Marks Improve Higher Achievement Still Needed

first_img smaller class sizes in the early years the Time to Learn strategy which increases the time students spend on reading, writing and math the Math Matters strategy which provides resources and professional development for teachers to help students improve math skills hundreds of thousands of books in classrooms to help elementary and junior high students grow stronger as readers a writing and grammar handbook for elementary students to use as a reference tool to polish their writing at home and at school information to help parents understand and enhance their child’s education Nova Scotia students showed improvement in provincial math andEnglish tests in the 2002-03 school year. Results were released today, Feb. 27, in the third annualMinister’s Report to Parents. The report is part of theprovince’s Learning for Life plan to be accountable to parentsand provide them with meaningful information on their children’sprogress. “It’s encouraging to see some improvement in our students’results, but there is more work for us and our partners to dotogether,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “Students willachieve higher marks in the future as we continue to roll out ourLearning for Life plan with the help of parents, teachers, schoolboards and other supporting organizations.” A second elementary math program assessment was conducted withGrade 5 students in 2003. The first was in 2001. The provincialaverage increased to 50 per cent, up from 42 per cent in 2001. The provincial average on the academic Grade 12 English exam rose to 58 per cent in 2003, up from 53 per cent in 2002. There is no statistical change in the average marks for Grade 12physics, chemistry and English communication. The provincialaverage on the chimie 12 exam, the chemistry exam written byFrench immersion students, was 58 per cent in 2003, down from 62per cent in 2002. Students’ marks on Grade 12 exams count for 30 per cent of theirfinal course marks. “Measuring students’ achievement is an important part of theirlearning,” said Mr. Muir. “Provincial testing is one of the manytools classroom teachers have to determine how well students arelearning the curriculum. It’s the only tool that gives usprovincewide information for deciding where more support andinvestment are needed. It also helps build a culture of highachievement and accountability for our education system.” Nova Scotia’s testing program also includes the new ElementaryLiteracy Assessment. The reading and writing test was conductedwith Grade 6 students in October 2003. Results will be providedto parents and released publicly this spring. The test is aLearning for Life commitment to ensure parents and teachers havemore information to help struggling students catch up as theymove into junior high. Learning for Life was launched in September 2002. Some highlightsinclude: “The support we’ve put in place with Learning for Life is onlyjust beginning to have an impact on student learning,” said Mr.Muir. “Improving our results won’t happen overnight, but it willhappen over time as students experience the full impact of thisplan.” The 2003 Minister’s Report to Parents was sent to parents throughschool advisory councils and other parent-school organizations.It is available at www.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

Community Services Reviews Adoption Process

first_imgThe province is looking for ways to help more children inpermanent care find loving and nurturing homes of their own. The Department of Community Services is reviewing the currentadoption process in Nova Scotia, exploring ways to improve areassuch as administration and communication as well as supportservices for adoptive parents. “A stable, loving home is a critical factor in the developmentand well-being of any child,” said Community Services MinisterDavid Morse. “We are looking for ways to find loving homes forchildren in permanent care by making the adoption process in NovaScotia better.” Permanent and loving families can offer the stability and supportthat children need for healthy development. Many of the childrenwho are without a permanent home are older, have special needs orare part of sibling groups. Over the next few months, a project team will conduct research,hold consultations and develop recommendations. Backgroundresearch has already been completed to lay the foundation for thereview. The project team will meet with child-welfare staff, community-based organizations interested in adoption, family and child-welfare matters, and lawyers who practise family law across theprovince. “Changes to the way the program is administered, and additionalsupports to potential adoptive parents, are some of the optionsthat we will explore,” said Mr. Morse. “Meeting with interestedstakeholders is an important step in finding ways to place morechildren into permanent and loving homes.” The consultation process is expected to last throughout thesummer. Recommendations based on the research and consultationswill be presented to the department in the fall. Feedback from the public on Nova Scotia’s domestic adoptionprogram is welcome. Comments may be mailed to the AdoptionProject, Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, P.O. Box696, Halifax, N.S. B3J 2T7; faxed to 902-424-0502; or e-mailed towebcoms@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Province to Contribute to Courthouse Improvements

first_imgThe people of Inverness County will see significant improvements to the Port Hood courthouse, thanks to an investment by the provincial government and the Municipality of the County of Inverness. Over the next two years, the province and the municipality will cost-share $240,000 in improvements, which will include repair work and redesign of the courthouse. “This courthouse is both a centre of law for the people of Inverness County and a significant part of the history of this area,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage on behalf of Justice Minister Michael Baker. “It is important that we continue to respect the important function of this building and that we not allow it to fall into disrepair.” “The municipality is extremely pleased to contribute to this project,” said Duart MacAulay, warden of the Municipality of County of Inverness. “Today’s announcement signifies an investment in the future of Inverness County.” Improvements to the courthouse will include redesign of the courtroom, repairs to the roof and renovations to ensure that the courthouse remains accessible and safe for employees and clients.last_img read more

