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Sherbrooke Village Events Receive Tourism Awards

first_imgThe 2003 Sherbrooke Show & Shine and Sherbrooke Village’s 2002edition of Old Fashioned Christmas both won marketing awards atthe Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) festivaland events luncheon in Halifax on Sunday, Nov. 16. The Show & Shine was judged the best in the category of marketingwith a budget under $20,000. In making the presentation to Show &Shine chair Sonny Alexander, TIANS chair Nick Carson spoke of theexcellence exhibited in the event’s website, posters, brochuresand advertising. This marks the second year in a row that theShow & Shine has been recognized by TIANS. Old Fashioned Christmas in Sherbrooke was a winner in the budgetcategory of $20,000-$49,000. Owen Hamelin, chair of the TIANSfestival and event committee, made the presentation to GeorgeBrothers who represented Sherbrooke Village and the Old FashionedChristmas committee. Old Fashioned Christmas was singled out forits use of imagery in posters, website, brochures and printadvertising. The 2003 Old Fashioned Christmas event begins on Friday, Nov. 28with activities that include a candlelight procession, a visitfrom Santa, free treats, a performance by East Coast Music Awardwinners Kidd Brothers and a fireworks display. The event runs for two weekends, concluding on Sunday Dec. 7 whensinger John Gracie kicks off his 2003 Christmas As I Remember Ittour at the Sherbrooke Courthouse. This marks Mr. Gracie’s fifthChristmas appearance in Sherbrooke.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img The Sedwidge bridge in Middle Musquodoboit is closed for repairsuntil further notice. Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital can be reached from BarrenRoad or Higginsville Road off Moose River Road. The entrance to Higginsville Road is open to local traffic only. Local Area Office: Middle Musquodoboit 902-384-2599 -30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Halifax RegionalMunicipalitylast_img

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Appeals Tribunal Appointment

first_imgLouanne Labelle has been appointed chief appeal commissioner of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal, it was announced today, Aug. 15, by Michael Baker, Minister responsible for the tribunal. “Ms. Labelle has been acting chief appeal commissioner for more than a year,” said Mr. Baker. “We’re very pleased that she will continue to guide the tribunal as it works with Nova Scotians and other agencies involved with compensation issues.” Ms. Labelle holds law degrees from the Université de Montreal and Dalhousie University. She is currently a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Barreau du Québec. Prior to joining the tribunal as an appeal commissioner in 1999, she was in private practice for several years in Dartmouth and served a five-year term as a small claims court adjudicator. The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal is an independent appeal tribunal which hears and decides appeals of final decisions of the Workers’ Compensation Board. The tribunal is governed by the Workers’ Compensation Act of Nova Scotia and is the final level of appeal within the compensation system.last_img read more

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Power Rate Increases Limited

