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Helping to Preserve the Past

first_img $558,000 for building repairs and underground electrical replacements at Sherbrooke Village; $45,000 to replace siding on half of the main house at Uniacke Estate, purchased in 1813 by Richard John Uniacke, a lawyer and politician in colonial Nova Scotia; $67,000 to restore the exterior walls of Haliburton House in Windsor. Built in 1838, it housed Thomas Chandler Haliburton, lawyer, MLA and celebrated author of the Sam Slick novels; a $36,000 paint job to the Balmoral Grist Mill near Tatamogouche, Colchester Co., built in 1874; $20,000 in repairs to the Hector Centre in Pictou County; $13,000 for repairs to the Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum; $17,000 to replace the furnace and repair the well at the Ross Farm Museum; $54,000 to replace the roof and repair the exterior of the Barrington Woolen Mill, Shelburne County; $22,000 to replace the roof of the Dory Shop in Shelburne County; $38,000 for the boiler room and general repairs to the Prince’s Lodge Museum, Halifax Regional Municipality; $63,000 for shingle repairs to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg County; and $13,000 to reshingle part of the Fisherman’s Life Museum in Jeddore. The province is helping to preserve the past this summer. More than $1.1 million will be spent repairing and upgradinghistoric buildings across Nova Scotia, including jewels in thefamily of provincial museums. Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, saidstaff will work on historic buildings and museums such asProvince House, Digby courthouse, Sherbrooke Village, UniackeEstate, Haliburton House, Balmoral Grist Mill, the Fisherman’sLife Museum in Jeddore and others. “The province is playing its part in ensuring that these valuablesites are preserved for today’s generations and futuregenerations,” said the minister. “We’re committed to preserving and promoting Nova Scotia’s richheritage, including our heritage buildings, which are some of themost historically significant and oldest buildings in thecountry,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture andHeritage. “Our heritage plays an important role in attractingvisitors to the province.” This summer staff expect to complete the following work onfunctioning government buildings:– a $22,500 project to refurbish the fences and gates aroundProvince House, built in 1819 and registered as a nationalhistoric site; and — $190,000 to repair masonry on the Digby courthouse, built in1909. This summer staff expect to complete work on the followingmuseums:last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

GPIs Report Acknowledges Progress

first_imgThe CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation said a reportreleased today, Oct. 27, by GPI Atlantic on the costs andbenefits of gaming will be useful in the current discussion aimedat developing a new gaming strategy for Nova Scotia. “This report is a compilation of existing literature. It’s goodto have this as reference as we consider Nova Scotians’ inputreceived through the feedback process that’s going on now withrespect to this province’s gaming industry,” said Marie Mullally,president and CEO of the gaming corporation. “This informationwill help us develop programs and strategies to tackle problemgambling over the long term.” Much of the information in The Costs and Benefits of Gaming: ASummary Report from the Literature Review comes from the 2003Nova Scotia Gambling Prevalence Study. That study also showedthat Nova Scotia has the lowest problem gambling rate in thecountry and that it has not increased in the last 10 years. “Thisis very encouraging,” added Ms. Mullally. The gaming corporation is focused on finding solutions togambling related problems. The GPI review says that Nova Scotiais a recognized leader in the field of providing both educationand research for responsible gaming and in the prevention andtreatment of problem gambling. Specifically, it notes that NovaScotia was the first to launch an annual Responsible GamingAwareness Week and has been a worldwide leader in promotingresponsible gambling. One initiative has involved puttingresponsible gaming features on video lottery terminals (VLTs),capping the number of machines in the province, prohibiting youthfrom playing VLTs, and providing responsible gaming training toVLT retailers. “With this information, we will continue to build on the goodwork being done,” said Ms. Mullally. “We need to know what NovaScotians want in balancing social responsibility with theeconomic reality in order to produce a long-term strategy forgambling in this province. That’s what the discussion paper willhelp us to do, as will this report and other information.” “The GPI report found that there were too many methodologicalobstacles to do an accurate, credible cost-benefit analysis,”concluded Ms. Mullally. “Nonetheless, we will continue to expandand improve our programs for responsible gaming awareness andproblem gambling prevention.”last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Tourism Campaign Named Canadas Best

