ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Nova Scotia Destination of Choice forCreditek A newly established business process outsourcing operation islooking to hire more than 100 financial and accounting employeesfor its Halifax location over the course of the next year. NewJersey-based Creditek Corporation manages receivables for anumber of Fortune 1500 companies that include leaders in theconsumer packaged goods and health-care sectors. Creditek’s Halifax location marks the company’s first Canadianoperations. “We are pleased that Creditek has made Nova Scotiatheir first Canadian choice for growth, and it speaks well of thebusiness advantages that exist in our province,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernie Fage. “Creditek places a high value onthe education level of our workforce and, by choosing NovaScotia, they are helping us send a strong message to theinternational business community that we’re an excellent locationfor business.” “We are extremely pleased with the talent we are attracting inHalifax,” said Regina Paolillo, president and CEO of Creditek.”Our planned growth requires a workforce that is well educated,experienced, energetic, innovative and customer focused. That’swhy we chose Halifax as a partner and location for our firstoffshore service centre and we couldn’t be happier with theresults.” Creditek has signed a four-year payroll rebate agreement withNova Scotia Business Inc. that will see the company set upinitial operations in Halifax and explore another expansionoutside of Halifax in year two of the agreement. Should thecompany meet all of its obligations, and create up to 240 jobs inthe process, it will be eligible to receive $1.7 million over thecourse of the agreement. “Business process outsourcing companies like Creditek present amajor opportunity for us because outsourcing has become the normfor many U.S.-based businesses,” said Stephen Lund, president andCEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Our province is well positionedas an outsourcing alternative to locations in India and Chinabecause we lack the geopolitical risks, we share the same cultureas the United States, and our workforce measures up with anylocation in the world.” Creditek staff require a college diploma or university degree inbusiness or accounting, or several years of experience in theindustry. The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) providedinitial workplace training for staff in Creditek’s appliedcustomer service training. “NSCC believes it’s important to be proactive in businessdevelopment activity that impacts the economic progress of NovaScotia,” said Ken Jones, dean, customized training and part-timeStudies, NSCC. “We can provide various levels of trainingincluding curriculum development and delivery, which we customizeto meet the needs of individual business operations –telecommunications, customer service and management are threespecific areas of focus.” For more information on employment opportunities with Creditek,contact Sharon Ayres at 1-800-216-4000 ext. 333 or via e-mail email@example.com . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s business developmentagency, an organization that works with companies to providebusiness solutions. The private sector-led agency works toattract new businesses to the province and help those already inNova Scotia expand through services such as export developmentand financing.
LUNENBURG COUNTY: Indian Point Bridge There will be one-lane closures on the Indian Point Bridge nearMahone Bay until Friday, Nov. 12, while the bridge is replaced.The bridge will also be closed to loads wider than 3.5 metres (11feet). Local area office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 On Sunday, Nov. 7, traffic will be rerouted off Highway 101 atExit 13, at Trunk 12, while bridge work is carried out on theoverpass. Traffic control persons will direct traffic to exit thehighway at the off ramps, both eastbound and westbound, crossTrunk 12 and re-enter Highway 101 via the on ramps. Motorists are asked to use caution. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Work will continue on two sections of Highway 102 until Sunday,Nov. 14 while road crews complete bridge repairs. Section one is about eight kilometres south on Highway 102 fromExit 2 (Kearney Lake) to Ralston Avenue, off Bayers Road. Section two is about three kilometres north on Highway 102 fromRalston Avenue to Exit 1A (Highway 103). Motorists may experience minimal delays. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge The Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309, located 3.4 kilometres southof Highway 103, will have a 12-tonne weight restriction until thebridge is replaced. Heavy vehicles are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge onHighway 103. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Furlong Bridge The Furlong Bridge on Trunk 2 near Southampton will be closeduntil Tuesday, Nov. 30, while the bridge is replaced. Traffic will be rerouted to a temporary two-lane panel bridgeparallel to the existing bridge. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Coxheath Road will have occasional daytime lane closures untilWednesday, Dec. 15, while the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced.New interchange ramps will also be constructed. Work willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control persons will be inplace. A detour is available via Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, between exits 4 and 5,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Botheastbound and westbound motorists may experience short delays.Motorists on Trunk 3, near Exit 4, may also experience delays.Traffic controllers will be in place. Work takes place from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge The Gates Bridge, located near the intersection of Sissiboo Roadand Gates Lane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction untilbridge repairs are completed in 2005. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. COLCHESTER/HALIFAX COUNTIES: Route 224 Route 224, from the intersection of Route 277 at Gay’s River tothe Elderbank Road, about six kilometres, will have intermittentlane closures due to repaving. Traffic control will consist of apilot vehicle. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. andwill be completed by Friday, Nov. 12. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 There will be ramp closures at Exit 0 on Highway 102 on Tuesday,Nov. 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 10 for repaving. On Tuesday Nov. 9, the outbound ramp from Joseph Howe Drive ontoHighway 102 will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the inbound ramp from Highway 102 ontoJoseph Howe Drive will be closed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. On both days, a marked detour will be provided. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 4 (Hubley) The existing bridge at Exit 4 (Hubley) has been removed and workhas begun on its replacement. Motorists crossing Highway 103 onTrunk 3 are asked to detour, with caution, over a temporarystructure. Efforts will be made to minimize delays at peaktravelling times. Work will continue until the end of January 2005. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 305 Route 305/Seaview Drive, will have occasional lane closures untilMonday, Nov. 15, to facilitate the removal of the temporary panelbridge used during the construction of the new Leitches CreekBridge. Work will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5:30p.m. Traffic controllers will be in place when necessary. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 Three kilometres of Trunk 4 will have periodic lane closures nearMiddle Cape until Wednesday, Nov. 10, for repaving. Work willtake place west of Breac Brook Bridge to the top of the hill inMiddle Cape, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Traffic control willconsist of a pilot vehicle. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternateroutes where possible. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 There will be one-lane closures on Highway 104 on the West RiverBridge in Antigonish, near the intersection of Church Street andthe highway, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Road crews will be carryingout joint replacement work and repaving. Traffic control persons will be in place and motorists are askedto use caution while travelling in the area. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 A 500-metre section of Trunk 10, north of the intersection withHighway 103, will be closed until Monday, Nov. 15. A temporarygravel detour will be in place. Motorists may experience shortdelays and are advised to use an alternate route if possible. Local area office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX COUNTY: Route 333 There will be one-lane closures on Route 333, from Brookside Roadsouth to Burkes Road, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Crews will bepatching and repaving the road. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, signsand cones. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to usean alternate route. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 The shoulder lanes on the four-lane section of Highway 125 nearSydney River will be closed 24 hours a day until Wednesday, Dec.15, while the highway and the Sydney River Bridge are widened andthe Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. Work in the area willcontinue until June 2005. Traffic control will consist of traffic drums and concretebarriers. A detour is available via Route 305. -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exit 5 (HammondsPlains Road) The existing bridge at Exit 5 (Hammonds Plains Road) has beenremoved and work has begun on its replacement. Motorists crossingHighway 103 on Hammonds Plains Road (Route 213) are asked todetour, with caution, over a temporary structure. Efforts will bemade to minimize delays at peak travelling times. Work will continue until the end of January 2005. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860
Upcoming repairs to the storm-damaged road to Big Island and Merigomish Beach in Pictou County will restore first-class road access for residents and visitors before the end of the summer. Transportation and Public Works is calling for tenders today, May 18, for repaving on Big Island Road from 1.7 kilometres west of the junction of Route 245 for about 2.3 kilometres toward Merigomish Beach. Repairs will also be made to the sea wall. “The causeway to Big Island was damaged during a storm surge this winter,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This work will restore the seawall and upgrade the temporary repairs that were put in place.” The tender will close on Friday, June 3. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Nova Scotians can have more confidence than ever in the quality of their drinking water, Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash said today, Oct. 18. Mr. Morash said the completion of the province’s three-year drinking water strategy this fall has taken water safety to a new level. “Over the years, our control over the quality of public drinking water has been improving as we learn more and more about potential contaminants and how to address them,” he told the awards breakfast of the Atlantic Canada Water Works Association. “In the past three years in particular, we’ve made tremendous strides.” Mr. Morash highlighted three key accomplishments of the strategy: — All municipal water utilities in the province now have consistent approvals that require them to meet clear provincewide standards for water treatment and operator certification; — About 1,800 small public drinking water supplies are now registered with the Department of Environment and Labour, and are required to monitor their water quality and report problems to the department; — Education documents have been prepared to help private well owners understand their role in protecting and testing their water. Forty per cent of Nova Scotians rely on private wells. The operators of drinking water facilities, whether big or small, have a tremendous responsibility, Mr. Morash said. “Providing a constant supply of clean drinking water is as much a public health priority as preventing the spread of a communicable disease,” he said. The final report on the Nova Scotia Drinking Water Strategy, and the original strategy document, are available at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/water/drinkingwater.asp .
GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 through Kings and Annapolis counties will have traffic delays in several areas until Friday, June 2. The delays are due to repairs being made to the following bridges: Cambridge, Brooklyn and Gates Mountain. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 – Bridgetown Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from Exit 21 westerly for 8.5 kilometres. Work is expected to be complete on Friday, June 30. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County is open to one-lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 INVERNESS COUNTY: Little Narrows Ferry The Little Narrows ferry will be out of service for its annual refit until Saturday, May 27, at 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 Local Area Office: 902-396-8426 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 5A on Highway 125 will be closed for gravelling and the installation of a guard rail until Wednesday, Aug. 30. Detour signs are posted. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-4733 Fax: 902-543-5596 DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at Exit 25, Joggin Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Friday, June 16. Work takes place Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-756-0210 Fax: 902-861-1152 Local Area Office: 902-568-3378 Fax: 902-563-3379 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) from 6.2 kilometres south of Margaree Harbour to the new pavement at Margaree Harbour will have a one-lane closure for repaving until Thursday, August 31. Traffic control consists of a traffic control person. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from Northfield Overpass to Exit 10, will have alternating lane closures until Wednesday, May 31, for repaving. A detour is available on Route 325 from Bridgewater to Mahone Bay. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle and flashing lights. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 3 to Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 Route 224, from Cooks Brook easterly to Exhibition Grounds Road will have a one-lane closure for gravelling and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a follow-me truck. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327 from Highway 125 overpass to Caribou Marsh Road will have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Between the intersection at Highway 111 and the airport, Highway 118 will have intermittent lane closures in both directions for interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: White Hill Road White Hill Road has a one-lane closure varying in length and location during ongoing work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 southbound will have a one-lane closure between exits 13A and 15 (Highway 104) until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of signs. Commuters are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection, Route 311, Bible Hill The intersection on Route 311, Main Street, Trunk 4, Pictou Road and College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane for improvements until Friday, June 30. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Poplar Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309 will be closed until Friday, Aug. 4, while a new bridge is being built. Motorists are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Magazine Hill Entrance Bridge The Magazine Hill entrance bridge structure on Trunk 7 will have periodic lane closures for bridge repairs until Wednesday, May 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, jersey barrier and speed reduction signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 -30-
PREMIER’S OFFICE-Premier Starts Process To Avoid Health Sector Disruptions The province will introduce legislation this fall for a fair and impartial system to prevent service disruptions in the health care and related sectors, Premier Rodney MacDonald announced today, May 15. “Nova Scotians deserve to be protected from disruptions to health care, just as health-care workers deserve an effective system for collective bargaining,” Premier MacDonald said. “A system of arbitration is our preferred option at this time. However, if a truly compelling alternative comes to our attention, we will give it serious consideration. “Collective agreements will continue to be negotiated, but we need a fair process to enable health-care workers and their employers to resolve disputes if negotiations reach an impasse. We cannot close the doors of our health system any more than we can do without the services of police or firefighters.” The premier has asked Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent to oversee a dialogue with Nova Scotians and stakeholders from acute-care facilities, long-term-care facilities, homes for special care, and ambulance services. The objective is to help develop a fair, impartial and independent alternative to strikes or lockouts when collective bargaining reaches an impasse. “We also want to draw on the best practices of other health-care systems as we design a made-in-Nova Scotia solution,” said the premier. Nova Scotia is one of only two provinces in Canada where the right to strike or lockout in the health sector is the same as in private industry. Nova Scotia will have a new process designed to avoid a work stoppage like the recent one at the IWK Health Centre that resulted in the cancellation of services. “I believe our current system of resolving impasses in this sector has failed all of us — workers, management, and the public,” said Premier MacDonald. “Our government is committed to a system that is fair to both health-sector employees and Nova Scotians who expect and deserve health care.”
