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OCEARCH Expedition Nova Scotia 2021

**** OCEARCH Release Expedition Nova Scotia 2021 OCEARCH returns to Atlantic Canada for the 4th year to embark on our 42nd Ocean Research Expedition in the waters off of Nova Scotia. After tagging 73 total white sharks in their Northwest Atlantic White Shark study, 26 of which were tagged off of Nova Scotia, OCEARCH has ...

Statement regarding ongoing efforts to address homelessness in the Halifax region

**** HRM Media Release Statement regarding ongoing efforts to address homelessness in the Halifax region ​ The following is a statement from the Halifax Regional Municipality regarding the ongoing efforts to address homelessness in our region. Beginning on Monday, Sept. 20, Assistant Chief of Emergency Management, Erica Fleck, has been assigned to a three-month role ...

Online Marketplace Shopping Tips

**** HRP Media Release Online Marketplace Shopping Tips ​ Halifax Regional Police is sharing some tips to protect against online marketplace scams. ​ The Integrated Financial Crime Unit is continuing to receive reports of online marketplace scams. Police remind online shoppers that exercising a little caution can pay off in the long run: ​ Browse the ...

Increased Harbour Activities during CUTLASS FURY 21

**** DND Media Release Increased Harbour Activities during CUTLASS FURY 21 ​ Residents are advised that Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) will be running a training event for CUTLASS FURY 21 in the Bedford Basin and St. Margaret’s Bay on Sunday, September 12, 2021, which will take place from approximately 7:00 a.m. (Atlantic) until late afternoon. ...

MARS received a notification that a dead endangered blue whale had been found floating off Sambro

**** Info via MARS Late yesterday, MARS received a notification that a dead endangered blue whale had been found floating off Sambro, Nova Scotia. By early this morning, the 82ft long carcass had washed ashore on Crystal Crescent Beach. MARS Responders were on-scene today to assess the situation and collect valuable research samples. While the ...

Halifax Regional Police Youth Program

**** HRP Media Release Halifax Regional Police Youth Program Do you have an interest in policing and playing an active role in your community? If you are looking for a fun, meaningful way to build leadership skills and connect with others – the Halifax Regional Police Youth Program might be for you. Program members participate ...

The Royal Canadian Navy hosts training event with key partners in the Atlantic​

****  DND Media Release The Royal Canadian Navy hosts training event with key partners in the Atlantic​ ​ CUTLASS FURY is a bi-annual, medium-scale, training exercise which will take place off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland from 7 to 17 September 2021.​ The exercise will enhance mutual awareness, inter-operability, and readiness of Canada’s ...

Halifax Regional Police launches Operation Fall-Back

**** HRP Media Release Halifax Regional Police launches Operation Fall-Back ​ On September 3, Halifax Regional Police launches its annual Operation Fall-Back campaign. As students head back to school, the campaign focuses on education and engagement,​ emphasizing that community safety is everyone’s responsibility.​ It also includes information on enforcement actions that may follow. ​ ​ Operation ...

Municipal service level adjustments for Labour Day Weekend 2021

**** HRM Media Release Municipal service level adjustments for Labour Day Weekend 2021 ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following municipal program and service level adjustments over the upcoming Labour Day long weekend. ​ Solid Waste Collection and Facility Hours No municipal solid waste collection service will take place on Monday, ...

Top Paw Double Diner Dog Bowl recalled due to laceration hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Top Paw Double Diner Dog Bowl recalled due to laceration hazard Common name: Top Paw Double Diner Dog Bowl Product description: This recall involves the Top Paw Double Diner Dog Bowl. The product is a set of two dog food bowls that are elevated off the ground on a metal base ...

2021 Resident Survey underway

**** HRM Media Release 2021 Resident Survey underway ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality has launched its 2021 Resident Survey. The survey is conducted to gather feedback from residents, measure performance, and help guide strategic policy and planning decisions. ​ ​ Mayor Mike Savage encourages residents to use this opportunity to share their opinions with members ...

Statement regarding dish soap used at waterfalls

**** Info via NS Environment We’ve had reports that some people have been pouring dish soap into natural watercourses, like pools at the base of waterfalls, to form bubbles. Sure, it looks great on social media. But it’s toxic to fish and other aquatic life. Fish and their eggs die when small amounts of dish ...

Nova Scotia SPCA Establishes New International Pet Transport Program

**** NS SPCA Release Nova Scotia SPCA Establishes New International Pet Transport Program ​ The Nova Scotia SPCA has established a new international pet transport program. When space and resources allow, they will safely bring pets into Nova Scotia from approved shelters in the United States that struggle with homeless pet overpopulation. Thanks to a ...

NOVA SCOTIA LIQUOR CORPORATION–First-Quarter Results

**** NSLC Media Release NOVA SCOTIA LIQUOR CORPORATION–First-Quarter Results ——————————————————– The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its first-quarter financial results today, August 24, for April 1 to July 4, 2021. Total sales for the quarter were up 15.0 per cent with an increase in both beverage alcohol and cannabis. This was driven by extra ...

MARS received a call on our hotline regarding a stranded common dolphin in Eastern Passage,

Thank you for the effort. Info via MARS “MARS received a call on our hotline regarding a stranded common dolphin in Eastern Passage, NS. Unfortunately, the animal passed away shortly after MARS Responders arrived on the scene. We were able to collect it for necropsy, to hopefully learn more about the health of this animal ...

The following electoral districts reported delayed openings at voting locations. Voting at these locations will be extended by 30 minutes today until 8:30 pm

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release DELAYED OPENING Today, Tuesday, August 17, 2201, is election day in Nova Scotia. The following electoral districts reported delayed openings at voting locations. Voting at these locations will be extended by 30 minutes today until 8:30 pm: ​ Antigonish – Club 60 Antigonish, 121 Frank McGibbon Lane Antigonish Bedford South ...

Last Chane to Vote Anywhere

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Last Chane to Vote Anywhere   Today, Saturday August 14th is the last chance for eligible voters in Nova Scotia to cast their ballot in any electoral district. ​ Nova Scotia has a vote anywhere system for the early voting period, until 6 pm on Saturday, August 14. Voters can vote at ...

Extended hours today and What to Bring When You Vote

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Extended hours today and What to Bring When You Vote Voters are reminded that there are extended hours for early voting until 8 pm today, Friday August 13, 2021. All returning offices and early voting locations (community polls and advance polls) are open today from 9 am – 8 pm. ...

Extended hours for Early Voting

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Extended hours for Early Voting ​ There are extended hours for early voting until 8 pm for the next two days, Thursday August 12th and Friday August 13th. All returning offices and early voting locations (community polls and advance polls) are open today and tomorrow from 9 am – 8 pm. ...

Over the next few weeks, peaking on the night of August 11th and before dawn on August 12th, you might get your chance to wish upon a shooting star

**** ENVIRONMENT Canada Release The Perseids meteor shower Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have this wish I wish tonight. Over the next few weeks, peaking on the night of August 11th and before dawn on August 12th, you might get your chance to wish ...

One Week Remaining in the 41st Provincial General Election / Voter Information Cards (VIC)

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release One Week Remaining in the 41st Provincial General Election ​ There is just one week remaining in the 41st provincial general election. Election day is Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Voters are encouraged to vote safely and take advantage of early voting options available at a returning offices, community polls, and advance polls, ...

Get Your Completed Write-in Ballot Back on Time!

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Get Your Completed Write-in Ballot Back on Time! ​ Voters who have applied to vote by write-in ballot are reminded to return their completed ballot before 8 pm on election day, August 17, 2021, so it can count. ​ To count in the election, all completed write-in ballots must be ...

The SPCA College of Animal Welfare is offering FREE TUITION in their accelerated full-time, one-year Veterinary Assistant Diploma Program

****  Info via the NS SPCA Calling all animal lovers ❗️ Are you looking for a rewarding career where you can help pets and loving families? 🐾 The SPCA College of Animal Welfare is offering FREE TUITION in our accelerated full-time, one-year Veterinary Assistant Diploma Program. 💙 But spots are filling up quickly! ⏰ Apply ...

Nova Scotia Health warns public about telephone scam

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health warns public about telephone scam Nova Scotia Health is advising the public of a telephone scam related to the in-home COVID-19 vaccination program. The caller fraudulently claimed to be from Nova Scotia Health’s continuing care program and asked for financial information. Nova Scotia Health does not ask for ...

Municipality to work with Parks Canada on potential national urban park designation

**** HRM Media Release Municipality to work with Parks Canada on potential national urban park designation The Halifax Regional Municipality and Parks Canada have agreed to collaborate on the feasibility of the potential designation of a national urban park at Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes (BMBCL). As was announced this week by Parks Canada, a Statement ...

Vote Safely – What to Bring When You Vote

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Vote Safely – What to Bring When You Vote COVID precautions are in place at all returning offices and voting locations to ensure voter safety. ​ When voting in-person, voters are asked to wear a mask, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distance and bring their own pen. ​ The pen ...

Victoria County business notify police in solicitation scam

**** RCMP Media Release Victoria County business notify police in solicitation scam Victoria County RCMP was recently contacted by a local business with concerns that customers may be victims of a scam. On June 16 and again on July 25, Victoria County RCMP was contacted by employees at a local business advising of customers who ...

Voter Information Cards (VIC) for the 41st Provincial General Election

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Voter Information Cards (VIC) for the 41st Provincial General Election ​ All registered voters on the Nova Scotia Registry of Electors will receive a personal Voter Information Card (VIC) in the mail for the 41st provincial general election. VICs provide information on the different options available and indicate the closest ...

Voter Information Cards (VIC) are in the mail / Write-in Ballot Application Deadlines

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Voter Information Cards (VIC) are in the mail ​ All registered voters on the Nova Scotia Registry of Electors will receive a personal Voter Information Card (VIC) in the mail for the 41st provincial general election. VICs provide information on the different options available and indicate the closest voting locations. The ...

