Nova Scotia Energy Delegation Heads to Houston

first_imgA Nova Scotia delegation of 31 companies and organizations isheaded to Houston to let industry insiders know that NovaScotia’s offshore oil and gas industry is a smart investment forexploration and for industry suppliers. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, in partnership with theOffshore/Onshore Technologies Association of Nova Scotia (OTANS),is leading the energy team to the 2005 Offshore TechnologyConference from Sunday, May 1 through Thursday, May 5. “This is one of the largest oil and gas shows in the world, soit’s important that we meet with these companies in-market andface-to-face to showcase Nova Scotia as a region with significantand untapped potential,” said Mr. Clarke. “We have made greatimprovements to our regulatory regime and that’s an importantmessage to bring to this audience.” The minister will meet with senior officials from energycompanies and will make a number of presentations on behalf ofthe province. The four-day conference includes a trade show, newsconferences, and industry meetings. There will also be technicalpresentations, including a half-day East Coast session. This year, Canada will be the featured topic at an industrybreakfast hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and theOffshore Technology Conference board of directors. Mr. Clarkewill provide an overview of Nova Scotia’s oil and gas potentialand discuss improvements in the regulatory environment. The 31 companies and organizations travelling to Houstonrepresent distributors, industry suppliers and businessdevelopment organizations. “This delegation shows the breadth of talent and expertise withinthe Nova Scotia petroleum supply sector,” said OTANS chair TomHickey. “We expect that this trade mission will see solidbusiness leads both for companies concentrating on the AtlanticCanada market and the international scene.” Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is theworld’s foremost event for the development of offshore resourcesin the fields of drilling, exploration, production andenvironmental protection. With more than 2,000 exhibitingcompanies, and 50,000 delegates, the Offshore TechnologyConference ranks among the 10 most attended trade shows in theUnited States.last_img read more

Keeping Young People Safe and Prepared in an Emergency

first_img Do I dial 911 if grandma falls or should I call my mother atwork? What do I do if there’s another hurricane and our powergoes out? What will happen if a world crisis happens close tohome? Children of all ages have questions like these. With the help ofthe Nova Scotia Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) and theCanadian Red Cross, educators and parents throughout Nova Scotiacan help find the answers they need. Teachers, families and children may also Prepare Now! and LearnHow! during this week, Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1 to May7). The 911 Activity Pack, available on the province’s EMO website,is used to help teach younger children about the 911 service andhow they can properly identify an emergency. Nova Scotia’s 911 service is one of EMO’s key programs. Thisprovincewide service is the first of its kind in Canada. “Having guides like the 911 Activity Pack in the classroom and athome is an important step toward improving emergency preparednessamong all Nova Scotians,” said Mike Myette, manager of theprovince’s 911 service. Activities like field trips and role-playing exercises givestudents the opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness ina fun and interactive way. The activities in the 911 ActivityPack are also designed to help reassure students that emergencyhelp is available when they need it, even if a parent isn’tnearby. The pack also contains simple household chores and activitiesthat parents can complete with their youngsters at home. Theactivities– which include things like preparing a familyemergency kit and making a list of emergency phone numbers andaddresses — are only some of the many ways parents can helptheir children prepare for the unexpected. “The 911 Activity Pack fits in well with the curriculum andlearning objectives for my students and can be easily taught byparents as well,” said Mary Osborne, who teaches grades two andthree at Sir Charles Tupper Elementary School in Halifax. “Younever know when a child will have to be the one to make a 911call and this pack is very helpful in teaching young people whatthey need to know in order to feel comfortable making that call.”The Canadian Red Cross is also doing its part to encourageemergency preparedness among students, teachers, and families. Children between the ages of five and 16, for example, canbenefit from the Expect the Unexpected and the Facing Fearprograms. Available on the Canadian Red Cross website, theseprograms are filled with lesson plans, videos and other toolsthat help students prepare for and cope with emergencies liketerrorist attacks and natural disasters. The Expect the Unexpected program focuses on helping youths andfamilies learn disaster preparedness techniques and deal withunexpected natural disasters, like Hurricane Juan, which struckNova Scotia on Sept. 29, 2003 as one of the most powerful anddamaging storms in Canada. But children not only need to be prepared for an emergency, theyneed to know how to cope with one. The Facing Fear program, themost recent emergency preparedness program offered by theCanadian Red Cross, helps young people deal with the aftermath ofa tragic event. It encourages teachers to talk to their studentsabout managing their feelings. It also deals with the role of themedia and their impact on public opinion, and with internationalhumanitarian law. “Our programs help teach young people how to be prepared foremergencies and how to cope with them as well,” said JoanneLawlor, manager of community development for the Canadian RedCross. “These programs give teachers the opportunity to preparechildren for emergencies, build their confidence in their ownskills and give them the techniques to deal with an emergency.” For more information on the Expect the Unexpected and Facing Fearprograms, see the Canadian Red Cross website at www.redcross.ca .For more information on the 911 Activity Pack and emergencypreparedness, see the province’s EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo. -30- EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Keeping Young People Safe andPrepared in an Emergencylast_img read more