Lancement dun nouveau programme de vaccination

first_imgLes étudiants de la Nouvelle-Écosse du niveau postsecondaire et de la 12e année pourront recevoir une deuxième dose du vaccin contre la rougeole, les oreillons et la rubéole (ROR) selon un programme lancé par la Province en réaction à la vague d’oreillons. Les étudiants du niveau postsecondaire ont un plus grand risque de contracter la rougeole, les oreillons et la rubéole. Le Comité consultatif national de l’immunisation recommande d’offrir aux étudiants du niveau postsecondaire une deuxième dose du vaccin ROR. « Ce programme de vaccination offre la meilleure protection possible à ces étudiants, » a dit Barry Barnet, ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé, aujourd’hui 25 juillet. « Il est offert non seulement à tous les étudiants des établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire publics et privés de la Nouvelle-Écosse, mais également à tous les étudiants néo-écossais inscrits à des établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire à l’extérieur de la province. » M. Barnet a souligné qu’il est heureux de la collaboration entre son ministère et les établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire pour l’élaboration du programme. Depuis le début de la vague d’oreillons, 461 cas ont été signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il s’agit de la troisième épidémie d’oreillons dans la province depuis 2005. « Les dirigeants des établissements postsecondaires en Nouvelle-Écosse étaient très heureux de pouvoir collaborer avec le ministère dans le cadre de cette importante initiative, puisque plusieurs de nos établissements, particulièrement ceux de la région d’Halifax, ont fait l’expérience de cette épidémie, » a dit Dr Bill Barker, recteur de l’Université King’s College, au nom du Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (conseil des recteurs d’université de la Nouvelle-Écosse). Dans le cadre du programme, les vaccins seront offerts par les cliniques de soins de santé des universités et lors de cliniques spéciales organisées à certains établissements postsecondaires. Les étudiants du niveau postsecondaire pourront également obtenir le vaccin ROR auprès de leur médecin. On les encourage à le faire au cours de l’été, si possible, avant de retourner à l’université. Au cours de l’année scolaire 2007-2008, une deuxième dose du vaccin ROR sera offert à tous les élèves de la 12e année et aux élèves de la 11e année qui n’ont pas encore reçu deux doses du vaccin. Ces cliniques d’immunisation seront organisées par les Services de la santé publique dans les écoles. « Le programme d’immunisation scolaire sera offert pendant une année seulement, puisqu’il s’agit de la dernière promotion d’élèves qui n’ont pas reçu deux doses du vaccin ROR alors qu’ils étaient enfants, » a dit Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef adjoint. Au Canada, les personnes nées après 1970 ont probablement reçu une seule dose du vaccin ROR, tandis que les personnes nées après 1996 ou 1997 ont reçu deux doses. La plupart des gens qui contractent les oreillons se rétablissent, mais les oreillons peuvent parfois entraîner des maladies plus graves chez les adultes, par exemple l’encéphalite (infection du cerveau), la méningite (inflammation de la membrane qui enveloppe le cerveau), l’arthrite et la surdité. Chez certains hommes, les oreillons peuvent entraîner l’enflure et la douleur des testicules et, dans de rares cas, l’infertilité.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329 from the Lodge Road, south to Boutlier Lane for about 7.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Friday, June 12. Pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.Work completed by 5 p.m. on Fridays. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until summer because of flooding damage. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Greenhill Drive to about 800 metres past Meadows Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Scotch Lake Road Scotch Lake Road from Route 223, east for 7.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving from Friday, May 29, until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Detour on Route 223 optional. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from Hants County line to Princeport Road, about 7.90 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold milling, asphalt recycling and asphalt paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 10 and Exit 11 will have one lane closures for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Delays are expected with stop times of up to 30 minutes depending on traffic volumes. There is an alternate route on Trunk 1 at Exit 10 at Grand Pre, and Exit 11 at Greenwich. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road The intersection on Grand Lake Road, near Central Supplies will be reduced to two lanes from four for traffic light installation from Monday, June 1, until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people on site. Detour on Prince Street optional. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 242 Route 242, from the intersection with Route 302 at Maccan west to Lower Maccan Road, about 8.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Cobequid Pass The Cobequid Pass toll booths on Highway 104 are being renovated. Motorist are asked to follow posted signs. The eastbound middle lane is temporarily a cash-only lane. It will become a cash or E-Pass lane, likely by the first week or June. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6, Section 1, through downtown Tatamagouche, and Section 2 from Cumberland County line to Bayhead, will be reduced to one lane for cold milling and asphalt paving until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 – Bog Road Overpass Highway 101 westbound, near Exit 8 at Hantsport, will be reduced to one lane with stop-and-go traffic to allow crews to complete the Bog Road Overpass until Friday, June 5. Signs are in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 west of Exit 22, about 11.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, asphalt concrete milling, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Hiltz Road to William Conley Road, between Pembroke and Walton, will have traffic interruptions for re-paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from 318 Overpass to Akerley Boulevard, including ramps, about 11 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. There will be no work from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. westbound, and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastbound. