Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local area office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, between exits 4 and 5,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Botheastbound and westbound motorists may experience short delays.Motorists on Trunk 3 near Exit 4 may also experience delays.Traffic controllers will be in place. Work takes place from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. Local area office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337 Two sections of Route 337 will have intermittent lane closuresuntil Sunday, Oct. 31. One section starts at the intersection of Route 337 and MarshRoad at Livingstone Cove and goes seven kilometres west. Theother section starts at Cribbons Point Road and goes 2.4kilometres to South Lakevale Road. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic control willconsist of a pilot vehicle. HALIFAX COUNTY: Route 333 There will be one-lane closures on Route 333, from Brookside Roadsouth to Burkes Road, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Crews will bepatching and repaving the road. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, signsand cones. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to usean alternate route. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Coxheath Road will have occasional daytime lane closures untilWednesday, Dec. 15, while the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced.New interchange ramps will also be constructed. Work willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control persons will be inplace. A detour is available via Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. KINGS COUNTY: Route 358, Greenwich Traffic signals at the intersection of Route 358 and Trunk 1 inGreenwich have recently been activated. Motorists are asked toexercise caution when driving through the intersection until theybecome familiar with traffic movements and signal phases. Work will continue in the area until Friday, Oct. 22. This mayinvolve periods of one-lane closures. Traffic controllers will bein place. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 305 Route 305/Seaview Drive, will have occasional lane closures untilSunday, Oct. 31, while the Leitches Creek Bridge is replaced.Work will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.Traffic controllers will be in place when necessary. PICTOU COUNTY: Middle River Road The Middle River Road in Rocklin will be closed to all trafficbetween White Hill Road and E. Fraser Road on Monday, Oct. 11 andTuesday, Oct. 12, for road work. Motorists are advised to follow a signed detour via White HillRoad and E. Fraser Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hebbs Mill Bridge, Hebbville The Hebbs Mill Bridge on Trunk 3 in Hebbville will have one-laneclosures until Friday, Oct. 15, due to bridge work. During this period, the bridge will be closed to loads wider than3.5 metres (11 feet). Loads wider than 3.5 metres should useHighway 103. Traffic control will consist of traffic signals. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 northbound lanes, from the Halifax County/HantsCounty line to Exit 8 at Elmsdale, about five kilometres, willhave one-lane closures due to guardrail work. Work will becomplete by Friday, Oct. 15. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, west of River Denys Mountain Road and extending fourkilometres east, will have one-lane closures for repaving untilSunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.weekdays. Traffic controllers will be in place. -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 The shoulder lanes on the four-lane section of Highway 125 nearSydney River will be closed 24 hours a day until Wednesday, Dec.15, while the highway and the Sydney River Bridge are widened andthe Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. Work in the area willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control will consist of traffic drums and concretebarriers. A detour is available via Route 305. Local area office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 Three kilometres of Trunk 4 will have periodic lane closures nearMiddle Cape until Wednesday, Nov. 10, for repaving. Work willtake place west of Breac Brook Bridge to the top of the hill inMiddle Cape, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Traffic control willconsist of a pilot vehicle. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternateroutes where possible. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 104, Port Hastings Rotary The Port Hastings Rotary on Highway 104 will have lane closuresuntil Sunday, Oct. 31. Road crews will be carrying out repavingwork between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays. Traffic controllers will be in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) will have lane closures from the YankeeLine Road intersection to 1.5 kilometres west of Upper MiddleRiver Bridge until Sunday, Oct. 31, for repaving. The closures will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. andtraffic controllers will be in place. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, between Boylston and Guysborough, will haveintermittent lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from daylight to dark, Monday to Friday,with some weekend work. Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2518 Local area office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Payzant Bog Road, Falmouth The Payzant Bog Road in Falmouth will be closed, except to localtraffic, for bridge repairs, until Friday, Oct. 15. Trafficcontrol will consist of signs. Motorists are asked to followdetour signs. Local area office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local area office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 The speed limit at the St. Croix interchange at Exit 4 is reducedto 80 km/h until further notice, while bridge and roadconstruction takes place. Local area office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7042 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 A section of Trunk 2 at Shad Brook will be closed for road workuntil Sunday, Oct. 31. A single-lane detour around the work will be constructed andtraffic will be controlled by traffic lights. The maximum widthon the detour structure is 3.1 metres. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Two sections of Highway 102 will have periods of one-laneclosures until Sunday, Oct. 31. Section one is about eight kilometres south on Highway 102 fromExit 2 (Kearney Lake) to Ralston Avenue, off Bayers Road. Section two is about three kilometres north on Highway 102 fromRalston Avenue to Exit 1A (Highway 103). The closures may take place 24 hours a day except between 7 a.m.and 9 a.m. on inbound lanes and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. onoutbound lanes. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use analternate route. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Route 358, Greenwich A section of Route 358 in Greenwich will be closed to trucktraffic from 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12 to 6 a.m on Wednesday,Oct. 13 for repairs to the railway crossing. Trucks will not bepermitted on Trunk 358 from the intersection of Belcher Streetsoutherly to Trunk 1. A truck-only detour will be establishedaround the site. Passenger vehicles will not be affected. Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7 will have intermittent one-lane closures until Sunday,Oct. 31. The closures will be in effect from 1.3 kilometres westof Liscomb River to the MacKinley Point Loop Road at Spanish ShipBay. Work will take place from daylight to dark, Monday to Friday,with some weekend work. Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local area office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local area office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local area office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local area office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hardscratch Road Hardscratch Road, between the Yarmouth Town Line and GreenvilleRoad, will have lane closures until Saturday, Oct. 23. Road crewswill be carrying out ditching, culvert installation and repaving. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use analternate route if possible. Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 395 Route 395, north of West Lake Ainslie Road to Trout Brook Bridge,will have lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31, for repaving andbridge work. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.weekdays. Traffic controllers will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Furlong Bridge The Furlong Bridge on Trunk 2 near Southampton will be closeduntil Sunday, Oct. 31, while the bridge is replaced. Traffic will be rerouted to a temporary two-lane panel bridgeparallel to the existing bridge. Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shelburne Bridge The Shelburne Bridge on Trunk 3 will be closed to all trafficfrom Tuesday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Nov. 19, while the bridge isrepaired. Motorists are advised to use a detour that follows Ohio Road tothe Welshtown Bridge and Welshtown Road. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14, from Route 202 (Cheesefactory Corner) westerly to Route354 (Beaverbank Road), about five kilometres, will have laneclosures due to repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7p.m. and will be complete by Friday, Oct. 15. Traffic controlwill consist of traffic control persons and pilot vehicles. Local area office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111 at Mic Mac Boulevard will be reduced from eight lanesto four lanes until Friday, Oct. 22 to allow for interchangemodifications and repaving. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use analternate route. Local area office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Bridge The Joudrey Bridge in River John will be closed to all trafficuntil Sunday, Oct. 31, while the bridge is replaced. Motorists are advised to detour to Mountain Road and LouisvilleRoad. Local area office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, north of River Denys Mountain Road to north of SandyGillis Bridge, will have occasional lane closures for repavinguntil Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.Traffic controllers will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 COLCHESTER/HALIFAX COUNTIES: Route 224 Route 224, from the intersection of Route 277 at Gay’s River tothe Elderbank Road, about six kilometres, will have intermittentlane closures due to repaving. Traffic control will consist of apilot vehicle. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. andwill be complete by Friday, Oct. 15.
Nova Scotians of all ages can celebrate National Forest Week –which begins Sunday, May 1 — by taking in an educational play ata local school, playing tree trivia, or simply enjoying a walk inthe woods. Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources staff are joininglocal groups and associations to conduct activities related toNational Forest Week to increase awareness about the many livingthings that call our forests home. Nova Scotia’s theme for theweek this year is “Canada’s Forest and Wetlands: Our NaturalWater Filters.” “The forests provide people with many benefits, including a placefor personal recreation, exercise, and reflection, as well aseconomic benefits,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of NaturalResources. “In addition, it provides wildlife habitat, and awater source for wetlands and water courses.” Children’s entertainer Jim Dalling will perform his “Ask me ifI’m a Tree” show for school children in grades 3 to 6 throughoutNova Scotia during the week. The show is an educational,entertaining and interactive presentation that brings the messageof responsible forest use and sustainable forest management. “Mr. Dalling’s presentation has become an important andconsistent part of annual National Forest Week activities in NovaScotia and he continues to show children how important ourforests are to Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Hurlburt. Other events around the province include school visits by NaturalResources staff. Staff will talk with Grade 6 students about theimportance of our forests and will distribute seedlings for themto plant. Radio Tree Trivia contests will be held daily withprizes provided by the Nova Scotia Department of NaturalResources. Prizes are Nova Scotia atlases, T-shirts and booksentitled Trees of Nova Scotia. A new event called Kids in the Forest is also planned to providethe opportunity for elementary children to spend time in theforest, while learning more about the importance of forests fromdepartment staff. National Forest Week is sponsored by the Canadian ForestryAssociation and runs until Saturday, May 7. More informationabout National Forest Week and activities is available atwww.gov.ns.ca/natr
A ban has been placed on open fires in western and central Nova Scotia, effective at noon today, Aug. 10. It is expected to remain in force until mid-September, unless the province receives significant rain. Annapolis, Colchester, Cumberland, Digby, Halifax, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Pictou, Shelburne, and Yarmouth counties are included in this ban. “The warm, dry weather we are experiencing has brought the fire weather index to high throughout most of the mainland of Nova Scotia,” said Walter Fanning, manager, forest protection, at the Department of Natural Resources. “So far this year, we have had 239 fires with 501 hectares burned. The potential for even greater fire damage increases every day without rain. A ban on open fires will take away one significant cause of forest fires.” -30-