first_imgGovernment introduced legislation today, May 8, to help protect electricity consumers. The legislation will restrict the Utility and Review Board to granting only one power rate increase per 12-month period, unless there are exceptional circumstances. “Frequent power rate increases make it difficult for consumers to budget, especially those on low or fixed incomes,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Environment and Labour. “This amendment will help protect consumers and help businesses budget because they will know, in most circumstances, there will not be more than one rate increase per year.” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said the amendment takes into account the financial and social concerns that Nova Scotians have about unpredictable timing of rate increases. The minister said the bill had to include a mechanism to deal with exceptional circumstances that could cause substantial financial harm to ratepayers or to the utility. In cases where there is a risk of substantial financial harm, the board will hold a hearing and involve the consumer advocate to protect ratepayers’ interests.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Woodburn Road Woodburn Road, from Trunk 4 at Pine Tree to Route 289, Little Harbour Road, will be reduced one lane until Friday, Dec. 8, for patching and repaving. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Harold Higgins Bridge The Harold Higgins Bridge on the Higgins Mill Road will be closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 8, for repairs. Traffic control will consist of signage. Traveling public are advised to find an alternate route. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is opened to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and will be controlled by traffic signals. The bridge has a width restriction of 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 There will be lane closings on Trunk 4 between Victoria Junction and Gardiner Road to allow repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Friday, Dec. 8. This is a four-lane section, so one lane will always be open in each direction. Drivers should reduce speed and drive with extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Robie Street Robie Street, Truro, will be reduced to two lanes for paving and construction of curbs and sidewalks until Friday, Dec. 8. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Overpass The Thorburn Road overpass at Exit 26 on Highway 104 will occasionally have a reduced speed limit because of shoulder work until Friday, Dec. 15. Drivers are asked to reduce speed and watch for construction equipment and personnel when passing through the area. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is requesting that motorists using Route 347 use an alternate route. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane via a detour bridge until Friday, Dec. 8. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals or traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207, near Lawrencetown Beach, will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31, 2007. A one lane bridge will be installed with traffic lights until construction is complete. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-893-5780 Fax: 902-893-8175 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236, from the 102 overpass at Robie Street to Old Mill Road, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Dec. 8, so workers can install culverts and pave. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, 2007. This is to allow for the removal and replacement of the existing overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. PICTOU COUNTY: Durham Bridge Durham Bridge, located on Green Hill Road and Route 376, will be closed for replacement until Friday, Dec. 15. Motorists are advised to follow detour signs. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 in Heatherton will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Dec. 8, for concrete repairs. Traffic control will consists of traffic lights. PICTOU COUNTY: West Branch Road West Branch Road will be reduced to one line until Friday, Dec. 8, for culvert replacement. Traffic control will consists of a pilot vehicle and traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Dec. 25, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals 24 hours per day. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Scott’s Branch Bridge Scott’s Branch Bridge on Route 333 will have a lane narrowed to 3.3 metres until Friday, Dec. 8, for bridge repairs and deck and guardrail replacement. Traffic control consists of a lighting system. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Ohio Cross Iron Bridge The Ohio Cross Iron Bridge on the Ohio West Road over the Ohio River is closed for replacement until Friday, Dec. 15. A detour is available on Ohio Cross Road.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Welcomes New Federal Autotheft Legislation

first_img alter, destroy or remove a vehicle information number (VIN); knowingly sell, give, transfer, transport, send or deliver goods that have been acquired through crime; possess property known to be obtained through crime for the purpose of trafficking. A proposed new federal law targeting auto theft and property crime is good news for Nova Scotians, Attorney General and Justice Minister Cecil Clarke said today, April 16. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson this week announced Bill C-53, which would amend the Criminal Code to strengthen car theft laws. The new legislation acts on a commitment by federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers to crack down on the growing area of crime. “Nova Scotians want their governments to make sure that every possible step is being taken to make our streets safer, which includes taking the fight to car thieves,” said Mr. Clarke. “As Nova Scotia’s justice minister, I am delighted that the prime minister has responded to the call of provincial and territorial governments to bring in stronger legislation against car theft.” Bill C-53 would make it a crime to: The legislation would also give additional powers to the Canada Border Services Agency to identify and prevent stolen property from leaving the country. Auto theft costs Canadians an estimated $1 billion a year, as well as $600 million in extra costs to car insurers, who, in turn, pass that on to drivers in the form of higher premiums. “Bill C-53 closes a loophole that criminals are taking advantage of, costing Nova Scotians tens of millions of dollars,” said Mr. Clarke. “I urge all members of Parliament to pass this bill and make it the law of the land.” Nova Scotia has also launched a Fix Youth Crime campaign ( www.fixyouthcrime.com ) to build public support to convince Parliament to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act, based on the recommendations of the Nunn Commission.last_img read more

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National Sun Awareness Week Preventing Skin Cancer

