September 2017

Abortion Pill To Be Available Free At Pharmacies: N.S. Government

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 13:25 PM

Women in Nova Scotia now have more affordable access to the abortion pill.

Government announced it will be picking up the tab on Mifegymiso, a drug combination taken to medically terminate an early pregnancy of up to 49 days.

Pharmacies across the province will provide the pills to women with a valid health card and prescription.

An ultrasound is also required to rule out potential health risks.

Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Kelly Regan, says the move will cost government between $175,000 and $200,000 a year.

Kayakers Answer The Challenge For Charity

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 09:18 AM

Kayakers will hit the water this weekend to raise money for a worthwhile cause.

Pleasant Paddling in Blue Rocks will host "The Challenge" an annual event to support KidsSport in Lunenburg County.

UPDATE: Apartment Fire Near Main Shore Road, Yarmouth County

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 17:01 PM

Multiple fire departments responded to a blaze at an apartment complex in Yarmouth County this afternoon.

It was at 10 Dearman Drive off Main Shore Road.

Witness Emma Comeau tells Acadia News she was driving by the residence and noticed smoke was coming from the building.

"And I saw fire coming from the building. It was my best friend's building, so I figured I should stop and see if she was ok. She wasn't there, but there were about three people in the house. About five of us stopped. They all got out safely."

Roseway Hospital Emergency Department Closed Tomorrow, 6am-2pm

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 16:32 PM

Another closure at the emergency department in Shelburne.

The department at Roseway Hospital will be closed tomorrow from 6am-2pm.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says this is once again due to physician availability.

It's the latest closure of numerous over the past few months.

If you have an emergency, you're asked to call 911 or visit the nearest department.

Hundreds of Unions Members Protest Bill 148 Outside of Province House - Updated

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 16:11 PM

**Updated September 22 at 10:00am

It was a rowdy opening to the fall session of the legislature. 

Hundreds of people from several unions gathered outside Province House to protest Bill 148. 

The bill sets limits on what an arbitrator can award government employees during a contract dispute. 

NSGEU president Jason MacLean says the Premier enacted the bill because he wasn't committed to bargaining. 

Canada Post Considering Closing New Germany Post Office on Saturdays

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:59 PM

A change could be on the way for post office hours in New Germany.

Canada Post is mulling a decision to close the office on Saturdays after a review determined only a small amount of customers use the outlet that day.

The corporation held discussions last week on the issue.

A letter from Local Area Manager Mary Pretty says they want to serve people in the community when the post office is used the most.

It's not known when a decision will be made.

Meanwhile, the mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg says it's cause for concern.

N.S. Doctors to Sit Down with Federal and Provincial Government Saturday

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:51 PM

Nova Scotia Doctors are set to sit down at the table with elected officials this weekend. 

They'll be discussing how the proposed federal tax changes will affect patient care.

Approximately 75 percent of Nova Scotia's physicians are incorporated and will experience the effects of the changes.

Officials say the changes will cause physicans to leave the province and make it difficult to attract them to Nova Scotia in the first placed.

The meeting will be held on Saturday.

 

Sobey Family Invests $6.5-Million in NSCC

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:11 PM

The Nova Scotia Community College has received the largest private donation in its history.

The Sobeys family is giving $6.5 million to benefit campuses across the province.

Four million dollars will aid potential students who face obstacles to attending the college.

Two million dollars will refurbish the culinary centres including at Lunenburg campus in Bridgewater.

Half a million will benefit students at Marconi and Pictou campuses.

NSCC President Don Bureaux feels this is an acknowledgment of the good work the college is doing.

School Board Credits Public Health For Action Against Tuberculosis Case

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:01 PM

The superintendent of the Tri-County Regional School Board is commending public health for quickly identifying and treating a student with infectious tuberculosis.

The student, whose identity and gender have not been revealed, attends Shelburne Regional High School.

A letter was sent home to parents this week.

Paul Ash says he understands there may be significant concerns but has been told the ongoing risk is low.

"There was limited threat to the larger community and in this situation it was positive turnout or result for the student involved."

Nova Scotia Gas Prices To Fall at Midnight Says Analyst

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:45 AM

Expect another drop in gas prices tomorrow.

The province's Utility and Review Board sets the prices at midnight tonight.

Senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague with Gas Buddy Dot Com encourages motorists in the Tri Counties and South Shore to wait until after midnight to fuel up.

'An educated guess puts gas prices dropping at least 5.8 cents a litre at midnight tonight. You'll be seeing prices moving down to the $1.10.2 to %1.10.5 mark."

McTeague is very critical of the U-R-B's policies.