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Showing news for the month of June , 2016

BANKRUPTCIES INCREASE AS OIL PATCH PROVINCES STRUGGLE
Thursday 30th June 2016
Canada's oil patch provinces — including Newfoundland and Labrador — are taking a beating when it comes to personal finances and consumer insolvencies. A review by the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada says consumer insolvencies in Alberta have increased by 32.5 per cent. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the rate went up by 26.2 per cent, Saskatchewan 22 and Manitoba 15. The number of people who go broke is 3.3 per cent of the population, but Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador exceed the average.


ANOTHER ATLANTIC PREMIERS MEETING SET TO TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEK
Thursday 30th June 2016
Premiers from Atlantic Canada will meet in P-E-I next week, along with some federal cabinet ministers. Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan will host his colleagues from the region in St. Peter's Bay on Monday. He will be joined by several federal representatives, including the ministers of agriculture, immigration and fisheries. The premiers of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick are expected to attend.


PAIR BUSTED FOR DRUGS AFTER BEING STOPPED FOR INSECURE CARGO
Thursday 30th June 2016
Two people are facing drug charges after they were pulled over for not having their cargo secured properly on a truck. Police in Antigonish County say they spotted the truck on Highway 4 near Bayfield. They say they found 28 marijuana plants amongst the other cargo on board the truck. They also searched a home and seized more marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia and arrested a 43-year-old woman and 57-year-old man.


MINISTER SAYS CHANGE NOT NEEDED TO FIRST-IN, LAST-OUT IN SHRIMP FISHERY
Thursday 30th June 2016
Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell says he's disappointed with a federal panel decision that recommends scrapping a northern shrimp policy that protects the pioneers of the multi-million dollar industry. Under the current Last-In, First-Out policy, the last entrants to a fishery off Newfoundland and Labrador are the first to leave when a quota is cut. But the report released this week from an independent panel reviewing the policy said it does not allow the industry to adjust to changes in shrimp stocks. Colwell has argued against scrapping the policy and says he is currently drafting a letter for federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc to reiterate his views. He says Nova Scotia fishermen have a heavy investment in the northern shrimp fishery that surpasses that of fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador. Colwell says the industry is worth $131 million to his province and drastic changes to the rules would have a major impact on the Nova Scotia fleet.


OTTAWA TASK FORCE TO STUDY LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
Thursday 30th June 2016
The federal government is launching a task force to study the legalization and regulation marijuana use. Ottawa has committed to introducing legislation on the legalization of pot in the spring of 2017. The task force is made up of experts in public health, substance abuse, law enforcement and justice. It will be chaired by former Liberal public safety minister Anne McLellan. The group plans to meet with provincial, territorial and municipal governments over the coming weeks and months. The government will also hold a online public consultation that will be open until the end of August.


GOVERNOR GENERAL UNVEILS NEW LIST OF MEMBERS TO ORDER OF CANADA
Thursday 30th June 2016
Two Olympic medalists, the first aboriginal to become lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick, and a commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are among the 113 newest members of the Order of Canada. Rideau Hall revealed the list today on the eve of Canada Day. The list includes writers like Jacques Godbout and Robert Sawyer; editorial cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon; and Graydon Nicholas, the first aboriginal to be a provincial judge in New Brunswick and later that province's lieutenant-governor. Olympic speed skating medallist Nathalie Lambert is also on the list, as is Cassie Campbell, who captained the women's hockey team to back-to-back Olympic gold medals. The list also includes Isabel Bassett, former CEO of TVOntario and a former Ontario cabinet minister; Michael Budman and Don Green, founders of retailer Roots Canada Ltd.; Marie Wilson, a commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and Dennis O'Connor, a retired judge who headed inquiries into the Maher Arar affair and the tainted-water scandal in Walkerton, Ont. The Order of Canada, established in 1967, is one of the country's highest civilian honours and recognizes Canadians who have been high achievers in their fields, or have shown dedication or service to their community and country.


NEW GLASGOW RECEIVING COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD AS PART OF PRE-CANADA DAY PARTY
Thursday 30th June 2016
New Glasgow will be honoured this evening during the pre-Canada Day party at Glasgow Square.  The town had been chosen as one of this year’s Lt. Governor Community Spirit Awards.  Director of Marketing & Communications Kimberly Dickson says this award, to be presented by the Lt. Governor J.J. Grant himself, really is for the entire community.The events will take place starting at 6 p.m. along the New Glasgow riverfront.
6 p.m. Kids fun zone
6:45 p.m. Flag raising on the Riverfront
7 p.m. Mayor’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
7:30 p.m. Nova Scotia Community Spirit Award presentation
7:40 p.m. Doris Mason Glasgow Square Outdoor Stage
8:30 p.m. Rawlings Cross Glasgow Square Outdoor Stage
10 p.m. Fireworks over the East River
Bring along a lawn chair.

Due to Pre-Canada Day Celebrations in New Glasgow tonight, Riverside Parkway between Dalhousie and MacLean Streets will be closed from 5:30pm until 10:30pm. The Goodman Parking Lot across from the TD Bank will also be closed as of 5:00pm today. The Glasgow Square parking lot is closed until 11:00 pm for the set up and the event.


BEDFORD MAN FACING MULTIPLE ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES STILL NOT ARRAIGNED
Thursday 30th June 2016
Court officials will try again to arraign a Bedford man facing 19 charges - including five counts of attempted murder. Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Fraser Keays was remanded to the psychiatric unit at Cape Breton Regional Hospital after refusing to appear in Sydney provincial court on Monday. Keays was charged after police say a blue van intentionally collided with an SUV and two motorcycles in northern Cape Breton on Saturday, narrowly missing a fourth vehicle before slamming into a guardrail. Justice officials had planned on arraigning him from his hospital bed Wednesday, but weren't able to. Keays will likely be sent to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth for a 30-day psychiatric evaluation to determine his fitness to stand trial.


NAVY VESSEL RECOVERS SOLAR POWERED KAYAK
Thursday 30th June 2016
A solar-powered kayak that was attempting to become the first autonomous boat to cross the Atlantic has been picked up by a Canadian Navy vessel near Newfoundland. The unmanned Solar Voyager set off from Massachusetts on June 1st, and the project team thinks it got snarled in fishing gear last week. H-M-C-S St. John's made a slight diversion early yesterday morning en route to Newfoundland and Labrador to grab the boat, and is in contact with the creators to figure out how to return it.


PRESIDENT OBAMA LAUDS CANADA, BUT SAYS TO SPEND MORE ON NATO
Thursday 30th June 2016
Barack Obama delivered a rousing speech in the House of Commons to cap what was likely his last visit to Canada as U-S president. Speaking for nearly an hour to a joint session of Parliament, Obama heaped praise on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and lauded Canada for championing values like integrity, human rights and fair play. But in a veiled criticism, he urged Canada to pay its full share to NATO and "our common security." As Obama put it -- "the world needs more Canada. NATO needs more Canada." Canada has committed to meeting a standard target of spending two per cent of its G-D-P on defence, but has been lagging below that mark for years.


PM SAYS NEW CLEAN ENERGY AGREEMENT MEANS MORE HYDRO EXPORTS
Thursday 30th June 2016
Prime Minister Trudeau says a new continental target for clean electricity generation could open the door for greater Canadian hydro exports to the United States. Trudeau, U-S President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced at the end of the Three Amigos summit in Ottawa yesterday that they agreed to a goal of 50 per cent clean power generation across the continent by 2025. Both B-C and Newfoundland are currently building multi-billion-dollar hydro projects, and Trudeau says the partnership could open the door for greater Canadian hydro exports to the U-S. Both projects have been heavily criticized because there's no immediate market for all the electricity they'll bring online. The leaders also agreed their governments will purchase cleaner vehicle fleets and encourage public and private investment in continental electric power "refuelling corridors." There is also a new accord that pledges to cut methane emissions 40 to 45 per cent below 2012 levels by 2025 for all three countries, with Mexico joining the deal announced by Trudeau and Obama in March. The three leaders also pledged to reduce black carbon, a short-lived pollutant linked to health problems and climate change.


ARRESTS MADE IN UFC FIGHTER HIT-AND-RUN CASE
Thursday 30th June 2016
Edmonton police have arrested two young men in the hit-and-run death of former U-F-C fighter Ryan Jimmo. Jimmo was fatally injured Sunday after an argument in a bar parking lot escalated into a fight. Police say Jimmo died from blunt force trauma after being run over by a vehicle, and that neither suspect knew Jimmo. Anthony Getschel is charged with second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing death, while Jordan Wagner is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.


FEDS DECLARE MICROBEADS A TOXIC SUBSTANCE AHEAD OF BAN
Thursday 30th June 2016
The federal government has officially listed microbeads as a toxic substance, giving it the ability to ban the plastic beads used in cleansers. An online notice published Wednesday says the tiny plastic beads commonly found in facial and body scrubs is now listed as a toxic substance under the Environmental Protection Act, which gives the government the option to control their use or institute an outright ban. But microbeads are already on the way out. The online notice says of the 14 companies that make up the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association — the heaviest users of microbeads in Canada — five have already stopped using microbeads in their products and nine more will follow suit by 2018 or 2019. Parliamentarians voted unanimously last year to remove microbeads from the market amid concern and evidence of the plastic accumulating in lakes and rivers, harming the environment and aquatic life. The move followed similar efforts to ban the substance in the United States and Europe.


TURKISH POLICE RAID AIRPORT TERROR SUSPECTS' HOMES
Thursday 30th June 2016
Police in Turkey have conducted a series raids targeting suspected members of the Islamic State group. The state-run Anadolu Agency says nine suspects linked to I-SIL were detained in the coastal city of Izmir, where this morning's raids unfolded simultaneously in four neighbourhoods. Police say they found three hunting rifles and documents relating to I-SIL, which is the prime suspect in Tuesday's triple suicide-bombing attack on Istanbul's Ataturk Airport that killed 42 people and wounded more than 230.


SPORTS JUNE 30
Thursday 30th June 2016
Still riding the emotional high of winning their first Kent Cup Championship, the Weeks Jr. A Crushers have announced their home exhibition games for the 2016-2017 season. Aug 28th the Summerside Western Capitals will be in for a visit, then on Sept 1st the cross-Mount Thom rivals, the Truro Junior 'A' Bearcats. Puck drop at Pictou County Wellness Centre for both games will be 7pm.
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There is a Toonie Swim at the Pictou Fisheries Pool today from 12 to 2.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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P-K Subban is taking his talents to Nashville as part of a major trade of two of the N-H-L's top defencemen. The Predators acquired Subban from Montreal for captain Shea Weber, the face of their franchise for nearly a decade. And the Edmonton Oilers dealt Taylor Hall to New Jersey for defenceman Adam Larsson.
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Steven Stamkos is sticking with Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future. The superstar free agent re-signed with the Lightning on an eight-year deal worth 68 million dollars.
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Will Johnson scored a goal late in extra time as Toronto F-C snatched the Voyageurs Cup out of the Vancouver Whitecaps' hands at B-C Place Stadium. The game ended with Vancouver ahead 2-1, but the two-game, aggregate series ended in a 2-2 draw. Toronto won the championship based on its away goal.
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Josh Donaldson hit his 18th home run of the season and Aaron Sanchez took care of the rest. Sanchez allowed just one run over eight innings to help lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Blue Jays return home to begin a four-game set with the hottest team in baseball -- the Cleveland Indians, who have won 12 straight.
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The New York Yankees will dedicate a plaque to retired reliever Mariano Rivera in Monument Park during a ceremony before their game against Tampa Bay on August 14th.  Rivera helped the Yankees win five World Series titles and set big league records with 652 regular-season saves and 42 post-season saves during a career that spanned 1995-2013.
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Michael Phelps is heading back to the Olympics. Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200-metre butterfly at the U-S swimming trials. Rio will mark his fifth Olympic Games.


DINE AND DASH IN TRENTON CLOSING ITS DOORS
Wednesday 29th June 2016
The owners of a staple in the Trenton business community have had to shut down due to increasing costs. In a Facebook post put online earlier today, the Dine and Dash Restaurant announced that they are closing their doors permanently. In the post, they cite the increasing cost of overhead, including taxes, insurance, and power rates, while the cost of food was also rising. They thanked their loyal customers for the many years of patronage. The Dine and Dash had closed last week due to an oil leak, but at the time they had expected that closure to be temporary.


POLICE IN MONCTON AREA SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN
Wednesday 29th June 2016
RCMP in New Brunswick are looking for a 15-year old boy who has been missing since 15 June. Taylor McCauley was last seen in the Moncton area two weeks ago, although police believe he may still be within the city area. Police say they are concerned for his well-being and would like to ensure he is unharmed. McCauley is five-foot-five inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. He has blond hair and was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt and black pyjama pants. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police.


WISH GRANTED IN CENTRAL WEST RIVER
Wednesday 29th June 2016
A local three-year-old boy had his wish granted earlier today from the  Children's Wish Foundation.  Isaac Fraser of Central West River was joined by family, friends, and volunteers from the Children's Wish Foundation of Nova Scotia for a party to celebrate his new pool from Pickles Pools & Spas.  Isaac's mom Sarah calls this wish an incredible dream come true for her son, who was diagnosed with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy when he was just 1 year old. In Nova Scotia, the Children's Wish Foundation have granted almost 1100 wishes so far and have 101 wishes being worked on. For more about the foundation or to make a donation, head to www.childrenswish.ca.


CCRSB TO REMAIN AT 17 MEMBERS
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Despite a recommendation from consulting firm Stantec to reduce to a 15 member board, the Chignecto Central Regional School Board opted to remain at 17 members, and a decision published last week by the Utility and Review Board has endorsed the status quo. The URB approved the application by the CCRSB to remain at 15 districts, with an African Nova Scotian member elected at large, and a First Nations representative appointed by the province. Stantec's recommendation was to reduce the number of districts to 13, however, the URB went with the school board's wishes not to decrease in numbers because of the vast geographical area the board covers. The CCRSB is also second to Halifax in student enrollment among the boards across the province, and average number of constituents per school board member. The last step in the process is to finalize any potential changes to the district boundaries, which will be considered today after the board held off considering the issue until after the amalgamation plebiscite took place last month.


BUSINESSES TELL CUSTOMERS TO PREPARE PAYING BILLS ONLINE IF CANADA POST GOES ON STRIKE
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Businesses are warning their customers about the possibility of a strike or lockout at Canada Post that could happen as early as this weekend. A number of companies including TD Bank, cellphone carrier Virgin Mobile and credit card company American Express have told their customers not to expect statements in the mail in the event of a labour disruption. Some are encouraging their customers to pay their bills online if they're not already doing so. Unionized workers at Canada Post can legally go on strike or be locked out as of Saturday if an agreement isn't reached between the Crown corporation and the union. Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have been in negotiations for its delivery and plant employees since December. The corporation says it tabled new contracts last Saturday, but have yet to hear a response from the workers' union. It says the main contentious issues relate to changes to pension plans for incoming workers and the hiring of temporary and part-time delivery employees for evenings and weekends. Canada Post delivers approximately nine billion letters, parcels and flyers a year, serving nearly 15 million residential and one million business addresses. Its workers were on rotating strikes in 2011.


ONE BIDDER ON TRENTON PLANT IS FORMER COUNTY RESIDENT
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn says one of the bidders to purchase the former DSME Trenton facility is a former resident of the county who is planning to return the plant to railcar manufacturing. Dunn says the person, whose identity is not being disclosed, has support from the United States on the proposal. He says this same person had made an offer to purchase the plant in 2008. The facility has been under the management of PricewaterhouseCoopers since operations ceased in February. A 15 June deadline was in place for interested parties to complete their research and submit a bid on the property, and exactly how many bids exist has not been made public. According to an earlier report, if a suitable bid is made on the facility, PricewaterhouseCoopers believes the sale could be complete by Sept. 30. Dunn has said that whatever business buys the property, they should be required to supply the bulk of the financing, or possibly even all of it, themselves.


EMPIRE COMPANY POSTS BIG LOSS, MOSTLY DUE TO SAFEWAY ACQUISITION
Wednesday 29th June 2016
The parent company of Sobeys says "challenges" relating to its acquisition of Canada Safeway in western Canada are responsible for a massive fourth-quarter net loss of 942-million dollars. Empire Company says the same quarter a year earlier saw a profit of over 55-million dollars. For the year, Empire says it saw a net loss of 2.1-billion dollars, compared with a 419-million-dollar profit in 2015.


DOCTORS SAY YES TO PROVINCIAL OFFER
Wednesday 29th June 2016
The province's doctors have voted to accept a new contract with the government. According to the Doctors Nova Scotia website, 80% of voting members approved the master agreement, while 87% of clinical and academic funding plan members also voted yes. The province and Doctors Nova Scotia spent eleven months negotiating the details of the new four-year deal, after the previous agreement expired in March of last year. The details of the agreement have not been released.


FEDERAL PANEL RECOMMENDS SCRAPPING SHRIMP POLICY AS STOCKS DECLINE
Wednesday 29th June 2016
A federal panel has recommended scrapping a shrimp policy that protects the interests of the fishery's pioneers. The independent panel was examining whether the Last-In, First-Out policy should be continued, modified or scrapped as shrimp stocks decline. Under the current policy, the last entrants to a fishery are the first to leave when a quota is cut. But the panel's report released Tuesday said the policy does not allow the industry to adjust to changes in shrimp stocks.


NEW POLITICAL PARTY IN NS
Wednesday 29th June 2016
The province has a new political party. Elections Nova Scotia says the Atlantica Party Association of Nova Scotia is now the province's fifth registered party. The party is led by Jonathan Dean, who has university degrees in physics, electrical engineering, computer science and business administration. He lived in Toronto for ten years to work in investment research.


NFLD ALSO DEALING WITH BEAR ENCOUNTERS
Wednesday 29th June 2016
We're not the only people dealing with bears up close. The Newfoundland and Labrador government is warning people in three communities to watch out for black bears. The province says there has been increased black bear activity in Howley, Hampden and Sop's Arm. It says if you see a black bear, remain calm, back away slowly without running and avoid contact with the bear.


FEDS & PROVINCES WORKING ON NATIONAL HOUSING STRATEGY
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Federal Housing Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says he and his provincial and territorial counterparts are working toward the country's first national housing strategy in four decades.  Duclos says Canadians will have their say on a long-term strategy for the country through online consultations and other means. The group said in a statement that discussions involving Indigenous communities and housing experts will be convened by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in the summer and early fall, when the ministers will meet again. Duclos says the ministers settled on an agenda to build a national housing strategy. The minister was drowned out by chanting protesters earlier yesterday when he invited himself to a homeless rights rally in Victoria. About two dozen protesters demanded to know the Liberal government's plan to build more social housing across the country. Ivan Drury of the Alliance Against Displacement said homelessness is at record levels across Canada and the protesters are calling on the federal government to build 77-thousand units of social housing every year.


THREE AMIGOS SUMMIT BEGINS IN OTTAWA TODAY
Wednesday 29th June 2016
The leaders of Canada and Mexico will welcome the continent's third amigo Wednesday, when U-S President Barack Obama joins Justin Trudeau and Enrique Pena Nieto for the North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa. The Three Amigos summit is expected to focus on clean energy and climate change. The Mexican president will sign on to the Canada-U-S methane-reduction deal announced when Trudeau visited Washington last March. The trio will also announce a goal to achieve 50 per cent clean power generation across North America by 2025.


PROVINCES WORKING OUT DETAILS OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN INQUIRY
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Provincial governments have yet to sign off on the details of the promised national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. The promised inquiry is to examine the underlying causes of the death and disappearance of some 12-hundred indigenous women and girls, but issues like policing, courts and child welfare services fall mainly under provincial jurisdiction. The Liberal government sent proposed terms of reference for the inquiry to the provinces and territories in early June, and there's now discussions over what role their governments will play -- and who will pay for what. Manitoba Justice Minister Heather Stefanson says her province supports the inquiry, but fears going over child-welfare ground already covered in the inquiry into the 2005 murder of five-year-old Phoenix Sinclair. Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says the terms of reference were vague, leaving the province with unanswered questions about its role and responsibility for an inquiry it is otherwise eager to take part in. Others say they want recognition of special circumstances, such as the rate of domestic violence in Nunavut or allegations of sexual abuse by members of the provincial police against indigenous women in Val d'Or.


WORLD LEADERS REACT TO TURKISH AIRPORT ATTACK
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Many world leaders are condemning Tuesday's triple suicide-bombing attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International airport. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that Canada "strongly condemns" the attack in Turkey. So does Turkey's P-M, who says attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan shows that terrorism strikes "with no regard to faith or values." Security forces believe the Islamic State group was behind the attack. Three attackers who arrived by taxi opened fire and set off explosives that killed 36 people and the bombers, and left 147 people wounded. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called again for the return of waterboarding in the battle against Islamic State militants, telling a rally in Ohio that "you have to fight fire with fire." Democrat Hillary Clinton said the attacks are a reminder that the U-S cannot retreat.


EU LEADERS DISCUSS A FUTURE WITHOUT BRITAIN
Wednesday 29th June 2016
EU leaders are meeting without Britain for the first time to rethink their union and keep it from disintegrating after Britain's unprecedented vote to leave. Divisions between the EU founders and newer countries in the east threaten to complicate any bold new plans at Wednesday's meeting. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says: "It's not only the British voters who have doubts about European co-operation. There is skepticism in many other EU countries." Other EU countries are now facing calls, especially from the far right, for referendums on quitting the bloc. The 27 remaining EU members are also divided over how to deal with migration, which was a major issue in Britain's vote last week. British Prime Minister David Cameron left Brussels Tuesday night without any clear divorce plan.


POLL SAYS MOST CANADIANS' TOP TRAVEL DESTINATION IS - CANADA
Wednesday 29th June 2016
A new poll finds that while most Canadians have lived or travelled abroad, the majority see their homeland as a top vacation destination. A survey conducted by Ipsos Reid for Historica Canada says 68 per cent of participants agreed that "Canada has something for everyone, so why go anywhere else." About a third of respondents, on the other hand, said they think Canada is a great place to live but not that interesting to visit and they'd rather travel outside its borders. Among those planning Canadian vacations, most — 32 and 24 per cent, respectively — are headed to Ontario or Quebec, where the bulk of the country's population lives. But a quarter of respondents say British Columbia is their dream destination in Canada, far ahead of any other province, though almost as many (22 per cent) say they long to go on a coast-to-coast road trip. Many respondents (46 per cent) say they would prefer to travel domestically rather than head south of the border even if the exchange rate wasn't a factor, although 26 per cent say they would choose the U.S. if our dollar was stronger, the poll says. Nearly four in 10 say they visit the U.S. less often due to safety concerns. Still, the average Canadian has lived in or visited five other countries, the poll finds. Most (39 per cent) have been to two to five other countries, while 20 per cent have visited one and 15 per cent have never left the country. Residents of Alberta were the most likely (22 per cent) to say they've never left Canada, followed by those in Atlantic Canada (19 per cent). Prolific travellers — those who have been to at least 10 other countries — were most likely to be from British Columbia, with Ontario as runner-up and Quebec close behind.


SPORTS JUNE 29
Wednesday 29th June 2016
The Festival of the Tartan golf tournament sponsored by the New Glasgow Bombers club, will take place Thursday July 14th at Glen Lovet Golf course. There will be both tartan and non-tartan divisions, so all are welcome. Cost is $70 per person or $280 per team and includes 18 holes, cart, meal and beveridge. To join the chase for the Lord Provost Trophy, please call 902-759-4899.
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Looking for something fun to do this week? There will be Toonie Swims at the Pictou Fisheries Pool today from 1 to 3 and Thursday from 12 to 2.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Blue Jays scored a 14-9 victory over the Rockies in Colorado after waiting out a fierce downpour that caused some flooding in the Rockies' dugout and tunnel leading into the clubhouse. Troy Tulowitzki homered against his former team in Toronto's 18-hit barrage and Jay Happ picked up his 10th win. The three-game series wraps up this afternoon.  
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The Cleveland Indians keep on rolling. Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run ninth inning and Cleveland won its 11th straight game, beating the Atlanta Braves. Corey Kluber allowed three hits in eight innings as the Indians extended their best streak since an 11-game string in 1982.
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Teen lefty Julio Urias posted his first big league win as Los Angeles held off Milwaukee 6-5. Urias gave up two hits and walked six in six innings. The 19-year-old rookie left with a 6-2 lead, and Kenley Jansen got his 23rd save. Chase Anderson took the loss.
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Adam Jones hit a leadoff homer against his hometown team and Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Davis also homered as the Baltimore Orioles downed the San Diego Padres 11-7 for their sixth straight victory. The Orioles lead the majors with 123 homers, including 54 in June.
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Hurdles gold medallist Sally Pearson has reportedly withdrawn from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of a hamstring injury.  The Herald Sun newspaper and other Australian media reported that Pearson, the 100-meter hurdles Olympic champion in London four years ago and silver medallist at Beijing in 2008, injured her hamstring while training on Australia's Gold Coast.


MacKAY BRIDGE IN HALIFAX CLOSED DUE TO VEHICLE FIRE
Tuesday 28th June 2016
An SUV in flames caused the MacKay Bridge in Halifax to be closed for about an hour earlier today. The fire broke out at roughly 2pm, and the bridge remained closed while fire crews assessed the scene and damage. By the time fire crews arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed, although there were no injuries in the incident. The fire had extended to a nearby guardrail and tree, but crews managed to get that under control quickly. Halifax Regional Municipality spokesperson Brendan Elliott would not comment on the cause of the blaze, except to say that no further investigation will take place.


THREE ACTIVE WILDFIRES IN PROVINCE
Tuesday 28th June 2016
The Nova Scotia government says crews are battling several wildfires in wooded areas throughout the province. The province says the largest is burning in Fenwick, just south of Amherst, and is approximately 12 hectares in size. Spokesman Brian Taylor says that fire has been contained and more than 50 crew members are working to extinguish the blaze. Taylor says another fire, one hectare in size, is burning in Lunenburg County, but it has been contained and there are no concerns. As well, crews are setting up sprinklers to deal with a blaze burning over half a hectare in Clarksville, roughly 30 kilometres northeast of Windsor. Dry conditions have prompted the province to ban all burning and campfires on mainland Nova Scotia.


MISSING TEEN FOUND
Tuesday 28th June 2016
RCMP have indicated that a teenage girl from Musquodoboit Harbour reported missing on Friday has been located. After making a call for assistance from the public yesterday, 15-year old Makenzie Paige Wilson was found, and is reported to be safe. The RCMP would like to thank the public for their calls and notifications on social media. No details have been released as to where she was located.


QUESTION RAISED ON MUSKRAT FALLS: CHEAPER TO CUT LOSSES AND RUN, OR FINISH THE PROJECT?
Tuesday 28th June 2016
A prominent Newfoundland lawyer and businessman says details should be released on the cost of stopping the Muskrat Falls project. Cabot Martin says Nalcor C-E-O Stan Marshall can't claim that it costs too much money to halt the project without publicly releasing the analysis behind that decision. He says if it's truly more expensive to withdraw from the project than to continue, Marshall should produce the evidence. Projected costs for the dam and power house on the lower Churchill River near Happy Valley-Goose Bay are now 11.4 billion dollars including financing.


FAMILY LOSE HOME IN ANNAPOLIS VALLEY
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Five people are out of their home following a pre-dawn fire that destroyed the house in West Brooklyn. The Canadian Red Cross says the fire broke out at around three this morning in the community about 10 kilometres east of Wolfville. The group is helping with emergency lodging and clothing purchases. No one was injured but firefighters from several departments were called in to help control the blaze.


RED CROSS RELEASES NEW SONG TO HONOR THE 1,000,000+ CANADIANS WHO DONATED TO HELP FORT MAC
Tuesday 28th June 2016
The number of Canadians who’ve donated to help the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta has now topped one-million. Red Cross C-E-O, Conrad Sauvé says it’s become the most successful domestic fundraising campaign in their post-war history, and calls it “a true Canadian moment.” The Red Cross has released a hugely patriotic song called “Proud”. It’s a tribute to Canadians who pulled together over the Alberta fires. It was written and donated by Sean McCann of Great Big Sea fame. It’s available free on redcross.ca, just in time for Canada Day.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Tuesday 28th June 2016
There's another temporary closure of the emergency department in Tatamagouche this weekend. The ER at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital will be closed on Friday between 3 and 8 pm due to an unexpected lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care. The public is reminded that in all circumstances, those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to 811 where callers can receive around the clock advice and information from a registered nurse.


ABERDEEN HEALTH FOUNDATION FUND ANNOUNCES NEW PROJECTS FOR FUNDING
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Now in its fourth year, the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Children’s Aid Society Endowment and Legacy Fund continue to support projects that encourage healthy outcomes and build resilient kids and families. This year, five organizations will together receive more than $112,000 in funding.
Frank H. MacDonald School’s “Primary Technology Project” will level the technology playing field for its Grade Primary students, helping them build their digital literacy as they connect to a broader community, all the while maximizing the benefits of greater access to information in education.
The New Glasgow Academy “Healthy Living Project” will help special needs students develop healthy living habits in areas of physical activity, healthy eating, and social interaction. 
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “The Power of an Hour Mentoring Campaign” will help the organization address its significant waiting list of children who wish to be matched with adult mentors.
Roots for Youth will deliver the “Happiness Project”, an evidence-based learning program that will help youth build strategies to address the mental health challenges of anxiety and depression that are interwoven with homelessness.
And the CAS Legacy Fund will provide support for a capital project at GR Saunders School. The “Earth Project” will transform the outdoor space of the school property to enhance instruction, learning, play and community involvement.
Applications for the fund are reviewed annually and must be received by March 31. Project eligibility and application forms are available online.


WEBB DECLARED MENTALLY COMPETENT: PARENTS ARE NO LONGER HIS LEGAL GUARDIANS
Tuesday 28th June 2016
A man challenging the province's Incompetent Persons Act has had his parents removed as his legal guardians. Landon Webb is fighting to overcome limits on his rights as a person with intellectual disabilities and to have his "mentally incompetent" status overturned. His parents have said their son functions at the level of a 10 or 12-year-old, but Webb disagrees and wants to be free to live a normal life. At a hearing in Nova Scotia Supreme Court today, Webb was declared medically competent though he will require some monitoring. Lawyers for his parents also told the court they had agreed to be removed as his guardians. His case attracted attention last October after he left a rehabilitation centre for several weeks, was found safe in Edmonton and returned to Nova Scotia, where he appeared in local media saying he is not incompetent. The province said in April it would not oppose Webb's constitutional challenge of the Incompetent Persons Act, and promised to either repeal or amend the law.


POLICE WARN OF SWEEPSTAKES SCAM
Tuesday 28th June 2016
There's yet another phone scam making the rounds. Halifax Police say they've received 10 reports from residents who say someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House called and said they won a large sum of money in a recent sweepstakes. Police say the caller asks for banking information so they can deposit the prize money into the winner's bank account. So far, they say they're aware of one person being defrauded of thousands of dollars. Police say anyone who receives a call should hang up and should not provide any financial information over the phone. They say anyone who has lost money or provided personal information as a result of the scam should report it to police.


FATAL ACCIDENT AT LUMBER MILL IN VALLEY *UPDATED 10:45 AM*
Tuesday 28th June 2016
A 28 year old man from Bible Hill is dead following a fatal accident at the J.D. Irving Lumber mill in Valley. The accident happened around 6:10 pm last night. Preliminary investigation determined the man died after being struck by a front end loader. RCMP and the Department of Labor continue to investigate.


FOREST FIRE OUTSIDE OF AMHERST
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Dry and windy conditions are challenging firefighters battling a fairly large forest fire between Fenwick and Chignecto, just south of Amherst. An aerial water bomber was brought in to help fight the blaze, and bulldozers and excavators were brought in to establish a fire break to slow the fire down. Officials estimate it will take several days to put out the fire completely.


NO (HOME) FIREWORKS ON CANADA DAY
Tuesday 28th June 2016
If you were planning to celebrate Canada Day by setting off some fireworks, save your money. The province has issued a ban on consumer fireworks because of dry conditions across the province. It says the fireworks in question are the outdoor, low-altitude, recreational fireworks sold by retail outlets. But you can still enjoy the shows planned later this week - the restriction does not apply to event-related fireworks if they are done in consultation with a fire department.


