Road Construction - Wyse Road

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that asphalt patching will take place tomorrow, Oct. 2, on Wyse Road, from Boland Road to Symonds Street.

This work will not take place during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Lane drops will be in place; motorists should expect delays and are asked to use alternative routes, if possible.


Source: Release

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Kings District RCMP lay human trafficking and prostitution charges, Greenwich, N.S.



Kings District RCMP have laid human trafficking and prostitution-related charges against a Lower Sackville Man following a three month investigation.

After receiving information from the community in early July about potential prostitution activity in the area, Kings District General Investigation Section, with assistance from the Valley Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit and Kings District RCMP, began an investigation.

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Penalties Increasing for Distracted Drivers

Nova Scotia is getting tougher on people who use cellphones while driving.

Beginning Feb. 1, fines for texting and using hand-held cellphones while driving will increase, and demerit points will be added.

"Put your phone away or turn it off before you start to drive," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. "There is no call or text worth losing a life. Don't take the chance. Pay attention to the road, not the phone."

The increased fines and new demerit points mean Nova Scotia will soon have some of the strongest fines in the county for using hand-held cellphones, or texting, while driving.

Currently, fines range from $176.45 for a first offence to $348.95 for a third, or subsequent offence. As of Feb. 1, the fines will increase to $233.95 for a first offence to $578.95 for a third or subsequent offence. Four demerit points will be added if convicted.

For people with learner's licences, four points would suspend their licence for six months. For an experienced driver with a clean record, 10 points brings a six-month suspension.

There are exemptions for using a cellphone to report an emergency.

Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act for using hand-held cellphones and texting while driving were tabled in November 2010 but not proclaimed.


Source: Release
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Unique Fire Safety Program Targets Youth

A unique initiative launched in Nova Scotia today, Oct. 1, will encourage youth to become leaders in fire safety.

The Nova Scotia Office of the Fire Marshal is participating in a national initiative that provides teachers across the country with lesson plans on fire safety, and encourages every household to test and replace their smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11.

"We're thrilled to have the participation of our fire departments in this national program of the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners," said Harold Pothier, Nova Scotia's Fire Marshal. "Fire departments and school teachers in our communities have long had a unique partnership in teaching children about fire safety that can leave a lasting impression on students and prevent tragedies years down the road."

The initiative is expected to reach up to 100,000 students across Canada during Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month! It will be supported by local fire departments and the campaign's website www.safeathome.ca .

"Fire is very unpredictable and can travel a lot faster than most people think," said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. "This initiative is a great way to educate our youth on the importance of fire safety and, through them, educate their parents as students will take this information into their homes.

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Treaty Day Celebrated

The importance of the treaty relationship and the achievements and leadership of Mi'kmaq elders and youth were honoured in a Treaty Day ceremony today, Oct. 1.

"Treaty Day provides an opportunity for the Mi'kmaq and other Nova Scotians to come together to celebrate the significance of the treaty relationship and to recognize the important contributions from Mi'kmaq youth and elders," said Premier Stephen McNeil.

During the Treaty Day awards ceremony, provincial officials and Mi'kmaq representatives presented awards to elders and youth from Mi'kmaq communities across the province. The award winners for 2014 are:

Grand Chief Donald Marshall Senior Memorial Elder Award
-- Bernie Francis (Membertou)
-- Libby Meuse (Sipekne'katik), presented posthumously

Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Achievement Award
-- Arden Joseph Bernard (Eskasoni)
-- Jaden Nevin MacDonald (Sipekne'katik)

Sister Dorothy Moore Educational Scholarship
-- Helena Noelle Sack (Sipekne'katik)
-- Shannon Marie Googoo (Waycobah)
-- Jacob Gale (Eskasoni)
-- Kylie Cabot (Eskasoni)

Grand Chief Donald Marshall Senior Memorial Scholarship
-- Graduate: Jennifer Sylliboy (Eskasoni)
-- Undergraduate: Nathan Pay (Millbrook)

"Treaty Day is an opportunity for the government of Nova Scotia to recognize the important contribution of the Mi'kmaq to the province's history, culture and economy," said Premier McNeil.

Treaty Day began in 1986 with the signing of a proclamation by then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr., and marks the beginning of Mi'kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.


Source: Release
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NS Traffic Updates Around The Province This Week

NEW WORK
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DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge

Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road will be closed at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept 29 until Friday, Oct. 31, to replace the bridge deck.

Detour route in place.

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HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fall River Roundabout

Construction of a modern roundabout at the intersection of Highway 2 and the ramps from Highway 102 and Highway 118 begins Sunday, Sept. 28.

