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Governments of Canada Nova Scotia Sign Gas Tax Agreement

Governments of Canada Nova Scotia Sign Gas Tax Agreement

first_imgPrime Minister Paul Martin and Premier John Hamm were in Sydney today, Sept. 23, for the signing of an agreement that will result in $145.2 million of federal gas tax revenues invested in communities across Nova Scotia. Joining the prime minister and the premier at the signing ceremony were the federal Minister of State for Infrastructure and Communities, John Godfrey, federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Geoff Regan, and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet. The signing was officially witnessed by the president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM), Charles Crosby, on behalf of Nova Scotia’s 55 municipalities. The municipalities will receive $145.2 million over five years, for environmentally sustainable municipal infrastructure. “Today’s agreement will help ensure the long-term sustainability and vitality of cities and communities in Nova Scotia,” said Prime Minister Martin. “We have made the New Deal a top priority, and these gas tax funds demonstrate our commitment to ongoing infrastructure improvement to meet Nova Scotia’s priorities, while achieving national goals.” “This is good news for all Nova Scotia municipalities, both big and small,” said Premier Hamm. “This agreement is a major investment in strong communities, in opportunities for Nova Scotians. It will help ensure better infrastructure for today and in the future. Together, we are helping Nova Scotia communities prepare for future development and prosperity.” “This is an important day for Nova Scotia cities and communities, large and small, urban and rural,” Mr. Godfrey stated, “and is an example of the New Deal at work. I am proud to work with our partners to strengthen the economic, environmental, social and cultural base for all of Nova Scotia’s communities.” The New Deal is about building new relationships, including with the UNSM, which played a key role in reaching this agreement. Mr. Crosby commended the initiative, noting that, “the New Deal funding will benefit all communities throughout Nova Scotia. It will help ensure that we will have more efficient, effective and environmentally sustainable infrastructure.” Gas tax funds will be invested in environmentally sustainable municipal infrastructure. Eligible project categories include public transit, community energy systems, water, wastewater management, solid waste management, and roads and bridges, where it can be demonstrated that they will enhance environmental sustainability outcomes. Funding can also be used by municipalities to help them develop long-term plans for improving local quality of life. These investments will result in significant environmental benefits, such as cleaner air, cleaner water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. An Oversight Partnership Committee, with representatives from the federal and provincial governments and the municipal sector, will monitor the program and develop new directions and initiatives. The provincial government will administer the distribution of the federal funds to municipalities and has committed to continuing to invest its own money into municipal infrastructure. Funds from municipalities will be allocated for eligible projects according to a formula based on population, the number of dwellings in the municipality and municipal expenditures. A municipality must enter into an agreement with the province and submit a capital budget before funds are released, and municipalities will be able to carry over gas tax funds to future fiscal years. The New Deal promotes the economic, social, environmental, and cultural sustainability of Canada’s cities and communities. It is focused on establishing a long-range vision for Canada’s communities, building new relationships among all orders of government and other partners, strengthening the connections among federal programs that benefit cities and communities, as well as helping municipalities secure predictable and stable long-term funding. Federal gas tax funding builds on other government of Canada infrastructure funding, including the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF), the Border Infrastructure Fund (BIF), and the Infrastructure Canada Program (ICP). The federal budget 2004 gave municipalities the goods and services tax (GST) rebate worth $7 billion over 10 years for their areas of greatest need, and accelerated the $1-billion Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF). Budget 2005 provided $5 billion over five years in gas tax funds, ramping up to $2 billion in year five and indefinitely thereafter. In addition, budget 2005 committed up to $800 million over the next two years for transit funding, of which Nova Scotia’s share is over $23.4 million. Budget 2005 also committed to the future renewal of CSIF, BIF and MRIF. As of today, eight gas tax agreements have been signed, including British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut and Saskatchewan. The government of Canada expects to sign agreements with remaining jurisdictions in the coming weeks and months.last_img read more

Road Weight Restrictions Remain Lifted Until Friday

Road Weight Restrictions Remain Lifted Until Friday

first_imgSpring weight restrictions on roads in all Nova Scotia counties will remain off until 12:01 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17. The Department of Transportation and Public Works may still have individual roads posted for lower weights throughout the province. Updated information on future road openings and closures is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . Department of Transportation and Public Works staff will continue to monitor conditions to determine the level of frost in the roads. -30-last_img read more

