The Voluntary Planning Task Force on Off-Highway Vehicles willhold public meetings across the province. The following meetings will take place in the South Western NovaScotia from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28Saulnierville — Royal Canadian Legion, Highway 1 Wednesday, Oct. 29Yarmouth — Royal Canadian Legion, 67 Parade St. Thursday, Oct. 30Shelburne — Royal Canadian Legion, 120 Water St. For more information visit the Voluntary Planning at Web site atwww.gov.ns.ca/vp. A discussion paper is also available on the Website. -30- VOLUNTARY PLANNING BOARD–Task Force to Hold Public Meetings inSouthwestern Nova Scotia
Local Area Office: 902-424-5080 Fax: 902-424-0696 -30- HALIFAX COUNTY: Old Guysborough Road The Old Guysborough Road, between Pratt and Whitney Drive andGoff’s Road, will be re-opened to all traffic on Thursday, Nov.4, beginning at 8 a.m. Motorists should expect traffic control to continue, due toongoing activity in the area. The section of road was previously closed due to an airplanecrash at Halifax International Airport on Oct. 14. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Old GuysboroughRoad
Annapolis County residents will have access to employment supports, income assistance, and services for families and children at a new provincial building in Granville Ferry, Annapolis Co. The Department of Community Services and Family and Children’s Services of Annapolis County held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Oct. 5, in celebration of the official opening. “This new building will help our staff, and the staff of Family and Children’s Services, provide quality services to local residents right in their own community,” said David Morse, Minister of Community Services. “The Granville Ferry provincial building will be an inviting place for our clients and the community to access these programs.” Community Services staff will offer employment support and income assistance programs to local residents. Family and Children’s Services of Annapolis County will provide child welfare services. The new building presents an opportunity for Community Services and the agency to work more closely together to assist families and the community as a whole. The new offices are located at 5495 Granville Rd., Granville Ferry, close to the Bay of Fundy. The modern, one-storey building is more than 5,500 square feet in size and provides working and meeting space for 27 staff and their clients.
« La collaboration entre les organismes de la côte sud qui sont au service des enfants, des jeunes et des familles et la stratégie sur les enfants et les jeunes misera sur ce succès, » a dit Nancy Pynch-Worthylake, directrice générale du South Shore School Board. « Nous savons que l’intégration des services est essentielle pour répondre aux besoins des enfants et des jeunes, et la prestation de ces services dans les écoles est une façon efficace pour nous d’atteindre ce but. Nous sommes engagés à travailler ensemble et nous sommes confiants que nous allons réussir. » La stratégie met l’accent sur cinq orientations principales : bâtir une fondation solide identifier les problèmes et fournir de l’aide très tôt coordonner les programmes et les services améliorer l’accès et combler les écarts faire participer les jeunes et promouvoir la responsabilité partagée approche et appui des familles qui élèvent des enfants réduction des temps d’attente et amélioration des services de santé mentale coordination des professionnels et des programmes navigateurs jeunesse, un partenariat avec Jeunesse J’écoute et un nouveau site Web d’information et de soutien à l’intention des jeunes nouveaux programmes à l’intention des jeunes à risque réseau consultatif jeunesse provincial Les enfants de la Nouvelle-Écosse peuvent maintenant profiter davantage de la vie grâce à une nouvelle stratégie sur les enfants et les jeunes publiée aujourd’hui 3 décembre. La ministre des Services communautaires, Judy Streatch, a procédé au lancement de la stratégie intitulée « Nos enfants en valent la peine », qui est seulement disponible en anglais pour l’instant. « Ce que j’annonce aujourd’hui n’est certainement pas la fin de notre travail, » a dit Mme Streatch. « Au cours des prochains mois, nous allons mettre en oeuvre les programmes pilotes et évaluer leur succès pour appuyer les enfants, les jeunes et les familles de la province. » Cette stratégie inclut une gamme de services, de la prévention à l’intervention intensive. Il s’agit également d’une combinaison de l’expansion des services existants qui sont efficaces et de l’introduction de nouveaux services. Les points saillants incluent : La stratégie se conforme également à certaines priorités clés du gouvernement, par exemple l’éducation des jeunes à la compétition, la réduction des temps d’attente et la sécurité des communautés. « Nous avons un mélange de priorités immédiates et à long terme pour nous conformer aux recommandations du commissaire Merlin Nunn sur la prévention de la criminalité chez les jeunes. Nous savons que la façon la plus efficace d’atteindre nos objectifs est d’identifier et d’aborder les causes profondes, » a dit Mme Streatch. « Pour résoudre avec succès les nombreux