AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES Funding To Be Delivered to Farmers Nova Scotia farmers will receive an additional $2.5 million tohelp with recent income losses, Chris d’Entremont, Minister ofAgriculture and Fisheries said in the legislature today, Oct. 7. “Producers face many challenges, just look at the impact of BSE,”said Mr. d’Entremont. “This funding will help ease some of thefinancial pressures being experienced by Nova Scotia’s farmers.” The funding is part of the province’s commitment to match federalexpenditures for transition to the new Agriculture PolicyFramework (APF). He noted that Nova Scotia is one of the fewprovinces to make such a commitment. Mr. d’Entremont said direct payment is the approach requested bythe Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. Net Income Stabilization Account (NISA) program participants willreceive a direct payment by cheque by year’s end. As with lastyear, there will be an enhanced contribution for the red meatsector. Producers who are not in the NISA program can apply forthe funds by calling toll-free at 1-866-844-4BRM.
Nova Scotia’s supply-managed agriculture industry has the full support of the province as Canada heads into negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Hong Kong next week. Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and opposition party agriculture critics John MacDonell and Stephen McNeil, have united to voice their support for farmers who might be affected by the upcoming trade negotiations. The WTO will be looking at the market system in Canada to determine if more share should be allotted to international commodities wanting to sell in Canada. “It is the market access portion of the agricultural negotiations that are most critical for Nova Scotia,” Mr. d’Entremont said today, Dec. 7. “We don’t want to see any negative changes to our supply-managed system. A decision that could open up the market to other countries causes us the most concern.” The supply management sectors in Nova Scotia — including farms producing dairy, poultry and eggs — provide about $200 million in farm receipts a year and represent almost half of the province’s farm production. “These talks are extremely important to the supply-managed commodities. Any weakening of this infrastructure will have a devastating effect on the agriculture community,” said Mr. MacDonell. “We strongly believe that this is an area that all the three parties can support wholeheartedly.” “We need to protect supply management in its present form to ensure the stability of the Nova Scotia agriculture industry and our food supply,” said Mr. McNeil. “That means ensuring there is no lowering of tariffs on imported products.” Nova Scotia has a larger share of supply-managed agricultural production than almost anywhere else in Canada. Dairy farming is Nova Scotia’s largest sector, with 300 farms, and is the largest agricultural processing industry, employing more than 1,000 workers. There are more than 100 poultry farms in Nova Scotia employing 1,000 workers in Kings County alone. The province is also home to 28 egg- and pullet-raising farms and several egg grading stations. Mr. d’Entremont will travel to Hong Kong to participate in the WTO process. Industry members also attending are Barron Blois, former national president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada; David Fuller, national president of the Chicken Farmers of Canada; Willy Versteeg, Nova Scotia director with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Mark Davies, vice-chairman of the Nova Scotia Turkey Producers’ Marketing Board. “I am looking forward to participating and bringing Nova Scotia’s message to our federal negotiators. Regular briefings are planned so we will have timely access to the negotiators and to our federal decision makers — Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell and International Trade Minister Jim Peterson,” said Mr. d’Entremont. Most provincial ministers of agriculture from across Canada will be in Hong Kong for the WTO talks.
The province has directed the Town of Westville to develop a long-term plan, which will ensure that residents continue to receive essential municipal services. A ministerial order issued on Aug 9. calls for the plan to be submitted to the minister of service Nova Scotia and municipal relations by Oct. 15. The order sets out the province’s concerns for the citizens of Westville, as well as details what it expects the town council to provide in the plan. For the last number of years services to Westville residents have been provided by contract with the Town of New Glasgow. However, New Glasgow has given notice that as of Feb. 12, 2008, it will no longer be providing those services. “We are very concerned about the future of Westville,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “There are issues that call for serious action on the part of the Town of Westville.” The town’s governance was recently reviewed by Richard G. Ramsay Management Consultants and a number of governance options were identified. The report noted that the status quo is not viable. The ministerial order stipulates that the town must select and then prepare a detailed long-term plan for one of the available governance options. Provincial funding is available to help Westville comply with the ministerial order. The Town of Westville is currently operating without a chief administrative officer.
