Month: October 2019

  • Traffic Advisory Highway 102

    first_imgHighway 102 northbound at Exit 1A is closed due to an overturnedtruck. Motorists will detour at Highway 103, through Bayers Laketo Lacewood Drive. The highway is expected to be closed until about 3 p.m. today,March 10. -30-last_img

  • Preliminary Assessment Notices Mailed

    first_imgMore than 300,000 Nova Scotia property owners will have a chance to review their proposed 2006 assessment, now that preliminary notices are in the mail. Notices were sent to owners of properties whose assessments are expected to increase by more than three per cent in 2006. The assessments are based on Jan. 1, 2004 market values. “Sending Nova Scotia property owners their proposed assessment in June, means that they can talk to us and get information about their property assessment before the formal assessment notice is sent in January,” said Lloyd MacLellan, regional director for the central regional assessment office. “This year the information will also help property owners decide if they will apply for the 2006 CAP Assessment program.” Introduced in 2005, the CAP Assessment program is designed to help protect property owners from sudden and dramatic increases in market value by placing a limit, or cap, on the amount of taxable assessment increase on eligible properties. To receive a capped assessment, the property must be owned by a Nova Scotia resident and meet certain other eligibility criteria. There are some changes to the program since it was introduced last year. Property owners who applied for the CAP last year and met the residency and ownership requirements will be automatically re-considered for 2006. They do not have to reapply. Owner-occupied condominiums are now part of the CAP program. Owners of condominiums who wish to be considered for a capped assessment must submit an application for the 2006 CAP. With the changes, about 107,000 properties across the province are potentially eligible for a capped assessment in 2006, compared to 65,000 in 2005. Property owners who did not apply to the program in 2005 and whose properties are likely to be eligible are being sent an application form along with their proposed notice. Application forms are available on the website at www.nsassessment.ca or can be picked up at a local regional assessment office, Access Nova Scotia Centre, Registry of Deeds office or municipal tax office. Completed applications must be received by Assessment Services by no later than Sept. 30. “Applications will be reviewed to determine if the property meets the eligibility criteria,” said Mr. MacLellan. “Property owners will be notified if their property qualifies for the CAP when they receive their formal assessment notice in January.” “We encourage property owners to call if they have any questions about their proposed assessment or need further information about the CAP Program,” added Mr. MacLellan. Property owners with questions on their assessment notice can call 1-800-667-5727. For information on property assessment and the CAP program, including eligibility criteria, visit the website at www.nsassessment.ca .last_img read more

  • Agriculture Ministers Meet Next Week

    first_imgAgriculture Minister Ron Chisholm will speak up for Nova Scotia’s supply management sector for dairy, poultry and eggs when he meets next week with agriculture ministers in British Columbia. Nova Scotia’s supply managed sectors are concerned that proposals discussed at the World Trade Organization negotiations last December could open up the market to other countries and impact the province’s industry. “I am looking forward to an update and discussion around the World Trade Organization negotiations,” said Mr. Chisholm. “In Nova Scotia, our supply managed sectors are extremely important to our rural economy.” Provincial, territorial and federal agriculture ministers will meet in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. on Sunday, March 19, and Monday, March 20. Nova Scotia has a larger share of supply-managed agricultural production than almost anywhere else in Canada. The sectors which include farms producing dairy, poultry and eggs, provide about $200 million in farm receipts each year and represent almost half of the province’s farm production. Mr. Chisholm will also bring forward other priorities of concern for Nova Scotia. “This is a great opportunity to develop a good working relationship with my colleagues, but I will be there to represent the interests of Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry,” said Mr. Chisholm. “We will be talking about a future agriculture policy and improving the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization Program.”last_img read more

