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Posted at 3:47 pm on November 19, 2017

Pictou East MLA Tim Houston has become the first

Pictou East MLA Tim Houston

candidate for the race for the Nova Scotia PC Leadership. Houston announced his candidacy in New Glasgow this afternoon.

Houston says he’s decided to run because he’s not satisfied with the current standard the Liberal government has demonstrated. He says critical failures in health care is one example of where the current administration has failed. He says healthcare is one of many problems the government has been unable to fix and that he will be working with Nova Scotians to finally develop long-term solutions.

Houston says he’ll release his platform after consulting with party members. He also will continue to tour the province to hear the concerns of Nova Scotians as well as hear their ideas for the future of the province.

Posted at 10:30 am on November 17, 2017

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish has adopted a shared strategy for advancing recreation. The strategy will be part of the

Seated: Warden Owen McCarron and Recreation Director Marlene Melanson
Standing: Rae Gunn, Regional Manager for Nova Scotia Department of Communities Culture and Heritage (Communities, Sport and Recreation Division, and Glenn Horne Municipal Clerk Treasurer

municipality’s guiding framework for municipal recreation within the county.

The adoption of the shared strategy will help guide the recreation department in developing a new recreation and physical activity leader plan. The 5 part plan will help achieve the vision for increasing recreation within the area.

The goals include more active living, inclusion and access, connect people and nature, having supportive environments and increased recreation capacity.

Posted at 10:15 am on November 17, 2017

There’s some relief at the pump for motorists today. Gasoline fell three cents a litre in the weekly setting by the Utility and Review Board. The minimum price for a litre for self serve regular unleaded is now $1.17.6 in the eastern mainland and $1.18.4 in Cape Breton.

Diesel prices are unchanged this week.

Posted at 9:48 am on November 17, 2017

On Wednesday, local business leaders had a chance to gather more information regarding the federal government’s plan for tax reform. The plan, which has been heavily criticized by small businesses is meant to create more fairness within the system.
MP for Central Nova, Sean Fraser was on hand for the Wednesday gathering, and says that he gained a great deal of valuable information from members of the business community. Fraser is hopeful that changes to the proposal will help ease people’s minds:
Fraser says he hopes the conversation between he and the business community can continue, so he can assure that small businesses are not hurt. Fraser says a great deal of the economic prosperity from his riding comes from small businesses.

Posted at 9:18 am on November 17, 2017

The Nova Scotia Provincial PC party is facing a leadership change after Jamie Baillie announced his resignation early this month. While no one within the party has

Allan MacMaster

formally announced a run for leadership, some have expressed interest.

That includes MLA for Inverness, Allan MacMaster. The riding is familiar with producing provincial leaders such as Rodney MacDonald in 2006-09. MacMaster says now might be his last chance to run for PC leadership:
MacMaster has been the MLA in Inverness since MacDonald stepped down in 2009.

Posted at 2:03 pm on November 16, 2017

The Canadian Union of Public Employees will be holding a rally in Inverness Friday to protest provincial budget cuts to long-term care in Nova Scotia.
The rally will begin at 11 a.m. at the Legion on Central Avenue, with protestors marching to the Inverary Manor.  The union’s Long-Term Care Committee Chair, Louise Riley, says there have been cuts to long-term care by the province the past couple of years.  She says it’s had an impact recently at the Inverary Manor.
This is the third rally CUPE has held to protest cuts to long-term care.  Earlier demonstrations were held in Port Hawkesbury and Middleton

Posted at 12:35 pm on November 16, 2017

The Strait Area business community honoured its best last night with a fall awards dinner at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.   The dinner, organized by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week.
This year’s Excellence in Business Award Winner was Les MacIntyre and Sue Phelan of Superport Marine Services.  The company has grown from a small operation to one that now employs more than 100 people, with projects that now takes them across the continent.
The Rising Star New Business Award was given to B & E General Store in St. Peter’s while Learn North Incorporated of Port Hawkesbury received the honour for Export Achievement.  Francis Covin of DSM Nutritional Products was named Safety Champion and Margie Beaton of the Gaelic College was honoured with the Outstanding Customer Service Award.
Club 25 honourees, recognizing businesses operating for 25 years or more included The Farmer’s Daughter, Ross Screen Print and Glad Tidings Christmas Shoppe.
The Chamber also presented a new prize, the Strait Area Ambassador Award.  The first recipient is long-time Chamber member Daniel Ross, in recognition for his work in bringing motorcyclists from across the globe to experience the Cabot Trail.

Posted at 11:50 am on November 16, 2017

The MLA for Inverness is proud that his area is able to produce Christmas Trees, after his riding was able to send trees to Boston for the last two years. Allan

Bob and Marion Campbell of Blues Mills, Inverness County in front of the Christmas tree they donated to City of Boston.

MacMaster says that this year marks two in a row that the riding of Inverness has had the tree selected to make the one thousand kilometre trip across the border.

MacMaster says the tree cutting ceremony proved to be a great event, and he enjoyed seeing people from surrounding communities attending the event:
This year’s Boston tree came from the Campbell family in Blues Mills. The tree made it’s way to Halifax yesterday, where it will be held until a final public farewell on Friday.

Posted at 11:44 am on November 16, 2017

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is fully supporting a review of the province’s criteria on deciding what lands are protected. This comes after the Mining Association of Nova Scotia announced that they want to propose changes in the province in regards to the parks and protected areas plan.
The municipality, in a release indicates the association’s proposal would mean a better balance between rural economic development and land protection. The Municipality says that greater flexibility could mean an increase in mineral exploration, which can address the population decline in the area.
They also note that previously, the economic prosperity of the area was built on industry such as forestry and fishing. Mineral exploration, however could offer an opportunity to address the population decline by improving employment in the area.

Posted at 8:55 am on November 16, 2017

A St. FX Education Professor says there’s a myriad of policies provincially, federally and locally that dictate what teachers can and cannot do.  Dr. David Young has edited a new book on the topic, exploring legal matters that affect public education.  “Education Law in Canada; a Guide for Teachers and Administrators” was published last month. Young says the book would be useful to education students in university,as well  teachers and administrators.
Young says authors of the various chapters included attorneys specializing in school law, and academics who write, research and teach on this issue.
Other chapters focus on student rights, negligence, misconduct, cyberbullying, special education law and copyright law.   Young wrote a chapter in this book on educator rights and duties.  This is Young’s second book.  His first “Teaching Online: Stories from Within” was published in 2015