Premier Rodney MacDonald has directed the ministers of Education, and Health Promotion and Protection to make the province’s schools more accessible to community groups after hours. “In speaking with the ministers responsible, it has become clear to me that removing obstacles to the community use of schools, especially gymnasiums, can and should be done,” Premier MacDonald said. “Education, including physical education, is a lifelong pursuit. All Nova Scotians should have maximum access to our facilities.” Community groups seeking to use school facilities face a number of direct and indirect costs that have become barriers to access. The premier said he has asked that community access be made available, on reasonable terms, as soon as possible.
Nova Scotia’s tourism industry showed a strong, steady performance this summer, with a three per cent overall increase in visitors over last summer. Every month of the peak tourism season, June through September, posted numbers comparable to, or slightly better than, last summer. September statistics showed a one per cent increase in the number of visitors and no change in the number of room nights sold over September 2006. “We are pleased to see some growth over last summer and we’re examining our results carefully,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We’re working closely with industry through the Tourism Partnership Council to continue rolling out our plan to grow tourism, including a refreshed brand and a new marketing campaign, which we look forward to launching at the tourism industry conference later this month.” Over the key summer months, Nova Scotia welcomed 1,077,900 visitors — 30,400 more visitors than the summer of 2006. The number of room nights sold also increased by 28,000 over last summer, a two per cent increase. Most of the visitors to Nova Scotia this summer — 81 per cent — came from other parts of Canada, with 15 per cent coming from the United States and four per cent from overseas. The number of visitors from the United States continued to decline, a trend that has been observed across Canada. During the summer months, there were 14,700 fewer visitors from the United States. This was offset by an increase of 45,700 visitors from other parts of Canada. About 70 per cent of visitors to Nova Scotia this summer travelled by road, with the remaining 30 per cent arriving by air. Room nights sold across the province varied over the summer months from a 14 per cent increase on the Northumberland Shore to a seven per cent decrease in the Annapolis Valley. “The challenges facing the tourism industry, such as high fuel prices and the rising Canadian dollar, will continue,” said Chris Millier, chair of the Tourism Partnership Council. “In light of these challenges, we’re pleased that we’ve held our own and experienced modest growth. We’ll need to be even more innovative to maintain our market share in an increasingly competitive environment, and I believe we’re headed in the right direction.” Year to date, the province has welcomed 1.7 million visitors, up one per cent over the same period last year. While June to September are the busiest months for tourism in Nova Scotia, fall is historically strong and 2007 is expected to end on par with, or slightly above, 2006. October statistics, revenue projections for 2007, and new marketing activities for 2008 will be presented at the annual Tourism Summit hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia from Nov. 25-27. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights .
A Nova Scotia company with a 40-year history in the province is expanding its contact centre operations with a new location opening in Windsor. IMP Customer Care, a division of IMP Group International Inc., plans to create up to 100 jobs over the next six years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is supporting the growth with a six-year payroll rebate up to a maximum of $708,400. “We are delighted to support IMP in the expansion of its customer care division,” said Minister of Economic and Rural Development Percy Paris. “This home-grown company is not only well-known around the world, it’s also a major employer in Nova Scotia through its various divisions.” IMP Group International employs 3,500 worldwide, with more than 2,000 employees in Nova Scotia. Since 2000, the customer care division has been providing bilingual customer contact services to consumers and businesses in the travel, financial, and information technology sectors. “We are pleased to continue building on our presence here by setting up operations in Windsor through our customer care division,” said Darrell Taylor, senior vice-president and chief information officer of IMP Group International. “Our confidence in Nova Scotia is rooted in a 40-year history of successful business growth, and despite economic challenges, we are committed to this province and the highly skilled people we employ here.” “This expansion reinforces our competitive strengths as a province,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “IMP is confidently growing and expanding its contact centre operations by growing existing contracts and accommodating new lines of business.” “This is a good news story for Hants County,” said Ryan MacNeil, former executive director of the Hants County Regional Development Authority. “In partnership with NSBI, we are pleased to welcome IMP to the community and to see new job opportunities created for our skilled workers.” IMP Group International Inc. is focused on global, sustainable growth, with 3,500 experienced people delivering service, quality and value to customers across diverse sectors such as aerospace, aviation, airline, healthcare, industrial marine, information technology, hospitality and property development. 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. Go to www.novascotiabusiness.com for more details.