problèmes auxquels les jeunes font face, et dans bien des cas, qui sont créés par les jeunes, la communauté dans son ensemble doit collaborer, coopérer et communiquer, » a dit l’agent Paul Caulder, coordonnateur des services de police communautaires du district de Cumberland de la GRC. « Il faut des efforts et des initiatives spécialisés tels que l’Adolescent Support Interagency Service Team (ASIST) dans le comté de Cumberland, où la flexibilité et la détermination sont également des facteurs critiques. » L’un des projets pilotes de la stratégie est basé sur le programme ASIST, qui relie les gens et les programmes pour mieux servir les jeunes. La stratégie « Nos enfants en valent la peine » est une recommandation qui découle du rapport de la Commission Nunn. En décembre dernier, le commissaire Merlin Nunn a publié son rapport sur l’enquête menée à la suite du décès de Theresa McEvoy, une résidente d’Halifax. La province effectue une contribution initiale de 5 millions de dollars par année pour la mise en oeuvre de la stratégie, et elle s’engage à investir dans des solutions à long terme afin de répondre aux besoins des enfants et des jeunes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. La stratégie sur les enfants et les jeunes, intitulée « Nos enfants en valent la peine », peut être consultée sur le site Web du ministère des Services communautaires au www.gov.ns.ca/coms . Cette stratégie fait partie du nouveau cadre stratégique de prospérité sociale de la province, intitulé « Tisser les liens d’un tissu social durable », qui est basé sur les principes de collaboration, de coordination et de responsabilité partagée.
La première stratégie provinciale du patrimoine a été publiée aujourd’hui, 25 février, afin d’assurer la préservation, la protection et la promotion du riche patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour les générations futures. La stratégie intitulée « Un riche passé – Un avenir précieux » offre une vision et un cadre de travail pour les cinq prochaines années, visant à gérer les ressources patrimoniales de façon plus coordonnée et plus efficace. « Nous sommes chanceux d’avoir un patrimoine unique et diversifié qui reflète notre sentiment d’identité, qui enrichit notre qualité de vie et qui contribue à notre bien-être économique, » a dit Bill Dooks, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. « Nous devons le préserver pour nous assurer que le patrimoine que nous laisserons à nos enfants et à nos petits-enfants sera aussi riche que celui dont nous avons hérité. » La stratégie est basée sur les commentaires du public et des groupes du patrimoine, recueillis par le groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoine de Voluntary Planning, en consultation avec divers ministères et organismes du gouvernement, et selon des recherches effectuées auprès d’autres gouvernements. Dans le cadre de ce processus, il a été déterminé que le patrimoine comprend le patrimoine culturel, tel que les artefacts, les édifices, le folklore et les langues, ainsi que le patrimoine naturel, tel que la terre et l’eau. La stratégie présente trois orientations : une meilleure coordination des efforts de ceux qui partagent la responsabilité du patrimoine, le développement durable des ressources patrimoniales, et l’augmentation de la conscience publique à l’égard du patrimoine. Au cours de la première année, la province discutera de la formation d’un conseil du patrimoine, élaborera un plan directeur d’interprétation pour les musées et examinera le système du Musée de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la loi sur les biens patrimoniaux (Heritage Property Act) et la pratique des chasses au trésor sous-marines. Un comité interministériel a été formé afin de mieux coordonner le travail lié au patrimoine avec celui d’autres organismes, par exemple les offices provinciaux des Affaires autochtones, des Affaires afro-néo-écossaises, des Affaires acadiennes et des Affaires gaéliques. Le comité assurera également le lien avec les autres stratégies et initiatives ministérielles, par exemple le plan de gestion des ressources côtières, la stratégie sur les ressources naturelles et la loi sur les objectifs environnementaux et la prospérité durable (Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act). La stratégie reconnaît que la conservation et la promotion du patrimoine est une responsabilité partagée entre chaque ordre de gouvernement, entreprise, organisme, communauté et particulier en Nouvelle-Écosse. « Notre patrimoine nous appartient à tous, et nous avons hâte de travailler avec nos nombreux partenaires pour mettre en oeuvre cette stratégie et réaliser notre vision commune, » a poursuivi M. Dooks. « J’aimerais reconnaître le groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoine et toutes les personnes qui ont offert du temps et de l’expertise pour nous aider à créer cette stratégie, ainsi que les travailleurs du secteur du patrimoine, dont bon nombre sont des bénévoles, qui sont des intendants et des défenseurs du patrimoine. » Le document complet de la stratégie est disponible en anglais, en français, en mi’kmaq et en gaélique à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .
make it the general rule that the amount of credit for time served be capped at a one-to-one ratio permit a credit to be given at a ratio of up to 1.5-to-one only where the circumstances justify it require the courts to explain the circumstances that justified a higher ratio Justice Minister and Attorney General Cecil Clarke voiced his ongoing support for proposed new federal legislation introduced today, March 27, that will eliminate the two-for-one time credit often given during sentencing to offenders who have spent time in a correctional institution awaiting court appearance. Currently, the Criminal Code of Canada grants the judiciary discretion to take pre-trial custody into account during sentencing. The new federal legislation would eliminate that discretion. “I continue to hear from Nova Scotians that they want tougher laws to keep criminals behind bars. I am very supportive of the federal government for moving on this issue,” said Mr. Clarke. The proposed Criminal Code amendments in this legislation will: “Nova Scotia, like other provinces, is experiencing too many accused individuals being held in pre-sentencing custody to the point where remand has caused delays in our court system and increased pressure on it,” said Mr. Clarke.
The Town of Shelburne is getting a boost from the province to develop a festival and tourist attraction based on the history of loyalist longboats. The Department of Economic and Rural Development committed nearly $47,000 to the project through its Strategic Funding Initiatives program. “The people of Shelburne and Southwest Nova Scotia have a proud history in the shipbuilding industry,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “The festival will help the local economy by attracting visitors and providing opportunities for business growth.” The project will develop the longboat festival and related events on the Shelburne Waterfront. The theme of the festival will be based on last year’s Loyalist Celebrations that helped establish the longboat as an icon for the area’s tourism industry. The total cost of the project is about $130,000. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Town of Shelburne are other funding partners. The first phase of the project is building a longboat viewing facility that will allow visitors to see how longboats are built. The second phase will creating the festival in 2010-11. Investments through Economic and Rural Development’s Strategic Funding Initiatives help to ensure economic growth and sustainable communities for Nova Scotia, building on their assets and strengths. Funding is provided on a one-time basis used for non-recurring capital costs and investments for not for profit organizations across the province.
Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Due to demolition work the Fairview Overpass will have a two lane closure, one going in each direction below the structure starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 23. Traffic control on site. Drivers should use an alternate route. -30-
Scanwood Canada Ltd., a Dartmouth-based furniture manufacturer and exporter, will become more innovative and efficient, while maintaining 280 jobs. As a direct supplier for Swedish furniture maker IKEA since 1985, Scanwood provides significant economic spin-offs for the local economy, purchasing more than $4 million of goods and services from local suppliers and generating more than $11 million in annual tax revenues. A $4.75 million loan through the Industrial Expansion Fund will help the company reduce its production costs and line of credit, while creating greater efficiencies through newer, innovative equipment. “This is an investment in an important business, which contributes to building a strong economy and maintaining valuable jobs,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister, Percy Paris. “It will help ensure a Nova Scotian, export-based company is sustainable in the long term.” IKEA values Scanwood as a supplier and has signed contracts with Scanwood for the next four years. Scanwood’s proximity to the Port of Halifax makes it a cost-effective location for distribution to IKEA’s 46 North American stores. “Scanwood has been an important member of Nova Scotia’s business community for over twenty years with stable volume growth and well-paying jobs,” said Bo Thörn, chairman and co-owner of Scanwood Canada Ltd. “We are thankful for this support from the province as it will enable us to modernize and improve our productivity as we continue to operate in a great place to work and do business.” The Industrial Expansion Fund helps industries with innovation and technology, and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund helps protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. It provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so.