  • Province To Begin Public Library Consultations

    first_imgWhat do you want from a public library in the twenty-first century? Nova Scotia’s provincial librarian, Jennifer Evans, will host a series of town hall meetings between Wednesday, April 12 and early June to answer that question. “Libraries fill a critical need in our communities and it has been some time since we asked people for their opinions,” said Ms. Evans. “We are hoping for a lot of interest and a lot of good ideas from people right across the province.” Ms. Evans is also hoping to hear from people who do not visit libraries. The consultations will focus on the benefits of public libraries, what the perfect public library would be like, and how the participants would promote the public library to others. An online version of the survey will be available at the Provincial Library website at www.library.ns.ca . The feedback will be reviewed and developed into a report, in time for the Provincial Library’s strategic planning sessions which are scheduled for late June. The report will be available on the website and through public libraries. “Libraries and the communities they serve are changing and we need to keep up,” said Ms. Evans. She cited the recent availability of free online versions of the World Book encyclopaedia and Chilton automotive manuals as examples of how library collections in Nova Scotia are evolving. The scheduled dates and locations of the town hall meetings are as follows: Wednesday, April 12 — Westville Library, 2020 Queen St.,6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.Wednesday, April 19 — NSCC Bridgewater, Room C112, 75 High St., 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 3 — Windsor Library, 195 Albert St., 7:30 p.m.- 8:p.m.Thursday, May 4 — Yarmouth Library, 405 Main St., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.Monday, May 8 — Truro Library, 754 Prince St., 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 10 — Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 24 Philpott St., 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Thursday, May 11 — McConnell Library, 50 Falmouth St., Sydney 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.Tuesday, May 16 — Four Fathers Library, 21 Acadia St., Amherst 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.Tuesday, June 6 — Alderney Gate Library, 60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. There are 77 regional libraries and seven mobile libraries in Nova Scotia, managed by nine regional library boards. Libraries also operate in universities, colleges, schools and other institutions but they are not part of the public library system or this consultation process. The province contributed $10.7 million to the operation of regional libraries across Nova Scotia in 2005-06. The government added another $1 million to library funding in an April 4 announcement.last_img read more

  • Better Access to Mammography

    first_imgNova Scotians will have better access to mammography screening with the addition of three new digital machines in the province, including Canada’s first mobile digital mammography unit. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont travelled to Baddeck today, Tuesday, Oct. 30, for the first stop of the new unit that will visit Cheticamp, Inverness, Neil’s Harbour, and Eskasoni and other rural communities where local women will get mammograms that can be reviewed anywhere in the province. “One in nine women in Nova Scotia will develop breast cancer so it’s critical that we continue to make getting a mammogram an easy process for women regardless of where they live,” said Mr. d’Entremont. The province is investing $2.45 million in three digital machines. The other two are at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital and the Cobequid Community Health Centre in Sackville. Siemens Canada designed the mobile trailer unit being used across Cape Breton. The Atlantic chapter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation also made a gift of $230,000 toward the purchase of the unit from Cape Breton’s Run for the Cure donations. Mammography screening is one of the first steps to cancer diagnosis and the best way to detect breast cancer at its earliest possible stage. The new unit replaces an older mobile system. “We’re reaching more women closer to where they live and we hope to screen even more women as times goes on,” said Susan MacNeil, coordinator of the Breast Screening Program for the Cape Breton District Health Authority. “Our message is clear. If you’re over the age of 40, consider getting a mammogram.” Digital screening is faster than the use of traditional X-rays and film development. Health-care professionals are able to do 50 per cent more scans in the same time and that will increase Nova Scotia’s capacity. “Combining the innovative design of this trailer with Siemens state-of-the-art digital mammogram technology will greatly improve access detection and treatment of breast cancer for the women of Nova Scotia,” said Andre Dagenais, senior vice-president of Siemens Corporate Sales and Marketing. There are mobile units in Yarmouth and Truro.last_img read more

  • Conseils pour vous protéger en cas dinondation

    first_img Pour plus d’information, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Les municipalités situées dans les régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse sujettes aux inondations avisent le public que des inondations sont possibles selon les plus récentes prévisions météorologiques. « J’encourage les gens à élaborer leurs propres plans familiaux et de préparer des trousses d’urgence, » a dit David Morse, ministre par intérim de la Gestion des urgences. « Nous avons besoin de radios à piles ou à manivelle afin de pouvoir écouter les transmissions locales en cas de panne d’électricité. J’encourage tous les Néo-Écossais à préparer une trousse d’urgence prête à emporter au cas où ils devraient quitter leur maison. » M. Morse dit qu’il apprécie les coordonnateurs locaux des mesures d’urgence, qui diffusent des messages d’intérêt public afin de rappeler aux résidents que l’accumulation de glace, les précipitations abondantes et les importantes variations de température peuvent entraîner de graves inondations. Voici quelques conseils généraux : Écoutez la radio pour obtenir des instructions locales. Fermez les fournaises situées dans le sous-sol et les robinets de gaz extérieurs. Déplacez les meubles, les appareils électroménagers et autres objets aux étages supérieurs. Coupez l’électricité. Toutefois, si le panneau électrique principal ne se trouve pas dans un endroit sec et sécuritaire, ne tentez pas de couper le courant. Communiquez avec Nova Scotia Power au 428-6004 (MRH) ou au 1-877-428-6004 (sans frais). Ne vous tenez pas dans l’eau qui est entrée en contact avec de l’équipement électrique. Si l’eau potable est contaminée, purifiez-la en la faisant bouillir, en utilisant des comprimés de purification de l’eau ou en la traitant au chlore, à l’aide d’un agent de blanchiment. N’utilisez pas l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou l’hygiène avant que l’eau n’ait été testée et jugée sécuritaire.last_img read more

