Police continue to investigate murder of Jason MacCullough

Jason MacCullough, 19, was mudered in 1999.

Jason MacCullough was mudered in 1999. He was 19 years old.

Today is the 10th anniversary of the murder of Jason MacCullough and the Halifax Regional Police/RCMP Integrated Major Crime Unit continues to investigate the case.

Jason’s body was found on a paved path between 100 and 104 Pinecrest Drive in Dartmouth at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, 1999. There is no indication the 19-year-old was involved in any type of criminal activity, leading investigators to believe his death was a random act.

It is believed Jason was passing through the area while walking home and used the well-known short-cut between the buildings. Investigators believe there were several people in the area at the time of the homicide and strongly believe there were witnesses to the crime. Investigators continue to urge these people to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Halifax Regional Police/RCMP Integrated Major Crime Unit at (902) 490-5333. Anonymous tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

The Government of the Province of Nova Scotia is offering a reward in the amount of $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Jason Allan MacCullough.

HRM Budget Summary

hrm-logo-smThe 2009/2010 HRM Budget maintains current service levels, responds to growth pressures, and allows for some service improvements. HRM is committed to managing its finances to safeguard the future. The value of the average single family home has increased by 4.3% to $180,000. While property tax rates have not increased, the municipal tax bill on average home has gone from $1,440 to $1,500, an increase of $60.

2009 HIGHLIGHTS

Community Planning
-Functional plans to be completed for strategic operating and capital investments.
-Community visions for a number of Regional Plan growth centres.
-Implementation of the recommendations in HRMbyDesign.
-Further improvements to development standards and regulation.

Governance & Communication
-Alignment of Committees of Council underway.
-Begin work on a Council District Boundary Review.
-HRM is the source of information on the region’s plans, priorities and growth.

Infrastructure
-Continued delivery of more community facilities.
-Improved street and sidewalk conditions.
-Park and playground improvement.

Public Safety
-Implementation of the recommendations in the Mayor’s Roundtable on Violence Report.

Transportation
-HRM will continue to make improvements to transit.
-There will be a focus on active transportation initiatives.
-Traffic management initiatives to optimize our existing transportation networks.

New System for Transit Tax
Starting with this year’s tax bill the existing transit taxes will be rearranged into two tax rates.
-A “Regional Transportation” Rate (4.5 cents per $100 of assessment) will cover services such as the MetroLink, MetroX and Ferries. The cost for these regional services will be shared by almost all taxpayers.
-Secondly, “Local transit” routes (such as routes 1 through 89 or community transit) will be paid by those who live within a one-km walk of a transit stop. The tax rate will be 8.8 cents per $100 of assessment.

Transit services don’t just benefit those who take the bus. Better transit leads to less traffic congestion, environmental benefits, and helps prevent the need to widen the road network. Maps and other information are available on the HRM website.

For more information on your tax bill or the HRM 2009-2010 Budget, please visit www.halifax.ca/budget.

Contact:
(902) 490-4000 or 1 (800) 835-6428 (Toll free Nova Scotia Only)
(902) 490-6645-TTY/TDD line (Hearing Impaired):

The call centre hours are seven days a week from 7am to 11pm everyday except New Year’s day and Christmas day.

Watch out for the tremors

Site of the future Larry Uteck Interchange.

Site of the future Larry Uteck Interchange.

BLASTING NOTICE for residents in the vicinity of Bedford South Phase 9B from Rockworks:

Dear Residents,

Please be advised commencing on or about 24 August 2009, blasting operations are expected to commence for Bedford South Phase 9B.

Blasting will take place between the hours of 8am and 6pm, Monday through Friday (no weekends or holidays) for a duration of approximately 3 months.

Every precaution will be taken to ensure safety. Seismograph monitoring will be carried out.

Rockworks Limited will be the company responsible for blasting operations.

Contacts for information regarding this matter are:

Primary Contact-Mike Stiles, Stantec, phone: 497-9614.

Additional Contact-Dave McDougall, Rockworks Limited, phone: 497-5331.

The Larry Uteck Interchange is a necessary component for the final phase of Clayton Developments’ Ravines of Bedford South subdivision.

According to Paul Burgess, Infrastructure and Asset Management Engineer for HRM, “if everything goes well, the interchange is scheduled to be opened August 2010.”

The new development, which is a part of the Bedford South Master Plan, will cover 146 acres (59 hectares) to the east of Highway 102.

The interchange area will feature commercial buildings and could include such things as a grocery store, Canadian Tire and restaurants.

The rest of the development will include a mixture of residential dwellings, including single family homes, townhouses and apartment buildings.

Land has also been set aside for parks and open space.