RCMP helps stop malware that stole millions from Canadians

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP helps stop malware that stole millions from Canadians A reverse hack of criminally controlled servers based in Canada by a team of RCMP engineers helped halt a piece of malicious software that has supported international cyberattacks for years. Their work, dubbed Project Cipher, was part of a multi-national law-enforcement effort ...

How to raccoon-proof your garbage

**** Info via the Toronto Wildlife Centre How to raccoon-proof your garbage The smell of food coming from human garbage, compost, and recycling is irresistible to raccoons. Don’t worry, it is possible to prevent raccoons from getting into garbage cans. Keep garbage secure Keep your garbage inside until pick-up day—organic waste can be kept in ...

The CAFC continues to receive reports from victims of the recovery pitch scam. Know what it is and get tips on how to avoid it

**** Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Release Recovery pitch The CAFC continues to receive reports from victims of the recovery pitch scam. Know what it is and get tips on how to avoid it. If you’ve been a victim of a scam, scammers may target you again with a promise to get your money back. Scammers will ...

RCMP teams up with Halifax SAR to promote safe hiking

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP teams up with Halifax SAR to promote safe hiking Exploring new trails can be exciting but there are risks involved if you don’t have the proper supplies and it can be easy to get lost in unfamiliar territory. In situations when hikers run into trouble, the RCMP works with its ...

Community Polls Begin Today

***’ Elections Nova Scotia Release Community Polls Begin Today   Community polls open today, Saturday, July 31, across the province for early voting. Community polls will be open Mondays to Saturdays, from 9 am – 6 pm for two weeks (until Saturday August 14). ​ Don’t forget, early voting will be open on Monday, August ...

Voting Available on Civic Holiday

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Voting Available on Civic Holiday   Early voting will be open on Monday, August 2 from 9 am – 6 pm. Voters can cast their ballot on the civic holiday at any returning office or early voting locations in the province. ​ Remember, community polls open across the province tomorrow, ...

Halifax Regional Municipality in collaboration with Spay Day Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia SPCA have been working to improve lives and stop unwanted litters over the last four years

**** NS SPCA Release Fixing one stray or feral cat can prevent as many as 180 kittens from being born. 🐱 Halifax Regional Municipality in collaboration with Spay Day Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia SPCA have been working to improve lives and stop unwanted litters over the last four years. Through TNR, young kittens ...

Voting Information for the 41st Provincial General Election

***** Elections Nova Scotia Release Voting Information for the 41st Provincial General Election ​ To be eligible to vote in the 41st provincial general election, you must be 18 years of age or older on election day, Tuesday, August 17, 2021, a Canadian citizen, have lived in Nova Scotia since January 17, 2021. ​ All registered voters ...

Vote Safely, Apply for a Write-in Ballot

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Vote Safely, Apply for a Write-in Ballot ​ Elections Nova Scotia – One way to vote safely in the 41st provincial general election is to apply to vote by mail using a write-in ballot. ​ Eligible voters in Nova Scotia who wish to vote by write-in ballot, can apply on-line at electionsnovascotia.ca. ...

Vote Anywhere During Early Voting

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Vote Anywhere During Early Voting ​ In Nova Scotia, eligible voters can vote anywhere during the early voting period. This means that before election day voters do not have to vote in their electoral district, they can vote early at the returning office or early voting location in any electoral ...

Early Voting Available

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Early Voting Available ​ All returning offices for the provincial general election to be held Tuesday, August 17, 2021, are open today for early voting. ​ Returning Office Hours: Monday to Saturday open 9 am – 6 pm Closed on Sundays Thursday, August 12 and Friday, August 13, open 9 ...

Eligible Voters Encouraged to Register For the 41st Provincial General Election

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Eligible Voters Encouraged to Register For the 41st Provincial General Election   Elections Nova Scotia maintains a Register of Electors of anyone eligible to vote in a Nova Scotia provincial general election or by-election. The Register is updated regularly and there are several ways to be added to the list. Eligible ...

The CAFC has received reports of phishing text message scams tied to COVID-19 vaccines

**** Anti-Fraud Release Fraud alert! The CAFC has received reports of phishing text message scams tied to COVID-19 vaccines. The text messages claim to be from the Government of Canada and will say that due to a recent vaccination, Canadians are eligible for a Vaccine Relief Fund. The message then tells you to claim your ...

Vote Safely in the 41 Provincial General Election

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Vote Safely in the 41 Provincial General Election ​ Nova Scotians are encouraged to watch their mailboxes for a flyer from Elections Nova Scotia with information on how to vote safely in the 41st provincial general election. The household flyer is part of a public awareness campaign help voters understand their ...

Elections Nova Scotia is Calling for Election Workers

**** Elections Nova Scotia Release Elections Nova Scotia is Calling for Election Workers ​ It takes a lot of people and effort to make an election run smoothly, especially during a pandemic. Elections Nova Scotia needs dedicated workers to facilitate voting and ensure safe cleaning protocols are enforced at all voting locations. ​ People 18 ...

Attention kids! Officers with the Truro Police Service will be on the lookout for those obeying municipal bylaws and provincial laws

**** Info via Truro Police Attention Kids!! Officers with the Truro Police Service will be on the lookout for those obeying municipal bylaws and provincial laws. Kids wearing their bike helmets, being on good behavior at the skate park etc can expect to receive a “Positive Ticket”. The tickets will be either a free family ...

Province Releases Key Guides as Part of Ecological Forestry Implementation

**** LANDS / FORESTRY Release Province Releases Key Guides as Part of Ecological Forestry Implementation ——————————————————- The province is sharing new guidance tools for mixed forests and high-production forestry zones and is now shifting to implementation planning for ecological forestry. The guidance tools provide an overview about how ecological forestry will be done on Crown ...

Daytime helicopter fire training 🚁 to be conducted from July 19 to August 4 at Naval Fleet School Atlantic’s Damage Control Division, Herring Cove

**** Info via CFB Halifax Public Service Announcement Daytime helicopter fire training 🚁 to be conducted from July 19 to August 4 at Naval Fleet School Atlantic’s Damage Control Division, Herring Cove Residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality are to be advised that there will be intermittent daytime helicopter firefighter training conducted at Naval Fleet ...

Northern Pulp Effluent Treatment Plant Project to Undergo Class II Environmental Assessment

**** ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE CHANGE Release Northern Pulp Effluent Treatment Plant Project to Undergo Class II Environmental Assessment ———————————————————— Northern Pulp’s effluent treatment plant project will undergo a Class II environmental assessment. The company’s proposal involves changes to the pulp mill itself, as well as the design and construction of a new effluent treatment plant. “The changes ...

Second new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship delivered to Canada

**** DND Media Release Second new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship delivered to Canada ​ Today on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, celebrated another milestone in the arrival of the RCN’s future ...

Hope for Wildlife has been receiving many calls about raccoons stuck in green bins and dumpsters recently

**** Info via Hope for Wildlife We have been receiving many calls about raccoons stuck in green bins and dumpsters recently. If you come across a raccoon, or any animal, that has found itself stuck in a large commercial garbage bin, the best thing to do is to place a ladder, large branches, planks of ...

Police warns of an email scam targeting businesses

**** HRP Media Release Police warn of an email scam targeting businesses ​ Halifax Regional Police is advising  of an email scam targeting businesses. ​ Last month, investigators with the Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division investigated an incident where fraudsters emailed the clients of a home improvement contractor and requested that ...

This is the dry hydrant in Beaver Bank located at Tucker Lake. There are no fire hydrants in North Beaver Bank

Info via the Beaver Bank – Kinsac Fire Stn 48 “This is the dry hydrant in Beaver Bank located at Tucker Lake. There are no fire hydrants in North Beaver Bank so when there is an emergency and lots of water is needed, this is where we get it. We understand this is also a ...

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Harry DeWolf becomes the First Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship Commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy

**** DND Media Release Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Harry DeWolf becomes the First Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship Commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy ​ The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has officially welcomed into service the first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Harry DeWolf, with the time-honoured tradition of a Commissioning Ceremony. This ...

Bide Awhile are seeking donations of fans.

**** Info via Bide Awhile We are seeking donations of fans. Summer is here and that means our fans will be running full time. We always want to be prepared for inevitable breakdowns and the more we have the better. The comfort and safety of our residents is our primary concern. We purchase standing fans ...

Each year, hundreds of dogs are picked up by Animal Services. A Halifax Regional Municipality dog license tag makes it easier to find the owner of a dog

**** HRM Media Release Each year, hundreds of dogs are picked up by Animal Services. A Halifax Regional Municipality dog license tag makes it easier to find the owner of a dog. Dog Ownership As a responsible dog owner you want nothing more than for your Fido to be safe and happy. Here’s what you need ...

Bi-weekly recyclables collection and weekly green cart collection starting July 2

**** HRM Media Release Bi-weekly recyclables collection and weekly green cart collection starting July 2 ​ Effective Friday, July 2, bi-weekly recyclables collection will begin in all communities across the Halifax Regional Municipality. ​ Residents who previously received weekly recyclable collection will now have access to a new collection schedule, depending on their community. ​ ...

Atlantic Provinces Ready For Aquaculture Growth

**** FISHERIES/AQUACULTURE Release Atlantic Provinces Ready For Aquaculture Growth —————————————————————- Aquaculture is an important economic driver for rural, coastal and Indigenous communities, and Atlantic Canada is well positioned to increase aquaculture production as global demand for sustainably sourced seafood grows. That is why the ministers responsible for aquaculture in the Atlantic provinces have agreed to ...

RCMP warns of increase in “remote access” computer scams

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warns of increase in “remote access” computer scams During the COVID-19 pandemic, all types of cybercrime have increased substantially.​ In particular, the “remote access” scam appears to be on the rise in Nova Scotia recently, which involves tricking victims into giving cyber criminals remote access to their computers. The scam ...

