Rally Held For Aberdeen Hospital Mental Health Unit

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-07-27 16:13:23

PC Leader Jamie Baillie says Pictou County won't lose its mental health beds without a fight. Aberdeen Hospital is set to close its eight-bed unit next week, and a rally was held today in support. Baillie calls the McNeil Government's decision to close the unit "cruel, shortsighted, and incompetent".

North Sydney's Munro Park Finalist In National Contest

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-07-27 16:12:44

A North Sydney park is a finalist in the national Kraft Project Play contest. Munro Park is up against three others from BC, Ontario and Newfoundland to win $250,000 in upgrades. Voting for the winner goes August 17th, and you can learn more at kraftprojectplay.com.

25% of NS Hepatitis "C" Cases In Cape Breton

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-07-27 16:12:28

Cape Breton has a quarter of Nova Scotian Hepatitis C cases, and some of the highest rates in Canada. Those numbers are from 2013 according to CBC, and are being mentioned in advance of tomorrow's national Hepatitis C day. Shared needles are the main cause of the disease.

Three Wines To Be Honoured By Lt.-Governor

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-07-27 16:11:52

Three wines are getting the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines. L'Acadie Vineyards' Vintage Cuvée Rosé 2011, Domaine de Grand Pré 2's Riesling Icewine 2013 and Gaspereau Vineyards' Riesling 2013 will be awarded August 6th at Government House.

MacIsaac's Pond death

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-07-27 04:47:19

RCMP continue to investigate after a body was found floating in MacIsaac's Pond, Inverness.

RCMP were called by walkers who spotted the body near Beach No. 1 Rd.

The 55 year old Lockport man had been living temporarily on a boat in the area.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death but RCMP say, at this time; it does not appear suspicious.

A PEI murder victim was from Pictou

By Rick Fleming - with files from the Chronicle Herald. Last updated: 2015-07-27 04:45:37

A woman, killed in PEI; was originally from Pictou.

Sources told the Chronicle Herald her name is Traci Lynch. Her body was found in a wooded area in Pleasant Grove on the island.

46 year old Joel Lawrence Clow has been charged with murder and interfering with human remains. He'll be in court this afternoon.

RCMP say they are satisfied this was not random and that there's no risk to the public.

Central Nova candidates are lined up to replace Peter MacKay

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-07-27 04:44:22

All three major parties picked their candidates on the weekend in Central Nova, which is proving to be a hotly-contested riding now that Peter MacKay is not running.

Former provincial cabinet minister Ross landry will run for the NDP. Lawyer Sean Fraser was chosen by the Liberals. The Conservatives will be represented by Stephen Harper adviser Fred DeLorey.

The Green Party chose its candidate David Hachey earlier.

The Princess of Acadia's final voyage is today

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-07-27 04:43:01

The Fundy Rose will carry her first passengers out of Saint John tomorrow morning to Digby. She'll sail at 8:00. Her return trip leaves the Digby wharf at 11:15.

The Princess of Acadia’s last sailing will be from Digby at 5:30 this afternoon and will sail inside Annapolis Basin as a thank you to the people of Digby and the province before heading to Saint John.

Concerns about youth violence in Nova Scotia

By Rick Fleming - with files from the Chronicle Herald. Last updated: 2015-07-27 04:42:09

Youth workers are concerned about increasing violence.

Delores Feltmate, the vice president of the Nova Scotia Child Welfare Board; told the Herald that advocates are "white-knuckling it" due to reports of weapons offences at youth group homes and the need for a stand-alone children's commissioner's office to examine serious occurences in greater depth.

There were 34 incidents involving weapons in 2014, up from 25 in 2013 and 19 in 2012.

Youth workers are constantly training to improve their care of the children and in methods to de-escalate violence.

One worker who did not want her name released, feels that it's not a child protection issue; it's a mental health one and that those services are lacking.

Cape Breton's Flora MacDonald dies at 89

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-07-27 04:40:39

A noted former cabinet minister and daughter of Cape Breton has passed away.

Flora MacDonald, who served in the cabinets of Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney; died on the weekend at the age of 89.

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clark said MacDoanld was proud and true to her Scottish roots, coming from a family that loved Canada and believed you must serve and contribute.

Flags at municipal buildings around CBRM are flying at half mast today.

Training exercise fatality

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-07-27 04:39:29

A Canadian soldier died on the weekend during a training exercise at CFB Shilo in Manitoba.

No details are being released yet about the death of Private Kirby Tott, a member of the Rocky Mountain Rangers.

Prime Minister Harper issued a statement offering condolences to the family.

Long-distance swimmer reaches 3 Maritime provinces

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-07-27 04:38:47

A notable achievement for long-distance swimmer Marilyn Korzekwa who became the first person to swim among the three Maritime provinces.

She was planning a doubloe crossing but jelly fish, the cold and waves got to her.

But she did finish one crossing.

She left Point Aggermore near Amherst, touched at Cape Tormentine in New Brunswick and then crossed the Northumberland Strait to Cape Traverse.

The 34 kilometer trip took 16 hours and 41 minutes.

Sports scores

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-07-27 04:29:51

The Pan-Am Games wrapped up last night with 40,000 fans packing Rogers centre for the closing ceremonies. Canada won a record 217 medals, second behind the U-S which had 265.

Brantford's David Hearn couldn't hold on and finished third at the Canadian Open which was won by Jason Day.

In major leage baseball, the Blue jays lost 6-5 to Seattle. The Red Sox pounded the Tigers 11-1.

The Roughriders are 0-5 after losing 31-21 to the Ti-Cats in CFL action.

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