sweden's 2-0 win over Finland at the World Cup of Hockey.  Also, Team North America defenceman Aaron Ekblad will miss the rest of the World Cup of Hockey with an upper-body injury. He has gone to Florida to consult with Panthers medical staff.
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The New York Islanders have worked out a two-year, $5 million deal with restricted free-agent forward Ryan Strome before the team-imposed Thursday morning deadline. The fifth player taken in the 2011 draft appeared to have a breakout season two years ago, scoring 17 goals and 50 points in 81 games. But the 23-year-old Strome slipped to eight goals and 28 points in 71 games last season.
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Jay Happ became the major leagues' second 20-game winner and Russell Martin and Michael Saunders each hit a two-run homer, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays over the Seattle Mariners 10-2 to move into first in the A-L wild-card race.  Toronto took the lead with an eight-run fourth inning and moved a game ahead of Baltimore. Detroit remained 2 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays.
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Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Belt homered to help the San Francisco Giants in a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  San Francisco pulled into a three-way tie for first place in the N-L wild-card standings with the Mets and Cardinals.
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David Ortiz continues to put up exceptional numbers in his final major league season. His latest blast helped the Boston Red Sox take another step toward an American League East title.  Ortiz crushed a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Red Sox a 5-1 lead in their sixth consecutive victory, 5-2 at Baltimore.


DATE SET FOR SCHOOL REVIEW MEETING FOR PICTOU
Tuesday 20th September 2016
Chignecto Central Regional School Board has set a date of Thursday, 6 October for the first of three public meetings of the School Options Committee for the ongoing School Review Process in northwestern Pictou County. These meetings will examine the potential future for Pictou Elementary, Dr. Thomas McCulloch Junior High and Pictou Academy. Northumberland Regional High School is also included in this Process as a potential receiving school. The meeting will be at 7pm at the Pictou Elementary School gymnasium. At that time, the School Options Committee will explain their mandate, outline the objectives of the review, and receive public feedback from stakeholders and other interested parties. Those wishing to submit comments only or to make a formal presentation at the meeting are asked to contact socpictoureview@gmail.com. For more information about the School Review Process, please visit the CCRSB website.


BUDGET UPDATE SEES SMALL SURPLUS INCREASE
Tuesday 20th September 2016
The province's first budget update projects a small increase in the surplus and shows 102-point-three million dollars in infrastructure investments in clean water, post-secondary education and innovative research. Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Randy Delorey presented the first update to Budget 2016-2017 today . The budget's net position is projected to be 18-point- nine-million dollars, up one-point-eight-million from budget day. Delorey says sticking to government's fiscal plan has allowed the province to invest in strategic sectors of the economy, in education, and create more opportunities for young Nova Scotians. He says government will continue to stick to its budget plan and work together to build a stronger Nova Scotia. Revenue and expenses are both up primarily as a result of government taking full advantage of new federal-provincial cost-sharing programs to make investments in areas such as clean drinking water and wastewater projects, post-secondary education, transportation infrastructure and innovative ocean research.


PUBLICATION BAN TRIAL FOR FRANK MAGAZINE WILL BE MID DECEMBER
Tuesday 20th September 2016
December 15th has been tentatively set for the trial of a Halifax magazine editor accused of violating a publication ban. Frank Magazine's managing editor Andrew Douglas made a brief court appearance today. The charge was laid in connection with a publication ban imposed on evidence at the preliminary hearing of the man accused of second-degree murder in the death of Truro police officer Catherine Campbell. Douglas has repeatedly said the story about Campbell was researched, written and published ahead of the publication ban.


NEW GLASGOW FIRE CHIEF RECOGNIZED FOR A FOUR-DECADE CAREER
Tuesday 20th September 2016
New Glasgow's fire chief was honored for more than four decades of service. At last night's town council meeting, Mayor Barrie MacMillan recognized Doug Dort's 45 years as part of the New Glasgow Fire Department, first as a volunteer in 1971, becoming Deputy Chief in 2002 and Chief in 2010. Dort was also recognized as an important part of regional Emergency Management Services, with his expertise put to great use in many emergency situations across Pictou County.


ATLANTIC CANADIAN LAWYERS SUING TO KEEP SUPREME COURT SEAT
Tuesday 20th September 2016
Trial lawyers from across Atlantic Canada are taking Ottawa to court to ensure the region keeps its traditional Supreme Court of Canada seat. The Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can't change the custom without the approval of every province. Trudeau has said regional representation is important, but he has yet to commit to replacing a retired justice from Nova Scotia with someone from the same region. The association says it is seeking an order from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court that would require Ottawa to amend the Constitution if it wants to drop regional representation as an unwritten constitutional convention.


TAKE BACK THE NIGHT MARCH IN NEW GLASGOW TONIGHT
Tuesday 20th September 2016
The Community Support Network is taking part in the annual Take Back the Night March this evening in New Glasgow. The Take Back the Night March is an international event whose goal is ending sexual, relationship and domestic violence in all its forms. The march is a display of solidarity with survivors of sexual assault, and an expression of commitment to lowering instances of sexual violence in the community. Participants are meeting at the New Glasgow library's Community Room beginning at 5pm.


LOCAL MAN RUNS TO ENCOURAGE BLOOD DONATION *UPDATED 7:40 AM*
Tuesday 20th September 2016
A local man is going on a long-distance run to raise awareness of the need for blood. Bryan Shellito is running from New Glasgow to Halifax, then head to Quebec and back. Shellito was inspired to run by Kamryn, the 9-year old daughter of a close friend in BC who was diagnosed with leukemia. Her wish is for people to donate blood and take a picture with the hashtag #bloodforkamryn. Shellito says he plans to leave on his run with his dog Molly this morning.


PROVINCE TO GIVE UPDATE ON FINANCES TODAY
Tuesday 20th September 2016
The province plans to provide an update on its finances today. Finance Minister Randy Delorey is expected to present a budget forecast update at 1:30 p-m. Last month, Delorey announced that the province's final deficit number had plummeted to 87 million dollars lower than the original budget estimate. The 10.7-million-dollar deficit was reported as part of the province's consolidated financial statements.


TEACHER'S UNION RECOMMENDS ACCEPTING LABOUR DEAL
Tuesday 20th September 2016
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union is recommending the province's nine-thousand public school teachers accept the latest contract offer from the government. Union president Liette Doucet says details of the contract will be shared with union members during meetings this week. A ratification vote is scheduled for October 4th. The new deal follows a decision by the teachers to reject a four-year tentative deal in November.


CRIME IS DOWN IN HRM, WITH ONE BIG EXCEPTION
Tuesday 20th September 2016
Halifax police say the crime rate in the port city has declined in the past year  — but the number of homicides has taken a big jump. Second quarter statistics show that crime overall is down over one per cent when compared with the same period last year. Violent crime has declined almost eight per cent, which includes assaults and robberies. However, there was a 200 per cent increase in the number of homicides, and the number of attempted murders was up 16 per cent.


OTHER COUNTRIES LOOKING TO COPY CANADA'S REFUGEE SPONSOR SYSTEM: MCCALLUM
Tuesday 20th September 2016
At least 13 countries have asked about Canada's private refugee-sponsoring system in the hope of potentially emulating it. Immigration Minister John McCallum told a U-N conference on the historic migration crisis that the U-K is one of several countries looking at establishing a program where private citizens provide funding to bring in refugees and help them get set up in their new home. Canada's program was developed in the 1970's in response to a migration wave from Vietnam. It has gained new global attention amid the effects of Syria's five-year civil war and the Trudeau government's acceptance of 31-thousand refugees since late last year.


AUDITOR GENERAL TO LOOK INTO FEDERAL PAYROLL FLAP
Tuesday 20th September 2016
Auditor general Michael Ferguson has been asked to look into how the federal payroll system turned into a fiasco in which more than 80-thousand public servants were paid too much, too little or not at all. Public Services Minister Judy Foote says Ferguson will conduct an audit of the problem-plagued transition to the Phoenix pay system to find out what went wrong and how to avoid another such incident. In the meantime, Foote is blaming the previous Conservative government, which initiated the move to Phoenix, for cutting 700 payroll staff and skimping on training. Foote says the number of public servants still experiencing pay problems has been whittled down to 67-thousand-500 from 82-thousand in mid-July. Foote told a Commons committee yesterday that 250 additional compensation advisers have been hired to help eliminate the backlog of problem cases. Opposition M-Ps say Foote must take the blame for proceeding with the second phase of the transition to Phoenix in April, despite warnings from public service unions that the government wasn't ready. But senior bureaucrats who attended the committee with Foote confirmed they told her the system was ready to be launched -- an opinion they say was shared by an independent, outside consultant.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 20
Tuesday 20th September 2016
Pictou Recreation and Parks is offering two Learn to Run Workshops this week. With the Learn To Run workshop you'll learn effective breathing techniques that allows you to run more efficiently, pacing and form, best choices in clothing, how to keep hydrated and best of all, meet new people and have some fun. Whether you've run before or looking to start, this Q & A info session is for you. Learn to Run Workshop for Adults: Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm. Learn to Run Workshop for Youth: Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm. Registration required, please call 485-4372.
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Special Olympics Pictou County Registration Night will be on Wednesday night at Summer Street Industries, New Glasgow from 6:30-8:00pm. Athletes are reminded to bring their health card and medications list.
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The Kanokai Judo Club is starting it's new season. The club is located in the Pictou County Gymnastics Club at the old Pictou County YMCA on South Frederick Street. Classes begin at 6:00 pm for children 6-12 years of age and 7:15 pm for those 13 and older. Anyone interested in coming to watch or try it out are welcome any Monday or Wednesday evening. New students are welcome! For further information contact Cindy Fraser at 902-759-0700 or e-mail kanokaijudoclub@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club still has spaces available for its Fall season. To register children of all ages and skill levels, drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. New Glasgow.  For more information and hours of operation, find then on Facebook at Pictou County Gymnastics Club. (to Sept 23)
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Registration for this season's CanSkate program will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Wednesday, Sept 21 and Friday, September 23 from 4 to 6pm. This National learn to skate program is for all ages and abilities. It begins October 12, running every Wednesday until March. For more information call 902-301-0076 or email info@skatemariposaeast.com
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will hold a special final registration for the upcoming season on Saturday, 24 September from 9 am to Noon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Anyone who has not picked up all of their tickets, or require additional tickets, can pick them up at the same time.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Team North America is 1-1 at the World Cup of Hockey after Russia beat the 23-and-under team, 4-3 in Toronto. Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Vladimir Tarasenko scored on consecutive shots during a 6:14 span of the second period. Earlier, Team Europe edged the Czech Republic 3-2 in overtime.
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Carson Wentz completed 21 of his 34 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions as the Eagles knocked off the Bears, 29-14 in Chicago. The second overall pick in this year's draft hit Trey Burton for a short T-D in the third quarter while the Eagles were scoring 19 straight points. Ryan Mathews put Philadelphia ahead 29-7 in the fourth quarter with his second touchdown run of the night.
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Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in the opener of a critical three-game series.  Estrada had allowed only two walks before Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a line drive up the middle on a 2-1 pitch.
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Rick Porcello continues to win and the Boston Red Sox continue to charge toward their first division title since 2013.  Porcello picked up his major league-leading 21st victory and tossed his third complete game of the season in the Red Sox's 5-2 triumph over Baltimore.
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Adrian Gonzalez hit a game-winning double in the ninth inning, and the L-A Dodgers rallied past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 to increased their N-L West lead to six games.  Two innings after a shoving match broke out when tempers flared between Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig again, the Dodgers' comeback in the ninth began with pinch-hitter Andrew Toles' leadoff single.
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Sources say that Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has accepted a four-year extension worth $100 million. The 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season, his third in the league.


ATLANTIC LAWYERS TO FIGHT TO KEEP ATLANTIC JUDGE ON SUPREME COURT
Monday 19th September 2016
A group that represents trial lawyers from Atlantic Canada is taking Ottawa to court in a bid to ensure the East Coast keeps its traditional seat on the Supreme Court of Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said regional representation among the judges is important, but he won't commit to ensuring the country's top court has a judge from Atlantic Canada as he seeks other kinds of diversity. The Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association says it is seeking an order from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court that would require the federal government to amend the Constitution if it wants to drop regional representation as constitutional convention. The association says such a change would require unanimous consent of the provinces. Justice Thomas Cromwell from Nova Scotia has retired from the bench, but Trudeau appears to be departing from the convention of automatically filling that place with another judge from the region. The association says the next appointee will not necessarily come from Atlantic Canada, citing comments made by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Aug. 11.


HRM MAYORAL RACE MAY BE FIRST EVER NOT TO USE LAWN SIGNS
Monday 19th September 2016
Something will be missing from the mayoral campaign in Halifax, for what is believed to be the first time in Canada. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage and his only opponent, Lil MacPherson, have agreed not to put up any lawn signs ahead of next month's vote. The "no signs" deal was announced today by both candidates, who say they will use other means of advertising. Savage says the decision meshes with the city's reputation for taking steps forward on environmental issues, while MacPherson says the decision is a necessary part of making the political process less wasteful.


WATER RESTRICTIONS IN PARTS OF HRM DUE TO LACK OF RAIN
Monday 19th September 2016
A large swath of metro Halifax is being told to conserve water after a prolonged dry period. Halifax Water issued a news release today saying the weather has resulted in historic low water levels in Lake Major. The reservoir serves the communities of Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Westphal, North Preston and Eastern Passage. The mandatory water conservation measures, issued even as a light morning rain fell, include a ban on watering lawns and gardens, filling pools, and other outside water usage. The utility is also prohibiting vehicle washing at home, though commercial car washes remain open for the time being. Environment Canada has said parts of Nova Scotia have been drier than normal this summer, with the Halifax area only receiving about two thirds of its normal precipitation. Last week the communities of Argyle, Shelburne and Barrington experienced acute shortages, and there were reports of dwindling supplies in Chester and Guysborough County.


HFX POLICE SEARCHING FOR WHO DAMAGED A FIRE HYDRANT WHILE JOYRIDING AN EXCAVATOR
Monday 19th September 2016
Water pressure plunged in a Halifax neighbourhood last night after a large excavator was used to damage a fire hydrant. Police say they responded to reports of two people operating an excavator at the intersection of Eliza Ritchie Crescent and Wentworth Drive at 9 p.m. The excavator was found unoccupied resting on the damaged fire hydrant, which released a large amount of water onto the street. Halifax water controlled the leak, and police are looking for two suspects who left the area in a small white car.


HEALTHCARE TOWN HALL THIS SUNDAY IN NEW GLASGOW
Monday 19th September 2016
There's a public meeting for all Pictou County residents affected by the state of healthcare this Sunday in New Glasgow. The meeting will be an opportunity for patients to share stories, hear from doctors and have a constructive dialogue on healthcare in Pictou County. Pictou MLAs Pat Dunn, Karla MacFarlane and Tim Houston say the time has come to bring people together to find solutions to problems ranging from the shortage of doctors in the area, to the shutdown of the mental health unit at the Aberdeen hospital. Liberal Health Minister Leo Glavine and CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority Janet Knox have been invited to attend. The meeting is Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Summer Street Industries.


SEX ASSAULT SURVIVOR SUING NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR GOV'T
Monday 19th September 2016
A woman who survived a sex attack at knife point is suing the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The woman identified only as Jane Doe says police warnings about a series of rapes in St. John's in 2012 weren't sufficient. Lawyer Allison Conway is representing the woman and says she knew nothing about the repeated attacks.


PEI GIVING MORE AUTHORITY TO MUNICIPALITIES
Monday 19th September 2016
Legislation to improve clarity, increase accountability and broaden municipal authority has been introduced by the P-E-I government. Under the Municipal Government Act, councils will now have a platform to comment on proposals before being tabled in the Legislative Assembly. The act includes a commitment to consult with the Federation of P-E-I Municipalities on any future changes to the new act.


SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN MANHATTAN BOMBING *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Monday 19th September 2016
Police in New York City have identified a man wanted for questioning in Saturday's bombing that injured 29 people. The N-Y-P-D tweeted this morning that they are searching for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami -- a naturalized American citizen from Afghanistan. Authorities are looking into whether the explosion is linked to a second suspicious device found a few blocks away. Officials are also investigating the discovery of explosive devices in a backpack near a New Jersey train station yesterday, and a pipe bomb in Seaside Park, New Jersey that forced the cancellation of a charity run on Saturday.


PARLIAMENT'S FALL SESSION BEGINS TODAY, BUT TRUDEAU IS AT THE UN
Monday 19th September 2016
Prime Minister Trudeau is among the world leaders arriving in New York City for this week's United Nations General Assembly. The U-N says it's assessing security in the complex "on a constant basis" in the wake of this weekend's Manhattan explosion, but notes security outside the U-N is the responsibility of the United States. Trudeau will speak today at a leaders' conference on refugees and will address the U-N General Assembly on Tuesday.
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Justin Trudeau will be noticeably absent from the House of Commons today when the fall session of Parliament begins following a 12-week summer break. And while the prime minister is in New York to address the U-N General Assembly, the Opposition Conservatives say they want his government to better define its plan for a U-N peacekeeping mission. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose suggests the real motivation for Trudeau's trip to the U-N is his desire to get Canada a seat on the U-N Security Council.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 19
Monday 19th September 2016
The Northern Subway Selects started the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA season with a 2-2 tie against a strong Moncton Rockets team. In a fast paced and physical home opener the Selects were able to out shoot their opponents 30-17 despite going to the penalty box 8 times, 5 in the first period alone. Jenna Landry was solid in nets turning away 15 shots. Scoring for the Selects were Gabby Fraser with assists from Camryn Halliday and Lindsey Smith, and Maddie Quinn with assists from Sophia Warnell and Patti Ann Tracey. Next home game is this coming Saturday at 12:30 at the Wellness Centre.
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The Weeks Major Midgets lost a close match 3-2 against Steele Subaru in their home opener Saturday night. Jaden Mason and Kevin Mason both scored in the first period, but Steele Subaru tied it in the second on a power play, and pulled ahead with a goal early in the third. Andrew MacLeod turned aside 38 shots for the Weeks team. Their second match of the weekend, unfortunately, wasn't as close, as Cole Harbour Wolfpack soundly defeated them 9-4 Sunday afternoon at the Wellness Centre. Gavin Hart scored twice for the Major Midgets, with singles from Ryan MacLennan and Kevin Mason. Next game is in Sydney against the Cape Breton Tradesmen Saturday afternoon.
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The Pictou County Scotians had a couple of losses, first in a shootout 7-6 to the Strait Pirates on Friday night, followed by a 3-0 shutout at the hands of the Cole Harbour Colts at the Wellness Centre. The Scotians hope to rebound as they play the East Hants Penguins on Friday.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers were in much the same boat as the Scotians, losing a close one 4-3 to the All Credit Auto Rangers, then winding up on the wrong end of a 5-2 decision against the Novas in Port Hawkesbury. The Bombers play at the Wellness Centre on Saturday against the Dartmouth Whalers at 5:30.
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Special Olympics Pictou County Registration Night will be on Wednesday night at Summer Street Industries, New Glasgow from 6:30-8:00pm. Athletes are reminded to bring their health card and medications list.
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The Kanokai Judo Club is starting it's new season. The club is located in the Pictou County Gymnastics Club at the old Pictou County YMCA on South Frederick Street. Classes begin at 6:00 pm for children 6-12 years of age and 7:15 pm for those 13 and older. Anyone interested in coming to watch or try it out are welcome any Monday or Wednesday evening. New students are welcome! For further information contact Cindy Fraser at 902-759-0700 or e-mail kanokaijudoclub@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club still has spaces available for its Fall season. To register children of all ages and skill levels, drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. New Glasgow.  For more information and hours of operation, find then on Facebook at Pictou County Gymnastics Club. (to Sept 23)
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Registration for this season's CanSkate program will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Wednesday, Sept 21 and Friday, September 23 from 4 to 6pm. This National learn to skate program is for all ages and abilities. It begins October 12, running every Wednesday until March. For more information call 902-301-0076 or email info@skatemariposaeast.com
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will hold a special final registration for the upcoming season on Saturday, 24 September from 9 am to Noon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Anyone who has not picked up all of their tickets, or require additional tickets, can pick them up at the same time.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Connor McDavid and company lived up to the pre-World Cup of Hockey buzz in their tournament opener. Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon scored as Team North America got past Finland 4-1. The group of 23-and-under Americans and Canadians put on an unbelievable show of speed and skill in their first World Cup game.
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Scoring continues to be an issue for the Blue Jays. Toronto left seven on base in a 4-0 loss on the road to the L-A Angels Sunday afternoon. The Jays were a combined 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position in the last two games. They lead Seattle by two games for the second A-L wild-card spot. Toronto and the Mariners start a three-game set tonight.
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The Red Sox won't slow down. Hanley Ramirez homered twice and drove in four runs as Boston beat the Yankees 5-4 to complete a four-game sweep. It's Boston's ninth win in 12 games. The Red Sox remained three games ahead of second-place Baltimore and are four up on Toronto in the A-L East.  Gary Sanchez belted his 16th homer since August 3rd for the Yankees.
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Darian Durant is finally back in the win column. He picked up his first win as a starter since mid-way through the 2014 season following a 26-23 overtime victory for the Roughriders over the Eskimos. Durant ran in the winning score from six yards out as Saskatchewan mounted a late comeback. It also snapped a seven-game losing skid.
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The Vikings got the win, but lost Adrian Peterson in the process. Sam Bradford threw for 286 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers to lead Minnesota to a 17-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Peterson limped off in the third quarter with a right knee injury, and only 19 yards on 12 carries, but the Vikings proved they're much more diversified than the N-F-L's 2015 rushing leader.
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Simon Pagenaud won his first career IndyCar title in his sophomore season Sunday night at Sonoma Raceway. He did it in dominating fashion by winning the season finale where he needed only a smooth finish to put a wrap on this breakthrough season. James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ontario finished 12th in the race and 13th in the overall standings.