  • Investment in Surrette Battery and Parrsboro Metal Fabricators

    first_imgTwo of Cumberland County’s top employers — Surrette Battery Company Ltd. and Parrsboro Metal Fabricators Ltd. — are investing in new product development and markets with help from the province through Nova Scotia Business Inc. The companies are the first businesses to benefit from the expanded use of NSBI’s performance-based payroll rebate. The partnership is an investment in the companies’ future, competitiveness and workers. Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, made the announcement today, March 28, on behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development. “Competitive companies are vital for sustainability and growth throughout Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Scott. “The province and NSBI are committed partners as businesses like these invest now and for the future.” Surrette Battery in Springhill is one of the leading lead-acid battery manufacturers in North America. The price-conscious railway sector holds more opportunity for Surrette, and the company plans to target the European and Mexican markets for its renewable energy products. The company is committed to maintaining a minimum of 50 full-time positions and has signed a maximum $74,000 payroll rebate, with the province, through NSBI, tied to performance targets for the next five years. NSBI is also loaning the company $225,000 as it starts production improvements and develops new markets for renewable-energy products. “Our goal is to reduce production costs and improve productivity while maintaining our skilled workers,” said James Surrette, president of Surrette Battery. “NSBI is helping us achieve these goals as we expand our reach in the marketplace.” Parrsboro Metal Fabricators Ltd. already has a diversified line of furnaces and heating products, including Kerr products. The company plans to increase the fuel efficiency of its products and develop new ones for today’s environmentally conscious and price-sensitive consumers. The province, through NSBI, has approved a maximum $138,000 payroll rebate with the company. Parrsboro Metal Fabricators is committed to performance targets within the next five years, including maintaining a minimum of 68 full-time positions. The company is also receiving $600,000 in financing from NSBI for new equipment and to develop new products. “Everyone at Parrsboro Metal Fabricators is working together to constantly improve and to diversify,” said Tim Babineau, operations manager. “The need to focus on improving productivity and cost competitiveness in export markets has never been more immediate, and we look forward to positive results from our efforts.” For companies committed to using their funds for at least 20 per cent of project costs, the payroll rebate may be used as an additional investment to promote improvements in competitiveness through export markets and the retention of employment. “We know Nova Scotia is competing and winning in the global economy,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “We need to continue to invest in our people and support companies like Surrette Battery and Parrsboro Metal Fabricators as they make crucial investments for the future.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. More information is available on the website at www.novascotia.com/news .last_img read more

  • Convention Centre Expression of Interest Process Concludes

    first_imgThe province and Halifax Regional Municipality have concluded the expression of interest process for a new convention centre in downtown Halifax. “A new convention centre would allow Nova Scotia to attract more world-class events, and the economic benefits they bring, to our province,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “This project would allow us to stay competitive and expose more people to all that we have to offer.” “Our existing convention centre has served us well over the years, resulting in millions of dollars annually in direct and indirect economic impacts for our community,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “HRM is interested in examining, in more detail, ways in which a larger facility could contribute to the continued growth of our economy, while contributing to our community’s reputation as leaders in the hosting of world class events.” Six proponents submitted expressions of interest, and, of those six, the Rank Group and the Hardman Group were short listed. Subsequently, HRM determined that the Cogswell Street site, included in the Hardman proposal, will not be made available for a convention centre, based on the principles outlined in HRMbyDesign. Rank proposes using a site it owns, the former Halifax Herald site. The province and HRM will now work to develop a detailed project plan with cost estimates and financing options in order to facilitate a detailed analysis of potential benefits, risks, funding models and governance options associated with a new convention centre. Based on this information, if the project is approved, the Rank Group will be invited to submit a detailed proposal for consideration by the partners. The province and HRM would retain a consultant to prepare an independent detailed cost estimate to compare with the Rank proposal. Since 1984, conference visitors to Halifax have injected more than $2.2 billion in direct spending, generating 42,600 years of employment and $97 million in tax revenues to support municipal and provincial programs. According to the call for expressions of interest, the new convention centre will be located in downtown Halifax, with about 150,000 square feet of meeting space and be able to accommodate multiple large and small events at the same time.last_img read more