first_imgNova Scotia has among the highest incidence of skin cancer in Canada and in 2008, about 2,400 Nova Scotians will be diagnosed with some form of the disease. To raise awareness about the importance of skin cancer as a significant health issue and how to protect against it, the Canadian Dermatology Association has organized National Sun Awareness Week from Sunday, May 25 to Sunday, June 1. This year’s theme is sun safety during outdoor physical activity. Dermatologists in Halifax will mark the week by providing skin cancer screenings for golfers at Granite Springs Golf Course, 4441 Prospect Rd., Bayside on Wednesday, May 28 between the hours of 10 a.m to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. “The screenings will remind golfers about the importance of practicing sun safe behaviours to reduce the risk of skin cancer,” said Brian Smart, manager of Granite Springs Golf Course. “It will also help raise awareness about how common skin cancer is and the actions individuals need to take to reduce their risk for the disease, both on and off the golf course.” Sun Safe Nova Scotia, a coalition of organizations led by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, works year-long to encourage the development and implementation of policies that support sun safe behaviors. Their efforts focus on creating settings, which encourage Nova Scotian’s to take steps that will reduce over-exposure to the sun and artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation, to prevent skin cancer. Research shows that 30 per cent of Atlantic Canadians and 68 per cent of children aged 6 to 12 spend at least two hours in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on a typical summer day. It also indicates that 78 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds, and 46 per cent of 25 to 44 year olds spend unprotected time in the sun. “In Atlantic Canada our weather is such that, when the sun is shining, we want to get out there and enjoy it because we’re never sure how long it’s going to last,” said dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Klotz, chair of Sun Safe Nova Scotia. “Our approach to sun safety is a realistic one. We want people to enjoy being outdoors and being active, but we want to provide them with the right supports and information so that they can do so without placing themselves at unnecessary risk for skin cancer.” This year, Sun Safe Nova Scotia is building on last year’s launch of Summer Sun Safety, a guide that explains why and how to develop, implement and evaluate a sun safety program in a sport and recreation setting. A summer project co-ordinator is now in place to work with municipal recreation programs and sport associations to adopt sun safety policies for their program staff and participants. “The lifeguards, camp counselors, program instructors and other recreation staff spend the majority of their time outdoors, and don’t have the luxury to stay out of the sun between the peak hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” said Dawn Stegen, executive director of Recreation Nova Scotia. “We are delighted to have someone dedicated to helping us work toward policies to protect staff and participants from over-exposure to the sun.” In addition to policies, which support sun safety behaviours on a population level, individuals need to take action by: Cancer Care Nova Scotia started Sun Safe Nova Scotia in Spring 2004 to address skin cancer prevention. The coalition, chaired by Dr. Klotz, and supported by Judy Purcell, prevention co-ordinator from Cancer Care Nova Scotia, works collaboratively to reduce skin cancer incidence and mortality in Nova Scotia. reducing sun exposure, when possible, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., when ultraviolet rays are the strongest wearing protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat planning outdoor activities in shaded areas wearing sun glasses with UV protection using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 15 or greater avoiding the use of tanning bedslast_img read more

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Minister Continues Recruitment Retention Tour in Berwick Kentville

first_img Ingonish, Saturday, Oct. 18, 12 p.m. Halifax, Monday, Oct. 21, 7:30 a.m. Guysborough, Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m Pictou, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m Nova Scotia employers, especially in rural areas, will face big challenges filling close to 45,000 jobs that will become available over the next five years. That is the message Labour and Workforce Development Minister Mark Parent is taking to Berwick and Kentville today, Oct. 17, as part of a provincewide tour focused on workforce issues. “Government is working on a series of strategies to address the need for skilled workers in the years ahead, but success will ultimately depend on joint action with employers, business leaders and educational institutions,” said Mr. Parent. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development has recently introduced several strategies aimed at helping rural employers recruit and retain skilled workers. Strategies include linking unemployed older workers to workforce opportunities, educating youth about opportunities in smaller communities, providing financial assistance for apprentices, and establishing an Employer of Choice program that will encourage retention. Another strategy is the LINK Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) program. The tuition-free program will be offered to 60 Nova Scotia adults living in Truro, Cape Breton and the Annapolis Valley. Successful participants will graduate with a high school diploma, a CCA certificate, and a guaranteed job. There will be 20 graduates from each of the regions. With the support of regional development authorities, Mr. Parent will also speak to business and community leaders in other communities in October. Tour dates are: Each stop on the tour will have a different workforce theme pertaining to the challenges faced in that area.last_img read more

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Web Development Funding

first_imgThe Office of Immigration is accepting proposals to develop or enhance websites that help immigrants integrate into Nova Scotia communities. Eligible projects will focus on developing online tools, content and services for prospective immigrants and newcomers to Nova Scotia. Organizations that are focused on providing direct services to immigrants and have specific immigration activities will be given priority. Project applications must focus on online resources or content that provide pre-arrival information for potential immigrants and information that helps immigrants settle successfully after arrival. They must also include a viable plan on how organizations will sustain web developments. Applications must be from established not-for-profit groups that are registered under the Societies Act or other Nova Scotia public or non-governmental organizations, such as public education institutions and regional development authorities. Organizations can apply for a maximum of $10,000, though some projects over $10,000 will be considered if they are provincewide. The funding, provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, will be allocated through the Office of Immigration. Application materials are available online at www.novascotiaimmigration.com . The submission deadline is Feb. 11.last_img read more