An important part of Nova Scotia’s industrial heritage will be protected as a $1.1 million maintenance project begins at the Balmoral Grist Mill in Balmoral Mills, Colchester Co. The museum will be closed to the public beginning Monday, Aug. 15, for the remainder of the summer and fall season for repairs to the museum’s dam and walkway. “Nova Scotia’s museums promote life-long learning in communities around the province and support our valuable tourism industry,” said acting Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Frank Corbett. “We’re pleased to be making this investment in the Balmoral Grist Mill as part of government’s commitment to make life better for families in every region.” Repairs are necessary to maintain the safety and protect the natural environment of the museum and surrounding area. The museum is part of the Nova Scotia Museum system, a network of 27 sites across the province. To experience the local history of the milling industry, people are encouraged to visit the Sutherland Steam Mill Museum, located about a 10-minute drive away from the Balmoral Grist Mill Museum, at 3169 Denmark Station Rd., Denmark. Milled flour from the Balmoral Grist Mill will be available for purchase at Sutherland Steam Mill Museum. The Balmoral Grist Mill Museum is expected to reopen in June 2012, following its regular seasonal operating schedule. For more information call 902-657-3016 or visit http://gristmill.museum.gov.ns.ca.
The governments of Nova Scotia and Canada renewed a key funding agreement today, April 26, that ensures more help for Nova Scotians who are victims of criminal acts. The agreement will provide more than $2 million over five years, until 2015-16, for programs to assist victims of crime. “This means more help and better services for Nova Scotians who fall victim to crimes,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “The funding supports programs and pilot projects designed to modernize victims’ services and find efficiencies.” “The government of Canada is committed to providing victims — especially children — with the services and support that they need.” said federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. “We will continue to ensure that resources and programs are in place to better respond to the needs of victims of crime in Nova Scotia and across Canada.” The agreement extends funding already in place for 10 ongoing programs, including one that provides travel support for crime victims so they can present victim impact statements in person and another to help victims collect restitution orders through civil court actions. Also supported are an E-learning project that enables online training for victim services workers and a technology project that seeks efficiencies to free up human resources for more personalized services to clients. The federal funding and the programs covered are in addition to a provincial commitment to victim services of about $3 million a year. The provincial funding covers a wide range of direct services that include court preparation, special support for children, education and counselling. The victim services unit of the provincial Department of Justice works with more than 6,000 new cases a year. Victim services officers are spread out to seven locations across the province, and each officer has about 200 cases. More information is available at www.gov.ns.ca/just .
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has found that AD Equity Inc. violated Nova Scotia securities laws. AD Equity, a Nova Scotia community economic-development corporation, has not filed continuous disclosure documents such as interim financial statements, annual financial statements or material change reports since 2004. The commission ordered AD Equity to comply with Nova Scotia securities laws and ordered all people and companies to permanently cease trading in securities of AD Equity. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp .
The Nova Scotia Museum launched a new eBook about Nova Scotia plants today, Oct. 30. Nova Scotia Plants, by authors Marian C. Munro, Ruth E. Newell and Nicholas M. Hill, provides a comprehensive catalogue of the province’s flora. “We are very proud of our collaboration, which began more than 20 years ago at Acadia University,” said Ms. Munro. “We are grateful to the scores of museum and online visitors, academics, naturalists and other Nova Scotians who contributed sightings, collections, maps and photographs to build upon. I am thrilled it can be delivered as a digital product, and free of charge.” Illustrated with computer-generated distribution maps and full-colour photographs, the eBook includes a glossary, discussion of plant communities and a background to botanical study in the province. “This e-flora fills the need for an updated wild plant identification guide for the province which will serve as a digital tool for professional botanists, naturalists, teachers and students, both in the laboratory and in the field,” said Ms. Newell. “The eBook represents a compilation of field observations by many botanists through the years on Nova Scotia’s wild flora, combined with updated botanical/Latin names and distribution maps, colour photos and identification keys all in a format that allows accessibility both in the field and in the lab.” The project took seven years to complete and involved academics, resource managers, technicians and students. Nearly 30 photographers provided images of more than 1,500 species of ferns and relatives, conifers and flowering plants. “Our plants are our natural riches in their various offerings, the strength, lustre and workability of a wood, the culture and efficacy of a medicinal herb, the beauty of a bog rose, the nourishment of skunk cabbage for a bear in springtime,” said Mr. Hill. “We hold this legacy dear and we trust that it will further the wise use and conservation of Nova Scotia’s plant resources.” To view Nova Scotia Plants, visit museum.novascotia.ca/books.
