Province Wants To Help Farmers Hurt By Harsh Winter

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 17:16:30

Many provincial farmers are having difficulties because of all the snow. Lines being buried and the like have increased maintenance costs by four to five times over a regular season. Producers have been reporting damages to the Federation of Agriculture, who are compiling related info to apply for emergency government assistance.

NDP Wants Liberals To Legislate Nurse/Patient Ratios

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 17:16:02

The NDP wants the McNeil government to legislate nurse-to-patient ratios in provincial hospitals. Health Critic Dave Wilson introduced the Patient Safety Protection Act today. Ratios would be determined on a unit-by-unit basis.

Motor Vehicle Act Amendments Take Effect Tomorrow

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 17:15:27

Amendments to the provincial Motor Vehicle Act take effect tomorrow. Drivers who exit the new license phase must have zero blood alcohol content for two years, and can't supervise new drivers during that time. There's also the faint hope amendment, which allows impaired drivers who lost their license permanently to apply for reinstatement after at least 10 years.

Overnight Winter Parking Ban Lifted For Now

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 17:14:29

The city has lifted the overnight winter parking ban for now, but reminds you not to park on narrowed streets. The ban typically ends today, but in special circumstances can be extended until April 15th. That's happened this year, so it could come back in the next couple of weeks.

RCMP Need Help Finding Stolen Police Gun

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 17:14:08

RCMP are investigating the theft of one of their guns from a downtown parking lot. Friday night around 8, an off-duty mountie parked their own vehicle in the lot at 1549 Lower Water Street. When they returned, the vehicle had been broken into with the gun taken. It's a silver 9mm Smith & Wesson model 5906 with an RCMP logo, with silver magazines. Call police or Crime Stoppers with any information.

Hard landing update

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 07:43:37

The Transportation Safety Board says making approaches and landings safer at airports is on its watch list as it continues to investigate Sunday's hard landing at the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield Airport. The agency is still documenting and examining the wreckage on site before it's removed which could take a few days. It's also talking to the passengers and crew.

The Airport Authority is also reviewing the actions of its people and expressing regret that the passengers spent almost an hour on the runway huddled together for warmth before they were picked up and taken to the terminal. The airport is also examining why its back up generators didn't work properly.

Meanwhile, the legal action is being planned. MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law is planning to file a class-action lawsuit on behalf of at least one passenger this week.

Crew rescued from tall ship

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 07:43:17

Nine people from a Halifax-based tall ship early yesterday in waters a hundred kilometres east of Gloucester, Mass.

The engines on the Liana's Ransom were disabled and its sails were wrapped around the mast. Two Coast Guard vessels headed out to tow the vessel into port...but the tow line snapped. So they took the nine crew aboard and brought them into port. One man suffered a head injury and was flown to Mass General in Boston.

Eastern Passage fire

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 07:42:44

Flames heavily damaged a house in Eastern passage last night. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation and released after the blaze on Shore Road. No word yet on the cause.

Hants County fire

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 07:42:21

A Hants County man in his 60s wasn't hurt but his mobile home was gutted in a weekend fire. The man is now staying with relatives after his home was destroyed in the blaze in Greenhill west of Mt. Uniacke. The Red cross is helping with emergency supplies.

Dal Student's Union wants gender equity course before graduation

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 07:41:58

The Dalhousie Student Union says students should have to take a gender equity course before graduating.

The university issued a statement saying it has finished an investigation of an Instagram page called "Dal Jungle", where explicit pictures of students were posted. The site has now been taken down.

Cash found in mall

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 07:41:02

Police are looking for the person who lost a bag of cash at Scotia Square Saturday.

An employee found an envelope with bills under a chair outside the Starbucks. To claim the money, you must be able to tell police how much it was and in what denominations.

Opposition to terror bill mounts

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 07:40:44

Opposition to the Harper Government's anti-terrorism bill continues to grow despite some amendments proposed by the Tories.

Seven top human rights groups issued a joint statement that bill should be withdrawn altogether. The NDP and Liberals continuye to demand changes to improve oversight of security agencies and to protect civil liberties.

Bill to extend military mission passes

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 07:40:10

The Commons has now passed the motion to extend the Canadian military mission in Iraq by a full year and expand the bombing into Syria. The Harper Government used its majority to pass the bill 142-to-129.

Prime Minister Harper says the coalition has stopped I-SIL's territorial spread but the global threat remains.

More money for veterans

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 07:39:26

As we get closer to the federal election, the Harper Government continues to try to mend fences with veterans. The Minister in charge, Erin O'Toole, has introduced another new lump-sum benefit to the most critically wounded soldiers. It'll be $70,000 tax free for soldiers and veterans going back to 2006.

Liberal critic Frank Valeriote says this is only going to help a few vets and it doesn't like as if soldiers suffering from P-T-S-D will benefit.

SPORTS

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-31 07:38:56

In the NHL...Canadiens lost another one to the Lightning 5-3. Canucks downed the Blues 4-1. Flames clipped the Stars 5-3. Oilers beat the Avalanche 4-1 in Colorado.

In the NBA...DeMar DeRozan posted a career-high 42 points with 11 rebounds as the Raptors rapped the Rockets 99-96.

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