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Showing news for the month of April , 2018
 
FORMER FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSH TO BE BURIED ON SATURDAY
Saturday 21st April 2018
Former first lady Barbara Bush will be laid to rest Saturday.
The 92-year-old died this week and 4 former presidents will be attending her private funeral today in Houston.
The Obamas, Clintons, Mrs. Bush's son George W. And her surviving husband George Herbert Walker Bush will be present.
Barbara Bush is being described as a lady who "stood her ground with grace and class every step of the way."
 
GO CLEAN - GET GREEN PICTOU COUNTY LITTER DROP OFF LOCATIONS FOR THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 21st April 2018
After you do your community litter clean-up, drop off locations for your clear plastic bags filled with trash are as follows.

Stellarton - Parking lot behind the Town Office
Westville - Parking Lot next to the Town Office
Trenton - Parking lot beside the Trenton Rink
Pictou - Parking lot at the Hector Arena
New Glasgow - Parking lot of former JB MacDonald Stadium
Scotsburn - Parking lot at the Scotsburn Elementary School
Alma - Parking lot at the Alma Fire Hall
Thorburn - Parking lot of Ivor MacDonald Rink
Little Harbour - Parking lot at the Fire Hall
Merigomish - Parking lot at the Fire Hall
Wellness Centre - Parking lot (where the BBQ runs from 11am until 1 pm Saturday )
 
MP FRASER OPENING SATELLITE OFFICES NEXT MONTH
Friday 20th April 2018
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser is opening three new satellite offices to better serve his large constituency. Beginning next month, Fraser's staff will be available from 10:00am to 3pm on Fridays outside of New Glasgow and Antigonish. They will be in Middle Musquodoboit at the Musquodoboit Valley Family Resource Centre on the second Friday of the month. On the third Friday, the office at the Musquodoboit Harbour Library will be open. The fourth Friday of the month will see Fraser's satellite office open at the Sheet Harbour Chamber of Commerce. Fraser says there was a very good response to 14 traveling clinics held throughout Central Nova in the summer of 2016, and he looks forward to providing ongoing service in these areas. Walk-ins are welcome, but constituents can make appointments by calling 1-844-641-5886, or by emailing sean.fraser@parl.gc.ca,
 
DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUING RUSSIA, TRUMP CAMPAIGN & WIKILEAKS OVER ELECTION ACTIVITIES
Friday 20th April 2018
The Democratic National Committee is suing the Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and several associates of President Donald Trump alleging a grand racketeering, hacking and fraudulent conspiracy that harmed Democrats through WikiLeaks' publication of internal party emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. The 66-page lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court today lays out how the Trumps curried favor in Russia through their family business, and then Russia allegedly worked with Trump advisers before the presidential election to disseminate the spoils from a cyberattack of the DNC. The Democratic Party says the conspiracy and the hacking hurt their relationship with voters, chilled donations, disrupted their political convention and subjected their staffers to harassment.
 
LIFE IN PRISON FOR WOMAN FOUND GUILTY IN MALL SHOOTING PLOT
Friday 20th April 2018
An American woman who plotted to go on a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at a Halifax mall has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for a decade. Lindsay Souvannarath pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder in a plan that would have seen two shooters open fire at the Halifax Shopping Centre food court in 2015. Police thwarted the planned attack after receiving an anonymous tip, but not before the 26-year-old woman boarded a plane in Chicago, Ill., bound for Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski told the court she is and will remain a threat to society. The judge told the court Souvannarath has not expressed remorse for her plot to kill people at the mall, nor has she renounced her ideological motivations for the conspiracy. Her co-conspirator, James Gamble, killed himself as police surrounded his Halifax-area home, while Souvannarath was arrested at the airport. A third accomplice — a local man described in court as the “cheerleader” of the plot — was sentenced to a decade in jail.
 
PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES TO POSSIBLY UNDERGO SENSITIVITY TRAINING
Friday 20th April 2018
Karla MacFarlane says the PC Party may be offering cultural-sensitivity training to its 16 MLAs after a comment by a member of the caucus was deemed racist. The interim leader, and Pictou West MLA, told the CBC in an interview yesterday that the Progressive Conservatives “are a party that believes that cultural, ethnic and religious diversity [which] makes our province stronger”. The comment in question came from MLA for Cumberland North, Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, who was speaking against the legalization of cannabis on Tuesday. The Hansard transcript shows Smith-McCrossin made a comment questioning the work ethic and productivity of people from Jamaica. Smith-McCrossin is one of five leadership canadidates for the PC Party.
 
SENTENCING FOR COCAINE SMUGGLING CAPTAIN DELAYED AGAIN
Friday 20th April 2018
The sentencing of a sailboat captain who smuggled drugs into Nova Scotia from a small Caribbean island has been delayed yet again — this time for the Crown to call an expert witness. Federal Crown lawyer Glen Scheuer said Thursday the witness will provide the court with expert opinion on criminal organizations and the importation of controlled substances like cocaine. Jacques John Grenier of Hubbards stashed 250 kilograms of cocaine in a secret compartment of his eight-metre boat Quesera and sailed into a marina west of Halifax under cover of darkness last September. Officers with the Canada Border Services Agency found several bricks of cocaine hidden beneath a sealed bed-frame in the sleeping quarters of the Canadian-registered vessel, which had travelled from Saint Martin in the northeast Caribbean Sea. The sailor is facing charges that include possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, importing cocaine and conspiracy to import cocaine.
 
SMALL UPTICK ON GAS PRICE, DIESEL UP MORE SIGNIFICANTLY
Friday 20th April 2018
Motorists are paying more at the pump this morning, although if your vehicle takes gasoline you might hardly notice. Regular unleaded self-serve went up by just 1.3 cents to one dollar, 26.2 cents ($1.26.2) per litre. Putting that into perspective, adding 60 litres to your tank costs 78 cents more this morning than it did last night. Drivers who use diesel, however, saw a much more significant increase. The Utility and Review Board put the price of diesel fuel up by 2.6 cents, to one dollar, 19.3 cents ($1.19.3) per litre. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday at 12:01 a.m.
 
SPORTS ROUNDUP - 20 APRIL
Friday 20th April 2018
Hockey Canada got off to a winning start at the World U18 Hockey Championships in Magnetogorsk, Russia, yesterday, and there was a definite Nova Scotia flavour to the victory. Colton Ellis from Wycocomagh made 31 saves on 35 shots, while Jared MacIsaac from Truro had an assist on the game winning goal as Canada beat the USA 6-4. Raphael Lavoie led the way with two goals for Canada, including the third-period winner. Liam Foudy and Kevin Bahl added a goal and an assist apiece, and Alexis Lafreniere and Akil Thomas also scored. Today in Pool A, the U.S. faces Switzerland and Canada takes on Belarus.
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For the second time in the series, the MHL finals went to double overtime last night. Gabriel Vanier scored 6:15 into the second extra period to give the Edmundston Blizzard a 2-1 series lead at the Fishtank in Yarmouth. The Mariners will look to even up the Best-of-7 series tonight in Game 4.
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Boxing night in Canada takes place Saturday night at the Wellness Centre. The first round gets underway at 7 o'clock. Tickets are available at the Wellness Centre. Close to 700 tickets have already been sold for that event and all ringside tables are sold out as well, so it'll be a popular event.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects are in their final preparations for their first ever trip to the Esso Cup, the National Female Midget Hockey Championships being held April 22-28th. This year the Selects earned the right to represent Atlantic Canada by winning the Provincial title followed by a sweep of the Atlantic championships in St. John's, NL in early April. The Selects have been working hard with three practices a week over the past two weeks and had an opportunity to work out with the St. FX X-women hockey team. The Selects have one more workout at 6pm at the Wellness Center on Friday before heading to Bridgewater, this year's host for the National Championship. On Sunday, the Selects open the tourney against host Metro Boston Pizza at 7pm. The Selects will play the Ontario winner, The Brampton Canadettes on Monday at 3pm and then the Pionnieres de Lanaudiere from Quebec Tuesday at noon. On Wednesday the Selects will go up against the defending Champion St. Albert Slash, the Pacific reps at noon and finally the Saskatoon Stars from Western region on Thursday at 3pm. The Subways will need at least two wins to get to the medal round. Tune in to ECFM and Classic Rock 97.9 all next week for daily updates from the Esso Cup. All games will be broadcast live on the Hockey Canada livestream with the final going live on TSN on Saturday April 28th. 
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is offering a free fun hour of Soccer today from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Sports Complex in Stellarton. The session is open to players in u4, u6 and u8. Find out more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2090656127846851/
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The Commune in New Glasgow is hosting its first annual plogging event in celebration of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22. Plogging is the act of picking up litter as you run. To register please visit www.raceroster.com/letsgoplogging
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The last try-out for the Highland Soccer Club will be held at the Stellarton Indoor  Soccer Complex this Sunday, April 22 at 3 pm .  Please visit our facebook page at HFC Soccer for details. 
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Pictou County Challenger baseball will be holding registration for players and Buddies for the 2018 season on April 22,23,25,26,30 and May 1,3 from 6-8pm at the Autism Pictou County office located at Bridgeview Square, New Glasgow above H&R Music. A buddy is someone who would like to volunteer with our program to help assist players on the field. Should you need any more information please contact Trevor Kearley at 902-695-2148 or by email at twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton from 6pm-9pm. The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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Pictou County Tier 1 Wolves' next games are April 28th at the New Glasgow Wellness Center vs the Bedford Bengals @ 11:15 and the Acadia Coyotes at 4:15.
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The 54th Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races is coming May 21 to the Scotia Ball Field in Trenton. The deadline to enter is May 18. To register please contact Vernon Earle at joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com , 902-755-4426 or mail to: Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, PO Box 684, Trenton, NS B0K 1X0. Entries must include Name, Age, Gender, Town, School and Event(s) you wish to take part in. A list of all the events can be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/joeearleroadrace
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
The numbers 3 and 1 are the theme in Toronto, after the Boston Bruins moved to within one win of advancing to the second round after beating Toronto 3-1 last night at Air Canada Centre. The Bruins were led by Tuuka Rask and his 31 save effort to push the Leafs to the brink of elimination. Boston leads the series 3 games to 1. Game 5 goes Saturday in Boston.
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Washington can't win at home so far this year in the playoffs, but the good news for them is that the Blue Jackets can't either. The Capitals have evened up their Best-of-7 series at 2-2 with a 4-1 win in Columbus last night. Alex Ovechkin has a goal and an assist, with Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists. The Caps will try to buck the trend and earn the first home win of the series by either team in Game 5 on Saturday.
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NBA
Two teams have been pushed to the brink of elimination in the NBA after a trio of games last night. The 6th seed in the west, the New Orleans Pelicans, have gone up 3 games to 0 on the 3rd seeded Portland Trailblazers after a 119-102 win at home last night. Meanwhile the heavily favoured Golden State Warriors also went up 3-0 with a 110-97 win over the San Antonio Spurs. For San Antonio, the result of the game was overshadowed by the loss of the wife of their head coach. Erin Popovich, who had been married to head coach Greg Popovich for over forty years, passed away Wednesday after a lengthy illness. In the only other game last night, Philadelphia took a 2-1 series lead on Miami with a convincing 128-108 win in South Beach.
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MLB
American League
Detroit 13 Baltimore 8
Houston 9 Seattle 2
N.Y. Yankees 4 Toronto 3
Boston 8 L.A. Angels 2
National League
Chicago Cubs 8 St. Louis 5
Philadelphia 7 Pittsburgh 0
Atlanta 12 N.Y. Mets 4
Milwaukee 12 Miami 3
Arizona 3 San Francisco 1
 
HUMBOLDT BUS CRASH INVESTIGATION BEING GIVEN TOP PRIORITY BY RCMP
Thursday 19th April 2018
RCMP in Saskatchewan say the investigation into the bus crash which led to the death of 16 people earlier this month is taking top priority. RCMP assistant commissioner and Saskatchewan RCMP commanding officer Curtis Zablocki spoke to press in Regina earlier today, and says the collision between the bus of the Humboldt Broncos and a semi-trailer just north of Tisdale has led to several unanswered questions. Zablocki did confirm during today's media session that the semi-trailer was in the intersection at the time of the collision but said he could not comment on the speed of the semi’s movement when the crash took place. Zablocki says over 50 interviews have been completed, over 5,500 photos have been taken and analyzed, and 3D technology and drones have been used at the scene. The intersection at which the crash took place is closed today, as police deploy seven reconstructionists and five analysts to recreate and examine the collision, sight lines, measurements and more. Complex collision reconstruction investigations, Zablocki said, “are often measured in weeks and months, rather than days.”
 
HOLD AND SECURE AT TWO SCHOOLS IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY ***UPDATED 4:05pm***
Thursday 19th April 2018
Springhill Junior Senior High School and River Hebert School were in Hold and Secure situations today. The Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education tweeted earlier this afternoon that both schools were placed into hold and secure as a precautionary measure, but have since had those measures lifted. The Centre's website indicates that the police have dealt with the security threats. RCMP confirm that they received word of a threat around 9:30 this morning. They say an 18-year old man was arrested in Amherst in relation to this incident. Cumberland District RCMP would like to advise that there is no risk to the public at this time in relation to this incident. The investigation into the matter is ongoing.
 
CONSERVATIVES SAY INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE NEEDS TO BE FREE
Thursday 19th April 2018
The federal Conservatives have weighed in on today's Supreme Court decision. John Nater, Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Interprovincial Trade and the Sharing Economy and Member of Parliament for Perth—Wellington, released a statement today asking the Liberal government to renegotiate the Canadian Free Trade Agreement. Nater called the agreement inadequte, saying it currently contains pages of exemptions and fails to adequately address interprovincial trade barriers. Nater also cited a study done by the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce which found that internal trade barriers reduce Canada’s gross domestic product by between $50 billion and $130 billion.
 
CANNABIS CONTROL ACT NOW LAW
Thursday 19th April 2018
The province has passed the Cannabis Control Act. Two parts of the legislation are now in effect. Landlords now have the authority to amend existing leases to put reasonable rules in place about recreational cannabis smoking and cultivation. And the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) now has the ability to prepare for the legalization of cannabis in stores and online. While the law is now in place, it's still illegal to possess, use, cultivate or sell recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia until the federal cannabis legislation is proclaimed later this year.
 
PROVINCE PUTTING $2.7 MILLION INTO CONVERTING MORE CHILD CARE SPACES
Thursday 19th April 2018
A $2.7 million grant will help convert 570 spaces in child care centres across the province. These spaces will support families with infants, toddlers and after school care. Fifty one centres received grants to convert their facilities. Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development says families want child care options that are affordable, accessible and inclusive and government is responding to that need. The province originally designated $2 million as grant funding to support existing centres converting their spaces to meet the changing needs of their communities. Due to the overwhelming response for this grant funding, the province increased the original investment. The spaces reported by centre operators who applied for the grant include 144 spaces for infants, 346 for toddlers, and 80 spaces for pre-primary wraparound care.
 
MISSING TRENTON TEEN LOCATED SAFE AND SECURE ***UPDATED***
Thursday 19th April 2018
New Glasgow Regional Police say the teen reported missing earlier today from Trenton has been found safe and secure. For reasons of privacy, no further details are being released at this time, but Constable Ken MacDonald says police would like to thank the public for their assistance in the matter.
 
DRUG BUST LEADS TO POSSESSION CHARGES
Thursday 19th April 2018
The local Integrated Street Crime Unit has been busy. Constable Ken MacDonald tells us they searched a home on Oak Street in New Glasgow yesterday afternoon and seized drugs and ammunition. A 39 year-old man charged with possession of cocaine and several types of marijuana product. Besides drug possession, he's also facing charges of breaking a prohibition order. Police say he'll be appearing in Pictou provincial court at a later date.
 
PROVINCE HOUSE COMPLETES SPRING SITTING
Thursday 19th April 2018
The provincial legislature wrapped up its spring sitting Wednesday with the government getting flack from the opposition on health care. In the final question period of a session that began Feb. 27, the government was peppered with questions about persistent doctor shortages and emergency room closures by both the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP. Premier Stephen McNeil admitted doctor shortages are a challenge, and said his government is working to alleviate physician retirements and to respond to requests from some doctors who want to work in smaller practices. Liberal House Leader Geoff MacLellan says the session saw the passage of a balanced budget and 20 bills, 18 from the government and two from the opposition parties. Those included major pieces of legislation that eliminated the province's seven English-language school boards, set the rules for legalized marijuana, and set the guidelines for the potential redrawing of the electoral map. PC leader Karla MacFarlane says the McNeil government’s lack of accountability was the common theme of this sitting of the legislature, pointing to the FOIPOP website scandal, the crisis in healthcare and the recreational cannabis distribution strategy as prime examples. She says there are still many questions that the Liberals have decided not to answer.
 
NS PC LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE APOLOGIZES OVER RACIST COMMENTS ABOUT MARIJUANA
Thursday 19th April 2018
A leadership candidate for the provincial Progressive Conservative Party has apologized after comments she made in the legislature on Tuesday were labelled as racist. According to the Hansard transcripts, MLA for Cumberland North Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin was speaking against the legalization of cannabis when she said: "I have a best friend in Amherst who is from Jamaica. She said to me, Elizabeth, smoking marijuana in Jamaica is completely accepted, and there's a completely different work ethic and very low productivity in Jamaica. I think we already have a productivity problem here in Nova Scotia. We do not need something else making it worse." Community activist El Jones wrote a Facebook post calling the comments racist and saying they were unacceptable. On Wednesday evening, Smith-McCrossin put up a Facebook post of her own, saying she was sorry if her comments "were hurtful." "Had I known that this statement would have caused offense, I would never have made it," she wrote. Smith-McCrossin went on to say she is open to meeting with anyone offended by these comments "to better appreciate their perspective and ensure my words are better chosen in future."
 
SUPREME COURT SAYS PROVINCES CAN PUT RESTRICTIONS ON CROSS-PROVINCE GOODS *UPDATED 11:10 AM*
Thursday 19th April 2018
No more cross-border trips to stock up on cheap beer for Gerard Comeau. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that provinces have the constitutional right to restrict importation of goods from another province, as long as the primary aim is not impede trade. The decision effectively preserves the current trade regime, in which provinces have the power to enact laws that restrict commerce if there is another overriding purpose -- in this case, the desire to control the supply of alcohol within New Brunswick.Comeau, who was fined in 2012 after being caught at the New Brunswick border with a carful of cheaper beer and liquor from Quebec, took his case to the country's top court, arguing that provincial trade barriers were too restrictive and unconstitutional. The Tracadie man says it appears that tax revenues are more important than personal liberties in Canada. He says he can go buy any other item he wants, anywhere in Canada, and wants to know why beer is treated differently.
 
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM FOR NATIONAL PHARMACARE
Thursday 19th April 2018
A parliamentary committee has delivered its report on pharmacare, and it's recommending an expansion of the Canada Health Act to include prescription drugs dispensed outside of hospital settings. "Such an approach would ... ensure that all Canadians have equitable and affordable access to life-saving prescription drugs. In short, it will save money and lives," said the report. The all-party committee of members of Parliament looked at two possible options for pharmacare. The first was a universal single-payer public prescription drug plan — which it settled on as its recommendation. The second option was to look at reforming the system to plug the gaps between public and private plans to ensure wider coverage. Speaking to reporters after the report was released, Liberal MP Bill Casey, chair of the committee, said Canada currently has 80 different drug plans at various levels of government that cover seniors, youth, veterans and those on social assistance. Casey also said the patchwork of rules determining how drugs are bought across the country has led to the same drugs being bought for different prices at different times. The report said Canada's per capita drug spending is ranked third among the 29 OECD countries, with only the U.S. and Switzerland spending more. Casey said the system is inefficient and, by changing over to a national pharmacare plan, costs would be reduced and health care outcomes improved. The insurance industry, however, warned that governments might find themselves overburdened by the financial commitment involved in a universal single-payer pharmacare program.
 
