NEWS FOR OCTOBER 22/14
The mayor of Ottawa calls this a sad and tragic day for the city and the country.
Jim Watson made the comments after Ottawa police delivered the grim news that a soldier shot twice at point-blank range at the War Memorial has died.
Watson told residents to think of the guard who was killed and how he was taken from his family and denied his future.
Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau also says a suspect was shot dead inside the Parliament buildings by the sergeant-at-arms.
The Ottawa Civic Hospital says it has two patients in stable condition.
Police will not confirm that there are any other suspects still on the loose.
Officials will only say people should be vigilant and report anything suspicious.
Meanwhile, Canadian Forces bases across the country, such as 14 Wing Greenwood and Camp Aldershot outside Kentville, have been asked to take precautions appropriate to their environments to ensure the safety and security of personnel, equipment and buildings.
Kings RCMP are looking for help in finding who was responsible for vandalism at the West Kings High School football field.
It happened sometime after the team played Sunday and according to the Mounties they have video showing a light colored car and a dark truck driving behind the school at approximately 10:30 Sunday night.
They'd like anyone who might have information to give them a call.
The field was extensively damaged and will need a lot of work to repair it.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court's ruling that ordered the provincial government to cover the costs of medical marijuana for a woman who bought the drug from an unlicensed outlet.
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court ordered the province in February to reimburse Sally Armstrong over 28 thousand dollars after she provided invoices for marijuana she bought from the Cannabis Buyers's Club of Canada.
The appeal court has set aside that decision, ruling that the receipts Armstrong provided do not constitute proper documentation for medical marijuana because the Cannabis Buyers' Club does not meet the criteria to legally supply the drug.
In their ruling, the three appeal court justices said the money that the province has paid should be returned without delay.
Armstrong, who is on social assistance, has a prescription for medical marijuana.
Businesses in the province that spend more than $15 million in capital projects will be eligible for a tax credit in January to offset 15 per cent of their costs.
Economic Development Minister Michel Samson says the credit is aimed at attracting and retaining large manufacturers and processors.
The provincial government estimates the cost of offering the tax credit will be about $30 million annually, depending on uptake.
Samson also introduced legislative amendments that would require the province's economic development agencies to produce five-year strategic plans, with the first one due March 1.
A Kings County resident wants to spread the word about the danger of animal traps.
Krystol Bell says she was running with her dog on Butler Road off Highway 12 when the dog got caught in a trap near the edge of the road.
She contacted Natural Resources only to find out traps are allowed on roads not maintained by the Department of Transportation.
She says the dog will be fine, she just wants to prevent other accidental trappings by letting people know that a trap could be on a non public road or path and doesn't have to be marked.
The deputy minister of Health says it will take at least another two years to modernize the fee-code structure doctors use to bill for their services.
Peter Vaughn told the legislature's public accounts committee the fee schedule has not kept up with technological change and a project is ongoing to address that problem.
Vaughn says work that began a year ago will also help address fee monitoring problems flagged in a report released in May by the auditor general.
The report said the department pays about $251 million per year to doctors under plans that are not fee-for-service, but didn't know if the contract requirements were being met.
Sales of locally produced wine, cider and craft beer went up over the summer at Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation outlets.
Total sales between June 30 and Sept. 28 reached $169 million, a slight increase when compared with the same period last year.
Profits rose by $2.1 million to $69 million.
The company says the sale of cider and craft beer had especially big gains, up 62.8 per cent to $400,000 and 28.9 per cent to $1.5 million, respectively.
Wine sales went up 9.4 per cent to $3.5 million.