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Investigation Begins into Arrest of Corrections Officer

first_imgThe province has begun an internal investigation after the arrest of a corrections officer at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth. On Thursday, Oct. 25, Halifax Regional Police and RCMP arrested an employee in front of the correctional facility in Burnside and charged him with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. Correctional Services staff took part in the investigation and the employee has been removed from the workplace pending the outcome of an internal investigation. “I am very concerned about these allegations. I want to assure Nova Scotians that we take the safety and security of our correctional facilities very seriously,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. The internal investigation will help the province decide what action to take in this particular case, and whether changes are needed at the facility. It is not possible at this point to say how long that investigation will take or what the outcome might be. “While these allegations are disturbing, it’s important to remember that our corrections officers do difficult work with offenders every day. They have a tough job, and I have confidence in their abilities and their professionalism,” said Mr. Landry. “We will get to the bottom of this incident as soon as we can, and make whatever changes are necessary.”last_img read more

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Preparing for Winter in Nova Scotia

first_imgThe province is advising Nova Scotians to prepare for potential severe weather this winter and to have emergency plans to ensure families are safe and warm. “When severe winter storms hit, we encourage all Nova Scotians to be ready and to be cautious,” said Lena Diab, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. Environment Canada predicts snow and potential ice pellets and rain for parts of Nova Scotia, starting Sunday morning in Yarmouth. People are encouraged to stay home in severe weather for everyone’s safety, and allow winter maintenance operators to properly clear the roads. If it is necessary to drive during a storm, check webcams or call 511 for provincial highway conditions. Drivers should install snow tires and check 72-hour emergency and car safety kits. “While it is vital to prepare vehicles for winter driving conditions, it is only one part of staying safe,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Drivers need to stay off the roads if possible so crews can get them plowed. “If people must travel, they need to remember to slow down, increase their following distance and allow plenty of time to get to their destination.” Tips to prepare emergency kits are available at http://emo.gov.ns.ca/content/prepare-kit highway conditions are posted at http://511.gov.ns.ca and for webcams go to http://novascotia.ca/tran/cameras/ .last_img read more

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Small v HRM Inquiry to Start Sept 22

first_imgAn independent Nova Scotia Human Rights board of inquiry in the case of Rodney Small v. Halifax Regional Municipality is scheduled to be held Sept. 22-30. Mr. Small, an African Nova Scotian, alleges he was subject to racial discrimination and harassment at his workplace when working for HRM. Mr. Small alleges he was wrongfully terminated after a work-related injury. HRM denies the allegations and says the claimant’s employment was terminated for failure to report to work. The board of inquiry is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. each day, in the Valardo Room, Dartmouth Sportsplex, 110 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth. The board chair is Walter Thompson, who is independent of the commission, which is a party representing the public interest at the inquiry. -30-last_img read more

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Program Review Changes Protect Priorities Cut Costs Duplication

first_img It costs three times more to run these parks than what they bring in as revenue. Most campers will not notice a difference, beyond paying at pay stations instead of paying park staff. Self-service campgrounds are becoming more common in other provinces. Visitor information centres in Pictou and Digby will not reopen this season. The locations represent just six per cent of all visitors to the provincial centres, but 17 per cent of overall costs. Per visitor, the costs are between four and seven times higher in Pictou and Digby than per visitor costs at the Halifax airport information centre. These changes will save $450,000 annually by 2016. Added to the park changes, taxpayers will save more than $1 million each year. Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, said services must change, based on the needs of today’s visitors.”People visiting information centres have dropped by about 40 per cent over the last decade, as more people go online to plan their trips,” said Mr. Sullivan. The tourism agency was also created to work with private operators to significantly increase tourism, a oneNS goal. “The agency must focus on its primary responsibility — attracting more first-time visitors to Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Sullivan. “Tourism operators and communities are best positioned to provide visitors with services once we help get them here.” The changes affect 58 seasonal staff, 38 from the parks and 20 from the visitor information centres. Employees affected by this decision will be treated in accordance with their rights as outlined in the collective agreement. Laurie and Porters Lake provincial parks, Halifax Regional Municipality Islands Provincial Park, Shelburne County Smileys Provincial Park, Windsor Boylston Provincial Park, Guysborough County Salsman Provincial Park, Country Harbour Whycocomagh Provincial Park, Whycocomagh Government is changing how some park and tourism services are being delivered. The changes, which are part of program review, will cut costs and duplication, and protect services most important for government to fund. Seven of 20 provincial parks are changing to self service. Two provincial visitor information centres will not reopen this season. One is within three kilometres and the other is within 15 kilometres of locally run centres. “As a government, we spent the past year looking closely at programs and services to ensure we’re getting the best value for Nova Scotians’ money,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “Self service is a more efficient way to keep our parks open for campers to enjoy. The switch will reduce the cost of our park system by $600,000.” Parks switching to self service are:last_img read more