Road Weight Restrictions Lifted Temporarily in All Counties

Road Weight Restrictions Lifted Temporarily in All Counties

first_imgSpring weight restrictions are being temporarily removed today, Feb. 10, from roads in all Nova Scotia counties. Effective immediately, the Department of Transportation and Public Works is temporarily lifting spring weight restrictions on all roads in Digby, Shelburne, and Yarmouth counties. Restrictions have already been lifted for all other Nova Scotia counties. The department may still have individual roads posted for lower weights throughout the province. All temporary weight restrictions will be put back in place at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14. Updated information on future road openings and closures is available on the Department of Transportation and Public Works website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . Department of Transportation and Public Works staff will continue to monitor conditions to determine the level of frost in the roads. -30-last_img read more

Interprofessional Cancer Education in Colchester East Hants Health Authority

Interprofessional Cancer Education in Colchester East Hants Health Authority

first_imgImproved patient care is at the heart of a project designed to train cancer health professionals to provide cancer education to their peers. Funded by Health Canada, with Cancer Care Nova Scotia as the project lead, Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education has trained one health professional from Colchester East Hants Health Authority as a facilitator. The training provides expertise in interprofessional learning — a greater appreciation of each others’ values, knowledge and abilities; collaborative, patient-centred care and cultural sensitivity and safety for First Nations communities. This facilitator will educate health professionals in their district. Together with 37 other facilitators from across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, they will reach more than 1,100 community-based health professionals over the next year. “Canada’s government commends Cancer Care Nova Scotia and itspartners for their leadership in this project. By April 2008, more than 1,000 Nova Scotian health professionals will be better trained to help cancer patients,” said Tony Clement, federal Minister of Health. “The introduction of interprofessional education across Nova Scotia will benefit not only the patients who will receive unprecedented treatment and support, but also the teams of professionals who work in cancer care.” “With the expertise and commitment of districts, and the strength of our other partners, we are extending the value and reach of Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s original interprofessional education program, the interprofessional core curriculum,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Through this project, we are enhancing it, extending the training of health professionals and providing the necessary supports for them to deliver the interprofessional core curriculum to others.” “More than 365 of our residents are diagnosed with cancer each year so we welcomed the opportunity to increase our capacity for responding to the needs of these patients,” said Sue MacEachern, vice-president of patient care for Colchester East Hants Health Authority. Health professionals with an expertise in cancer or palliative care were recruited to participate in the training. Medical and radiation oncologists, palliative care physicians and nurses, social workers, pharmacists, nursing students from St. Francis Xavier University and First Nations representatives working in health were among those trained. “Ultimately, cancer has affected the life of someone we know,” said Carla Stevens, patient care leader, chemotherapy, medical day and outpatient departments, Colchester East Hants Heath Authority, who recently was trained as an interprofessional facilitator. “Knowing what the best care for that person is should be a driving force for interprofessional relationships.” The Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre, in collaboration with other partners, implemented the first phase of the project, the development of the facilitator training program. First Nations consultants worked with the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre to ensure cultural safety and sensitivity was woven throughout the training program. The centre also revised the case studies included in Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s interprofessional core curriculum, which facilitators will be delivering. Beginning in April, facilitators will deliver the core curriculumprogram to community based health professionals in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. The curriculum has 10 modules including, pain and symptom management, treatment and side effects. By April 2008, 1,100 health professionals will have a better knowledge in these areas as well as an improved understanding and appreciation of the expertise of their team members and the community resources available to patients and families. The curriculum will also be included in the undergraduate nursing program at St. Francis Xavier University. As part of the project, Cancer Care Nova Scotia will help facilitators develop a community of practice to build interprofessional knowledge and expertise through better interaction. An evaluation, led by Dalhousie Continuing Medical Education, for both facilitators and participants will cover both intended and self-reported changes in practice. Possible ways for evaluating the project from the patient perspective are also being discussed. In addition to Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education includes: district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre, the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre, Dalhousie University Continuing Medical Education, Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy, Division of Continuing Pharmacy Education, the Union of NovaScotia Indians, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, St. FrancisXavier University School of Nursing, Seniors’ Secretariat and Prince Edward Island Department of Health. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families, and the health-care system through prevention, screening, education and research.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-891-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge, on Route 201, has a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Ben Eoin, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling, grading and paving until Friday, Dec. 11. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be available until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-956-2365 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Plains Road Plains Road will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and paving until Monday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 17 west to Exit 15, will be reduced to one lane for widening and paving until Friday, Dec. 4. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, will be closed until further notice. A marked detour route is available on New Road, Route 221 and Morden Road. HANTS COUNTY: Sangsters Bridge Sangsters Bridge, on Sangsters Bridge Road connecting Upper Falmouth and Trunk 14, will be closed for repairs until Monday, Nov. 30. A detour route is available through the Town of Windsor. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Glace Bay Lake Bridge Glace Bay Lake Bridge, Route 255, will be restricted to local traffic to replace the bridge until Monday, Nov. 30. A detour is available via Tower, Marconi Tower and Sand Lake roads. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Sections of Big Baddeck Road, north of Old Margaree Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Nov. 30, for repaving. A detour route is available on Old Margaree Road loop. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Fairview Overpass is reduced to three lanes, to rebuild the southern section. Construction is expected to take about six months. Traffic will flow outbound on the two outer lanes, and inbound on the inner lane. Drivers should expect delays, or use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-424-1750 Fax: 902-424-0849 Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-6747 VICTORIA COUNTY: Wreck Cove Bridge Wreck Cove Bridge on Trunk 30 will be reduced to one lane for replacement of bridge until Monday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288center_img KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Bridge Rainsforth Bridge on Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Tracadie Harbour Bridge, east for about 18 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, asphalt-concrete patching and repaving until Friday, Dec. 4. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 INVERNESS COUNTY: Red River Road Red River Road, from the junction of Trunk 30 for almost 10 kilometres to the end, including Pleasant Bay Harbour Road, Pleasant Bay United Church Road, Hinkley Glen Road and Angus More Road, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Wednesday, Dec 9. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-577-2237 Fax: 902-563-2517 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewarts Bridge Stewarts Bridge, between Route 311 and West North River Road, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Nov. 30. A temporary panel bridge will be in place as a detour. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Alexandra Street Roundabout Construction of the Alexandra Street roundabout, at the intersection of Alexandra Street and Kenwood Drive in Sydney, will continue until Tuesday, Dec. 15. The traffic lights will be replaced by a three-way stop during construction. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. Local Area Office: 902-577-0956 Fax: 902-674-2146 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 Trunk 30, from the national park entrance at Pleasant Bay to the national park entrance at MacKenzie Mountain, will be reduced to one lane for planing, patching and repaving until Friday, Dec. 4. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 COLCHESTER COUNTY: College Road Sections of College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane from Main Street to Village Line Avenue for repaving until Monday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people and signs are on site. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215, about 500 metres west of William Conley Road, east for about 12.4 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Dec. 4. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Ferrona Bridge Ferrona Bridge, on Churchville Road, will be closed for repairs until Saturday, Dec. 5. A detour is available via Route 348 and East River East Side Road, Route 348, Plymouth Park Road or Route 374 and East River East Side Road. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-680-5914 Fax: 902-681-7151 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Moose River Road-Reid’s Bridge Reid’s Bridge on Moose River Road will be closed for replacement until Thursday, Dec. 31. Detour signs will direct motorists. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 301 Route 301 will be restricted to local traffic between Mount Pleasant Road and Dickson Road to install culverts at Fitzsimmons Brook until Monday, Nov. 30. Alternate routes and signs will be in place. -30-last_img read more

