ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Beaver Meadow Road To allow for repaving, Beaver Meadow Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Trunk 4 at James River, for 3.2 kilometres to the intersection of Mill Road. The work will take place from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HALIFAX COUNTY: Trunk 7, Spry Harbour Bridge A 500-metre detour on Trunk 7 near Spry Harbour will allow for the replacement of the Spry Harbour Bridge. The detour will be in place 24-hours a day until Friday, Aug. 11. There will be two-way traffic on the detour with a maximum speed of 50 kilometres per hour. Local Area Office: 902-885-2821 Fax: 902-885-3090 -30-
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. HALIFAX COUNTY: Victoria Road, Dartmouth Inbound traffic on Victoria Road will be reduced to one lane on the rail road overpass just before the exit to Highway 111 and the MacKay Bridge. This will allow repairs to the joints of the overpass. The work is expected to be completed by Saturday, Nov. 25. During that time, the lane closure will be in place 24 hours a day. The two outbound lanes will remain open. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner No. 2 Bridge Varner No. 2 Bridge on Route 208 in New Germany, will be closed to all traffic until Friday, Dec. 1, for deck replacement and steel truss repairs. A detour is available via Zwicker Mill Road, Trunk 10, Lower Branch Road and School Street. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 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 Thursday, Nov. 30. 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: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Robie Street Robie Street, Truro, will be reduced to two lanes for paving and construction of curbs and sidewalks until Friday, Nov. 24. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West Branch Road West Branch Road will be closed for culvert replacement until Saturday, Dec. 2. A detour will be available via Old Pictou Road, Gunn No. 4 Road and Black River Road. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Port Hastings rotary north for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic control will consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 in Heatherton will be reduced to one lane from Sunday, Nov. 12 until Thursday, Nov. 30 for concrete repairs. Traffic control will consists of traffic lights. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 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: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 PICTOU COUNTY: Durham Bridge Durham Bridge, located on Green Hill Road and Route 376, will be closed for replacement until Saturday, Nov. 25. Motorists are advised to follow detour signs. 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 repair, and deck and guardrail replacement. Traffic control consists of a lighting system. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane via a detour bridge until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals or traffic control persons. 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: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 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. KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Street Bridge Bridge Street Bridge on Bridge Street will be reduced to one lane for bridge and sidewalk repairs until Tuesday, Nov. 21. There is a heavy truck traffic detour at Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Kings County and Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Annapolis County. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Porteaus Bridge Porteaus Bridge on Route 246 will be closed today, Nov. 17, until about 4 p.m. for repairs. An alternate route is available on Kennedy Hill Road and Route 256. Detour signs are in place. 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, Nov. 24, 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: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-897-3749 Fax: 902-657-9254 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 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. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Brooks Subdivision Three Brooks Drive and White Sands Court in Three Brooks subdivision will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Nov. 28. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail, Point Cross Bridge Traffic on the Point Cross Bridge on the Cabot Trail in Cheticamp is reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 22 to allow for bridge repairs. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Maximum load width on the bridge during repairs is 4.6 metres (15 feet). Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 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 m. Motorists should proceed with caution. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester The intersection of Trunk 3 and Duke Street in Chester will periodically be reduced to one lane for installation of sidewalks and curbs until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-521-0224 Fax: 902-543-5593 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 at Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Friday, Dec. 22. Lanes will periodically be reduced to one lane. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. 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. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, between Paddys Head and West Dover, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Nov. 24, for paving. Traffic control consists of signs. Traffic will be stop and go. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 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: Woodburn Road Woodburn Road, from Trunk 4 at Pine Tree to Route 289, Little Harbour Road, will be reduced one lane until Friday, Dec. 1, for patching and repaving.Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: St. Margaret’s Bay Village Ashford Close, Fox Hollow Drive, Ashbury Court, Fox Point Drive, Fox Ridge Court and Magnolia Court in St. Margaret’s Bay Village will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Nov. 28. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. 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. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 at Exit 9 will be closed for repairs to the overpass until Friday, Nov. 24. Detour on Exit 9 east and west. 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: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593
NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 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. KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, to replace the overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge 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. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207, near Lawrencetown Beach, will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31. A one-lane bridge will be installed with traffic lights until construction is complete. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hammonds Plains Road and French Village Station Road The intersection of Hammonds Plains Road and French Village Station Road will be undergoing repairs for traffic signal installation and intersection widening until Wednesday, Feb. 28. Traffic control will consist of flag persons. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2244 Fax: 902-563-0540 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be periodic highway lane closings near the West Brooklyn underpass for road repairs until Saturday, March 31. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Traffic may be stopped for short periods. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and will be controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 will have alternating lane closures for highway sign replacement until Saturday, March 31. Traffic control consists of a flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. Detour route is available on Trunk 3 from Hubbards to Blockhouse. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4, Highway 125/Spar Road intersection Trunk 4, Highway 125/Spar Road intersection will not have traffic lights functioning due to maintenance of the traffic light system on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 7 a.m. to noon. Traffic controllers will be directing traffic during this time. -30-
About 4,150 long-term care clients have received updated information on adjustments to what they pay for long-term care accommodations. The adjustments are based on increases in the cost of operating facilities, changes in individual incomes, and increases to the old age security/guaranteed income supplement program. No long-term care client will face an increase of more than $3.50 per day. “Annual rate reviews and adjustments are necessary to ensure that residents continue to receive quality care at a fair price,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health. Letters explaining the revised rates were mailed by the Department of Health to home administrators, long-term care residents and people with powers of attorney on Sept. 25. Long-term care clients waiting for placement in a home will receive their letters this month. Effective Nov. 1, the standard accommodation charge for a nursing home increased to $79 per day, up from $75.50 per day. The daily standard accommodation charge for a residential care facility increased to $50.50 from $49. The daily standard accommodation charge for a community-based option increased to $46.50 from $46. The daily respite charge in long-term care increased to $29.75 per day from $28.70. The Department of Health also adjusted two income related areas effective Nov. 1, in keeping with this year’s increase to the federal government’s old age security/guaranteed income supplement. Single seniors are able to retain 15 per cent of their income or $2,652, whichever is greater, before they pay accommodation charges. This reflects an $96 increase in the minimum retained income amount. Couples who cannot pay the standard accommodation charges will also keep more of their money. Spouses who live in the community can retain $15,992 per year. That is an increase of $947 per year to the spousal income threshold amount. The department’s 2006-07 budget for long-term care services is about $342.9 million.
Nova Scotia’s reputation as one of the world’s best centres for energy training continues to grow. The province has signed an agreement with Venezuela’s national oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., to become a preferred provider of energy training programs. “Nova Scotia is internationally recognized as a centre of quality education,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Energy. “And word keeps spreading. The oil and gas industry knows they can find world-class instruction and training here.” This agreement is part of Petroleos de Venezuela’s strategy to strengthen the technical knowledge of its new employees, with a target of producing 5.8 million barrels of crude oil per day by 2012. Nova Scotia has provided customized energy training to workers from other countries such as Angola, Russia and Italy. “Our educators offer first-class programs,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “The credentials these students will have on graduation will open many doors. It will also enhance our reputation as an energy leader.” The agreement includes the possibility that employees from Petroleos de Venezuela will study in Nova Scotia institutions such as Nova Scotia Community College and Cape Breton, Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s universities. These institutions will offer specialized energy training, including masters and other post-graduate work, as well as professional skills and development. “Energy-sector employers from around the world look at Nova Scotia’s post-secondary institutions and see a proven track-record of training excellence in top-notch facilities that meet industry needs,” said Sterling Feener, manager, NSCC business development. “NSCC is a proud partner in that success.” Barry Clouter, outgoing chair of the Offshore/Onshore Technology Association of Nova Scotia said: “Nova Scotia’s industry expertise has won partnerships around the world and this deal is evidence of our continued reputation as quality service providers. This agreement may open the door for new contracts in the oil and gas sector in addition to education training.”