SPORTS APRIL 19
Thursday 19th April 2018
Boxing night in Canada takes place Saturday night at the Wellness Centre. The first round gets underway at 7 o'clock. Advance tickets are available at all local Subway Restaurants and the Wellness Centre until 5 o'clock this afternoon. There is one more chance to grab advance tickets at the Holiday Inn Express during the weigh ins tomorrow afternoon.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects are in their final preparations for their first ever trip to the Esso Cup, the National Female Midget Hockey Championships being held April 22-28th. This year the Selects earned the right to represent Atlantic Canada by winning the Provincial title followed by a sweep of the Atlantic championships in St. John's, NL in early April. The Selects have been working hard with three practices a week over the past two weeks and had an opportunity to work out with the St. FX X-women hockey team. The Selects have one more workout at 6pm at the Wellness Center on Friday before heading to Bridgewater, this year's host for the National Championship. On Sunday, the Selects open the tourney against host Metro Boston Pizza at 7pm. The Selects will play the Ontario winner, The Brampton Canadettes on Monday at 3pm and then the Quebec representative Tuesday at noon. On Wednesday the Selects will go up against the defending Champion St. Albert Slash, the pacific reps at noon and finally the Saskatoon Stars from Western region on Thursday at 3pm. The Subways will need at least two wins to get to the medal round. All games will be broadcast live on the Hockey Canada livestream with the final going live on TSN on Saturday April 28th. 
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is offering a free fun hour of Soccer this Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Sports Complex in Stellarton. The session is open to players in u4, u6 and u8. Find out more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2090656127846851/
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The Commune in New Glasgow is hosting its first annual plogging event in celebration of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22. Plogging is the act of picking up litter as you run. To register please visit www.raceroster.com/letsgoplogging
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The last try-out for the Highland Soccer Club will be held at the Stellarton Indoor  Soccer Complex this Sunday, April 22 at 3 pm .  Please visit our facebook page at HFC Soccer for details. 
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Pictou County Challenger baseball will be holding registration for players and Buddies for the 2018 season on April 22,23,25,26,30 and May 1,3 from 6-8pm at the Autism Pictou County office located at Bridgeview Square, New Glasgow above H&R Music. A buddy is someone who would like to volunteer with our program to help assist players on the field. Should you need any more information please contact Trevor Kearley at 902-695-2148 or by email at twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton from 6pm-9pm. The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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Pictou County Tier 1 Wolves' next games are April 28th at the New Glasgow Wellness Center vs the Bedford Bengals @ 11:15 and the Acadia Coyotes at 4:15.
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The 54th Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races is coming May 21 to the Scotia Ball Field in Trenton. The deadline to enter is May 18. To register please contact Vernon Earle at joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com , 902-755-4426 or mail to: Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, PO Box 684, Trenton, NS B0K 1X0. Entries must include Name, Age, Gender, Town, School and Event(s) you wish to take part in. A list of all the events can be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/joeearleroadrace
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs (First Round)
Sidney Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and became the Pittsburgh Penguins' career post-season points leader in a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. (Pittsburgh leads series 3-1)
A feisty Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, set up another and knocked New Jersey's top defenceman out of the game with a big hit, and the Tampa Bay Lightning moved within a game of making the Devils' first trip to the playoffs in six years a short one with a 3-1 victory. (Tampa Bay leads series 3-1)
Filip Forsberg scored another creative goal, Pekka Rinne rebounded from a rocky performance with 31 saves, and the Nashville Predators withstood a furious rally by the Colorado Avalanche for a 3-2 win. (Nashville leads series 3-1)
Tomas Hertl scored the tiebreaking goal 9:09 into the third period, Martin Jones was spectacular in goal yet again, and the San Jose Sharks completed a first-round sweep of the rival Anaheim Ducks with a 2-1 victory.
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NBA Playoffs (First Round)
Cleveland 100 Indiana 97 (Series tied 1-1)
Utah 102 Oklahoma City 95 (Series tied 1-1)
Houston 102 Minnesota 82 (Houston leads series 2-0)
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MLB
American League
Detroit 6 Baltimore 5
Tampa Bay 4 Texas 2
Oakland 12 Chicago White Sox 11 (14 innings)
Toronto 15 Kansas City 5
Minnesota 2 Cleveland 1 (16 innings)
Boston 9 L.A. Angels 0
Houston 7 Seattle 1
National League
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs ppd.
Pittsburgh 10 Colorado 2
Milwaukee 2 Cincinnati 0
N.Y. Mets 11 Washington 5
Atlanta 7 Philadelphia 3
San Francisco 4 Arizona 3 (10 innings)
L.A. Dodgers 13 San Diego 4
 
MAN CHARGED IN DARTMOUTH MURDER
Wednesday 18th April 2018
Halifax Regional Police have charged a 68-year old Dartmouth man in relation to the death of a 52-year old man on Monday evening. Police say Joseph Noel Landry is charged with second-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today related to the death of Darren Clyd Read. Officers found Read suffering from life-threatening injuries shortly before 9p.m. on Monday in an apartment in Dartmouth. He died at the scene in what police ruled was a homicide. Landry was arrested the same evening. Police say the incident isn’t a random act as Reid and Landry knew each other.
 
NDP TABLE PETITION TO END STREET CHECKS
Wednesday 18th April 2018
The NDP tabled a petition in the legislature today seeking an end to the practice of street checks in the province. The NDP spokesperson for African Nova Scotian Affairs, Lisa Roberts, read a statement into the record in the legislature as the petition was tabled. In the statement, Roberts pointed out that street checks disproportionately affect racialized groups and cause distrust between the police and communities. She says a moratorium should be in place while the Human Rights Commission conducts its study on the practice. The petition was organized by Working While Black and had 475 signatures.
 
FISHERIES MINISTER SAYS SURVEILLANCE TECH SHOULD BE USED TO LOOK FOR OVERFISHING
Wednesday 18th April 2018
The federal fisheries minister wants the G7 to use military and other surveillance technology to name and shame countries that are conducting massive illegal overfishing operations. Dominic LeBlanc isn't ready to name countries yet, but he says he has seen recent Canadian Forces satellite images that shocked him, and would shock the conscience of others if they were made public. LeBlanc says one image was especially disturbing, it depicted an eight-kilometre long net that was scooping more than 400,000 kilograms of wild salmon in the Pacific Ocean. He hastened to say that none of Canada's G7 allies are involved in illegal and unregulated fishing. Canada has made protecting the oceans one of its key themes when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosts G7 leaders in Quebec this June. The government says its oceans agenda will also focus on reducing plastic waste and tackling the threat of rising sea levels.
 
SMALL PHARMACIES MAY SHUTTER IF PROVINCE DOESN'T HELP, SAY PHARMACISTS
Wednesday 18th April 2018
Nova Scotia pharmacies are charging $25 to perform medical consultations and prescribe for minor ailments like skin and allergy problems, but lower prices for generic drugs that were mandated April 1st are still putting many of their rural locations in danger of closing. Local pharmacist Dave MacLean says if pharmacists could get the government to cover those consulting fees and raise the dispensing fee just a little, it would make all the difference. But he says for now, they need to ask patients to cover the $25 fee, while they pressure the province to step up. A provincial pharmacy association study shows that even with patients paying for those consultations, lower generic drug prices and static dispensing fees are costing each pharmacy an average of $100,000 a year. Some pharmacy owners in smaller communities are so worried that they've already begun to cut staff.
 
PROVINCE SAYS NEW DOCTORS DON'T HAVE TO STAY IN RURAL AREAS TO GET ASSISTANCE
Wednesday 18th April 2018
The province is removing geographic restrictions for its existing Tuition Relief Program, Family Medicine Bursary and Debt Assistance Plan to support recruitment of family doctors to urban communities. Previously the programs were available for doctors in rural areas. Other eligibility changes include:
-- availability to those on either full or defined licences
-- specialists in urban areas may qualify if they agree to provide some services in underserviced areas
-- physicians with return of service agreements through the International Medical Graduate clerkship or residency programs are now eligible
Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey says removing restrictions and expanding other eligibility changes offers doctors and residents more choice and added incentive to practise in Nova Scotia. The changes are effective immediately.
 
PROVINCE CRITICIZED FOR SITTING OUT DOCTOR RECRUITMENT
Wednesday 18th April 2018
The province will change its doctor recruitment incentive programs after being criticized for failing to attend a recent recruitment event in Newfoundland and Labrador. Premier Stephen McNeil says it is ``completely unacceptable'' that Nova Scotia was the only province that didn't send recruiters and is seeking an explanation from the Nova Scotia Health Authority, which is responsible for recruitment. The Opposition Tories raised the issue during question period, citing a CBC report that said the authority decided the trip to Newfoundland would have been too expensive and hadn't yielded results in the past. McNeil says that reasoning ``isn't good enough.''
 
SEPTEMBER 12 DESIGNATED FIRST RESPONDERS ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS DAY
Wednesday 18th April 2018
PC leader and Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane is grateful more awareness will be paid to Nova Scotia’s “move over” law by designating September 12 in honour of first responders road safety. On Tuesday the Nova Scotia Legislature passed a bill that will make each September 12th First Responders Road Safety Awareness Day. Nova Scotians will mark the day in honour of Constable Frank Deschênes and all first responders across the Province. September 12th is when Nova Scotia RCMP Constable Francis Deschênes was killed while helping a motorist at the side of the highway in Memramcook, New Brunswick. An NDP-sponsored bill adding tow truck drivers to the Move Over law, which requires drivers to slow down and change lanes where possible when first responders are stopped to assist another vehicle, was also passed.
 
ARREST MADE IN DARTMOUTH HOMICIDE
Wednesday 18th April 2018
A Dartmouth man is in custody following a homicide Monday night. Police responded to an apartment in the 0-100 block of Portland Street around 8:49 p.m. Monday after receiving a report that a man was in medical distress. Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene, and that Tuesday’s autopsy results ruled the death a homicide. The victim has been identified as 52 year-old Darren Clyde Reid of Dartmouth. A 68-year-old Dartmouth man was arrested at the scene Monday night. He remains in custody and police say charges are expected. Investigators say this is not a random act as the victim and the suspect are known to each other. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
 
CANADIAN BISHOPS RESIST CALL ON POPE FOR RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS APOLOGY
Wednesday 18th April 2018
The organization representing Catholic bishops in Canada is pushing back against a motion expected to be debated in the House of Commons this week calling on Pope Francis to apologize for residential schools. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a mass email to parliamentarians Monday afternoon outlining what it believes to be "misunderstandings and errors" behind the move to introduce the motion. The motion, which could be debated as early as Wednesday, calls on the Bishops to invite the Pope to Canada to apologize to residential school survivors. Pope Francis has said through the Conference that he does not plan to apologize. NDP MP Charlie Angus, who co-wrote the motion with NDP MP Romeo Saganash, said it's clear the bishops are trying to derail the motion. The NDP motion is supported by the Liberals. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett's office said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requested an apology when he met with Pope Francis in the Vatican last year and the request still stands. An apology from the Pope is one of the 94 calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which was created by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to delve into the history of the institutions which sought to assimilate Indigenous children.
 
SPORTS APRIL 18
Wednesday 18th April 2018
NNU is offering a free fun hour of Soccer this Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Sports Complex in Stellarton. The session is open to players in u4, u6 and u8. Find out more on Facebook.
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The Commune in New Glasgow is hosting its first annual plogging event in celebration of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22. Plogging is the act of picking up litter as you run. To register please visit www.raceroster.com/letsgoplogging 
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Pictou County Challenger baseball will be holding registration for players and Buddies for the 2018 season on April 22,23,25,26,30 and May 1,3 from 6-8pm at the Autism Pictou County office located at Bridgeview Square, New Glasgow above H&R Music. A buddy is someone who would like to volunteer with our program to help assist players on the field. Should you need any more information please contact Trevor Kearley at 902-695-2148 or by email at twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton from 6pm-9pm. The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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Pictou County Tier 1 Wolves' next games are April 28th at the New Glasgow Wellness Center vs the Bedford Bengals @ 11:15 and the Acadia Coyotes at 4:15.
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The 54th Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races is coming May 21 to the Scotia Ball Field in Trenton. The deadline to enter is May 18. To register please contact Vernon Earle at joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com , 902-755-4426 or mail to: Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, PO Box 684, Trenton, NS B0K 1X0. Entries must include Name, Age, Gender, Town, School and Event(s) you wish to take part in. A list of all the events can be found on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs (First Round)
The Washington Capitals needed a lucky bounce to finally get an overtime win in Game 3 of their series with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lars Eller got the last stick on a puck that bounced off him and Columbus defenceman Zach Werenski before rolling past Sergei Bobrovsky, and Washington got the 3-2 victory nine minutes into the second overtime. (Columbus leads series 2-1)
Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his first career playoff shutout and Mark Scheifele scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0. (Winnipeg leads series 3-1)
Brayden McNabb scored against his former team in the second period, lifting Vegas to a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings that made the Golden Knights the first expansion team in NHL history to sweep its first playoff series.
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NBA Playoffs (First Round)
DeMar DeRozan poured in 37 points to match his playoff high, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119. (Toronto leads series 2-0)
Boston 120 Milwaukee 106 (Boston leads series 2-0)
New Orleans 111 Portland 102 (New Orleans leads series 2-0)
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MLB
American League
Toronto 11 Kansas City 3 (1st game)
Toronto 5 Kansas City 4 (2nd game, 10 innings)
Detroit 4 Baltimore 2
Cleveland 6 Minnesota 1
Texas 7 Tampa Bay 2
Oakland 10 Chicago White Sox 2
Boston 10 L.A. Angels 1
Houston 4 Seattle 1
National League
Colorado 2 Pittsburgh 0
Washington 5 N.Y. Mets 2
Philadelphia 5 Atlanta 1 (10 innings)
Milwaukee 2 Cincinnati 0
St. Louis 5 Chicago Cubs 3
Arizona 1 San Francisco 0
L.A. Dodgers 7  San Diego 3 (10 innings)
Interleague
Miami 9 N.Y. Yankees 1
 
PICTOU COUNTY BUILDING NEW SIDEWALKS
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Three areas in Pictou County are getting new sidewalks. The county's finance committee has approved C-F Construction to build new sidewalks in Riverton, Alma and along the Westville Road near the Wellness Centre. Riverton and the Westville Road sidewalks will take close to 8 weeks to construct, with a retaining wall included in the Westville Road section. The sidewalk construction in Alma will last about 12 weeks, and won't begin until school lets out for the summer to reduce the risk for students.
 
MORE STELLARTON NEWS: UNSIGHTLY PREMISES POLICY & JOINING LOCAL R.E.N.
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Stellarton has approved a new policy on Dangerous and Unsightly Premises. The new policy can be found on their website, stellarton.ca. Mayor Danny MacGillivary says the new policy is the first step towards cracking down on unsightly premises in the town later this year.
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Stellarton is the latest municipality to sign on to the proposed new Regional Enterprise Network. The REN will have its own board of eight to twelve directors, independent from any municipal council. Each council is to have a representative on the liaison committee that will provide advice and input to the board of directors and ensure the board is accountable for outcomes by achieving the goals it establishes in a regional strategy. Pictou County council has already come aboard.
 
M.O.R.E. PROCLAMATION SIGNING TODAY
Tuesday 17th April 2018
The annual M.O.R.E. Proclamation Signing is happening this morning at Pictou Landing First Nation School at 10:30 am. Be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday, May 3rd, for the running of the 2018 Marathon of Respect and Equality in Pictou County.
 
STELLARTON UPDATES EMERGENCY PLAN
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Stellarton has approved an updated Emergency Plan. The contingency plan covers emergencies that last from 3 to 72 hours. Under the plan, the Stellarton Fire Hall is designated an Emergency Shelter, as it has a backup generator, heat, water, kitchen facilities, and air mattresses and blankets for overnight stays. In case of emergencies, the Fire Chief or Deputy Fire Chief can activate the plan. Emergencies that last more than 72 hours are covered by the provincial Emergency Management Organization.
 
ALBION BUSINESS PARK SELLS FIVE MORE LOTS
Tuesday 17th April 2018
There’s major movement on the Albion Business Park file. Last night, Stellarton town council approved the sale of five lots, ranging in size from nearly 39 and a half thousand square feet to over 222 thousand square feet. The total value of all five lots is more than $1.1 million dollars. There will be a due diligence period of 120 days for both the town and the buyer before the sales officially close.
 
PICTOU COUNTY TO UPDATE FLAG POLICY
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Staff at Pictou County are being directed to work on changing the County's flag policy, after a request to fly the rainbow flag during this summer's pride week. At last night's county-committee meeting, Warden Robert Parker told councillors that “times have changed” and it's time for Pictou County to move forward from the way things were just 10 years ago. His motion to immediately change the decade-old flag policy was altered to allow staff to gather input before recommending official changes at an upcoming meeting. It would mean a whole host of groups would be covered by the policy change, and Councillor Darla MacKeil says when any group's flag is flying, a note could be added to Pictou County's website explaining what each flag represents.
 
TEACHERS UNION WITHDRAWS DISCIPLINE HEARING OVER VIMY RIDGE FIELD TRIP
Tuesday 17th April 2018
The union representing Nova Scotia's public school teachers has backed away from threats to discipline two school administrators and a teacher who organized a student trip to Vimy Ridge last year. Eartha Monard, principal of Dartmouth High School since 2008, said she received a letter last month indicating her union local was seeking sanctions based on her efforts to keep the trip going despite a work-to-rule campaign underway last year. She said in an interview she didn't know what the union would do to her or her two colleagues, but she said she understood possible sanctions included being temporarily dropped from the union. However, the union said Monday the local has dropped its complaint against Monard, along with the former vice principal Randolph Sullivan and a teacher. And in a follow-up email, union president Liette Doucet apologized "for any tension this process has caused." More that 80 students took part in the trip to Vimy Ridge, which required extensive planning and fundraising.
 
HEALTH WORKERS BEGIN STRIKE VOTES THIS WEEK
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Health-care workers across the province begin voting this week on a strike mandate, a move that could mean hundreds of staff could walk off the job as early as next month. Legislation passed by the McNeil government prevents health-care unions from taking job action until essential service agreements are in place to outline what number of employees must remain at work during a walkout. While those numbers have not been settled for employees of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, they were recently finalized for the IWK Health Centre, the Atlantic region's largest children's hospital. NSGEU president Jason MacLean, whose union represents 889 employees at the IWK, said the two sides have agreed at requiring 35 per cent of employees to attend work during a strike. Professionals involved in the vote include lab techs, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, child-life workers and social workers. Health-care workers at the IWK and Nova Scotia Health Authority have been without a contract for four years. NSGEU members who work for either the IWK or Nova Scotia Health Authority will vote on a strike mandate electronically next week. Health-care workers represented by CUPE, meanwhile, vote between April 16 and 26. Employees represented by Unifor will also vote next week. MacLean said he believes getting the essential-services agreement with the IWK will help set a precedent for doing the same with the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
 
MACFARLANE TAKES LIBS TO TASK OVER GOLF LOOPHOLE IN NEW POT LAWS
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Pictou West MLA and provincial PC leader Karla MacFarlane is a bit confused by the province's plans for legal marijuana. While the Liberals expanded the Smoke-free Places Act, meaning a ban of smoking at baseball fields, tennis courts and parks, having a toke on the golf course will be allowed, just like tobacco. MacFarlane says it's strange for cannabis to be legal at golf courses, but not in other public places. She also feels that cannabis should not be treated the same as tobacco.
 
LAW FIRM SEEKS POSSIBLE CLASS ACTION OVER DATA BREACH
Tuesday 17th April 2018
A Nova Scotia law firm is investigating the potential for a class action lawsuit following a breach of the province's freedom-of-information Internet portal affecting thousands of sensitive documents. Between March 3 and March 5, approximately 7,000 documents, containing birth dates, social insurance numbers, addresses and government services' client information, were inappropriately accessed. Lawyer Ray Wagner says it's concerning that such information was compromised and accessed so readily, and that government delayed informing the public. The government waited nearly a week to inform the public, while police began their investigation. A Halifax man was charged last week. Wagner says anyone who lives in Nova Scotia and is concerned that their information was inappropriately accessed, should contact his law firm.
 