A portrait of civil rights hero Viola Irene Davis Desmond has taken its place among some of Canada’s most important portraits, in the historic ballroom in Government House. The portrait of the African-Nova Scotian entrepreneur by Pictou artist David MacIntosh, was commissioned by the lieutenant governor and the Town of New Glasgow, and unveiled at the town’s Black Gala Homecoming in August. It was officially installed in a ceremony today, Nov. 8, by Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis, Justice Minister Ross Landry and New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. “As representative of the Crown, I signed Viola Desmond’s posthumous Royal Prerogative of Mercy Free Pardon on the advice of government — a historic first in Canada,” said Lt.-Gov. Francis. “Mrs. Desmond’s exoneration and link to the Crown means her portrait installation in Government House is appropriate.” On April 15, the province granted an official apology and free pardon to the late Viola Desmond. A free pardon is based on innocence and recognizes that a conviction was in error. It is an extraordinary remedy. “The Royal Prerogative of Mercy Free Pardon and Record of Conviction are now a part of Nova Scotia’s history, just like Viola Desmond’s story is part of our history,” said Mr. Landry. “Mrs. Desmond was a hero, who stood up to racism and segregation, and for this, we celebrate her.” Mrs. Desmond, of Halifax, was wrongfully jailed and fined in 1946 for sitting in the whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre. “The story of Viola Desmond is one that is filled with inspiration and enlightenment,” said Mr. MacMillan. “She went on to make a difference as a human rights activist and has become an icon for civil rights. Some have called Viola Desmond Canada’s Rosa Parks but, in fact, Rosa Parks could be called America’s Viola Desmond as Viola Desmond demonstrated her spirit for social justice, nine years before the Rosa Parks incident took place in Alabama.” The ceremony included a reading of a letter from author and Mrs. Desmond’s sister, Wanda Robson, who could not attend the ceremony. Other portraits in the ballroom include John Wentworth and George Prevost.
NEW WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road over Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Arisaig Point Road, west for about 3.5 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, culvert work and paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Parrsboro Blue Sac Road in Parrsboro will be reduced to one lane for culvert installation until Monday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Thorburn Road, for about two kilometres from Kirk Lane east to Reese Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Wednesday, Oct. 5. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, from Moosehead to Moser River, will be reduced to one lane for drain improvements and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control workers are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Upper Leitches Creek Road Traffic on sections of Upper Leitches Creek Road is reduced to one lane to allow for repaving from the intersection of Leitches Creek Road for about five kilometres until Monday, Oct. 31. Delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway Sections of West Bay Highway (Dundee Road), east from County Line Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for paving. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fields Bridge Improvements are being made to the Fields Bridge on Shulie Road, but it will be open during construction. The work takes place until Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31 to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the lower south river bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 CONTINUING WORK RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8, from Virginia Road intersection south for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from 4.7 kilometres west of Trunk 16 to about one kilometre west of the White Head Road, will have alternating lane closures for upgrading, cold planing an repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Little Forks Bridge Little Forks Bridge on Trunk 2 will be closed for repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Smith Road to Brown’s Mill Road, about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. The public should expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Cobequid Pass, Highway 104 The Cobequid Pass will be closed to all vehicles more than 2.6 metres in width until Friday, Sept 30, to install 12 signs on the gantries and toll booth canopies at the Toll Plaza. Vehicles more than 2.6 metres wide should exit to Trunk 4 at Exit 6 if travelling east and Exit 12 if westbound. Detours will be set up prior to both exits. Local Area Office: 902-893-5738 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 4 The off ramp at Exit 4, westbound on Highway 125, will be closed to complete twinning from Monday, Sept. 26, until Wednesday, Oct. 26. All traffic will be detoured to Exit 3. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sheet Harbour Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trout Brook Road Sections of Trout Brook Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving west from the intersection of Trunk 22. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 KINGS COUNTY: Cambridge Road Cambridge Road, from Trunk 1 north to Brooklyn Street, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4166 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Glen Garry Bridge Glen Garry Bridge on Glen Garry Road will have a five-tonne weight restriction for daylight hours on weekdays until Friday, Sept. 30, while repairs are being carried out. Local Area Office: 902-563-2240 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 289 Route 289, from Woodburn Road east to Melmerby Beach entrance, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and paving until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of on and off ramps from until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184
Daniel Rideout has been appointed a Crown attorney in the Kentville office of the Public Prosecution Service. The appointment was announced today, Jan. 7, by Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions. “Mr. Rideout’s background in criminal law and his prosecutorial experience will be an asset to the Public Prosecution Service,” said Martin Herschorn. “We are pleased to have him join our team of Crown attorneys.” A native of Gander, N.L., Mr. Rideout graduated in 1999 from Queen’s University with an honours bachelor of commerce and in 2003 from the University of New Brunswick school of law. He articled with Patterson Palmer in Charlottetown and, in 2004, was appointed an associate, practising general law with a focus in criminal defence and commercial litigation. In 2006, Mr. Rideout joined the Yellowknife office of the Northwest Territories Legal Services Board mainly practicing criminal defence work. In 2010, he became a Crown attorney with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Yellowknife. Mr. Rideout is a former board member for the not-for-profit organization governing a food bank and soup kitchen in Charlottetown. An avid runner, he ran the New York City marathon in 2005.
