The Dome is up!

Gary Martin DomeThe inflatable dome ice facility at Rocky Lake is a dream come true. It took volunteer team work to do it, but it was done-on budget and on schedule.

The new facility already has a name-The Gary Martin Dome.

By early fall, the ice will be in, the skaters will be on, and the residents of HRM (Waverley, Fall River, Sackville, Timberlea, Beaver Bank, Bedford and Hammonds Plains) will be one step closer to having the full range of recreational facilities they deserve.

With the construction of the Gary Martin Dome, Phase I is complete. Phase I included the purchase of 50 acres of land in the geographic centre of HRM.

This project site is strategically positioned at the crossroads of transportation routes within the region.

A favourable Environmental Assessment and a generous grant from the Province of Nova Scotia’s Office of Economic Development permitted the Rocky Lake Development Association to move forward with construction of the Gary Martin Dome.

Yeadon Air Supported Structures, a leader in constructing recreational domes in North America will, working with Rocky Lake Development, complete the project by fall, 2009.

The Dome will help relieve the immediate and critical need for ice time in HRM.

RLDA hit the funding target and reached the development objective for Phase I. Now the volunteers are rolling up their sleeves to move forward and finish the job of developing a first class multi-use recreational facility that will be the pride of HRM.

Phase II will see the construction of twin ice surfaces. One rink will contain 1,500 seats and the other five hundred seats, along with sports and spectator services.

Giffels Design-Built Inc has designed the facility and completed the site testing work.

Phase III, the Rocky Lake Commons will have two soccer fields, a track, tennis courts, a field house, as well as basketball courts and gym facilities-this will be the best sport and recreation facility in Nova Scotia. Andy Lynch, of Lydon Lynch Architects, designed it.

This region of HRM is growing, and recreational needs are growing with it.

Rocky Lake Commons will satisfy those needs for years to come. It will provide first-rate recreational facilities for people of all ages to keep fit and stay healthy.

A community that cares about and supports the health of its residents is a community that understands how active living contributes to the quality of our lives.

It is a community that derives its strength from the health and happiness of its people.

13 arrested in raids; Human trafficking among charges

handcuffsEarly this morning, RCMP and Halifax Regional Police executed 25 warrants at 15 residences throughout Halifax Regional Municipality during a coordinated series of raids dubbed Operation Intercede.

The raids took place at residences in Porters Lake, North Preston, Cole Harbour, Dartmouth and Halifax, as well as Moncton, New Brunswick. As a result of the operation, 13 individuals were arrested; two arrests are still outstanding.

A total of 13 individuals ranging in age from 15 to 49 face over 60 charges under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Noteworthy criminal charges resulting from the operation include:

  • Using a firearm with the intent to wound
  • Conspiracy to traffic in illegal firearms and other weapons offences
  • Conspiracy to traffic a variety of illicit drugs
  • Break and enter
  • Fraud
  • Living off the avails of prostitution
  • Human trafficking

This is believed to be the first human trafficking charge in Atlantic Canada. It involves the recruitment, transportation or harbouring of a person for the purpose of exploitation. Police believe the individual charged is responsible for controlling the movement of a woman for the purpose of exploiting her through prostitution.

Police also note that several of the weapons offences are related to a shooting that occurred in Scotia Court on April 30.

Operation Intercede began with a robbery task force created to investigate a series of violent armed robberies that occurred in East Dartmouth and Cole Harbour between August 2008 and February 2009.

It evolved into a police operation targeting a group of individuals who were alleged to be involved in a wide range of criminal activities.

The following is a list of those arrested along with their charges:

TYRELL BEALS, 21, Cole Harbour

Conspiracy to Transfer a Weapon Without Authority - (Sec 101 CCC)
Conspiracy to Transfer a Weapon Without Authority - (Sec 101 CCC)
Conspiracy to Transfer a Weapon Without Authority - (Sec 101CCC)
Break & Enter - (Sec 348 CCC)
Breach of Recognizance - (Sec 145(3) X 16 CCC)

NICCO SMITH, 18, Cole Harbour

Conspiracy to Traffic in Illegal Firearms - (Sec 99 CCC)
Conspiracy to Transfer a Weapon Without Authority - (Sec 101 CCC)
Breach of Recognizance - (Sec 145(3) CCC)

KYLE GABRIEl, 22, Dartmouth

Conspiracy to Traffic in Illegal Firearms - (Sec 99 CCC)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Illegal Firearms - (Sec 99 CCC)
Conspiracy to Transfer a Weapon Without Authority - (Sec 101 CCC)
Conspiracy to Transfer a Weapon Without Authority - (Sec 101 CCC)
Breach of Recognizance - (Sec 145(3) CCC)
Robbery - (Sec 344 CCC)
Threats - (Sec 264.1 CCC)

ANDREW HARDY, 19, Cole Harbour

Conspiracy to Traffic in Illegal Firearms - (Sec 99 CCC)
Conspiracy to Transfer a Weapon Without Authority - (Sec 101 CCC)
Break and Enter - (Sec 348 CCC)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Mushrooms - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Ecstasy - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Cannabis Resin - (CDSA)
Traffic in Mushrooms - (CDSA)
Traffic in Marijuana - (CDSA)
Traffic in Cocaine - (CDSA)
Traffic in Marijuana - (CDSA)
Traffic in Marijuana - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in LSD - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Cannabis - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Cannabis Resin - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Ecstacy - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Ecstacy - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Ecstacy - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Marijuana - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic in Ecstacy - (CDSA)

