Cape Breton adults with intellectual and physical disabilities orlong-term mental illnesses now have a new place to call home. Community Services Minister David Morse officially opened the newMacDonald Hall today, April 15, in Inverness, Cape Breton. “The building represents a new beginning for MacDonald Hallresidents and their families,” said Mr. Morse. “Through thismodern and beautiful centre, residents will continue to receivethe care they require while staying in the community and close totheir families.” The new community home was built to replace an older building andwill offer greater accessibility, home-like comforts and amplegreen space. Residents from the original MacDonald Hall have nowmoved to the space, which accommodates up to 13 people. Onerespite bed is also available to provide relief to familiescaring for an adult with disabilities in their home. “We’re very pleased to see our plans for the new building come tolife,” said Leo Cox, chair of the MacDonald Hall constructioncommittee. “The new MacDonald Hall was designed with theresidents in mind, and will be a welcome addition to thecommunity.” MacDonald Hall was constructed for just under its $600,000budget, and operational funding is provided under the Servicesfor Persons with Disabilities program. Formerly known as theCommunity Supports for Adults program, the program is voluntaryand provides residential supports for about 3,100 Nova Scotians.Services under the program include group homes, small-optionhomes, adult residential centres, direct family support,supervised apartments and adult service centres.
Health and Vitality; The Commonwealth Challenge, a message from Her Majesty The Queen: There are few feelings more satisfying than waking to a new day with a sense of well-being. Good health is a precious gift. Yet many do not share in this. Some 40 million people today are living with HIV/AIDS, well over half of whom are Commonwealth citizens. Half a million women die each year in pregnancy and childbirth — and the death of any mother has huge consequences for the rest of the family. Yet very many of these deaths are preventable with adequate health care. Ignorance and lack of understanding about these issues sometimes breed uncertainty, even fear, and the inclination to turn from those who are unwell. But we know, for example, that someone who is HIV positive can, with proper support, lead a full and rewarding life. I am pleased that Commonwealth governments are playing their part in tackling disease and improving health for all. Polio, for example, used to cast its shadow across many countries. Today, thanks to concerted international action, just a handful still need to eliminate polio. The same approach and commitment to other global scourges, such as malaria and tuberculosis, can achieve equally impressive results. There is also much we can do through non-governmental organization and especially as individuals. Poor health is sometimes linked to the way we choose to live. But many of us can often take steps to eat better food or take more exercise. We can also, as communities, work to improve our surroundings to make them cleaner, safer places in which to live. The importance of good health is so wonderfully exemplified on the sports field. Sporting events can be the spur to extraordinary human achievement. Sport also demonstrates the value of co-operation and team-work, and the importance of mental and physical control. In Melbourne, in just a few days time, I will be opening what are known as “The Friendly Games.” Commonwealth athletes will gather once more a spirit of goodwill and fellowship, and will strive to achieve new heights of excellence. As we watch our finest sportsmen and women compete, we will see clearly what exercise at the very highest level can contribute to both sport and spirit. There is a traditional proverb which says, “He who has health has everything.” This year, as governments search for new ways to tackle these important challenges, we as individuals can also play our part so that, in pursuing health and vitality for all, we bring hope to the world. Elizabeth R. -30-
Eight 4-H members from Nova Scotia will head to Western Canada on July 5 to learn about agriculture and Canadian culture. The members will be participating in the annual Royal Bank of Canada 4-H Interprovincial Exchange Program. “This program gives 4-H members an opportunity to see different areas of Canada, but more importantly, they will live with rural families and learn about the agricultural industries and provincial 4-H programs,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Agriculture. The Nova Scotia delegates were selected through an interview process that was based on their contributions to the 4-H program and involvement in the community. Dominque Blais from Wileville, Lunenburg Co.; Kelsey Boone from Pictou; and Terrance Todd from Newport, Hants Co. will travel to Alberta. Jessie Dowe from Amherst, Cumberland Co. and Katie Munro from Merigomish, Pictou Co. are going to Manitoba. Carolyn Jardine from Saltsprings, Pictou Co. and Melissa Nicholson from Baddeck, Victoria Co. are traveling to Saskatchewan. Courtney Shaw from Paradise, Annapolis Co. will visit British Columbia. “Each year the participants talk about the wonderful experience they had on the exchange trip and how it is one of the highlights of their 4-H experience,” said Arthur Pick, acting manager, 4-H and Rural Organizations. In August, 4-H representatives from the participating provinces will visit Nova Scotia as part of the reciprocal travel program. The Royal Bank of Canada has sponsored the event for 44 years and will host the 4-H travel delegates from the Atlantic provinces at a banquet on Wednesday, July 5.