Province Helping People in Need Unlock Retirement Funds

**** TREASURY BOARD Release Province Helping People in Need Unlock Retirement Funds ——————————————————— Nova Scotians will soon find it easier to unlock their retirement funds when facing challenging circumstances. Amendments to the Pension Benefits Act and regulations will go into effect July 1. The changes will streamline the process for Nova Scotians to access locked-in ...

The Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre has received reports from Canadian based insurance companies and other financial institutions about an ongoing investment scam spoofing their company names

**** Anti-Fraud Centre Release The Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre has received reports from Canadian based insurance companies and other financial institutions about an ongoing investment scam spoofing their company names. Reporting indicates this is part of a broader scam and likely using multiple well known company names and targeting investors across Canada. Canadians are receiving fraudulent ...

Municipality seeks public feedback to inform Regional Plan Review

“*** HRM Media Release Municipality seeks public feedback to inform Regional Plan Review The Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting residents to provide feedback to inform the Regional Plan Review. ​ The Regional Plan sets out a common vision, principles and long-range, region-wide planning policies outlining where, when, and how future growth and development should take ...

Future Home of Eastern Shore Consolidated School Selected

**** EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD Development Release Future Home of Eastern Shore Consolidated School Selected ———————————————————- Students on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore will attend a new, modern school in East Chezzetcook. ​ Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, announced the location of the new school today, June 3. This decision was informed by community ...

Governments Invest in School Upgrades and Repairs

**** Premiers Office Media Release Governments Invest in School Upgrades and Repairs —————————————————————- Schools across Nova Scotia will get retrofits, repairs and upgrades with more than $25 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. Premier Iain Rankin joined federal representatives today, June 2, at a virtual press conference to announce the investments. “Nova ...

Support for Three Affordable Housing Developments

**** INFRASTRUCTURE/HOUSING Release Support for Three Affordable Housing Developments —————————————————————- Affordable housing developments in three Nova Scotia communities will receive support from the provincial and federal governments under the National Housing Strategy. Infrastructure and Housing Minister Geoff MacLellan and federal Families, Children and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen announced today, June 2, that $3.25 million ...

Province Seeks Feedback on Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act

**** JUSTICE Media Release Province Seeks Feedback on Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act ———————————————————– The province is asking Nova Scotians for feedback on the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act to make sure it is working well. The act recognizes the autonomy of adults who cannot make certain decisions for themselves. It also allows a person ...

While out on beat patrol, Officers came in contact with a bird in front of the Police Station that appeared to be injured.

**** Info via Truro Police While out on beat patrol, Officers came in contact with a bird in front of the Police Station that appeared to be injured. CST Germain and CST Lamont collected the injured bird who was later named Pat and brought the bird to the Fundy Vet Clinic. The Clinic informed us ...

APD has seen an increase in the “SIN SCAM” recently, please be aware that this is a SCAM!

**** Amherst Police Release *** SCAM ALERT*** APD has seen an increase in the “SIN SCAM” recently, please be aware that this is a SCAM! In this scam, victims get a call from someone pretending to be from Service Canada or another government agency, saying their social insurance number (SIN) has been blocked, compromised or ...

Found money, is it yours?

**** RCMP Media Release Found money, is it yours? Police were notified of money that was found on Conrad Rd. in Lawrencetown on May 24. The money was in a clip and the rightful owner will need to answer specific questions from police to ensure the money is returned to the right person. If the ...

Halifax Regional Police remind citizens to stay alert to caller ID spoofing scams

**** HRP Media Release Caller ID spoof scams ​ Halifax Regional Police remind citizens to stay alert to caller ID spoofing scams. ​ Police are continuing to receive reports caller ID spoof calls, a scam where fraudsters try to trick you into answering your phone by using technology to modify the information that appears on ...

RCMP share tips to help everyone stay safe this bicycle season

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP share tips to help everyone stay safe this bicycle season The Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding motorists and cyclists that we all have a responsibility to help keep our roadways safe this summer. According to the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. When ...

RCMP warns of online scam

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warns of online scam Halifax District RCMP is warning the public about online scams after a report in Cole Harbour. On May 17, police were notified of an online fraud involving the adoption of a cat from a person outside Canada. The victim sent money to the seller and later ...

The CAFC is noting an increase in identity fraud

**** Canada Anti-Fraud Centre Identity theft and fraud Fraud alert! The CAFC is noting an increase in identity fraud reporting. Fraudsters are using personal information about Canadians to apply for government benefits, credit cards, bank accounts, cell phone accounts or even take over social media and email accounts. It is important that Canadians take steps ...

Police warn citizens of recent twist on a common scam

**** HRP Media Release Police warn citizens of recent twist on a common scam ​ Halifax Regional Police is advising the public of a recent twist on a common scam where fraudsters are targeting university students who are selling their books online. ​ Over the last month, members of the Integrated Financial Crime Unit have investigated ...

KPS was made aware of a scam which is a copied account of a local business who posted a celebration of Nurses week.

**** Kentville Police Release KPS was made aware of a scam which is a copied account of a local business who posted a celebration of Nurses week. The copied page asks you to follow the link for a prize you have won. They then collect your name, address and credit card information. When in doubt ...

Many cetacean species are currently on the move, with some returning to the rich waters around the Maritimes

**** Info via MARS Many cetacean species are currently on the move, with some returning to the rich waters around the Maritimes to feed and raise their babies. It is critical people remember that these are wild animals, and they should not interact with them! This is especially important for social species like beluga whales ...

NS SPCA – We are URGENTLY seeking donations of dehydrated liver treats to help with the continued training of the dogs in our care

**** Info via the NS SPCA We are URGENTLY seeking donations of dehydrated liver treats to help with the continued training of the dogs in our care. They seem to be very picky and turn up their snouts to anything but these! These yummy treats ensure the dog’s have motivation to work through their uncertainty ...

AxAir Aviation launches Air Charter Services in Eastern Canada.

**** AxAir Media Release AxAir Aviation launches Air Charter Services in Eastern Canada. AxAir Aviation Inc. has completed their much-anticipated first chartered passenger flight in Eastern Canada. The company, acquired by Port Hastings, NS based Celtic Air Services in the summer of 2020, experienced significant delays in clearing the regulatory hurdles to restart airline operations ...

Regional Council approves 2021-22 municipal budget

**** HRM Media Release Regional Council approves 2021-22 municipal budget Today, Regional Council approved $833-million in total municipal expenditures, provincial mandatory contributions of $173.8-million and a capital plan of $177.9-million as part of the 2021/22 municipal budget. Council approved a residential tax rate increase of 1.0 per cent. The average single-family home tax bill will ...

Halifax Regional Police is sharing some tips to help you shop safely online

**** HRP Media Release Online shopping tips ​ Halifax Regional Police is sharing some tips to help you shop safely online. ​ Shopping online: Verify secure connections and make sure you are on a secure website. Look for the padlock icon in the address bar and check for the valid certificate by clicking on the ...

RCMP Name the Puppy 2021: Announcing the winners

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP Name the Puppy 2021: Announcing the winners The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Name the Puppy contest. The winning names will be given to the first 13 puppies born at the Police Dog Service Training Centre in 2021. We received over 20,000 online entries, which was very exciting as ...

Awareness on Grant scams to prevent victimization

**** Canadian Anti-Fraud Release Fraud Alert! Many Canadians are experiencing financial hardship as a consequence of the current pandemic and, unfortunately, the reporting of fraudulent loan websites and grant scams are increasing. Business grants and loans Scammers use websites that look like official government sites to attract people looking for small- and medium-sized business financing. ...

Annual spring cleanup & maintenance program underway

**** HRM Media Release Annual spring cleanup & maintenance program underway ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that municipal staff have transitioned to annual spring cleanup activities across the region, now that the winter season has wrapped up. ​ Crews are working in all areas to address litter, remove downed branches and other ...

Kentville Police are warning the public about an online scam.

**** Kentville Police Release Kentville Police are warning the public about an online scam. The contact is made while victim is online. A message pops up on the screen which appears is from Microsoft. The message indicated your banking information is compromised and to call the phone number on the screen. When you call the ...

LG TO CLOSE MOBILE PHONE BUSINESS WORLDWIDE

**** LG Media Release LG TO CLOSE MOBILE PHONE BUSINESS WORLDWIDE LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced that it is closing its mobile business unit. The decision was approved by its board of directors earlier today. LG’s strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth ...

Dalhousie Staff Reject Employer’s Final Offer, Poised to Strike

**** NSGEU Media Release Dalhousie Staff Reject Employer’s Final Offer, Poised to Strike Approximately 844 NSGEU members who work at Dalhousie University in​ administrative and technical support​ bargaining unit​ roles are poised to strike after their employer has refused to remove a proposal that would strip them of the new Federal Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) ...

New Outdoor Learning Fund for Nova Scotia’s Elementary Schools

**** Education Media Release New Outdoor Learning Fund for Nova Scotia’s Elementary Schools —————————————————————- The Nova Scotia government and the federal government have created a $7 million outdoor learning fund for all public elementary schools in the province. ​ The fund will allow schools to enhance existing outdoor learning spaces or create new ones. “I ...

Support for Vulnerable Nova Scotians

**** COMMUNITY SERVICES Media Release Support for Vulnerable Nova Scotians Vulnerable Nova Scotians will continue to have the resources and protection they need during the pandemic, thanks to $11.5 million in funding from the federal Safe Restart Agreement. Community groups and organizations that support vulnerable Nova Scotians have received funds so they can help those ...

With tax season upon us, Canadians need to be on the lookout for false, deceptive and misleading marketing tied to various tax incentives and credits being offered by third-party services

**** Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Release Fraud alert! Recent reporting to the CAFC has identified that consumers are receiving calls asking for their personal and financial information so that the Ontario Carbon Tax Credit can be deposited into their account. In some cases, consumers are also being solicited to sign up for home warranty and protection ...