there are no significant changes from the 9 a.m. update this morning’s fog was beneficial to firefighting efforts, though the fog has now cleared the fire at Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co., has been flaring up in spots but continues to be 100 per cent contained the fire at Round Hill, Annapolis Co., is now declared out and will no longer be included in future updates there are now air quality advisories in place for Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties related to the fire near Perch Lake, south of Pictou there are also still air quality warnings for Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg and Queens counties please remember that smoke and humidity are affecting air quality, and young children, the elderly, people with allergies, heart or lung conditions are most at risk. Symptoms include irritated eyes, increased mucus production in the nose or throat, coughing, or difficulty breathing, especially during exercise if you are sensitive to air quality or humidity, you may want to stay indoors, or somewhere that is cool. Spend time in an air-conditioned place – such as a library, indoor sports facility, mall or other public place if you have an air conditioner at home, set it to “re-circulate” and keep it running keep your doors and windows closed to avoid letting in polluted air, and avoid strenuous indoor activities as well as outdoor ones if you have health concerns, contact 811 or your health-care provider more information can be found at http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/faq.asp Following is a provincial fire update for Friday, Aug. 12, at noon. On Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14, updates will be provided at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additional updates will be issued if there are significant changes. The media contact on the weekend will be Brian Taylor. His contact information is below. -30-
Police and the provincial government are hoping to receive more information about the disappearances of Daniel Baker and Ian MacKeigan through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for these missing persons cases could receive up to $150,000. “We hope that by adding these two men to the rewards program we will receive new information that could help these cases,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “I urge anyone with information to please come forward.” Mr. MacKeigan was reported missing on Oct. 25, 1984, at 11 p.m. He was last seen by a family member leaving his residence on Manor Lane, Halifax, driving a red 1978 Plymouth Horizon TC3, hatchback. Mr. MacKeigan told his family member that he was going to meet some friends, possibly at the former Palace Nightclub on Brunswick Street, Halifax. He has not been seen by family or friends since that time. On Dec. 12, 1997, at about 11 p.m., Mr. Baker left a residence on Preston Street, Halifax, and was going to walk to a local restaurant on Quinpool Road. It has not been confirmed if Mr. Baker made it to his destination and he has not been heard from since. “Based on the investigations, we believe there are people who have information that they haven’t yet provided to police,” said Supt. Jim Perrin, officer-in-charge of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, Halifax Regional Police. “This information could help us determine what happened to both Ian and Daniel. We hope the monetary incentive will motivate someone to come forward with what they know.” Anyone with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information about this case and others, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards/.