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Amendments Introduced to the Social Workers Act

first_img changing the name of the organization from association to college placing appropriate emphasis on the protection of the public as the primary responsibility of the organization updating the definition of social work improving the complaints process to make it more transparent Government introduced amendments to the Social Workers Act on behalf of the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers today, Nov. 18. This bill will enable the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers, a self-regulating body, to better regulate the practice of social work in the province. “We are committed to working with social workers to support their profession and provide the tools they need to help protect vulnerable families,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. Specifically, the amendments include: These changes will bring the profession in Nova Scotia in line with other provinces and reflect current social work objectives and focus. Community Services, as the largest employer of social workers in Nova Scotia, currently employs 450 social workers across the province.last_img read more

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COMMUNITY SERVICESMikmaq Community Projects Receive Innovation Grants

first_img Nearly 100 applications were received from across the province. The names of other communities and organizations receiving grants will be announced soon. Six innovative projects that will help prevent sexual violence in First Nations communities are receiving grants through the province’s Sexual Violence Strategy. Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard today, April 18, announced more than $150,000 in Prevention Innovation Grants for Mi’kmaq organizations during her opening remarks at the Nova Scotia Sexual Violence Strategy Mi’kmaq Community Engagement Gathering in Truro. The two-day gathering is bringing together service providers and community leaders from First Nations communities in Nova Scotia to share knowledge and collectively identify ways communities can prevent and respond to sexualized violence. “The sad truth is that aboriginal women and girls are about three times more vulnerable to sexual victimization than non-aboriginal women,” said Ms. Bernard. “It’s wonderful to see solutions being led by aboriginal community members who know these realities far too well.” The Prevention Innovation Grants are a commitment under government’s Sexual Violence Strategy. There’s an additional $600,000 yet to come for a total investment of more than $1.2 million over two years. Applications for these one-time grants will be made available again in the fall. The grants help community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved populations such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations, and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, to reach out to their peers and help put creative prevention initiatives into practice. The Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association is receiving more than $36,000 to provide culturally relevant programming to aboriginal women and girls in the Sydney area to enhance skills, bolster confidence and improve the community’s ability to prevent sexual violence. “The project provides our women who have been affected by sexual violence with a connection to their culture,” said Audrey Marshall, of the association. “That gives them a sense of pride and, more importantly, hope.” Other grants were: $46,000 to the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation in Antigonish County to work with boys in Grades 7 and 8 to explore healthy relationships, consent and positive masculinity $34,000 to the Waycobah First Nation and the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre to hire a community facilitator to implement a community engagement project on preventing and responding to sexual violence $5,000 to the Mawio’miokuom society of Membertou to facilitate two culturally specific programs for youth, including one that focuses on healthy masculinity and engaging men and boys in ending violence $5,000 to the Millbrook Native Women’s Association for youth to develop a series of public service announcements to help prevent sexual violence $30,000 to the Red Cross to work with First Nations communities in the delivery of culturally sensitive, train-the-trainer sessions on healthy relationships, dating violence, and engaging youth facilitatorslast_img read more