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-532-8244 Fax: 902-532-7092 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Shinimicas Road Burns Bridge on Shinimicas Road will be closed for repairs until Tuesday, June 16. Signs are in place. Motorist should find an alternative route. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, Section 1, from Route 395 south will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, gravelling, pulverization and asphalt concrete patching and repaving from Monday, June 1, until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Lake Brook Bridge, Shore Road The Lake Brook Bridge on Shore Road will be closed for replacement from Monday, June 1, until Friday, June 5. Detour from Trunk 1, to Mount Hanley Road, to Clarence Road, to Elliott Road, and back to Trunk 1. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Southampton Road Southampton Road, from the Amherst town line west to Route 302, about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for graveling and asphalt concrete paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road will have alternating one lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving, from 2.9 kilometres west of the North Ogden Road east for 6.4 kilometres until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Wilson Mountain Road Wilson Mountain Road near Greenfield will be closed, except to local traffic, for chip sealing until Thursday, June 4. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street.center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, June 30, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people are on site. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, for about 700 metres, will have alternating lane closures for sewer installation until Wednesday, July 15. Flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A detour is available on Route 331 and King Street in Bridgewater. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Causeway Lane Closure Traffic on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane for shoulder repairs until Tuesday, June 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Drivers using the causeway should allow for extra time during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-424-2206 Fax: 902-424-0570 HANTS COUNTY: Eastbound Ramp, Exit 8, Highway 101 Traffic on the eastbound on and off ramps of Highway 101, at Exit 8 near Hantsport, will be reduced to one lane to allow for bridge painting. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset each day. Traffic control people and signs are on site. The work is scheduled to be completed Wednesday, June 3. Drivers using the connector road to the eastbound lanes of Highway 101 at Exit 8 should allow for extra time during this period. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound, will have a one lane closure from Exit 4B to Exit 3, including ramps, about 4.6 kilometres, to replace the jersey barrier and widen, patch and repave the highway until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 18 to the Pictou County line, will have a lane closure for cold milling, widening and paving from Monday, June 1, until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Ferry The LaHave Ferry will be out of service for its annual refit from Monday, June 1, at 2 a.m. for about seven days, weather permitting. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Overpass Trunk 14 overpass at Garland’s Crossing will be closed for emergency repairs on Monday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 2, weather permitting. Detour signs will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 336, Upper Musquodoboit Route 336, from the intersection with Route 224 to the Colchester County line, about 9.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving and drainage improvement until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive from the railway tracks west for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving from Friday, May 29, until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle will be on site. Detour on Highway 125 optional. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Walton Woods Road Walton Woods Road will be closed for grading until Tuesday, June 2. Detour on Cogmagun Road to the Cheverie Road to Route 215. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from Route 354 in Kennetcook to Bishop Road, about 6.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dark. KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Road Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs on Rainsforth Bridge until further notice. A detour is in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunet. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 near Ben Eoin will be reduced to one lane for graveling, grading and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, between Exit 29 at Barney’s River, Pictou Co. to the Antigonish County line, will be reduced to one lane for road improvements until Tuesday, June 30. Delays are expected. Signs, flashing light units and traffic control people are on site. Work will take place from Monday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747 Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 Fax: 902-861-1911 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 802-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, through Wentzell Lake, Phinehurst and New Germany, about 13.5 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, June 5. There will be a detour route on Lower Branch Road. Flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 (West Bound Lane) Highway 104, westbound lane, from CNR overpass to the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, about 2.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for asphalt cold planing and paving until Monday, June 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be used until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and advance warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 Route 252 at Skye Glen will be reduced to one lane for clearing and draining until Tuesday, June 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Officer: 902-625-4200 902-625-1946 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge The Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville, is closed for structural repairs. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 -30-last_img read more

