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Showing news for the month of January , 2017

MAN ROLLS CAR, THEN GETS ARRESTED
Monday 16th January 2017
A 34-year-old Stratford man will appear in Georgetown Provincial Court next month after allegedly rolling his car as a result of driving while intoxicated over the weekend. Police, fire, and EHS crews all responded to the scene of the rollover near Cherry Valley over the weekend. During the investigation it was determined the driver had been drinking alcoholic beverages. The driver was arrested and taken to the Montague RCMP Detachment where test were conducted and the driver was found to have a blood alcohol lever above the legal limit.


CAR VS PEDESTRIAN COLLISION TAKES NEW BRUNSWICK MAN'S LIFE
Monday 16th January 2017
A fatal collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on Highway 124 in New Brunswick yesterday took the life of a 54-year-old Hatfield Point man. The man, whose name is not being released by RCMP for the privacy of the family, was walking along the highway around 6:30 yesterday evening when he was struck by the vehicle. Police say the driver of the vehicle was not injured in the collision. Police indicate that the investigation is continuing, and no decision has been made as of yet whether any charges will be laid.


JUDGE DELAYS DECISION ON UNCOVERING REDACTED INFORMATION IN CHILD PORN CASE
Monday 16th January 2017
A provincial court judge has delayed his decision until 3 March as to whether more information in the case of six teens accused of sharing intimate images without consent will be released to the media. Judge Paul Scovil reserved decision on the CBC's request to have more information from the 36-page search warrant uncovered. The CBC, through their lawyer Nancy Rubin, were able to get a copy of the document last month, although it was redacted. Both the Crown and defense in the case are arguing the material should remain under a publication ban. The six teens are facing charges of distributing intimate images without consent, and possessing and distributing child pornography.


WEST HANTS COUNCILOR QUESTIONS FUNDING SOURCE FOR AMALGAMATION STUDY
Monday 16th January 2017
As the potential for amalgamation in the Municipalities of West Hants and Windsor heats up, there are concerns by residents of the area over how studies into the process will be funded. Paul Morton, a member of the West Hants Municipal Council, told the Hants Journal that the municipality may have to foot the 250-thousand dollar tab for the amalgamation studies. Morton says there are concerns over where that money will come from.


MIDDLETON MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER
Monday 16th January 2017
A 30-year-old Middleton man is facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault after an incident in that community sent a 28-year old woman to the hospital with life-threatening injuries on Friday. Timothy Lake was taken into custody and charged after police attended the scene around noon time that day. The investigation on the scene continued through the weekend. Police say the suspect and the victim were known to each other.


ETHICS COMMISSIONER INVESTIGATING PM'S TRIP TO PRIVATE ISLAND
Monday 16th January 2017
The federal ethics commissioner is launching an investigation into the Prime Minister's use of a private helicopter during his winter vacation. Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson says in a letter to Conservative MP Blaine Calkins that Justin Trudeau may have violated several sections of the federal ethics code when he boarded a private helicopter to reach a private island, both owned by the Aga Khan. Both the Conflict of Interest Act and Trudeau's own ethics guidelines bar the use of sponsored travel in private aircraft, allowing it only for exceptional circumstances related to the job of prime minister and only with the prior approval of the ethics commissioner. Trudeau defended his actions last week, saying he was ready to answer any questions Dawson has about the trip. It's the first time that the ethics commissioner has decided to probe the actions of a sitting prime minister, likely ensuring that questions will follow Trudeau along his cross-country tour that continues today in Halifax.


INJURED SOLDIERS HELP UNIT CHRONICALLY UNDERSTAFFED
Monday 16th January 2017
Dozens of positions are still unstaffed at the military's often criticized support unit for ill and injured service members, including those suffering from post traumatic stress and other psychological injuries. National Defence says it's trying to fill the vacancies at the Joint Personnel Support Unit, which as of December was short 73 staff members, or about 17 per cent of its workforce. The Unit is also implementing several fixes to make sure the unit can provide the best care possible to military personnel, after years of problems and complaints. Most of the changes were recommended in a review conducted two years ago, and are expected to be finished by summer. National Defence has confirmed retired corporal Lionel Desmond was assigned to the JPSU for a year prior to his release from the military in July 2015. Family members say he had been struggling with PTSD for years, and sought treatment without success in the days prior to killing his family and then himself. Neither National Defence or Veterans Affairs Canada have committed to investigating Desmond's treatment before and after he was released from the military. Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance ordered a review of the system last summer. The military has refused to release the final report.


LOCAL TOYOTA DEALER SOON TO BE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
Monday 16th January 2017
Anchor Motors is being sold to a PEI-based company. Shauna and Marc Comeau, owners of Anchor Motors, announced Friday that they are selling their business to Pat Morris, owner of the Morris Automotive Group, effective in the Spring. The Morris Automotive Group owns and operates Subaru of Charlottetown, Discover Kia in Charlottetown and Summerside and Experience Hyundai in Charlottetown. Anchor Motors has been a family-operated Toyota sales and service company since 1968. Owner Marc Comeau says he is pleased that Morris Auto group will continue to employ the current staff. The transaction was facilitated through Confederation M&A, a leading Atlantic Canadian based mergers and acquisitions firm.


BIG BASH FUNDRAISER NETS MORE THAN $53,000
Monday 16th January 2017
Two locations, twelve hours, dozens of musicians and hundreds of guests raised thousands of dollars. The Big Bash for Carlton, held Saturday at Glasgow Square and Wrangler’s Bar and Grill brought in $53,000 for Carlton Munroe and his family. The executive director of the New Glasgow Jubilee and Glasgow Square is battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. For performers it was a homecoming, as many have roots in Pictou County and came to support Munroe, who they say helped them make great strides in their careers. Ryan MacDonald of Alert The Medic told NG News that events like the Big Bash for Carlton are what Pictou County people do – stepping up when someone needs help. Dave Gunning, who performed with George Canyon during the event, says Munroe is the nicest guy in Pictou County and very well-loved, as evidenced by the outpouring of support on Saturday. Donations are still being accepted for Carlton and his family: by e-transfer to CareForCarlton@gmail.com, dropped off for 'Carlton Munroe' at any Scotiabank branch in Pictou County, and cheques can be mailed or dropped off c/o his employer. (Town of New Glasgow, P.O. Box 7, 111 Provost St, New Glasgow, NS B2H 5E1)


TEACHERS & PROVINCE GO BACK TO THE BARGAINING TABLE AGAIN
Monday 16th January 2017
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the province are going back to the bargaining table. The union made the announcement in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. Union officials offered no other details, except to say that a media blackout will remain while talks are underway. The news comes a day after the Education Minister Karen Casey accused the union of rejecting the province's latest proposal. Casey said the conciliator concluded the parties came to an impasse, and that it would be up to the union to determine their next step. Teachers continue their work-to-rule campaign, which began Dec. 5 and has meant the cancellation of extracurricular activities, field trips, concerts and sports. Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie doesn’t believe conciliation will work anymore, and says it’s time for the Minister of Labour to appoint a mediator.


TRUDEAU IN HFX AS PART OF RECONNECT CAMPAIGN
Monday 16th January 2017
Maritimers will have a chance to question Justin Trudeau about regional issues as he begins the second week of his roving campaign to reconnect with ordinary Canadians. The prime minister kicks off the Atlantic leg of his national outreach tour in Halifax Monday with a visit to a local coffee shop and a town hall forum hosted by the city's mayor. Mike Savage tweeted Sunday that the event has been moved to the 3,000-seat Dartmouth Sportsplex arena due to "overwhelming positive response" over the weekend. Trudeau will head to New Brunswick on Tuesday for an event in Fredericton and is scheduled to make stops in Quebec, the Prairies and British Columbia as the road trip continues. The goodwill tour got off to a bit of a rocky start last week with Trudeau facing pointed questions about his Christmas vacation on an island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan, and also Liberal Party cash-for-access fundraisers.


STRANDED TANKER FREED FROM CB COAST
Monday 16th January 2017
A tanker that ran aground off the coast of Cape Breton last weekend has finally been freed. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said Sunday the Arca 1 is off the shore and was being towed to Sydney Harbour. An earlier attempt to free the tanker was scuttled due to weather conditions. The tanker ran aground last Sunday after an engine failure. The six crew members aboard the 53-metre vessel were airlifted to safety. The tanker is empty except for its own engine fuel.


SOCIAL GROUPS SAY WEALTH GAP GETTING FAR TOO BIG
Monday 16th January 2017
The two richest Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, according to a new report from a group of international aid organizations. The Oxfam report says the wealth of billionaire businessmen David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. equals that of roughly 11 million Canadians. The group of organizations, under the banner group Oxfam International, published its report "An Economy for the 99%" ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which begins tomorrow. The report also said that the world's eight richest people have as much wealth as the bottom half of the world's population. Oxfam made its calculations about global wealth distribution based on the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Data book, and calculated the wealth of the world's richest people using the annual billionaires list from Forbes Magazine, which was last published last March. Oxfam's report made a number of suggestions for the government to implement in its next federal budget, including progressive taxation — a system used in Nordic countries, where those with higher incomes pay a greater portion of that income in taxes. It also suggested raising the proportion of government spending on public services and social protection. An official in the office of Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in a statement that the Liberals have already started making changes to grow the middle class.


SPORTS JANUARY 16
Monday 16th January 2017
Another day, another win for the Weeks Junior A Crushers. This time, a 4-3 road win over the Dieppe Commandos. Scoring for the Crushers were Keven Larouche, Ethan Marsh, Andrew Murphy, and Jean-Marc Evans-Renaud.
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In the NS Junior Hockey league, the Pictou County Scotians won the first half of their home and home set with the Strait Pirates. They won 5-3 in Port Hawkesbury Friday.
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Metro Boston Pizza and the Northern Female Midget AAA Selects played to a 1-1 tie Saturday afternoon at the Wellness Centre. The Selects currently trail the 1st place Metro team by 6 points following Metro's Sunday win over the Procresting Penguins.
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects hosted the Truro Cyclones on Saturday at the Trenton Arena. They defeated them 6-0. Scoring for the Selects were Camryn Wright and Jessa MacKeil with 2 goals each and singles went to Frankie Cameron and Lucia Mason. Assists to Frankie Cameron and Olivia Marks. On Sunday they travelled to Cape Breton for a double header. In the first game they tied the Islanders 1-1.  Camryn Wright got the goal with assist to Olivia Marks. Chloe Stroud was in nets. In the second game they were defeated in a close match 3-1. Frankie Cameron got the goal with Olivia Marks on the assist. Kylee Alexander was in nets
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Registration is open for upcoming winter programs offered through Pictou Recreation and Parks. Programs include photography, Tai Chi, ringette, indoor tennis, girls self defense, Tot Yoga, and more. More details can be found on the Pictou website at www.townofpictou.ca or call Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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The 7th annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, February 11th at the Wellness Centre.  The game will feature the defending champion North End Recreation Centre and 5 time champion Westside Community Centre All Stars. Everyone's encouraged to come out and cheer your favourite side. Dance with live band and bar to follow at North End Rec Centre 9 pm - 1 am (19+). This will be the 7th game between the 2 sides with the North End winning for the first time last year. It's the main fundraiser for both the WSCC and NERC with over $110,000 raised over the last 6 years. This year both the NERC and the WSCC plan to use their funds to upgrade their playground equipment
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL Playoffs
Aaron Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline, and Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Packers to the NFC championship game after defeating Dallas 34 – 31.
Field goals were all the Steelers needed to advance, as they edged Kansas City 18 – 16.
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NHL
Vancouver's power play has been a subject of concern as of late, and that isn't about to change after its 2-1 overtime loss to New Jersey.
St. Louis 2 Anaheim 1 (OT)
Washington 5 Philadelphia 0
Minnesota 3 Chicago 2
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NBA Dallas 98 Minnesota 87
Atlanta 111 Milwaukee 98
Toronto 116 New York 101
Houston 137 Brooklyn 112
Chicago 108 Memphis 104
Oklahoma City 122 Sacramento 118
Detroit 102 L.A. Lakers 97
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CURLING
Team North America stretched its victory streak against Team World to five straight years by capturing the 2017 Continental Cup on Sunday. A steep-angle double takeout by Winnipeg's Reid Carruthers sealed the deal in the fourth end of his game against Team World's Niklas Edin of Sweden, setting off a wild on-ice celebration with his North American teammates.


DISTRICT 9 ELECTION RESULTS RULED VALID IN COURT CHALLENGE, DESPITE MOVEMENT OF BALLOT BOX
Saturday 14th January 2017
Councillor Peter Boyles can breathe easy today and tuck away his election signs for at least another four years. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has upheld the results of the municipal election in Pictou County's District 9. After winning the election by a 1 vote margin, the results were challenged because of two votes that were cast outside of the polling station because two voters had mobility issues. Boyles had beat incumbent Jamie Davidson who was represented in the challenge by Frank DeMont during a hearing held December 22nd. Justice Nick Scaravelli released his decision Friday saying no one missed out on voting because of the ballot box being transported to the voters for a short time and all parties agreed that the box was always under the watchful eye of election workers. Scaravelli also said the evidence indicated there were no untoward intentions on the part of election workers.


BIG BASH FOR CARLTON FUNDRAISER BEING HOSTED TODAY
Saturday 14th January 2017
A group dubbed Carlton's Crew has planned a fundraiser today at Glasgow Square from 1 pm to 1 am to support our friend, Carlton Munroe. If the name sounds familiar, it could be because he is the former News Director here at 94.1 East Coast FM and he is now Executive Director of Glasgow Square and the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee. In November, Carlton was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the same type of aggressive brain cancer as the Tragically Hip’s lead singer Gord Downie. Munroe, like Downie, is facing his diagnosis with positivity and gave his blessing for the “Big Bash for Carlton” out of consideration for his family. The levy-style event, allowing people to drop in and show support throughout the afternoon and evening, will feature musical performances from many well-known East Coast artists along with several Pictou County musicians. Performers will be announced via social media throughout the day A second venue, Wrangler’s Bar & Grill, will also host event attendees and will run concurrently, with music acts on stage there all-day and evening. A portion of all food and drink served today will go to Carlton as well. Admission for the event is by donation. All ages are welcome but the event will become one for ages 19 and over at 9 p.m. For those interested in donating, donations can be sent via e-transfer to CareForCarlton@gmail.com, they can be dropped off for 'Carlton Munroe' at any Scotiabank branch in Pictou County and cheques can be mailed or dropped off c/o his employer: Town of New Glasgow, P.O. Box 7, 111 Provost St., New Glasgow, NS B2H 5E1.


NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE AMID CONTROVERSY WITH TEACHERS
Friday 13th January 2017
Amid controversy over teachers attending a conference in Hawaii while major national basketball tournaments are being canceled, talks between the government and the Teachers Union are continuing. Education Minister Karen Casey yesterday questioned whether there was a double standard in place for 11 teachers to attend a conference in Hawaii despite the fact that teachers are under a work-to-rule. Casey did concede that approval of the travel happened prior to the work-to-rule being initiated. Meanwhile, earlier today it was announced that the Coal Bowl Basketball Tournament, which attracts teams from across the country, will not take place this year. The Education Department says negotiators are taking a break today, but will resume Saturday and Sunday.


BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE THEME AND HONOURARY CHAIRPERSON ANNOUNCED
Friday 13th January 2017
Big Brothers Big Sisters have announced the theme for the 2017 Bowl for Kids Sake, and at the same time have announced the Honourary Chairperson for the Pictou County location of the event. In honour of Canada 150, the theme is “Bowl for Kids, Eh?” and will be headed up by New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks. The big event is scheduled for Saturday, 8 April, although a number of other supporting events are scheduled throughout March and April. BBBS Pictou County Executive Director Margie Grant-Walsh says the goal is to raise 58-thousand dollars this year to support local programming.


SUPREME COURT RULES ON DISTRICT 9 ELECTION - BOYLES WINS
Friday 13th January 2017
Peter Boyles has been confirmed as the Councilor for District 9 of the Municipality of Pictou County by the Courts. Justice Nick Scaravelli of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court released his written decision today, declaring the results of the October election as valid. Boyles defeated the incumbent Jamie Davidson by a single vote, but Davidson questioned the results based on irregularities during the polling hours. As a result, the Municipality asked the Court to rule on the results. In presenting the decision, Justice Scaravelli wrote that “(i)n the present case, no one voted who was not eligible to vote and everyone who showed up at the poll voted. There is no suggestion of any irregularity in the process beyond the temporary removal of the ballot box. The evidence of polling officials discloses no untoward intentions and the ballot box remained within their care and control at all times.” County CAO Brian Cullen says the Boyles had been serving on Council pending the decision, and since the Municipality had taken no position in the hearing, will respect the decision of the courts.