AGRICULTURE COLLEGE ASKING PEOPLE TO "SOIL YOUR UNDIES"
Tuesday 17th April 2018
The Dalhousie Agricultural Campus is teaming up with Stanfield's Ltd. to invite the public to Soil Your Undies this week. The unique event will be held at the Horseshoe Crescent on the campus in Bible Hill at 11 a.m. Thursday in celebration of National Soil Conservation Week. A limited number of Stanfield's cotton briefs will be distributed along with shovels and marker flags, and then buried in the bed of the Horseshoe. The underwear will be dug up at Dal AC’s annual Community Day on July 19th. If the underwear decomposes completely, the soil has good biological activity, which means healthy soil. If the undies are still intact, the soil is lacking in biological life, usually from overuse.
 
IN PIPELINE DISPUTE, ALBERTA COULD HIT BC WHERE IT HURTS: AT THE PUMP
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Alberta's latest salvo against British Columbia could hit our western-most province's drivers, home owners and jobs. That's because Alberta's Rachel Notley has put forth a law that would bar Alberta oil, natural gas, gasoline and diesel from entering B-C, which gets most of its petroleum from Alberta. Analysts say if it happens, British Columbians could be paying as much as $2 a litre for regular gasoline, and that's if they're even able to find a gas station that has product left to sell. B-C says if Alberta goes ahead with the threat as a way to punish B-C for trying to block its pipeline to the pacific coast, British Columbia will fight back with countervailing legislation.
 
HUMBOLDT BRONCOS TO CLOSE GOFUNDME, SETUP ORGANIZATION TO HANDLE $12 MILLION FUND
Tuesday 17th April 2018
The Humboldt Broncos organization will soon be closing a GoFundMe that raised $12 million to support players and families affected by a crash that left 16 people dead and 13 injured. The outpouring of support began 10 days ago after the team bus collided with a semi on the way to Nipawin, Saskatchewan on April 6. Kevin Garinger, president of the Humboldt Broncos, made a statement Monday evening about how the team plans to secure and manage the funds that have been raised. The donated funds will be transferred to a newly created non-profit known as the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. An advisory committee is being established to make a recommendation for the allocation of funds. He said the organization's board of directors has immense love and gratitude for all those who have donated time and money to Humboldt Broncos fundraisers. Fundraisers and donations outside of the GoFundMe will go to the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation. Garinger said its mission will be to support Humboldt Broncos players, employees, families and volunteers as well as first responders, emergency personal, teams, athletes, organizations and communities affected by the crash and its aftermath.
 
WILLIAMS TO BE INDUCTED INTO JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME
Tuesday 17th April 2018
New Glasgow’s Aleta Williams is one of the first five people who will be inducted into the new Atlantic Journalism Hall of Fame later this month. Williams, who passed away April 4, will be honoured posthumously for her 40 years as a journalist with The Evening News in New Glasgow and as the first African Nova Scotian woman to work in the province's mainstream journalism industry. The Hall of Fame will be officially launched at the Atlantic Journalism Awards gala dinner and awards show on April 28, at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Details of Williams' and the other inductees' contributions to journalism in Atlantic Canada can be found at www.AJAs.ca click on Hall of Fame.
 
SPORTS APRIL 17
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Desiree Linden won this year's Boston Marathon to become the first American woman to win Boston since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach. On the men's side, Japan's Yuki Kawauchi earned his first major marathon title in 2:15:54. The conditions were less than ideal, as runners had to deal with a lot of wind and rain. Results from local runners: Dave Hood of Stellarton completed the race in 3:18:44, while Eric Gillis of Antigonish did not finish. Holly MacLean, originally from New Glasgow, ran a time of 3:07:48, while her sister Emily did not finish.
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Pictou County Challenger baseball will be holding registration for players and Buddies for the 2018 season on April 22,23,25,26,30 and May 1,3 from 6-8pm at the Autism Pictou County office located at Bridgeview Square, New Glasgow above H&R Music. A buddy is someone who would like to volunteer with our program to help assist players on the field. Should you need any more information please contact Trevor Kearley at 902-695-2148 or by email at twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton from 6pm-9pm. The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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Pictou County Tier 1 Wolves' next games are April 28th at the New Glasgow Wellness Center vs the Bedford Bengals @ 11:15 and the Acadia Coyotes at 4:15.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs (First Round)
Don't count the Leafs out just yet. Auston Matthews scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as Toronto defeated Boston 4-2. (Boston leads series 2-1)
Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists, setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 play, and the New Jersey Devils scored four times in the third to claw their way back into their first-round series with Tampa Bay on Monday night, beating the Lightning 5-2. (Tampa Bay leads series 2-1)
Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, including one as part of a three-goal first period and another to chase Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne from the game, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Predators 5-3. (Nashville leads series 2-1)
Joonas Donskoi scored one goal and set up another to start a four-goal barrage in the second period and the San Jose Sharks raced past Anaheim for the third straight game, beating the Ducks 8-1. (San Jose leads series 3-0)
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NBA Playoffs (First Round)
Golden State 113 San Antonio 92 (Warriors lead series 2-0)
Miami 113 Philadelphia 103 (Series tied 1-1)
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MLB
American League
Tampa Bay 8 Texas 4
Oakland 8 Chicago White Sox 1
Seattle 2 Houston 1
Baltimore at Boston, ppd.
Kansas City at Toronto, ppd.
National League
Colorado 6 Pittsburgh 2
Washington 8 N.Y. Mets 6
Atlanta 2 Philadelphia 1
Cincinnati 10 Milwaukee 4
L.A. Dodgers 10 San Diego 3
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, ppd.
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 12 Miami 1
 
HOUSE FIRE IN STELLARTON
Monday 16th April 2018
Two men are temporarily homeless after a mid-day fire gutted their older two-storey house in Stellarton. The men, who are brothers, will be staying with friends for now, and disaster volunteers from the Canadian Red Cross have helped with emergency purchases like food and clothing. Neither man was injured from the fire, reported around 1 p.m. Sunday at 137 River Street.
 
LARGE TURNOUT FOR PULP PIPELINE PROTEST
Monday 16th April 2018
The weekend turnout for Friends of the Northumberland Strait has produced lots of signatures on petitions to the federal and provincial environment ministers and a firm resolve not to let the Northern Pulp effluent pipe be placed into the strait. Northern Pulp maintains the pipe will be safe, and spokesperson Kathy Cloutier says its diffuser will safely disperse effluent from the mill. Author Joan Baxter was on hand inside the crowded fisheries museum in Pictou. She says the indemnity deal with the mill allowing Boat Harbour to be used until 2020 was signed during the John Hamm era. Baxter says it's strange that the former Premier who signed the deals that affect Boat Harbour today is now chairing Northern Pulp's board of directors.
 
SHEET HARBOUR ER CLOSED TODAY
Monday 16th April 2018
The emergency department at the Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital in Sheet Harbour will be closed beginning this morning at 8am. The ER will reopen at 8 am on Tuesday. This closure is due to lack of physician availability. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can be directed to 811, where health advice and information are available 24/7 by registered nurses. The Mental Health Crisis Line can be reached any time, any day by calling 1-888-429-8167.
 
JURY CONTINUES DELIBERATIONS IN RILEY TRIAL
Monday 16th April 2018
After deliberating for over 23 hours, the jury deciding the fate of accused killer Randy Desmond Riley briefly returned to the courtroom Sunday to revisit testimony from one of the witnesses. Riley is charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of Chad Smith. He is also facing a weapons charge related to a sawed-off shotgun. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges. Smith was delivering pizza to an apartment building in Dartmouth's Highfield Park when he was killed by a single gunshot. The jury finished deliberations for the day at 6 pm, and will reconvene at 9:30 this morning.
 
THWARTED MALL SHOOTER'S SENTENCING HEARING BEGINS TODAY
Monday 16th April 2018
The sentencing hearing for one of the ringleaders of a thwarted plan to go on a shooting spree at a Halifax shopping mall begins today. 26 year-old Lindsay Souvannarath, originally from Geneva, Illinois, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder last April, several months after Randall Steven Shepherd — a Halifax man described in court as the "cheerleader" of the shooting plot — was sentenced to a decade in jail. A third alleged conspirator, 19-year-old James Gamble, was found dead in his Halifax-area home a day before the planned attack. Souvannarath's defence attorney says he is recommending a sentence of 12 to 14 years, with credit for time served, while he said the Crown is recommending 20 years to life in prison. The spectre of shooters opening fire in the food court of a popular mall threatened thousands of shoppers and workers and unsettled the city for months. Five days have been set aside for the sentencing hearing in Halifax. On Monday, counsel will make submissions and read an agreed statement of facts into the record. The judge is expected to reserve his sentencing decision and come back later in the week. Souvannarath has been in custody for about three years.
 
PM HEADED TO FRANCE AFTER PIPELINE ISSUE
Monday 16th April 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is off to France as he continues more than a week of globetrotting following a brief stop in Ottawa to discuss the Trans Mountain pipeline crisis with the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia. Trudeau was supposed to fly directly to Paris from Peru, where he attended the Summit of the Americas on Friday and Saturday, before deciding to sit down with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Premier John Horgan on Parliament Hill. With that highly charged meeting now out of the way, Trudeau will turn his attention to what will be his first official visit to France, where he'll meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and address the French National Assembly. The visit comes only days after France joined Britain and the U.S. in launching airstrikes against the Syrian government for an alleged chemical-weapon attack this month that killed at least 40 people and left hundreds more injured. Trudeau has voiced support for the joint airstrikes, and will have a chance to discuss Syria and Russia, which has emerged as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's strongest backer, when he meets with Macron on Monday.
 
SPORTS APRIL 16
Monday 16th April 2018
Pictou County Tier 1 Wolves improved their record to 4-0 this weekend in Sydney where they defeated the Cape Breton Hawks 8-1 in both games. Goal scorers in the first game were Zach Macinnis 2, Daniel Seymour, Ethan maclean, Kaiden Moulasison, Garrett Williams, jake Henderson, and Carter Dauphinee all adding singles. Assists came from Derrick Mackay , Ethan MacKay, Owen Chabassol, Macinnis, Kaleb Melanson 2, Luc Baillie, maclean, Dauphinee 2, Henderson and Williams.  2 nd game scorers were Owen Chabassol with a hat trick, Macinnis 2, Seymour 2, Williams adding a single. Assists went to Seymour 3, Melanson 2, Macinnis 2, Dauphinee, Chabassol,  Henderson and Kenzie Batherson all with 1. Winnie goalie for both games was Ethan MacLaren. The Wolves' next games are April 28th at the New Glasgow Wellness Center vs the Bedford Bengals @ 11:15 and the Acadia Coyotes at 4:15.
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Pictou County Challenger baseball will be holding registration for players and Buddies for the 2018 season on April 16,22,23,25,26,30 and May 1,3 from 6-8pm at the Autism Pictou County office located at Bridgeview Square, New Glasgow above H&R Music. A buddy is someone who would like to volunteer with our program to help assist players on the field. Should you need any more information please contact Trevor Kearley at 902-695-2148 or by email at twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Level 1 And 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic returns to the Westville Town Office gymnasium next Saturday, April 21st. Registration at 8:30AM, Clinic begins at 9. Level 1 & 2 Clinic is $70, Level 3 is $100. This includes BNSUD Membership Fees, Clinic Fees, and all Clinic materials. All New Umpires or current Level 1 or 2 Umpires who intend to Umpire in the Pictou County Region must be in attendance. If you are a returning Umpire, bring your Rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing. If You have a Ball Glove And Mask, Please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. Any questions or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers – Email Joel.Rodgers@Sobeys.Com Or Phone – 752-6575 (Home After 6pm) 752-8371 Ext. 8027 (work)
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton from 6pm-9pm. The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Maritime Hockey League Playoffs (Championship Final)
Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners 1 Edmundston Blizzard 0 (Series tied 1-1)
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NHL Playoffs (First Round)
Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a four-goal second to roar back in the first-round playoff series with a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. (Jets lead series 2-1)
Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves, Matt Calvert scored the winner 12:22 into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin to beat the Washington Capitals 5-4. (Blue Jackets lead series 2-0)
Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists and Matt Murray stopped 26 shots to help the Pittsburgh Penguins silence a raucous Philadelphia crowd and beat the Flyers 5-1. (Penguins lead 2-1)
James Neal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:37 to play, and the Vegas Golden Knights rallied from a third-period deficit to move to the brink of the expansion franchise's first playoff series victory with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. (Golden Knights lead series 3-0)
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NBA Playoffs (First Round)
Boston 113 Milwaukee 107 (Celtics lead the series 1-0)
Indiana 98 Cleveland 80 (Pacers lead the series 1-0)
Oklahoma City 116 Utah 108 (Thunder lead series 1-0)
Houston 104 Minnesota 101 (Rockets lead series 1-0)
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MLB
American League
N.Y. Yankees at Detroit ppd.
Toronto at Cleveland ppd.
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota ppd.
L.A. Angels at Kansas City ppd.
N.Y. Yankees at Detroit ppd.
Boston 3 Baltimore 1
Oakland 2 Seattle 1
Texas 3 Houston 1 (10 innings)
National League
Atlanta at Chicago Cubs ppd.
N.Y. Mets 3 Milwaukee 2
Pittsburgh 7 Miami 3
St. Louis 3 Cincinnati 2
Colorado 6 Washington 5
L.A. Dodgers 7 Arizona 2
San Diego 10 San Francisco 1
Interleague
Philadelphia 10 Tampa Bay 4
 
TWO PEOPLE CHARGED IN INCIDENT OF SHOOTING AT PIGEONS IN PICTOU
Friday 13th April 2018
On April 12, Pictou District RCMP responded to a complaint of two people who had a rifle in their possession in their vehicle on Depot St. Police responded and encountered a man and a woman who were reported by witnesses to be shooting pigeons with a rifle. Shortly after police arrived on scene, they determined that the weapon was a pellet gun. The two suspects were arrested without incident. A 28-year-old man from Scotch Hill and a 44-year-old woman from Pictou are facing charges of Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and Causing Animals or Birds Unnecessary Suffering. Both were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on June 6.
 
HALIFAX POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Friday 13th April 2018
A member of the Halifax Regional Police is in trouble with the law again. The Serious Incident Response Team, which investigates incidents involving police, said that 37 year-old Constable Laurence Gary Basso has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, public mischief, and breach of trust. A member of the public alleged an assault by a police officer on a 54-year-old man at the Metro Turning Point homeless shelter in March. Constable Basso will appear for arraignment in Halifax Provincial Court on May 22nd. No other details have been released. SiRT previously laid charges of theft, breach of trust, and obstruction of justice against Constable Basso in 2016 after an investigation into theft from an exhibit locker. CBC reported those charges were ultimately withdrawn by the Crown in February of last year due to delays in the prosecution, following the Supreme Court of Canada's landmark Jordan decision.
 
FUNDING DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH PROPOSALS
Friday 13th April 2018
A reminder for those who are writing proposals: the deadline to apply for the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Population Health funding is April 23. The funding is open to registered charities, registered amateur athletic associations, municipal organizations, and other qualified donees. Projects eligible for funding can support early childhood development, address homelessness, improve accessibility to nutritious food, and encourage healthy lifestyles. Information on project eligibility and application forms can be found online at this link, or by contacting Kim Martin, at (902) 752-7600 ext. 4600.
 
FORMER PM CHRETIEN ASKED ABOUT POSSIBLE LOBBYING
Friday 13th April 2018
The province's registrar of lobbyists has sent a letter to Jean Chretien asking him whether he lobbied the premier regarding a container port proposal in Cape Breton. Hayley Clarke says she sent the letter after receiving a complaint from a citizen about the meeting. However, Clarke says she can only provide Chretien with information about how Nova Scotia's Lobbyists Registration Act works. The law stipulates a fine of not more than $25,000 for a first offence for anyone who lobbies without registering first, but -- unlike Ontario -- Nova Scotia's legislation doesn't provide the registrar with investigative powers to determine if unregistered lobbying occurred. Clarke says that it would be up to police to investigate illegal lobbying as a criminal matter. The issue of Chretien's activities in the province arose on March 21, after he met with Premier Stephen McNeil and Transport Minister Geoff MacLellan. McNeil has repeatedly denied that any lobbying took place during the hour-long meeting. The day before the Halifax meeting, Chretien had attended a conference in Sydney in his capacity as a paid international adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners. Asked by a reporter if he'd be meeting with the premier to discuss the project, Chretien said he would. John McCracken, the retired union activist who launched the complaint, said in an email that he will await the results of Chretien's response to the letter before deciding to ask for a criminal investigation.
 
GAS PRICE HOLDS FOR THIRD WEEK
Friday 13th April 2018
Gasoline prices have remained steady across Nova Scotia for a third week in a row. The provincial regulator has decided to leave the price for regular self serve at 124.5 Diesel prices have fallen by 7-10ths of a cent. It's now priced at 116.7.
 
APPEALS COURT SAYS NOT COVERING MEDICAL MARIJUANA ISN'T DISCRIMINATION
Friday 13th April 2018
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has overturned a human rights board decision that would force an employee's insurance company to pay for a man's medical marijuana costs. The original decision said an injured man's legally prescribed medical marijuana would have be covered by his union insurance plan. But it's been struck down. The latest decision marks a significant setback for people who think cannabis has cleared a path to universal acceptance. Gordon Wayne Skinner of Head of Chezzetcook is a unionized elevator mechanic. He suffers from chronic pain caused by an on-the-job vehicle accident, and had argued he faced discrimination when he was denied coverage under the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan. Representatives for the plan successfully argued there is simply no coverage for prescription drugs not approved by Health Canada, which is the case for medical marijuana. The court has ruled that discrimination, as defined under the Human Rights Act, has very little to do with this case. The court says not being covered by Health Canada is a reasonable limit on the claim, and Skinner might have had better luck if he'd taken the case to arbitration.
 
TOURISM AWARDS HANDED OUT IN NG
Friday 13th April 2018
The annual tourism awards ceremony in New Glasgow was a sell-out for the organizers at Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores last night, and major awards went to some well-known and even some lesser-known names. The Tourism group has bragging rights to 3-thousand jobs and 25-million in tax contbributions for the 2017 calendar year, which brought in record visitors. Winners included:
2017 Marketing Award – NS Spirit Company of Trenton, (with plans for a new tasting room and brewery in Stellarton)
Rising Star Award – Norse Cove Camping on the Eastern Shore
Festivals and Events Award – Pictou Tall Ships Canada Day Weekend (for producing Half-a-million dollars in tourism spending)
2017 Flavour Award – Tony's Meats of Antigonish
The Fleur Mainville Ambassador Award - “The Kilted Chef” Alain Bosse
The CEO Award – “Lost Shores Grand Fondo” on the Eastern Shore, for Creating a “World Class Draw for NS Cyclists”.
Local M-P Sean Fraser told the DEANS members he plans to go the distance to keep the local tourism industry growing, using federal policies that create “incentives for growth.”
 
TRENTON LIBRARY GETS ACCESSIBILITY GRANT
Friday 13th April 2018
The Trenton library has received federal money to become more accessible. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser announced on Thursday the awarding of a $2,164 Enabling Accessibility federal grant, that includes the installation of automatic doors, adjusted lighting, and painting for colour distinction around the interior doors, assisting those with visual impairments.
 
PROGRAM TO HELP WOMEN RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE NEXT MONTH IN HFX
Friday 13th April 2018
Registration is open for a three-day program to help women who want to get more involved in public and political leadership roles. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women is hosting Campaign School for Women: Leaders in Action at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax from May 25th to the 27th. The purpose of the campaign school is to increase the numbers and diversity of women in leadership. The program covers topics that are relevant to running a modern campaign, such as managing social media, developing a brand and navigating the campaign process. The school is free. Those interested are encouraged to register early as spaces are limited. For more information and registration, visit the Nova Scotia Status of Women website.
 