Halifax 2014 a donné le coup d’envoi à sa campagne d’information locale aujourd’hui le 20 septembre en envoyant un groupe d’athlètes et de partisans de Doctors Nova Scotia dans les commerces du centre-ville d’Halifax pour distribuer des autocollants sur lesquels on peut lire « ICI, nous appuyons la candidature ». « Nous mettons tout en oeuvre pour remporter le concours international et assurer que Halifax accueille les Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014 », explique Scott Logan, directeur général du comité Halifax 2014. « Il est clair que les résidents veulent en savoir plus sur les retombées des Jeux du Commonwealth pour Halifax. En encourageant les résidents à visiter notre site Web, nous espérons que la campagne ICI leur permettra de trouver des réponses à certaines de leurs questions. » Composante d’un programme de communications continu, la campagne ICI sera en vigueur dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax de la mi-septembre à la mi-novembre. Elle comprend un mélange de publicité imprimée, en ligne et extérieure. Par l’intermédiaire de panneaux-réclames, d’abribus, d’autobus, de traversiers, de terminaux de traversiers, de bancs dans les parcs et d’affiches, la campagne ICI joint les résidents là où ils vivent et travaillent. Des photos de coureurs de haies, de gymnastes et de nageurs paraîtront sur les autobus de Metro Transit, le message de la campagne figurera sur les bancs des parcs de toute la ville et des affiches orneront les murs des terminaux de traversiers. La campagne est le fruit d’un partenariat de création entre Cossette Atlantique, une agence de publicité locale, et Halifax 2014. « La campagne ICI aidera à créer un engouement dans toute la ville alors que nous continuons de déployer des efforts pour accueillir les Jeux du Commonwealth à Halifax en 2014 », affirme M. Logan. « Nous sommes conscients que la publicité n’est qu’une des nombreuses façons de joindre la collectivité. C’est pourquoi nous comptons également tenir des séances d’information communautaires, prononcer des allocutions et faire passer des annonces publiques afin d’aider les résidents à se tenir au courant de la situation. » On a profité du lancement de la campagne d’information pour annoncer que l’organisme Doctors Nova Scotia a décidé d’appuyer la candidature d’Halifax aux Jeux de 2014. « La santé à long terme de nos jeunes repose grandement sur l’adoption d’un mode de vie sain et actif », affirme M. Doug Clarke, président-directeur général de Doctors Nova Scotia. « Il n’y a pas de meilleure façon d’encourager l’activité physique chez nos jeunes que d’aménager des installations sportives de classe mondiale, de rendre hommage aux athlètes exceptionnels et de faire valoir l’aspect divertissant et excitant du sport. La tenue des Jeux du Commonwealth est un excellent moyen de favoriser la santé de la population néo-écossaise. » Grâce à l’appui non financier offert par divers médias, notamment Halifax Daily News, Metro Transit, Pattison Outdoor, CBS Outdoor, Global et CTV, les coûts de la campagne ont été réduits du tiers. Les Jeux du Commonwealth sont un événement sportif et culturel d’envergure internationale qui se déroule tous les quatre ans, avec des athlètes en provenance des 71 pays et territoires du Commonwealth. En décembre 2005, la ville d’Halifax a été retenue pour être la ville candidate du Canada aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. Le comité organisateur d’Halifax est en compétition avec la ville de Glasgow, en Écosse, et la ville d’Abuja, au Nigeria. Il se concentre à l’heure actuelle sur ses efforts pour préparer et remporter la candidature internationale, qui sera décernée par la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth le 9 novembre 2007 au Sri Lanka.