NEW DIALYSIS UNIT TO BE BUILT IN THE ANNAPOLIS VALLEY
Friday 13th January 2017
The province will begin construction in the fall on a new $9.1 million dialysis unit at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville. Premier Stephen McNeil says he's excited to see the project move forward, noting that dialysis treatments can be difficult, especially for patients who must travel. The new unit will allow many patients to get their treatment closer to home. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2019.


SURF WON'T BE UP, AS SMALL EARTHQUAKE SHAKES LAWRENCETOWN BEACH
Friday 13th January 2017
A small earthquake was felt in the Lawrencetown Beach area last night. A magnitude 2.6 quake was reported around 5:12 p.m. Earthquakes Canada reported the quake originated from a depth of 18 kilometres just off the popular surf spot east of Cole Harbour. There were no reports of damage and no tsunami is expected from the tiny quake. A magnitude 3 quake was reported near Digby a month ago.


FORMER CANADIAN TIRE EXEC NEW HEAD OF SOBEYS AND EMPIRE
Friday 13th January 2017
The parent company of Sobeys Inc. has named former Canadian Tire Corp chief executive Michael Medline as its new CEO, effective immediately. Medline, who worked at Canadian Tire for more than 15 years before he was replaced as CEO last summer by his predecessor, has a big job ahead at Empire Co. Ltd. Sobeys has been mired in difficulties since its $5.8-billion takeover of Safeway Canada in Western Canada in late 2013. Sobeys had trouble integrating the two chains, angering customers with faltering private label and purchasing changes and overly high prices in a market where low-cost rivals were gaining ground. Last summer Sobeys parted company with CEO Marc Poulin, appointing Francois Vimard as interim CEO. Vimard had been Empire’s chief financial officer and is now executive vice-president at the company. Some industry watchers were surprised at the appointment because Medline has no grocery experience, but pointed to his extensive experience in retail. Sobeys has hired Boston Consulting Group to assess problems and advise on how the country's second-largest grocer can streamline its operations further, cut costs and trim prices to woo back customers. But the efforts had yet to take hold in its most recently reported quarter, when profit was slashed by more than half. Medline becomes CEO of both Sobeys and Empire, based in Stellarton.


GOOD DAY TO FILL 'ER UP
Friday 13th January 2017
Big drop in price at the pumps this morning, as regular self-serve gas plunged more than a nickel to $1.11 per litre. Diesel is down to $1.089 per litre.


PICTOU SCHOOL REVIEW RECOMMENDS NEW BUILDING
Friday 13th January 2017
A local committee reviewing schools in the town of Pictou is recommending a new school be built. Last June, CCRSB was notified by Minister of Education Karen Casey that it needed a final decision regarding the future of Pictou Elementary. The School Options Committee will recommend to the Chignecto-Central School Board construction of a new Primary to 12 school to replace the existing buildings. The committee says the province should not renew the P3 lease for Pictou Elementary and return the school to Scotia Learning in 2020. The other option from the committee is that the province purchase Pictou Elementary School and alter Dr. Thomas McCulloch School to accommodate middle and high school students. The SOC has until Jan. 24 to submit its proposal to the school board and make its own presentation to school board on March 22. The board will render its final decision on April 19.


NEW REPORT SAYS RECORD NUMBERS OF REFUGEES COME HERE, BUT DON'T STAY
Friday 13th January 2017
A new report says more people are immigrating to Atlantic Canada than ever. The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council report says the number of immigrants reached a record 8,300 in 2015. And the Halifax-based independent research institution says 11,600 immigrants came to Atlantic Canada in the first nine months of 2016, due in part to an influx of Syrian refugees. David Chaundy, author of the report, attributes the overall increase to expanded use of provincial nominee programs. But Chaundy says retention rates for Atlantic Canada are low, and lengthy processing times are a barrier for greater use of immigration in the business community. He says although express entry applications are being processed within six months, provincial nominee applications are taking up to 16 months to be processed by the federal government.  


CBU FACULTY PREPARING FOR POSSIBLE STRIKE
Friday 13th January 2017
The faculty association at Cape Breton University says it will call for a strike to begin Jan. 23 if a deal with the school isn't reached by next Saturday. The association has been in a legal strike or lockout position since Dec. 26. It represents a variety of staff including librarians, research chairs and professors, among others. Andrew Reynolds, who speaks for the association, said 48 hours' notice would give students and people involved with the school time to prepare for job action. In November, the faculty association accepted a proposed three-year agreement, but the university's board of governors voted in December against ratification. Last month, the board also voted to release university president David Wheeler. Both sides had been working the first week of January to avoid a potential work stoppage, but talks broke down. The sticking point in the contract dispute has been a layoff clause. It would allow the university to lay off faculty members in a financial emergency or for academic reasons, including if the university needs or wants to shut down a program.


VETERANS WATCHDOG TO LOOK INTO LEVELS OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE ACROSS COUNTRY
Friday 13th January 2017
Canada's veterans ombudsman says the gap between Ottawa and the provinces when it comes to delivering services to troubled ex-soldiers in rural areas deserves more examination. The remarks from Guy Parent come in the wake of last week's triple murder and suicide in Upper Big Tracadie involving an Afghan war vet. Lionel Desmond's family has said he "succumbed to the tortures" of post traumatic stress disorder following his service in Afghanistan in 2007. They have also said that Desmond was turned away when he tried to check himself into St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish. But Dr. Minoli Amit, a senior official at the hospital, has denied the claim, saying staff routinely work through bed shortages to provide care to anyone seeking help. Nonetheless, Parent said he is aware of discrepancies and uneven levels of service across the country. Soldiers are able to access medical care within the military, but they are at the mercy of provincial health care systems once they are out, and service levels vary. He said he intends to refocus an ongoing review of long-term care for veterans towards mental health, an assessment that could see him tap into existing relationships with provincial ombudsmen. Parent said tough questions need to be asked about how much local and regional hospitals know about the complex federal support system that's been set up to serve both existing military members and veterans.


LABRADOR FISHERMAN DROPS LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER HIS FISHING LICENCE
Friday 13th January 2017
A legal challenge that could have overturned the rules protecting the independence of Atlantic Canada's inshore fishery has ended. Ottawa's owner-operator policy stipulates the main benefits of inshore fishing licences must go to the licence holders. Kirby Elson, a fisherman from Cartwright, a small fishing town in Labrador, had launched a legal challenge appealing a decision by the federal fisheries minister to take away his commercial fishing licences. But the case ended this week when Elson notified his lawyers that he wanted to "immediately withdraw from this litigation," according to documents filed with the Federal Court. Elson had refused to obey a DFO requirement that he exit a so-called "controlling agreement" with two Newfoundland and Labrador fish processors. Controlling agreements allow individuals or corporations other than the licence holder to control the use of the licence.  However, Ottawa says such agreements threaten an independent inshore fishery and its long-standing owner-operator policy. In 2014, Elson was the only fisherman in Atlantic Canada to openly refuse a blanket order to get out of controlling agreements. In his court filing, Elson said he was too poor to afford to fish and a controlling agreement was the only way he could pursue his livelihood of 50 years. Last year, the DFO stripped licences from two other fishermen in the Maritimes after they were found to be operating under controlling agreements.


SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON WHETHER ENERGY REGULATORS CAN BE SUED
Friday 13th January 2017
The country's highest court is set to rule on whether Canadians have the right to sue energy regulators. The case stems from Alberta landowner Jessica Ernst, who says hydraulic fracking severely contaminated her well and water supply with toxic chemicals. She claims the Alberta Energy Regulator violated her charter rights to freedom of expression by refusing to accept her complaints and pressuring her to stop making criticisms publicly and through the media. Ernst said efforts to engage with the regulator were ignored; her letters returned unopened. Ernst began legal action in 2007 in a multimillion-dollar suit against the regulator, Alberta Environment and Calgary-based energy company Encana for negligent actions. The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Act contains a "protection from action" clause, which an early court ruling found provides immunity from lawsuits. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association intervened in the case, arguing that governments can't block individuals from seeking compensation when their fundamental rights and freedoms have been violated. BCCLA executive director Josh Paterson tells CBC News that while it is an unusual case, a ruling in Ernst's favour could send a signal to other regulators that they can't shut down people speaking out on matters of public concern. The Supreme Court ruling could have broader implications on the powers of other regulators across the country. For Ernst, a victory will mean a gruelling legal battle ahead with the lawsuit, which she expects will be "most unpleasant and stressful." But she said she wants to win to hold "abusive regulators to account on behalf of all Canadians.”


SPORTS JANUARY 13 *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Friday 13th January 2017
The Crushers are still tops in the Eastlink South division following a 6-5 win against the Yarmouth Mariners at the Wellness Centre. Scoring for the Crushers were Alexis Roy and Bradley Kennedy with 2, Mack Derraugh, and Dylan Riley. The Crushers travel to Dieppe Sunday to face the Commandos.
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In the NS Junior Hockey league, the Pictou County Scotians have a home and home set with the Strait Pirates, beginning tonight at 7:30 in Port Hawkesbury, followed by a match Sunday at the Trenton Arena at 7.
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The Northern Female Midget AAA Selects host Metro Boston Pizza Saturday afternoon at 12:30 at the Wellness Centre. The Selects currently trail the 1st place Metro team by 4 points.
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The recreation group Let Abilities Work meets monthly to organize sporting events and other activities for adults with physical disbilities. Their next meeting is Friday at 1:00 PM in the basement of the Christian Fellowship Church, Abercrombie Road, New Glasgow.  All are welcome. Learn more by searching ”Let Abilities Work” on Facebook.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime and added two assists as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a two-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Eric Staal and Jordan Schroeder scored 39 seconds apart in the second period, Nino Niederreiter had two goals, and the Minnesota Wild overwhelmed Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens on their way to a 7-1 victory.
Mike Condon made 29 saves as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. Condon, who was making his eighth consecutive start, had offensive support as Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman, Tom Pyatt and Mark Stone all scored for the Senators.
Claude Giroux scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Tampa Bay 4 Buffalo 2
Nashville 2 Boston 1
Dallas 5 Detroit 2
Anaheim 4 Colorado 1
Los Angeles 5 St. Louis 1
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NBA
Denver 140 Indiana 112
New Orleans 104 Brooklyn 95
New York 104 Chicago 89
San Antonio 134 L.A. Lakers 94
Dallas 113 Phoenix 108
Golden State 127 Detroit 107


CASEY QUESTIONING ATTENDANCE BY TEACHERS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
Thursday 12th January 2017
The Education Minister is calling foul on members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union who are still attending conferences all over the globe, despite the fact that the NSTU is in a work-to-rule situation. Karen Casey says 11 teachers, seven of whom work in the Chignecto Central Regional School Board, spent four days in Hawaii last week, including instructional days, to attend the 16th annual Hawaii International Conference on Education at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu. The NSTU says approval for attendance at the conference was made prior to the work-to-rule. This is just one of over a dozen conferences with destinations including San Diego, New York City, Texas, Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec City, Florida and Finland. Casey says this appears to be a double standard, which is troubling. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union said president Liette Doucette was unavailable for comment because she was involved directly in negotiations with the province. Those talks wrap up today, unless the parties agree to new dates.


UNIVERSITIES BENDING SCHOLARSHIP RULES DURING TEACHERS' WORK-TO-RULE
Thursday 12th January 2017
Nova Scotia universities are relaxing the requirements for scholarship applications for Nova Scotia students. Public school teachers are refusing to write academic reference letters as part of their work-to-rule job action during their contract dispute with the province. Acadia University is waiving the requirement for Nova Scotia students to provide an academic letter of reference as part of the scholarship application for the upcoming school year. This will remain in effect until the province and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union come to an agreement. Cape Breton University, Dalhousie, and NSCAD University do not currently require reference letters for undergraduate scholarships or programs. St. FX requires two reference letters for scholarship consideration. Typically, one of the references must be academic. The university is allowing students to submit two character references during the work-to-rule job action. Mount Saint Vincent University's presidential scholarship, the university's top entrance scholarship, normally requires an academic letter of reference. The committee that oversees scholarships is meeting Jan. 16 to determine how to ensure fairness for all applicants.


BIG BASH FOR CARLTON SET TO GO ON SATURDAY
Thursday 12th January 2017
The biggest kitchen party in recent memory is set to go down on Saturday in New Glasgow. The Big Bash for Carlton will begin Saturday afternoon at 1pm at both Glasgow Square and Wrangler's Bar & Grill, running for 12 hours and featuring a bevy of great East Coast talent. The benefit is for the family of Carlton Munroe, the Executive Director of Glasgow Square and the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee. Munroe was diagnosed in November with glioblastoma, the same aggressive brain cancer as Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie. Performers will be announced via social media throughout the day on Saturday. Admission is by donation, with a suggestion of $20. For those unable to attend, donations can be sent via e-transfer to CareForCarlton@gmail.com, or dropped off for 'Carlton Munroe' at any Scotiabank branch in Pictou County.


PICTOU COUNTY ALSO SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Thursday 12th January 2017
April 23rd to 29th is Volunteer Week, and the Municipality of Pictou County, like other municipalities in the area, is looking to recognize outstanding volunteers. Residents of the Municipality of Pictou County are invited to submit a brief letter of nomination for Representative Volunteer of the Year. The deadline to submit is 8 February at 2pm. Please submit letters to Cindy Fraser, Recreation Coordinator, Municipality of the County of Pictou, PO Box 910 (46 Municipal Drive), Pictou, NS, B0K 1H0 (902-485-8525) or e-mail recreation@munpict.ca.


SECOND APPEAL FILED IN HOOD CASE
Thursday 12th January 2017
Amy Hood's defence lawyer has also filed an appeal in the former schoolteacher's case. Hood was sentenced in December for sex-related crimes involving minors. Last week, Crown attorneys filed an appeal of the sentence that included 12 months’ house arrest followed by two years’ probation, saying it was too lenient. On Monday, the Court of Appeal received a notice of cross-appeal filed by defence lawyer Joel Pink. Pink argued at trial that Hood was not criminally responsible at the time of the offences because of a mental disorder, but the court wasn’t convinced and rendered guilty verdicts on all four charges. The cross-appeal has asked that the conviction be set aside and replaced with a finding that Hood is not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder and a new trial be ordered.


DREAM OF TRENTON TREE-TOP PARK FELLED
Thursday 12th January 2017
After years of delays, a proposed tree-top adventure course will not be built in Trenton. Trenton parks and recreation director Martin Bates tells NG News that TreeGo is not going ahead with a course in the Steeltown Park. TreeGo was supposed to open in June 2014, but delays occurred when specialized construction crews weren’t available to set up the equipment. Franchise owner Martin Laviolette had difficulty obtaining a licence to operate in Nova Scotia, causing further delays. Bates said that Laviolette was also experiencing financial issues. Town council gave TreeGo approval in 2013, and that fall, work began to remove branches and some trees in the park to prepare for installing the ladders, nets, swings, footbridges and zip lines. Materials to build the treetop courses were delivered to the park then, and Bates said Laviolette will need to remove them now that the project isn’t going ahead. Mayor Shannon MacInnis says the new town council is discussing the future of the park.


JUDGE RESERVES DECISION IN BRIDGEWATER SEXTING CASE
Thursday 12th January 2017
A judge has reserved decision on whether to release additional evidence to media in a case involving the alleged sharing of intimate images by teenagers without consent. Six teenage boys are charged with sharing images of at least 20 high school girls in Bridgewater. Last year, the CBC successfully argued for the release of a redacted version of a search warrant in the case, which said police uncovered up to 75 intimate images of teenage girls. The CBC's lawyer argued Wednesday in Bridgewater provincial court for redacted portions of the 36-page document to be released. But Crown and defence lawyers argued it's in the interest of the public and the administration of justice if the information remains redacted. Judge Paul Scovil reserved his decision until March 3.


HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT UNFAIRLY DISMISSED, JUDGE RULES
Thursday 12th January 2017
A judge has ruled the human rights commission unreasonably dismissed a discrimination claim by five social assistance recipients who complain the province hasn't increased the maximum special diet allowance in more than twenty years. Judge James Chipman has sent the case back to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission for reconsideration in "accordance with the principles of fairness and transparency" and without a new investigation. The women argued the Community Services Department discriminated against them based on their disabilities. Under the province's funding for special needs, applicants can get up to a maximum of $150 per month per person for health-related dietary needs. In a written decision, Judge Chipman says he will leave it to the commission to decide whether to refer the matter to a board of inquiry or to entertain an argument by the province that the claim, also made by Halifax's North End Community Health Centre, be dismissed. Chipman also directed the matter be dealt with during the next commission board meeting.


MUNICIPAL BY-ELECTION ORDERED AFTER SEVERAL IRREGULARITIES REPORTED
Thursday 12th January 2017
A provincial Supreme Court judge has voided one of the results from October's election in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's. The chief returning officer noted several irregularities after the Oct. 15 vote in District 3/5 and brought them to the attention of the municipality. Aubrey (Rennie) Beaver defeated Kaytland Smith 75-73 in the vote, but the municipality left the seat vacant pending the outcome of the court application. The issues included: a voter being allowed to vote by proxy without following the applicable rules; the agent for one candidate handling a spoiled ballot and basket of ballots that had been cast at a poll, two ballot boxes delivered to the returning officer unsealed, none of the poll agents at those polls signed the necessary oath of confidentiality, and the deputy returning officers at those polls did not complete the required records of poll. In his decision, Justice Nick Scaravelli said the violations were numerous and relatively serious. A special council meeting has been called for Monday to determine the date for a special election to fill the seat on the seven-person council.


SPORTS JANUARY 12
Thursday 12th January 2017
Last night in Peewee C Action, Pictou defeated Trenton 6-5. Scoring for Pictou was Martin Choffman 2, Theron Scothorn 2, Liam Maclean 1, Cameron Clish 1. Assists Came From Clish 2, Peyton Fergeson, and Scothorn. Trenton goals came from Derrick Mackay 4, Micheal Derowin 1. Assists from Landon Martin, Braden Macdonald & Jordan Malverson. 
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Now that the trade deadline in the MHL has passed, the rosters are set for the push to the playoffs. For the Crushers, that push on the ice continues tonight at home when they take on the Yarmouth Mariners. It is the battle for first place in the Eastlink South Division, as the Crushers come into the game with a slim one point lead on the Mariners. It is also a battle of the two nationally ranked teams in the MHL. In the most recent rankings which came out yesterday, the Crushers were listed as 18th in Canada, while the Mariners came in at 19th. The Crushers have one other game this weekend. On Sunday they will visit Dieppe to face the Commandos.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Dougie Hamilton scored at 17:41 of the third period to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens dominated the Winnipeg Jets in a 7-4 victory.
Alex Ovechkin wasted no time hitting another milestone — and he did it in style. Ovechkin scored 35 seconds into the Washington Capitals' 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins to become the 84th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points.
Florida 2 N.Y. Islanders 1
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NBA
Philadelphia 98 New York 97
Boston 117 Washington 108
Minnesota 119 Houston 105
Oklahoma City 103 Memphis 95
Portland 102 Cleveland 86
L.A. Clippers 105 Orlando 96


SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOUR OF THOSE ON INCOME ASSISTANCE NEEDING SPECIAL DIETS
Wednesday 11th January 2017
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has ruled that a discrimination complaint filed by five social assistance recipients over the province's failure to increase a special diet allowance since 1996 will be looked at for a second time by the province's Human Rights Commission. While the basic food allowance has increased 11 times over the last two decades, there has been no change to the amount given to those on income assistance who have chronic medical problems requiring specific foods. The five complainants first filed their greivance in August 2015, and in June 2016 the Commission ruled that a board of inquiry was not necessary because it did not believe any evidence of discrmination would be found. Today, Supreme Court Justice James Chipman called that decision unreasonable and referred the case back to the Commission to be dealt with.


THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL CIGARETTES SEIZED IN TRAFFIC STOP
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Codiac Regional RCMP seized roughly 350-thousand contraband ciagrettes during a traffic stop outside Moncton yesterday. Police say a routine traffic stop resulted in a vehicle being impounded, and a subsequent search turned up the illegal cigarettes. An investigation is ongoing, alongside the Federal Operations Unit of the RCMP in New Brunswick.


DANGEROUS OFFENDER RELEASED BEFORE END OF SENTENCE
Wednesday 11th January 2017
A man designated as a dangerous offender has been released from prison two years prior to the end of his sentence for sexually assaulting a woman in Dartmouth in 2010. Robert Thomas Crowe of Cole Harbour was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to 10-years, minus six years of credit for time spent in custody while on remand. Judge Heather Robertson issued the dangerous offender label while handing down the sentence, Crowe's third for a violent sex offense. Crowe completed the Non-Intake Primer Sex Offender Program, the High-Intensity Sex Offender Program and the Institutional Maintenance Program while in custody. There are a number of conditions being placed on his release, including that he follow a treatment plan and obtaining counselling, and remain under a long-term supervision order in the community for an additional 10 years after the expiration of his prison term.


ARRESTS MADE IN BREAK-INS IN NEIL'S HARBOUR
Wednesday 11th January 2017
RCMP in Ingonish have made an arrest related to string of break-and-enters in Neil's Harbour last month. Earlier this week, Ingonish RCMP searched a home in Neil's Harbour, and as a result seized evidence and arrested 23-year old Brandon Thomas Briand. Briand is being held in custody and will appear in Sydney Provincial Court tomorrow on five counts of break-and-enter, possession of a break-in instrument, and two counts of breach of conditions. Two 16-year old male youths were also arrested, and later released.


TWO ARRESTED AFTER REPEAT BREAK-INS AT THE SAME HOME
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Two men have been arrested after allegations that they broke into the same home twice within the span of less than seven hours. Halifax Regional Police say the 22-year old man and 19-year old man, whose names are being withheld pending a decision on whether charges will be laid, allegedly broke into the home and stole some items in an incident described as a home invasion around 6:30 yesterday evening. Police returned to the same site at roughly 1:00 this morning after a call from the residents that the same two suspects had retrurned and forced their way in again. Both men remain in custody.


MORNINGSTAR SENTENCED TO LIFE WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 25 YEARS
Wednesday 11th January 2017
A 19-year old man will spend at least the next 25 years in prison after being sentenced this morning for the death of an 18-year old Moncton teen, and for burning the home where the victim was found. Devin Morningstar was stoic as he listened to the sentencing hearing for the charges of first-degree murder and arson in the death of Baylee Wylie. Court heard that Wylie had been stabbed multiple times before the triplex unit he was in was set on fire by being lit in three locations. Morningstar did apologize for his decisions earlier in the proceedings, but did not react as the mandatory sentence was read.


NDP SETS PICTOU WEST NOMINATION MEETING
Wednesday 11th January 2017
As speculation continues about a possible provincial election date sometime in 2017, the parties are getting their candidate lists ready. In Pictou West, the NDP will name their nominee at a meeting at the Community Room of the IOOF Home in Pictou on Sunday, 29 January at 3pm. Party leader Gary Burrill will be in attendance that day. The NDP held the seat in Pictou West in 1998 and 1999, then again from 2003 to 2013.


HUNDREDS OF LAYOFFS COMING IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Nearly 350 will be laid off in the region as two of Canada's largest dairy producers are re-organizing. Agropur Dairy Cooperative and Saputo Inc., both based out of Quebec, will be laying off 128 full-time employees in the region and 218 part-time workers, starting in April when the two companies Begin to realign their sales and merchandising structure. Employees losing their jobs work in distribution depots and stock store shelves. Retailers will now be responsible for ordering dairy product and handling it once delivered to stores. In all, Agropur is laying off 62 full-time and 97 part-time workers. Saputo is laying off 66 full-time and 121 part-time workers. The companies did not say exactly where those jobs will be cut.


PROVINCIAL PUBLIC SERVICE JOBS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Candidates seeking a job with the Nova Scotia public service can now find job listings at the click of a mouse. This change moves the hiring and application process almost exclusively online. Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis says this new modern job-posting service will allow candidates to more easily apply for jobs in the Nova Scotia public service and streamline the process of starting a new career.


FUNERAL SERVICES FOR DESMOND FAMILY BEGIN TODAY IN TRACADIE
Wednesday 11th January 2017
The first of two family funerals will be held today at a church in Tracadie, just over a week after a former Canadian soldier killed his wife, daughter and mother before killing himself. A funeral for Lionel Desmond and his mother Brenda is scheduled for 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church. The funeral service for Desmond’s wife Shanna and daughter Aaliyah is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. at the hall across the street from St. Peter’s Church. Family members say Lionel Desmond was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a tour in Afghanistan in 2007, and had received treatment from the military. But relatives have also suggested the former infantryman did not get the help he needed when he returned to Nova Scotia 18 months ago.


COULD BE SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE GROUNDED VESSEL CAN BE MOVED *UPDATED 11:30 AM*
Wednesday 11th January 2017
The Coast Guard says all it can do is watch and wait while a marine salvage contractor looks for another opportunity to free a ship grounded off the coast of Cape Breton. An attempt to tow Arca 1 failed Tuesday when the contractor couldn't remove enough ballast water from the vessel because pumps froze before the tide went back out. Brisk winds are forecast for the next couple of days, making it too dangerous to try again soon. Hauling away the 53-metre long tanker is the owner's responsibility and it's the coast guard's job to monitor. The owner and operator of the vessel is Petroil Marine of Mexico. Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigators are in the area to determine why the ship's engine failed and why it was sailing in a forecasted winter storm.


YARMOUTH FERRY WILL HAVE LONGER SEASON
Wednesday 11th January 2017
The Cat ferry from Yarmouth to Portland will have an extended season this summer. Bay Ferries say the ferry will begin sailing June 1st and the season will be extended into mid-October, two weeks earlier and two weeks later than last season. It's hoped that will bring more passengers. However, Bay Ferries president Mark MacDonald wouldn't make passenger predictions in an appearance before a legislature committee. They carried over 35,000 passengers last year.


NS AND NB POWER SIGN ELECTRICITY SHARING DEAL
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Nova Scotia Power and NB Power have signed a long-term agreement to sell surplus electricity to each other. A redacted version of the deal was made public Tuesday in a filing to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The agreement automatically renews each year, with both sides able to opt out with 60 days notice. The deal is a reworking of a pilot project announced by the utilities in March 2015. Under the agreement, the utilities worked together to identify day-ahead and real-time opportunities to generate fuel cost savings by picking which fuel, at which power plant, would generate electricity most efficiently and at the lowest cost. Nova Scotia Power says the agreement gives the province access to cheaper sourced electricity.


SPORTS JANUARY 11
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Now that the trade deadline in the MHL has passed, the rosters are set for the push to the playoffs. For the Crushers, that push on the ice continues on Thursday at home when they take on the Yarmouth Mariners. It is the battle for first place in the Eastlink South Division, as the Crushers come into the game with a slim one point lead on the Mariners. The Crushers have one other game this weekend. On Sunday they will visit Dieppe to face the Commandos.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mikkel Boedker recorded a hat trick as the San Jose Sharks won their second game in a row, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-3.
Calle Jarnkrok scored a short-handed goal with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Carolina 5 Columbus 3
Buffalo 4 Philadelphia 1
Boston 5 St. Louis 3
Chicago 4 Detroit 3 (OT)
Anaheim 2 Dallas 0
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 41 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points and 23 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors came back for a 114-106 win over the Boston Celtics at Air Canada Centre.
Washington 101 Chicago 99
Atlanta 117 Brooklyn 97
Houston 121 Charlotte 114
Milwaukee 109 San Antonio 107
Utah 100 Cleveland 92
Golden State 107 Miami 95
Portland 108 L.A. Lakers 87
Sacramento 100 Detroit 94


MISSING BOY FOUND SAFE AND SECURE
Tuesday 10th January 2017
Some good news in another missing persons case. Yesterday, we reported on a missing 13-year old boy from Moncton. RCMP are now saying that he has been found, safe and secure. Out of privacy concerns for the boy, they are providing no further details. Police say they appreciate the assistance provided by the public in finding the boy.


INVESTIGATION INTO MISSING TEEN GIRL CONTINUES
Tuesday 10th January 2017
An investigation into the disappearance a girl who has been missing for over a month is continuing in Halifax. Halifax Regional Police say Merissa Purdy, who was first reported missing last week, was last seen 9 December in the area of Gottingen and Brunswick streets. Police say they do not believe Purdy has met with foul play, however she has a medical condition that causes them to be concerned for her well being. Purdy is described as an indigenous female with medium-length red hair and hazel eyes. She is five-foot-three inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds. There is no description of what she was last known to be wearing. Anyone with information on Purdy’s whereabouts is asked to contact police.


MIRACULOUS RECOVERY FOR GIRL HIT BY DUMP TRUCK
Tuesday 10th January 2017
A 5-year old girl hit by a dump truck in Antigonish County is making a recovery that can only be described as miraculous. Cathy Green's daughter Maddie MacDonald was hit while walking to her bus stop last October, causing multiple serious injuries. Green says Maddie is now back at school, once again speaking in complete sentences, and is undergoing rehabilitation to get feeling and mobility back in her right leg, which may have suffered some nerve damage. The dump truck driver has not yet been charged, although police say they are still investigating and awaiting a final mechanical inspection of the truck before a decision on charges will be made.


PICTOU SCHOOL REVIEW MEETING SET FOR THURSDAY
Tuesday 10th January 2017
Officials with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board are reminding residents of the Pictou area that the next public meeting of the School Options Committee for the ongoing School Review Process in northwestern Pictou County will take place this Thursday evening at Pictou Academy. The meeting, set to begin at 7pm that evening, will discuss the recommendation of the Committee that they will bring to the Board regarding the future of schools in the Town of Pictou, as well as the potential impact on Northumberland Regional High School as a possible receiving school. The Report and Recommendation of the Committee must be submitted to CCRSB by January 24, 2017.


VERDICT IN GROSS INDECENCY TRIAL IN KENTVILLE DELAYED
Tuesday 10th January 2017
A verdict will not be handed down next week as originally anticipated in the trial of Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes on allegations of indecent assault and gross indecency from the mid-1970's. Judge Alan Tufts has delayed until 31 January, saying he needs more time to prepare his decision. Hawkes was on trial in Kentville Provincial Court last fall related to events alleged to have occured while he was a teacher in the Annapolis Valley. A man testified that when he was a teen, Hawkes led him down a hallway to a bedroom naked during a druken gathering, and forcibly committed a sex act on him. Hawkes categorically denied the allegations when he took the stand.


TRENTON ISSUES CALL FOR VOLUNTEER AWARD NOMINEES
Tuesday 10th January 2017
Yesterday we told you about the Town of New Glasgow's nomination deadline for Volunteer Awards. Today, the Town of Trenton has issued its call for nominations, with a deadline in that community of 10 February. In the press release issued by the Town of Trenton, they say they are not necessarily looking for a Trenton resident, but the volunteer work that they do must serve or impact on Trenton in some way. All nominees will be invited to the Volunteer Recognition Reception on Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 in Trenton. Nomination forms can be found on the Town website. For an electronic form, please contact Robyn Meyer at robyn.meyer@trenton.ca or call the  Trenton Parks & Recreation office at 902-752-1019.


POLICE HAVE NEW INFORMATION IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN
Tuesday 10th January 2017
There is some new information in the search for a missing 62-year-old Morristown man. Kings District RCMP originally said that James Bell had last been seen walking in Berwick around 1pm last Wednesday, but are now reporting that he was seen again about 90 minutes later, still walking in Berwick in the area of Orchard Street. Police still say he has not been seen since that afternoon. The Valley Ground Search and Rescue team, working with additional GSAR teams and an RCMP helicopter and Police Dog Services have searched multiple areas throughtout the region. The RCMP and the family and friends of James Bell continue to be concerned for his safety, and encourage anyone who has information about his whereabouts to contact Kings District RCMP at 902- 679-5555. Should callers wish to remain anonymous, they can 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. An updated photo of Bell can be seen on our Facebook page.


TEACHER IN HALIFAX PLEADS GUILTY TO INVITATION TO SEXUAL TOUCHING
Tuesday 10th January 2017
A 36-year old teacher in the Halifax Regional School Board entered a guilty plea yesterday to invitation to sexual touching of a male teenage student. Sarah Allt Harnish entered the plea ahead of a trial that was originally scheduled to take place next week. Allt had been teaching at Five Bridges Junior High School in Hubley at the time of her arrest last March, although she had been on leave as of the month prior. Allt is also charged with sexual assault and sexual interference, although those charges will be dealt with when she returns to court in April for sentencing.


