More than 300,000 Nova Scotia property owners will have a chance to review their proposed 2006 assessment, now that preliminary notices are in the mail. Notices were sent to owners of properties whose assessments are expected to increase by more than three per cent in 2006. The assessments are based on Jan. 1, 2004 market values. “Sending Nova Scotia property owners their proposed assessment in June, means that they can talk to us and get information about their property assessment before the formal assessment notice is sent in January,” said Jeff Caddell, acting regional manager for the western regional assessment office. “This year the information will also help property owners decide if they will apply for the 2006 CAP Assessment program.” Introduced in 2005, the CAP Assessment program is designed to help protect property owners from sudden and dramatic increases in market value by placing a limit, or cap, on the amount of taxable assessment increase on eligible properties. To receive a capped assessment, the property must be owned by a Nova Scotia resident and meet certain other eligibility criteria. There are some changes to the program since it was introduced last year. Property owners who applied for the CAP last year and met the residency and ownership requirements will be automatically re-considered for 2006. They do not have to reapply. Owner-occupied condominiums are now part of the CAP program. Owners of condominiums who wish to be considered for a capped assessment must submit an application for the 2006 CAP. With the changes, about 107,000 properties across the province are potentially eligible for a capped assessment in 2006, compared to 65,000 in 2005. Property owners who did not apply to the program in 2005 and whose properties are likely to be eligible are being sent an application form along with their proposed notice. Application forms are available on the website at www.nsassessment.ca or can be picked up at a local regional assessment office, Access Nova Scotia Centre, Registry of Deeds office or municipal tax office. Completed applications must be received by Assessment Services by no later than Sept. 30. “Applications will be reviewed to determine if the property meets the eligibility criteria,” said Mr. Caddell. “Property owners will be notified if their property qualifies for the CAP when they receive their formal assessment notice in January.” “We encourage property owners to call if they have any questions about their proposed assessment or need further information about the CAP Program,” added Mr. Caddell. Property owners with questions on their assessment notice can call 1-800-667-5727. For information on property assessment and the CAP program, including eligibility criteria, visit the website at www.nsassessment.ca .
-30- Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 A 2.5-kilometre section of Highway 104 between Port Hawkesbury and Exit 44 will be restricted to one lane until Thursday, Aug. 31, to allow for repaving. Traffic will be controlled by a traffic control person. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The elimination of power walls to further discourage smoking, the introduction of midwives to the province’s team of health professionals, enhancements for the registered nurses profession and changes to the way pay day lenders can operate in Nova Scotia are just a few of the major amendments to legislation passed in the fall sitting of the legislature. “Significant changes to bills across the spectrum will bring about a heightened level of consumer protection, important changes for our health professionals and improvements to the election process,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said today, Nov. 23. Point-of-sale legislation, which will discourage Nova Scotians, particularly children and youth, from tobacco use, will prohibit cigarettes from being advertised and displayed prominently behind store counters. Exterior signage will also be eliminated. Only government authorized signage will be permitted at the point-of-sale. Effective March 2007, Nova Scotia will pull the plug on what are known as power walls. An act allowing midwives to become part of primary maternity care teams in Nova Scotia means Nova Scotia women and their families may get more access to maternity care. As well, a new Registered Nurses Act will better define the scope of practice and how nurses work with other health professionals. The act will eliminate the barriers facing nurse practitioners, while following national standards. This will enable them to work in collaboration with other health-care professionals, allowing them to make a diagnosis, order tests, and prescribe medications. Another bill passed will see a clarification of the definition of the scope of practice of licensed practical nurses, allowing them to work more independently with their patients. Changes to the Elections Act will improve election administration by expanding voting opportunities for Nova Scotians, enhancing the integrity of the electoral system, and correcting errors and ambiguities. Sweeping changes were also set in motion to change the way Nova Scotia political parties are financed. Changes to the Members and Public Employees Act await further hearings in Law Amendments, however, changes would mean that political donations will be subject to an annual ceiling of $5,000 per party. Political parties will get an annual grant tied to votes they receive in provincial elections. “These are vital changes to our electoral system and strike an important balance, strengthening the democratic process,” the premier said. “I look forward to seeing those changes move forward as soon as possible.” Fairness has also been introduced into the supplementary funding issue for Halifax Regional Municipality. Nova Scotia’s French-language school board, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, will be assisted through a bill that clarifies the municipality’s authority to provide either a share of existing funding to Conseil acadien, or to provide additional funding, as it sees fit. Another important change for Nova Scotians involves an amendment to the Assessment Act continuing a cap for rising property assessments. However, with the passage of this bill, as of 2008, the cap would be tied to the Consumer Price Index. A bill ensuring the Utility and Review Board can grant only one power rate increase per 12-month period, unless there are exceptional circumstances, will help protect consumers and help businesses budget knowing this will not come more than once in a year. Legislation passed enables the province to enforce stricter guidelines and penalties on payday lenders and help protect their customers. The act will help to ensure greater protection to those people who need to borrow from the companies that make small, short-term loans. Other changes to legislation are as follows: The Provincial Court Act allows an out of province judge to be appointed to hear a case in provincial court, a particularly important option in the case of a French-language trial. The Motor Vehicle Act will give officials the authority to use the Ignition Interlock Program in the fight against drunk driving and related injuries and deaths on Nova Scotia roads. The Wind Turbine Facilities Municipal Taxation Act will assist the province’s renewable energy industry. The Securities Act protects Nova Scotia investors and harmonizes Nova Scotia securities regulation with others across Canada. “Once again, co-operation from all parties ensured the passage of 28 government bills through the legislature,” the premier said. “By working together, all parties also saw passage of a number of opposition bills.” Consultation will take place in the coming months on another significant piece of legislation introduced — the Health Facilities Licensing Act. The premier also announced during this sitting of the legislature a new minister responsible for military relations, recognizing and supporting Nova Scotia’s long-standing relationship with Canada’s military. The premier and minister hosted a Military Appreciation Rally mid-way through the sitting to thank the province’s Canadian Forces personnel who are currently serving as well as their families.
The provincial and federal governments are contributing nearly $8 million for eight water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the province. The announcement was made today, Sept. 23, by Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “The province is committed to collaborating with our federal and municipal partners on important infrastructure projects,” said Ms. Jennex. “These water and wastewater projects will not only help build stronger communities, they will help create jobs and keep tradespeople at home.” Funding for the eight water and wastewater projects comes from the $8 million joint federal-provincial commitment made on Sept. 13 for stimulus projects under the water and wastewater funding category. The government of Canada is contributing up to $4 million towards these eight projects, with a matching contribution from the province. Projects include water main replacements in the Municipality of Annapolis County, improvements to Phase 2 of the New Germany sewer system in Lunenburg County, the Coalburn wastewater extension in Pictou County and water and wastewater upgrades on Main Street in Louisbourg, Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The federal $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is a key component of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The fund invests in provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects being built during this construction seasons this year and next year. The provincial and federal governments are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in Nova Scotia. The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing and long-term federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund focuses on construction-readiness as important project selection criteria. The full $4 billion is being distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails. Further information on Canada’s Economic Action Plan is available at www.actionplan.gc.ca. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Funding For Water and Wastewater Projects in Province
Three generations of Truro-area doctors know the value of being recognized as good stewards of the forest. When the Cook family received a regional Woodlot Owner of the Year Award in 2009, “it made us feel a lot better about what we are doing,” says George Cook, the eldest of the family of doctors. “I think the more people are aware of the values you’re trying to promote in your woodlot, the more people will take an interest in it and maybe decide to do it themselves,” says son Steven. George, who spent part of his childhood roaming woods in Hants County, bought one parcel of land in the 1970s in Colchester County. The woodlot is now 366 hectares (904 acres) of mainly hardwoods, such as sugar maple, with some softwoods and about 2.4 hectares (six acres) of wild blueberries. The Cooks based their decisions on advice from foresters and forest technicians. “Without a management plan, I wouldn’t have known how to carry out any of the activities in a way that would produce the kind of results that came to pass,” says George. Within the past three years, a new management plan has been developed. “We’d like to have a more diversified forest,” said Steven. There is also more focus on the recreational benefits of the woodlot, including the possible creation of a nature trail. George’s grandson Chris says the new plan fits in