News Digest: March 16-19

What happened this week on the peninsula, as reported by other news outlets.

Residential streets should see plows by nightfall, mayor says state of emergency not needed

Darrin Natolino, Halifax’s winter operations superintendent, informs media that by Thursday evening all residential streets should be plowed. The city is also saying that they want to have the buses up and running between the hours of 3 and 8 p.m. on Thursday. Halifax Transit is providing free bus and ferry services starting Thursday until Sunday. Mayor Mike Savage says that the extra power from voicing a state of emergency is not necessary. Street parking is currently closed to allow for snow removal to take place, but CFB Halifax is allowing residents to park for free on two of their lots.

Sackville man charged with sexually assaulting girl at March break camp for people with disabilities

Anthony Leo Gough from Middle Sackville has been charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl who was attending a March break camp for people with disabilities. Social Opportunities and Rec Society (SOARS), a non-profit organization for young adults ages 16-35 with intellectual or physical disabilities, was running the camp. Gough is the executive director of SOARS. On Wednesday Gough was expected to be arraigned at the Dartmouth provincial court. Police are asking for people to come forward if they have any information on the alleged incident.

Fire service: Roof collapse threatens hospital food supply

Sysco Food Services had their warehouse roof collapse, which may be a threat to Nova Scotia hospitals. Firefighters were called to the warehouse on Wednesday afternoon around 4 p.m. Employees evacuated the building after hearing creaking sounds and the beams started to bend. The fire department encouraged Sysco to remove the snow and have an engineer look at the building before permitting workers to re-enter the building.

N.S health minister promises review after boy dies following years in hospital

Dominick Benoit, an 11-year-old boy died on Sunday from the flu. Benoit was suffering from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. He was living in a Kentville hospital for two years and was about to finally move into a specialized long-term care room when he died. His mother Renee Benoit is advocating for the provincial government to speed up the process for people who are in need of long-term care, like her son. Nova Scotia Health Minister Leo Glavine is currently reviewing the case.

First responders, TV reporters help pregnant Halifax neighbours get to hospital

Brett Ruskin, a Global Halifax television reporter, helped a woman in labour during Wednesday’s snowstorm while covering a story about another pregnant woman who was experiencing complications. When the first woman left in an ambulance Ruskin was leaving the scene and heard a woman cry for help. He rushed into the snow bank to find the woman in labour and called 911, explaining that there was a second woman in the same location who needed an ambulance. He then started tweeting about his experience, which caught the eyes of many Canadians.