Les Néo-Écossais et Néo-Écossaises auront la chance d’aider un groupe de travail à formuler des recommandations relatives à la stratégie du patrimoine de la province. Le groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoine, organisé par le Voluntary Planning Board, tiendra une série de réunions publiques partout dans la province du 7 au 24 novembre. Le groupe de travail consultera les Néo-Écossais et Néo-Écossaises pour découvrir ce qu’ils considèrent le plus important en ce qui a trait au patrimoine, y compris les aspects qu’ils veulent célébrer et protéger. Certains éléments que le groupe de travail pourrait considérer incluent notamment tous les types d’archives, les lieux et les édifices historiques, les musées, le patrimoine naturel, la langue, le folklore et les traditions. « Nous voulons découvrir ce que le patrimoine représente pour les Néo-Écossais et Néo-Écossaises, et ce qu’ils considèrent le plus important, » affirme Maureen Reid, présidente du groupe de travail. « Nous voulons également obtenir leurs opinions et leurs suggestions sur la façon dont il faut protéger le patrimoine et assurer son avenir. » Après avoir obtenu les commentaires du public néo-écossais, des organismes intervenants et des experts, le groupe de travail présentera un rapport intérimaire contenant les recommandations préliminaires avant la fin du mois de mars 2006. Le public aura ensuite l’occasion d’offrir ses commentaires sur le rapport intérimaire avant la présentation du rapport final et des recommandations relatives à la stratégie du patrimoine au gouvernement, plus tard au printemps. Un document de discussion sur le patrimoine est maintenant disponible en ligne à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/vp . Les commentaires écrits peuvent être envoyés en ligne à partir du site www.gov.ns.ca/vp, par courriel à l’adresse email@example.com, par télécopieur au numéro 902-424-0580 ou encore par la poste à l’adresse suivante : Voluntary Planning, Bureau 600, 1690, rue Hollis, Halifax (N.-É.) B3J 3J9. Tous les commentaires doivent être reçus avant le jeudi 15 décembre. Voici la liste des endroits où les réunions auront lieu partout dans la province. Toutes les réunions se dérouleront de 19 h à 21 h. Les membres du groupe de travail adresseront la parole aux personnes présentes avant d’écouter les commentaires individuels. La réunion se terminera par une discussion ouverte, si le temps le permet. Lundi 7 novembreChéticamp — Centre Acadien, 35, chemin Baron Mardi 8 novembreKentville — Caserne de pompiers de Kentville, 463, rue Main Mercredi 9 novembreMembertou — Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50, rue Maillard (près de la rue Alexandra à Sydney)Annapolis Royal — Caserne de pompiers d’Annapolis Royal, 5, rue St. AnthonyLake Charlotte — The Cookhouse, Memory Lane Village Jeudi 10 novembrePointe de l’Église — Amphithéâtre B34, Université Sainte-Anne, 1695, Route 1Sherbrooke — Club Lions, 7996, autoroute 7 Mardi 15 novembreShelburne — Osprey Arts Centre, 107, rue Water Baddeck — Alexander Graham Bell Museum, 559, rue ChebuctoTruro — Glengarry Inn, 150, rue Willow Mercredi 16 novembrePubnico — Caserne de pompiers de Pubnico Ouest, 897, route 335Amherst — Club Lions, 9, rue ElectricPort Hawkesbury — Centre municipal de Port Hawkesbury, 606, rue Reeves Jeudi 17 novembreYarmouth — Yarmouth County Museum, 22, rue CollinsParrsboro — Caserne de pompiers de Parrsboro, 235, rue Willow Mardi 22 novembreDartmouth — Black Cultural Centre, 1149, rue MainLunenburg — Caserne de pompiers, 25, rue MedwayAntigonish — St. Ninian’s Place, 120, rue St. Ninian Mercredi 23 novembreLiverpool — Filiale 38 de la Légion, 64, prom. Henry HenseyHalifax — Holiday Inn, 1980, rue RobieCanso — The Lion’s Den, 98, rue Queen Jeudi 24 novembreStellarton — Museum of Industry, 147, rue North Foord Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les réunions publiques, communiquez avec le Voluntary Planning Board au (902) 424-8648 ou au numéro sans frais 1-866-858-5850, ou encore consultez le site Web à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/vp. Les dates et les endroits des réunions seront publiées dans les journaux locaux. Le Voluntary Planning Board est un conseil autonome du gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui a pour mandat de faire participer les Néo-Écossais et les Néo-Écossaises à la prise de décisions concernant les questions de politiques importantes pour notre avenir.
African Nova Scotian students are now eligible for increased university scholarships and post-secondary awards, Education Minister Karen Casey announced today, July 18. The Department of Education is boosting the post-secondary incentives to help cover the cost of a university education. The scholarship rates have not been adjusted since 1992, when the cost of a post-secondary education was just about half of what it is today. The post-secondary awards will increase by $500 to $2,500 a year. The awards will also be expanded to include the first three years of university, rather than just two. “Reviewing and adjusting the incentives we offer is a commitment we made in our response to the Black Learners Advisory Committee Report on Education,” said Ms. Casey. “These scholarships are necessary to improve accessibility and opportunity for African Nova Scotian students.” The 1994 Black Learners Advisory Committee report highlighted educational, economic and social inequities between African Nova Scotian students and other Nova Scotians. Among its recommendations was to expand the scholarship program to encourage more black Nova Scotian students to continue their education beyond public school. In 2005-06, 263 African Nova Scotian students received scholarships and post-secondary awards of more than $658,000. The increased awards are worth an additional $265,000. “We are pleased to see the Department of Education has followed through on its commitment to increase the awards,” said Delvina Bernard of the Council on African Canadian Education. “These increased awards will have a tremendous impact in encouraging young African Nova Scotians to pursue a post-secondary education.” The Scholarship Program for African Nova Scotians also includes university entrance scholarships, awards for students attending community college or trade schools, performing arts bursaries, and scholarships for teacher education and the science professions. The Department of Education spent $1 million this year implementing recommendations of the report, that included job training, new curriculum, and Africentric Learning Institute pilot programs. More information on the Scholarship Program for African Nova Scotians can be found at http://acs.ednet.ns.ca/scholarships.shtml, or by calling African Canadian Services at 902-424-2586.