Residents of Havre Boucher and Antigonish will benefit from improved drinking water and wastewater treatment thanks to a shared investment by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia under the Communities Component of the Building Canada plan. The $3.1-million investment, which will be shared between the two communities, was made today, March 27, by Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development, on behalf of Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “These investments will help build a strong, healthy and vibrant province at the community level,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with all levels of government to benefit families today and for the years to come.” “Through these investments, the government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to building stronger and more vibrant communities throughout Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Mr. MacKay. “These projects, announced under the Building Canada plan, demonstrate government’s commitment to improving community infrastructure and providing a cleaner environment.” Under the Communities Component of the Building Canada fund, the federal, provincial and municipal governments anticipate investing $111 million in infrastructure projects in smaller communities across Nova Scotia by 2014. The government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and the municipality of Antigonish are each investing $1,435,000 to design and build a new water-treatment facility and expand its wastewater collection system in Havre Boucher. The project will mean about 75 households using aging, malfunctioning on-site sewage systems will have wastewater collected and treated at the new plant. Another 115 households currently connected to the collection system will also have wastewater treated at the new plant. Eligible costs are $4.3 million. The government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and the town of Antigonish are each contributing $153,000 to install 1,100 water meters for customers currently on a flat-rate. The meters will ensure a fair system based on actual water use, as well as provide the town with a true picture of the amount of water treated and distributed. Project costs are $459,000. “It’s great to see both the federal and provincial governments continuing their support and investment in infrastructure at the community level,” said Robert Wrye, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. In November the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia signed a framework agreement under Building Canada, which is the government of Canada’s $33-billion plan to invest in infrastructure that will support a growing economy, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. Through the framework agreement, the government of Canada is committing to a new investment of more than $634 million towards infrastructure needs in the province by 2014.
To raise driver awareness of increased motorcycle traffic on Nova Scotia roads, the province and Safety Services Nova Scotia have proclaimed May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks read the proclamation to motorcyclists at a ceremony in Fall River today, May 4. “Motorcycles have a special appeal to many Nova Scotians, but there are also special safety factors that all drivers must be aware of,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “For instance all drivers, whether of motorcycles or other vehicles, need to be alert and take a second look before proceeding from a stop or turn.” “At the beginning of 2011, there were 25,710 motorcycles registered in Nova Scotia,” said Ed Snow of Safety Services Nova Scotia. “We recommend that all motorcyclists take a training course and wear proper equipment.” There have been two motorcycle fatalities in Nova Scotia in 2011, nine in 2010, and 42 during the last five years. “Those numbers are unacceptable,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “We all have a responsibility to keep our roads safe for all users.” “Even though motorcycle awareness is everyone’s responsibility, it’s the motorcycle user who is most at risk in collisions,” said Mr. Snow. “Designating May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is intended to help drivers realize the importance of being extra alert at this time of year.” More information on motorcycle safety and training courses can be found on the Safety Services Nova Scotia at www.safetyservicesns.com .
