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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 ...
RCMP help rescue Canadian icon

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm?fb ...
COVID scams can look convincing, RCMP warns

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 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!

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

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 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

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.

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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–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

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 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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

(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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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 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

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​

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

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: 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

(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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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: 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

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 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 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?

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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: 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

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 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

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

(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: 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

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

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

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 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 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

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: 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

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 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: 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 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

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

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

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 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​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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 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

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

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 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.

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 ...