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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Winds of change

Mike Fleury is blowin’ in the wind.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2006 at 8:28 AM

Remember fossil fuels? Like, oil? They were these things we used to use for energy until the resource became too scarce and the cost became too crazy expensive. Good thing we came to our senses and started using other sources of energy…:::like in April 2006, when Nova Scotia Power announced their intent to make a greater investment in wind-generated power. They said they wanted to help stabilize electricity rates for the province, especially after a couple of well-publicized rate hikes. At the time, there were 24 wind turbines operating in Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia Power generated between 10 and 15 percent of its electricity from renewable resources—but what with the rising cost of oil, NSP wanted to greatly increase that figure. Ultimately, they hoped to go from 40 megawatts of generated wind power—their 2006 figure—to somewhere between 300 and 400 megawatts. And they did. And fossil fuels were never heard from again. It’s great, isn’t it?

March of the Penguins

We’ve been hearing a lot about this Sidney Crosby kid. Apparently, he’s this NHL guy? About 18 years old? Really good, I guess? And from around here? Well, if you’re like us, and you somehow managed to miss seeing Sid while he was growing up in Cole Harbour, and then again while he was playing in the Quebec Major Junior Whatever league, you’ve got one more chance. Sid and his buddies from the Pittsburg Penguins are going to play an exhibition game in the Halifax Metro Centre on September 19. Our prediction: The city will come down with a serious case of Sid-sanity. Or Cros-mosis. Or something like that.

No cash for grass

City council rejected a plan from senior recreational staff on Tuesday recommending a fee increase for users of municipal sports fields. The city currently makes almost $60,000 a year from field fees, a figure that would have risen dramatically if the new recommendations had been adopted by council (by 2008, the income from municipal sports fields would have risen to just over $225,000). Most of that new income would have been channelled back into field maintenance, but after some debate, council decided that the fields would have to find another source of funding.

Sensations revelations

The on-going Sensations strip club saga took an unexpected turn last Thursday during the final day of a Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board hearing into the renewal of the club’s liquor licence: it was revealed that part-time bar supervisor Mark Wayne Smith had been previously convicted of possessing child pornography. Smith had also been under curfew since November 2005 for producing what court records refer to as an “illegal substance.” The convictions came as news to club manager Javis Roberts, who said he was unaware of Smith’s criminal background when he hired him roughly three months ago. Smith has consequently been fired by the club, and Sensations’ owners now say a criminal records check will be required for all of their employees.

The Utility and Review Board hearing ended last week; the board now has a maximum of 90 days to make a decision regarding Sensations’ licence, but a decision is more likely to come sometime in the next couple of weeks.

News yous can use: michaelf@thecoast.ca

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