The province is helping Guysborough-area businesses sell more goods and services to the public sector. Buyers from municipal, provincial and federal governments, universities, colleges, school boards, and health authorities will meet with local business operators at a trade show on Tuesday, June 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 10628 Hwy. 16, Guysborough. The show will help vendors learn how to increase sales by selling to government. Vendors can meet buyers face-to-face to exchange information on products and services. “Businesses in Nova Scotia offer some of the most innovative products and services in the world,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac. “The province is pleased to provide a forum for public-sector purchasers to discover these products and to help local enterprises expand their markets.” Eighty per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends annually on goods, services and construction is purchased from Nova Scotia businesses. The trade show is co-hosted by the Department of Economic Development and the Guysborough County Regional Development Authority. “We are pleased that the provincial government has taken the initiative to come to our area to help local businesses sell their products and services to the public sector,” said regional development authority executive director Dan Gillis. “Our businesses are confident that this trade show will open up new opportunities and experiences for them.” The province’s supplier development program encourages Nova Scotia companies to sell to government. It helps small-business operators learn how to bid on government tenders and provides outreach services and community workshops on how to access business opportunities with government. For more information on supplier development, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/supplierdevelopment.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road between Station Road and Route 6 is closed until further notice due to culvert washout. Local traffic is being detoured through Malagash Station Road. Heavy trucks must use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 -30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Amherst town line, south for about 4.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing from Monday, Sept. 13 until Thursday, Sept. 16. Traffic control personnel are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
More improvements to the province’s justice system will result from reviews of two incidents involving offenders at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility last fall. “Our justice system processes about 15,000 cases a year — that’s thousands of offenders, most facing multiple charges — and more than 99 per cent of those are error free,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “These reviews provide us with insights that we will use to further reduce the risk of mistakes.” Mr. Landry called for a review of the procedures that were in place at the time of the incidents involving the mistaken release of prisoners. “We will be focusing on measures to improve communication and co-ordination among the various parties within the system. We will also make changes to our computer system that will help to reduce the possibility of human error.” The Justice Department is also working on a disclosure policy to improve public communication when significant incidents occur. It’s expected to be finalized in the spring. The Nova Scotia justice system includes the courts, the judiciary, the public prosecutions’ service, corrections officers, sheriffs, community corrections workers, data-entry clerks, administration staff, computer professionals, and other department of Justice employees. The incident reviews may be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/just/publications/ .
Thousands of Nova Scotians and visitors from across Canada were in Lunenburg today to celebrate the relaunch of the Bluenose II. Taking advantage of morning tides, the schooner was slowly winched into the water, link-by-link, from the 1,200-tonne marine railway at the Lunenburg Shipyard. “The return of Bluenose II to water is a significant milestone in preserving Canada’s and Nova Scotia’s proud maritime history and a testament to the shipbuilding history of our great province,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia. “Our government is a proud partner in the restoration of this historic vessel as we focus on creating local jobs, boosting tourism and spurring economic growth in Nova Scotia for years to come.” “Seeing the Bluenose II return to the water where she belongs marks a proud day for Lunenburg residents, Nova Scotians, and all Canadians,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “The Bluenose II restoration has captured Nova Scotians’ pride in our province’s shipbuilding tradition and has boosted tourism and provided good, local jobs. Dozens of people have clocked countless hours to return the Bluenose II to the water, reminding us all that ships start here.” The original Bluenose was an international racing and fishing champion schooner designed by William J. Roué and launched in 1921. Oland Brewery built the Bluenose II in 1963 and sold it to the province in 1971 for one dollar, paid with 10 Canadian dimes. Since then, the schooner has received many upgrades, but none matching the latest restoration, which included the complete rebuilding of the vessel’s hull. The restoration was carried out by