Vanguard Year in Review: October 2013

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Published on October 15, 2013

Damage to the front end. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on October 15, 2013

Damage to the front end. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on October 15, 2013

Corporal Mark Hustins retrieves a broken window at the scene. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on October 08, 2013

After all that work MLA Zach Churchill deserved a burger at the Yarmouth curling club where he greeted supporters after his win.  FRED HATFIELD PHOTO

Published on October 08, 2013

Chris d'Entremont was surrounded by family and supporters at his Barrington campaign office after his election win on Tuesday night.

Published on October 29, 2013

Gordon Wilson, MLA for Clare Digby, will take the place of two former MLAs, Harold Theriault and Wayne Gaudet, and will have two offices, one in Conway and one in Little Brook.

Published on October 08, 2013

Stephen McNeil, the newly-elected premier of Nova Scotia, speaks to the crowd following his win Oct. 8 2013. 

Published on October 29, 2013

Parent Janessa Blauvelt could say nothing positive about the board's recent review of Arcadia School, or its proposed school boundaries. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on October 29, 2013

Tri-County School Board Superintendent Lisa Doucet says public input is important in this school boundaries review. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on October 29, 2013

Paul Blauvelt and others spoke out against the proposed boundaries. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on October 29, 2013

Parent Scotty Boudreau of Melbourne says it makes no sense to send students to schools that are a further distance than the schools they're supposed to attend. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 21, 2013

Coach Rowan Gloag maneuveurs out into open water from John's Cove beach during the 2013 event. BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO

Published on September 21, 2013

Rock hopping course participants are briefed before entering the water. BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO

Published on September 21, 2013

The brightly coloured kayaks await the water. BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO

Rising floods caused concern

Repeated incidents of flooding in homes and businesses led a delegation to Yarmouth Town Council’s committee of the whole meeting to appeal for help. Some Argyle Street residents questioned whether the high school on Forest Street and residential apartments on Haley Road contributed to the flooding. After presentations, council unanimously passed a motion to refer the matter to the town’s engineer for review.

 

Sea kayakers set date to return

The Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium proved to be such a successful event organizers set Sept. 12-14 to return in 2014. The event drew 126 participants, including some of the best coaches in the world, said executive director Christopher Lockyer.

 

TCRSB considered boundary changes

The Tri-County Regional School Board launched a school boundary review that proposed changes to where many students could attend elementary, junior and senior high schools beginning in September 2014. The school board will ultimately make a decision on boundaries at a Jan. 7 meeting.

 

Climate change prompted consideration of sweeping changes

Major changes to the Town of Yarmouth’s municipal planning strategy and land use bylaws to address the impacts of climate change, would be considered by council. The planning advisory committee recommended the changes, which would mainly affect development on Water Street. Yarmouth’s waterfront is increasingly in danger of flooding. The town’s climate change adaptation plan would attempt to minimize catastrophic damage to infrastructure and property.

 

RCMP laid charges following SWSDA investigation

The RCMP Federal Operations section laid charges against the former CEO of SWSDA, following an investigation of the defunct South West Shore Development Authority.

Ronald Francis (Frank) Anderson, 64, of Lake George, Yarmouth County, was charged under the Criminal Code with eight counts of uttering forged documents and one count of fraud over $5,000. He was scheduled to appear in Yarmouth provincial court on Dec. 10.

 

Garian settled lawsuit against SWSDA parties

A lawsuit filed against parties involved in the management of the South West Shore Development Authority was settled. When the regional development authority filed for bankruptcy in 2011 it owed creditors $2.8 million. Garian was one of the largest unsecured creditors, with $367,000 owed for completion of the community centre in back of Ecole Par en Bas in Tusket. An out-of-court settlement was reached prior to the provincial election on Oct. 8.

 

Churchill took Yarmouth in a landslide

Yarmouth MLA’s Zach Churchill’s vote count doubled that of his nearest opponent in the provincial election. Churchill, who ended the day with 7,130 votes, won every poll, most by a huge margin. He had the second highest number of votes in the province. Liberal leader Stephen McNeil had the most. McNeil’s liberal team ended up with a comfortable majority of 33 seats in the legislative assembly.

 

No students on board when bus overturned

There were no students on board a CSAP bus when the driver lost control and the bus ended up on its side off the road on Morris Island. The last student had been dropped off around five minutes before the accident happened.

 

Mystery shopper signed in

Roger Brooks, an expert in the fields of tourism, community branding, downtown development and destination marketing delivered both accolades and criticism in his report about the region to tourism stakeholders during a presentation at Wesleyan Church. Brooks was hired by Destination South West Nova Scotia to “mystery-shop” the region and evaluate his experience.

 

Yarmouth to purchase downtown sound

Yarmouth town council approved a recommendation from the Waterfront Development Corporation to purchase a $17,000 sound system capable of transmitting sound throughout the downtown core.

 

 

 

Organizations: Yarmouth Town Council, South West Shore Development Authority, Tri-County Regional School Board RCMP Wesleyan Church Destination South West Nova Scotia Waterfront Development

Geographic location: Yarmouth County, Argyle Street, Forest Street Haley Road Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium Water Street Lake George Tusket Morris Island

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