Sands at Salter on Halifax Waterfront Opening Soon

Sands at Salter on Halifax Waterfront Opening Soon

first_imgNova Scotians and visitors will soon have a new public outdoor space to enjoy on the Halifax waterfront, at the foot of Salter Street. About one third, or an acre, of the site next to Bishop’s Landing, will be converted into green space as a temporary use and called Sands at Salter. “Our goal remains the same, we want to see this site developed. But in the interim, we have an opportunity to create another destination, create a space for people to enjoy,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. “We have this window of time to try ideas, gauge what people like over the next couple of years, and assess what concepts work well in key waterfront spaces.” An informal session with interested community members and public feedback generated ideas to combine a mix, from beach-like spaces to areas for leisure activities and events. Starting this month, sections will be phased in, including grassy and sandy areas, creating an urban beach feel, green space for people to take part in leisure activities and new seating. The boardwalk on both sides will be connected to the extended portion built in 2009. A parking section will re-open today, June 20. The site will also be the venue for two signature event, the 25th anniversary of the TD Bank Jazz Fest in July, and 2011 SWATCH Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Junior World Championships starting in August. As a legacy, close to 2,000 tonnes of sand used for the volleyball courts will remain. Donated by FIVB host Sports and Entertainment Atlantic, it is a key feature in the interim plan. Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of the Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg waterfronts. Revenues are reinvested in the waterfronts to drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism and reflect and protect marine heritage.last_img read more

