August 2018

Maitland Area Home Destroyed In Fire

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 18:11 PM

A fire destroyed a Maitland area home this afternoon.

Blockhouse Fire Department Chief Paula MacDonald says no one home at the time and no one was injured while fighting the blaze.

A call went out to Blockhouse Fire Department at around 2:15 this afternoon.

As of 5:45 PM the blaze was mostly out, however an excavator was removing debris to allow crews to fight some remaining fire in the second storey.

Planning Project Causes Debate At Lunenburg Town Council

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 15:27 PM

Lunenburg's Comprehensive Development Plan is controversial before it's even launched.

A staff recommendation sparked lively debate at the last Town Council meeting.

They proposed to establish a steering committee composed of councillors and experts with experience in project management and public engagement to guide the process.

Mayor Rachel Bailey objected to the recommendation.

She believes council shouldn't be handing over the project to another committee.

Multiple Fire Departments At Scene Of Structure Fire

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 15:22 PM

Multiple fire departments are responding to a structure fire in the Maitland area.

Blockhouse Fire Department received a call at around 2:15 p.m.

According to Dahl Dispatch, Mahone Bay, Oakhill, Chester Basin, Martins River and Lunenburg fire departmetns are responding as well and Northfield is on standby at Oakhill.

We will have more information on this story as it is made available.

Bridgewater Mayor Offers Residents Insight Into Paving Projects

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 15:12 PM

Bridgewater's mayor is taking to social media to answer residents concerns around roads.

David Mitchell says people ask him everything from why the roads are so bad, to why is one road being paved but not another.

He wants to put the facts in resident's hands so they're informed about why a decision is made.

"It's important for me that people understand we all kind of want the same things. We would love all our roads to be paved, if we use this example. We're working towards that, but here's the information so you know why we can't do it."

Lobster Spilled On Highway 103 Cause For Delays *updated

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 09:52 AM

** A previous version of this story indicated lobster from the truck had spilled on the highway. We've since learned that is not the case. We apologize for any confusion.

Expect delays if you're traveling the southern end of Highway 103 over the next few hours.

The highway will be closed intermittently near Granite Village as crews deal with an single-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer.

Todd Sisk, chief of the Sable River Fire Department says they're waiting for a truck to arrive from Bridgewater to help with the accident.

Province Announces Funding For School Advisory Councils

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 17:36 PM

This marks the first year Nova Scotian schools will operate without elected school boards and the government says they're giving more say to local School Advisory Councils (SACs).

The shift is a part of recommendations from the Glaze Report on education.

Education Minister Zach Churchill says local voice will be important in moving forward without elected, local boards.

As a part of that, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced new funding today.

Town Of Bridgewater Cuts Ties With Former Police Chief

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 12:41 PM

John Collyer is no longer chief of Bridgewater Police Service.

In a news release the Town of Bridgewater says Collyer is no longer on the Town payroll and his employment relationship was finalized according to Nova Scotia labour standards and independent of the matter currently before the courts.

Collyer is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual assault and is scheduled for trial in July, 2019.

Cohousing Project In The Works For Bridgewater

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 14:11 PM

A Bridgewater couple are looking to bring their community closer.

Cate and Leon de Vreede are the driving force behind a co-housing development in the town.

Cate de Vreede explains the concept.

"When a group of people work together to create and maintain their own neighbourhood, essentially. It's a type of community where private homes are clustered around shared space."

de Vreede says each unit has all the amenities you would expect in a home.

Councillors Concerned Tax Changes Will Affect Service

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 13:56 PM

Lunenburg town councillors are questioning recent tax law changes that will see their compensation drop.

Beginning in January, elected municipal officials across the country will lose their one-third income tax exemption.

Mayor Rachel Bailey says that means councillors will take a pay cut.

"Rural municipal councillors don't make a lot of money, and we're not in it for the money. But it's a bonus that there are honourariums paid for the services we provide."

New Germany Man Facing Charges After Pharmacy Break-In

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 13:27 PM

A break and enter at a New Germany pharmacy has resulted in charges for a New Germany man.

Thirty-two-year-old Christopher Russell is facing multiple charges including break and enter, theft, and wearing a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence.

RCMP say they received a call at around 7:30 a.m. on Monday reporting an overnight break and enter at a pharmacy on Highway 10.

An investigation revealed a large quantity of prescription drugs, including opiates, were taken from the pharmacy.