Nova Scotia Turtles

**** Nova Scotia Museum Release Nova Scotia Turtles Turtles are reptiles. When you hear the word turtle, you probably think of the shell. The top part of the shell is called the carapace and the bottom part the plastron. Other turtle features are dry scarly skin, a sharp-edged beak instead of teeth, good eyesight and ...

Changes to Parenting and Support Act Will Strengthen Family Justice

**** Justice Media Release Changes to Parenting and Support Act Will Strengthen Family Justice ———————————————————— Changes to the province’s Parenting and Support Act introduced today, April 7, will provide more clarity and alignment with recent amendments to the federal Divorce Act. The federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over marriage and divorce, while provinces have jurisdiction ...

Amendments Streamline Process for Unlocking Retirement Funds / Securities Act Changes Will Strengthen Regulation and Protect Whistleblowers

**** FINANCE/TREASURY Board Release Amendments Streamline Process for Unlocking Retirement Funds ————————————————– Nova Scotians want to have financial peace of mind when facing challenging circumstances. That is why government introduced amendments to the Pension Benefits Act today, April 6, that will make it quicker for Nova Scotians who need it to access locked-in retirement accounts ...

Municipal services on Easter long weekend

**** HRM Media Release Municipal services on Easter long weekend – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following municipal service level adjustments over the upcoming Easter long weekend: Solid Waste Collection and Facility Hours No municipal solid waste collection services will take place on Good Friday, April 2. Curbside collection of garbage, ...

Night helicopter fire training to be conducted at Naval Fleet School Atlantic’s Damage Control Division off John Brackett Drive, Herring Cove

**** Via CFB Halifax Public Service Announcement Night helicopter fire training to be conducted at Naval Fleet School Atlantic’s Damage Control Division off John Brackett Drive, Herring Cove March 30, 2021 – Halifax, N.S. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy Residents of the #Halifax Regional Municipality are to be advised that there ...

New, Modern Modular Classrooms for Five Halifax Schools

**** EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT Media Release New, Modern Modular Classrooms for Five Halifax Schools —————————————————————- The Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada are investing more than $24 million to purchase modular classrooms at Halifax area schools. The modular classrooms, which include washrooms, are a flexible option to respond to future enrollment growth ...

(Update) RCMP help rescue Canadian icon

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP help rescue Canadian icon On March 27, an RCMP member on patrol on Commercial St. in New Minas came across a woman trying to move what appeared to be an injured beaver off the roadway. The furry friend seemed pretty comfortable on the road, but thanks to a team effort, ...

Dogs Allowed on Restaurant Patios, Sidewalk Cafes

**** Environment Media Release Dogs Allowed on Restaurant Patios, Sidewalk Cafes ——————————————————- Pet dogs are now allowed on restaurant, bar and café patios (along with their owners, of course) as part of the Rankin government’s promise to remove unnecessary barriers for restaurants to meet customer needs. “We’ve listened to the restaurant industry. They told us ...

The Government of Canada is investigating a possible ransomware attack incident on a private company that provides services to some federal departments and agencies, including the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program

**** RCMP Media Release The Government of Canada is investigating a possible ransomware attack incident on a private company that provides services to some federal departments and agencies, including the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program (CFP). At this time, there is no indication that there has been unauthorized disclosure of any personal information of CFP clients. ...

In 2020, Canadians reported over 16,958 identity fraud cases to Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

**** RCMP Media Release In 2020, Canadians reported over 16,958 identity fraud cases to Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Fraudsters will get information through unsolicited emails, text, phone calls, mail, bank statements etc. ➡️ Never share information through unsolicited messages/calls. ➡️ Confirm who you’re speaking with by researching them/the business on the internet. ➡️ Always shred old ...

Aiming a laser at an aircraft—Not a bright idea

**** Transport Canada Release Aiming a laser at an aircraft—Not a bright idea Aiming a laser at an aircraft has been a federal offence for many years. We put a safety measure in place to protect Canadians from laser attacks on aircraft. Find out where the safety measure is in effect and if it affects ...

Changes to Biodiversity Act

****  LANDS/FORESTRY- Media Release Changes to Biodiversity Act —————————————————————- The province is introducing changes to the Biodiversity Act to address concerns from provincial stakeholders and ensure collaboration remains a key focus, as was always intended. The changes remove biodiversity emergency orders, offences and fines from the act, and limit the scope to Crown lands unless ...

Boat Harbour Cleanup Update

****  NOVA SCOTIA LANDS INC Boat Harbour Cleanup Update —————————————————————- Nova Scotia Lands Inc. will remove all sludge material from the Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility aeration stabilization basins. A single project plan to dredge and dispose of the sludge will ensure the job is completed in a timely way, and provide clarity and closure ...

Transport Canada’s Drone Strategy to 2025

**** Info via Transport Canada Transport Canada’s Drone Strategy to 2025 Drones are a new generation of aircraft in a growing part of the aviation industry. As drones become more commonplace, it has become clear they are a game-changing technology not only within the transportation network but for society at large. Drones are modernizing the ...

Investment in Nova Scotia’s Digital Economy

**** ADVANCED EDUCATION Release Investment in Nova Scotia’s Digital Economy The Province of Nova Scotia announced today, March 19, a $16.8 million investment that will allow four Nova Scotia universities to expand and enhance their computer science programs.Digital skills drive the start-up economy and COVID-19 has accelerated digital adaptation and increased its importance. The digital ...

Access to information request for records held by Halifax Regional Police

**** HRP Media Release Access to information request for records held by Halifax Regional Police The Municipal Government Act (MGA) , which provides authority for most of the activities and operations of municipal governments in Nova Scotia, also contains provisions relating to freedom of information and protection of privacy. These provisions are found in Part XX of ...

New Initiative Supports Foster Families

**** COMMUNITY SERVICES Media Release New Initiative Supports Foster Families—————————————————————-The Rankin government announced today, March 18, full-time foster families will receive a one-time payment of $5,000 under the Because You Care Foster Family initiative. The initiative is in recognition of the fact that foster families incur expenses for which they often do not submit a ...

Municipal boards and committees recruitment now underway

**** HRM Media Release Municipal boards and committees recruitment now underway ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking applications for a variety of municipal boards, committees, and commissions.​ Online applications will be open until Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ​ Municipal boards, committees, and commissions consist of councillors, residents, and industry representatives.​ These ...

Change your clocks, change your batteries

**** HRFE Media Release Change your clocks, change your batteries Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) wishes to remind you to ‘spring ahead’ this Saturday night before you go to bed. When you jump ahead an hour with your clocks it’s also recommended you change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke ...

Plan to become a responsible boat owner

**** TRANSPORTATION Media Release Plan to become a responsible boat owner Buying a boat is a big decision. You will need to decide on your budget and what kind of boat is the best for you. Make sure you factor in all costs like maintenance, insurance, fuel and disposal or recycling. You’ll also need to ...

RCMP warns of online rental property scam

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warns of online rental property scam ​ Halifax District RCMP is warning residents of an online rental property scam. Over the past two weeks, two similar reports were received. In both incidents, a fraudulent ad for a rental property was posted on an online marketplace.In one situation, the victim reached ...

The top 10 most reported scams and frauds of 2020

**** RCMP Media Release In 2020, the top 10 most reported scams and frauds were: • Extortion • Identity fraud • Personal information scams • Phishing • Merchandise scams • Vendor as the victim • Job scams • Service scams • Spear phishing • Emergency scams Recognize, reject and report by visiting http://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm?fb ...

COVID scams can look convincing, RCMP warns

**** RCMP Media Release COVID scams can look convincing, RCMP warns Canadians should use extra caution to avoid becoming the victim of a COVID scam. Jeff Thomson, a senior RCMP intelligence analyst with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), says phishing scams have been very common. He says Canadians have received thousands of emails and texts ...

RCMP warn public about phone scam

**** RCMP Media Release Windsor District RCMP warn public about phone scam Windsor District RCMP is warning the public about phone scams being reported that involve a caller pretending to be a police officer. The caller ID also shows a number associated with the Windsor RCMP Detachment – 902-798-2207. Police have recently received complaints from ...

Hard to believe it’s already that time of year again! Baby season is fast approaching!

**** Info via Hope for Wildlife Hard to believe it’s already that time of year again! Baby season is fast approaching! Garden sheds, attics, wood piles and garages that have been dormant all winter make great places for wild animals like raccoons to den and have their young. Don’t want an animal taking up residence? ...

Nova Scotia’s Approach to Setting Minimum Wage to be Reviewed

**** LABOUR Media Release Nova Scotia’s Approach to Setting Minimum Wage to be Reviewed—————————————————————-The current approach to setting the minimum wage rate in Nova Scotia will be reviewed in the coming months. The review comes as government accepts the recommendation from the Nova Scotia Minimum Wage Review Committee in its annual report.“The minimum wage rate ...

RCMP warns of counterfeit American currency

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warns of counterfeit American currency Halifax District RCMP is advising the public of an investigation where counterfeit American currency was used in Eastern Passage. On January 29, a woman entered a gas station on Cow Bay Rd. and made a purchase using what appeared to be an American​ $100​ bill. ...

Help put fraudsters in their place by recognizing fraud alerts

**** RCMP Media Release Help put fraudsters in their place by recognizing fraud alerts ​ March is Fraud Prevention Month and the Nova Scotia RCMP will be sharing tips throughout the month to help you and your loved ones recognize fraud. ​ Each year, Nova Scotians lose thousands of dollars as a result of scams ...

In 2020, frauds associated to Canadians buying or selling goods or services online accounted for more than $12.9 million in reported losses.