POUR LES DIFFUSEURS : Cet automne, le vérificateur général Michael Pickup a déclaré que le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance nécessite l’implantation d’une procédure de planification rigoureuse de ses immobilisations pour ses 400 écoles utilisées pour éduquer 118 000 étudiants. Une nouvelle école de 21 millions de dollars a été approuvée pour Eastern Passage malgré l’absence d’une analyse pour supporter cette décision. De plus, quatre projets d’une valeur de 63 millions de dollars ont été approuvés par le cabinet malgré leurs faibles résultats au classement effectué par les responsables des comités bureaucratiques. Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance supervise de façon adéquate les établissements de service de garde licenciés responsable de 16 000 enfants, par contre, ils devront améliorer la surveillance des agences responsables pour les services de garde en milieu familial qui s’occupent de 1 200 enfants. Il doit aussi clarifier les politiques entourant les infractions sur des éléments hautement prioritaires telles que l’absence ou l’expiration des vérifications sur la maltraitance des enfants et sur les antécédents criminels du personnel de garderie. Bien que les contrôles se soient améliorés depuis notre audit de 2009, le Département des services internes a encore du travail à faire afin d’améliorer la sécurité des informations dans le système AMANDA, qui enregistre environ 9 millions de dollars en frais. Les services internes devraient aussi évaluer la valeur du contrat de service pour le système AMANDA qui lui a coûté environ 50 millions de dollars jusqu’à maintenant. La province doit assigner la responsabilité des infrastructures essentielles à un ministère. Malgré l’acceptation de la Stratégie nationale pour les infrastructures essentielles, le gouvernement n’a pas de plan en place pour faire face à ses engagements. Globalement, davantage doit être effectué, incluant un partenariat avec le secteur privé afin de promouvoir la résilience des infrastructures essentielles lorsque des événements tels que des désastres se produiront dans le futur. -30- Contact aux communications : Darleen Langille 902-424-4108 Courriel : firstname.lastname@example.org Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance n’a pas de processus de planification établi en place en ce qui a trait aux immobilisations sur le long terme, a déclaré le vérificateur général M. Michael Pickup dans son rapport publié aujourd’hui, 30 novembre. “Une approche générale désorganisée au niveau de la prise de décision ainsi que le manque de processus de la part du ministère l’a mené vers des résultats inconsistants,” a déclaré M. Pickup. Une nouvelle école de 21 millions de dollars a été approuvée pour Eastern Passage malgré qu’aucune analyse ne supporte cette décision. Les éléments probants rassemblés au cours de l’audit ont démontré que le ministère était préoccupé par rapport à l’impact qu’une nouvelle école secondaire pourrait avoir sur les écoles existantes dans la région. “Je suis vraiment déçu que le ministère ait indiqué qu’il ne révisera pas cette décision qui porte un impact aussi négatif sur les écoles des régions avoisinantes,” a déclaré M. Pickup. Quatre écoles ont été approuvées par le Conseil Exécutif malgré le fait que l’évaluation effectuée par le comité n’atteigne pas la note de passage. Ces quatre projets ont été demandés par les conseils d’administration des écoles, mais ont été classés derrière d’autres projets non-approuvés au niveau du comité bureaucratique. Pendant que le cabinet prend sa décision finale, les Néo-Écossais doivent s’attendre à ce que les ressources limitées soient utilisées de façon ciblée pour les endroits dont les besoins sont plus grands. “La province doit prendre certaines décisions à propos des écoles P3 au cours des prochaines années,” a déclaré M. Pickup. ” Les décisions devaient commencer à entrer en action à partir de juin 2016. Au moment de notre travail d’audit, le ministère n’a pas géré le processus de façon adéquate car leur analyse n’a pas été effectuée en temps opportun et n’était pas suffisamment étayée.” Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance a besoin d’en faire davantage pour surveiller les agences licenciées responsables des garderies en milieu familial qui fournissent des soins auprès de 1200 enfants. “Les inspections du ministère sur les centres de la petite enfance licenciés, responsable de 16 000 enfants, ont identifié des infractions, et nous avons constaté que la plupart des correctifs sont apportés dans les meilleurs délais. “Le ministère doit clarifier les politiques entourant la correction des infractions sur des éléments hautement prioritaires tel que l’absence ou l’expiration des vérifications sur la maltraitance des enfants et sur les antécédents criminels du personnel de garderie.” Le ministère a indiqué la disponibilité et l’accessibilité économique des services de garde comme prioritaire, mais n’a pas clairement défini ce que cela voulait dire ou établi des mesures de performance pour évaluer le tout. De plus, les programmes pour promouvoir la disponibilité et l’accessibilité économique de ces services n’ont pas rencontré leurs objectifs. Le ministère a récemment publié une étude des services de garde qui incluait cinq recommandations pour améliorer la disponibilité et l’accessibilité économique des services de garde. L’audit sur AMANDA Case Management and Compliance System au Département des services internes a permis de constater que même si la gestion des technologies de l’information s’est améliorée depuis notre audit de 2009, des améliorations supplémentaires sont nécessaires afin de mieux protéger la sécurité des informations dans AMANDA. AMANDA contient des informations personnelles, des registres de permis d’entreprise et des résultats d’inspections relatif à la sécurité du public, services de garderie, foyers de soin spéciaux et accidents