June 2018

Canada Day Big In New Germany

Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2018 11:32 AM

There's plenty to do on the South Shore for Canada Day tomorrow.

But it's safe to say Canada Day is kind of New Germany's thing.

Kathy Moore is the chair of the New Germany Canada Day Committee.

She says it's her community's biggest celebration of the year.

"I think it`s a bit of our history and it's a great day," she says, adding that the community always gets behind it.

Moore says it's all about keeping the activities central and having an ongoing schedule throughout the day.

Organizations Pen Open Letter To Environment Minister On Offshore Drilling

Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:42 AM

Over 25 organizations have signed an open letter asking federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to halt BP Canada's exploratory drilling on the Scotian Shelf.

That includes groups like David Suzuki Foundation, the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fisherman’s Association, Greenpeace Canada, Maritime Fishermen's Union, Local 9 South West Nova Scotia, and the Sierra Club Canada Foundation.

Canada Introduces $16.6B In Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 16:10 PM

The federal government is imposing over $16 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods, in retaliation against American taxes on steel and aluminum. 

Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland announced the measures today in Hamilton, Ontario, saying a 25% charge on steel products and with 10% tariffs on aluminum and other goods will kick in Sunday. 

Those include U.S. coffee, yogurt, refrigerators, whisky and water heaters. 

"We will not escalate, and we will not back down," Freeland says, emphasizing the "regret with which we take these countermeasures". 

Rails To Trails Aims To Open Trestle Trail Bridge By Winter

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 14:02 PM

Queens Rails to Trails Association is hoping to get the Trestle Trail bridge open this year after it was closed several years ago due to safety concerns.

The Region of Queens and the Association have an agreement to make the bridge shared-use with the association footing much of the bill for repairs and engineering assessments.

In a public meeting Wednesday night, an engineer from CBCL Ltd. highlighted issues with the bridge including deterioration of several piers, from a report commissioned by the Rails to Trails Association.

Chester Man Fined For Party Involving Underaged Drinking

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 10:32 AM

Police are reminding the public to re-think hosting parties that may involve underage drinking.

This comes after Lunenburg District RCMP issued a 46-year-old man a ticket under the Nova Scotia liquor act for his role in a recent grad party.

The party was held on his property in Chester June 16.

Police were called to the scene after complaints of a heavily intoxicated male passed out at a residence on Haddon Hill Road.

RCMP found between 50 and 60 youth in a field at the location with many at various levels of intoxication.

Bridgewater Junior High Superprojects Unveiled

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 17:36 PM

A festive mood at Bridgewater Junior High as the school showed off the super projects they've been working on.

A video of the process, put together by a student media team, played on stage as the public walked amongst the displays.

The grade sevens' eight foot high art installation acted as the centrepiece.

The grade eights' pop-bottle greenhouses were situated at either end of the gym and the room was ringed with the grade nines' 3-D cardboard animals.

Lunenburg Mayor Calling For More Public Input On Offshore Drilling

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 17:19 PM

The Mayor of Lunenburg is calling for more public consultation around offshore drilling.

Rachel Bailey was commenting after the BP Drilling rig West Aquarius spilled 136,000 litres of drilling mud over the weekend.

Bailey says potential damage from a larger spill to established industries could be devastating.

"That impacts all of us so heavily. And when it comes to the fishery and when it comes to tourism, offshore drilling maybe isn't as important as some people might think it to be."