SOME NEW NAMES AND GOV'T ROOKIES IN TRUDEAU CABINET SHUFFLE
Tuesday 10th January 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his cabinet, with a few new faces. International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland is moving to Foreign Affairs, replacing Stephane Dion, who is taking a diplomatic post. Also taking a diplomatic post is Immigration Minister John McCallum, who is the new ambassador to China. Stepping into Immigration will be Somali-Canadian MP for York South-Weston, Ahmed Hussein. Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef is taking over the Status of Women portfolio previously held by Patty Hajdu, who moves to Labour. Monsef has been replaced by Burlington MP Karina Gould. Francois-Philippe Champagne has been promoted from parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau to the Minister of International Trade.


DOCTOR DISPUTES CLAIM THAT VETERAN WAS DENIED HELP AT ANTIGONISH HOSPITAL *UPDATED 9:30 AM*
Tuesday 10th January 2017
A doctor at St. Martha's Regional in Antigonish disputes that the hospital turned away a military veteran who ended up killing his family and himself. While not speaking specifically about Lionel Desmond's case, Dr. Minoli Amit said in an e-mail that no one was ever refused services or turned away from care at St. Martha's. The bodies of Desmond, his wife, daughter and mother were found Jan. 3 in a home in Upper Big Tracadie. Multiple members of Desmond's family have said the retired corporal was sent away after seeking help - one family member said he was turned away because there were no beds, another because the hospital didn't have his file. And another person has told of her experience at St. Martha's. Sheila Chisholm tells our newsroom that three years ago, her husband was turned away from St. Martha's after being brought there by ambulance. Health Minister Leo Glavine said last week the province would look into what happened at St. Martha's.


CROWN APPEALS HOUSE ARREST SENTENCE IN AMY HOOD CASE
Tuesday 10th January 2017
The Crown is appealing the sentence given to a former Pictou County school teacher for sex crimes involving two teenage boys. Amy Hood was convicted last April of sexual exploitation, sexual interference and child luring. At her trial, she admitted to exchanging sexually explicit texts with both boys and performing oral sex on one of them. The offences were committed in the summer of 2013 while Hood was a teacher at Thorburn Consolidated School. Last month, Judge Del Atwood gave Hood 15 months of house arrest followed by two years probation. Atwood rejected the mandatory minimum sentence outlined in the Criminal Code, saying the two-year minimum sentence was cruel and unusual punishment and violated Hood's charter rights. In appeal documents filed last week, the Crown argues the judge erred in rejecting the mandatory minimum, saying house arrest "inadequately reflects the objectives of denunciation and deterrence." The Crown is asking the Court of Appeal to impose a new sentence of at least two years in prison.


THERE WILL BE EXAM EXEMPTIONS LATER THIS MONTH: CCRSB
Tuesday 10th January 2017
The Chignecto Central Regional School Board has clarified its position on provincial exams during the teachers' work-to-rule campaign. Debbie Buott-Matheson, Communications Manager with the board, says that exam exemptions for the coming examination period at the end of January will go ahead as planned. Attendance, which determines eligibility for exam exemptions, will be reviewed on a school-by-school basis. Schools will confirm with individual students about their status with regards to an exemption. Due to the ongoing work-to-rule by NSTU members, English 10 and Mathematics 10 will not be considered provincial examinations. As such, students may now be considered for an exemption from an examination that may be created to replace these provincial exams. NSTU President Liette Doucet says teachers continue to keep track of attendance and record grades during work-to-rule, and are able to provide high school exam exemptions. She says contrary to recent statements made in the media, exemption policies are set by the Department of Education and the school boards, not the NSTU or "individual schools."


STELLARTON WILL GET RAINBOW TREATMENT AHEAD OF NEXT PRIDE WEEK
Tuesday 10th January 2017
An organizer of Pride Week is very pleased at the news Stellarton will be painting one of its fire hydrants in rainbow colours, a symbol synonymous with the LGBTQ community. Thekla Altmann, who is the diversity and community outreach officer for the Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health, tells NG News the centre had approached the town about adding a symbol to represent the LGBTQ community, with a crosswalk and a hydrant as two of the examples. The crosswalk idea was rejected due to safety concerns, with Mayor Danny MacGillivray saying council decided in December the hydrant would be the best fit. Hydrant repainting will take place in the spring or summer. Pride Week organizers are seeking volunteers for the next Pride Week, with a meeting scheduled 27 January.


NDP CONCERNED OVER DATA ON AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIANS & POLICE
Tuesday 10th January 2017
The provincial NDP are demanding answers from the Justice Minister following a report that shows African Nova Scotians are three times more likely to be stopped by police. As reported by CBC, the data released Monday was compiled from records of street checks by Halifax Regional Police since 2005. Last year, the NDP obtained a document revealing the over-representation of African Nova Scotians in provincial custody. While African Nova Scotians comprise about two per cent of the total population, they make up 14 per cent of adults in provincial custody and 16 per cent of youth in custody. NDP Justice Critic Marian Mancini says the numbers demand a closer look by the Minister of Justice and point to the need for the province to plan how to address racial inequities within the justice system.


COAST GUARD TO MOVE GROUNDED VESSEL OFF CAPE BRETON
Tuesday 10th January 2017
The Canadian Coast Guard will attempt to free a grounded fuel tanker off Cape Breton's shoreline later today after determining that the vessel is intact and is not a risk for pollution. Dominic LeBlanc, federal minister of fisheries and oceans and the coast guard, says Arca 1 was not carrying any fuel in its cargo tanks and the tanks holding diesel for its engines appear to be undamaged. It ran aground in the Atlantic Ocean just outside Sydney Harbour on Sunday morning after losing power in a storm. Six crew members were safely lifted off the vessel by search and rescue technicians from CFB Greenwood. In the meantime, a coast guard surveillance plane has been keeping an eye on the Arca 1, flying long circles over the coastline to monitor the ship for any leakage or damage. The Transportation Safety Board and Transport Canada are investigating on site.


SPORTS JANUARY 10
Tuesday 10th January 2017
The Weeks Jr A Crushers have announced the acquisition of a forward with QMJHL experience, and he should feel right at home, since he'll be playing with family. Brad Kennedy, older brother of Crushers defenseman Mark Kennedy, will be joining the Crushers for the remainder of the season. The 20-year old from Antigonish brings to the Crushers 258 games of major junior experience with the Charlottetown Islanders and Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. Brad compiled 66 goals and 99 assists for 165 points while amassing 279 penalty minutes
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In Pee Wee B action Friday night, the Steelers defeated Westville 7-1. Dawson MacKay and Jake Henderson had two goals each for the Steelers, with singles from Zack MacInnis, Carter Dauphinee and Olan DeYoung. Caden MacDonald had three assists, while Jack Higdon, Ethan Elms, Michael Sponagle, Aiden Tobin, Evan Charleton, Dawson MacKay and Zack MacInnis had one assist each. Westville's goal came from Bauer Brophy, assisted by Lowell Wilson and Dylan Kelly. Carter MacLean earned the win in goal for the Steelers.
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In Atom B action on Friday, the Steelers were down 5-2, but came back to tie the game 5-5 with Pictou. Nicholas Duff had a pair of goals for the Steelers, while Derrick MacKay, Jake Maloney and Landon Martin added one each. Derrick MacKay and Ethan MacKay notched assists. Scoring for Pictou were Ryan Chapman, Leland Tobin, Patrick MacNeil, Aiden Tingley, and Ryan Galway. Blake Hensbee added an assist.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0.
Alexander Ovechkin tied Canadiens legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard with his 544th career goal as the Washington Capitals extended it's wining streak to six games with a 4-1 victory over Montreal.
Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for his 73rd career shutout, leading the Florida Panthers to a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils and moving past Terry Sawchuk for fifth in career wins.
Dallas 6 Los Angeles 4
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NBA New Orleans 110 New York 96
Minnesota 101 Dallas 92
Oklahoma City 109 Chicago 94


WOMAN TESTIFIES AT INQUIRY INTO DEATH OF HER FATHER
Monday 9th January 2017
The daughter of a Newfoundland man shot by a police officer spoke through tears Monday as she described her late father as a funny, vocal man with a big heart who lovingly raised her alone. 28 year old Meghan Dunphy was the first witness at a public inquiry into why Don Dunphy was fatally shot by a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer on Easter Sunday of 2015. Const. Joe Smyth served as a member of then-premier Paul Davis's security detail. Smyth has said Dunphy aimed a loaded .22-calibre rifle at him before he fired four shots, three of them fatal, at Dunphy's home in Mitchell's Brook, 80 kilometres southwest of St. John's. Smyth had gone alone to the small house to check out Twitter comments flagged as potential threats against politicians. Dunphy told the inquiry that her father did not have mental health issues. She said he had struggled for years with the workers' compensation system and his house was rundown because he lived in poverty. The inquiry led by commissioner Leo Barry, a judge on the provincial Court of Appeal, is expected to hear from more than 50 witnesses until early March. Barry is to deliver a report by July 1 on what happened and how to prevent such confrontations in the future. He will not make findings of criminal or civil responsibility, but any new evidence could be investigated by police.


NO VISITORS ALLOWED AT HOSPITAL WARD WITH NOROVIRUS PRESENT
Monday 9th January 2017
There are no visitors currently permitted into the medical/surgical unit of the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater after a confirmed outbreak of norovirus among the staff and patients on the floor. Lab tests confirm the presence of the virus, leading to the closure of the floor to visitors until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. Nova Scotia Health Authority spokesperson, Theresa Hawkesworth says the situation will be reassessed at that time. The restrictions have been in place since Friday.


PRISON ESCAPEE TO BE SENTENCED NEXT MONTH
Monday 9th January 2017
An inmate at the federal Dorchester Penitentiary who escaped last winter and led police on a chase that ended in Fredericton has pleaded guilty to a total of five charges related to the escape, and crimes committed while at large. Twenty-nine year old Jeffrey MacLean of Dalhousie entered the pleas in Moncton Provincial Court earlier today. MacLean will be sentenced next month, one year and one day after his original escape from the minimum security unit of the facility. He admitted to unlawfully at large before the end of his sentence, assaulting two women and stealing their car. MacLean was serving a sentence of nine years, four months and 21 days for armed robbery, robbery with violence and disguise with intent, according to a statement from the Correctional Service of Canada. He remains in custody.


VESSEL THAT RAN AGROUND SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN IN THAT SITUATION SAYS SIUC PRESIDENT
Monday 9th January 2017
The President of the Seafarers' International Union of Canada says the tanker that ran aground yesterday off the coast of Cape Breton was not built to handle the rigors of a long sea voyage. James Given told the CBC today that the ship should never have been in that area, as it is a very small ship, only to be used for harbour bunkering. Givens says research shows that the ship was decommissioned and sold to an owner in the Dominican Republic, and was en route to Mexico flying under a Panamanian flag. A team of investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are en route to the scene to investigate the details surrounding the ship's grounding off the community of Little Pond, N.S. Rescue crews from CFB Greenwood used a Cormorant helicopter to airlift six people from the stranded vessel on Sunday.


NEW BRUNSWICK NEW DEMOCRATS NAME INTERIM LEADER
Monday 9th January 2017
The New Brunswick NDP have chosen their interim leader in the wake of the surprise resignation of Dominic Cardy on New Year's Day. Former Radio-Canada journalist Rosaire L'Italien takes over the reigns of the party that currently holds no seats in the New Brunswick legislature, and has not held a seat since 2006. L'Italien, who was the unanimous choice of the party executive, says he plans to rally the party around its core principles. A date for a leadership convention to choose a permanent leader has yet to be set.


POLICE ASK FOR HELP FINDING MISSING MONCTON TEEN
Monday 9th January 2017
Police are asking for assistance from the public in locating a missing 13-year old boy who has not been seen since yesterday evening. RCMP in Moncton say they are particularly concerned for Brandon Pellerin because of the cold temperatures being experienced throughout the region. Police describe Pellerin as five-foot-six inches tall and about 130 pounds. He has short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a burgundy sweater, black pants and tan hiking boots. He had a black backpack and wasn’t wearing a winter jacket. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the RCMP.


POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING
Monday 9th January 2017
A member of the RCMP Southwest Nova Major Crimes Unit is on administrative leave after being arrested over the holidays on an allegation of impaired driving. Corporal Scott MacMillan was charged with impaired driving and refusing a breathalyzer when he was stopped in Kings County on Christmas Eve. MacMillan is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Kentville in mid-February. The RCMP say they plan on completing an internal Code of Conduct investigation.


ACCESS NS OFFER MORE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE WRITTEN DRIVER'S TEST
Monday 9th January 2017
Eight Access Nova Scotia Centres have expanded the hours they will offer the written driver's test. Effective today, Bridgewater, Yarmouth, Sydney and Truro Access Centres will offer the test Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., while Stellarton, Amherst, Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury Access Centres will offer the test Monday to Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. For a full listing of Registry of Motor Vehicle locations and hours, click here.


RIVER JOHN RESIDENTS MEETING TO CONSIDER OPTIONS AFTER HUB MODEL
Monday 9th January 2017
With the idea of turning the River John school into a HUB model now in the rear-view mirror, the community is considering its next step. The River John Community Action Society is holding a public meeting on Tuesday night at 7pm at the River John school to discuss what to do with the money the community raised for community development.


FUNERALS TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEK FOR DESMOND FAMILY
Monday 9th January 2017
Funerals for the Desmond family of Upper Big Tracadie will be held this week. Lionel Desmond is believed to have shot his wife Shanna, daughter Aaliyah and mother Brenda before taking his own life in their home. Brenda and Lionel Desmond will be remembered Wednesday morning at a mass at St. Peter's Church in Tracadie. A feast and auction will follow in the nearby Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw First Nation. A funeral service will be held for Aaliyah and Shanna Desmond, at Monsignor Donnelly Hall in Tracadie on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.  The federal government is paying for all four services. The minister of Veterans Affairs, Kent Hehr, phoned family members Saturday.  Family members have said Lionel Desmond, a retired corporal who did two tours in Afghanistan, had a long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Brenda and Lionel Desmond will be buried in Lincolnville at a later date. Shanna and Aaliyah Desmond will be interred in the Sunnyview Cemetery. 


CREW SAFE, BOAT STILL INTACT AFTER RUNNING AGROUND IN CAPE BRETON
Monday 9th January 2017
The Canadian Coast Guard says six crew members have been safely rescued from a tanker that ran aground off Cape Breton. Anne Miller, a regional director with the coast guard's Atlantic region, says the Arca 1 ran aground just north of Sydney Mines around 8 a.m. Sunday after losing engine power. Miller says the small tanker was en route to Mexico with no cargo on board when it experienced mechanical difficulties. She says the vessel, which was carrying 15 tonnes of fuel for its own engines, was headed to Sydney to address those issues when it ran aground. Miller says a Cormorant helicopter safely removed the six crew members from the ship. She says there has been no reports of pollution and the ship's hull has not been seriously damaged.


LABOUR DEPT INVESTIGATING DEATH OF LOBSTER FISHERMAN
Monday 9th January 2017
The provincial labour department is investigating after a 44-year-old fisherman fell overboard and died near Clark's Harbour. Jimmy Buchanan was fishing for lobster on board the Secret Sea when the accident happened on Saturday, and was only in the water a few minutes. Audie Harding, skipper of the Secret Sea Vessel, told CTV Atlantic there was no response when Buchanan was pulled from the water, and CPR was unsuccessful. Police were contacted around 6 p.m. and the Department of Labour was handed the investigation soon after.


NEW GLASGOW LOOKING FOR AWARD-WORTHY VOLUNTEERS
Monday 9th January 2017
The Town of New Glasgow is looking for nominations for those who are exemplary volunteers. Every April, during National Volunteer Week, the Province pays tribute to volunteers nominated by organizations and communities at the Provincial Volunteer Awards. Outstanding New Glasgow citizens can be nominated in the categories of Representative Volunteer, Youth Volunteer and Family Volunteer. The representative volunteer award recipients are selected by their municipalities, while volunteer youth and volunteer family award winners are selected by a review committee. Awards are presented April 18 in Halifax. Application forms can be picked up at the New Glasgow Town Hall, can be completed online, or printed and delivered to New Glasgow Town Hall, 111 Provost St., New Glasgow c/o Geralyn MacDonald, Director of Community Economic Development. Nomination forms are available here. The deadline for provincial nominations is midnight, Feb. 24, but the deadline for local nomination submissions is Feb. 7. Visit newglasgow.ca for more information on awards criteria.