More Nova Scotians are getting valuable on-the-job experience, helping them get good jobs here at home, through the province’s START program. The province announced today, Aug. 7, plans to expand the program, which encourages businesses to hire and provide work experience to Nova Scotians. Beginning next year, the province will increase funding to support recent graduates to get experience they need to launch careers here. “Nova Scotia has thousands of new graduates ready to start work in their field of study, but for many of them, the first hurdle is gaining some experience and getting a foot in the door,” Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett said at Playschool Day Care in New Waterford. START has connected 557 young people, recent graduates, apprentices and unemployed Nova Scotians with work experience. As of June, 92 per cent of those are expected to become long-term jobs for the new employees. “Through the START program, we are helping more Nova Scotians gain that experience so they can find good jobs and put down roots in their communities,” said Mr. Corbett. “We’re making it easier for families to build the life they want right here at home.” START was introduced as a pilot program in October. “As a result of the START program, I’ve found a great place to gain work experience in my field of choice,” said Alexis White. “The training I’ve received as a cook at Playschool Day Care will no doubt set me up for my future.” Ms. White’s employer also benefits. “The province’s START program has been a huge help for our non-profit day care. It’s a win-win situation providing us with the support to hire staff, while offering excellent job experience to some of our employees,” said Janet Campbell, director of Playschool Day Care in New Waterford. “Through this funding, we were able to hire and train Alexis as a cook. She’s proven to be dependable, competent and is eager to learn.” More than 382 employers have taken part in START, which helps cover costs such as training and wages for new employees. The province is increasing the funding by $500,000 per year for a total of $1.5 million over the next three years. “Participating in the co-op and START programs helped me secure the job I have and love today,” said Katelyn MacDonald, marketing and events co-ordinator for the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce. “With the opportunity to connect with employers here in my community, I was able to find a great job at home.” To find out more, or apply, visit http://careers.novascotia.ca.
KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Night Closures Starting Saturday, Oct. 5, Highway 101, between Exit 14 at Coldbrook and Exit 15 at Berwick, will be closed to all traffic from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily for repaving and widening. On Saturday and Sunday, the highway will stay closed until 8 a.m. Message boards and other signs are on site. Drivers will be detoured onto Highway 1. The project will be completed by Tuesday, Oct. 15. -30-
Nova Scotia’s municipalities now have a powerful tool to help them assess their own fiscal health. With the recent release of two more years of data, all Nova Scotians now have a clearer picture of the opportunities and challenges facing their communities. I believe that can lead to better decision-making for all of us. The Financial Condition Index is an annual report that looks at the areas of revenue, budget, and debt and capital assets for municipalities. The index can help municipal elected officials and administrators prepare budgets, identify capital improvements and develop business plans. This initiative was a recommendation by the Towns Task Force, which identified long-term viability of municipalities as an important objective. The Towns Task Force defined viability as a state where a municipality is capable, both in the short and long term, of providing a basic level of service to residents and businesses at an affordable cost that is sufficient to support those services. It recognized there are situations where the long-term viability of a municipality is in doubt, even though it may be doing fine at that moment. The Towns Task Force believed residents should decide the future of their communities. However, it was felt they must have adequate information to guide the decision-making process. That recommendation led the provincial government, the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) and the Association of Municipal Administrators to develop financial condition indicators. The Financial Condition Index is created from information provided by each municipality, which then reviews and verifies the data. The index shows where a town or rural municipality is having challenges and allows them to engage citizens. Cumberland County Warden and UNSM president Keith Hunter says the index is a good source of information showing how a municipality is doing and making it more accountable. The public is able to see how a municipal unit is doing, while elected officials and administrators can see what they’re doing right and what can be improved. Greg Herrett, chief administrative officer for the Town of Amherst, believes the index is a good benchmarking tool and allows staff to analyze the results against others and have discussions with colleagues across the province. Amherst has had an inquiry from another town about its tax collection results. Westville Mayor Roger MacKay says some of the Financial Condition Index indicators are out of the town’s direct control but it is making positive progress on others and appreciates the index as a tool to guide it to future success. Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum says the index represents an opportunity for municipalities to do things in a different way. I will continue to work collaboratively with municipalities and the UNSM to bring positive outcomes for citizens. I consider the index to be a valuable tool that allows the provincial government to work with municipalities, helping them manage these financial challenges. The intent of the Financial Condition Index is to have municipalities, citizens and the provincial government better informed about the financial health of our communities. This information will empower all of us to make good, evidence-based decisions. -30-