**** Info via Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre In 2020, frauds associated to Canadians buying or selling goods or services online accounted for more than $12.9 million in reported losses. Non-delivery scams (including puppy scams, rental scams, and deceptive marketing of counterfeit goods) have all increased over the pandemic period. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to provide scammers ...

Bridgewater Police Service is warning the public about a text scam

**** Bridgewater Police Release Bridgewater Police Service is warning the public about a text scam. How it works: An individual gets a text from a Canadian number. The text states “Hello, your express delivery package is waiting for you to set delivery preferences,” followed by a link. This is a common practice for major courier ...

Be Coyote Smart

**** Info via Novascotia.ca Coyotes are permanent residents in our province, so seeing or hearing them from time to time is not unusual. They have become part of the ecosystem as a top-line predator. Nocturnal by nature, coyotes tend to be most active and vocal at night. Coyotes are normally shy and fearful of people. ...

RCMP warns of online marketplace scams

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warns of online marketplace scamsIn the last month, Halifax District RCMP have received several reports of online marketplace scams.Several scams involved victims placing an ad online for various items (these have included clothes, electronics and instruments). The suspect poses as a buyer and asks the seller to send the items, ...

TEXT SCAM ALERT: Halifax Water does not currently contact customers via text message

**** Info via Halifax Water TEXT SCAM ALERT: Halifax Water does not currently contact customers via text message about their customer account details. If you receive a text claiming to be from Halifax Water please delete the message and contact our Customer Care Centre at 902-420-9287 or customercare@halifaxwater.ca. Halifax Water will never send messages requesting ...

Scam: Important message from Hope for Wildlife

**** Info  via Hope for Wildlife “It has come to our attention that there are solicitors going around the Dartmouth and Timberlea area asking for Donations for Hope for Wildlife. We do not go soliciting door to door for donations so if someone comes to your door asking for donations for Hope for Wildlife, please ...

Funding to Remove Abandoned Vessels

**** NOVA SCOTIA LANDS INC. Release Funding to Remove Abandoned Vessels————————————————————Nova Scotia Lands Inc. has received funding from the federal government through its Abandoned Boats Program to remove 14 vessels across the province.The program is contributing $559,920, with the provincial government contributing $33,700, for a total of $593,620.Nova Scotia Lands Inc. submitted a proposal to ...

Since 1991, the iconic red planes of Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) have been a pillar in helping Canada stay safe

**** Info via Transport Canada National Aerial Surveillance Program Since 1991, the iconic red planes of Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) have been a pillar in helping Canada stay safe. Over the years, we’ve grown — adding new aircraft, new technology and new people — all with the goal of preventing pollution in our waters, protecting ...

New, state-of-the-art RCMP Operational Communications Centre set to open

**** RCMP Media Release New, state-of-the-art RCMP Operational Communications Centre set to open Nova Scotia RCMP 911 Police Dispatchers will begin answering calls for service out of the new, state-of-the-art Operational Communications Centre (OCC) at RCMPNS Headquarters in Dartmouth.Since 2018, the Nova Scotia RCMP has been planning this move to the modern space.“The Nova Scotia ...

Police are continuing to receive reports of counterfeit American currency in our region

**** HRP Media Release Counterfeit American Currency ​ Police are continuing to receive reports of counterfeit American currency in our region. ​ Over the last five months, police have received 23 reports of counterfeit American $50 and $100 bills being used at local businesses. ​ Investigators in the Financial Crime Unit are sharing the following ...

Report illegal dumping in HRM

**** Info via Halifax.ca Illegal dumping Call 311 if: You see debris on HRM property that requires a cleanup You witness someone leaving garbage/recycling /debris etc. on  yours or a neighbour’s  property You see garbage on the side of a municipal road that requires a cleanup Call the police if: You see someone currently dumping debris and they’re still in ...

N.S. LIQUOR CORPORATION–Third Quarter Results

**** N.S. LIQUOR CORPORATION Release Third Quarter Results—————————————————————-The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its third quarter financial results today, Feb. 16, for Sept. 28 to Dec. 27, 2020.Sales continued to reflect changes in customers’ purchasing patterns due to the pandemic. Overall, there was an 11.7 per cent increase in beverage alcohol sales to $187.8 ...

If you could help out Snookums and the other shelter kitties they would love donations of delicious feline treats

**** Info via the NS SPCA Snookums is trying to hoard the remaining treats all to herself! She had noticed that staff were not giving her as many due to a limited supply and was NOT pleased. If you could help out Snookums and the other shelter kitties they would love donations of delicious feline ...

RCMP warns public about phone scams requesting a SIN

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warns public about phone scams requesting a SIN The Nova Scotia RCMP is warning the public about a number of phone scams being reported in Barrington. The phone calls involve someone calling from a specific federal agency stating that actions will be taken if they do not speak with a ...

RCMP warn of email scam involving fake online order

**** RCMP Media Release Halifax District RCMP is warning the public of an email scam involving a fake online order that left a victim in Timberlea out of $884. On February 5, RCMP received a report that a person in Timberlea got an email about an online order. The email stated that if the recipient ...

A scammer convinces you to enter a virtual, online relationship so the scammer can gain your trust and affection

**** RCMP Media Release Romance scams occur when you enter into a virtual relationship with a scammer who gains your trust and affection and will use it to get money or assistance with committing a crime (unbeknownst to the victim). A scammer convinces you to enter a virtual, online relationship so the scammer can gain ...

New Glasgow Regional Police warns the public about phone scams requesting personal information

**** New Glasgow Police Release New Glasgow Regional Police warns the public about phone scams requesting personal information.   New Glasgow Regional Police are warning the public about a few different sophisticated phone scams being reported. CRA Scam have involved scammers claiming to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency. These scammers tell the person who ...

West Amherst woman arrested for passing counterfeit money

**** RCMP Media Release West Amherst woman arrested for passing counterfeit money Cumberland District RCMP have arrested a​ 21-year-old woman from West Amherst for paying with counterfeit money in the Amherst area. On January 25, a taxi company and a hotel in the Amherst area reported receiving counterfeit Canadian $100​ bills in the course of conducting ...

Police advising of counterfeit American currency

**** HRP Media Release Police advising of counterfeit American currency ​ The Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division is advising local businesses and citizens of the presence of counterfeit American bills in the Halifax region. ​ Police are investigating multiple reports of counterfeit American currency in a variety of denominations passed at ...

Minimum Wage Increasing April 1

**** LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION Release Minimum Wage Increasing April 1—————————————————————Nova Scotia’s minimum wage is increasing on April 1.Today, Jan. 26, Labour and Advanced Education Minister Lena Metlege Diab announced that government has accepted the Minimum Wage Review Committee’s recommendation that minimum wage increase by 30 cents, plus the national consumer price index, which is 10 cents ...

Program to Help Young Adults Get Jobs Expanding

**** COMMUNITY SERVICES Release Program to Help Young Adults Get Jobs Expanding—————————————————————-The opportunity to build community and peer connections, develop life and leadership skills and gain practical work experience positions young adults for career success and independence.That is why the EDGE pilot program – which provides eligible Employment Support and Income Assistance clients aged 18 ...

Draft Forest Management Guide Open for Public Consultation

**** LANDS/FORESTRY Media Release Draft Forest Management Guide Open for Public Consultation————————————————————-The province continues to make progress implementing the triad model of ecological forestry on Nova Scotia’s Crown lands.Public consultations have opened on a draft forest management guide, now titled the Silvicultural Guide for the Ecological Matrix. Once finalized and implemented, this technical guide will ...

(Update) Found cats taken to vet clinic, awaiting identification

Via Eastern Passage Village Veterinary Hospital Update : The kitties are safe and back home! “Good Morning, Today two cats were brought to our clinic as they were found outside, the first one is an orange, white, and black tabby who is female. The second is a grey and white neutered male. Neither of these ...

Spear phishing is one of the most common and most dangerous attack methods currently used to conduct fraud

**** Anti-Fraud Centre Release Fraud Alert! Spear phishing is one of the most common and most dangerous attack methods currently used to conduct fraud, usually on businesses and organizations. Fraudsters take their time to collect information on their intended targets, so they can send convincing emails seemingly from a trusted source. Warning signs unsolicited emails ...

Accessible Viewing Deck Coming to Peggy’s Cove

**** DEVELOP NOVA SCOTIA Release Accessible Viewing Deck Coming to Peggy’s Cove ————————————————————-Peggy’s Cove is a beloved, iconic part of Nova Scotia and one of the province’s most popular tourist areas. To help ensure a safe, accessible and engaging experience for visitors, business operators and residents, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of ...

Tattoo Artist Raises More Than $2,500 for Cape Breton SPCA

**** NSHA Media Release Tattoo Artist Raises More Than $2,500 for Cape Breton SPCA Vanessa Darling, a tattoo apprentice at Rowe’s Tattoo, raised $2,560 for the Cape Breton SPCA through animal-themed tattoos. In five weeks, Darling completed 64 tattoos in support of the SPCA. For every animal-themed tattoo, $40 was donated to help local pets ...

Children aged 12 and under to ride free on Halifax Transit

**** HRM Media Release Children aged 12 and under to ride free on Halifax Transit Based on the Transportation Standing Committee’s recommendations, Regional Council has directed the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to adopt By-law U-107, an amendment of By-law U-100, the User Charges By-law. This amendment will permanently eliminate transit fares for children 12 years of age ...

Statement regarding Ardmore Hall

**** HRM Media Release Statement regarding Ardmore Hall ​ The following is a municipal statement regarding the status of the partially demolished Ardmore Hall, located at 6399 North Street in Halifax: ​ On Sept. 25 the municipality issued a demolition permit for this site following due diligence with municipal protocols. ​ Based on a number ...

Halifax Regional Police would like to provide some information to interested citizens on how to access their historical street check data

**** HRP Media Release In response to community feedback asking us to inform interested citizens on how to access their historical street check data, Halifax Regional Police would like to provide some information. As recommended in Dr. Scot Wortley’s 2019 report, HRP no longer retains existing historical street check records. Data is retained in its ...