the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance, a company owned by Snyder’s Shipyard, Lunenburg Industrial Foundry and Engineering and Covey Island Boatworks. Over the coming weeks and months, the schooner will receive its masts, rigging and sails, as well as new mechanical and electrical systems. The Bluenose II will sail again in spring 2013, with many visits to Nova Scotia communities. The Government of Canada has invested up to $4,937,500 toward eligible restoration costs through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The Province of Nova Scotia has invested about $11 million in the restoration project. The Government of Canada has engaged provinces, territories, municipalities and key stakeholders in a series of roundtables to guide the development of a new long-term infrastructure plan that will support job creation, economic growth and prosperity. To improve infrastructure across Canada and leverage new investment, the Government of Canada’s new long-term plan will encourage greater use of public-private partnerships, while respecting the capacity of Canadian taxpayers. -30-
Legislative changes introduced today, April 9, will help bring faster closure for families handling an estate after the loss of a loved one. Amendments to the Public Trustee Act will give heirs a simpler, less expensive way to administer estates. Other changes to the Adult Protection Act and the Hospitals Act, as well as the Public Trustee Act, will clarify the role of the Public Trustee of Nova Scotia dealing with living estates. “The public trustee deals with families and heirs during very trying times in their lives,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “We want to be sure that estates get concluded as quickly as possible so they are able to move on.” The amendments to the Public Trustee Act will allow the public trustee to use a simpler process to administer estates valued at less than $25,000. It is already used in some cases and will be expanded to include cases where heirs cannot agree on who should administer the estate. It will also include cases where the public trustee was looking after the deceased’s property while they were living. The amendments to the Public Trustee Act, the Adult Protection Act and the Hospitals Act will clarify the role of the public trustee as a statutory guardian of an incompetent person’s estate. In these cases, the trustee would have authority to sell, mortgage or place a legal claim on any property associated with the estate. Public trustees in seven other Canadian jurisdictions have this authority. “The current laws can slow down the administration of certain estates,” said M. Estelle Theriault, Public Trustee of Nova Scotia. “These changes will really improve the efficiency of the public trustee and help ensure we are able to save time and money for the estate.” The Public Trustee of Nova Scotia is an independent body that administers estates of deceased, incompetent or missing people and children. It also provides informed consents for health care, placement in a continuing-care home or home-care services, respecting human rights and freedoms, and in the client’s best interests if prior wishes, values and beliefs are not known.
FOR BROADCAST ONLY: The Truro Campus of Nova Scotia Community College is one of 17 publicly funded institutions receiving grants to help people eat healthy food. The campus is using $11,500 to implement its healthy eating strategy, which includes a nutrition policy, education about healthy food choices and creating a positive social environment for healthy heating. The grants total nearly $268,000 for publicly funded institutions, which include health authorities, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, and sport and recreation settings such as public arenas and fitness facilities. The grants support Thrive!, the plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. -30- The Truro Campus of Nova Scotia Community College is one of 17 publicly funded institutions receiving grants to help people eat healthy food. Environments where people work, study and play often influence them to make poor food choices. Through Thrive!, the plan for a healthier Nova Scotia, these grants are helping organizations like NSCC change their environments so healthy food choices become more natural and habitual. “Our entire campus community is inspired by the Thrive! funding received for the healthy eating project,” said NSCC Truro faculty member Dawn D’Arcy. “We’re looking forward to launching our Healthy Living Strategy and are thrilled with the commitment and involvement demonstrated by our students, campus staff, our food service provider Aramark, and Public Health as we move forward on this initiative.” The Truro campus is using $11,500 to implement its strategy, which includes a nutrition policy, education about healthy food choices and creating a positive social environment for healthy heating. The grants total nearly $268,000 for publicly funded institutions, which include health authorities, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, and sport and recreation settings such as public arenas and fitness facilities. They help organizations strengthen or develop food and nutrition policies that make healthy food the default option and decrease the pressure to resist less healthy foods. The money can be used for policy development, supplies and equipment, menu development, training in cooking skills, promoting local food, and other activities that help create a supportive environment for healthy eating.
