By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-06 08:00:11
The New Democrats are on the defensive because of a payment to political staffers. Documents show the former cabinet of Darrell Dexter bumped up severance pay packages for staff in the Premier's Office, approving it after they had lost the election. The cabinet added $250,000 bringing the total for the 14 staffers to $850,000.
Premier Stephen McNeil pointed out these packages while defending his patronage appointment of Glennie Langille to the protocol officer's job.
Acting NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says the change was to fix an oversight in the original contracts of staff members to reflect their years of service in the NDP Caucas office before working in the Premier's Office. She said McNeil is merely trying to deflect criticism over his appointment of Langille.
Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie figures the New Democrats should pay that top-up from their party's funds not taxpayers'.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-06 07:59:29
The McNeil Government has introduced the bill which will give us a winter holiday...but not this winter.
Labour Minister Kelly Regan says the holiday will fall on the third Monday in February...starting in 2015. There's no name for it yet. Regan says a contest will be run in schools asking young people to help pick a name.
This will give the province six statuatory holidays each year. Six other provinces currently have a stat in February.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-06 07:59:03
The city's transportation advisory committee is recommending a discount on bus fares for low-income residents. It's recommending a six month pilot project to sell 500 monthly bus passes at half price to those who qualify. Those would include low-income workers not just people on social assistance.
The program would cost about $20,000 a year but could increase ridership on the buses and ferries, actually boosting overall revenues. Council still has to approve.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-06 07:58:37
They lit up Nova Scotia's Christmas tree gift to Boston last night on the Boston Common where thousands had gathered.
The 15 metre tall white spruce from Lunenburg County is an annual token of gratitude to Boston for the help it sent after the Halifax explosion, with the anniversary today.
A delegation of Nova Scotians, led by Energy NMinister Andrew Younger, hit the streets of Boston yesterday before the ceremony to shake hands and thank people for that help.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-06 07:57:52
Another funeral yesterday for another soldier who committed suicide...this one in Truro.
Kevin McNeil, brother of Warrant Officer Michael McNeil, said at the service there needs to be more awareness of support for post-traumatic stress disorder in the Forces...that military personnel need to know treatment is available to them.
McNeil's was one of four suicides in the Forces in the last couple of weeks.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-06 07:57:32
The preliminary hearing will begin December 17th in the case of a man charged with the death of a fisherman in the harbour at Petit-de-Grat last June. 66 year old James Joseph Landry is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Phillip Boudreau, who body has never been found. Landry remains in custody for now. He's one of four people facing charges in Boudreau's disappearance.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-06 07:56:49
South Africa has begun ten days of official mourning for Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at the age of 95 after a lengthy illness.
The anti-apartheid icon led his country's transition from white-minority racist rule. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for preached reconciliation despie his spending 27 years in prison for his political activities.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper reacted to the death by saying the world has lost one of its great moral leaders and statesmen. President Barack Obama said Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-12-06 07:56:23
NHL action...the Canadiens stretched their unbeaten run to nine games with a 2-1 win over the Bruins and moved one point ahead of them in the standings. The Leafs ended a five game skid by downing Dallas 3-2. Taylor Hall had a hat trick and an assist as his Oilers buried the Avalanche 8-2. The Senators dropped a 3-1 decision to Tampa Bay. The Jets also lost in Florida 5-2 to the Panthers.
In Curling, Brad Jacobs made it into Sunday's final at the Olympic curling trials by beating another unbeaten rink, kevin Martin. Martin now goes into the semis against a yet to be determined opponent.
In the Thursday Night game in the NFL...the Jaguars beat the Houston Texans 27-20...their first win at home in Jacksonville in over a year.