well with the priorities of his young family. “We’re focused more on what the kids can do in the woodlot and on having a diversity, of tree types and strawberries and blueberries and what we can use the forest for now and in the future.” Like many people whose work involves a lot of mental effort, time on the woodlot has its own rewards. “As physicians, in an office or hospital environment we’re seeing and talking to people, dealing with problems all day long,” says Steven. “As much as we might enjoy that, getting out into the woods is totally different. It’s like going on vacation, except you don’t have to take a week off and travel to the other side of the world.” There are many dedicated woodlot owners across Nova Scotia and the Department of Natural Resources would like to hear more about them. People who know someone managing their woodland in a sustainable way, should consider nominating them for the 22nd annual Woodlot Owner of the Year Award (WOYA). The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2011. Eligible woodlot owners must live in the province, own 20 to 800 hectares (50-2,000 acres) of woodland and be willing to host a field day. Nomination forms and more information about the WOYA program can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/natr or by calling toll-free 1-866-226-7577. Taking the time to nominate a person or family for their stewardship of the forest could result in a welcome surprise for a neighbour, friend, or acquaintance. “Being told we have a nice woodlot and we’ve done nice things to it, it made us feel really good,” says George Cook. -30-
Support for important local infrastructure projects, changes to student assistance to make attending the Nova Scotia Agricultural College more affordable, and help for local farmers are some of the highlights for Colchester County in the provincial budget today, April 5th. “This budget invests in health care, growing the economy, helping people make ends meet, all while ensuring government lives within its means,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “We still have a difficult financial situation to address, but this budget shows that we are on target to balance in 2013, as promised.” Highlights for Colchester County in today’s budget include: investing $42.5 million to help make post-secondary education more affordable opening at least four new Collaborative Emergency Centres this year providing tax breaks, such as an increase in the basic personal amount by $250 reducing departmental spending by $170 million investing $28 million to improve business productivity providing $7.9 million to low-income families to help make ends meet. changes to student assistance that will make attending Nova Scotia Agricultural College, and Nova Scotia universities, more affordable for families continued support for building the $184.6-million Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro funding for an MRI at the new health centre continued and stable funding support for Colchester-East Hants Regional Library helping Colchester County entrepreneurs by reducing the small business tax to four per cent from 4.5 per cent, the second consecutive year it has declined an enhanced soil amendment program for local farmers implementing the Homegrown Success agricultural plan funding improvements at the Atlantic Centre for Agricultural Innovation Building and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Poultry Facilities repaving sections of Highway 101 and 102, replacing Shubenacadie River Bridge and other road upgrade and paving projects; and funding to build the new Bible Hill Elementary School and improvements to Ecole Acadienne de Truro and other area schools. For more information on the 2011-12 provincial budget, visit www.gov.ns.ca Total revenues for 2011-12, including net income from government business enterprises, are estimated at $8.5 billion, a decrease of $133 million over the 2010-11 estimates. The 2011 budget projects a deficit of $389.6 million. This is in line with the $370-million deficit anticipated in the province’s four-year fiscal plan. Total expenses for fiscal 2011-12 are budgeted at $9.3 billion, up $323.0 million from 2010-11, entirely because of reinstating university funding. Today’s budget also includes:
PICTOU COUNTY: Ferry Road Ferry Road, from the Three Brooks Road to Highway 106, about a half kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching, and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from the Pictou-Colchester county line, east for about 9.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Motorists are advised that there will be a speed zone reduction from 110 km/h to 80km/h when travelling through the two kilometre work zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 11 and Exit 12 Highway 101, from one kilometre east of Exit 11 (Greenwich) to Exit 12 (New Minas), will be reduced to one lane for patching, crack sealing and surfacing until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 from south of East Earltown, north for about 6.5 kilometres toward Denmark, will be reduced to one lane for repaving, brush cutting, guardrail repair and other upgrades from until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Bridge The northbound lane of MacLeod Bridge, on the Cabot Trail in Cape North, will be closed for repairs until further notice. A traffic control person will be on site until traffic signals are installed. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at the Lovett Road overpass, west of Exit 14, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and resurfacing until Tuesday, May 31. Traffic signals in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CONTINUING WORK HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 5 Highway 101, eastbound lanes from Exit 5 east to the beginning of the Portland Cement Concrete Section near Ellershouse, and the westbound lane will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, July 31. Signs are in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 The Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 118, from about four kilometres south of the junction with Highway 102 to the junction of Highway 107, will have single-lane closures until Thursday, June 30. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Crowe’s Mills Bridge Crowe’s Mills Bridge on Mines Bass River road will be closed for replacement until Tuesday, May 31. Detour via East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shannon Bridge on Trunk 10 Shannon Bridge on Trunk 10 will be reduced to one lane for structure upgrades until Friday, June 10. Traffic lights will be in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 HANTS COUNTY: Rhines Road Closure Rhines Road, off Barr Settlement Road near East Gore, is closed to all but local traffic because of a washed out culvert. Repairs are expected to be complete by the end of May. Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from almost four kilometres west of Fox Island Road, east to the Canso town line, will have alternating lane closures for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103, Lane Reduction Sections of Highway 103, for eight kilometres from Exit 19 at Trunk 8 to Five Rivers, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, June 30. Work is taking place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-541-5603 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Station Road Station Road will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, May 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Sackville Road A portion of Old Sackville Road will be closed to complete the new connection to Margeson Drive until Friday, June 10. Drivers can detour via the west end of Old Sackville Road to access Westwind Ridge. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including some weekend work. When completed, the east end of Old Sackville Road will no longer connect to Sackville Drive. Local Area Office: 902-835-2771 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Smith Road to Brown’s Mill Road, about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, Exit 12 through 13 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Thursday, June 30. Please expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, Exit 12 to 13, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Thursday, June 30. Drivers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 KINGS COUNTY: Hortonville Bridge Hortonville Bridge, about one kilometre east of Exit 10 on Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for bridge construction until Thursday, June 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 Traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 125 near Sydney River will be reduced to one lane between Exit 4 and Exit 5A for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge Traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge during construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 PICTOU COUNTY: Three Brooks Road Three Brooks Road, from Pictou town line to Highway 106, almost nine kilometres, is reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times to build a new overpass. Work will take place until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from north of Stewiacke for four kilometres to Exit 11. Work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. until Sunday, July 31. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 QUEENS COUNTY: Trunk 8, Lane Reduction Sections of Trunk 8, from the Department of Natural Resources rifle range for 6.7 kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, June 30. Work is taking place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-541-5603 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the old DAR crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late May or early June, while it is replaced. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 kilometres per hour and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 HANTS COUNTY: St. Croix River Bridge St. Croix River Bridge on Highway 14 in Sweets Corner will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Monday, June 7. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sackville Drive Traffic on Sackville Drive will be reduced to one lane between Wilson Lake Drive and Lucasville Road until Thursday, June 30, to complete the new Margeson Drive Interchange and Connector to Highway 101. Traffic control people will be on site. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Some weekend work will also be required. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702
SIRT–Domestic Violence Charge Against Halifax Regional Police Officer ————————————————————–The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) laid a charge against a member of the Halifax Regional Police today, Jan. 24. Const. Desmond Lambert, 41, is charged with assaulting his wife on Jan. 3. At about 8:30 a.m. that day, a woman called 911 from an Armdale home to report an assault. Halifax Regional Police responded to the home and arrested a male officer. He is to appear in Halifax provincial court on Feb. 19. In accordance with the Police Act, the Halifax Regional Police immediately referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, which assumed responsibility for the investigation. SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The team can independently launch an investigation, or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. A public report summarizing the results of the investigation must be filed within three months after it is finished.