more front line staff increased focus on career counselling for youth more effective recruitment support for businesses expansion of services across the province for people with barriers to employment support for career practitioner certification and professional development North Sydney, 105 King St. – Sept. 13 Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association Windsor, 80 Water St., Windsor Mall – Sept. 20 Digby Disabilities Employment Solutions Job Resource Centre Shelburne, 3588 Highway 3 – Sept. 20 Yarmouth, 103 Water St. – Oct. 25 Peopleworx Liverpool, 7A Henry Hensey Dr. – Sept. 20 Bridgewater, 215 Dominion St. – Sept. 20 Hubbards, 10 Pte. Richard Green Lane – Sept. 21 “Working with the employment services team at Futureworx has helped me with my recruitment needs,” said Michael Jodrey, Jodrey and Company Ltd. “I needed more employees, and with their help, I was able to access recruitment advice and support which ultimately helped grow my business.” While the overall budget remains the same, the Nova Scotia Works system reduces administration and infrastructure costs from 53 per cent down to 27 per cent. More front line staff were hired with the savings to focus on employer engagement, client service, and outreach to schools. Qualified career practitioners and counsellors will deliver a consistent suite of services including career counselling, job search services and resources, job coaching, job development, employment workshops, and employer engagement. “With the transformation of employment services in the province, we now have a more relevant suite of options, tools and supports available for our clients,” said Randy Lindsay, Futureworx executive director. “This will enhance our ability to connect job seekers with available positions and help individuals, employers and our communities realize their potential.” The transformation of Nova Scotia’s employment services was a key recommendation in the Transition Task Force report released in June. The report is online at http://novascotia.ca/lae/pubs/docs/From-School-to-Success-Clearing-the-Path.pdf . This system is funded by the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement. For more information, and a list of Nova Scotia Works employment centres, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/works Nova Scotians can visit the new centres in their communities as they launch over the next few weeks. The following Nova Scotia Works employment service centres are holding open houses on the dates indicated: Southwest Employment Service Northside Employment and Resource Centre Port Hawkesbury, 811 Reeves St. Unit 6 – Sept. 16 Eastern Passage, 1515 Main Rd. – Sept. 7 Sheet Harbour, 22756 Highway #7 – Sept. 8 Cole Harbour, 5 Cumberland Dr. (Cumberland Plaza) – Sept. 9 Dartmouth, 14-118 Wyse Rd. – Sept. 12 Dartmouth, 35 Wilfred Jackson Way – Sept. 14 Musquodoboit, 12943 Highway 224 – Sept. 16 Halifax, 2269 Gottingen St. – Sept. 19 Porters Lake, 5228 Highway 7 – Sept. 21 Sydney, 399 Charlotte St. – Oct. 4 Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse Coldbrook – 11 Opportunity Lane – Sept. 19 Middleton – 298 Marshall St. Sept. 23 Digby, 87 Warwick St. – Dec. 9 EmployAbility Partnership Career Connections Amherst, 63 Victoria St. – Sept. 16 Springhill, 166 Junction Rd. – Sept. 21 Church Point, 1649 Highway 1 – Sept. 9 Tusket, 1 Slocumb Cres. – Sept. 13 YMCA The province launched its new employment services system, Nova Scotia Works, today, Sept. 6, at the Elmsdale Futureworx Job Search Centre, a Nova Scotia Works employment services centre. The new system will strengthen Nova Scotia’s workforce by providing better front line services and support for youth, job seekers and employers. “We’ve been working hard to ensure all Nova Scotians looking for work have access to the employment services they need, no matter where they live,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “This new system will provide the support they need to find a good job, and it will also help employers find skilled workers.” Government began working with service providers in November to redesign the $23-million employment services system. The new system includes: Guysborough, 996 Highway 16 Unit C, Chedabucto Centre – Sept. 16 Antigonish, 50 James St. – Sept. 23
Des centaines d’apprenants adultes de partout dans la province recevront ce mois-ci leur diplôme d’études secondaires, ce qui leur permettra d’envisager des études postsecondaires et leur donnera accès à de meilleures possibilités d’emploi dans les localités où ils vivent. Près de 450 adultes recevront leur diplôme lors de 19 cérémonies de remise de diplômes qui se dérouleront au cours des prochaines semaines au Nova Scotia Community College, à l’Université Sainte-Anne et dans des écoles secondaires pour adultes. En 2017, le gouvernement provincial a éliminé les frais normalement exigés pour passer les tests du GED (General Educational Development) afin d’aider encore plus d’apprenants adultes à poursuivre leurs études ou à réintégrer le marché du travail. Darlene Roy, 59 ans, recevra son diplôme à l’école secondaire pour adultes Queens à Liverpool, le même jour où sa petite-fille, Ataya Roy-Keans, recevra le sien. « J’ai toujours voulu obtenir mon diplôme d’études secondaires. Je me sens tellement mieux par rapport à moi-même, j’ai plus confiance en moi, indique Mme Roy. Le programme a été une merveilleuse expérience. C’était comme aller à l’école avec ma famille. Et c’était incroyable de pouvoir partager ce moment avec Ataya et de recevoir mon diplôme en même temps qu’elle. » L’École de formation des adultes de la Nouvelle-Écosse (EFANE) assure gratuitement des programmes aux Néo-Écossais adultes d’au moins 19 ans qui ont quitté l’école secondaire depuis au moins un an. Les programmes, offerts en anglais et en français dans différentes localités, sont notamment ceux du Diplôme de fin d’études secondaires pour adultes de la Nouvelle-Écosse et les cours préparatoires au GED. De concert avec ses partenaires, l’EFANE offre aussi gratuitement de nombreux programmes d’apprentissage pour adultes partout dans la province. Plus de 9000 Néo-Écossais ont reçu leur diplôme d’études secondaires pour adultes de l’EFANE depuis le lancement du programme en 2001. Pour en apprendre davantage sur Mme Roy, allez au https://medium.com/@nsgov/south-shore-woman-achieves-a-long-long-goal-through-adult-learning-7e9fabcce174 . Le récit est en anglais seulement. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur l’EFANE et ses programmes, consultez le https://www.etudescollegiales.ca/formation-generale-des-adultes . Pour de plus amples renseignements sur les programmes de formation des adultes en anglais, consultez le https://novascotia.ca/adult-learning/ .
