October 2016

Queens: Clarke Exits Mayor Chair Proud of Accomplishments

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 14:33 PM

The mayor of the Region of Queens says he's proud of his last four years as mayor.

The current council was sworn-in just months after the closure of the Bowater Mersey Paper Mill in 2012.

Christopher Clarke says there was initial panic but feels the community is thriving.

"We have become more dynamic in our thinking and certainly much more positive as a community and you can see the results when you're downtown you can feel the results that things are better."

Clarke says Queens Place Emera Centre has been an asset, despite its deficit.

UPDATE: Trial Begins For Man Accused In Deaths Of Two Boys Killed By Snake

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 14:07 PM

Twelve jurors have been chosen from a pool of hundreds in Campbellton in the trial for a Quebec man accused of criminal negligence in the deaths of two young brothers.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jean-Claude Savoie was charged after an African rock python escaped its enclosure at the Reptile Ocean pet store and killed six-year-old Connor Barthe and his four-year-old brother Noah in August 2013.

Savoie used to own the store and the boys were sleeping in an upstairs apartment where it was determined they were strangled by the python.

Queens RCMP Looking For Help With Break-Ins

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 12:04 PM

Queens District RCMP is asking for help finding the people responsible for a couple of break-ins.

Sometime overnight on Sunday October 23rd a storage van was broken into along School Street in Liverpool. 

A leaf blower and bush saw were removed from the vehicle.

As well, between September and October someone broke into a cottage along Long Cove Road in Port Medway. 

Batteries, solar panels and an inverter were taken from the residence.

Changes Announced To Provincial Student Loans Program

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 11:32 AM

The province has announced changes to the provincial student loans program. 

Beginning November first, students won't have to repay their loans until they are making more than $25,000.

That's an increase of $5000 over the previous threshhold.

Town of Shelburne Mulls ATV Use On Trails

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 10:07 AM

The Town of Shelburne is in the middle of a discussion about permitting off-highway vehicles on its trail system.

Currently ATV's have restricted access but council is considering changes to its policy.

Mayor Karen Mattatall says the community is spilt on whether to allow off highway vehicles.

"There is a move to create a trail that's linked the whole way through the province for multi-use vehicles. The discussion has started and it is very preliminary. We are at the point of gathering information to hear what people think."

MODL, RQM Prepare to Swear-In New Councils

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 09:51 AM

New and returning politicians are about to take their seats in four different areas.

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and Region of Queens will swear-in their new councils on Tuesday.

There will be new mayors in each municipality with Carolyn Bolivar-Getson and David Dagley taking over from Don Downe and Christopher Clarke, respectively.

There will be three new councillors in Queens including Kevin Muise, Heather Kelly, and Gil Johnson.

Reid Whynot and Wade Carver will be sworn-in as new councillors joining eight other incumbents in the process.

RCMP Lays Charges After Recovering Stolen Property

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 08:40 AM

Stolen goods from four separate thefts in Annapolis and Lunenburg counties has been recovered.

RCMP say a three-week investigation led them to a home on October 21 in Blue Rocks where they found two stolen kayaks.

Police also searched a home in Pleasantville last week and recovered three more kayaks, two surfboards, antique signs, a gas powered generator and road signs belonging to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

Municipality of District of Chester Looking For Residents Help To Launch New Branding

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 07:22 AM

After consulting with the community over the past number of months, the Municipality of Chester is launching their new brand.

Their new logo or “Brandmark” features elements of the forest, sea and sun.

Now they are asking residents for photographs, stories or poems that capture the essence of the place.

Osprey Ridge Golf Club Welcomes Cooler Weather

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2016 22:25 PM

The first season under new ownership has come to an end at Osprey Ridge Golf Club in Bridgewater.

Co-owner and President, Bill Sampson says it's gone better than he'd hoped.

He says the dry weather has meant lots of people on the green, but it also brought some unexpected challenges.

"I can't believe how quickly this place gobbles up money going through things," he says. "Like this year, especially with the drought, the watering of the course was a tremendous expense to the club."

UPDATE: Fatal Shooting On Big Tancook Island

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2016 22:05 PM

New details about a fatal shooting on Big Tancook Island are being released.

A 52-year-old Halifax man was shot and killed on Friday Afternoon while hunting.

Corporal Andrew Joyce from the RCMP says a second man, who is believed to have fired the shot, was taken into custody and questioned.

"It's definitely leaning to a non-suspicious shooting, that's for sure, but, once again it would be premature for me to say one way or the other."

The man has since been released, Joyce says he is fully cooperating.