Premier Darrell Dexter, today, March 15, announced ministerial changes that will ensure a skilled and able workforce and a dedicated public service for Nova Scotia. Deputy Premier Frank Corbett will become Minister of Labour and Advanced Education and Minister responsible for Immigration. He will remain chair of Treasury Board. “With great economic opportunity on the horizon, we need to make sure Nova Scotians, and new Nova Scotians, have the skills and training needed for good jobs,” said Premier Dexter. “The deputy premier will make this a top priority in his new portfolio, ensuring that the benefits of economic development are felt throughout the province.” Marilyn More will take over as Minister of the Public Service Commission, Communications Nova Scotia, the Voluntary Sector, and Status of Women. She has informed the premier that she will not run in the next provincial election. “I want to thank Marilyn for her years of service, for her commitment to Nova Scotians, to the advancement of women, and to education and learning,” said Premier Dexter. “She remains a great asset to Cabinet, so I have asked her to stay on in this new capacity to maintain solid leadership of the public service and her new portfolio.” Changes to Executive Council are effective immediately.
Les demandes sont maintenant acceptées au Programme de subventions pour les collectivités amies des aînés. La subvention appuie les projets qui font la promotion d’un style de vie sain et actif et qui font des collectivités un meilleur endroit où vivre pour les Néo-Écossais qui vieillissent. « On y gagne tous lorsque les aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse maintiennent des liens et participent à leurs communautés, affirme Leo Glavine, ministre des Aînés. Nos collectivités prospéreront si tous les membres peuvent participer pleinement et mettre à profit leurs idées, leurs compétences et leurs connaissances. » La subvention est offerte aux organismes à but non lucratif et aux organismes communautaires, aux administrations municipales, aux associations et aux universités. Les demandeurs peuvent inclure des partenariats ou des projets en collaboration, et le montant maximal de la subvention est de 20 000 $. La Municipalité du comté de Victoria a lancé son plan pour les collectivités amies des aînés en septembre. Le ministère des Aînés lui a versé une subvention de 20 000 $ à l’appui de l’élaboration du plan. « Les commentaires des résidents, des partenaires communautaires et des entreprises ont influencé l’élaboration de notre plan pour des collectivités amies des aînés et continueront d’influencer notre travail collectif visant à rendre le comté de Victoria un endroit convivial des aînés, affirme Fraser Patterson, conseiller municipal et président du comité des collectivités amies des aînés du comté de Victoria. Il est important de permettre aux gens de participer à leurs collectivités à toutes les étapes de la vie. » Les demandes sont acceptées jusqu’au 1er février, et les projets seront approuvés en novembre et en février. Les formulaires de demande peuvent être obtenus en ligne au novascotia.ca/seniors ou en composant le numéro sans frais 1-844-277-0770 ou le 902-424-0770 dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. La subvention est l’une des mesures prévues dans le Plan d’action VIRAGE pour la population vieillissante de la Nouvelle-Écosse, à l’appui de la planification des collectivités amies des aînés. Ce plan d’action peut être consulté au novascotia.ca/shift/fr.
The province has appointed former federal justice Felix Cacchione as director of the province’s Serious Incident Response Team(SiRT). Mr. Cacchione spent 32 years on the judicial bench and recently retired from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. “Mr. Cacchione is highly respected and brings over 40 years of knowledge, experience and skill to the position,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey. “Nova Scotians are fortunate to have his calibre of expertise in the role. Under Mr. Cacchione’s direction, SiRT will continue to perform investigations to the highest quality.” He replaces interim director John Scott, who was appointed to replace SiRT’s first director, Ron MacDonald. Mr. MacDonald held the position since SiRT became operational in 2012. “I would also like to thank Mr. Scott for his leadership with SiRT over the past five months,” said Mr. Furey. “Nova Scotians continued to be well served by the important work of SiRT under his direction.” Mr. Cacchione’s appointment comes into effect Monday, March 12. He studied law at Dalhousie University and has been a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society since 1975. He practised criminal law throughout his career and was appointed a Nova Scotia county court judge in 1986 and a Supreme Court judge in 1993 when the courts merged. He taught criminal law at Dalhousie Law School and St. Mary’s University as well as provided criminal jury trial seminars and criminal law trial simulations at the National Judicial Institute. He also volunteered his time to teach aspiring and practicing lawyers and judges. “I am grateful for this opportunity to continue to serve the people of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Cacchione. “I look forward to working with the SiRT team and I am hopeful that my training and experience will be an asset to SIRT. This is important work and I look forward to this new challenge.” SiRT investigates all matters that involve death, serious injury, sexual assault and domestic violence, or other matters of significant public interest that may have arisen from the actions of any police agency across the province. He will oversee a team of four investigators, including two civilians with prior policing experience and two police officers.