Eat Local Op Ed

first_imgThere’s something special about food grown in our own backyard or on a nearby farm that connects us with nature, our history, and each other in a way few things can. Food, next to water, is our most basic biological need. Our lives depend on access to safe, healthy foods, which is why food safety and security have become such important issues globally. By supporting our local farmers and food producers, we can help our agricultural industry and ensure a safe and secure food supply for future generations of Nova Scotians. Innovative farmers and fishermen producing quality meat, fish and produce through environmentally sustainable farming and fishing practices need supportive government policies and a commitment of Nova Scotians to buy excellent products, at a fair price. Recognizing the health, social and economic benefits of buying and eating locally produced food will help that process. Select Nova Scotia was developed in 2007 to help Nova Scotians understand the benefits of buying locally produced foods, and to help them find locally produced foods as well as exciting year-round agri-tourism experiences for the whole family. The “buy local” concept is becoming more popular. Events like the recent Eat Atlantic Challenge, our annual Open Farm Day, Get Close to Your Food farm tours for chefs, and farmers’ markets throughout the province, have allowed more Nova Scotians to see where and how local foods are produced. In September, I had the pleasure of participating in the Eat Atlantic Challenge, sponsored by Co-op Atlantic. For one day, Atlantic Canadians were challenged to eat only foods produced in Atlantic Canada. More than 4,300 people registered, including more than 2,000 Nova Scotians. Hopefully many of those who participated are continuing to choose local foods throughout the year. Nova Scotians are working together to build a stronger food system for the province. Recently, the first Nova Scotia Food Summit was held in Greenwich, Kings Co., providing a better understanding of what is needed to improve the system. There are many benefits to buying local foods: it is fresher and tastier, it is better for the environment, and it supports your local economy by keeping dollars in the local area. The economic benefits of selecting Nova Scotia-grown food is also significant for farmers and rural communities and our provincial economy. According to a 2007 Nova Scotia agriculture report, the agri-food industry contributed $894 million to provincial GDP in 2006-07 and supported about 7,200 full-time jobs. There are also many social benefits to buying local. Farmers’ markets are almost as much about community building as they are about buying great local food. Many families are discovering opportunities to relive childhood memories and make some new ones through excellent agri-tourism experiences. Fall is a popular time for Nova Scotian families to visit u-pick farms for apples, pumpkins and other produce, which often includes other fun activities like corn mazes and wagon rides. Government will continue to work with farmers and the agricultural and retail industries to market local foods to Nova Scotians. As demand for local products grows, Nova Scotians will insist on more local choices in retail grocery stores and restaurants, and stores and restaurants will continue to develop relationships with farmers and other local producers. Food, with all of its health, social and economic benefits, plays a large part in that growth, so I encourage you to enjoy the best tasting, healthiest food, while supporting our local farms and businesses. -30-last_img read more