first_imgFor the second time in the last three years, Nova Scotia’s tourism marketing campaign has been named Canada’s best. The Tourism Industry Association of Canada has declared Nova Scotia’s 2005 tourism marketing campaign as the winner of its National Award for Tourism Excellence. “In a year when tourism numbers are down in many areas of Canada, including Nova Scotia, it was more important than ever to have an excellent campaign,” Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, said today, Oct. 25. “Nova Scotia’s tourism marketing campaign comes from shared planning and decision-making between the province’s tourism industry and government. I would like to thank everybody from the industry who worked with government to put this campaign together.” The marketing campaign is a key instrument of Nova Scotia’s 2005 Tourism Plan, developed through the Nova Scotia Tourism Partnership Council. Established in 1997, the council brings tourism operators and government together to ensure Nova Scotia’s annual plan and supporting activities best reflect the tourism marketplace. “We’re delighted to see Nova Scotia’s tourism marketing campaign garner national acclaim,” said Charles Clerk, chair of the Nova Scotia Tourism Partnership Council and president of Island Beach Company. “With so many factors affecting our industry beyond Nova Scotia’s control, it’s important that our marketing be distinctive and effective. This is a strong foundation to build on.” Corporate Communications Limited (CCL) of Halifax worked with the department on the creative development of the campaign. “This campaign appealed to the emotional attachment visitors have when they come to Nova Scotia,” said Chris Keevill, CCL’s president and chief operating officer. “People feel better about themselves when they visit Nova Scotia and that’s the kind of experience the campaign was meant to convey.” This year’s campaign, which featured the music and songs of Nova Scotians Mary Jane Lammond and Matt Mays, resulted in increased visitor enquiries and greater visitor awareness in markets such as Ontario, Quebec and New England. The campaign consisted of TV and print advertising, direct mail and e-marketing. The awards were handed out Monday, Oct. 24, at Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit in Quebec City. Two years ago, Nova Scotia’s Right Here, Right Now regional tourism marketing campaign earned a the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s National Award for Tourism Excellence.last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Affordable Student Housing Pilot Program

first_imgLow-income single parents attending university will get help with the cost of their rent thanks to an affordable student housing pilot program created under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services, and Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced today, Oct. 4, that rent supplements are available for 30 low-income single parent students attending university full time. This adds 15 more units to the 15 announced in November 2005. “As a mother and former educator, I understand the importance of an education in helping people realize their full potential,” said Ms. Streatch. “We are making housing more affordable for single-parent students so they can focus on their education and take comfort in knowing their family has a warm, safe home.” To qualify for the affordable student housing pilot program, single-parent students must be enrolled in university full time, eligible for public housing and approved for Nova Scotia student assistance. Rent supplement assistance is available for qualifying students whose apartments have been safety inspected and approved by the local housing authority. “Canada’s government is very proud to support this initiative,” said Mr. MacKay. “This affordable student housing program will provide single-parent students and their children with a quality environment, allowing them to remain in their community, close to their family and friends.” Thirteen families are already participating in the program, which began last year at Acadia University, Cape Breton University and St. Francis Xavier University. Other universities like Mount Saint Vincent, Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s are providing additional assistance to meet the needs of single-parent students participating in this program. “It’s been really challenging to make ends meet while going to school and caring for my children,” said Margaret, a second-year student at Cape Breton University. “When I started with the Affordable Student Housing program I knew it was going to be a much better year. Rent is my biggest expense and now I don’t have to worry about providing a good home for my family.” Single parents interesting in applying for the affordable student housing pilot program should contact their local housing authority. As of March 31, $37.3 million has been committed by the federal and provincial governments and housing partners for the construction or renovation of more than 900 affordable housing units. A total of $56.2 million will be committed under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement by 2009. Information on the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