Nova Scotia is again the competitive choice for a leading North American provider of web services for small business and domain-name registration. Register.com, headquartered in New York City, continues to expand its long-standing Canadian operation in Yarmouth and will open a Halifax office. With the expansion in Yarmouth and additional office, the company will create up to 350 new jobs within the next six years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting the growth with a payroll rebate to a maximum of $4,931,552. The Department of Economic Development will also invest a maximum of $1,050,000 for recruitment and training. Both are incremental investments tied to hiring targets. “The province is pleased to support Register.com as it strengthens its small-business focused products and creates more opportunities for the people who live and work in Nova Scotia,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Assistance from NSBI and Economic Development plays an important role in ensuring the company continues to grow in Yarmouth and create a new Halifax location.” Register.com’s Yarmouth location is among the town’s largest employers, with more than 250 full-time jobs. “Over the past 10 years, our Yarmouth facility has been critical to the relationships we have built with our customers,” said Larry Kutscher, CEO of Register.com. “We are excited to leverage the success we have built in Yarmouth as we further develop the support and expertise we offer our small-business customers.” “We have the right mix of technology and talent to support business growth in all parts of the province,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “With strong global players like Register.com, Nova Scotia continues to offer world-class job opportunities.” Leveraging 10 years of experience in the domain business with more than two-and-a-half million domain names under management, Register.com has built a reputation as a leading provider of global domain-name registration, web design and management services. Through an expanding, broad selection of website design and management solutions, Register.com enables small businesses and organizations to create a dynamic web presence without the need for extensive technical knowledge or resources. Register.com offers customers quick and user-friendly registration and a wide array of website design services, from do-it-yourself tools to fully customized offerings; all backed by expert 24/7 online and toll-free phone customer support. 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.
A new study will give the province a better picture of eating and physical activity habits of Nova Scotian children and young people. Keeping Pace will track 2,200 Grade 3, 7 and 11 students from 60 schools across Nova Scotia. Trends will be calculated using similar studies from 2002 and 2006. “Helping children and youth develop good eating and activity habits early can promote healthy growth and development,” said Health Promotion and Protection Minister Maureen MacDonald. “It will also reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. “The study will help determine how best to target our resources, and tell us if we are making progress helping young people live the healthiest lives they can.” From early October 2009 to June 2010, students will wear accelerometers to determine whether they get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day, at least five days per week. Grade 7 and 11 students will also track their eating patterns using an online tool designed to measure how many are eating according to Canada’s Food Guide. The study is a partnership between the province and St. Francis Xavier University, led by Dr. Angie Thompson and Dr. Laurie Wadsworth. The results will be available by December 2010. Researchers know that young people across North America are spending more time in front of computers, electronic games and TV screens and less time doing physical activities. Trends also suggest that children and youth are not eating healthy foods as recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. The province has invested $750,000 over two years in this phase of the study.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the Halifax Explosion with a special evening musical event Saturday, Dec. 4. The museum, usually closed on Mondays during the fall and winter, will be open on the anniversary Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with regular admission. One of the darkest days in Halifax history, almost 2,000 people were killed and more than 9,000 more were injured after the collision between the Mont Blanc and IMO ships on the morning of Dec. 6, 1917 in Halifax Harbour. “That fateful day resonates in the minds of Haligonians, and is a significant part of our history, which is why the museum houses the permanent exhibit, Halifax Wrecked: Halifax Explosion,” said Kim Reinhardt, manager of the Maritime Museum. In memory of the lives lost, and to share in the stories and history of the Halifax Explosion, the museum will host the Halifax Explosion Memorial Concert, featuring David Stone and Friends, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The song and spoken word performance is free, though donations to the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority and the Halifax School for the Blind (Sir Frederick Fraser School) will be accepted.
