Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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(NSBudget)

Nova Scotia Finance Minister Karen Casey says the province is not looking to make money from cannabis sales.

But the Liberal government is counting on cash from marijuana sales to help it deliver a third consecutive balanced budget.

The 10.8-billion-dollar financial plan includes modest spending increases to help the province boost its heavily stressed health system.

But a fair amount of the estimated 29.4-million-dollar surplus will depend on Ottawa getting the legalized marijuana system underway across the country.

Casey says years of fiscal restraint are starting to pay dividends, as the second-term Liberals begin to increase spending on a health system that's been plagued by doctor shortages and overcrowded E-Rs. (The Canadian Press)

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(Snow-Crab-Fishery)

The Maritime Fishermen's Union says some crab-sellers may turn to the Japanese market after the Gulf of St. Lawrence's lucrative snow crab fishery lost its international designation as environmentally sustainable.

Union spokeswoman Annie Chiasson says it's a blow to the fishery, which received the increasingly desired designation in 2012.

The Marine Stewardship Council announced the suspension following an audit of the fishery in the southern Gulf, where a number of endangered North Atlantic right whales have died -- some of them tangled in fishing gear.

The London-based organization says the fishery in four areas no longer meets the council's standard when it comes to endangered, threatened and protected species. (The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Hit-and-Run)

R-C-M-P are appealing to the public for help as they investigate a hit-and-run that took the life of a 22-year-old man from a New Brunswick First Nation.

Mounties have released pictures of a vehicle suspected to have been involved in the death of Brady Francis of the Elsipogtog reserve.

Corporal Jullie Rogers-Marsh says police want to speak to anyone who saw a grey 2003 G-M-C Sierra 4 X 4 pickup truck travelling on Richibucto-area roads on February 24th, between noon and 10 p-m.

Francis was struck and killed in Saint-Charles around 9:30 that night after leaving a party. …

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