Protest near MP's office in Bridgewater
Calling for more action from the federal government, fishers gathered near Bernadette Jordan's constituency office in Bridgewater August 27 to demonstrate what they see is a lack of fairness when it comes to activities - or lack thereof - concerning non-native and Indigenous harvesting.
The problem involves allegations of illegal sale of lobster by Indigenous fishers who are catching the crustaceans under food, social and ceremonial (FSC) licences at the same time a southwestern Nova Scotia commercial season is shuttered.
Jordan, the MP for South Shore-St. Margaret's and federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, said her department is aware of reports of illegal fishing in certain areas of the province. She encouraged anyone suspecting illegal fishing, purchasing, or selling, to report it to the authorities.
"I take all allegations of illegal fishing very seriously and respect people's right to gather for peaceful protest," Jordan said in a statement provided to LighthouseNOW. "It is important to note that First Nation communities in Nova Scotia have a recognized right to harvest lobster for [FSC] purposes outside of the regular commercial season."
Jordan encouraged cooperation.
"It is imperative that we work together to maintain orderly and sustainable fisheries," she added, "to respect the rights of First Nation harvesters, and to ensure coastal communities continue to thrive."
The demonstration outside Jordan's Aberdeen Road office lasted about two hours. The Bridgewater Police Service learned about the protest about two days before it occurred. Jordan's office was aware of it at least a day prior to it taking place.
Pair of arrests after police find cocaine, weapons
Charges have been filed after police recently made a pair of arrests as a result of finding cocaine and a sawed-off shotgun following a search of a Bridgewater address.
A "large quantity of cash," contraband tobacco, and an imitation gun were also recovered during the search, which took place around 1:45 p.m., August 21, at a Dominion Street home on the town's west side.
Two men were arrested in an apartment, the Bridgewater Police Service said in a statement, and the investigation into the matter is continuing.
Former councillor tries again in MODL
Frank Fawson is running again in an attempt to reclaim the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) seat he lost four years ago.
No stranger to elections, Fawson has sought municipal public office in every election except one in the past 30 years. "Local democracy is important to Frank," reads a statement provided to LighthouseNOW announcing his candidacy. "Frank feels democracy is best served by contested elections."
He's running in MODL's District 9, currently held by Reid Whynot. District 9 includes communities such as Rhodes Corner, Dayspring, East LaHave, and Lower Rose Bay.
Fawson wants to see plebiscites for so-called mega-projects, citing the new administration building as an example where such a vote should have occurred.
"If we don't change how we make decisions we will continue making the same mistakes" at the expense of the community and taxpayer, he suggested.
Fawson's background includes financial oversight as a fire department treasurer and chairman of the board of a credit union.