HALIFAX MAN GETS YEAR IN JAIL AFTER DOG DEATH
Friday 13th April 2018
An 18-year-old old man accused of killing a dog in the Spryfield area of Halifax has been sentenced to almost a year in jail. Cameron Robert Dolan pleaded guilty to assault, property damage, and other counts that resulted in consecutive sentences. Dolan is facing a total of 362 days in jail and three years of probation. His sentence includes 270 days for the killing of Cindy Beaver’s yorkie-chihuahua mix, Tucker. The court heard victim impact statements from the family about the trauma that followed Dolan’s alcohol-fueled rage over his break-up with a girlfriend in January. The family dog had his legs broken before being beaten to death. Family members found his body nine days later. A pet bird in the home was stripped of its feathers and suffered a broken leg. Dolan was sentenced to 90 days last year for maiming a pig. The judge made a blunt assessment of Dolan’s future, saying that if he doesn't change, he risks being locked up for life as a dangerous offender. Some of Dolan’s convictions were for breaches of court orders and he faces more court prohibitions after his release. Dolan is faced with a DNA order, an order prohibiting him from owning or being in a household where there is a pet for life and a weapons prohibition for certain items. Crown Prosecutor Ron Lacey says the case’s details were shocking.
 
PHOTO EXHIBIT EXAMINES RELATIONSHIP OF DOGS AND OWNERS
Friday 13th April 2018
An upcoming exhibit will highlight the relationship between dogs and their older owners. Mount Saint Vincent University researcher Dr. Ardra Cole's show is called "Grow Old Along with Me: The Meaning of Dogs in Seniors' Lives”. It will debut this weekend in Musquodoboit Harbour, the first of five locations. For the project -- which has been in development for two years -- her research team spent time with 14 people and their pets, taking photos and listening to their stories. Cole hopes the public will be able to see how meaningful and important the relationship is between seniors and their canine companions, so communities can start focusing on how to maintain them for as long as possible. She is also the founder of ElderDog, a national non-profit organization which helps older dogs find homes, helps seniors care for their dogs, and helps find new homes for dogs when older owners can no longer care for them. Cole came up with the idea for the charity while working with people who were caring for family members with Alzheimer's disease.
 
RECORD HIGH TEMPS RECORDED OFF NS COAST
Friday 13th April 2018
The ocean temperature south of Nova Scotia hit 14 degrees celsius this week. Scientists had to shake their heads and do several re-takes before they could believe ocean temperatures that high. The research was being done between George's Bank and the Scotian Shelf, about 200 kilometers south of Yarmouth. Research Scientist Dave Hebert was aboard the federal research ship in charge of the water testing, and says that's the warmest April water temperature in 40 years of record-keeping.
 
SPORTS APRIL 13
Friday 13th April 2018
There are still some spaces for the BRONZE STAR CLASS at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. The course runs Friday nights 6-7:30 from April 13 to May 25. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Level 1 And 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic returns to the Westville Town Office gymnasium next Saturday, April 21st. Registration at 8:30AM, Clinic begins at 9. Level 1 & 2 Clinic is $70, Level 3 is $100. This includes BNSUD Membership Fees, Clinic Fees, and all Clinic materials. All New Umpires or current Level 1 or 2 Umpires who intend to Umpire in the Pictou County Region must be in attendance. If you are a returning Umpire, bring your Rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing. If You have a Ball Glove And Mask, Please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. Any questions or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers – Email Joel.Rodgers@Sobeys.Com Or Phone – 752-6575 (Home After 6pm) 752-8371 Ext. 8027 (work)
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton from 6pm-9pm. The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs - First Round
Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Krejci each scored a power-play goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Bruins lead 1-0)
Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. (Blue Jackets lead 1-0)
Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference series. (Predators lead 1-0)
Tampa Bay 5 New Jersey 2 (Lightning leads 1-0)
San Jose 3 Anaheim 0 (Sharks lead series 1-0)
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MLB
American League
Cleveland 9 Detroit 3
Boston 6 N.Y. Yankees 3
Minnesota 4 Chicago White Sox 0
L.A. Angels 7 Kansas City 1
National League
Pittsburgh 6 Chicago Cubs 1
St. Louis 13 Cincinnati 4
Colorado 5 Washington 1
San Francisco 7 San Diego 0
 
MACKINNON NAMED PICTOU COUNTY RELAY CHAMPION
Thursday 12th April 2018
The Pictou County Relay for Life Committee has announced that local relay supporter Neil MacKinnon will be this year's Community Champion. That position used to be known as the Relay Ambassador. Event Co-Chairs Vicki Moore and Janine Linthorne say the retired high school teacher from Lismore is an outstanding choice for the role as he is an inspiring cancer survivor, a well respected educator who has taught and mentored many local students throughout his career. MacKinnon has also been a faithful Relay team captain since the local Relay's establishment in 2005. This year's Pictou County Relay for Life takes place on Saturday, June 2nd.
 
NDP LOOKING TO OPEN EDUCATION COUNCIL MEETINGS TO THE PUBLIC
Thursday 12th April 2018
It will be an uphill battle to get it passed, but the opposition NDP will introduce legislation today to guarantee some level of accountability for the new Provincial Advisory Council on Education. The advisory council is replacing the seven elected English school boards eliminated under the government’s Education Reform Act. Currently, the new council has no requirements to meet in public at all. The proposed bill would require the advisory council hold public meetings at least twice a year to hear from community members, and ensure that members of the public would be able to make written submissions to the council at any time. NDP leader Gary Burrill says we already have a provincial health authority that meets behind closed doors, and he doesn't want to see that repeated with education.
 
LIVE FIRE EXERCISES IN DEBERT THIS WEEKEND
Thursday 12th April 2018
Here's a note for listeners in Colchester County, who live within earshot of the Debert Rifle Range. There will be a night firing exercise using live ammunition both tomorrow and Saturday from sunset until midnight. The exercises are conducted to ensure that Armed Forces personnel are familiar with proper weapons handling during night time operations. People driving or walking in the vicinity of the Debert Rifle Range are being told to exercise caution and keep clear of the property. Safety teams will monitor and control all activities.
 
PIPE PROTESTORS TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY
Thursday 12th April 2018
A group opposed to Northern Pulp's plans for an effluent pipe in the Northumberland Strait are holding an Open House on Saturday. The Friends of the Northumberland Strait will be at the Northumberland Fisheries Museum in Pictou from 1 to 4pm. There will be displays and tours, as well as a talk with author Joan Baxter. More information is available online.
 
NSP WARNS PUBLIC OF PHONE SCAM
Thursday 12th April 2018
Nova Scotia Power is warning customers about a new phone scam, targeting business and commercial customers. The utility says the caller poses as a representative of the company and demands a cash payment at a designated location or risk having their power disconnected the same day. NSP says they don't require in-person bill payments, and the company would never call out of the blue and issue an ultimatum on first contact. So far, the calls have mostly surfaced in the Halifax area, but the power corporation wants people province-wide to be aware of the threats, in case the scam-artists target people in other communities.
 
DRUG SEIZURE AT NB PRISON
Thursday 12th April 2018
A package containing roughly $11,000 worth of shatter has been seized at a maximum-security prison in New Brunswick. Correctional Service Canada says the package was seized at the Atlantic Institution at Renous last Tuesday. The contraband included just over 27 grams of shatter – a type of cannabis concentrate. The police have been notified and the Atlantic Institution is investigating. There is no word on potential charges at this time.
 
ANOTHER DEATH FROM SASKATCHEWAN BUS CRASH
Thursday 12th April 2018
The death toll from the Humboldt Broncos' team bus crash is now 16. Dayna Brons, the lone woman aboard the bus when it collided with a transport truck on April 6, has died. Family and friends had been waiting anxiously, hoping the 24-year-old athletic therapist would pull through after she suffered serious head trauma. Over the last few days, lacrosse and soccer teams that Brons had worked with offered their support for her on social media. Her family said Brons had been "extremely proud" to be part of the Broncos' family.
 
MEDICAL WAIT TIMES GROWING IN CANADA, SAYS REPORT
Thursday 12th April 2018
A new report says more Canadians had surgery for hip and knee replacements last year than in 2015, but wait times for the procedure continue to grow in some provinces. Thursday's analysis from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows wait times are longer for both joint replacements and cataract surgeries. Across the country, 76 per cent of patients received a hip replacement in 2017 within the recommended six-month wait time, down from 81 per cent in 2015. For knee replacements, 69 per cent of patients had the procedure within the benchmark in 2017, compared to 82 per cent in 2015. Many of the procedures identified as having increased waiting times are done in people over the age of 65. And demographic shifts in Canada have led to an older population, with seniors accounting for an ever-increasing proportion of the population. Longer wait times were also reported for cataract surgery, with 71 per cent of Canadians receiving the procedure within the recommended wait time of 16 weeks in 2017, a decrease of five per cent since 2015. Wait times for more urgent procedures such as hip fracture repair and radiation therapy were steady last year compared with 2015. Timely hip fracture repairs are associated with a reduced death rate. The number of surgeons, inventive systems, and resources such as operating room time also affect the number of procedures performed, CIHI said. Wait times to see a specialist were not included.
 
SPORTS APRIL 12
Thursday 12th April 2018
Online registration is still open at pictoucountylacrosse.ca but the last day for in person registration is tonight from 6pm to 9 pm at the Trenton annex.
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Level 1 And 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic returns to the Westville Town Office gymnasium next Saturday, April 21st. Registration at 8:30AM, Clinic begins at 9. Level 1 & 2 Clinic is $70, Level 3 is $100. This includes BNSUD Membership Fees, Clinic Fees, and all Clinic materials. All New Umpires or current Level 1 or 2 Umpires who intend to Umpire in the Pictou County Region must be in attendance. If you are a returning Umpire, bring your Rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing. If You have a Ball Glove And Mask, Please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. Any questions or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers – Email Joel.Rodgers@Sobeys.Com Or Phone – 752-6575 (Home After 6pm) 752-8371 Ext. 8027 (work)
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton from 6pm-9pm. The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session is underway. You can drop in today to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office 8:30-4:00, or the Pictou Youth Centre on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins provided proof of why they won last year's Cup in Pittsburgh's 7-0 dismantling of the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening game of their first-round series. Crosby performed more stick wizardry on his way to his third post-season hat trick, Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal of his own and the Penguins overwhelmed their seemingly overmatched cross-state rivals. (Penguins lead series 1-0)
Defenceman Joe Morrow scored at 12:47 of the third period to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their first-round NHL playoff series. (Jets lead series 1-0)
Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves for his 11th career playoff shutout, Shea Theodore scored in the first period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 to win the franchise's first playoff game. (Golden Knights lead series 1-0)
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NBA
Wayne Ellington scored a career-high 32 points and set Miami's single-season record for 3-pointers, helping the Heat wrap up the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs by beating the Toronto Raptors 116-109 in overtime.
Boston 110 Brooklyn 97
Detroit 119 Chicago 87
Minnesota 112 Denver 106 (OT)
New Orleans 122 San Antonio 98
New York 110 Cleveland 98
Oklahoma City 137 Memphis 123
Orlando 101 Washington 92
Philadelphia 130 Milwaukee 95
Sacramento 96 Houston 83
L.A. Lakers 115 L.A. Clippers 100
Portland 102 Utah 93
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MLB
American League
Jonathan Schoop drove in two runs, Kevin Gausman pitched six effective innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.
Minnesota 9 Houston 8
Chicago White Sox 2 Tampa Bay 1
Seattle 4 Kansas City 2
Cleveland 5 Detroit 1
N.Y. Yankees 10 Boston 7
L.A. Angels 7 Texas 2
National League
Atlanta 5 Washington 3 (12 innings)
Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 2
Colorado 6 San Diego 4
Arizona 7 San Francisco 3
Philadelphia 4 Cincinnati 3 (12 innings)
N.Y. Mets 4 Miami 1
Chicago Cubs 13 Pittsburgh 5
Interleague
Oakland 16 L.A. Dodgers 6
 
ARREST MADE IN GOVERNMENT WEBSITE BREACH
Wednesday 11th April 2018
Halifax Regional Police have confirmed that a 19-year old Halifax man has been arrested in relation to the breach. Police say they searched a Halifax address Wednesday morning and took a 19-year-old Halifax man into custody. Supt. Jim Perrin said the man faces a charge of unauthorized use of a computer. Perrin says some items were seized in the search, but did not elaborate. He says no one else is expected to face charges, although the suspect could see more charges added. The man was released on a promise to later appear in court.
 
BREACH OF GOVERNMENT WEBSITE LEADS TO THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS LEAKED
Wednesday 11th April 2018
The province is now confirming the reason why the government's Freedom of Information Service Portal is no longer available is that it's been the victim of a hack. Unauthorized access to documents was discovered last Friday. The Access to Information Web Portal is meant to make the government's business and decision-making process more transparent. The government web portal has been offline since last Thursday. Investigators say the original hacking of the website occurred between March 3rd and 5th. Deputy Minister for Internal Services Jeff Conrad says the breach was actually discovered accidentally by an employee of the department.Officials say up to 7-thousand documents were involved and could possibly have been placed at risk.
 
MARIJUANA DISPENSARY EMPLOYEE CHARGED FOLLOWING ROBBERY
Wednesday 11th April 2018
An employee at a medical marijuana dispensary robbed at gunpoint now faces charges of drug trafficking as a result of the investigation. Halifax police have charged an 33-year-old man who works at Scotia Green Dispensary, a day after reporting that two men wearing masks and armed with a gun held it up. Police were investigating the robbery, which was reported at about 9:40 p.m. Monday and involved two men allegedly stealing product, and money from both the store and customers. But, police say they also executed a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act search warrant at the store Tuesday evening. As a result, they say the employee has been charged with trafficking controlled substances. The investigation continues.
 
PROVINCE RAISING LIMITS FOR FUNDRAISER LOTTERY PRIZES
Wednesday 11th April 2018
The province is cutting some of the red tape around fundraisers for sport teams, legions, and other charitable and non-profit community organizations. An amendment to the ticket lottery regulations will increase the prize value limit for a ticket lottery permit from $500 to $4,000. This will give organizations more flexibility when choosing prizes for a fundraiser. Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan says non-profit and charitable organizations will have the opportunity to raise more revenue in a single event. Therefore, they can reach their fundraising goals sooner with fewer lotteries, reducing the associated work, time and cost. This is the first time the prize value, as defined in regulations, has increased since 1995.
 
PICTOU HOLDING TOWN MEETING TONIGHT TO DISCUSS FORMER PICTOU ACADEMY
Wednesday 11th April 2018
The town of Pictou is asking for the public's ideas on what to do with the old Pictou Academy building. The facility was turned over to the town after the Regional School Board shuttered it last year. The gyms and parking lot are still being used, so only the main building and property on the Louise Street and Patterson Street sides is under consideration. The town admits it's a bit of a fixer-upper, and that operating costs for the building would have to be paid for by the user of the space. There's a meeting tonight to discuss the building's future use beginning at 7 pm at the Academy's small gym.
 
TRENTON PASSES NEW BUDGET, WITH FEWER TAXES AND MORE FEES
Wednesday 11th April 2018
Residents of Trenton will see changes on their tax bills this year, as some fixed rate fees are replacing assessment based taxes. Trenton Town Council passed a 4.1 million dollar budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year at their monthly meeting on Tuesday night. The budget will see an increase in total spending of roughly 64-thousand dollars, which works out to roughly 1.6 percent. However, the residents of the community will be covering a smaller portion of the expenditures, with taxes and user charges reduced from 2.08 million dollars to 2.04 million. The budget also includes 476-thousand dollars for operation of the water utility and a combined capital budget of just under 2.5 million dollars for both the town and water utility combined. Prior to the passing of the budget, Council also adopted a new policy regarding tax exemption support, which would see low income earners who earn more than the threshold get a reduced exemption. In the past, the exemption was given to those below the threshold, while those above, by even one dollar, would receive no such support.
 
B&E CHARGE AFTER WINDOWS SMASHED AT STELLARTON SOBEYS
Wednesday 11th April 2018
Stellarton Police have charged a man with break and enter and theft under $5,000 after the front doors of the town’s Sobey’s location were smashed out yesterday morning. Police were on the scene before dawn. Officials say the 27-year-old Stellarton man is also facing a charge of mischief. His date in court is still being finalized.
 
VIGIL FOR HUMBOLDT AT WELLNESS CENTRE THURS NIGHT
Wednesday 11th April 2018
People in Pictou County, including members of the hockey community, are being invited to a vigil for the Humboldt hockey bus victims and survivors tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Wellness Centre. Organizers are inviting people to wear a hockey jersey or any team attire and to have a candle to light during the vigil.
 
TRIAL FOR BRIDGEWATER POLICE CHIEF TO BEGIN SOON
Wednesday 11th April 2018
The chief of the Bridgewater police, accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl, has been committed to stand trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. John Collyer, a 26-year veteran of the force, was suspended last May after the independent police watchdog laid one charge of sexual assault and two charges of sexual exploitation against him. The girl was 17 at the time of the alleged offences in Bridgewater between April and July of 2016. Collyer says he plans to enter a plea soon.
 
PROVINCE WON'T SAY MUCH ABOUT WHY WEB PORTAL HAS BEEN DOWN
Wednesday 11th April 2018
The province's Freedom of Information web portal has been down for almost a week, and the minister responsible isn't saying why and won't say whether there has been a privacy breach. Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab will only say that an "issue" was found last Thursday and technicians are working as quickly as possible to solve it. Arab says once there is more information about the nature of the problem she will make it public. PC house leader Chris d'Entremont raised the issue during question period and says after six days, to be told simply that the office is still open to phone and email inquiries isn't good enough given the reliance of many on the technology. NDP Leader Gary Burrill says the whole purpose of Freedom of Information is to ensure governments are forthright and he says Arab's answers don't appear to be 100 per cent forthright.
 
SENTENCING HEARING BEGINS TODAY FOR QUEBEC CITY MOSQUE SHOOTER
Wednesday 11th April 2018
The lawyers defending Alexandre Bissonnette want their client to be eligible for parole once he's served 25 years behind bars. The 28-year-old pleaded guilty on March 28 to the first-degree murders of six men after going on a shooting rampage on Jan. 29, 2017, inside a Quebec City mosque. He also pleaded guilty to six counts of attempted murder. Bissonnette's sentencing hearing begins at the Quebec City courthouse today. A first-degree murder conviction comes with an automatic life sentence, with no eligibility for parole for 25 years. However, Bissonnette is facing the possibility of never being released from prison, if he is handed six life sentences back-to-back with no chance of parole. This would be the harshest prison sentence since the death penalty was abolished in 1976. This would not have been an option before 2011, when Stephen Harper's Conservative government passed a controversial law allowing for consecutive sentences in the case of someone convicted of multiple murders. Gosselin intends to challenge the constitutionality of the article, based on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which protects Canadians against "cruel and unusual" punishment.
 
SPORTS APRIL 11
Wednesday 11th April 2018
Online registration is still open at pictoucountylacrosse.ca but the last day for in person registration in April 12 from 6pm to 9 pm at the Trenton annex.
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton from 6pm-9pm. The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session is underway. You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th, or the Pictou Youth Centre on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid when Baltimore's Tim Beckham led off the eighth inning with a sharp grounder through the legs of third baseman Josh Donaldson, and Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to carry the Toronto Blue Jays over the Orioles 2-1.
Tampa Bay 6 Chicago White Sox 5
Cleveland 2 Detroit 1
Boston 14 N.Y. Yankees 1
L.A. Angels 11 Texas 1
Minnesota 4 Houston 1
Seattle 8 Kansas City 3
National League
Pittsburgh 8 Chicago Cubs 5
Philadelphia 6 Cincinnati 1
Washington 4 Atlanta 1
N.Y. Mets 8 Miami 6
St. Louis 5 Milwaukee 3 (11 innings)
San Diego 5 Colorado 2
San Francisco 5 Arizona 4
Interleague
L.A. Dodgers 4 Oakland 0
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NBA
Charlotte 119 Indiana 93
Philadelphia 121 Atlanta 113
Washington 113 Boston 101
Phoenix 124 Dallas 97
Utah 119 Golden State 79
Houston 105 L.A. Lakers 99
 
19 YEAR-OLD DRIVER CHARGED WITH STUNTING ON COBEQUID PASS
Tuesday 10th April 2018
Another reckless speeder was caught yesterday morning on the Cobequid Pass. RCMP not only clocked the driver travelling at 179 km/h, but also observed him passing on a solid double line. The 19-year-old man from Ford Bank, New Brunswick, was charged with Stunting, had his licence suspended indefinitely, his vehicle seized, and faces a fine of $2,422.50.
 
