October 2017

Grenadian Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In Death Of Former Lunenburg Resident

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:46 AM

The man accused of killing former Lunenburg resident Linnea Veinotte has reached a plea agreement in Grenada.

Akim Frank pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

According to the Director of Public Prosecution Chambers, the lesser charge carries the same maximum sentence as the original non-capitol murder charge.

Veinotte was walking with her dog when she was struck by a vehicle on December 6, 2015 in the country's capital city of St. George.

Frank will be sentenced December 7.

Education Minister Encourages Participation In Child-Care Needs Consultation

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:43 AM

The province has launched a consultation for families and the regulated child-care sector.

It comes about a month after the government expanded pre-primary classes for four-year-olds.

Early childhood educators were hired to teach in all 50 classes in 43 locations across the province.

Education and and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill says the consultation process announced today will help the government better understand the child-care needs of families and the ability of providers to meet those needs.

Barrington Council Dealing With Humidity Issues At Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:35 AM

Those who frequent an arena in Shelburne County are hoping the weather will cool down soon.

Humidity issues are occurring at the Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena in Barrington.

One of two dehumidifying units in the arena stopped working a few weeks into the season.

This, combined with unseasonably warm weather has created damp and foggy conditions inside the nearly 22 year old facility.

Barrington CAO Rob Frost says a contractor has been in to look at the unit that's not working.

Municipal Units Working Together To Lower Wait Times For Building Inspections *Corrected

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 10:31 AM

*Updated 5:00am November 1, 2017

*In a previous version we reported the five municipalities had already entered in a memorandum of understanding and a joint services agreement. That was not correct. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is working on drafting an MOU. The five units are exploring the option of a joint services agreement on sharing building inspection services and have shown interest in having the process move forward.

RCMP Want Kids To Have A Safe Halloween

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 10:09 AM

Super heroes and princesses will be marching alongside witches and ghosts tonight.

RCMP are offering some tips to help keep kids safe as they trick or treat.

Older children going out on their own should go in a group and let someone know where they are travelling and when they'll return.

Everyone should have masks that don't obstruct their vision, costumes that won't trip them up and either wear something reflective or carry glow sticks or flashlights to be seen.

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke says there are some courtesies kids should be aware of as well.

Teen Charged With Stunting On Hwy 103

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 09:58 AM

A 17 year old male has been charged with stunting on Highway 103.

RCMP clocked the driver doing 167km/h in a 100km/h zone shortly after 8:00 yesterday morning.

The resident of Big Tancook island had his license suspended for 7 days, his vehicle impounded and has been fined $2,400.00.

RCMP reminds drivers that speed is one of the major causes of serious injury and fatal collisions on our roads.

If you see someone driving unsafely, report it by calling your local RCMP or 911.

Lunenburg Is Home To The Best Restaurant In The Province

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 13:12 PM

A Lunenburg eatery has just been judged the best in Nova Scotia.

The Grand Banker restaurant has won Taste Of Nova Scotia's Best Restaurant award for 2017.

Owner Adam Bower says a big part of their success is dedication to using local ingredients.

"We get our seafood right behind us at the beautiful waterfront here. We get our scallops from Adams and Knickle, we get our fish from Lunenburg Fish Company. We get our beef from a local beef farmer in New Glasgow. We work with local producers at the market for our meats and charcuteries and cheeses."

Petite Riviere Elementary Not Ready To Fly The Coop

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 12:52 PM

Counting their chickens before they're hatched.

Despite a decision by the South Shore Regional School Board to close their school next summer, members of Petite Riviere Elementary School were busy Sunday building a hen house.

Volunteer Jill Swaine feels the school has to stay open.

"I think this is a testament of our faith. We're going forward with this because this school is the heart of our community and we're not going to give up on it. I don't think the story for our school is over, no matter what happens next."

Cellular Service Still A Problem In Wood's Harbour

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 12:42 PM

Over 300 people in the Wood's Harbour area have signed a petition calling on the provincial government to work with service providers to improve cell service.

The document was tabled last Thursday in the House of Assembly by Argyle-Barrington PC MLA Chris d'Entremont.

He says homeowners and businesses are upset at the long-standing issue.

"Especially for those people trying to do business where they can't even use their iPhone, they can't talk to their overseas clients. So they're getting more and more upset with all the major carriers."

Lobster Buyers Coalition Wants Feds To Permit Them To Make Loans To Fishermen

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 12:35 PM

A newly formed coalition of lobster buyers wants the federal government to permit them to make loans to fishermen.

The Western Nova Scotia Lobster Dealers Coalition is looking at South Western Nova Scotia to test its proposal, if it's ever given the green light.

Robert Thibault is a consultant with the coalition and a former federal fisheries minister.