Local hero bikes across Canada

givetolive Rob Cameron Chris

Medical students Rob Ciccarelli, Cameron Starratt and Chris Farlinger completed their cross-country bike tour to raise money for the GIVETOLIVE charity.

On Thursday, University of Toronto medical students Rob Ciccarelli of Sarnia, Chris Farlinger of Owen Sound, and Bedford’s own Cameron Starratt completed their cross-country bike tour to raise money for the GIVETOLIVE charity which helps fight cancer.

Cam and Rob pedalled away from Vancouver on July 1, sleeping in their tent in fields along the way. They rarely spent money on hotels. Chris joined the pair in Winnipeg, and they wheeled into Fish Hatchery Park on Thursday, August 20, to the delight of friends and family.

Together, they raised over $7,300 for GIVETOLIVE, a charity co-founded by Haligonian Todd MacDonald.

This year, GIVETOLIVE will provide funds to four cancer-related organizations: The Lance Armstrong Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, and a locally-run charity, Craig’s Cause for Pancreatic Cancer.

MLA Kelly Regan was present at the homecoming. “What really impressed me about Cam and his friends”, says Regan, “is that they’ve just spent a year in a gruelling program, and then they go out and do this for their summer ‘vacation’. That, plus the fact that they weren’t spending their nights in hotels. They slept in their tent, and say they managed to get a shower about every six days”.

For more on this charity or to donate visit Cam and Rob’s website at www.camandrob.givetolive.ca.

Young offender arrested after break-and-enter in Bedford

Halifax Regional PoliceA male young offender has been arrested in relation to two break-and-enter thefts in Bedford.

At about 10:45 p.m. on Sunday night, Halifax Regional Police responded to a break-and-enter at a building under construction on Bluewater Road. A security guard on the scene had spotted a male suspect inside the building and contacted police.

A police canine unit tracked the suspect, who was apprehended some distance away. During a subsequent investigation, police linked the suspect to a second break-in at a home in the area and recovered a vehicle that was reported stolen a few days earlier.

The suspect was arrested and will appear in youth court on Monday to face numerous charges.

Bye Bill

Boats seeking refuge were getting knocked around as Hurricane Bill arrived at the Bedford Waterfront on Sunday morning.

Boats seeking refuge were getting knocked around as Hurricane Bill arrived at the Bedford Waterfront on Sunday morning. By 2pm the worst of the storm was over.

Environment Canada has lifted its Tropical Storm warning, as Hurricane Bill heads towards Cape Breton, where a hurricane watch has been issued for Southern Cape Breton.

Hardcore surfers headed out very early Saturday morning to take advantage of the swells before things got too serious. Now that the storm has passed, many are dreaming of the swells that will make for awesome surfing for the next couple of days.

According to the Canadian Hurricane Centre, “the eye of hurricane Bill became evident on conventional radar imagery from gore Nova Scotia early this afternoon and at its closest approach was 75 kilometres south of the Halifax Regional Municipality”.

By early evening most stores around Bedford had reopened, and business went on as usual.

It was remarkable that a storm that “promised” to bring extensive rain and extreme wind caused so little damage, with few Bedford residents losing power.

For flight information visit www.hiaa.ca. Many flights are now coming in and out of Halifax Stanfield International Airport, but there are still delays and cancellations.

Storm bill-ding and heading our way

Hurricane Bill Friday

Hurricane Bill's projected path as of Friday morning. On its current storm track, Bill could hit Atlantic Canada late Sunday.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre is informing the public that “the swell from hurricane Bill will arrive along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia on Saturday. Swell heights near 2 metres will generate rough surf and hazardous rip currents along some beaches. Breaking wave heights on the shoreline may exceed 3 metres”.

Hardcore surfers headed out very early this morning to take advantage of the swells before things get too serious. Once the storm hits, no one wants to be near the waves!

According to the Canadian Hurricane Centre, “tropicl storm warnings will be issued shortly for portions of southwestern Nova Scotia. Hurricane watches will be issued for portions of northeastern Nova Scotia”.

Also, “tropical storm watches will be issued for the remainder of Nova Scotia and eastern Prince Edward Island and southwestern Newfoundland. Rainfall warnings are in effect for all of Nova Scotia and eastern Prince Edward Island for Sunday as the rainbands from Bill make their way onshore and inland”.

According to Environment Canada, “heavy rain is forecast on Sunday as hurricane Bill is expected to track south of Nova Scotia and just north of Sable Island”.

Experts are advising the public to be prepared in case we are faced with an emergency situation. The Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO) has a list of basic supplies in case of an emergency, as well as a list of recommended additional items. Visit www.emo.gov.ns.ca for full list of items.

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