RARE EARTHQUAKE IN NUNAVUT
Monday 9th January 2017
Nunavut was shaken by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on Sunday, according to Earthquakes Canada. The quake struck at 5:47 CT, at a depth of about 19 kilometres. There is not expected to be any damages. The U.S. Geological Survey, which originally measured the earthquake at magnitude 6.4, reported that it was centred about 89 kilometres southeast of Resolute.


TRUMP ACCEPTS THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN ELECTION: PREIBUS
Monday 9th January 2017
The incoming White House chief of staff Reince Preibus says U.S. president-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia tried to interfere in the presidential election. Intelligence officials allege that Moscow directed a series of hacks in order to help Trump win the White House. Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about Russia's role and has declined to say whether he accepts the meddling was done on his behalf. In December, he called the claims "ridiculous." On Friday, U.S. intelligence briefed the president-elect on their conclusions that the Kremlin interfered to help Trump win the White House. In an interview with The Associated Press after the briefing, Trump said he "learned a lot" from his discussions with intelligence officials, but he declined to say whether he accepted their assertion about Russia's motives. An unclassified version of the report directly tied Russian President Vladimir Putin to election meddling and said that Moscow had a "clear preference" for Trump in his race against Hillary Clinton. The report did not find evidence of vote machine tampering and did not make conclusions about Russia's effect on the election outcome.


SPORTS JANUARY 9 *UPDATED 7:40 AM*
Monday 9th January 2017
The Subway Selects faced the Metro West Force Black team in the Bantam A Subway Cup final. The Selects defeated the Black team by a score of 1-0 to capture the Bantam A Subway Cup. Hayley Burke scored the lone goal and game winner for the Selects. The Black team outshot the Selects by 16-11. Kelly Harnett posted her fourth shutout in five games and was outstanding in nets posting a 0.986 save percentage on the weekend. Harnett earned her second Player of the Game Award on the weekend for her play.
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects were back in action after the Christmas break. They travelled to Truro to face the Cyclones. They were defeated in a close battle 2-1. Scoring for the Selects were Raleigh MacDonald and assist to Frankie Hayman. On Saturday they travelled to Antigonish to face the Bulldogs in an exhibition game. They defeated the Bulldogs 6-5. Scoring for the Selects were Alyssa Ells and Olivia Marks with 2 goals each, singles went to Lucia Mason, Jess's MacKeil. Assists to Jana Cameron,Ashlyn Bona,Natasha Hahn,Emma MacLeod,Camryn Wright and Olivia Marks. Sharing the nets for both games were Chloe Stroud and Kylee Alexander.
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The game between the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians and the Antigonish Bulldogs scheduled for Friday night at the Antigonish Arena was postponed due to the road conditions. Sunday night the two teams played at Trenton Arena, where the Scotians won 3-2. Scoring for the Scotians were Jacob Pentz, Gaetan Tremblay and Ryan Dunfield.
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Despite the snow and wind, the Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers did get to play the Novas at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon. The Novas won the game 4-3.
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The weather forced a rescheduling of Sunday's game between the Weeks Major Midgets and Halifax.
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In Pee Wee B action Friday night, the Steelers defeated Westville 7-1. Dawson MacKay and Jake Henderson had two goals each for the Steelers, with singles from Zack MacInnis, Carter Dauphinee and Olan DeYoung. Caden MacDonald had three assists, while Jack Higdon, Ethan Elms, Michael Sponagle, Aiden Tobin, Evan Charleton, Dawson MacKay and Zack MacInnis had one assist each. Westville's goal came from Bauer Brophy, assisted by Lowell Wilson and Dylan Kelly. Carter MacLean earned the win in goal for the Steelers.
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In Atom B action on Friday, the Steelers were down 5-2, but came back to tie the game 5-5 with Pictou. Nicholas Duff had a pair of goals for the Steelers, while Derrick MacKay, Jake Maloney and Landon Martin added one each. Derrick MacKay and Ethan MacKay notched assists. Scoring for Pictou were Ryan Chapman, Leland Tobin, Patrick MacNeil, Aiden Tingley, and Ryan Galway. Blake Hensbee added an assist.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 11th 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.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL Playoffs
Pittsburgh 30 Miami 12
Green Bay 38 N.Y. Giants 13
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NHL
Mark Stone had a goal and two assists, Mike Condon stopped 35 shots and the Ottawa Senators beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3.
Pittsburgh 6 Tampa Bay 2
Carolina 4 Boston 3 (OT)
Columbus 2 Philadelphia 1 (OT)
Chicago 5 Nashville 2
Minnesota 2 Anaheim 1

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NBA
James Harden had 40 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 10th triple-double of the season, and the Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 129-122 for their eighth straight victory.
Philadelphia 105 Brooklyn 95
Washington 107 Milwaukee 101
L.A. Clippers 98 Miami 86
Memphis 88 Utah 79
Cleveland 120 Phoenix 116
Golden State 117 Sacramento 106
Detroit 125 Portland 124 (2OT)
L.A. Lakers 111 Orlando 95


STORM PACKS ON THE SNOW THROUGHOUT PROVINCE
Sunday 8th January 2017
Not a lot of traffic on the roads this morning as Nova Scotians dig out from a storm that has dumped up to 35 of snow in some areas, leaving snow-covered roads in its wake and causing travel headaches. At the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, many morning flights have been either cancelled or delayed. This morning's 11:45 ferry service between North Sydney, N.S., and Port aux Basques, N.L., is postponed until this evening at 11:45.
New Glasgow Regional Police advise motorists to drive with caution during the Winter Storm only if you have to travel, as the roads are snow covered and visbility is poor in strong winds. Residents are advised that the winter parking ban is being enforced this morning to allow Public Works crews to properly clear the streets and sidewalks throughout the towns. Tickets can be issued and vehicles can be towed any time, day or night, if they are parked in a way that interferes with snow clearing.


FEDERAL GOV'T TO COVER FUNERAL COSTS FOR DESMOND FAMILY
Sunday 8th January 2017
Ottawa is confirming it will pay for the funerals of four people found dead in Upper Big Tracadie last Tuesday. However Veteran's Affairs officials would not elaborate on the arrangements for Lionel Desmond, his wife, mother and daughter. Media reports quote family members as saying they were told Saturday afternoon that the government would cover funeral costs. Police have said Desmond shot his wife Shauna, their 10-year-old daughter Aaliyah and his mother Brenda Desmond in their home before killing himself. Family members have said Desmond was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a tour in Afghanistan in 2007, and had received treatment from the military. An online fundraising campaign to help pay for the Desmond family's funeral expenses had raised nearly $22,000 in donations by Saturday evening. The gofundme.com campaign was aimed at raising $30,000.


POLICE WON'T LAY CHARGES AFTER POOR SOCIAL MEDIA JUDGEMENT
Sunday 8th January 2017
Police in Halifax are telling people to watch what they post on social media after a photo of a man holding a realistic-looking paintball gun prompted a partial evacuation of a university dormitory. Investigators say security staff at Saint Mary's University were shown a photo Friday evening of a man holding what appeared to be an assault rifle inside of a university residence. Police say they were then called to the building and evacuated the floor where the student suspected of being in the photo lived. The student was not there, but was found at another location and was taken into custody. However, police soon learned the item in the photo was a paintball gun, not an assault rifle. Halifax police say people should not post photos of themselves on social media with guns that appear to be real. Halifax police said no charges were laid in this case.


TRUMP LIEUTENANT CANCELS SPEECH IN CALGARY
Sunday 8th January 2017
U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager has cancelled her Calgary appearance just days before she was scheduled to speak at the Palliser Hotel. Kellyanne Conway, who also planned to tour the oilsands area around Fort McMurray, was invited to Calgary by the Alberta Prosperity Fund, a conservative advocacy organization that has been vocal in its support of a united right-wing movement in Alberta. The speech, scheduled for Jan. 12, was to be a fundraising dinner for the organization. The group said the event sold out within days and that it "has not been rescheduled at this time." Those with tickets will receive a full refund. The cancellation comes a day after a grassroots group had begun organizing a protest in opposition to her arrival. Peter Dormaar created the event, which was to be held outside the Palliser Hotel, where the dinner was scheduled. He said within a day, about 25 people had RSVP'd to attend. Dormaar says he doesn't think Albertans should support Conway because of Trump's social politics.


SPORTS JANUARY 8
Sunday 8th January 2017
Last night's MHL game between the Crushers and the Ramblers in Amherst will be rescheduled.
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The game between the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians and the Antigonish Bulldogs scheduled for Friday night at the Antigonish Arena was postponed due to the road conditions. It was due to be the first half of a home and home series. The back half of the set scheduled for tonight at Trenton Arena is still set to take place. A new date for Friday's game will be announced in the coming days.
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The weather also forced a rescheduling of Saturday's game between the Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers and the Landworks Gulls. The Bombers are scheduled to play the Novas at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 12:15.
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When the Weeks Major Midgets play Halifax at the Wellness Centre on Sunday at Noon, there will be a new uniform with the big C on it. The Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League have signed G Blackmore. Blackmore, from Millbrook, has 19 goals and 30 assists for the midgets this year, and 104 penalty minutes.
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In Pee Wee B action Friday night, the Steelers defeated Westville 7-1. Dawson MacKay and Jake Henderson had two goals each for the Steelers, with singles from Zack MacInnis, Carter Dauphinee and Olan DeYoung. Caden MacDonald had three assists, while Jack Higdon, Ethan Elms, Michael Sponagle, Aiden Tobin, Evan Charleton, Dawson MacKay and Zack MacInnis had one assist each. Westville's goal came from Bauer Brophy, assisted by Lowell Wilson and Dylan Kelly. Carter MacLean earned the win in goal for the Steelers.
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In Atom B action on Friday, the Steelers were down 5-2, but came back to tie the game 5-5 with Pictou. Nicholas Duff had a pair of goals for the Steelers, while Derrick MacKay, Jake Maloney and Landon Martin added one each. Derrick MacKay and Ethan MacKay notched assists. Scoring for Pictou were Ryan Chapman, Leland Tobin, Patrick MacNeil, Aiden Tingley, and Ryan Galway. Blake Hensbee added an assist.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each. All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit. To sign up your team, contact Devan 902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 11th 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.ca
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NFL Playoffs
Houston 27 Oakland 14
Seattle 26 Detroit 6
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NHL
Brendan Shanahan was still a few months from being hired as team president the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs losing streak against the Habs hit 13 games at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night, as the Habs defeated Toronto 5-3.
Brian Gionta scored midway in the third period and the Buffalo Sabres rallied to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
Philadelphia 4 Tampa Bay 2
Los Angeles 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)
Edmonton 2 New Jersey 1 (OT)
Boston 4 Florida 0
N.Y. Rangers 5 Columbus 4
Washington 1 Ottawa 0
Arizona 2 N.Y. Islanders 1 (SO)
St. Louis 4 Dallas 3
Calgary 3 Vancouver 1
San Jose 6 Detroit 3
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NBA
Jimmy Butler scored 42 points, and the Chicago Bulls overcame a 19-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 123-118 in overtime.
Indiana 123 New York 109
Boston 117 New Orleans 108
Oklahoma City 121 Denver 106
Utah 94 Minnesota 92
Atlanta 97 Dallas 82
San Antonio 102 Charlotte 85
Detroit at Portland, ppd.


PRIMARY REGISTRATION FOR SCHOOLS BEGINNING SOON
Saturday 7th January 2017
Registration for all Chignecto-Central Regional School Board elementary schools will take place from mid-January to March. Registration is open to children who will be five on, or before, December 31, 2017. Parents and guardians are required to contact their local elementary school to arrange an appointment to register. The registration process takes about 30 minutes. Information regarding dates, times and phone numbers can also be accessed on the CCRSB website. Here is the list for Pictou County schools:
- A.G. Baillie Memorial School – 902-755-8240 – Wednesday, March 1, 2017
· Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated School – 902-755-8450 – Thursday, March 2, 2017
· Frank H. MacDonald Elementary School – 902-922-3820 – Wednesday, February 1, 2017
· G.R. Saunders Elementary School – 902-755-8230 – Wednesday, February 15, 2017
· New Glasgow Academy – 902-755-8400 – Thursday, February 2, 2017
· Pictou Elementary – 902-485-7991 – Thursday, February 16, 2017
· Saltsprings Elementary School – 902-925-6000 – Thursday, February 23, 2017
· Scotsburn Elementary School – 902-485-7980 – Wednesday, February 22, 2017
· Thorburn Consolidated School – 902-922-3840 – Wednesday, February 8, 2017
· Trenton Elementary School – 902-755-8460 – Thursday, February 9, 2017
· Walter Duggan Consolidated School – 902-396-2700 – Tuesday, February 28, 2017
· West Pictou Consolidated School – 902-485-7960 – Thursday, March 9, 2017


ENVIRONMENT CANADA SAYS STAY OFF THE ROADS TONIGHT
Saturday 7th January 2017
It looks to be a messy night tonight, as a winter storm warning is in effect, with somewhere between 30 and 40 centimetres of snow expected to fall beginning this evening. Heavy winds from the northeast will add to the problems, blowing the falling snow around and limiting visibility. Environment Canada says residents should consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. If you do have an event planned for this evening, call ahead, or perhaps consider cancelling. If you do have to be out and about tonight, give yourself extra time to get where you are going, and proceed with extreme caution.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 7 JANUARY
Saturday 7th January 2017
There were three games last night in the MHL, including a key Eastlink South Division matchup. The Truro Bearcats shut out the Yarmouth Mariners 6-0 at the Fishtank. Cameron MacLeod had 3 goals and an assist to lead the Bearcats, who have pulled to within 3 points of the Mariners for second place in the Division. The Crushers remain three points ahead of the Mariners in first place in the Division. In another battle of 2nd vs 3rd place in the Eastlink North, the third place team was victorious there as well, as Summerside beat the Miramichi Timberwolves 6-4 in Miramichi. And in Bridgewater, the South Shore Lumberjacks beat the Campbellton Tigers 4-3. The Crushers are on the road tonight, as they are scheduled to play in Amherst against the Ramblers.
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When the Weeks Major Midgets play Halifax at the Wellness Centre on Sunday at Noon, there will be a new uniform with the big C on it.  The Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League have signed G Blackmore.  He is expected to join the lineup when the Wildcats are in Halifax tonight to play the Mooseheads. Blackmore, from Millbrook, has 19 goals and 30 assists for the midgets this year, and 104 penalty minutes.
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The game between the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians and the Antigonish Bulldogs scheduled for last night at the Antigonish Arena was postponed due to the road conditions. It was due to be the first half of a home and home series. The back half of the set scheduled for tomorrow night at Trenton Arena is still set to take place. A new date for last night's game will be announced in the coming days.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers have a pair of games this weekend, starting with a road match against the Landworks Gulls Saturday night, followed by a game against the Novas at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 12:15.
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In Pee Wee B action last night, the Steelers defeated Westville 7-1. Dawson MacKay and Jake Henderson had two goals each for the Steelers, with singles from Zack MacInnis, Carter Dauphinee and Olan DeYoung. Caden MacDonald had three assists, while Jack Higdon, Ethan Elms, Michael Sponagle, Aiden Tobin, Evan Charleton, Dawson MacKay and Zack MacInnis had one assist each. Westville's goal came from Bauer Brophy, assisted by Lowell Wilson and Dylan Kelly. Carter MacLean earned the win in goal for the Steelers.
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In Atom B action yesterday, the Steelers were down 5-2, but came back to tie the game 5-5 with Pictou. Nicholas Duff had a pair of goals for the Steelers, while Derrick MacKay, Jake Maloney and Landon Martin added one each. Derrick MacKay and Ethan MacKay notched assists. Scoring for Pictou were Ryan Chapman, Leland Tobin, Patrick MacNeil, Aiden Tingley, and Ryan Galway. Blake Hensbee added an assist.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 11th 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.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Two of Canada's National Women's Hockey Teams are in action in Europe today, as one tournament wraps up, and another is set to begin. The National Women's Development Team, which is made up mostly of players under 22-year old, with some players from the senior team added to get them extra international experience, are in the Gold Medal Game of the Nations Cup in Fussen, Germany. The team is being led by Captain Jillian Saulnier of Halifax. That game will go this morning at 10:30am AT, as Canada faces Finland. Meanwhile, our National U18 Women's Team, coached by former Crushers' Head Coach Troy Ryan, opens the World U18 Women's Championships in Zlin, Czech Republic. Canada starts the tournament with a game against Sweden at 2:30pm AT.
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Toronto continued its strong play of late with a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils in one of six games on the schedule last night. The Leafs have now won six of their last seven, and earned a point in all 7 of those games. They are right back into action tonight at home against the Montreal Canadiens. One other game last night involving Canadian teams saw the Vancouver Canucks defeat the Calgary Flames 4-2. It was the first half of a home-and0home set, with the return match at the Saddledome tonight. Also today, Winnipeg will visit Buffalo, Edmonton is in New Jersey, and Ottawa hosts Washington as all seven Canadian teams are in action.
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Golden State dropped just its 6th game of the season, falling to 31-6 in a 128-119 overtime loss to Memphis at home last night. The top team in the East won again, as Cleveland beat Brooklyn 116-108 to go to 27-8, 3 games ahead of the Raptors for top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors are on the road tonight in Chicago to face the Bulls.
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The Road to the Super Bowl begins today as the playoffs begin on two fronts. In an AFC Wildcard match up the Houston Texans host the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders will be starting their third-string quarterback, after a season ending injury to starter David Carr in Week 16, and back-up Matt McGloin going down with a trapezius injury in the regular season finale. Connor Cook will be under centre for his first career NFL start. In an NFC matchup later tonight, the Detroit Lions visit the Seattle Seahawks. Detroit backed into the playoffs last week, earning their spot after Washington lost to the New York Giants.
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POLICE INVESTIGATE THEFT OF EQUIPMENT FROM CONSTRUCTION SITE
Friday 6th January 2017
A number of construction tools have been stolen from the site of a new housiong development in Cole Harbour. Halifax District RCMP are investigating the thefts that occurred sometime between 4pm Tueday and 6:30am Thursday. Police say one or more suspects entered a secured trailer on the construction site at the Loonview Lane housing development and stole thousands of doollars worth of equipment. The investigation is ongoing and is now being led by the Integrated General Investigation Section. Anyone with information is asked to contact Halifax District RCMP or Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.