October Tourism Stats Available

first_imgFour per cent more visitors came to Nova Scotia in October and room nights sold were up one per cent over the same month last year, the latest tourism statistics show. The number of overnight visitors so far this year continues to be on par with the same period in 2005 at nearly 1.9 million. The number of room nights sold year-to-date was up two per cent provincewide and varied by region, from an eight per cent increase in the Annapolis Valley, to a five per cent decrease on the Eastern Shore, compared with the same period of 2005. “Nova Scotia has held its own this year in the face of an increasingly competitive global tourism market,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Len Goucher. “Through the Tourism Partnership Council, industry and government have crafted a new tourism plan that takes into account our new realities, and sets new directions for the future.” Following the national trend, there were eight per cent fewer visitors from the United States so far this year, and five per cent fewer visitors from overseas. Three per cent more visitors came to Nova Scotia by air so far this year over the same period in 2005. There is no change in road visitation. “Air travel is becoming the transportation of choice and we have a tremendous opportunity for growth with all the new flights stopping in Halifax for U.S. pre-clearance,” said Mr. Goucher. “Our new tourism plan reflects this and other new realities, and we look forward to launching it next week at the annual industry conference.” Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — while excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province, and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators around the province. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights .last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Minister Announces Funding for Maritime Beef Testing Station

first_imgThe Nova Scotia government is providing its $25,000 share of funding to the Maritime Beef Testing Station in Nappan, Cumberland Co., Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor announced today, Sept. 27. “We are providing the beef testing station with this funding to help them through this year,” said Mr. Taylor. “However, they need to work directly with the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers as they develop a strategy for the beef sector, which will determine the station’s role in the future.” Board members of the Maritime Beef Testing Station met with agriculture department staff on Tuesday, Sept. 25, to talk about the funding and their participation in a longer term strategy. “It is imperative that we make funding decisions that represent the needs and wants of the beef industry as a whole,” said Mr. Taylor.last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Preparation Begins for Further Cleanup of Sysco Properties

first_imgThe province is moving forward with an environmental site evaluation on two former Sysco properties as a first step in developing a remediation plan. This information gathering phase will cover areas of Tobin Road and provincially-owned land at the former Princess Mine site. The work follows a successful pilot project conducted in 2004 to remove some of the old mine workings, backfill the site and re-vegetate the area. “Significant work is required to address safety concerns around the abandoned mines,” said Murray Scott, Minister responsible for the Sydney Steel Corporation Act. “This evaluation will provide the information needed to clearly identify the issues at the site and support the preparation of a remediation plan.” The work will be overseen by Nova Scotia Lands Incorporated, a provincial Crown corporation established to manage the environmental cleanup on the former steel plant site. Their work to date includes the remediation of former land to create the Habourside Commercial Park in Sydney and a new sports field for the area. The phase one site evaluation will include a review and documentation of the site history, a title search and land ownership mapping, identification of sources of site contamination, and a review of any geotechnical reports. A request for proposals for the environmental site evaluation can be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/search/search_advanced.asp .last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Recipients of Inaugural Medal of Bravery Announced

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald announced today, Sept. 19, the inaugural recipients of Nova Scotia’s Medal of Bravery. “These are Nova Scotians who have found themselves in extraordinary situations and who have responded with great courage,” said Premier MacDonald. “We are very proud to have such individuals in our province — people who, in the face of danger, made the choice to act.” The recipients are: — Jeffery Skaling, Canning — Mr. Skaling saved the life of a young woman who was in danger of drowning. With no thought to his own safety, he swam out into Lumsden Dam, pulled the young woman to shore and performed CPR. — Ira Moody Barkhouse and Arnold Whynott, both of Mahone Bay — Mr. Barkhouse, and Mr. Whynott, witnessed an aircraft crash near Bridgewater and proceeded to fight a fire in the wreckage, saving the life of a passenger. — A.G. McRae, Black Point, Halifax Regional Municipality — Mr. MacRae came upon a motor vehicle accident on Highway 103. Through his quick actions, he was able to save a woman and her son from the burning car wreckage. The recipients will be recognized at an investiture ceremony in Halifax on Oct. 29. Medal Recipients were selected by an advisory panel chaired by Constance Glube, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. The committee also includes the deputy minister of Justice, the provincial fire marshall, the president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association, the chief executive officer of the Emergency Management Office, the commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic, former Member of the Legislative Assembly Wayne Adams, and John Cody.last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

