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.
Premier Darrell Dexter today, July 23, congratulated Kristen Roe of Halifax on becoming the first Nova Scotian to successfully swim the English Channel. “To complete what is referred to as the Mount Everest of marathon swimming is a remarkable accomplishment by an outstanding Nova Scotian,” said Premier Dexter. “We are all inspired by Kristen’s drive and determination not only to swim the channel, but also to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in Africa.” Ms. Roe did the swim to help raise $100,000 for the Nova Scotia Gambia Association and Stephen Lewis Foundation. She crossed the English Channel on July 22, arriving in Calais, France 17 hours after departing Drover Harbour in England.
Nova Scotians in eastern and southeastern regions of the province should be prepared for possible heavy rainfall this weekend as two significant weather systems approach. The Emergency Management Office is asking Nova Scotians to pay attention to forecasts during the next 48 hours and to take sensible precautions. “People in vulnerable areas should be attentive and prepared for possible localized flooding,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. Environment Canada says that a land-based, low-pressure system is moving east into the Maritimes today, Sept. 30, and could bring rain over the next two days. On Sunday, this system could combine with heavier rain and strong winds driven by Hurricane Ophelia. Heavy rain over an extended period could cause flooding in low-lying and flood plain areas. Accompanying winds could be in the 60-90 km/h range, and large swells could affect Nova Scotia’s coast late Sunday and into Monday. Ophelia currently is on track to skirt southeastern Cape Breton, with its centre headed for eastern Newfoundland. Forecasters say its track could move closer to Cape Breton, or completely away from it. EMO advises people to monitor forecasts closely and visit www.gov.ns.ca/emo for detailed information on how to prepare for flooding and all other severe weather threats.
To read the full investigative report into the arrest and detention of Ms. Paul visit www.gov.ns.ca/just/vp_inv.asp . Immediately issue a directive to all municipal police agencies and the RCMP to reiterate the current police standards for lock-ups Begin work to implement the two recommendations specific to Department of Justice and police standards Meet with Truro Police Service to discuss its plan to address the 11 recommendations specific to it Strike a working group to review all of the recommendations in the report Issue a progress report in six months Justice Minister Ross Landry today, May 24, released the results of an independent review into the arrest and detention of Victoria Rose Paul by the Truro Police Service. The review was ordered by the province in August 2011 and conducted by Nadine Cooper Mont. The report makes 13 recommendations — two for the province and 11 for the Truro Police Service. Ms. Paul was arrested on Aug. 28, 2009. While in custody, she suffered a massive stroke and later died in hospital on Sept. 5, 2009. “I first want to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Victoria Paul,” said Mr. Landry. “While this report clarifies the facts about what happened to Ms. Paul, it is disturbing and difficult to read. “I want to assure the family and Nova Scotians that I take all of the recommendations seriously and I will work with Truro police and other police agencies to help ensure something like this never happens again.” The recommendations for the Department of Justice focus on provincial police standards with respect to lock-up facilities. The report recommends clarifying the standards and the role and purpose of annual lock-up inspections. “I accept the two recommendations relating to the Department of Justice and our role in lock-up facilities and we will begin working immediately to implement these recommendations,” said Mr. Landry. “We will also review all of the other recommendations and ensure that the system and all police agencies learn from this tragic incident and make improvements.” The Department of Justice will take the following steps to address the recommendations outlined in the report:
CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Tantramar Marsh The Tantramar Marsh, Cumberland County is under a wind warning with forecasted gusts of 110 km/hr. High-sided vehicles should use extra caution on the Trans-Canada Highway 104 between the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border and Exit 3. -30-
A report is now available on what Nova Scotians said are the best ways to use the 1.5-million acres of Crown land in the province’s western region to ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits for communities. The report summarizes comments received at nine open-house consultations in March and April, at stakeholder meetings, and through online submissions. “The responses we’ve heard confirm that Nova Scotians are passionate about land use,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “Overall, Nova Scotians have told us that they want to be involved in managing their land, that long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability is vital, and that they recognize different land uses need to be balanced.” The report summarizes attendance and overall public response. About 676 people attended the public open houses, 66 people (representing 57 stakeholder groups) attended stakeholder meetings, 166 people submitted ideas online, and 44 separate submissions were received through other channels. The key themes from the submissions and stakeholder focus groups are drawn together in the summary report. The comments will help develop a sustainable plan for the land, which includes lands purchased from Bowater Mersey Ltd. The report outlines the most prominent issues for stakeholders, including: tourism and recreation, forestry, vehicular access, sustainability, protection, resource extraction, and continuing consultation and engagement processes. The final land and resource management plan for the western Crown land plan will include sustainable forestry management, as described in the province’s natural resources strategy, The Path We Share. It will also meet new policies and guidelines for better forest management. The summary report is available at: http://novascotia.ca/natr/land/western-land .