MULTIPLE DEATHS IN AIRPORT SHOOTING IN FLORIDA ***BREAKING***
Friday 6th January 2017
Police are now confirming a lone shooter opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida this afternoon, killing five people and injuring eight before he was taken into custody. Limited operations had resumed at the airport, however reports are indicating that hundreds of people fled the terminal a second time, although there is no indication of an active threat. Authorities have not yet released a motive for the shooting inside Terminal 2, which serves Delta Air Lines and Air Canada. In a statement, Air Canada said all of its customers and staff at the airport were accounted for and safe. Global Affairs Canada said it was monitoring the situation and urged Canadians in the area to contact the Consulate General of Canada in Miami in the event of an emergency.


POLICE CONFIRM DEATHS AS MURDER-SUICIDE
Friday 6th January 2017
RCMP are now confirming the deaths of the four members of the Desmond family in Upper Big Tracadie earlier this week are as the result of a triple murder-suicide. Police held a press conference earlier this afternoon and reported the findings from the autopsies of the bodies of 33-year old retired corporal Lionel Desmond, 52-year old his mother, his 31-year old wife, and his 10-year old daughter. They say all four died of gunshot wounds, and that the wounds on Lionel Desmond were self-inflicted. Desmond's family say that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a 2007 tour of duty in Afghanistan as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. This incident has led to renewed public outcry for an improvement to services for veterans suffering from disabilities.


POLICE SEEK ASSISTANCE IN 1992 COLD CASE
Friday 6th January 2017
A quarter-century after an 18-year old woman went missing, police are still looking for clues and asking for help from the public in solving the case. RCMP today issued a call to the public for assistance in the 1992 disappearance and death of Andrea King. King disappeared New Year's Day in 1992 after arriving from British Columbia on a flight into Halifax Stanfield International Airport. She was reported missing three days later, and her body was found in December of that year in a wooded area in Lower Sackville near the Sackville Business Park. This homicide has been added to the Nova Scotia Reward for Major Unsolved Crimes Program, which offers up to $150,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in certain cases. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division at (902) 490-5331. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.


POLICE, FIRE DEPARTMENTS INVESTIGATING AFTER SECOND FIRE AT MARITIME STEEL
Friday 6th January 2017
For the second time in less than a week, fire crews were called to the Maritime Steel property. New Glasgow Fire Chief Doug Dort says a wooden structure inside the building was on fire near some stored chemicals, but firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze. New Glasgow Regional Police Major Crime Unit are investigating both last night's fire, and the fire set on Tuesday night, as arsons. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Glasgow Regional Police at (902) 752-1941 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


ONE WOMAN IN HOSPITAL, ONE MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER SHORT POLICE CHASE IN HFX
Friday 6th January 2017
The provincial police watchdog is investigating an early morning car crash in Halifax that sent a woman to hospital and landed a man in police custody. Halifax Regional Police say they attempted to stop a car at 3:50 a.m. on Friday. The car accelerated before hitting a power pole at the corner of Agricola and McCully streets. According to the Serious Incident Response Team, a 28-year-old female passenger was sent to the QE II Health Sciences Centre with fractures to both legs and her wrist. The male driver left the scene on foot and was picked up a short time later. Another male passenger remained in the car and suffered no serious injuries.


PUMP PRICES BASICALLY THE SAME
Friday 6th January 2017
Not much different at the pumps this week – regular self-serve is unchanged at $1.161 per litre, while diesel dipped slightly to $1.126 per litre.


NSGEU CONFIRMS TALKS HAVE BROKEN DOWN
Friday 6th January 2017
Talks between the province and the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union have reached an impasse. NSGEU president Jason MacLean said in a statement that the two sides are far apart in negotiations and they're now filing for conciliation. In December, 94% of NSGEU members rejected government's final offer of a four year deal that would see no wage increases in the first two years, with a combined 3% over the final two years. The offer would also freeze the public service award for current members, while any new members wouldn't receive it at all. Because of the nature of the work the 7,300 civil servants represented by the union provide, they're not allowed to go on strike. So if concilation talks fail, the two parties will go to arbitration.


TEACHERS & PROVINCE TO RESUME TALKS
Friday 6th January 2017
Talks between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the province are confirmed to begin again next week. Both sides have been in touch with a conciliator appointed by the provincial labour department, with Education Minister Karen Casey announcing that both sides have agreed on sitting down for three days beginning this Tuesday. NSTU president Liette Doucet says she is pleased to be returning to the table next week, and is hopeful that negotiations will be productive. The province’s teachers have been in a work-to-rule situation since early December 5.


CBU FACES POSSIBLE JOB ACTION
Friday 6th January 2017
Negotiations between Cape Breton University and its faculty association have broken down. Both sides had been working this week to avoid a potential work stoppage after a proposed deal was rejected by the university's board of governors last month. Calvin Howley, vice-president of the faculty association and a member of the negotiating team, said the impasse continues over details of Article 39, a clause which allows the university to lay off faculty members in a financial emergency or for academic reasons, if the university needs or wants to shut down a program. The association, which represents a variety of staff including librarians, research chairs and professors, has said the clause raises concerns about what would be available for students in Cape Breton. The association had accepted a proposed three-year agreement in November, but the university's 35-member board of governors voted against ratification. The board also unanimously voted to release university president David Wheeler.


CAUSE OF MASS FISH KILL MAY NEVER BE KNOWN
Friday 6th January 2017
Fisheries officials says a dramatic fish kill appears to be subsiding in southwestern Nova Scotia. They have ruled out human activity as a cause, but acknowledged it may never be known why tens of thousands of dead herring have washed ashore over the past month. Doug Wentzell, regional director of fisheries management for the Department of Fisheries, says the dozen or so fish found recently are the remnants of herring that have been washing up for the last few weeks in and around St. Marys Bay. He says tests for toxins, viruses, infections, contaminants and other possible causes have come back negative. Officials also looked at a dramatic temperature change around mid-December, about two weeks after the dead herring first appeared, and say that may explain why crabs, starfish and other sea life also began turning up dead. As well, officials say they found far more herring swimming in the area than normal during testing Wednesday.


LAWYERS SAY FEDS MUST APPOINT MORE JUDGES
Friday 6th January 2017
Lawyers from across the country are renewing calls for Ottawa to speed up judicial appointments to lessen delays they say are crippling Canada's justice system. The Canadian Bar Association has written a letter to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould saying the shortage of judges is contributing to an "acute access to justice problem in Canada." There were 43 vacancies for federally appointed judges as of the beginning of December, and there are another 12 slated to resign or retire by mid-February. The issue of judge shortages and other factors that cause delays in the justice system was thrown in the spotlight last year with a Supreme Court ruling that put a limit on the time a case must reach trial. The landmark R. v. Jordan ruling imposes a deadline of 18 months for provincial court cases, or 30 months in a Superior Court, to uphold an accused person's Charter right to a trial without unreasonable delays. At least two murder cases were thrown out after the decision. 


TRUMP SAYS "SCRAM" TO AMERICAN AMBASSADORS
Friday 6th January 2017
An American ambassador has confirmed that president-elect Donald Trump's transition team wants all ambassadors appointed by President Barack Obama to leave their posts by Inauguration Day. U.S. ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert said the mandate was issued "without exceptions" through an order sent in a State Department cable on December 23. He was confirming a report in the New York Times, which quoted diplomatic sources as saying previous U.S. administrations, from both major political parties, have traditionally granted extensions to allow a few ambassadors, particularly those with school-age children, to remain in place for weeks or months. The order threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain, the New York Times reported. It has happened in Canada before; in fact, it happened the last time there was a change in administration between Republicans and Democrats. A senior Trump transition official told the newspaper there was no ill will in the move, describing it as a simple matter of ensuring Obama's overseas envoys leave the government on schedule, just as thousands of political aides at the White House and in federal agencies must do.


THE END OF RADIO AS WE KNOW IT? NORWAY 1ST COUNTRY TO DISCONTINUE FM
Friday 6th January 2017
Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a risky and unpopular leap to digital technology that will be closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow suit. Critics say the government is rushing the move and many people may miss warnings on emergencies that have until now been broadcast via radio. Of particular concern are the two million cars on Norway's roads that are not equipped with digital audio broadcasting (DAB) receivers. Sixty-six per cent of Norwegians oppose switching off FM, according to an opinion poll published by a daily newspaper last month. Nevertheless, parliament gave the final go-ahead for the move last month, swayed by the fact that digital networks have clearer sound and can carry more radio channels. Switzerland plans a similar shift from 2020, and the U.K. and Denmark are among those also considering such a switch. A smooth transition to DAB, which is already beamed across Norway, could encourage these countries to move ahead.


SPORTS JANUARY 6 *UPDATED 10:35 AM*
Friday 6th January 2017
The Weeks Junior A Crushers got back to work staying at the top of the Eastlink South division. They scored the first six goals at the Wellness Centre on the way to an 8-1 thrashing of the Valley Wildcats. Scoring for the Crushers were Jacob Hickey with 2, with singles from Nick Fewer, Alex Bonaparte, Alexis Roy, Benji Curtis, Keven Larouche, and Nathan Sanderson. The Crushers head to Amherst to play the Ramblers Saturday night.
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When the Weeks Major Midgets play Halifax at the Wellness Centre on Sunday at Noon, there will be a new uniform with the big C on it.  The Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League have signed G Blackmore.  He is expected to join the lineup when the Wildcats are in Halifax tonight to play the Mooseheads. Blackmore, from Millbrook, has 19 goals and 30 assists for the midgets this year, and 104 penalty minutes.
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In the NSJHL, the Pictou County Scotians are in Antigonish tonight at 7:30pm for the start of a home and home with the Bulldogs. The Scotians' half of the series will be in Trenton Sunday night at 7.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers have a pair of games this weekend, starting with a road match against the Landworks Gulls Saturday night, followed by a game against the Novas at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 12:15.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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Pictou County Athletics Trailblazers program begins today at the Indoor Soccer Facility from 4pm to 5:30. This is the second year for this program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This is a competitive program that competes in indoor and outdoor competitions throughout the Maritime provinces. See the website for team registration details - pictoucountyathletics.com  Any questions email Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 11th 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.ca


FREDERICTON POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH THEFT AND FRAUD
Thursday 5th January 2017
A member of the Fredericton Police Force has been charged with theft and fraud over allegations of wringdoing while he was the treasurer of the New Brunswick Police Association. The charges allege that 38-year old Constable Michael Cook defrauded the Association and stole over 5-thousand dollars over a roughly two-and-a-half year period between late 2012 and early 2015. RCMP laid the two charges against Cook in Fredericton provincial court on Thursday. The investigation was launched following an allegation of misappropriation of funds. Cook, who has been suspended by the Fredericton Police Force, did not attend court. He is scheduled to appear early next month.


FISH KILL INVESTIGATION LEADS TO NO APPARENT CAUSE
Thursday 5th January 2017
The latest update from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans earlier today regarding the fish kill in the St. Mary's Bay area says all tests have come back, and furthermore they have all come back negative. DFO officials say there is nothing odd about the sea life that washed ashore in recent weeks, and there are no discernible human causes. They went on to say that fish living in the bay are safe to eat.


MONCTON POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN ARMED ROBBERY
Thursday 5th January 2017
Police in Moncton are looking for a woman suspected of holding up a convenience store last night. Codiac Regional RCMP say the woman was wearing a bandana over her face when she went into the store around 10:30pm last night. She was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police do not have any suspects in the cas but the woman is described as being five feet five inches tall, with a heavy build. She was wearing a black jacket, black hoodie and burgundy tights. Anyone with any information is asked to call Codiac Regional RCMP at 506-857-2400, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2220-TIPS (8477).


WOMAN ACCUSED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY AFTER TAKING PUPPIES TAILS OFF
Thursday 5th January 2017
A 35-year old St. Margaret's Bay woman is facing charges of wilfully causing unnecessary suffering or injury to puppies. Candice Burneau was charged after she allegedly used rubber bands to cut off circulation to their tails as a way of making the tails eventually fall off. The practice has been banned in Nova Scotia since 2010. Burneau is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court in early March to answer to the charge.


KINGS COUNTY POLICE SEEK MISSING SENIOR
Thursday 5th January 2017
RCMP in Kings County are looking for help from the public in finding a missing 62-year old man. Police say James Bell left his home in Morristown around lunchtime yesterday. They say he was given a drive to Berwick and was last seen walking in Berwick about an hour later. Police say that he has not been seen since, and they are concerned for his safety. Ground search and rescue crews, as well as an RCMP helicopter, are assisting in the search efforts. Bell is described as a white male with white hair and a clean-shaven face. He is five-foot-ten inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red toque, dark-coloured jacket and camouflage-coloured boots. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


WITH NEW PROGRAM, LIBRARIES OPENING DOORS TO NEWCOMERS
Thursday 5th January 2017
Local libraries have long been known for more than books, and next week they'll be officially recognized for another important role in the community. Libraries in Pictou and Antigonish counties will also become Newcomer Welcome Centres. The initiative is a partnership between the Pictou County and Antigonish Chambers of Commerce as well as the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, with support from numerous community groups and businesses. Welcome packages will be available in various languages, encouraging newcomers to visit their nearest library for referral to local community services. There is also an online language training tool and a website that provides community information and resources to newcomers, accessed through PARL’s website. Inspiration for the program came following a visit and presentation from Immigration Minister Lena Diab. The official launch of Newcomer Welcome Centres will be this Tuesday at 1:00pm in the New Glasgow Library.


MILITARY OMBUDSMAN WANTS MORE SUPPORT FOR INJURED SOLDIERS
Thursday 5th January 2017
Canada’s military watchdog urged Ottawa to do more for soldiers forced out of the Canadian Forces for medical reasons following the news out of Upper Big Tracadie. Ombudsman Gary Walbourne wants Ottawa to ensure injured military personnel have all the necessary benefits and supports in place before they are forced to turn in their uniforms — recommendations he made back in the fall. Some 18 military personnel took their own lives in 2015, many of whom had sought some type of mental-health treatment shortly before their deaths. The Canadian Forces and Veterans Affairs have opened specialized clinics, hired more staff and cut red tape in recent years to provide better care and support as more and more military personnel have come forward seeking help for PTSD and other disorders. Walbourne said 60 per cent of the complaints his office receives from current and retired military personnel each year relate to the process for leaving the Forces.