Panel to Make Recommendations on Teachers’ Pension Plan

**** LABOUR RELATIONS Media Release Expert Panel to Make Recommendations on Teachers’ Pension Plan—————————————————————-The province and Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) have appointed an independent three-person expert panel to recommend ways to protect and strengthen the Teachers’ Pension Plan.The plan has an unfunded liability of $1.5 billion and a funded ratio of 78.2 per cent ...

Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia for 2020

**** SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA/INTERNAL SERVICES Media Release Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia————————————————————-Oliver is Nova Scotians’ favourite baby name for 2020.​The top 10 names for 2020 are Oliver, Olivia, Benjamin, William, Jack, Charlotte, Levi, Noah, Ivy and Ava, according to Nova Scotia’s Registry of Vital Statistics.​The most popular names usually remain consistent over the ...

This holiday: plan ahead to protect against porch pirates

**** RCMP Media Release This holiday: plan ahead to protect against porch piratesIn the time of COVID-19, many Nova Scotians are doing their holiday shopping online. Potential thieves (“Porch pirates”, as they are sometimes known) arrrrrrrrr looking to take advantage by stealing unattended deliveries.The good news is that by planning ahead, you can protect those ...

Holiday scams and fraud

**** Canadian Anti-Frayd Centre Release Holiday scams and fraud The holiday season brings a rise in certain types of scams and fraud. Protect your wallet and personal information by learning about the popular holiday scams and fraud below. Counterfeit merchandise Counterfeiters can easily create websites that look like legitimate manufacturers and offer products at a ...

Protect yourself from scams on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

**** RCMP Media Release Protect yourself from scams on Black Friday and Cyber MondayIn the time of COVID-19, many Nova Scotians are taking their shopping online. Scammers are looking to take advantage of this and cash in on Black Friday,​ Cyber Monday and the rest of the holiday season.“The more you know about scams, the less ...

RCMP Sgt. Tony Upshaw received a cheque for $5,000.00 on behalf of the RCMP Foundation and the RCMP Fallen Officer Fund from Ribbon Fundraiser

**** Info via Sojourn Signs When the tragic events in Portapique happened in April, the staff of Sojourn Signs wanted to do a fundraiser to support the RCMP Fallen Officer Fund in memory of Cst. Heidi Stevenson along with the families of the victims through the Red Cross Stronger Together Fund. They designed a unique ...

What is Alert Ready?

**** EMO Release A test of the #Alertready system will be conducted on TV, radio and compatible mobile device. What is Alert Ready? Alert Ready is Canada’s emergency alerting system. Alert Ready delivers critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television, radio and LTE-connected and compatible wireless devices. The Alert Ready system was developed ...

911 emergency: when to call

**** Info via Novascotia.ca 911 emergency: when to call You can call 911 if your health, safety or property is threatened and you need help right away. The 911 call taker (operator) will notify emergency responders, like fire, police or ambulance. Call 911 for emergencies and get connected to the fire, police or ambulance services ...

Police warn citizens of fraudulent phone calls

**** HRP Media Release Police warn citizens of fraudulent phone calls ​ Halifax Regional Police is advising the public of a recent increase in fraudulent phone calls where a scammer identifies themselves as an investigator with a government agency or police department. ​ ​ There are always new scams that criminals use to try to ...

Holiday shopping safety tips

**** HRP Media Release Holiday shopping safety tips Holiday shopping season is in full swing. Whether you’re going to stores or shopping online, Halifax Regional Police have a few simple tips to grinch-proof your holiday purchases. Online shopping Shop from your personal device at home on a trusted network. Use different user ID and passwords ...

National Drone Safety Awareness Day – November 13

**** Transport Canada Release National Drone Safety Awareness Day – November 13 On November 13, join us in celebrating National Drone Safety Awareness Day, or Drone Safety Day. Drone Safety Day is aimed at sharing drone safety success stories and highlighting the interesting and innovative ways drones are being used across Canada. How to participate ...

Chimney fires can occur at anytime if your chimney hasn’t been properly cleaned and checked for external and internal damage prior to winter use. But do you know what to look for?

**** Info via the Bedford Volunteer Firefighters Association Chimney fires can occur at anytime if your chimney hasn’t been properly cleaned and checked for external and internal damage prior to winter use. But do you know what to look for? Here’s some tips: Fast-burning chimney fires are extremely obvious, as fire rapidly consumes flammable residue ...

RCMP warns public about phone scams requesting a SIN

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warns public about phone scams requesting a SIN The Nova Scotia RCMP is warning the public about a number of phone scams being reported throughout the Cape Breton. The phone calls involve someone calling from​ 1-800​ numbers, local numbers and the RCMP toll-free number (1-800-803-7267) and saying that there are issues ...

Province Continues Support for Film and Television Fund

**** BUSINESS Media Release Province Continues Support for Film and Television Fund———————————————————————————Film and television productions employ local tradespeople and film crews, develop local creative talent and showcase the province on the world stage.​That is why government is continuing the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund for another five years, until 2025-26.“The fund is ...

Lower Sackville business prevents solicitation​ scam​

**** RCMP Media Release Lower Sackville business prevents solicitation​ scam​ Halifax District RCMP were called to a Lower Sackville business reporting that they had a customer who they believed was being victimized by a fraudster.​ On Monday evening November 2, police attended the business and spoke to the potential victim. She shared with police that ...

Investments to Improve Community Facilities

**** COMMUNITIES/ HERITAGE Release Investments to Improve Community Facilities——————————————————————————————————————————NOTE: A list of 2020 grant recipients follows this release.—————————————————————Nova Scotia communities depend on safe spaces where people can gather, celebrate and connect. To support these spaces, the province is investing in 36 projects that will improve existing cultural and community facilities.​ ​The Brunswick Street Mission in ...

RCMP: Plan ahead for a safe Halloween

**** RCMP Media Release Plan ahead for a safe HalloweenThe countdown to Halloween is on but before you bust out the costumes and hit the streets to trick-or-treat, plan ahead to ensure everyone is prepared to celebrate safely.We all have a role to play in keeping everyone safe. Whether you’re planning to take the kids ...

(NSLC) released its second quarter financial results today, Oct. 27, for June 29 to Sept. 27

**** N.S. LIQUOR CORPORATION Release Second Quarter Results—————————————————————–The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its second quarter financial results today, Oct. 27, for June 29 to Sept. 27.It was a very strong quarter with a 6.3 per cent increase in sales to $216.6 million with $194.5 million in beverage alcohol sales and $22.1 million in ...

Protect your business from​ payment redirect scams

**** RCMP Media Release Protect your business from​ payment redirect scams The Nova Scotia RCMP is warning businesses to use caution when sending or receiving account or payment information over email. The Nova Scotia​ RCMP Commercial Crime Section has noticed an increase in reported cases of business emails being hacked to redirect electronic payments.​ Scammers ...

Police warn citizens of suspicious phone call

**** HRP Media Release Police warn citizens of suspicious phone call Halifax Regional Police is notifying the public of a recent phone call where the caller identified themselves as a police officer and requested a donation from a citizen. The caller also asked to increase the amount of the donation when the citizen agreed to ...

Nova Scotia Municipal Elections Successfully Completed, Op-ed

**** MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS/HOUSING Release Nova Scotia Municipal Elections Successfully Completed, Op-ed—————————————————————–NOTE: The following is an op-ed from Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Chuck Porter.—————————————————————–As Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, I want to congratulate everyone who participated in this year’s municipal elections and I am grateful to everyone who took the time to vote.We depend ...

Heating Assistance Rebate Program Opens

**** SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA Media Release Heating Assistance Rebate Program Opens—————————————————————–Home heating costs can be difficult for low-income Nova Scotians to afford, which is why the Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) is once again available.Applications are now open for the 2020-21 heating season. The program provides a rebate of up to $200 to low-income Nova ...

Don’t let your cottage be targeted by thieves this winter

**** RCMP Media Release Don’t let your cottage be targeted by thieves this winter ​ Every year, the RCMP responds to multiple reports of break and enters at cottages and cabins during the winter months. ​ Break and enters are frequently crimes of opportunity​ at seasonal properties as they are often located in isolated areas, ...

Premier Stephen McNeil announced changes to the Executive Council (cabinet) today, Oct. 13

**** PREMIER’S OFFICE Release Premier Announces Changes to Cabinet—————————————————————–Premier Stephen McNeil announced changes to the Executive Council (cabinet) today, Oct. 13.Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, MLA for Lunenburg, joins cabinet as Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Minister of Gaelic Affairs.Former Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine becomes Minister of the Department of Health and Wellness. ...

The Dartmouth SPCA is looking for a suitable rat cages for some little ones they have

**** Info via NS SPCA The Dartmouth SPCA is looking for a suitable rat cages for some little ones we have! 🐾 The habitat we have is not suitable long term and we want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible in their temporary homes with us ☺️ The attached photo is similar ...

Liming Helps Fish Habitat

**** FISHERIES/AQUACULTURE Release Liming Helps Fish Habitat ——————————————Acid rain in Nova Scotia harms fish habitat important to sportfishing, valued at about $65 million annually to the provincial economy.The province is using agricultural lime to reduce the effects of acid rain and support restoration of trout and wild Atlantic salmon habitat in the West River near ...

Fake forestry letter circulating

****  Info via Lands and Forestry “Alert: This letter has been showing up in some mailboxes. It’s fake. We do not know who circulated it or why. There have been no Gray wolves released anywhere in Nova Scotia by any government agencies. If you receive one of these letters, please get in touch with wildlife@novascotia.ca” ...

Navy: Testing of Ceremonial Cannons to Occur at CFB Halifax Stadacona on Wednesday, October 7.

