Pumpkins: A growing concern - NovaScotia

Young growers such as Jeff Reid, 34, of Waterville are now taking their place in the winner’s circle. Reid’s 1,202-pound pumpkin took first place at the 2007 Windsor pumpkin festival weigh-off.

While most people would be happy just to grow a giant pumpkin in their garden, Reid is taking it to the next level by sharing the knowledge he has been cultivating for the last seven years. As a founding member of Annapolis Valley Giant Vegetable Growers, which now boasts 93 members, Reid helps organize a pumpkin weigh-off at his workplace, Glad Gardens Family Farm Market & Greenhouses in Waterville, Kings County. Growing big pumpkins is a delicate balance between weather conditions, genetics and a healthy dose of luck. Yes, there is a secret, and Reid is happy to share that secret with anyone serious about getting involved in the hobby.

If any of you have some free time, it would be great if you could sign this petition! Clayton Miller was only 14 when he lost his life, just over 24 years ago. His parents have never received the justice they deserve, and to this day the police are covering something up: whether it is death caused by negligence or from brutality, no one seems to know. Please help this grieving family get past this horrible experience.

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Dawgfather plans city council run The feisty Reddick — better known as hotdog vendor the Dawgfather — has announced he plans to run for a seat on Halifax regional council next fall.

"I decided to run after listening time and time again to students complaining about the problems they are having with affordable student housing," he said.

He said he wants to form a coalition of like-minded candidates to run for seats on council in next October’s election.

The only issues he plans for his election platform are helping students and giving ratepayers a break. He said students generate $2.7 billion a year of the city’s GDP. Reddick took on the city in 2004 when officials tried to move him off his spot at Dalhousie when it was decided that preapproved vending spots would go to the highest bidder.
Canadians fighting with Islamic State could lose citizenship - Toronto Star

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Canadians fighting with Islamic State could lose citizenship
Toronto Star
OTTAWA—Canadians with dual citizenship fighting with Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria could have their citizenship revoked under newly passed legislation, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander says. Alexander says revoking the citizenship of those …
Critics still wary of further involvement as Canada set to fly Czech weapons toToronto Sun
Iraq deployment not up for vote, Harper saysThe Globe and Mail
Axworthy says Canada not doing enough to stop Islamic StateCTV News
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‘Merchant of death’ faces trial A former Soviet military officer with command of four languages, Bout is known as the “Merchant of Death,” the nickname long used by American and international officials to describe his suspected prominence in the illicit arms trade. He has been banned from international travel for violating United Nations arms embargos, targeted by a U.S. asset freeze and he inspired the role of the fictitious arms trafficker played by Nicolas Cage in the 2005 action film, Lord of War.

Bout, 44, eluded arrest until U.S. narcotics agents lured him to Thailand in a 2008 sting operation, charging him with conspiring to sell anti-aircraft missiles and other weapons to undercover informants posing as South American terrorists. Protesting his innocence, Bout was extradited to New York in November after enduring a gruelling, two-year limbo in a Bangkok prison while the U.S. and Russia squared off in a diplomatic tug-of-war. "There are powerful people in Russia who are quite frankly worried that he might spill his guts," said Michael Braun, a former Drug Enforcement Administration chief of operations who led the Bout investigation. Sergei Markov, a Russian lawmaker and member of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party, agreed: “They want to extract information from him.”
Erin Brockovich slams Pictou County pulp mill pollution

TheChronicleHerald.caErin Brockovich slams Pictou County pulp mill pollutionTheChronicleHerald.caErin Brockovich, the well-known American environmental crusader, is throwing her support behind a Nova Scotia clean air movement. In a Facebook post Tuesday, Brockovich weighed in on the unprecedented levels of air pollution at a Pictou County mill.Erin Brockovich speaks out against Northern Pulp millCBC.caErin Brockovich Targets Northern Pulp Mill Over Air PollutionHuffington Post CanadaErin Brockovich speaks out against Nova Scotia’s Northern Pulp millCTV NewsThe Guardian Charlottetown -NG Newsall 15 news articles »

EI premium cut to be announced today, report says - CBC.ca


EI premium cut to be announced today, report says
The Harper government is expected to announce today that it’s trimming Employment Insurance premiums, according to a media report. The cut is aimed at encouraging employers to do more hiring at a time when job growth is sluggish, the Globe and Mail …
Finance Minister Joe Oliver to announce EI premium cut Thursday: Globe reportTimes Colonist

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John Labelle, a 72-year-old veteran who served 38 years in the Canadian navy, cited a litany of complaints about pension clawbacks and changes to the New Veterans Charter.

"It’s been misleading on many issues and it needs to be more up front and support veterans and their families… . I’d like to tell the prime minister of Canada to treat our veterans as national heroes … and to allow democracy to reign in the House of Commons." Zwicker, a member of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, said the federal government’s support for the military doesn’t extend to those who are wounded or become ill. "They support the troops, but they don’t support them when they’re broken," he said. "It’s a case of, ’What have you done for me lately?’ Once you’re broken, you’re treated like a piece of dollar store garbage and thrown right off the shelf." The protesters, some of them wearing rows of military medals, shared the public square known as the Grand Parade with dozens of Occupy Nova Scotia activists.
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When it comes to city services, San Antonians love their library - San Antonio Business Journal


When it comes to city services, San Antonians love their librarySan Antonio Business JournalSan Antonio Public Library Director Ramiro Salazar says from his perspective, the results of the survey reflect the library staff’s hard work and commitment to public service. Patrons also liked library system’s selection of books, ebooks, CDs …read more

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