Prudence recommandée dans les comtés de Victoria et dInverness et sur la

first_imgLe Bureau de gestion des urgences et les responsables de la gestion des urgences dans la région avisent les résidents du Cap-Breton que certaines routes le long de la Cabot Trail sont fermées, aujourd’hui 15 décembre, et demandent aux automobilistes de faire preuve de prudence. La pluie abondante a entraîné l’augmentation du niveau de l’eau, et certaines routes sont inondées. « Les responsables de la gestion des urgences, les services de santé d’urgence et les équipes de travailleurs surveillent la situation de près, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Dans la mesure du possible, évitez les routes le long de la Cabot Trail aujourd’hui alors que nous nous efforçons de régler la situation le plus rapidement possible. » À Ingonish Harbour, six résidents sont isolés en raison d’une inondation sur Barren Road. Les responsables de la gestion des urgences et les services de santé d’urgence sont prêts à accéder à cette région par VTT, au besoin. Le pont Corson sur la route 30 à Ingonish Ferry est fermé à titre de précaution, en raison des inondations. Les équipes attendent que les eaux se retirent avant d’inspecter le pont. Les résidents ont accès à des soins médicaux d’urgence à l’hôpital Buchanan Memorial à Neil’s Harbour. Aliant signale une interruption du service téléphonique dans la région de Bay St. Lawrence et Dingwall. On demande aux résidents de la région qui ont accès aux routes de se rendre à la caserne de pompiers de Bay St. Lawrence en cas d’urgence. Les responsables de la gestion des urgences et les premiers intervenants, y compris la GRC et les services de santé d’urgence, travaillent le plus rapidement possible pour mettre en place des plans d’urgence. On vérifie actuellement si les téléphones cellulaires fonctionnent dans la région et on élabore des plans de communication avec les résidents. Plusieurs autres routes sont fermées dans la région, mais il existe d’autres routes d’accès. On demande aux automobilistes de faire preuve de prudence et de vérifier les conditions routières et les fermetures de routes avant de se déplacer. On demande également aux résidents de s’éloigner des cours d’eau à débit rapide et des eaux de crue. Les précipitations reçues au Cap-Breton varient de 100 millimètres dans certaines régions à 125 millimètres à Sydney. Des précipitations supplémentaires de 20 à 40 millimètres sont prévues d’ici 20 h aujourd’hui. En cas d’inondation : Écoutez la radio. Les autorités locales émettront des directives à l’intention des personnes qui habitent dans les régions touchées. Sachez comment fermer l’eau, le gaz et l’électricité au cas où les autorités locales vous demanderaient de le faire. Si le panneau électrique principal ne se trouve pas dans un endroit sec et sécuritaire, ne tentez pas de couper l’électricité. Communiquez avec Nova Scotia Power au 902-428-6004 ou au 1-877-428-6004 pour obtenir des directives. N’utilisez pas l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou le bain jusqu’à ce que l’eau soit vérifiée et jugée sécuritaire. Des analyses visant à détecter la présence de bactéries doivent être effectuées par tous les propriétaires de puits. Communiquez avec le bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de votre région au 1-877-936-8476 si vous avez des questions au sujet de l’eau potable. On rappelle aux résidents qu’ils doivent composer le 911 en cas d’urgence et le 811 en cas de question de santé non urgente. Pour obtenir des renseignements sur les conditions routières, composez le 511.last_img read more

Commission Settles with

first_imgN.S. SECURITIES COMMISSION–Commission Settles withNorthumberland Wind Field Inc. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has settled a case with Northumberland Wind Field Inc., which admitted to violating Nova Scotia securities laws and acting contrary to the public interest. Northumberland Wind Field Inc., is a community economic development corporation. It issued its offering document in 2007, and described itself as an active business. Instead, the company invested money raised through its share offering in the shares of other wind fields, operating as a blind pool. In doing so, Northumberland failed to fulfill the requirements of sections 20 and 22 of the Community Economic Development Corporations Regulations. Under the order and settlement agreement, Northumberland will pay an administrative penalty of $4,000 to the commission and $1,000 in investigation and proceedings costs. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order and settlement agreement, visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp .last_img read more

Festival Celebrates Aquaculture Industry

first_imgLocal music and farmed seafood will be featured at the 14th annual Aquaculture Harvest Festival at Waycobah First Nation, Cape Breton on Saturday, Sept. 24. This year’s event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the We’koqma’q Mi’kmaw School, 80 Reservation Rd. “This festival is a great opportunity for people in Waycobah First Nation and the surrounding communities to learn more about our aquaculture industry and to sample some of the products grown here in Nova Scotia,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Aquaculture has become a major industry in Nova Scotia, one that supports good jobs in our rural coastal communities.” The festival features live local entertainment, an oyster shucking demonstration, an aquarium with trout and shellfish, and face painting. People attending will be able to talk with local aquaculture growers and sample local products such as trout, oysters, and mussels. Admission and food samples are free. Mr. Belliveau will present a bursary to We’koqma’q Mi’kmaw School, which will be awarded to a graduating student pursuing a program that could lead to a career in aquaculture. Atlantic salmon, trout, oysters, mussels, seaweed, clams, Arctic char and Atlantic halibut are farmed in Nova Scotia. There are 317 aquaculture sites in the province.last_img read more

Some Provincial Government Offices Delay Opening Today March 23

first_imgDue to weather and road conditions, provincial government offices in Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou and Antigonish counties, as well as all of Cape Breton Island, will delay opening until noon today, March 23. The situation will be re-evaluated at 11 a.m. and a further update will be provided. -30-last_img