Service Disruptions in Truro

Service Disruptions in Truro

first_img -30- Community Services offices have been temporarily relocated to the New Glasgow offices, 161 Terra Cotta Dr. For Community Services inquiries in the area, call 902-893-5950. The Truro Employment Nova Scotia office is closed. Clients can access services by calling, toll free, 1-877-223-0888. The Access Nova Scotia office is closed. For inquiries, call 1-800-670-4357 or use online services at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr . Some provincial government services are being disrupted today, Sept. 10, by flooding in the Truro area. last_img read more

Settlement Agreement Approved for Quadrus Investment Services

Settlement Agreement Approved for Quadrus Investment Services

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission has approved a settlement agreement with a mutual fund dealer. Quadrus Investment Services Ltd. violated Nova Scotia securities laws by failing to provide close supervision to its employee, Grant Stuart Rust. The company also failed to establish supervisory procedures that conformed with prudent business practice. In February 2004, terms and conditions were placed on Mr. Rust by the securities commission that required he be kept under close supervision by Quadrus, which agreed to provide that close supervision to monitor Mr. Rust’s activities. The company failed to meet those commitments. Quadrus accepted responsibility for its conduct and was co-operative with commission staff. Since the violation, Quadrus has hired new supervisory personnel, changed its supervisory structure and enhanced its processes for supervision of representatives and the use of leverage. “Effective supervision is the first line of defence in investor protection. The lesson learned in this proceeding is that firms are key players in investor protection and they must be diligent in providing effective supervision.” said Heidi Schedler, enforcement counsel for the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. The commission approved the settlement agreement and ordered Quadrus Investment Services to: comply with Nova Scotia securities laws pay an administrative penalty of $40,000 pay costs in connection with the commission proceedings of $1,000 The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order visit www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp. -30-last_img read more

Premier McNeil Welcomes New Executive Council

Premier McNeil Welcomes New Executive Council

first_imgAt a ceremony in Annapolis Royal today, Oct. 22, Stephen McNeil was sworn in as the 28th Premier of Nova Scotia. Premier McNeil also welcomed 15 colleagues to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia at the ceremony. “I am deeply humbled and honoured that the people of Nova Scotia have asked me to form a new government in our province,” said the premier. “The task before us will have its challenges, but I am eager to begin work — to build strong families and stronger businesses from one end of Nova Scotia to the other.” The premier and the new cabinet were sworn in by Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. Premier McNeil said the executive council will be focused on the top priorities and key challenges facing our province. “The executive council for our new provincial government represents a diverse mix of regions, cultures, experiences and educational backgrounds,” the premier said. “Each member is dedicated and committed to the job ahead. We will work tirelessly to address the needs of all citizens throughout Nova Scotia; citizens of all ages, in all regions, and of all cultural backgrounds.” Diana Whalen was sworn in as the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and the Treasury Board. The Treasury Board office and the Department of Finance will be merged. Ms. Whalen, a former Halifax councilor, was first elected 2003 and has a masters of business administration and is a certified management accountant. Lena Diab becomes Nova Scotia’s first woman Attorney General and Minister of Justice. She is also the Minister of Immigration. Ms. Diab has been practicing Law for over 20 years in Halifax. Former deputy speaker Leo Glavine is the Minister of Health and Wellness, and Seniors. Mr. Glavine, a former educator and high school administrator, was first elected in 2003 and has served as critic for a number of portfolios. Well-known educator Karen Casey is Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. Ms. Casey was first elected in 2006 and has served as minister of Health and Education. Kelly Regan is Minister of Labour and Advanced Education as well as the Minister responsible for Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Ms. Regan was first elected in June 2009 and has served as the Official Opposition critic for a number of portfolios. Joanne Bernard is the Minister of Community Services and the Minister responsible for the Disabled Persons Commission Act. The former executive director of Alice Housing has dedicated much of her life to work in the private sector and was awarded the Peter F. Drucker Award for Non Profit Management in Canada. Keith Colwell is the Minister of Fisheries/Aquaculture and Agriculture and the minister responsible for Part II of the Gaming Control Act. He was first elected in 1993 and was a former minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Consumer Services (now Service Nova Scotia) as well as holding many other cabinet responsibilities. Michel Samson is the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Minister of Acadian Affairs and the Minister responsible for Nova Scotia Business Inc., and the Innovation Corporation Act. He was first elected in 1998 at 25, becoming the second youngest member elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. In December 1998, he was named Environment Minister, and became the youngest cabinet minister in the history of the province. Andrew Younger is the Minister of Energy and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia. He will also be responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act. The former HRM councilor and business owner has served on a number of House committees as well as critic for a number of portfolios. Tony Ince is the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. He is involved in several volunteer organizations and has a strong commitment to issues affecting youth, seniors and others facing challenges. Zach Churchill is the Minister of Natural Resources. Mr. Churchill, who was Saint Mary’s student union president for two years also served as national director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, representing more than 300,000 students across Canada. Mark Furey is the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and the Minister responsible for the Residential Tenancies Act. The 32-year veteran of the RCMP served with detachments throughout Nova Scotia and was the district commander for Lunenburg County. Labi Kousoulis is the Minister of the Public Service Commission and Minister of the Voluntary Sector. Mr. Kousoulis has run a successful small business for 12 years. Randy Delorey, who was a professor in the faculty of business at St. FX University, is the Minister of Environment and Gaelic Affairs. Geoff MacLellan is the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. He is also the Minister responsible for the Sydney Steel Corporation Act and the Tar Ponds Agency. Premier McNeil will also serve as the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Policy and Priorities, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister responsible for Military Relations. For a list of responsibilities and cabinet members’ biographical information, visit nslegislature.ca/index.php/people/cabinet/ .last_img read more

