Mom delivers baby girl in car

Halifax Regional PoliceOn July 30th, 2009, at 10:50 pm a father and mother were on their way to the IWK when they realized they would not make it in time for the delivery of their baby.

They pulled into the Enfield Detachment looking for assistance.

RCMP members immediately called Emergency Health Services and the Enfield Fire Department to the Detachment.

Constables Stephane Racicot, Dan Pottie, Shawn Benoit and Glen Bond immediately went to the parking lot to provide assistance.

The mother, who was seated in the car, was having contractions that were less than one minute apart.

The officers realized the delivery would have to take place in the car and began preparations to deliver the baby.

The Enfield Volunteer Fire Department personnel arrived on scene under the supervision of O.I.C. Todd Pepperdine.

Volunteer Fireman Dale Copp assisted the mother in delivering a healthy baby girl at 11:05 pm.

Emergency Health Services arrived a short time later and transported mom and baby to the IWK where they were found to be in good health.

This is the second time a baby has been born at Enfield Detachment since it opened in 1992. In 1990, a baby was delivered in the Detachment’s lunch/meeting room.

Sailing down memory lane

Sailboats from the Bedford Basin Yacht Club participate in a race on Wednesday evening.

Sailboats from the Bedford Basin Yacht Club participate in a race on Wednesday evening.

Back in the day, Bedford was home to one of the most successful yacht clubs in Canada. Sailors regularly won regattas at home and around the world.

“Bedford won everywhere. We took home most of the silverware,” said Bruce MacCulloch, a former member of the Bedford Basin Yacht Club (BBYC).

On Wednesday, MacCulloch took a sail down memory lane as he spoke about the history of the Bedford Basin Yacht Club in front of a small audience at the Scott Manor House.

MacCulloch grew up on the shores of the Bedford Basin and calls the BBYC “home”.

Founded in 1953, the yacht club was first located in Mill Cove. The club was later moved to the site of the former tennis club on Shore Drive, and finally in 1980 it was rebuilt as the building we know today.

The yacht club had a ward room, a men’s-only space where members could enjoy drinks. A small window was situated at one end of the room and the women could order drinks, but they were not allowed to enter the room.

By the 1970s it was decided that women should be allowed access to the ward room, and surprisingly the idea was met with a lot of controversy, from both the men and women.

Many things have changed at the club since its initial opening. For example, women were not allowed to be senior members. But recently the club has had two women commodores.

But MacCulloch’s speech was not about the history of the building, or the events that were held at the BBYC. It was mostly about the closely knit people that gave it a heart.

Through highs and lows, through controversy and agreements, the members of the BBYC stuck together.

With a nostalgic tone MacCulloch reminisced about how in the seventies and eighties everyone pitched in and did their part.

If work needed to be done on the building, all the members would help put a fresh coat of paint on the walls of the building. After an event, everyone would contribute to the cleaning up of the property.

“Today, members just don’t seem to have the time,” he said. “They would rather contribute $20 and hire an outsider instead of finding the time to do it themselves.”

It wasn’t just chores that were done together. For example, playing darts together was a regular activity.

Every year, the members of the BBYC would write a Christmas play and perform it in front of an audience.

Today, the bigger and fewer boats docked at the club compared to the past seem to represent the loss of spirit and community that used to hold the members of the club together.

“How come in 1975 the Bedford Basin Yacht Club had 225 members and today there are only 100 members?” asked MacCulloch. “And yet, the population of Bedford has increased from 2,000 to 10,000″.

After the talk, the Bedford Beacon editor was honoured to be asked to tea by Fort Sackville Foundation member and life-long resident of Bedford, Margaret Embree.

The Fort Sackville Foundation is the volunteer organization that oversees the operation of Scott Manor House.

Everyday during July and August, the Scott Manor House Tea Room serves tea, oatcakes with jam, lemonade, and fresh berries with ice cream.

Treasure hunter

Author, historian, scuba diver Bob Chaulk shows some of the artifacts he has found in the Halifax Harbour.

Author, historian and scuba diver Bob Chaulk shows some of the artifacts he has found in the Halifax Harbour. He spoke at the Scott Manor House on Tuesday.

Back in the 19th and early 20th century, medicine came in pretty little glass bottles. Often the medicine in these bottles would be sold as a cure for pain, insomnia or colicy babies.

Occasionally, people discovered these medicine were incredibly effective. Pain disappeared, insomniacs fell asleep, and babies stopped crying. Not surprisingly, people would rave about the medicines.

“The reason they liked it is because it got them loaded,” said Halifax author, historian and scuba diver Bob Chaulk. “It got them high.”

Turns out some of the more effective medicines were heavily laced with powerful narcotics like heroin and codine. It wasn’t long before people became addicted to the medicines, which caused more harm than good.

“Some people actually became drug addicts because of the medicine they took as babies,” said Chalk, who has found lots old medicine bottles at the bottom of the Halifax Harbour.

Chaulk displayed a couple of these bottles while giving a talk about his diving adventures at the Scott Manor House in Bedford on Tuesday. Chaulk has dived 400 to 500 times in harbour and has written a book about it.