Time Springs Forward Sunday March 11

first_imgNova Scotians will enjoy a little more sunlight when the clocks move forward into daylight time this weekend. People are reminded to set their clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, or on Saturday evening before they go to bed. Most cellphones do this automatically, but other devices such as microwave ovens, car clocks, watches and automatic timer lights should be checked. This is also a good time to take on some other important routine tasks like cleaning dryer vents to prevent fires and changing batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years.last_img

International Tourism Leaders Celebrate Atlantic Canada

first_imgOver 1,800 tourism professionals from more than 30 countries gathered on May 15, at the Cunard Centre in Halifax, to discover what makes Atlantic Canada a compelling destination for travellers worldwide. Atlantic Canada Night, organized as part of Rendez-vous Canada 2018, Canada’s signature international tourism marketplace, was a unique opportunity to inspire international travel agents and tour operators to consider Atlantic Canada for their clients’ vacations. “We are pleased to welcome thousands of travel professionals to Nova Scotia for Rendez-vous Canada and to give them a truly Atlantic Canadian experience,” said Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan. “Events like this one showcase all that Atlantic Canada has to offer, helping us attract more visitors from around the world to our region.” A detailed news release can be found at http://www.tourismns.ca/international-tourism-leaders-celebrate-atlantic-Canada . -30-last_img read more

Violent video games dangerous for children

first_imgKids exposed to violent video games are more likely to pull the trigger in reallife situations, as compared to those who do not indulge in such gaming habits, researchers have warned. A study examined the effects of video games with weapons on children’s behaviour when they found gun in reallife. The study was conducted on children aged between 8-12 years who were assigned to play three different versions of the game Minecraft. The first version was violent and required players to kill monsters with guns while the second required players to kill monsters with swords. The third version was non-violent, with no weapons or monsters. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveAfter 20 minutes of game-play, the kids played with other toys in another room that included a cabinet with two disabled handguns, said the researchers. For the findings, the team of researcers, included 220 children who found a gun while playing. Nearly 62 per cent of the 76 children who played the video game with gun touched a handgun. About 57 per cent of the 74 children who played the game with sword violence touched a gun, and 44 per cent of the 70 kids who played the non-violent version touched a gun.last_img read more

CM announces Rs 3 lakh relief to kin of deceased TV journalist

first_imgChennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami Friday announced a solatium of Rs three lakh to the family members of a TV journalist, who along with his wife and mother, died in a fire accident. The Chief Minister said he was saddened by the tragic incident and expressed his condolences to the family members of the deceased and presspersons. “I have ordered a solatium of Rs 3 lakh from CM’s Relief Fund to the family members,” he said in a statement here. The journalist Prasanna, his wife Archana and mother Revathi were found dead in their house Thursday. Police said a suspected gas leak from a refrigerator may have caused the deaths. The journalist was working with a Tamil news channel owned by the ruling AIADMK.last_img

Fugitive gangster held after brief encounter

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police has arrested a “fugitive gangster” after a brief encounter near Jharoda Kalan at Najafgarh-Bahadurgarh Road, police said Wednesday. The accused, Yogesh alias Tillu Pandit (34), a resident of Jharoda Kalan, was nabbed on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday while he opened fire at the police team and tried to flee, they said. Two Assistant Sub Inspectors, however, managed to survive with a close shave of the gunshot. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsOne sophisticated pistol loaded with three live cartridges was recovered from his possession, police said. “Interrogation revealed that in order to earn huge money and fame in Najafgarh area, he joined gangster Pradeep Banka of his area.” “He was arrested in a dacoity case of IGI Airport in 2009 in which he along with his 8 associates had robbed a consignment of imported goods loaded in a tempo after abducting its driver to Jhatikara,” said Ajit Kumar Singla, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime).last_img read more