  • Membertou Welcomes the World

    first_imgOnce again, the Membertou Mi’kmaw community has shown itself as a leader in business development, benefiting the local Mi’kmaw and non-Mi’kmaw business community of Cape Breton. In June, the band broke ground for the Membertou Business Centre, a 33,000-square-foot mall, located on the site of a future connector road through Membertou, which will link the Sydney Harbour area to Hwy. 125. The centre is described as an incubator mall. In addition to space for established commercial and professional offices, it will have smaller units geared toward fledgling entrepreneurs. “The 1,000-square-foot incubator units are perfect for new businesses that want to get started in a professional environment, or home-based entrepreneurs who are ready to grow,” says Bill Bonnar, manager of special projects and commercial real estate for the Membertou Band. “It’s great for Membertou because it will draw people to the area, and it’s great for the community because it provides a new kind of business centre space,” says Bonnar. Each unit has a store front and drive-up customer parking. This appealed to potential tenants, says Bonnar, and made it easy to fill the space. Right now, about 80 per cent of the commercial space is rented,” he says. “On the small-business side, a Mi’kmaw craft shop and a hair salon have each booked a unit. “The chief is always saying ‘See a need and fill it’. That’s what we did here.” The mall is part of an overall development plan for a business park in Membertou. Chief Terrance Paul, in his 25th year as leader of the 1,200-member band, has worked with its council and residents to make Membertou not only a self-sustaining community, but also a vital part of the greater Sydney area. The results seen today are rooted in work done years ago. In the 1990s, the band developed a plan to get Membertou on solid footing. They ensured transparency and accountability, and, in 2002, became the first Aboriginal community in the world to achieve International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification. They opened an entertainment centre that brought in a new revenue stream and welcomed talented people from across the country to the community, as business investors and partners, clients, customers, employees and visitors. Chief Paul says attaining the internationally recognized ISO certification was a big help in securing outside investors. “That increased our credibility,” the chief says. “Companies know that to achieve this certification, you really have to have your administration and management processes in place.” And, he says, the benefits were realized quickly. “Right after we got our certification, we had an aerospace company express interest in partnering with us in a bid for a manufacturing contract.” Even though that particular bid was not successful, Chief Paul says it still raised the profile of Nova Scotia, and Membertou continues to pursue partnerships with both local and international connections. Last year, the community hosted a wind turbine manufacturing group from Spain. “We are exploring partnerships,” says Chief Paul, “and the Basque people are at the forefront of manufacturing.” In 2004, the band completed the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, one of its most visible achievements. At 47,000-square feet, it’s the largest convention centre in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. This culturally unique centre, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, Mi’kmaw cultural display, Great Hall which seats up to 900, and range of meeting spaces, is not only a conference venue, says the chief, but a place worth visiting just for the experience or a nice meal in the restaurant. “We have a beautiful building here. It’s been a focal point for all of Cape Breton,” says Chief Paul. The trade and convention centre is an ideal venue for special events, and has featured performers like Tommy Hunter, Bachman Cummings and Gordon Lightfoot. “We are also the centre people think of first when it comes to comedy,” says general manager Donald Davis, who books more than 10 Yuk Yuks comedy shows each year. For special events, one of the centre’s biggest competitive advantages is its half-million-dollar sound system. “It’s a state-of-the-art facility,” says Davis. “When a band comes in, they don’t have to transport a lot of equipment with them. And we have the technical expertise on-site to run it. “The catering kitchen is also high-tech. We invested close to $1 million about a year ago to install two Rational-brand ovens and upgrade our catering.” These professional ovens hold up to 80 plates each on metal racks that are close to six-feet tall. Using the Rational system, the chef and staff are able to prepare portions of meals in advance. Food is cooked and quickly chilled, then arranged on plates, ready to be heated just moments before serving. “When we’re catering big events, timing is everything,” says Davis. “We can easily serve 600 to 800 meals at one sitting.” Over the past two years, the trade and convention centre has achieved 20 per cent to 30 per cent revenue growth. The key, says Davis, is diversification. “Catering is our bread and butter,” he says with a smile, adding that it’s the combination of services — meetings spaces, catering, restaurant, gift shop and special events — that make the operation a success. Chief Paul says the trade and convention centre welcomes over 900 groups a year and is a model for business development in Membertou. “It’s helped Membertou be recognized by the outside world as a very progressive community,” he says proudly. “It shows that whatever job we are asked to do, we get it done, and done right.” -30-last_img read more