Seasons Greetings. This time of year is full of joy and celebration as people in towns and communities across the province gather to mark this festive time of year. Families join together to share memories and make new ones. Old acquaintances are renewed and new ones are formed. We are reminded of our strong bonds with each other, bonds that time and distance may stretch but that can never break. We take this time of year to look back and celebrate our individual and collective achievements. It is also a time to look ahead and to reflect on how we can make our lives and the lives of our fellow Nova Scotians better. The warm, giving spirit of Nova Scotians is brought to the fore during the holiday season. This month, many will share generously with those less privileged or cast a watchful eye to find those around us who need a special effort during the holidays. While it is more evident during the holiday season, I know that efforts such as these are found each and every day, all year round in towns and communities across the province. I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the men and women of the Canadian Forces serving overseas who cannot be with their families during this holiday season. Nova Scotians are proud of you, and your efforts do not go unnoticed. Over the holidays, I will spend time with my wife Kelly and our son Harris at our home in Cole Harbour. Like many families, we will enjoy precious time with our loved ones. For those of you who cannot be with your friends and family this holiday season, take comfort in knowing that they are thinking of you as you are thinking of them. On behalf of Kelly, Harris and I, we wish you peace, love and joy this holiday season and in the year ahead. -30-
The province’s public accounts for 2010-11, released today, July 28, show Nova Scotia is making good progress on the Back to Balance fiscal plan. A better-than-expected economic performance during the recession and controlled government spending contributed to a surplus of $569.1 million for 2010-11, rather than the $222.1 million deficit estimated during the 2010 budget and up from $447.2 million surplus forecast in April. “Nova Scotia’s books for the last fiscal year have been written not in red ink, but in black,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. “These results are gratifying and confirm we are restoring some sense to the province’s finances.” Total expenses in 2010-11 were $9.3 billion, a decrease of $171.5 million over the previous year. Additional appropriations, funds used to cover unbudgeted expenses and spending, continue to be down from past years. Additional appropriations in 2010-11 were $63.5 million, significantly less than the annual average of $276.9 million between 1999 and 2009. Total revenues in 2010-11 were $9.9 billion, an increase of $666.1 million over the previous year and $509.7 million more than estimated. Similar to other Canadian jurisdictions, major revenue sources increased over last year including personal income tax (7.1 per cent), corporate income tax (12.6 per cent), harmonized sales tax (24.6 per cent) and tobacco tax (6.4 per cent). Nova Scotia’s net debt has decreased by $217.8 million to $12.8 billion. The surplus offset a net investment in capital assets of $354.2 million, contributing to the reduction in net debt. In April 2010, it was estimated that the province’s net debt at the end of 2010-11 would be $14 billion. By not reaching this higher debt level, the province will avoid about $55 million annually in debt servicing costs. This reduction in the net debt decreased the province’s net debt to gross domestic product ratio 2.4 percentage points from 38.1 per cent in 2010 to 35.7 per cent in 2011. The consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011 are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector. Nova Scotia’s auditor general has provided an unqualified auditor’s report that is included in Public Accounts Volume 1. The public accounts documents are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/finance/en/home/publications/publicaccounts .
For more than 30 years, the fleet separation and owner-operator policies have protected the independence of Nova Scotia’s inshore fishing fleets, while helping to maintain good jobs in coastal communities across the province. Fleet separation means only those individuals who fish can own a licence and owner-operator means that the owner of the licence must operate the boat. As Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and a proud fisherman myself, I recognize that these policies are the cornerstone of Nova Scotia’s fishing industry — which is why our government supports them. In recent weeks, many individuals and organizations from all regions have contacted me with concerns over a discussion paper released by the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The Future of Canada’s Commercial Fisheries speaks about sustainability, economic viability and predictability, but fails to address questions about the fleet separation and owner operator policies. As I said, I know how important these policies are to the future of Nova Scotia’s coastal communities. That is why I took it upon myself to speak directly with Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield. At a meeting with my provincial and territorial colleagues on Friday, March 9, I asked Minister Ashfield to clarify how these long-standing policies fit into the future management of the Atlantic fishery. He has said that he wants to keep the consultation process open to all points of view, however, I believe that Nova Scotians deserve answers to these important questions. I also expressed my concerns with the current consultation process. Thus far I do not feel this process has adequately allowed fishing communities to provide feedback to the DFO about the future of the fisheries. I specifically asked Minister Ashfield to extend the mid-March deadline for feedback so all concerned groups and individuals have enough time to have their say. This issue is at the very heart of Nova Scotia’s coastal communities and it is important the many people employed in the Atlantic fishery have their voices heard. -30-
Families have a new provincial resource to help identify and deal with bullying and cyberbullying. Ramona Jennex, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, gave details about the parent handbook on bullying and cyberbullying at the Speak Up! Anti-bullying Conference in Halifax today, Aug. 16. “We want families to have the information they need to support healthy relationships and safe schools,” said Ms. Jennex. “The handbook will help parents and guardians recognize and respond to bullying and cyberbullying behaviour.” Conference participants received the handbook titled, Bullying and Cyberbullying: What we need to know, a reference for parents and guardians, today and this resource will be distributed to families once school starts in September. “Many parents don’t know what to watch for or what to do if their child is involved in bullying behavior,” said Ms. Jennex. “I look forward to providing a resource that will encourage conversations and help families deal with bullying in schools and communities.” “Parents want answers to the tough parenting questions, like ‘What do I do if my child is being bullied?’ and, more importantly, ‘What do I do if my child is bullying?’,” said Tina Hennigar, parent of a 12-year-old in Mahone Bay. “All parents must be informed that cyberbullying is a criminal offence and that if their child participates in cyberbullying, they can be charged. It’s up to us to report it and to hold people accountable.” The handbook includes information on causes and types of bullying at various ages, how to identify bullying behaviour, how parents can help, and where to turn for help in the school system and in the community. “Nova Scotia has developed an excellent resource for parents,” said Debra Pepler, a psychology professor at York University and co-founder of PREVNet, Canada’s leading authority on research and resources for bullying prevention. “It’s a comprehensive, practical, and positive guide for parents to deal with bullying and cyberbullying.” The handbook is online at www.antibullying.novascotia.ca. The website also includes a parent area that has links to organizations and programs that deal with bullying, Internet safety, adolescent mental health, and other issues affecting youth.
Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc and Mrs. LeBlanc invite Nova Scotians and visitors to join them for the Winter 2018 Series of Evenings at Government House. Three themes and anniversaries will be commemorated through this new series of public events. They are African Heritage Month, the Centenary of the end of the First World War, and the Centenary of Women attaining the right to vote in Nova Scotia. Featured topics are the Black Loyalists, the history of Acadian schools in Nova Scotia, a piano and flute recital, a presentation on Nova Scotia’s experience of the First World War, Scottish Dancing, and a presentation on Women’s suffrage. “Following the success of the Fall 2017 Series, Mrs. LeBlanc and I are delighted to continue hosting Evenings at Government House,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “These events provide a wonderful opportunity for our citizens to learn about Nova Scotia’s rich history, heritage and culture in the setting of Government House, the ceremonial home of all Nova Scotians.” All events are held at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax. The events are free and people can register online at lt.gov.ns.ca or by calling 902-424-7001. Registration for each event will open two weeks before, on a first-come first-served basis. Visit http://lt.gov.ns.ca for further details. Scheduled events are: to mark African Heritage Month 2018, Vanessa Fells of the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre will present on the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. a presentation on the history of Acadian schools in Nova Scotia by Sally Ross, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. a piano and flute performance by husband and wife duo Peter Allen and Patricia Creighton, Tuesday, Mar. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, historian and author Brian Tennyson will present on Nova Scotia’s experience of the First World War, Tuesday, Mar. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. to celebrate Tartan Day in Nova Scotia, the Amethyst Scottish Dancers will perform, Tuesday, Apr. 10, 7-8:30 p.m. to commemorate the centenary of women attaining the right to vote in Nova Scotia, academic Heidi MacDonald will speak on Women’s Suffrage, Tuesday, Apr. 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
New Delhi: Soon after taking charge as Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh Saturday asked the chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force to prepare separate presentations on the challenges and overall functioning of their respective forces. Singh held a held a meeting with Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa and newly-appointed Navy chief Karambir Singh at the headquarters of the defence ministry at the Raisina Hills during which he was apprised about the security scenario, officials said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and several top officials of the ministry were also present at the meeting. Officials said separate wings of the ministry were also told to prepare presentations which will be reviewed at a meeting soon. Singh, who was the Home Minister in the previous government, was accorded a grand welcome by the three services chiefs and senior officials when he arrived at the defence ministry around noon. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France A defence ministry spokesperson said Singh urged all those who greeted him to give their best and work towards achieving the “targets”. Earlier in the day, Singh visited the national war memorial and paid tributes to the fallen heroes. As defence minister, Singh’s most crucial challenge will be to speed up the long-delayed modernisation of the three services besides ensuring overall coherence in their combat readiness. His another challenge will be to ensure peace and tranquillity along the frontier with China while developing required military infrastructure to deal with any possible Chinese hostility. As he took charge of the ministry just three months after India carried out air strikes on a terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, it is expected that he will continue with the policy of hot pursuit in dealing with cross border terrorism. Containing infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan will be another key focus area. As the Defence Minister, Singh will face the challenge of strengthening the combat capabilities of the Army, Navy and the Air Force due to changing regional security matrix and geo-political dynamics. The forces have been pressing for equipping them to deal with hybrid warfare and Singh will have to attend to this crucial demand. The government has been focusing on domestic defence production and Singh will have to carry forward a number of big-ticket reform initiatives, including implementing the ambitious “strategic partnership” model. Under the new model, select Indian private firms will be roped in to build military platforms like submarines and fighter jets in India in partnership with foreign defence majors. Singh also faces the challenge of modernising the defence research organisations and various other defence public sector undertakings so that they can produce state-of-the art military hardware to match requirement of the forces. He will also have to oversee implementation of major reforms in the 12-lakh strong Army. The Army has already finalised a blueprint for its reform including right-sizing of the force. His predecessor Nirmala Sitharaman had taken on the opposition head-on with her fiery defence of the Rafale fighter jet deal and it will be interesting to see how Singh deals with the issue.