Kolkata: Expressing her deep anguish over the way BJP spent money, polarised voters and used the institutions to win the Lok Sabha poll, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said it would open a dangerous trend in Indian democracy in the coming years. She also expressed her doubt over the alleged tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the entire election process.The Bharatiya Janata Party alone secured 303 of 542 Lok Sabha seats, while the Congress won 52 seats. In Bengal, the TMC won 22 out of 42 seats, while the BJP raised its tally from two seats in 2014 to 18 this year. The Congress won only two seats here while the Left Front was completely routed. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAddressing her first press conference at her Kalighat residence on Saturday evening since the announcement of results, Banerjee said she had wished to resign as the Chief Minister but her party leaders did not endorse it. She met the core committee members and those who had contested in the Lok Sabha election along with the district presidents and observers. “I cannot accept the way BJP has used money power and all the institutions to win votes. There has been total polarisation. This is a dangerous trend for Indian democracy. I had expressed my willingness to resign but my party leaders turned it down,” she said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanerjee alleged that the Election Commission of India had functioned in tandem with the BJP. “We had lodged several complaints but the EC did not pay any heed to them. For the past five months, the state government could not work and even now the Code of Conduct has not been withdrawn, she said and added: “There are more than 200 companies of Central Forces and we have to pay money for their maintenance. Where from we will get money. They had withdrawn the Central Forces from Jangalmahal and Darjeeling which are vulnerable areas.” She further maintained that though “one cannot say anything against the Judiciary but recently many of its judgments have raised questions. Where should we go to register our grievances?” Banerjee said the party has increased its vote share by 5 percent but lost 18 seats. She said she had never seen the way BJP had spent money in the recent election. “Development took a back seat and they won the election by spending lakhs of rupees. BJP leaders along with the Central Force personnel had visited the houses of voters and spent Rs 5000 for every vote. This is unfortunate.” Coming down heavily on the CPI(M), she said the party made “suicidal attempts to help BJP to win the polls. The Left Front vote has come down to 7 percent from 29 percent and 22 percent votes have gone in favour of BJP.” She also said the BJP has resorted to violence in many places and has tried to create fear psychosis among the people. “The police do not report to me as it is under the Election Commission but my government would have controlled it,” she said further adding: “The party offices which the BJP have taken over will be brought back soon.” Banerjee did not rule out the tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines. “I will not elaborate the matter now. Experts are working on it. But how come Congress has not got a single seat in Delhi or Rajasthan where it had formed the government a few months ago. I will talk on the subject later,” she said. “When Rajiv Gandhi had got 400 plus seats in the Lok Sabha, nobody questioned but why are people raising doubts this time. It should be looked into.” Banerjee said she would cooperate with the Centre and support all the democratic decisions but will oppose all the decisions which that are “undemocratic and affects secularism.” The TMC chief also brought major changes in the district leadership and said she would meet the leaders once again on May 31.