A successful meeting, in which a strong case was made for Nova Scotia, is how Premier Rodney MacDonald described his meeting today, Oct. 17, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Premier MacDonald is in Ottawa for Nova Scotia Days, promoting and raising awareness about Nova Scotia, its people and its business advantages. The premier met this afternoon with Prime Minister Harper discussing fiscal imbalance, promoting development of Nova Scotia as the gateway from Europe and Asia to North America and the province’s bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “Nova Scotia has all of the ingredients to stand on its own and have an independent future, but we must be on a level playing field,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Today I was able to put forward a strong case for Nova Scotia in the spirit of working together with the federal government, and my provincial counterparts for a solution that is fair and good for Canada.” Premier MacDonald also participated in Nova Scotia Days along with business leaders and cabinet ministers from Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia Days was an excellent chance for us to show businesses the many opportunities available in the province and we have been very encouraged with the feedback we have received,” said Premier MacDonald. “Nova Scotia Days was a marvellous opportunity to come to Ottawa as partners with the provincial government and other businesses to show what is happening and what can happen in Nova Scotia,” said Andrew Webber, president Armament Technology Inc. “I appreciate the team approach to showcase our many strengths in Nova Scotia.” “I think this was a worthwhile initiative for business, educational, and government people to get together in Ottawa to listen, exchange ideas and perhaps, most importantly, let others know about the very positive things happening in Nova Scotia,” said George Sutherland, general counsel Michelin North America (Canada). “I appreciated the opportunity to attend.” A number of representatives from Nova Scotia businesses travelledto Ottawa at their own expense to participate in Nova Scotia Days.
Teachers who prepare Nova Scotia’s youth for the workforce were recognized today, April 16, at an Education Week awards ceremony. Premier Rodney MacDonald and Education Minister Karen Casey were on hand to celebrate Education Week and recognize recipients. The theme for Education Week 2007, April 15 to 21, is Skills and Learning: Building our future/Compétences et apprentissage: Bâtissons notre avenir! Twenty-eight educators and partner representatives from across the province received Education Week Awards. “On behalf of the province I congratulate all award recipients for their dedication to Nova Scotia’s youth,” said Premier MacDonald. “Their work in preparing students to assume their place in our economy is directly linked to the future prosperity of Nova Scotia.” This year’s Education Week theme reflects the changing nature of Nova Scotia’s labour market and workplace. Nova Scotia has a rapidly aging workforce and a declining birthrate. In addition, most Western countries are experiencing skills shortages. “Now, more than ever before, Nova Scotia depends on a highly-skilled, resourceful workforce to meet labour market challenges,” said Ms. Casey. “Government, school boards, educators, parents, the business community and others are partnering to help students make more informed decisions about post-secondary education and careers.” Programs like apprenticeship training, co-operative education and Options and Opportunities are an important part of this preparation. The educators involved are forming strong partnerships with the business community to create more opportunities for students to gain real workplace experience Greg Selig is one of those educators. A 2007 Education Week award winner, Mr. Selig currently co-ordinates the Options and Opportunities program at New Germany High School. Options and Opportunities is a new program that focuses on career development and matches students with qualified employers to give them opportunities to gain workplace experience. Mr. Selig also directs the school’s Co-operative Education program. “Through the Options and Opportunities program, we take the resources available in our communities to help our students expand their world and their skill sets,” said Mr. Selig. “My students are definitely seeing the value of that.” Education Week is a co-operative effort of five education partners — the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse and the Nova Scotia Department of Education. The Teachers Plus Credit Union has been the exclusive corporate sponsor of the event since 2003. Education Week has been celebrated in Nova Scotia since the 1930s.
