Education report

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 07:59:50

Former Lt. Governor Myra Freeman has given the province's education system a failing grade. The former teacher led a panel which is recommending school boards be given the authority to fire teachers for substandard performance. It also says students should spend more time in class.

Education Minister Karen Casey said some of the changes would likely clash with the collective agreement with the teachers' union.

She plans to meet with the union leadership next week to discuss it but says there probably won't be any changes until next year.

Teachers' Union President Shelly Morse said changes concerning seniority provisions in the contract won't be given up voluntarily. She also said it's too early to talk about the recommendations on firing teachers for poor performance.

Girl injured in car-ped. accident

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 07:59:22

A 13 year old girl was taken to hospital after the latest car-pedestrian accident.

It happened just before 6:00 last night on Parkland Drive in Clayton Park West when the girl ran into the street between two parked cars. She was taken to hospital with a possible leg injury. Police are still investigating.

PM announces income splitting

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 07:58:55

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has finally come through on a key promise from the last election...income splitting for families with children under 18.

Critics say it benefits too few Canadians....mainly the richest 10%. Harper said his government will also increase the child care benefit next year to provide a new monthly benefit of $60 for children aged 6 to 17.

HMCS Athabaskan returns home

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 07:58:30

HMCS Athabaskan returned home yesterday from a seven week deployment intercepting drug shipments in the Carribean and Pacific.

The Athabaskan was one of seven Royal Canadian Navy ships that have been deployed to the region to try to curtail drug smuggling.

Son of MLA arrested in B&E

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 07:57:54

A prowler who broke into a house in the Northwest Arm area, stole a display sword, and then evaded police by paddling a canoe across the Arm has been identified as the son of Kings North MLA John Lohr.

The PC Caucus issued a statement yesterday saying the issue will be handled through the provincial Mental Health Court Program. Lohr said the priority is getting his son the help and support he needs, calling the situation a private family matter.

Paq'tnek woman charged with defrauding Mi'kmaq organization

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 07:57:29

A First Nations woman has been charged with defrauding a Mi'kmaq organization of $350,000 over three years.

The Mi'kmaq Employment and Training Secretariat called in the RCMP after it rfound the money missing from its accounts. 38 year old Dawn Marie Johnson of the Paq'tnek First Nation in Antigonish County will be in court November 26.

Sentencing day for Justic Bourque

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 07:56:42

It's sentencing day for Justin Bourque.

Chief Justice David Smith of Court of Queen's Bench will pass sentence in Moncton. The Crown wants the killer of three Mounties put away for at least 75 years. Defence suggested 50 years because Bourque's mind was confused at the time. Either sentence would be the longest ever in Canada since the death penalty was abolished in the '60s.

Critics gear up to fight pipeline

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 07:56:20

The National Energy Board will host a conference call nationally today to explain its role in considering the application for the Energy East Pipeline which was filed yesterday. The pipeline would carry Akberta Crude to Saint John for shipment overseas.

Opposition is growing. The Ecology Action Centre is concerned about possible effects on the Bay of Fundy with a lot of added tanker traffic. The centre even issued a news release claiming the pipline definitely won't be built. It asked why Eastern Canada should suffer environmental risks of a pipeline which Western Canada and the US won't accept. Another group, called Stop Energy East Halifax, called the proposed pipeline a climate nightmare.

Poppy campaign

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 07:55:49

The Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poppy campaign officially kicks off today in most communities. They are expecting this may be one of the strongest years given the Parliament Hill and Montreal killings of soldiers. They also expect a larger than normal turnout for Rembrance Day ceremonies.

SPORTS

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-31 07:55:15

On the ice...the Canucks blew a 2-0 lead in the third period but managed to salvage the game in overtime beating the Canadiens 3-2 in Vancouver. The Bruins edged the Sabres also 3-2.

News stories from 2014-10-30.