New Delhi: Market experts were bullish on the RBI decision to cut the repo rate to 5.75% by 25 bps and change in its stance to being accommodative at a time of slowdown in demand and consumption, but they were equally vocal about higher and more such cuts, effective transmission rates of such reductions for any tangible results to check slide in growth. The Sensex (BSE) has taken a cue from this and is down 1.29% at 39,571.60 at 3 p.m. Some had expected rate cuts to the extent of 35-50 bps. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents Naveen Kulkarni, Head of Research, Reliance Securities, said while the rate cut of 25 basis points was in line with his expectation, concerns over growth and challenges on liquidity continue to linger. The market is not necessarily cheering the rate cut as it had already factored it, and that something more was expected. Joseph Thomas, Head Research-Emkay Wealth Management, said the RBI policy announcement is “exactly on the same lines as expected by most of the market participants”. The repo rate cut of 0.25 per cent and the change of stance from neutral to accommodative is key to supporting the sagging economic growth. The policy also has broad indications of more action on the liquidity front from the RBI in the coming days. This also confirms the commitment of the Central bank to better transmission of the rate cut effects through liquidity. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Yesterday India Ratings and Research had said any rate cut is unlikely to stimulate demand in the near term due to the absence of quick resonance in the financial market. Kotak Securities notes the change in stance and the tone of the policy. The tone of the policy and the guidance seem to suggest that the RBI is adequately worried about growth even as it is comfortable on the evolution of the inflation trajectory, it said. The tone of the policy was dovish with RBI highlighting “there is scope for the MPC to accommodate growth concerns by supporting efforts to boost aggregate demand, and in particular, reinvigorate private investment activity, while remaining consistent with its flexible inflation targeting mandate”, it added. There are some risks to inflation as food inflation has been increasing. Clarity on its trajectory and extent of upside in headline inflation should be available towards end 1HFY20/early 2HFY20. Scope for further rate cuts (beyond August) will depend on the extent of further growth slowdown and downside to inflation from RBI’s estimated levels, the brokerage said. Deepthi Mathew, Economist, Geojit Financial Services, said ” Now the ball is in Government’s court, as what all measures the new Finance Minister will announce in her Budget to revive the economy. The market has even expected a rate cut by even 50 basis points. The Central bank has also revised the CPI inflation to 3.0-3.1 per cent from the earlier 2.9-3 per cent for H1FY20. The rising food prices are one of the major factors for the upward revisions in the CPI inflation rate. Food and beverages registered a growth rate of 1.38 per cent in April, with vegetables prices registering a growth rate of 2.87 per cent in April from a negative growth rate of 1.49 per cent in March.” He is also of the view that with regulations reinstating home buyers’ confidence in the segment, markets, however, have witnessed recovery in sales in 2018. Further, in the January-March quarter of 2019, sales grew by 28% as compared to the corresponding quarter in 2018. But commensurate transmission in interest rates will further boost residential sales momentum in 2019. Stronger implementation and continuity of reforms under the second term of the current government will uplift home buyers’ sentiment. Mahesh Singhi, Founder & MD, Singhi Advisors said: “The MPC’s decision is akin to extending the much-needed monetary policy support to the government’s proposed fiscal measures to spur growth and investment cycles. Also welcome is the apex bank’s decision to change its stance from neutral to accommodative. Both measures will help improve the liquidity situation in the economy as well as support economic growth. With inflation cycle appearng to peak, the MPC has enough headroom for further rate reduction. MPC’s decision is also in line with the Central bank’s stated policy of supporting economic growth without losing sight of its inflation trajectory”. Engineering & Export Promotion Council said the key lies in substantive transmission of the rate cut by banks. EEPC India Chairman Ravi Sehgal said, “Exporters are facing slowdown in global trade and thus would need an urgent supporting hand. Despite the third consecutive rate cut by the RBI, the transmission by banks has been rather low, reflecting more of a tokenism than a substantive reduction in cost of lending.” Exports could not sustain the March 2019 growth of 11.8 per cent in April, when the overall export expansion was by a mere 0.6 per cent, making urgent measures imperative. Sujan Hajra, Chief Economist and Executive Director, Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers, said: “The real concern is lack of transmission of rate cuts into effective lending rates. Liquidity conditions also remain tight for a large part of the corporate sector. Effective transmission and adequate liquidity remain key challenges.” Amit Gupta, Co-Founder, and CEO, TradingBells said: “RBI changed its stance to accommodative and a possibility of further rate cuts this year remains open (we can expect a further rate cut of 50 to 75 basis points in 2019). Real estate, NBFC, banking, and auto sectors would be the key beneficiaries of this rate cut where a temporary uptick can be seen in many stocks, but quality stocks will continue to outperform”. Umesh Revankar, MD and CEO – Shriram Transport Finance Ltd, said: “The transmission of the previous rate cuts had been very discouraging at only 5-10 bps. As the monsoon predication is very positive, we expected RBI to take a bolder step and do 50 bps rates cut, which would have given a clear signal to India Inc to push for growth and take investment decisions thereby maintaining the capex cycle”. Because of higher interest rates, the consumer spending has been very weak. “We urge RBI to open up funding to retail NBFCs through banks that will stimulate spending,” Revankar said.
Call it new-age dating but nearly one in four women now go on a date not for the sake of romance or building a long-term relationship but grabbing a free meal, an interesting study has revealed. The new phenomenon is a “foodie call” where a person sets up a date with someone they are not romantically interested in, for the purpose of getting a free meal. New research finds that 23 to 33 per cent of women in an online study admitted they have engaged in a “foodie call”. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe researchers found that women who scored high on the “dark triad” of personality traits (psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism), as well as expressed traditional gender role beliefs, were most likely to engage in a “foodie call” and find it acceptable. “Several dark traits have been linked to deceptive and exploitative behaviour in romantic relationships, such as one-night stands, faking an orgasm, or sending unsolicited sexual pictures,” said researchers. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIn the first study, 820 women were recruited. They answered a series of questions that measured their personality traits, beliefs about gender roles, and their “foodie call” history. They were also asked if they thought a “foodie call” was socially acceptable. Twenty-three per cent of women in this first group revealed they’d engaged in a “foodie call”. The researchers also note that “foodie calls” could occur in many types of relationships, and could be perpetrated by all genders.