SMOKED SALMON PRODUCTS RECALLED OVER LISTERIA CONCERNS
Sunday 18th September 2016
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon and Sensations Wild Pacific Smoked Salmon over listeria concerns. In a release issued Saturday night, officials say the products were sold mainly in Ontario and may have been distributed to other provinces. The agency says food contaminated with listeria may not look or smell spoiled, but it can make you sick. Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and stiff neck. There have been no reported illnesses connected with the salmon products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall was triggered by the Toronto company that smokes the salmon, called Central Epicure. It says it is conducting a food safety investigation, which could lead to the recall of other products. The packaging on the no-name Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon has the code 2017SE07 and the code for the Sensations Wild Pacific Smoked Salmon is 2017MA30 and 2017JN03.


PICTOU ROUNDABOUT SHOULD BE OPERATIONAL LATER THIS WEEK
Sunday 18th September 2016
According to the project manager, the new Pictou roundabout will have traffic flowing through it by the end of this week. Ron Dunn tells NG News that work is progressing at the site and three of the four exits on the roundabout should be in use on Friday. Dunn says the fourth exit to the Sobeys and Tim Hortons parking lots won’t be open until some more work is done with curbs and paving, but access will be available by turning from Pine Tree Road onto Weaver Road, near the former KFC. Dunn expects the entire project will be complete in a few weeks.


STELLARTON OBSERVES BATTLE OF BRITAIN IN ANNUAL CEREMONY TODAY
Sunday 18th September 2016
Today is the day that 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association in Stellarton will host their annual Battle of Britain service. It takes place at the cenotaph in Stellarton at 2 o'clock this afternoon. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The service recognizes the aerial battle that proved a strategic turning point in the Second World War. People from the local area will be attending to honour the men and women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that those iconic aircraft took to the skies to continue the fight for aerial supremacy against the Nazis. The service will include veterans, RCMP, police department, fire department, cadet units, military and civilian organizations along with elected officials. There will be a “flyby” of a military aircraft during the service. If it rains, the service will be held at the Stellarton Memorial Rink.


TERRY FOX RUNS TAKING PLACE TODAY
Sunday 18th September 2016
The annual Terry Fox Community Run takes place on the Pictou Waterfront, beginning at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to come and support the event by walking, running, or biking on the Jitney trail. Registration opens at 1:30. All Donations accepted. There are also events planned for Bridgeville starting at the Community Centre at 1pm and in Lismore starting from the Community Centre also at 1pm. For more information on Terry Fox Running events this weekend, check out: terryfox.org


MEET A FARMER TODAY
Sunday 18th September 2016
People across the Maritimes are being encouraged to visit farms today as many open their gates to visitors. More than 50 farms, markets, wineries and community organizations throughout New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are taking part in this year's Open Farm Day. Activities include farm and greenhouse tours, food and drink tastings, U-picks and petting zoos -- most of which are free. Click here for a map of participating farms.


29 INJURED IN MANHATTAN EXPLOSION, NOT KNOWN YET IF ACT OF TERRORISM
Sunday 18th September 2016
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says an explosion last night in Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood was intentional -- but authorities don't yet know if it was an act of terrorism. Twenty-nine people were injured by the powerful blast -- one of them seriously. There are also reports authorities discovered a pressure cooker wired to a cellphone just a few blocks away from where the explosion occurred. A pipe bomb also exploded in New Jersey Saturday morning just before thousands of runners were to participate in a 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors. No one was injured, but the race was cancelled. De Blasio said last night there was no evidence linking the incidents in New York and New Jersey.


MONTREAL CONFERENCE RAISES NEARLY $13 BILLION IN FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, MALARIA & TB
Sunday 18th September 2016
Prime Minister Trudeau is calling this weekend's infectious disease fundraising conference a great success. The government says more than 12.9 billion dollars U-S was raised for Global Fund, which was set up to pool money to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria -- just shy of the 13-billion dollar goal. Trudeau hosted the Montreal conference, that was attended by rock star Bono, U-N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 18
Sunday 18th September 2016
The Northern Subway Selects started the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA season with a 2-2 tie against a strong Moncton Rockets team. In a fast paced and physical home opener the Selects were able to out shoot their opponents 30-17 despite going to the penalty box 8 times, 5 in the first period alone. Coach Troy Reid said he was pleased with where the girls are this early in the season. Jenna Landry was solid in nets turning away 15 shots. Scoring for the Selects were Gabby Fraser with assists from Camryn Halliday and Lindsey Smith, and Maddie Quinn with assists from Sophia Warnell and Patti Ann Tracey. Next home game is this coming Saturday at 12:30 at the Wellness Centre.
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The Weeks Major Midgets lost a close match 3-2 against Steele Subaru in their home opener Saturday night. Jaden Mason and Kevin Mason both scored in the first period, but Steele Subaru tied it in the second on a power play, and pulled ahead with a goal early in the third. Andrew MacLeod turned aside 38 shots for the Weeks team.
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The Pictou County Scotians lost in a shootout 7-6 to the Strait Pirates on Friday night, tonight they're at the Wellness Centre at 7pm to take on the Cole Harbour Colts.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers were in East Hants where they dropped one to the All Credit Auto Rangers by a score of 4-3. This afternoon the Bombers play the Novas in Port Hawkesbury.
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The Kanokai Judo Club is starting it's new season. The club is located in the Pictou County Gymnastics Club at the old Pictou County YMCA on South Frederick Street. Classes begin at 6:00 pm for children 6-12 years of age and 7:15 pm for those 13 and older. Anyone interested in coming to watch or try it out are welcome any Monday or Wednesday evening. New students are welcome! For further information contact Cindy Fraser at 902-759-0700 or e-mail kanokaijudoclub@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club still has spaces available for its Fall season. To register children of all ages and skill levels, drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. New Glasgow. For more information and hours of operation, find then on Facebook at Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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Registration for this season's CanSkate program will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Wednesday, Sept 21 and Friday, September 23 from 4 to 6pm. This National learn to skate program is for all ages and abilities. It begins October 12, running every Wednesday until March. For more information call 902-301-0076 or email info@skatemariposaeast.com
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will hold a special final registration for the upcoming season on Saturday, 24 September from 9 am to Noon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Anyone who has not picked up all of their tickets, or require additional tickets, can pick them up at the same time.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Carey Price hasn't missed a beat. The league M-V-P and Vezina trophy winner from two years ago pitched a 27-save shutout as Canada blanked the Czech Republic 6-0 in its World Cup of Hockey opener. Price missed the majority of last season with a knee injury. He got help up front from Sidney Crosby, who scored a goal and two assists.
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The A-L wild card picture is a tight one. Albert Pujols hit his 590th career home run and the Los Angeles Angels beat Toronto 6-1, dropping the Blue Jays into a tie for the top two A-L wild-card spots. The Blue Jays and Baltimore are even in the playoff race and three games back of Boston for first in the A-L East. Seattle, Detroit and Houston are all three games behind in the wild-card chase.
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Kolten Wong hit a sacrifice fly that capped a two-run comeback in the ninth inning and St. Louis rallied for a big win in their playoff chase, beating San Francisco 3-2. The Cardinals had lost three straight and held a team meeting prior to the game. Their win further tightened the N-L wild-card race — the Giants and Mets are tied for the top two spots, with the Cardinals trailing by two games.
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There's no much stopping Bo Levi Mitchell and the Calgary Stampeders. They clinched a playoff berth with a 48-23 win over the visiting Ottawa Redblacks. It's the 12th consecutive season the Stampeders have qualified for the playoffs. Earlier, Justin Medlock kicked six field goals and the Blue Bombers beat the Argoanuts 46-29 for their seventh-straight win.
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Team Canada secured a place in the elite World Group of the Davis Cup yesterday on home soil. Doubles pair Vasek Pospisil and Adil Shamasdin downed their Chilean rivals in the Davis Cup playoff tie in Halifax. Pospisil and Shamasdin headed off Hans Podlipnik-Castillo and Nicolas Jarry.
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Canadian athletes earned five medals at the Rio Paralympics Saturday and sit 13th in the overall medal standings. Canada has 29 total medals, including eight gold and 10 silver. China has dominated the medal account with 237 medals, including 105 gold. Britain is second with 147 medals (64 gold) and Ukraine is third with 117 medals (41 gold).


NEW GLASGOW LEGION SCORES PROVINCIAL CASH
Saturday 17th September 2016
The provincial government has announced nearly $103,000 in funding through the Legion Capital Assistance Program for building improvements in 15 communities including New Glasgow.
The program provides up to half of the eligible costs of a project, to a maximum of $10,000, to help make structural and roof repairs, upgrade washrooms and do things like installing heat pumps.
Locally, Branch #34 Normandy here in New Glasgow has been awarded $10,000 for a roof replacement project. The Legion in Stewiacke is getting $5,000.
Legions apply for funding in the spring each year. Priority is given to those branches with the greatest financial need while ensuring that funding is spread well across the province.


NEW CENTRE FOR EMPLOYMENT INNOVATION TO BE BUILT AT ST. FX
Friday 16th September 2016
The province is partnering with St. FX to create a new Centre for Employment Innovation. The centre is part of the province's redesign of the employment services system to better meet the needs of students, job seekers and employers. It will work with communities to develop and test new approaches for inclusive, best-in-class employment services to help people get jobs. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan says the centre is a cornerstone of the redesign, and will help build on existing knowledge and expertise within the system. The centre is expected to open this fall.


PEI FUNDING CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SITE TO OFFER WOMEN'S HEALTH SERVICES, INCLUDING ABORTION
Friday 16th September 2016
A Women's Wellness Centre that will offer abortions is being built at the Prince County Hospital in Summerside. A release from the P-E-I government says the centre will provide care for Island women needing specialized reproductive and sexual health services -- including "pregnancy termination." The province is providing 5.35-million dollars in funding for an expansion of the hospital's Ambulatory Care Centre that will include construction of the new centre. It says it will start phasing in new Women's Wellness Programs across the province in January -- including clinical services to be set up using temporary space in Prince County Hospital until construction of the new centre is complete.


CITADEL HILL TAX FIGHT HAS BEEN RESOLVED
Friday 16th September 2016
The federal government has resolved a decades-long dispute with Halifax over the property tax value of Citadel Hill. Ottawa has agreed to pay the city 20-million dollars in back taxes for the national historic site covering 1997 to 2015. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage says he's delighted to have resolved the outstanding issue. The dispute over how much the federal government should pay in taxes ended up before a federal panel that ruled two years ago that Citadel Hill should be valued at 41.2-million dollars -- about 37.6-million more than Ottawa had argued it was worth. 


DIESEL UP, GAS WAY UP
Friday 16th September 2016
A sizeable jump at the pump this morning, as regular self-serve gas is up four and a half cents to $1.04 per litre. Diesel crept up to 94.5 cents per litre.


BOTTLED WATER TRUCKED IN TO AREAS DEALING WITH MAJOR DRY SPELL
Friday 16th September 2016
Parts of Nova Scotia are running dry in what the province says is one of the worst dry spells it has seen. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill says areas of southwestern Nova Scotia haven't seen rain in weeks and aren't expecting any time soon. Bottled water will be delivered to the most affected areas. An Environment Canada climatologist is warning that the dry spell in Nova Scotia is just a “dress rehearsal” for the kind of weather conditions Canada can expect in the years to come. David Phillips says as temperatures warm up across the country over the next number of years, Canadians can expect more dry spells — and more frequently than normal.


PROVINCE LAUNCHING AWARENESS PROGRAM OF DEADLY DRUG
Friday 16th September 2016
The province is launching efforts to boost awareness about the dangers of the powerful opiod fentanyl. Justice Minister Diana Whalen said yesterday that a committee of health and justice officials has been formed to look at ways to treat overdose cases. The minister says there has been one death linked to the drug in the province. However, she says with the spread of the opiod across the country, police and other public agencies need to be ready to deal with similar cases.


MILITARY BRIEFED ON MARIJUANA USE - BUT ONLY THE DOWN SIDE
Friday 16th September 2016
Government documents show the federal government was briefed on concerns and questions about medical marijuana use in the military -- but just the negative aspects. The documents included fears that paying for injured ex-soldiers' pot could actually hurt them. But noticeably absent was discussion about the positive benefits of medical marijuana, including whether it has reduced veterans' reliance on opioids and other drugs. Instead, in a separate briefing note, officials told Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr that they had not been able to prove a link between the two. The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press, have reinforced concerns among some veterans that the government is about to restrict their access to cannabis. The government is expected to unveil a new policy on medical marijuana for veterans in the coming weeks.


WHO SHOULD BE OUR NATIONAL BIRD?
Friday 16th September 2016
Canadians will be able to watch a debate on Monday that will be really for the birds. The Royal Canadian Geographic Society will stage a debate on which bird should be Canada's national bird. An online survey over the past 20 months has the pecking order down to five contenders -- The Canada goose, Ontario's loon, Quebec's snowy owl, New Brunswick's black-capped chickadee and the gray jay. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will kick off the debate, but the Liberals have not yet said whether they will officially designate a national bird, although the former Harper government was keen on the project. The editor of the society's Canadian Geographic magazine, says the group was blown away by the level of interest. Aaron Kylie says the public responses included thousands of thoughtful, written submissions. Monday's debate in Ottawa will be livestreamed for the public. The final choice will be announced in November.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 16
Friday 16th September 2016
Battling from behind for most of the game, the Weeks Junior A Crushers still pulled out the win in Overtime 6-5. When the Lumberjacks took a late period bench minor for too many men late in the third the Crushers looked to capitalize on a 6 on 4 powerplay with Luke Melanson pulled for the extra attacker with the Crushers trailing 5-4. Jacob Hickey would convert on the play with less than a second in regulation to tie the game. Dylan Riley would score 17 seconds into overtime to win the game, his first junior A goal. The Crushers were led by Michael Dill with 4 points (2G, 2A) that earned him first star of the game. Rounding out the scoring was Hickey (2) and Nick Fewer. Also picking up assists were Riley, Mack Derraugh, Oliver Trachsel, Benji Curtis and Mark Kennedy. Justin Ritcey earned second star of the game in his return to the Wellness Centre with Hickey getting the third star.  The Crushers are headed to New Brunswick, playing Woodstock tonight. The game in St. Stephen on Saturday has been postponed at the request of the Aces organization due to a motor vehicle accident involving three members of their team. One player, Scottie Greene of Bishop's Falls, NL, remains in hospital in serious condition. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but impairment is not believed to be a factor.
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The Northern Subway Selects have finalized their roster and are preparing for their season in the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League. Puck drops on Saturday at 12:30pm against the Moncton Rockets and the Selects look forward to having a large crowd on hand for their opener.
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The Weeks Major Midgets play their home opener Saturday at 6:30 at the Wellness Centre against Steele Subaru.
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The Pictou County Scotians have a pair of games this weekend: tonight they play the Strait Pirates in Port Hawkesbury, then on Sunday they're at the Wellness Centre at 7pm to take on the Cole Harbour Colts.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers travel to East Hants to play the All Credit Auto Rangers Saturday night, then it's off to Cape Breton Sunday afternoon to play the Novas in Port Hawkesbury.
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The Weeks Major Midgets' home opener is Saturday at 6:30 vs regular season champion Cole Harbour Wolfpack. Any kids wearing a hockey jersey, and weeks alumni get free admission to the home opener. 
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club still has spaces available for its Fall season. To register children of all ages and skill levels, drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. New Glasgow.  For more information and hours of operation, find then on Facebook at Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will hold a special final registration for the upcoming season on Saturday, 24 September from 9 am to Noon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Anyone who has not picked up all of their tickets, or require additional tickets, can pick them up at the same time.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Josh Donaldson went 3 for 3 with two doubles and scored two runs as the Blue Jays beat the Angels 7-2. Donaldson had missed the last three games with a hip injury. Toronto also got offence from Russell Martin, who hit a three-run homer. The Jays remained tied with Baltimore for the two A-L wild cards and are also two games behind East-leading Boston.
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An incredible ninth inning rally from the Red Sox. Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run, walk-off homer in the ninth as Boston scored five in the inning to beat the Yankees 7-5 at Fenway Park. David Ortiz hit a solo homer in the eighth, the 537th of his career. That passed Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle for 17th on baseball's all-time list.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick finally solved Rex Ryan's defence. He led the New York Jets to a 37-31 victory over the Buffalo Bills. The victory snapped a five-game skid for New York against its A-F-C East rivals. Matt Forte scored three touchdowns for the Jets. Fitzpatrick finished 24 of 34 for 374 yards and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker.
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Canada added four more medals to its overall count on Day 8 of competition at the Rio Paralympics. Aurelie Rivard won gold and also set a new world record in the 400-metre freestyle. It was her third gold — and fourth medal — of the Games. Also medalling in the pool was Benoit Huot, who is competing in his fifth and possibly final Paralympics.


TRURO STORE CLOSED AFTER VEHICLE CRASHES THROUGH WINDOW
Thursday 15th September 2016
The Dollarama near Walmart in Truro had to be shut down early this afternoon because of a vehicle crashing through the front windows. Truro Police have indicated to media in Truro that a woman in the store sustained minor injuries. The male driver was not hurt in the incident. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.


LOBSTER FISHERY TRAPPING BEST PRICES IN ALMOST A DECADE, SPURRING LOTS OF SPENDING
Thursday 15th September 2016
The booming lobster fishery in the Maritimes is paying off for more than just the fishermen. Auto dealerships are reporting a surge in high-end truck sales with not a lot of dickering about prices. Aside from 65-thousand-dollar trucks, the fishermen are also buying new boats — if they can. Tim Edwards, executive director of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association, says the order books are full and many yards are booked for a couple of years out. The market for lobster has been getting a boost from the weak Canadian dollar, growing demand from China and a shift in consumer tastes toward processed meat in everything from lobster rolls to lobster macaroni and cheese. Amid growing demand for the tasty crustaceans, fishermen have been hauling in record catches that are commanding the highest prices in more than a decade. In P-E-I, fishermen are currently getting about $6.75 a pound for fresh, market lobsters -- a long way from the three-bucks per pound they were getting during the global economic meltdown in 2008-09. And then there's the "Beyonce Bounce." In February, U-S-based seafood chain Red Lobster said its sales surged 33 per cent on Super Bowl Sunday, a boost attributed to the Beyonce song "Formation," which alludes to her taking a man to Red Lobster after sex.


