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                             NEWS FOR OCTOBER 31/14

 
Justin Bourque has been sentenced to serve 75 years in prison before becoming eligible to apply for parole for the June 4 shooting rampage that killed three RCMP officers and wounded two others in Moncton.
Judge David Smith of the Court of Queen's Bench in New Brunswick delivered his precedent-setting ruling today after a sentencing hearing earlier this week during which Bourque apologized to the families of the Mounties he shot.
Bourque's sentence is the harshest in Canada since the last executions in 1962.

Two years after twin brothers were killed in a car crash in Annapolis County, a man has been sent to prison.
Fifty year old Keith Bent of Young's Cove pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was sentenced to 33 months in jail.
He had been charged with drunk driving offences in the deaths of 72 year old Morris and Paul Longmire of Parker's Cove.

The number of executives to operate the province's health system will be trimmed by half once the government reduces the number of health boards from 10 to 2.
Annapolis Valley Health boss Janet Knox, the CEO-designate of the new health authority, says she will operate with eight vice-presidents instead of the current 32.
Two executive directors will also be hired for four regional zones with offices in Kentville, Sydney, Truro and Halifax.
The government has said the reduction in the number of executives will save it $5 million.

Two Port Williams residents face charges after a drug bust this week.
Police searched a large barn near the community and found 76 marijuana plants.
The property owner had a license to grow, but was over the limit so 36 plants were seized.
A further search resulted in the seizure of 31 thousand grams of packaged marijuana.
A 34 year old man and 32 year old woman face charges.

A multi vehicle crash at about 8:20 this morning closed Highway 101 between Coldbrook and the New Ross Road.
Seven vehicles were involved, but amazingly no one was seriously injured.
It's believed the blinding sun played a part in the crash.

Wolfville RCMP are still looking for public help in solving a tragic crime.
Sunday will mark the one year anniversary of a hit and run that changed the life of 23 year old Tasha Hope-Simpson.
She was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot by the Subway and lost part of her left leg.
The Moutnies quickly recovered the vehicle, but couldn't determine who was driving.
They feel people in the community know who it was and would like anyone who has information to contact them.

The federal government is helping a Kings County winery expand.
ACOA is providing Benjamin Bridge Winery with a repayable contribution of almost 340 thousand dollars.
Benjamin Bridge is establishing itself in the national and international markets and will use the money to increase their capacity for export.
They currently operate on 60 acres and have plans for an additional 40 acres of vineyard.

The provincial government wants a review of a recent forest harvest in the Panuke Lake area near Windsor.
The work was carried out with a license from the Natural Resources Department because the land is a travel corridor for wildlife, including the mainland moose.
But since the work was done environmental groups have complained the land was improperly harvested.
The Mersey Woodlands Advisory Committee, consisting of different interest groups, will do the investigation.

Two Canadian CF-18 fighters have conducted their first combat mission over Iraq, but bad weather west of Baghdad prevented them from striking any Islamic State targets.
An Aurora out of Greenwood flew a surveillance mission over the northwestern part of the country at the same time. 
The missions took place Thursday, but the military did not release details until today.

The Halifax Chronicle Herald issued layoff notices to 20 unionized newspaper employees today in a bid to cut costs.
Herald CEO Mark Lever says the move was made because of declining advertising and sluggish revenues.
The company says the number of layoffs could be reduced if the union agrees to concessions on pension cost sharing, mileage and a planned wage increase.

 


 

 

 

 

















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