Law office closes after discovery of $1.5 million in debt
Move follows alleged misappropriation of funds by Jason Boudrot

By Lois Ann Dort

PORT HAWKESBURY – Last Friday many were shocked by the announcement that Rodgers Law Group, formerly Boudrot Rodgers Law Office, was closing its doors, putting 15 employees out of work. The announcement came after the new managing partner, Guysborough native Adam Rodgers, discovered a staggering $1.5 million debt after former partner Jason Boudrot had been suspended from practicing law in the province of Nova Scotia at the end of October for allegedly misappropriating funds from clients' trust funds.



Also in this edition...

Just like the lead up to the holidays, the hustle and bustle is in full swing this week starting with an editorial that feels the next federal election is Justin Trudeau's to lose. Murphy's Law is feeling a bit blue with the harsh realization that 1/7th of our lives are wasted on Mondays. Local headlines abound past the front page, including "Melford and MODG sign MOUs with Chinese delegation", "Lawyer files appeal in pharmacy case" and "Melford sees opportunity in CN bid for Halterm" — be sure to check out the storys behind them for yourself. And don't miss pictures from the recent Sheet Harbour Parade of Lights, some fishy photography from Born with Sea Legs, community news from the Goshen / Country Harbour and Charlo’s Cove areas and much more in this jam-packed edition.





Council notes

Mulgrave needs new fire truck
By Helen Murphy

MULGRAVE – At Monday night’s regular meeting of Mulgrave council, Fire Chief Mike Breen presented on the need for a new fire truck to replace an existing vehicle. Breen noted that no provision was made over the years in the annual operating budget for transferring funds to a reserve for this kind of equipment purchase. He said the price of a new truck keeps increasing, currently at around $350,000 for replacement cost.

Search and Rescue revived with new building
Recent training includes mock rescue exercise

By Helen Murphy

MONASTERY – Three years ago Strait Area Search and Rescue had only half the money it required to purchase a building needed for its headquarters — and a looming deadline to come up with the other half. The situation looked bleak. Volunteer numbers were down and ongoing funding challenges were wearing on the small core group trying to keep things going.

Case against local pharmacy in overdose death will move forward
Supreme Court rejects defence argument

By Lois Ann Dort

CANSO – On June 16, 2016 Bernice Bond of Canso died at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish after being admitted on May 24, 2016. The medical examiner's report cited the cause of death as “acute overdose of medication”, namely Methotrexate. A month after that report was released, and six months after 90-year-old Mrs. Bond's passing, her son Carlton Bond retained a lawyer and started civil proceedings against the pharmacist who prescribed the Methotrexate, Alexandra Willson, her unnamed assistant (referred to as John/Jane Doe in court documents) and Canso Pharmacy Ltd. under the Fatal Injuries Act.

Local teacher named Soccer NS's Regional Volunteer of the Year
By Lois Ann Dort

GUYSBOROUGH – “It's a great recognition for all the work that those in the club are doing,” Brandon Dort told The Journal on Sunday upon his being named regional volunteer of the year by Soccer Nova Scotia. He said that although he was the individual receiving the recognition, it was a reflection of the work that all those in the recently formed Guysborough County United Minor Soccer Club — volunteer Board members and coaches — have done in the past year.

Council votes down pay increase
Some units hike pay in response to tax change

By Helen Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – MODG council voted unanimously not to increase councillors’ remuneration during its Nov. 21 regular monthly meeting. Municipal councils across the country have been dealing with the question of whether to adjust councillors’ pay in response to CRA changes coming into effect Jan. 1, 2019.


Law office closes after discovery of $1.5 million in debt
Move follows alleged misappropriation of funds by Jason Boudrot

By Lois Ann Dort

PORT HAWKESBURY – Last Friday many were shocked by the announcement that Rodgers Law Group, formerly Boudrot Rodgers Law Office, was closing its doors, putting 15 employees out of work. The announcement came after the new managing partner, Guysborough native Adam Rodgers, discovered a staggering $1.5 million debt after former partner Jason Boudrot had been suspended from practicing law in the province of Nova Scotia at the end of October for allegedly misappropriating funds from clients' trust funds.





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