Les employeurs et les élèves retournent à lécole

first_imgLes employeurs vont se joindre aux élèves cet automne pour la rentrée des classes, dans le cadre d’un nouveau programme appelé « Options et opportunités ». Ce programme a été officiellement inauguré lors d’une conférence de presse aujourd’hui 14 septembre. Norm Kemp, employeur du ministère de la Défense nationale, et Amy McKay, élève de l’école Auburn Drive High School, étaient présents pour parler de leur expérience lors de la mise à l’essai du programme l’an dernier. « Ce programme offre des possibilités aux élèves qui ne réalisent pas nécessairement tout leur potentiel sur le plan scolaire, parce qu’ils ne se sentent pas concernés par le programme d’études à l’école », déclare Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation. « Il faut que nous nous assurions que ces élèves sont prêts à profiter des possibilités que la Nouvelle-Écosse a à leur offrir. En s’inscrivant à ce programme, les élèves parviendront non seulement à obtenir leur diplôme de fin d’études secondaires, mais également à finir leurs études secondaires avec des compétences qu’ils pourront immédiatement utiliser dans un emploi et avec un projet d’avenir. » La province investit plus de 2 millions de dollars dans ce nouveau programme, qui est conçu en vue de mieux préparer les élèves au marché du travail et de les aider à prendre des décisions plus réfléchies en ce qui a trait à leur orientation professionnelle. Le programme conduit les élèves à travailler sur leur orientation et leur trouve des employeurs qualifiés qui pourront leur donner l’occasion d’acquérir une véritable expérience professionnelle dans un milieu de travail authentique. Les écoles peuvent ainsi offrir aux élèves l’occasion d’acquérir une expérience dans les secteurs suivants : arts, culture et loisirs; affaires; santé et services à la personne; hôtellerie et tourisme; technologies de l’information; et métiers manuels et technologies. Mlle McKay indique que le programme lui a permis de se débarrasser de ses frustrations vis-à-vis des études et de devenir une très bonne élève, qui adore maintenant l’école et ne manque plus jamais aucun cours. « L’an dernier, tout s’est amélioré. L’école était beaucoup moins stressante pour moi », déclare Mlle McKay, qui entame désormais sa deuxième année dans le programme « Options et opportunités ». Elle dit aussi que le programme l’a aidée à rester motivée vis-à-vis du travail scolaire et que ses notes ont augmenté de 20 pour cent. Le programme a été mis à l’essai à l’école Auburn Drive High School pendant l’année scolaire 2005–2006. Cette année, il sera élargi à 26 écoles supplémentaires dans différentes régions de la province. M. Kemp indique que ce type de programme est très utile et que tous les employeurs devraient songer à y participer. « Plus de la moitié de notre personnel civil va prendra sa retraite d’ici à 2014 et il faut que nous préservions la base de compétences et de connaissances que ce personnel représente », déclare M. Kemp, analyste du renouvellement du personnel civil pour les Forces maritimes de l’Atlantique (FMAR[A]). « Les jeunes sont notre avenir et nous avons pour responsabilité, en tant qu’employeur, de soutenir les élèves en leur faisant découvrir les diverses carrières possibles au sein des FMAR(A), ainsi que les études et la formation dont ils auront besoin pour pouvoir profiter de ces possibilités. Nous pensons qu’il est crucial de participer à des programmes comme le programme Options et opportunités. Cela fait partie de notre planification de la succession et c’est la bonne chose à faire. » Le ministère de l’Éducation travaille également, en collaboration avec le Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), sur une structure permettant aux diplômés du programme « Options et opportunités » d’avoir accès aux programmes du NSCC. Les enseignants participant au programme « Options et opportunités » s’efforceront, en collaboration avec le NSCC, de faire découvrir à leurs élèves les programmes du NSCC. Pour la présente année scolaire, neuf diplômés du programme « Options et opportunités » mis à l’essai à Auburn Drive High School l’an dernier se sont inscrits au collège communautaire. Le ministère de l’Éducation est conscient du fait qu’il est important de collaborer avec tous les partenaires du système éducatif pour mieux préparer les élèves. Il s’efforce donc en ce moment d’encourager les employeurs partout dans la province à collaborer avec les écoles pour aider les jeunes à établir des liens entre leurs études et le monde du travail. L’initiative « Investissons dans la jeunesse » permettra de sensibiliser les employeurs aux nombreuses possibilités qu’ils ont de participer aux études des jeunes, qu’il s’agisse de prendre en charge un élève dans le cadre d’un stage du programme « Options et opportunités » ou simplement d’organiser une tournée dans l’entreprise. Cette initiative comprendra également la création d’une base de données sécurisée des profils des employeurs, à laquelle auront accès des membres choisis du personnel des écoles, des conseils scolaires et du ministère de l’Éducation. Le programme « Options et opportunités » a été annoncé pour la première fois en juin 2005 dans le cadre du plan Vie et apprentissage II : Bâtir des avenirs meilleurs ensemble.last_img read more