New Delhi: Students who have applied for undergraduate programmes at DU under the Extra Curricular Activity (ECA) quota will face the priliminary round of trial from June 25. Moreover, the university has included “Yoga” for first time in the ECA category. Students who will qualify in the ECA trial will not be given more than 15% concession/relaxation in academic merit for the last relevant cut-off list. They will also have to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria of the programme. Up to 5 percent seats are reserved by every college for ECA admissions. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkIn the first phase of the trial, students will not be required to submit any certificate but will have to carry a printout of their registration form. Students who have not registered for ECA trials will not be allowed to perform. Students have been asked to upload one “best certificate” while filling the application form. This certificate will only be verified if they qualify in the final trial. “Weightage of 75:25 will be given to trials and certificates respectively,” said the university. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe applicant must secure at least 50% marks in final trials (38 marks out of 75) to be eligible for the final list of selected candidates. The university said that more weightage is being given to the performance trial instead of marks for certificate so that they will be able to judge the students knowledge and skill level instead of relying on certificates. Professor Rasal Singh, Member, Academic Council said that the varisty has alloted 5 percent supernumeray seats for ECA and sports category but some colleges do not give admission under ECA catergory, therefore, admission committee has instructed every colleges affiliated with the DU to give at least 1 percent of seats under ECA. He also said that it is essenstial to promote the talents of debate, drama, music, dance etc, meanwhile, transparency will also be made in this category so that all deserving candidates can get fair chance and talented students, who perform well can get the opportunity.
Washington: The White House has said that Chinese tech giant Huawei will remain banned from developing its 5G wireless networks in the US, although US firms will be allowed to sell small components such as chips to the Chinese company. In an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, the White House’s trade advisor, Peter Navarro, announced that the Donald Trump administration will continue to prohibit Huawei from marketing its 5G Internet technology in the US, which Washington fears the company may use to spy for the Chinese government, Efe news reported. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The US policy toward Huawei has not changed and will not change, Navarro said. “All we’ve done basically is to allow the sale of chips to Huawei and these are lower tech items which do not impact national security whatever.” “Selling chips to Huawei, a small amount of chips – less than $1 billion a year – in the short run is small in the scheme of things,” Navarro said. He said that Trump is committed to making the US the leader in the race to develop 5G technology, building companies like Nokia and Ericsson in Europe to contribute to the process. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Currently, Huawei is very popular in Europe and is leading in the fight for control of 5G wireless networks which will enable users to surf the Internet much more quickly and could facilitate the development of self-driving vehicles, techniques for performing surgery by remote control and other procedures that it now puts within reach. In the face of that, the US is leading a global campaign to prevent Huawei from developing 5G technology and has been pressuring the European Union to restrict the firm’s activities. At the recent G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed on a trade truce whereby Washington held off on imposing new tariffs on Chinese goods and agreed to allow US companies to sell products to Huawei. To date, few details have been revealed about the measures that Washington will take vis-a-vis Huawei and, in fact, the Treasury Department still must decide if it will lift the ban it imposed on the company in May which prevents it from using US components. Specifically, the Treasury in mid-May included Huawei on a black list preventing US firms from selling original components – that is, computer chips – to it without prior administration approval, given the suspicions that China’s leader in developing next-generation 5G Internet technology could use those systems for espionage. The negotiations between Beijing and Washington to resolve their trade war have resumed and “We’re headed in a very good direction,” Navarro said. “It’s complicated, as the president said, correctly, this will take time and we want to get it right. So let’s get it right.” “This is a very complicated process,” Navarro said. “We had a deal that was over 150 pages long with seven different chapters” at the time the negotiations stagnated, which is still “the basis now for moving further forward.”
New Delhi: Patients at the Delhi government-run LNJP Hospital faced hardship as doctors at the facility went on strike on Monday over an alleged assault on a postgraduate medical student by a patient’s attendant, demanding adequate security.Resident doctors did not work in both regular and emergency wards, affecting patients at the biggest Delhi government-run hospital, Medical Superintendent Kishore Singh said. The strike was called off in the evening as the government agreed to their demands. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”We have immediately agreed to their demand of deployment of marshalls in the hospital, including in emergency ward. Other demands like installation of CCTV cameras at other places, we are looking into those aspects, and areas are being identified,” Delhi Health Secretary Sanjeev Khirwar said. As many as 48 marshalls will be deployed eventually, 16 in each of the three shifts across the hospital campus, he said. CCTV cameras are already installed at some places in the hospital and 10 of the marshalls were deployed Monday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderResident Doctors’ Association (RDA) representatives and hospital authorities had met Delhi Health Secretary in the afternoon. Earlier in the day, the RDA of the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital claimed the stir was triggered by an alleged assault on a third-year postgraduate student of Maulana Azad Medical College, who was on duty last night in the emergency department, around 11 pm. “A patient was brought to the ER department and later died of some complications. An attendant then assaulted a person on duty, who is a third-year student of MD at the college,” RDA president Saiket Jena alleged. “In the last few days, several such incidents of attack on doctors have taken place in the hospital premises. So, we have gone on a strike,” he said in the morning.