Work will take place at night (between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekends). The work will be completed in late December. Even though the work will be taking place at night, delays are possible during the day.

Drivers should plan extra time for their trip and use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Use an alternate route if possible.
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HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1, Falmouth

Trunk 1 from the Windsor Town Line to Lighthouse Road in Mount Denson will have stop and go traffic for repaving from Tuesday, Sept. 30 until Friday, Oct. 31.

Work takes place from dawn to dusk.

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CONTINUING WORK
        
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ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River

Traffic on Highway 104 is detoured for one kilometre to Dunns Loop until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h through the detour.

Drivers should use extra caution in the area.
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CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Narrows Road, Georges River

The Grand Narrows Road in Georges River has lane closures for culvert work and ditching. Work is about three kilometres west of Highway 105 and will end Tuesday, Sept. 30.

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CAPE BRETON COUNTY REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105

Sections of Highway 105, from Grand Narrows Road east to the Pleasant Street/Route 305 overpass and on-ramp, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs, repaving, and guardrail upgrades until Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Work will take place from sunrise to sunset, but there may be some night work. Drivers should use extra caution in the area and be prepared for delays.

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CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Little Bras d'Or

Traffic on Highway 105 (Trans Canada Highway), between Exit 17 and 18 near the Little Bras d'Or bridge, is reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly until Friday, Oct. 3.

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CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Port Morien

Traffic on sections of Route 255, between Homeville and Port Morien is reduced to one lane for clearing work until Friday, Oct. 31.

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CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge

The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, there is a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route is marked.

The shuttle bus schedule is available at novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp .

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COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River

Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River, until September 2015.

A detour bridge allows two lanes of traffic in both directions, however, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area.

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road

Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, Cumberland Co., is closed until further notice.

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Halfway River Flat Bridge

Trunk 2, from Canaan Road to Lakelands Road, is closed for timber bridge repairs on the Halfway River Flat Bridge until Friday, Oct. 3.

A detour is in place.

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GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge

The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place.

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GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road

There are alternating lane closures on South River Lake Road for road upgrading, including gravelling and paving. Work is taking place at the intersection of Larrys River Road and moving west. Work will finish Friday, Oct. 17.

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HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Night Work, Highway 102

During nighttime hours, northbound traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane between Exit 2B at Larry Uteck Boulevard and Exit 4 in Bedford. On weekdays, lane reductions will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, lane reductions will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m.

There will be similar lane reductions on southbound lanes between the Hammonds Plains Road Interchange (Exit 3A) and Larry Uteck Boulevard. On weekdays, southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On weekends, lanes will be reduced between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Drivers should be prepared for delays, or use alternate routes. Work will last until the end of November.

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HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 354 (Beaver Bank Road)

Sections of Route 354 (Beaver Bank Road), from the Hants County line south for about seven kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving.

Traffic is controlled by flag people and a pilot vehicle. The work is scheduled to be finished Tuesday, Sept. 30.

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HANTS COUNTY: Route 202

Route 202, in the West Gore area, has stop-and-go traffic with a pilot vehicle for gravelling and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Work takes place from dawn to dusk.

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HANTS COUNTY: Route 236

Traffic on Route 236, between Route 215 and Gosse Bridge, is reduced to one lane to allow for slope repairs. The work is scheduled to be completed Tuesday, Sept. 30.

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HANTS COUNTY: Route 277

Traffic on sections of Route 277, between Old Trunk Road and Hurshman Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30.
        
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HANTS COUNTY: Woodville Road and Ashdale Road

Sections of Woodville Road, from Ashdale Road south to Ardoise School House Road, and Ashdale Road, from Woodville Road, west for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving.

Drivers should use caution and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. Work will be completed at the end of October.

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INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge

Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road.

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INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 4, Port Hawkesbury

Sections of Highway 4, from the Port Hastings rotary at the intersection with Highway 105, east for about three kilometres, will have stop-and-go traffic for repaving. Traffic control people and pilot vehicles are onsite.

Work takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of September.

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INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road

The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction.

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KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Lane Reduction

Traffic on Highway 101 near Coldbrook is reduced to one lane during work on the railway overpass 500 metres west of Exit 14.

Traffic will be controlled 24 hours a day by traffic signals. Work will be completed at the end of September.

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KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge

Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice.

The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road.

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LUNENBURG COUNTY: Forties Road

Traffic on sections of Forties Road, from the intersection of Fraxville Road to the intersection of Barss Corner Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving. Work is scheduled to be completed at the end of September.

Traffic is controlled by flag people.

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LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hirtle Road and Llewellyn Road

Hirtle Road, from Highway 103 toward Route 331, and Llewellyn Road, from Hirtle Road to Highway 103, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.