39Million Road Paving Contract Awarded

first_imgThe roads of Victoria County will be humming not only with tourists this summer but also with construction equipment, thanks to a $3.9-million road-improvement contract awarded by the province. The $3,888,206 contract was awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. to repave Highway 105 from Exit 10 west for 4.4 kilometres and east of the intersection of Big Harbour for 1.8 kilometres. The contract also includes repaving 5.5 kilometres of the Big Baddeck Road and repairs to the Buchanan Bridge. “This is part of government’s commitment to fix rural roads and keep communities strong,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “The short-term inconvenience to drivers will be rewarded with smoother and stronger highways when the project is completed.” The highways division of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Creativity Enthusiasm Key to Celebrating Communities Conference Awards

first_imgThe Celebrating Communities Conference has a lot to celebrate this year, the 10th anniversary of the awards. The awards are lauding a decade of helping the province become a better place to live and this year’s 18 finalists are perfect examples. Narrowed from a field of 37 entries, the finalists at the Celebrating Communities Conference and Awards in Truro on Sept. 23-25, all display creativity, innovation and an enthusiastic spirit. Despite coming from different areas and types of neighbourhoods across the province, the group has strikingly similar stories of working together to achieve success for their communities. “I am even more proud to be a Nova Scotian when I see what our neighbours around the province have accomplished in our communities,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “It is hard to feel anything but inspiration; they all have empowering stories of growing together.” This commitment to work together for the good of the entire neighbourhood was recognized by the government of Canada. “We are very pleased to have the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency match Economic and Rural Development’s financial support for the event,” Mr. Paris said of the federal contribution. “The government of Canada continues to invest in, and work closely with, communities to identify economic development opportunities,” said Minister of Defence Peter MacKay. “The 2009 Celebrating Communities conference will highlight the very best in rural economic development successes from across Nova Scotia.” Many of the award finalists are committed to future success, having already registered for the conference. And that type of effort has not gone unnoticed. Finalists have mentioned they have noticed organizations in other provinces are watching Nova Scotia’s best practices. David Harris of Yarmouth, said his work on a cross-Canada board has made him realize Nova Scotia’s true strength. “When I was first sitting at the table, I thought: we’re small, we’re way behind,” said Mr. Harris. “To my amazement, I found we are way ahead.” The three-day event features sessions to share community development ideas and learning. Conference speakers like CBC television news personality Ian Hanomansing, a Maritimer, journalist and entrepreneur, will amplify the energy of Nova Scotians. Mr. Hanomansing will speak about the role of small towns in creating an environment for excellence. He has recorded a personal invitation at www.celebratingcommunities.ca . Paul Shakotko of the Metro United Way, Halifax Region, is introducing a community film about Dartmouth North and speaking about the Action for Neighbourhood Change. Lorraine Glendenning with the Department of Economic and Rural Development, will speak about Connecting Rural Communities through the Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia Initiative. Mr. Paris will speak about building sustainable communities. Other speakers include Michael Jones, a creative pianist and leadership speaker; Barb Stegemann, an enthusiastic author; Jon Steinman, an accomplished radio host from Nelson Before Nine in B.C.; and Michael Howell, a local entrepreneur/chef. The conference will feature a community market showcasing local foods and artisans, a dynamic cultural celebration and an awards banquet to celebrate all of the nominees and winners. To view the conference schedule and to register now, visit www.celebratingcommunities.ca .last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Research Award Will Enhance Understanding of Leukemia