PM GREETS MEXICAN LEADER AHEAD OF SUMMIT
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the grounds of a landmark Toronto castle to have his Mexican counterpart over for dinner Monday night. Enrique Pena Nieto was the guest of honour at a banquet attended by 300 guests at Casa Loma as part of his three-day state visit ahead of a North American leaders' summit in Ottawa. Trudeau said it was hard to believe six years had passed since Canada last welcomed a Mexican president on a state visit, while Pena Nieto called the renewal of bilateral relations a "landmark in history." The two will attend a state dinner in Ottawa on Tuesday night at the governor general's mansion before America's Barack Obama will join them on Wednesday for the Three Amigos summit to discuss environmental and economic issues.


BC WOMAN CHALLENGING NEW ASSISTED DEATH LAW
Tuesday 28th June 2016
A 25-year-old B-C woman has launched the first personal court challenge to Canada's new assisted dying law, saying it is unfair, does not apply to her, and could lead to her suffering. Julia Lamb of Chilliwack has spinal muscular atrophy and worries her body will weaken to the point she'll be left in a state of intolerable suffering because the law says she cannot have assisted dying unless she is near death. She fears a day when she will be hooked up to a ventilator, unable to speak and be in that state for perhaps years, Lamb -- was diagnosed with the muscle disease at 16 months and required a wheelchair at age six -- says she opposes the law's requirements that a doctor's help can only be given if death is reasonably foreseeable. The B-C Civil Liberties Association has also mounted a challenge to Bill C-14, which received royal assent on June 17th. Association lawyer Grace Pastine says the law excludes a class of people who suffer with no immediate end in sight from diseases, such as muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease.


BRITISH PM TO VISIT BRUSSELS FOR EMERGENCY EU SUMMIT
Tuesday 28th June 2016
European Union lawmakers are meeting in emergency session to discuss the U.K.'s unprecedented vote to leave the EU, set to call for Britain to trigger the exit process immediately. A non-binding draft resolution drawn up for Tuesday's session says the process should be launched once Prime Minister David Cameron notifies the outcome of the British referendum to EU leaders. Cameron is to share his views about the referendum and perhaps Britain's future at a summit in Brussels starting at 1400 GMT on Tuesday. He has signalled that Britain might not trigger the exit clause known as Article 50 until October. EU nations acknowledge the political chaos in the U.K. but they want Article 50 triggered as soon as possible to calm markets and reassure European citizens.


"HAPPY BIRTHDAY" NOW IN PUBLIC DOMAIN
Tuesday 28th June 2016
A judge in L-A has approved a settlement that will put the song "Happy Birthday to You" in the public domain. U-S District Judge George King approved the agreement Monday, ending the ownership claims of Warner/Chappell Music, which has been collecting royalties on one of the world's best-known songs for years. Last year, King ruled that the music publishing company didn't own the lyrics to the song -- so had no right to charge for its use. The company has agreed to pay back 14-million dollars to those who've paid licensing fees to use the song.


SPORTS JUNE 28
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Sports June 28 The Festival of the Tartan golf tournament sponsored by the New Glasgow Bombers club, will take place Thursday July 14th at Glen Lovet Golf course. There will be both tartan and non-tartan divisions, so all are welcome. Cost is $70 per person or $280 per team and includes 18 holes, cart, meal and beveridge. To join the chase for the Lord Provost Trophy, please call 902-759-4899.
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Looking for something fun to do this week? There will be Toonie Swims at the Pictou Fisheries Pool on Tuesday and Thursday from 12 to 2, and on Wednesday from 1 to 3.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Carlos Gonzalez launched a three-run homer and Jon Gray struck out eight in seven innings of Colorado's 9-5 verdict over Toronto, spoiling Troy Tulowitzki's return to Denver. Tulowitzki went 0 for 4 in his first game at Coors Field since Toronto acquired him from the Rockies last July 27. He received a standing ovation when he batted in the second inning.
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Vince Velasquez threw five strong innings in his return from the disabled list and the Philadelphia Phillies opened a three-game series in Arizona with an 8-0 rout of the Diamondbacks.  Velasquez, who hadn't pitched since June 8 because of a right biceps strain, gave up five hits and struck out seven with no walks.
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The Cleveland Indians still own a five-game lead over Kansas City in the American League Central after running their winning streak to 10 games.  Lonnie Chisenhall belted a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the fourth inning and Jason Kipnis added a solo blast as the Indians ripped the Braves 8-3 in Atlanta.
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A shocker at soccer's European championship.  England was bounced from the international tournament after a 2-1 loss to underdog Iceland.  The upset triggered the resignation of England's manager Roy Hodgson immediately after the game.
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Andrew Shaw is going to be in the red, blue and white of the Montreal Canadiens for at least six years.  The 24-year-old forward and the Habs agreed to a new six-year deal less than a week after arriving in Montreal via trade from the Chicago Blackhawks. Shaw scored 14 goals and totalled 34 points in 78 games last season.
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It's out with the new and in with the old at Hockey Night In Canada. Rogers Media confirms Ron MacLean will return to the host's chair after two years of George Stroumboulopoulos. Stroumboulopoulos, who is leaving the Rogers-owned Sportsnet to "to explore new creative opportunities," signed a five-year deal in 2014 after Rogers acquired the N-H-L rights in a 12-year, 5.2-billion dollar agreement. MacLean thanks fans for being "kind and supportive" during his two-year hosting absence. He also says he is excited for David Amber, the rinkside reporter who will host the late game on Saturday nights.
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Rio de Janeiro's acting governor didn't exactly promote local tourism in describing his concerns about the upcoming Olympics.  Francisco Dornelles has warned in an interview with O Globo newspaper that the Summer Games could be a "big failure," saying security and mobility are big worries ahead of the games in August.


HARSH PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO FOLLOW FIRE BANS
Monday 27th June 2016
Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency say they responded to over 60 calls of illegal burning this weekend, while a fire ban was in place for the entire province. All 64 of those complaints are currently under investigation by HRFE Fire Prevention Officers. If charges are warranted, offenders can face a $412 fine for the first offence. When a no-burn ban is in place there can be no wood burning of any kind. The ban also extends to the use of chimeneas. Propane or natural gas fire pits are allowed during a no-burn period, as long as the manufacturer’s guidelines are followed. Charcoal barbecues are also permitted during a fire ban as long as the user follows the manufacturer’s guidelines.


HALIFAX POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN
Monday 27th June 2016
The Vice Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division is asking for the public’s help to find a 15 year old girl who wast last seen Firday evening. Makenzie Paige Wilson of Musquodoboit Harbour was last seen Friday evening in Dartmouth. She is described as white, with an athletic build, 5-foot-6-inches, and 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing grey leggings, a grey sweatshirt with pink along the collar, and white Nike Airforce One sneakers. She has dark brown hair and blue eyes, however sometimes wears a wig with long blonde hair. Police are concerned for Makenzie’s safety and would like anyone who knows her whereabouts to call their nearest police department or Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, citizens can also call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by secure online tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.


MAN UNDER INFLUENCE OF DRUGS GOES ON RAMPAGE IN PEI
Monday 27th June 2016
A Nova Scotia man is facing several charges after police say a severely intoxicated man assaulted a woman who tried to convince him to stop walking down the middle of the TransCanada Highway in P-E-I. R-C-M-P say they found a man in Cornwall early yesterday morning who they say appeared to be under the influence of mind altering substances as well as alcohol. They allege that after assaulting the good Samaritan, the man kicked in a door and illegally entered a nearby residence and then ran to a nearby motel where he punched a window and broke it. A 43 year-old man from Lunenburg faces charges of assault, two counts of uttering threats, two counts of damage to property, and break and enter.


VETERAN OPENS RETREAT FOR FELLOW FORCES MEMBERS WITH PTSD
Monday 27th June 2016
A military veteran has opened up a no-cost retreat in rural Nova Scotia for fellow forces members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Bob Grundy and his wife, Johan, have converted their 180-acre, ranch-style house in Sable River into an amenities-filled retreat where people coping with trauma can recover, reconnect with nature and rebuild their families. Grundy says the Rally Point Retreat is also open to first responders and journalists who are receiving medical treatment for P-T-S-D  because he says "they have paid the price with their soul to be here." The former air defence technician is funding the project with his pension for now but hopes the non-profit will expand so he can build cabins for other people seeking respite.


INTERNAL REVIEW INTO INMATE'S DEATH FINDS STAFF FAILED TO FOLLOW PROCEDURES
Monday 27th June 2016
A Nova Scotia Justice Department review of the drug overdose death of an inmate at the Cape Breton Correction Facility has found staff failed to follow some policies and procedures. An autopsy found 42-year-old Jason Marcel LeBlanc died of a drug overdose after he was found unresponsive in his cell in January. The review says staff did not follow all steps in the strip search process, and they failed to complete their rounds at standard intervals. It also finds LeBlanc had probably consumed illicit drugs taken from a small bag concealed in a body cavity -- but correctional officers aren't permitted to conduct invasive internal searches.


ARREST MADE RELATED TO MULTIPLE INCIDENTS OF VANDALISM
Monday 27th June 2016
A youth has been arrested in relation to multiple incidents of vandalism in the town of Pictou that have taken place in recent weeks. Pictou District RCMP began investigating reports of several buildings and structures in the town being spray painted and damaged on 13 June. Earlier today, RCMP received a similar report of individuals spray painting the side of a building near Welsford St. The alleged vandals had left the scene in a vehicle, however, police patrolled the area and were able to locate a vehicle matching the description. Upon further investigation, a youth from Pictou Town was identified and charged with Mischief. He is scheduled to appear in Provincial Youth Court September 8, 2016.


DALHOUSIE PROF TO TAKE OVER HELM OF PROVINCIAL GREEN PARTY
Monday 27th June 2016
Mark Twain once said, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." The Green Party of Nova Scotia can safely use that line going forward. After an announcement earlier this month from then-interim party leader Brynn Nheiley that the party was no longer able to function, a number of people stepped forward, and found a new leader. Dalhousie University professor Dr. Thomas Trappenberg will take over the leadership reigns, also on an interim basis, effective 9 July. Trappenberg says the immediate goal is to create a full slate of candidates to be ready for the next provincial election. He says the current first past the post system has a way of discouraging voters from supporting the Green Party, but he plans to work hard in the coming months to challenge those perceptions.


NEW SPECIALIZED TRAINING TO BE COMPLETED AT CFB GAGETOWN
Monday 27th June 2016
The Department of National Defence is spending $36 million in New Brunswick on new training facilities for identifying and disposing of improvised explosive devices and other explosive ordinance. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made the announcement Monday at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in Oromocto, N.B. He says it is part of the Government of Canada's commitment to ensure Canadian Armed Forces have the support they need, including safe and modern facilities in which to work and train. The money will be used for new buildings to house the training centre as well as upgrades to roads for field exercises. About 100 of the Canadian deaths during the war in Afghanistan were the result of attacks that used IEDs. Sajjan also announced another $2.3 million for other infrastructure upgrades on the New Brunswick training base.


HALIFAX BUSINESSES FED UP WITH SLOW CONSTRUCTION WORK
Monday 27th June 2016
Several downtown Halifax businesses are launching a lawsuit to recoup losses they claim are the result of the construction of the Nova Centre megaproject. A news release from Wagners Law Firm says businesses in the area around the new convention centre have suffered over the past three years as construction has closed streets, eliminated parking and reduced pedestrian traffic. The firm says the project has experienced delays, and businesses have had to cope with the noise, dirt and dust associated with blasting and drilling. It says attempts to communicate the negative impacts with Nova Centre stakeholders have been unfruitful, so some businesses have decided to take legal action. Wagners says they are seeking compensation for personal and business damages resulting from the construction of the Nova Centre. Construction on the one million square foot centre, which is expected to open next year, started in January 2013.


LOCAL MLAs WANT DSME SALE COMPLETED SOON
Monday 27th June 2016
The three Pictou County MLAs are working together to push the province to get a sale of the DSME Trenton facility completed as soon as possible. The three members of the Progressive Conservative caucus have all said that the building needs to be up and running to create jobs locally. Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn says Business Minister Mark Furey needs to take an offer, if it is reasonable, while Pictou East MLA Tim Houston says Furey needs to make sure that bidders aren't getting the run around. The NDP government made the province a 49 percent stakeholder in the metal fabrication plant in 2010. Since that time, the Tories say over $56 million has been invested into operations at the facility.


HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN LEAVES FOR MEDITERRANEAN MISSION
Monday 27th June 2016
H-M-C-S Charlottetown set sail today for a mission in the Mediterranean. The frigate will replace H-M-C-S Fredericton on NATO's Operation Reassurance. Fredericton had been deployed on the mission since January. Charlottetown's last international deployment was in 2012, when the ship served in the eastern Mediterranean region.


SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE WHETHER TO HOLD OLAND BAIL HEARING LATER THIS WEEK
Monday 27th June 2016
The Supreme Court of Canada is expected to release a decision Thursday on a bid by Dennis Oland to be released from prison while he appeals his murder conviction. Oland's lawyers asked for an expedited decision on his bail application after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his father, businessman Richard Oland. Oland's lawyers argue that the New Brunswick courts applied "high standards" that are out of step with similar cases elsewhere in Canada and they want the high court to reconsider the matter in a more timely fashion. The former investment adviser was handed a life sentence earlier this year after his father was found dead in his Saint John office in July 2011. The younger Oland is appealing his murder conviction and asked the New Brunswick courts to grant him bail while the appeal is being prepared, but his request was rejected. The appeal is scheduled to begin Oct. 18.


AMERICAN FAMILY LOSE EVERYTHING IN RV FIRE ON COBEQUID PASS
Monday 27th June 2016
A family of three moving to Cape Breton from the United States lost all of their belongings — including passports and other ID — after their R-V caught fire. The Canadian Red Cross says the vehicle was on the Cobequid Pass section of the Trans-Canada Highway yesterday afternoon when fire broke out. The group is helping the couple and their teenage daughter with lodging, clothing purchases and personal-care items. The family from Ohio escaped without injury.


ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE FOLLOWING FOUR CRASHES WITH SAME VEHICLE
Monday 27th June 2016
Police have charged a 21-year-old man with attempted murder after causing four serious crashes in five minutes along a four-kilometre stretch of road in South Harbour. R-C-M-P say Daniel Keays of Bedford was driving a Honda van on Saturday when he intentionally hit three vehicles -- an S-U-V and two motorcycles -- narrowly missing a fourth before coming to a stop by ramming into a guard rail. Police say Keays assaulted two bystanders who tried to help after the crash and also attacked officers while in custody. They say all the victims suffered non life-threatening injuries. Keays is due to appear in Sydney Provincial Court this morning on various charges.


FOSSIL FIND REVEALED AT FUNDY GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Monday 27th June 2016
Researchers from the Fundy Geological Museum are unearthing the bones of 200-million-year-old lizards to learn more about life in the early Jurassic period. The museum director says fossils from the sandstone cliffs on the Nova Scotia shore of the Bay of Fundy date back to a time of evolutionary upheaval at the dawn of dinosaurs. Tim Fedak says his most exciting find at Wasson Bluff has been the tip of the snout of what he believes could be a meat-eating dinosaur, which would be a first in the Parrsboro area.


DEFENCE MINISTER ANNOUNCING INVESTMENTS IN CFB GAGETOWN
Monday 27th June 2016
Canada's defence minister will be stopping by a military base in New Brunswick today to announce "significant investments" in the facility. Harjit Sajjan will appear at the 5th Canadian Division Support Base in Gagetown. He's also expected to meet with Premier Brian Gallant in Fredericton to discuss cybersecurity.


MONCTON MAN TO ENTER PLEA ON CHILD PORN CHARGES
Monday 27th June 2016
A Moncton, New Brunswick man is expected to enter a plea on charges relating to sexual exploitation of more than two-thousand young people online. R-C-M-P say the 25-year old suspect has previously pleaded guilty to producing and distributing child pornography as well as sexual assault. He is accused of posing as a teenage girl online in order to convince young boys to send him images and videos of a sexual nature. Police say they've been able to identify 40 victims in North America and Europe, all boys between the ages of 10 and 16.


BRITISH FINANCE MINISTER CALMING MARKETS IN WAKE OF "BREXIT" VOTE
Monday 27th June 2016
Britain's treasury chief is trying to calm nerves in the global financial markets, as investors worry about the consequences of Britain's shocking decision to leave the 28-nation European Union. George Osborne addressed the media early Monday ahead of the reopening of the London Stock Exchange, and said authorities have robust contingency plans for the "Brexit" result. He acknowledged there will be some volatility ahead, but said Britain's economy is about as strong as it could be to face this challenge. The "Brexit" vote sent the pound and global stock markets plunging Friday, but Japanese and Chinese markets closed higher in Monday trading.


"BREXIT" MAJOR TOPIC AT NORTH AMERICAN LEADERS SUMMIT
Monday 27th June 2016
Summit watchers expect talks between North America's leaders at the "Three Amigos Summit" this week will be adjusted, now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The plan was for the leaders of Canada, the U-S and Mexico to talk about the economy and climate change. But analysts say the men now need to focus on the fallout from Thursday's surprising "Brexit" vote. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at a dinner tonight in Toronto ahead of their summit with U-S President Barack Obama in Ottawa on Wednesday.


FEDS TO SET STANDARDS FOR WHAT CAN BE CALLED GLUTEN-FREE
Monday 27th June 2016
The Canadian government has announced half-a-million dollars for the Canadian Celiac Association to develop a voluntary certification standard for gluten-free grains. The standard will include visual identification tools for grain millers. It will also include good management practices for oat producers and a sampling and testing protocol for gluten-free certification on-farm and post-farm. Approximately one in 133 Canadians suffer from celiac disease.


SPORTS JUNE 27 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Monday 27th June 2016
Truro's Dylan Blenkhorn has won for the second time this season at the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour after a victory at Petty International Raceway Saturday night. Blenkhorn took the lead from Craig Slaunwhite on lap 87 and battled with Cassius Clark, driving for Rollie MacDonald of Pictou, in a wild finish to the race. Cole Butcher edged out Clark for the second spot at the finish with Clark coming in third. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is back in New Brunswick this weekend for the Cummins 100 on Saturday at Speedway 660 just outside of Fredericton.
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The Festival of the Tartan golf tournament sponsored by the New Glasgow Bombers club, will take place Thursday July 14th at Glen Lovet Golf course. There will be both tartan and non-tartan divisions, so all are welcome. Cost is $70 per person or $280 per team and includes 18 holes, cart, meal and beveridge. To join the chase for the Lord Provost Trophy, please call 902-759-4899.
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Looking for something fun to do this week? There will be Toonie Swims at the Pictou Fisheries Pool on Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 3, and on Tuesday and Thursday from 12 to 2.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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World number one Novak Djokovic is on the court this morning (8 ET) as Wimbledon kicks off its first round of play. He faces Britain's James Ward. Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard are in the men's and women's singles tournaments, but they don't play until Tuesday.
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Marco Estrada will be on the mound tonight as the Toronto Blue Jays visit the Colorado Rockies in interleague play (8:40 ET). Toronto has lost five of its past seven, but Estrada has been solid. Although he only has five wins he has a 2-point-7-0 earned-run average. Colorado counters with Jon Gray.
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Round of 16 action continues at soccer's European Championship today. Italy faces Spain (noon ET) in Saint-Denis, France. Later, England takes on Iceland (3 pm ET) in Nice, France.
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It could be a big day for Eric Lindros.  He's one of the bigger names who may get nominated this afternoon to the Hockey Hall of Fame's inductee class of 2016. Lindros has been eligible for six years, while Mark Recchi three, Dave Andreychuk eight and Sergei Makarov 16.
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The N-B-A and W-N-B-A made history yesterday.  N-B-A commissioner Adam Silver and W-N-B-A president Lisa Borders marched in New York City's pride parade, making the leagues the first pro sports organization to have a float in the parade. Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum both wore "Orlando United" shirts to show their support for victims of the night club attack earlier this month.


MOTORCYCLIST DEAD FOLLOWING CRASH IN BIBLE HILL
Sunday 26th June 2016
A 22-year-old motorcyclist is dead after crashing his bike into a home in Bible Hill shortly after midnight this Sunday morning. RCMP Corporal Andrew Joyce said it happened on Main Street, just across the Salmon River from Truro. Joyce said the man was traveling southwest when he veered off the road and crashed into the front of a house. No other vehicles were involved. The man was taken to Colchester East Hants Health Centre where he later died. The victim was from the Truro area and Joyce said they are still looking into the cause of the crash.


PROVINCE GIVES $60K TO PARRSBORO CREATIVE GROUP
Sunday 26th June 2016
The province is giving $60,000 to Parrsboro Creative to help develop a cultural campus. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince says the money will also be used to start a program aimed at encouraging artists to relocate to Parrsboro. Ince says creative communities are an important part of Nova Scotia, and the funding allows the province to strengthen and build on excellent assets already in the community. Michael Fuller, president of Parrsboro Creative, says there's a distinct buzz happening with people who write, call and come to the community to see what the developing arts scene is all about. Parrsboro Creative uses artists from Nova Scotia and around the world to teach workshops in fine craft, fine art, drama and music.


TRANSCANADA TO TAKE US GOV'T TO COURT OVER KEYSTONE XL REJECTION: WANTS $15 BILLION IN COMPENSATION
Sunday 26th June 2016
TransCanada is moving ahead with a legal challenge of the U-S government's rejection of the Keystone X-L pipeline. The Calgary-based company made a complaint in January, but it says talks with the government failed to reach an amicable settlement. TransCanada is seeking more than 15-billion dollars in compensation from the U-S under the North American Free Trade Agreement -- alleging the U-S government failed in its commitment to protect Canadian investors. The U-S has never lost a challenge under NAFTA.


EU PRESIDENT WANTS QUICK APPLICATION TO START "BREXIT"
Sunday 26th June 2016
European Parliament President Martin Schulz wants Britain to officially apply for an exit from the European Union already by Tuesday, following its vote to leave the bloc. Top EU officials have repeatedly pressed Britain for a quick exit to avoid a period of uncertainty for the remaining 27 EU countries. The victorious "leave" campaigners in Britain have said there's no rush to trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, which will begin a two-year exit process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the U.K. and the EU. Meanwhile, t he "Brexit" has prompted independence factions in other European countries -- namely the Netherlands, France and Italy -- to press for their own votes, while an online petition seeking a second referendum in the U-K has now drawn more than 1.6-million names.


VANCOUVER DOCTOR INVENTS DEVICE TO PREVENT FUTURE POSTURE PROBLEMS FOR SMARTPHONE USERS
Sunday 26th June 2016
A Vancouver doctor is hoping his invention will save children from an infliction known as "Game Boy Disease." Doctor Vahid Sahiholnasab says it was a Dutch surgeon who found a pattern of kids developing neck and back problems from hunching over smartphones and video games. Dr Sahiholnasab has designed a pair of electronic glasses that warn kids against slouching, and hopefully prevent it from becoming a habit.


SPORTS - JUNE 26
Sunday 26th June 2016
The Festival of the Tartan golf tournament sponsored by the New Glasgow Bombers club, will take place Thursday July 14th at Glen Lovet Golf course. There will be both tartan and non-tartan divisions, so all are welcome. Cost is $70 per person or $280 per team and includes 18 holes, cart, meal and beveridge. To join the chase for the Lord Provost Trophy, please call 902-759-4899.
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Looking for something fun to do? There will be Toonie Swims at the Pictou Fisheries Pool on Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 3, and on Tuesday and Thursday from 12 to 2.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A fine return to the sidelines for coach Wally Buono. Chris Rainey returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth as the B-C Lions beat the Calgary Stampeders 20-18. Buono is back coaching for the first time since 2011. Buono — also B-C.'s general manager and vice-president of football operations — added to his C-F-L record with the 255th victory of his career. 
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No Henry Burris, no problem for the Ottawa Redblacks. Trevor Harris came on in relief to dominate as the Redblacks beat the Edmonton Eskimos 45-37 in overtime in a rematch of last year's Grey Cup. Burris was injured in the third quarter when Harris replaced him. Harris finished the game 17-of-19 passing for 292 yards and three touchdowns.
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Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque has been arrested on a drunken driving charge. The Andover Police Chief says Bourque was arrested late last night after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported. Bourque was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.
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The Blue Jays finally have a win against the Chicago White Sox. Toronto allowed seven homers but still held on for a 10-8 victory over the White Sox. It's their first win over Chicago in five meetings this season. Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs and Devon Travis homered for the Jays.
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Family members say the cousin of Ben Simmons, who was picked first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the N-B-A draft, has died after being struck by a car in a New Jersey neighbourhood. The victim's mother says her son had gone with Simmons to the NBA draft earlier in the week.
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Keith Thurman defended his W-B-A welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Shawn Porter in a fierce bout. Both fighters landed precise combinations and also missed wildly. Each was coming off lengthy layoffs, and their eagerness to show their skills made for an entertaining bout that was the first in prime time on C-B-S since 1978.


LESLIE'S FINERY NOMINATED FOR INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Saturday 25th June 2016
here’s proof that people in our smaller urban centres are getting some international recognition. Leslie’s Finery on Archimedes Street in downtown New Glasgow has been nominated for an International Intima award.
The Intima award is presented to the top lingerie shop in North America.
People in the industry say the Intimas are like the Oscars of independent lingerie boutiques.
The nominations come from the suppliers. Leslie’s Finery staff have now been notified that they have made the finals. To top it off, there is a gala presentation in New York City at the end of July.
Congratulations to owner Leslie Carroll and her staff.


WOMAN MISSING, TWO GIRLS TURN UP SAFE
Saturday 25th June 2016
Mounties are asking for your help to find a missing woman from Lower Sackville.
RCMP say Christine Fougere was reported missing around 7:30 last night.
Investigators say the 47-year-old left her residence on Hill Top Drive around lunchtime Friday under circumstances that lead police to be concerned about her safety.
Fougere is described as approximately 5'1" tall, about 100 pounds with brown hair.<
She was last seen wearing an orange tank top, beige shorts, and baby blue and white sneakers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP or call the Crime Stoppers line. Meanwhile, a couple of missing teenage girls from the Windsor area who were the subject of a search last night have been found safe and sound.


TWO BEARS KILLED IN LOCAL TRAFFIC, TWO MORE ON THE LOOSE
Saturday 25th June 2016
A couple of bears...a mother and her cub, were killed in separate collisions with cars Friday on the Sunrise Trail between the Pictou Rotary and Tony River.
As a result, DNR and RCMP are warning folks to slow down in that area as two surviving cubs are still on the loose.
The past month has produced an unusually high number of bear encounters throughout the Maritimes, so if you're in wooded areas on a 4-wheeler or on country roadways near bear habitats, police say being aware of wildlife crossing your path is the best protection for you and for the animals.


TWINNING MEETING DRAWS ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD
Friday 24th June 2016
Concerned citizens pushing for the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway between Sutherland's River and Antigonish say a meeting yesterday was a major step in the right direction for the possible project. Barney's River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says there was a good crowd at the Beech Hill Fire Station, and several ideas were generated as to calling people to action on this stretch of highway that has seen 15 deaths since 2009. This comes as the government is planning public consultations related to this and other potential twinning projects. MacDonald is inviting people to visit their new website, or to visit their Facebook page.


POLICE SEEK ASSISTANCE FINDING MISSING GIRLS
Friday 24th June 2016
RCMP are asking for assistance from the public in locating a pair of missing girls from the Windsor area. Fifteen-year old Jasmine Leopold and 12-year old Hailie Saunders were last seen around 2pm yesterday, and were reported missing roughly six-and-a-half hours later. Police say that they are concerned for the safety of the two girls. Leopold has hair that is blue on top and green and blonde at the bottom. She is 5’4 and 100 pounds, was wearing a white jacket with a blue stripe, and a black hat that said "bad hair day". Saunders has hair that is blue on top and black on the sides. She is 5’4 and 130 pounds. She was wearing black jeans and a black t-shirt with white horizontal stripes. She also may have her cat with her. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Leopold or Saunders is asked to call the nearest police department or the Windsor District RCMP at 902-798-2207. Anonymous tips can also be sent to Crime Stoppers.


ROOFTOP COMMUNITY GARDEN TO BE CREATED AT ABERDEEN HOSPITAL
Friday 24th June 2016
People familiar with the Women and Children's Unit on the first floor of the Aberdeen Hospital will know about the sun room, but now that area will become even nicer. Staff of the Women and Children’s Unit with the support of Public Health, the Hospital Auxiliary, hospital volunteers, and the Aberdeen Health Foundation are coming together to create a community garden on the roof adjacent to the sun room. The space already has 20 small raised beds that were utilized in the past but have not been planted in recent years. The rooftop space has these raised beds and deer fencing already in place, making the cost of this project relatively low, with lots of benefits. Kelley Cavan, Public Health Nutritionist, says half of the beds will be planted with flowers to beautify the space, while the rest will be used to grow vegetables to be donated back to members of the community through groups such as the Pictou County Food Bank. Debbie MacDonald, Manager of the Women’s and Children’s Health Unit, says spending time viewing plants and flowers can increase immunity and boost healing. MacDonald says there are calming benefits for laboring mothers in the unit, as well.


DARTMOUTH GENERAL RE-OPENS RENOVATED SECTION
Friday 24th June 2016
A newly renovated section of the Dartmouth General Hospital is now open to patients. Thirty-five patients moved into the space at the care centre this week as part of the Q-E-2 redevelopment project. The third floor wing is the second unit to be renovated and marks the halfway point in the renovations to the hospital's third and fourth floors. The project will cost about 6.5 million dollars over two years.


FIREFIGHTING EXERCISE TO TAKE PLACE TOMORROW - TRAFFIC MAY BE IMPACTED
Friday 24th June 2016
Firefighters in Pictou County will be doing some unique training this weekend in an ongoing effort to provide the best possible services to their communities. Euerka Fire Department will host a water shuttle exercise tomorrow, which will involve moving large amounts of water from a water source such as a lake, pond or river to the site of an emergency. Fire Tankers will be filled at a fill site near the Upper Church on Millstream Rd and will be shuttling water to a dumpsite in Riverton near the intersection of the Mark Rd. and Trafalgar Rd near Holmes’ Pond. Residents of Pictou County are advised to use caution in this area and expect traffic delays between 9:00 AM and 12:30. Drivers are asked to use extreme caution in the area for the safety of those taking part in the exercise.  


WAR VET WILL BE ADMITTED TO CAMP HILL HOSPITAL AFTER ALL
Friday 24th June 2016
It's a happy ending to the struggle of a Norwegian war veteran's family. After months of fighting with the department of Veterans Affairs, 94-year old Petter Blindheim will finally be admitted to Camp Hill Memorial Hospital in Halifax. Blindheim's son Peter says Halifax MP Andy Fillmore relayed the news to him personally. Blendheim's treatment by the department led to a protest last week and even prompted Premier Stephen McNeil to call on the federal Liberals to stop the "bureaucratic BS."


NALCOR CEO SAYS MUSKRAT FALLS IS $4 BILLION OVER BUDGET
Friday 24th June 2016
Estimated costs for the troubled Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject in Labrador have now hit $11.4 billion including financing. That's up from an original estimate of $7.4 billion -- including the cost of borrowing -- when the development was sanctioned in 2012. First power from the dam and hydro station under construction on the lower Churchill River was expected next year. But Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall now says first power is delayed until the fall of 2019. Full power from Muskrat Falls to the island of Newfoundland and on to Nova Scotia through subsea cables is expected in mid-2020. Marshall says original cost estimates were optimistic or overly aggressive. He also says some contractors lacked experience working in harsh environments and that early execution by some "was poor." About $6.7 billion has been spent or is already committed to the project. Marshall says most problems are happening around construction of the power plant and that talks continue with contractor Astaldi Canada to get work on track.