It is only too ‘normal’ in a patriarchal system that the right of an individual be decided by society and that be shaped by the opinions of all and sundry. The right a person may exercise has to first be approved by the community at large, which may not necessarily have any significant contribution in allaying an individual’s very specific troubles whatsoever. The right to choose or not choose life inevitably goes through the filter of society to the rediculous extent that a situation is expected to be in conformity with the pre-conceived notions. The matter of induced abortion is a case in point. But as times change and society opens up to newer aspects of life, some changes, although met with resistance, wriggle their way in. Like on Monday, the Supreme Court admitted a writ petition seeking to decriminalise abortion and allowing women the right to exercise their reproductive choice. This is with the motive to redress severe restrictions on the reproductive choice of a woman, her personal liberty and her bodily autonomy. The Apex Court admits the petition to decriminalise abortion as “The right to exercise reproductive choice is the right to choose whether to conceive and carry pregnancy to its full term or to terminate is it at the core of one’s privacy, dignity, personal autonomy, bodily integrity, self determination and right to health recognised by Article 21 of the Constitution,” as per the petition filed by Swati Agarwal, Garima Sekseria and Prachi Vats. A Bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice to the Centre on their contention that several provisions of the 48-year-old Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1971, impose unreasonable restrictions on the reproductive choice of a woman, her personal liberty and bodily autonomy. The court has asked the government to respond to the petition. This is indeed a very progressive move that was long overdue. In a country that is aiming higher every time, and also where nearly half the workforce is female, clamping them down with laws over highly personal choices is only counter-productive and detrimental to economic progress. The law largely allows a woman to abort only if the continuance of the pregnancy (according to a medical practitioner) involves a risk to her life; grave physical or mental injury; or risk of serious foetal abnormalities. The first trimester of pregnancy entails lesser risk for abortion. However, there is no logical basis (or interest) for the state to interfere in a woman’s reproductive choice. The petition went on to say that “The restriction puts an undue burden on the exercise of free reproductive choice and renders it meaningless. This provision, in substance, makes right to terminate pregnancy an exception, which is otherwise recognised as an important facet of right to life, human dignity and self-determination”. It is time the state and society both realise this and take a step towards being more progressive, inclusive, and tolerant to alternative narratives for good.
Los Angeles: Camila Cabello has opened up about her battle with anxiety and encouraged people to fight for themselves as they are “the most worthwhile one”. She revealed how as a child she would never perform in front of her family and friends as she would get “flustered” when they would ask her to. “I feel like my whole life there’s been two Camila’s in me. There’s little Camila that is terrified of the unknown, is aware of all the ways everything can go wrong… and thinks it’s safer to stay home than to play ball. Then there’s other Camila. And she knows what she wants out of life, is aware of how little time I have to let little Camila run the show while time passes by, and grabs young me by the hand and forces her out the door saying ‘Let’s go. You’ll survive, and I’m not gonna miss out on this.” This is how she has navigated up till now.
Celebrate the bounty of Swiss flavours with your family and friends, as The Imperial commemorate ‘Swiss National Day’. Revel in a hand-crafted lunch buffet curated by the chefs at 1911 Restaurant for a splendid afternoon or enjoy an exquisite dinner at Nostalgia, 1911 Brasserie. The menu features a generous assortment of salads, soups, signature mains, live carving and desserts with the dishes like ‘Rotkraustsalt – Red cabbage salad’; ‘Nusslisalat- Swiss green salad with creamy dressing’, ‘Swiss apple tart’, ‘Swiss meringues with dark chocolate mousse’, along with many more indulgent offerings. WHERE: 1911 Restaurant (Lunch); Nostalgia, 1911 Brasserie (Dinner) When: August 1 Timings:12:30pm – 2:45pm (Lunch buffet) 6:30pm – 11:45pm (Dinner) Price: INR 3000 per person + taxes Apart from that, the hotel also invites you to celebrate ‘Friendship Day’, at 1911 Restaurant on August 4, 2019. Timings: 12:30pm – 2:45pm Price: INR 3700 per person + taxes