first_imgFinding new and better ways to treat childhood leukemia and ease the burden on patients and their families is the impetus behind Dr. Jason Berman’s research. Dr. Berman, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at the IWK Health Centre and scientist with Dalhousie University, today, May 13, received Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Peggy Davison Clinician Scientist Award. The award’s research funding of $100,000 per year for three years will help Dr. Berman study white blood cell development, mast cell biology, leukemia and solid tumours using zebrafish. His work, unique in Canada, is linked to an international network of researchers and may help find better drugs to treat childhood and adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). “Health research is an investment in the future health of all Nova Scotians,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Through his hard work, Dr. Berman will not only make life better for young patients, but will help provide better health care for all Nova Scotian families who are touched by this type of cancer.” Olivia Mason, the 11-year-old daughter of Tammy and Barry Mason of Bedford, has been Dr. Berman’s patient since she was diagnosed with AML in February and is being treated at the IWK Health Centre. “Knowledge gained through research means new treatments, better access to existing treatment, earlier diagnosis and more,” said Dr. Carman Giacomantonio, chief medical director, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “We are pleased to help further Dr. Berman’s research through the Peggy Davison Award. We hope his work will mean an easier journey for children like Olivia.” The $100,000 per year funding may be renewed for a second three-year period after successful review. The award, named for Peggy Davison, inaugural board chair of Cancer Care Nova Scotia, was established in 2004. It reflects her commitment to the value of research to enhance and improve cancer care. Dr. Berman was selected for the award after an international review by the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. “Our goal is to find new treatments to help children like Olivia who have to endure the challenges of chemotherapy,” said Dr. Berman. “This Peggy Davison award also enables us to continue to recruit the best and the brightest from across Canada and beyond to work with us, establishing our laboratory as an international centre of research excellence and fostering the training of the next generation of leading cancer researchers right here in Nova Scotia. “We are linking with pharmaceutical companies to screen new drugs in our fish models of human cancer in an efficient and cost-effective way that was not previously possible in other systems. This work has tremendous potential to ultimately improve the outcome for children and adults with cancer across the province and across the country.” “We know first-hand the struggles that children endure going through intensive chemotherapy to treat AML,” said Barry and Tammy Mason. “The current treatment is very difficult and it is heartbreaking to watch your child endure this illness and treatment. “Olivia is strong and determined. We know she will make it. However, we anxiously await the day that Dr. Berman, and his team, announce that they have found an easier way to treat AML. With the Peggy Davison Award to Dr. Berman, we know that they are one step closer to that announcement.” The announcement was made by Cancer Care Nova Scotia and the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, which works with organizations encourage research in Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia has a growing and vibrant cancer research community known for its highly collaborative and collegial environment,” said Dr. Jonathan Blay, scientific director of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. “We’ve been able to maximize our impact throughout the region by pooling our resources and energies. This helps us in recruiting and retaining the best of the best in cancer specialists and researchers.” The Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, established in 2009, partners with many organizations, including Cancer Care Nova Scotia and eight cancer support and fundraising agencies. It works to develop research capacity in Nova Scotia, to forge broad-based research collaborations and to create a unified focus for fundraising and community engagement. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a provincial program of the Department of Health and Wellness, which facilitates quality cancer prevention and care for Nova Scotians.last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Seal Island Bridge Due to strong wind conditions at Seal Island Bridge, high-sided vehicles and motorcycles are advised to stay off bridge. All other vehicles are urged to use caution. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30-last_img


October 22, 2019 0

Stronger Smokefree Places Act to Limit Public Consumption of Cannabis

first_imgThe places where Nova Scotians can use cannabis and tobacco will be guided by a stronger Smoke-free Places Act. Government will introduce its legislative framework for cannabis legalization in the current legislative session. It will include strengthening the Smoke-free Places Act to include additional protections from second-hand smoke. “We looked carefully at how we could balance the legalization of cannabis with our goals to reduce smoking of any kind,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey. “A stronger Smoke-free Places Act will ensure the appropriate restrictions are in place for cannabis, when legal, and tobacco.” Nova Scotians will be able to smoke and vape cannabis in their own private residence, on their private property, in their apartment if it is permitted in the lease and in outdoor public spaces with some restrictions. Smoke of all kinds, including cannabis, is already prohibited in all indoor public places and workplaces and in many outdoor spaces, including school and daycare grounds, bar and restaurant patios and within four metres of an entrance or air intake. It also prohibits smoking in vehicles where children are passengers. The proposed amendments will expand the act to include no smoking or vaping of cannabis or tobacco: on or within 20 metres of playgrounds located in an outdoor public space on or within 20 metres of a publicly owned sport and recreation event or venue, located in an outdoor public space on and within nine metres of public trails in provincial parks and on provincial beaches, except for within the boundaries of a rented campsite Cannabis use of any kind in vehicles will be prohibited. This will be covered under new legislation to be introduced during this legislative session. Drivers cannot be impaired while driving, passengers cannot use cannabis in any form in the vehicle and cannabis must be stored in a closed, fastened package and out of reach or not readily available to anyone in the vehicle. The amended Smoke-free Places Act also prohibits the use of tobacco in vehicles used as part of one’s job or work. This does not apply to a personal vehicle used for work purposes if they are the only person using the vehicle for work purposes. The amendments will also confirm that municipalities can pass bylaws that put additional restrictions in place. The stricter rules will apply. “We have done a lot of work over the years to make non-smoking the norm in Nova Scotia,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “We know that smoke-free places support a smoke-free culture and play an important role in reducing both tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke. With cannabis legalization on the horizon, it is right that we have expanded the number and type of smoke-free places in Nova Scotia.” Smoking of any kind in these areas carries a fine of up to $2,000. Until federal legislation comes into effect, it is still against the law to possess, use or sell recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia. For more information on cannabis legalization, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/cannabis .last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Budget Update Shows Surplus Growth