  • Disturbance at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

    first_imgCorrections officials are commending staff today, June 16, for its quick handling of an overnight disturbance at the Cental Nova Scotia Correctional Facility. The facility was in lock down last night for three hours after an inmate was assaulted at 9 p.m. That inmate appeared in court this morning. Two living units remain in lock down until offenders are interviewed. At the height of the incident, 17 inmates were causing property damage in a day unit and refused to return to their cells. Halifax Regional Police responded as a precaution, however their services were not required. “I want to commend the staff for their quick, professional response in getting the disturbance under control,” said David Horner, executive director of Corrections for the Department of Justice. “We are now assessing property damage and doing a thorough investigation into the incident.”last_img read more

  • Government Improves Road Safety in Tantallon

    first_imgThe province continues to improve road safety installing centre-line rumble strips on a section of Highway 103 near Tantallon. The strips are being installed from Exit 5 in Tantallon, at the end of the twinned section, for about 40 kilometres to the west at the start of the divided section of Highway 103 near Chester. The $80,000 project, contracted to Industrial Cold Milling, should be completed by Monday, Oct. 31. “These new centre-line rumble strips will provide safer passing opportunities and increased separation from opposing traffic,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This is a pilot project, but if the strips have the desired impact, they may be used in other parts of the province.” Centre-line rumble strips can help reduce head-on incidents and oncoming sideswipes by 21 per cent and all crash by 14 per cent. In recent years, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has been placing shoulder rumble strips on portions of 100 series highways. A typical centre-line rumble strip has grooves cut into the road, with the yellow line painted over top of them.last_img read more

  • New Board Members Appointed

    first_imgMike Roberts and Lydia Bugden have been appointed to the Waterfront Development Corporation board of directors the province announced today, March 14. “These new board members have made significant contributions to the business community and bring valuable experience in accounting, community development and law,” said acting Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister John MacDonell. “Waterfront Development has multiple development projects underway which are economic drivers for our province, and will help to grow our economy.” Ms. Bugden is a partner at Stewart McKelvey. She was recognized by the Progress Club with a Women of Excellence Award and a Top 40 Under 40 award from L’Expert. She is on the board of the YMCA, chair of Phoenix Youth Programs and is past chair of the Junior Achievement Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame board of governors. Mr. Roberts, vice-president of corporate development at Irving Shipbuilding, is the past vice-president, human resources at Aliant. He is a chartered accountant and was a volunteer on the Bedford Vision Implementation Committee. “We are very pleased to have Lydia and Mike appointed to our board, and look forward working with such dedicated members of the community,” said John Holm, chair, Waterfront Development board of directors. “This is an exciting time for Waterfront Development with Cunard and other development projects underway, and a line up of summer events that will truly showcase Nova Scotia at its best.” The four-year terms are effective immediately. A full list of board members can be found at www.my-waterfront.ca/about/board-of-directors. As a provincial crown corporation that manages provincially owned land along the waterfronts of Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg, Waterfront Development reinvests all revenue generated back into developing public spaces to create great waterfront experiences. More than $30 million has been reinvested to develop the Halifax Waterfront over the last 15 years.last_img read more

  • Newly Certified Journeypersons

    first_imgMore than 400 of the province’s newly certified journeypersons are taking advantage of the many careers Nova Scotia has to offer in the skilled trades. Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More met with the journeypersons, their mentors, teachers and employers at a celebration event in Dartmouth, today, Nov. 3, highlighting their achievements. “With the thousands of good jobs on the horizon connected to big contracts, we’ve never had such a great need for skilled workers,” said Ms. More. “This province’s tradespeople have the right skills to help engineer the world’s best navy ships and lay the concrete for the new trade centre. We need their talents now more then ever to fill some of the best jobs in this province’s history.” During the event, Ms. More presented journeypersons from the northern and central regions of the province with certificates of achievement, and encouraged them to continue to work in Nova Scotia. “Many of us have already made connections with employers through our apprenticeship training, and are either already working or ready to start right away,” said Jonathan Levy, certified journeyperson. “I have owned my own masonry business for the past seven years, and now that I have my certification, I am looking forward to growing my business and helping to train the next group of apprentices coming down the line.” “I already have one apprentice working for my business, and now that I am certified, I hope to hire another.” During the evening, Ms. More also presented two awards of excellence to an outstanding mentor and an apprentice.Workplace performance earned Keigan Moore and Jonathan Noel the Apprenticeship Award of Excellence. The award recognizes newly certified journeypersons who have made outstanding contributions to the industry and their employer, supporting others in the workplace and demonstrating a strong work ethic. Mr. Moore is a newly certified truck and transport mechanic working with Halifax Regional Municipality’s emergency fleet. Mr. Noel is a newly certified automotive service technician working with Newfie Automotive in Dartmouth. The mentor-coach award of excellence was presented to Arthur Cole, certified mechanic with A.W. Cole Construction in Dartmouth. The award recognizes an employer, supervisor, instructor or other mentor who has served as a role model and demonstrated qualities of superior teaching, enthusiasm for the trade and a strong commitment to the progress of apprentices in their program. For more information about apprenticeship please visit www.nsapprenticeship.ca .last_img read more