PROVINCE HIRING SPRING & SUMMER STUDENTS
Tuesday 10th April 2018
The province is now hiring students for the spring and summer. Postings for apprentice, co-op, internship and summer student positions began in January with 185 posted to date and more to be posted throughout the weeks ahead. Positions are throughout the province, both rural and urban, in a variety of departments. University, college and high school students are encouraged to apply. Minister of the Public Service Commission Tony Ince says getting that first job is key to keeping young, talented people in Nova Scotia. For more information on the jobs announced, students can go to jobs.novascotia.ca
 
GROUP WANTS BAN ON FOR-PROFIT PLASMA COMPANIES
Tuesday 10th April 2018
A national advocacy group wants the province to ban private, for-profit plasma companies. Kat Lanteigne of BloodWatch.org planned to meet with provincial Health Minister Randy Delorey today to urge him to introduce legislation prohibiting them. Lanteigne, who is starting a cross-country tour in Halifax, says Ontario, Alberta and Quebec have already legislated such bans. She says allowing a private blood supply system contravenes the recommendations of the Krever inquiry, a royal commission struck to look into Canada's blood supplies after thousands of Canadians were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C from tainted blood and blood products in the mid-1980s to 1990. Private, paid-plasma clinics currently operate in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, where Canadian Plasma Resources pays donors up to $50 for each donation.
 
PROVINCE SIGNS 10 YEAR, MULTI MILLION DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL WITH FEDS
Tuesday 10th April 2018
The province and Ottawa have signed an agreement worth $828 million in infrastructure funding over the next 10 years. We are the seventh province or territory to sign on to the $180-billion Investing in Canada Plan. Treasury Board President Scott Brison says the money will be used for public transit, green infrastructure, community, cultural and recreation projects and projects in rural communities. Premier Stephen McNeil says the announcement will also allow the province to fund infrastructure projects in its 13 Mi'kmaq communities. McNeil says the long-term funding will allow the provincial government flexibility to fund a wide range of projects to benefit the entire province.

Funding breakdown Public Transit: $289,589,324
Green Infrastructure:$381,914,606
Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure:$51,245,475
Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure: $105,743,756
 
PROVINCIAL VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED
Tuesday 10th April 2018
Volunteers from across Nova Scotia were honoured at the province's 44th annual Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony. This is the first time the award program includes volunteers from First Nations. 15-year old Nina Davey of Pictou is the recipient of the 2018 Youth Volunteer award while the Family Volunteer award recipients are the seven-member Johnson family from Eskasoni for their many years of contributions to the culture and well-being of their community.

Locally, the other recipients are:
Pictou Landing First Nation -Katie Paul
Town of Trenton -Vania MacMillan
Town of Pictou -Brian Kellock
Town of New Glasgow -Lorraine MacLean
Town of Stellarton -Allan Murray
Town of Westville -Alfred and Mary Lou White
Municipality of Pictou County- Pat Christensen

In addition to yesterday's provincial ceremony, local ceremonies will be held next week, during National Volunteer Week.
 
PROVINCE FORCING COSTS OF FORMER SCHOOLS ONTO LOCAL GOV'T: MACFARLANE
Tuesday 10th April 2018
Interim Tory Leader and Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane is concerned about the province downloading the cost of former schools onto local governments. MacFarlane says the province needs to step up, so historical buildings like the former Pictou Academy facility don't fall by the wayside. She wants Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette to meet with her and the mayor and some councillors in Pictou, as they decide whether to demolish or re-purpose the old Pictou Academy building. In her question to Mombourquette, MacFarlane noted that in 1982, the Province assumed the care and control of all school infrastructure throughout the province as a result of the Walker Commission report. Yet, she told the house, 35 years later, facilities are being returned to communities without consideration of the burden they might place on limited municipal budgets.
 
TESTIMONY CONTINUES AT JOHNSTON MURDER TRIAL
Tuesday 10th April 2018
A witness has testified that he was becoming intimate with Montreal-born yoga instructor Kristin Johnston when Nicholas Butcher unexpectedly came into the bedroom, hours before he allegedly killed her. Michael Belyea told the Halifax Supreme Court jury that Butcher found Johnston in Belyea's flat in the early hours of March 26, 2016. She broke up with Butcher, but he later returned to find her kissing Belyea in his bedroom — who, despite the drama, said he was never concerned for Johnston's safety. Butcher is on trial for the second-degree murder of Johnston, who was found dead later that day in her Halifax-area home. The Crown alleges that Butcher killed Johnston and tried to kill himself at her home in Purcells Cove. Prosecutor Tanya Carter has said the medical examiner will testify that Johnston had 10 wounds on her neck, and that her death was caused by sharp force. Butcher has pleaded not guilty.
 
PROVINCE NOT PLANNING TO AMEND PROPOSED CANNABIS LAW
Tuesday 10th April 2018
Legislation governing legalized cannabis is moving ahead, despite calls from several health groups to strengthen provisions on where the drug can be smoked in public. The legislature's law amendments committee has been told that rules around the public consumption of pot under the new Cannabis Control Act should be the same as those for open alcohol, meaning smoking would be banned in all outdoor public spaces. The Liberal government has said it is also expanding restrictions under the Smoke-free Places Act to ban smoking or vaping of cannabis near playgrounds, publicly owned sport and recreation sites, public trails, and provincial parks and beaches - except within a rented campsite. But groups like the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, Injury Free Nova Scotia and the IWK say those restrictions don't go far enough, and they send the wrong message about the effects of smoking pot in public when it comes to people's health. Justice Minister Mark Furey says the bill will move ahead as it is. As a former RCMP officer, Furey says he believes a complete prohibition on public consumption would only serve to tie up police resources to enforce it. Estimates show it'll likely cost 2 to 3-million dollars a year to enforce the law in its current form.
 
ACADIAN GROUPS OBJECT TO PLANNED REDRAWING OF ELECTORAL MAP
Tuesday 10th April 2018
Proposed changes to how Nova Scotia's electoral map is drawn have been put on hold while a legislature committee follows up on objections raised by the province's Acadian community. The revised House of Assembly Act would allow so-called ``non-contiguous'' constituencies, meaning ridings that are not connected geographically. Marie-Claude Rioux is executive director of the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia. She says any legislation that would keep the status quo of 51 provincial ridings and create the possibility of Acadian ridings that aren't geographically connected is ``not acceptable.'' Rioux says the province's Acadian community wants to see the restoration of three former ridings in Clare, Argyle and Richmond, as well as the addition of a fourth riding in Cheticamp. The Liberal government has said the proposed changes strike a balance between voter parity and minority representation. But the Acadian group's issues have caused the law amendments committee to defer the legislation while they ask more questions.
 
HIGH SCHOOL STAFF FACE POSSIBLE UNION SANCTIONS OVER FIELD TRIP
Tuesday 10th April 2018
Three staff from Dartmouth High School are facing possible sanctions from the Teachers Union over a field trip last year to Vimy Ridge. The reason? Because they helped plan the trip during the union's work-to-rule job action. Planning for the trip started in April 2016. In December of that year, teachers took work-to-rule job action, which lasted nearly two months. During that time, union members were told to only work to the terms of their contracts, which meant no extracurricular activities. At the time, Dartmouth High principle Eartha Monard said she was well-aware that some teachers continued to go on professional development courses outside the country, including one to Honolulu. Monard says she has confirmed through her human resources director that Dartmouth High staff are the only ones facing consequences related to work-to-rule. A union spokesperson said Monday it does not comment on matters involving individual members.
 
CALLS RENEWED TO END GAY BLOOD DONOR RESTRICTIONS
Tuesday 10th April 2018
The Liberal government is facing a new push to end a limited ban on blood donations by sexually active gay and bisexual men. An electronic petition recently filed with the House of Commons calls on the Liberal government to stop a practice it says imposes a stigma on gay and bisexual men. Under current CBS policy, any man who has had sex with another man in the past year is prohibited from donating blood. The 2015 Liberal election platform promised to end what it then called a "discriminatory ban." In 2016, the government lowered the deferral period, clearing gay and bisexual men to donate blood after abstaining from sex with other men for one year, instead of five. But it did not eliminate the ban. Instead, it set aside $3 million to fund research on behaviour-based donation policies. CBS Chief Scientific Officer Dana Devine said the agency hopes to change its screening process, but needs time to carry out the necessary research. She said it likely will take CBS until early 2020 to wrap up the research and issue a proposal to government.
 
SPORTS APRIL 10
Tuesday 10th April 2018
Pictou County Lacrosse registration continues for all age levels. The season runs from April through June. Cost is $100 for mini lacrosse, and $225 for Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Intermediate. More details online at pictoucountylacrosse.ca, where you can also register. You can also register in person at the Trenton Rink Annex Thursday night from 6-9 pm.
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th both from 6pm-9pm! The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session is underway. You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th, or the Pictou Youth Centre on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
Jonas Valanciunas scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter before holding on for a 108-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Brooklyn 114 Chicago 105
Cleveland 123 New York 109
Oklahoma City 115 Miami 93
Milwaukee 102 Orlando 86
Minnesota 113 Memphis 94
San Antonio 98 Sacramento 85
Denver 88 Portland 82
New Orleans 113 L.A. Clippers 100
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MLB
American League
Steve Pearce homered in a third successive game, Josh Donaldson tacked on a ninth-inning grand slam and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 before 7,915 fans, the lowest paid crowd in Camden Yards history.
Tampa Bay 5 Chicago White Sox 4
Cleveland 2 Detroit 0
L.A. Angels 8 Texas 3
Houston 2 Minnesota 0
Kansas City 10 Seattle 0
National League
Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 4 (10 innings)
Philadelphia 6 Cincinnati 5
Washington 2 Atlanta 0
N.Y. Mets 4 Miami 2
San Diego 7 Colorado 6
Arizona 2 San Francisco 1
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, ppd.
 
HEALTH AUTHORITY CONTINUES TALKS WITH UNIONS
Monday 9th April 2018
The Council of Health Care Unions and the Health Authority will be meeting this week for conciliation talks. The negotiations come as a potential strike vote looms. The council announced last month that it would be seeking a province wide strike vote as negotiations with their employers have come to stand still. NSGEU President Jason MacLean says they are still waiting for an essential plan to finalized before holding a strike vote. Provincial law mandates a plan be put in place to provide essential health care services before a strike can happen. The union and government both need to agree to whatever that plan looks like.
 
YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO KEEP STUDDED TIRES ON
Monday 9th April 2018
Today's weather might make people glad they've still got their studded winter tires on their vehicles. But police say the question of when to remove those studs is not well-known. Constable Ken MacDonald of New Glasgow Regional Police wants to remind people that the date is now later than it used to be: studded tires must be off your vehicle by May 31st. MacDonald's other reminder this morning is that it's been 10 years since talking on your phone while you're behind the wheel was made illegal in this province. So he says you no longer have an excuse - and since April is Driver Distraction Awareness Month, don't expect police to accept your ignorance of the law to still be a valid excuse.
 
TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE PROJECT ON HOLD IN FACE OF PROTESTS
Monday 9th April 2018
B.C. politicians, Indigenous leaders and environmentalists say the future of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline is in doubt. On Sunday the company announced it would suspend all "non-essential activities" and related spending for the Trans Mountain pipeline project, citing ongoing opposition from the British Columbia government. RCMP say about 200 people have been arrested around Trans Mountain facilities in Burnaby since mid-March. However, Kinder Morgan said its decision was largely based on the B.C. government's legal challenges to the pipeline and the need to protect its shareholders. B.C. Premier John Horgan told a news conference in Victoria the ongoing protests, demonstrations and actions are playing a part. Horgan said he spoke to Prime Minister Trudeau and planned to speak to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, but his position on the pipeline hasn't changed.
 
TWO BIG WINNERS IN THE COUNTY THIS WEEKEND
Monday 9th April 2018
Is Lady Luck smiling on Pictou County? According to the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, another winning ticket was sold here for Saturday night's TAG draw. Their website says the winning ticket matches all six digits and is worth $100,000. The unofficial winning number is 660022. This is the third time in just over a week that a winning ticket has been announced in our region. In addition, Trenton Chase the Ace wrapped up this weekend as Lisa Bailey drew the Ace of Spades on Sunday and went home with $35,479.
 
SPORTS APRIL 9 *UPDATED 10:25 AM*
Monday 9th April 2018
Congratulations to the Pictou County Subway Selects on a 3-0 win over the Metro West Force White to capture the provincial Female Bantam A crown.
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Pictou county Tier 1 Wolves started their spring season with 2 victories over the weekend at the Wellness Center. First the Wolves defeated the Bedford Bengals 6-0. Scoring for Wolves was  Zach MacInnis with 2, Derrick Mackay had the winning goal , Owen Chabassol, Carter Dauphinee, and Brayden Mackinnon all adding singles. Assists came from Braden MacKinnon 2, Ethan Maclean, Danial Seymour, Dauphinee, Jake Henderson, Jack Hidgon, and Chabassol all with 1. Shutout went to Jeff Quinn.  Later the same afternoon the Wolves defeated the Acadia Coyotes by a score of 3-1. Wolves found themselves down 1-0 due to Matthew Churchill. With 6:50 remaining in the 3rd Wolves Kenzie Batherson tied the game with a blast from the point. With 4:01 remaining Garrett Williams gave the Wolves the winning goal with an assist from derrick mackay and Ethan maclean. Jake Henderson would add another goal late in the 3rd with Derrick mackay getting the assist. Ethan MacLaren picked up the Wolves win in nets.
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th both from 6pm-9pm! The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session has started. You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th, or the Pictou Youth Centre tonight from 7 pm - 9 pm and April 14th 10 am - 2 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please vist Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Roberto Luongo came off the bench to shut down Boston in the third period, and the Florida Panthers dashed the Bruins' hopes of getting the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-2 win.
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NBA
C.J. Miles scored 22 points, while OG Anunoby added 21, and the undermanned Toronto Raptors beat Orlando 112-101 in their final home game of the regular season.
Atlanta 112 Boston 106
Indiana 123 Charlotte 117
Philadelphia 109 Dallas 97
Memphis 130 Detroit 117
Utah 112 L.A. Lakers 97
Golden State 117 Phoenix 100
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MLB
American League
Steve Pearce homered on Cole Hamels' first pitch of the game, Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-4.
Baltimore 8 N.Y. Yankees 7 (12 innings)
Boston 8 Tampa Bay 7
Cleveland 3 Kansas City 1
Detroit 1 Chicago White Sox 0
L.A. Angels 6 Oakland 1
Seattle at Minnesota, ppd.
National League
Miami 6 Philadelphia 3
Pittsburgh 5 Cincinnati 0
Chicago Cubs 3 Milwaukee 0
Arizona 4 St. Louis 1
Atlanta 4 Colorado 0
L.A. Dodgers 2 San Francisco 1 (10 innings)
N.Y. Mets 6 Washington 5 (12 innings)
Interleague
Houston 4 San Diego 1
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Curling
Canada’s Brad Gushue and his team from St. John's fell short in its quest for back-to-back gold medals at this year's World Men’s Curling Championship, falling 7-3 to Sweden’s Niklas Edin in a rematch of the last year's final in Edmonton. It was Edin’s third world men’s championship; he won in 2013 at Victoria and again two years later in Halifax.
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Golf
Patrick Reed held off several challengers at Augusta National to become a Masters champion. Clinging to a one-shot lead, his 25-foot putt down the slippery slope on the 18th green ran 3 feet by the hole as Reed pressed down both hands, begging it to stop. From there, the 27-year-old Texan calmly rolled in the par putt for a 1-under 71 and a one-shot victory.
 
BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE TO REACH GOAL
Sunday 8th April 2018
Big Brothers Big Sisters is reporting another significant success for the Bowl For Kids Sake. A post on the BBBS of Pictou County Facebook page indicates that they raised over 53-thousand dollars, and are anticipating the final total could top their target of 55-thousand as the final few donations trickle in. They are thanking Pictou County for once again showing incredible support.
 
WINTER STORM WARNING ISSUED
Sunday 8th April 2018
The calendar may say April, but don't bother trying to convince Mother Nature of that. A winter storm warning is in effect at this time, as Pictou County is expected to see somewhere in the range of 20-25 centimetres of snow between this afternoon and tonight. Environment Canada's current forecast is calling for the majority of the system to impact Pictou County through the evening and overnight hours tonight.
 
SPORTS ROUNDUP - 8 APRIL
Sunday 8th April 2018
The Kameron Jr Miners are champions of the NSJHL. The Miners completed a sweep of the East Hants Penguins with a 6-4 victory last night. Both teams have advanced to the Atlantic Canadian Junior B Championship Don Johnson Cup to be played in Membertou later this month.
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The Edmundston Blizzard needed double overtime, but they were able to take a 3-2 series lead in the North Division final of the MHL playoffs last night. The Blizzard beat the Summerside Western Capitals 5-4, and can now advance to the finals with a win in Game 6 on Monday.
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th both from 6pm-9pm! The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session has started. You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th, or the Pictou Youth Centre April 7th & 14th 10 am - 2 pm and April 9th 7 pm - 9 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Tryouts for the Highland Soccer Club starts Sunday, from 12 noon to 3 pm for both boys and girls ages 11-16. Please visit their Facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please vist Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Winnipeg 4 Chicago 1
Edmonton 3 Vancouver 2 (SO)
Calgary 7 Vegas 1
Boston 5 Ottawa 2
Toronto 4 Montreal 2
Philadelphia 5 N.Y. Rangers 0
N.Y. Islanders 4 Detroit 3 (OT)
Washington 5 New Jersey 3
Carolina 3 Tampa Bay 2 (OT)
Florida 4 Buffalo 3
Nashville 4 Columbus 2
Colorado 5 St. Louis 2
Anaheim 3 Arizona 0
Dallas 4 Los Angeles 2
Minnesota 6 San Jose 3
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NBA
Denver 134 L.A. Clippers 115
Milwaukee 115 New York 102
Brooklyn 124 Chicago 96
New Orleans 126 Golden State 120
Oklahoma City 108 Houston 102
San Antonio 116 Portland 105
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MLB
American League
Texas 5 Toronto 1
N.Y. Yankees 8 Baltimore 3
Boston 10 Tampa Bay 3
Detroit 6 Chicago White Sox 1
Seattle 11 Minnesota 4
Kansas City 1 Cleveland 0
Oakland 7 L.A. Angels 3
National League
N.Y. Mets 3 Washington 2
St. Louis 5 Arizona 3
Chicago Cubs 5 Milwaukee 2
Philadelphia 20 Miami 1
San Francisco 7 L.A. Dodgers 5 (14 innings)
Cincinnati 7 Pittsburgh 4
Colorado 3 Atlanta 2 (10 innings)
Interleague
Houston 1 San Diego 0 (10 innings)
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CURLING
Brad Gushue was able to pick up a pair of wins at the World Men's Curling Championships in Las Vegas yesterday to advance to the gold Medal Game tonight. Gushue got past the USA 6-4 in the quarterfinals in the morning draw, then was back on the ice last night for a 9-5 win over Scotland in the semi-finals. Gushue and the rest of his Team Canada rink will be going for back-to-back world titles when they face Nicholas Edin and Team Sweden tonight at 9pm AT. Edin defeated Gushue 6-5 on Friday when they met in the Round Robin.
 
MISSING FORMER NOVA SCOTIA M-L-A IS LOCATED BY POLICE
Saturday 7th April 2018
Police in Halifax have withdrawn their request for help in locating a former MLA who was reported missing this week.
Late yesterday, officers were looking for help in tracking down 47-year-old Trevor Zinck. (Friday evening) But they've now withdrawn that request.
The original police news release told the media that Zinck was last seen about a month ago in Dartmouth, but he was only reported missing on Wednesday. Zinck last made headlines in April 2015, when he was found guilty of impaired driving. He is a former NDP and independent member of the legislature who represented the riding of Dartmouth North from 2006 until 2013.
Zinck was among four politicians who pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges that stemmed from a 2010 investigation by the province's auditor general into constituency allowance spending.
 
