NS work to rule UPDATE

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2017-01-12 04:03:54

Youth basketball coaches in Cumberland County are disappointed their teams have been shut out of Cumberland North Academy becasue of the ongoing labour dispute between teachers and the McNeil government.

During the teachers work to rule, players are shut out of Cumberland County schools unless their teams had a community use agreement signed before the start of the teachers job action.

Meanwhile, Ski Wentworth plans to have a shuttle bus to get students to the ski hill during the teachers work to rule campaign.

It will run from Truro on Thursdays and Fridays and from Amherst on Thursdays, at least for this month.

For more, get in touch with Ski Wentworth.

Funerals for a Nova Scotia murder-suicide case

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2017-01-12 03:55:03

A funeral service took place yesterday for Lionel Desmond and his mother Brenda -- and the funeral for his wife Shanna and their 10-year-old daughter Aaliyah will be held today in Tracadie.

Desmond -- a former Afghan war veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder -- shot the two women and the girl before turning a gun on himself in Upper Big Tracadie last week.

Isle Haute proposal

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2017-01-12 03:53:59

Cumberland Colchester MP Bill Casey will continue to push the federal government to make Isle Haute a national wildlife area.

The island is 18 kilometers from the shore of Kings County, and is easily visible.

Casey wants it to be a sanctuary for several species like the great cormorant and the great blue heron.

Casey added that Spanish gold was found on the island in 1952.

Right now, the island is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Valley officials off to China

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2017-01-12 03:53:32

A delegation from The Valley is heading to China today.

Annapolis County Warden Timothy Habinski and County CAO John Ferguson are leading the delegation which also inlcudes Annapolis Basin Conference Centre president Beth Earle and county CAO John Ferguson.

One of the goals is to attract more Chinese students to study here.

Valley walk

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2017-01-12 03:52:59

Angela McMullen of Smith's Cove has organized a Candlelight Walk to Honour Single Mothers.

That will start this Saturday night at 6:30 at the Bill Benson Memorial Building, beside the Royal Canadian Legion; in Bear River.

It will last about 35 minutes.

The walk is to honour and acknowledge women who are supporting their children with minimal resources.

NS dietary case

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2017-01-12 03:52:01

A discrimination case by social assistance recipients over the province's special diet allowance has been sent back to the Human Rights Commission.

A judge ruled the commission unreasonably dismissed the claim by five women who complained the province hasn't increased the maximum special diet allowance since 1996.

Applicants can get up to a maximum of $150 a month for health-related dietary needs.

Dairy concerns

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2017-01-12 03:50:55

The dairy industry in Atlantic Canada is being hit hard by layoffs.

Agropur and Saputo, both in Quebec; are laying off almost 350 people, beginning April 1.

The two companies say they are realigning their sales and merchandising structure.

Stores will now be responsible for putting the milk in the coolers after its delivered.

In recent years, Agropur has bought out Farmers and Scotsburn dairies; among others in the Maritimes.

NS jobs online

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2017-01-12 03:49:17

Candidates for provincial government jobs now have an easier time.

Job listings are being posted online.

Public Service Minister Labi Kousoulis say the new system is aimed at attracting the best candidates, reducing paperwork; and allowing for quicker internal processing.

Russian sanctions

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2017-01-12 03:47:48

A spokesman for the new foreign affairs minister says Ottawa isn't interested in bargaining with Russia on Chrystia Freeland's behalf.

Freeland was put on the Kremlin's sanctions list in 2014 in retaliation for the sanctions Canada placed on Russia over the invasion of Crimea.

Freeland's people are rejecting suggestions from Moscow it could lift its sanctions against Freeland in exchange for Canada lifting sanctions against Russia.

Sports

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2017-01-12 03:45:56

In Q-League action, the Mooseheads beat the Islanders 4-1 at the Scotiabank Centre, as the Titans shut down the Wldcats 7-0 at the Coliseum. The Screaming Eagles beat the Volitigeurs 7-3 at Centre 200.

In the NHL, the Habs beat the Jets 7 to 4. Calgary got past San Jose 3 to 2.

On the hardwood at Harbour Station, the Riptide beat the Orangeville A's 125-112.

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