NEWS FOR MAY 29/2015
There are issues at Kentville's Centennial Arena.
A structural problem was discovered during a recent inspection and maintenance.
A more thorough assessment is being done to determine the extent of the problem which means the arena is closed.
Officials say they're anticipating a closure of 2 to 4 weeks, but it could be longer based on what's found.
Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay has confirmed he won't run for re-election this fall, ending a nearly 20-year run as a member of Parliament.
MacKay made the announcement today alongside Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who travelled to Nova Scotia to be there in person.
Harper paid tribute to MacKay as an outstanding public servant, a great person and ``a historic figure'' for his role in helping to forge the modern-day Conservative party.
MacKay was at the helm of the Progressive Conservatives when it merged with the Canadian Alliance in 2003.
Police say a man who had barricaded himself inside a home in Ellershouse surrendered without incident.
RCMP say the 63-year-old was arrested around 11:15 last night.
The man was taken for a medical assessment and remains in police custody.
The Mounties say there is no decision yet on potential charges.
More metal objects have been found in food, but not just potatoes.
Police in Halifax are investigating the discovery of a razor blade in an egg carton bought at a farmer's market.
The eggs were packaged in a regular carton and police say the vendor typically uses cartons returned by customers.
Halifax Police are also investigating another incident involving a metal object in a potato.
Police say a woman bought the bag of River Valley potatoes three to four weeks ago and found a nail yesterday inside a potato she'd cooked.
Kentville council has held the line on the residential tax rate and even managed to reduce the commercial rate.
The residential rate hasn't moved in 4 years and is still at $1.49.
The commercial rate dropped a penny to $3.54 and is now down 7 cents in the last 4 years.
Nine municipalities from Kings County to Yarmouth have teamed up to celebrate Canada's 150 birthday in 2017.
The mayors and wardens have agreed to support a regional heritage and cultural funding strategy.
The agreement allows for a not for profit municipal corporation to be created which gives more flexibility in getting funding.
The next step will be the development of a detailed promotional strategy to showcase the areas cultural contribution to Canada.
The operator of the ferry between Yarmouth and Maine says it will bring more passengers to the province in the early part of the tourism season than it did last year.
Danny Morton says to date 16 bus tours have booked passage on the vessel up until late June and early July compared with one during the same period last year.
Overall, the company says 80 motor coaches are expected to use the ferry this year compared to 19 last year.
In addition, pre-booked passenger sales are higher for every day in June.
The service starts Monday.
A tobacco firm is launching a legal challenge to the province's legislation to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco including menthol.
That law is set to come into effect on Sunday.
Imperial Tobacco Canada says the province is exceeding its legal authority with the ban.
A lawyer with the Canadian Cancer Society says the province has little to fear legally from the challenge.