ANOTHER TATAMAGOUCHE ER TEMPORARY CLOSURE ON FRIDAY
Thursday 15th September 2016
Yet again, a lack of doctor coverage means the emergency department in Tatamagouche will be closed. The provincial Health Authority says the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed tomorrow between 3 and 8pm. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care.


HALIFAX REGIONAL BOARD TO REVIEW SEVENTEEN SCHOOLS
Thursday 15th September 2016
The province's largest school board is reviewing the status of 17 schools, including two of its high schools in Dartmouth. The Halifax regional school board voted in favour of the review at a meeting on Thursday evening. The board's website says of the total, two of the schools are high schools, three are junior highs, one is a primary to Grade 9 and 11 are elementary schools. A new high school is being built in the suburb of Eastern Passage, raising questions about the future of the two Dartmouth high schools that will lose a significant portion of their students. The school board is following a policy set up in 2014 by the Department of Education that is followed when the permanent closure of a public school is a possibility. The first public meeting to discuss the review is tentatively set for Nov. 21.


APPEAL COURT THROWS COLD WATER ON USE OF "MR. BIG" STING OPERATIONS
Thursday 15th September 2016
A new Nova Scotia Appeal Court ruling is rasing fresh questions about the police use of so-called "Mr. Big" tactics. The court has issued a decision dismissing a Crown appeal in the case of a woman acquitted of being an accessory to murder. The Mounties targeted Brittany Leigh Derbyshire using the technique in 2011 as a way of finding her friend Steven Skinner, an M-M-A fighter and murder suspect. The ruling says two officers posed as outlaw motorcycle gang members and approached the woman. They told her they were sent by "higher-ups from out west to clean up the mess" left behind by Skinner, a suspect in the April 2011 shooting death of Stacey Adams. The undercover Mounties told her they thought she might be a "rat,"  and took her to Moncton. The appeal court heard how a fearful Derbyshire readily told the pair all about how she helped dispose of evidence. But the judges say the woman was petrified and feared for her life. Justice Duncan Beveridge upheld the lower court judgment acquitting her of being an accessory to murder. He wrote that - quote - "It is the unacceptable use of police tactics to coerce confessions that is problematic."


NINE SOLDIERS INJURED IN TRAINING EXERCISE AT CFB GAGETOWN
Thursday 15th September 2016
An investigation will be conducted into Wednesday's accident that left nine Canadian soldiers injured during a routine training exercise at CFB Gagetown. The nine members of the Second Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, were hurt when their light-armoured vehicle hit an embankment. Five soldiers were treated at the base for minor injuries, while four others were taken to hospital in Fredericton to be treated for more serious injuries and were later released.


CASE CLOSED ON COUPLE SPOTTED NEAR ENFIELD ELEMENTARY
Thursday 15th September 2016
Police have closed the case on a man spotted acting suspiciously near a school in East Hants. The R-C-M-P had asked for the public's help in identifying the man and a woman who was sitting in a nearby car. The Mounties say the man was seen early Monday taking photographs from a wooded area near Enfield District Elementary School before he was confronted by staff and left the scene. The Mounties say both individuals have been identified, and there is no risk to public safety. 


TRURO'S NEW LIBRARY OPENING AT END OF THE MONTH
Thursday 15th September 2016
The date for the opening of the new Truro library is set for 29 September. The main entrance to the building, in the former Normal College on Prince Street, won't be accessible at first due to continuing work to the civic square. The official opening of the library will be later this fall, once the civic square redevelopment project has been completed.


SON OF CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER TO DELIVER SPEECH IN HALIFAX
Thursday 15th September 2016
The son of well-known civil rights leader Marcus Garvey will be speaking in Halifax today as part of a speaker series for the Decade for People of African Descent. Julius Garvey visited Cape Breton yesterday, where his father delivered a speech in 1937 that helped inspire Bob Marley lyrics. He said: "We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery... none but ourselves can free the mind," which Marley paraphrased in 1980's "Redemption Song." The younger Garvey said the message of the speech and song still ring true today.


HALF-BILLION YEAR OLD FOSSIL RETURNING TO NFLD
Thursday 15th September 2016
A 500-million-year-old fossil discovered in Newfoundland is coming home. Chicago fossil hunter Riccardo Levi-Setti found the famous specimen more than 30 years ago — and is now donating it to the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, near St. John's. The fossil shows a remarkably complete and detailed view of a trilobite — a prehistoric relative of modern crabs and spiders. The centre says the American Museum of Natural History in New York offered 10-thousand dollars for the fossil but was turned down.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 15
Thursday 15th September 2016
The Weeks Junior A Crushers play their first regular season match against the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The last time the two teams met was the division final of last season's playoffs, with the Crushers winning the series on their way to the league title. Benji Curtis has been named team captain, while Ethan Marsh, Drew Packman and Mack Derraugh are assistant captains. After tonight's game, the Crushers hit the road to play Woodstock on Friday, and St. Stephen on Saturday.
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The Northern Subway Selects have finalized their roster and are preparing for their season in the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League. After a rigorous training camp last weekend and three tryout games this past weekend, Coach Troy Reid and his staff pared the roster down to 15 skaters and two goaltenders on Sunday. The Selects practiced on Tuesday in preparation for their season and home opener against the Moncton Rockets on Saturday. The Selects will host the Rockets at the Wellness Center in Pictou County at 1230pm. Reid says, "We have some excellent veteran talent returning this year and some youthful exuberance that should really spark some exciting hockey". Julia Scammell, fresh off her stint at Team Canada's Under 18 camp in Calgary and 4th year forward Katie Pentz lead the team.  Sophia Wornell, Maddie Quinn and Camryn Halliday return for their second year in the league. Patty Ann Tracey returns to the team after a one year stint at Kings Edgehill to help out the offence. Rookies include Lilly Currie and Jenna Landry in goal, with Jensen Arsenault, Heath Miller, Jenna Reid and Lindsey Smith on defence. Rookie forwards KJ Emery, Mariah Linehan, Ashley Livingston, Taylor MacKenzie and Eva Wornell round out the roster. The Selects will play a 26 game regular season schedule and look poised to compete for top spot. Puck drops on Saturday at 12:30pm against the Rockets and the Selects look forward to having a large crowd on hand for their opener.
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The Weeks Major Midgets lost their season opener in a shootout 4 – 3 to the Cole Harbour Wolfpack. Their home opener is Saturday at 6:30 at the Wellness Centre against Steele Subaru.
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The Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League held their closing games on Monday Evening at the Albion Field. Three major awards were presented during the evening. The Charlie Hafey Memorial Award, in honour of co-founder Charlie Hafey,  was presented by the Hafey Family  to the Orioles captained by Stacy Ferguson and Gina Markie. The Leo Fahey “Excellence in Sport” award was presented by Gus Fahey to Lisa James for her outstanding play and leadership skills  during the past season. The “Most Improved Player” award was presented by Leo Fahey to Heather Doubleday for her tremendous improvement in skill development over the past 15 years.
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The Weeks Major Midgets' home opener is Saturday at 6:30 vs regular season champion Cole Harbour Wolfpack. Any kids wearing a hockey jersey and weeks alumni get free admission to the home opener. 
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is searching for a new Head Coach for the 2016/2017 Learn to Skate program. Group lessons run for two 8-week long sessions: FALL 2016: October 17 - December 12, 2016 *No lessons on Halloween - Oct.31, 2016* WINTER 2017: January 9 - March 6, 2017 *No lessons on Heritage Day - Feb.20, 2017 * Program Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre * Offering Paid Honorarium * Please contact Trenton Parks & Recreation at: Phone: 902-752-1019 or Email: robyn.meyer@trenton.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It hasn't been the start to September that the Blue Jays were looking for. Toronto dropped its fourth-straight series after an 8-1 loss at home to the Rays. Reigning A-L M-V-P Josh Donaldson sat out his third straight game for Toronto. The Jays are hoping to have him back when they start a four-game series on the road against the Angels later today.
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The Orioles have closed the gap in the A-L East to within a game. Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 42nd home run as Baltimore beat the Red Sox 1-0. The Orioles took two of three in the series to pull a game ahead of slumping Toronto for the top A-L wild card. Boston is two games ahead of the Jays for first in the division.
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Team Canada is heading into the World Cup of Hockey tournament on a winning note. Ryan Getzlaf scored the winner in overtime as the Canadians edged Team Russia 3-2 in the final tune-up game for both teams. Canada finished pre-tournament play with a 2-1 record. The Canadians face Team Czech Republic in their opener on Saturday.
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Henrik Lundqvist got the hook after allowing five goals on 22 shots in Sweden's 6-2 loss to Team Europe in each team's final exhibition game before the World Cup of Hockey. Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl had a hat trick and Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek scored on the New York Rangers goaltender.
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The World Anti-Doping Agency says a group of Russian "cyber-hackers" called Fancy Bears have leaked another batch of confidential athletes' information from its database. It said the targeted athletes included 10 from the United States, five from Germany, five from Britain, and one each from Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania and Russia. It did not identify the athletes.
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Canada had its best day yet at the Paralympic Games in Rio. The Canadians captured six medals, including five in para-cycling. Katarina Roxon captured the other medal in the pool. She won gold in the S-8 100-metre breaststroke. It's her first medal in three Paralympic appearances. Canada is 13th in the overall medal standings with 20.


TWO PICTOU YOUTHS CHARGED IN BREAK AND ENTER INVESTIGATION
Wednesday 14th September 2016
Two young men have been charged after a month long investigation into thefts from vehicles and Break and Enters by Pictou District RCMP. The two male youths from Pictou, 16 and 17 years old, are charged with Break and Enter to a Residence. This follows charges laid against a 19-year-old on August 24. The 16-year-old will appear in Pictou Provincial Court on October 21 while the 17-year-old is set to appear on September 21, also in Pictou Provincial Court. The investigation is ongoing.


PROVINCE APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION
Wednesday 14th September 2016
Judith McPhee has been appointed the province's new police complaints commissioner. Justice Minister and Attorney General Diana Whalen made the announcement today. McPhee is a retired lawyer with more than 38 years of experience in government and was given the Queen's counsel designation in 2011. For the last 20 years, she has held senior roles at the Department of Justice. She serves on the Criminal Code Review Board and was vice-chair of the Police Review Board up until her appointment as commissioner. The Office of Police Complaints Commissioner investigates complaints against municipal police. It also provides support to the Police Review Board, which is allowed to hear and rule on police complainant appeals. The term is for three years and will begin October 1st. MacPhee replaces Nadine Cooper Mont, who has held the position for the past 15 years.


PROVINCE SETS NEW RECORD FOR IMMIGRATION
Wednesday 14th September 2016
Immigrants are coming to the province in record numbers. 3,418 newcomers arrived between January and June of this year, slightly more than the 3,403 who arrived in Nova Scotia in all of 2015, a previous record year. Immigration Minister Lena Diab says immigration is a government priority and the hard work on the file is producing results. Refugee arrivals have almost tripled with 1,079 in the first six months this year compared to 365 for all of 2015. Arrivals under the Provincial Nominee Program are also up with 1,459 so far in 2016 compared to 1,394 for all of last year. Since December, Nova Scotia has welcomed more than 1,000 Syrian refugees through private, blended and government-assisted sponsorships. More are expected before the end of the year.


OVER EIGHTY NAMES IN PICTOU COUNTY MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS *UPDATED SEPT 14 6:00 AM*
Wednesday 14th September 2016
There's going to be a lot of choice in the municipal elections this October. For the county and town races, eighty-three people have put their name forward, and for most voters, there will be a broad selection of people to choose from. There are a few candidates who are in by acclamation: Robert Parker in District 6, Chester Dewar in District 12, and the town councillors in Westville. The elections will be held October 15.
Election Candidates
New Glasgow
Mayor – Nancy Dicks – Mark Firth – Henderson Paris – Ken Langille
Ward 1 – Wayne Borden – John Guthro – Troy MacCulloch – Sharon MacLean
Ward 2 – Rita Billington – Clyde Fraser – Jack Lewis – David MacIvor - Pierre Tannous
Ward 3 – Fred El-Haddad – Joe MacDonald – Lloyd MacKay – Frank Proudfoot – Paul Quinn – Trudy Vince – Karen MacPhee

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Stellarton
Mayor – Joe Gennoe – Danny MacGillivray
Ward 1 – Mary Lou Field – Bryan Knight – Simon Lawand
Ward 2 – Susan Campbell – Jake Chisholm – Garry Pentz

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Pictou
Mayor – Cam Beaton – Shawn MacNamara – Jim Ryan
Council – Dan Currie – Eric Daley – Malcolm Houser – Nadine LeBlanc – Alta Munro – Gary Nowlan – David Porter

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Trenton
Mayor – Fred Charlton – Shannon MacInnis - Francis MacMillan
Council at large - Jennifer Austen - Steven Cotter - Alec Dove - V.J Earle - Donald Hussher - Betsy MacKenzie-Cameron - Jaclyn Polley - Steven Stewart

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Westville
Mayor - Roger MacKay – Alvah Mayo – Pat Ryan
Council at large - Lynn MacDonald, Bernie Murphy, Charlie Sutherland, Lennie White (all Acclaimed)

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Pictou County
District 1 – Don Butler – Don Stewart
District 2 – Debora Wadden – Matt Weir
District 3 – Kent Corbett – Tom Hahn – Darla MacKeil
District 4 – Ron Baillie – Mae MacKenzie – Harvey Henderson
District 5 – Wayne Murray – Mike Sangster – Debbie Weatherbie
District 6 – Robert Parker (Acclaimed)
District 7 – Leonard Fraser – David Parker
District 8 – Ben MacLean – Larry Turner
District 9 – Peter Boyles – Jamie Davidson – Barbara Weir
District 10 – Randy Palmer – Brenda Scully
District 11 – Cathy Kenny – Scott Johnson – Andy Thompson
District 12 – Chester Dewar (Acclaimed)

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School Board
District 11 – Scott Adamson – Gordon Anderson
District 12 – Anne Beaver (Acclaimed)
District 13 – Vivian Farrell (Accliamed)
District 14 – Ron Marks – Kevin Waller
District 15 – Marilyn Murray (Acclaimed)
African Nova Scotian Candidates – Tamara Tines Powell – Glenda Talbot-Richards
CSAP Candidate – Alfred Benoit (Acclaimed)


PROVINCE FUNDING BUILDING FIX UP FOR CAPE BRETON'S BLACK COMMUNITY
Wednesday 14th September 2016
The province will spend 25-thousand dollars to fix up a building in Cape Breton that is described as the heart of the local black community. Heritage Minister Tony Ince says the Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association hall is celebrated structure that is -- quote -- "rich in culture and heritage." The hall is home to the Universal Negro Improvement Association Cultural Museum, a community centre where regular classes and events are held for all ages.


MOUNTIES LOOKING TO IDENTIFY COUPLE "ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY" NEAR SCHOOL
Wednesday 14th September 2016
The Nova Scotia R-C-M-P are asking for the public's help in identifying a man and a woman who were acting suspiciously near a school north of Halifax. The Mounties say a man in his 60s was spotted early yesterday taking photographs from a wooded area near Enfield District Elementary School. Police say his camera was pointed toward the school as children and staff were arriving. R-C-M-P in East Hants say when he was confronted by staff, he fled in a vehicle described as a newer-model maroon or burgundy Toyota Corolla — driven by a middle-aged woman.


INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF TRURO CHILD'S DEATH MAKES SEVERAL RECOMMENDATIONS *UPDATED 11:30 AM*
Wednesday 14th September 2016
The independent review of the investigation into the death of three-year-old Samantha Mercer more than a decade ago was released today. The Truro toddler died March 3rd, 2005 from a severe head injury. Terry Dean Allen was charged with manslaughter and acquitted in September 2009. The review, performed by Gerard Mitchell, police commissioner for Prince Edward Island and a retired chief justice, makes several recommendations for the Department of Justice. They include that the department conduct regular audits of municipal police services, ensure small municipal police services have ready access to trained support and assistance in investigating major crimes, and that police investigators seek out legal advice from the Crown counsel as soon as practical during a major crime investigation. The full report can be accessed online.


CAMERAS WILL BE IN THE COURTROOM FOR VADER MURDER TRIAL
Wednesday 14th September 2016
It's a first in Alberta, where a judge will allow a news camera to broadcast the verdict in the double-murder trial of Travis Vader, who is accused of killing two Alberta seniors. Several media outlets, including The Canadian Press, had asked the judge to allow the camera in the Edmonton court for Thursday's verdict, arguing there is public interest due to the cost of the extensive police investigation and trial of the man charged in the 2010 deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann. Provincial judge Denny Thomas ruled allowing a camera to broadcast the verdict will increase the public's confidence in the judicial system. Vader faces two counts of first-degree murder in the presumed deaths of the McCanns, who were last seen gassing up their motorhome in St. Albert -- and whose bodies have never been found.


FORMER PM MULRONEY DISAGREES WITH VETTING IMMIGRANTS FOR "CANADIAN VALUES"
Wednesday 14th September 2016
Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney doesn't agree with a current Conservative party leadership candidate who is proposing immigrants and refugees be vetted for "anti-Canadian values." In a speech to the University of Calgary's law faculty, Mulroney addressed Ontario M-P Kellie Leitch's controversial vetting proposal, saying he sees no need to toughen an immigration process he believes works fine as is. And on the hot-button subject of pipelines, Mulroney urged Prime Minister Trudeau to take a leadership role to break the gridlock over such proposals as TransCanada's Alberta-to-New Brunswick Energy East pipeline. He said the Canadian energy and resource agenda would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in new investments, millions of new jobs, and bring West and East much closer together.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 14
Wednesday 14th September 2016
The Weeks Major Midgets are coming off a very successful early bird tournament. Winning against defending league champions Dartmouth Steele Subaru 5-2, losing a shoot out vs regular season champion Cole Harbour Wolfpack 4-3, and two other 4-3 losses against Halifax McDonalds and Cape Breton West Islanders who are both early favorites to vie for top spot in the league this year. Coach Kyle MacLennan states- “Come out and watch us this year, we are fast, tenacious and every team will be in a battle when they play us. We feel we will compete every game this season and are much deeper than we have been for a number of years. We have a very talented young group and will be very exciting to watch.” Weeks home opener is Saturday at 6:30 vs regular season champion Cole Harbour Wolfpack. Any kids wearing a hockey jersey and weeks alumni get free admission to the home opener. 
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Tryout times for female hockey in Pictou County and the Fundy Highland zone have been posted on the Pictou County Minor Hockey website under the female tab. AA tryouts will take place first followed by A if necessary. Tryout fee for AA is $50 and all participants must be registered and paid before taking part in the evaluations.  No late registrations will be accepted after the first tryout in each division begins unless there is room for placements on A teams after evaluations are complete. Anyone wanting more information about the female program can contact female@pcmha.ca.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is searching for a new Head Coach for the 2016/2017 Learn to Skate program. Group lessons run for two 8-week long sessions: FALL 2016: October 17 - December 12, 2016 *No lessons on Halloween - Oct.31, 2016* WINTER 2017: January 9 - March 6, 2017 *No lessons on Heritage Day - Feb.20, 2017 * Program Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre * Offering Paid Honorarium * Please contact Trenton Parks & Recreation at: Phone: 902-752-1019 or Email: robyn.meyer@trenton.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Toronto remains two games behind the Red Sox in the A-L East after Alexei Ramirez launched a three-run homer in Tampa Bay's 6-2 win at Rogers Centre. Russell Martin's two-run homer provided the only offence for the Blue Jays. Toronto played its second straight game without slugger Josh Donaldson because of a hip injury, but the team hopes to have him back in the lineup today.
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Taijuan Walker pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout as the Mariners beat the Angels 8-0 to win their season-high seventh straight. Nelson Cruz and Norichika Aoki hit home runs and Seth Smith hit a grand slam to close the scoring for Seattle.
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Vin Scully says the last ballgame he will broadcast is the Dodgers' regular-season finale — regardless of whether they reach the playoffs. The 88-year-old announcer tells the Los Angeles Times his Hall of Fame career will end October 2nd in San Francisco. Scully had already said this will be his final season in the booth after 67 years.
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The Whitecaps have made it through to the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals thanks to its youngest player. Fifteen-year-old Alphonso Davies pushed Vancouver through when he broke a 1-1 tie in stoppage time. Davies was born in Liberia and raised in Edmonton. He signed with the Whitecaps in July.
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For the second time, a verdict in Maria Sharapova's appeal against a two-year ban for doping has been delayed. The Russian should now find out the decision in her case against the International Tennis Federation early next month, according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Sharapova had initially hoped to get a fast-track verdict in July before the Rio Olympics began.
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Confidential medical data of several prominent U-S Olympians was hacked from a World Anti-Doping Agency database and posted online. Among the Olympians whose information was posted are gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. WADA said the hackers were a "Russian cyber espionage group." A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected WADA's statement blaming Russian hackers as unfounded.