Innovation in energy and mining is the key theme at the annual Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in Halifax, July 20-21. Energy Minister Michel Samson and Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill are co-hosting the conference with Greg Rickford, federal Minister of Natural Resources. “Canada has abundant natural resources and I look forward to discussing with my colleagues about how we build on the economic opportunities from responsible development and partnerships with our communities,” said Mr. Churchill. “While each province and region has its own opportunities and challenges, it’s important that we take the time to learn from one another’s experiences and expertise.” Along with industry participants, more than 215 delegates are expected to attend. “The energy and natural resource sectors have been the cornerstone of the Canadian economy for generations and we need to innovate for the future,” said Mr. Samson. “That means collaborating with governments, industry, academia and other partners to develop new technologies and stronger regulatory frameworks for environmentally responsible development.” The conference is being held at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water St.
Cet été, les bibliothèques publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse invitent les enfants, les adolescents et les familles à participer à une série d’activités amusantes et interactives qui feront le bonheur de tous. « L’été est notre période la plus occupée de l’année. Lorsque les enfants ont terminé l’école, ils aiment beaucoup venir à la bibliothèque, affirme Kristal Fleuren-Hunter, bibliothécaire responsable des services aux enfants à la bibliothèque régionale Pictou-Antigonish. Nous organisons toute une gamme d’activités et de programmes amusants et stimulants. De plus, les jeunes peuvent rencontrer tous leurs amis et même se faire de nouveaux amis. » Les activités qui se dérouleront cet été incluent : robotique Lego, jeux informatisés, soirées de construction de forts en famille, heure du conte dans le parc, zoo musical, science naturelle, heure du conte avec un fermier, Minecraft, Camp Overdue (pour ados), programmes d’art, chasses aux trésors naturels, reptiles, musiciens, artisanat, jeux, coloriage, marionnettes, clubs de lecture et défis estivaux. Il y aura également des concours et des prix à gagner, y compris des livres et des vélos offerts gracieusement par le programme « Adoptons une bibliothèque » ainsi que des laissez-passer pour les musées offerts par le Musée de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Des études démontrent que les élèves qui font de la lecture pendant l’été obtiennent de meilleurs résultats scolaires. Les bibliothèques publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse offrent également une variété de programmes de lecture afin d’aider les enfants à explorer leurs intérêts et à développer une passion pour la lecture. Un club offert dans de nombreuses bibliothèques est le Club de lecture d’été TD, en collaboration avec Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. Le thème cette année est la nature, et les bibliothèques encourageront les enfants non seulement à lire, mais aussi à penser à la nature et à être actifs grâce à des programmes, des concours et des activités stimulants. « Nos bibliothèques publiques font un excellent travail en favorisant l’activité et l’engagement des enfants, tout en les mettant au défi d’explorer leurs intérêts et leur imagination », souligne Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Cette année, le Club de lecture d’été TD organise une journée de lancement national intitulée « À vos marques, prêts, lisez! » le 25 juin. La bibliothèque centrale d’Halifax sera le siège social national pour l’activité en anglais, et offrira des activités et des programmes spéciaux à l’intention des enfants et des familles. En 2015, plus de 13 800 enfants et adolescents se sont inscrits à un club de lecture estival et ont lu plus de 112 000 livres. L’été dernier, plus de 43 000 personnes ont participé à environ 1500 activités et programmes estivaux dans les bibliothèques publiques à l’échelle de la province. Des célébrations de lancement des programmes de lecture estivaux sont prévues dans les bibliothèques publiques de la province à la fin du mois de juin. Les programmes se déroulent jusqu’à la fin du mois d’août. Des renseignements sur les programmes d’été et les clubs de lecture sont disponibles auprès des bibliothèques publiques locales. Pour une carte des bibliothèques publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse et des liens à chaque région, consultez le library.novascotia.ca/map (en anglais seulement).