$20,000 to Shore Active Transportation Association to complete the design for a greenway to connect students and parents with Gaetz Brook Junior High $5,600 to the MusGo Rider Co-operative to support an awareness campaign about their community transportation service “Our organization’s founders were inspired by the opportunity to encourage our children to be more active,” said Patricia Richards, chair, Shore Active Transportation Association. “A proper greenway between Head of Chezzetcook and Musquodoboit Harbour will allow students to walk and bike to and from school and extracurricular activities.” More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2016. For more information, please visit our Sustainable Transportation page at novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/ . Government is supporting two sustainable transportation projects on the Eastern Shore that will help connect community hubs and promote active living. Kevin Murphy, MLA for Eastern Shore, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced today, Sept. 8, two projects receiving funding through the province’s sustainable transportation grant program Connect2. “We are pleased to support community-led sustainable transportation projects and the people and organizations that make them happen,” said Mr. Murphy. “Infrastructure and planning work are critical stepping stones to making these projects a reality in our communities.” Mr. Murphy announced grants for two projects today:
The corporation’s flagship program, Support4Sport, continues to be the largest single source of sport funding in the province and Nova Scotians raised $3.8 million this year to support athletes of all abilities. An additional $4 million was raised through the Support4Culture program for Nova Scotia arts, culture and heritage, up from $2.3 million last year. The Support4Communities program continues to help charities achieve fundraising goals. After helping non-profits raise $125,000 this year, Support4Communities has now raised over $1 million for good causes. “We’re looking forward to continuing the good work we’ve accomplished this year. We will do that by remaining focused on our commitment to Nova Scotians,” said Mr. MacKinnon. The 2017-18 financial statements are available at www.gamingns.ca/AR . $146.9 million payment to province 512 full- and part-time jobs for Nova Scotians $38.7 million in commissions for 1,335 small business owners $6.6 million for the prevention, education and treatment of problem gambling $7.8 million to fund important community-based programs, including sport, culture, and the arts Profits from the province’s regulated gaming industry increased 1.6 per cent in 2017-18 over the last fiscal year, providing funding to support important programs for Nova Scotians. Figures released today, July 19, by the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation show its payment to the province for the year was $146.9 million compared to $144.6 million in 2016-17. “The sustainability of Nova Scotia’s regulated gaming industry depends on it being managed in a socially responsible manner,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of the Crown corporation. “That’s where we come in, and we’re proud to return 100 per cent of the profits to Nova Scotians for essential services like health care, roads, schools, sports and cultural programs.” The corporation works to ensure the regulated gaming industry offers games that are fun, safe and responsible to adult Nova Scotians who choose to gamble. Recent results show that 81 per cent of Nova Scotians support its commitment to responsible gambling. Working closely and collaboratively with Atlantic Lottery Corporation and Casino Nova Scotia, the corporation offers oversight and training to an industry that employs more than 500 Nova Scotians. Overview of Nova Scotia’s gaming industry for 2017-18:
Guruvayur (Ker): Having won a massive mandate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said political parties and pundits failed to gauge the public mood ahead of the Lok Sabha election and thanked the electorate for reposing confidence in the saffron party. In his first public engagement after leading the BJP to a grand victory in the general election, retaining power for a successive term, Modi said he made Kerala his first stop after the win despite having no MP from the state since it was as dear to him as his constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Terming the just concluded Lok Sabha election to 542 seats as a “festival of democracy,” Modi lauded and thanked the electorate of Kerala for their contribution to it. The country has seen that “people are God” in elections, he said. “Political parties and political pundits could not gauge people’s mood. So did those involved in conducting (poll) surveys. But people gave a strong mandate for the BJP,” he said and thanked the voters for choosing his party. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The recent polls proved that people rejected “negativity” and accepted positivity, he said. On making Kerala his first stop post the LS polls win, Modi said some would have even wondered why he chose the southern state despite BJP “not opening its account” from here in the Parliament. But an elected leader was common to all, he said. “Elections have their place in democracy and it is the responsibility of the winner to take care of 130 crore people. Those who made us win or those who did not, both are our (people). Kerala is as dear to me as Varanasi is,” Modi said. The BJP was not working for mere electoral politics and was keen on building the country and ensuring India gets its place of pride in the international arena, Modi added. On the Nipah virus issue, he said the Centre was working “shoulder-to-shoulder” with the Kerala government to provide all required assistance.