Like so many remarkable ideas, the origin of Tim Harris’ business can be traced back to the fine Nova Scotia tradition of meeting up with a friend to share a beverage and shoot the breeze. That’s essentially how Tradewinds Realty began. After an eight-year stint in the High Arctic working in construction engineering, Harris, broker and president of Tradewinds, found himself back home in Chester on what was supposed to be a ten-day vacation. But when the boss called asking him to return to the Arctic early, he had already realized that he needed to “re-root” himself in Nova Scotia. He told his boss, “No, I’m not going back. I’m home. I’m done.” With no concrete contingency plan, Harris decided to act on a suggestion that emerged over a casual conversation and a beer with a friend: He got into real estate. Within three years, Tim Harris was at the helm of his own real estate company. Today, Tradewinds Realty Inc., is home to more than 40 agents in six offices around the province, a seventh scheduled to open in metro Halifax in the late spring of 2009, and sales affiliates in England and Costa Rica. The company generated over $75-million in sales in 2007 and two years earlier, Tradewinds was awarded the prestigious Bentley International Property Award for Best Canadian Real Estate Agency. From the start, Harris was keen on using technology to adapt his business to the challenges of the real estate market provincially, nationally and internationally. The Tradewinds website, SeaNovaScotia.com, separates his company from traditional real estate companies by harnessing the marketing and communications power of the Internet, and working with the notion of ‘local knowledge, global reach.’ Those looking to buy their own little piece of paradise can view over 700 virtual listings, get answers to any questions they might have about life in Nova Scotia, watch live webcam feeds from a number of picturesque vantage points, and read the down-to-earth, personal profiles of each Tradewinds agent, all online. Tradewinds also successfully strikes that essential balance between freedom and support for its staff. It effortlessly blends modern technology with traditional friendliness for its clients. The agents, have their own unique and sophisticated intranet site, i.Tradewinds.com. It allows them to live and work anywhere in the province, without local office support, while still remaining connected to the company and to their clients. Potential clients can contact agents directly, and each agent is free to let their personal identity shine through. “My salespeople have the reins. They’re in control of their own image, and how they brand themselves,” Harris happily admits. “And the website does everything for our agents, so they can conduct their business from anywhere.” Tradewinds is constantly expanding its reach and drawing more attention to all that Nova Scotia has to offer. “We’ve expanded because our client base has asked us to.” That client base is growing steadily within Nova Scotia, but also abroad. Tradewinds’ London office is seeing an increase in business, and Harris notes that the integration into Nova Scotia is seamless for those coming from the United Kingdom. The familiar comfort of Nova Scotia’s culture and climate, easily-accessible air travel, and affordable property in a place with one twenty-fifth the population density of England, is quickly making Nova Scotia an appealing option for folks across the pond. As Harris points out, when these international buyers go looking for a new place to call home, “It’s not hard to choose Nova Scotia.” Harris himself is an example of why living and doing business in Nova Scotia is not a hard choice to make. He lives just two doors away from his office. He is an avid sailor, and despite the 24/7 nature of the real estate business, he makes a point of escaping to the water every chance he gets. In 2003, he entered the Executive MBA program at Saint Mary’s University, and graduated two years later. “I was able to earn a world class MBA just an hour from my home, and it helped my business immensely. We’re so lucky to have access to that kind of education here,” he says. The decision to stay in Nova Scotia, and to pursue a line of work that ultimately helps others make their home here has paid off for everyone involved with Tradewinds. Harris credits Nova Scotia with providing the opportunities he needed to build his company and his life here, and he does not hesitate to express his appreciation, saying, “My people, my education, my business, my success. It’s all Nova Scotia.” And through Tradewinds Realty, Tim Harris is sharing Nova Scotia with the world. -30-