SC dismisses plea seeking entry of women into Mosques for prayers

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a plea filed by the Kerala unit of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha seeking directions allowing entry of Muslim women into the Mosques for offering prayers.It upheld the Kerala High Court order which had said that the PIL was “motivated” and used for “cheap publicity”. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose dismissed the appeal against the Kerala High Court order. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Who are you? How are you affected? Let the aggrieved persons come before us,” the bench said. When petitioner Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, Kerala state president of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha tried to answer court’s question in Malayalam, the bench asked a counsel present in the court room to assist it by translating the language. The counsel translated for the bench that Swamy was a petitioner and he has challenged a Kerala high court order of October 11, 2018. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedTo this, the bench said that Kerala High Court has noted in its order that media reports were there even before the PIL was taken up for hearing and it appears to be a “motivated” petition, apparently meant for “cheap publicity”. “We do not see any merit to interfere with the high court order. The petition is dismissed,” the bench said. The high court, while dismissing the petition, had said: “The writ petition does not disclose material that would suggest that there is an established practice whereby Muslim women are being denied entry into masjids (Mosques). “A petition alleging violation of fundamental rights must indicate the nature of the right that is allegedly breached, the factual components of such right, as also the action that resulted in its breach.” It said that the averments in the writ petition do not suggest that the petitioner was a person who should be ordinarily concerned with the rituals and practices of the Islamic religion and, in particular, the alleged denial of entry to Muslim women in Mosques. The high court also noted that the PIL had attracted media attention as a report regarding filing of the petition had appeared in the print media even before the matter was taken up for admission before the Court. “We suspect therefore that this PIL is motivated by a desire of the petitioner for cheap publicity. We are of the view that the proceedings under Article 226 of the Constitution of India cannot be permitted to be misused for such purposes,” the high court said.last_img read more

Netflix rolls out 199 plan to woo Indian users

first_imgNew Delhi: Premium video streaming company Netflix on Wednesday announced a Rs 199 mobile-only plan in India as it looks to woo viewers amid intense competition from Amazon Prime Videos and other local players. The video content platform, which had been testing the mobile-only plan for several months in India, has also restructured its three existing plans. Indians spend 30 per cent of their time on entertainment, they are consuming content on the go and in their homes. Members in India watch content on their mobile phones more than anywhere else in the world, Netflix Director Product Innovation Ajay Arora told reporters here. He added that more people sign up for Netflix service on mobile phones in India more than any other country. “The mobile plan for Rs 199 a month is made for India. Users will have access to the same unlimited standard definition (SD), ad-free content under this plan,” he said adding that this will help the company expand to smaller cities in the country.last_img read more