first_img total revenue is projected to be up $93.3 million to $10.9 billion a revenue increase is mainly due to $60.4 million from forfeiture of offshore exploration licences and a projected small increase in provincial tax revenue from an excise tax on recreational cannabis has been revised down by $5.9 million due to the later legalization date overall expenses are projected to be up $88.4 million to $10.95 billion departmental spending is projected to increase $113.2 million, mainly due to more spending for health care and additional funds added to restructuring costs additional appropriations are needed, totalling $115.9 million (Health and Wellness – $70.8 million, Municipal Affairs – $8.9 million and restructuring cost – $36.2 million debt servicing costs are revised down by $14.6 million The first update to Budget 2018-19 projects a small increase to the surplus as revenue projections rise. Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Karen Casey presented an update to Budget 2018-19 today, Sept. 27. The projected surplus is $34.5 million, up $5.1 million from budget day. “There have been some changes in revenue and expenses since budget, but we are carefully managing the finances on a sustainable path,” said Ms. Casey. “Strengthening fiscal health provides capacity to deliver the services and programs that are priorities for Nova Scotians. As well, it also attracts new businesses that will help create more jobs and drive the Nova Scotian economy.” Highlights of the forecast update include: This forecast update includes revisions in the economic assumptions from the 2018-19 budget. Nominal gross domestic product growth is projected to be stronger than expected in 2017 and slightly weaker in 2018 and 2019. On Sept. 14, the bond-rating agency Standard and Poor’s gave Nova Scotia its highest-ever credit rating. The agency cited strong fiscal management as it upgraded the province’s long-term credit rating from A+ to AA- with a stable outlook. For more information, see the Department of Finance and Treasury Board website at http://www.novascotia.ca/finance .last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Winners of Licence of a Lifetime Announced

first_imgTwo lucky Nova Scotians have won free hunting and fishing licences for the rest of their lives. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell and Travis MacLeod, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters, randomly selected this year’s winners of the Licence of a Lifetime lottery today, Dec. 13. The winners are Devin Muise from Lower Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co. and Gerald MacIsaac from Halifax Regional Municipality.“Sportfishing and hunting are popular traditional activities that are enjoyed by over 100,000 Nova Scotians each year,” said Mr. Colwell. “The Licence of a Lifetime lottery is a fun way to promote and support these very popular activities. The winners will now be able to enjoy these free, for the rest of their lives.” The winners receive a free general fishing licence, small game hunting licence and either a deer hunting, bear hunting, bear snaring or fur harvester licence. They are still required to purchase a Wildlife Habitat Stamp. “I want to thank the departments of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Lands and Forestry for their co-operation and support in this lottery draw,” said Mr. MacLeod. “We are pleased to work with government to highlight these popular activities enjoyed by so many Nova Scotians each year. Congratulations to the winners!” This is the 26th year that the province and the federation have offered the prize. Money earned from the ticket sales help support the federation’s education and advocacy programs. In Nova Scotia, you must have a wildlife resources card and appropriate training to obtain a hunting licence. Information about the card is available at https://novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/.last_img read more