FAMILY SAYS TRACADIE MAN SOUGHT HELP FOR PTSD
Thursday 5th January 2017
A Guysborough County community is in mourning after the discovery of four family members dead in a home in Upper Big Tracadie. A National Defence source identified the husband as 33 year old retired corporal Lionel Desmond who served with the Second Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment in CFB Gagetown, and who family members said suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. The other victims were his wife, 31 year old Shanna Desmond, their 10-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, and Lionel Desmond’s mother, 52 year old Brenda Desmond. RCMP Major Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation of the deaths. Two weapons were found in the home and a search of the residence continues. Family members have told Canadian Press that Lionel was diagnosed with PTSD after returning home from Afghanistan, and had recently tried to check himself into a mental health unit at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish and was told there were no beds. Autopsies are expected to take place this week.


SENTENCING FOR MAN IN SECOND-DEGREE MURDER VERDICT DELAYED UNTIL MARCH
Thursday 5th January 2017
A Halifax man convicted in the killing of Ryan White will have to wait until March to find out how long he must stay in prison before being eligible for parole. Kale Gabriel was found guilty last February of second-degree murder for fatally shooting White in Mulgrave Park in north-end Halifax in July 2010. The conviction carries an automatic life sentence. Sentencing was delayed in May after his lawyers requested a cultural assessment to determine how circumstances related to Gabriel's African Nova Scotian background led to his criminal action. The Crown argued Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court that Gabriel should serve a minimum of 15 years in prison before he can apply for parole. Gabriel's lawyer argued for the minimum under the Criminal Code — 10 years. Justice Jamie Campbell reserved his decision on sentencing until March.


AS TEACHERS WORK TO RULE, UNIVERSITIES MAY RELAX APPLICATION REQUIREMENT OF LETTER OF REFERENCE
Thursday 5th January 2017
As the province's teachers continue their work-to-rule campaign, some Maritime universities and colleges are reconsidering a key requirement for high school students applying for scholarships and programs. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union has advised its members not to write reference letters for graduating students. Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax is one of several post-secondary institutions considering a change of the rules.  The committee that oversees scholarships at MSVU will meet soon to discuss whether to waive a required academic letter of reference for Nova Scotia students if the contract dispute between the NSTU and the government continues. The teachers' union is standing behind its recommendation that members should not write reference letters.


LOTTERY CORP FACING CLASS ACTION OVER VLT'S
Thursday 5th January 2017
A Newfoundland judge has certified a class action lawsuit against the Atlantic Lottery Corporation that alleges VLT line games are designed to deceive players. The class action involves an estimated 30,000 players of line games on video lottery terminals in Newfoundland and Labrador. Ches Crosbie, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the Atlantic Lottery Corporation deceptively generates tens of millions of dollars from VLTs every year. In a 52-page decision, Justice Alphonsus Faour of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador said he is persuaded that a class action is a workable way of dealing with the case. Crosbie said VLTs cause more than twice the rate of problematic gambling compared to other forms of legalized gambling. However, he said most of the plaintiffs aren’t looking for money, but rather a change in policy around VLTs.


TORY LEADERSHIP RIVALS TAKING TO THE INTERNET
Thursday 5th January 2017
Conservative leadership candidate Lisa Raitt waged a frontal assault against potential rival Kevin O'Leary on Wednesday, accusing him of using Donald Trump-style tactics and theatrics that would kill any chance of the party's return to power. Raitt, a former cabinet minister under Stephen Harper, held a news conference to officially launch her new website www.StopKevinOLeary.com, a pre-emptive strike against the businessman and reality show celebrity who has not yet officially entered the race. She also took aim at fellow contender Kellie Leitch for ripping from the president-elect's playbook and pinning the country's problems on immigrants. Raitt is the latest in a string of candidates who have lashed out at O'Leary. On Tuesday, Andrew Scheer called on him to "fish or cut bait," and make a decision on whether to run before the Jan. 17 French language debate in Quebec City. O'Leary, who does not speak French, has tasked an "exploratory" team and launched his own website to drum up public support. There are now 13 contenders in the race. The winner will be declared May 27.


SPORTS JANUARY 5
Thursday 5th January 2017
The Maritime Hockey League resumes tonight with the Weeks Jr. A Crushers hosting the Valley Wildcats. Game time at the Wellness Centre on Thursday night, as usual, will be 7pm. The Crushers will have a new look to the lineup, as they acquired defenseman Nick Phillips from Campbellton for a pair of draft picks. They also sent the rights to Alex Bishop to Summerside for the rights to Nathan Sanderson.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League - Thursday night games at the Thorburn Rink cancelled.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a number of fundraisers on the go.
A Nathan MacKinnon Team North America young guns Jersey, signed by Nathan, is being raffled once all 60 tickets on the jersey are sold. Tickets are $20 each. For tickets contact 902-396-7929 or Anthony_conway@ajg.com.
On January 20th at 7PM, a local Pictou County Theatre Group is performing the comedy "It's Not Just a Game: The Hockey Monologues” Tickets $20 and are available at 902-396-7929 or by e-mailing Anthony_conway@ajg.com or from any Weeks Player.
Super 50/50 tickets are on sale from any Crusher or Major Midget players, call 902-396-7929 or e-mail anthony_conway@ajg.com. Tickets are 1 for $5 , 3 for $10, or 10 for $20. Draw will take place on January 20th during the intermission at the play.
Weeks Hockey On Line silent auction: items are on display at the Weeks Major Midget auction page on Facebook. There will also be a booth at Crusher home games to take bids. Auction concludes January 19th at 10 PM.
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Pictou County Athletics' Masters Team begins training this week. The program is open to anyone 35 or older. The cost for registration is $175.00 for the year., including Athletics Nova Scotia membership and a Pictou County Athletics team singlet. You can register and pay your fee on the first day, Friday 6 January.  Masters athletes can compete at any indoor and outdoor track and field meet they want. The hope is they will choose to compete at the Atlantic Outdoor Championships in the summer, hosted by Pictou County Athletics. Training days are Fridays from 3:15pm - 5:30pm at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex, and Sundays from 2:00pm - 3:30pm at the North Nova Education Center Gymnasium. For more information, contact Deelle Hines at motherandfitness@hotmail.com.
Pictou County Athletics 13+ program begins their 2017 season on Wednesday, Jan. 4th at the Wellness Centre from 7:30 to 9:30( come ready for a workout ) . Registration for the season begins at on that same night from 7pm to 8:30. This is the sixth season for the team which is has won Provincial and Atlantic Team titles  the past two seasons. The team will also host the 2017 Atlantic Championships this summer. Please view the website for team registration details - pictoucountyathletics.com Also the PCA Trailblazers program begins Friday, jan. 6th at the Indoor Soccer Facility from 4pm to 5:30. This is the second year for this program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This is a competitive program that competes in indoor and outdoor competitions throughout the Maritime provinces. See the website for team registration details - pictoucountyathletics.com  Any questions email Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 11th 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.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship Semifinals
When Connor Ingram gave up two goals on his first three shots, Carter Hart was thrust into the action and stopped all 28 shots he faced as Canada defeated Sweden 5-2 in their semifinal Wednesday night. Coach Dominique Ducharme, who doesn't usually say in advance who will play in goal, confirmed that Hart will be back in the net when Canada faces the United States in the gold-medal game on Thursday night. Sweden will face Russia for the bronze medal.
United States 4 Russia 3 (SO)
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NHL
Ryan Miller made 22 saves and the Vancouver Canucks earned their first shutout of the season with a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
Max Pacioretty's second goal of the game, on a breakaway 19 seconds into overtime, lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.
Winnipeg 4 Florida 1
N.Y. Rangers 5 Philadelphia 2
Calgary 4 Colorado 1
Anaheim 2 Detroit 0

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Milt Schmidt, the hockey hall of famer who led Boston to two Stanley Cup championships as the centre of the "Kraut Line," served Canada in World War II and returned to the NHL to win its MVP award and two more titles as the Bruins general manager, has died, Bruins spokesman Matt Chmura said Wednesday. He was 98 and he had been the oldest living NHL player. No other details were immediately available about Schmidt's death. Schmidt is the only Bruin in franchise history to serve as on-ice captain, coach and general manager. His Boston teams won the Stanley Cup in 1939 and in '41, and when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force two months after the Pearl Harbor attack along with linemates Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer, they were carried off the ice on the shoulders of the archrival Montreal Canadiens. Schmidt was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961. The Bruins retired his No. 15 in 1980. At the age of 98, he was back in the new Boston Garden on opening night of the 2016-17 season, when the team celebrated the 80th anniversary of his first game and the 50th anniversary of Bobby Orr's debut.
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NBA
Atlanta 111 Orlando 92
Charlotte 123 Oklahoma City 112
Milwaukee 105 New York 104
Chicago 106 Cleveland 94
L.A. Clippers 115 Memphis 106
Miami 107 Sacramento 102
Golden State 125 Portland 117


POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY IN GLACE BAY
Wednesday 4th January 2017
An armed robbery at the Caledonia Club late yesterday afternoon in Glace Bay is under investigation by Cape Breton Regional Police. Police say that two men wearing masks that covered the lower half of their face went into the club around 5:45pm yesterday. A female employee of the club reported to police that the two suspects demanded money, grabbed the cash box and ran away. The woman was not injured in the incident. Police used the K-9 unit in an attempt to track down the suspects, but were unable to do so. Police have not said what type of weapon was used. One man is described as having wavy brown hair sticking out by his ears, and is about 5-8" tall and 150 pounds.  No description is available for the second suspect. Police ask that anyone who saw or heard anything in the area at that time, or who has any information about the incident or the suspects, to contact police at 902-563-5151 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers.


HALIFAX SCHOOL EVACUATED IN RESPONSE TO BOMB THREAT ***UPDATED 2:55PM***
Wednesday 4th January 2017
A school in Halifax was evacuated today in response to a bomb threat. Park West School had to be evacuated, and all students and staff were taken to the Canada Games Arena. Halifax Regional Police confirm that they received a call shortly before 12:30pm this afternoon from a staff member at the P-9 school. Police say the staff member reported that a threatening phone call was received at the school from an anonymous source. Officers gave the all-clear about two hours after they arrived on the scene, although the roughly 770 students who attend the school had been previously sent home. Classes are expected to resume as normal tomorrow. 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 at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.


THE PROVINCES WANT TO RESUME HEALTHCARE TALKS WITH OTTAWA
Wednesday 4th January 2017
The ten provincial and territorial governments that have not signed deals with Ottawa over health care funding have sent a joint letter hoping for a resolution to their dispute. The letter calls for a first ministers meeting on health and greater increases to the Canada Health Transfer than what was offered at the finance ministers meeting in mid-December. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador all signed bilateral health deals with Ottawa, which allow for health transfers at a rate of three per cent annually, or the rate of growth of nominal GDP — whichever is greater. The deals also included tens of millions of dollars for mental health and home care services. There is also a clause that would allow those provinces to get in on any better deal negotiated by the remaining provinces or territories. The provinces and territories still negotiating say the Canada Health Transfer should increase by 5.2 per cent annually. When they tabled the proposal in December, Ottawa's counter-offer was a 3.5 per cent annual increase to the transfer. The Prime Minister's Office said there is no plan to hold a first ministers meeting in the new year.


NO DATES YET FOR TEACHER TALKS
Wednesday 4th January 2017
While the school year has resumed, there's no word on when teachers and the province go back to the bargaining table. Talks between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the province to settle their ongoing labour dispute are expected to begin again soon, but exactly when is unknown. Until talks resume, the teachers will continue work-to-rule. That means school sports teams continue to sit on the sidelines, waiting to start or complete their seasons. The province's 9,000 public school teachers have been working to rule since early December, when schools across the province were shut down for a day citing safety concerns from the Premier and the Minister of Education as students, parents and teachers took to the streets.


FIRE AT MARITIME STEEL
Wednesday 4th January 2017
Two fire departments quickly responded to a fire at Maritime Steel Tuesday night. Around 10:45pm, the New Glasgow and Trenton departments were called to the scene where heavy smoke was coming from the building. New Glasgow Deputy Fire Chief Ross White tells NG News that firefighters quickly extinguished flames at the front of the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


VETERAN AND HIS FAMILY DEAD IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE UPPER BIG TRACADIE *UPDATED 2:45 PM*
Wednesday 4th January 2017
RCMP held a press-conference in Antigonish this afternoon to provide an update on the ongoing investigation in to the deaths of four people in Upper Big Tracadie last night. Citing privacy concerns, police would not identify the four people killed. Police have confirmed that the 33-year old man, identified by family members as Lionel Desmond, died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The other three victims have been identified as his 31-year old wife Shanna Desmond, their 10-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, and 52-year old Brenda Desmond, who was Lionel's mother. An autopsy is scheduled to take place to confirm cause of death, although preliminary indications are that all four people suffered guunshot wounds. Shanna Desmond's aunt, Catherine Hartling, told CBC News that Lionel Desmond served with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan and had been seeking treatment for PTSD since leaving the military in 2015.


IMMIGRATION MINISTER'S HUSBAND CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Wednesday 4th January 2017
The husband of Nova Scotia's immigration minister has been charged with assault. Halifax police say 58-year-old Maroun Diab was arrested early New Year's Day after getting a call shortly before midnight from Immigration Minister Lena Diab's family home in Halifax. They say Maroun Diab was in Halifax provincial court Tuesday on charges of assault, overcoming resistance to commission of offence (choking) and three counts of uttering threats. Police refused to confirm a CBC report that Lena Diab was one of the alleged victims. The CBC said Lena Diab was named in court information. A 51-year-old woman said she was assaulted by a man she knew, and that he left the house in a vehicle. They said Maroun Diab was arrested about 35 minutes later at a traffic stop.


MORE ARRESTS POSSIBLE AFTER HALIFAX MARIJUANA DISPENSARY RAID
Wednesday 4th January 2017
Halifax police aren’t ruling out more charges after a Halifax marijuana dispensary re-opened following a raid last week. Four people were arrested when Auntie’s Health and Wellness Centre was raided Friday, but a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday the store has opened again. Halifax police Const. Dianne Penfound said they received a number of complaints about Auntie’s prior to last week’s raid and were “obliged” to investigate. Now that it has re-opened, she said, they are monitoring the business and the investigation is ongoing. Shirley Martineau, the 66-year-old owner of the store, and three men were charged with possession of marijuana and cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking. She also faces an additional charge of cultivation of marijuana. Officers seized a quantity of both marijuana and cannabis resin.


ACCUSED GLACE BAY MURDERER LOSES REPRESENTATION
Wednesday 4th January 2017
A Glace Bay man charged with second-degree murder in the death of Laura Jessome is again without a lawyer. Michelle James had represented Thomas Ted Barrett, 41, for less than a month. On Tuesday, James told Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Frank Edwards an ethics committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society deemed her representation inappropriate because a fellow lawyer at her Dartmouth firm represented Barrett's co-accused, Morgan McNeil. McNeil pleaded guilty last September to manslaughter in the 2012 death of Jessome.  Barrett's three-week trial is set to begin May 1 in Sydney. Setting a trial date has already been delayed several times while he attempted to get a lawyer last year. Edwards agreed a lawyer for Barrett was a priority. Megan Longley, executive director of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, told the judge a lawyer in the Annapolis Valley will consider accepting a retainer. Longley said the lawyer, who was not named, will contact Barrett and discuss the case with him. Barrett will be back in court in two weeks for a status report.


PROVINCE WAIVING G.E.D. FEE
Wednesday 4th January 2017
The province is waiving the fee for those taking the General Education Diploma (GED) test. The move, retroactive to January 1st, was announced in October's Speech from the Throne. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan says nearly 550 Nova Scotians who didn't graduate high school earned their GED last year. Previously, the cost per GED test was $16 U.S. with the province paying $6 and the test writer paying $10. For people who wrote all five tests, the cost was $50 U.S. Government also says participants can register with the adult education system to get help preparing for the test, which could include developing a learning plan or job plan.


FREE PASS TO CANADA'S PARKS PROVES POPULAR
Wednesday 4th January 2017
Parks Canada is expecting a busy year, as more than 900,000 people ordered free passes to national parks since they became available as part of Canada's year-long 150th anniversary celebration. Parks Canada spokesman Ed Jager says the number of maintenance crews have been increased to ensure facilities will be kept in top shape. Parks Canada is also trying to take some heat off of more popular parks by promoting other, less-visited destinations.