Fuel Supply Review Leads Appointed

Fuel Supply Review Leads Appointed

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill announced today, (September 11th), the leads of the review on fuel supply management. Doug Keefe, a former provincial deputy minister and Alphonse MacNeil, a former RCMP commanding officer, will co-lead the review. Mr. Churchill says that the independent review will look into how the fuel supply management system failed and what improvements are needed to ensure that risks associated with this kind of event are limited in the future. A report with recommendations is due in November. -30- Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill announced today, Sept. 11, Doug Keefe, a former provincial deputy minister and Alphonse MacNeil, a former RCMP commanding officer, have been appointed co-leads for the review on fuel supply management. “My top priority is public safety,” said Mr. Churchill. “The independent review will look into how the fuel supply management system failed and what improvements are needed to ensure that risks associated with this kind of event are limited in the future. “Mr. Keefe and Mr. MacNeil have the expertise and a proven track record to lead the review and consult with industry.” Mr. Keefe worked for the provincial government for almost 30 years in various legal and management positions, including deputy minister of Department of Justice and deputy Attorney General. He was involved in government’s response to public inquiries into the Marshall wrongful conviction and the Westray mine explosion, and part of the team that negotiated the Canada-Nova Scotia oil and gas agreement. In 2011, Mr. Keefe co-chaired the Vancouver hockey riot review. Mr. MacNeil was a senior security consultant for the 2015 PanAm ParaPan American Games and lead the review of the 2014 murders of three RCMP officers in Moncton. His positions with the RCMP included assistant commissioner for Nova Scotia, and the officer in charge of integrated security for the G8 and G20 summits and the Canadian air carrier protective program. The review will include the supply of gasoline, diesel and home heating fuel. It will seek to determine the cause of the recent gas shortage, identify improvements in communications between industry, government and the public and ensure first responders, utilities and telecommunication providers are able to deliver services to Nova Scotians without interruption. Part of the review will be a comprehensive description of Nova Scotia’s fuel supply chain and the emergency plans of first responders related to fuel shortage. “The review is an investment in public safety and peace of mind for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Churchill. “It will help us take the necessary steps to protect Nova Scotians in the event of a disruption in fuel supply.” A report with recommendations is due in November.last_img read more

Fires Update Friday Aug 19 10 am

Fires Update Friday Aug 19 10 am

first_imgFollowing is a provincial wildfire update for Friday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. more information on the fires can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/nsfire given that three of the four remaining fires have been declared out and one is under control and being patrolled, the province will no longer be issuing regular updates -30-center_img the fire at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co., is under control and 100 per cent contained but still has hot spots being attended to the fire at Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co. is now out the fire at Perch Lake, Pictou Co. is out the fire at Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co. is out the section of Trunk 8 near Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co., that was closed last week is now open restrictions on travel in woods have been lifted for all of Nova Scotia but people are asked to avoid any activity that could potentially cause more wildfires campfire and brush burning in the province is not permitted any day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The latest information on burning restrictions is posted daily at 2 p.m. at http://www.novascotia.ca/burnsafelast_img read more