PICTOU LODGE MAKES TOP TEN NATIONAL WEDDING VENUE LIST
Tuesday 13th September 2016
A local resort is on a Top Ten list released earlier this month of Wonderful Restaurant Wedding Venues in Canada by the Food Network. The Pictou Lodge Beach Resort is one of four from Atlantic Canada to make the list, along with a restaurant in Grand Pre, one in Prince Edward Island, and one in St. John's. The description given for Pictou Lodge on the Food Network list highlights the wonderful views and local seafood.


NSCC PICTOU CAMPUS TO ADD 15-MILLION DOLLAR TRADES BUILDING
Tuesday 13th September 2016
There will be a brand new building as part of the NSCC Pictou Campus in Stellarton, thanks to over 15 million dollars in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The 38-thousand square foot Trades Innovation Centre will be a modern shop space where students can learn trades and become part of a highly qualified, specialized workforce. Campus Principal Dave Freckleton says preliminary construction work is already underway, and the current targeted end-date is March 2018. Several federal and provincial officials were in attendance for today's funding announcement, including Central Nova MP Sean Fraser. Fraser says the 6.9 million from Ottawa through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come.


TELL-ALL BOOK ABOUT "FORD NATION", TOLD BY THE FORDS, COMING IN NOVEMBER
Tuesday 13th September 2016
Doug Ford, the brother of Toronto's late crack-smoking mayor, has announced a tell-all book which he says will bring the public the story of "Ford Nation." The announcement this morning followed speculation on social media that the former Toronto city councillor would declare his intention to join the race for the federal Conservative party leadership. Ford, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2014 after his brother dropped out following a cancer diagnosis, said he would be "running politically" within a year. The 51-year-old says the book, which was penned by both himself and his brother, Rob, who died in March of this year, will "rock" the political and media worlds. He says the public has heard the critics' and "the media story" about Rob Ford for years, but the book will reveal "the untold story" about the politician and his family. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. has acquired rights to the book. "Ford Nation: Two Brothers, One Vision—The True Story of the People’s Mayor" will be published on Nov. 22.


RYAN IS SECOND MAYORAL CANDIDATE IN WESTVILLE
Tuesday 13th September 2016
In Westville, incumbent Mayor Roger MacKay will face a challenge in this October's election from retired broadcast journalist Pat Ryan. Ryan, who declared his candidacy today, says the town needs better land-use management and has been left out of many announcements of federal capital funding projects recently.


MORE LOCAL CANDIDATES DECLARE - TODAY IS THE DAY TO OFFICIALLY FILE *UPDATED 9:55 AM*
Tuesday 13th September 2016
There are more people entering local races, while others are exiting. In New Glasgow, realtor Fred El-Haddad is running for councilor of Ward 3. In Stellarton, Marilou Field has declared as a candidate for Ward One, and 21-year-old Jake Chisholm, a candidate in Ward Two, could be the youngest person in the county running for office. Current Stellarton councilors Denise Taylor, Judith MacLellan and Ken Francis have decided not to re-offer. Shannon MacInnis has declared he will seek the office of Mayor of Trenton, a position he has held before. Anne Beaver, current chair of the Human Resources committee for the Chignecto Central School Board, is reoffering for the Board's district 12, which includes the town of New Glasgow. The deadline to file nominating papers with the appropriate municipal returning office is 5pm today.


TORY CAUCUS MEETING IN HALIFAX TODAY, AS PETER MACKAY DECLARES HE'S NOT SEEKING LEADERSHIP
Tuesday 13th September 2016
Former Central Nova MP Peter MacKay has decided against running for the leadership of the federal Conservative Party. The former cabinet minister issued a statement yesterday saying that seeking the leadership would be asking too much of his young family. In the statement, MacKay says — quote — "My family is my number one priority."
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MacKay made his announcement the day before the federal Conservative party caucus gathers this morning to open a two-day summer retreat. Tory M-Ps and senators are in Halifax to discuss how they'll tackle the governing Trudeau Liberals when M-Ps return to Parliament Hill next Monday. But the party's nascent leadership race is likely to dominate discussions in the hallways as candidates seek support from colleagues, and those who've yet to declare get closer to making up their minds.
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The N-D-P caucus will meet in Montreal today and tomorrow, where sources tell The Canadian Press that a concerted effort is underway to push Tom Mulcair to step down sooner than the fall of 2017.


CHARLOTTETOWN MAN RECEIVES WARNING AFTER OPENLY CARRYING REALISTIC-LOOKING BB GUN
Tuesday 13th September 2016
A man carrying what appeared to be a 9-millimetre handgun in downtown Charlottetown was surrounded by police yesterday as they responded to a string of panicky 9-1-1 calls. Police soon learned the man was actually carrying an air-powered BB gun, which he had just purchased from the local Canadian Tire. This type of weapon does not require a firearms acquisition certificate — and there are requirements for how they are transported. No charges were laid, but the man was warned about the possible consequences of his actions.


ALBERTA TO BOOST MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 IN TWO YEARS
Tuesday 13th September 2016
It's now official — Alberta's new minimum wage will be 15-dollars an hour by the fall of 2018. Premier Rachel Notley's cabinet has put the new minimum wage levels on the books by passing the required regulation in cabinet. The changes can only be rescinded by Notley's cabinet or by a successor government. The wage will go up by one-dollar to 12-dollars-and-20-cents an hour in three weeks, on October 1st, and will rise one-dollar-and-40 cents in October 2017 and again in 2018. At 12.20 an hour, Alberta's minimum wage will be highest amongst all the provinces, though Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are still higher. Labour Minister Christina Gray says it's critical to pay low-end earners a fair wage, but business and industry groups say it's too much too fast and that an ailing Alberta economy will lose thousands more jobs.


TASK FORCE SAYS CANADA POST CAN'T CONTINUE AS IT IS
Tuesday 13th September 2016
Canada Post is applauding the findings of a task force studying the financial viability of the Crown corporation. The four-member panel issued a discussion paper yesterday that says the mail carrier cannot support itself under its current structure, and needs transformational change. The panel suggested a number of ways the letter carrier can turn its business model around, including distributing legalized marijuana and charging fees for door-to-door delivery. Canada Post says the findings reaffirms the challenges it faces. A Commons committee has scheduled cross-country hearings this month to hear Canadians' views of what they want from the postal service.


FAMOUS ARCTIC SHIPWRECK FINALLY LOCATED
Tuesday 13th September 2016
One of the Arctic's most enduring mysteries has been solved, with the help of an Inuit hunter. The H-M-S Terror, the second ship from Sir John Franklin's doomed 19th-century search for the Northwest Passage, has been found. A spokesman for one of the groups involved in the search says the find came after a late-night conversation with an Inuk member of the expedition. Sammy Kogvik said he'd seen a ship's mast sticking out of the sea ice on Terror Bay, a small dent in the coast of King William Island. One of the ships in the expedition went to take a look and found it. The ship is said to be in great shape resting in about 24 metres of water. The well-reserved wreck of Franklin's other ship, the Erebus was found in 2014 about 11 metres below the surface in the Queen Maud Gulf, along the central Arctic coastline.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 13 *UPDATED 12:05 PM*
Tuesday 13th September 2016
The Pictou County Scotians are in Antigonish tonight for a pre-season tilt with the Bulldogs at the Keating Millenium Centre at 8pm.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are coming off a very successful early bird tournament, winning against defending league champions Dartmouth Steele Subaru 5-2, losing a shoot out vs regular season champion Cole Harbour Wolfpack 4-3, and two other 4-3 losses against Halifax McDonalds and Cape Breton West Islanders who are both early favorites to vie for top spot in the league. Coach Kyle MacLennan says the team is a very talented young group and will be very exciting to watch this year. The Weeks home opener is Saturday at 6:30 vs the regular season Champions Cole Harbour Wolfpack.
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Tryout times for female hockey in Pictou County and the Fundy Highland zone have been posted on the Pictou County Minor Hockey website under the female tab. AA tryouts will take place first followed by A if necessary. Tryout fee for AA is $50 and all participants must be registered and paid before taking part in the evaluations.  No late registrations will be accepted after the first tryout in each division begins unless there is room for placements on A teams after evaluations are complete. Anyone wanting more information about the female program can contact female@pcmha.ca.
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North Nova Education Centre’s Athletic Department is currently accepting applications of interest for the position of head coach for the boys’ hockey program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. NNEC has a successful and proud tradition of excellence in boys’ hockey dating back to their first year in 2003 and the successful candidate will be expected to build on this tradition. Head coaching duties and responsibilities, as outlined by the school’s administration and the Athletic Director, include but are not limited to the following:
Understand and implement all ethics and coaching morals as outlined by the school’s Athletic Council and Nova School Athletic Federation (NSSAF)
Develop and implement an appropriate training program, practice schedule; as well as, game and tournament scheduling.
Meet with student-athletes and their parents/guardians to clearly communicate and discuss team goals, rules and expectations for both on and off the ice.
Oversee finances and team fundraising
Encourage, support and follow through on maintaining academic standards for those student-athletes.
Applications can be dropped off at the school or emailed to the Athletic Director at hamptons@ccrsb.ca Deadline: September 14th, 2016 Successful applicants will be notified by the Athletic Director on or before September 16th.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is searching for a new Head Coach for the 2016/2017 Learn to Skate program. Group lessons run for two 8-week long sessions: FALL 2016: October 17 - December 12, 2016 *No lessons on Halloween - Oct.31, 2016* WINTER 2017: January 9 - March 6, 2017 *No lessons on Heritage Day - Feb.20, 2017 * Program Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre * Offering Paid Honorarium * Please contact Trenton Parks & Recreation at: Phone: 902-752-1019 or Email: robyn.meyer@trenton.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Righty Marcus Stroman will start as the Blue Jays continue their three-game set against the Rays at Rogers Centre tonight. Lefty Drew Smyly will go for the Rays. Toronto took the opener last night 3-2 thanks to a tiebreaking, pinch-hit home run from Ezequiel Carrera in the eighth inning.
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The Red Sox and Orioles continue their series at Fenway Park with A-L East implications on the line. Boston is two games up on Toronto for first in the division. The Orioles are three games back after being hammered 12-2 in last night's opener. David Ortiz hit his 536th career homer to tie Mickey Mantle for 17th on baseball's all-time list in the win.
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Team U-S-A welcomes Team Finland tonight for their final World Cup of Hockey tune-up game. The Americans and Finns will play in Washington's Verizon Centre. Team Canada's final exhibition game will be tomorrow in Pittsburgh against Team Russia. The official tournament begins Saturday.
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Vancouver takes a perfect 2-0-and-0 record into tonight's road game against Sporting Kansas City in CONCACAF Champions League competition. With a win, the Whitecaps can advance beyond C-C-L group play for the first time. Sporting K-C has an 0-1-and-1 record in C-C-L play and needs a win to remain in contention for first place in Group C.
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Canada's Stephanie Chan will be going for bronze medal today at the Rio Paralympics in women's singles Class 7 table tennis. Six-time Paralympian Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Quebec is in the final in the women's T-54 15-hundred metres. And Canada's women's wheelchair basketball team has a quarter-final matchup against the Netherlands.


PROTESTS OVER ALTON GAS STORAGE PROJECT CONTINUE
Monday 12th September 2016
Tentpoles and a Mi’kmaq flag remain on a tiny island in central Nova Scotia where aboriginal protesters are at odds with a gas company over its plans for underground storage caverns. AltaGas Ltd. says it called R−C−M−P on the weekend to report a small group of Mi’kmaq at the site, which is behind a fenced−off area on the island located at the mouth of a channel. The opponents of the Alton natural gas storage project went out to the small island yesterday to place a fishing trap, a practice that one of the protesters says is within their treaty rights. The company says the project has been approved by the Environment Department and access to the work site is restricted for safety reasons.


PROVINCE SIGNS AGREEMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIPS IN CHINA FOR PROVINCIAL STUDENTS
Monday 12th September 2016
Nova Scotia students will have more opportunity to further their studies in China, thanks to new scholarships announced today by Premier Stephen McNeil in Shandong province, China. Government and Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, will fund five $5,000 scholarships each year for the next three years. The scholarships will help senior undergraduate and graduate students complete research internships at universities in Shandong province, China. Yesterday the premier signed a memorandum of understanding with Shandong to bolster trade and investment.


NORTHERN PULP FOCUSING ON POWER BOILER DURING MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN
Monday 12th September 2016
Northern Pulp's annual 10-day maintenance shutdown began on Saturday. The company originally planned to spend $8 million on the shutdown, but in a press release, mill management says that's been increased to $10 million, with over half the budget to pay for tradespeople needed to do the work. Over 650 people are coming in the supplement the workforce of 330. One of the company’s objectives during the shutdown will be to bring the power boiler into compliance with the mill’s industrial approval. The boiler tested in June with levels of particulate or fine dust emissions over their approved limit. That was the second time in the past five tests that emissions from the power boiler were over the limit. The provincial Environment Department recently handed the company a fine of $697.50 for failing to comply with the industrial approval, which has been criticized in some quarters for being too lenient.


PROVINCE SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH CHINESE PROVINCE OF SHANDONG
Monday 12th September 2016
Premier Stephen McNeil has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese province of Shandong to bolster trade and investment. The province says it has a long-standing relationship with Shandong and the new agreement builds on one signed 20 years ago. The government says Shandong businesses were recently in Nova Scotia to meet with fisheries representatives to discuss partnerships and opportunities.


FOREIGN WORKERS DISCUSS EXPLOITATION IN FEDERAL PROGRAM
Monday 12th September 2016
The issue of how temporary foreign workers are treated will be before Parliament this fall and some workers are speaking up about what they call injustices with federal programs. A group of live-in caregivers met in Toronto over the weekend to discuss allegations of exploitation in the program. Kristina Torres came to Canada from the Philippines under a federal live-in caregiver program. She says the experience has left her feeling "disposable" and less than human.  Torres says, for example, that workers' hands are tied when their employers ask them to work unpaid overtime or do tasks that are outside their job description. She says they can't say no without risking their job. Many workers in the programs are tied to the employer who brought them over -- and if they quit or are let go, they lose their living place. A Commons committee studied potential reforms to the programs this spring, and is expected to release its report after M-Ps return to Parliament Hill next week.


ARCHIVE BEING BUILT TO HOUSE STORIES OF THOSE WHO ATTENDED RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
Monday 12th September 2016
Construction begins today in Vancouver on an archive that will house stories of the survivors of the notorious residential school system. The centre being developed at the University of British Columbia will ensure the stories aren't forgotten. The centre acts as a west coast branch for the national archive of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission based at the University of Manitoba. One of those survivors is Cindy Tom-Lindley, who spent three intermittent years at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. She says the opening of the centre will be emotional, especially for those who will be reminded of past abuse. But while the history is painful to relive for many people, Tom-Lindley says there is a value in having survivors make their experience known. Audio and visual records collected by the commission will be presented in interactive displays so that visitors to the centre can explore the materials and draw their own conclusions about the history. 