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Saturday, Dec. 1. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bass River – Edgewood Road Edgewood Road to Trunk 2, Bass River, is reduced to one lane for brush cutting and road patching until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Parks Creek Bridge Parks Creek Bridge on Route 332 is closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Motorists are required to detour via Route 332 to Indian Path Road and back to Route 332. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, near Liverpool, between Exit 18 and Exit 19, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Oct. 20. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal BridgePort Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, northbound from Exit 4C (Bedford) to Exit 5 (Fall River), is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Thursday, Nov. 15. DIGBY COUNTY: Cape St. Marys Bridge Cape St. Marys Bridge, located on John Doucette Road, Cape St. Marys, is closed for replacement until Thursday, Nov. 15. Detour signs in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118, northbound between Exit 13 and Exit 14, is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Thursday, Nov. 15. 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: Judique Trunk 19, from about one kilometre north of Joe Effie Road, in Judique, northerly for about seven kilometres, is reduced to one lane for drainage improvements and repaving until Monday, Oct 15. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Crescent Beach RoadCrescent Beach Road, from Route 311 to LaHave Islands Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Abrams River Bridge, Trunk 3 Abrams River Bridge on Trunk 3, about one kilometre west of Eel Lake Road, will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Detour signs are in place. NEW WORK QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road Eastern Shore Road, from Trunk 3 easterly for about four kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consist of stop-and-go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Wyman Road, Chebogue Wyman Road, Chebogue, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3 Trunk 3, from Trunk 12 to Wake Up Hill Road, will have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1, Meteghan River BridgeTrunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge, Meteghan, to Highway 101 Connector, for about six kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Monday, Oct. 15. Personnel and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. VICTORIA COUNTY: Seal Island Bridge Beginning Oct. 15, the Seal Island Bridge will undergo a detailed inspection that will require lane closures and, at times, short-term closures. Motorists should expect delays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. until the end of November. Traffic control will be in place.
Communities across the province will benefit from a $500,000 investment in projects to create more inviting public spaces for citizens and to help attract visitors. Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing made the announcement today, June 7, in Windsor, where $20,500 will help install lighting, benches, an accessible gazebo, picnic areas, flagpoles, interpretive panels and a viewing platform on the Causeway Trail. “Key investments like this rejuvenate our communities, foster local pride, encourage economic development and enhance the character of municipalities, said Mr. Porter. “We want to support the development of attractive and inviting public areas where our residents and visitors are enticed to spend time enjoying what our communities have to offer.” Through the Beautification and Streetscaping Program, Municipal Affairs and Housing partners with municipalities to fund projects in communities such as landscaping, interpretive and entrance signs, lighting for public spaces and public restrooms. “The Causeway Trail Project has brought partners together to create a vibrant and welcoming waterfront for all to enjoy,” said West Hants Warden Abraham Zebian. “New flagpoles will allow us to fly flags during cultural events creating an atmosphere for an all-inclusive community.” “This trail symbolizes the connection of two communities around a beautiful lake and it will add to the vitality and vibrancy of our people and neighbourhood,” said Laurie Murley, deputy mayor of Windsor. “Thank you to all funding partners for making this happen.” Beautification and streetscaping projects were also announced today, on behalf of Mr. Porter, in Port Hawkesbury, Sydney and Wolfville: Health Minister Randy Delorey announced $20,000 for the design, fabrication and installation of new signs on Reeves Street in Port Hawkesbury which will help direct people to the community’s downtown, waterfront and other amenities Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette announced the Cape Breton Regional Municipality will receive $20,000 for enhancements in downtown Sydney including public seating and tables, WiFi signs, hanging flower baskets and other improvements to Charlotte Street. The municipality will also receive $20,000 for landscaping and signs to the cruise pavilion and marina/boardwalk area MLA Keith Irving announced $20,000 for interpretive panels, maps and seating on the Harvest Moon Trail in Wolfville, $10,156 for benches, planters, light post banners and lighting in New Minas and $18,500 for landscaping, an accessible pedestrian entrance, sitting area, pavers and replacement of the hedge along the Main St. sidewalk at Mona Parsons Statue Park in Wolfville.