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Locéan notre terrain de jeu permet aux élèves dexplorer des carrières novatrices

first_imgDes centaines d’élèves, d’enseignants, de bénévoles et d’innovateurs de la Nouvelle-Écosse participent à des ateliers dans le cadre de la Journée de l’éducation 2016, sous le thème « L’océan : notre terrain de jeux », aujourd’hui 23 novembre, au World Trade and Convention Centre à Halifax. Les ateliers offrent des possibilités d’apprentissage pratique visant à aider les élèves à faire un lien entre les sciences, les technologies, l’ingénierie et les mathématiques et les professions liées à l’océan, à l’innovation et à l’entrepreneuriat. « Je suis ravie de voir autant d’élèves de toute la province se réunir en reconnaissance de l’importance croissante des océans dans nos vies, affirme Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nous voulons donner aux élèves toutes les occasions possibles d’acquérir les connaissances et les compétences dont ils ont besoin pour réussir, tout en favorisant un enthousiasme l’avenir qui est possible pour eux dans notre province. » Les élèves de la 7e et la 8e année participent à des ateliers sur les sciences de la mer, les technologies océaniques et l’entrepreneuriat. Chaque atelier est organisé par des partenaires locaux, y compris les organismes suivants : Discovery Centre, Clean Foundation, Afishionado Fishmongers, Let’s Talk Science et Ocean School. Les élèves en apprennent davantage sur les liens inextricables entre les humains et les océans. Les élèves de la 9e à la 12e année explorent des concepts liés aux connaissances de base sur les données, à la technologie et à l’innovation. Ils travaillent avec des entrepreneurs locaux pour élaborer des solutions technologiques et entrepreneuriales aux enjeux qui touchent les océans. Dans le cadre d’ateliers de perfectionnement professionnel, les enseignants examinent les domaines suivants : aquaculture, énergie marine renouvelable, optique et acoustique des océans et construction de navires et de bateaux. Les enseignants mettent l’accent sur l’intégration des sciences dans l’apprentissage et sur le lien entre l’apprentissage et les carrières possibles. Les élèves ont également l’occasion de découvrir des possibilités de carrière dans le cadre du salon de l’éducation en matière des océans. La conférencière principale est Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, biologiste de la vie marine, scientifique invitée d’Ocean Networks Canada et membre du conseil de la Fondation David Suzuki. Une version archivée de son allocution, appuyée par Red Space de Bedford, se trouve au http://tinyurl.com/educationday16. « La Nouvelle-Écosse est un chef de file mondial en matière de mégadonnées, ce qui offre aux jeunes d’intéressantes possibilités de carrière et d’entrepreneuriat. Le fait de sensibiliser les élèves tôt à ces possibilités leur permet d’obtenir les renseignements nécessaires pour choisir un programme postsecondaire qui appuie cette industrie variée et intéressante et qui en assure la croissance », affirme Nancy Flam, directrice de projet, Big Data Alliance of Nova Scotia. La journée « L’océan : notre terrain de jeu » est un partenariat entre le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Big Data Alliance of Nova Scotia, l’Université Dalhousie, le Nova Scotia Community College, le Institute for Ocean Research Entreprise, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., le Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia et l’Office national du film.last_img read more

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A combined effort towards a greener world

first_imgThe British Deputy High Commission Kolkata in partnership with HIDCO, Government of West Bengal organised a Green Adda on E-Wheels – An electric bus ride to commemorate the World Environment Day 2019 at New Town, Kolkata on June 4, 2019.British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell and Debashis Sen, Chairman, HIDCO engaged in a lively interaction with a group of energy experts, environmentalists, and entrepreneurs on board an electric bus. In the event, Bucknell and Sen discussed enabling policies, infrastructure, and technology partnerships needed to scale up the adoption of electric vehicles. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe theme for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Air Pollution’, which is one of the biggest threats to public health facing our planet. The UK and India are working in partnership to address climate change and encourage e-mobility. On the occasion of World Environment Day, Bruce said: “Air Pollution is one of the biggest global threats. We need our cities to be greener and cleaner places to live, work and visit. That is why the UK Government is promoting an exciting scheme in the UK called the ‘Go Ultra Low Scheme’. The aim is to attract investment into cities to support the use of electric vehicles. Indian cities are adopting electric mobility in their public transport systems. Let us all join hands for this plug-in revolution!” Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painWhereas present at the event, Debashis Sen said: “Newtown Kolkata is India’s first satellite city to have received a gold certification from the Indian Green Building Council for its innovative steps on sustainability. We are now aspiring to be platinum rated soon”. Today’s electric bus journey covered a number of eco-friendly destinations of Newtown Kolkata—canal-top solar plants, organic waste management, tall tree nurseries, electric vehicle charging station, smart low carbon street lighting, floating solar. The passengers on the bus discussed innovative ideas around the introduction of new technologies, policies and regulatory frameworks. The UK is setting out a new direction for ensuring a cleaner environment based on rigorous research underpinned by robust legislation and technology advancement. Earlier this year, the UK introduced the Clean Air Strategy. It has adopted ambitious, legally-binding international targets to reduce emissions of five of the most damaging air pollutants by 2020 and 2030. The UK is also proposing tough new goals to cut public exposure to particulate matter pollution, as recommended by the World Health Organization. On the other hand, India is driving towards a “shared, connected and electric” mobility system and is exploring innovative ways to increase the share of low carbon vehicles in its transportation fleet. The two countries are already working together on policies, research, technology partnership and knowledge exchange in a wide spectrum of areas related to the development of clean energy. To address air pollution and energy security, progressive Indian States are taking leadership roles towards ushering in a vibrant environment on future mobility. The Department of Environment, Government of West Bengal and the University of Strathclyde have signed an MoU at Bengal Global Business Summit earlier this year to work towards developing an emission reduction strategy for Kolkata.last_img read more