Sydney to Welcome Canadas Best Curlers

Sydney to Welcome Canadas Best Curlers

first_imgSydney is set to host Canada’s top female curlers in 2019 after being awarded the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship. The event will deliver significant national exposure and generate revenue for businesses throughout Cape Breton. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine announced a $150,000 investment today, Nov. 3, to support Sydney during a joint event held by Curling Canada and the host committee at Centre 200. “Being selected? to host this prestigious event underlines Sydney’s ability to host national and international events as well as its skillful volunteers and its outstanding facilities,” said Mr. Glavine. “The community is ready to put on an amazing spectacle of the finest in women’s curling, local entertainment and Cape Breton hospitality and the province is proud to be part of it.” The 2019 tournament will be held from Feb. 16 to 24 and features a 16-team field including the 14 provincial and territorial champions along with defending champion Team Canada. The 16th team will be determined in a wild-card, play-in game the day before the round-robin action begins. “Hosting the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Nova Scotia creates significant profile around our sport,” said Virginia Jackson, executive director of the Nova Scotia Curling Association. “We look forward to growing our sport through inspiring the next generation of female curlers as well as developing our coaches and officials.” Nova Scotia last hosted the Scotties in 1992. “To receive the confidence of Curling Canada to host the country’s top women curlers has instilled a sense of pride in our community,” said Paul MacDonald, vice-chair of the Sydney Host Committee. “We are ready for this opportunity and are looking forward to hosting the best Scotties event ever.” Investment in community and cultural organizations and developing a government-wide strategic approach to events are vital parts of Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan?. The plan is online at novascotia.ca/culture/.last_img read more

Amendments Support Waste to Energy

Amendments Support Waste to Energy

first_imgNova Scotia is allowing new solutions to reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills. The province has amended its solid waste regulations to allow thermal treatment facilities to accept banned materials, such as plastic, cardboard and newsprint, and use them to create energy. According to a waste audit done in 2017 by Divert Nova Scotia, 43 per cent of the garbage being sent to landfills is banned material that could have been composted or recycled. The changes also clarify that the province considers energy recovery as waste diversion. Recyclable materials will still be banned from landfills and waste-to-energy facilities will still need all required environmental assessment and industrial approvals. “Nova Scotians are national leaders in waste diversion, but there is still more we can do to keep waste out of our landfills,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller. “We want Nova Scotians to continue to recycle and compost, but we also need to ensure we’re doing all we can to reduce our footprint. This will give new businesses the chance to create something useful from waste destined for landfills.” Nova Scotians send an average of 404 kilograms of waste per person to landfills each year. The national average is 688 kilograms.last_img read more

India calls on G20 nations for early solution on taxing digital cos

India calls on G20 nations for early solution on taxing digital cos

first_imgNew Delhi: India Sunday called on G-20 countries to adopt principle of ‘significant economic presence’ while addressing challenges to tax profits made by the digital companies. Addressing the two-day meeting of the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Fukuoka, Japan, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman noted the urgency to fix the issue of determining right nexus and profit allocation solution for taxing the profits made by digital economy companies. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”FM (Finance Minister) noted that the work on tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of economy is entering a critical phase with an update to the G20, due next year. “In this respect, the FM strongly supported the potential solution based on the concept of ‘significant economic presence’ of businesses taking into account the evidence of their purposeful and sustained interaction with the economy of a country,” a finance ministry statement said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefSitharaman expressed confidence that a consensus-based global solution, which should also be equitable and simple, would be reached by 2020. The minister said that with almost 90 jurisdictions now adopting the automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI), it would ensure that tax evaders could no more hide their offshore financial accounts from the tax administration. “She urged the G20/Global Forum to further expand the network of automatic exchanges by identifying jurisdictions including developing countries and financial centers that are relevant but have not yet committed to any timeline. “Appropriate action needs to be taken against non-compliant jurisdictions. In this respect, she called upon the international community to agree on a toolkit of defensive measures, which can be taken against such non-compliant jurisdictions,” the statement said. Sitharaman also highlighted the need for the G20 to keep a close watch on global current account imbalances to ensure that they do not result in excessive global volatility and tensions. “The global imbalances left a detrimental impact on the growth of emerging markets. Unilateral actions taken by some advanced economies adversely affect the exports and the inward flow of investments in these economies,” the ministry said. She also urged the G20 to remain cognizant of fluctuations in international oil market and study measures that can bring benefits to both the oil exporting and importing countries. Earlier speaking at the Ministerial Symposium on International Taxation, she raised the need for international cooperation on dealing with fugitive economic offenders who flee their countries to escape from the consequences of law. “FM urged that closer collaboration and coordinated action were required to bring such economic offenders to face law,” the statement added. The world’s top financial policymakers admitted Sunday that trade tensions had worsened and posed a risk for the global economy, after a G20 meeting that laid bare differences between the United States and other nations. Following 30 hours of wrangling in what one official described as a “tense” atmosphere, G20 finance minister and central bank chiefs produced a hard-fought final statement acknowledging that “growth remains low and risks remain tilted to the downside.” “Most importantly, trade and geopolitical tensions have intensified,” the G20 said, adding they “stood ready to take further action” if required. As a compromise pushed by Washington, the statement omitted language from a previous draft that mentioned a “pressing need to resolve trade tensions.” The G-20, grouping of developed and developing countries, meeting concluded Sunday.last_img read more