Province Celebrates Gaelic Awareness Month

first_imgMay is Gaelic Awareness Month — a time to celebrate and create greater awareness of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic language and cultural heritage. In Gaelic tradition, May 1 is the sunny day of the feast of Beltane or Là Buidhe Bealltainn, an important day that marks the beginning of the summer season. “Because Là Buidhe Bealltainn represents newness and rebirth, it presents a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to learn more about one of the province’s early languages and cultures,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Gaelic Affairs. Throughout May, the Office of Gaelic Affairs will provide online Gaelic awareness information and learning opportunities, which will include Gaelic expressions, Gaelic foods, Gaelic surnames and a Gaelic map of Nova Scotia. Other events include a film series, Gaelic immersion opportunities planned by Gaelic communities and organizations, and in-service training for teachers interested in Gaelic, sponsored by the Department of Education. “To help celebrate Gaelic’s presence in the province, the Office of Gaelic Affairs has been working with the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia to develop an image for the Gaelic community in Nova Scotia,” said Lewis MacKinnon, CEO of the Office of Gaelic Affairs. “When this image is unveiled later this month, it will serve as a source of identity, pride and inspiration for all who see the value of Gaelic language and culture and its significant contribution to our province.” For more information on Gaelic Awareness Month, go to www.gov.ns.ca/oga and click on Gaelic Awareness. For more information on Gaelic in Nova Scotia phone 1-888-842-3542 or (902) 424-4298 or e-mail gaelicinfo@gov.ns.ca or fiosgaidhlig@gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

Get Immunized

first_imgWhat if I told you that in the coming weeks, a member of your family could become seriously ill and have to be hospitalized? Would you take a simple, easy step to prevent that from happening? Would you get vaccinated against H1N1? Despite what you may hear on the streets, H1N1 is still here, and we expect to see more in the coming weeks and months. In Nova Scotia, there have been 205 hospitalizations due to H1N1 so far this flu season, 720 lab-confirmed cases and five deaths. That’s why you need to get vaccinated. While there are groups at higher risk of severe disease from H1N1, everyone is at some risk. We are seeing otherwise healthy people come down with severe and debilitating illness from H1N1, and some have died. The H1N1 vaccine is safe, effective and the best way to prevent the spread of the H1N1 infection. And now that the vaccine is available to all Nova Scotians, the only sure way you can reduce the impact of H1N1 here at home, is by getting immunized. With the holiday season fast approaching, with exams almost here for university students, and with more people booked to travel over the next few weeks, there are many other reasons for people to want to stay healthy. Getting sick may also cause a financial burden for some. Taking time off work may mean unpaid sick leave. Employers across the province have been watching H1N1 carefully and the recommendation for those who are experiencing flu-like symptoms is to stay home until they are well. Most people can’t afford to take a week off work unpaid – it’s like spending your vacation in bed. So if you don’t want to spend your holiday in bed; if you don’t want to miss your exam; or if you can’t afford to get H1N1 – get immunized. The benefits of immunization will be felt not only by you, but also your family and your community. There are some people in our communities, including very young babies, frail elderly, cancer patients on chemotherapy, and those with immunodeficiency, who cannot be immunized because the vaccine does not work well for them. We can help protect these vulnerable people by having high rates of immunization across our province. High immunization rates will help prevent the spread of the illness, in addition to helping protect our health care system. This will ensure that care will be available when it is really needed, either for H1N1 or any other illness. Perhaps you’re one of the many Nova Scotians who have already experienced flu-like symptoms. After all, you’ve heard that the H1N1 virus is the only flu strain circulating in the province. So naturally, that’s what you must have had. Wrong. Just because you’ve been ill with flu-like symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean it was H1N1. Unless you’ve had a lab-confirmed case of the virus, you should get vaccinated. At the end of the day, opting to not get vaccinated means taking a gamble. It’s a gamble with your health, and the health of all those around you in your home, your workplace and your community. You have the power to make a difference and improve the health of all Nova Scotians. The time to act is now. Get vaccinated and ask those around you to do the same. -30-last_img read more