Jammu: The Amarnath yatra was suspended on Monday as a precautionary measure following a strike called by separatist in Kashmir valley to mark the third death anniversary of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, officials said. The annual pilgrimage to the 3,880 meter high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas will resume Tuesday, they said. The officials said the Amarnath-bound convoy, which usually leaves the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here for Kashmir in the early hours, was not allowed to head for the cave shrine to avoid any untoward incident in view of law and order situation in the valley. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Wani, once a poster boy of militancy in the valley, was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016, in Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. “The yatra is suspended from Jammu for the day and will resume Tuesday,” a police official said. So far, a total of 36,309 pilgrims have left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp since the commencement of the yatra from Jammu on June 30, a day ahead of the official start of the 46-day pilgrimage from the twin tracks — traditional 36-km Pahalgam in Anantnag district and 14-km shorter Baltal route in Ganderbal district. Till Sunday night, 95,923 yatris had offered prayers at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam, since the beginning of the yatra, which is scheduled to end on August 15 coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival.
Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal on Thursday announced that Haryana Control of Organized Crime Act (HRCOCA) will soon be enacted by the State on the pattern of Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) 1999 to tighten noose around those involved in the organized crime, gangsterism and drugs smuggling.Manohar Lal was speaking at the 2nd Regional Conference on Drug Menace Challenges and Strategies hosted by Punjab here on Thursday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Advisor to Governor Jammu and Kashmir, K.K Sharma and senior most officers representing Delhi and Union Territory of Chandigarh were also present in the meeting. It may be recalled that on the initiative of Chief Minister Manohar Lal the first Regional Conference of Chief Ministers on the issue of Drug Menace, Challenges and Strategies was organised here on August 20, 2018. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur offered to host the next Regional Conference in Shimla. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KManohar Lal said the drug is a social problem and not confined to a particular state. He urged all the Northern States to work together by rising above the consideration of border and boundaries for the eradication of this menace from the society. The Chief Minister said that multi-level arrangement should be made to resolve the problem of youth whether it is personal problem, family or any other problem that plunge them into habit of drugs. Besides keeping a check on the supply of intoxicants, efforts should be made to crackdown the supply chain. For this, there should be a common database of smugglers or traders as lot of money is involved in this business which works as a regulator for the terrorists group of countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. In some cases, the State Police has also arrested few Nigerians in Gurugram who were found involved in drug smuggling, he added.
New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Friday passed ‘The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (amendment) Bill, which seeks to remove the Congress president as a trustee, amid vociferous protests from the party members who later walked out.Piloting the bill, Culture Minister Prahlad Patel asserted that national memorials cannot be “political memorials” and they should be kept away from politics. The bill was passed by a voice vote amid the Congress walkout. Amendments moved by Opposition parties were defeated by division of votes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A division sought by opposition members at the time of consideration of the bill was defeated with 214 voting in favour and 30 against. The amendment bill also paves the way for the leader of the single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha to be a member of the trust. But no such post exists at present as no non-BJP party won the required 10 per cent of total seats to get the status. As of now, the trust which manages the memorial, has the Prime Minister as the chairperson, President of Indian National Congress, Culture Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Punjab governor, Punjab CM as its members. Replying to the debate on the bill, Patel said the government wants to end politics associated with the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”It is our belief and principle that politics should be removed from the national memorial and hence the amendments were brought to the 1951 Act,” he said. Patel said there should be no politicisation of the memorial rather there should be nationalisation. “It should be a great tribute to Udham Singh,” he said while questioning Congress party for stopping it from appointing his family members on the board. As soon as the minister started speaking on the bill, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi entered the house. Opposing the bill, Congress member Gurjeet Aujla said the government wants to re-write the history by removing the Congress president from the trust. “This government wants to distort history, destroy history. You cannot remove the sacrifice of the Congress to the country’s freedom struggle,” he said. As Aujla attacked the ruling BJP and like-minded organisations for “not taking part in the freedom struggle”, the ruling party members countered him with slogans. “You have no contribution to the country’s freedom struggle. Why do you want to control the memorial,” he alleged. Participating in the debate, Akali Dal member and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said it was the members of the Congress who were involved in the 1984 riots against Sikhs. Badal alleged that a person involved in the 1984 anti- Sikh riots has been made chief minister and a close relative of Punjab chief minister had lauded the role of General Dyer who was involved in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. “This was a recorded history and you cannot forget it,” she said.
New Delhi: The water level in the river Yamuna here has reached 203.37m and is expected to touch the “warning mark” of 204.5m in the next 36 hours, with the “danger mark” pegged at 205.33m, authorities said on Sunday.The water level at 12 noon was just 1.13m below the “warning mark”.”Water is being released from the Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana every hour,” a Flood and Control Department official told IANS, stating around six lakh cusec water was released at noon on Sunday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn Saturday also, water was released from the barrage following heavy rains, the official said.The water discharged from Hathni Kund Barrage — which provides drinking water to Delhi — normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said.”An advisory has been issued by the department regarding the water level and the concerned agencies have been alerted. The situation is being closely monitored,” the official added.Delhi too has witnessed rainfall since Saturday, with the Ridge observatory receiving 65.8 mm rainfall in 24 hours till 8.30 a.m. on Sunday and more rain predicted by the India Meteorological Department.Hundreds live along the banks of the Yamuna, and they will be moved to safer places once the water level touches the “warning mark”.