ST F-X UNIVERSITY ACCEPTS LARGEST DONATION IN ITS HISTORY
Saturday 7th April 2018
St. Francis Xavier University has received its largest gift its 165 year history.
The Saputo family, of the Saputo dairy empire, announced last night that they are donating 10-million dollars to the Antigonish school.
The money will go toward improving campus facilities. University President Dr. Kent MacDonald says the improvements will benefit not only students, but all residents of northern Nova Scotia.
He says one part of the work will be done with the upcoming Special Olympics in mind.
This is part of a 30-million dollar total project to improve facilities throughout the St-FX campus.
 
MODERATE HURRICANE SEASON FORECAST FOR 2018
Saturday 7th April 2018
Atmospheric scientists at Colorado State University are forecasting a slightly above average Atlantic hurricane season for later this summer and fall.
With less than two months to go in the hurricane pre-season, forecasters do have one piece of good news.
They say it is not likely we will see a repeat of 2017 which was one of the most active and destructive storm seasons this century.
Last year's 17 hurricanes made it the fifth most active season since records began in 1851. We saw the highest total accumulated cyclone energy and the highest number of major hurricanes since 2005, with all 10 of the season's major hurricanes occurring one after another.
 
BUS CRASH KILLS 14 PEOPLE IN SASKATCHEWAN
Saturday 7th April 2018
RCMP say 14 people have been killed in a bus crash involving a junior hockey team in Saskatchewan. Police say another 14 are injured, three of them critically. The bus was carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. It collided with a transport truck about 30 kilometres from community of Tisdale northeast of Saskatoon about 8pm Atlantic Time on Friday night. The team was on the way to a nearby game when the crash happened.
 
STELLARTON MAN ARRESTED ON COCAINE, POT PRODUCTION CHARGES
Saturday 7th April 2018
A 27-year-old Stellarton man been arrested on drug trafficking charges.
Police executed a search warrant at a home on Rutherford Street in Stellarton Friday afternoon.
Officers seized a quantity of cocaine along with marijuana, cannabis derivatives, and anabolic steroids. On top of that, police uncovered a clandestine marijuana-growing operation and also seized items associated to pot production.
The Stellarton man is facing a number of drug charges - possession of cocaine for trafficking, production of marijuana, and possession of cannabis derivatives.
The suspect appears in Provincial Court at a later date.
 
ACCUSED IN CARJACKING TO UUNDERGO MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Friday 6th April 2018
A 35-year old Moncton man accused of a carjacking in downtown Truro earlier this week will spend the next month undergoing a mental health assessment at the East Coast Forensic Hospital. Lucas John Henderson allegedly dragged a 60-year old man from his vehicle on Wednesday morning, and is now facing charges of robbery and possession of property obtained by crime. The victim was treated at hospital for undisclosed injuries. Henderson was arrested after police were able to track the vehicle through the victim's iPhone which was still inside the car. He was found some distance away from the car with help from a police service dog. Henderson is due back in court on 3 May for a show cause hearing.
 
NSLC HONOURED FOR WORK WITH PICTOU COUNTY WATERWAYS
Friday 6th April 2018
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is being recognized for its sponsorship and active promotion of the Nova Scotia Salmon Association's NSLC Adopt a Stream program. The Crown Corporation has received this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Conservation. In collaboration with local volunteer groups, the program has restored almost 2.2 million square meters of degraded stream habitat, including rivers and tributaries in Pictou County. The NSLC received the award at the Nova Scotia Salmon Association’s annual dinner in Halifax yesterday evening. Roy Parker, vice president of Pictou County Rivers Association, said these projects contribute to the overall conservation of native fish by supporting the restoration of damaged nursery and spawning areas for young and adult fish. He said the biggest threat to fish in the county’s seven main rivers and their tributaries is the destruction of spawning and nursery habitat.Since the NSLC has been involved with the partnership with the Nova Scotia Salmon Association, 35 community-based groups have restored 396 kilometres of fish passage across the province.
 
NEW GLASGOW ASKS FOR INPUT IN SMART CITIES CHALLENGE
Friday 6th April 2018
New Glaswegians are being asked to help make the community a better place by sharing input in the Smart Cities Challenge. The Challenge, issued by Infrastructure and Communities Canada, encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. One prize of up to $5 million is available to communities with populations under 30,000 people. The contest asks communities to design innovative solutions to problems such as traffic congestion, difficulty accessing services or challenges with public transit. Go to www.townsizing.ca to provide your say before Wednesday, April 11th.
 
NEW PROGRAM WILL TRAIN INTERNATIONAL DOCTORS FOR FAMILY PRACTICES BEGINNING IN 2019
Friday 6th April 2018
A new program to assess internationally trained family doctors to work here is moving forward. The province has approved the proposal for a new Practice Ready Assessment Program. Candidates are expected to begin their assessments early next year. Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey says the program will see new family doctors providing more access to primary care in Nova Scotia. Ten candidates will be accepted each year and will complete a three-month assessment at Dalhousie Family Medicine. Successful candidates will get a conditional licence and will work in underserved areas of the province. The first group of candidates will be ready to work in Nova Scotia starting in the fall of 2019.
 
NEW ACT SETS PARENTAL LEAVE RULES FOR MUNICIPAL POLITICIANS
Friday 6th April 2018
There's a new provincial law in place that's designed to define requirements around parental leave for elected officials at the municipal level. The changes will define parental accommodation and ensure that municipal elected officials can miss three council meetings without risk of losing their seat and without financial penalty for up to a maximum of 52 weeks. Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette says these amendments will ensure that any elected official in any municipality can make personal family decisions in private, without a public debate or a motion of council, so they can take an extended leave without penalty. He's hoping the changes will encourage more young Nova Scotians to put their name forward for public office.
 
BUDGET ACT INTRODUCED IN LEGISLATURE
Friday 6th April 2018
Finance Minister Karen Casey has introduced the McNeil government's new Financial Measures Act. It gives the government the power to start using the budget, and includes a new Innovation Equity Tax Credit and other amendments. Today's legislation also creates the Cannabis Tax Act, and updates the Public Service Superannuation Act - reflecting the results of a five-year government review of pensions.
 
HURRICANE FORECASTERS PREDICT LESS ACTIVITY THIS SEASON
Friday 6th April 2018
Atmospheric scientists at Colorado State University are forecasting a slightly above average Atlantic hurricane season for later this summer and fall. With less than two months to go in the hurricane pre-season, forecasters do have one piece of good news. They say it is not likely we will see a repeat of 2017 which was one of the most active and destructive storm seasons this century. Last year's 17 hurricans made it the fifth most active season since records began in 1851. We saw the highest total accumulated cyclone energy and the highest number of major hurricanes since 2005, with all 10 of the season's major hurricanes occurring in one after another.
 
NATIONAL TEXT ALERT SYSTEM NOW ONLINE
Friday 6th April 2018
Starting today, major emergencies will now be sent to your phone as well as radio and TV. The National Public Alerting System, commonly called Alert Ready, now includes wireless networks, in addition to traditional broadcast channels. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, officials will send a localized alert that will compel compatible phones to emit an alarm and display a bilingual text warning. Situations that could prompt an alert include forest fires, terrorist threats or an Amber Alert for a missing child. Canada's broadcast regulator, the CRTC, has said that wireless carriers will conduct one test of the system during the week of May 6.
 
FUEL PRICES SEE LITTLE CHANGE
Friday 6th April 2018
No change in gas prices this morning. Regular self serve remains at $1.245 per litre. Diesel prices are down by a little over 2 cents.
 
DEFENCE GIVEN ONE MORE CHANCE TO SECURE WITNESS BEFORE START OF CAMPBELL MURDER TRIAL
Friday 6th April 2018
A payment issue could delay the start of second-degree murder trial of a Pictou County man. Robert Jason MacKenzie, accused of killing Nicole Campbell, appeared in Pictou Supreme Court Thursday with his lawyer, who told the court they are still having trouble securing the testimony of a medical expert from Ottawa. Defence lawyer Barbara Cooper told the court that she still hasn’t retained the expert because of payment issues with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. She said if the details with Legal Aid or the witness cannot be worked out, she will have to request to be withdrawn from the case. Crown Attorney Patrick Young said his office is opposed to any adjournment of the jury trial considering it is supposed to start in less than two months. Doug Lloy, a representative of Nova Scotia Legal Aid, told the court that it has been the practice of Legal Aid to not pay expert fees in advance. He did say that interim payments can be an option. Justice Timothy Gabriel granted Cooper one final adjournment so she could determine if her medical expert would be a witness. He set a final date of May 3, when Cooper must tell the court if the medical expert will be testifying. If the expert’s testimony is confirmed, Gabriel said the court would consider an adjournment of the trial if the medical expert could not accommodate the May 28 start time due to the short notice in confirming her presence.
 
BOAT HARBOUR TREATMENT PLANS OUTLINED
Friday 6th April 2018
People who came to the Pictou Landing Fire Hall this week have been told the province is working with GHD Consulting to investigate the water, sediments and soil at Boat Harbour to come up with a treatment solution for contaminated wetlands. Christine Skirth, a project manager with G-H-D, tells NG News the upcoming environmental impact assessment will show them the best way to proceed. Skirth says the main method of reclamation for Boat Harbour entails treating sludge with what's known as a geo-tube. Ken Swain is a project lead with Nova Scotia Lands, and says there is a layer of “fluffy” sludge that needs to be treated that is a little less than a foot thick. Skirth says the sludge would be pumped through the geo-tube, “which is like a big fabric bag,” in which solids and sediments are trapped, and the filtered water goes through. She says experimental testing will take place first on a small scale. Skirth says that's to ensure the best methodology before it's ramped up to full size. About 5,000 cubic metres will be tested before the project expands. Locals are worried about drinking water, but have been told the soil surrounding Boat Harbour has very low “soil permeability”, which will help prevent problems with nearby aquifers. When asked how the sludge water would be put through the geo-tubes, Skirth told the fire hall session that it would be brought up similar to going through augers of a snow blower and vacuumed, then pumped into the geo-tubes for further treatment.
 
OPPOSITION SEEKS STABLE FUNDING FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT TREATMENT PROGRAMS
Friday 6th April 2018
The provincial opposition says programs for sexual assault victims need stable, long-term provincial funding. Interim PC leader Karla MacFarlane questioned in the legislature why funding was discontinued for a sexual violence outreach program in Sydney and the Strait area of Cape Breton. Premier Stephen McNeil says the community support network grant was a two-year program that has run out, although the provincial budget includes money that will be used in consultation with transition homes and groups who assist assault survivors. The previous funding had been administered through the Liberal government's sexual violence strategy in 2016 and 2017. Community Services Minister Kelly Regan says about $3.4 million will provide help for such things as prevention innovation grants, trauma counselling, and a program to help victims negotiate the court system. But NDP Leader Gary Burrill says given the level of demand, the province needs stable, across-the-board funding so people will know that they can access dependable, in-place programs.
 
IWK TO REVEAL UPDATED NICU NEXT WEEK
Friday 6th April 2018
Next Wednesday, the IWK will open its doors on NICU North, an ambitious overhaul of its intensive care unit a dozen years in the making. Currently, each baby is treated in about a 30-square-foot portion of a shared room. The new suites are private, and 10 times the size. Inside each room, there is a full setup to care for a baby, as well as a suite for the family to stay. Dr. David Simpson, a neonatologist and the medical director of NICU, said research shows that the more involved the parents are in the treatment of a newborn, the better the family does as a whole. Simpson said this will lead to healthier babies and shorter stays in the unit. With NICU North ready to launch, work will begin on the second half of the project, which is expected to be completed by next spring.
 
SENATORS WORRY LEGAL WEED COULD LEAD TO LONGER LINES AND LONGER LISTS AT THE US BORDER
Friday 6th April 2018
Meetings with American officials have done nothing to calm the fears of Conservative senators that legalization of marijuana could mean a huge increase in the number of Canadians barred for life from entering the US. Senator Claude Carignan says the meetings have confirmed their suspicion that the Trudeau government has been playing down the potential impact of legalization on Canadians who try to cross the border. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a Senate committee last week there’s no reason why legalizing marijuana in Canada should create headaches at the border. He noted that it will remain illegal for Canadians to take cannabis across the border into the U.S., just as it will remain illegal for Americans to bring cannabis into Canada. Since that doesn’t change, Goodale argued there’s no need for U.S. border officials to tighten screening for Canadians coming into their country. In a statement released Thursday, the three senators said their consultations with American officials left them convinced that legalization will result in longer line-ups and delays for anyone crossing the border. And they said there’ll be an increase in secondary inspections as sniffer dogs detect marijuana residue and odours, which could result in frequent travellers having their Nexus or Passexpress cards revoked. Canadians who admit to ever having used marijuana, no matter how long ago, already face lifetime bans on entering the U.S.
 
SPORTS APRIL 6
Friday 6th April 2018
There will be a big display of pugilism at the Wellness Centre on April 21. Brody Blair will be boxing in his third professional bout, after winning his first two by knockout. He will be taking on Juan Gregosa of Mexico. Gregosa is a veteran of 26 pro fights. It will be a co-main event of a six fight card, including Blair's sparring partner Justin Blades against Steve Rainford of Ontario. Another bout will feature Joey Laviolette, a four time national amateur champion against Mexican Ricardo Rojas. The co-main event will see Ryan "Thunder" Rozicki against Calgary boxer Markhaile “Showtime” Wedderburn.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a Women's Self Defense Course tomorrow morning at 10:30 at the Pictou Academy Gym. The course is FREE for ladies 12 years and up. Please register at 902-485-4372. Details found on the website at www.townofpictou.ca
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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session has started. You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th, or the Pictou Youth Centre April 7th & 14th 10 am - 2 pm and April 9th 7 pm - 9 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Tryouts for the Highland Soccer Club starts Sunday, from 12 noon to 3 pm for both boys and girls ages 11-16. Please visit their Facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please vist Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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Pictou County Athletics (track and field) is having spring registration for three age groups - Trailblazers ( ages 9 to 12 ), 13+ team and Masters (ages 35+). Registration is Friday from 4:30 to 6pm, at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Practice for the Trailblazer and Masters will be on Friday at 5pm to 6:30 and 13+ from 5:30 to 7:30. Our other practice day is Sunday afternoons.
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The 101st Memorial Cup will be played in Halifax next spring. The Mooseheads were announced as the host team for the event on Thursday. The tournament will take place May 17-26, 2019, at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre featuring the host Mooseheads along with the champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League competing in the traditional round-robin format. The event coincides with the 25th anniversary season of the Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Club which has claimed the Mastercard Memorial Cup trophy once in 2013 and previously hosted the tournament in 2000.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Daniel Sedin scored on a power play 2:33 into overtime with his brother Henrik Sedin earning an assist as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. It was the final game at home for the Sedins who were mobbed by their teammates after the goal.
Craig Smith scored twice and Ryan Johansen had the go-ahead goal late in the third period to help the Nashville Predators beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 to clinch first place in the Central Division, the top seed in the Western Conference and the best record in the NHL.
Blake Wheeler scored once to pick up his 90th point of the season and help the Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday for Winnipeg's fourth-straight win.
The New Jersey Devils are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012, clinching a spot following their 2-1 victory over Toronto.
Edmonton 4 Vegas 3
Montreal 4 Detroit 3
Pittsburgh 5 Columbus 4 (OT)
Philadelphia 4 Carolina 3
N.Y. Islanders 2 N.Y. Rangers 1
Florida 3 Boston 2
Los Angeles 5 Minnesota 4 (SO)
San Jose 4 Colorado 2
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NBA
Indiana 126 Golden State 106
Brooklyn 119 Milwaukee 111
Cleveland 119 Washington 115
Houston 96 Portland 94
Utah 117 L.A. Clippers 95
Denver 100 Minnesota 96
MLB
American League
Boston 3 Tampa Bay 2 (12 innings)
Texas 6 Oakland 3
Detroit 9 Chicago White Sox 7 (10 innings)
Minnesota 4 Seattle 2
Baltimore 5 N.Y. Yankees 2
National League
N.Y. Mets 8 Washington 2
Philadelphia 5 Miami 0
Colorado 3 San Diego 1
Pittsburgh 5 Cincinnati 2
Arizona 3 St. Louis 1
Chicago Cubs 8 Milwaukee 0
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Curling
Despite a second loss, Team Canada has secured a spot in the playoffs at the men's world curling championship. With former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper watching in the Orleans Arena, Brad Gushue's rink lost 6-5 to Greg Persinger of the U.S. Canada, Scotland, Sweden and Norway are assured of four of the six playoff berths. Those teams will jockey for playoff seedings today when the preliminary round concludes. Gushue faces Norway in the morning draw before wrapping up against Germany tonight.
 
MEMORIAL CUP COMING BACK TO HALIFAX
Thursday 5th April 2018
The 101st Memorial Cup will be played in Halifax next spring. The Mooseheads were announced as the host team for the event on Thursday. The tournament will take place May 17-26, 2019, at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre featuring the host Mooseheads along with the champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League competing in the traditional round-robin format. The event coincides with the 25th anniversary season of the Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Club which has claimed the Mastercard Memorial Cup trophy once in 2013 and previously hosted the tournament once in 2000.
 
DUNN WANTS DRIVERS THINKING OF CYCLIST SAFETY AS THE EXIT THEIR CARS
Thursday 5th April 2018
Progressive Conservative MLA Pat Dunn is calling on the McNeil Liberals to pass a common-sense bill that would require drivers to practice the “Dutch Reach.” The “Dutch Reach” is a simple practice that requires drivers and passengers of a vehicle to open the door with the hand furthest from the door handle. Dunn introduced a bill in the Legislature today that would include the “Dutch Reach” in the Nova Scotia Driver’s Handbook. Dunn says the Dutch Reach is a common-sense change would encourage drivers to turn their bodies toward the door, making it more likely that incoming cyclists would be spotted. Dunn says this is an easy safety measure that can be enacted under Liberal Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan.
 
POLICE SEEK HELPING FINDING MISSING MAN
Thursday 5th April 2018
Halifax District RCMP is asking for public assistance to locate 36-year-old Joey Kenney. Kenney was last seen around 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when he left his home in Middle Sackville. Kenney was driving his black 2013 Ford Focus with Nova Scotia license plate FXJ462. He is white, 6'3, slim build with brown hair. Clothing description is unknown. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joey Kenney is asked to call Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit tips 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.
 
LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSES DAMAGE IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 5th April 2018
Wednesday's thunderstorm that came through Pictou County likely ended up causing some damage in Westville. Westville Fire-Rescue responded to a suspected lightning strike that destroyed a shed in the southwest end of town yesterday. The heat also buckled some siding on a nearby car garage. Students in a school bus that was near the building when the strike occurred described being able to feel the impact. The bus was not hit, and no children were hurt.
 
ANNUAL QUEEN'S COUNCIL LIST ANNOUNCED
Thursday 5th April 2018
Fourteen of the province's top lawyers are being awarded the prestigious Queen's Counsel designation today, including two in Northern Nova Scotia. This year's list includes Allen Murray of Antigonish and Aleta C. Cromwell of Truro. The Queen's Counsel designation is awarded annually to members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and outstanding contributions to the legal community.
 
DRUG CHARGES FOLLOW NEW GLASGOW TRAFFIC STOP
Thursday 5th April 2018
A man has been charged with possession of cocaine following a traffic stop Wednesday morning in New Glasgow. At approximately 11:30 am, the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the New Glasgow Regional Police initiated the traffic stop on Park Street, where they seized a quantity of cocaine from the 49 year-old driver. Subsequently, police executed a search warrant at a residence on Vale Road, and seized quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, and cannabis derivatives. The driver, from New Glasgow, has been charged with possession of cocaine and crack for the purposes of trafficking and possession of cannabis marijuana and derivatives. He has been released from custody and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.
 
TRENTON WIND PLANT COULD BE TAKEN OVER BY PROVINCE
Thursday 5th April 2018
The provincial business minister says the deadline for deciding what to do with DSME Trenton has been extended into May. Geoff MacLellan, who had said that a decision needed to be made by the end of the last fiscal year, now says maintenance savings realized over the winter means the deadline can be pushed back. While MacLellan says a sale doesn't look likely at this point, he also all but ruled out liquidation as an option, saying the massive plant site could eventually become the purview of Nova Scotia Lands for potential future development. MacLellan pointed to the former Bowater mill in Liverpool, where some buildings were leased out to companies, and to Sydney tar ponds land that was turned into a park as examples of what could be done. In an email, the department says the receiver has spent about $4 million on maintaining the Trenton facility to date, and that as of March 2 around $370,000 of the company's money remains in the account. The plant closed in February 2016 and the first round of bids for the property was abandoned later that year after the province rejected three, including two bids of a dollar.
 