Intervention dans le cadre de la pandémie de grippe H1N1

first_imgAlors que nous pensons à l’année 2010 et au travail qui doit encore être fait dans le cadre de la pandémie de grippe H1N1, j’aimerais prendre un moment pour remercier les nombreuses personnes qui ont assuré le succès de l’intervention de la Nouvelle-Écosse dans la situation de grippe pandémique H1N1 jusqu’à présent. Tout d’abord, j’aimerais remercier les Néo-Écossais pour leur soutien et leur compréhension alors que nous continuer de gérer la pandémie de grippe H1N1. J’aimerais également remercier tous les Néo-Écossais qui ont choisi de se faire vacciner et de faire leur part pour maintenir leur bonne santé ainsi que celle de leur famille et de leur communauté. Les gens de cette province sont reconnus pour leur nature chaleureuse et pour leur capacité de s’aider les uns les autres pendant des périodes difficiles. Ces derniers mois ne font certainement pas exception. Des milliers d’entre vous avez reçu le vaccin et bon nombre ont adopté de simples mesures préventives pour rester en bonne santé. Vous avez pris soin des membres de votre famille et de vos amis qui ont été malades et vous avez aidé vos voisins. J’aimerais également remercier le personnel de la santé publique, les autres travailleurs de la santé ainsi que les bénévoles. Vous avez tous fait un excellent travail dans la prévention des maladies et la prestation de soins. Il s’agit de personnes dévouées qui ont travaillé sans relâche dans une situation qui est en évolution constante. Malgré le fait que le travail effectué dans le cadre de la pandémie de grippe H1N1, en plus du travail quotidien, a empêché ces personnes d’être avec leur famille et leurs amis, elles demeurent entièrement dévouées et au service des Néo-Écossais. Merci aux équipes responsables des communications à l’échelle du gouvernement, aux médias et aux autres organismes tels que les gouvernements municipaux et les entreprises, pour le rôle que vous avez joué en transmettant des renseignements clairs, uniformes et factuels au grand public. Merci également aux employeurs de la province qui ont fait preuve de flexibilité relativement aux heures de travail en permettant aux employés de se faire vacciner. Le fait d’accorder aux employés le temps de se faire vacciner permet d’assurer leur bonne santé et de réduire le nombre de congés de maladie. À tous les employeurs qui ont organisé des cliniques de vaccination, merci pour vos efforts proactifs visant à assurer un environnement de travail sain. Les renseignements les plus récents démontrent que plus de 50 pour cent des Néo-Écossais ont déjà été vaccinés. Bien que nous soyons satisfaits du nombre de personnes qui ont pris le temps de se faire vacciner, il est important de noter que la pandémie n’est pas encore terminée. Nos efforts se poursuivront au cours de la nouvelle année afin de prévenir une autre vague possible d’activité grippale H1N1. J’encourage fortement ceux qui n’ont pas encore été vaccinés à le faire pendant ou après la période des fêtes. N’oubliez pas que le vaccin est offert dans la plupart des cabinets de médecins à l’échelle de la province, en plus des cliniques publiques et des cliniques organisées par les employeurs. C’est un privilège pour moi d’être au service des gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et je suis heureux de pouvoir continuer de diriger l’intervention au cours de la nouvelle année. Je vous souhaite un très joyeux Noël ainsi que santé et bonheur pour la nouvelle année. Pour écouter le message des fêtes du Dr Strang, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/h1n1/fr. -30-last_img read more