New Delhi: Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar Saturday expressed hope that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will attend its Governing Council meet on June 15. The chief minister has refused to attend the meeting of Niti Aayog to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it is “fruitless” as the body has no financial powers to support state plans. “We have invited her with all due respect and I am still hoping that she will accept my personal invitation and attend the meeting on June 15th and give us the idea as to how to improve Niti further,’ Kumar told reporters here. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga Modi is set to chair the fifth meeting of the Niti Aayog’s Governing Council to discuss various issues regarding the country’s development. Banerjee conveyed her decision not to attend the meeting in a letter written to the prime minister. “Given the fact that the Niti Aayog has no financial powers and the power to support state plans it is fruitless for me to attend the meeting of a body that is bereft of any financial powers,” Banerjee wrote. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Kumar said Niti Aayog has the power of persuasion and it will use its two tools — competitive and cooperative federalism — to move forward. “No financial incentive necessarily needed because that financial incentive existed in Planning Commission for four decades, (but) I do not see what they have changed… growth did not go up,” he said. When asked about unemployment, Kumar said it is linked to growth and added that informal sector has created a lot of jobs which has not been captured in the data. Earlier, speaking at a function on accelerating India’s economic growth, Kumar said greater focus is required in sectors like health, education, agriculture, exports and in pushing private investments. “We need to reverse the decline in growth. You will see in the Budget that the government will make use of whatever fiscal space it has,” he said. He added that the government will make sure that private investment revives, which is key to push growth and “we should clock at least 7.5 to 8 per cent growth in the next five years”. Talking about agriculture, he said the story needs to be changed in this sector as huge opportunities exist in agro-processing, where rate of investment is very low. “There are problems, so we will be taking steps to remove the Essential Commodities Act and may be APMC (Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee) to be replaced by APLM (Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing). I hope to see that. Agro-processing and exports requires huge attention from government and industry,” he said. On exports, Kumar said India’s share in global exports is just 1.7 per cent, which is unacceptable and it should be increased significantly to push the economy. Elaborating on improving the health sector, he said so far 37 lakh people have already benefited from the government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat programme. When this scheme covers all 40 per cent of the population, then “you can imagine the impact of that on health and welfare of people,” he said. He said that bigger hospitals are still out of the supplier network of this scheme and negotiations are going on to bring them in. “On government hospitals, you will soon see Niti Aayog coming out with a ranking of 740 district hospitals in the country and that is the way we want to improve,” he informed. He added that there is a need to give special focus on reducing under-nourishment as one cannot build a knowledge economy if a large base of population is malnourished. Further, he said focus is required on quality of basic education as it is still not accessible. Talking about labour reforms, he said, “You will see action very soon. But you have to see action not in terms of hire and fire. You have to have labour reforms where labour gets his due and rightful participation but yet investors get the flexibility to be able to change its composition of labour force. We will action in the coming Parliament session.” He added that states have huge inventory of land which can be utilised by industry to set up units.
Kolkata: A man reportedly feared drowned in Ganga while he was performing a magic show on Sunday afternoon. Extensive search operations were conducted but till Sunday night he was not traced. According to sources, Chanchal Lahiri, a resident of Hooghly, performed magic with the stage name, ‘Jadukor Mandrake’. He had performed several dangerous acts earlier.He attempted an act, which was similar to a trick performed by well-known illusionist Harry Houdini. He claimed he would locked himself up inside a box and throw it into the Ganga and within seconds he would set free himself and come out of the water. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to the plan, on Sunday, he boarded a vessel from Fairlie Place Ghat and went towards Howrah Bridge. Around 12:35 pm, near pillar number 28, Lahiri was locked inside a box and it was pulled up by a crane and thrown into the Ganga. However, Lahiri did not come out of the water as seconds passed and even when it was close to a minute. Panic grew within the spectators. Immediately, North Port police station, River Traffic Police and Disaster Management Group were informed. Disaster Management Group divers jumped into the water to trace Lahiri but the efforts went into vain. Despite several hours, Lahiri was not found. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDue to non-availability of sufficient light, search operation was suspended during night. Lahiri has successfully performed several dangerous acts in the past. He claimed, he freed himself from a locked cage within 29 seconds. The greatest all Houdini’s escapes was Chinese Water Torture Cell. Houdini was to escape an extraordinary contraption resembling a fish tank, which was filled with water while Houdini is placed head down. His feet were tied and the tank was covered. During his lifetime and for many years after, he was the only man to perform the escape from the water torture cell. With all its danger and difficulties, Houdini never failed in the escape. However, he failed a similar trick in 2013 where he had locked himself up in a box and thrown it into the water. At that time when he was performing the act, some spectators saw Lahiri coming out of the box through a concealed opening. He was put inside a box and locked up and the box was thrown into the water and within a few seconds he emerged from the river and climbed up to the vessel. But, when he reached the Howrah jetty, people surrounded him and alleged that he cheated the spectators and assaulted him. In Sunday’s incident, cops have asked other police stations whose jurisdiction falls adjacent to the river Ganga to keep a watch to trace Lahiri.