TEMPORARY CLOSURES AT THE TATAMAGOUCHE ER THIS WEEKEND
Friday 24th June 2016
There will be temporary Emergency Department closures at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Tatamagouche over the next few days. The closures will be on Saturday from 2 to 8 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm, and Tuesday from 3 to 8 pm. The closures are necessary due to an unexpected lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care. The Health Authority reminds the public that in all circumstances, those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to 811 where callers can receive around the clock advice and information from a registered nurse.


NORTHUMBERLAND FERRIES ADDING MORE SAILINGS AS OF NEXT WEEK
Friday 24th June 2016
After consultation with their commercial customers, Northumberland Ferries is adding a night sailing of the MV Confederation, as well as an early morning sailing on weekdays. As of Monday, the first departure from Caribou will be at 3:30am Monday to Friday, with the final departure from Wood Islands at midnight Sunday to Thursdays. Northumberland will continue the additional crossings while the MV Holiday Island remains in drydock. An update on the boat's status is expected next week.


NO CAMPFIRES ALLOWED AT PROVINCIAL PARKS THIS WEEKEND
Friday 24th June 2016
The ban on campfires has been expanded. The Department of Natural Resources issued a ministerial proclamation this morning banning all campfires at provincial parks and private campgrounds, from 2 pm today until 2pm Monday. In a statement, Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines cited the wildfires in Fort McMurray and the recent fire at Bayers Lake as reasons why the province needs to be extra cautious during wildfire season. Even with the wet weather earlier this week, there are still parts of the province under high or very high risk for forest fires.


FRANK H. MACDONALD SCHOOL WON'T OFFER FRENCH IMMERSION DUE TO LACK OF APPLICATIONS
Friday 24th June 2016
There won't be Middle French Immersion in Grade 4 at Frank H. MacDonald Elementary in the fall. Debbie Buott-Matheson of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board says a lack of interest and few applications means the program won't be offered next year. She says if the number of applications remain low, French Immersion at the school could be discontinued. Meanwhile, the Early French Immersion and Middle French Immersion Programs will continue at A.G. Baillie Memorial. The Middle French Immersion program at West Pictou Consolidated is also continuing. The Board held a series of public meetings in late 2013 regarding the future of French Immersion in Pictou County because of declining enrolment and the extra costs associated with the program.


GAS NOW A LOONIE PER LITRE
Friday 24th June 2016
Another drop at the pumps this morning: regular self-serve gas is down to an even dollar per litre, and diesel is down to 95.2 cents per litre.


BREXIT ROUNDUP: BRITAIN VOTES TO LEAVE, MARKETS DROP, PM CAMERON TO RESIGN
Friday 24th June 2016
As dawn broke over London, those who wanted Britain to stay in the European Union woke up to grim news -- voters had chosen to leave the 28-nation bloc. The British vote is considered a political earthquake that will shatter the stability of the continental unity forged after the Second World War. Labour lawmaker Gisela Stuart, one of the leaders of the victorious "leave" campaign, is reassuring the E-U that Britain will continue to be a good neighbour in the wake of its vote to leave.
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World financial markets took a tumble in the wake of the vote, with the British pound hitting its lowest level in three decades. The pound plummeted more than 10 per cent in six hours. The uncharted, unexpected path of a European Union without Britain also sent stock markets and oil prices crashing, with more jitters expected as global markets try to digest the result.
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British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will resign from office and aims to have a successor in place by October. Cameron says he is "not the captain to steer the country through negotiations" with the E-U. Cameron says the country requires fresh leadership and he told E-U citizens in the U-K there would be ``no immediate change'' in their circumstances.
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European Union President Donald Tusk says the bloc will meet without Britain at a summit next week to assess its future. Speaking in Brussels, Tusk says he is confident in the E-U's future, adding that "what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." Meantime, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says the bank is ready to take all steps necessary to help keep the country stable.


OTTAWA NOT LOWERING CAP ON TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER HIRES
Friday 24th June 2016
The federal government is freezing the cap on the amount of temporary foreign workers certain companies can hire. The number will stay put at 20 per cent of a company's workforce, rather than being cut to 10 per cent as it was set to do next week. Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says the controversial T-F-W program needs an overhaul, and she'll announce more changes later this year. She calls the freeze a "prudent step" as the government works to fix the program, which came under fire in 2014 over reports of companies abusing it. A spokesman for the Canadian Meat Council says plants that have been dealing with labour shortages will welcome the relief. Ron Davidson says it doesn't solve all their problems, but any flexibility helps.


SPORTS - JUNE 24
Friday 24th June 2016
This Saturday will see the final weekend for ball hockey there will also other fun recreation games as a kick off to Pictou's Rec programs with treats and free BBQ hotdogs afterwards. As well, former NHL local goalie Joey MacDonald will be between the pipes for you to shoot and test your skills. Come one come all @5pm @HECTOR Arena on Saturday.
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The Festival of the Tartan golf tournament sponsored by the New Glasgow Bombers club, will take place Thursday July 14th at Glen Lovet Golf course. There will be both tartan and non-tartan divisions, so all are welcome. Cost is $70 per person or $280 per team and includes 18 holes, cart, meal and beveridge. To join the chase for the Lord Provost Trophy, please call 902-759-4899.
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Not a good start to the Argonauts' BMO Field era. Jeremiah Masoli threw three T-D passes as the Tiger-Cats beat Toronto 42-20 to spoil the Argos' official BMO Field debut.  The Argos moved to the new field this year following 27 seasons at Rogers Centre.
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The Raptors selected two big men at the N-B-A Draft. They took Utah centre Jakob Poeltl with the ninth pick.  The 7-foot-1 Vienna native is the first Austrian ever drafted in the N-B-A. Toronto also selected Pascal Siakam, a 6-foot-10 forward from Cameroon, with the Number-27 pick. The 76ers took L-S-U forward Ben Simmons Number 1.
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A scary moment in the Athletics-Angels game. Home plate umpire Paul Emmel was hit in the head by Jefry Marte's bat with two outs in the ninth when the pinch-hitter lost control of it on a follow-through. Emmel fell to his knees before leaving the field with a towel held to his head. Oakland held on for a 5-4 win.
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Nick Ahmed had a two-out R-B-I single in the ninth inning and the Diamondbacks recovered after blowing a late lead to beat the Rockies 7-6. Arizona starter Zack Greinke was in line for his eighth win in eight starts but took the no-decision.
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Jon Rahm shot a 7-under 64 at Congressional to take the first-round lead in the Quicken Loans National. Rahm is up one stroke on Jhonattan Vegas. Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor, both of Abbotsford, B-C, are the top Canadians in the field. They shot a 2-under 69 for a share of 35th place.
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The head of Brazil's intelligence agency in Rio de Janeiro says many countries are voicing concern about security during the Summer Olympics after recent major attacks in the United States and Europe. Brazilian Intelligence Agency's regional chief told The Associated Press that information sharing between Latin America's most populous country and dozens of other nations has increased significantly in the last several months.


PICTOU RCMP LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON INCIDENTS OF VANDALISM
Thursday 23rd June 2016
RCMP are asking the public for assistance related to a series of incidents of vandalism that took place earlier this month. Pictou District RCMP say a person, or possibly multiple people, spray painted words and images onto various buildings and structures around the town of Pictou on Monday, 13 June. The CN Station building, the Brody Park building on Louise Street and 2 dugouts in the ball field off Front Street, the Pictou Recreation Department shed and a shed at the Pictou cemetery were all damaged. Similar words were painted on some of the buildings “GROVE STR-4 LIFE.” Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to contact RCMP at 902-755-4141 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637). You can also access Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers could qualify for a cash reward of $50 - $2,000.


OTTAWA TO STEP IN ON "OVERHEATED" HOUSING MARKETS
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Ottawa is going to work with officials from Vancouver, Toronto and the provincial governments in B−C and Ontario to tackle overheated housing markets. The federal government is creating a working group that federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says will review factors that affect housing supply and demand, affordability and stability of the market. He says it’s important that all levels of government work together because taking action on the Vancouver housing market could have unintended consequences on people in other cities. 


SOLAR POWERED KAYAK ADRIFT OFF COAST
Thursday 23rd June 2016
An unmanned kayak, powered by the sun and the ambitions of two young engineers, may be taking a more leisurely route across Atlantic than originally planned. The lonely Solar Voyager set off from Gloucester, Mass., on June 1 in a bid to become the first autonomous boat to make the transatlantic voyage. But according to its Twitter feed, the sleek 250-kilogram kayak has become adrift off Nova Scotia's east coast after possibly getting snarled in fishing gear. The feed says the project team temporarily halted one of its two motors Wednesday as it was headed further away from land, and that the other motor and rudder were not working properly. The team, made up of two engineers now working in Singapore, says it's hoping fishermen on the Grand Banks find the boat and free it from the nets. A post on Sunday described dragging that was so violent it blocked transmissions from the satellite modem on board the four-metre-long aluminum boat, which has two solar panels as its main power source.


HALIFAX POLICE AUDIT SHOWS SLOPPY RECORD KEEPING WITH EVIDENCE
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Halifax Police say an internal audit of drug evidence revealed serious problems with record keeping and continuity. The audit took place between June and November of 2015 after a Halifax Regional Police officer was charged with theft in connection with evidence from a drug investigation. In a statement today, police say the audit found 90 per cent of the drug exhibits in one vault weren't where they were supposed to be, while 55 per cent of the evidence in the money vault wasn't where records indicated. After a followup in May, 52 per cent of the drug exhibits in the original vault still couldn't be found and 32 per cent of the money evidence was still missing. Police say the audit also found that policy was not being followed, training for drug unit members needs to be standardized and the drug vaults need to be modernized. Police say in a statement that no court cases have been affected due to evidence that couldn't be located — and a top priority now is to find the missing or incorrectly logged evidence. 


ARREST MADE IN DARTMOUTH HOMICIDE
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Halifax police have arrested a Dartmouth teen in the shooting death of 20 year old Joseph Cameron. Halifax Regional Police said in a release they arrested a 17-year-old man from Dartmouth around 8:30 this morning at a residence on Spring Avenue. He is currently in police custody for questioning. On March 29, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Spring Avenue and Mount Edward Road in Dartmouth, and found Cameron dead on the sidewalk.


SENATE WANTS DUFFY TO REPAY $17K IN EXPENSES: HIS LAWYER CALLS IT "PETTY VINDICTIVENESS"
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Mike Duffy is being asked to repay $16,955 in what a Senate committee considers ineligible expenses, despite the controversial senator having been acquitted earlier this year of a raft of charges related to his spending claims. In a June 8 letter, the clerk of the Senate's internal economy committee says "new information had surfaced in the public domain" which warranted an assessment of the eligibility of some expenses. The letter cites seven specific expenses, ranging from $10,000 for a personal trainer to $8 for personal photos — both of which came up during Duffy's high-profile trial. The letter gives Duffy 10 days to provide information to explain the expenses. Duffy's lawyer Donald Bayne says his client has been "fully exonerated" on the seven expenses in question, calling the Senate's persistence "a further compounding of injustice upon injustice." Bayne wrote that the investigation cost Duffy a net loss of $155,867 and that seeking $8 for personal photos now “smacks of petty vindictiveness.”


MLA HOUSTON WORRIED THE YARMOUTH FERRY IS GOING TO COST TAXPAYERS FAR MORE THAN PLANNED
Thursday 23rd June 2016
The MLA for Pictou East wonders how much the Yarmouth ferry is going to cost taxpayers. Tim Houston says if everything goes according to plan, this year the Liberals will pay $23 million to Bay Ferries. However, passenger numbers are so far only about a third of projections. Houston says this means the real cost could be closer to between $30 and 40 million this year alone. He says the Liberals have signed a 10 year deal, and unless things improve it won't be affordable.


TWO VEHICLE COLLISION IN NEW GLASGOW ON WEDNESDAY
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Minor injuries resulted from a Motor Vehicle Accident in New Glasgow yesterday. A vehicle travelling north on Stewart Street travelled thru a stop sign striking the passenger side of a vehicle heading east on Victoria Street. One young person was treated at the scene and released. The driver of the first vehicle was charged for Failing to Yield to a vehicle already in the intersection. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.


LOBSTER BOAT CAPTAIN WILL NOT GET REDUCED SENTENCE IN MURDER CASE
Thursday 23rd June 2016
The unrepentant ringleader of Nova Scotia's "murder for lobster" case lost his bid Wednesday to have his 14-year jail term reduced to match the lesser sentence given his son-in-law. Joseph James Landry of Little Anse had been jailed 14 years in the manslaughter death of Phillip Boudreau. Landry's son-in-law, Dwayne Matthew Samson, was sentenced to 10 years. In Wednesday's ruling, Justice Duncan Beveridge of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal noted the two did not have the same "moral blameworthiness," and he concluded Landry's sentence was not excessive. The two men believed Boudreau was stealing lobsters and cutting traps, and they spotted him while out fishing aboard the Twin Maggies on June 1st, 2013. Beveridge noted Samson was following Landry's orders and showed genuine remorse. Boudreau's damaged, overturned boat was found shortly after he disappeared off Petit-de-Grat. His body was never found.


HIGHWAY TWINNING SUPPORTERS MEETING TONIGHT
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Supporters of twinning the Trans Canada Highway are meeting tonight ahead of proposed public consultations with the province. The meeting will take place at the Antigonish County Fire Department's Beech Hill Station at 7 pm. 


SHELL DRILLING TO RESUME OFFSHORE
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Shell Canada has been told it can resume drilling one of two exploration wells off Nova Scotia. Drilling was stopped after two kilometres of pipe broke off a wellhead during a storm on March 5th.  Nova Scotia's offshore regulator has cleared the company to resume drilling after a three-month review. The review confirmed the crew of the vessel Stena IceMAX was appropriately prepared for heavy weather.


CONCERNS RAISED OVER PLAN TO LOWER HOME CARE WAIT TIMES
Thursday 23rd June 2016
The province is pumping more money into four new nursing clinics to help reduce wait times for home-care services. But a coalition of critics says the plan tilts too much toward the private sector. Health Minister Leo Glavine says an additional 4.2-million dollars was set aside in the spring budget for home nursing and for four nursing clinics operated by the non-profit Victorian Order of Nurses — in Halifax, Berwick, New Minas and Bridgewater. Chris Parsons, co-ordinator of the Nova Scotia Health Coalition, says the new clinics represent a shift toward poor quality, private-sector services — a model he says proved to be a disaster in Ontario.


PROVINCE WANTS INPUT ON AGING POPULATION PLAN
Thursday 23rd June 2016
The province is drafting a plan to deal with the province's aging population — and it wants some public input. Nova Scotians are being invited to share their ideas about how people can continue to be healthy and active as they age. Public meetings will be held in seven communities, and an online survey will be available starting June 27th. The plan is expected to be released later this year.


NFLD MAN MAY GET FIRST ASSISTED DEATH IN PROVINCE
Thursday 23rd June 2016
A man who is seeking Newfoundland and Labrador's first legal assisted-death will likely get his wish -- within the next month. His lawyer says the unnamed man has suffered from prostate cancer for a number of years. Lawyer Kyle Rees says his client -- who is over 65 -- is in great pain and has exhausted all avenues of treatment. New federal legislation limits assisted deaths to those whose natural death is — quote — "reasonably foreseeable.''


OTTAWA CRUNCHES NUMBERS ON PROPOSED CPP REFORMS
Thursday 23rd June 2016
The federal government estimates it will cost taxpayers 250-million dollars per year to offset the financial burden an expansion of the Canada Pension Plan will eventually place on low-income earners. Ottawa and all but two provinces reached an agreement-in-principle this week to gradually increase C-P-P premiums as a way to boost the program's benefits for future generations of retirees. The announcement also included a federal commitment to enhance its refundable "Working Income Tax Benefit" to help compensate eligible low-wage earners for the higher C-P-P contributions. The Finance Department projects that change will cost about 250-million dollars a year once the C-P-P premium increase is fully phased in. Under the agreement, C-P-P premium increases on workers and employees will be phased in over seven years, starting in 2019.


EU VOTE UNDERWAY IN BRITAIN
Thursday 23rd June 2016
British citizens have started going to the polls to decide whether their country should quit the European Union bloc it joined 43 years ago. More than 46-million Brits are registered to vote in today's historic referendum, with results due early tomorrow. "Leave" campaigners claim only a "Brexit" can restore power to Parliament and control immigration. The "remain" campaign led by Prime Minister David Cameron argues that Britain is safer and richer inside the 28-nation E-U.


SPORTS JUNE 23 *UPDATED 10:15 AM*
Thursday 23rd June 2016
The Pictou County Gymnastics Club is offering summer programs, that provide fitness and fun, for a variety of ages and skill levels. The Preschool Programs runs 3 mornings a week, Tuesday to Thursday from 9am-12pm. Summer day Camp for school agers runs weekly from 9am-3pm. And hourly Summer Rec Classes, for school age children each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm -8pm. For more information, find us on Facebook at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club", drop in to our location at 558 South Frederick St. (old Y building), or call 902-695-3699.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is holding an Emergency & Standard First Aid Recertification course on Sunday beginning at 1 o’clock at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Festival of the Tartan golf tournament sponsored by the New Glasgow Bombers club, will take place Thursday July 14th at Glen Lovet Golf course. There will be both tartan and non-tartan divisions, so all are welcome. Cost is $70 per person or $280 per team and includes 18 holes, cart, meal and beveridge. To join the chase for the Lord Provost Trophy, please call 902-759-4899.
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane had a banner night at the N-H-L Awards in Las Vegas. He won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player, took home the Ted Lindsay Award as the N-H-L's outstanding player selected by his fellow players and also scooped up the Art Ross Trophy for winning the N-H-L scoring title.
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Washington's Braden Holtby was rewarded for his stellar season at last night's N-H-L Awards. He was given the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender. Other award winners included Chicago's Artemi Panarin, who won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie, and L-A's Drew Doughty, who walked away with the Norris Trophy as top defenceman. 
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The curtain rises on the C-F-L season tonight with Toronto hosting rival Hamilton at the Argonauts' new home turf at BMO Field. Toronto beat the Ticats 25-16 in the pre-season opener for both clubs.  
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The Raptors have two first-round picks at tonight's N-B-A draft at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York. Toronto will select ninth and 27th in the first round. The 76ers have the first overall pick. They're expected to take L-S-U power forward Ben Simmons. He averaged 19-point-2 points, 11-point-8 rebounds and 4-point-8 assists for the Tigers last season.
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The Blue Jays will enjoy their second off day of the week before launching a six-game road trip on Friday night. Toronto topped Arizona 5-2 yesterday at Rogers Centre thanks to home runs from Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin. The Blue Jays play the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend then fly to Colorado for a three-game set on Monday.
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A Kuwaiti government official says the Arab nation will sue the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland for more than $1 billion. The comments come amid its worsening relationship with the IOC and its own Olympic committee. The Kuwaiti government has filed a lawsuit in local courts against 14 board members of its Olympic committee seeking some $1.3 billion in damages. The dispute comes over the IOC suspending Kuwait in October on grounds of government interference in sports. In a meeting earlier this month, the IOC's executive board authorized Kuwaiti sportsmen to compete as individual athletes under the Olympic flag if they qualify.


DATES SET FOR HENNEBERRY APPEAL TO BE HEARD
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
A woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a Saint Mary's University student from Labrador will have the appeal of her murder conviction heard next January. Dates were set today for 18 and 19 January for the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal to hear the arguments from Victoria Henneberry as to why she wants her guilty plea withdrawn. Henneberry says she was under duress when she admitted to her role in the killing of Loretta Saunders in 2014. A previous decision from the Court of Appeal indicated that Henneberry will not have a court-appointed lawyer to assist her in the hearing.


SAME OLD PHONE SCAMS STILL MAKING THE ROUNDS
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Police are once again reminding people not to fall for a phone scam that has made news repeatedly over the past 8 to 12 months. Stellarton Police have issued a warning that the Canada Revenue Agency phone scam is once again making the rounds. In this scam, the caller portrays an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency, and threatens to have the intended victim arrested for back taxes owing. They then attempt to get the victim's personal information so that a payment can be processed. Despite repeated warnings from the media, this scam is still making the rounds. Canada Revenue has also repeated confirmed that they will not call you and threaten to have you arrested. At the same time, Stellarton Police are reminding people not to fall for the "Grandparents" scam, or the phony bank inspector scam.


UARB OFFICIALLY DISMISSES THE PICTOU AMALGAMATION PLAN
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
The current amalgamation plan is officially over, as the Utility and Review Board has dismissed the application. In its decision released today, the board says that with Pictou County and the town of Stellarton withdrawing from the application, that there is no practical option to contemplate an amalgamation of New Glasgow and Pictou, which voted on Monday to stay in the process. The board did note that many of the concerns expressed at their hearing “will likely persist after this proceeding is completed, because the issues are inherent in the present governance structure.” In an interim decision released before the plebiscite, the Board said it believed amalgamation was in the best interest of the municipalities, but would not make a final decision until after the vote.


ECONOMY TODDLER OK AFTER FALLING IN WELL
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
An 18-month-old child suffered minor injuries after falling six metres down a well in Economy. Police, EHS, firefighters, and Truro Hazmat Rescue responded to the scene on Highway 2 around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. RCMP say a volunteer firefighter with the Economy Volunteer Fire Department pulled the child out of the well. The child, who is the son of Economy fire chief Jason Flemming, was taken to hospital in Truro as a precaution. Police are investigating this incident, however it is not believed to be suspicious.


METEGHAN RCMP LAY CHARGE IN STABBING
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Police are investigating an alleged stabbing in a rural corner of western Nova Scotia. The Mounties say they were called to the Meteghan River area early yesterday after receiving a complaint about a man being stabbed in the arm. The victim -- a 47-year-old man from Church Point -- is expected to recover from the wound. A 21-year-old man from Meteghan River is facing charges of assault with a weapon and breach of probation.


HRM COUNCIL MAY NAME STREET AFTER SIDNEY CROSBY
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Residents of a Halifax suburb could be strolling down the Sidney Crosby Pathway as city council considers renaming a street for the Stanley Cup winner. Council has voted unanimously to explore ways to honour to the Cole Harbour native but disagree about what the best path would be. Councillor Stephen Adams said the city should recognize more than just puck-shooting prowess but a range of accomplishments.  According to municipal policy, a street can only be renamed for person who is retired or has completed 25 years of volunteer service. Councillor Gloria McCluskey felt the 28-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins' captain qualified as an exception. Crosby's childhood hockey coach kick-started the renaming effort, which quickly gained traction on social media.


CIVILIAN & MILITARY POLICE INVESTIGATING DEATH AT CFB TRENTON
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
An Ontario Province Police crime unit is assisting military police in investigating the death of a 32-year-old woman at Canadian Forces Base Trenton. The O-P-P says military police contacted them Tuesday after finding the body of Jasmine Reid of Trenton in her residence at the sprawling air base in eastern Ontario. Police aren't releasing details about the death and have not indicated if Reid was a member of the military. A post-mortem is scheduled for Wednesday in Ottawa.


TRUDEAU LIBERALS MULL SIGNING ONTO 70 YEAR OLD INT'L LABOR CONVENTION
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Government documents show the Trudeau government is giving serious thought to ratifying an international labour convention on the right to organize and collective bargaining which Canada has refused to sign since 1949. An internal memo from Employment and Social Development Canada says ratifying the key International Labour Organization convention called Convention 98 would be one way for Canada to shore up its efforts to ensure the rights of workers are respected overseas. The memo says there are limits to Canada's traditional approach of using free trade agreements to help create a level playing field, protect Canadian businesses from unfair competition and promote human rights. The Canadian Press obtained the document under the Access to Information Act. Jamie Knight, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, says since the convention has been around for nearly 70 years, he would want to see the federal government explain its reason for wanting to do so now.


TORONTO POLICE CHIEF TO ISSUE FORMAL APOLOGY FOR 80'S BATHHOUSE RAIDS
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Toronto's L-G-B-T community is about to receive a formal apology from police chief Mark Saunders today stemming from raids on bathhouses 35 years ago which galvanized the city's Pride movement. Nearly 300 people were arrested in raids targeting the city's gay community -- but more than 90 per cent of the charges of owning or being found in a common bawdy house were later dropped. Observers say an apology is a necessary acknowledgment of the fact that the bathhouse raids ruined many lives.


NEW STUDY SAYS DON'T SKIP MEALS, KEEP A REGULAR SCHEDULE TO AVOID HEALTH PROBLEMS
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Researchers have found that erratic mealtimes appear to be linked to a higher risk of metabolic syndrome -- which means high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Differences in eating times have previously been linked to shift work and wacky sleep cycles. Authors suggest skipped meals and shorter periods of sleep are as important to identify as what types of food we eat. Also, the authors found the most important meal of the day varied among different countries. Further investigation is warranted, say the authors, but there seems to be some truth to the saying eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. The analysis was done in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.


SPORTS JUNE 22 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
The Pictou County Gymnastics Club is offering summer programs, that provide fitness and fun, for a variety of ages and skill levels. The Preschool Programs runs 3 mornings a week, Tuesday to Thursday from 9am-12pm. Summer day Camp for school agers runs weekly from 9am-3pm. And hourly Summer Rec Classes, for school age children each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm -8pm. For more information, find us on Facebook at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club", drop in to our location at 558 South Frederick St. (old Y building), or call 902-695-3699.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is holding an Emergency & Standard First Aid Recertification course on Sunday beginning at 1 o’clock at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The deadline to register for female hockey in the province has been extended to July 1. All players must sign up with one of six geographical zones based on where they live, if they intend to play female hockey in Nova Scotia during the 2016-17 season. Players who live in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region through the Hockey Canada Online Registration System. Once the Female Hockey Central Registry closes, female hockey committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. It’s extremely important to have accurate numbers in order to create these teams. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The N-H-L board of governors is meeting today to vote on whether to expand the league to 31 teams. And it appears they have already decided to bet on Las Vegas and take a pass on Quebec City. The Associated Press reported last week that the league's executive committee will recommend to the board to accept the Las Vegas bid. The new franchise is expected to begin play in the 2017-18 season.
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Golfer Rory McIlroy says he won't compete in the Rio Olympics because of concerns over the Zika virus. The four-time major winner from Northern Ireland says in a statement that his health and that of his family's "comes before anything else." McIlroy is one of the most high-profile sports stars to pull out of the Games because of the mosquito-borne virus.
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The Toronto Blue Jays turn to left-hander J.A. Happ this afternoon as they close out their interleague series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Rogers Centre. Toronto is on a three-game losing skid. They fell 4-2 to the Diamondbacks in last night's series opener. 
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The lowly Atlanta Braves will look to continue their hot streak as they take on the Marlins in Miami. Atlanta has won six straight but still sits last in the N-L East with a 24-and-46 record. Miami is third in the East at 37-and-34.
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Connor McDavid could add a new trophy to his case at tonight's N-H-L Awards in Las Vegas. He's up for the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year along with Philadelphia's Shayne Gostisbehere and Chicago's Artemi Panarin. Stanley Cup M-V-P Sidney Crosby is one of the finalists for the Hart Trophy for the league's most valuable player. He's up against Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Dallas captain Jamie Benn.
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The Group Stage of the European Championship wraps up today with four matches between two groups. In Group F, Hungary plays Portugal while Iceland squares off against Austria. In the later Group E matches, Italy tangles with Ireland and Belgium takes on Sweden.
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Cleveland is throwing a parade today that's been on hold for 52 years. Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to line downtown streets to celebrate LeBron James and the Cavaliers winning the N-B-A title by beating Golden State and giving the city its first major professional sports championship since 1964. The parade is scheduled to start at 11 a-m Eastern Time.


COUPLE PLANS CROSS-CANADA TRIPS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH
Tuesday 21st June 2016
A Canadian couple are embarking on a Cross-Canada trip to raise awareness about depression and mental health issues. David Wilson and Wendy Harder are going to drive east to west on the Trans Canada Highway, then turn around and head back east by hiking the Trans Canada Trail. Wilson says they plan to make as many stops as possible along the way. To learn more, and follow along with their adventure, click here.


NEW FUND CREATED TO GET NOVA SCOTIANS HEALTHIER
Tuesday 21st June 2016
The province has created a new $300,000 fund to help Nova Scotians avoid chronic disease. Projects that help people get more exercise, eat more fruits and vegetables, quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption will be eligible for Chronic Disease Innovation Fund grants. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says it's important to deal with the root causes of chronic disease.


BURNING BAN STILL IN PLACE
Tuesday 21st June 2016
The province continues to ban domestic brush fires and campfires due to the high risk of wildfires. The Department of Natural Resources says mainland Nova Scotia has a no-burn order, while on Cape Breton domestic brush burning and campfires are allowed only between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m.


DALHOUSIE STUDENT GETS PEACE BOND *UPDATED 1:35 PM*
Tuesday 21st June 2016
A judge has imposed a six-month peace bond on a Dalhousie University medical student accused of threatening to kill people at the Halifax school. Stephen Gregory Tynes made a brief appearance in Halifax provincial court on Wednesday. Tynes was scheduled for a trial earlier in June on charges of uttering threats to cause bodily harm and engaging in threatening conduct, but that turned into a peace bond hearing after the Crown withdrew three of the charges. Crown prosecutor Eric Taylor said that in reviewing the case and witness accounts, it became clear the evidence to support criminal charges wasn't as strong as initially thought. Tynes's psychiatrist testified as part of the peace bond hearing that she went to police with her concerns because she felt the daughter of a university official was in imminent danger of being harmed. Tynes is also charged with unauthorized possession of a prohibited device in relation to an overcapacity cartridge magazine. A trial on that count is scheduled for August 19th.


JUDGE WANTS FACEBOOK TO REVEAL POSTERS' IDENTITIES
Tuesday 21st June 2016
Facebook is being asked by a Nova Scotia judge to give municipal officials the identities of users who they want to sue for defamation. The two account-holders made disparaging comments on a Facebook group called "Taxpayers of Richmond County, N-S." The comments were about Richmond Councillor Steve Sampson and county administrator Warren Olsen. Sampson and Olsen say they want to find out who is behind the postings so they can be sued.


NEW GLASGOW & PICTOU VOTE TO STAY IN AMALGAMATION APPLICATION TO MAKE A POINT
Tuesday 21st June 2016
A bit of a twist in the Amalgamation story as the towns of New Glasgow and Pictou both decided not to withdraw the UARB application at meetings Monday night. New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan says it is a symbolic gesture, as continuing the current application is impossible following the withdrawal of both Pictou County and Stellarton. He says the town, which was the only one of the four whose citizens voted in favour of the proposed amalgamation, remains willing to work with anyone who wants to move towards structural reform. Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes tells NG News that the town's vote, 3-2 to not withdraw, puts on public record the belief that structural reform of municipal government is still vitally important to the community.


FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING BLAZE NEAR BAYERS LAKE
Tuesday 21st June 2016
A forest fire 10-15 hectares in size burning west of Bayers Lake was contained after 8 Monday evening. Halifax Regional Fire crews have a wet line around the fire, but say it's not yet under control because the fire could still jump that line. Division chief Dave Meldrum tells CBC News there were about 25 firefighters in the woods working on the fire and another 20 are on standby. He said crews worked hard on the ground to get hose lines around the sides of the fire while the Department of Natural Resources helicopter dumped water on the head of the fire.


CARDIOLOGY RESEARCHER WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST HEALTH AUTHORITY
Tuesday 21st June 2016
A Halifax cardiology researcher says she feels vindicated after winning a 1.4-million-dollar lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Dr. Gabrielle Horne says she believes its largest award of its kind in Canada. The verdict was delivered by a Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury on Friday. The case has dragged on for 14 years. Horne says the verdict will help her move on personally and professionally. Shesays she launched the case in 2002 after a spat over her research on the mechanical differences in patients with heart muscle problems. As a result, she says she couldn't conduct the research and the entire research program folded.


FINANCE MINISTERS AGREE ON BOOSTING CPP PREMIUMS TO INCREASE BENEFITS
Tuesday 21st June 2016
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says an agreement-in-principle on enhancing the Canada Pension Plan means future generations of Canadians will be able to retire in dignity, no matter the state of their finances. The deal reached in Vancouver yesterday among most of the country's finance ministers would see Canadians paying higher pension premiums in order to receive more in retirement. A typical worker earning 55-thousand dollars a year will start paying an extra seven-dollars a month in 2019, and that amount will gradually increase to an extra 34-dollars a month by 2023. Employers will also have to contribute more. Retirees would later get a maximum benefit of about 17-thousand-500 dollars a year.


