A new shelter has opened its doors in New Glasgow.
Mark Farth, board member for the Viola’s Place Society, said the lone homeless shelter in the area closed about two years ago. Since then, citizens formed a steering committee which turned into a board. He said they fundraised for about a year and a half to purchase the former Pentecostal Life Church which housed the old shelter in the basement. Farth said they have the rest of the building for future uses for the community.
The name of the shelter, Viola’s Place, is in memory of Viola Desmond.
The society is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested is asked to call 752-0550, visit the society’s Facebook page, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Farth said volunteers would need a background check to work inside the shelter but added there are plenty of other jobs to do for people who want to help.
A local municipality is looking for residents to sit in the proverbial driver’s seat.
The Town of New Glasgow is holding a Mayor For A Day contest for local students in Grades 10-12. The application asks interested students to lost their top three ideas for making New Glasgow a better place to live and work for young people. Submissions can include an essay or a video.
The winner will get to shadow Mayor Nancy Dicks for a day, and will get to share their ideas with the mayor and the rest of council. The town’s community economic development committee will select the winner.
While there is not a typical day in municipal politics, the mayor said there will be chance to offer an insider’s view of town hall.
The mayor said she hopes the contest will help foster young people’s interest in politics.
Three New Glasgow residents face charges relating to drug trafficking following a bust earlier this week.
The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the New Glasgow Regional Police, executed a search warrant at a residence on Dover Avenue, New Glasgow, on Tuesday at approximately 3:00 p.m..
Police seized a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, cannabis resin, cash, and other property associated with drug trafficking. Police arrested one 22-year-old male, one 20-year-old male, and one 20-year-old female, all from New Glasgow.
At this time, the 20-year-old male and 20-year-old female each face three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. The 22-year-old male faces one count of trafficking, three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and one count of possession of stolen property. Police released the suspects from custody and all three will appear in provincial court at a later date.
Unionized employees at three East Coast Credit Union Branches in Pictou and Antigonish Counties have voted 97 per cent in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement.
Unifor local 2107 represents 44 full and part-time workers, mostly women in Antigonish, New Glasgow and St. Andrews.
Union officials say the new collective agreement maintains the Defined Benefit Pension Plan for all current employees, and for those members not yet eligible to join the plan. New employees will enter into a Defined Contribution Pension Plan with matching contributions.
The deal also includes a two per cent yearly wage increase, job security langauge, a commitment to review certain classifications and pay grade adjustments for one classification.
Unifor says the Credit Union has also agreed to create a women’s advocate positon in the workplace. The advocate would assist women with issues including workplace harassment, and intimate partner violence and abuse.
Ongoing labour issues between a local bank and its workers could come to a head next week.
East Coast Credit Union and Unifor are supposed to go back to the table with a conciliator on the morning on August 1. As of August 3, Unifor will be in a legal strike position, following a July 3rd vote in which 98 per cent of members were in favour of a strike action. The conciliator filed a report on July 19 and a 14 day countdown began.
Jeanne Doiron is Unit chair for the East Coast Credit Union workers who belong to Unifor Local 2107. She says the unit’s contract expired on December 31, 2017 and this is their first contract with East Coast Credit Union, after they merged with the former Bergengren Credit Union. There are 44 workers with the local unit, with members in Antigonish, New Glasgow, and St. Andrews.
Doiron said the issue at hand stems from the defined benefit pension plan, which she said has been in existence for 45 years. She said East Coast Credit Union is demanding a closure of the plan.
With the deadline looming, the parties and a conciliator will meet on August 1 at 9 a.m. Doiron said Unifor is not interested in negotiating a removal of the defined pension plan.
Nova Scotia Business Incorporated has approved a payroll rebate to a growing New Glasgow based e-learning company.
Velsoft has the potential to create up to 30 new jobs related to the expansion of its virtual campus opportunities and line of business. NSBI says based on the maximum growth forecast of the agreement, Velsoft could spend 4.5 million dollars in salaries.
It is estimated the company could earn a rebate of up to 315-thousand dollars over five years. The company would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer jobs.
Police have charged three people after a raid on a cannabis dispensary in New Glasgow Monday. The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the New Glasgow Police searched Scotia Green Inc. at 559 East River Road. Officers seized a quantity of marijuana, resin, derivatives and cash.
A 32-year-old Mount Uniacke man is charged with one count of production of a controlled substance, and two counts each of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
A 56-year-old Trenton woman and a 43-year-old woman from Pictou have both been charged with two counts of trafficking and two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. All have been released from custody and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.
A 36-year-old man wanted by New Glasgow Police in connection with a robbery at a tavern last fall has been arrested.
Shawn Daniel Bonvie was picked up on a warrant by Halifax Police yesterday. Bonvie was detained stemming from a robbery that occured at a tavern on Stewart Street in New Glasgow on October 12th. Police say a lone suspect entered the tavern and demanded money. One staff member was in the business and was grabbed, assaulted and forced into a room. The employee sustained minor injuries.
Bonvie is charged with Robbery, Unlawful Confinement, Uttering Threats, Breach of Probation, Failing to Attend Court, and Sexual Assault from an unrelated matter.
New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating a vehicle-pedestrian collision that occurred in the town last night. Police say shortly after 6 Monday night, officers were dispatched to the scene on Victoria Street involving a cargo truck and an 86-year-old male pedestrian.
Preliminary investigation has determined the pedestrian was in the intersection when he was struck by the cargo truck. The pedestrian was transported by EHS personnel to the Aberdeen Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.