  • New Scholarships Help Train Mikmaq Correctional Officers

    first_imgNew provincial scholarships announced today, May 24, will open up employment opportunities and help more Mi’kmaq students train for a rewarding career as a correctional officer. The province is providing $57,000 to fund four scholarships available to Mi’kmaq students from across Nova Scotia. “Every young person has the drive and potential within them to make something of themselves,” said Premier Darrell Dexter, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “What they sometimes lack is the support–financial or otherwise–to be able to follow through on their dreams. “This initiative is helping to support young aboriginal people, build a stronger and more diverse workforce, and further grow our partnership with the Mi’kmaq.” The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs will award the scholarships through the KMK Negotiations Office, which will identify and select the recipients. “Today’s announcement is part of an improved process of justice for Mi’kmaq and Aboriginal people and will foster an improved relationship between Mi’kmaq and Aboriginal people and the Canadian justice system,” said Chief Janette Peterson, Assembly’s Lead Chief on Justice. Nova Scotia Correctional Services will provide on-the-job placements for the Mi’kmaq students who receive the scholarships. Right now there are approximately 250 correctional officers employed in five facilities in Nova Scotia. Correctional Services regularly recruits correctional officers. “As an Aboriginal Liaison Officer for Nova Scotia Correctional Services, I feel this scholarship is a step forward to integrate First Nations people into a career field that is worthy to pursue,” said Trevor Sanipass, Correctional Officer at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility. “Aboriginal ideals for restorative justice that center on traditional values and practices are all free, but they need people to carry them into the institutions, and these people need help to get there,” said Acting Captain Jordan Francis, Cape Breton Correctional Facility. “The more Aboriginal people embrace the criminal justice system, the more we can add to it and learn to work as part of the force that shapes it.”last_img read more

  • Number of Nova Scotians Living in Poverty Declining

    first_imgThe number of Nova Scotians living in poverty is at its lowest level in decades. The number of people with low incomes dropped by more than 7,000 to 64,000 in 2011, a decrease of 10 per cent over 2010, according to Statistics Canada. That means about seven per cent of the population is considered to be living in poverty. This is the lowest percentage of low-income Nova Scotians on record. The number of children in low income households also improved, decreasing by 2,000 to 13,000, a drop of 13 per cent since 2010. “Poverty remains a significant issue and finding solutions remains complex, but these most recent numbers show the province is heading in the right direction,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Community Services. A recovering economy, improving labour market conditions and government programs have contributed to higher employment and higher incomes. Between 2009 and 2011, the unemployment rate in the province dropped from 9.2 per cent to 8.8 per cent. Since 2009, government has taken a broad-based approach to poverty reduction, investing more than $420 million for income supports training and employment, and more affordable and supportive housing. The province also increased investments in the Poverty Reduction Credit, the Affordable Living Tax Credit, the Seniors Property Tax Rebate and the Nova Scotia Child Benefit. “We have a larger proportion of seniors living in our community so the Seniors Property Tax Rebate is significant, said Wendy Knowlton, the executive director of the Annapolis Valley Family Resource Centre and a member of the Poverty Coalition of the Annapolis Valley. “It enables repairs and upgrades that will keep seniors living in their own homes longer and this is positive.” Personal-use allowances also increased by seven per cent this year, putting more money in the pockets of individuals on income assistance. In 2013, the minimum wage increased to $10.30 per hour, a 20 per cent increase since 2009. Nova Scotia’s rate is the highest among the 10 provinces. The poverty rate for seniors living in Nova Scotia is now 1.9 per cent, among the lowest in Canada. “It’s clear that this government is helping to make life better for our most vulnerable citizens, particularly people living on the streets, low-income families and seniors,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. Housing is also a key component in reducing poverty. The province’s first housing strategy, launched in May, will provide more affordable housing. Over the past year, 200 homeless Nova Scotians were helped off the street and into more stable housing. “The housing strategy includes some exciting prospects. Naturally, we have some questions about how these will work in our area, but there are some good and unique ideas,” said Ms. Knowlton. “Our coalition is working to create a recognition that poverty reduction policies and strategies should recognize the different solutions needed in rural areas.” Compared with the rest of the country, Nova Scotia has the fifth lowest percentage of people living with low incomes, the same rate as Alberta. The Statistics Canada calculation for low income cut-off is based on household size and community size. For 2011, the after tax low-income cutoff ranges from $12,629 for a one-person household in a small rural area to $30,871 for a four-person household in a community the size of Halifax Regional Municipality, which is between 100,000 and 500,000 residents. The Nova Scotia highlights of the Statistics Canada report can be seen at http://novascotia.ca/coms/noteworthy/Decreasingpoverty.html .last_img read more