LIBERALS LOOKING TO OVERHAUL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT POLICY
Tuesday 21st June 2016
The federal Liberals are making the first, tentative moves to alter course on former Conservative policy on environmental assessments. But advocates gathering today to mark National Aboriginal Day may not be celebrating since it will likely be years before any substantive changes are legislated by a Trudeau government. Six Liberal cabinet ministers have announced a series of public reviews to begin later this year aimed at overhauling the way major resource projects are approved. The target appears to be a series of significant reforms that were pushed through by Stephen Harper's majority government in back-to-back omnibus bills in 2012. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says consultation and engagement will be at the core of the review. Conservative environment critic Ed Fast called it a "solution in search of a problem." Green party Leader Elizabeth May vigorously opposed the idea of a drawn-out consultation process without first repealing the omnibus budget bills of 2012.


NOT. AN. EMERGENCY. NEWFOUNDLANDER CALLS 911 TO COMPLAIN ABOUT HER PIZZA
Tuesday 21st June 2016
Police in Newfoundland say a woman placed a call to 9-1-1 when she realized her pizza had been delivered with too little cheese. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary took the call Friday. They say the woman from the St. John's area told police she didn't like the pizza joint's response to her complaint. Constable Geoff Higdon says the woman was told complaining to police about an unsatisfactory pizza order was inappropriate.


SPORTS JUNE 21 *UPDATED 10:50 AM*
Tuesday 21st June 2016
A silver finish for the Stellarton Subway Stingers U14 fast pitch team at the Scotia Bank Cup in Alberton, PEI on Sunday. The team lost 8-6 in the championship against Cole Harbour Comets. Game MVP was Jayden Palmer.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club is offering summer programs, that provide fitness and fun, for a variety of ages and skill levels. The Preschool Programs runs 3 mornings a week, Tuesday to Thursday from 9am-12pm. Summer day Camp for school agers runs weekly from 9am-3pm. And hourly Summer Rec Classes, for school age children each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm -8pm. For more information, find us on Facebook at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club", drop in to our location at 558 South Frederick St. (old Y building), or call 902-695-3699.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is holding an Emergency & Standard First Aid Recertification course on Sunday beginning at 1 o’clock at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The deadline to register for female hockey in the province has been extended to July 1. All players must sign up with one of six geographical zones based on where they live, if they intend to play female hockey in Nova Scotia during the 2016-17 season. Players who live in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region through the Hockey Canada Online Registration System. Once the Female Hockey Central Registry closes, female hockey committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. It’s extremely important to have accurate numbers in order to create these teams. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Blue Jays are back home for a quick two-game interleague series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. They'll send Marco Estrada to the hill tonight as the look to snap a two-game slide. Patrick Corbin starts for Arizona.
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Canadian left-hander James Paxton gets the start for the Seattle Mariners as they continue their series against the Tigers in Detroit. Paxton, from Ladner, B-C, is 1-and-2 through four starts this year. Justin Verlander counters for the Tigers, who won the first game of the series 8-7 in 12 innings last night.
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The Texas Rangers go for their eighth straight win as they begin an interleague series against the lowly Cincinnati Reds. Texas leads the American League West at 46-and-25. Cincinnati is at the other end of the scale -- last in the American League Central at 27-and-43.
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Undefeated Spain is looking for its third straight win at the European Championship in France. The Spaniards close out their Group-D schedule with a game against second-place Croatia. The Czech Republic plays Turkey in the other Group-D matchup. And in Group C, co-leader Germany tangles with third-placed Northern Ireland, while other co-leader Poland plays Ukraine.
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Calgary is going to spend up to five-million dollars to study the idea of hosting another Winter Olympics. Council voted yesterday to set up an exploration committee to study a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Games. Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will name the 2026 host city in 2019.


PARRSBORO JOINING SPRINGHILL AND HANTSPORT AS A SOON-TO-BE FORMER TOWN
Monday 20th June 2016
Another Nova Scotia town is dissolving. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has approved Parrsboro's dissolution into the Municipality of the County of Cumberland as of November first. In its decision, released last week, the Board says its assessment of the town's finances and infrastructure needs led it to conclude that dissolution is the viable option. In its application, Parrsboro council said the town has no significant commercial properties, and its declining and aging population wouldn't be able to afford property tax rate hikes to pay for needed infrastructure and upkeep. In March, the province reached an agreement with Parrsboro and Cumberland County to provide $5.3 million over five years to help with costs if the dissolution went ahead. While municipal elections will be held in October, two weeks before the formal dissolution, the Board says the town should form a new polling district in Cumberland County for the election as if dissolution already happened.


FISHING GROUP WANTS FEDERAL PLAN TO CHANGE HOW FARMED SALMON IS RAISED
Monday 20th June 2016
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is calling on Ottawa to come up with a plan to move from sea cages to closed containment for farmed Atlantic salmon. The group says scientists meeting recently in Germany found growing evidence that net-pen aquaculture reduces the survival of wild Atlantic salmon. But it says countries that have major aquaculture operations, like Canada, Norway and Ireland, have not come up with plans to transition to closed containment farming. Federation president Bill Taylor says Canada continues to invest heavily in sea cage operations that harm wild Atlantic salmon.


FIRE DAMAGES HOME IN TRENTON
Monday 20th June 2016
An early morning weekend house fire has displaced a family in Trenton. Trenton Fire Department was called out to 33 Hanson Street around 4:35 Sunday morning. Damage to the house was extensive. Nobody was home at the time, but a dog and cat were lost in the fire. The cause was determined to be accidental.


VERY RARE FULL MOON IN THE SKY TONIGHT
Monday 20th June 2016
Summer arrives at 7:34 Atlantic time this evening, and as an added bonus skywatchers are in for a once-in-a-lifetime sight. There's going to be a full moon on the summer solstice. That's something that won't happen again until June 21st, 2062.


PROVINCE APPROVES FIRST MAJOR STAGE OF TIDAL POWER PROJECT
Monday 20th June 2016
The provincial Environment Department has approved the proposed monitoring program for a tidal power project in the Bay of Fundy. This allows the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy to proceed with the initial phase of the demonstration project, which is deploying two turbines in the Minas Passage for research purposes. Environment Minister Margaret Miller says she is satisfied that the monitoring plan will address information gaps and that having turbines in the water is needed to understand how marine life will interact with them.  Fishermen and environmental groups have raised concerns that the giant turbines would have a negative impact on marine life. 


PROVINCE DEVELOPING PLAN TO SPREAD HIGH-SPEED INTERNET TO MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES
Monday 20th June 2016
High-speed Internet service may soon be available in more rural communities. The province is asking municipalities to bring forward proposals, and a call for information will be issued to service providers. A team with technical expertise will be hired to develop a detailed plan and work with communities. Business Minister Mark Furey says quality Internet service is an important part of driving economic growth and delivering services that matter most to Nova Scotians. This year's budget allocated $6 million to improve high-speed Internet service. 


EXTREME FIRE RISK LEADS TO CAMPFIRE BANS
Monday 20th June 2016
Looking to celebrate summer with a campfire? Not so fast. The Department of Natural Resources has banned outdoor fires as most of mainland Nova Scotia is under an extreme forest fire risk. That means no brush burning or campfires are allowed. Some parts of Guysborough and Colchester counties and most of Cape Breton is at a very high risk for fires. Click here for the latest wildfire conditions.


TWO PICTOU COUNTY MEN IN HOSPITAL AFTER CRASH IN COLCHESTER COUNTY
Monday 20th June 2016
Two men from Pictou County have been hospitalized after a single-car crash in East Earltown. Investigators say a car travelling east on Highway 256 left the road Saturday afternoon and became wedged between a ditch and an embankment. The 45-year-old driver was airlifted to the QEII Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 55-year-old passenger was taken to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro with non-life threatening injuries. There has been no update from police on either man's condition, and the investigation continues. 


SENIORS FUNDING ANNOUNCED BY MP FRASER
Monday 20th June 2016
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser was in Plymouth on Saturday to announce more than $125,000 in New Horizons for Seniors Program funding. Stella Maris Parish Hall in Pictou, Plymouth Community Recreation Association, the Pictou County Council of Seniors, and LORDA all received money to go towards various items including heat pumps, repairs, and a wood chipper. The New Horizons for Seniors Program supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. The next application period for New Horizons for Seniors Funding closes 29 July. More information can be found here. 


VIOLA DESMOND FERRY READY FOR JULY LAUNCH
Monday 20th June 2016
The ferry named after Nova Scotia civil rights activist Viola Desmond is currently docked on the Dartmouth side of Halifax harbour in anticipation of its first crossing. Halifax Transit's newest ferry will officially launch July 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Nathan Green Square in Halifax. The public voted to name the ferry after Desmond, who was arrested in New Glasgow in 1946 when she sat in the whites only section of a movie theatre. She fought the charges and won an appeal in court. Desmond's case is credited with helping end segregation in Nova Scotia in 1954.


NS GREEN PARTY NOT GONE AFTER ALL
Monday 20th June 2016
The Green party of Nova Scotia insists it is still a political force in the province. The party's official agent says in a statement that members are building their team for the next provincial election. Ian Charles says the party will have a new interim leader by July 9 when Brynn Nheiley steps down. Nheiley announced last week that the party was shutting down because it didn't have enough support, prompting a response from the party that it was still very much alive. Charles says officials met with Elections Nova Scotia last week to indicate the party will submit paperwork for a new interim leader by July 19. He says the party will also be renewing its executive in the coming weeks.


FINANCE MINISTERS MEETING TO TALK PENSIONS
Monday 20th June 2016
Canada's finance ministers are meeting in Vancouver today, where they'll try to hammer out a preliminary agreement on expanding the Canada Pension Plan. Any improvements to the C-P-P will come at a cost. As benefits increase, so potentially will the premiums deducted from workers' paycheques, something the federal Conservatives say amounts to a payroll tax hike. But Frank Graves, president of EKOS Research Associates, says it appears Canadians are prepared for that. Graves says recent public opinion polls have shown a majority of Canadians would back an expansion of the C-P-P -- maybe even a doubling of benefits and premiums. Any changes to the pension system would require the consent of a minimum of seven provinces representing at least two-thirds of the country's population. Ontario's premier, Kathleen Wynne, says if Ottawa finds agreement among the minimum number of provinces, it should move forward. For years, Ontario has been pushing hard to upgrade the C-P-P out of concern that retirees decades from now may lack adequate retirement savings. But some other provinces have voiced concerns about the potential impact increased contributions could have on workers and businesses.


SPORTS JUNE 20 *UPDATED 12:45 PM*
Monday 20th June 2016
The Pictou County Gymnastics Club is offering summer programs, that provide fitness and fun, for a variety of ages and skill levels. The Preschool Programs runs 3 mornings a week, Tuesday to Thursday from 9am-12pm. Summer day Camp for school agers runs weekly from 9am-3pm. And hourly Summer Rec Classes, for school age children each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm -8pm. For more information, find us on Facebook at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club", drop in to our location at 558 South Frederick St. (old Y building), or call 902-695-3699.
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The deadline to register for female hockey in the province has been extended to July 1. All players must sign up with one of six geographical zones based on where they live, if they intend to play female hockey in Nova Scotia during the 2016-17 season. Players who live in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region through the Hockey Canada Online Registration System. Once the Female Hockey Central Registry closes, female hockey committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. It’s extremely important to have accurate numbers in order to create these teams. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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England can reach the knockout stage at the European Championship. England faces Slovakia this afternoon needing just one point to move on but a win would secure the English top spot in Group B. In other action, Wales faces Russia in the other Group B match.
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A day off for the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto dropped an 11-6 loss to Baltimore yesterday to fall three games behind the Orioles for first in the A-L East division. The Blue Jays host the Diamondbacks tomorrow.
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Quite a pitching matchup tonight in Los Angeles where the Dodgers host the Washington Nationals. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers while Stephen Strasburg counters for Washington. Kershaw is 10-and-1 with a 1-point-5-8 E-R-A this year while Strasburg is 10-and-0 record and 2-point-90 E-R-A.
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NASCAR driver Mike Wallace says he and his daughter were attacked after a Rascal Flatts concert in North Carolina. Police say three men have been arrested following the incident Friday night. Wallace said three men he had never met punched and kicked him and also attacked his daughter Lindsey.


DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLTOWN CRASH
Sunday 19th June 2016
A single-vehicle crash in Colchester County has put a Pictou County man in a Halifax hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 45-year-old driver was airlifted to the QEII Hospital in Halifax. A passenger, also from Pictou County was taken by ambulance to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro with non-life-threatening injuries. RCMP responded to the Highway 256 accident scene in East Earltown at about 3:20 Saturday afternoon. Police say the car was travelling east when it left the road and became stuck between a bank and the ditch. The road was closed for six hours as police investigated.


SCOTSBURN'S DAVE MACLENNAN WINS 11TH JOHHNY MILES MARATHON
Sunday 19th June 2016
Congratulations to Dave MacLennan of Scotsburn on his 11th win of the Johnny Miles Marathon. Complete results are unavailable at this time.


EAST COAST FM SPORTS JUNE 19/2016
Sunday 19th June 2016

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The Blue Jays took the Orioles right to their final at bat, but dropped a 4-2 decision at Camden Yards to snap their four-game win streak. Josh Donaldson had a chance to bring the Jays back with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, but hit into a game-ending double play. R-A Dickey took the loss for Toronto.
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Signing Zack Greinke for over $200 million dollars U-S is paying off for Arizona. Greinke won his seventh straight start by pitching three-hit ball for eight innings as the Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 4-1. Greinke is 10-3 and got home run support from Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Nick Ahmed.
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A tough one for Canadian Rory MacDonald. He fell to Stephen (Wonderboy) Thompson in a unanimous five-round decision in a battle of top welterweight contenders at U-F-C Fight Night 89 in Ottawa. The judges scored it 50-45, 50-45, 48-47 for Thompson, who left MacDonald bloodied and confused.
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A jury has convicted former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating. It took jurors just over four hours of deliberation before finding Vandenburg guilty on multiple counts of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. In addition, he was convicted of one count of unlawful photography.
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The I-O-C says it "welcomes and fully supports" the decision by the IAAF, the governing body of track and field, to ban Russia's track and field team from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of widespread doping. The I-O-C says it "fully respects" Friday's ruling by the IAAF to maintain its suspension of the Russians.
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Eduardo Vargas scored four goals, Edson Puch added two, and defending champion Chile thoroughly dismantled Mexico in a 7-0 Copa America quarter-final trouncing. The loss was Mexico's worst ever in an official match and ended its team-record unbeaten streak in embarrassing fashion at 22 matches.
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JOHNNY MILES WEEKEND ROAD CLOSURES
Saturday 18th June 2016
The annual Johnny Miles Running weekend means there will be some road closures. Glasgow Square Theatre's parking lot will be open on Saturday morning for event parking, then will be closed on Sunday until 5:00pm. Provost Street will be closed to traffic from 5:00am until Noon Saturday, from George Street to Forbes Street, including Dalhousie and MacLean Streets to accommodate the children’s events. Provost Street will re-open to vehicle traffic on Saturday from 12pm-5:00pm and then close again on Sunday until 5:00pm. On Sunday, Provost Street will remain closed, from George Street to Maclean Street, reopening at 5:00pm. The George Street Bridge will be closed from 8:00am until 1:00pm to ensure the safety of all runners. Terrace and Clyde Streets will also be closed to traffic from 8:30am until 3:00pm. The north bound lane from intersection of Stellarton and Abercrombie Roads in New Glasgow to Foord Street and Bridge Avenue, Stellarton will be closed with only southbound traffic allowed from 8:30am until 1:00pm. The Trans-Canada Highway Exit 24 Eastbound ramp will be closed from 8:30am until 12pm. There will be no vehicle access to the New Glasgow Marina on Sunday between 7:30am and 1:00pm. Foot traffic may access the marina by the staircase near the east side of the George Street Bridge.


MILLARD AND SMICH FOUND GUILTY OF MURDERING TIM BOSMA IN HAMILTON
Friday 17th June 2016
Two men have been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Tim Bosma in Hamilton, Ontario Superior Court. Dellen Millard and Mark Smich were both convicted in a verdict from the jury delivered this afternoon after they had been deliberating since Monday. Millard and Smich were proven to have killed Bosma after taking a test drive in his pickup truck in May, 2013. The Crown alleged in the case that Bosma's body was burned in a medical waste incinerator at the Millard family farm. The mandatory sentence for Millard and Smich will be life in prison, with no opportunity to apply for parole for 25 years.


PORT HAWKESBURY PAPER ISSUES TEMPORARY LAYOFFS
Friday 17th June 2016
A Cape Breton paper mill is headed for a week-long shutdown due to poor market conditions for printing and writing-grade paper. Marc Dube of Port Hawkesbury Paper says more than half of the mill's 330 workers will be affected. He says some of the unionized and non-unionized employees will take vacation during next week's shutdown. Dube says he's not sure if more layoffs are coming, but company and union officials say they're expecting sales to pick in the fall. 


INFLATION DROPS IN NOVA SCOTIA, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS ELSEWHERE
Friday 17th June 2016
Nova Scotia was the only Atlantic province that failed to see a substantial drop in the annual inflation rate last month. But Statistics Canada says the province still has the lowest inflation rate in the region at 1.1 per cent -- down from 1.2 per cent April. New Brunswick saw the biggest decrease as its annual inflation rate fell to 1.6 per cent from 2.2 per cent the previous month, driven partly by a modest drop in dairy prices following a 4.1 per cent jump in April. The annual inflation rate fell to 1.3 per cent in P-E-I from 1.7 per cent in April, while consumer prices rose year-over-year in Newfoundland and Labrador by 1.5 per cent -- down from two per cent the previous month.


CHARGES LAID IN HALIFAX STABBING INCIDENT
Friday 17th June 2016
Two men have been charged for their alleged roles in a robbery last night in Halifax. Police were called to an incident shortly after 7:30pm yesterday where a 44-year old Halifax man was found suffering from stab wounds to his hands. The man, whose name was not released, was treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Police say a man matching the description of one of the suspects was located leaving a home in the area of the incident a short time later. The 26-year old was arrested after a brief foot chase. A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident later that night. Shane Lee Croke and Joseph William Hecimovich, both from Dartmouth, have each been charged with robbery with a weapon in connection with the incident. Police don’t believe the incident was a random act.


MORE BLUENOSERS THAN EVER, SAYS STATISTICS CANADA
Friday 17th June 2016
The province's population has hit another all-time high. The Quarterly Demographic Estimates report from Statistics Canada says Nova Scotia's population hit 947,284 as of 1 April. That is 4,918 people more than the year before. The report says the population increase of 1,460 from January to April was the largest first quarter growth since 1985. Immigration was the main reason for the increase. The report notes while outmigration to Alberta slowed down, more Nova Scotians were leaving for Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and British Columbia.


PROVINCE EXPANDS CYCLING ROUTE TO WENTWORTH VALLEY
Friday 17th June 2016
Cyclists now have a better way to explore the beauty of the Wentworth Valley. The province, in partnership with Bicycle Nova Scotia, opened the second segment of the Blue Route today in Masstown, Colchester County. The segment stretches 55 kilometres from Masstown through the Wentworth Valley to Wallace in Cumberland County. Education Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan, says the Blue Route capitalizes on the province's stunning scenery, ocean views and picturesque towns and villages. The Blue Route will eventually connect the entire province through a 3,000 kilometre network of bike-friendly routes, using trails and roads. Click here for more information on the Blue Route.


PROVINCE PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO FILM FUND
Friday 17th June 2016
The province is adding more money to the Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. The budget for the fund will increase by $1.5 million in 2016-17, to accommodate projects expected to be complete by the end of this fiscal year. The province and Screen Nova Scotia have been working closely to monitor approved, pending and anticipated applications. It's forecasted that $11.5 million will be needed under the fund for the current fiscal year. Business Minister Mark Furey says the province values the film industry and wants it to succeed. He says new productions mean more work for Nova Scotians and a positive effect on the economy.


JOHNNY MILES WEEKEND ROAD CLOSURES
Friday 17th June 2016
The annual Johnny Miles Running weekend means there will be some road closures. Dalhousie Street is blocked off for delivery of grandstands. Traffic will be able to flow through as usual. Glasgow Square Theatre's parking lot will close as of 5pm tonight, reopening on Saturday morning for event parking, then will be closed on Sunday until 5:00pm.

Provost Street will be closed to traffic from 5:00am until Noon Saturday, from George Street to Forbes Street, including Dalhousie and MacLean Streets to accommodate the children’s events. Provost Street will re-open to vehicle traffic on Saturday from 12pm-5:00pm and then close again on Sunday until 5:00pm.

On Sunday, Provost Street will remain closed, from George Street to Maclean Street, reopening at 5:00pm.  The George Street Bridge will be closed from 8:00am until 1:00pm to ensure the safety of all runners. Terrace and Clyde Streets will also be closed to traffic from 8:30am until 3:00pm. The north bound lane from intersection of Stellarton and Abercrombie Roads in New Glasgow to Foord Street and Bridge Avenue, Stellarton will be closed with only southbound traffic allowed from 8:30am until 1:00pm. The Trans-Canada Highway Exit 24 Eastbound ramp will be closed from 8:30am until 12pm. There will be no vehicle access to the New Glasgow Marina on Sunday between 7:30am and 1:00pm. Foot traffic may access the marina by the staircase near the east side of the George Street Bridge.


HIP FANS REJOICE! CBC WILL BROADCAST THEIR FINAL SHOW
Friday 17th June 2016
For those frustrated fans who couldn't score tickets, some fantastic news today - The Tragically Hip's final concert will be broadcast live. CBC announced today it will not only air the show on CBC TV, but also simulcast it on radio and stream it on their Youtube channel. Many fans called on the public broadcaster to air the band's final show on 20 August, which sold out in seconds. Last month, lead singer Gord Downie said he was diagnosed in December with an aggressive, incurable form of brain cancer. Despite the illness, Downie vowed to join his bandmates for one final summer tour in support of their new album.


PROVINCE SEEKING INPUT ON GREENHOUSE GAS STRATEGY
Friday 17th June 2016
The province is asking for feedback on its approach to managing greenhouse gas emissions from liquefied natural gas facilities. Nova Scotia has a greenhouse gas emission target of at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. The province says it is developing regulations for liquefied natural gas facilities in advance of plants being built. The deadline for sending in comments is July 29th.


ANTI-AMALGAMATION GROUP FORMS NEW ORGANIZATION TO PLAN FOR FUTURE
Friday 17th June 2016
With the planned Pictou County amalgamation off the table, the group that pushed to reject it is taking the next step. Brian White, chair of Amalgamation No Thank You, has teamed up with Matt Weir of Little Harbour and Barb Harris of River John to launch the Pictou County Possibilities Project (PCPP). This new volunteer group hopes to build on the interest in positive change generated during the amalgamation debate. The first stage is a series of open questions for discussion on Facebook through the summer. PCPP is working on a new website, but they can be found on Facebook, email (pcpossibilitiesproject@gmail.com) and snail mail (42 Carmichael Court, New Glasgow, NS B2H 5T2).


GROUP CREATED TO HELP AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN MEN WITH THEIR HEALTH CARE
Friday 17th June 2016
A new group says it will try to ensure African-Nova Scotian men get the health care they need. The Nova Scotia Brotherhood team says it will provide care that is tailored to the men's gender and cultural needs. Organizers say there are specific health issues and barriers that African Nova Scotian men face when it comes to accessing health care. The team includes a family doctor, registered nurse, dietitian, wellness navigator, community liaison and booking clerk.


ASSISTED DYING BILL BACK IN THE SENATE: COMMONS REJECTS MAJOR AMENDMENT
Friday 17th June 2016
The assisted dying bill has been passed back to the Senate without the amendment removing the qualification that patients must be near death. Independent Liberal Senator Serge Joyal, who authored the amendment, says he will never vote for a bill that he says "would strip a group of citizens of their rights that have been recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada." But Conservative Senator Don Plett says while he had hoped for more restrictions and safeguards, he "cannot in all good conscience simply vote down a bill that is better than having nothing at all." Several senators have insisted that without the amendment, the bill is unconstitutional. The Senate is expected to debate and vote on the government's response Friday.


NO CHANGE YET TO FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FIRST NATIONS
Friday 17th June 2016
Newly released documents show Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to follow through on a promise to lift the cap on annual funding increases for First Nations. The figures show base funding for on-reserve programming grew by about 107-million dollars over last year. That's the same two-per-cent increase that's been in place for decades. The Liberals have promised a historic 8.4-billion dollars for indigenous communities over the next five years, but much of it is targeted and time-limited.


LIBERALS DELETING HARPER SEARCH RESULTS FROM GOOGLE
Friday 17th June 2016
The Liberals say their decision to have dozens of web pages from Stephen Harper's time as prime minister deleted from Google search results is simply to ensure websites are current. But Conservative M-P Candice Bergen is accusing the Trudeau government of doing it on a whim, saying the prime minister's website belongs to the Canadian people, not him personally. The Privy Council Office requests for deletion from Google began the day the Trudeau government took office on November 4th and continued into January. Treasury Board President Scott Brison told the House of Commons the material -- including news releases, Harper's daily posts and his 24-Seven video diary -- remains available through Library and Archives Canada.


SINGER MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ONSTAGE IN EDMONTON
Friday 17th June 2016
One concert-goer says Meat Loaf had been struggling with lyrics all night before collapsing on stage at a concert in Edmonton. Mikey McBryan of Yellowknife had brought his mother to the show at the Jubilee Auditorium for her 70th birthday. The 33-year-old ice pilot says fans first thought the singer's collapse was part of the show, until the lights came on and officials asked people to vacate the arena. A spokesman for Alberta Health Services would not provide any information on the 68-year-old singer's condition.


POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING DEATH OF BRITISH MP
Friday 17th June 2016
Campaigning in the referendum on Britain's membership in the European Union remains suspended as Britain mourns the killing of Labour Party legislator Jo Cox. It is not yet clear when campaigning will resume ahead of the vital June 23 vote on whether Britain should remain in the 28-nation bloc. There were tributes to the 41-year-old Cox across much of Britain Friday. She was shot to death Thursday afternoon in her constituency near Leeds in northern England. A 52-year-old man has been arrested but has not been charged. He has been named locally as Tommy Mair. West Yorkshire Police have not offered a motive for the slaying.


SPORTS JUNE 17
Friday 17th June 2016
Hector Arena Ball hockey will take place on Friday this week. Ages 5-9 and 10-14 at 5pm, 15 & over at 6pm.
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Pictou County Mini Rugby registration for the season will be June 16,17,18. All Pictou County youth are invited to take part in U6, U9, U12, and U15 sessions run by trained instructors and volunteers. It's an 8-week program on Wednesday evenings beginning June 29th from 6-7. If interested, please email the following information to pcminirugby@gmail.com: Name(s) & Date(s) of birth. They will be in contact with those interested with registration information. 
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock tour returns to Scotia Speedworld Saturday night with the Nova Truck Centres 150. Local drivers George Koskulics, Donald Chisholm, and Rollie MacDonald will be among those on the track. Racing begins at 6.
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The Johnny Miles Walk Event is a walk along the Sampson Trail with prizes, medals, bubbles, chocolate and water offered along the way. Folks can get out and enjoy the beautiful weather while participating in this free event; sign up is on Saturday at 8:00 at the New Glasgow Square. Walkers can walk a 1km, 2km or 5km with turnarounds well marked. Draw prizes include a road bike and sun glasses. You can use a pedometer to clock your pace or steps along the trail. Have you wondered about your blood pressure? You can have it checked before and after your walk. Snacks to follow. There is something for all to enjoy, and it’s free!
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With the Johnny Miles Weekend Running Event on, Northern Nova Soccer is postponing this weekend’s Soccer Saturday session and reschedule for a day to be determined. Tier 2 and Academy players are encouraged to wear your Northern Nova uniforms during your run – Go Falcons!
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For those who didn’t get enough last month, professional wrestling is returning to the Hector Arena on Saturday. Last months’ event saw over 500 fans witness a great night of action. This event features The American Patriot, Riddick Stone and Kowboy Mike Hughes as well as Brody Steele, The Big Picture Chris Cooke and local wrestler Lincoln Steen. Doors open for the all ages show at 6 p.m. for advance ticket holders. Advance tickets can be purchased at Big Al’s Convenience in New Glasgow, the Lyons Brook Rite Stop, Millside General Store, Woody’s Variety, Jacob's Variety, and East End Grocery in Pictou. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under. All Rush tickets at the door are $15. Rush seating opens at 6:30 p.m. Bell time is 7 p.m.
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The deadline to register for female hockey in the province has been extended to July 1. All players must sign up with one of six geographical zones based on where they live, if they intend to play female hockey in Nova Scotia during the 2016-17 season. Players who live in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region through the Hockey Canada Online Registration System. Once the Female Hockey Central Registry closes, female hockey committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. It’s extremely important to have accurate numbers in order to create these teams. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The N-B-A Finals is heading back to California one more time. LeBron James scored 41 points and Kyrie Irving had 23 as Cleveland beat Golden State 115-101 to force a Game 7. The Cavaliers can make history, and capture Cleveland's first pro sports championship in 52 years, with a victory in Oakland on Sunday.
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Rough night for M-V-P Steph Curry. Despite scoring 30 points, he was in foul trouble most of the way, then fouled out and got ejected for a combination of throwing his mouthpiece and berating referee Jason Phillips. Curry left with 4:22 remaining, ejected after just one technical. He fouled out for the first time since 2013.
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Another at bat, another home run for Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion hit his sixth homer in as many games and his 18th of the season as Toronto hammered Philadelphia 13-2. Kevin Pillar had two home runs and Michael Saunders and Devon Travis each hit one. The Blue Jays put up a season-high 17 hits.
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Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back homers and Anthony Rendon added a solo shot as the Nationals won for the ninth time in 11 games with an 8-5 victory over the Padres. Harper also drove in a run in the ninth with a single and finished with three R-B-I's. The Twins have lost their all-star closer for 2016.
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Glen Perkins will miss the rest of the season because of a persistent left shoulder injury that will require surgery. Manager Paul Molitor said that Perkins won't pitch again until 2017. The three-time All-Star appeared in only two games before landing on the disabled list.
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Nearly four years late and half a world away from London, Jared Tallent finally received his gold medal. Tallent, initially awarded the silver medal in the 50-kilometre walk at the 2012 London Games, was handed the gold by the Australian Olympic Committee in a ceremony in front of the Old Treasury Building in Melbourne. He was elevated to first after another Russian athlete was stripped of his medal for doping.


LOCAL POLICE ISSUE BEAR WARNING
Thursday 16th June 2016
A collision between a motorist and a bear yesterday in Three Brooks has prompted RCMP to issue a warning about the animals. Police say a Westville man suffered minor injuries after his vehicle hit the 350 pound adult black bear on Highway 6. The bear had been rummaging through green bins near the roadside before the collision. Department of Natural Resources and RCMP found the bear nearby suffering from injuries sustained in the incident, and it was put down. Police are also reminding residents to reduce food smells that attract bears. If you see a bear, call your local Department of Natural Resources office.


REALITY SHOW WINNER TO GO AFTER A SECOND TITLE
Thursday 16th June 2016
A New Glasgow woman who won Big Brother Canada is looking to add the title of Amazing Race Champion to her resume. Jillian MacLaughlin will be back on the air on this season of Amazing Race Canada, teaming up with her ex-boyfriend Emmett Blois, who she met while they were both competing on Big Brother. They will be one of ten teams travelling across the country and around the world competing to be the first to complete all of the tasks and arrive at the various destinations. The fourth season of the Amazing Race Canada will air starting on June 28.


ERRATA: G.R. SAUNDERS STORY
Thursday 16th June 2016
A story was brought to the attention of the newsroom via social media today regarding a person offering candy to a child while walking home from G.R. Saunders School. In checking the original source of the story, the date of the incident was listed as 12 June, however, staff did not notice that the story was published in 2014. Hector Broadcasting apologizes for any alarm this may have caused.