BJP MP Lekhi protests against water shortage

BJP MP Lekhi protests against water shortage

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP MP from New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi Tuesday protested outside the Delhi Jal Board’s R K Puram office against “water woes” being faced by the people of her constituency. She claimed that even municipal areas are facing water shortage and many places in her constituency lack piped water supply. The DJB, however, said the utility has been supplying water beyond its capacity and the BJP is “politicising the issue” instead of helping people. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”Lady Hardinge staff quarters, and upper regions of Anand Parbat and Baljit Nagar lack piped water supply. Then there are areas like Naraina, Krishna Nagar and Arjun Nagar which have piped water supply, but there’s no water for the past 10-15 days,” Lekhi claimed. “There are regions that complain of pathetic water quality. This is all across R K Puram and every other place. There are places, such as Munrika village, where sewage water get mixed with potable water,” she alleged. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”I think the Delhi government’s priorities are misplaced. Most women in Delhi are suffering due to water paucity and Kejriwal wants to give them free rides in the Delhi Metro,” she said. Lekhi claimed that women waste hours standing in queues to collect water from tankers and ugly fights take place. The DJB’s water distribution system is old and ailing and no work has been done on this for 30-35 years, she claimed. DJB Vice Chairman Dinesh Mohaniya said, “In many areas, such as in Anand Parbat, geographical constraints don’t allow the DJB to lay water and sewer pipelines. They always tell half truth,” he said. “It’s not that only Delhi has been facing issues. The entire country is reeling under a severe heatwave and facing water shortage. We have been supplying water beyond our capacity. Our supply hasn’t declined, but the demand has been increasing due to the oppressive heat,” Mohaniya said.last_img read more

Sheena Bora case HC allows Peter to get admitted in hospital

Sheena Bora case HC allows Peter to get admitted in hospital

first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court Monday allowed former media baron Peter Mukerjea, who is facing trial in the Sheena Bora murder case, to get admitted in a private hospital for post-operative cardiac rehabilitation sessions. Justice Revati Mohite Dere directed authorities of the Arthur Road prison, where Mukerjea has been lodged since his arrest in 2015, to shift him in Criticare hospital for a period of 15 days. Mukerjea had in May filed an application in the high court, seeking interim bail on medical grounds. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! His lawyer Shrikant Shivade argued that Mukerjea was sent to jail without being given access to post-operative care after he underwent a cardiac surgery, in March-April this year. While allowing Mukerjea’s plea, the high court directed jail authorities to file a report on his condition on July 12. Mukerjea has been in jail since November 2015 for his alleged involvement in killing Sheena Bora, daughter of his estranged wife Indrani Mukerjea who is the prime accused in the case. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed As per prosecution, Sheena, 24, was allegedly killed by Indrani with the help of her former husband Sanjeev Khanna in her car in April, 2012. The incident came to light in August, 2015 after Indrani’s driver Shyamvar Rai was arrested for possessing a firearm. Rai later turned approver in the case. Police later arrested Mukerjea for allegedly being part of the conspiracy. The case was later handed over to the CBI.last_img read more