HPCL to invest Rs 74000 cr in 5 years

first_imgMumbai: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation(HPCL) is planning to invest around Rs 74,000 crore over the next five years to expand capacity. The Navaratna company plans to invest around Rs 14,900 crore in the current fiscal, chairman Mukesh Kumar Surana told shareholders after the annual general meeting here Wednesday evening. “We are focused on strengthening refining and marketing through expansion of our refining capacity, supply chain capabilities and customer reach. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”In addition, the thrust is on creating new levers of growth by establishing a strong presence in petrochemicals, scaling up footprints in natural gas and expanding marketing overseas,” he said. The company, which owns and operates three refineries,has undertaken capacity expansion at refineries atVisakhapatnam and Mumbai. The modernisation of the Visakhapatnam refinery will enhance capacity from 8.33 million tonnes to 15 mt. The capacity of the Mumbai refinery is also being enhanced from 7.5 mt to 9.5 mt. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”On completion, these projects will enhance our profitability. We will have the capability to produce BS-VI fuels,” he added. Surana further said the 9 mt greenfield refinery-cum- petrochemical project coming up at Pachpadra in the Barmer district of Rajasthan has achieved significant progress. “Engineering activity is in progress and construction has commenced. Financial closure has also been achieved for this project. The project is being implemented at a cost of Rs 43,129 crore,” Surana said. The company is, he said, laying a thrust on pipeline network expansion. “Ongoing pipeline projects with total estimated investment of Rs 5,555 crore are in various stages of completion,” he added. HPCL, along with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, incorporated a joint venture company, IHB Private Ltd, in July 2019 for the execution of the country’s longest, 2,757-km LPG pipeline project from Kandla in Gujarat to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Last fiscal, HPCL saw its highest ever capital expenditure of Rs 12,438 crore, with some capital projects being completed while other projects under implementation. To enhance liquefied petroleum gas supply and distribution capabilities, bottling capacity of 330 tmtpa (thousand metric tonnes per annum) was added during the year at existing bottling plants. The company also commissioned a new LPG bottling plant at Warangal district in Telangana with a capacity of 60 tmtpa. The company also plans to build second-generation ethanol production facilities, and market compressed bio-gas. Its net profit for fiscal 2019 stood at Rs 6,029 crore and gross refining margins (GRM) averaged at $5.01 a barrel. Meanwhile, Hindustan Petroleum, which is a minority partner in the proposed West Coast Refinery, feels Saudi Aramco, the single largest shareholder in the 60 million tonne project, partnering with Reliance will have no impact on the now-stuck project. Mukesh Surana, the chairman of the ONGC-run HPCL, also said the work on the controversial Rs 4 trillion refinery and petrochemicals project is on track. It can be noted that the location for the project is yet to be identified after the one identified earlier in Ratnagiri was abandoned due to public and political protests last year. Speaking to reporters here late Wednesday evening after the AGM, Surana said Aramco’s decision to pick up a 20 percent consideration in Reliance’s Jamnagar refinery for $15 billion could be part of the world’s largest oil company’s strategy to secure a long-term client for its crudes. “It will not be right on my part to comment on what Aramco’s strategy is. But my understanding is that they have got the capability to do both the projects (West Coast Refinery and Reliance). So the deal that they have gone into with RIL, I don’t think it will have any apparent impact on other discussions that are going on,” Surana said. Three state-owned oil majors–Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and HPCL–have entered into an agreement with Saudi Aramco under which the Saudi oil major has picked up 51 percent stake in the refinery project. Aramco in turn has roped in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company as a minority partner for the 60 million tonne refinery-cum-petrochemical complex. But some analysts view Aramco going with RIL due to the massive cost escalation in the West Coast project, which has jumped by Rs 1 trillion to Rs 4 trillion and also there is no guarantee that the project will take off at all. The three state-owned companies will own 49 percent in the project, of which 25 percent will be held by IOC and the rest equally between the other two. Earlier, the project was proposed to come up at Nanar, a village in Ratnagiri district, some 400 km south of Mumbai. However, due to continued opposition from the locals as well as the ruling ally in the state, Shiv Sena, the Devendra Fadnavis-led government decided to relocate the project to another location. Fadnavis had, reportedly, recently said the new site will be in the neighbouring Raigad district, about 100 km south of the financial capital. But the location is yet to be finalized. Reliance recently announced its plan to sell 20 percent stake in its refining and petrochemicals business for $15 billion to Aramco, which would also supply 5,00,000 barrels of crude per day to the twin refineries in Jamnagar. “As far as Aramco is concerned, they will be happy to have a destination for their crude for a long-term basis and the buyers will also be happy to have a long-term arrangement for an assured source of supply. So to that extent I don’t see any contradictions in the two partnerships,” Surana said. When asked about the timeline for the West Coast project, he said, “I don’t think we can give a timeline. This refinery will take five years to be completed but the final investment destination has to be taken. “The configuration study work is in progress and multiple cases are being worked out depending on the changing demand supply situation and once that is frozen there can be a comprehensive case.” Whether the implementation of the BS-VI fuels from next April will increase the prices, he said, “all the refineries are investing for this and all refineries are hydrogen dominated units and hydrogen is a costly commodity. “There will be a cost to refineries and we would definitely like that there will compensation by way higher prices. But to what extent, we need to see,” he said.last_img read more

JK state flag removed from Civil Secretariat

first_imgSrinagar: The flag of Jammu and Kashmir which used to fly along with the tricolour was removed from the Civil Secretariat here on Sunday, three weeks after the Centre revoked Article 370 provisions which granted special status to the state, officials said.Under Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir was permitted to have its own flag, which was red in colour with three equidistant white vertical strips and a white plough. The flag, which was hoisted along with the tricolour every day atop the civil secretariat, the seat of the government, was supposed to be removed on October 31 when the law bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — will come into effect. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’However, on Sunday morning, only the tricolour was hoisted on the secretariat building, the officials said. They said the flag will be removed from other government buildings as well. The flag was adopted by state constituent assembly on June 7, 1952, The three stripes represented the state’s three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The Centre had on August 5 abrogated Article 370 provisions in the Constitution which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir for residency and government jobs. Parliament approved the resolution in this regard and also passed the bill on the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories. Later on August 9, President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, bifurcating the two Union Territories, which will come into existence on October 31. Since August 5, various parts of the Kashmir valley are under strict restrictions.last_img read more

Reliving college days

first_imgNitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore revolves around a group of friends who are well-connected to each other even after college. The movie’s team spared some time from their busy schedule and recently caught up at a hotel in Mumbai to enjoy to the fullest. The photograph that sees Shraddha Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Navin PoliShetty, Suharsh Kumar Shukla, Tushar Pandey and Varun Sharma doing Chhichhore panti is sure to make one miss their college days. The film is set to release on September 6, 2019last_img