MACKAY CLAIMS HARPER GOV'T THOUGHT ABOUT APPOINTING MORE WOMEN TO SUPREME COURT
Monday 12th September 2016
Former justice minister Peter MacKay says the previous Conservative government at one point considered working toward giving women a majority of the nine seats on the Supreme Court of Canada. In a recent interview with The Canadian Press MacKay says serious thought was given around the time leading up to the appointment of Justice Marc Nadon. Nadon was ultimately rejected by the high court on the grounds he did not meet the constitutional requirements for a Quebec justice. The short list of six candidates, which was later leaked to the Globe and Mail, included the names of two female candidates. But former New Democrat M-P Francoise Boivin, who was one of five parliamentarians on a panel that reviewed the short list, says she never felt the government's goal was to appoint a woman. In the end, Justice Clement Gascon, from the Quebec Court of Appeal, got the High Court appointment in June 2014.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 12
Monday 12th September 2016
Connor MacLeod scored his second goal of the game in the final seconds to put the Bombers ahead 4-3 and manage a split for the Wear Well Bombers Major Bantams in their opening weekend. MacLeod finished the game with a total of 2 goals and 2 assists in a dominating performance. With 3 players at soccer provincials and an injury the local squad iced only 8 forwards and played extremely hard to manage their first 2 points of the season. Other scorers were Thomas Schnare assisted by MacLeod and Mac Lean Tobin. Colin Mac Gillivray tied the game only three two minutes into the third. Cody MacDougall was excellent in goal facing 24 shots and recording his first major bantam victory. On Saturday the team lost 6-0 to the Western Hurricanes in what coach Jeff Green described as a lackluster performance - in fairness to the team six players drove to the Bridgewater area played Provincial Championship soccer and drove home just in time to play hockey. Brayden LeBlanc was the losing goaltender facing 25 shots. Next weekend the team plays in East Hants Saturday evening and in Port Hawkesbury Sunday morning to face the Novas.
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For the Kickin' Vixens, their final match of the season was a nailbiter, as they edged the Cape Breton Tar City Rollers in the final seconds 151 – 146. MVP Jammer for the Vixens was Rocken Roller/Char Pentz, while Thread Wrong/Lynnette MacKay was MVP Blocker.
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Pictou County Scotians took it to an extra period, but lost 7-6 in a preseason match against the Strait Pirates. The regular season starts at home on Sunday against Cole Harbour at 7pm.
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Back behind the wheel, Rollie MacDonald of Pictou finished fourth in the Lucas Oil 150 at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday. Donald Chisholm of Antigonish captured his second win of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. The defending series champ battled late with current point leader Cole Butcher of Porter’s Lake for the win. Butcher was second and was joined on the podium by Greg Proude of Springvale, PEI. Two-time series titlist Shawn Turple of Enfield completed the top five. Before the feature races, there was an altercation in the pits, which resulted in Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro and Pictou County’s George Koszkulics being suspended from racing for the night. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour season finishes next Saturday at Scotia Speedworld. 
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL kick off their exhibition schedule this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre when they host the Strait Pirates at 7pm on Sunday. The Scotians finished last season just two wins shy of their first NSJHL Final since 2009, as they took the Glace Bay Miners to 6 games in the Sid Rowe Division Final. The Scotians first regular season home game, also at the Wellness Centre, will take place the following Sunday against the Cole Harbour Colts.
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North Nova Education Centre’s Athletic Department is currently accepting applications of interest for the position of head coach for the boys’ hockey program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. NNEC has a successful and proud tradition of excellence in boys’ hockey dating back to their first year in 2003 and the successful candidate will be expected to build on this tradition. Head coaching duties and responsibilities, as outlined by the school’s administration and the Athletic Director, include but are not limited to the following:
Understand and implement all ethics and coaching morals as outlined by the school’s Athletic Council and Nova School Athletic Federation (NSSAF)
Develop and implement an appropriate training program, practice schedule; as well as, game and tournament scheduling.
Meet with student-athletes and their parents/guardians to clearly communicate and discuss team goals, rules and expectations for both on and off the ice.
Oversee finances and team fundraising
Encourage, support and follow through on maintaining academic standards for those student-athletes.
Applications can be dropped off at the school or emailed to the Athletic Director at hamptons@ccrsb.ca Deadline: September 14th, 2016 Successful applicants will be notified by the Athletic Director on or before September 16th.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is searching for a new Head Coach for the 2016/2017 Learn to Skate program. Group lessons run for two 8-week long sessions: FALL 2016: October 17 - December 12, 2016 *No lessons on Halloween - Oct.31, 2016* WINTER 2017: January 9 - March 6, 2017 *No lessons on Heritage Day - Feb.20, 2017 * Program Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre * Offering Paid Honorarium * Please contact Trenton Parks & Recreation at: Phone: 902-752-1019 or Email: robyn.meyer@trenton.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The race for the American League East division has gotten that much tighter. Jackie Bradley Junior, David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez all hit home runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 11-8. In Detroit, the Orioles got past the Tigers 3-1. Boston now leads the division by two games with Toronto and Baltimore tied for second.
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Dan LeFevour gave the Argonauts a much-needed boost in perhaps his only start with Toronto. LeFevour threw for 329 yards and a touchdown in Toronto's 33-21 win over the Tiger-Cats. The start was LeFevour's first in the C-F-L in more than two years. After the game the Argos acquired Q-B Drew Willy from Winnipeg. Starter Ricky Ray is out with an injury.
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New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees had another outstanding day despite a 35-34 loss to the Raiders. Breese passed for 424 yards and four touchdowns. It's the 14th time he has had a 400-yard passing game, tying Peyton Manning for the most in league history.
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Starting in place of suspended Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 264 yards and a touchdown to lead the Patriots to a 23-21 victory over the favoured Cardinals. And Carson Wentz threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in his N-F-L debut as Philadelphia whipped Cleveland 29-10.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 12
Monday 12th September 2016
Connor MacLeod scored his second goal of the game in the final seconds to put the Bombers ahead 4-3 and manage a split for the Wear Well Bombers Major Bantams in their opening weekend. MacLeod finished the game with a total of 2 goals and 2 assists in a dominating performance. With 3 players at soccer provincials and an injury the local squad iced only 8 forwards and played extremely hard to manage their first 2 points of the season. Other scorers were Thomas Schnare assisted by MacLeod and Mac Lean Tobin. Colin Mac Gillivray tied the game only three two minutes into the third. Cody MacDougall was excellent in goal facing 24 shots and recording his first major bantam victory. On Saturday the team lost 6-0 to the Western Hurricanes in what coach Jeff Green described as a lackluster performance - in fairness to the team six players drove to the Bridgewater area played Provincial Championship soccer and drove home just in time to play hockey. Brayden LeBlanc was the losing goaltender facing 25 shots. Next weekend the team plays in East Hants Saturday evening and in Port Hawkesbury Sunday morning to face the Novas.
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For the Kickin' Vixens, their final match of the season was a nailbiter, as they edged the Cape Breton Tar City Rollers in the final seconds 151 – 146. MVP Jammer for the Vixens was Rocken Roller/Char Pentz, while Thread Wrong/Lynnette MacKay was MVP Blocker.
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In intercollegiate baseball St.FX had its home opener on Saturday against Holland College.  X played hard but lost the first game 9-0. John Mitchell took the loss.  In the second game Kieran MacGillvray pitched a gem and St.FX took Holland College into extra innings before eventually losing 12-5.  Next up for St.FX are two away game against Acadia on Sunday.  Next home game for X will be on Saturday Sept 17 against UNB.
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Back behind the wheel, Pictou's Rollie MacDonald of Pictou finished fourth in the Lucas Oil 150 at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday. Donald Chisholm of Antigonish captured his second win of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. The defending series champ battled late with current point leader Cole Butcher of Porter’s Lake for the win. Butcher was second and was joined on the podium by Greg Proude of Springvale, PEI. Two-time series titlist Shawn Turple of Enfield completed the top five. Before the feature races, there was an altercation in the pits, which resulted in Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro and Pictou County’s George Koszkulics being suspended from racing for the night. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour season finishes next Saturday at Scotia Speedworld. 
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL kick off their exhibition schedule this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre when they host the Strait Pirates at 7pm on Sunday. The Scotians finished last season just two wins shy of their first NSJHL Final since 2009, as they took the Glace Bay Miners to 6 games in the Sid Rowe Division Final. The Scotians first regular season home game, also at the Wellness Centre, will take place the following Sunday against the Cole Harbour Colts.
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North Nova Education Centre’s Athletic Department is currently accepting applications of interest for the position of head coach for the boys’ hockey program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. NNEC has a successful and proud tradition of excellence in boys’ hockey dating back to their first year in 2003 and the successful candidate will be expected to build on this tradition. Head coaching duties and responsibilities, as outlined by the school’s administration and the Athletic Director, include but are not limited to the following:
Understand and implement all ethics and coaching morals as outlined by the school’s Athletic Council and Nova School Athletic Federation (NSSAF)
Develop and implement an appropriate training program, practice schedule; as well as, game and tournament scheduling.
Meet with student-athletes and their parents/guardians to clearly communicate and discuss team goals, rules and expectations for both on and off the ice.
Oversee finances and team fundraising
Encourage, support and follow through on maintaining academic standards for those student-athletes.
Applications can be dropped off at the school or emailed to the Athletic Director at hamptons@ccrsb.ca Deadline: September 14th, 2016 Successful applicants will be notified by the Athletic Director on or before September 16th.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is searching for a new Head Coach for the 2016/2017 Learn to Skate program. Group lessons run for two 8-week long sessions: FALL 2016: October 17 - December 12, 2016 *No lessons on Halloween - Oct.31, 2016* WINTER 2017: January 9 - March 6, 2017 *No lessons on Heritage Day - Feb.20, 2017 * Program Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre * Offering Paid Honorarium * Please contact Trenton Parks & Recreation at: Phone: 902-752-1019 or Email: robyn.meyer@trenton.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The race for the American League East division has gotten that much tighter. Jackie Bradley Junior, David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez all hit home runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 11-8. In Detroit, the Orioles got past the Tigers 3-1. Boston now leads the division by two games with Toronto and Baltimore tied for second.
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Dan LeFevour gave the Argonauts a much-needed boost in perhaps his only start with Toronto. LeFevour threw for 329 yards and a touchdown in Toronto's 33-21 win over the Tiger-Cats. The start was LeFevour's first in the C-F-L in more than two years. After the game the Argos acquired Q-B Drew Willy from Winnipeg. Starter Ricky Ray is out with an injury.
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New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees had another outstanding day despite a 35-34 loss to the Raiders. Breese passed for 424 yards and four touchdowns. It's the 14th time he has had a 400-yard passing game, tying Peyton Manning for the most in league history.
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Starting in place of suspended Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 264 yards and a touchdown to lead the Patriots to a 23-21 victory over the favoured Cardinals. And Carson Wentz threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in his N-F-L debut as Philadelphia whipped Cleveland 29-10.


FIREFIGHTERS PAUSE TO REMEMBER 9-11
Sunday 11th September 2016
More than 180 firefighters observed a moment of silence this morning in New Glasgow to remember those affected by the terrorist attacks that took place fifteen years ago in New York city. 2,996 people perished in attacks on New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon that day, including 24 Canadians. The scourge of attacks started with an airplane striking the first of the twin towers at the World Trade Centre at 9:46 am. 411 emergency personnel died that day, including 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 6 medics. The firefighters who were gathered in New Glasgow were taking part in the 51st annual Pictou County fire school. 140 firefighters from Pictou County and neighbouring counties, and 40 instructors, were participating in courses designed for firefighters from newbies straight through to veterans.


THE LATEST IN SPORTS - SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
Sunday 11th September 2016
The A-L East division standings continue to move around. Toronto closed to within a game of the Red Sox after a 3-2 win over Boston. The Blue Jays snapped a four-game skid in the process. Elsewhere, the Orioles moved back ahead of the Tigers in the A-L wild-card race with an 11-3 win over Detroit. And, the Yankees won their seventh straight, 5-1 over the Rays.
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Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill was removed after throwing seven perfect innings against the Miami Marlins in a 5-0 victory. Hill had thrown 89 pitches and struck out nine when first-year manager Dave Roberts replaced the 35-year-old left-hander. He had missed time recently because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. -
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A thriller tonight in Edmonton. It took two overtimes for the Stampeders to get past the Eskimos 34-28. Calgary has won eight in a row and is unbeaten in 10 games. Meanwhile in the Banjo Bowl in Winnipeg, the Blue Bombers used two rushing touchdowns by Matt Nichols to beat the Roughriders 17-10.
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Not even Sidney Crosby was required for Team Canada to pick up a win in World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament play. John Tavares scored twice to lead the Canadians over Team U-S-A 5-2 in Ottawa. Crosby was a healthy scratch for Canada. The Canadians will play their final exhibition game Wednesday against Team Russia in Pittsburgh.
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Former pro wrestling superstar C-M Punk's debut in mixed martial arts lasted just over two minutes. Punk tapped out after he was pummeled and choked by Mickey Gall in the first round on the U-F-C 203 undercard. The 38-year-old Punk was on his back less than 10 seconds into the fight, but said post-match he wants to continue fighting.
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The Vancouver Whitecaps are finally back in the win column. Andrew Jacobson scored the go-ahead goal in the 74th minute as the Whitecaps beat the Columbus Crew 3-1. Vancouver was 0-5-and-3 coming in to the match. Elsewhere, Toronto F-C is back atop the Eastern Conference standings after a 2-1 win over Chicago. And, the Impact drew with Philadelphia 1-1.
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MACLEAN CONTINGENT CYCLES TO SUPPORT PICTOU COUNTY SPCA
Saturday 10th September 2016
Pictou County's Lloyd MacLean's heart might just be as big as his energy levels are high. MacLean is cycling for charity again this weekend, this time raising funds for the Pictou County SPCA. The Pictou County cyclist will hit the trail tomorrow morning with his wife Andrea Haughan and friends Bob and Laureen MacDonald starting in Oxford on the Trans Canada trail and ending in Pictou. It is expected to take them about 6 hours. To fuel up for the ride and raise awareness of the SPCA's needs, they are hosting a bbq today from 11 to 2 at Central Building supplies in Stellarton and the SPCA is holding a bottle drive tomorrow behind the DeCoste Centre at the finish line of their ride, starting at Noon. MacLean is a veteran fundraiser, he undertook two grueling rides across PEI and the Cabot Trail this summer to raise money for the Alzheimers Society.


NEW GLASGOW'S KORI CHERVERIE FIRST WOMAN TO COACH MEN'S UNIVERSITY HOCKEY IN CANADA
Saturday 10th September 2016
Former New Glasgow resident Kori Cheverie has made history in the Canadian university hockey world...she has been named assistant coach of the Ryerson Rams men's hockey team. Team coach Johnny Duco confirms she's the first woman to be named a coach for a men's university hockey team in Canada. Cheverie is no stranger to Ryerson, having spent the past three years there coaching both minor and university hockey players as a skate-training specialist. Cheverie started playing hockey with the New Glasgow Bombers at the age of 10; she played on various teams in minor, junior and university leagues and played six seasons for the Toronto Furies in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. A cool little twist in this story is that her former university hockey coach Lisa Haley is the women's hockey coach at Ryerson; many people in Pictou County might remember her as Lisa Jordan, an outstanding athlete from Westville. Coach Duco says Kori Cheverie is already an exceptional coach.


FIREFIGHTERS HOST MAJOR TRAINING WEEKEND IN NEW GLASGOW, OBSERVE 9-11 ANIIVERSARY
Saturday 10th September 2016
New Glasgow Fire and Rescue will host upwards of 140 firefighters and about 40 instructors this weekend as it holds the 51st annual fire school in the town. Participants are mostly from Pictou County, but some firefighters are coming from nearby counties. The courses range from basic training for new firefighters, to fire investigation for veterans, including courses in vehicle extrication, searching and how to drive emergency vehicles. The courses will take place all over town. A special moment of silence will be observed by all participants on Sunday morning at 9:45 to remember those affected by the terrorist attacks that took place fifteen years on September 11th, at the same time an airplane collided with the first tower at the world trade centre in New York city.


US AND RUSSIA STRIKE SYRIAN CEASE-FIRE DEAL
Saturday 10th September 2016
The U-S and Russia have announced a cease-fire deal for Syria that Secretary of State John Kerry calls a potential "turning point" in the country's civil war. The deal calls for the Russian-backed government and Western-backed rebels to lay down their arms on Monday evening. A week later, an unexpected military partnership between the U-S and Russia will target the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. Kerry says the agreement has -- quote -- "the ability to stick," if both the government and opposition meet their obligations.


NS TOURISM SAYS VISITS ON THE RISE
Saturday 10th September 2016
Tourism numbers in Nova Scotia are on the rise. Tourism Nova Scotia says our province welcomed 23-thousand more visitors in July, compared with the same time last year. That brought the year-to-date total to more than 1.15 million visitors -- an increase of eight per cent.


NOVA SCOTIANS ARE THE MOST GENEROUS ORGAN DONORS
Saturday 10th September 2016
A report from Canadian Blood Services says Nova Scotia is among a handful of provinces responsible for an increase in organ donations. The agency says donations across Canada have risen 23 per cent over the past 10 years. During that time, Nova Scotia led all provinces in donation rates


SPORTS UPDATE SATURDAY< SEPPTEMBER 16, 2016
Saturday 10th September 2016
B−C. took little time establishing a ground game and it paid dividends quickly. Jeremiah Johnson rushed for three touchdowns and 159 yards on just 16 carries as the Lions beat Montreal 38−27 at B−C Place. The victory pushed the Lions record to 8−and−3 and surpassed last year’s win total. The Alouettes are just 3−and−8.
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Rick Porcello is the Majors’ first 20−game winner and it came at the expense of the Blue Jays. Porcello limited Toronto’s offence all night en route to a 13−3 victory and a 20−and−3 record. Xander Boegarts hit a solo shot and Hanley Ramirez smacked a three−run homer in Boston’s six−run seventh inning that blew the game open. The Jays are now two games back of first−place Boston in the A−L East.
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Mark Teixeira broke open the game with a fourth−inning grand slam, and the surprising Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7−5 to extend their winning streak to six. Matching their longest streak this season, the Yankees closed within one game of Baltimore and Detroit for the second A−L wild card.
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Carey Price put in a full game’s work for the first time in almost a year. Price played the entire game as Canada dropped a 4−2 decision against the United States in World Cup of Hockey exhibition play in Columbus, Ohio. The Canadiens goaltender hadn’t played since November because of a right knee injury. Ben Bishop and Jonathan Quick split the goaltending duties for the U−S.
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Canada will play Japan for gold at the Women’s Baseball World Cup being held in South Korea. The Canadian squad downed Taiwan 2−1 in semifinal action to earn their place in the championship. Righty Amanda Asay went the full seven innings for the win, and catcher Jennifer Gilroy cashed in the winning run in the top of the seventh with a fielder’s choice.
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Canada sits 12th in the total medal standings through two days of competition at the Rio Paralympics. Canadian athletes earned five medals on Day 2 after being shutout on the first day. Swimmer Aurelie Rivard and wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos each won a gold while Canada also added three silvers. China leads the overall medal count with 49
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MUSIC NS AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Friday 9th September 2016
Nominees were announced earlier today for the Music Nova Scotia Awards which will be presented November 6th during Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro. Erin Costelo and Ria Mae lead the pack with seven nods each. Both received nominations in major categories such as Entertainer of the Year and Recording of the Year. Other artists who have received multiple nominations for this year’s awards are Adam Baldwin, Ben Caplan and Classified. The Stanfields received two nominations for Group Recording of the Year and Rock Recording of the Year. The group features three Pictou County natives; Mark Murphy, Calen Kinny and Jon Landry. Landry also scored a nomination in the Producer of the Year category. New Glasgow's Bert Anderson with his group E.B. Anderson & The Resolutes are up for Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year. Ced Marty and Dave has been nominated for African Nova Scotian Artist of the year; Marty Williams of the group is originally from New Glasgow. Dave Gunning from Lyons Brook earned a nomination for Folk Recording of the Year and Glasgow Square Theatre scored two industry nominations in the Community Presenter of the Year and Venue of the Year categories. The Riverfront Jubilee, which was presented by 94.1 East Coast FM & Classic Rock 97.9 is in the running for Event of the Year. For a full list of nominees check out nsmw.ca


SUSPECT IN STEWIACKE HOME B & E AND STRING OF CAR THEFTS ARRESTED
Friday 9th September 2016
Colchester District RCMP may have some answers for victims of a string of thefts from vehicles in the Stewiacke area. RCMP found stolen property in the possession of a man who was arrested early Thursday morning following a break and enter in the town. Police responded to a call around 5 a.m. when someone was found in the kitchen of a Rockwell Drive homeowner. The man ran away from the scene and was arrested a short time later with stolen property believed to be connected to a number of recent thefts.


SEARCH FOR MISSING FISHERMEN HANDED OVER TO POLICE
Friday 9th September 2016
The R-C-M-P has taken command of the search for two missing fishermen off the coast of Newfoundland. The bodies of two others were recovered Wednesday morning, after their vessel capsized near Cape Spear the previous night. Rescue officials brought in several coast guard vessels and military aircraft to try and find the other two crew members, but they say that effort is over. The Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine what happened.


RAINBOW CROSSWALK ADDED IN FRONT OF GLASGOW SQUARE
Friday 9th September 2016
If you head downtown today you may notice a colourful addition to the parking lot in front of Glasgow Square. The town painted a rainbow crosswalk yesterday as part of the town's UNESCO Race Relations and Anti-Discrimination Committee's mandate. Committee Chair Henderson Paris says the Committee wants to engage and support diversity in the community. Paris said he hopes the rainbow, a symbol of the LGBTQ community, will help people feel welcome, included and engaged in New Glasgow.


MacMILLAN TO RUN FOR MAYOR IN TRENTON
Friday 9th September 2016
With the nomination deadline just four days away, another name has been added to the ballot in Trenton to replace outgoing Mayor Glen MacKinnon. Francis MacMillan, a current member of council, announced his candidacy yesterday. MacMillan, a lifelong Trenton resident and former Trenton Works employee, says he believes that he can lead council in a competent, fair, and respectful manor. The municipal elections will take place 15 October.


CANADIAN FORCES BASES IN NOVA SCOTIA TO GET UPGRADES
Friday 9th September 2016
The federal government says it will spend more than three-million dollars improving infrastructure at two military bases in Nova Scotia. Among other things, the hangar and the airfield at 14 Wing Greenwood will be upgraded. As well, a road and training area will get fixed at the 5th Canadian Division Support Base at Aldershot. The details were announced yesterday by Treasury Board President Scott Brison, but the spending plans were previously announced in the federal budget.


WEEKEND RIOT AT YOUTH DETENTION FACILITY TO BE INVESTIGATED
Friday 9th September 2016
An investigation will be held to determine what caused a riot at a youth jail. But even though the probe has yet to start, provincial Justice Minister Diana Whalen says there isn't a problem with staffing or overcrowding at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville. Five workers were injured during the weekend riot. Whalen says her staff has been told to look into training levels and the operation of the facility's health and safety committee.


GARNIER MAKES SUPREME COURT APPEARANCE
Friday 9th September 2016
The Halifax man accused of killing Stellarton native and off-duty Truro Police officer Catherine Campbell made his first appearance in Nova Scotia supreme court yesterday. Twenty-eight-year-old Christopher Calvin Garnier is facing second-degree murder charges as well as charges of indecently interfering with Campbell's remains. Garnier was arrested in Campbell's death after she was reported missing on Sept. 14 and her body was found 2 days later. Garnier will be back in court to face Justice Patrick Duncan on 20 October for a pre-trial conference and to set the actual dates for the trial. It is estimated the trial by Jury could take up to a month.