Srinagar: An Army major and a militant were killed, while another officer and two troopers were injured on Monday in an encounter between security forces and the ultras in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.A major-rank officer was killed while another officer of the same rank and two soldiers were injured in the encounter in the Achabal area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, they added. The injured were rushed to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar, the officials said. They added that an unidentified militant was also killed in the gunfight and his body recovered. Arms and ammunition were also seized from the encounter site, the officials said. The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant was being ascertained, they added. Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area Monday morning. P7
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response within seven days from the Centre and Bihar government on the issue of the deaths of more than 100 children in Muzaffarpur due to the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES). A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai directed the Bihar government to file an affidavit on the adequacy of medical facilities, nutrition and sanitation and the hygiene conditions in the state. During the hearing, one of the lawyers informed the court that similar deaths had occurred earlier in Uttar Pradesh. The court took note of it and directed the state government to file its response as well. The matter has been posted for hearing after 10 days.
Lucknow: A 14-year-old boy was picked up by the Lucknow police and subjected to third degree torture when he refused to own up to the theft of an e-rickshaw. SSP Lucknow Kalanidhi Naithani has asked Circle Officer Tanu Upadhyaya to probe the allegations against the policemen. According to reports, the boy Manish, was picked up by the Telibagh police after the e-rickshaw of one Amresh Gautam was stolen. Manish used to ply the rickshaw occasionally to make ends meet. His father works as a daily wage earner. The boy was taken to the Telibagh outpost on Thursday after Amresh Gautam lodged a complaint against him. The boy was beaten up and tortured by the cops who asked him to own up to the theft. The cops also trampled his legs with their boots. The boy’s family then contacted a social worker who took the parents and the victim to meet the SSP on Friday night. The medical examination of the boy has confirmed swelling and injuries on the legs. The SSP has assured the family that strict action would be taken against all those found responsible.
Gurugram: For the second time in less than a week, the state PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh visited the Badshapur drain and overlooked the work being done to widen the drain. After seeing the progress, the Badshapur MLA assured the citizens that unlike 2016 and 2018 when the city was flooded during monsoon, this time there will be no such situation. He was accompanied by the HUDA administrator Chander Shekhar Khare who briefed the minister about the progress. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”We are ensuring that there is no flood like situation this time and we are making sure that all the works as far as widening of the drain is being taken. We have had some legal hurdles due to which some part of the work is being stalled,” said the minister. A 600-metre stretch in Khandsa village was identified as the main reason for the 2016 deluge, as the drain narrows in Khandsa, with its width reducing from 30 metres to 10 metres, leading to overflow of rainwater at Hero Honda Chowk and areas around it. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the District officials, the capacity of Badshahpur drain in Khandsa village is being increased to 2100 cusecs and work is in the last phase of completion. It will be completed by June 30. There is however a challenge as some part of the work may not be completed due to legal hurdles. According to an official statement released by the district administration about the meeting, Khatri had also informed Haryana chief minister ML Khattar that the motor pump panels at Hero Honda Chowk underpass, which was inundated with 50 million litres rainwater last year, have been placed outside the underpass. He also said that nearly all stormwater drains in the city have been cleaned. To make sure that there is better coordination of officials during monsoons, the Gururgam metropolitan development authority (GMDA) is also planning to open a control room from where all the situations will be monitored.