The Council of Atlantic Premiers met today, Feb. 9, with Alberta business and community leaders in Calgary. Cecil Clarke, Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Nova Scotia, Premier Robert Ghiz of Prince Edward Island, Premier Shawn Graham of New Brunswick, and Shawn Skinner, Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development of Newfoundland and Labrador, led a delegation of Atlantic companies to expand trade, business opportunities and partnership between the four Atlantic provinces and Alberta. “Nova Scotia businesses have great confidence in the resilience of the Alberta market, and we want to continue to build on the partnerships established during previous trade missions,” said Mr. Clarke, who was representing Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Appropriate economic stimulation and stabilization of commodity prices will lead to renewed exploration and development of energy resources. Nova Scotia companies have world-class expertise and quality workmanship in metal fabrication, engineering, production, and design. We encourage business leaders in Alberta to continue to look east for their supply chain needs.” “We welcome this opportunity to speak directly to Alberta’s business leaders and to profile what Atlantic Canada has to offer. During this period of economic uncertainty, it is tremendously important that interprovincial trade is not only encouraged, but fostered through events such as this,” said Premier Ghiz. “Prince Edward Island currently has a strong trading relationship with Alberta. Our objective on this mission is to continue to support that relationship and to work with our Island businesses in promoting the products and services which they provide and identifying new partnership opportunities which are mutually beneficial to Alberta and Prince Edward Island.” “We are in Alberta because New Brunswick believes strongly in the long-term competitiveness of the Alberta and Atlantic markets,” said Premier Graham. “New Brunswick is one of the most trade-active provinces. Amid the current global economic challenges, it is vital that governments and businesses continue to work together to eliminate trade barriers and position our economies for fast recovery. This mission provides an opportunity for Atlantic businesses to strengthen relationships with Alberta partners so that we can respond quickly and efficiently to Alberta’s supply chain needs even in tough economic times. New and enhanced trade partnerships are integral to New Brunswick’s growth and efforts to become self-sufficient by 2026.” “Newfoundland and Labrador is a leading player in the world’s energy economy and through the development of our resources have acquired extensive experience in some of the world’s harshest environments,” said Mr. Skinner. “As a government, we believe that we can build on the positive, productive partnerships that have emerged between our provinces – partnerships that leverage the expertise and knowledge enabling us to maximize production and competitiveness. We are confident that through initiatives of this nature we will be able to collectively target new opportunities and build upon existing relationships.” The Council of Atlantic Premiers was formed by a memorandum of understanding between the four Atlantic provinces in May 2000, and is committed to identifying and pursuing opportunities for joint action among the region’s provincial governments. This commitment builds on a strong foundation of regional unity and intergovernmental cooperation spanning more than three decades.
Want to learn how to attract volunteers? To raise funds successfully during tough times? What about recruiting and managing a volunteer board? Answers to these questions, and many others, are available in the new Voluntary Sector Resource Collection. The new collection was launched by Marilyn More, Minister of Volunteerism, today, Sept. 30, at Alderney Gate Library in Dartmouth. Members of the voluntary sector also attended. “The voluntary and non-profit sector makes a valuable contribution to our communities,” said Ms. More. “This new collection will help groups get current, helpful and timely information they need to continue their important work.” The collection, which includes books, periodicals and online resources, covers topics such as fundraising, risk management, media relations and more. It will be available, at public libraries across the province, to anyone with a library card. Currently, French resources are available online only. Hard copy resources will be added as they become available. “The collection will be a valuable source for staff in voluntary organizations, co-ordinators of volunteers, both paid and unpaid, and volunteer board members,” said Sandra Murphy, executive director of Community Links, a provincial organization that works for seniors’ well-being, community development and volunteerism. “Having these resources available through the regional and local libraries will be a great asset to the sector.” The province has invested $9,000 in the collection. The initiative is a partnership between the Department of Health Promotion and Protection-Volunteerism, and the Nova Scotia Public Libraries division of the Department of Education.