GAS AND DIESEL BOTH DOWN
Friday 9th September 2016
Another drop in the price of fuel this morning, as the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board conducted their weekly reset. Regular unleaded self-serve gasoline dropped by just under four cents per litre, to a new minimum price of 99.6 cents. Diesel went down by a slightly smaller margin, dropping three cents to a new price of 92.9 cents per litre. These prices are set to remain in effect until 12:01a.m. next Friday morning.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 9 SEPTEMBER
Friday 9th September 2016
The defending MHL champions started defense of their title with a strong 5-2 victory last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Ethan Marsh scored the first hat trick of the season to lead the way for the Weeks Jr A Crushers over the Amherst Ramblers, potting the first three goals of the game in the first 12:08. Marsh ended with four points on the night, adding an assist in the third period, and that performance combined with Luke Melanson's 23 saves on 25 shots helped lead the way. The Crushers also got goals from Jacob Hickey and Benji Curtis. Amherst's goals came from Jesse Dunn and Brandon Kosik. The Crushers are now off until next Thursday when they host the South Shore Lumberjacks. That game will see the raising of the 2016 Kent Cup Championship banner as part of a pre-game ceremony.
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL kick off their exhibition schedule this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre when they host the Strait Pirates at 7pm on Sunday. The Scotians finished last season just two wins shy of their first NSJHL Final since 2009, as they took the Glace Bay Miners to 6 games in the Sid Rowe Division Final. The Scotians first regular season home game, also at the Wellness Centre, will take place the following Sunday against the Cole Harbour Colts.
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The team formerly known as the Scotsburn Major Bantams has their home opener on Saturday night, and will be starting the new era with a special nod to the past. The WearWell Major Bantams will be on the ice at 5:30 in the Wellness Centre, and will be holding an opening ceremony which will include former members of the New Glasgow Bombers and League President Todd Watson will be in attendance. Recording artist Vicki MacLeod will be there to sing O Canada, plus, the first 200 fans will receive Bombers hats.
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Albion Boxing Club is resuming ladies fitness classes running every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 6 and 7 pm. For more information email albionboxing@hotmail.com or drop by the club during the ladies class. 
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This is the final week to support Special Olympics Pictou County online. They are one of the finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight next Monday. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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North Nova Education Centre’s Athletic Department is currently accepting applications of interest for the position of head coach for the boys’ hockey program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. NNEC has a successful and proud tradition of excellence in boys’ hockey dating back to their first year in 2003 and the successful candidate will be expected to build on this tradition. Head coaching duties and responsibilities, as outlined by the school’s administration and the Athletic Director, include but are not limited to the following:
Understand and implement all ethics and coaching morals as outlined by the school’s Athletic Council and Nova School Athletic Federation (NSSAF)
Develop and implement an appropriate training program, practice schedule; as well as, game and tournament scheduling.
Meet with student-athletes and their parents/guardians to clearly communicate and discuss team goals, rules and expectations for both on and off the ice.
Oversee finances and team fundraising
Encourage, support and follow through on maintaining academic standards for those student-athletes.
Applications can be dropped off at the school or emailed to the Athletic Director at hamptons@ccrsb.ca Deadline: September 14th, 2016 Successful applicants will be notified by the Athletic Director on or before September 16th.
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA on Sunday, 25 September. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is searching for a new Head Coach for the 2016/2017 Learn to Skate program. Group lessons run for two 8-week long sessions: FALL 2016: October 17 - December 12, 2016 *No lessons on Halloween - Oct.31, 2016* WINTER 2017: January 9 - March 6, 2017 *No lessons on Heritage Day - Feb.20, 2017 * Program Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre * Offering Paid Honorarium * Please contact Trenton Parks & Recreation at: Phone: 902-752-1019 or Email: robyn.meyer@trenton.ca NATIONAL SPORTS
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Serena Williams has come up short at the U-S Open again. The 10th seed Karolina Pliskova upset world number 1 Williams in straight sets to reach her first Grand Slam final.  Williams, who clutched at her left leg between points in the second set, double-faulted to end it. Williams also lost in last year's semifinal.
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Nathan MacKinnon scored twice in Team North America's 4-0 victory over Team Europe in a World Cup of Hockey exhibition game.  MacKinnon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Johnny Gaudreau scored in a span of less than five minutes in the second period for the team made up of Canadian and U.S players age 23 or under as of October 1.
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Argonauts Q-B Ricky Ray's status for this weekend's game against Hamilton is uncertain because of an injury that prevented him from participating in practice. Head coach Scott Milanovich said Ray has an upper-body injury, but would not provide further details. 
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The N-F-L season began with a familiar sight: Denver beating Carolina in a rematch of the last Super Bowl. The Broncos' dominant defence came up big against Cam Newton again and Denver escaped with a 21-20 victory. The Panthers looked like they could avenge their Super Bowl loss but Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal with four seconds left.
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Proponents of an N-F-L stadium in Las Vegas aren't budging on their request for $750 million in hotel tax dollars and don't want to return any profits to the public, saying that the community benefit would come in more tourism and jobs. The comments came as the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee met to continue discussions on a financing plan for a venue that could be home to the Raiders.
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Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer and Dae-Ho Lee added a solo shot to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 6-3 victory over Texas, the Rangers' fourth loss in five games.  Taijuan (TAY'-wahn) Walker shook off two game-opening walks to finish five innings, giving up three runs and seven hits to win for the first time in six starts.
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FRENCH RIVER MAN ARRESTED IN NEW GLASGOW ON DRUG-RELATED CHARGES
Thursday 8th September 2016
The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit arrested 47-year-old Lawrence James Murray yesterday in New Glasgow on several drug-related offences along with multiple counts of failing to comply with a court order.  Additionally, Murray was charged with failing to appear in court, associated with weapons-related offences in 2015. As a result of this investigation, police have seized a quantity of methamphetamine and cannabis marijuana. Murray, from French River, Pictou County, appeared in Provincial Court today and has been remanded into custody.  Murray will reappear in court at a later date.


CHEMICAL LEAK IN DEBERT SPURS ROAD CLOSURES/HAZMAT CALL
Thursday 8th September 2016
A chemical leak at Envirosystems Inc. in the Debert Air Industrial Park in Colchester County continues to cause road closures in the McElmon Road area of Debert. RCMP spokesperson Dal Hutchinson says the call came in late Thursday morning and HAZMAT Teams from Colchester and Pictou counties have set up their teams nearby in the parking lot of Peter Koehler Windows and entrance systems while they assess the situation. A perimetre has been set up ½ kilometre from the origin of the spill. Hutchinson tells our newsroom that no one has been injured in the leak and evacuations that took place at neighbouring businesses earlier today have been cancelled. Hazmat teams and Firefighters are on site, as well as RCMP, and EHS is standing by in case medical assistance is needed. Details haven't been released on the type of chemicals involved, however, a portable decontamination unit has been erected and hazmat trained professionals are dealing with the spill in their yellow hazmat suits, but without face coverings.


POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING SHELBURNE MAN
Thursday 8th September 2016
Shelburne RCMP is asking for the public's help to locate a 44-year-old man who is missing from Shelburne. Mark Duncanson was last seen in Shelburne in the late evening hours of Monday, September 5 near the Tim Horton's in Shelburne. He has ties to Yarmouth County, but has been living in Shelburne since June of this year. Duncanson is described as a white male, 5-foot-5 and 209 pounds, short brown hair, blue eyes, and has a mole on his jaw. He was wearing a red t-shirt and dark grey jogging pants. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mark Duncanson is asked to contact Shelburne RCMP at 902-875-2490 or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). 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 at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. The investigation is ongoing.


FIREFIGHTER ACCUSED OF ARSON GRANTED BAIL
Thursday 8th September 2016
One of two volunteer firefighters accused in a string of arsons in Cape Breton has been granted bail. Stephen Eric Tremblett was released on his own recognizance yesterday after lawyers agreed to conditions that will keep the 49-year-old Sydney Mines man close to home while he awaits his next court appearance. Another man and Tremblett — who served three years as a member of the Florence Volunteer Fire Department — were charged with more than a dozen counts of arson for fires between May and August of this year. All but two of the fires involved abandoned structures and no injuries were reported as a result of the blazes in the Florence, Little Bras d'Or and Millville areas.


MORE NAMES ANNOUNCED FOR MUNICIPAL BALLOTS
Thursday 8th September 2016
A pair of County councilors have announced their intention to re-offer in the upcoming municipal elections. Current District five councillor on Pictou County Council, Robert Parker, has announced his intention to put his name up for re-election. However, due to the changes in the boundaries of the districts within the County, Parker's name will be on the ballot in the new District six. Larry Turner will also be looking for another term under a new number, as he will be on the ballot in District 8. Turner was representing what was formerly District 9 under the previous layout. Meanwhile, John Guthro, an Educational Software Consultant and Self Employed Property Manager, has declared his candidacy for Ward I in New Glasgow. Guthro has been heavily involved in volunteer work over the last 25 years as a member of the local business executives such as the New Glasgow Development Commission and First United Baptist Church, sports organization such as Pictou County Minor Girls Softball and as a coach in Stellarton Minor Hockey System.


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Thursday 8th September 2016
Today marks the return to the classroom for students across the province, which means it is time to once again remind motorists to be extra careful. As students head back to school, motorists are advised that there will be an increase in pedestrian traffic, particularly in and around school zones. Motorists are also reminded that fines for speeding in school zones are doubled. Hector Broadcasting would like to also wish all students and staff a happy and successful 2016-17 school year!


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 8 SEPTEMBER
Thursday 8th September 2016
MHL regular season action is back as the 2016-17 season faces off tonight on two fronts. Both of those locations happen to belong to the two teams that ended the season last year. The defending champion Weeks Jr A Crushers are home to the Amherst Ramblers at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. The other finalist from last year, the Dieppe Commandos, are also home tonight, as they begin their quest for a third consecutive North Division title at home against the Summerside Western Capitals. Meanwhile, the Crushers have completed a trade with the Milton Ice Hawks of the OJHL. The Crushers have sent Brayden Munn to the Ice Hawks, and in return receive  Eric Kloucek, who is expected to be in the lineup for the opener tonight.
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL kick off their exhibition schedule this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre when they host the Strait Pirates at 7pm on Sunday. The Scotians finished last season just two wins shy of their first NSJHL Final since 2009, as they took the Glace Bay Miners to 6 games in the Sid Rowe Division Final. The Scotians first regular season home game, also at the Wellness Centre, will take place the following Sunday against the Cole Harbour Colts.
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The team formerly known as the Scotsburn Major Bantams has their home opener on Saturday night, and will be starting the new era with a special nod to the past. The WearWell Major Bantams will be on the ice at 5:30 in the Wellness Centre, and will be holding an opening ceremony which will include former members of the New Glasgow Bombers and League President Todd Watson will be in attendance. Recording artist Vicki MacLeod will be there to sing O Canada, plus, the first 200 fans will receive Bombers hats.
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Albion Boxing Club is resuming ladies fitness classes running every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 6 and 7 pm. For more information email albionboxing@hotmail.com or drop by the club during the ladies class. 
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This is the final week to support Special Olympics Pictou County online. They are one of the finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight next Monday. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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North Nova Education Centre’s Athletic Department is currently accepting applications of interest for the position of head coach for the boys’ hockey program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. NNEC has a successful and proud tradition of excellence in boys’ hockey dating back to their first year in 2003 and the successful candidate will be expected to build on this tradition. Head coaching duties and responsibilities, as outlined by the school’s administration and the Athletic Director, include but are not limited to the following:
Understand and implement all ethics and coaching morals as outlined by the school’s Athletic Council and Nova School Athletic Federation (NSSAF)
Develop and implement an appropriate training program, practice schedule; as well as, game and tournament scheduling.
Meet with student-athletes and their parents/guardians to clearly communicate and discuss team goals, rules and expectations for both on and off the ice.
Oversee finances and team fundraising
Encourage, support and follow through on maintaining academic standards for those student-athletes.
Applications can be dropped off at the school or emailed to the Athletic Director at hamptons@ccrsb.ca Deadline: September 14th, 2016 Successful applicants will be notified by the Athletic Director on or before September 16th.
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA on Sunday, 25 September. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Marcus Stroman was good, but didn't get any offence in Toronto's series finale against the Yankees. New York completed a three-game sweep of the Jays with a 2-0 victory. It was Toronto's fifth loss in its last six games. They'll get the day off today before starting a six-game homestand at Rogers Centre on Friday.
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The Boston Red Sox are atop the American League East division. David Price threw seven solid innings to lead Boston past the San Diego Padres 7-2. The Red Sox took a one-game lead over the Blue Jays for top spot in the division. Price won his season-high sixth straight start, allowing two runs and six hits. Meanwhile, the Orioles remain one game behind the Jays and two back of the Red Sox after they fell 7-6 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg felt a pinch in the back of his elbow and was forced to make an early exit in his first start since returning from the D-L. Washington went on to defeat Atlanta 5-4 in 11 innings. The Nationals said Strasburg would get an M-R-I and didn't elaborate on the severity of his injury.
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The Rio Paralympic Games officially opened in Brazil with 4,350 athletes taking part in the opening ceremony. Wheelchair basketball player David Eng was the Canadian flag-bearer at Maracana Stadium. Canada has 162 athletes competing in 19 sports in Rio, and is gunning for a top-16 finish in the overall medals standings.


MACGILLIVRAY SEEKS MAYOR'S SEAT IN STELLARTON
Wednesday 7th September 2016
Danny MacGillivray, Executive Director with CHAD Transit, has thrown his hat in the ring and is running for the office of Mayor of Stellarton. Danny was born and raised in Stellarton and currently resides on Claremont Ave. If elected Danny wants to lead an open and transparent council, live streaming council meetings and posting monthly financial statements on the Town’s website. He also promises to fight for proper infrastructure for Stellarton’s residential and commercial ratepayers. As Executive Director with CHAD Transit Danny is currently working on a business plan to bring fixed route bus service back to Pictou County. While Danny publicly endorsed the “No” side of the MOU campaign, he believes in greater cooperation and says, if he is elected Mayor, he would pursue monthly meetings among mayors and wardens in the region, in hopes of realizing efficiencies through cooperation. Danny has a long history in the non-profit, charitable sector of Pictou County. Before CHAD Transit he held leadership roles with the YMCA of Pictou County and was the founding chairperson of the Pictou County Fuel Fund.


POLICE SEEK HELP SOLVING THEFT OF WORKSITE TOOLS
Wednesday 7th September 2016
Pictou District RCMP are looking for help from the public in solving a theft of tools from a worksite in Elmfield that occurred sometime over the Labour Day weekend. A workcrew reported to police on Tuesday morning that they left the worksite Friday afternoon after securing their tools in a van at the site, and blocking the driveway with heavy equipment to deter theives. At some point between that time and yesterday morning, a suspect or multiple suspects drove across an adjacent field and went between the heavy equipment and van. The locks were cut on the door of the van, and a number of tools were stolen, including a Makita 1 inch impact driver, two socket sets, and two grinders. The RCMP is continuing its investigation and is asking anyone who has information or may have witnessed this incident to call at 902 893 6820 or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). 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 at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. The investigation is ongoing.


SEARCH FOR MISSING VESSEL OFF ST. JOHN'S CONTINUES
Wednesday 7th September 2016
A search continues this morning for a fishing boat reported overdue in St. John's. The vessel, with four men aboard, has been overdue since early yesterday. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says a Cormorant Helicopter, Hercules plane, a pair of coast guard vessels and several fishing vessels have been part of the effort to find the almost seven-metre boat near St. John's Harbour. J-R-C-C officials said last night that the search would continue near Freshwater Bay through the night until the boat is found.


DALHOUSIE RECEIVES OCEAN RESEARCH FUNDING WINDFALL
Wednesday 7th September 2016
It's being billed an unprecedented boost for ocean research. The federal government has announced nearly 94 million dollars in funding over seven years for a new research institute based at Dalhousie University in Halifax. The Ocean Frontier Institute will allow Dalhousie to join with Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador and the University of P-E-I —  along with eight international institutes. In addition to the federal money, there is 125 million dollars from provincial governments — making the 219-million-dollar investment one of the largest in the ocean science sector. 


BODY OF MISSING BOATER FOUND
Wednesday 7th September 2016
The body of a missing 42-year-old New Brunswick man has been recovered from the Northumberland Strait. The man from Saint-Louis-de-Kent was in a boat that sank on August 24th in Bay Saint-Louis. His body was found by a fisherman yesterday, about 12 kilometres north of the Richibucto River. Police say foul play is not suspected, but an autopsy will be conducted to confirm the cause of death.


CLAIRTONE EXHIBIT LAUNCHED AT MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY
Wednesday 7th September 2016
The Museum of Industry in Stellarton has opened it's new exhibit, Glamour Plus Labour: Clairtone in Nova Scotia. The free exhibit, which runs until January 31st, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stellarton factory's opening. Clairtone Sound Corporation, a Toronto-based stereo manufacturer, opened a large factory in Stellarton in 1966. The company quickly became popular for its bold marketing style and innovative and quality design before it closed in 1972. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minster Tony Ince says the exhibit opens a window to Nova Scotia's past and gives people an understanding of what it was like to work in the electronics industry in the 1960s. He says it's wonderful that so many in the community contributed their sought-after artifacts to this exhibition, to allow people to come together, reminisce and share their memories. For more information, visit the Museum of Industry website.


CHARGE AGAINST FRANK MAGAZINE TO PROCEED
Wednesday 7th September 2016
The charge against the managing editor of Frank Magazine for violating a court ordered publication ban will proceed after a decision from the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. Andrew Douglas is set to go to trial for publishing details related to the death of Stellarton native and off-duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbell in an edition earlier this year. The charge alleges that the 39-year old Douglas published material covered by a ban imposed by a judge July 11 at the start of Christopher Calvin Garnier’s inquiry on charges of second-degree murder and interfering with human remains. Douglas asserts that the information in the Frank Magazine story was obtained and published independent from, and prior to, the court proceedings in question. Judge Gregory Lenehan ordered Douglas to return to court Sept. 20 to set a trial date.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 7 SEPTEMBER
Wednesday 7th September 2016
The regular season home opener for the Weeks Jr A Crushers is just 24 hours away as they begin defense of their 2016 MHL Championship on Thursday night. The Crushers start the season at home against the Amherst Ramblers tomorrow night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.
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Blayre Turnbull continues to be a part of the Hockey Canada Women's team plans, as the Stellarton native and 2016 IIHF silver medallist has been invited back to Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival from Sept. 11-18 in Calgary. The Fall Festival serves as an important evaluation opportunity for Canada’s National Women’s Team coaching staff, which also has a Pictou County connection in former Crusher Head Coach Troy Ryan as one of the assistants. The week long event will see the 44 invitees split into two teams for a series of games. Turnbull is joined by fellow Nova Scotian Jillian Saulnier at the camp.
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Albion Boxing Club is resuming ladies fitness classes running every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 6 and 7 pm. For more information email albionboxing@hotmail.com or drop by the club during the ladies class. 
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This is the final week to support Special Olympics Pictou County online. They are one of the finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight next Monday. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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North Nova Education Centre’s Athletic Department is currently accepting applications of interest for the position of head coach for the boys’ hockey program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. NNEC has a successful and proud tradition of excellence in boys’ hockey dating back to their first year in 2003 and the successful candidate will be expected to build on this tradition. Head coaching duties and responsibilities, as outlined by the school’s administration and the Athletic Director, include but are not limited to the following:
Understand and implement all ethics and coaching morals as outlined by the school’s Athletic Council and Nova School Athletic Federation (NSSAF)
Develop and implement an appropriate training program, practice schedule; as well as, game and tournament scheduling.
Meet with student-athletes and their parents/guardians to clearly communicate and discuss team goals, rules and expectations for both on and off the ice.
Oversee finances and team fundraising
Encourage, support and follow through on maintaining academic standards for those student-athletes.
Applications can be dropped off at the school or emailed to the Athletic Director at hamptons@ccrsb.ca Deadline: September 14th, 2016 Successful applicants will be notified by the Athletic Director on or before September 16th.
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA on Sunday, 25 September. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A wild finish last night in New York. The Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out but couldn't find the equalizer in a 7-6 loss to the Yankees. Toronto had already scored twice in the ninth off Dellin Betances. Brett Gardner made a leaping catch at the top of the left-field wall on Justin Smoak's drive for the final out.
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The A-L East is back to being tied once again. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Chris Young homered as the Red Sox beat the Padres 5-1. Boston and Toronto are now tied for first place in the A-L East. Clay Buchholz pitched 6-plus solid innings for the Red Sox. He was making his first start since August 23rd. His last three appearances came out of the bullpen.
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Canada's women's baseball team is about to take the field in South Korea for its first game of the women's World Cup super round against Australia. Both teams finished the tournament's opening round with 2-1 records. The top two teams of the super round play for gold while third and fourth place go for bronze.
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Canada's last-dash hopes of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia have ended. Canada's men's soccer team beat El Salvador 3-1 in Vancouver. But a nil-nil draw between Honduras and Mexico meant Canada finished third in Group A of CONCACAF qualifying. Honduras and Mexico are the two countries that advanced to the Hex.
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Another year, another U-S Open semifinals for Novak Djokovic. He advanced into the semis at Flushing Meadows for the 10th consecutive year after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was forced to retire in their quarter-final match with a knee injury. It was the defending champion's third opponent to pull out with an injury at this tournament.
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Speculation is mounting that Formula One is about to be revamped by a U-S takeover. It could bring new life and a higher profile for a sport that is struggling to attract new fans. Media reports suggest that F-1's largest and controlling shareholder, the hedge fund C-V-C Capital Partners, is preparing to sell the business to U-S media conglomerate Liberty Media for around $8.5 billion.
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STUDENT FACING THREATS CHARGE TO APPEAR IN COURT
Tuesday 6th September 2016
A trial is being held today for a Cape Breton teenager who was charged with making death threats in the lyrics of a song he posted on Facebook. Eighteen-year-old Nelson Fletcher Rudderham of Inverness, was arrested March 22nd after R-C-M-P investigated a report of threats on a social media site against students and staff of Inverness Education Centre Academy. Rudderham was later charged with uttering death threats, and has pleaded not guilty. Defence lawyer Kevin Patriquin says his client simply posted a sarcastic song to a site.