**** Navy Release ‼️ Public Service Announcement ‼️ Testing of Ceremonial Cannons to Occur at CFB Halifax Stadacona on Wednesday, October 7. October 6, 2020 – Halifax, N.S. – Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy Residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality, especially those in the vicinity of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax Stadacona ...

Cyber Security Awareness Month

**** HRP Media Release Cyber Security Awareness Month ​ October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and Halifax Regional Police is encouraging everyone to learn more about how they can stay safe online. ​ You can start by taking stock of what devices and accounts you use to get online. Your online accounts contain a lot ...

RCMP warning public about threatening​ solicitation​ scams

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warning public about threatening​ solicitation​ scams​ The Nova Scotia RCMP is warning the public about a number​ of threatening phone and computer scams being reported throughout the province.​ There are many types of scams on the rise in the province and​ the most recent one involves callers falsely representing an​ ...

RCMP warns of counterfeit currency

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warns of counterfeit currency Halifax District RCMP would like to advise the public of two​ investigations​ where counterfeit currency was used in Lower Sackville. On September 22, a man entered two businesses on Sackville Dr. and made a purchase at each business using a 100 US dollar bills. The bills ...

Did you know that each season has both an astronomical start and a meteorological start?

**** Info via Environment Canada Did you know that each season has both an astronomical start and a meteorological start? It sounds complicated, but it’s not! The astronomical start date is based on the position of the Sun in relation to the Earth, while the meteorological start date is based on the 12-month calendar and ...

HRP reminds everyone to be responsible neighbours

**** HRP Media Release HRP reminds everyone to be responsible neighbours ​ Each year, our region welcomes thousands of students in September. Halifax Regional Police would like to remind everyone to do their part to help maintain a positive quality of life in our neighbourhoods. ​ The major neighbourhood concern is often noise, but police ...

Nova Scotians and Maritimers Encouraged to Keep Rediscovering Nova Scotia This Fall

**** TOURISM NOVA SCOTIA Release Nova Scotians and Maritimers Encouraged to Keep Rediscovering Nova Scotia This Fall —————————————————————- Tourism Nova Scotia launched new marketing campaigns this week encouraging locals and Maritimers to keep rediscovering Nova Scotia throughout the fall. “These campaigns support extending the tourism season by focusing on the many great fall activities we ...

Consumers are protected under the Consumer Protection Act and other consumer protection legislation

**** NS Government Release Consumers are protected under the Consumer Protection Act and other consumer protection legislation Many of your rights as a consumer are protected by the Consumer Protection Act. The act covers general consumer protections, as well the most common consumer transactions, like online shopping, gift cards and warranties. When you buy a ...

Access to High-Speed Internet for More Nova Scotians

**** DEVELOP NOVA SCOTIA Release Access to High-Speed Internet for More Nova Scotians ————————————————————– Access to reliable, high-speed internet service across the province gives Nova Scotians more options in choosing where to live and work. That is why government invested $193 million to expand internet access. Today, Sept. 1, Develop Nova Scotia announced the second ...

NSLC First-Quarter Results

**** NOVA SCOTIA LIQUOR CORPORATION Release NSLC First-Quarter Results ————————————————————– The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its first-quarter financial results today, Aug. 25, for April 1 to June 28, 2020. It was an unprecedented quarter with a 5.3 per cent increase in sales to $184.2 million with $166.8 million in beverage alcohol sales and ...

Flying your drone safely and legally

**** Transport  Canada Release Rules for drones in Canada  These rules came into effect on June 1, 2019 Drones are aircraft—which makes you a pilot. When you fly your drone, you’re sharing the skies with other drones and aircraft. Before you fly, understand the rules you must follow and review our safety tips. Legal requirements ...

New Contest Encourages Nova Scotians to Explore Their Province

**** TOURISM NOVA SCOTIA Related New Contest Encourages Nova Scotians to Explore Their Province ————————————————————- A new contest launched by Tourism Nova Scotia this week encourages Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians to explore the province and support local businesses. The Ultimate Nova Scotia Road Trip contest invites people to post photos of themselves enjoying one, ...

RCMP warns public about​ any solicitation requesting payment via cryptocurrency

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warns public about​ any solicitation requesting payment via cryptocurrency The Nova Scotia RCMP​ is warning the public about a number of phone and computer scams requesting payment with cryptocurrency or gift-cards being reported throughout the province. Various types of scams are on the rise in the province, the most recent ...

NS SPCA: If you are able to donate needed items , please feel free to drop them off!

**** NS SPCA  Release “How could this be? 🙀 While helping the shelter staff with their morning clean, Galya noticed we are low on the following items: ▪️paper towel ▪️litter scoops ▪️toilet paper ▪️bleach ▪️and wet cat food If you are able to donate any of the items listed above, please feel free to drop ...

Range survey to occur at closed West Chezzetcook Air Weapons Range

**** CFB Halifax Release 📢❗️ Public Service Announcement ❗️📢 Range survey to occur at closed West Chezzetcook Air Weapons Range Residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality, especially those in the vicinity of the closed West Chezzetcook Air Weapons Range located east of Grand Desert, are to be advised that Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel will ...

RCMP warns public about​ phone scams requesting a SIN​

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warns public about​ phone scams requesting a SIN​ The Nova Scotia RCMP​ is warning the public about a number of phone scams being reported throughout the province. The phone calls involve someone calling from​ 1-800 numbers, local numbers and the RCMP toll-free number (1-800-803-7267) and saying that there are issues with ...

Advisory: Possible Discoloured Water – Hammonds Plains/Glen Arbour Area Due To Firefighting

**** Halifax Water Release Possible Discoloured Water – Hammonds Plains/Glen Arbour Area Due To Firefighting Due to firefighting activities on the Hammonds Plains Road near Long Burn Drive, some customers in the Hammonds Plains – Glen Arbour area may experience temporarily discoloured water due to higher than normal water flows required to fight the fire. ...

(Update) Kearney Lake Beach closure – Utility Work

**** HRM Media Release Kearney Lake Beach closure – Utility Work Kearney Lake Road – Utility Work The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Nova Scotia Power will be completing utility work in the area of Kearney Lake between Hamshaw Drive and Larry Uteck Boulevard will continue Wednesday August 12 and Thursday, August 13. ...

NS SPCA: Stu has noticed that we are running very low on wet food!

**** NS SPCA Release “If you have a cat, you know they don’t like seeing the bottom of their food bowl 🥣 Stu has noticed that we are running very low on wet food! The Dartmouth SPCA feeds all of our cats the Hills Science Diet. If you are able to make a donation to ...

Did you receive unsolicited seeds? Contact your regional CFIA office right away

(Notice) Advisory via CFIA The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is investigating reports of individuals receiving unsolicited packages of seeds. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins. Unauthorized seeds could be the seeds of invasive plants, or carry plant pests, which can be harmful when introduced into Canada. These species can invade agricultural and natural ...

Police warn citizens of fraudulent phone calls

**** HRP Media Release Police warn citizens of fraudulent phone calls ​ Halifax Regional Police is advising the public of a recent increase in fraudulent phone calls where a scammer spoofs the phone number to appear to be from local phone numbers and government agencies. ​ A common theme of late involves the scammer advising ...

Public surveys on construction noise and grade alteration by-laws

**** HRM Media Release Public surveys on construction noise and grade alteration by-laws The Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting residents to complete two online surveys seeking feedback on potential changes to existing municipal regulations relating to grading and construction noise in residential areas. The Grade Alteration and Stormwater Management By-Law Online Survey proposes condensing three existing grade ...

RCMP has received reports of phone scams in different parts of the province

**** RCMP Media Release Nova Scotia RCMP has received reports of phone scams in different parts of the province today and wants to alert the public. In Inverness County, calls have been reported from 800 numbers and local numbers where the caller states there are issues with the victim’s Social Insurance Number, and unless personal ...

RCMP warn public of phone scam in the Digby area

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warn public of phone scam in the Digby area ​  Digby RCMP is warning the public about a phone scam where the caller, who may appear to be calling from a local telephone number, requests the victim’s social insurance number. The RCMP is aware of four such calls in recent days ...

Theodore Too is up for sale

**** Info via http://www.scrutonmarine.com/ Theodore Too is up for sale It looks like beloved Halifax Harbor icon (and ambassador) Theodore Too is for sale! The listing is here: http://www.scrutonmarine.com/pv2273.htm ...

HRP: Consider a career in policing. Yes, YOU! 

**** HRP Media Release Consider a career in policing. Yes, YOU! Halifax Regional Police will soon be accepting applications for our upcoming 2021 cadet class. If you’re looking to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of others, this opportunity might be for you. At HRP, we want to continue ...

Police warn citizens of fraudulent phone calls

**** HRP Media Release Police warn citizens of fraudulent phone calls ​ Halifax Regional Police is advising the public of a recent increase in fraudulent phone calls where a scammer identifies themselves as a police officer, or a representative of Service Canada or the Canada Revenue Agency. ​ A common theme of late involves the ...

RCMP warn public about ransomware scams

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warn public about ransomware scams ​RCMP is warning the public about a type of scam targeting businesses after a recent report received by Halifax District RCMP. Police received the report from a business that had their network hacked with ransomware. The hackers demanded $270,000 to reinstate their network. ​ Ransomware ...

HRP: Fraud prevention tips

**** HRP Media Release Fraud prevention tips ​ Halifax Regional Police is sharing some fraud prevention tips to help citizens safeguard their personal information and money. ​ From emails claiming that your bank account has been compromised to phone calls advising that you’ve won a free cruise, fraudsters will use any opportunity to get their ...

RCMP is reminding the public to be cautious when looking for love online

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP is reminding the public to be cautious when looking for love online. Romance scams continue to be a way for scammers to take advantage of their victims by taking their money. Recently, police received a report from a victim who lost more than $50,000 over an extended period of time ...