With fame comes responsibility Teen actor Matarazzo

With fame comes responsibility Teen actor Matarazzo

first_imgTokyo: Gaten Matarazzo is just 16 and has managed to make a deep impact with his performance in “Stranger Things”. The actor is loving the success coming his way but agrees that with fame comes more responsibilities.It was in 2016, when Matarazzo, who was 13-years-old then, started his journey as Dustin Henderson in the science-fiction horror show. “We really did not expect that our show will be such big and we will become sensation overnight. It came as a surprise to us. I was not ready for such fame. Everything happened on its own. I was not used to constant media glare and people’s attention… I gradually adapted into it. I feel with fame comes more responsibilities,” Matarazzo told IANS here. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyHe wants to create a positive impact amongst the audience through his work.”The show rushed us into spotlight very quickly. I am thankful to God for giving me such good opportunities in life. I will always try to create positive impact through my work,” Matarazzo added.Created by The Duffer Brothers, the Netflix series is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. It follows the story of four friends — Will, Mike, Dustin, Lucas — as they form an unlikely alliance with a girl named Eleven, who has psychokinetic abilities, to save their town from an alien invasion. The show is now into its third season, which launched on July 4. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot”Stranger Things” has grown big with time and so did the actors and their acting talents.”I have evolved as an actor. With each season, I have learned something new about acting. It was a memorable experience working with such inspiring actors. In season three, people will witness a lot of changes in not just our personality, but also in our acting,” Matarazzo added.The young actor has also learned how to deal with criticism. “Criticism is very important for an actor. It pushes you to do a better job,” he said.Matarazzo, who began his professional career in the original Broadway production “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, is also gearing up for his new show “Prank Encounters” in which he will be seen as a host.last_img read more

Gurugram staring at water crisis

Gurugram staring at water crisis

first_imgGurugram: Official analysts have already predicted that at the present rate, Gurugram will run out of the water and face the situation as bad as in Chennai.To understand the dire consequences, Gurugram needs to look at neighbouring Mewat where the situation is only getting worse. According to the official survey, in just four years, the groundwater water levels have fallen from 250 feet to 1,200 feet. The situation is not expected to improve soon as the most backward district in the country is only dependent upon the groundwater for their daily water needs. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsNot only is there no canal water to supply water to the residents of Mewat, there has also ben less effort done by the government in ensuring piped water supply to over five lakh residents. The difficulty lies in not only giving water supply but also ensuring that the water is clean, hygenic and fit for consumption. Owing to large scale industrialisation around the area there are now complaints of harmful chemicals getting deposited in underground water. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAll this has also resulted in a large number of residents in Mewat contracting deadly diseases like Cancer. Political campaigns have now already begun that how the inability to bring back the waters from Satluj Yamuna Canal (SYL), Haryana’s legal dispute with neighbouring Punah has led to water woes for South Haryana. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar expressed concern over the falling groundwater reserves in Gurugram and the other district of South Haryana. He mentioned that to tackle the issue not only will the new water bodies be created but there will also be efforts to restore the dying ponds in the city. He also emphasised on the importance of creating check dams and water harvesting systems. He highlighted that his government was working in how the canal water can be diverted to areas of South Haryana which for long has been facing with the problem and has been dependent on the groundwater for their needs. Not only the Chief Minister various top institutions like the National Green Tribunal has raised a warning on the falling ground water reserves of the city. In 1974, where the groundwater in Gurugram can be traced at six meters below the ground level today has fallen down to levels of 40 meters.last_img read more

Death toll climbs to five after quake in eastern Indonesia

Death toll climbs to five after quake in eastern Indonesia

first_imgJakarta: The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit a remote Indonesian island chain at the weekend has climbed to five, with thousands living in evacuation shelters, an official said Wednesday.The shallow 7.3-magnitude quake struck about 165 kilometres (100 miles) south of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province on Sunday evening, according to the US Geological Survey.”Five people died after they were hit by debris,” Agus Wibowo, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, said in a statement. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingNearly 1,000 houses were damaged in the sparsely populated district of South Halmahera, which was closest to the quake’s epicentre, and more than 3,000 people have taken refuge in government buildings and schools over fears of aftershocks.Local authorities have placed the district under emergency status and have begun establishing public kitchens, as well as distributing aid and tents.North Maluku was also hit by a 6.9-magnitude tremor earlier this month. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangIndonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 people, with another thousand declared missing.On December 26, 2004, a devastating 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands across the Indian Ocean region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.last_img read more