By Jennifer Vardy Little
Day 1, Hour 1 as the provincial health authority boss and Janet Knox is ready to get to work.
Knox, who has been the chief executive officer of Annapolis Valley Health for the past 10 years and head of South Shore Health for the past four months, says she’ll be using the knowledge she has gained working with both organizations on the provincial level.
“My experience at Annapolis Valley Health is perhaps the best way to describe it – the focus needs to be on our people in our local communities,” she said.
Knox said she envisions community health boards playing a large role in that goal. Currently, there are 37 boards across the province.
“We want (community health boards) to move forward with us and I look forward to strengthening their role,” she said, adding the focus will remain the work the boards are doing in communities now.
“We need to be engaged with communities. I firmly believe that healthy people come from healthy communities. We want to pursue excellence in health for our communities.”
The provincial health authority plan, introduced by the Liberal government during last fall’s election campaign, will consolidate nine district health authorities April 1, 2015. The IWK Health Centre will remain a separate entity.
Knox – who has been seconded to the Department of Health and Wellness immediately from her current roles with Annapolis Valley and South Shore Health – will advise the province over the coming months…
By Heather Killen
The Annapolis RCMP received 96 calls from September 8 to September 14. Among these were: five false 911s, 39 traffic matters, three domestic disputes, six traffic accidents, seven municipal bylaws, six drug related calls, two mental health matters, and one impaired driving call.
(Note: Due to the sensitive nature of cases concerning sexual assault, children’s welfare and mental health issues, not all calls are considered appropriate for publication.)
--Sept. 8 at 9:33 a.m. Middleton. A found wallet was turned into police. The owner was located and nothing was missing.
--Sept. 8 at 11:21 a.m. Wilmot. Threats against a person were reported.
--Sept. 8 at 1:04 p.m. Cornwallis. A suspicious vehicle was reported.
--Sept. 8 at 4:07 p.m. Middleton. RCMP were asked to assist Truro Police Service with the execution of an arrest warrant.
--Sept. 8 at 5:28 p.m. Lawrencetown. Police received a report of a marijuana crop. Police attended, but the plants had already been harvested.
--Sept. 8 at 5:50 p.m. Cornwallis. Police received a report of a possible Liquor Control Act infraction.
--Sept. 8 at 11:14 p.m. Cornwallis. Police received a report of a loud party. Police attended and all parties had left and calm was restored.
--Sept. 9 at 12:19 p.m. Granville Ferry. Police received a report of a vehicle failing to stop for a school bus with its lights activated.
--Sept. 9 at 2:38 p.m. Wilmot. Police received a request from the Canadian Firearms Registry to check on an…
By Martin O'Hara
On September 18, 2014, Scotland will vote on the question, 'Should Scotland be an independent country?' I have asked Ramsays, Campbells, Mac Donalds, Mac Kinnons and Mac Half the population here in New Scotland, "What's happening on September 18 this year? No idea. So I tell them and they say, "Oh yeah, that's right...".
Aye, Jimmy, that's right, so it is. On September 18 1914, the Irish Home Rule Act became law. Implementation was overtaken by events (the Great War) but Ireland eventually became independent and the World did not end. Is the date a coincidence or not?
The constitutions of the various parts of the British Isles, which is a geographical and not a political expression, would fill several libraries. It is a complicated matter: historic carry-overs and curious, not to say bizarre, arrangements abound. Here is a much simplified and fragmentary take on the background to the referendum over the last two thousand years.
Britain is an Island. This, at least, is not in dispute. The people in the bottom half of the island, England (Wales is a separate complicated story) and the people in the top half, Scotland, have disputed just about everything else under the Sun between them. It goes back. In A.D. 122, the Emperor Hadrian built a wall across the entire island from coast to coast to keep the top-half Scots out of the bottom-half Roman province. It is still there. Since Hadrian, through most of recorded history, relations…
By Lawrence Powell
People go to Evans’ Family Farm in Wilmot to get lost. And that’s not difficult to do. At 13 acres, the Evans’ corn maze is the largest in the Annapolis Valley. Think of almost 10 American football fields. More than half a million square feet.
In its sixth year, it’s just bigger and better than ever and attracting all sorts of curious, adventure-loving visitors. It was only 5-1/2 acres its first year.
“It’s been a fairly successful thing and it’s been a growing thing every year since 2009,” said Terry Evans. “We’ve changed and made improvements every year as we’ve gone along.”
And it’s proved popular.
“We’ve had a wide range of people come here,” said Evans. He’s seated at one of the many picnic tables. Just back from picking corn at one of his other fields. It’s a fifth-generation working farm and he’s in constant contact with farm workers via cell phone. “I guess early on in the season we have a lot of families looking to do things with their kids before they go back to school, that’s why we try to open the last week before Labour Day Weekend. It’s a family thing pretty near every day after school – there’s a lot of people looking to do something with their kids after school to keep them entertained.”
By mid-September and October it’s school trips, including international exchange students. The Evans arrange a special day for…
By Lawrence Powell
Graves ValuFood at the Basin View Centre in Cornwallis Park will be closing for good on Saturday, Sept. 27, the Graves family said Friday in a post on the store's Facebook page. And while the municipal councilor for the area said the county must leave no stone unturned looking for a new grocer, a local convenience store owner says he could do the job.
“Unfortunately, negotiation leading to an agreement is confidential," said Annapolis County CAO John Ferguson September 18 in response to a guestion from a member of the public. "In the present circumstance the county will be issuing a Request For Proposals to all potential interested parties. There is no agreement or potential agreements being discussed. Council made a decision yesterday to invest heavily into energy reduction methods at Basinview. A major component will be connected by December. I believe the future business opportunities will improve as a result - in situations like this; proposals submitted will be confidential until an agreement is reached. Council must vote on an agreement in open session. The agreement is then available as pubic record - subject to standard privacy laws. Rest assured the lease amount and duration would be made public."
"Council is steadfast in their direction to me and staff, they want vibrant business. community opportunities and a bright future for The Basinview Centre," Ferguson said.
The Facebook post said that the store, which has remained open for more than five years, has… 10