de travail. Les services internes doivent mieux gérer le contrat avec le pourvoyeur de service pour AMANDA. Une évaluation du rapport qualité-prix du contrat de service pour AMANDA devrait être complétée. Depuis 2004-05, la province a payé le prestataire de service plus de 50 millions de dollars pour ses services et une moyenne de 4 millions de dollars annuellement. La province n’a pas identifié d’infrastructures essentielles, ni de propriétaires d’infrastructures essentielles, qui pourrait avoir un impact sur les Néo-Écossais et n’a pas assigné la responsabilité de le faire à un ministère spécifique. En 2009, le Centre conjoint des opérations d’urgence a accepté la Stratégie nationale pour les infrastructures essentielles. Par contre, ils n’ont pas mis en place un plan qui rencontrait cet engagement et ne se sont pas vu donné un mandat clair sur les infrastructures essentielles en général. Seul le ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être a planifié une protection pour les infrastructures essentielles et ce, de sa propre initiative. Ce faisant, il a aussi considéré la Stratégie nationale. “Davantage de planification doit être effectuée pour assurer la résilience des infrastructures essentielles requises pour la sécurité et le bien-être des Néo-Écossais lorsque des événements négatifs se produiront dans le futur,” a déclaré M. Pickup. “Des partenariats avec le secteur privé sont essentiels car ceux responsables pour les infrastructures essentielles telles que les services publics, les communications et les services de transport se fient les uns sur les autres pour la coordination de la reprise des opérations lors d’un désastre.” Le rapport contient 23 recommandations, toutes sauf une ont été acceptées par le gouvernement. La seule exception concerne le réexamen de la décision relative à la nouvelle école secondaire dans Eastern Passage. Le rapport complet ainsi que quatre courts vidéos sont disponibles à www.oag-ns.ca.
The province has launched an ad campaign to remind motorists to slow their speed and be considerate of workers in construction zones when passing. For more information on road safety, go to: https://novascotia.ca/tran/roadsafety/roadsafety.asp . staying alert and minimizing distractions keeping a safe distance from workers and equipment respecting work zone signs, warnings and flaggers expecting the unexpected keeping a safe distance from other vehicles Summer is the perfect time for construction crews to maintain, renew and beautify our roads. However, it is up to motorists to be aware and slow down near construction sites. “We want to remind drivers that construction workers are someone’s dad, mom, partner or relative,” said Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We’re asking drivers to slow down and stay alert when driving through work zones to ensure the safety of these workers.” In Nova Scotia, fines are doubled for drivers speeding in work zones and demerit points are also assigned to drivers’ records. Fines, including court costs, can range from $352 for a first offence to $2,422 for a third. “We in the road-building industry see speeding and inattention by motorists as they approach construction sites as the top safety issues,” said Grant Feltmate, executive director of the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association. “We strongly urge people to slow down, obey speed limits and be very alert.” In addition to slowing down, drivers can help ensure the safety of road workers by:
Ships and crews from around the world will land in Halifax this month for Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta from July 29 to Aug. 1. New free community programming includes a picnic in the Grand Parade, 1790 Argyle St., Halifax, on July 31 from 8 to 10 a.m. It will feature local produce courtesy of the Halifax Convention Centre team and their in-house culinary experts, in support of Feed Nova Scotia. Volunteers from Feed Nova Scotia will collect donations. “We are proud to be a part of this amazing event by doing what we do best – creating memorable experiences,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of Events East. “We’re excited to work with our partner Waterfront Development to give our community and visitors a taste of the authentic Nova Scotia culinary experience from our award-winning team.” A new feature of the Tall Ships gathering is a unique community opportunity to participate in a Dalhousie University led, blue wave, as part of the Parade of Sail on Aug. 1. “The iconic Parade of Sail is the perfect backdrop to highlight Nova Scotia’s connection to the ocean. How it’s shaped our past and present, and how it holds the key for a more sustainable, prosperous future,” said Catherine Bagnell Styles, assistant vice-president of communications and marketing at Dalhousie University. “We’re asking everyone attending the Parade of Sail to wear blue as we wave farewell to the fleet with a celebration of our ocean pride.” “People can enjoy free programming and events along the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts including culinary presentations, musical and theatrical performances and storytelling, and of course ship access,” said Jennifer Angel, acting CEO of Waterfront Development. “There truly is something for everyone and we are proud of our partners’ work to pull together this incredible Nova Scotia showcase with such creativity and determination.” The program includes: For more program information online visit rdv2017ns.com. A selection of ticketed events on Georges and McNabs Islands are available at, http://rdv2017.tickethalifax.com, including a picnic on McNabs Island, a Taste of Nova Scotia Georges Island Experiences, Parks Canada Explore Georges Island and Joel Plaskett Emergency with Port Cities. Tall ships are visiting Canada to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 2017 as part of a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race, led