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                             NEWS FOR FEBRUARY 26/15

 

Education minister Karen Casey says she may have to step in to determine how some school boards will make up lost classroom time because of winter storm days.
She says they can use time that otherwise may have been used for scheduled field trips or other events.
But she says if school boards lose 10 days or more, she has the option of ordering classes to open on three Saturdays or on days during March break.
So far West Hants has had 9 storm days while Kings and Annapolis counties have had 8.

The Defence Department says military police in Halifax have arrested a member of the Armed Forces following an investigation into allegations of inappropriate comments posted online from department computers.
A military spokesman says the investigation started Oct. 6 and the arrest was made Tuesday at CFB Shearwater.
The military issued a statement saying no charges have been laid and the identity of the military member is protected by the Privacy Act.
The statement says the allegations of unauthorized use of the department's information system are still under investigation, but there are no other details.


The provincial government has asked a dozen people to lead the province's new, unified health authority.
Health Minister Leo Glavine says the candidates for the Nova Scotia Health Authority will serve as volunteers.
Glavine says the board should become operational on April 1, as promised.
The candidates include industry professionals and former health-care administrators and public servants.
The only Valley representative is Wayne MacDonald, a former chair of the Annapolis West Health Foundation.


Health minister Leo Glavine says legislation aimed at trimming health sector bargaining units to four from 50 doesn't have to ready by April 1.
Glavine says the legislation will likely be the first item dealt with after the legislature convenes for its spring sitting on March 26.
Glavine says there are no plans to recall the house early in order to ensure the bill will be ready for the amalgamation of 10 health boards into two, which is set to occur April 1.


It looks like gas could be on the way up again, but probably not by much.
It is up in New Brunswick today, but only by 1.4 cents a litre.
Our price will be set at midnight.


The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation has recorded a slightly higher profit in its third-quarter results.
For the quarter ended December 28th, the provincial Crown corporation says it earned 62 million dollars in net income.
That's 0.4 per cent higher than the same quarter last year, total sales were 155 million dollars, down 1.1 million.
Meanwhile, sales of Nova Scotia products continue to increase with local wine, cider and craft beer sales up by double-digit percentages.


A former Ontario chief prosecutor says his review of how police and prosecutors initially handled the Rehtaeh Parsons case should be done in the fall.
In an update on his review, Murray Segal says he has met with members of the province's Public Prosecution Service, Parsons' family and police and all have been forthcoming.
The provincial government ordered the review in August 2013 but it was delayed until legal proceedings involving two men charged in Parsons' case concluded.


It looks like you'll have to find something to do with your leaves again this fall.

Leaf collection was cancelled last year because of  budget problems and it's out again this year.
On a positive note though, the fall clean-up which was also cancelled last year is back this year.
However, it's all contingent on Valley Waste's municipal partners approving the budget.


 

 


 

 

 















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