The Province-wide burn ban has been extended to June 1st: Current do’s and don’ts

****  Ibfo via the HRFE: The Province-wide burn ban has been extended to June 1st, including domestic burning and beach fires. Outdoor wood burning appliances and campfires are now allowed from, 7pm to midnight, with some limitations as described below. Outdoor wood burning appliances: • permitted in all zones • must be manufactured; • manufacturer’s ...

Municipal programs and services for Victoria Day, Monday, May 18

**** HRM Media Release Municipal programs and services for Victoria Day, Monday, May 18 ​The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following municipal program and service level adjustments for Victoria Day, Monday, May 18: ​ Solid Waste Collection and Facility Hours: No municipal solid waste collection services will take place on Victoria Day, ...

Beware of​ scammers posing​ as Nova Scotia Power employees

**** RCMP Media Release Beware of​ scammers posing​ as Nova Scotia Power employees RCMP is​ warning the public of two recent reports of someone posing as a​ Nova Scotia Power employee and calling residents to request payment in gift cards. ​ On May 1 and again today,​ Lunenburg District RCMP​ had complaints where​ a caller ...

RCMP received a report of a fraud were the victim was defrauded over $100,000 in Eastern Passage

**** RCMP Media Release Victim defrauded over $100,000 Halifax District RCMP received a report of a fraud were the victim was defrauded over $100,000 in Eastern Passage. On April 23, the victim received a call from a person who said they were with Mega Millions and that he had won $18,000,000 and a brand new ...

Annual spring cleanup & maintenance program underway​

**** HRM Media Release Annual spring cleanup & maintenance program underway​ Now that the winter season has wrapped up, municipal staff have transitioned to annual spring cleanup activities across the region. Crews are working in all areas to address litter, remove downed branches and other winter debris while taking appropriate precautions to reduce the likelihood ...

Looking to rent? Be cautious of scammers

**** RCMP Media Release Looking to rent? Be cautious of scammers who post fake ads to try and steal your money and personal information. On April 6, Halifax District RCMP received a complaint that people have been advertising homes listed for sale as rental properties. The person advertising the properties changes a few details, asks ...

Municipal services on Easter long weekend

**** HRM Media Release Municipal services on Easter long weekend The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following municipal service level adjustments over the upcoming Easter long weekend: Solid Waste Collection and Facility Hours No municipal solid waste collection services will take place on Good Friday, April 10. Curbside collection of garbage, organics ...

New Deputy Minister of Justice

**** PREMIER’S OFFICE Media Release New Deputy Minister of Justice ————————————————————— Candace Thomas has been appointed the new deputy minister of Justice, replacing Karen Hudson who retires on April 30. Ms. Thomas will also serve as deputy minister of the new Office of Social Innovation and Integrative Approaches, established in the 2020-21 budget. Premier Stephen ...

Keeping Shorelines and Oceans Clean

**** FISHERIES/AQUACULTURE Media Release Keeping Shorelines and Oceans Clean ————————————————————— Reducing shoreline pollution and maintaining the clean and pristine waters which the province is known for is important to Nova Scotians. That is why the new Marine Debris Clean-Up Program is providing financial support to remove lost and discarded marine debris from shorelines and waters. ...

Cybersecurity vulnerabilities associated with some medical devices with Bluetooth Low Energy chips

**** Info via Health Canada Cybersecurity vulnerabilities associated with some medical devices with Bluetooth Low Energy chips Health Canada is informing Canadians, healthcare professionals, and manufacturers about a series of cybersecurity vulnerabilities named “SweynTooth”. These vulnerabilities may affect devices using the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol. Because of these vulnerabilities, some medical devices that use ...

Businesses and individuals targeted by Spear Phishing scam

**** Canadian Anti-fraud Centre Release Spear phishing scams involve scammers pretending to be from legitimate sources to convince businesses or individuals to send them money. These scams leverage existing relationships between the person receiving the email and the person sending it. The sender’s address appears to be the actual email address of the source they’re ...

Volunteer during an emergency with JEM

**** HRFE Release Volunteer during an emergency Regional emergency response In the critical hours following a crisis situation, while local and provincial response agencies are dealing with the immediate and urgent needs of the municipality, residents in affected communities need to be prepared to help themselves and to assist their neighbours, who may have been ...

Comfort Centres After a Disaster

**** HRFE Release Comfort Centres Following the activation for any municipal emergency management plan: Under the municipal emergency plan (MEP), in conditions that don’t require an evacuation, during an emergency the municipality may establish or support community comfort centers whereby a resident population may visit to receive essential needs like meals, hygiene facilities, electronic device ...

CWF encouraged but cautious about new measures to conserve right whales

**** Canadian Wildlife Federation Release CWF encouraged but cautious about new measures to conserve right whales CWF encouraged but cautious about new measures to conserve right whales The federal government’s new measures to conserve right whales are well founded and we are hopeful they will prevent another mortality crisis; however, the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) ...

CRA: Slam the scam – Protect yourself against fraud

**** Info via the CRA Know how to recognize a scam There are many fraud types, including new ones invented daily. Taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information such as a social ...

It’s that time of year again! Breeding season for some wildlife has already started. Keep wildlife from using your property as dens!

**** Info via Hope for Wildlife Spring is just around the corner! Erica recently shared some great information that we would like to pass on! “It’s that time of year again! Breeding season for some wildlife has already started, like great horned owls, foxes and some mustelids. So here it is! Garden sheds, attics, wood ...

Be in the know to stay one step ahead of scammers

**** RCMP Media Release Be in the know to stay one step ahead of scammers March is Fraud Prevention Month and the Nova Scotia RCMP wants you and your loved ones to stay one step ahead of scammers. Every year, thousands of Canadians, including Nova Scotians, fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Many ...

Keeping Couples Together in Long-Term Care

**** CNS Media Release HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Keeping Couples Together in Long-Term Care ————————————————————— Couples deserve to be able to stay together when they are in long-term care. That is why government is introducing the Life Partners in Long Term Care Act to protect a couple’s right to be placed together. “We want to do ...

The province is investing $355,000 to help the Bus Stop Theatre complete major renovations

**** COMMUNITIES/CULTURE/HERITAGE Media Release Support for Bus Stop Theatre ————————————————————— Culture and the arts are important to Nova Scotians and contribute to the vibrancy of our communities and our economy. That is why the province is investing $355,000 to help the Bus Stop Theatre complete major renovations. “The renovations support not only the Bus Stop ...

Better Support for Those Who Use Legal Aid

**** JUSTICE Media Release Better Support for Those Who Use Legal Aid ————————————————————— Changes introduced to the Legal Aid Act today, Feb. 25, will support thousands of Nova Scotians who need help with legal matters and rely on the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission. Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mark Furey introduced amendments which ...

Flying High with the HEFA

Flying High with the HEFA The Halifax Electric Flyers Club is an organization that has been around since 2007, and consists of like-minded members who enjoy the remote control world of flight. Unlike the newest trend of drone flying, this club focuses on replica aircraft flight. With replica war, small civilian and unique aircraft mixed ...

Hope Blooms Triples Capacity with Global Kitchen Addition

**** COMMUNITIES/CULTURE/HERITAGE Media Release Hope Blooms Triples Capacity with Global Kitchen Addition ————————————————————— All children should have access to healthy food and a supportive community. That is why government is helping Hope Blooms, a social enterprise run by children and youth in Halifax’s North End, build a new kitchen and triple the number of participants ...

Want your rescue kitty to be the next face of Picaroons Brewing Company Melonhead can?

**** Info via NS SPCA  / Picaroons Brewing Company Want your rescue kitty to be the next face of Picaroons Brewing Company Melonhead can?! 😻 Submit a funny photo and your adoption story to melonhead@picaroons.ca to have a chance to be featured with the release 💙 *The contest will close on February 25* It’s time ...

N.S. LIQUOR CORPORATION–Third Quarter Results

**** NSLC Media Release N.S. LIQUOR CORPORATION–Third Quarter Results ————————————————————— The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its third quarter results today, Feb. 18, for Sept. 30 to Dec. 29. There continues to be strong growth in all local beverage alcohol product categories. Nova Scotia ready-to-drink sales, driven primarily by vodka coolers, were up 79.8 ...

RCMP arrest CRA telephone scammers

**** RCMP Media Release On Wednesday, February 12th members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Financial Crime Section, Toronto West Detachment (TWD), in Milton, Ontario, arrested and charged two (2) people in connection to various transnational scams, including the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) telephone scam, the Bank Investigator scam and the ...

Municipal programs and services on Nova Scotia Heritage Day, Monday, Feb. 17

**** HRM Media Release Municipal programs and services on Nova Scotia Heritage Day, Monday, Feb. 17 The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that municipal programs and services will operate on a reduced service level on the provincial statutory holiday Nova Scotia Heritage Day, Monday, Feb. 17. This year, Nova Scotia Heritage Day will honour ...

Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment in Halifax

**** HRFE Release Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment in Halifax If you like helping people, appreciate continuous learning, and are physically fit, you may be an ideal candidate for a position as a volunteer firefighter. Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency (HRFE) is dedicated to saving lives and protecting property through fire prevention, fire suppression, and public education. ...

RCMP received complaints about two different phone scams in Sheet Harbour

**** RCMP Media Release On February 12, Halifax District RCMP received complaints about two different phone scams in Sheet Harbour. Neither scam was successful, but police are sharing this information to help prevent others from being victimized. One call threatened arrest and legal action if the person receiving the call did not provide their SIN. ...

Consider your pets when planning for emergencies.

(HRFE) Pets During Emergencies Consider your pets when planning for emergencies. Know where to take your pets in an emergency and remember their needs when creating your family preparedness kit. Before Find a safe place for your pets to stay Make sure your pets wear current ID tags all the time, and that carries for ...