Children in Yarmouth who are unable to spend time with their parents will now have access to visits through the Supervised Access and Exchange Program. These type of visits occur when a judge has ordered that supervision is necessary. The reason could include domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse, high conflict or when a child and parent have been separated for a long time and are reconnecting. “Families that are no longer together can face many challenges but it is important that the focus remain on what is best for the children,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Diana Whalen. “This program provides a safe and supervised place for children to spend quality time with their parents.” The Supervised Access and Exchange Program is a child-focused program that helps families who are experiencing difficulties. The Department of Justice works with community service agencies to provide supervision when a child visits a parent or other family member. “At the family resource centre, we know that the key to building strong confident children comes from within the family,” said Nathalie Ellis, executive director, Parents’ Place Family Resource Centre. “We are excited to facilitate supervised visits to help build a stronger community through family.” The program also provides supervision during exchanges at Parents’ Place, which is the designated child drop off and pickup point. The supervision provides a neutral and safe place that allows children to visit with their family without conflict and unnecessary stress. For more information on the program, please visit: http://nsfamilylaw.ca/services/court/supervised-accessexchange .
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cam Atkinson scored for the sixth straight game, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Friday night to remain atop the Metropolitan Division.Josh Anderson had two goals and Markus Hannikainen also scored, helping the Blue Jackets avenge a 4-2 loss at Toronto on Monday. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 32 shots for his eighth win.Toronto dropped consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 29 and Nov. 1. It had won four in a row and seven of eight before Wednesday’s 5-2 loss at Carolina.Ron Hainsey and Kasperi Kapenen scored for the Maples Leafs (15-8-0), and Frederik Andersen stopped 20 shots.Anderson got the Blue Jackets on the board 3:55 into the first period, forcing a Boone Jenner rebound past Andersen’s left side on Columbus’ first shot of the game.Anderson got his 10th of the season midway through the first, making it 2-0 when he swatted a bouncing puck past Andersen.The Maple Leafs then rallied. Hainsey drove a point shot past Bobrovsky for for his third of the season at 16:16 of the first, and Kapenen tied it 2:58 into the second when he slipped by a Jenner check in the neutral zone and beat Bobrovsky for his 10th.Atkinson put Columbus (13-7-2) ahead to stay with a short-handed goal at 16:14 of the second. He grabbed a feed at the blue line from Alexander Wennberg and wristed a shot by Andersen from between the circles.It was Atkinson’s 14th goal. He has eight goals and four assists during his scoring streak.Hannikainen made it 4-2 with his second of the season 3:35 into the third.NOTES: Toronto D Igor Ozhiganov got his first NHL point when he assisted on Hainsey’s goal in the first.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.Blue Jackets: Visit Pittsburgh on Saturday.Nicole Kraft, The Associated Press