February 2018

Justice Minister Unfazed By Delayed Cannabis Legalization

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 17:30 PM

Nova Scotia's Justice Minister says the delay in legalizing cannabis won't impact the province's plans.

The Senate decided earlier this month to delay the bill to allow more time to study the implications.

Mark Furey says legislation will be introduced in this sitting of the house that will lay out how cannabis will be sold in Nova Scotia.

Furey acknowledges the delay will affect when Nova Scotians will see pot available on the shelves.

Taxi Rates And Rules Changing In Bridgewater

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 17:19 PM

Taking a cab in Bridgewater is about to cost a little more.

The six dollar flat rate for a single passenger is going up to eight dollars beginning March 8.

The increase brings rates in line with what similar municipalities across the province are charging.

Bridgewater's six cab companies set their rates and town council made changes to the Taxi By-Law to allow the fees to be changed without having to be voted on by council.

Mayor David Mitchell says part of the changes also include stricter enforcement against unlicensed cabs.

Changes To Education Act To Be Introduced Tomorrow

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 16:52 PM

Changes to Nova Scotia's Education Act will be introduced in the Legislature tomorrow.

Government has said it will immediately go ahead with 11 of the 22 recommendations from Dr. Avis Glaze's report to overhaul the administration of education in the province.

Earlier this week, Premier Stephen McNeil said he would delay the legislation following talks between himself and Nova Scotia Teachers Union President Liette Doucet.

Shelburne's Hicks To Represent NS at Canadian Masters Curling Championship

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 15:44 PM

Photo: Team Hicks (Shelburne Curling Centre Facebook page)

The Shelburne Curling Centre hosted the 2018 Nova Scotia Masters Curling Championship recently.

Greg Hicks from the Shelburne Curling Centre defeated Ray Fowler of the Amherst Curling Club to become the Men's Champion.

Colleen Pinkney of the Truro Curling Club defeated Virginia Jackson of the Dartmouth club for the Ladies Championship.

Hicks and Pinkney's teams will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian Masters Championship, April 1-8 in Surrey/White Rock, B.C.

Weather Network Releases Spring Forecast

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:55 PM

Expect a volatile spring in Atlantic Canada.

That's the prediction from the Weather Network.

Meteorologist Tyler Hamilton says the season will bring above normal amounts of precipitation with somewhat seasonable temperatures.

"There will be bouts of warmth. I don't think it will be as extreme as what we saw in Februrary. Crunching the numbers, back in February we had an average temperature of 5 degrees for a high in Yarmouth. The Normal is 1 degree.'

The first day of spring is Tuesday March 20.

Federal Budget Focuses On Gender Equality, Indigenous Rights

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 19:23 PM

Extra EI benefits for parental leave, equal pay for all federally regulated employees and millions to help the opioid crisis. 

Those are some of the highlights of the Trudeau government's new budget.  

Another notable feature of the federal budget, introduced by Finance Ministrer Bill Morneau, includes a total of $5 billion over five years for First Nations. 

The Trudeau government is promising $430 million to fix the crippled Phoenix pay system and $82 million for cannabis research and eduction.

Lunenburg Holding Town Talks

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 18:39 PM

Lunenburg Town Council will be sitting down with residents tomorrow.

At least twice a year, the mayor and council set up at local businesses to hear resident's concerns.

Mayor Rachel Bailey says these Town Talks are part of an effort to keep council accessible.

"We're always open to criticism or to constructive suggestions of how we may be able to do things better. But we really would love to hear what is important to people and what they think we should be focusing our attention on."

Bailey looks forward to these Town Talks.

Premier's Promise Keeps Crowds Away From Province House

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 15:16 PM

UPDATED: Hundreds of people showed up outside Province House today despite the premier's promise to slow down introducing changes to the education system.

That's a far cry from the thousands who marched last year when government legislated a contract on teachers.

Jason MacLean, president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, believes the Premier's promise to the teachers union not to legislate on education this week was a distraction.

Fundraiser Underway To Replace Veteran's Place Van

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 11:50 AM

Residents at Veteran's Place in Yarmouth are in need of a new vehicle.

The current wheelchair accessible van is 17 years old and it's costing a lot of money to keep it on the road.

The vehicle is used to take veterans to various activities and events throughout the year.

Don McCumber, District E Royal Canadian Legion Commander for the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command says the fundraising is being done through Zone 12 legion branches.

Pink Shirt Day 2018 Focuses On Cyberbullying

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 09:13 AM

One in five kids are affected by bullying.

That's according to statistics put out for Pink Shirt Day.

It's a day dedicated to raise awareness of bullying and preventative measures.

People across Canada are able to join the conversation through social media with hashtag Pink Day, or their national theme of hashtag Be Someone's Hero.

Angela Richard with The Red Cross Atlantic Branch says it goes back to the story of how Pink Shirt Day began, when two Nova Scotian students stood up to bullying.