by Sail Training International. Halifax is the final start line for the last leg of the race. Nova Scotia port events will continue until Aug. 16 with celebrations in Sydney, Louisbourg, St. Peter’s, Lunenburg, Shelburne, Digby, and Annapolis Royal. Sail training opportunities for people of all ages are available at sailonboard.com. The province, Halifax Regional Municipality and the Government of Canada/Canadian Heritage and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, have provided financial support to RDV2017 Tall Ships Regatta in Nova Scotia. Select Nova Scotia’s Children Learn to Cook program in Dartmouth Taste of Nova Scotia’s Food Fare by the Sea Parks Canada’s Waterfront Heritage Program and programming at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site a Bluenose II program at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic the CBC Main Stage and kids entertainment lineup the Atlantic Film Festival Outdoor Film Experience Pirate’s Landing at Alderney Landing three nights of fireworks.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Captain Gillis Bridge The Captain Gillis Bridge, on Trunk 19 near Port Hood, is opened to one lane with a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Detours for truck traffic will remain in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, Richmond County, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30- CONTINUING WORK
Nova Scotia communities will be able to save money on their energy bills and reduce emissions with support from a new government program. Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette launched the Low Carbon Communities Program today, Sept. 10, which will help local groups create new ideas for clean energy. “Supporting innovative projects that give people the ability to choose where their energy comes from is another way everyone can benefit from Nova Scotia’s cleaner energy future,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “By working together, we can turn ideas into actions that build on Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the fight against climate change.” The program is open to municipalities, Mi’kmaw communities and not-for-profit organizations. Eligible projects include community solar, district energy, public building efficiency, active transportation, electric vehicles and other ideas that have the potential to lower emissions and create local economic benefits. Funding can be used for community planning, feasibility studies, public engagement sessions, program promotion and demonstration projects. Government will invest up to $300,000 in three or four projects across the province. Successful applicants will receive up to $75,000 to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs. Provincial money can be used to leverage additional funding. Applications will be accepted until October 12. For more information contact email@example.com .
After 30 years in her Judique, Cape Breton home, Darlene MacDonald decided it was time to spruce the place up a bit. Her plans included more than just a new coat of paint. “I started looking into alternatives to help make my life easier and to be able to be comfortable and stay in my own home,” said Ms. MacDonald. What she found was HomeWarming, a program jointly funded by the province and Nova Scotia Power. Insulation was added under HomeWarming and she made other improvements herself, including adding a heat pump to supplement a wood-burning stove. “I’m pretty pleased to have all these upgrades done and have all the comfort and security that I have now.” This winter, more homeowners are enjoying a warm, comfortable home and saving money on their heating bills by making energy efficiency upgrades. Under the program, low-income homeowners receive an energy assessment on their house. Recommended upgrades like draft-proofing, insulation and other efficiency work are then made at no cost to the owner. In 2017-18, almost 2,300 homeowners qualified to receive home energy efficiency upgrades. Two-thirds of HomeWarming participants use non-electric heat. They can expect to save an average of $917 annually on their energy bills after upgrades. “It was another good year for helping low-income families save money on their home heating bills, and the best part is they will continue to save money year after year,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “This program also supports jobs for people who install these energy upgrades and lowers emissions, which improves air quality for us all.” Government supports HomeWarming for homes with non-electric heat. Program funding for electrically heated homes is provided by Nova Scotia Power. Since the program began four years ago, 8,535 Nova Scotians have received efficiency upgrades to their homes through HomeWarming or will by the fiscal year ending March 31. Over 16,000 low-income Nova Scotians have had energy efficiency upgrades to their homes since 2007, when government began funding them through various programs. HomeWarming is administered by Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Clean Foundation. To watch a video of Ms. MacDonald go to https://youtu.be/j0wYh6H-xpE and for more information on the program, visit www.homewarming.ca
Mumbai: In a sudden turn of events, the Mumbai Police recently arrested a woman who had lodged a false case of rape against television actor-singer Karan Oberoi, an official said. Oberoi, who was arrested on May 6 for allegedly raping and blackmailing the woman, was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on June 7. Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Shinge confirmed the woman’s arrest by the Oshiwara Police for filing a false complaint against Oberoi and orchestrating an assault on herself on May 25. The woman had claimed that on May 25 two motorcycle-borne men assaulted her and left a note asking her to “take back” her case against Oberoi.