MAN CHARGED IN TRURO CARJACKING
Thursday 5th April 2018
A 35-year-old Moncton man is in custody after a carjacking in the downtown Truro area Wednesday morning. Police Chief Dave MacNeil tells the Truro Daily News that a 60-year-old man was pulled from his car onto a sidewalk after the vehicle pulled over on Prince Street, near Waddell Street. MacNeil says, using the technology of the iPhone, they were able to track the car to the Great Village area. He says the RCMP were able to find the vehicle, and the man was located with the aid of a police service dog. The victim was treated in hospital for undisclosed injuries, while the suspect is due in Truro Provincial Court later this morning.
 
NDP WANTS MORE WORK DONE TO STRENGTHEN MARSH DIKES IN TANTRAMAR
Thursday 5th April 2018
The opposition New Democrats are calling for steps to be taken to maintain the land link between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick by raising and reinforcing dikes at the narrow isthmus that joins the provinces. The NDP plans to introduce a private member's bill requiring the agriculture minister to take steps to maintain the low-lying area where the Trans-Canada Highway goes over the Tantramar marshes. The party says in an emailed statement that the governing Liberals should spend at least $10 million per year for the next five years to maintain the dikes. Last fall, Amherst's mayor raised concerns about the condition of the historic Acadian dikes and their ability to hold back rising sea levels occurring due to climate change. The area where flooding could occur includes 20 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway, 20 kilometres of CN Rail, as well as 35 kilometres of electricity lines and dikes.
 
LOBBY REGISTRATION ACT CONSIDERED 'TOOTHLESS' BY CRITICS
Thursday 5th April 2018
A retired union spokesman has been told the province's Lobbyists Registration Act doesn't include ways to actually deal with complaints, after he filed one about a meeting last month between Premier Stephen McNeil and former prime minister Jean Chretien. John McCracken filed the complaint saying he believes lobbying was done by Chretien, who is an adviser for the group that promotes the Port of Sydney. Chretien is not registered as a lobbyist in Nova Scotia as required by law, and McNeil has repeatedly denied that any lobbying took place. McNeil says the act is simply a registry, and points out that McCracken does have the option as stated in his letter to seek a criminal investigation. While McCracken isn't specific about what he'll do next, he says he may end up seeking the advice of a "lawyer friend or two."
 
JUDGE DENIES PATERNITY TEST ASK
Thursday 5th April 2018
A Halifax judge has denied a man's request for a paternity test, saying the process may be too distressing for a young teen who has several health issues and has grown up thinking another man is his father. Judge Lester Jesudason of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court also said the man could have the decision reviewed no sooner than 18 months to allow the boy to mature and fully recover from multiple health conditions. Jesudason says that period would also give the boy's mother time to prepare to tell the boy that the man who has raised him is not his biological father. The 15-page decision describes how the mother had a brief relationship with the man applying for the test, and that they had little contact until he saw a photo of the child on her Facebook page and noticed a resemblance to the boy. The man says the woman repeatedly denied that he was the father, and argues it is in the boy's best interests to find out his "biological heritage" since his family has a history of cancer, ADHD and dyslexia. The boy's mother says introducing him to someone identified as his biological father would be particularly traumatic since he has developed a close bond with the man who raised him.
 
NDP LEADER SINGH IN HALIFAX
Thursday 5th April 2018
Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is bringing his national tour to Halifax on Thursday. He is scheduled to visit the Halifax North Memorial Library, where he is expected to talk about discrimination in the criminal justice system. In the evening, Singh is expected to meet with local residents at the Dalhousie Student Union Building.
 
ICEBREAKER HEADED OUT TO HELP RIGHT WHALES
Thursday 5th April 2018
A Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker is smashing through pack ice off the northeast coast of New Brunswick as crab fishermen in the area prepare to head out on the water earlier than usual this season. The unusual measures, announced last month by federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, are part of a desperate bid to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The goal is to have the snow crab fishermen complete their work in the Gulf of St. Lawrence before the migrating whales arrive in the area to feed, which could eliminate deadly ship strikes and entanglements with fishing gear. The coast guard says the Sir William Alexander, a light icebreaker, has already helped clear ice from Shippagan harbour. But there are concerns about a thick band of pack ice sitting outside the Acadian Peninsula. Coast guard spokesman Trevor Hodgson says southwesterly winds will be needed to push that ice out of Chaleur Bay before the next steps are taken to open the fishery.
 
SPORTS APRIL 5
Thursday 5th April 2018
There will be a big display of pugilism at the Wellness Centre on April 21. Brody Blair will be boxing in his third professional bout, after winning his first two by knockout. He will be taking on Juan Gregosa of Mexico. Gregosa is a veteran of 26 pro fights. It will be a co-main event of a six fight card, including Blair's sparring partner Justin Blades against Steve Rainford of Ontario. Another bout will feature Joey Laviolette, a four time national amateur champion against Mexican Ricardo Rojas. The co-main event will see Ryan "Thunder" Rozicki against Calgary boxer Markhaile “Showtime” Wedderburn.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a Women's Self Defense Course on Saturday at 10:30 am at the Pictou Academy Gym. The course is FREE for ladies 12 years and up. Please register at 902-485-4372. Details found on the website at www.townofpictou.ca  
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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session has started.  You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th or the Pictou Youth Centre April 7th & 14th 10 am - 2 pm and April 9th 7 pm - 9 pm.  See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Tryouts for the Highland Soccer Club starts Sunday, from 12 noon to 3 pm for both boys and girls ages 11-16.  Please visit their Facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please vist Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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Pictou County Athletics (track and field) is having spring registration for three age groups - Trailblazers ( ages 9 to 12 ), 13+ team and Masters (ages 35+). Registration is Friday from 4:30 to 6pm, at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Practice for the Trailblazer and Masters will be on Friday at 5pm to 6:30 and 13+ from 5:30 to 7:30. Our other practice day is Sunday afternoons.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Matt Duchene scored his team-leading 27th goal in the Ottawa Senators' 4-2 victory over Buffalo, and assured the Sabres of finishing last in the NHL standings.
Chicago 4 St. Louis 3
Anaheim 3 Minnesota 1
NBA
DeMar DeRozan led with 16 points as the Toronto Raptors cruised to a crucial 96-78 win over the Boston Celtics.
Orlando 105 Dallas 100
Philadelphia 115 Detroit 108
Miami 115 Atlanta 86
New Orleans 103 Memphis 95
L.A. Lakers 122 San Antonio 112
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MLB
American League
Jose Abreu belted a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning to help the Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, and avoid the sweep.
N.Y. Yankees 7 Tampa Bay 2
Houston 3 Baltimore 2
L.A. Angels 3 Cleveland 2 (13 innings)
Oakland 6 Texas 2
Kansas City at Detroit (postponed)
National League
Washington 7 Atlanta 1
N.Y. Mets 4 Philadelphia 2
Arizona 3 L.A. Dodgers 0
St. Louis 6 Milwaukee 0
Colorado 5 San Diego 2
Interleague
Minnesota 7 Pittsburgh 3
San Francisco 10 Seattle 1
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Curling
In Las Vegas, Team Canada is in a three-way tie at the top at the World Men’s Curling Championship. Brad Gushue's rink racked up their sixth consecutive victory, an 8-5 win over the Netherlands. The win left Canada with a 7-1 record, deadlocked with Sweden and Scotland. Canada plays twice today, taking on China in the early evening match, followed by the United States. The 2017 gold-medal game rematch between Canada and Sweden goes Friday at 12:30 pm Atlantic time.
 
NEW GLASGOW CHURCH TO BECOME MORE ACCESSIBLE
Wednesday 4th April 2018
St. George's Parish in New Glasgow will be able to build a new accessible lift thanks to a contribution of just over 35-thousand dollars from the federal government. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser presented the money to the 141 year old parish earlier today, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. The new lift is currently under construction, and will allow those utilizing the facility to access both the church and the community space on the lower level. The funding comes through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF), which supports community-based projects across Canada aimed at making public facilities and workplaces more accessible.
 
NEW PICTOU COUNTY ENTERPRISE NETWORK VERY CLOSE TO STARTING
Wednesday 4th April 2018
The Regional Enterprise Network for Pictou County could be up and running by the end of this month. Pictou County CAO Brian Cullen, Warden Robert Parker, and Councillor Larry Turner gave an update to the rest of County Council last night about the progress in negotiations to activate the REN. There will be an independent board of directors that will not include any municipal officials that will make the day-to-day decisions for the REN, while at the same time keeping the municipal councils informed through an oversight committee. Warden Parker says they are hoping to have Pictou Landing First Nation sign on as a member of the REN as well. Turner, who is going to be the County representative on the oversight committee, says all municipal units have put aside some of their wishes to work toward the common good. He says it has been a long process, but it will be to everyone's benefit in the long run. After the updates, council unanimously passed a motion to formally sign on as a member of the REN.
 
PICTOU COUNTY LOOKING FOR AREAS WITH SLOW INTERNET
Wednesday 4th April 2018
County residents are being asked to help find out where high-speed internet is lacking. At the monthly meeting of Pictou County Council Tuesday night, CAO Brian Cullen unveiled the Internet Performance Test, an analysis being conducted by i-Valley and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. The test, which will last six to eight weeks, will show officials where there are problems with broadband service, and where it's meeting industry standards. Pictou County is one of few rural areas in the country where this testing is being done. Residents are asked to go to this web link and run the test at various points throughout the day, over several days. Each test takes roughly 30 seconds. If you do not have internet service at your home, go to your local library and report that your address does not have internet.
 
POLICE LOOKING FOR MORE INFO ON TRENTON GRASS FIRE
Wednesday 4th April 2018
Emergency responders say a grass fire in downtown Trenton yesterday is suspicious. Constable Ken MacDonald with the New Glasgow Regional Police said, after speaking with members of the Trenton Fire Department who attended the fire at 66 Main Street Tuesday around 3 p.m., police are now asking for the public’s assistance in determining what caused the fire. Grass, old railway ties and some garbage were among the debris in a fire quickly brought under control by firefighters, but they did have to return later in the afternoon to the same area. Trenton Fire Chief Wayne Allain says Trenton has a ban against any grass fires. Anyone with information about Tuesday’s grass fire is asked to contact the New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1945 or Crime Stoppers.
 
ATLANTIC REGION SHOULD HAVE COMMON MINIMUM WAGE: MCNEIL
Wednesday 4th April 2018
Premier Stephen McNeil says he hopes the Atlantic provinces can land on a common minimum wage as early as next spring, but he maintains the goal is not $15 an hour. McNeil says talks continue with his fellow Atlantic premiers, and they will have to find a mechanism to help a common minimum wage keep pace with inflation. Nova Scotia's NDP is calling for a $15 minimum wage, like the one announced by Ontario's Liberal government, and has introduced a bill that would see the rate gradually implemented over a three-year period. The premier believes that would mean fewer hours for workers. He says the province can do more to help lower-income earners through such measures as tax cuts and universal pre-primary. The premier says a common minimum wage would have the greatest impact in Nova Scotia, which has the second lowest minimum wage in the country at $11 per hour. Prince Edward Island's minimum wage is the highest in Atlantic Canada at $11.55 per hour.
 
SEAL HUNT EXPANSION SOUGHT AS POPULATIONS BALLOON
Wednesday 4th April 2018
Hungry East Coast seal populations have surged in recent decades, spurring calls for an increased seal hunt to protect fragile caplin and northern cod stocks. The Northwest Atlantic harp seal population is estimated at about 7.4 million animals -- almost six times what it was in the 1970s, according to the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Grey seal numbers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence have grown from about 5,000 animals in 1960 to an estimated 98,000 in 2014, according to the department. The number of commercial sealing licences, meanwhile, has been cut in half over the last decade or so in Newfoundland to less than 4,600. Animal rights groups drew celebrity support in sustained campaigns against commercial sealing, saying it's an unnecessary cruelty propped up with government support that should be redirected. Proponents says it's a humane, sustainable and regulated hunt that's unfairly targeted compared to the pork, poultry and other domestic meat sectors. Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is expected to make an announcement soon on the northern cod fishery. Fishermen have long complained that grey seals rely on cod for a good portion of their diets, while harp seals eat vast amounts of caplin -- the small fish that help sustain cod and several other species.
 
YOUTUBE SHOOTER ANGERED OVER NOT BEING PAID FOR VIDEOS, SAYS FATHER
Wednesday 4th April 2018
The father of a woman suspected of shooting three people at YouTube headquarters before killing herself says she was furious with the company because it had stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform. Police identified the suspect as 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam of San Diego and said they are still investigating a motive for the shooting. San Bruno police have scheduled a news conference about the shooting later this morning. However, her father Ismail Aghdam told the Bay Area News Group that YouTube had "stopped everything," and "she was angry." People who post on YouTube can receive money from advertisements that accompany their videos, but the company "de-monetizes" some channels for reasons including inappropriate material or having fewer than 1,000 subscribers. Ismail Aghdam said he reported his daughter missing on Monday after she did not answer her phone for two days. He said the family received a call from Mountain View police around 2 a.m. Tuesday saying they found Nasim sleeping in a car. He said he warned them she might be headed to YouTube because she "hated" the company. Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson confirmed officers located a woman by the same name asleep in a vehicle asleep in a Mountain View parking lot Tuesday morning, but did not respond to a question about whether police were warned Aghdam might go to YouTube.
 
SPORTS APRIL 4
Wednesday 4th April 2018
Details of Brody Blair's upcoming bout at the Wellness Centre on April 21 were confirmed during a press conference Tuesday morning. Blair will be boxing in his third professional bout, after winning his first two by knockout. He will be taking on Juan Gregosa of Mexico. Gregosa is a veteran of 26 pro fights. It will be a co-main event of a six fight card, including Blair's sparring partner Justin Blades against Steve Rainford of Ontario. Another bout will feature Joey Laviolette, a four time national amateur champion against Mexican Ricardo Rojas. The co-main event will see Ryan "Thunder" Rozicki against Calgary boxer Markhaile “Showtime” Wedderburn.
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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session has started.  You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th or the Pictou Youth Centre April 7th & 14th 10 am - 2 pm and April 9th 7 pm - 9 pm.  See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Tryouts for the Highland Soccer Club start this Sunday, April 08th from 12 noon to 3 pm for both boys and girls ages 11-16.  Please visit their Facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.
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Pictou County Athletics (track and field) is having spring registration for three age groups - Trailblazers ( ages 9 to 12 ), 13+ team and Masters (ages 35+). Registration is Wednesday from 5:30 to 7pm and Friday from 4:30 to 6pm, at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Practice for the Trailblazer and Masters will be on Friday at 5pm to 6:30 and 13+ from 5:30 to 7:30. Our other practice day is Sunday afternoons.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Kyle Connor scored three minutes into overtime and Patrik Laine scored his 44th as the Winnipeg Jets posted their 50th win of the season with a 5-4 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal's final home game of the season.
Shea Theodore scored in a shootout to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Arizona 4 Calgary 1
Columbus 5 Detroit 4 (OT)
New Jersey 5 N.Y. Rangers 2
N.Y. Islanders 5 Philadelphia 4
Florida 2 Nashville 1
Tampa Bay 4 Boston 0
Dallas 4 San Jose 2
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NBA
Cleveland 112 Toronto 106
Philadelphia 121 Brooklyn 95
Miami 101 Atlanta 98
Orlando 97 New York 73
Chicago 120 Charlotte 114
Golden State 111 Oklahoma City 107
Houston 120 Washington 104
Milwaukee 106 Boston 102
Dallas 115 Portland 109
Denver 107 Indiana 104
Utah 117 L.A. Lakers 110
Phoenix 97 Sacramento 94
L.A. Clippers 113 San Antonio 110
MLB
American League
Aledmys Diaz and Josh Donaldson homered for the second straight night as the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to four games with a 14-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Kansas City 1 Detroit 0
N.Y. Yankees 11 Tampa Bay 4
Houston 10 Baltimore 6
Texas 4 Oakland 1
L.A. Angels 13 Cleveland 2
National League
Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati (ppd.)
N.Y. Mets 2 Philadelphia 0
Atlanta 13 Washington 6
Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 4
Arizona 6 L.A. Dodgers 1
San Diego 8 Colorado 4
Interleague
Seattle 6 San Francisco 4
Boston 4 Miami 2 (13 innings)
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Curling
Brad Gushue’s reigning World Champion team from St. John’s racked up a pair of victories on Tuesday at the men's world curling championships in Las Vegas, finishing the day with an emphatic 9-2, six-end win over Japan. The victories improved Canada’s record to 5-1 in the 13-team round-robin competition. Canada has a pair of games on Wednesday — against Norway early in the afternoon and the Netherlands this evening.
 
CHARGES LAID IN MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION DEATH OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
An 18-year old man is facing a charge of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death as RCMP have wrapped up their investigation into the death of a 17-year-old high school student in Hammonds Plains last October. The name of the accused can not be published under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, as he was only 17 at the time of the incident. Police say the man was driving a car that lost control and rolled into a ditch on a sharp turn in the Halifax subdivision of Hammonds Plains. The victim, a Grade 12 student at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford, was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver had initially been arrested for dangerous driving but later released without charge. Following the investigation, along with the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death charge, the man is also charged with operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance and operating an unregistered vehicle. He is scheduled to appear in Halifax youth court later this month.
 
MAN ARRESTED IN FOXBROOK AFTER ATTEMPTED BREAK AND ENTER
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
RCMP are reporting an incident of attempted break and enter that took place last week on Foxbrook Road. Pictou District RCMP say they received a report of a man attempting to enter through the back door of a home. Police were able to arrive on the scene and arrest the man in question. The 20-year old from Foxbrook, whose name is currently not being released by police, is facing a charge of Obstruction of a Peace Officer, and will make an appearance in Pictou Provincial Court in early May.
 
WORK ON TRUNK 4 BEGINS TODAY
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has begun work on a project that is expected to be disrupting traffic in Sutherland's River for the entire summer. The Sutherland's River Bridge on Trunk 4 is being replaced, and the work is expected to last until 30 September. As a result, Trunk 4 will remain closed between Church Road and the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road and detours will be in place. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is reminding motorists to proceed with caution when driving through construction zones.
 
CANNABIS CONTROL ACT INTRODUCED
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Nova Scotia's new Cannabis Control Act, introduced today by Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey, establishes the province's legislative framework for cannabis legalization. The act establishes rules around the sale, distribution, purchase, possession, cultivation, propagation and harvesting of cannabis. Minister Furey says the province's number one priority has been the health and safety of Nova Scotians, especially children and youth, and that the province consulted widely. He says the act provides access to recreational cannabis in a responsible and reasonable manner. Highlights of the cannabis legislative framework include sales and distribution, legal age, possession and cultivation and rules about consumption, road safety and impaired driving. The proposed framework is subject to approval by the House of Assembly. Many provincial laws will not come into effect until federal legislation is proclaimed. For more information on cannabis legalization, visit w-w-w dot Nova Scotia dot c-a slash cannabis.
 
AUDITOR GENERAL PLEASED WITH GOV'T ACTIONS, EXCEPT ON SURGERY WAIT TIMES
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
The provincial auditor general says government is doing a great job responding to concerns his office has raised. In a report released today, Michael Pickup says the province has completed 75 per cent of promised actions made in response to over 200 recommendations from his 2014 and 2015 audits – the best performance ever. Despite the good news, Pickup says that surgery wait times have still not been addressed. Currently, Nova Scotians needing hip and knee replacements generally wait a year and a half for surgery, excluding wait time for a referral appointment with a surgeon. The national benchmark for surgery wait times is six months - a standard accepted by the province. The provincial health authority believes its detailed plan will allow it to meet national wait time targets for hip and knee replacements by 2020. However, Pickup says there are no public targets outlining how the authority will significantly reduce wait times to make that goal. A short video, two-page report summary, and the full report are available on the auditor general's website.
 