On demande aux automobilistes de ralentir dans les zones de construction

first_imgLes cônes oranges, les barils de signalisation et une affiche indiquant une vitesse réduite sont tous des façons d’indiquer aux automobilistes que des travaux routiers sont en cours. Ils sont également tout ce qui sépare les travailleurs et les véhicules qui se déplacent à grande vitesse. Les automobilistes doivent être alertes lorsqu’ils voyagent dans ces régions. « Nous souhaitons rappeler aux automobilistes que les sites de construction routière sont le lieu de travail de centaines d’hommes et de femmes et que nous, à titre de conducteurs, devons faire tout ce que nous pouvons pour les protéger, a dit Bill Estabrooks, ministre des Transports et Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Nous demandons aux automobilistes de réduire leur vitesse et de faire particulièrement attention lorsqu’ils passent dans des zones de construction routière. » En 2008, le gouvernement provincial a adopté des modifications législatives visant les personnes qui font des excès de vitesse dans les zones de construction. Les amendes sont doublées et des points de démérite sont consignés au dossier des conducteurs qui conduisent à une vitesse trop élevée dans les zones de construction. Les amendes, incluant les frais de justice, varient de 337 $ pour une première offense à 2 407 $ pour une troisième offense. « Les agents de la GRC de toute la province surveilleront les zones de construction, a dit l’inspecteur Sput McCarthy, agent responsable de la circulation pour la GRC en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il n’y aura aucune tolérance pour les conducteurs qui font des excès de vitesse et qui mettent en danger leur propre vie ainsi que celle des autres conducteurs et des travailleurs de la construction routière. » Le gouvernement provincial et la Nova Scotia Road Builders Association collaborent sur une campagne de sécurité dans les zones de construction routière au cours du mois. Des annonces rappelleront aux conducteurs qu’il y a des gens derrière les panneaux. Trevor Chisholm, directeur de la sécurité à la Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, affirme que même une petite erreur de la part d’un conducteur peut mener à des blessures ou même la mort des travailleurs. « Il y a beaucoup d’information à traiter dans une zone de construction routière, a dit M. Chisholm. Les conducteurs doivent ralentir pour pouvoir tout remarquer. » Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité dans les zones de construction routière, consultez le site Web du ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/tran.last_img read more

Queens Lunenburg Counties Traffic Advisories

first_imgQueens County, Eastern Shore Road Eastern Shore road, between Port Medway and West Berlin, Queens Co.; Highway 331, between Risser Beach and Petite Rivere; and Green Bay Road, both in Lunenburg County, are closed because of a fallen tree and downed power lines. Power lines, trees, branches and leaves are down in several parts of the province. People are asked to avoid driving in storm areas and to use extreme caution if driving is unavoidable. -30-last_img

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by summer 2013. -30- GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Fitch Road Fitch Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Sunday, April 28. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route. NEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, about four kilometres north of Exit 10, at Shubenacadie Bridge, is reduced to one lane to build a temporary detour until June 2015. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Expect alternate travel lanes. Please reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Tatamagouche-Cooper BridgeCooper Bridge on Cooper Road is closed for repairs until Friday, May 3.Motorists are advised to take an alternate route. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road.last_img read more

Free Fishing June 1 and 2

first_imgPeople are encouraged to try their hand at sportfishing on Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. Residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence during the annual event. “Sportfishing weekend is a great opportunity for families to be together and enjoy the outdoors,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “I encourage beginners, fishing enthusiasts and especially young anglers to come out June 1-2 to discover or rediscover the joys of angling.” The sportfishing weekend is supported by more than 20 community organizations, with fishing derbies throughout the province offering fun and prizes. A full list of events is available at http://novascotia.ca/fish/sportfishing/sfweekend.shtml. More than 70,000 people participate in sportfishing each year, making it one of the province’s most popular active outdoor sports. It is worth about $85 million a year to the province’s economy. Mr. Belliveau encouraged all anglers to put safety first when fishing this season. “Sportfishing is a unique and enjoyable outdoor experience, but I would like to remind all anglers to use caution this season and enjoy the outdoors safely,” said Mr. Belliveau. “I especially urge those on the water to use floatation devices.” Although a licence is not required on free sportfishing weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/.last_img read more