October 21, 2019 0

AAP to hold internal review for all MLAs before 2020 Assembly polls

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP to hold an internal review for all the MLAs before the 2020 Vidhan Sabha election, said sources in the party. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will personally review the survey report and the negative points would be discussed with MLAs. “The party has no intention to not give a ticket to any MLA because we all appreciate their hard work. But before the election we have to go through their work to understand and prepare the party for the election,” said a leader. The leader also said that Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind kejriwal met all the MLAs after the election and has expressed his support to all and also encouraged everyone. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarSources said that the Delhi CM directed all AAP MLAs to make a report of the works they have done in these years and how many works are pending. The Delhi CM also reportedly directed the MLAs to finish all the pending work and to communicate with the Delhi government about the progress of the work. “We have less time in hand and the government decided to finish all the ongong works before 2020 therefore all the MLA should focus on these works,” said a leader. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceAmong many works the main work of the MLAs would be coordinating with the RWAs to identify the the spots where CCTVs should be installed. “The CCTV project is our flagship project and we belive that this work will change the situation of Delhi by making Delhi safer. The work is already going on at good speed but in this project the MLAs will play a big role hence it was important to communicate,” said a leader. On the other hand the AAP internally also working to find out the main reasons for the defeat and why the cadre vote baases shifted to the Congress and BJP. In this lection a huge number of Muslim and lower class votes which became the strong viter base of the AAP, voted for the Congress. However, in the past the Muslims and lower caste votes were with the Congress but in the 2014 election and also in 2015 AAP got the support of the minorities. “We have already said that we failed to expalin out stand to the people and people took this election as a Narendra Modi vs Rahul Gandhi election,” said a leader.last_img read more


October 20, 2019 0

6 killed as vehicle rams into truck in Hrys Jind

first_imgChandigarh: Six persons, who were returning to their home in Sirsa after celebrating Eid, were killed when their vehicle rammed into a truck near Haryana’s Jind on Thursday, a police official said.Six more travelling in the SUV were injured in the accident and have been hospitalised, Deputy Superintendent of Police (City), Jind, Dharambir Singh said. He said the accident occurred near Taloda Kheri village in Jind district in the early hours of Thursday. “The loaded truck was covered by a black coloured sheet and even its reflectors were not visible. The Innova’s driver failed to notice the truck ahead and rammed into it, the DSP said. The six persons were returning to their home in Sirsa in Haryana after celebrating Eid in UP’s Shamli district.last_img read more


October 20, 2019 0

Centre allows ham radio enthusiasts to set up stations anywhere in India

first_imgKolkata: The Centre has given the nod to ham radio enthusiasts to set up amateur radio stations anywhere in India except in restricted areas and has waived the ‘change of location charge’ that was earlier imposed on them.”This decision is historic for the ham radio community. We often need to change location of our radio stations for various activities and for this we had to pay a certain charge to the Department of Telecommunication. But, from now on we will have to dole out no fees for such location change,” said Ambarish Nag Biswas, custodian and secretary of West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC). Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe ham radio operators across the country has time and again written to the ministry individually or through organisations urging it to waive the charge for location change. During the Ham Fest at Bengaluru, which was attended by senior ministry officials the three main ham radio organizations in the country Amateur Radio Society of India , National Institute of Amateur Radio and Indian Institute of Ham voiced their demand for such waiver. “We undertake awareness programmes , research activities , hold seminars and similar other activities from time to time with ham radio and for this we have to change location. This will be a boost to such initiative,” Nag Biswas added. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe ham radio operators are instrumental in establishment of communication facilities particularly during disasters when the communication network goes haywire. They have played key role in natural disasters like the Aila in 2009, the devastating Nepal earthquake in 2015 and the recent Fani cyclone in Odisha to name a few. In Bengal, the WBRC takes active part in the Gangasgar Mela and plays a leading role in tracking of missing persons. The Election Commission of India recently sought help from WBRC during the Lok Sabha elections for communication support in mobile shadow zones under North 24 Parganas district. There are 48 shadow zones in the entire district that includes urban places l ike Titagrah, Barrackpore, Ichapore, Bongaon , Madhyamgram and border areas like Hingalganj, Sandeshkhali, Basirhat etc. The areas fall under four LS constituencies Barrackpore, Bongaon, Barasat and Basirhat.last_img read more