MORE DETAILS ON PROVINCE'S PLANS FOR LEGAL MARIJUANA TO COME OUT TODAY
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
We should have a clearer idea of what marijuana legalization will look like, as we get our first look at the new Cannabis Control Act. In addition to the act itself, Justice Minister Mark Furey is expected to announce other changes to laws in order to implement marijuana legalization in the province. While it's not clear which decisions will be announced today, those already known have come under criticism. Provincial Tories say the decision to sell marijuana in NSLC stores will be more expensive than using standalone stores. The co-location plan also goes against recommendations from healthcare advocates, who argue it mayencourage use of marijuana and alcohol together. Meantime, the province is planning to strengthen the Smoke-free Places Act by expanding the number of places where tobacco, and cannabis when it finally does become legal, cannot be used. Landlords in the province are hoping to be given the legal authority to alter leases, allowing them to choose whether to allow marijuana in rental properties. And last week, Doctors Nova Scotia unveiled six recommendations, including that prices be based on THC levels in marijuana, and that sales restrictions not be so strong as to encourage underground sales.
 
STELLA ARTOIS RECALLING SOME BEER BOTTLES OVER BREAKAGE SCARE
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Stella Artois says it's recalling beer packaged in 330 millilitre glass bottles as a safety precaution. The company says some bottles have a flaw that may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the beer. Stella Artois said the bottles were manufactured by one of its many suppliers, which wasn't identified. The company says it is recalling less than one per cent of all bottled beer it sells in North American every year, and the number of impacted bottles is likely to be a fraction of that one per cent. The recall applies to packages of six, 12, 18 and 24 bottles of Stella Artois and "Best of Belgium" multi-packs sold in the U.S. and Canada. The affected packages have codes 49, 52, or 55 and best-before dates ranging from Feb. 20, 2018, to Sept. 26, 2018. Besides advising consumers to return packages covered by the warning for a reimbursement, the company is working with distributors and retailers to remove packages that could be affected. The recall doesn't affect other Stella Artois packaging formats, such as cans or draft or bottles with any other production codes.
 
ACCIDENT KNOCKS OUT TRAFFIC LIGHT IN DOWNTOWN NG
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Archimedes Street was closed for an hour and a half yesterday afternoon after two vehicles collided where it meets George Street. Local police and fire fighters joined paramedics on the scene from 4 until 5:30 pm when a 2006 Buick, driven by a 62-year-old woman collided with a 2002 Volkswagen driven by a 38-year-old woman. Neither woman suffered serious injuries, but both vehicles had to be towed away. One of the traffic lights at George and Archimedes was knocked over. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
 
MAJOR DETOUR BEGINS TODAY IN SUTHERLANDS RIVER
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Note for drivers on Highway 4: beginning today, Highway 4 in the Sutherlands River area will be closed east of Church Rd and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road as work begins to replace the Sutherlands River bridge. Detours will be in place beginning at 7am this morning, and will be in place until roughly September 30. Public travelling east will follow the detour route via Thorburn Rd, via Route 347 (Sherbrooke Road) via Exit 26 to Highway 104. Public travelling west will follow the detour route via Exit 26, via Route 347 (Sherbrooke Rd) via Thorburn Rd to trunk 4 and Route 245. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone.
 
LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE CHANGES ADDRESS, AS BOARD GETS NEW NAME
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
One of the first changes at the Chignecto Central Regional School Board is their name, along with their local address. Following the passing of the Education Reform Act, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is now the Chignecto-Centre Regional Centre for Education. Board Superintendent Gary Adams has become the regional executive director of education. The Education Reform Act dissolved the province's seven regional school boards, replacing them with a 15-member provincial advisory council, while keeping local school advisory councils in place along with board administrations. The change in names will also be reflected on the CCRSB website, Facebook Page and Twitter account, although the logo will remain in place for now. There will be no changes to email addresses or phone numbers for staff at this time. In addition, the Celtic Family of Schools office has moved from Westville Road to 37 Dickie Street in Trenton. The Celtic Family of Schools consists of 20 schools in Pictou County: 10 elementary schools, two elementary/middle schools, three middle/junior high schools, three high schools and one consolidated Grade Primary-Grade 12 school.
 
MURDER TRIAL IN YOGA INSTRUCTOR CASE BEGINS TODAY
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
A trial is expected to begin Tuesday for a Halifax man accused of killing a yoga instructor. Nicholas Jordan Butcher is to face a jury trial in the death of 32-year-old Kristin Johnston. Johnston was found dead on March 26th, 2016, at her home in the Purcells Cove area. Police have said Butcher, who is charged with second-degree murder, was in a "domestic relationship" with Johnston.
 
BIOLOGISTS STILL SEARCHING FOR ENDANGERED WHALE CALVES
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
A marine biologist says critically endangered North Atlantic right whales could be having calves in areas not yet known to science. Charles Mayo of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, says it's possible calves could still turn up if they were born in an area experts are not yet aware of. The suggestion gives hope to scientists who have not spotted a single young whale in their traditional calving grounds off the southeast U-S this season as it comes to an end. Mayo says three calves were spotted in their usual calving grounds off Georgia and Florida last year, but five later appeared in Cape Cod Bay, suggesting there is another area where females could be having their babies. Mayo says his crews will continue surveying Cape Cod Bay, where many of the world's remaining 450 whales tend to gather in May as they head north to Canadian waters to feed.
 
BUDGET OFFICE NEEDS MORE INFO ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM: MINISTER SOHI
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the government must provide better information to Canada's budget watchdog after a report from the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer suggested that the government was behind in rolling out its infrastructure spending. The government has only identified projects for roughly half of the $14.4 billion allocated for phase one of its infrastructure program, according to the report released Thursday. The 2016 budget initially allocated a majority of that funding to be rolled out by the middle of this year.In its report, the PBO said it was unable to gather all the information it requested from 32 departments and Crown corporations involved in identifying phase one projects. But the report also says that the projects that the PBO identified — roughly 10,000 — make up a "substantial majority" of the total the government has planned so far.
 
BORDER AGENTS REACH NEW CONTRACT
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Canadian border agents are finally closing in on a new collective contract. The Public Service Alliance of Canada says a tentative four-year deal is in place after more than four years of on-again, off-again negotiations and court challenges. However, the long delay in hammering out a new deal means the contract is retroactive to 2014 and will end on June 21. The agreement calls for gradual salary bumps and improvements to benefits. More details surrounding the new agreement are expected over the coming weeks following ratification votes.
 
SPORTS APRIL 3 ***UPDATED 1:55P.M.***
Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Details of Brody Blair's upcoming bout at the Wellness Centre were confirmed during a press conference Tuesday morning. Blair will be boxing in his third professional bout, after winning his first two by knockout. He will be taking on Juan Gregosa of Mexico. Gregosa is a veteran of 26 pro fights. It will be a co-main event of a six fight card, including Blair's sparring partner Justin Blades against Steve Rainford of Ontario. Another bout will feature Joey Laviolette, a four time national amateur champion against Mexican Ricardo Rojas. The co-main event will see Ryan'Thunder' Rozicki against Calgary boxer Markhaile “Showtime” Wedderburn.
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Pioneer Coal Athletics Field will open for the season beginning today. The general public is welcome to come and enjoy a walk, jog or run on the shock-absorbing rubberized surface. The facility is open from 8am until dusk everyday.
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Pictou County Athletics (track and field) is having spring registration for three age groups - Trailblazers ( ages 9 to 12 ), 13+ team and Masters (ages 35+). Registration is Wednesday from 5:30 to 7pm and Friday from 4:30 to 6pm, at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Practice for the Trailblazer and Masters will be on Friday at 5pm to 6:30 and 13+ from 5:30 to 7:30. Our other practice day is Sunday afternoons.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
William Nylander and Auston Matthews each had two goals and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 to match a franchise record for points in a season.
Blake Wheeler scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets beat Ottawa 6-5, handing the Senators a loss in their final home game of the season.
Zach Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves to blank his original team, pushing the Minnesota Wild to the brink of the playoffs with a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Florida 3 Carolina 2
Washington 4 St. Louis 2
Los Angeles 3 Colorado 1
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MLB
American League
Russell Martin hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-2 at Rogers Centre.
Detroit 6 Kansas City 1
Houston 6 Baltimore 1
Oakland 3 Texas 1
Cleveland 6 L.A. Angels 0
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees (ppd.)
National League
St. Louis 8 Milwaukee 4
Cincinnati 1 Chicago Cubs 0
Washington 8 Atlanta 1
Colorado 7 San Diego 4
Arizona 8  L.A. Dodgers 7 (15 innings)
Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets (ppd.)
Interleague
Pittsburgh 5 Minnesota 4
Boston 7 Miami 3
NCAA Basketball - Men's Final
Villanova 79 Michigan 62
 
NATIONAL EMERGENCY TEXT ALERT SYSTEM GOES ONLINE THIS WEEK
Monday 2nd April 2018
Smartphones have become a major source of news for many Canadians, and will soon be a source of emergency information too. Alert Ready, the national system that already sends alerts to television and radio, has partnered with federal, provincial, and territorial emergency services to enable text alerts in the event of emergencies. Starting Friday, the system will alert people to an emergency in their area, ranging from weather, fire, biological, hazardous, or environmental disasters, to civil or terrorist events. The system works through cellphone towers. The phone has to be a smartphone, compatible with wireless public alerting, and connected to an LTE network when the message is sent. The service is available through 17 different cellphone companies, including major providers such as Bell, Telus and Rogers, who were given a year to prepare. The first test of the new text alert system will be on May 9. 
 
MAN STUCK WITH BILL TO TRANSPORT MOM'S STOLEN CAR FROM CALGARY
Monday 2nd April 2018
A Tatamagouche-area man is trying to get his mother's stolen car back that has now been found in a Calgary impound lot. Dennis Dunphy says his mother Vivian from Denmark had her car stolen in mid-December and says they were notified last month by the city of Calgary that the car had been impounded and racked up an impound fee of more than $2,000. Dunphy says that's on top of a towing bill of around $300. He says it's been very stressful on his mother, and he's doing everything he can to help her get that stolen car back. Dunphy says officials eventually agreed to waive the fees but the challenge now becomes getting it back from Alberta, so he's set up a “go fund me” page to try and help with shipping costs. Dunphy says they are facing a deadline, as he's been told the car could go up for auction as early as April 17th.
 
PICTOU COUNTY MARKS WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
Monday 2nd April 2018
April is Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month and today, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. There will be a variety of activities and events across the province to help promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion. Locally, there will be an Open House today 4-8pm to celebrate the opening of a new Autism Resource Centre in Pictou County, located at 115 Maclean St, New Glasgow. The community is invited to attend and wear blue to show support. There will be cookie decorating, crafts and a meet & greet. There will also be a Flag Raising at Glasgow Square at 3:30pm hosted by New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks.
 
STELLARTON TO POST VIDEO OF PUBLIC MEETINGS ONLINE
Monday 2nd April 2018
Stellarton council is getting ready for, if not prime time, anytime. Beginning April 16, Stellarton's council and committee of the whole meetings will be recorded and posted to YouTube with links on the Town of Stellarton’s website. The move follows an election promise by Mayor Danny MacGillivray, who says it’s important for openness and transparency. It also allows people with disabilities to be able to watch what is happening in council. Stellarton’s council chambers are on the second floor of the Town Hall, currently only accessible by stairs. While the town is looking to address that problem in the future, MacGillivray said by recording the meetings people can at least hear and see what’s happened. He says Stellarton is the first municipality in Pictou County to post its meetings. The videos will be published on YouTube shortly after each meeting automatically.
 
RAGING BULL? NO, JUST A BULL ROAMING IN THE VALLEY
Monday 2nd April 2018
RCMP in the Annapolis Valley are warning of a bull on the loose in Kings County. Kingston RCMP were contacted around 8:30 p.m. Sunday and told a one-tonne bull hads escaped its pasture area in Aylesford East. The black and white bull was last seen heading into the woods off of Long Point Rd. towards Berwick, between Hwy 1 and Hwy 101. Police are asking anyone who sees the bull to call 911, adding the bull could be dangerous and a traffic hazard.
 
NEW MINIMUM WAGE IN EFFECT
Monday 2nd April 2018
A Nova Scotia labour advocate says the minimum wage increase that came into effect on Sunday isn't enough. Danny Cavanagh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, says that the new wage of $11 per hour for experienced workers is still amoung the lowest in the country. Cavanagh serves on the Nova Scotia minimum wage review committee, and he says the current system of aligning increases to the consumer price index needs to change. Ideally, he'd like to see wages across the board raised to $15 per hour. However, the federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation cautions against moving too quickly when it comes to wage increases. Aaron Wudrick said it's reasonable to raise wages in line with inflation, but bumping wages by several dollars at once can force employers to reduce hours or even cut staff. Newfoundland and Labrador's minimum wage also went up by 15 cents on Sunday, bringing the rate up to $11.15, while New Brunswick's wage went up by a quarter to $11.25. Prince Edward Island's minimum wage remains the highest in Atlantic Canada, increasing by 30 cents to $11.55 per hour. Wages for all four Atlantic provinces are adjusted every year on April 1.
 
NDP TO CALL ON POPE TO APOLOGIZE FOR RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
Monday 2nd April 2018
The federal New Democrats plan to table a motion in the House of Commons calling on Pope Francis to apologize for the abuse suffered by Indigenous children at Indian residential schools, according to a letter sent by MPs to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The letter did not state when the NDP planned to table the motion, which would call on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to invite the Pope to Canada to issue the apology. The motion also calls on the Catholic Church to hand over the money it promised to raise when it signed the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and to turn over documentation related to the schools. Trudeau has expressed disappointment with Pope Francis's recent decision not to apologize for residential schools. The Pope's decision was announced last week in a letter written by Bishop Lionel Gendron, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Gendron wrote that the Pope is "aware" of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission but "felt that he could not personally respond" to the requested apology. The Catholic Church has never fulfilled its commitment to raise $25 million for residential school survivor healing programs. It agreed to the amount as part of the 2006 settlement agreement. Ottawa let the Church off the hook during legal negotiations aimed at forcing the Church to pay another $29 million it committed to as part of the agreement.
 
SPORTS APRIL 2 *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Monday 2nd April 2018
The Northern Subway Selects have conquered the Rock. Playing in the Atlantic female midget AAA hockey championships in St. John’s, the Nova Scotia representatives beat Team New Brunswick 7-1 Sunday afternoon, to put the finishing touch on a dominating performance in the tournament. In the title game, Camryn Halliday had a hat trick to lead the offensive charge for the Selects, Kara MacLean had two goals, Ashley Livingston and Eva Wornell had single markers. The Selects outscored their opponents 28-7 in the four-game round robin – including Saturday’s 10-5 over New Brunswick – and also placed six players in the top 11 in the five-team round robin. In that contest, Kara MacLean (4G, 1A) and KJ Emery (2G, 3A) each had a five-point game, with Ella MacLean, Sophie Wornell, Eva Wornell and Halliday also getting goals, and Jenna Reid picking up three assists. The Selects, who were silver medalists at Atlantics in 2017, will now move on the to the ESSO Cup, Canada’s national female Midget AAA hockey championship, which will take place later this month in Bridgewater.
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The Albion Boxing Club has another national champion. 16 year-old Matt Fraser, fighting in the 49K weight class, defeated Alberta’s Cole Brander on Saturday at the Canadian boxing championships in Edmonton. After a close first round on Saturday in which the two boxers went back and forth, Fraser started going to the body against his opponent in the second round, trying to keep away from Brander’s superior reach and forced Brander into a standing eight count in that round. It was Fraser’s only fight of the nationals, as he and Brander were the only two competing in the 49K class.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be holding tryouts for the U-16 Subway Stingers rep team at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton tonight from 7-8 p.m., then again on April 9 (7-8 p.m.) and April 10 (6-7 p.m.) Tryouts are open to players born in 2002 or 2003, and players must attend at least two of the sessions to be considered. For more information contact Rob Hayes by email at: robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca or Kayla Richards at: kaylarichards06@hotmail.com
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Pioneer Coal Athletics Field will open for the season beginning Tuesday. The general public is welcome to come and enjoy a walk, jog or run on the shock-absorbing rubberized surface. The facility is open from 8am until dusk everyday.
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Pictou County Athletics (track and field) is having spring registration for three age groups - Trailblazers ( ages 9 to 12 ), 13+ team and Masters (ages 35+). Registration is Wednesday from 5:30 to 7pm and Friday from 4:30 to 6pm, at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Practice for the Trailblazer and Masters will be on Friday at 5pm to 6:30 and 13+ from 5:30 to 7:30. Our other practice day is Sunday afternoons.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Taylor Hall scored a short-handed goal late in the third period as the visiting New Jersey Devils came from behind to beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1.
Philadelphia 4 Boston 3 (OT)
Nashville 4 Tampa Bay 1
Washington 3 Pittsburgh 1
Anaheim 4 Colorado 3 (OT)
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MLB
American League
Justin Smoak hit a grand slam in the eighth inning — his second home run of the day — to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the New York Yankees.
Minnesota 7 Baltimore 0
Boston 2 Tampa Bay 1
Houston 8 Texas 2
L.A. Angels 7 Oakland 4
Seattle 5 Cleveland 4
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, postponed
National League
Miami 6 Chicago Cubs 0
St. Louis 5 N.Y. Mets 1
Washington 6 Cincinnati 5
L.A. Dodgers 9 San Francisco 0
Interleague
Pittsburgh 1 Detroit 0, 1st game
Pittsburgh 8 Detroit 6, 2nd game
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NBA
Philadelphia 119 Charlotte 102
Chicago 113 Washington 94
Indiana 111 L.A. Clippers 104
San Antonio 100 Houston 83
Atlanta 94 Orlando 88
Cleveland 98 Dallas 87
Detroit 108 Brooklyn 96
Oklahoma City 109 New Orleans 104
Utah 121 Minnesota 97
Denver 128 Milwaukee 125 (OT)
Golden State 117 Phoenix 107
Portland 113 Memphis 98
Sacramento 84 L.A. Lakers 83
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NCAA Basketball
Women's Final
Notre Dame 61 Mississippi State 58
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Curling
Team Gushue got back on track in a big way Sunday night at the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship. Less than 24 hours after a frustrating loss to Scotland on Saturday night, Brad Gushue’s St. John’s team — vice-skip Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant, lead Geoff Walker, and alternate Tom Sallows — rolled to a 7-2 win over Switzerland. With the win, Team Gushue improves to 2-1 in its bid to defend the world championship gold medal it won for Canada last year in Edmonton. Canada has another one-game day today, taking on Italy at 5:30 p.m.
 
GO SELECTS GO! CHAMPIONSHIP GAME COMING UP THIS MORNING AT FEMALE MIDGET ATLANTICS IN NEWFOUNDLAND
Sunday 1st April 2018
The Northern Subway Selects picked up the win yesterday 10-5 over Northern New Brunswick in their final round robin game in Newfoundland at the Female Midget AAA Atlantic Championships. The Selects finish the round robin play undefeated at 4 and 0 and will play the championship game this morning at 11:30 am. If they win, the Selects will advance to the Esso Cup, the national championship tournament, being held in Bridgewater from April 22 to 28.
 
OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW AUTISM RESOURCE CENTRE IN NEW GLASGOW HAPPENING ON APRIL 2ND-WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
Sunday 1st April 2018
April is Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month and tomorrow, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. There will be a variety of activities and events across the province to help promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion. Locally, there will be an Open House tomorrow 4-8pm to celebrate the opening of a new Autism Resource Centre in Pictou County, located at 115 Maclean St, New Glasgow. The community is invited to attend and wear blue to show support. There will be cookie decorating, crafts and a meet & greet. There will also be a Flag Raising at Glasgow Square at 3:30pm hosted by New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks.
 
$100,000 LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN PICTOU COUNTY
Sunday 1st April 2018
It may be April 1st, but this is not an April Fool's Day joke. A winning ticket has been sold in Pictou County for Saturday night's TAG draw. According to the The Atlantic Lottery Corporation's website, the winning ticket matches all six digits and is worth $100,000. The unofficial winning number is 452110.