“Time in a Bottle: Historic Halifax Harbour From the Bottom Up” chronicles Chaulk’s adventures diving in the harbour while exploring sunken ships, sifting though live ammunition, and collecting timeless artifacts from Halifax’s long and colourful history.

Chaulk also co-wrote a book with his long-time diving buddy Greg Cochkanoff titled the “SS Atlantic: The White Star Line’s First Disaster at Sea”. The White Star Line was, of course, the same company that built the Titanic.

The SS Atlantic ran aground and sank on Mar’s Head in Lower Prospect on April 1, 1873, killing 562 of the 952 on board. Cochkanoff, who died suddenly last year, spent 25 years exploring and researching the ship.

Besides medicine bottles, during is talk on Tuesday Chaulk showed some other fascinating artifacts he has retrieved from Halifax Harbour. Among them were two glass blown bottles from the late 1700s. One of them was a gin bottle from Holland, the country that invented the liquor.

Chaulk also had a variety of old pop bottles, many of them from local bottlers. The bottles, which were made prior to the invention of metal capping, came in all sorts of shapes and sizes as bottlers tried to figure out how to preserve carbonation.

One of Chaulk’s prized discoveries is a corked bottled of ginger ale from the 1800s with clear golden pop still inside. Other items he showed included a cobalt blue poison bottle, a clay tobacco pipe, an old porcelain toothpaste lid, a large bullet, and a fully intact plate from a Royal Navy ship.

Chaulk clearly has a strong passion for the harbour and the history that he has uncovered while diving in its deep waters.

One thing that gets under his skin is the common believe, especially among members of the media, that the harbour is dirty and unhealthy.

Chaulk points out that the harbour is still fished commercially for lobster. And while diving in the harbour, Chaulk has found himself swimming among thousands of schooling mackerel, which anglers actively catch and eat.

Although he admits that there some dirty spots, particularly where there is run off and sewage flows, Chaulk suggests the harbour is generally clean thanks in part to strong currents and tides which flush the harbour twice a day. In some spots, Chaulk has had visibility of up to 100 feet while diving.

“It’s a huge harbour and it’s a very interesting,” he said. “It’s extremely scenic.”

Two arrested in T.O. for home invasion in Lower Sackville

RCMP logoTwo men who allegedly committed a violent home invasion in Lower Sackville were apprehended by police in Toronto and returned to Nova Scotia where they appeared in court today.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. last Wednesday, Halifax District RCMP responded to a report of a home invasion at a residence in Lower Sackville.

Upon arrival, police learned that two males entered the residence and committed vicious non-life threatening injuries to an occupant. It’s believed the victim and the suspects were known to each other.

When police learned that the two suspects, 36-year-old Stephen Douglas Skinner and 37-year-old Barry Andrew Roache, fled to Toronto warrants were issued for their arrest.

With the assistance of the Toronto Police Guns and Gangs Task Force, the individuals were arrested at two separate locations in the Toronto area on Saturday.

Accompanied by investigators from Halifax , the men were returned to Halifax and appeared in Provincial court on Monday.

The suspects face a number of charges including forcible confinement, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon causing bodily harm, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and uttering threats.

Both men are being held in custody and will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on Friday, July 31.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact RCMP, Halifax Regional Police, or Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or Secure Web Tips at

Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced, and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward from $50 to $2000.

Parents charged after baby suffers life-threatening injuries

Halifax Regional PoliceA man and a woman are facing charges of aggravated assault after they allegedly inflicted life-threatening injuries to their seven-week-old baby.

Police attended the IWK Health Centre early Friday morning in relation to a suspected case of child abuse involving the baby. The child’s parents were subsequently arrested without incident at their Gottingen Street residence at 7 a.m. Friday.

As a result of a police investigation, members of the HRP/RCMP Integrated Major Crime Unit have laid charges against the child’s parents.

The mother and father, both 23 and residents of Halifax, appeared before a Justice of the Peace earlier Saturday charged with aggravated assault.

They were remanded into custody and are scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday.

Halifax man faces child pornography charges

Halifax Regional PoliceA 46-year-old Halifax man was arrested after police discovered child pornography during a search of a Halifax residence early this morning.

Members of the Halifax Regional Police/RCMP Integrated Internet Child Exploitation Unit executed a search warrant just after 6 a.m. at a Lyons Avenue residence, seizing a quantity of evidence, including a laptop computer.

John Robert Waldron of Halifax was arrested without incident following the search.

Mr. Waldron is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to face charges of accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

Man and dog lost, then found in woods of Bedford South

Halifax Regional Search and Rescue logoA man walking his dog became lost in a heavily-wooded area in the south end of Bedford on Thursday night.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m., police received a call from the man on his cell phone who said he was lost.

During a preliminary search by police and area residents, the man could be heard yelling and his dog barking. Police determined the man was somewhere between Highway 102 and the future extension of Larry Uteck Boulevard.

Early in the search, the lost man ran out of minutes on his cell phone and was cut off from police. The man did not realize that all cell phones are programmed to allow 911 calls even if there is no time remaining on a calling plan.

Halifax Regional Ground Search and Rescue was then called to the scene. The man and his dog were eventually found in good health at about 11:20 p.m.

The man was checked at the scene by Emergency Health Services (EHS) and released.

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