NSP says it is beefing up its storm response

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-17 06:54:35

Nova Scotia Power is working on improving its storm response before we get into winter. NSP says it agrees with a consultant's report that it needs more detailed weather forecasting and a beefed up website.

The utility says it is acting on the critique of its response to post-tropical storm Arthur filed last week by Liberty Consulting Group at the Utility and Review Board. It has agreed to act on almost all the 32 recommendations in the report ponse.

The company is hiring an additional forecaster and plans to improve its website by the end of the month so it can cope with high demand for information during storms. The utility says it will also meet recommendations to assess damaged equipment more quickly after a storm hits.

Police investigate shootings in two neighbourhoods

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-17 06:54:07

Police are investigating after shots were fired early yesterday morning in two neighbourhoods.

The first was around 2:40 in the Greystone Drive area of Spryfield where bullet holes were found in a window of a residence on Cobalt Walk. Then just after 4:00 in the morning, shots rang out on Federal Avenue in the West End...again hitting a house.

Police say it's too early to say if the two shootings are connected. Nobody was hurt in either incident.

RCMP continue to investigate suspicious death

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-17 06:53:42

A South Maitland man has died in hospital after an incident on the weekend.

48 year old Arnold Frederick Hubley was found unconcious beside Highway 215 in South maitland Saturday afternoon. He died in hospital in Halifax Monday night. Investigators are asking for the public's help as they try to determine how Hubley was injured. They say he was a passenger in a vehicle before he was found with serious head injuries but don't know the specifics. They have recovered the vehicle.

Enfield RCMP are asking anyone with in formation on this case to call them or Crimestoppers.

St. Pat's to be torn down soon

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-17 06:53:15

A Central Halifax landmark will be gone soon.

Council has okayed demolition of the former St. Patrick’s High School about two months after declaring the building surplus to city needs. Demolition of the former school, built in the 50s, was initially going to cost $3.5 million but that has risen now to $4.5 million. But that's still less than half the cost of renovating the building to continue using it for community purposes.

The property is assessed at $6.75 million.

Unions take McNeil Government to court

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-17 06:52:17

A number of unions have gotten together to challenge the McNeil Government's essential services law, which ended the nurses strike in April. The provincial Federation of Labour, the N-S-G-E-U, Nurses Union, CUPE and Unifor are all part of the court action.

A statement of claim filed in provincial Supreme Court claims the law contravenes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as international law by interfering with the right to strike by health and community services employees. Under the law unions and the employer must have an agreement in place on which workers are essential before any job action can occur. The claims have not been proven in court.

NSP settles claims in Trenton over dirty cars and houses

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-17 06:51:50

Nova Scotia Power has settle claims by 350 people who complained about pollution from its Trenton generating station.

Lawyer Jamie MacGillivray issued a statement yesterday saying there was no admission of liability on the utility's part and details of the settlement will be kept confidential. However, his statement does says Nova Scotia Power has made upgrades that have significantly reduced fly ash emissions and agreed to continue its efforts to minimize emissions from the plant. MacGillivray also says that when there have been excessive emissions, Nova Scotia Power has responded quickly, including arranging to have homes and vehicles washed.

Mike Duffy trial

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-17 06:50:17

Mike Duffy's trial is underway now in Ottawa on charges involving his senate expense claims.

Duffy's lawyer Donald Bayne, says the former senator doesn't want his upcoming trial to become a political circus....but Bayne has not ruled out calling Stephen Harper to testify in court. The RCMP laid 31 charges againsxt the former Conervative senator in July, including fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

For auction...one motorcycle

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-17 06:47:23

Probably the most recognizable motorcycle in the world is going on the auction block next month...and the price will be astounding.

Peter Fonda's Captain America chopper from the movie Easy Rider, will be up auction off October 18th at the auction house Profiles in History. It estimates the Harley-Davidson will bring between $1 and $1.2 million when the hammer falls.

The seller is Michael Eisenberg, a California businessman who once co-owned a motorcycle-themed restaurant with Fonda and his Easy Rider co-star Dennis Hopper.

SPORTS

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-17 06:46:50

The Blue Jays watched the Orioles celebrate clinching the American League east title last night. Baltimore beat Toronto 8-2 to capture their first divisional title since 1997. The race for the second wild card spot got tighter as the Royals lost and the Mariners won. Seattle is one game behind Kansas City now. The Jays are five games behind with twelve to play.
The Red Sox were blanked 4-0 by the Pirates in an interleague game.

Meanwhile in the senior circuit, the Washington Nationals are the first team to clinch their division in the Nnational League after defeating the Atlanta Braves 3-0.

News stories from 2014-09-16.