September 2018

Millions Affected By Facebook Breach

Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2018 15:53 PM

A cybersecurity expert is calling the latest Facebook security breach "among the worst kinds out there".

On Friday, Facebook announced it had discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts.

It said hackers exploited a vulnerability affecting its "View As" feature, which lets you see what your profile looks like to someone else.

David Shipley, CEO of Beauceron Security in Fredericton, said the attackers stole "access tokens" — digital keys which keep people logged into Facebook.

NDP Concerned With Proposed Harvests Near Nature Reserve

Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2018 15:33 PM

The New Democrat's Lands and Forestry Critic is sounding the alarm on proposed wood harvests near a designated nature reserve.

Dunraven Bog in Queens County is near the Shelburne County border and consists of over 3,000 hectares of protected bog and surrounding forest.

WestFor Management Inc. has proposed harvesting on around 92 hectares next to the bog and around 62 next to an adjoining lake, using a uniform shelterwood technique.

MLA Lisa Roberts says the cuts aren't in keeping with recommendations from Dr. William Lahey's independent forestry review.

Municipalities Offering Water To Residents With Dry Wells

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 09:47 AM

Several municipalities throughout the region have announced help for people with dry wells.

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg will provide potable water to municipal residents through a coupon system.

Coupons for four litre water jugs can be picked up at the Municipal office on Aberdeen Road and used at the following locations:

  • Sam’s No Frills, Bridgewater

  • Francis’ Your Independent Grocer, Lunenburg

  • Nick’s Your Independent Grocer, Mahone Bay

Lunenburg Lit Festival On The Books This Weekend

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 07:20 AM

Bookworms will be taking over the Town of Lunenburg this weekend.

The third annual Lunenburg Lit festival kicks off tonight with an appearance by podcasting duo Taggart and Torrens.

While it may seem an odd pairing for a literary festival, the duo are promoting their recently release book.

Jeff Mercer with South Shore Public Libraries is excited to expose people to a different medium.

"It's a new way that people are listening to things literature-wise and otherwise. We want to tap into that and provide that opportunity."

RCMP Called To Community College Campus

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018 12:21 PM

Yarmouth Town RCMP were called to the Burridge Campus of the NSCC yesterday afternoon.

Corporal John Stoddart tells Acadia News it was in connection to what he referred to "a domestic issue".

He says a young male was escorted off the premises before RCMP got there.

The suspect was later arrested and appeared in Yarmouth court this morning.

His name was not released.

The Burridge Campus closed early yesterday.

It's open for its regular hours today.

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UPDATE: Motor Vehicle Accident On Highway 103 Claims Life

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018 12:17 PM

RCMP say a single-vehicle collision claimed the life of a 64-year-old woman from Pubnico.

Police say the accident occurred around 7:34 a.m. on Highway 103 and the woman, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene.

Police are on scene at this time and have called an RCMP Collision Analyst to assist with the investigation.

Hwy. 103 is closed between Exits 27 and 28 at this time and is expected to re-open by mid-afternoon.

Awesome Win Helps School Take Learning Outside

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018 11:17 AM

Students at Lunenburg's Bluenose Academy will be taking classes outside with help from the Awesome Foundation.

A group led by teacher Kajtek Jaskowiak were this month's winners of $1,000 from the foundation.

The money will go towards putting a metal roof on the outdoor classroom they're building.

Jaskowiak says if the rest of the grants they've applied for come through, the classroom could be in place quite quickly.

Provincial Program Not The Only Option For Victims Of Sexual Assault

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018 09:39 AM

The Lunenburg Sexual Health Centre wants to let the community know, despite the province being unable to roll out their new Sexual Assualt Nurse Examiner (SANE) program in the region, a community based program continues to run here and provide support to victims of sexual assault.

Julie Veinot says the Sexual Assault Services Lunenburg Queens (SASLQ), a partnership of community organizations, government, and policing agencies, started in 2015.

Chester Basin House Fire Sends Two To Hospital

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018 06:40 AM

Two people were hospitalized after a fire gutted their Chester Basin home Tuesday night.

According to a release from the Canadian Red Cross, a man has been released from South Shore Regional Hospital after being treated for smoke inhalation.

They are providing the man with aid in purchasing clothing and other support.

Meanwhile, a woman was transferred to hospital in Halifax and Red Cross will also offer her support if needed.

The Red Cross says an insurance claim has been started. 

The fire was reported near midnight September 25 on Croft Road.

Yarmouth Woman Banned From Owning Animals For Life

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018 06:24 AM

A Yarmouth woman has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge.

In a release, the Nova Scotia SPCA says 42-year-old Nicole Jacquard pled guilty in Yarmouth provincial court on Monday.

She was charged under a section of the Criminal Code and a section of the Animal Protection Act of Nova Scotia.

The provincial charge was dropped with Jacquard's guilty plea under Criminal Code charge.

The SPCA says its officers initially responded in September 2017, when a complaint was lodged regarding Jacquard's abuse to her dog and its puppies.