Old Fashioned Christmas Returns to Sherbrooke

first_imgOld Fashioned Christmas will return to Sherbrooke in December thanks to support from the St. Mary’s Lions Club, Nova Scotia Power and community volunteers. There will be a craft sale on Saturday, Nov. 22, a dinner theatre on Saturday, Nov. 29, a variety concert on Sunday, Nov. 30 and an adult dance featuring George Brothers and Ol Blue on Saturday, Dec. 6. Although Sherbrooke Village is unable to offer its traditional weekend of activities because it will be closed for power-line upgrades, a number of related events hosted by the two organizations at the St. Mary’s Lions Hall will help maintain the spirit of Christmas. Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline is returning as a sponsor. Sherbrooke Village aims to offer a bigger and more eco-friendly Old Fashioned Christmas in the future. “Our community partners have long been supporters of Old Fashioned Christmas, and we’re grateful for their extra support to make some events possible this year,” said Lynne Hayne, manager development and promotions for Sherbrooke Village. “With their help, our community will come together again to celebrate the joys of the season, from skating and hot chocolate to Santa and Christmas lights.” The Christmas tree lighting will take place as usual at Maple Manor on Friday, Dec. 5. Participants traditionally parade through Sherbrooke Village after the lighting. This year, they will parade to the St. Mary’s Recplex which will be decorated with lights that normally light up the village. There will be a family skate, refreshments, a visit from Santa and fireworks. Donations of money and non-perishable food will be collected for the St. Mary’s Food Bank at the tree lighting and the Recplex. Conserve Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power and the St. Mary’s Lions Club will collect old incandescent holiday lights. Participants can exchange two sets of old lights for one set of energy-efficient LED lights. Quantities are limited and will be provided on a first come first served basis.last_img read more

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Provinces should up their take at the pumps to combat falling oil

by News Staff Posted Jan 6, 2015 12:03 pm MDT Drivers might be loving the lower cost to fill up the car, but with oil prices dipping below $50US a barrel this week, at least one economist thinks it might be time for provincial governments to get in on the windfall. While Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has said no to a GST or HST, Doug Porter, chief economist with BMO, said a gas tax should be on the table. “Definitely for the provinces that are facing a revenue shortfall, or even a long term fiscal challenge, and I’m thinking Ontario, it might be an opportune time to seriously consider hiking gas taxes”, Porter said. Porter tells 660News, the tax would combat Alberta’s oil revenue loss, expected to be in the billions. While Canada’s economic growth is expected to fall slightly for 2015, Porter said Alberta’s growth rate will likely be chopped in half to fewer than two per cent.He said he could easily see things getting right back on track in 2016 but everything hinges on those dropping oil prices. The financial forecaster is still basing his assessments on a $60 US a barrel estimate with the assumption that oil prices make a bit of a recovery in the second half of the year.“If we’re wrong, and oil prices hang around current levels, then I’d be forced to take another axe to that outlook in Alberta.” He said in some ways, this is a return to average, after four very good years. “Usually [Alberta’s] problems last about a year and then it comes bouncing back. It actually is remarkable how Alberta has so consistently outperformed the national average for decades and decades.”Porter said the nation is watching as Alberta is a wildcard in Canada’s economy. Provinces should up their take at the pumps to combat falling oil: BMO Chief Economist AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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