New Delhi: Unaccounted wealth outside the country held by Indians was estimated in the range of $216.48 billion to $490 billion over various periods between 1980 and 2010, according to three separate studies conducted by three premier institutes — NIPFP, NCAER and NIFM. The studies conducted by the three institutes have found that the sectors where unaccounted income is found to be the highest included real estate, mining, pharmaceuticals, pan masala, gutkha, tobacco, bullion, commodity, film, and education, said a report of the standing committee on finance tabled in the Lok Sabha Monday. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThere are no reliable estimates of black money generation or accumulation, neither is there an accurate well-accepted methodology for making such estimation, according to the committee’s report, titled ‘Status of Unaccounted Income/Wealth Both Inside and Outside the Country – A Critical Analysis’. “All estimates depend upon the underlying assumptions made and the sophistication of adjustments incorporated. “Among the estimates made so far, there is no uniformity, or consensus about the best methodology or approach to be used for this purpose,” it said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAs per the report, the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) study said unaccounted wealth accumulated outside India is estimated to exist between $384 billion and $490 billion during the 1980-2010 period. The National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM) said results of estimation suggest that total illicit outflow at the current value (including opportunity cost) from India in the reform period (1990-2008) stands at Rs 9,41,837 crore ($216.48 billion). Illicit outflows from the country are estimated on an average at 10 per cent of the estimated unaccounted income. The National Institute of Public Policy and Finance (NIPFP) said that during 1997-2009, illicit financial outflows have been in the range of 0.2 per cent to 7.4 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). In March 2011, NIPFP, NCAER and NIFM were asked by the finance ministry to conduct studies to assess and survey unaccounted income and wealth both inside and outside the country. “It appears that the reliable estimation of unaccounted income and wealth inside and outside the country is a difficult task, this inference is validated by the widely varying estimates of the unaccounted income arrived at by these three institutes. “The Chief Economic Adviser has opined that there is no scope for arriving at a common estimate of unaccounted income by combining estimates from the three reports (studies),” the parliamentary panel’s report said. The panel, headed by M Veerappa Moily, had submitted its report to the Lok Sabha Speaker on March 28, well before the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. Following the general elections, 17th Lok Sabha has been constituted. The committee also noted that as only a “limited number of stakeholders” could be examined by it, owing to the paucity of time, “this report might be considered as a preliminary report”, pending examination of other witnesses including non-official witnesses or experts on the subject and after evidence replies of the finance ministry which are awaited. “In the meantime, the Committee would expect the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) to continue their efforts with greater vigour to unearth and bring to book unaccounted income/wealth both within and outside the country including follow-up action on the seven reports of the special investigation team (SIT) constituted on black money as well as the three study reports on estimation of unaccounted money,” it said. The committee, the report added, would thus expect more fruitful outcomes on this count, both in terms of much wider tax base as well as actual tax yield. In the context, it also desires that the long-delayed direct tax code should also be finalised at the earliest and reintroduced in Parliament with a view to simplify and rationalise the direct tax laws in the country.