TERRY COMFORT DOWNEY, 30, North Preston

Human Trafficking - (Sec 279 CCC)
Living off the Avails of Prostitution - (Sec 212 CCC)
Breach of Recognizance - (Sec 145(3) CCC)

RANDALL SAMPSON, 20, Halifax

Fraud - (Sec 380 CCC)
Break & Enter - (Sec 348 CCC)

JOHN DEWOLFE, 49, Porters Lake

Counselling to Commit Break & Enter - (Sec 465 CCC)

VALERIE SUTHERLAND, 27, Dartmouth

Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine - (CDSA)
Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine - (CDSA)

STEVEN HARDY, 25, Porters Lake

Break & Enter - (Sec 348 CCC)
Unsafe Storage of Firearm - (Sec 86(2) X 2 CCC)
Unsafe Storage of Ammunition - (Sec 86(2) CCC)

BRITTANY DEWOLFE, 23, Porters Lake

Break & Enter - (Sec 348 CCC)
Unsafe Storage of Firearm - (Sec 86(2) CCC)
Unsafe Storage of Firearm - (Sec 86(2) CCC)

BRIAN RIX, 43, Porters Lake

Possession of stolen property - (Sec 355(a) CCC)

TERRY ARTHUR “COURTNEY” DOWNEY, 30, North Preston

Discharge a Firearm With Intent to Wound Sec 244(1) CCC
Careless use of a firearm - (Sec 86(1) CCC)
Pointing a firearm - (Sec 87(1) CCC)
Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace - (Sec 88 CCC)
Possession of a prohibited weapon - (Sec 92(2) CCC)
Unauthorized possession of a Firearm - (Sec 92(1)CCC)
Breach of Recognizance - (Sec 145(3) CCC)

15-YEAR-OLD FEMALE YOUTH, Sackville

Counselling to Commit Kidnapping - (Sec 465 CCC)

Meadowbrook Drive to get new curb and gutter

meadowbrook-map-smThe Halifax Regional Municipality’s approved 2009/10 Capital Budget provides for the pavement resurfacing of Meadowbrook Drive from the Bedford Highway to Sunrise Hill and new concrete curb and gutter on the south side of Meadowbrook Drive from Pleasant Street to Sunrise Hill.

The proposed work may result in adjustments to driveways and some lawn slopes, but it is anticipated that the majority of the work will be limited to HRM’s right-of-way.

It is our intention to complete the work during the 2009 construction season.

All efforts will be taken to minimize disruptions to your property during construction and a follow-up notice will be sent to all property owners prior to the commencement of the project.

Please contact Alex Quinn, HRM Design Engineer, at 490-6900 if you have any questions, or if you are aware of any problems.

Gun play at DeWolf Park

Bedford residents play a carnival game during the opening night of Bedford Days at DeWolf Park.  Events at the park drew a good crowd, however, celebrations were tempered a little with the announcement that the fireworks show would be cancelled because of fog. The fireworks that would have been used on Thursday will be added to the Canada Day fireworks show on July 1.

Bedford residents play a carnival game during the opening night of Bedford Days at DeWolf Park. Events at the park drew a good crowd, however, celebrations were tempered a little with the announcement that the fireworks show would be cancelled because of fog. The fireworks that would have been used on Thursday will be added to the Canada Day fireworks show on July 1.

Home for Father’s Day

Bedford resident Major Mario Couture is greeted at the airport by his family upon his return from Afghanistan on Father's Day. Major Couture is on leave from his second tour in Afghanistan.

Bedford resident Major Mario Couture is greeted at the airport by his family upon his return from Afghanistan on Father's Day. Major Couture is on leave from his second tour in Afghanistan. Photo: Benny Holmes

Bedford Days 2009 Kick Off Celebration!

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Halloween in June

Contact: 490-5757
Location: Bedford Public Library
10:30-11:30am

Dress up and join us at the Bedford Public Library for a Halloween Party featuring puppets, stories and more. It’s sure to be a ghostly good time! Free tickets will be given out 15 minutes before the program (All ages).

Bedford Days Kick Off Celebration!
Location: DeWolf Park
6pm: Glow Parties Bouncy Castle only
Arrive before 7pm and beat the line-ups for the Glow Parties Playground Extravaganza.
7-10:30pm: Entertainment
10pm: Pyrotechnic Fireworks show

Bedford Days festivities kick off with a bang. Join us for live music by Shanneyganock as well as children’s entertainment. Don’t miss the amazing pyrotechnic fireworks show behind the stage at 10pm. The best view of these fireworks will be in centre of DeWolf Park. Feed Nova Scotia will be onsite accepting donations.

Bedford Days 2009 Thursday Celebration!

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Events on Thursday, June 25

Opening Reception-Youth Art Exhibition
Contact: Marie Corkum, 832-2336
Location: Scott Manor House
6-8pm

Join us for the opening reception for the Youth Art Exhibition at the Scott Manor House.

Lions Club Seniors Dinner and Bingo
Contact: 835-9874
Location: Bedford Lions Den
6-9pm

Limited seating-be sure to reserve your seat early!

alFresco Film in the Park
Location: DeWolf Park
9:30-11pm

Bring your lawn chair and blanket to DeWolf Park to eat some popcorn and enjoy “Madagascar Escape 2 Africa” (Rated PG) film on the big screen under the stars. Presented in partnership with alFresco Film Festival.

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