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                             NEWS FOR NOVEMBER 24/14

You can now add select Styrofoam items to your curbside recycling.
The program was launched last week by Valley Waste in partnership with Scotia Recycling Limited and is the first of its kind in the province.
Residents and businesses in Kings and Annapolis counties
 can now place most Styrofoam items in their blue bag with plastic, metal and glass recyclables.

The 2014 Child and Family Poverty Report shows that Kentville has the second highest rate of child poverty in the province.
The author of the report, Dr. Lesley Frank, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Acadia University, says that we are not likely to see a reverse of the trend of increasing child poverty rates in the province unless both the federal and provincial governments make serious investments to do so.
Cape Breton is the only other part of the province with higher child poverty rates than Kentivlle.

Police in Halifax have laid a charge of first-degree murder against a man in connection with the disappearance of a woman reported missing more than four months ago.

Catherine Miller was last in contact with her family on July 15 and and even though her remains have not been found they have ruled the case a homicide.
29-year-old Jason James Johnson is also charged with indecently interfering with a dead human body in addition to the first-degree murder charge.
Police say their investigation is ongoing and have asked anyone with information on Miller's disappearance or homicide to come forward.

A second young man accused in a case in Halifax that gained worldwide attention has pleaded guilty to a charge of distributing child pornography.
The man can't be named because he was a minor at the time of the offence in the fall of 2011.
Earlier this month, a 20-year-old man who pleaded guilty to making child pornography, admitted taking a photograph of another male youth, who smiled and gave a thumbs up while having sex with a 15-year-old girl, who was vomiting out a window.
The girl's parents say she was bullied for months as a result of the photo being circulated.
She died after she was taken off life-support following a suicide attempt in the spring of 2013. 

Ottawa will spend 200-million dollars over six years to support the mental health needs of military members, veterans and their families.
The money was announced yesterday in Halifax by Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino.
Also announced was the construction of a new operational stress injury clinic, slated to open in Halifax next fall.
Fantino also promised yesterday that more than 1.1 billion dollars in unspent money from his department over seven years will still go to programs for veterans.

Fisheries minister says the Maritime provinces likely won't start collecting a lobster levy this year as promised.
The pledge from the Maritime provinces to have a levy in place before the end of the year to support the region's struggling lobster industry is facing a delay.
Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell says there are still many details to work out with the industry.
The levy would see lobster fishermen and the onshore side of the industry each pay one cent per pound of lobster caught to cover the cost of advertising campaigns and other strategies to promote the product.

A Nova Scotia man whose life sentence may have been the result of a wrongful murder conviction has been granted bail.
Glen Eugene Assoun was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1999 for the stabbing death of his girlfriend.
The federal Justice Department said recently that a preliminary assessment shows there may have been a miscarriage of justice and a more in-depth investigation has been launched into his case.
Assoun is to leave Nova Scotia on Wednesday to an undisclosed province, where he will be staying with family.
He will also be subject to electronic monitoring.

The Canadian Forces says a soldier who died at CFB Petawawa in eastern Ontario was doing mechanical work on an armoured vehicle when he suffered a fatal injury.
A spokesperson says 27-year-old Craftsman Kyle Sinclair of Barrie, Ontario was working on a Coyote patrol vehicle inside a hangar Friday night when the accident occurred -- but that's all he`d say.
Sinclair was rushed to an Ottawa hospital, but died shortly before midnight while surrounded by friends and family.
The military is investigating. 

Police in Nova Scotia say a young man is dead and another has been arrested after a crash in Enfield.

RCMP say the vehicle left the road and flipped on its side Friday evening.
They say the passenger in the vehicle, a 21-year-old man, died at the scene.
The driver, a 22-year-old man, was not injured and was arrested for impaired driving causing death.

The International Security Forum in Halifax has been targeted by ISIL.
Forum president Peter Van Praagh issued a statement Saturday  saying the group was sending messages to participants and circulating a propaganda video while using the forum's hashtag HISF2014.
Van Praagh says while they cannot control the use of the forum's hashtag, they are monitoring the situation.
Hundreds of delegates are gathering at the forum this weekend, including Defence Minister Rob Nicholson and US Senator John McCain.

Someone who bought a lottery ticket in northwestern New Brunswick is 100-thousand dollars richer.

Atlantic Lottery Corporation's website says a ticket sold in Madawaska County for Friday night's TAG draw matched all six digits.
The winning TAG number is 510456.

Vancouver defeated the Blackhawks 4-1, New York shut out the Habs 5-0, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Jets 4-2.






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