SPORTS JANUARY 4
Wednesday 4th January 2017
The Maritime Hockey League resumes play after the Christmas Break this Thursday with the Weeks Jr. A Crushers hosting the Valley Wildcats. Game time at the Wellness Centre on Thursday night, as usual, will be 7pm. The Crushers will have a new look to the lineup, as a pair of trades were announced yesterday. The Crushers acquired defenseman Nick Phillips from Campbellton for a pair of draft picks. They also sent the rights to Alex Bishop to Summerside for the rights to Nathan Sanderson.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a number of fundraisers on the go.
A Nathan MacKinnon Team North America young guns Jersey, signed by Nathan, is being raffled once all 60 tickets on the jersey are sold. Tickets are $20 each. For tickets contact 902-396-7929 or Anthony_conway@ajg.com.
On January 20th at 7PM, a local Pictou County Theatre Group is performing the comedy "It's Not Just a Game: The Hockey Monologues” Tickets $20 and are available at 902-396-7929 or by e-mailing Anthony_conway@ajg.com or from any Weeks Player.
Super 50/50 tickets are on sale from any Crusher or Major Midget players, call 902-396-7929 or e-mail anthony_conway@ajg.com. Tickets are 1 for $5 , 3 for $10, or 10 for $20. Draw will take place on January 20th during the intermission at the play.
Weeks Hockey On Line silent auction: items are on display at the Weeks Major Midget auction page on Facebook. There will also be a booth at Crusher home games to take bids. Auction concludes January 19th at 10 PM.
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Pictou County Athletics' Masters Team begins training next month. The program is open to anyone 35 or older. The cost for registration is $175.00 for the year., including Athletics Nova Scotia membership and a Pictou County Athletics team singlet. You can register and pay your fee on the first day, Friday 6 January.  Masters athletes can compete at any indoor and outdoor track and field meet they want. The hope is they will choose to compete at the Atlantic Outdoor Championships in the summer, hosted by Pictou County Athletics. Training days are Fridays from 3:15pm - 5:30pm at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex, and Sundays from 2:00pm - 3:30pm at the North Nova Education Center Gymnasium. For more information, contact Deelle Hines at motherandfitness@hotmail.com.
Pictou County Athletics 13+ program begins their 2017 season on Wednesday, Jan. 4th at the Wellness Centre from 7:30 to 9:30( come ready for a workout ) . Registration for the season begins at on that same night from 7pm to 8:30. This is the sixth season for the team which is has won Provincial and Atlantic Team titles  the past two seasons. The team will also host the 2017 Atlantic Championships this summer. Please view the website for team registration details - pictoucountyathletics.com Also the PCA Trailblazers program begins Friday, jan. 6th at the Indoor Soccer Facility from 4pm to 5:30. This is the second year for this program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This is a competitive program that competes in indoor and outdoor competitions throughout the Maritime provinces. See the website for team registration details - pictoucountyathletics.com  Any questions email Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 11th 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.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship - Relegation Round
Finland 4 Latvia 1
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NHL
Shea Weber scored in the third period of his return to Nashville and Max Pacioretty had a goal late in overtime, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Predators 2-1.
Alex Ovechkin scored 22 seconds into overtime and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Maple Leafs 6-5 and end Toronto's winning streak at five.
Cam Atkinson and William Karlsson scored power-play goals and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 to extend their winning streak to 16 games — one away from the longest ever in the NHL.
Winnipeg 6 Tampa Bay 4
Buffalo 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
New Jersey 3 Carolina 1
Los Angeles 2 San Jose 1 (OT)

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NBA
Kawhi Leonard had 25 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 and the San Antonio Spurs beat Toronto 110-82, holding the Raptors to their lowest score of the season.
Philadelphia 93 Minnesota 91
Boston 115 Utah 104
Indiana 121 Detroit 116
Dallas 113 Washington 105
Phoenix 99 Miami 90
Sacramento 120 Denver 113
L.A. Lakers 116 Memphis 102


POLICE ASK FOR HELP FINDING MISSING TEEN
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Halifax Regional Police are asking for help in locating a missing 16-year old girl who has not been seen in nearly a month. Merissa Purdy was last seen in the area of Gottingen and Brunswick streets on the afternoon of 9 December. She was not reported missing to police until yesterday. Police say there is no information to suggest Purdy has met with foul play, but they are concerned for her well-being. Purdy is described as an indigenous female with medium-length red hair and hazel eyes. She is five-foot-three inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds. Anyone with information on Purdy’s whereabouts is asked to contact police.


WORK-TO-RULE CONTINUES AS STUDENTS GO BACK TO SCHOOL
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Teachers and students are back in the classroom today, and the work-to-rule is still going as representatives for the province and the 9300 classroom teachers, specialists, administrators, speech language pathologists, school counsellors and school psychologists have not met since before the Christmas break. An Education Department spokeswoman said the conciliator who met with the two sides is looking for dates to resume talks early this month. Classroom working conditions remain a major stumbling block. The teachers want improved conditions to be part of the contract while the government argues that it will allot $10 million each year to improve conditions and that improved working and learning conditions will be hammered out by a tripartite advisory committee, but not included in the contract negotiations themselves.


CANADIAN VICTIM IN TURKISH NIGHTCLUB ATTACK IDENTIFIED
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
The Canadian killed in an attack on a Turkish nightclub during New Year's celebrations is being reported to be 39-year old Alaa Al-Muhandis. Al-Muhandis is a mother of two from Milton, Ontario. Late on New Year's Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that one Canadian was among the 39 people killed in the attack, being claimed by Islamic State militants as revenge for Turkish military operations against the group in northern Syria. Then yesterday, Conservative leadership candidate and Milton MP Lisa Raitt expressed condolences to Al-Muhandis's family and neighbours in a Facebook post.


HALIFAX POLICE INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE ARSON
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
A fire last night in a home in Halifax is being investigated as suspicious. Firefighters responded to a call of a house fire around 11:30 last night on Chebucto Road. Halifax Regional Police are reporting that an unknown man drove up to the house in a white sedan and threw an incendiary device at the home before driving off. The Canadian Red Cross says a couple and their two children were able to escape the fire unharmed, and a tenant living in the upper floor of the house was not in the building at the time of the incident. They house was heavily damaged, and arson investigators are on the scene looking for evidence. Anyone with information in asked to contact police at 902-490-5020 or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers.


CARDY STEPS DOWN, CONTEMPLATES RETURN DAY LATER
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
It has already been a tumultuous 2017 for Dominic Cardy. On New Year's Day, Cardy announced that he was stepping down as leader of the New Brunswick New Democrats. Twenty-four hours later, Cardy told CBC News that he was contemplating a return to politics, but crossing the floor to join the provincial Conservatives. Cardy says he had been considering leaving the NDP for the past six months, and the selection of Blaine Higgs as the new Conservative leader made that decision easier. Cardy says he could consider joining the Conservatives before the next provincial election.


OLAND CASE RETURNS TO COURT TODAY
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
A court appearance is scheduled for today for Dennis Oland, where it is possible that dates will be set for a new trial in the 2011 death of his businessman father, Richard Oland. The younger Oland was convicted in 2015 of second-degree murder, but that conviction was overturned by the New Brunswick Court of Appeal in October. The appeal court ruled the trial judge erred in his instructions to the jury, and a new trial was ordered. Crown prosecutors have three options at this point. They may look to set dates for a retrial, opt not to pursue the case any further, or take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada to look to have the New Brunswick Court of Appeal decision re-examined. The elder Oland was bludgeoned to death in his office in July 2011. No murder weapon was ever found.


WINDSOR BUSINESSES CLOSED WHILE ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
A strong smell of furnace oil emanating through four businesses in downtown Windsor yesterday resulted in representatives from the Environment Department coming in to investigate. Paramedics and fire crews attended to the businesses in the Avonian Place building on Water Street in response to reports that some people were feeling sick from the odour. Deputy Fire Chief Jamie Juteau says this is not the first time crews have responded to reports of the smell, as a similar incident was reported last week at a bookstore, but it had dissipated by the time fire crews arrived. Juteau said the Environment Department has better technology to locate the source of the smell. The Environment Department said it hopes to have an update on the situation later today. Three of the four businesses in the building are remaining closed until further notice.


LOCAL BUSINESS SEVERELY DAMAGED IN BLAZE
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Ideal Car Care on Westville Road was extensively damaged by fire last night. Six fire departments responded to the scene of the fire around 7:15 yesterday evening. Alma Fire Chief Roger MacLeod reported to New Glasgow News that the fire started in a vehicle that was inside the shop. Although the specific cause has yet to be determined, MacLeod says he believes that someone was working on the vehicle at the time. There is no indication that there were any injuries as a result of the blaze.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 03 JANUARY
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
The Pictou County Atom A Crushers came home with Silver at the recent Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament held December 28-29th.  Game MVPs were Chris Jordan, Carson Moore, Lucas MacDonald, and Brett Butler. Scoring points for the Crushers were Lucas MacDonald (5), Caden Hawes/Jack MacNeil/Kaleb MacEachern/Josh McDonald, Cameron Pitts/Carson Moore and Cole A. Miller with two points each, and Cale Cameron (1). John Mason and Josh MacDonald stood tall in nets for the Crushers.
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The Maritime Hockey League resumes play after the Christmas Break this Thursday with the Weeks Jr. A Crushers hosting the Valley Wildcats. Game time at the Wellness Centre on Thursday night, as usual, will be 7pm. The Crushers will have a new look to the lineup, as a pair of trades were announced yesterday. The Crushers acquired defenseman Nick Phillips from Campbellton for a pair of draft picks. They also sent the rights to Alex Bishop to Summerside for the rights to Nathan Sanderson.
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Other news involving the Crushers, the MHL announced the 3 stars for December yesterday, and Michael Dill was named third star of the month. In four games, Dill scored four goals and six assists, helping propel the Crushers to top spot in the MHL overall standings. The second year MHLer ended 2016 on an eight game point streak, including a four point effort against the Commandos in Dieppe on December 4th and a three point game at home against the Truro Bearcats on the 8th. Last year’s MHL Rookie of the Year, Dill currently sits third in league scoring with 48 points in 28 games.
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There are two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League., starting at 8pm in Stellarton, where C.F. Construction plays against Connor's Transfer, meanwhile at 9pm in Pictou, it will be CorNova Contracting  vs  Durham Bucks. The game scheduled for Wednesday in Stellarton has been cancelled.
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The NSJHL resumed last night with one game involving a pair of Fred Fox Division Rivals. The Sackville Blazers hosted the Brookfield Elks, and took advantage of the home ice, skating to an 8-5 victory. The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are back in action Friday in Antigonish.
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After a 6-4 win over Cape Breton last Friday, the Weeks Major Midgets are off until Sunday afternoon when they host the Halifax McDonalds.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a number of fundraisers on the go.
A Nathan MacKinnon Team North America young guns Jersey, signed by Nathan, is being raffled once all 60 tickets on the jersey are sold. Tickets are $20 each. For tickets contact 902-396-7929 or Anthony_conway@ajg.com.
On January 20th at 7PM, a local Pictou County Theatre Group is performing the comedy "It's Not Just a Game: The Hockey Monologues” Tickets $20 and are available at 902-396-7929 or by e-mailing Anthony_conway@ajg.com or from any Weeks Player.
Super 50/50 tickets are on sale from any Crusher or Major Midget players, call 902-396-7929 or e-mail anthony_conway@ajg.com. Tickets are 1 for $5 , 3 for $10, or 10 for $20. Draw will take place on January 20th during the intermission at the play.
Weeks Hockey On Line silent auction: items are on display at the Weeks Major Midget auction page on Facebook. There will also be a booth at Crusher home games to take bids. Auction concludes January 19th at 10 PM.
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Pictou County Athletics' Masters Team begins training next month. The program is open to anyone 35 or older. The cost for registration is $175.00 for the year., including Athletics Nova Scotia membership and a Pictou County Athletics team singlet. You can register and pay your fee on the first day, Friday 6 January.  Masters athletes can compete at any indoor and outdoor track and field meet they want. The hope is they will choose to compete at the Atlantic Outdoor Championships in the summer, hosted by Pictou County Athletics. Training days are Fridays from 3:15pm - 5:30pm at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex, and Sundays from 2:00pm - 3:30pm at the North Nova Education Center Gymnasium. For more information, contact Deelle Hines at motherandfitness@hotmail.com. Pictou County Athletics 13+ program begins their 2017 season on Wednesday, Jan. 4th at the Wellness Centre from 7:30 to 9:30( come ready for a workout ) . Registration for the season begins at on that same night from 7pm to 8:30. This is the sixth season for the team which is has won Provincial and Atlantic Team titles  the past two seasons. The team will also host the 2017 Atlantic Championships this summer. Please view the website for team registration details - pictoucountyathletics.com Also the PCA Trailblazers program begins Friday, jan. 6th at the Indoor Soccer Facility from 4pm to 5:30. This is the second year for this program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This is a competitive program that competes in indoor and outdoor competitions throughout the Maritime provinces. See the website for team registration details - pictoucountyathletics.com  Any questions email Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It will be some familiar faces in the semi-finals of the World Junior Hockey Championships in Montreal tomorrow, after yesterday's quarter-finals. Canada did not overwhelm, but did enough to earn the 5-3 win over the Czech Republic. They will face Sweden after the Swedes dominated Slovakia 8-3. The other semi-final will feature Russia and the United States, as Russia beat Denmark 4-0, and the Americans eked past the Swiss 3-2. In the last ten World Junior Championships, these four countries have a combined 27 of the 30 medals.
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St. Louis sent their home fans home cold, but happy at the NHL Winter Classic yesterday at Busch Stadium. The Blues beat Chicago 4-1 on the ice outside at the home of Major League Baseball's Cardinals. There were two other NHL games yesterday as well. New Jersey shut out Boston 3-0, and Vancouver got past Colorado 3-2.
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The Rose Bowl Classic lived up to its name yesterday, as the USC Trojans and Penn State Nitanny Lions combined for over 100 points and over 1000 total yards of offense in a thriller that was eventually won by USC 52-49, including the game winning field goal as time expired to complete the comeback. Penn State entered the fourth quarter up by two touchdowns, but 17 unanswered points allowed the Trojans to win.
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Also in college football yesterday, at the Outback Bowl, Florida dominated Iowa 30-3, Wisconsin won the Cotton Bowl 24-16 over Western Michigan, and the Sugar Bowl saw Oklahoma beat Auburn 35-19.
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NEW BRUSWICK NEW DEMOCRAT LEADER RESIGNS
Monday 2nd January 2017
The New Democrats in New Brunswick are looking for a new leader after Dominic Cardy resigned yesterday. Cardy released a statement saying he can no compete with what he calls destructive forces within the party. He says there are a small group of "well-connected members" who are refusing to work toward the democratic will of the overall membership. Kelly Lamrock, acting executive director of provincial NDP and a former Liberal MLA, said he is disappointed Cardy is stepping down. He says there will be an announcement this wek regarding an interim leader and a date for a leadership convention.


PILOT ARRESTED AFTER PASSING OUT IN COCKPIT
Monday 2nd January 2017
A pilot with Sunwing Airlines was arrested and charged by Calgary Police after he allegedly passed out from intoxication in the cockpit of a plane with 99 passengers and six crew members aboard. Police say the pilot, a 37-year-old foreign national from Slovakia in Canada on a work visa, was reported to be acting unusual by the crew as he boarded the aircraft in Calgary shortly before 7 a.m. on Dec. 31. Miroslav Gronych has been charged with having care and control of an aircraft while impaired, and having care and control of an aircraft with a blood alcohol level over .08. Police allege he passed out drunk in the cockpit right before the plane was scheduled to take off. His blood alcohol level was tested about two hours after the arrest and found to be more than three times the legal limit.


BODY FOUND IN CAPE BRETON MAY BE MISSING YOUTH
Monday 2nd January 2017
Cape Breton Regional Police found the body of a young man on Sunday morning in Sydney Mines while conducting a search for a missing person. Dive team members were searching the shoreline when the body was discovered. While the young man's identity has not been disclosed, the Serious Incident Response Team says he may be one of several people who fled a gathering at a Sydney Mines residence last Wednesday after police were called for an unrelated complaint. The team says it has assumed jurisdiction for the investigation because the young man may have fled as a result of police arrival. At the time the body was found, police had been looking for for 15-year-old Kobe Clarence Pink, who was last seen Wednesday evening. Police say an autopsy will be conducted in Dartmouth today.