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Five murders in 24 hours

first_imgNew Delhi: Five persons were gunned down by assailants in different parts of the city in 24 hours. Police said that personal enmity was the reason behind the killings. According to police two incidents were reported from Bhalswa Dairy area of Outer North on Thursday. “A property dealer was shot dead by unidentified assailants. In another case, a minor was murdered on Thursday night,” police said.In another case, a person was shot dead in Vikaspuri area in West Delhi whereas, on Friday, in broad daylight, two persons were killed inside their car in North East Delhi’s Nand Nagri. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkKilled before sister’s marriage A 17-year-old boy was murdered in Bhalswa Dairy area on Thursday. Police said that they apprehended a juvenile in the case. DCP (outer north) Gaurav Sharma said that as per the version of juvenile, deceased used to beat him. Two days earlier, there was some scuffle between them. Deceased’s father said that he got information about the incident around 11.30 PM regarding his son lying on the street. “I rushed to the spot and found my son lying in a pool of blood. Later doctor pronounced him dead,” added father. The family was preparing for marriage function and the deceased’s birthday later in June. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsProperty dealer shot dead In Bhalswa Dairy, a property dealer identified as Chandrashekhar was shot dead by assailants. Police said that suspects are from the same family. “He was shot on Thursday evening. We suspect property dealing might be the reason behind the incident,” added police. Gunned down in a car in Nand Nagri In broad daylight, two persons, Khurvesh and Kanchi, were shot dead inside their car. Police said that Khurvesh was a bad character. When asked whether it is a gang war, DCP Atul Thakur said that prima facie, it appears to be a case of personal enmity. “The motive for the crime in prima facie is personal enmity(quarrel over a petty issue in Munshi Market Nand Nagri a year ago),” said Thakur adding that one suspect has been apprehended. He further said that multiple teams are working on the case and vital clues have been found. The case has been registered. Murder in West Delhi A 35-year-old man identified as Amit Kochar was shot dead near his home in West Delhi area on Thursday. DCP West Monika Bharadwaj said that on Wednesday he was at his home with his four friends. At 10.50 PM, someone rang the doorbell. “Amit Kochar went out and sat in his car along with a few other boys. After 10 minutes his other friends inside the home heard gunshots. He was brought dead at the hospital,” added DCP West.last_img read more


October 20, 2019 0

Top cop asks officers to solve 33 heinous cases at earliest

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 33 unsolved heinous cases in the current year were the major highlights of the recent crime review meeting between Delhi Police Commissioner and 15 districts, units in June. Police sources said that the top cop reviewed the reasons behind the pendency of the cases and directed officers to solve them as soon as possible.Police sources told Millennium Post that there are as many as 16 murder cases and 16 robberies and one carjacking cases which are yet to be solved. “In five robbery cases and one carjacking incident firearms were used,” added police sources. The top cop also asked the senior officers regarding the progress in investigation and asked them to solve them quickly. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkSources added that the heinous cases were reported in 12 districts. “Five murders were committed in one district. The same district recorded the highest number of robberies which was four,” police sources added. The Delhi Police data revealed that till May as many as 211 murders were reported from various parts of the city whereas last year (till May) 205 killings were reported in Delhi. Recently, Delhi witnessed five murders in 24 hours from various parts of the city. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Murder is commited with deliberate intent. Such a crime may be the result of jealousy, rivalry or passion. The motive may be to gain something or profit or removal of an obstacle. The impulse may come from a quarrel or a provocation. Men’s reaction is a decisive factor,” said Delhi Police’s annual report of 2018. The data further revealed that last year nearly 1,160 robberies took place in the city till May. This year robbery decreased as 959 cases were reported. Police said that robbery and dacoity is one of the most sensitive crimes for citizens when they form a perception about the relative safety of an area. It is also one of the main concernes for the businessmen. Often suspects approach their target, threatening to cause bodily harm if the victim does not part with money or property. Apart from reviewing the heinous crime, the witness protection scheme was once again discussed during the meeting. “City Police action under MCOCA was also reviewed by the top cop,” added sources.last_img read more


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