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                              NEWS FOR JULY 28/14


This year was a better year for strawberry farmers in the province.
Strawberry producers used an early spray program to help fight a virus that attacked plants, resulting in smaller yields and smaller berries.
The warmer weather also helped, but some crops were hindered by post-tropical storm Arthur.

A couple of fishing groups in Nova Scotia say they weren't consulted about the provincial government's proposal to add a levy of five cents per pound of lobster.
Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell said last week that the government is preparing legislation to be introduced in the fall that would allow it to collect the five-cent levy, three cents more than what a report recommended last year.
A three-member panel that reviewed the lobster industry proposed a two-cent levy, with one cent cent coming from fishermen and the other from buyers and processors.
Ashton Spinney of the L-34 Management Board in southwestern Nova Scotia says there's been no consultation with fishermen about the government's levy proposal.

The Kings branch of the Nova Scotia SPCA is planing to build a cat sanctuary.
The Gatto, which is Italian for cat, will be built on the land ajecent to the Waterville SPCA and will provide shelter for up to 100 feral cats.
The project is expected to cost $30,000 and they are hoping to have it open this fall.

Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. has announced it is purchasing a potential Nova Scotia natural gas export site from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
The firm says the deal to purchase the Bear Head site outside Port Hawkesbury, is worth about $11 million and is scheduled to close at the end of next month.
The Australian firm says the project could lead to exports of LNG from the Nova Scotia port to European markets.
There are currently two other LNG export sites proposed for the province's eastern coast.

About 80,000 people showed up on the streets of Halifax, Saturday, amongst a sea of rainbows, bubbles, water guns, and blasting Cher music  to show their support for the Pride Parade.

Support for the event has largely grown  within the community since it's first run in 1987. According to organizers, about 2500 people directly participated in the parade- it had 106 floats in it this year.

Commnunications director, Dylan White, mentioned how much successful this years' parade was and how encouraging it's been to see societal attitudes changing, adding "That's exactly what we want. We want people to be comfortable here".

A top judge in the province says he's surprised at the positive impact of live-tweeting in the courts.
Supreme Court Chief Justice, Joseph Kennedy, says it's the closest thing to gavel-to-gavel coverage he's seen.
He let reporters use Twitter inside the courtroom during the criminal trial of Halifax lawyer Lyle Howe.
The provincial courts relaxed their rules for live-tweeting earlier this year. 

A new Bank of Montreal poll suggests the biggest financial worries that most Canadians have about their retirement years concern health and medical costs.
74% of respondents said they expect medical costs will be the biggest drain on their finances in their senior years.
57% said they expect food, clothing, and other day-to-day essentials to hit them hardest in the pocketbook.
Housing, long-term care, and travel expenses were next. 

The death toll is climbing in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are battling Ukrainian forces.
At least eight civilians were reportedly killed this morning during fighting in Luhansk and Donetsk -- two cities held by the rebels.
Ukrainian forces are trying to gain control of the area where the Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down 11 days ago, killing all 298 people aboard

Tim Clark won the RBC Canadian Open after coming from behind in the final round at Royal Montreal. He shot a 5-under 65 to jump over American Jim Furyk. Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Saskatchewan was the top Canadian, finishing seventh at 10-under.

In the majors, The  Jays downed the Yankees 5-4






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