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LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 332

Route 332, from Riverport Bridge towards Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.

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LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge

Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge will remain open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area.

The new, two-lane bridge will be completed in 2015.

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LUNENBURG/QUEENS COUNTIES: Road Paving

Sections of the following roads are reduced to one lane for repaving:
-- Cherryfield Road: various sections from the intersection of Highway 10 to East Dalhousie
-- Crousetown Road: between Conquerall Mills Road and Italy Cross Road
-- Vaughn Road: from Highway 3 to end of road
-- West Street (Queens County): from the Town of Liverpool north for about two kilometres.

Work on these roads will be completed by the end of October.

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PICTOU COUNTY: Alma Road

Alma Road, from Sylvester Road north to Route 376, about four kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347

Route 347, from the intersection of Garden of Eden Church Loop to the intersection of Woods Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Delays are expected. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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PICTOU COUNTY: Stewart Road

Stewart Road, from Route 376 west to Durham Road, about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4

Traffic on sections of Highway 4, west for about seven kilometres from east of MacNabs Bridge, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Monday, Dec. 1.

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VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge

Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected.



Source: Provincial Release
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Traffic Delays - Mi'kmaq Treaty Day Procession

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that there will likely be some traffic delays in downtown Halifax on Wednesday, Oct. 1, as a procession marking Mi’kmaq Treaty Day makes its way to Grand Parade.

The procession of about 200 people will leave St. Mary’s Basilica on Spring Garden Road at about 10:30 a.m., turning left onto Barrington Street and travelling north to Grand Parade. Halifax Regional Police will be on site to direct traffic and accompany the procession through the streets.

Motorists should expect some traffic delays during the procession and are encouraged to use alternative routes, if possible. The municipality apologizes in advance for any inconvenience.

For more information on Mi’kmaq Treaty Day, please visit http://www.unsi.ns.ca/treaty-day/.


Source: Release

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Road Closure - South Street

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that South Street in Halifax will be closed to traffic between Queen Street and Barrington Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, to allow crews to pave the road.

The closure will also affect a number of side streets. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, access to Church Street from Morris Street, and access to Harvey Street from Barrington Street will be restricted to local traffic only. There will be manned barricades in place to facilitate access.

Motorists should expect long delays in the area that day and are asked to use alternative routes, if possible. This work is part of a larger project to upgrade watermains and improve street infrastructure in the neighbourhood.

The municipality apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this closure or the ongoing work may cause.


Source: Release

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Zombie Paintball In Mt. Uniacke !

This could be a time:

“It starts this Friday and will run every weekend during the month of October including Sunday nights. You get to shoot zombies with paintballs but not get shot at – win win!!

If you go on the Facebook page, there is also a cool video about the whole storyline (Hypersportz Paintball Zombie Hunt). Or check out the Hyper Promotions website for info:

http://hyperpromotions.ca/paintball-zombie-hunt/

Really fun. Hope people will come out!”

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Sidewalk Closure - Hollis Street

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that the sidewalk on one side of Hollis Street between Duke and George streets will be closed to pedestrians on Friday, Oct. 3, for the Easter Seals Drop Zone fundraiser.

Drop Zone involves participants propelling down the side of the office building at 1801 Hollis St. to raise money and awareness of Nova Scotians with disabilities.

To ensure the safety of those taking part in the event and any people walking below, the sidewalk alongside the building will be closed from 6 a.m. until about 6 p.m. Friday.

This event will not affect vehicle traffic in the area, and pedestrians will still be able to use the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street.

For more information on Easter Seals and the Drop Zone event, please visit http://www.easterseals.ns.ca/.


Source: Release

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Traffic Delays - Mi'kmaq Treaty Day Procession

 

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that there will likely be some traffic delays in downtown Halifax on Wednesday, Oct. 1, as a procession marking Mi’kmaq Treaty Day makes its way to Grand Parade.

The procession of about 200 people will leave St. Mary’s Basilica on Spring Garden Road at about 10:30 a.m., turning left onto Barrington Street and travelling north to Grand Parade. Halifax Regional Police will be on site to direct traffic and accompany the procession through the streets.

Motorists should expect some traffic delays during the procession and are encouraged to use alternative routes, if possible. The municipality apologizes in advance for any inconvenience.

For more information on Mi’kmaq Treaty Day, please visit http://www.unsi.ns.ca/treaty-day/.


Source: Release

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A Special Life: Teachable Moments

We are very happy to introduce our latest monthly blog feature called “A Special Life”. We have a few parents on board to contribute (from both our city sites) and are looking forward to reading their insight on raising a child with special needs.

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