Expenses of senior officials of government departments and offices are now posted online. Expenses will be posted on a monthly basis, at the same time as expenses incurred by ministers and ministers’ executive assistants. Expenses for the months of April and May can be found at https://novascotia.ca/exec_council/ . -30-
Note: Video and photographs of the discovered bat colony are available at http://novascotia.ca/news/photos/2016/08/04/ The discovery of a colony of healthy bats is a hopeful sign for Nova Scotia’s at-risk bat population. Scientists estimate that nearly 300 healthy female little brown bats and their young are thriving at the site, which is the largest known maternity colony in the province. Bats are ecologically and economically important mammals. A bat can eat up to half its weight in insects every night – the equivalent of 1,000 to 3,000 mosquitoes. Bats in eastern North America are at risk after years of population decline due to white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease affecting bats. It has killed about seven million bats in the region. “This discovery is very significant as the recovery potential of our bats depends on the number of healthy females,” said Minister of Natural Resources Lloyd Hines. “Every bat sighting provides important information to scientists and we encourage people to report observations of bats each time one is seen.” As part of its commitment to the monitoring and recovery of species at risk, the province is asking people to help track Nova Scotia’s bat population by reporting bat sightings on the website www.batconservation.ca or by calling 1-866-727-3447 toll free. “We hope people will continue to report bat sightings so we can learn from these new discoveries and one day return to a healthy bat population in Nova Scotia,” Mr. Hines said. Due to the concerns for the bat population, the location of the healthy colony is not being revealed.
Premier Stephen McNeil is encouraging all Nova Scotians to recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day today, March 8. This year’s theme is #EqualityMatters. “Equality for women will move our province forward – socially, economically, and democratically,” said Premier McNeil. “Government is committed to equality and inclusion and has taken steps to demonstrate that.” There are six female cabinet ministers, the most under any Nova Scotia provincial government, as well as 10 female deputy ministers. Five of the last eight judicial appointments by this government have been women. “It is important that Nova Scotians see themselves reflected in our public institutions, especially in leadership positions,” said Premier McNeil. “I’m pleased to see more outstanding women bringing their perspectives and abilities to senior roles.” Equality between men and women is enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While there has been great progress in making equality a reality in Nova Scotia, there are still challenges to address and it will take a collective approach to solve issues around wages, job security, and safety. Earlier this week, government announced measures that build on the province’s first sexual violence strategy including adding more supports for victims. Recent court cases in Canada point to the need for more education and awareness. The sexual violence strategy is just one of government’s initiatives with a focus on women and girls. Government made child care more affordable for families by investing in higher subsidy rates and investing to address historically low wages for early childhood educators. Other investments include supporting capacity building for transition houses, women’s centres and the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association. International Women’s Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the strong women leaders throughout Nova Scotia’s history. From Marie-Henriette LeJeune (Granny) Ross, an 18th and 19th-century pioneer and healer, to Viola Desmond, who helped change history by standing up for her rights more than 70 years ago, Nova Scotians can be proud of the remarkable women of our past and present. We will continue to see women making strides in our future. This Women’s Day will recognize the advancement for women in the trades and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, at the Nova Scotia Community College, Waterfront Campus. The Women Innovating in Nova Scotia bursary will be showcased, as well as a new series of portraits, The Women of STEM, by Nova Scotia artist Joanne Napier. For more information, go to women.gov.ns.ca/content/iwd-wins-bursary-and-art-exhibit. PREMIER’S OFFICE—Premier Supports International Women’s Day