January 2018

Former Bridgewater Councillor Passes

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:21 PM
A former councillor with the Town of Bridgewater has passed away.

Greg Ritcey died in hospital yesterday.

Ritcey sat on council for one term from 2008 to 2012.

During the 2016 election, he also took a run at the Mayor's chair, losing to current mayor, David Mitchell.

Mitchell says Ritcey was a dedicated public servant.

"Very passionate about the museum, passionate about the friends of the DesBrisay, he was a long-serving member of the Canada Day committee. On the committees he served, yeah, passionate is the word that keeps coming back."

MLA Says Boundary Review Commission Made "Solid Recommendations"

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:15 PM

The MLA for one of the province's Acadian ridings says recommendations from the Independent Commission on Effective Electoral Representation were well-thought out.

The McNeil government created the panel last April in response to a court case with the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia after the Court of Appeal ruled that the process to create the current electoral map was unconstitutional.

The NDP government at the time had thrown out the first map created by an independent commission, and ordered new boundaries.

South Shore Midwife Program Suspended

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 19:13 PM

An alternative to hospital birth is being lost on the South Shore.

Nova Scotia has approximately ten midwife positions across the province, two of which are based in the South Shore.

Both of those positions are vacant at the moment.

NDP Leader Gary Burrill is concerned this loss is a result of government underfunding the program.

Recent Nasty Weather Not Kind To Yarmouth County Trail System

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:22 AM

The recent severe weather was not kind to the trail system in the area.

But the dedicated volunteers with the Yarmouth County Trail Development Association have been working hard to keep the trails open.

The association has re-developed the old railway bed in Yarmouth County into an 87km multi-use trail system and it requires regular maintenance at the best of times.

President Ron Day says the high winds at Christmas took down quite a number of trees along the trail from Yarmouth to East Pubnico.

Plastic Bags On Wastecheck's Radar

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:13 AM

There's a lot of discussion about whether or not Nova Scotia should ban plastic bags.

HRM council will be discussing the issue over the next few months about banning the products in that municipality because they can't find markets.

China no longer accepts the materials.

Councillor Tony Mancini plans to introduce a motion at today's council meeting to ask staff to create a bylaw banning plastic bags.

Cities including Montreal and Victoria have already banned plastic bags.

Among those watching how the situation unfolds is Wastecheck.

Before You Hit The Ice, Make Sure It's Safe

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:08 AM

It's winter and people want to skate on frozen lakes and ponds in the area.

But as temperatures fluctuate, you can't always know how thick the ice is beneath your feet.

Safety becomes an issue because most are not maintained by the municipalities.

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg operate one pond in Dayspring at the Mark.

MODL routinely checks ice-thickness and posts results on signs at the pond and on Facebook.

The municipality follows Red Cross Standards which ensures the ice is 20cm thick.

Liverpool Curling Club Offering Free Lessons For Youth With Autism

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 17:30 PM
The Liverpool Curling Club is trying to make curling accessible for everyone.

Jennifer Conrad, junior program director for the club, says as they tried to increase membership, they spoke to the south shore chapter of Autism Nova Scotia.

The groups will co-host "learn to curl" sessions for youth with autism in hopes that some may become regular members.

The learn to curl sessions will be tweaked a little.

Team Arsenault Heading To National Scotties Tournament Of Hearts

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 17:22 PM
Team Arsenault is heading to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, British Columbia after winning the Nova Scotia Scotties this weekend.

Jennifer Crouse, lead for the team, is originally from Queens County and a five time provincial champion.

She says this weekend's win was rewarding but difficult because everyone on the ice are friends.

"As exciting as it is, it's still just hard because you're beating your friends and that was a tough part of it."

Team Arsenault took down Team MacDiarmid 8-5 to represent the province in BC.