MAN CHARGED AFTER BOMB THREAT IN HALIFAX
Tuesday 6th September 2016
A 46-year-old man is due in court today to face charges following an alleged bomb threat at a Halifax business. Police say they were told at about 9:30 last night that an explosive was left at a building on George Street. They temporarily evacuated the patrons and cleared the area. They say a suspect was found nearby and arrested.


WOMAN CHARGED WITH MISCHIEF AFTER FILING FALSE REPORT
Tuesday 6th September 2016
A woman in Nova Scotia has been charged with public mischief after reporting a sexual assault police say did not occur. The 24-year-old woman told police she was sexually assaulted by a man outside a home in Sherbrooke on Thursday. R-C-M-P asked the public to help identify the man with the assistance of a forensic sketch artist based on her description. Upon further investigation, police determined the incident did not occur.


MAYORS AND WARDENS CONFERENCE TO TAKE PLACE IN TRURO
Tuesday 6th September 2016
Mayors and wardens from Atlantic Canada's largest cities are gathering in Nova Scotia this week. The Atlantic Mayors Congress kicks off in Truro on Thursday. The municipal politicians are expected to discuss topics such as infrastructure, the public sector and agri-busines.


HEPATITIS A CASES CONFIRMED AT CHILDCARE CENTRE
Tuesday 6th September 2016
Public health officials in Nova Scotia say two childcare centres in the Halifax are trying to prevent the spread of hepatitis A as the school year starts. Nova Scotia Health Authority confirmed a cluster of cases of hepatitis A linked to Kids & Company in Hammonds Plains and Grace Note Child Care Centre in Halifax. The Medical Officer of Health says workers are trying to identify potential additional cases in children, families and staff who may have come in contact with the viral disease. The agency has yet to determine the source of the outbreak.


REMNANTS OF HURRICANE HERMINE EXPECTED TO REACH ATLANTIC COAST
Tuesday 6th September 2016
The remnants of Hurricane Hermine are expected to reach the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia today. Environment Canada says swells of two to three metres this morning will gradually diminish to one metre later today. There is a risk of local rip currents on beaches but no surge effects are expected and there are no high winds or heavy rains in the forecast.


TIME SERVED AND PROBATION FOR FLEEING FROM POLICE
Tuesday 6th September 2016
A Pictou County resident was sentenced last week to time served and 18 months of probation for fleeing from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and assaulting a peace officer. Barrett Johnson Fraser received the sentence for dragging a New Glasgow Regional Police officer several feet and initiating a high speed chase with police after being pulled over for suspected impaired driving on George Street this spring. Fraser eventually got away from police in the Thorburn area, but was arrested five days later in Moncton, and has been held in custody since that time. In handing down the decision, Justice Del Atwood said that any further jail time would not serve as a proper deterrent, since Fraser was panicking at the time of the offenses. Atwood sentenced the 34-year-old to time served and 18 months' probation, as well as banning him from operating a motor vehicle for 15 months.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 6 SEPTEMBER
Tuesday 6th September 2016
The regular season home opener for the Weeks Jr A Crushers is just two days away as they begin defense of their 2016 MHL Championship on Thursday night. The Crushers start the season at home against the Amherst Ramblers this Thursday night at 7pm.
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Albion Boxing Club is resuming ladies fitness classes beginning tonight and running every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 6 and 7 pm. For more information email albionboxing@hotmail.com or drop by the club during the ladies class. 
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This is the final week to support Special Olympics Pictou County online. They are one of the finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight next Monday. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin this week. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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Northumberland Regional High School are holding tryouts for its varsity soccer teams this week. For Varsity girls, tryout times are Sept. 6 – 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 7 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm. Varsity boys tryout times are Sept. 6 – 2:30-4 pm, Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 12 – 3:30-5 pm. Players in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to the evaluation sessions, and are asked to be prepared with gear and water. 
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA on Sunday, 25 September. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Two former Argos got together to burn their old team. Zach Collaros threw four touchdown passes, including one to Chad Owens in the fourth quarter, as Hamilton came from behind to beat Toronto 49-36 at Tim Hortons Field. The Ticats once trailed 27-7 before finding their game in the second half.
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Rene Paredes has his own record in site. The Calgary kicker booted three field goals to get to 31 successful attempts in a row as the Stampeders beat the Eskimos 45-24 at McMahon Stadium. Paredes is pursuing his own record of 39 straight set over the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Calgary is unbeaten in nine games.
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Given a quick lead, R-A Dickey relinquished it in all of three pitches. Jacoby Ellsbury overcame a first-inning deficit with a two-run homer, then added an R-B-I single against the knuckleballer to lead the Yankees over the Blue Jays 5-3. Dickey gave up five runs and seven hits in four innings in his second shortest start this season. He is 0-and-6 in his last nine starts at Yankee Stadium.
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Edwin Jackson struck out 11 batters as San Diego edged the Red Sox 2-1, keeping Boston a full game behind Toronto for top spot in the A-L East. Meanwhile, Ubaldo Jimenez tossed a two-hitter for his first complete game since 2011 to give Baltimore a 7-3 win over Tampa Bay. The Orioles are now just two back of the Blue Jays in the tightest division race in the Majors.
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New Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will not play for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey. The Leafs said that Andersen will be sidelined for the next 3-to-4 weeks because of an upper-body injury. Andersen was acquired in a trade from Anaheim this past summer and is still expected to be ready for the start of the N-H-L regular season.
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American Robin Carpenter is the winner of the 2016 Tour of Alberta. Carpenter completed the five-day 580-kilometre event in 13 hours 35 minutes 31 seconds to capture the Province of Alberta jersey. Ottawa's Alexander Cataford won the Best Canadian jersey with a fifth-place finish. He was 32 seconds behind Carpenter.


AFTER A CAREER IN RADIO SALES, BARBARA WEIR RUNNING FOR COUNTY COUNCIL
Monday 5th September 2016
A retired Hector Broadcasting employee is running for County Council. Barbara Weir of Pinetree announced that she is a candidate in District 9. Weir says after spending more than 33 years in radio sales, she understands that it's the people that support you. Weir says she has worked hand in hand with many community organizations including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Pictou County Food Bank and CHAD Transit. Weir says she is looking forward to meeting and listening to the residents of District 9 as she begins her door-to-door campaign.


MAN DIES IN EAST HANTS ATV ACCIDENT
Monday 5th September 2016
A 28-year-old man has died after an A-T-V crash in East Hants. Mounties say the man was driving the A-T-V on a trail in Maitland with some other riders on Saturday. They say he lost control of the machine while climbing an embankment and it rolled on top of him. Police say witnesses and officers tried to resuscitate the man, but he died at the scene.


FEDS INCREASING ACCESS TO ST. LAWRENCE BASS FISHERY
Monday 5th September 2016
The federal government is increasing access to the recreational striped bass fishery in Gulf of Saint Lawrence waters bordering the Maritime provinces. Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc has announced the retention period for the Southern Gulf recreational striped bass fishery will be extended. LeBlanc has also asked the department to negotiate better food, social and ceremonial access to the fishery for indigenous groups. The final retention period will now run from September 2nd to October 31st.


COLLISION WITH MOOSE IN NFLD KILLS ONE, INJURES THREE
Monday 5th September 2016
Police in Newfoundland and Labrador say a crash involving a car and a moose claimed the life of a teenage girl and injured three others. Emergency responders were called to the scene on a highway in Stephenville Saturday and found a 13-year-old girl in the car had died. The R-C-M-P say the 17-year-old driver and two other passengers -- another 13-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy -- were taken to hospital with injuries, however, there was no word on their condition. Investigators say they don't believe alcohol was involved, but aren't ruling out speed as a contributing factor to the crash.


BRITISH PM AFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR CANADA-EU TRADE DEAL
Monday 5th September 2016
Despite her country's referendum decision to leave the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May has reaffirmed her government's support for Canada's still-unsigned trade deal with the E-U. International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says May made the remarks during a brief meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China. Both Trudeau and Freeland have made repeated warnings about the risks of growing anti-trade sentiment among some factions in Europe and the U-S.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 5
Monday 5th September 2016
Forty years of road racing will be celebrated today in Westville with a five-mile fun run starting at 10 am. It's also a chance to honour those who have been part of the event, including perennial one-mile and five-mile champion Dave MacLennan and the late Joe Horne for his strong support for the day’s events. The five-mile run is replacing the one and five-mile races of the past. There will be Kids races as usual.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin this week. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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Northumberland Regional High School are holding tryouts for its varsity soccer teams this week. For Varsity girls, tryout times are Sept. 6 – 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 7 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm. Varsity boys tryout times are Sept. 6 – 2:30-4 pm, Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 12 – 3:30-5 pm. Players in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to the evaluation sessions, and are asked to be prepared with gear and water. 
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A late comeback attempt by Saskatchewan wasn't enough at Mosaic Stadium. Justin Medlock's 43-yard field goal with two seconds left in the fourth quarter gave the Blue Bombers a 28-25 victory over the Roughriders. Saskatchewan tied the game less than a minute before Medlock's kick but missed on the extra-point convert.
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Not the start the Blue Jays were looking for out of J-A Happ. Happ failed to make it through the third inning but it didn't matter as Toronto beat the Rays 5-3. The victory avoided a three-game sweep for the Jays. Happ was up to 85 pitches when he was pulled after an R-B-I single put Tampa Bay up 3-1 with two outs in the third.
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The Red Sox lost some ground in the American League East division standings after a 1-0 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Khris Davis hit a game-ending double in the ninth as Oakland averted a three-game sweep. Boston is now a full game behind the Blue Jays for top spot in the division.
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Hamilton's Alena Sharp was the low Canadian at this weekend's L-P-G-A Manulife Classic finishing in a tie for 26th. Germany's Caroline Masson fired a 5-under 67 to win the event in Cambridge, Ontario. Meanwhile on the P-G-A Tour, Paul Casey made a birdie and eagle over the last three holes for a 5-under 66 and a three-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
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Martin Truex Junior took the lead with 28 laps to go and held off Kevin Harvick on the final restart to win the Southern 500. Truex closed the season by outracing Harvick on Labour Day weekend for his second crown jewel win of the season. Harvick led 214 of 367 laps but his run was cut short by slow pit stops.


HERMINE'S LEFTOVERS COULD HIT NS LATER THIS WEEK
Sunday 4th September 2016
Environment Canada is urging Nova Scotians to check their weather forecasts as tropical storm Hermine makes its way up the Atlantic Coast. The agency says eight counties in Nova Scotia could be affected by Hermine -- Annapolis, Digby, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Halifax Metro, Halifax County West and Halifax County east of Porters Lake. Environment Canada says Hermine isn't expected to have a direct hit in Canada on the Labour Day weekend, but "some potential impacts are possible this week." It says Hermine is expected to stall along the east coast of the United States today or early tomorrow morning, and should remain outside Canadian waters until at least the middle of the week.


FRACKING WELLS SHUT DOWN AFTER MIDWEST EARTHQUAKE
Sunday 4th September 2016
Authorities in Oklahoma are working to shut down dozens of wastewater-disposal wells after a record-tying, 5.6-magnitude earthquake. It happened yesterday morning and rattled the midwestern U-S from Illinois to Texas. The U-S Geological Survey says the quake matched one from November 2011 in the same, north-central region of the state. An increase in strong quakes in Oklahoma has been linked to the underground disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.


MOTHER THERESA OFFICIALLY A CATHOLIC SAINT
Sunday 4th September 2016
Applause erupted in St. Peter's Square today, as Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint. The Pope says the tiny nun put into action his ideal of the Catholic Church as a merciful "field hospital" for the poorest of the poor. She spent a lifetime caring for hundreds of thousands of destitute in Kolkata, India, for which she came to be called the "saint of the gutters." Some 100-thousand tickets were issued for today's canonization ceremony.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 4
Sunday 4th September 2016
The Weeks Junior A Crushers wrapped up the preseason by thumping the Bearcats 7-2 in Truro. Michael Dill scored a hat trick for the Crushers, also scoring were Mack Derraugh with 2, Jake Martin and Benji Curtis. The Crushers' Kent Cup title defence begins Thursday at home against the Amherst Ramblers.
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Forty years of road racing will be celebrated on Labour Day in Westville with a five-mile fun run starting Monday at 10 am. It's also a chance to honour those who have been part of the event, including perennial one-mile and five-mile champion Dave MacLennan and the late Joe Horne for his strong support for the day’s events. The five-mile run is replacing the one and five-mile races of the past. There will be Kids races as usual.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin this week. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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Northumberland Regional High School are holding tryouts for its varsity soccer teams this week. For Varsity girls, tryout times are Sept. 6 – 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 7 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm. Varsity boys tryout times are Sept. 6 – 2:30-4 pm, Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 12 – 3:30-5 pm. Players in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to the evaluation sessions, and are asked to be prepared with gear and water. 
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Former C-F-L player and front-office manager Norman Kwong died today. He was 86. Kwong was the first Chinese Canadian to play in the C-F-L and later served as Alberta's lieutenant governor. He was also part-owner of his hometown hockey squad, the Calgary Flames. Kwong was the youngest player to win the Grey Cup at the age of 18.
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The Blue Jays made things interesting at Tropicana Field but couldn't come all the way back. Toronto scored four runs in the ninth inning before Alex Colome got the final out for his 30th save as the Rays beat the Jays 7-5. Matt Duffy's three-run double highlighted a five-run sixth inning for Tampa Bay. The finale of the three-game set goes this afternoon.
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Play is underway in South Korea where Canada is taking on India in the women's baseball World Cup. The Canadians opened their tournament yesterday with an 8-2 loss against Japan. Niki Boyd paced the Canadian offence with two R-B-I's. Canada is ranked fourth in the world and finished fourth at the last World Cup in 2014.
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South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee shot a 6-under 66 in the third round of the L-P-G-A Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ontario to take the top spot on the leaderboard. Meanwhile on the P-G-A Tour in Boston, Kevin Chappell shot a 7-under 64 to gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
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The Whitecaps have a tough road ahead if they're going to make the post-season. Vancouver fell 1-nil to the New York Red Bulls and are now winless in eight-straight games. The Whitecaps have six games left in the M-L-S regular season and trail the Portland Timbers by four points.


RESCUE CENTRE URGES SAFETY THIS LONG WEEKEND
Saturday 3rd September 2016
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax is urging people to prepare for their outdoor excursions this weekend with some safety measures. Major Rhonda Stevens, officer in charge of the centre, says at least five people will be staffing the centre this weekend. She says since the May long weekend more than three months ago, the centre has dealt with one thousand, three hundred and 40 cases. The centre is urging people to don life jackets, be sure their vessels are safe, and to avoid trips in poor weather conditions.


PREMIER DECLARES 3 SEPTEMBER MERCHANT NAVY DAY
Saturday 3rd September 2016
Premier Stephen McNeil has proclaimed today, September 3rd as Merchant Navy Day. There were two thousand one hundred and 99 Canadian merchant seamen and 91 Canadian vessels lost in enemy action. The Merchant Navy played a critical role in the First and Second World Wars by crewing the cargo ships which transported troops and supplies to Europe. The premier says the naming of the day is the province's way of expressing its gratitude.


ROCKY START TO OBAMA'S VISIT TO CHINA
Saturday 3rd September 2016
As welcome ceremonies go, President Barack Obama's arrival in Hangzhou won't be remembered as the warmest. The routine red-carpet greeting took a confrontational turn on Saturday when a Chinese official tried to shoo reporters and even some top White House staff away from the president. As Obama shook hands with a group of dignitaries on the tarmac, the official yelled at the White House reporters to get back. Even National Security Adviser Susan Rice and her deputy, Ben Rhodes, were briefly caught up in the dustup, as the official tried to keep them away, too. When a White House official told the man the press were allowed to record Obama's arrival, the Chinese official yelled: "This is our country! This is our airport!"


CDN RANGERS GETTING NEW WEAPONS
Saturday 3rd September 2016
The Canadian Rangers are getting new, modern weapons for the first time since the First World War. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Colt Canada has been awarded a 33-million dollar contract to supply 68-hundred rifles to replace the Lee Enfield 303 rifle currently used by the northern arm of Canada's military. Ranger Patrol Commander Sergeant Steve Hahn says the Colt rifles are lighter, easier to handle and their ammunition and parts are readily available. Sajjan made the announcement in Whitehorse during the annual Canadian Armed Forces training exercise in the north.


POLL SHOWS LOON IS CANADA'S CHOICE FOR NATIONAL BIRD
Saturday 3rd September 2016
An online poll from Canadian Geographic magazine shows Canadians think the common loon should be Canada's national bird. The magazine received almost 50-thousand responses to its survey, with the snowy owl and gray jay the runners-up. A spokesperson says organizers hope the federal government will decide to name a national bird ahead of Canada's 150th birthday next year.


