January 2018

Nova Scotia's Minimum Wage On The Rise

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 15:40 PM

Minimum wage earners will see a slight raise come April 1.

Nova Scotia's Minimum Wage Review Committee has recommended an increase of 15 cents and hour.

That will mean a rate of $11 an hour for experienced workers.

Employees with less than three months on the job can be paid $10.50.

The amount was raised by 1.6 percent to align with the 2017 national Consumer Price Index.

The review committee will be looking at other ways of setting the base rate of pay for hourly workers this spring.

Rocco Point Road In Yarmouth County Must Be Repaired Or "Lives Could Be Put At Risk" Say Residents

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 13:11 PM

Residents who use the Rocco Point Road in Yarmouth County say it floods on a regular basis.

The road is notorious for flooding at least once a month, with every high course tide and also during most big storms.

The gravel section floods in more than one place.

Resident Tommy Muise and his wife use the road daily.

Muise says the condition of the road has been getting worse for the past five years.

He says it affects about 20 people.

Mayor Says Board Focused On Keeping Yarmouth International Airport Sustainable In The Long-Term

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:48 PM

Mayor Pam Mood says the Yarmouth International Airport was in bad shape a few years ago but that's not the case now.

Mood is the chair of the board of the Airport Corporation, which held a meeting earlier this week.

She says the board is focused on developing a facility that will best serve the needs of the community.

Mood says there has been a great deal of work on maintaining infrastructure at the airport, things which she says most people wouldn't necessarily see.

Today Is Bell Let's Talk Day

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:43 AM

Today, a national movement is underway with Bell Let's Talk Day.

Bell Canada is donating five cents from every text, tweet and more to mental health awareness initiatives.

While the annual day may help some start the conversation, many recognize the need to keep it going year-round.

Elizabeth Wright of Yarmouth has shared the story of her own mental illnesss through her music, and has hosted a series of talks with youth in local schools.

Wright says coping strategies and being able to take care of yourself are big aspects.

Farmers Dairy Products Recalled, Again

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 05:20 AM

You might want to check and see if you have any Farmer's dairy products in your fridge, there is another recall.

This one was issued on Monday from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

This is for the Farmers, Northumberland and Natrel brands.

The recall applies to a large number of products sold in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Agropur vice-president of Communications, Veronique Boileau, said they found that some residual cleaning solution had remained in a tanker used to transport the milk.

Fire In Yarmouth That Displaced Ten People Deemed Accidental By RCMP And Fire Department

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 12:46 PM

The cause of a fire that displaced 10 people from their home last night in Yarmouth has been determined to be accidental.

Yarmouth Fire Department Platoon Chief Stephen Jeffery says that the Yarmouth Town RCMP were told by a tenant of the apartment building at 106 Main Street that smoking materials were the likely cause.

The fire was mostly confined to one unit but sent smoke throughout a two-storey building.

One person received minor injuries.

Education Minister Curtails Powers Of School Boards

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 12:12 PM

Education Minister Zach Churchill says it was necessary to issue a directive to the seven English school boards, removing much of their authority.

The boards must now seek permission from the department before entering agreements or making major changes, including decisions on transportation, finance, operations and staffing.

The boards also cannot initiate any new school reviews.

Churchill says it will help ensure a smooth transition to the new administrative system once the boards are eliminated.

Vigil Honouring Victims Of Quebec Mosque Massacre Held In Yarmouth

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:58 AM

A vigil was held last night in Yarmouth to mark the first anniversary of the Quebec mosque massacre.

Six men were murdered as they gathered to worship.

Two dozen people gathered at town hall as the names of the six victims were read aloud by Dr. Mustafa Al-Halide, a Yarmouth physician.

Children then placed lit candles in memory of each of the victims.

Dr. Khalidi, a Muslim, spoke about a personal experience he had just after the 9/11 attacks when he was a graduate medical student at Dalhousie University.

Province Announces Where To Buy Weed - Updated 3:00pm

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:24 AM

The province has just announced which NSLC outlets will be first to sell cannabis.

Nine locations across the province will retail products in July.

But depending where you live in the South Shore, you will have to travel.

The Yarmouth NSLC will sell through their location on Starrs Road.

After that, the next stop to purchase weed is in the city.

Halifax will have two outlets, Dartmouth gets one, Lower Sackville, Truro, New Glasgow, Amherst and Sydney River pick up the remainder.

10 People Displaced By Fire In Yarmouth

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 08:58 AM

10 people were forced from their home home last night after fire broke out in a multi-unit building in Yarmouth.

In a release, the Red Cross says volunteers arranged emergency lodging for a woman in her 70's from the apartment where the fire began, and will be arranging additional support today.

It says tenants of the other units found places to stay with relatives or friends until they're able to return home.

The Yarmouth Fire Department responded to the call at 106 Main Street around 9pm.

The Port Maitland Fire Department was also called in.