  • Weekly Traffic Advisories

    first_img HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1, Falmouth Highway 1 from the Windsor Town Line to Lighthouse Road in Mount Denson has stop-and-go traffic for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge will remain open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new, two-lane bridge will be completed in 2015. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fall River Roundabout Construction of a modern roundabout is underway at the intersection of Highway 2 and the ramps from Highway 102 and Highway 118. Work takes place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekends. Even though the work is taking place at night, delays are possible during the day. The work is expected to be completed in late December. Drivers should plan extra time for their trip and use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Use an alternate route if possible. CBRM: Highway 125 Eastbound, Exit 7 Closure The eastbound on-and-off ramps to and from Highway 125 at Exit 7 (Alexandra Street) are closed until Wednesday, Oct. 15, so ramps can be realigned for twinning Highway 125. Traffic on Alexandra Street (Route 327) headed east on Highway 125 can detour on Churchill Drive through Membertou to get on the highway at Exit 8. Eastbound traffic seeking to exit Highway 125 at Exit 7 should use Exit 8. Detour routes are marked. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice.The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road. 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. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on sections of Highway 4, west for about seven kilometres from east of MacNabs Bridge, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Monday, Dec. 1. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Night Work, Highway 102 During nighttime hours, northbound traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane between Exit 2B at Larry Uteck Boulevard and Exit 4 in Bedford. On weekdays, lane reductions will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, lane reductions will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. There will be similar lane reductions on southbound lanes between the Hammonds Plains Road Interchange (Exit 3A) and Larry Uteck Boulevard. On weekdays, southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On weekends, lanes will be reduced between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Drivers should be prepared for delays, or use alternate routes. Work will last until the end of November. HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Traffic on Route 236, between Route 215 and Gosse Bridge, is reduced to one lane to allow for slope repairs. The work is scheduled to be completed Saturday, Nov. 15. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, there is a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route is marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . 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. NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, Cumberland Co., is closed until further notice.center_img HANTS COUNTY: Woodville Road and Ashdale Road Sections of Woodville Road, from Ashdale Road south to Ardoise School House Road, and Ashdale Road, from Woodville Road, west for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Drivers should use caution and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. Work will be completed at the end of October. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River, until September 2015. A detour bridge allows two lanes of traffic in both directions, however, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road There are alternating lane closures on South River Lake Road for gravelling and paving. Work is taking place at the intersection of Larrys River Road and moving west. Work will finish Friday, Oct. 17. LUNENBURG COUNTY – Highway 103 Starting Saturday, Oct. 11, the bridge on Highway 103 over Barrys Brook, west of Exit 7, will have alternating lane closures for concrete and asphalt repair, as well as installation of new bridge rails. Work will last until the end of December. Temporary traffic signals are in place. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until Friday, Oct. 31, to replace the bridge deck. Detour route in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Port Morien Traffic on sections of Route 255, between Homeville and Port Morien is reduced to one lane for clearing work until Friday, Oct. 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. HANTS COUNTY: Route 277 Traffic on sections of Route 277, between Old Trunk Road and Hurshman Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 15. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Traffic on Highway 104 is detoured for one kilometre to Dunns Loop until Friday, Oct. 17. Speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h through the detour. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. CONTINUING WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-last_img read more