Visiting Cape Split Is Easier Safer

first_imgNova Scotians and tourists will find it easier to visit Cape Split, now that a new parking lot has opened. In the past, visitors had to park on the side of the highway before exploring the Crown lands around Cape Split. The new parking lot will make visits safer. “Cape Split, and the nearby Blomidon and Scots Bay provincial parks are very popular with visitors from across the province and around the world,” said MLA Jim Morton, on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “We’re improving that experience with the new lot at Cape Split.” New compostable toilets will also be open soon. “The Cape Split trail is a scenic landmark here in Kings County. We are proud to be part of making Cape Split a safer and more attractive destination for our residents and travelers,” said County of Kings Warden Diana Brothers. The province is looking at how to improve the trail system around Cape Split while maintaining the natural beauty of the area. The long-term goal is to provide visitors with a better understanding of the significance of tides, geology and Aboriginal culture in the region, on both sides of the Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley. Overnight camping at Blomidon Provincial Park can be reserved by calling 1-888-544-3434 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week, or online at www.novascotiaparks.ca .last_img read more

Province Supports Organizations Providing Accessible Transportation

first_imgMore Nova Scotians will have easier access to safe, affordable and accessible transportation in their communities, with provincial support announced today, Aug. 28. Through the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program, the province is investing more than $270,000 in rural transit organizations to buy accessible vehicles. “Access to transportation is a necessity for people who are going to work or school, getting groceries, participating in community activities, or visiting the doctor,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.”This year’s funding will help seven Nova Scotia community organizations purchase new minivans and minibuses.” The program provides up to 50 per cent of the total capital cost, to a maximum of $50,000 for new vehicles or $10,000 for used vehicles. Danny MacGillivray, operations supervisor, Central Highlands Association of the Disabled (CHAD) of Pictou, said the $50,000 grant will be used to buy a new 18-passenger wheelchair-accessible bus. “This grant, along with local fundraising activities, will help CHAD Transit continue to serve the residents of Pictou County in a safe, reliable and efficient manner,” said Mr. MacGillivray. “CHAD Transit continues to help those in our community who need assistance the most and, in the process, allow them to lead happier and healthier lives.”last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. CONTINUING WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge on Trunk 1 in Salmon River is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31.last_img read more

Grant Supports Seniors in Lunenburg County

first_imgFunding was announced today, Jan. 30, to support safety and security of seniors and help them remain independent in their community. Business Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors, announced a Senior Safety Grant for Lunenburg County. “Seniors are an asset to our communities,” said Mr. Furey. “We will all thrive if community members can participate fully and contribute their ideas, skills and knowledge in a safe environment.” South Shore Safe Communities is receiving a $20,000 grant for the Lunenburg County Seniors Safety Program. This investment goes toward education sessions and home visits that encourage independence, address personal safety issues and promote crime prevention. “This funding supports programs demonstrated to provide support and education to our seniors in a respectful and professional manner,” said David Walker, chair, South Shore Safe Communities. Support from government helps improve accessibility for seniors to inclusive programs and services.last_img read more

Commission Introduces New Investor Alert Database

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission is making it easier for investors to find out if those latest and greatest investment opportunities are potentially scams. The commission has a new Investor Alert Database on its website. Investor alerts are published by the commission to warn of unlawful investment raising schemes that the commission learns are being directed at Nova Scotians. To make it easier for Nova Scotians to learn of investor alerts, the commission’s new Investor Alert Database lists all companies, individuals and websites for which the commission has issued investor alerts since 2014. “The commission’s leading mandate is to protect investors,” said Heidi Schedler, senior enforcement counsel with the commission. “Issuing investor alerts is a quick and effective way to protect investors by letting Nova Scotians know of schemes targeted at them by fraudsters and scam artists.” The database is at https://nssc.novascotia.ca/investor-alert-database. The commission is reminding investors to be cautious when approached or contacted by anyone, or when clicking on online ads offering new investment opportunities. In the last month the commission has issued three investor alerts, warning of companies that are approaching people or advertising without being registered to do so. The commission is also reminding investors of recent advisories issued by the Canadian Securities Administrators regarding cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and investing in the cannabis industry. The investing landscape is ever-changing, especially recently with many new investment opportunities arising, such as cryptocurrencies and the cannabis industry. The commission and the Canadian Securities Administrators have recently issued cautions to investors to be careful and do their due diligence when investing in the next big thing. The increasing popularity and exposure of these opportunities has led to them becoming a popular avenue for fraudsters and scam artists. “Whenever a new investment gains media exposure you can be sure fraudsters and scam artists are not far behind,” said Ms. Schedler. “We have seen this with cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, BitCoin as well as binary options, gold options and Forex. Investors should exercise extreme caution with these fad type of offers, especially when the parties offering the investments are outside of Canada or are requesting money by wire transfers or by credit cards. Once your funds are transferred, it is near impossible to get your money back. “An investor’s most effective first line of defence is themselves. We regularly remind investors to check registration and to check the disciplined persons list. This new database adds another tool for investors to use when making informed investment decisions. Taking the time to make informed decisions is key to your investing success.”last_img read more

