Vanguard Year in Review: May 2013

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Protests over Arcadia School Closure continued
At the monthly meeting of the Tri-County Regional School Board, the sound of car horns honking outside could be heard as concerned parents and students continued to protest the boards’ decision to close Arcadia Consolidated School.

Parents, grandparents, students and community members who want to see Arcadia School remain open protested outside the school board's offices on May 7. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Busy times for police

A crime severity index, which measures severity of cases, indicated that Yarmouth has “many more person crimes in town than out of town,” said the town detachment commander/staff sergeant.

In 2011 the town detachment’s severity index measured 148.17 in comparison with the rural detachment’s 50.53.

The town’s RCMP members, on average, conducted 88.63 criminal code investigations in 2011, compared to an average of 73.49 cases per Yarmouth rural detachment member.

 

Postal union urged public to speak out

Representatives from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers held a public meeting at the Rodd Grand Hotel urging anyone with concerns about the future of the postal service to make sure their voice was heard. Although only about a dozen people attended, some had strong words about the move towards community mailboxes.

 

School closure led to many unanswered questions

Although the Tri-County Regional School Board decided to close Arcadia School and move those students to Plymouth School, there remained a multitude of factors to consider in deciding where students – who normally would have attended Arcadia Consolidated School – would spend their school years in Grades 7 to 12.

 

No race in place for regional enterprise networks

A regional spokesperson said there was no set timeframe, nor was there a race, to get six regional enterprise networks, or RENs, up and running. The six RENs would replace the dozen or so regional development authorities (RDAs) that used to exist.

 

Protests over Arcadia School Closure continued

At the monthly meeting of the Tri-County Regional School Board, the sound of car horns honking outside could be heard as concerned parents and students continued to protest the boards’ decision to close Arcadia Consolidated School. Concerned parents and community members who don’t want to see Arcadia School close formed a group called Save Rural Nova Scotia Schools Yarmouth, which is also working in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Small School Initiative.

 

SWSDA probe continued

The RCMP was still carrying out their probe of SWSDA following last year’s release of a forensic audit of the defunct South West Shore Development Authority.

When SWDA ceased operations in June 2010, creditors were owed around $2.3 million.

 

July date set for child porn case

The trial of a Yarmouth man charged with possessing child pornography was scheduled to go ahead in provincial court in Yarmouth on July 24 and 25.

In October 2012 the Nova Scotia RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit laid the charge against James Gordon, who was 53 at the time.

 

DFO said no to gaspereau fishing near Milton Dam

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans reminded the public that what has long been a ritual near the Milton Dam, fishing for gaspereau, also known as kiacks, is actually not allowed under the Fisheries Act.

Fishing is not permitted there because of the conservation issue.

 

Leaks plugged at town hall

It would cost $235,000 to fix town hall’s leaking roof. Yarmouth town council awarded a tender to an Ontario-based firm at its May council meeting.

Shortly after it opened in 1993, the roof began leaking and nothing, it seemed, short of ripping it off and starting from scratch, was going to fix the leaking. The copper cladding was expected to realize up to $20,000 as scrap metal.

 

New facility to deal with dirty soil close to home

A half-million-dollar contaminated soil remediation facility had just opened at the Hardscratch Road solid waste park and the site’s general manager said it was already saving contractors trucking fees. Within days of opening, the facility had already accepted 500 tonnes of petroleum-contaminated soil that would otherwise have been shipped to Queens County for remediation and disposal.

 

 

 

Organizations: Arcadia School, RCMP, Tri-County Regional School Board South West Shore Development Authority Canadian Union Postal Workers Rodd Grand Hotel Plymouth School Department of Fisheries and Oceans Save Rural Nova Scotia Schools Yarmouth Nova Scotia Small School Initiative Yarmouth town council

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Hardscratch Road, Queens

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