LEITCH RESPONDS TO E-MAIL CRITICISM
Saturday 3rd September 2016
Ontario M-P Kellie Leitch isn't backing down from a controversial email survey sent to her supporters. The Conservative leadership hopeful came under fire when the survey asked whether immigrants should be screened for "anti-Canadian" values. Leitch says she intends to put forward policies that will make Canada safer and enhance what she calls a unified Canadian identity. Leadership rival Michael Chong denounced the survey question, saying it didn't represent Canada or the Conservative party.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 3
Saturday 3rd September 2016
The Weeks Junior A Crushers are wrapping up the preseason with a game in Truro against the Bearcats. The Crushers' Kent Cup title defence begins Thursday at home against the Amherst Ramblers.
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Forty years of road racing will be celebrated on Labour Day in Westville with a five-mile fun run starting Monday at 10 am. It's also a chance to honour those who have been part of the event, including perennial one-mile and five-mile champion Dave MacLennan and the late Joe Horne for his strong support for the day’s events. The five-mile run is replacing the one and five-mile races of the past. There will be Kids races as usual.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next week. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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Northumberland Regional High School are holding tryouts for its varsity soccer teams next week. For Varsity girls, tryout times are Sept. 6 – 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 7 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm. Varsity boys tryout times are Sept. 6 – 2:30-4 pm, Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 12 – 3:30-5 pm. Players in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to the evaluation sessions, and are asked to be prepared with gear and water. 
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Second-seeded Angelique Kerber ended 17-year-old American qualifier CiCi Bellis' stay at the U-S Open in the third round. The German beat Bellis 6-1, 6-1 in the last match of the day at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Kerber will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Sunday for a quarter-final berth.
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The offence was a little harder to come by for the Blue Jays. Edwin Encarnacion had an R-B-I double as Toronto fell 8-3 to the Rays. Alex Cobb went five solid innings in his first start in two years. He was coming back from Tommy John surgery last year. Marcus Stroman shouldered the loss after giving up three earned runs over six innings.
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David Ortiz singled twice and drove in three runs, David Price won his fifth consecutive start and the Red Sox beat the Athletics 16-2 in Oakland. The win moves Boston just a game back of the A-L East leading Blue Jays. Over his last five starts Price is 5-and-0 with a 2-point-0-6 E-R-A.
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The union for police officers who work San Francisco home games says its members may boycott policing the stadium if the 49ers don't discipline Colin Kaepernick . The quarterback made headlines over the last week for refusing to stand during the national anthem. A letter was sent to the 49ers from the Santa Clara Police Officers Association. It says that the union leadership has a duty to protect its members from harassment.
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Canada's chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia aren't looking good after a 2-1 loss in Honduras. The Canadians need a win on Tuesday and Honduras to lose in Mexico by enough goals for Canada to move ahead on goal difference. Canada hasn't qualified for the final round of World Cup qualifying since the cycle for the 1998 World Cup.


DEATH NEAR DARTMOUTH SCHOOL RULED A HOMICIDE
Friday 2nd September 2016
Halifax Regional Police have ruled that a death in Dartmouth this week was a homicide. Officers responded to a call early Thursday morning from a man who said he'd been shot. The man was found behind John McNeil Elementary School on Leaman Drive and transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim was identified as 48-year-old Rickey Walker of Dartmouth. The death was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner following an autopsy Thursday. Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact police or Crime Stoppers.


CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER ASSURES THAT USE OF CONTROVERSIAL HERBICIDE IS SAFE
Friday 2nd September 2016
As controversy hangs over the Department of Environment's approval to use a herbicide spray over more than 2,600 hectares of forest in the near future, the province's Chief Public Health Officer says there is no risk to human health. Dr. Robert Strang says glyphosate is safe if used properly, and when the Department of Environment monitors where, how, and when it is used. Health Canada says that glyphosate is not a risk to human health when properly applied and a recent New Brunswick study confirmed that the product did not pose a risk in forestry applications with appropriate safeguards. The World Health Organization listed glyphosate as a "possible carcinogen" to humans last year.


FEDS ROLL OUT NEW ANTI-POVERTY STRATEGY
Friday 2nd September 2016
The federal minister of families, children and social development was in Saint John this morning to announce a new anti-poverty initiative. Jean-Yves Duclos says six case studies will be conducted across Canada — starting with the New Brunswick community and also including Trois Rivieres in Quebec, Toronto, Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Tisdale, Saskatchewan The experiences of those living in poverty will be included in the studies, which will be used to develop a new Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. Saint John Mayor Don Darling says his community is known nationally for poverty, and development of the strategy is a top priority for the city. 


HALIFAX MOUNTIE CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL HARASSMENT
Friday 2nd September 2016
A 31-year-old Halifax District R-C-M-P officer has been charged with criminal harassment. The Mounties say the charge against Constable John James Robinson follows an investigation that began last December and involves a relationship outside the workplace. Police say it's alleged Robinson was repeatedly communicating with an adult man both on and off duty between May 1st, 2014 and last June 19th. An internal code of conduct investigation is also underway and Robinson has been placed on administrative duties.


ER SHUTDOWN IN TATAMAGOUCHE ON SATURDAY
Friday 2nd September 2016
There's yet another ER closure in Tatamagouche this weekend. The Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed tomorrow from 8am to 8pm. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care.


FATALITY IN HIT-AND-RUN NEAR STEWIACKE
Friday 2nd September 2016
One person is dead after a fatal hit-and-run collision on Highway 102 near Stewiacke early this morning. RCMP say the crash happened at around a quarter past midnight on the southbound ramp at Exit 11. The name of the victim has not been released.


TOUGH YEAR, LOW PRICES FOR BLUEBERRY FARMERS
Friday 2nd September 2016
Some blueberry farmers in the province say they're expecting low prices for their crop this year. Blueberry farmers are in the middle of harvesting season and say conditions have improved in recent days after a stretch of dry weather. Some producers are anticipating compensation of 30 cents per pound, compared to 50 cents a pound last year. Many farmers were watching Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to China in hopes it might open up greater trade to the region.


HALIFAX LAWYER RE-SUSPENDED
Friday 2nd September 2016
A Halifax defence lawyer has once again been suspended from practising law. The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society said yesterday that Lyle Howe's licence would be revoked immediately. Darrel Pink, executive director of the society, says the decision was made after information came to the society's attention, but would not provide further details. Howe's licence was previously suspended after a May 2014 sexual assault conviction. It was reinstated after the Nova Scotia court of appeal overturned the conviction last year. Howe is also in the middle of a separate disciplinary hearing for allegations of professional misconduct.


A BIT LESS AT THE PUMPS TODAY
Friday 2nd September 2016
A bit of a break at the pumps for the long weekend. Both gas and diesel were down slightly, with a litre of regular self-serve costing $1.035, and a litre of diesel costing 95.9 cents.


TRURO LAWYER NEWEST PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGE
Friday 2nd September 2016
A Truro lawyer has been appointed a provincial and family court judge. Attorney General and Justice Minister Diana Whalen says the province needs more French-speaking judges and Al Bégin's ability to work in French, along with his significant experience in the justice system, make him well prepared to take on the role. Bégin is fully bilingual and has been practicing law in the Truro area since 1995. The appointment takes effect immediately and Bégin will be officially sworn in at a later date.


FACT-FINDING MISSION IN AFRICA WRAPS UP
Friday 2nd September 2016
Canada's international development minister is wrapping up a trip to Africa, as the government mulls where to send Canadian peacekeepers. Marie-Claude Bibeau has visited Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso -- three largely francophone countries that have suffered from recent terror threats. Bibeau says none of them have the resources to face the issue, but Mali's needs are the most obvious. The federal government says it will send a "reconnaissance mission" there to take a closer look at U-N peacekeeping operations.


TAXPAYERS GROUP WANTS OTTAWA TO FOLLOW ALBERTA'S LEAD ON EXPENSE FILING
Friday 2nd September 2016
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is suggesting the Trudeau government should follow the lead of Alberta and post ministerial expense receipts online. The recent flap over the cost of a limo service that Health Minister Jane Philpott used has put scrutiny on Liberal government spending. Philpott has said she'll repay 37-hundred dollars for trips in and around Toronto and her staff is reviewing another 38-hundred dollars spent on trips to Pearson Airport. Philpott's office says it's also reviewing all expense filings to ensure they would be seen as reasonable by the Canadian taxpayer. Aaron Wudrick of the Taxpayers Federation says he would still like to see the receipts in black and white. The group has praised Alberta's practice of posting expense receipts online. Wudrick says the posting of the physical receipts allows taxpayers to see details that are not available when just the number is provided.


CONTROVERSY OVER FEDERAL TORY CANDIDATE'S E-MAIL SURVEY
Friday 2nd September 2016
Conservative analysts are questioning the reasoning behind an email survey from Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch that asks, among other things, whether Canada screen potential immigrants and refugees for "anti-Canadian values." The questionnaire was emailed to people who signed up for news from her campaign, and asks for opinions on topics including electoral reform, corporate tax cuts and the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use. Conservative analyst Tim Powers say data-gathering campaign exercises like Leitch's survey are often deliberately meant to generate buzz among a targeted audience, but says "it's the kind of stuff that's gotten her into trouble before." During the 2015 federal election campaign, Leitch helped promote a controversial Conservative promise to establish a tip line for so-called "barbaric cultural practices,'' aimed at helping the R-C-M-P enforce a law aimed at cracking down on forced marriages and keeping polygamists out of Canada. Leitch's campaign manager says more than eight-thousand people have responded to the survey since Tuesday, and that it was based on subjects Leitch had been hearing about from Conservatives during her travels across Canada since launching her leadership bid this spring.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 2
Friday 2nd September 2016
The Weeks Junior A Crushers are wrapping up the preseason with two against the Truro Bearcats. Last night, the Crushers got a 4-3 win over the Bearcats. Goals were scored by Michael Dill, Jake Martin, Alexis Roy, and Andrew Murphy. The teams play in Truro on Saturday.
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The New Glasgow Kinsmen Cubs Mosquito AAA team are playing in the 11U AAA Provincial Championships this weekend in Hantsport. It's the first time New Glasgow has fielded a AAA team at the Mosquito level. The winner of the provincial tournament will advance to Atlantics, being hosted by the Tri County Rangers in the Halifax area. 
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Forty years of road racing will be celebrated on Labour Day in Westville with a five-mile fun run starting Monday at 10 am. It's also a chance to honour those who have been part of the event, including perennial one-mile and five-mile champion Dave MacLennan and the late Joe Horne for his strong support for the day’s events. The five-mile run is replacing the one and five-mile races of the past. There will be Kids races as usual.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next week. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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Northumberland Regional High School are holding tryouts for its varsity soccer teams next week. For Varsity girls, tryout times are Sept. 6 – 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 7 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm. Varsity boys tryout times are Sept. 6 – 2:30-4 pm, Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 12 – 3:30-5 pm. Players in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to the evaluation sessions, and are asked to be prepared with gear and water. 
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Chris Milo kicked four field goals, including two in the fourth quarter, to lift the Redblacks over the Alouettes in Montreal 19-14. The Als are in last place in the East Division after suffering their league-worst fifth loss at home. Ottawa snapped a two-game skid.
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The Blue Jays are bringing back catcher Josh Thole. The club announced that Thole has been signed to a major-league contract with the Jays. Thole elected to become a free agent on Tuesday night after clearing waivers. The 29-year-old was designated for assignment by Toronto on Monday to make room for catcher Dioner Navarro.
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Colin Kaepernick and 49ers safety Eric Reid kneeled during the national anthem in San Diego, continuing the quarterback's pre-season protest of American racial injustice and minority oppression. In Oakland, Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane also sat on the bench behind his standing teammates as the national anthem was performed before Seattle's game against the Raiders.
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South Korea's Chella Choi was the only one ready for the wind. Choi shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the L-P-G-A Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ontario. Hamilton's Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Quebec were the top Canadians at 3 under at a windy Whistle Bear Golf Club.
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A former player with the O-H-L Windsor Spitfires has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in the washroom of a Windsor, Ontario bar in March 2013. Justice Kirk Munroe delivered the guilty verdict against 22-year-old Ben Johnson in a nearly three-hour ruling. Johnson was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 2012. 


MACKAY SAYS LEADERSHIP DECISION WILL COME SOON
Thursday 1st September 2016
Peter MacKay says he knows he will have to decide soon whether to join the Conservative leadership race. The former cabinet minister says a quick decision is needed to avoid freezing out other would-be candidates or otherwise influencing their decisions. Conservatives say that since MacKay would be a strong contender to replace former prime minister Stephen Harper, some other hopefuls are likely waiting to see what he will do. MacKay, now working as a lawyer in Toronto, says he remains concerned about the effect that a leadership bid would have on his family, including his two small children. Conservative MPs Kellie Leitch, Maxime Bernier, Michael Chong and Tony Clement have formally joined the race, but at least another dozen people are either poised to join or are contemplating a bid. The Tories will vote for a new leader next May.


PREMIER MCNEIL ALSO GOING TO CHINA TO BUILD TRADE
Thursday 1st September 2016
As the Prime Minister visits China, Premier Stephen McNeil is headed there too. The premier is leading a delegation to Asia on Tuesday to promote trade and investment opportunities with some of the province's fastest-growing trading partners. Premier McNeil says the mission will strengthen Nova Scotia's relationship with China, our second largest-trading partner, and support Nova Scotia businesses and institutions in the Chinese market in order to create more jobs here. The 11-day mission will visit nine Chinese cities as well as Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan. Exports from Nova Scotia to China totalled $420 million in 2015, an increase of more than 50 per cent from the year before. China is Nova Scotia's third largest seafood export market.


HERBICIDE SPRAY PROGRAM APPROVED BY PROVINCE
Thursday 1st September 2016
The province has given the green light to a controversial program to spray over 1,300 hectares of woodland in Colchester and Halifax counties. The applications, submitted by Northern Pulp, were for the aerial spraying of VisionMax by their affiliate Northern Timber Corporation. The herbicide contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which the World Health Organization classified last year as "probably carcinogenic to humans". New Brunswick's acting chief medical health officer Dr. Jennifer Russell said that public health agencies across Canada are generally waiting to see what regulatory agencies worldwide will do about glyphosate. In addition to Northern Pulp's approvals, five other companies were given permission to spray VisionMax on nearly 1,300 hectares in Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, and Hants counties.


FIRE DAMAGES CABIN AT PICTOU LODGE
Thursday 1st September 2016
Caribou fire department, with assistance from several others, battled a fire on property owned by Pictou Lodge late Wednesday night. According to NG News, a cabin had heavy smoke coming from the roof and entrances, with considerable damage inside. The Lodge's main dining area and room rentals were not affected.


WESTVILLE GOING TO COURT OVER REJECTED SEWER BID
Thursday 1st September 2016
The Town of Westville is being sued by a local construction firm after it was turned down for work. C.F. Construction alleges they suffered a loss when Westville turned down their bid for work on sanitary sewer system upgrades, even though they say it was the lowest bid that complied with the terms of the tender. The Town of Westville denies that C.F. Construction was compliant, denies they had the lowest bid, and denies C.F. Construction suffered any loss. NG News says the company and the town are scheduled to appear before a Supreme Court justice for three days later this month to hear the case.


PROVINCE PUTTING NEARLY $10 MILLION WORTH OF EQUIPMENT INTO HOSPITALS
Thursday 1st September 2016
The province is spending $9.8 million to help buy new medical equipment for hospitals this year. The largest piece of equipment is an automated medication system for the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, which officials say will make it safer and more secure to dispense medication. The hospital is also getting a new, $3.6 million anesthesia monitoring system that will allow health-care staff to better monitor patients while they are under general anesthesia or in surgery. Meanwhile, the IWK Health Centre will get a new state-of-the-art radiology suite as well as fetal monitors, sterilizers, operating room lights and cardiac monitoring systems.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED TODAY
Thursday 1st September 2016
The Emergency Department in Tatamagouche is closed again today. The Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC is closed from 8am to 8pm. Overnight coverage beginning at 8 pm will be available as usual. There have been several closures in the last few months because of a shortage of doctors to cover.


CHAIR OF BIBLE HILL VILLAGE COMMISSION RESIGNS TO RUN IN OCTOBER ELECTION
Thursday 1st September 2016
After more than 21 years of service, the longtime chair of the Bible Hill Village Commission has resigned. Deputy chair Lois MacCormick confirmed Tom Burke's resignation in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. Burke has resigned his seat to be a candidate for Colchester County council in the October's election.


NB SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE LEADS TO SIX-FIGURE JUDGEMENT
Thursday 1st September 2016
Canadian lawyers are applauding a precedent-setting judgment for decades-old child abuse in New Brunswick. A 52-year-old woman has been awarded 188-thousand dollars by the Court of Queen's Bench. Rob Talach -- a London, Ontario-based injury lawyer --  says New Brunswick is still well behind provinces like Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia. But he says until the July ruling, the ceiling for such awards in New Brunswick was usually 50-thousand dollars.


HEAD OF ABORIGINAL INQUIRY SAYS SHE'S BEEN AFFECTED BY VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Thursday 1st September 2016
The woman tasked with looking into the disproportionately high rates of violence against aboriginal women and girls across Canada says she's been touched personally by the issue. Marion Buller formally starts her work today as chief commissioner of the inquiry looking into missing and murdered aboriginal women. B-C's first female aboriginal judge says she has friends who disappeared or were killed.


HEALTHCARE FIGHT HEADED TO A BC COURT
Thursday 1st September 2016
Medicare advocates are digging in for a fight as a lawsuit aimed at privatizing some of Canada's public health-care system heads to court next week. Brian Day is a doctor at Vancouver's Cambie Surgery Centre and a self-styled champion of privatized health care. He'll be in B-C Supreme Court on Tuesday to push for what he describes as patients' rights to timely and affordable medical treatment. Day's opponents accuse him of trying to dismantle the core of Canada's health-care system, with its emphasis on universal access.


ARCTIC SHIPPING COMPANY GOING UNDER
Thursday 1st September 2016
Some Arctic communities are wondering how they're going to get their supplies as a shipping company that has sent barges up the Mackenzie River for 80 years struggles for survival. For generations, the Northern Transportation Company Limited has supplied communities with everything from diesel for their generators to cases of pop. But the company is awash in debt and faces the end of its bankruptcy protection. Spokesman Mark Fleming says he doesn't know if the company will be shipping next year. He says the changing Arctic economy has made it a lot harder for shippers to make a buck. The territorial government has put up the contract for tenders and says it's confident it'll have bidders. The deadline to bid is November 4th.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 1
Thursday 1st September 2016
In Preseason action Wednesday night the Wear Well Bombers lost a hard fought game to the Truro Bearcats 4-3. Truro scored one goal in the first,two in the second and one early in the third to take a 4-0 lead. The Bombers got a power play marker from Evan Reynolds seven minutes into the third,assisted by Cole Green and Iain Horton. Connor MacLeod scored with assists to Lucas Fraser and Reynolds. Then Scott Long scored late to make  it 4-3 with seconds remaining. MacLeod asssited on that goal. Tyler Machum and Cody MacDougall shared the goaltending duties. The Wearwell team continues to try and make roster reductions prior to their League starting next weekend. They currently have 22 players and must cut it down to 19.
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After losing a pair to Summerside this past weekend, the Weeks Junior A Crushers have a pair of games left in the preseason, both against the Truro Bearcats – at home tonight, then in Truro on Saturday. Following the second game against Summerside, the Crushers let go of four forwards, leaving them with 18 forwards in camp. James Murphy, Colin Holmes, Kevin Mason, and Jaden Mason have all been reassigned.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next week. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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Northumberland Regional High School are holding tryouts for its varsity soccer teams next week. For Varsity girls, tryout times are Sept. 6 – 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 7 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm. Varsity boys tryout times are Sept. 6 – 2:30-4 pm, Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 12 – 3:30-5 pm. Players in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to the evaluation sessions, and are asked to be prepared with gear and water. 
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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With Milos Raonic's unexpected early exit, there are no Canadians left in the singles draws of the U-S Open. The fifth-seeded Raonic was ousted in four sets by American Ryan Harrison in the second round at Flushing Meadows. Also, Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil was eliminated after a three-set loss to Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
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Aaron Sanchez came up from the minors to earn his 13th win of the season with the Blue Jays. Sanchez allowed just five hits and no earned runs in six innings as Toronto beat Baltimore 5-3. Jose Bautista and Russell Martin helped out Sanchez with first-inning home runs. Michael Saunders added another solo shot in the eighth.
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The Red Sox will add hyped prospect Yoan Moncada to the major league roster prior to a game at Oakland Friday as Boston tries to keep pace with Toronto in the A-L East. The Cuban infielder signed with Boston in February 2015 in a deal that cost the Red Sox $63 million dollars U-S due to a tax penalty on international amateur free agents. Boston is two games back of the Jays.
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B-C keeps getting it done on the road while the Argos can't seem to win at home. Richie Leone hit a 30-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Lions over the Argonauts 16-13 at BMO Field. B-C is 5-and-1 on the road while Toronto is 1-and-5 on home soil.
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Tom Brady has found at least one thing to do during his suspension. The Patriots quarterback will return to his alma mater to be Michigan's honorary captain September 17th when it hosts Colorado. Brady will sit out the first four games of the N-F-L season, serving a suspension because of "Deflategate." The Patriots drafted Brady out of Michigan in the sixth round in 2000.