BEAR HEAD LNG GETS EXPORT LICENCE APPROVAL
Thursday 16th June 2016
A proposed liquefied natural gas export facility in Cape Breton has received federal approval for a licence to export liquefied natural gas. Bear Head LNG Corporation, a subsidiary of the Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd., says the government also approved a licence to import natural gas from the United States. The company says the National Energy Board's approval of the licences was given in August 2015, but was subject to the approval of the Governor in Council. The licences authorize the company to import up to 14.2 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year and are both good for 25 years. Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. bought the site in Point Tupper from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in an $11 million deal that closed in August 2014.


HEALTH CARE WORKERS INVOLVED IN PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DEATH SAFE FROM PROSECUTION
Thursday 16th June 2016
The provincial Public Prosecution Service has said they will not charge health care professionals involved in a physician-assisted death. Martin Herschorn, director of the prosecution service, did issue one proviso, saying members of a health-care team will not be charged, as long as the death falls within the scope of a 2015 Supreme Court of Canada ruling on the issue. Herschorn's directive to Crown Prosecutors will remain in effect until the federal government passes its legislation. Herschorn says the prosecution service consulted with police before releasing the directive. This mirrors those issued by other provinces earlier this month, including Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Meanwhile, the legisaltion is back before the House of Commons, after the Senate has sent the bill back with a major amendment that removes a key clause stating that only those who are near death should qualify for medical help to end their lives.


HOUSE FIRE IN STELLARTON ***UPDATED AT 12:50PM***
Thursday 16th June 2016
Acadia Avenue in Stellarton was closed between Maple and Poplar Streets earlier today while fire crews responded to a house fire. The road was closed for roughly two hours before traffic was once again able to flow through. As of now they do not believe there are any injuries as a result of the blaze. Nor is there any word as to the cause.


MI'KMAQ COMMUNITIES CAN NOW POST CONTRACT TENDERS ONLINE WITH THE PROVINCE
Thursday 16th June 2016
The province is helping Mi'kmaq communities secure better contracts by posting tender notices on the provincial government tenders website. Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis says this will help the communities connect with more suppliers and get the best possible value for their money. Chief Sidney Peters of Glooscap First Nation says the ability to access the provincial tenders site is an important development for First Nations communities looking to grow and expand. Last year more than 3,000 public tenders were posted to the site.


$350 FINE HANDED OUT FOR DRIVING TOO CLOSE TO A STOPPED POLICE CAR
Thursday 16th June 2016
A motorist travelling through Pictou County has learned an expensive lesson after failing to move over when approaching a stopped police car. Cpl. Dave Lilly of the Pictou County RCMP says that just after 3 pm on Tuesday, he was stopped on the side of the highway with his emergency lights flashing as he dealt with a violator on the highway. As he was about to get out of his car, he looked in his side view mirror and saw a vehicle approaching from behind at a high rate of speed in the lane closest to him. Lilly says the vehicle came so close it actually rocked the police car. The driver was cited for driving in a traffic lane closest to emergency vehicle that is stopped and exhibiting flashing lights when other lane available and fined $352.50.


NEW STUDY SAYS A THIRD OF KIDS AREN'T GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP
Thursday 16th June 2016
An annual report on the state of children's health finds almost a third of Canadian school-aged kids are sleep-deprived. For the first time, the ParticipAction Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth looked at the amount and quality of children's sleep, and found that many are not getting enough shut-eye. The problem seems to be too little exercise and too much screen time — a double whammy that means kids aren't moving enough to be tired, and they may also be too tired to move. Lead researcher Dr. Mark Tremblay says because of screens in their bedroom, because of holding their cellphone under their pillow, because they didn't move very much in that day and are not fatigued, kids get a disrupted night's sleep. For the fourth year in a row, the report card handed out a D-minus grade for overall physical activity, based on findings that only nine per cent of kids aged five to 17 get the recommended minimum of 60 minutes of "heart-pumping activity" a day. The worst grade was an F for sedentary behaviour, with only 24 per cent of five- to 17-year-olds coming under the recommended daily maximum of two hours of recreational screen time. The study found 79 per cent of five- to 13-year-olds get the recommended nine to 11 hours of sleep per night while 68 per cent of 14- to 17-year-olds get the suggested eight to 10 hours per night.


"A NUMBER OF OFFERS" FOR THE DSME TRENTON PLANT
Thursday 16th June 2016
Receivers handling the sale of the DSME Trenton wind tower plant say they have received a number of offers to buy the facility as a going concern. But no details on the identity and number of potential buyers are being released. PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. tells CBC News that they will be evaluating the offers, and may go back with a refinement of those offers after consulting with stakeholders. The deadline for offers that would keep the plant open was yesterday, while the evaluation of assets in a possible liquidation sale continues until the end of the month. PwC should return to court by the end of next month with its recommendations. DSME Trenton was placed in receivership earlier this year when the province called a $32-million dollar loan. Nova Scotia Business, the department representing the province, had no response when asked by CBC whether it would take a lower repayment in order to see a sale as a going concern.


BODY OF MISSING BOY RECOVERED AFTER OVERNIGHT SEARCH *UPDATED 11:50 AM*
Thursday 16th June 2016
The search for a missing four-year-old boy has ended in tragedy. The body of Nicholas Baker was found in his grandparents' swimming pool early this morning at a home east of Middle Musquodoboit. Police and a ground search and rescue crew scoured the area after the boy was reported missing last night. An autopsy is planned but Halifax District R-C-M-P say they do not believe his death is suspicious.


PROTEST PLANNED OVER TREATMENT OF NORWEGIAN VETERAN
Thursday 16th June 2016
A group of former military members is planning to protest Ottawa's refusal to grant an elderly veteran a room at a vet's hospital in Halifax. Banished Veterans is organizing the event today after a 94-year-old Norwegian war veteran was denied entry into the federally funded Camp Hill hospital. Ottawa rejected Petter Blindheim's request for a bed because it says he could receive adequate care at existing provincial facilities. The veterans' group says it will protest in front of the Veterans Affairs building.


SENATE PASSES AMENDED ASSISTED DYING BILL
Thursday 16th June 2016
The Senate has passed its amended version of the Trudeau government's assisted-dying bill and it's heading back to the House of Commons where its fate is unknown. After a week of lengthy debate in the upper house, senators passed Bill C-14 late Wednesday with seven amendments. The biggest was the Senate's removal of a key requirement that a person be near death in order to qualify for an assisted death. The government has indicated it won't accept that change toward a more permissive criteria, setting up a possible confrontation between the two houses of Parliament.


VETERANS HEADING BACK TO COURT OVER FEDERAL BENEFITS
Thursday 16th June 2016
A lawsuit on compensation for disabled veterans is heading back to court after the deadline for a settlement passed last month. Six severely injured veterans are suing the federal government over changes that were made to their compensation in 2006, arguing that modern-day soldiers are discriminated compared to those who fought in earlier wars. The case was put on hold last June when the veterans agreed to wait and see if new legislation and a federal election would improve the situation, but a deadline reaching a settlement passed last month. Federal lawyers filed documents with the B-C Appeals court this week saying that because the deadline has passed, the court should now decide the case based on arguments made in 2014. In those hearings, lawyers for the previous Conservative government said the federal government has no extraordinary obligation to people who have fought for Canada, prompting outrage from veterans and condemnation from the Liberals in the Commons. Lawyers for the veterans say arguments made in the 2014 hearings contradict statements made by Liberals in Parliament and on the campaign trail.


ALBERTA REVIEWING WILDFIRE RESPONSE
Thursday 16th June 2016
The Alberta government has ordered a review into how it responded to the massive Fort McMurray wildfire, and how well it was prepared for the blaze know as "The Beast." The fire has destroyed almost 59-hundred square kilometres since it broke out on May 1st, and is still not under control, although it is no longer growing. It forced the evacuation of close to 90-thousand people from their homes when the flames got too close to the northern Alberta community. The government has issued a request for proposals to find a contractor to conduct the review, which is to be completed by the end of the year. The Municipal Affairs Department is looking at ordering a separate review into the evacuation of the city and the area, but no announcement on that has been made yet.


CRTC ENCOURAGING MORE LOCAL TV NEWS
Thursday 16th June 2016
Canada’s broadcast regulator is forcing English-language T-V stations to air at least seven hours a week of local news, and establishing a new fund to help the smaller ones pay for it. C-R-T-C chairman Jean-Pierre Blais says the move is part of a new regulatory framework that he hopes will give a boost to something they’ve said they want — high-quality local news content. The policy announced Wednesday requires English-language stations to broadcast at least seven hours of what’s called locally relevant programming each week in non-metropolitan markets, and 14 hours per week in the big markets. French-language stations will be required to broadcast five hours of local programming weekly, but that could be increased based on individual community needs. To aid small stations struggling to generate advertising revenue, a new local news fund is being set up to give independent stations access to roughly 23 million dollars for local programming.


FEDERAL TORIES SAY GOV'T SHOULDN'T RUSH CHANGES TO PENSION PLAN
Thursday 16th June 2016
The Opposition Conservatives are questioning the Liberal government's rush to expand the Canada Pension Plan that could give Canadians more in retirement by taking more off their paycheques today. Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt says the government hasn't provided the evidence to show that there would be widespread benefits from the proposals federal and provincial finance ministers are now poring over. Raitt says the majority of Canadians know how to manage their finances and save for retirement, and the government should focus on educating workers about retirement planning and giving them private vehicles to save. Any changes should target those Canadians who aren't saving enough and are at risk of not having enough money in retirement, Raitt told The Canadian Press. She says there is no rush to make a fundamental change to CPP. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will meet with his provincial counterparts in Vancouver on Monday where a key agenda item will be expanding CPP, specifically increasing the benefits paid to the country's retirees that would necessitate an increase in premiums paid by workers and employers. The federal government has kept largely silent on the details of the talks, saying they don't want to negotiate in public. Proponents for an expanded CPP are looking to next week's meeting with optimism that a deal will be reached on changes to the national program. 


SPORTS JUNE 16 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Thursday 16th June 2016
Hector Arena Ball hockey will take place on Friday this week. Ages 5-9 and 10-14 at 5pm, 15 & over at 6pm.
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Pictou County Mini Rugby registration for the season will be June 16,17,18. All Pictou County youth are invited to take part in U6, U9, U12, and U15 sessions run by trained instructors and volunteers. It's an 8-week program on Wednesday evenings beginning June 29th from 6-7. If interested, please email the following information to pcminirugby@gmail.com: Name(s) & Date(s) of birth. They will be in contact with those interested with registration information. 
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock tour returns to Scotia Speedworld Saturday night with the Nova Truck Centres 150. Local drivers George Koskulics, Donald Chisholm, and Rollie MacDonald will be among those on the track. Racing begins at 6.
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The Johnny Miles Walk Event is a walk along the Sampson Trail with prizes, medals, bubbles, chocolate and water offered along the way. Folks can get out and enjoy the beautiful weather while participating in this free event; sign up is on Saturday at 8:00 at the New Glasgow Square. Walkers can walk a 1km, 2km or 5km with turnarounds well marked. Draw prizes include a road bike and sun glasses. You can use a pedometer to clock your pace or steps along the trail. Have you wondered about your blood pressure? You can have it checked before and after your walk. Snacks to follow. There is something for all to enjoy, and it’s free!
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For those who didn’t get enough last month, professional wrestling is returning to the Hector Arena on Saturday. Last months’ event saw over 500 fans witness a great night of action. This event features The American Patriot, Riddick Stone and Kowboy Mike Hughes as well as Brody Steele, The Big Picture Chris Cooke and local wrestler Lincoln Steen. Doors open for the all ages show at 6 p.m. for advance ticket holders. Advance tickets can be purchased at Big Al’s Convenience in New Glasgow, the Lyons Brook Rite Stop, Millside General Store, Woody’s Variety, Jacob's Variety, and East End Grocery in Pictou. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under. All Rush tickets at the door are $15. Rush seating opens at 6:30 p.m. Bell time is 7 p.m.
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The deadline to register for female hockey in the province has been extended to July 1. All players must sign up with one of six geographical zones based on where they live, if they intend to play female hockey in Nova Scotia during the 2016-17 season. Players who live in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region through the Hockey Canada Online Registration System. Once the Female Hockey Central Registry closes, female hockey committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. It’s extremely important to have accurate numbers in order to create these teams. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Steph Curry and Golden State can win a second straight N-B-A championship tonight.  The Warriors face LeBron James and the Cavaliers (9 p-m Eastern) in Game 6 of the N-B-A Finals. Golden State has a 3-2 series lead. The Warriors won the N-B-A crown last year in six games over Cleveland.
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If the Warriors are going to repeat as champions they'll have to do it without centre Andrew Bogut. He suffered a knee injury in Game 5 of the series and will need six to eight weeks to recover.  But Golden State will have Draymond Green back for tonight's game in Cleveland after he served a one-game suspension.
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Jay Happ takes his 7-and-3 record to the mound tonight as the Blue Jays continue their interleague series in Philadelphia. The Phillies counter with Aaron Nola. Toronto has back-to-back wins and is 6-and-4 in its past 10. Also, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is expected to play in a rehab game for Single-A Dunedin today. He's been out since May 27th with a sore right quadriceps.
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Baseball fans in Japan are excited to see Ichiro Suzuki of the Miami Marlins raise his career hits total in the Japanese and North American major leagues to four-thousand-257, passing Pete Rose's Major League total.  Suzuki hit the milestone with a single and double against San Diego. He had one-thousand-278 hits in Japan before collecting the rest with Seattle, the New York Yankees and Marlins.
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England faces rival Wales this morning (9 a.m. Eastern) in Lens, France, as the European soccer championship continues. Later, Ukraine faces Northern Ireland (noon, Eastern) in Lyon. The day's action closes out with Germany playing Poland (3 p-m Eastern).
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The World Anti-Doping Agency says that Russian athletes and government agencies continue to obstruct and deceive drug testers, even as Russia tries to regain its place in Olympic track and field. In a report published two days before a key vote on whether to readmit Russia's track team for the Rio Olympics, WADA said testers have been intimidated by officials from Russia's F-S-B security service and that packages containing samples have been tampered with by Russian customs services.


RECC CLOSES FOR CHLORINE LEAK
Wednesday 15th June 2016
The Rath Eastlink Community Centre was evacuated this afternoon because of a chlorine leak in the basement. A Hazmat team was called to the building shortly before 1pm. The leak has been stopped, and the building will be able to reopen as soon as clean up has concluded. A number of Hazmat agencies were taking part in a training exercise in Amherst Wednesday, and responded to the scene.


MP SEAN FRASER TAKING HIS OFFICE ON THE ROAD
Wednesday 15th June 2016
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser will be doing a lot of travelling this summer, as his team have scheduled a series of travelling clinics and Community Town Halls throughout the riding. Fraser says the idea behind the clinics is to help more constituents across Central Nova by bringing the constituency office to them. All meetings during the clinics will be scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis, and further meeting times can be scheduled outside of the travelling clinic schedule. If applicable, Frasier's team asks that constituents bring pertinent documents and information, which can be photocopied at the clinic if needed. The Town Hall Community meetings will include a question & answer forum. The clinics are scheduled from 11:00am to 6:00pm, with Town Hall Community sessions scheduled for 6:00-7:30 pm. For more information, visit Sean's website.
The schedule is as follows:
July 7: Scotsburn Fire Hall
July 14: River John H.U.B.
July 21: Sheet Harbour Wildlife Association
July 28: Eastern Shore Community Centre, Musquodoboit Harbour
August 3: Pictou Landing First Nations Band Office
August 4: District of St. Mary's Lions Club, Sherbrooke
August 10: Lismore Community Centre
August 11: Moser River Community Centre
August 18: Ship Harbour Community Centre
August 24: Pictou County Wellness Centre (Town Hall only)
August 25: Bicentennial Theatre, Middle Musquodoboit
August 31: St. James United Church, Antigonish (Town Hall only)
September 13: NSCC Cafeteria, Stellarton
September 16: Room 110, Gerald Schwartz School of Business, St. FX Campus, Antigonish


GREEN PARTY IS NO MORE - IN NOVA SCOTIA
Wednesday 15th June 2016
The Green Party of Nova Scotia says it's shutting down because it doesn't have enough active members. Outgoing interim Leader Brynn Nheiley also says that no one was interested in taking on the leadership role. Nheiley said in a statement that support and engagement have dwindled over the years for a number of reasons, including the political climate inside and outside of the province. She says the documents that guide the party will remain available should a group of people decide to start it up again in the future. The party says they hope to reimburse those who have paid their 2016 membership dues.


VETERANS AFFAIRS MINISTER SAYS NORWEGIAN VET CAN RECEIVE CONTINUING CARE THROUGH THE PROVINCE
Wednesday 15th June 2016
The federal veterans affairs minister says regulations are behind the decision to prevent an elderly vet from getting a bed at a hospital in Halifax. Kent Hehr says veterans can receive federally funded care as needed through existing continuing care programs in Nova Scotia. But the family of 94-year-old Petter Blindheim says he should be allowed to stay at Camp Hill veteran's hospital in Halifax. Relatives received word Monday that the frail veteran of the Norwegian Royal Navy will only be funded by Ottawa to go into a provincial facility or receive continuing care.


PROVINCE TO HIRE IMMIGRANT SETTLEMENT OFFICER IN PORT HAWKESBURY
Wednesday 15th June 2016
The province is funding a new immigrant settlement officer in Cape Breton to help people new to the province. It is using 290-thousand dollars to expand a Y-M-C-A program and provide a full-time settlement officer in Port Hawkesbury. Energy Minister Michel Samson says the program offers one-on-one settlement service counselling. The additional funding will increase the number of settlement workers to nine throughout the province. It will also be used for a new, full-time manager of child and youth services programming.


NEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN BEGINS
Wednesday 15th June 2016
The head of a network of shelters for women and children leaving domestic abuse says new posters aimed at combating violence are a step in the right direction. Heather Byrne of Alice Housing says the campaign draws men into the conversation about domestic violence. She says the campaign by New Start Counselling will help men get the message more directly from other men. The posters draw on the regretful words of abusive men who are seeking ways to become "a better man." Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais says it makes sense to shift the focus to men since they are more often the abusers. Each poster features a black-and-white photo of a man from the neck down, behind an explicit message focused on the theme: how to be a better man. One poster says, “I slapped my partner. I need to be in control.” The launch of the poster campaign comes three weeks after the police force appointed its first domestic violence prevention officer.


NB BEER RULING LEADS TO DEBATE IN HOUSE OF COMMONS
Wednesday 15th June 2016
Members of the House of Commons are debating an Opposition motion arising from the recent ruling on cross-border beer shopping in New Brunswick. A judge tossed out all charges against Gerald Comeau, who was charged with illegally importing 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor from a Quebec border town in 2012. Dan Albas, the official Opposition critic for Interprovincial Trade, says Section 121 of the Constitution Act needs to be clarified by the high court. The motion also calls on the House to recognize that it is a constitutional right for Canadians to trade with Canadians.


FEDERAL NDP LOOKING AT NEW RULES TO CHOOSE NEXT LEADER
Wednesday 15th June 2016
The New Democrats are thinking of trying something completely different in choosing a new leader. The party is looking at forgoing a traditional leadership convention in favour of a series of smaller-scale events over the course of a month. The N-D-P executive is recommending a new leader be chosen sometime between October 1st and October 31st of 2017, with rounds of voting through a preferential, ranked ballot taking place about once a week until a candidate hits the 50 per cent plus one mark to be declared the winner. The proposed rules are still subject to change as they have not yet been debated or adopted by the N-D-P's federal council. Those seeking to throw their hat into the ring would have to shell out 30-thousand dollars and would have to register by July 3rd, 2017. They would also need 500 signatures from registered party members in different regions of Canada. At least half of them must be from women, and at least 100 signatures must also come from Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities and members of the L-G-B-T-Q community.


SPORTS JUNE 15
Wednesday 15th June 2016
In anticipation of the Johnny Miles Weekend, the Johnny Miles Special Recognition Awards ceremony will take place at Glasgow Square Thursday night at 7. There will be 6 inductees into the Glenn “Big Dog” Chennell Runners Hall of Fame, as well as recipients of the Verna VamBommell Community Volunteer Award, the Danny McLeod Inspirational Award, and the Johnny Miles Williston Character Award. All are welcome to attend.
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Speaking of the Johnny Miles event, there are still a few spots available, although the student challenge is now full. Sign up at johnnymiles.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey will take place on Friday this week. Ages 5-9 and 10-14 at 5pm, 15 & over at 6pm.
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The Maritime Hockey League is in a search for a new President. Dave Ritcey announced after the AGM wrapped up in Amherst over the weekend that he will be stepping down from the post that he has held since February 2015. Ritcey says he needs to make this move for personal reasons, but will remain in the post until a replacement can be found. During Ritcey’s time as President, he oversaw the adoption of several important initiatives. Under his leadership, the MHL adopted 3-on-3 overtime at last June’s AGM, participated in the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge for the first time last November and agreed to reinstitute the league’s Showcase event in coincidence with the MHL’s upcoming 50th anniversary season. 
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Pictou County Mini Rugby registration for the season will be June 16,17,18. All Pictou County youth are invited to take part in U6, U9, U12, and U15 sessions run by trained instructors and volunteers. It's an 8-week program on Wednesday evenings beginning June 29th from 6-7. If interested, please email the following information to pcminirugby@gmail.com: Name(s) & Date(s) of birth. They will be in contact with those interested with registration information. 
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For those who didn’t get enough last month, professional wrestling is returning to the Hector Arena on Saturday. Last months’ event saw over 500 fans witness a great night of action. This event features The American Patriot, Riddick Stone and Kowboy Mike Hughes as well as Brody Steele, The Big Picture Chris Cooke and local wrestler Lincoln Steen. Doors open for the all ages show at 6 p.m. for advance ticket holders. Advance tickets can be purchased at Big Al’s Convenience in New Glasgow, the Lyons Brook Rite Stop, Millside General Store, Woody’s Variety, Jacob's Variety, and East End Grocery in Pictou. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under. All Rush tickets at the door are $15. Rush seating opens at 6:30 p.m. Bell time is 7 p.m.
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The deadline to register for female hockey in the province has been extended to July 1. All players must sign up with one of six geographical zones based on where they live, if they intend to play female hockey in Nova Scotia during the 2016-17 season. Players who live in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region through the Hockey Canada Online Registration System. Once the Female Hockey Central Registry closes, female hockey committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. It’s extremely important to have accurate numbers in order to create these teams. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Thousands lined up at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena to pay their final respects to Red Wings legend Gordie Howe. The Hockey Hall of Famer died on Friday at age 88. His funeral will be this morning.
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It looks like the city of Las Vegas is about to land its first major professional sports team. A person with direct knowledge of the N-H-L's decision says the league has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion, at a cost of $500 million. A board of governors meeting next month is expected to O-K the deal.
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Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson smashed a grand slam and drove in five runs as Toronto topped the Philadelphia Phillies 11-3 at Rogers Centre this afternoon. Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carerra also went deep to help Marcus Stroman get the win for the first time in four starts.
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Carlos Gonzalez homered among his four hits, Trevor Story also went deep and drove in three runs and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Yankees 13-1.  Jorge De La Rosa pitched five shutout innings in his return to the rotation and Ryan Raburn also homered for Colorado.
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Chase Utley homered and had four R-B-Is, Joc Pederson hit two homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame Kenta Maeda's right leg injury to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4.  Maeda pitched into the sixth inning before a line drive by Paul Goldschmidt hit him below the knee. The Dodgers said the rookie right-hander suffered a contusion and X-rays were negative.
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Wide receiver Jerry Rice Junior is the biggest name among nine cut from the Montreal Alouettes' training camp roster. In addition to the cuts, American linebacker Bear Woods had to return home for personal reasons and will join the team in the near future. He was placed on the suspended players list.


POLICE LOOKING FOR WITNESS IN FATAL SHOOTING
Tuesday 14th June 2016
Halifax police are seeking a man in a reflective vest who may have seen the getaway vehicle after a fatal shooting in April. Police say Naricho Clayton of Dartmouth was killed and a 31-year-old-man originally from Halifax suffered life-threatening injuries when multiple shots were fired at their vehicle on 19 April. They believe the gunman fled in an older model dark-coloured Chrysler that had been parked on the west side of Creighton Street at the time of the shooting, between Falkland and Cogswell streets. They're asking the person who was wearing the vest and walking on Creighton Street at the time of the shooting -- as well as any witnesses who were in the area at the time of the shooting -- to contact them. 


DEATH OF BODY FOUND LAST MONTH RULED SUSPICIOUS
Tuesday 14th June 2016
Police in New Brunswick say human remains found in Saint John are those of a 24-year-old man who disappeared five years ago. Scott Arthur Taylor of Rothesay was last seen in the city on Dec. 2, 2011, and was reported missing by his family days later. Police say remains discovered in Saint John on May 7 have been confirmed to be Taylor's following an autopsy and they are treating the death as suspicious. They say they were found by a mountain biker in a wooded area off Old Black River Road near Bayside Drive extension. RCMP are working with Saint John and Kennebecasis police forces to investigate his death, which they believe occurred soon after his disappearance.


AXE ATTACK LEAVES ONE MAN INJUJRED
Tuesday 14th June 2016
Enfield RCMP are investigating an alleged attack in Elsmdale yesterday that led to one man being taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Although police have not confirmed the weapon involved in the attack, eyewitnesses have told the Enfield Weekly Press that it was an axe. Witnesses say the victim ran from a barbershop on Highway 214 around 2pm yesterday afternoon, and into another nearby store, where he called police. Police have yet to make any arrests in the case, and are asking anyone with information to contact them.


NORWEGIAN WAR VET TURNED DOWN BY VETERANS AFFAIRS AGAIN, FAMILY VOWS TO APPEAL *UPDATED 11:50 AM*
Tuesday 14th June 2016
The family of a 94-year-old decorated Norwegian Second World War veteran says it won't stop fighting to get him into a veterans' hospital in Halifax. Veteran Affairs has rejected Petter Blindheim's application for one of 13 empty spaces at the federally funded Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial hospital because it says he doesn't need specialized care that can't be provided in a community bed. His family says it will appeal the decision but the process could take months. Veterans Affairs sparked a controversy when it initially refused to consider Blindheim's application because he was a former member of the Royal Norwegian Navy before emigrating to Canada -- eventually reversing a ruling that veterans of that force didn't count as official allies.


FLAG RAISING IN SUPPORT OF ORLANDO VICTIMS ***UPDATED 11:30AM***
Tuesday 14th June 2016
New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan was joined by Gerald Veldhoven this morning at the Glasgow Square gazebo for a flag raising ceremony in support of the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting over the weekend. The Pride flag was raised to half-mast to honour those whose lives were lost. In a statement released by the Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health, Executive Director Vania MacMillan says that thoughts and prayers are going out to the families, friends, and allies of the victims.

Councillor Henderson Paris, Chair of New Glasgow’s UNESCO Race Relations and Anti-Discrimination Committee adds, “We never can be thankful enough that we live where we do, however one never knows either. We are thinking about the victims and the injured and also our LGBTQ community here in Pictou County. This is indeed a time of complete and heartfelt sorrow and we share in that grief.”


SEARCH OF GATE KEEPERS' CLUBHOUSE WRAPS UP
Tuesday 14th June 2016
Downtown New Glasgow is a little quieter this morning, as the RCMP and New Glasgow Regional Police have conclude their search of the Gate Keepers' clubhouse on MacLean Street. The search, which lasted approximately 36 hours, saw a distinct police presence in the area, including armed patrols at the entry to the block where the motorcycle group has had their clubhouse since 2014. In a conversation with RCMP this morning, Hector Broadcasting has been informed that they are not disclosing what, if anything, was found during the search. We have been told, however, that the investigation remains active.


STELLARTON JOINS COUNTY IN LEAVING AMALGAMATION PLAN
Tuesday 14th June 2016
And then there were two. Stellarton town council held a special vote at the Stellarton Fire Hall last night before their regular monthly meeting, where they voted to formally withdraw from the Memorandum of Understanding. Voters in the town were 75 percent No last month on the proposed amalgamation. Pictou County council voted to pull out of the MOU last week. The towns of Pictou and New Glasgow will hold their votes before the end of the month.


INJURED WORKERS OFFICE IN NEW GLASGOW SHUT DOWN - FOR NOW
Tuesday 14th June 2016
The Pictou County Injured Workers’ Association office in New Glasgow has been forced to close, effective immediately, due to a recent reduction in funding. Association President Mary Lloyd says that their funding has not increased since 2010 despite an increasing workload, and until an agreement is reached with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education on a funding contract, the office will remain closed. Lloyd says they will continue to monitor telephone and email messages, and asks injured worker clients to be patient during the situation.


DANGEROUS DRIVING CHARGE FOR WOMAN SPEEDING WITH BABY IN THE CAR
Tuesday 14th June 2016
Police in Nova Scotia have charged a woman with dangerous driving and failing to stop for police after they pulled over a car that also contained a seven-month-old passenger. R-C-M-P say the 23-year-old woman from Mill Cove is facing numerous charges. They say when patrol officers tried to stop a vehicle Sunday in the Maitland area, the vehicle sped off -- reaching speeds in excess of 170 kilometres per hour on Highway 103. Police say there was also a 35-year-old woman in the car.


VIGILS HELD FOR ORLANDO SHOOTING VICTIMS; RCMP LOOKING AT SECURITY NEEDS FOR TORONTO PRIDE PARADE
Tuesday 14th June 2016
Vigils are being held across the U-S and in some Canadian cities for the 49 people killed when a gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida early Sunday. In Manhattan Monday night, thousands crowded the streets around the Stonewall Inn, where large-scale gay rights activism got its start in 1969. At the site of the Orlando shooting, thousands gathered to support the victims and survivors, and pop star Lady Gaga began a joint reading of the victims' names at Los Angeles City Hall. The White House and the F-B-I say the gunman appears to have been a "homegrown extremist." Omar Mateen espoused support for a jumble of Islamic radical groups, some of which are at war with each other.
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Canada's top cop says Sunday's shooting spree in Orlando highlights how free countries are vulnerable to attacks by radicalized individuals. And while R-C-M-P Commissioner Bob Paulson hopes something like that never happens in Canada, he cited attacks in recent years against soldiers on Canadian soil as examples that suggest otherwise. Justin Trudeau is set to be the first Canadian prime minister to take part in Toronto's Pride parade on July 3rd. Paulson says Mounties are looking at the Orlando attack as they assess the security needs of both the parade and the P-M.


SPREAD OF FORT MAC WILDFIRE FINALLY HALTED
Tuesday 14th June 2016
The huge wildfire that tore through parts of Fort McMurray and northeastern Alberta is now classified as being held for the first time since it roared out of control early last month. Wildfire information officer Lynn Daina says the "held" designation means the fire is no longer growing, but is not yet under control. The perimeter of the fire, including burned areas, covers just under 59-hundred square kilometres. Daina says the work of firefighters, combined with recent rain and high humidity, checked the fire's growth. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo estimates that about half of the more than 80-thousand people who fled the Fort McMurray area on May 3rd are back in the community after being allowed to return this month. Meanwhile, there are more signs of Fort McMurray continuing to bounce back from the disaster. The regional hospital has resumed providing some services shut down last month due to the fire and Canada Post began mail delivery again to businesses and plans to phase in the service to neighbourhoods later this month.


F-35 FIGHTER JET STILL THE BEST OPTION: MCKAY
Tuesday 14th June 2016
Former Conservative defence minister Peter McKay says buying a fighter jet that's different from the one used by Canada's closest allies risks disconnecting the country from the global alliances it needs most. McKay told a Senate committee there's no question in his mind that the Lockheed-Martin F-35 is the right plane for Canada -- from defending the far north the confronting the threat of terrorism. The previous Conservative government tried to purchase the F-35 but questions about its costs and capabilities forced a halt to the process -- something MacKay says he regrets. During the election campaign, the Liberals said they would not buy the F-35 and would instead open the process up to a competition. However, cabinet is now grappling with how to meet that commitment and Canada's defence needs at the same time. The current fleet of C-F-18's are nearing the end of their useful life. Some of the upgrades needed to keep them in the air until 2025 have begun, while others have not.


