© JOHN BRANNEN - THE NEWS
8:45 - I'll be working on a story this morning about a lady who was in the Roseland Theatre that infamous night that Viola Desmond decided to take a seat in the theatre's lower section rather than the balcony where black persons were relegated.
8:15 - Of course, we've got a story on the the historic Pictou Lodge going into receivership. It was our front page news story for today's paper. I've received a press release this morning from Pictou West Progressive Conservative candidate Karla MacFarlane. She said:
“With the canceling of the Yarmouth Ferry and the hike to the HST making Nova Scotia’s taxes the highest in the country, the NDP government has made Pictou West’s tourism suffer,” said MacFarlane.
What do you think about this? Are there other reasons or is MacFarlane right on target?
8:00 - An ongoing story that reporter Amy MacKenzie covered last night was the CCRSB's presentation and discussion of options for Highland Consolidated School.
Were you or someone you know at the meeting last night? We'd love to have your feedback on this issue. Check it out on page 3 of today's edition of The News.
7:40 - Hope everyone had their fill of pancakes yesterday! Shrove Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Tweet or send in your pics to john.brannen(at)ngnews.ca. Here's a great pancake recipe from scratch that looks delicious http://bit.ly/Vfsc0g
7:30 - At Trenton town council last night, the theme was extreme frustrated and anger at the closure of the Trenton NSLC and Nova Forge.
Council said they were surprised by the decisions and left in the dark on any discussions that took place. Read more in tomorrow's paper and later today on the web.
7:20 - Yesterday, I attended a meeting where Liberal Leadership Candidate Martha Hall Findlay was present. You can see the story on page 2 of today's edition of The News or by clicking here.
She said she wants, not left or right winged based policies, but 'smart' decisions based on what's best for Canada.
Send me your thoughts on this. Is this a new approach to politics or business as usual?
7:10 - The weather out there is still fairly mild, but cold enough to turn puddles into slush and ice. Watch your step out there! Here's the rest of the weather report as issued by Environment Canada:
Today Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature steady near zero.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 7.
7:05 - Feel free to take a look at some of our articles and share your comments on Twitter, by e-mail, the web or giving me a call 928-3510
7:02 - Good Morning Folks, it's John Brannen here with another editon of 'First Cup with John'. It's a great way to get the info you need to start your day right.