Vanguard Year in Review: July 2013

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Some of the stories we reported on in July 2013:

 

Fishermen accused Ottawa of sinking progress

Fishermen who were part of a lobster advisory board found themselves questioning where the ‘advisory’ part comes in as they expressed frustration with new drafts of a lobster tag replacement policy issued by DFO.

Fishermen told DFO it should not be suggesting alternatives to fix a system that was not broken.

 

New ferry announced for Digby-Saint John service

Federal Conservative members of parliament announced their commitment to providing a replacement vessel for the Digby-Saint John service.

Transport Canada was expected to provide an update on the process in the fall.

The Princess of Acadia has been in service on the Bay of Fundy since 1971 with room for 155 cars and 33 tractor trailers.

 

Climate data supported case for agriculture

Findings of a climate data study unveiled at a public meeting said Southwestern Nova Scotia has one of the warmest climates in the province and isn’t as foggy as its reputation suggests.

The study was underway for two years and includes temperature and solar radiation readings that have been recorded every 10 seconds in 42 spots throughout south west Nova Scotia.

 

Three ferry companies submitted proposals

Three companies interested in operating a ferry in Yarmouth submitted proposals to the province.

The companies that made the submissions were Balearia Caribbean, Ltd., based in Miami; P & O Ferries, based in Dover, England; and STM/Quest, based in the USA.

A team of representatives from the Nova Scotia International Ferry Partnership and government departments would evaluate the plans.

 

Lighthouse Friends dipped into well

At the annual general meeting of the Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society, the outgoing president referred to the future of the site as “precarious.”

Although the lighthouse has received extensive renovations, amounting to millions of dollars in improvements, operational funding remains a relative pittance.

As of late June, the capital reserves balance was just over $10,000.

 

Downtown parking amendments killed

Council defeated a proposed amendment to the parking bylaw that would have seen the time-limit restrictions on parking removed. This was the council’s second attempt to change the bylaw.

 

Water utility stepped up protections at Lake George

Pilots agreed to a voluntary no-fly zone over Lake George. The agreement with them was reached after they met with the Lake George watershed advisory committee and provincial departmental representatives.

 

Climate change brought local concerns

The Yarmouth Regional Hospital was put on notice that its water supply is vulnerable to disruption due to climate change. Should sea levels rise, or a storm like the Groundhog Day event occur. 25 or 30 years from now, the hospital’s water supply could be cut off as the main water lines run along the vulnerable Milton dam and bridge.

 

Shooting shocked Wedgeport

One man was dead and another injured after a shooting at a residence on the Corporon Road in Wedgeport. RCMP found Brad Joseph Hubbard dead in the home. Darryl LeBlanc received a gunshot wound and was transported to the Yarmouth Hospital. Neighbours were evacuated during the early hours of the investigation.

 

Fish Company fined $60,000

Yarmouth Bar Fisheries entered a guilty plea in Yarmouth provincial court to illegal retention of Atlantic halibut. The fine was $60,000.

 

Guilty plea to possession of child pornography

James Gordon MacRae entered a plea of guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and to adhere to court conditions set out in an 18-month probation order. The evidence dated back to between 2002 and 2006.

Organizations: DFO, Transport Canada, Yarmouth Hospital Nova Scotia International Ferry Partnership Yarmouth Light Society RCMP Fish Company

Geographic location: Ottawa, Yarmouth, Lake George Acadia Bay of Fundy Southwestern Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Caribbean Miami Dover England USA Wedgeport Corporon Road

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