ANOTHER AMENDMENT TO ASSISTED DYING BILL REJECTED
Tuesday 14th June 2016
Another proposed amendment to the Trudeau government's assisted dying legislation appeared to be a step too far for many senators. They've rejected a proposal to tweak Bill C-14 to allow people diagnosed with competence-eroding conditions like dementia to make advance requests for medical help to end their lives -- for when they're no longer able to communicate their wishes. The Senate last week voted to remove the clause that medical assistance in dying be available only to suffering Canadians who are near death.


SPORTS JUNE 14
Tuesday 14th June 2016
Hector Arena Ball hockey will take place on Friday this week. Ages 5-9 and 10-14 at 5pm, 15 & over at 6pm.
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The Maritime Hockey League is in a search for a new President. Dave Ritcey announced after the AGM wrapped up in Amherst over the weekend that he will be stepping down from the post that he has held since February 2015. Ritcey says he needs to make this move for personal reasons, but will remain in the post until a replacement can be found. During Ritcey’s time as President, he oversaw the adoption of several important initiatives. Under his leadership, the MHL adopted 3-on-3 overtime at last June’s AGM, participated in the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge for the first time last November and agreed to reinstitute the league’s Showcase event in coincidence with the MHL’s upcoming 50th anniversary season.
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Registration for Challenger Baseball is tonight from 6:30pm-8:00pm at GR Saunders school. If anyone is also interested in volunteering to help with the program, please come to the registration, or contact Trevor Kearley at (902)695-2148 or by email twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Pictou County Ultimate is holding their final night of registration tonight at Parkdale field at 6:30. Their summer league runs Tuesday nights from June to August and is $40 including a frisbee and jersey. There will also be a free pick up game this evening at 6:30 to try out the sport. All players age 15 and up of all experience levels are welcome. Follow Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook for more information.
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Pictou County Mini Rugby registration for the season will be June 16,17,18. All Pictou County youth are invited to take part in U6, U9, U12, and U15 sessions run by trained instructors and volunteers. It's an 8-week program on Wednesday evenings beginning June 29th from 6-7. If interested, please email the following information to pcminirugby@gmail.com: Name(s) & Date(s) of birth. They will be in contact with those interested with registration information. 
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The deadline to register for female hockey in the province has been extended to July 1. All players must sign up with one of six geographical zones based on where they live, if they intend to play female hockey in Nova Scotia during the 2016-17 season. Players who live in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region through the Hockey Canada Online Registration System. Once the Female Hockey Central Registry closes, female hockey committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. It’s extremely important to have accurate numbers in order to create these teams. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.  
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 41 points to lift Cleveland to a 112-97 victory over Golden State in Game 5 of the N-B-A Finals. James added 16 rebounds to help the Cavaliers stay alive in the series and force a Game 6 in Cleveland on Thursday night.
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R-A Dickey got no run support as the the Toronto Blue Jays fell silent in a 7-0 loss to the Phildelphia Phillies.  Ryan Howard and Odubel Herrera homered off Dickey. Toronto scored 21 runs in winning its previous two games but did not manage an extra-base hit against the Phillies.
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Brandon Crawford drove in three runs to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-5.  Crawford's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie, and he added a two-run single an inning later as the Giants won for the ninth time in their last 11 games at home.
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Khris Davis homered and drove in five runs, Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski each had three hits and the Oakland Athletics pounded first-place Texas 14-5, hours after the Rangers put Yu Darvish on the disabled list.  The A's snapped a seven-game losing streak (on Sunday,) then beat a Texas team that had won eight of its previous 10 games.
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Gordie Howe will lie in state today in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.  The Red Wings great died on Friday at the age of 88.  Public visitations will begin in the morning (9 am ET) with the Howe family greeting fans.
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The Ottawa Redblacks are starting their pre-season on the right foot. Chris Milo scored a late 51-yard single as Ottawa held on for an 18-14 win over the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The win was Ottawa's first game of the C-F-L's pre-season, while the Bombers fell to 1-1.  Both teams used four quarterbacks.


MAN CHARGED FOR CHILD PORN AND VOYEURISM
Monday 13th June 2016
A man accused of placing a cellphone under the skirt of a young girl and possibly taking a photograph in the Halifax area is facing a pair of charges. The 40-year old, whose name has not been released by police, will appear in court at a later date to face charges of production of child pornography and voyeurism. The alleged incident took place Saturday night at the Dartmouth Crossing shopping complex. A suspect was later arrested in his vehicle at the corner of Mount Hope Avenue and Pleasant Street. Investigators say they seized a mobile device and later executed a search warrant at the man's home, where computer equipment was seized. The man was released on the condition he refrain from using the Internet, stay away from places frequented by children and refrain from contacting any unsupervised children under 16.


WOMAN LED POLICE ON HIGH SPEED CHASE WITH INFANT IN CAR
Monday 13th June 2016
A chilling story from the south shore, as a 23-year old woman is facing charges after leading police on a high speed chase that reached speeds of 170 km/h, while there was an infant in the backseat. The woman from Mill Cove, whose name was not released, was driving on Highway 103 near Maitland yesterday evening when police attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Lunenburg RCMP say the driver fled the scene, leading police on a pursuit that ended when she stopped near Exit 11 in Blockhouse. Along with the driver, a 35-year old woman and 7-month old baby were both in the vehicle at the time. The driver will attend court in Bridgewater in August to answer to a number of charges.


MV HOLIDAY ISLAND TO DELAY START TO SEASON
Monday 13th June 2016
Northumberland Ferries Ltd. (NFL) will not be ramping up service between Caribou and Wood Islands this weekend. The original schedule was set to see the MV Holiday Island join the MV Confederation as of 17 June on the 75 minute run between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. However, a release issued by NFL earlier today says that the MV Holiday Island will remain in dry dock until further notice for additional steel work. Architects are developing a plan of response, and the date for the Holiday Island to return to service will be announced "as soon as possible". In the meantime, the MV Confederation will make five round trips each day across the Northumberland Strait. Don Cormier from Northumberland Ferries says they are concerned about the impact this will have on the hospitality and trucking industries. Cormier says he also recognizes the impact this will have on the seasonal employees who work on the vessel, and talks have been ongoing with the related unions to minimize those impacts.


COUNCILLOR TO RUN FOR COLCHESTER COUNTY MAYOR IN THE FALL
Monday 13th June 2016
Well-known Colchester County Councillor and community volunteer Christine Blair wants to be the next mayor of Colchester County.  Blair is announcing her intentions to contest the mayoral race in Colchester during this fall’s municipal elections on October 15th. Blair says her experience at the municipal and provincial levels will help Colchester to grow and become more inclusive, setting the pace for the rest of Nova Scotia. Blair is serving her third term as Councillor for the Brookside-Bible Hill area.  She chairs Colchester County’s Police Advisory Board and is a member of numerous committees. Incumbent Mayor Bob Taylor is Blair’s only competitor in the Colchester County race so far.   But Nova Scotians have until Sept 13th to announce they’re running in any municipal election race across the province.


NEW ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION TO START IN PICTOU
Monday 13th June 2016
Be prepared for some delays as work on a new roundabout near the Pictou rotary starts today. Scott Weeks Construction was awarded the $2.7 million contract, with a sub contract to Rollie MacDonald of MacDonald’s Excavating. Mayor Joe Hawes tells the Pictou Advocate says the bill is being footed by the province, with the town responsible for extension of sewer and water if a business purchases land on the eight and a half acres being opened up for commercial purposes. The work is expected to be complete by September 30.


DOWNTOWN NEW GLASGOW POLICE SEARCH CONTINUES
Monday 13th June 2016
There was a strong police presence in downtown New Glasgow as Stellarton RCMP and New Glasgow Regional Police searched the Gatekeeper's Clubhouse on MacLean Street. Police were on scene at 6:30 am Sunday morning, and there are still some officers there early today. According to Corporal Jadie Spence of the RCMP, the search is part of an ongoing investigation. So far, there have been no charges laid. The Gate Keepers Motorcycle Club opened a chapter in New Glasgow in 2014. Police have previously said that the Gate Keepers are a support club of the Hell's Angels. Motorists should be aware that squad cars will continue to block off the perimeter of the MacLean Street search in the vicinity of Archimedes Street.


LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE RAISES MORE THAN 58 THOUSAND DOLLARS
Monday 13th June 2016
The annual Pictou County Relay for Life was another huge success, as 21 teams and 154 participants in all raised $58,349. This is an unofficial amount as funds continue to come in until end of July.


PROVINCE REVIEWING MENTAL HEALTH PRIVACY RULES
Monday 13th June 2016
Frustration over the way privacy laws can prevent families from knowing about a loved one’s struggle with mental health issues is again stirring debates in parts of Canada. In Nova Scotia, the province is reviewing the rules around the disclosure of information under its health privacy laws. Health Minister Leo Glavine says the province wants to examine when it might be appropriate to give information to families, especially in the case of young adults.Nova Scotia’s laws are similar to those in provinces such as Ontario and British Columbia, where disclosure can occur when it’s determined there is an imminent threat to the health or the safety of any person, including the patient.


ANNOUNCEMENT ON SHIPBUILDING STRATEGY TODAY IN HALIFAX ***UPDATED 2PM
Monday 13th June 2016
The federal Liberals have announced a new streamlined process for replacing some of the navy's aging warships. Public Services Minister Judy Foote says the government will go with an off-the-shelf design to speed up the process and save money — although she says the exact cost savings have yet to be determined. Foote made the announcement today at Irving Shipbuilding's Halifax headquarters — one of two construction sites set to build the new warships. Original projections put the cost of building 15 new vessels at 26 billion dollars, but reports published last fall suggest the bill could run as high 40 billion.


ORLANDO NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING - ROUNDUP
Monday 13th June 2016
Federal, state and local authorities are all involved in the investigation into Sunday's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. They're probing the background of gunman Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American citizen from Fort Pierce, Florida who had worked as a security guard. Party-goers at Orlando's popular Pulse dance club were taking their last sips before closing time when the shooter walked in and opened fire with an assault rifle. At least 50 people were killed and 53 others wounded -- many critically -- in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman was killed by SWAT team members. Police say Mateen called 9-1-1 during the massacre and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group. But the gunman's father says he doesn't believe his son had been radicalized.
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American Muslim leaders are denouncing the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people. Zuhdi Jasser, who heads the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, says the massacre during the holy month of Ramadan is a reminder that he and other Muslim Americans "are at war with political Islam."
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In the wake of the Orlando massacre, Canadian authorities are beefing up the police presence at events celebrating L-G-B-T Pride Month. Pride Toronto is focusing on security, especially surrounding the main event -- the annual parade -- which draws hundreds of thousands to the city. Candlelight vigils to mourn the Florida victims were held in a number of Canadian cities Sunday night. Ontario's openly gay premier Kathleen Wynne tweeted that her thoughts were with the L-G-B-T-Q community.


STRIKE AVERTED AT VIA RAIL
Monday 13th June 2016
A tentative agreement has been reached to avert a Via Rail strike by nearly two-thousand unionized workers that could have begun this morning. Unifor says the four-year deal was reached between two of its locals and Via Rail an hour before the midnight Sunday strike deadline. The agreement covers Via customer service, on-board service and maintenance staff. The workers will vote on the accord over the next three weeks.


FEDERAL NDP ASKING TO DECRIMINALIZE POT NOW
Monday 13th June 2016
The New Democrats plan to introduce a motion today urging the Trudeau government to move to decriminalize marijuana possession immediately. The governing Liberals campaigned last year to legalize and regulate access to pot. But until they actually make the changes, the existing criminal law remains in place and police have to enforce it. The N-D-P's motion will call on the Commons to recognize that there is a contradiction in arresting people and giving them criminal records for something the government has said should not be a crime.


SPORTS - JUNE 13
Monday 13th June 2016
The Highland Derby Dolls Kickin' Vixens dominated in their home match in Trenton Saturday afternoon, with a defeat of the Twisted Sisters of Summerside PEI. Force of Nature was named MVP Blocker for the Vixens, while DC Comicazi was named MVP Jammer. Next up for the Vixens is a match against the Dockyard Brawlers June 25th in Halifax, followed by the Muddy River Tournament next month in Moncton.
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Congratulations to the West Pictou Elementary Girls softball team who won their championship after a very long Sunday. They played 5 games in one day to bring home the gold medal. Also winning their tournament this weekend – New Glasgow Academy's Jr. Girls Softball team. Best of luck at the Regionals today! 
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Hector Arena Ball hockey will take place on Friday this week. Ages 5-9 and 10-14 at 5pm, 15 & over at 6pm.
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Registration for Challenger Baseball is tonight & tomorrow from 6:30pm-8:00pm at GR Saunders school. If anyone is also interested in volunteering to help with the program, please come to the registration, or contact Trevor Kearley at (902)695-2148 or by email twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Pittsburgh Penguins earned their second Stanley Cup since 2009 by beating San Jose 3-1 to win the N-H-L championship in six games. Kris Letang scored his third goal of the playoffs in the second period to give the Penguins the go-ahead goal. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy as M-V-P of the playoffs.
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At just 18 years old, Canadian Brooke Henderson is making history. She beat top-ranked Lydia Ko with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff to win the Women's P-G-A Championship after overcoming a three-shot deficit on the back nine.  The Smiths Falls, Ontario, native ranked fourth in the world, closed with a bogey-free 6-under 65 to match Ko at 6-under 278. Ko finished with a 67.
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Daniel Berger finished 13 under par to win the P-G-A's St. Jude's Classic. The 23-year-old Berger posted a three-shot victory over Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Steve Stricker.
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The Golden State Warriors can clinch their second straight N-B-A title tonight, but they'll have to do it without forward Draymond Green. The N-B-A suspended Green for Game 5 because of a flagrant foul committed in Game 4 when the Warriors took a 3-1 lead in the N-B-A Finals.
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The Toronto Blue Jays bats are heating up.  Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, Kevin Pillar had a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays used a five-run first inning to beat the Orioles 10-9. Hot hitting Edwin Encarnacion scored three runs and extended his streak of reaching base safely to nine plate appearances before grounding into a fielder's choice in the sixth.
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The St. Louis Cardinals finished a weekend sweep in Pittsburgh by rapping out 14 hits in an 8-3 drubbing of the Pirates. Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk homered for the Cards, who've won five straight and seven of eight. It's the first time since 2012 the Cards have swept a series at P-N-C Park.


UPDATED - MASS SHOOTING IN ORLANDO FLORIDA
Sunday 12th June 2016
*UPDATED* Police update that 50 people have been killed inside a Florida nightclub, and at least 53 were wounded. An FBI spokesman says the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism. He says authorities are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf. Orlando PD Chief John Mina says the shooter was armed with an assault-type rifle, a handgun and some type of suspicious device.


POLICE EXECUTE SEARCH WARRANT AT GATEKEEPERS CLUBHOUSE IN NEW GLASGOW
Sunday 12th June 2016
Local police are blocking off streets in downtown New Glasgow as they continue to execute a search that began at 6:30 this morning. According to RCMP Media Relations Corporal Jadie Spence, Stellarton RCMP along with officers from New Glasgow Police Service are executing a search at the Gatekeeper's Clubhouse on MacLean Street as part of an ongoing investigation. Corporal Spence said no charges have been laid at the moment, but he expects officers will be on site throughout the day as the search continues. Motorists should be aware that squad cars will continue to block off the perimetre of the MacLean Street search in the vicinity of Archimedes Street.


20 DEAD, DOZENS INJURED IN FLORIDA NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING
Sunday 12th June 2016
Police say approximately 20 people have been killed inside a Florida nightclub, and at least 42 were wounded. Orlando Police Chief John Mina says authorities have not determined an exact number of people killed, but that "approximately 20" have died. An FBI spokesman says the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism. He says authorities are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf. Mina says the shooter was armed with an assault-type rifle, a handgun and some type of suspicious device. Police had said previously on Twitter that there was a "controlled explosion" at the scene of the shooting at Pulse Orlando. Mina says that noise was caused by a device intended to distract the shooter.


MAN ARRESTED IN DARTMOUTH STABBING/BREAK & ENTER
Sunday 12th June 2016
A man has been arrested in relation to an early morning stabbing of a woman in Dartmouth. Halifax Regional Police are investigating the stabbing they responded to at 3:30 this morning at a Kennedy Drive residence. The 45-year-old woman was taken to the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax to treat the stab wounds which are considered to be non-life-threatening. The suspect in the stabbing was caught by police during an active break and enter on Lakecrest Drive a short time later.


SPORTS JUNE 12/2016
Sunday 12th June 2016
Jason Maas won his C−F−L debut as a head coach when his Edmonton Eskimos downed the Calgary Stampeders 23−13 in pre−season play. Anthony Barrett and Bryant Mitchell each had touchdown catches for the defending Grey Cup champions. Quarterback Jordan Lynch scored on a one−yard run.
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Edwin Encarnacion is on fire. The Blue Jays D−H hit two homers and drove in five runs to pace Toronto to an 11−6 victory over the visiting Baltimore Orioles. Canadian Michael Saunders added a solo shot in the eighth inning for the Jays, who have back−to−back wins over their division rivals.
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Canadian Brooke Henderson fell three spots into a tie for fourth place with one round to go at the P−G−A Women’s Championship. The Smiths Falls, Ontario native began the day with a share of the lead but shot a 73 in the third round. Lydia Ko has sole possession of the lead at 2 under.
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WALK THE WALK FOR AUTISM A SUCCESS
Sunday 12th June 2016
Autism Pictou County had an incredibly successful event yesterday, raising just under 65-thousand dollars. Roughly 450 people participated in the Walk the Walk for Autism at GR Saunders school in Stellarton. Walk coordinator Colin Wood says it is a very proud day for the group. The funds raised will go toward continuing the many programs APC organizes for children and youth on the autism spectrum, and their families.


TRAFFIC ADVISORY DOWNTOWN NEW GLASGOW (RELAY FOR LIFE)
Saturday 11th June 2016
With the Pictou County Relay for Life set to begin today at Glasgow Square, there will be some road closures. Riverside Parkway will be closed until Sunday at 1:30 am. Customers heading to the New Glasgow Farmers Market are advised to travel via Provost Street on to Stewart Street and turn right onto this portion of Riverside Parkway. Riverside Parkway from George Street to MacLean Street is also closed until 1:30 am Sunday. Dalhousie Street from Provost St to Riverside Parkway will be closed this afternoon at 2:30 until Sunday at 1:30 am. George Street Bridge will be reduced to one lane Eastbound. The Glasgow Square Parking Lot is closed until 10 am Sunday.


SPORTS JUNE 11
Saturday 11th June 2016
The Great One himself, whose place in hockey’s record books is unparalleled, says the world has lost "The greatest hockey player ever." Wayne Gretzky is one of many paying tribute to Gordie Howe, who died Friday morning at the age of 88. Howe’s career spanned five decades −− six if you count a 1997 cameo in the International Hockey League. Upon his retirement in 1980 at the age of 52, he said one of his goals was longevity −− and he "pretty much got the lock on that." One of the greatest players to ever play the game, Howe won four Stanley Cup championships with Detroit, was an All−Star 23 times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. His son Murray said his father passed away from old age.
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Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors have pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to the brink of elimination. Curry poured in 38 points, Klay Thompson added 25 and the Warriors moved within one win of defending their title with a 108−97 Game−4 win in Cleveland. Golden State hosts Game 5 on Monday.
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The Toronto Blue Jays inched closer up the A−L East standings with a walk−off victory over the division leaders. Toronto topped the Baltimore Orioles 4−3. The Jays are four−and−a−half games back of Baltimore for first in the East.
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Clayton Kershaw struck out 13 batters over eight innings and Justin Turner hit a go−ahead homer in the top of the ninth to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over San Francisco 3−2. Kershaw outdueled Johnny Cueto to improve to 7−and−0 over his last eight starts.
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Justin Bour hit a pinch−hit grand slam as the Miami Marlins rallied from a four−run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8−6. It was Bour’s first career slam, and the first pinch−hit grand slam for the Marlins in 11 years.
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Brooke Henderson is right where she wants to be at the halfway point of the Women’s P−G−A Championship. The Smiths Falls, Ontario native is in a tie for first place with Mirim Lee after two rounds at Sammamish, Washington. Henderson and Lee are 2−under, one stroke ahead of a trio of golfers.
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"MR. HOCKEY" GORDIE HOWE DIES AT 88
Friday 10th June 2016
The man known as Mr. Hockey has died. The Detroit Red Wings say Gordie Howe died today at age 88. Howe played 32 professional hockey seasons and won the NHL scoring title and MVP award six times each. He was known as a fierce, physical competitor who could beat you with his elbows or a deciding goal. The Gordie Howe hat trick — when a player scores a goal, records an assist and gets in a fight in one game — is named after him. Howe helped the Detroit Red Wings hoist the Stanley Cup four times and was a 21-time all-star.


ONE DOWN, THREE TO GO IN M.O.U. VOTE
Friday 10th June 2016
Pictou County is officially out of the MOU. Council passed a motion to withdraw during its monthly meeting Wednesday. Newly elected District 3 councillor Darla MacKeil was also sworn in at the meeting. County residents voted 77 per cent against the planned amalgamation in May's plebiscite. Stellarton is voting whether to withdraw in a special meeting on Monday at 5pm at the Stellarton Fire Hall. The towns of Pictou and New Glasgow have not set dates yet.


EARTHQUAKE JOSTLES YARMOUTH
Friday 10th June 2016
A minor earthquake was felt yesterday afternoon by a few residents of the Yarmouth area. The 3.0 magnitude quake occurred just before 5:45pm yesterday, with the epicentre 19km north of the town. Natural Resources Canada's Earthquake Infornmation Centre says there are no reports of injury or damage, and considering the low magnitude, none are expected.


TRAIN COLLISION IN LANTZ LEAVES TWO TEENS DEAD *UPDATED 11:45 AM*
Friday 10th June 2016
R-C-M-P and C-N are investigating the deaths of two teenaged girls who were killed by a train early this morning in Lantz. Police say a 17-year-old from Lantz and an 18-year-old former exchange student from Germany were pronounced dead at the scene around 1:40 a-m. Corporal Jennifer Clarke said the C-N freight train was heading south to Halifax when it hit the young women, who were not at a crossing. Jim Feeny, C-N's director of public affairs, said two crew members followed procedures--sounding the horn and applying emergency brakes. But it was impossible to stop the train in time. The crew have been offered stress counselling. Debbie Buott-Matheson, a spokeswoman for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, says the young woman from Lantz was a student at Hants East Rural High School. She says grief counsellors and psychologists are at the school today to help students and staff.


SOME ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE RELAY FOR LIFE
Friday 10th June 2016
With the Pictou County Relay for Life set to begin tomorrow at Glasgow Square, there will be some road closures. Riverside Parkway will be closed from Saturday at 6 am until Sunday at 1:30 am. Customers heading to the New Glasgow Farmers Market are advised to travel via Provost Street on to Stewart Street and turn right onto this portion of Riverside Parkway. Riverside Parkway from George Street to MacLean Street will also be closed from 6 am Saturday thru 1:30 am Sunday. Dalhousie Street from Provost St to Riverside Parkway will be closed on Saturday at 2:30 until Sunday at 1:30 am. George Street Bridge will be reduced to one lane Eastbound. The Glasgow Square Parking Lot will be closed from 6 am Saturday until 10 am Sunday.


GAS DOWN, DIESEL STEADY
Friday 10th June 2016
A bit of a break at the pump this morning: a litre of regular self-serve gas is down almost two cents to $1.067, while diesel remains at 97.5 cents per litre.


NURSES STAYING OUT OF ASSISTED DYING DEBATE
Friday 10th June 2016
Nova Scotia nurses are being told not to take part in any conversations about assisted suicide. Sue Smith, CEO and registrar of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, says that there's a lack of clarity about how the Supreme Court ruling on the issue affects nurses. Smith says the concerns over legal and possible criminal liability make this interim measure necessary. On Monday, the province's colleges of registered nurses, pharmacists, physicians and surgeons asked for a guarantee from the Public Prosecution Service that health care professionals who take part in a medically assisted death wouldn't be prosecuted. So far there have been no guarantees. To hear the full conversation with Smith, join us this weekend on East Coast FM's Sunday Report.


SHRIMP QUOTA POLICY UNDER REVIEW
Friday 10th June 2016
A federal panel reviewing the northern shrimp quota off Newfoundland and Labrador is scheduled to hold a hearing today in Halifax. The panel is examining whether the Last-In, First-Out policy should be continued, modified or scrapped as shrimp stocks decline. Nova Scotia's fisheries minister Keith Colwell says he wants the panel to uphold a policy that protects the fishery's Nova Scotia pioneers. Colwell says the northern shrimp fishery was actually developed several years ago by Nova Scotia's offshore fleet and accounts for a large part of the overall shrimp catch, which is worth 131 million dollars to the province.


ER DOC SAYS SENIORS ARE CLOGGING UP EMERGENCY ROOMS DUE TO LACK OF LONG-TERM CARE
Friday 10th June 2016
The chief of Nova Scotia's largest emergency department says elderly people who are not acutely ill are clogging the system and preventing others from receiving emergency care. Doctor Samuel Campbell says families are not planning for the long-term care of their loved ones and instead drop them off at emergency when they can no longer cope with their needs. Campbell says in one case, an elderly woman with mild dementia stayed in the emergency room for almost nine days. He says wait times for long-term care are down, but the process still takes time and the emergency room should not be an interim solution for long-term care.


MAN DEAD AFTER BEDFORD WORKPLACE ACCIDENT
Friday 10th June 2016
A man is dead after falling from a ladder in a Halifax suburb. Police say officers were called to the workplace accident on Douglas Drive in Bedford yesterday afternoon. They say the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim's name is being withheld pending the notification of family.


FORT MAC AREA MAY HAVE TO DEAL WITH HEAVY RAIN
Friday 10th June 2016
After weeks of hot, dry weather that worsened wildfires in the area, people in the Fort McMurray may be getting too much of a good thing. Environment Canada has issued a heavy rain warning for the region, and says flash floods are also possible. The province says the rain is eroding soil around damaged trees, which could easily fall even without any wind.


EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI DRILL IN WASHINGTON STATE TODAY
Friday 10th June 2016
A massive drill is underway just south of the B-C border in Washington state, simulating a massive earthquake and tsunami in the region. Called Cascadia Rising, the four-day event is built around the premise of a 9.0 magnitude quake triggering a tsunami 150 kilometres off the Oregon coast. Both events would likely destroy buildings and roads and disrupt communications. An airfield and adjoining fairground have been converted into a staging area for the exercise, which wraps up today.


MUHAMMED ALI MEMORIAL IN LOUISVILLE TODAY
Friday 10th June 2016
Muhammad Ali will return once more to the neighbourhood in Louisville, Kentucky, where the boxing legend grew up. Ali's body will ride in a procession today from his boyhood home, along a road bearing his name and past a museum honouring his accomplishments in and out of the ring. The procession and a planned memorial service follow a traditional Muslim ceremony yesterday. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says it's the city's job to say goodbye to "The Champ" with what he calls "the class and dignity and respect that he deserves."


SPORTS - JUNE 10 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Friday 10th June 2016
The Highland Derby Dolls Kickin' Vixens will have their only home bout tomorrow at Trenton Arena. The ladies take on the Twisted Sisters from Summerside PEI. There's lots of fun for the whole family! Game starts at 3, doors open at 2:30.
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Local racers George Koszkulics and Rollie MacDonald will be part of Saturday’s Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 at Riverside International Speedway in James River. Koszkulics is the defending champion at the event, while MacDonald, whose #13 car is driven by Cassius Clark of Maine, won the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour season-opener at Scotia Speedworld. Clark also got a win this past weekend in New Brunswick. Saturday's events include the Highland Home Building Centres 50 for the NAPA Sportsman Series. The box office opens at 3 pm. Racing starts at 6.
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Final Registration for the Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association (Home of the Subway Stingers) will be held this Saturday from 9am – Noon upstairs at the Clubhouse, 175B North Foord Street, Stellarton.
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There's been another change in the schedule for Hector Arena Ball hockey: it has been postponed for tonight , but will run next Friday. Ages 5-9 and 10-14 at 5pm, 15 & over at 6pm.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting the Nova Scotia event for the Great Canadian Ultimate game, happening this Saturday. This annual initiative sees a continuous ultimate frisbee game in every province, going all day across the country. Pictou County Ultimate invites anyone interested in playing or watching this growing sport to come out to take part, Saturday morning, 9am at the New Glasgow Academy field – note the new location. There will also be registration for Pictou County Ultimate summer league. More info at ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com or at Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook.
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Registration for Challenger Baseball is Monday & Tuesday from 6:30pm-8:00pm at GR Saunders school. If anyone is also interested in volunteering to help with the program, please come to the registration, or contact Trevor Kearley at (902)695-2148 or by email twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Cleveland Cavaliers will aim for another dominating performance tonight at home in Game 4 of the N-B-A Final against the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs routed Golden State 120-90 in Game 3 on Wednesday. The Warriors still lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.
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Marco Estrada gets the ball tonight for the Toronto Blue Jays as they host the Baltimore Orioles in Game 2 of a four-game set. The righty has been dominant this season and took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his last start against Boston. Kevin Gausman will start for the O's. Baltimore edged the Jays 6-5 last night at Rogers Centre.
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It's the opening day of competition at the soccer's European Championship in France. The host country kicks off the action by hosting Romania (3 p.m. Eastern). The French are in good form and have scored 13 goals in their past four matches. France has previously won the 1998 World Cup and the Euros in 1984 and 2000.


GOVERNMENT APPOINTS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE IMPROVEMENT PANEL
Thursday 9th June 2016
Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine has appointed a panel of eight experts to examine mental health and addictions. The panel will look at new research and new approaches across Canada and around the world. They will identify ways to improve mental health care in the province. IWK psychiatrist and mental health expert Dr. Stan Kutcher and Starr Dobson, president and CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, are the panel co-chairs.


MONEYSENSE PUTS NEW GLASGOW DOWN - AGAIN
Thursday 9th June 2016
Once again, Moneysense has released a list of the best communities to live in the country, and once again, New Glasgow is at the bottom of the list. Ottawa was ranked number one. The financial magazine isn't a fan of Nova Scotia, as the bottom three towns were New Glasgow, Truro, and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Interestingly, while Moneysense counts Cape Breton as one municipality, for New Glasgow's ranking the magazine only counted amenities within town limits, even though it includes all of Pictou County in the population numbers. The full rankings can be found here.


COMMUNITY COLLEGE TUITION GOING UP
Thursday 9th June 2016
There's going to be another tuition increase this fall for students at the Nova Scotia Community College. For most programs, the increase will be about three per cent, or roughly 90 dollars per student. The exceptions are tuition for Recording Arts, Health Information Management, Certified Welding, Gas Technician, Heavy Equipment Operator, Process Operations 4th Class and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Programs.


NURSES STAYING OUT OF ASSISTED DYING DEBATE UNTIL THE LAW IS CLEAR
Thursday 9th June 2016
Nova Scotia nurses are being told not to take part in any conversations about assisted suicide. Sue Smith, CEO and registrar of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, says that there's a lack of clarity about how the Supreme Court ruling on the issue affects nurses. On Monday, the province's colleges of registered nurses, pharmacists, physicians and surgeons asked for a guarantee from the Public Prosecution Service that health care professionals who take part in a medically assisted death wouldn't be prosecuted. So far there have been no guarantees. Join East Coast FM News for a full conversation with Sue Smith this weekend on Sunday Report.


PROVINCE SHOULD FOLLOW POLICY AND SHOW DETAILS OF YARMOUTH FERRY DEAL: BAILLIE
Thursday 9th June 2016
Provincial PC leader Jamie Baillie says Premier Stephen McNeil should follow Treasury Board policy is regards to the Bay Ferries deal. He says the province has an obligation to report on contracts and be accountable for spending and liability, especially with all the risk assumed by taxpayers. The PC Caucus recently made a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, asking for details of the management fees that will be paid to Bay Ferries Ltd to operate the Yarmouth to Maine ferry.  Schedule B, which details the operating subsidy and Management fee payment schedule, was entirely redacted.  