Chandigarh: Two days after the Lok Sabha elections results, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday expressed his gratitude to the people of the state for reposing faith in the Congress party. “I express my gratitude to all workers for their support & hardwork which led to such a good showing in the Lok Sabha polls. Thank you, Punjab for placing your trust in us! I reiterate my commitment to making Punjab #1 again!” he tweeted. Punjab’s ruling Congress won eight of the 13 Lok Sabha seats, one of the few states where it did well, while the BJP and its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) bagged two seats each. Bhagwant Mann was the only Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate to win the elections.
New Delhi: While stressing on the need to check the food waste in the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has urged the people to adopt healthy and balanced food habits.While addressing a function on first-ever World Food Safety Day, Vardhan said, “I appeal to all the people of India to make ‘eat right’ movement a ‘jan andolan’ with ‘jan bhagidhari’ just as we all had come together and made India Polio-free.” “Food is everyone’s responsibility. Let us pledge to not waste even one grain of food, and ensure that in our own personal capacities and in our institutions, contribute towards food security. It will help to eliminate poverty, hunger and malnutrition,” the Union Health Minister said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCOutlining the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for New India, Vardhan said, “The New India vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi includes health, social security and nutrition. He has acknowledged the ‘Eat Right Movement’ of FSSAI in his Mann ki Baat programme.” “Health is not only the absence of disease and infirmity but the presence of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness,” he said. The Health Minister also unveiled a statue of ‘Gandhi on a bicycle’ installed at the FSSAI complex. “As we commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Bapu, the statue symbolises his journey towards good health and it will constantly inspire people for emulating his good health practices,” he said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsNotably, Health Ministry’s research arm — Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which is headed by noted cardiologist Balram Bhargava — has also decided to roll out a pilot project to propagate the Gandhian philosophy of health among children in schools. The prime objective of the project, which is the brainchild of ICMR DG Balram Bhargava is to make the future generation of the country fit by educating children about healthy habits of Gandhi through different means of communication.
NEW DELHI: Hunger, unemployment, illiteracy, violence and hatred in society need to be fought through education, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said on Thursday and asserted educators of Delhi government are committed to carrying out “surgical strikes” on these ills. The purpose of education is the happiness of the children and how they use it and contribute to the happiness of others in the society, Sisodia said at an administrative capacity building programme for heads and inspectors of Delhi government schools. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”In newspapers, we read headlines that make us sad. The army can not do a surgical strike on it, you will have to do it. The teachers and education staff of Delhi will conduct a surgical strike on these ills of unemployment, hunger, illiteracy, violence and hatred that become headlines in newspapers,” he said. Deputy CM Sisodia, who is also Education minister of Delhi, highlighted achievements of the AAP government in the uplifting education sector in Delhi and laid emphasis on ‘happiness’ curriculum and ‘entrepreneurship mindset’ launched for government schools in Delhi. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Entrepreneurship mindset curriculum is aimed at preparing job providers, not job seekers,” he said about the curriculum for Class IX-XII students which has been launched on a pilot basis in some of the city government schools. There should not be any confusion that the curriculum is intended to prepare entrepreneurs as it is aimed at cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset in students so that they become job providers and problem solvers in any field they work after the school education, Sisodia said. The Deputy Chief Minister asked education department officials to issue a circular on teacher innovation fund of Rs 1.0-1.5 lakh per school which was announced in Delhi government budget. In reply to a question, Sisodia said all the eligible vice principals will be promoted as principals if the Delhi government is given power over the Services department. He also said that the government has removed the income cap on scholarship for meritorious students so that most of them will be benefited by it. Deputy CM Sisodia highlighted human resource and infrastructure developments in the education sector under the AAP government and overall improvement in results of Delhi schools in the last 4.5 years. He claimed 2.5 times increase in Education budget from Rs 6 600 crore in 2015 to Rs 15600 crore in 2019 and said by November this year 45,118 classrooms will be ready against 24,157 in 2015.