A dispute among fishers in Guysborough County over the weekend lead to three men facing charges of assault causing bodily harm. A release from the RCMP stated they are working with partner agencies and members of the community to resolve the matter.
When asked what role the DFO is playing in the situation, Matthew McDaniel, conservation and proteciton supervisor in Sherbrooke for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said fisheries officers in the Sherbrooke detachment have increased their presence on the water in collaboration with the local RCMP.
McDaniel said he can’t speak to the issues involved in the dispute. However, he said fisheries officers run regular patrols on the water and work with fishers to ensure compliance with the coastal fisheries protection act and legislation in the fisheries act. He also said the work to build relationships with individual harvesters and, when appropriate, are empowered to make decisions with respect to settling disputes.
“We also work with the local RCMP when it turns into issues of civil disobedience and public unrest,” said McDaniel, noting this sort of situation isn’t a regular occurrence but it happens from time to time.
Guysborough District RCMP are looking into a couple of incidents involving the local fishing community.
Early Sunday morning, police received a report of one fishing boat was deliberately rammed by another. Although no one was hurt, one fishing boat was damaged.
On Monday night, shortly before 8, RCMP responded to a complaint of a man being assauled by another male. Police believe this is related to the boat ramming. Three men were arrested in connection with the incident, a 26-year-old and 52-year-old both from Ecum Secum and a 27-year-old male from Beaver Dam. All three are facing one count of Assault Causing Bodily Harm. The victim sustained injuries, requiring transport to hospital.
Police say they are working with partner agencies and members of the fishing community in order to resolve these matters. Police also ask the public to report crimes to RCMP and not engage in vigilante justice.
A new female hockey zone has been created in the province, bringing together players from a number of communities in Northeastern Nova Scotia. Hockey Nova Scotia says it’s the seventh female hockey zone in the province. It includes female hockey players from the Guysborough County, Antigonish, Strait Richmond and Inverness County areas. Earlier this year, the Cape Breton West, Antigonish, Strait Richmond and Canso Minor Hockey Associations signed an agreement fully supporting the creation of the new zone.
Last year, Antigonish area parents had expressed concerns with attempts by Hockey Nova Scotia to place female hockey players from the town and county into the Fundy Highland Zone.
With some help from facilities locally, Nova Scotia Power says it set a new record for the amount of electricity it generated from renewable energy.
N-S-P says 29 per cent of its electricity came from renewables last year. The previous record of 28 per cent was set in 2016.
Wind power takes up the largest share of renewable energy generated at 19 per cent, followed by hydro and tidal at 8 per cent, and biomass at 2 per cent.
Some of the contributors locally to renewable energy includes a number of community based wind projects, as well as larger operations such as the Glen Dhu, Sable, Point Tupper and Wreck Cove wind farms. There’s also the Biomass facility at Port Hawkesbury Paper.
The Guysborough District RCMP say that one person is still missing after a fishing boat took on water Tuesday evening near George’s Island. The RCMP say they responded to a call at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Four people were on board, and three have been rescued to this point. One person has yet to be located. The RCMP is assisting Joint Rescue Coordination Centre with this operation. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is assisting as well.
An RCMP release says that they have also asked the Underwater Recovery Team to assist in the search for the missing person. This is an ongoing investigation.
A new program aimed at reducing homelessness in Antigonish and Guysborough Counties has been launched. The program is called “A Roof Over Your Head”. It is getting more than 100-thousand dollars in federal funding to assist with start up.
Former RCMP officer Dale Bogle will lead the project.
The idea was developed by Nova Scotia Health Authority Public Health educator and promoter Dana Mason. Further expertise was provided by the Affordable Housing Society of Nova Scotia.
A major step has been taken toward the development of a container terminal in Guysborough County. On December 15th, the Melford Atlantic Gateway Container
Artist’s concept drawing of Melford Atlantic Gateway Container Terminal
]Terminal submitted a request for qualifications for professional engineering services.
The application details a 5 month timeline explaining steps in selecting an engineering design team, with hopes of negotiating and executing a contract by early April of 2018.
A 40 page report details a privately owned 660 acre container terminal development in Melford and highlights how the area would be the closest site to Europe and Asia via the Suez Canal. Terminal design is anticipated to be initiated in late 2018.
School officials and RCMP in Guysborough County are investigating an incident involving a knife and an alleged threat of a student on a school bus. Strait Regional School Board Superintendent Ford Rice says the incident occurred earlier this week.
A notice to all parents and guardians was sent out Wednesday. Rice says the student involved in the incident returned on the bus the following day, and that shouldn’t have happened. Rice says when an episode like this incident happens it gives school board officials an opportunity to review its policies and procedures to determine any possible improvements.
No further details about the incident are being released.
The Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network has an Economic Development Officer for Guysborough and St. Mary’s. She’s Maria Ludlow, a Guysborough County
native, with more than ten years of combined financial and administrative experience. Ludlow, who has spent the past decade in Ottawa, is a graduate of St. FX University’s Business Administration program. Ludlow will be posted to the REN’s Guysborough office.
Her responsibilities will be to identify and establish economic development opportunities in the area. That includes business retention and expansion, industrial sector development through research and promoting the region to new and existing businesses.