TRIAL DATES SET FOR DOCTOR ACCUSED OF DRUG TRAFFICKING
Thursday 9th June 2016
The trial of a Nova Scotia doctor charged with prescribing 50-thousand pills to a patient who didn't receive them is set to begin in February. Lawyer Stan MacDonald entered not guilty pleas on behalf of 35-year-old Sarah Dawn Jones in Bridgewater provincial court yesterday. MacDonald says trial dates have been set for February 21st to 28th, and March 1st to 7th. Bridgewater police allege that Jones wrote prescriptions for oxycodone and oxyneo pills over a one-year period. She worked at the Crossroads Family Practice in the Halifax suburb of Tantallon. But the province's College of Physicians and Surgeons has said she's under an interim suspension and has stopped practising. The matter was referred to police last August after a pharmacist reported unusual activity to the college's investigative branch. Jones is also accused of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, theft, breach of trust, drawing a document without authority and fraud.


CCRSB PASSES BUDGET
Thursday 9th June 2016
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board approved its budget for the fiscal year during its Regular Public Board Meeting at Pictou Academy Wednesday night. The $206.3 million budget is an increase of $4 million from last year, which includes $1.6 million in additional money from the Province along with $642,000 in cost savings from the reduction of 13 Full-Time Equivalent teaching positions due to declining enrollment. Amoung the highlights of the new budget is hiring more teachers for grades primary through 6, allowing those teachers more Professional Learning Community time, and spending $1.4 million for deferred maintenance. The full budget document will be posted to the School Board's website in the coming days.


NO PLANS TO CLOSE HOSPITALS: GLAVINE
Thursday 9th June 2016
Nova Scotia's health minister says there is no plan to close any hospitals despite a report saying the system can't reasonably sustain its current facilities. Auditor General Michael Pickup says the province has to move away from a hospital-based system because of fiscal woes that have resulted in an 85-million-dollar shortfall in funding needed for urgent repairs and maintenance. Health Minister Leo Glavine says a system review will determine how hospitals are ultimately used in the future, although closures are not being contemplated. Nova Scotia Health Authority C-E-O Janet Knox says it will take some time before an overall plan is developed because of the recent amalgamation from nine health authorities to a single unit. But Knox says the foundation for service delivery in the future needs to be community-based primary health care.


LT.-GOV.HOSTING GARDEN PARTY IN HONOR OF QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY
Thursday 9th June 2016
Nova Scotians are invited to a garden party in honour of the Queen. Lieutenant Governor J-J Grant will host the party on the grounds of Government House in honour of Elizabeth's 90th birthday. The event will be held next Wednesday from 2 p-m to 5 p-m.


SENATORS ADD AMENDMENT TO ASSISTED DYING BILL
Thursday 9th June 2016
The Trudeau government's controversial legislation on assisted death has hit a bump in the road in the Senate. Senators voted Wednesday night to amend a central pillar of Bill C-14 -- the requirement that in order to qualify for a medically assisted death, a person's natural death be "reasonably foreseeable." The Senate wants the bill amended, so that even Canadians who aren't close to death, but suffering from a grievous medical condition, could obtain a doctor's help in ending their lives. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has signalled the government is unlikely to accept such an amendment.


SPORTS - JUNE 9 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Thursday 9th June 2016
Local racers George Koszkulics and Rollie MacDonald will be part of Saturday’s Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 at Riverside International Speedway in James River. Koszkulics is the defending champion at the event, while MacDonald, whose #13 car is driven by Cassius Clark of Maine, won the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour season-opener at Scotia Speedworld. Clark also got a win this past weekend in New Brunswick. Saturday's events include the Highland Home Building Centres 50 for the NAPA Sportsman Series. The box office opens at 3 pm. Racing starts at 6.
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Final Registration for the Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association (Home of the Subway Stingers) will be held this Saturday from 9am – Noon upstairs at the Clubhouse, 175B North Foord Street, Stellarton.
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Change in the schedule for Hector Arena Ball hockey: it will run on Friday this week and next week. Ages 5-9 and 10-14 at 5pm, 15 & over at 6pm.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting the Nova Scotia event for the Great Canadian Ultimate game, happening this Saturday. This annual initiative sees a continuous ultimate frisbee game in every province, going all day across the country. Pictou County Ultimate invites anyone interested in playing or watching this growing sport to come out to take part, Saturday morning, 9am at Parkdale. There will also be registration for Pictou County Ultimate summer league. More info at ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com or at Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook.
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Registration for Challenger Baseball is Monday & Tuesday from 6:30pm-8:00pm at GR Saunders school. If anyone is also interested in volunteering to help with the program, please come to the registration, or contact Trevor Kearley at (802)695-2148 or by email twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Registration is now open for the United Way's 3rd Annual Golf Fore Change.  The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 9th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Registration is $320 for a team of 4 and includes cart and green fees, steak dinner, and lots of contests and prizes.  For more information call them at 902-755-1754 or visit their website at www.PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca. 
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It's win or go home for the San Jose Sharks. They enter Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final in Pittsburgh tonight with a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series. A Penguins victory would make them Stanley Cup champions for the fourth time in franchise history, but it would be their first on home ice.  The Sharks are seeking their first championship.
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The Toronto Blue Jays return home tonight to begin a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Right-hander Marcus Stroman takes the hill against Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson. Stroman is 5-and-2 on the year while Wilson is 2-and-5. Toronto avoided a sweep in Detroit yesterday with a 7-2 victory over the Tigers.
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The M-L-B draft begins tonight and a Canadian could be selected in the first round. Right-hander Cal Quantrill of Stanford University is the top ranked Canadian heading into the draft. Quantrill, son of former Blue Jays reliever Paul Quantrill, didn't pitch this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year but he still remains a likely first-rounder.


ARREST MADE AFTER WOMAN ATTACKED AT SHUBIE PARK
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Halifax police say a man from Waterville, N.S., has been charged after a brazen attack on a woman in a popular park. Police say the woman was running on a trail in Shubie Park around 2:20 Tuesday afternoon when a stranger approached her. Police say he grabbed her neck and choked her until she bit his forearm and he ran away. Officers arrested a man nearby at around 3 p.m. Thirty-eight-year-old Shawn Howard Timmons is facing charges of assault, unlawful confinement and overcoming resistance, or choking. Anyone who saw the incident or has information about it is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.


TEEN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT AT HOUSE PARTY
Wednesday 8th June 2016
A 19-year-old Nova Scotia man is facing several charges after a woman said she was sexually assaulted at a house party late last month. RCMP in Antigonish say they were called last week to investigate an alleged assault on May 25. Police say the woman told them she had been sexually assaulted by a man she knew while at a house party with friends. They arrested a man from Paq'tnkek First Nation Reserve the same day. He has been charged with several offences, including aggravated sexual assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats The teen was taken into custody and is due back in Antigonish provincial court on July 13.


NO COURT APPOINTED LAWYER FOR HENNEBERRY APPEAL
Wednesday 8th June 2016
A woman who pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Loretta Saunders will not get a state-funded attorney to help her attempt to have her guilty plea withdrawn. A decision published by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal today says that Victoria Henneberry will have to go forward without a lawyer if she intends to continue with her attempt to have the plea she entered in April, 2015 withdrawn. The judge ruled that the merits of the appeal are weak at best, as she was asked multiple times if she understood what she was doing when she entered the plea. Henneberry was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 10 years for her role in the death of Saunders, a 26-year old Saint Mary's University student from Labrador.


FORMER LOCAL RESIDENT TO BE EXTRADITED
Wednesday 8th June 2016
A former Pictou County resident has been order extradited to the United States to face trial for allegedly committing a fraud in a bankruptcy application in Massachusetts. Cyril Gordon Lunn, who lived for a time on Glen Road East, is accused of funneling money from the US into Canada before he declared bankruptcy in 2001. The charge claims that Lunn had between 3-4 million dollars in assets in Canada when the bankruptcy claim was filed in 2001. Lunn has been considered a fugitive since 2006, and in a decision released today by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, he will not have an order for his extradition overturned.


SOBEYS EXPANDING ABERDEEN STORE INTO A SOBEYS EXTRA
Wednesday 8th June 2016
The Aberdeen Sobeys in New Glasgow is expanding. Company spokesperson Shauna Selig says the store is adding 10,000 square feet and will become a Sobeys extra. Sobeys extra is a new concept store that is currently only in Tantallon, but there are currently two more stores in Atlantic Canada in the works, not including Aberdeen. The store is expanding into the space formerly occupied by Convergys. Renovation timelines are not confirmed, but planning is well underway.


PICTOU RCMP ARREST BIBLE HILL WOMAN FOR DRUG-IMPAIRED DRIVING
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Pictou District RCMP arrested a woman for driving while impaired by a drug. Just before 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, Pictou District RCMP received a call of an erratic driver travelling westbound on Highway 104. The caller told police the vehicle was driving all over the road and crossing the centre lane into oncoming traffic.  RCMP located the vehicle and a traffic stop was conducted. A Drug Recognition Expert, a police officer specially trained to recognize symptoms of drug impairment, was called to the scene and evaluated the driver.  As a result, a 19-year-old Bible Hill woman has been charged with Impaired Operation of Motor Vehicle by Drug. She was released and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court on 25 July.


PROVINCIAL AUDITOR GENERAL HAS MANY ISSUES WITH HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN SPRING REPORT *UPDATED 10:20 AM*
Wednesday 8th June 2016
(Auditor General) The province's auditor general says another $85 million is needed to complete urgent repairs and maintenance at the province's hospitals. In his spring report released today, Michael Pickup says $29 million is currently available to address infrastructure needs when about $114 million is needed. Pickup says the shortfall is for urgent needs alone and doesn't even consider day-to-day maintenance needs. He says preventative maintenance is needed and cites examples such as elevator work that hasn't been completed at the South Shore Regional Hospital and steel beams required to hold bricks in place because of mortar deterioration at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. The report says the health system needs to assess the location and use of its facilities throughout the province in order to determine how best to use limited resources to deliver efficient care. Pickup says 41 hospitals are within 30 minutes of each other and the Health Department needs to determine whether care can be provided through alternate means in a community or at nearby hospitals. Pickup also says the inspection process of long term care homes by Health and Wellness is not always timely and could be more consistent across inspectors. Both Health & Wellness and Community Services need to complete work to determine long-term funding needs for homes for special care, which cost about $770 million per year for 10,000 Nova Scotians. And Pickup takes the Department of Natural Resources to task, saying it needs to make the 60 species at risk in the province a bigger priority.


STATUS OF NORWEGIAN VETERAN LIVING IN HALIFAX TO BE RE-ASSESSED
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Officials with Veterans Affairs are assessing the case of a decorated 94-year-old Norwegian war vet who was refused admission to a federally funded hospital. Petter Blindheim's son says the family is anxiously awaiting word on whether the department will fund his father for care at the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial hospital in Halifax. The senior was initially refused because he was classified as being in the "resistance service" rather than an Allied veteran. But after a public outcry, the department reclassified him and has to determine whether his health issues have increased and require specialized care.


CANADA POST ORDERED TO PAY FOR DAMAGED HOCKEY CARD
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Canada Post has been ordered to pay an avid hockey fan in Halifax nearly two-hundred and 40 dollars over a badly mangled Conner McDavid hockey card. David Wayne Clark told Nova Scotia small claims court he won the Edmonton Oilers collectible in a recent online auction for one-hundred and 40 dollars, with plans to sell it for more than double the price. Clark asked Canada Post to hold his mail at the main office until the lock on his community mailbox was fixed - but he found the envelope with the card inside in the box, completely destroyed. Adjudicator Eric Slone found Canada Post was negligent in delivering mail to a defective box where it could be vandalized.


ALBERTA GOV'T SETTING UP CARBON TAX
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Alberta's N-D-P government has used its majority to pass legislation that includes a carbon tax as part of its strategy to combat climate change. The legislation gives legal teeth to the multibillion-dollar tax that is to take effect on January 1st. The carbon tax will raise the price of heating bills and gasoline as an incentive to go green. The government is softening the move by lowering the small-business tax rate and establishing an agency to fund energy savings programs. All opposition members -- the Wildrose, the Progressive Conservatives, the Liberals and Alberta Party -- voted against it. The levy is expected to bring in three-billion dollars in 2017-18. Notley has promised the proceeds will be used to help Alberta become more environmentally friendly — from small home-based changes to multibillion-dollar public transportation projects. The plan also includes working to cap oilsands emissions and phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030.


RESIDENTS IN BADLY DAMAGED FORT MAC NEIGHBORHOODS ALLOWED BACK - BRIEFLY
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Residents of three neighbourhoods most badly damaged by the Fort McMurray wildfire are expected to get a look at their homes — or what's left of them — today. People whose homes were destroyed will be allowed back, but they'll have to be escorted by a disaster response unit. Those whose homes are still standing can return to check on their properties and grab belongings, but they won't be able to stay. That's because toxic ash from the powerful fire poses a safety hazard. Andrew Wilcox from a local rock radio station says it's frustrating, but he understands why authorities won't let him back into his home for good — even though it's intact. Wilcox can put himself in the shoes of those returning to piles of rubble. He lost everything in an Edmonton apartment fire more than a decade ago.


GROUP DEMANDS PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO AFGHAN DETAINEE TREATMENT
Wednesday 8th June 2016
A coalition of human rights advocates and current and former parliamentarians and diplomats is calling on the Liberals to launch a public inquiry into the handling of Afghan detainees. The group is releasing an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying it’s time for him to do what the previous government wouldn’t — hold a full and open investigation into the policies and practices around Canada’s transfer of captured Afghans to local authorities during the war in Kandahar. Allegations those detainees were abused, in violation of international law, first surfaced publicly in 2007. To what extent the Canadian military and government were aware of and ignored that fact, and what actually happened to the Afghans, was the subject of nearly five years of investigation by the military and Parliament. But the Conservative government at the time refused to release much of the information those groups asked for to conduct their reviews. And the coalition says without a proper public airing, future incidents can’t be prevented. Signatories to the letter include former prime minister Joe Clark, former ambassadors, the former chair of the Security Intelligence Review committee and former diplomats from Afghanistan, among others.


SPORTS - JUNE 8
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Final Registration for the Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association (Home of the Subway Stingers) will be held this Saturday from 9am – Noon upstairs at the Clubhouse, 175B North Foord Street, Stellarton.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club 5th Annual Fun Meet takes place Friday & Saturday at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Admission is $2 (12 and under free). During this two-day event we raise money by selling 50/50 tickets, Lottery Tree Raffle, BBQ and Canteen refreshments. This is an opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills in front of their families and the general public, earning ribbons and medals.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on Wednesday, 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Detroit Tigers rallied late to spoil a stellar outing from Aaron Sanchez. Ian Kinsler drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th as Detroit topped the Jays 3-2. Sanchez took a one-hitter into the ninth before giving up the tying runs.
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Derek Norris tied the game with a home run leading off the ninth and Wil Myers singled in the winning run to give the San Diego Padres a 4-3 victory against the Atlanta Braves.  The Braves, who lost their sixth straight, have the worst record in the majors at 16-and-42. The Padres are last in the N-L West at 25-and-35.
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Nelson Cruz homered twice and Wade Miley pitched seven scoreless innings to pace the Seattle Mariners to a 7-1 victory over Cleveland,, snapping the Indians' six-game winning streak.  Cruz hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the fifth to put Seattle up 7-0.
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The Canadian women's soccer team got a measure of revenge against the Brazilian squad that beat them in an international friendly over the weekend. Substitute Janine Beckie scored deep into injury time as Canada beat Brazil 1-nil in Ottawa. It was Canada's last match on home soil before the Rio Olympic Games.
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Cleveland Browns executive Bryan Wiedmeier has died following a four-year battle with brain cancer. He was 57. Wiedmeier was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in 2012 and given 15 months to live. He defied medical predictions and lasted four more years.


TROPICAL CYCLONE STATEMENT IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN SHORE
Tuesday 7th June 2016
A Tropical Cyclone Statement has been issued for Guysborough, Richmond, and Cape Breton Counties in relation to Tropical Storm Colin. The Canadian Hurricane Centre says TS Colin, which will be a post-tropical storm by the time it reaches Canadian waters late tomorrow or early Thursday, could bring significant rainfall to those areas. The Centre issued a statement saying areas of strongest winds will be well offshore.


PLENTY OF AMENDMENTS TO ASSISTED DYING LAW EXPECTED AS SENATE DEBATE CONTINUES
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Every senator will get a chance to propose amendments to the federal government's proposed new law on medically assisted dying. The Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee has decided to forgo the usual procedure of recommending amendments to the upper house. With so many senators keenly interested in Bill C-14, committee members have decided they'd be wasting time and effort to try to come up with amendments just among themselves. Instead, all senators will be involved in proposing amendments during debate on third and final reading of the bill, which is expected to start Wednesday. Given the disparate views of senators, with some thinking the bill goes too far and others feeling it doesn't go far enough, Sen. George Baker predicts there will be ``many, many'' amendments proposed. Baker, who is sponsoring the bill in the Senate, says he's never seen a bill provoke so much interest.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE LOOKING FOR SHOPLIFTER
Tuesday 7th June 2016
The New Glasgow Regional Police are looking for the public's assistance in identifying an alleged shoplifter. On Sunday afternoon around 2:45pm a man entered the Atlantic Superstore on Westville Road, and placed a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer in the cart and proceeded to exit the store without paying. The mixer is valued at about 460 dollars. Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call the New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1941, or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers. There is a picture of the man on our Facebook page.


TWO CAR COLLISION IN NEW GLASGOW
Tuesday 7th June 2016
One man was taken to hospital following a two vehicle collision Monday afternoon. At approximately 1:10pm, New Glasgow Regional Police, along with the New Glasgow Fire Department and EHS, responded to a collision at the intersection of Pine Street and East River Road. A 67-year-old man was driving a Honda Civic, while a 72-year old man driving a Honda Accord was crossing the intersection when both vehicles collided. The driver of the Civic was not injured, but the driver of the Accord was transported to hospital with non life threatening injuries. A passenger in the Accord was not injured. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. The driver of the Civic was charged with failing to stop at a red light.  


FALCONER APPEALING HIS MURDER CONVICTION TO THE SUPREME COURT
Tuesday 7th June 2016
A Pictou County man convicted of first-degree murder is taking his appeal to the country's highest court. The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service says Christopher Alexander Falconer has filed a leave to appeal to the Supreme Court Canada. Falconer was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Amber Kirwan in January 2014 and is serving a life sentence. He was not successful with the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. At the time, his lawyer argued that the jury received confused instructions on how to interpret key evidence. Falconer's guilty verdict came after a jury heard evidence for 15 days in Pictou Supreme Court in 2014.


RCMP CAUTION BLACK BEARS ARE BACK IN THE COUNTY
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Pictou District RCMP are reminding the public that Black bears have been sighted recently coming out of hibernation and searching for food. They say the key to keeping bears from your property is to reduce food smells. Among the steps you can take: store garbage, compost and recycling in containers that have tight-fitting lids and can be secured or locked, avoid using bird feeders during bear season, and clean barbecues often and cover them when not in use. If you see a bear in your community, call your local Department of Natural Resources office during normal business hours. After hours, you can reach the Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-565-2224.


POLICE WARN OF PHONE SCAM TARGETING SENIORS AND IMMIGRANTS
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Police in Halifax are warning residents of two telephone scams that appear to be targeting seniors and new immigrants. One scam involves a person identifying themselves as a bank manager and advising the victim there is a problem with their account. In the second, the suspect identifies themselves as a employee of the Canada Revenue Agency and threatens to call police if they refuse to provide credit card information. Anyone receiving such calls is advised to hang up and call police.


DOCTORS SAY IN ABSENCE OF FEDERAL ASSISTED DYING LAW, THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO PROCEED
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Doctors groups say many physicians are unsure which patients are eligible for help to end their chronic suffering, now that a Supreme Court ruling is in effect allowing Canadians the right to seek a doctor's aid to terminate their lives. The College of Family Physicians of Canada says many doctors will likely be reluctant to help patients end their lives until a federal law has been passed. The Liberals' proposed bill to satisfy a high court ruling that lifts the ban on assisted death is still under debate in the Senate and any possible amendments would have to be put back to members of Parliament. The Commons is due to rise for summer break June 23rd.


CREWS BATTLE APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE IN FORT MAC
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Crews spent Monday night fighting a large fire that ripped through a four-storey apartment building in downtown Fort McMurray, Alberta. Municipal officials say the situation has been deemed safe and there are no reported injuries. It's not known what sparked the fire, but the R-C-M-P says it's not connected to the wildfires that ravaged parts of the city last month. There were unconfirmed reports the complex was empty at the time. Many of Fort Mac's 80-thousand residents, who had to flee the city when a wildfire crept in May 3rd, have been returning to the community since last Wednesday.


FIRST CANDIDATE FOR FEDERAL NDP LEADERSHIP EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Cheri DiNovo -- a veteran member of the Ontario legislature -- is set to become the first official candidate to replace Tom Mulcair as leader of the federal New Democratic Party. DiNovo told The Canadian Press last night that she will declare her candidacy in her Toronto riding this morning. It was not clear if she will immediately resign her seat in the provincial legislature. DiNovo, a United Church minister, was first elected in a 2006 byelection, taking Toronto's inner-city Parkdale-High Park riding from the Liberals when Gerard Kennedy resigned to run federally. She is a champion of social justice issues and successfully campaigned to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to include gender identity and expression, and introduced a bill to give same sex couples the same parental rights as male-female couples. DiNovo also convinced the Liberal government to amend the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder as being work-related for police, firefighters and paramedics. Mulcair announced his resignation last month after 52 per cent of delegates at a party convention in Edmonton voted for a leadership review. Voting to select the new N-D-P leader will take place in the fall of 2017.


SPORTS - JUNE 7 *UPDATED 8:50 AM*
Tuesday 7th June 2016
It's been a busy couple of days for a pair of Pictou County hockey players. Weeks Major Midgets forwards Kevin Mason of Stellarton and Jake Martin of New Glasgow both heard their names called over the weekend at the QMJHL Draft. Now, the Weeks Crushers say that both Mason and Martin have been selected as 2016 Territorial Picks ahead of this weekend's MHL Draft. Mason, a 6'1 power forward had 15 goals and 26 points this past season with the Weeks Major Midgets. Kevin was selected in the 7th round of the QMJHL Draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs. Martin, a two-way player with a nose for the net scored 9 goals and 18 points after missing some time at the beginning of the season with an injury. Jake was also selected in the 7th round of the QMJHL Draft by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The Crushers head to Amherst this weekend for the MHL Draft on Saturday. Follow along on twitter @weekscrushers 
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Pictou County Ultimate's summer ultimate frisbee league starts this month, with registration and a pick-up game happening tonight, at Parkdale field at 6:30. The co-ed league will go for 10 weeks on Tuesday nights this summer, open to ages 15 and up, and all experience levels welcome. Registration is $40 and includes a jersey and frisbee for every participant. Email ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com or follow Pictou County Ultimate on facebook for more information.
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Registration for Challenger Baseball is next Monday & Tuesday from 6:30pm-8:00pm at GR Saunders school. If anyone is also interested in volunteering to help with the program, they can also come to the registration or contact Trevor Kearley at (802)695-2148 or by email twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club 5th Annual Fun Meet takes place Friday & Saturday at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Admission is $2 (12 and under free). During this two-day event we raise money by selling 50/50 tickets, Lottery Tree Raffle, BBQ and Canteen refreshments. This is an opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills in front of their families and the general public, earning ribbons and medals.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on Wednesday, 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Raptors have confirmed head coach Dwane Casey's contract extension. The team says the two sides have agreed ``on principal terms'' of a three-year deal through the 2018-19 season. There was no confirmation of a dollar figure from the team but reports last week said the agreement was worth US$18 million. Casey oversaw the team's most successful season in 2015-16, steering the Raptors to a franchise-record 56 wins in the regular season and a berth in the Eastern Conference final. Raptors GM Masai Ujiri promised last week that the deal would get done ``in his sleep,'' and he worked quickly to make it happen. He said in a release today that Casey has ``done an excellent job leading our teams to success on the court and with helping us develop a winning culture throughout our organization.''
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The San Jose Sharks are a loss away from a disappointing end to their first Stanley Cup final appearance. Evgeni Malkin's second-period goal stood as the winner and Phil Kessel had two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins topped the Sharks 3-1 in Game 4 in San Jose. That gives Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead in the series with a chance to win the championship on home ice on Thursday.
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A bad start to the Blue Jays' three-game series in Detroit. Michael Fulmer allowed two hits over six innings, and Justin Upton and James McCann homered to lift the Detroit Tigers to an 11-0 victory over Toronto. Fulmer struck out five and walked three in his third straight start without allowing a run.
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Trevor Bauer pitched seven and one-third strong innings and Rajai Davis homered to lead the Cleveland Indians to their sixth straight victory with a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. Canadian James Paxton took the loss for the Mariners, who have dropped four straight. He allowed all three runs -- just one earned -- on five hits. He walked one and struck out 10 in six innings.
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Rougned Odor had a game-ending R-B-I double as the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-5. Texas is 7-and-0 against the Astros this season and has won 11 in row at home against their A-L West rival.
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Kimbo Slice, the bearded street fighter who parlayed his internet popularity into a mixed martial arts career and worldwide fame, has died. He was 42.  Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, was taken to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, near his home Monday. His death was confirmed by Mike Imber, his longtime manager.
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He might be 82, but Don Cherry isn't ready to retire just yet. The "Hockey Night in Canada" commentator has agreed to a multi-year deal with Rogers, which signed a 12-year, 5.2-billion dollar deal for N-H-L rights in Canada three years ago. His current two-year deal with Rogers expires at the end of the playoffs. Ratings took a hit this spring when no Canadian team made it into the post-season. Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and N-H-L properties, says there could be changes coming to boost viewership, but would only say "you tweak as you go.''


MAJOR PROJECT CAPITAL SPENDING TO DECREASE REGIONALLY, INCREASE PROVINCIALLY
Monday 6th June 2016
An economic think tank predicts investment in major projects will drop by two per cent to 12.8-billion dollars in Atlantic Canada this year due to a slowdown in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council says spending will increase by 19 per cent in Nova Scotia over last year -- mainly due to work on construction of the arctic offshore patrol ships at the Halifax Shipyard and increased offshore oil and gas exploration. Increases are also forecast for Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick -- in part due to electricity projects. But the council says Newfoundland and Labrador is being hit by declining activity on offshore oil projects and the winding down of the construction phase of the Hebron offshore oil development.


PHONE SCAM TARGETS SENIORS AND NEW IMMIGRANTS
Monday 6th June 2016
Halifax police have issued a warning about two recent telephone scams that appear to be targeting seniors and new immigrants. In one of the scams, a man purporting to be a bank manager tells seniors there's a problem with their account and he's sending a cab to their home to pick them up and take them to the bank to fix the issue. In the other, a person pretending to be a Canada Revenue Agency employee threatens to call the police and have a warrant issued for their arrest if they refuse to provide credit card information for payment of outstanding income tax debt. Police say the calls are not legitimate and anyone getting them should hang up and contact their bank, the C-R-A and the police. 


THREE CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST DAL MEDICAL STUDENT
Monday 6th June 2016
Three of four charges have been dropped in the case of a Dalhousie University medical student who allegedly told his psychiatrist he had thoughts of shooting up to 20 people before killing himself. Crown prosecutor Eric Taylor told the court that there wasn't a reasonable chance of conviction on two counts of uttering threats to cause bodily harm and one count of engaging in threatening conduct against Stephen Gregory Tynes. Tynes is also charged with unauthorized possession of a prohibited device in relation to an overcapacity cartridge magazine. The Crown is seeking a peace bond against Tynes. A police search warrant alleges Tynes told his psychiatrist he was going to stab the associate dean of undergraduate medical education at Dalhousie as well as her daughter. Tynes has been charged with sexual assault in a separate incident.


FIRST STAGE OF FORT MAC RE-SETTLEMENT COMPLETE
Monday 6th June 2016
The phased re-entry of residents to fire-scarred Fort McMurray, Alberta is now complete for all zones. The Alberta government is asking evacuees who are returning after fleeing last month's wildfire to use water wisely to ensure the city's waste-water treatment plant isn't overwhelmed. Brief visits to homes identified as "destroyed or unsafe to occupy," which are outside the restricted areas of Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways, started yesterday. Visits to properties in the restricted neighbourhoods will begin on Wednesday. 


ASSISTED DYING LAW STRUCK DOWN BY SUPREME COURT, NO REPLACEMENT PASSED BY PARLIAMENT YET
Monday 6th June 2016
There is no longer any law in place governing medically assisted dying in Canada. A deadline the federal government was given by the Supreme Court to draft a new law expired at midnight. The high court struck down the ban on medically assisted dying last year and gave Parliament a year to come up with a new law. It directed Ottawa to make assisted death available to consenting adults with "grievous and irremediable" medical conditions who are enduring intolerable suffering. But the governing Liberals' new legislation -- a more restrictive Bill C-14 -- is still before the Senate, with a vote not expected in the upper chamber before Friday.


ANOTHER BIG YEAR FOR PICTOU COUNTY WALK FOR ALS
Monday 6th June 2016
The Pictou County Walk for ALS was a huge success, with a total of $13,967 raised for ALS patient care and research. That makes the five year total raised up to $53,700. The organizers extend their thanks to all those who donated, volunteered, and participated.


NORTH NOVA SEAFOODS GETS FEDERAL FUNDING FOR UPGRADES
Monday 6th June 2016
North Nova Seafoods Limited in Pictou is making some improvements thanks to a $300,000 loan from Ottawa. The repayable contribution from ACOA, through the Business Development Program, will allow the company to buy and install a new cooking system, which replaces their outdated boiler unit. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser made the announcement Sunday while celebrating the grand opening of the Northumberland Fisheries Museum and Heritage Association's new fisheries exhibit centre on the Pictou waterfront. The Liberals had announced nearly $250,000 back in March to help build the two-story, 6,900 square foot wooden exhibit centre.


FIVE PEOPLE CHARGED IN LOWER SACKVILLE HOME INVASION
Monday 6th June 2016
Three men and two youths have been arrested following a home invasion in the Halifax area. Police say a man woke up in a Lower Sackville home on Friday to find four men pointing guns at him. Investigators say the man was beaten up and assaulted with a weapon, landing him in hospital. Five males between the ages of 17 and 18 face charges in connection with the incident.


RCMP INVESTIGATING FATAL MOTORCYCLE COLLISION IN TRURO AREA
Monday 6th June 2016
Nova Scotia police are investigating a fatal crash involving a truck and a dirt bike in the Truro area. Colchester District R-C-M-P say the truck was trying to legally pass another car when it hit a dirt bike travelling in the opposite direction. Investigators say the motorcycle didn't have its headlight on at the time. The 41-year-old man from Debert who was riding the dirt bike died at the scene.


MARITIMERS PLEDGE ALMOST $6.4 MILLION TO IWK
Monday 6th June 2016
Martimers pledged a record-breaking six-million-389-thousand-dollars during this year's annual telethon to raise money for the I-W-K health centre. It was the 32nd year for the fundraiser, and C-T-V aired this weekend's live broadcast from I-W-K locations in Halifax, Sydney, Saint John and Charlottetown. The telethon is the I-W-K's largest fundraiser, with this year's donations going towards new medical equipment.


TORONTO POLICE CONFIRM BOY BORN PREMATURELY AFTER HIS MOTHER WAS SHOT HAS DIED
Monday 6th June 2016
There's a sad development in the case of the baby boy who was delivered prematurely after his mother was fatally shot in Toronto last month. Toronto police have issued a brief statement saying the infant son of 35-year-old Candice Bobb died in hospital Sunday night. Bobb was five months pregnant when she was shot in northwest Toronto while sitting in a car with friends after watching a basketball game. No arrests have been made in the case.