Arrest Gujarat BJP MLA who assaulted our woman leader NCP

first_imgMumbai: The NCP Monday condemned the assault on its woman leader in Gujarat by a BJP MLA and asked if “jungle raj” prevailed in the neighbouring state even as the opposition party called for the legislator’s arrest. The BJP MLA, Balram Thawani, was caught on camera thrashing and kicking NCP woman leader Neetu Tejwani, who had approached him for resuming water supply to her locality in Ahmedabad district. Thawani, who represents the Naroda Assembly constituency in Ahmedabad, has apologised over the incident. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist NCP’s chief spokesperson Nawab Malik, however, said an apology was not going to suffice in such a matter and that the law must take its course against the ruling party MLA and his supporters. “BJP leaders and their supporters have become uncontrollable after the party’s poll victory. A woman has been thrashed. Is it some jungle raj?” Malik asked. “We demand that a case be registered and the MLA arrested. Apologising won’t suffice, it is no petty matter. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The law should take its course,” he added. Malik warned the Sharad Pawar-led the party would stage protest if Thawani was not arrested. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar and party MP Supriya Sule, too, condemned the incident. Taking to Twitter, Pawar attributed the incident to the frenzy caused by power. Sule said violence is not acceptable in a democracy. “In a democracy every individual has the right to protest, and the use of violence to quell the voice of opposition is unacceptable…,” Sule said in a tweet. Latching onto the incident, Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde of the NCP alleged the BJP government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme, aimed at empowering girls, was a “pretence”. Munde said Thawani’s attitude showed the “BJP’s culture” and called for his suspension. The video of the incident, which took place Sunday, went viral on social media. The ruling BJP said it condemned the incident and had asked Thawani to apologise.last_img read more

Himachal to buy back nonrecyclable polythene

first_imgShimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday announced launch of a scheme to buy back non-recyclable polythene at a fixed price. He also launched environment-friendly bags made by the Department of Environmental Science and Technology. Congratulating people on World Environment Day, the Chief Minister appreciated the support given by them in ensuring effective ban on plastic in the state. He also launched the launched WaPIS (Water Purification Invigorative Scheme) under which 38 types of plant species have been identified to treat waste water in river streams. This project will be implemented in Sukhna rivulet in Parwanoo, Markanda river in Kala Amb and Sirsa river in Baddi, all located in state’s main industrial hub in Solan district.last_img

SL complain to ICC about green pitches inadequate training facilities

first_imgLondon: Complaining of step-motherly treatment meted out to them in the ongoing World Cup, an exasperated Sri Lanka has expressed dissatisfaction at the types of pitches provided, inadequate training and transport facilities apart from below-par accommodation. Sri Lanka team manager Ashantha de Mel has written to the ICC, stating that Sri Lanka were made to play on two green decks in Cardiff, where they lost to New Zealand before defeating Afghanistan, whereas other teams who played on same venue were provided high-scoring pitches. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevDe Mel said another green track awaits Sri Lanka ahead of their match against Australia on Saturday. “This is a World Cup where the top 10 countries are taking part and I feel that all the participants should be treated equally. What we have found out is that for the four matches we have played so far at Cardiff and Bristol the ICC has prepared a green pitch, and at the same venues where the other countries have played the pitches are brown and favourable for high scoring,” De Mel told Sri Lankan newspaper ‘Daily News’. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsThe match between England and Bangladesh at Cardiff saw 666 runs being scored (England 386/6 and Bangladesh 280), while game between Australia and India at the Oval witnessed a total 668 runs on flat brown track. “The pitch being prepared for our match against Australia on Saturday here at the Oval is green. It is not (a case of) sour grapes that we are complaining but it is very unfair on the part of the ICC that they prepare one type of wicket for certain teams and another type for others,” said De Mel.last_img read more