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Arunachal villagers say they saw thick smoke in mountain

first_imgItanagar: Residents of an Arunachal Pradesh village Thursday said they had seen thick black smoke billowing from a mountain on Monday, the day an Indian Air Force aircraft carrying 13 people went missing, prompting authorities to verify the claim.As efforts to locate the missing plane continued, Chief Minister Pema Khandu called up deputy commissioners of Siang, West Siang, Lower Siang and Shi-Yomi districts and directed them to intensify the search operation. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe authorities of Siang and West Siang districts have formed three teams to carry out searches in as many mountain ranges on the aircraft’s route, a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said here. Three people from Tumbin village said that on Monday afternoon they had seen thick black smoke originating from a mountain towards Molo village in Siang district. “This is being verified,” Director General of Police S B K Sing informed the CMO. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe Russian-origin aircraft lost contact on Monday afternoon after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Mechuka advanced landing ground near the border with China. Mechuka is also the headquarter of Shi-Yomi district of Arunachal Pradesh. Each of the teams set up by the two district authorities consists of 3-4 local people and they will trek to Bayor Adi Mountain range near Tumbin village, Pari Adi mountain range near Molo village and Sibir-Virgong mountain range between Molo and Tumbin, the statement said. “Necessary logistical support have been provided to the teams. Bayor Adi team trekked yesterday and returned without any news,” it said. A joint effort by civil police, Army and Air Force is also in force to search the crash location in an area of about 2,500 square kilometre under Kaying and Payum circles of Siang district. However, the location is yet to be found out. The chief minister also appealed to the villagers of the areas falling on the route of the aircraft to provide information, if they had any, to the nearest administrative headquarter or police outpost. The aircraft took off from Jorhat at 12.27 pm for the Menchuka advance landing ground, and its last contact with the ground control was at 1 pm. A total of eight crew and five passengers were on board the plane.last_img read more

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Papua New Guinea demands end to Australia refugee contract

first_imgPort Moresby: Australia must end or completely rework a controversial multi-million dollar contract to manage refugees stuck in tropical island camps, Papua New Guinea’s prime minister demanded on Tuesday. “I will ask the Australian government to stop this contract forthwith,” James Marape told parliament, saying the arrangement should be “reviewed to the fullest, or we ask for this contract to be terminated”. Marape said the Paladin Group’s contract to manage facilities on Manus Island holding around 500 refugees and asylum seekers turned away by Australia must include local companies. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonThe contract, worth over Aus 400 million (US 280) over the last two years, has been the subject of deep controversy. From 2012 to 2017 Australia ran detention facilities on Manus under a hardline policy of turning back anyone trying to arrive in the country by sea — including refugees fleeing wars and unrest as far afield as Sudan and Iranian Kurdistan. But after the PNG Supreme Court ruled the arrangement unconstitutional, Australia handed the camps over to local authorities, with daily management of security and other operations given to Paladin, a little-known private company, under a contract issued without any competitive tender. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorThe 500 men still on Manus have been in the island camps for at least five years. In recent weeks the camps have seen a rash of suicide attempts as refugees and asylum seekers try to draw international attention to their plight. The Paladin contract — which reportedly does not include food or medical care — has been backed by Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton — who has advocated for an extension. Marape seemed to shoot down that possibility, at least without significant revisions. “We don’t intend for foreign contractors to operate here in business like security. These are businesses that local companies can participate in, ” he told a regular session of question time.last_img read more

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