February 2017

Davis To Be Nominated By NDP in Queens-Shelburne

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 15:21 PM

The Nova Scotia NDP have found their representative in Queens-Shelburne for the next provincial election.

Leader Gary Burrill and current MLA Sterling Belliveau will be on hand when the party nominates John Davis as its candidate on March 8.

Davis has worn many hats as an educator, newspaper editor, and fisherman to name a few.

He's also been a fish plant owner and operator, diver and underwater documentary television producer.

Davis says communities face many challenges including high unemployment, youth outmigration, and a lack of family doctors.

Parks Remembered As Man Who 'Always Had A Smile On His Face"

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:03 PM

A long-time member of the Lunenburg and District Fire Department has passed away.

Robert Parks was an active firefighter from 1957 to 1997 including several years as chief and a town councillor for 11 years.

He died Monday at age 82.

Current Fire Chief  Darren Romkey says Parks was one of his first bosses at IGA and encouraged him to get involved in the fire service.

Romkey says Parks was well-respected around town and provided advice to him before he became chief.

Spring Conditions Causing Trouble For School Buses

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:01 AM

Spring weight restriction are in effect on some roads around the province.

While school buses fall below that restriction, road conditions also play a factor.

The large amount of snow that fell last week combined with the heavy rainfall this past weekend is making some roads impassable for buses.

"We have some roads where our buses are sinking down to the rear axles and having to be tugged out. And we want to avoid that at all costs."

Crouse says their primary concern is student safety. 

Museum Set To Honour 30 Remarkable Nova Scotians

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 15:01 PM

The 30 most remarkable Nova Scotians of the last 150 years are about to be honoured by the Nova Scotia Museum.

But the museum needs the public to vote on who those individuals are.

An exhibit will be created called, "Vanguard:150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians".

It will display photos and artifacts of the 30 Nova Scotians.

The public can select one person from each decade to be added to the list already compiled by the museum.

Province Explores Regional Pharmacare

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 13:43 PM

The Atlantic Provinces are taking a long look at pharmacare.

Premier Stephen McNeil met with his regional counterparts last week to discuss how to improve publicly funded drug plans.

Health Minister Leo Glavine hopes to see savings on drugs by using the buying power of four provinces.

"We have to look for every advantage around procurement, around administrative efficiencies that, can again, give the best price to our citizens."

He says getting the program right is a top priority.

100 Women Show They Care About Shelburne County

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 12:50 PM

An initiative is starting up to bring women together to support local groups in Shelburne County.

The first meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care of Shelburne County will be held Wednesday.

The women pay $400 annually.

One of the organizers, Penny Smith, says they will meet four times a year to nominate local charities or non-profit organizations.

"These charities or organizations will explain what they do and why they deserve the money. The women will then vote for who they feel is the most deserving."

Liberal MLAs Furey, Lohnes-Croft Stand By Bill 75 Decision

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 11:53 AM

A pair of Nova Scotia Liberal MLAs have spoken out over their decision to vote in favour of imposing a contract on teachers.

Suzanne Lohnes-Croft and Mark Furey represent the constituencies of Lunenburg and Lunenburg West, respectively.

They are two of the 33 MLAs who voted yes to Bill 75 and a four year deal for teachers.

Lohnes-Croft says she made the choice because she wanted to initiate change.

Curl For A Cause Raises $40,300 Towards Physiotherapy Equipment at Lunenburg Hospital

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 11:36 AM

A successful fundraiser will help purchase new physiotherapy equipment at Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg.

The 17th Annual Curl for a Cause over the weekend raised $40,300.

It will be used to buy seven pieces of equipment including a customizable wheelchair, an electronic stair climbing treadmill and a shockwave therapy machine.

Managing Director of the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, Arleen Stevens, says the fundraiser is a testament to the strength and generosity of the community.

Bridgewater Barrister Honoured For Her Work

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 09:53 AM

A Bridgewater lawyer has just joined elite company.

Kathryn Dumke was one of fourteen people awarded the title of Queens Counsel this year.

The Q.C. designation recognizes exceptional merit and outstanding contribution to the legal community.

Dumke has been involved in professional development and creating continuing education programs for lawyers.

"It does demonstrate that I'm an experienced barrister, in this case because most of my work is barrister's work. It really is quite an honour."

She was nominated for the title by her peers.