  • Nova Scotia and British Columbia Work Together to Meet Labour Needs

    first_img promoting supplier development and industry engagement sharing of best practices in trades training evaluating international training models and assessing joint training ventures in the shipbuilding and marine industries promoting participation in shipbuilding and industrial marine trades training among youth and aboriginal people Nova Scotia and British Columbia have formalized an agreement to enhance partnerships across their shipbuilding and marine industries, and increase the mobility of apprentices. “We share a strong shipbuilding industry,” said Karen Casey, acting Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “We need to take advantage of this and work together to help grow our two provinces’ economies. This partnership helps our businesses to build their export capacity and take full advantage of spin-off opportunities coming out of the industry.” In the memorandum of understanding, the two provinces commit to helping businesses tap into the supply chain, improving shipbuilding and industrial marine trades training, and removing barriers for apprentices training in the trades. “Shipbuilding and marine industries are important to the economies of both our coastal provinces,” added Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training for British Columbia. This partnership aligns with recommendations from the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition to take advantage of the economic opportunities presented by the shipbuilding project and to support the participation of Nova Scotia businesses in national and global supply chains. These include opportunities for more than 150 Nova Scotia businesses. The coalition predicts that the shipbuilding project will drive employment and supply chains across the province. “Cooperation between provinces on training to meet the increasing demand for skilled trades people is fantastic,” says Paul Phillips of Hawboldt Industries Ltd. “We are proud to have worked with shipyards on both coasts. We see lots of similarities that Nova Scotia and British Columbia businesses and apprentices can benefit from.” Commitments under the agreement also include: This partnership is consistent with government’s commitment to reduce regulatory burden to enhance and improve the province’s economic climate.last_img read more

  • Film Productions Announced

    first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced two newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Aug. 15. Television series, This Hour Has 22 Minutes Season 25, produced by DHX-Hour Productions(NS)XXV Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $2,436,761 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $8,122,536. Short film, Pearls, produced by Mama’s Pearls Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $15,149 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $48,869. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding. the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca. -30-center_img Quick facts:last_img read more

  • Open Data Contest Forum for Rapid Innovation

    first_imgThe province and Dalhousie University are inviting youth and entrepreneurs to participate in the second annual open data contest. Participants will use data from Nova Scotia’s open data portal to create unique products or solutions, like a mobile app, predictive model or visualization, in one weekend. Participants will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges and the best innovations will earn prizes. “We invite curious minds to come together and explore new uses for public data that will benefit everyone,” said Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab. “The open data movement will help inspire an innovative and creative future for Nova Scotia.” The contest takes place Saturday, March 3, which is International Open Data Day, and Sunday, March 4 at Dalhousie University in Halifax. “Open data gives everyone the power to search, discover and link data in new ways – to better support our communities, and create innovative new products and services,” said Sandra Toze, director of Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management. “We use Nova Scotia’s open data portal to teach students how to search, manipulate and visualize data to solve problems and enhance decision-making. We are happy to partner with the province on this competition and demonstrate the importance and value of open data.” Nova Scotia’s portal contains more than 670 data collections and views including high-resolution 3D maps and some information previously only available for a fee. It has been continuously updated since it was launched in 2016. For registration information visit, data.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

  • One held for extorting gold from bizman

    first_imgNEW DELHI: One impersonator-cum-extortionist, who posed as police and Custom officials, has been arrested. With his arrest, 400 gram gold extorted from a businessman has been recovered. Extortion case has been worked out within a short span of time by GRP (Delhi Police).The Railway Police (GRP) of Hazarat Nizamuddin Station, Delhi arrested the impersonator cum extortionist Jarnail Singh (40), resident of district Karnal (Haryana) and recovered 400 gram gold which was extorted from a businessman. He posed as police and Custom official to extort gold. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarOn 24 May, the complainant Afnan, resident of Chitli Qabar, Delhi reported that he runs a cloth business and he along with his two friends arrived at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station from Surat, Gujrat by August Kranti Rajdhani Train. He got melted his family gold jewellery at Surat, Gujrat and converted into 200-200 Gram , three bars (total 600 grams) and kept in his trolley bag. After de-boarding from said train, while they were going to hire a TSR, two persons impersonating themselves as police and Custom officials asked for their ticket and started checking their bags. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceOn discovering gold rods in his trolley bag they threatened him to implicate in a criminal case, took the bag on the pretext of examination and disappeared. On reaching their home, they reported the matter to the police. “The police laid a trap and apprehended Jarnail Singh, and on his instance recovered 2 gold bars (400 grams). He confessed his involvement & stated that 1 extorted gold rod has been given to his associate Rajvant Singh, who is absconding,” said Dinesh Kumar Gupta, DCP Railways.last_img read more