SPORTS - JUNE 6
Monday 6th June 2016
The NNEC Gryphons were 4-0 to win the Nova Scotia girls’ fastpitch title on the weekend.The Gryphons crushed the Avon View Avalanche 15-2 in the championship game, played in North River in Colchester County. They had beaten Avon View twice in the round robin, and defeated the Auburn Drive Eagles 9-2 in the semifinal contest before turning back the Avalanche in the championship game. Meanwhile, the boys’ slo-pitch team from North Nova, playing in the provincial tournament at Amherst, did not make the playoff after going 1-2 in the round robin.
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The NNEC Gryphons boys rugby team took the provincial championship on Saturday, defeating the Sir John A. MacDonald Flames 21-5. The Gryphons got tries from Robert Burrows, Ethan Snell and Matt Chediac, while Eric Catalan kicked three converts. Earlier on Saturday, the Gryphons got past the NRHS Nighthawks in a 12-6 semifinal victory. Ryan MacDonald and Jared Livingstone scored tries for North Nova and Catalan was successful on a two-point convert. Keigan Rauh had two penalty kicks to account for the Nighthawks’ scoring.
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Two of the Weeks Major Midgets have been drafted into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. New Glasgow's Jake Martin was taken 121st overall by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in Saturday’s QMJHL draft, while Kevin Mason, a Stellarton resident, went two spots later to the Saint John Sea Dogs. Both players have two years of Midget eligibility remaining.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club 5th Annual Fun Meet takes place Friday & Saturday at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Admission is $2 (12 and under free). During this two-day event we raise money by selling 50/50 tickets, Lottery Tree Raffle, BBQ and Canteen refreshments. This is an opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills in front of their families and the general public, earning ribbons and medals.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on Wednesday, 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Golden State is in a a fine position as the N-B-A Finals head to Cleveland for Game 3. Draymond Green led all scorers with 28 points as the Warriors hammered the Cavaliers 110-77 to take a 2-0 series lead. Steph Curry had 18 points and Klay Thompson added 17. Game 3 goes Wednesday.
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The Blue Jays' offence combined with Marco Estrada's dominance on the hill gave Toronto a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. Jose Bautista hit the first of four Toronto home runs. Edwin Encarnacion added a two-run shot, and Darwin Barney and Russell Martin each had a solo. Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth. He walked three, struck out five and was lifted with a 5-1 lead.
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Jake Arrieta's winning streak has been stopped at 20. The Cubs ace struck out 12 in just five innings, but he also surrendered three runs and nine hits in a 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. It's his first loss since Cole Hamels beat him with a no-hitter for the Phillies last July 25th.
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Nascar will be in full tilt on a Monday for the first time in seven years. Rain postponed the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway until today. Brad Keselowski will start on the pole in Pocono's first Monday race since 2009. The 2012 rain-shortened race at Pocono was marred by lightning strikes that killed one fan and injured nine others.
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Novak Djokovic has his career Grand Slam. The top-seeded Djokovic won the French Open men's singles championship with a four set victory over Number-2 Andy Murray. He has won the Australian and U-S Opens, Wimbledon and now the French.


MISSING PERSON FOUND
Sunday 5th June 2016
New Glasgow Regional Police has wrapped up a missing persons case. Police are reporting that Lori Dalton, the 40-year-old Moncton woman who was missing for the better part of two days, has been located in Alma safe and sound. New Glasgow Police are thanking the public and the media for their calls and notifications on social media.


CONVENTION DRAWS GARDEN EXPERTS TO WELLNESS CENTRE
Saturday 4th June 2016
Talk of the best growing techniques should abound at the Wellness Centre this weekend. More than 200 avid gardeners from across the province have converged on Pictou County for their provincial gardening convention.
New Glasgow Gardening Club President John Carter says clubs like his give beginning gardeners a good chance to access the knowledge base of more seasoned plant enthusiasts.
One of the speakers on hand at the Wellness Centre this weekend will focus on the " therapeutic benefits of plants past, present and future."
Another speaker will enlighten gardeners about "back yard ergonomics," to make gardening more comfortable. The event continues today and again tomorrow. (Saturday and Sunday)


GUNS AND AMMUNITION SEIZED, LOCAL MAN AND WOMAN CHARGED
Saturday 4th June 2016
Police in New Glasgow say they've seized multiple guns and ammunition from a home on Dalcrombie Drive.
Two people have been arrested as a result. Members of the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched the home on Friday.
A 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, both from New Glasgow, have been arrested.
The man faces multiple charges related to unsafe storage of firearms and ammunition, along with multiple charges of failing to comply with court orders.
The woman is also charged with failing to comply with a court order.
Investigators say the pair remain in custody and are expected in court next week.


BEAR ON THE LOOSE IN THORBURN
Saturday 4th June 2016
If you're in the Thorburn area today (Saturday), there's a large bear on the loose and folks there would like you to be extra cautious.
One homeowner approached the bear as he was making the rounds this morning near the man's garage.
The bear was last seen just outside the Thorburn Pizza shop.
We took a phone call from that listener who spotted the animal just after 7 o'clock Saturday morning, so if you have children – be aware that your kids could be in the presence of a hungry bear.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE LOOKING FOR MISSING WOMAN
Friday 3rd June 2016
Police are looking for a missing 40-year old New Glasgow woman who was last seen in the early morning hours this morning near the intersection of McColl Street and Grandview Street in New Glasgow. Lori Dalton is described as between 5’4 and 5’7 inches tall and having long pulled back grey hair and was last seen wearing a purple sweater, grey gym pants, white Avia sneakers and carrying a multi coloured backpack. Unfortunately, police say they do not have a photo of Ms. Dalton to release to the public. New Glasgow Regional Police say that their preliminary investigation reveals that they do not suspect any foul play, however, they are concerned for her safe whereabouts. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lori Dalton is asked to call the New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-.1941. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit their Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.


PROVINCE SPENDING MONEY TO FIX UP THORBURN CONSOLIDATED AND 24 OTHER NS SCHOOLS
Friday 3rd June 2016
Thorburn Consolidated is one of twenty five schools that the province is spending more than $6 million dollars on for improvements, upgrades, and repairs. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey says the goal is to provide students and teachers with schools that are safe and well-equipped to meet their learning needs while working within the province's fiscal plan. Approved capital projects for the 2016-17 fiscal year include roof repairs, creating new learning spaces, barrier free access, fire safety improvements, and replacing boilers, windows and interior work.  Pictou East MLA Tim Houston is concerned that Frank H. MacDonald Elementary is not on the list, as it needs work to accommodate students from East Pictou Middle School.


PICTOU LANDING POWWOW CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
Friday 3rd June 2016
This weekend marks a milestone for a celebration of First Nations culture and history. The 25th annual Pictou Landing Powwow continues through Sunday. The theme this year is honouring elders but there be many activities for the young as well. Pictou Landing First Nations Chief Andrea Paul says people love to attend the powwow and learn more about First Nations culture. Admission is free, and open to everyone. Find out more about this weekend's events on their Facebook page.


GAS & DIESEL DOWN
Friday 3rd June 2016
It's a price break at the pumps today. A litre of regular self-serve gas is down more than two cents to $1.086, and diesel dropped slightly to 97.5 cents per litre.


DELAY ON TIDAL POWER TURBINE INSTALLATION *UPDATED 9:00 AM*
Friday 3rd June 2016
A plan to install a huge tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy has been put on hold. CBC says Cape Sharp Tidal is responding to concerns raised by local fishermen. The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association has said its members want assurances marine life will not be harmed by the two, five-storey turbines Cape Sharp plans to place in the Minas Passage. The plan was to install one of the turbines, built by Aecon Group in Pictou, this weekend. Spokesman Paul Laberge says the company wants to speak further with fishermen about the potential impact on shellfish, scallops, lobsters and whales. Cape Sharp's turbines are expected to generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. Matt Lumley of the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy says the bay's powerful currents could generate enough power for all of Atlantic Canada's needs, but they have proven too strong for previous turbines.


LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES TAKING A HIT ON CORPORATE TAX BILLS
Friday 3rd June 2016
CBC News reports that two of the largest businesses in Pictou County have secured, or are seeking, lower municipal tax bills. Michelin is in the middle of a two-year reduction in its commercial assessment that will see its annual municipal taxes drop by $300,000. In 2014, the French tire giant cut production and laid off several hundred workers at its Granton plant, then successfully argued that its commercial assessment should be reduced. Meanwhile in Stellarton, Sobeys has appealed the commercial assessment of several of its local properties. A decision is expected in about a month. 


FERRY CEO ACCUSING TORY LEADER OF UNDERMINING HIS BUSINESS
Friday 3rd June 2016
The C-E-O of the new ferry service that will soon link Nova Scotia with Maine has ramped up his accusations against the province's Opposition leader. Bay Ferries C-E-O Mark MacDonald says Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie is — quote — "destabilizing"  his business by describing it as a "boondoggle" and a "fiasco." MacDonald says Bay Ferries has been hurt by Baillie's assertion that the company — quote — "hosed" the government. Baillie has been critical of the Liberal government's bid to reboot the ferry service, saying he doesn't want a repeat of what happened with the previous operator, Nova Star Cruises.


RCMP ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER RETIRING
Friday 3rd June 2016
New Brunswick R-C-M-P assistant commissioner Roger Brown is retiring tomorrow after 36 years on the force. He'll retire on the second anniversary of an event he describes as the low point in his career. On June 4th, 2014, a gunman in Moncton shot and killed three R-C-M-P constables, wounded two others, and led police on a tense, 30-hour manhunt. Brown was often seen wiping back tears in the days following that event, but says that's who he is, and believes it gave other officers the licence to grieve the same way.


PILOT PROJECT ALLOWS LIBRARY CARD HOLDERS TO VISIT MUSEUMS
Friday 3rd June 2016
Nova Scotia library card holders can now borrow a pass to visit provincial museums free of charge. Nova Scotia's Provincial Library has teamed up with the  Nova Scotia Museum to ensure anyone who wants to visit some of the museums can do so by borrowing a downloadable pass from the libraries' digital media sites until September 5th. The project is a pilot to see how the pass is used. The culture pass program will allow Nova Scotians to explore the diverse cultural and learning activities, events and programs offered through the provincial museum system. The loan period is up to three weeks, but the sooner people return it, the sooner others can use it. 


BIRTH RATES FOR TEENS AND OLDER MOTHERS GOING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS
Friday 3rd June 2016
Birth rates are down for teens -- and up for older mothers. The latest report from the U-S Centre for Disease Control reveals birth rates for those aged 15 to 19 declined eight per cent between 2014 and 2015. However, birthrates for older mothers have increase five per cent each year since 2011. Doctors generally consider 35 years old as "advanced maternal age," meaning they require slightly closer monitoring and prenatal care.


SPORTS - JUNE 3 *UPDATED 10:35 AM*
Friday 3rd June 2016
The Pioneer Coal Track in Stellarton is hosting the NSSAF Track and Field Provincial Championships. The meet takes place on Friday and Saturday. Come out to see over 1,000 junior and senior high school athletes from around the province take part. Competitions start at 10:00am Friday and 9:00am Saturday, continuing throughout the day. Please note that because of provincials, the track will be closed to walkers Friday and Saturday. 
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Hector Arena Ball hockey returns Saturday at 5pm. There will be no canteen, however water will be sold, and you can now use your roller blades! Bring them if you have them, but there are some available if you don't.
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Registration for the Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association (Home of the Subway Stingers) will be held on Saturday from 9am to Noon upstairs at the Clubhouse 175B North Foord Street Stellarton. A copy of the registration form is available by checking the document section of the Stingers Website. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. There will also be a spring workout for U-10 (birth date 2006-2007) and U-12 (birth date 2004-2005) players on Saturday from 10 am-11:30 pm on Dorrington Field-1, next to the clubhouse. Players need to be at the field at least 15 minutes prior to start.
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Swim, bike and run on Sunday at the YMCA Triathlon. Spaces are still available in adult and youth divisions. Plus new divisions have been added. To register and to learn more about the event, visit RaceRoster.ca.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club 5th Annual Fun Meet takes place June 10th and 11th at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Admission is $2 (12 and under free). During this two-day event we raise money by selling 50/50 tickets, Lottery Tree Raffle, BBQ and Canteen refreshments. This is an opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills in front of their families and the general public, earning ribbons and medals.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Blue Jays take their three-game winning streak to Boston's Fenway Park tonight to begin a three-game series with the Red Sox. Toronto is coming off a sweep of the New York Yankees at home. The Blue Jays had an off day yesterday while Boston fell 12-7 to Baltimore. R-A Dickey takes the hill tonight. David Price counters for the Red Sox.
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Rangers ace Yu Darvish will try for his second win in as many starts as Texas hosts the Seattle Mariners. Darvish made his first start of the season last Saturday after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He threw 81 pitches over five innings and struck out seven to pick up the victory.
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FIFA lawyers say former top officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner awarded themselves pay rises and World Cup bonuses totalling $80 million over 5 years. FIFA says the contracted payments appear to break Swiss law, and evidence will be given to American and Swiss federal prosecutors who are investigating corruption implicating the world soccer body. FIFA revealed details of the contracts one day after Swiss police raided FIFA to seize evidence. The raid included searches in the office of Kattner who was fired last week. Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber opened criminal proceedings against Blatter last September, and against Valcke in March. Both are suspected of criminal mismanagement of FIFA money.


POLICE SAY NO THREAT FROM MAN CARRYING FIREARM CASE
Thursday 2nd June 2016
Fredericton police say they have determined there is no threat to the public after a hunt for a "person of interest" seen carrying what was believed to be a firearm case. Six schools in the city's north side were locked down as a precaution while officers looked for the person who was seen crossing a walking trail on St. Mary's Street Thursday morning. By Thursday afternoon, police called the situation "resolved," saying the person was carrying a hard-shelled gun case, but that there was no threat. Leo Hayes High School, Gibson Neill Elementary, École Les Éclaireurs, Devon Middle School, Devon Park Christian School and Harold Sappier were all locked down during the investigation.


ENVIRONMENT GROUP PUSHING FOR DRASTIC REDUCTION IN MACKEREL QUOTAS
Thursday 2nd June 2016
An environmental group says it's disappointed the federal Fisheries department has set the quota for Atlantic mackerel at levels far higher than recommended by a science body. The total allowable catch in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization areas three and four was set at 8,000 tonnes, despite stock assessments that recommend annual catches not greater than 800 tonnes. A Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat report in 2014 described a critically low biomass of the stock, despite significant quota reductions over the years, and advised the catch of 800 tonnes for 2014 and 2015. The Ecology Action Centre in Halifax says the mackerel stock continues to be overfished and has a large unregulated recreational fishery. The group says the quota should be set according to scientific advice and that the fishery be managed using a precautionary approach.


NEW GLASGOW GETTING LT. GOV'S COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
Thursday 2nd June 2016
New Glasgow is one of four communities receiving this year's Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award. The town, along with New Ross, Gabarus, and Upper Hammonds Plains, will be recognized at events held later this year. Lieutenant-Governor J.J. Grant will attend the events to present an original piece of Nova Scotian Crystal etched with a representation of each community's story in recognition of their exceptional spirit. Last year River John was one of the award winning communities. Details of the award are on the Community Spirit Award website.


PROVINCE INCREASING DAYCARE WAGES, SUBSIDIES
Thursday 2nd June 2016
Pay increases are coming for Nova Scotia daycare workers, who are the lowest paid in the country. The province says as of October early childhood educators will see their pay rise from an average low of 12 dollars 84 cents an hour to between 15 and 19 dollars an hour. Education Minister Karen Casey says the increases will push wages to the national average. Daily subsidies for parents will also be increased. That neans parents could pay about 140 dollars less a month for infant care and 80 dollars less for toddler and preschool care.


VALLEY WOMAN WANTS MOTHER'S NURSING HOME DEATH INVESTIGATED BY PROVINCE
Thursday 2nd June 2016
A Nova Scotia woman says she’s upset the Health Department never studied her mother’s death after she was pushed by a male resident in a Annapolis Valley nursing home. Debbie Stultz-Giffin says her 87-year-old mother Dorothy died on March 1st, 2012 after a shove from a male resident which led to a serious fall, and later a blood clot. She believes staffing levels need to be examined in light of this and other cases. The death at Mountain Lea Lodge in Bridgetown was one of five around the province over the past eight years that a freedom of information request showed were never reported publicly. Health Minister Leo Glavine says the department will now look into the case.


LABOUR TALKS BREAK DOWN AT CHRONICLE HERALD
Thursday 2nd June 2016
Conciliation talks between the Chronicle Herald and striking newsroom staff have broken off. Both sides issued news releases yesterday saying talks broke down. The union is striking over a list of contract concessions that Herald management says are needed to cope with economic challenges affecting the North American newspaper industry. Management at the 140-year-old newspaper wants to reduce wages, lengthen working hours, alter future pension benefits and lay off one third of the newsroom.


PEOPLE BUY BEER IN QUEBEC BECAUSE NB TAXES TOO HIGH: OLAND
Thursday 2nd June 2016
The president of Moosehead Breweries says people in New Brunswick will continue to cross the border to buy cheaper beer -- unless taxes on beer are reduced. Andrew Oland says the taxes on a dozen beer in Quebec are two-dollars and fifty-cents, while in New Brunswick the taxes amount to nine-dollars and seventy-cents. Finance Minister Roger Melanson says the revenues are needed to pay for services like health care and education -- and there's no intention to lower the taxes on beer.


FEDERAL ASSISTED DYING BILL IN FOR ROUGH RIDE IN THE SENATE
Thursday 2nd June 2016
The Trudeau government's controversial assisted dying bill has made its official debut in the Senate -- and the initial reviews were devastating. Conservative, independent Liberal and independent senators alike panned the legislation yesterday as they grilled Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Jane Philpott for four hours in the upper chamber. The most frequent objection concerned the government's insistence that only those who are near death will be eligible for medical assistance to end their lives -- which numerous senators say flies in the face of the Supreme Court ruling and the charter of rights. If the Senate were to pass any amendments to the bill, it would have to be sent back to the Commons, which would have to decide whether to accept or reject the amendments. Even without amendments, the bill won't be put to a vote in the Senate by the Monday deadline set by the Supreme Court.


SPORTS - JUNE 2
Thursday 2nd June 2016
The Pomquet Acadians took both games of last night's doubleheader with the St. Andrew's Flyers to open the season for the Antigonish Guysborough Regional League. In the first match it was 8-1 for Pomquet, with Murray MacNeil pitching a two hitter and striking out 8. Bryden Boudreau hit a solo home run for the Acadians. Game two was a closer contest, with the Acadians winning 6-4. Richie Connors struck out 16 batters to get the win. Alex Mills, Andrew MacIssac, Gerard Kell each had a solo homer for St. Andrew's.       
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Kanokai Judo Club was well represented at the Amherst Invitational Tournament over the weekend. This was the final event on the Judo NS Calendar for the season. LTAD Athletes - Ralph Baldwin, Liam MacPherson, Paige Landru, Sophie Landry Cohen Ponikau, James Ponikau, and Mekhi Reddick. Gold - Landon MacPherson & Kyle Sutherland. Congratulations from everyone at Kanokai
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This year, for the first time, the Pioneer Coal Track in Stellarton is hosting the NSSAF Track and Field Provincial Championships. The meet takes place on Friday and Saturday. Come out to see over 1,000 junior and senior high school athletes from around the province take part. Competitions start at 10:00am Friday and 9:00am Saturday, continuing throughout the day. Please note that because of provincials, the track will be closed to walkers Friday and Saturday. 
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Registration for the Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association (Home of the Subway Stingers) will be held on Saturday from 9am to Noon upstairs at the Clubhouse 175B North Foord Street Stellarton. A copy of the registration form is available by checking the document section of the Stingers Website. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. There will also be a spring workout for U-10 (birth date 2006-2007) and U-12 (birth date 2004-2005) players on Saturday from 10 am-11:30 pm on Dorrington Field-1, next to the clubhouse. Players need to be at the field at least 15 minutes prior to start.
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Swim, bike and run on Sunday at the YMCA Triathlon. Spaces are still available in adult and youth divisions. Plus new divisions have been added. To register and to learn more about the event, visit RaceRoster.ca.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club 5th Annual Fun Meet takes place June 10th and 11th at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Admission is $2 (12 and under free). During this two-day event we raise money by selling 50/50 tickets, Lottery Tree Raffle, BBQ and Canteen refreshments. This is an opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills in front of their families and the general public, earning ribbons and medals.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Rookie Conor Sheary is carrying his weight this post-season.  He scored in overtime to give the Penguins a 2-1 victory over San Jose and Pittsburgh a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup final. Phil Kessel's 10th post-season goal gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead. But the Sharks tied it on Justin Braun's goal with 4:05 left in regulation.
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Aaron Sanchez and the Blue Jays bullpen held off the Yankees long enough for Toronto's bats to come alive.  Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak drove in two runs and Michael Saunders plated another over the Blue Jays' five-run seventh inning as Toronto rocked New York 7-0.
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Alexei Ramirez homered twice and matched his career high with five R-B-Is as the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 14-6 several hours after executive chairman Ron Fowler strongly criticized the team's poor recent play.  Ramirez had a pair of two-run homers and an R-B-I single.
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Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a sixth-inning single for the Boston Red Sox in their 13-9 loss in Baltimore. Bogaerts was hitless in three at-bats before lining a single to centre field off reliever Brad Brach.
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Cleveland outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended 162 games for a second violation of baseball's drug policy. Byrd tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone releasing peptide. Byrd was first suspended for 50 games in 2012.
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There's been a surprising upset in the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal as the Ottawa Fury of the second-tier North American Soccer League stunned the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0.  Also, Jonathan Osorio and Jordan Hamilton each scored twice as Toronto F-C beat the Montreal Impact 4-2 in their semifinal.


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS TO SEE WAGE INCREASE
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Government will make child care more affordable for families while improving wages for early childhood educators. A report titled Affordable, Quality Child Care: A Great Place to Grow!, released today outlines changes that will take place over the next five years to address the concerns identified in the review of regulated child care. Actions in the first phase of the plan include making child care more affordable for families by investing in higher subsidy rates and investing to address historically low wages for early childhood educators. More than seven-thousand Nova Scotians responded to consultations through the online survey, focus groups, interviews and written submissions. The full report can be found on the Education and Early Childhood Development website.


POLICE MAKE MAJOR ILLEGAL TOBACCO BUST
Wednesday 1st June 2016
A significant amount of illegal tobacco is off the streets following a seven-month investigation by Service Nova Scotia's Compliance and Special Investigations Unit. On Tuesday, arrests and property searches were executed with the assistance of Halifax Regional Police and the RCMP. Three rental storage units in Dartmouth were searched, resulting in the seizure of four vehicles, 870,000 contraband cigarettes and an undetermined amount of cash. The cigarettes have a street value of about $152,000. Three Halifax area men and an Ontario resident have been arrested and will appear in court on August 24th. Charges are pending under the Revenue Act, Excise Act and a new provision of the Criminal Code for contraband tobacco smuggling. The estimated amount of lost tobacco tax revenue is $240,000.


POLICE SEEK WITNESSES OF INCIDENT OF DANGEROUS DRIVING
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Pictou District RCMP arrested the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision yesterday evening in Springville. Police say that shortly before 7pm, a single vehicle collision occurred on East River East Side Road, and the driver allegedly left the car and ran away into the woods. RCMP were able to quickly find the driver on Irish Mountain Road and the arrest was made without incident. Further investigation determined that the 22-year old man from Churchville had allegedly been driving at excessively high rates of speed and passing other vehicles in no passing zones, nearly causing two other collisions.   The driver will be appearing in Pictou Provincial Court on August 29, 2016, facing numerous charges including Impaired Operation of Motor Vehicle, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Driving While Suspended and Operating a Vehicle Without Valid Insurance. Pictou County District RCMP is asking anyone who witnessed the vehicle driving dangerously along East River Rd. and East River East Side Rd. to contact them at 902-755-4141 .  Members of the public who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477), or by texting TIP202 +your message to `CRIMES`(274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


LOBSTER FISHERMEN GETTING BEST PRICES IN A DECADE
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Lobster fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia say they're closing out the season with some of the best prices in a decade. Bernie Berry of the Coldwater Lobster Association says fishing wrapped up Tuesday at midnight in fishing area 34 with a closing price of $6 a pound. He says early indications are that catches could rival last year's haul of 55 million pounds for that area, which stretches from Shelburne to Digby counties. Berry attributes the good catches to favourable weather, the low Canadian dollar, affordable fuel prices and burgeoning markets in Asia and Europe. He says demand has gone up dramatically in recent years, so much so that fishermen say are almost having trouble satisfying the growing appetite for the crustaceans, particularly in China. Berry says that is in stark contrast to opening prices of about $3 a pound just six years ago during the global economic downturn.


HELP LINE HANGS UP AFTER 33 YEARS
Wednesday 1st June 2016
After more than 33 years in operation, the Pictou County Help Line closed its doors yesterday. The non-profit, the last of its kind in the province, announced in October that it would close at the end of May due to a lack of sustainable funding. A reception was held last week to thank the many volunteers for their service. Those in crisis can call the provincial 211 service, which is available around the clock and has information about thousands of community and social services in the province.


OFFICIAL PLEBISCITE VOTE RELEASED, RETURNING OFFICER PREPPING FOR FALL ELECTIONS
Wednesday 1st June 2016
The official results for the amalgamation vote have been released, with only a few minor changes. Returning officer Josephine MacDonald says voter turnout was 55.89 percent. Electronic voting was a huge success, with 6,413 people voting on the Internet and 2,566 by telephone. This is the first time electronic voting has been used in any vote in a local election. MacDonald says it's possible that electronic voting will be used again in the October municipal elections, but paper ballots will remain an option. MacDonald says potential candidates have until the early fall to declare if they are running. There will be a slight change in some of the units because of municipal boundary reviews mandated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. 


BAY FERRIES KEEPING ITS YARMOUTH FERRY NUMBERS SECRET
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Bay Ferries flatly refuses provincial Tory leader Jamie Baillie's demands that the company provide a public accounting of its management fees and monthly traffic. Baillie says hiding the information only benefits the company and the public needs to know how it is performing. But C-E-O Mark MacDonald says the information needs to be kept private as the Yarmouth-to-Maine service operates in a competitive environment. MacDonald says he intends to keep costs "as low as possible," and that Baillie's constant criticisms are making the company's efforts to revive the service more difficult.


NEW LIGHTHOUSE IN SAMBRO
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Residents of a coastal community in Nova Scotia are saying they're happy a local lighthouse is being replaced with a newer model that looks very much like the original structure. The Canadian Coast Guard says the battered beacon on the south side of Sambro harbour was torn down on Monday. However, spokesman Dan Pike says a new lighthouse -- in the original salt-shaker style -- will be built within the next five weeks, and will likely be completed by Canada Day. Pike says the new structure, to be built over a light-weight aluminum frame, will maintain a significant profile from all angles to ensure mariners can see it during the day.


FORT MAC'S PHASED RE-POPULATION BEGINS TODAY
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Authorities in Alberta say the first of 80-thousand residents forced to flee Fort McMurray a month ago because of a massive wildfire will begin to return home on Wednesday. The blaze destroyed 10 per cent of the town, or 24-hundred homes and other structures. Critical infrastructure has been repaired enough to allow for the phased-in return of about 15-thousand evacuees to begin. Premier Rachel Notley is urging residents to brace themselves for what they'll be coming home to -- and to understand it will be a stressful time for many.


HUNTER TOOTOO RESIGNING FROM LIBERAL CAUCUS TO DEAL WITH "ADDICTION ISSUES"
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Nunavut M-P Hunter Tootoo has resigned as fisheries minister in the Trudeau cabinet and from Liberal caucus as he seeks treatment for "addiction issues." In a statement last night, Tootoo says he doesn't want to distract from his colleagues' work and asks for privacy. The 52-year-old served 14 years in Nunavut's Legislative Assembly before unseating Conservative cabinet minister Leona Aglukkaq (ah-GLOO'-kah) last year. He was the first northerner to take on the fisheries portfolio. Government's House leader Dominic LeBlanc will assume Tootoo's cabinet responsibilities.


TORIES ACCUSE FEDERAL LIBERALS OF WASTEFUL SPENDING AS MINISTERS REORGANIZE THEIR OFFICES
Wednesday 1st June 2016
An Alberta Conservative M-P says the Liberals can't help themselves when it comes to spending. Blaine Calkins says the Liberal government is blowing too much money on pricey office renovations, including hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by the minister of infrastructure. Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi defends his expenses -- saying he essentially had to set up an entirely new department, with space for his staff, a deputy minister and public servants. Calkins says new ministers have been blowing money on other things -- including 20-thousand dollars for furniture and T-V's for Environment Minister Catherine McKenna -- and 27-dollars for a towel rack for another minister. Other records tabled in Parliament this week also covered the cost of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's March trip to Washington. The Conservatives have criticized the size of Trudeau's entourage, which included ministers, his mother and his in-laws.


NEW BILL WILL ALLOW QUEBEC TRANS TEENS TO CHANGE THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATES
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Quebec has tabled legislation to allow transgender teenagers aged 14 and above to seek permission to legally change their name and gender designation on their birth certificates. In the event one of the parents objects, the request would go to a tribunal. In the case of children under the age of 13, the request must come from one of the parents. Transgender teens will not need to undergo surgery before requesting a change to their birth certificate. Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee, who tabled Bill 103, called it "an important day for Quebec.'' If the bill becomes law, the Civil Code will be changed to accommodate transgender minors, while Quebec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms will be modified to explicitly prohibit all discrimination related to gender identity.


SPORTS - JUNE 1 *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Wednesday 1st June 2016
The Antigonish Guysborough Regional League begins its season tonight with a doubleheader, as the St.Andrew's Flyers play the Pomquet Acadians beginning at 7pm at the Pomquet ball field.
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This year, for the first time, the Pioneer Coal Track in Stellarton is hosting the NSSAF Track and Field Provincial Championships. The meet takes place on Friday and Saturday. Come out to see over 1,000 junior and senior high school athletes from around the province take part. Competitions start at 10:00am Friday and 9:00am Saturday, continuing throughout the day. Please note that because of provincials, the track will be closed to walkers Friday and Saturday. 
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Registration for the Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association (Home of the Subway Stingers) will be held on Saturday from 9am to Noon upstairs at the Clubhouse 175B North Foord Street Stellarton. A copy of the registration form is available by checking the document section of the Stingers Website. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. There will also be a spring workout for U-10 (birth date 2006-2007) and U-12 (birth date 2004-2005) players on Saturday from 10 am-11:30 pm on Dorrington Field-1, next to the clubhouse. Players need to be at the field at least 15 minutes prior to start.
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Swim, bike and run on Sunday at the YMCA Triathlon. Spaces are still available in adult and youth divisions. Plus new divisions have been added. To register and to learn more about the event, visit RaceRoster.ca.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club 5th Annual Fun Meet takes place June 10th and 11th at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Admission is $2 (12 and under free). During this two-day event we raise money by selling 50/50 tickets, Lottery Tree Raffle, BBQ and Canteen refreshments. This is an opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills in front of their families and the general public, earning ribbons and medals.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup final as they host the San Jose Sharks tonight. Pittsburgh took Game 1, 3-2 at home on Monday night. The Sharks are appearing in a Cup final for the first time in franchise history. They'll need a win to even the series before it moves to San Jose for Game 3 on Saturday.
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The Toronto Blue Jays go for a third straight victory tonight as they cap their home stand against the New York Yankees. Right-hander Aaron Sanchez gets the start for the Blue Jays, who have won six of their last seven games. Masahiro Tanaka counters for New York. Toronto topped the Yankees 4-1 last night.
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Felix Hernandez will try for his fifth win of the season as the Seattle Mariners take on the Padres in San Diego in one of three interleague games on the M-L-B schedule today. In the others, the New York Mets host the White Sox in a matinee and Houston is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Colorado Rockies shortstop and former Blue Jay Jose Reyes reports to Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab assignment today. Reyes was suspended through May 31st for violating M-L-B's new domestic violence policy. He was charged for an altercation with his wife in Hawaii last October. Prosecutors dropped the charge, saying Reyes' wife was not co-operating.