Effective April 1, most provincial user fees will increase by three per cent to bring the cost of government services better in line with the cost of delivery. The fee adjustment is tied to Nova Scotia’s consumer price index increase of 1.2 per cent in 2013 and 1.7 per cent in 2014. The increase will apply to most of the about 1,400 user fees for government-provided services, as well as licensing and regulatory functions by departments. Fees for government service organizations, such as school boards and health authorities, will not be affected. Other fees that will not increase include travel guide advertising, foreign schools and international student fees, and requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A few fees will increase by more than three per cent, including provincial cable and island ferry rates, and food safety fees. Some increases will come at a later date because of notification and system requirements. The fee adjustments will increase revenue by $7.7 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The last fee increase, 5.8 per cent, was in April 2013. For more information, go to novascotia.ca/finance/ .
Le gouvernement appuie la riche diversité culturelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse par des investissements de plus de 900 000 $ visant à améliorer les salles communautaires et autres lieux publics où les gens se rassemblent. Cette somme inclut plus de 388 000 $ en financement pour 14 projets au Cap-Breton, selon une annonce effectuée à Sydney, aujourd’hui 9 août, par Derek Mombourquette, ministre des Affaires municipales, au nom de Leo Glavine, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Les projets sont financés par le Programme d’amélioration des installations communautaires. « On voit le patrimoine culturel diversifié de la Nouvelle-Écosse partout dans les communautés, chez les gens et dans les édifices. Whitney Pier en est un exemple parfait, affirme M. Mombourquette. Le gouvernement reconnaît qu’il est important d’appuyer ces collectivités pour qu’elles demeurent actives, fortes et dynamiques. » Les réparations aux installations à Whitney Pier, où des représentants des communautés afro-néo-écossaise et polonaise ont assisté à l’annonce aujourd’hui, incluent le remplacement du toit, l’achat d’une nouvelle génératrice et l’installation de nouvelles portes et de matériel isolant au Menelik Hall, ainsi que le remplacement du toit au Polish Village Hall. « Menelik Hall est un lieu important au tissu de notre communauté afro-néo-écossaise dans la région de Whitney Pier, et le conseil est ravi de recevoir ce financement, souligne Michael Morrison, président de la Menelik Hall Association. Les rénovations nous permettront de faire en sorte que cette salle demeure un endroit où les jeunes, les aînés et la communauté dans son ensemble peuvent se rassembler pour célébrer, reconnaître et promouvoir les riches cultures qui forment notre belle communauté. » Le Programme d’amélioration des installations communautaires financera jusqu’à 75 % des coûts réels des projets, jusqu’à concurrence de 50 000 $, pour permettre aux groupes à but non lucratif de rénover leurs installations et leurs lieux publics. « Le sentiment de communauté est ce qui nous rassemble, et le financement versé dans le cadre de ce programme nous aidera à faire du Polish Village Hall un endroit sécuritaire et accueillant pour tous », déclare Tony Melski, président de la St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society. Le rôle du gouvernement provincial est de contribuer à l’appui de l’infrastructure pour des collectivités fortes et dynamiques. Ces investissements sont liés au Plan d’action pour la culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et ils appuient les résultats présentés dans la stratégie. D’autres projets financés par ce programme seront annoncés à une date ultérieure.
Nova Scotia is improving highway safety and creating jobs with a $195 million investment in twinning Highway 104. The federal government is contributing $90 million to the project, which will see 38 kilometres twinned between Sutherland’s River, Pictou Co. and Antigonish. “Nova Scotians want us to improve the safety of our roads and we are committed to doing just that,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.“Highway 104 is an essential piece of infrastructure connecting communities in our province and our province to the rest of the country. I’m pleased our federal partners are working with us on this project that will make the highway safer and create jobs.” The project will include a new, 10 kilometre, four-lane alignment between Barneys River and James River, south of the existing Highway 104, made necessary by the area’s topography and terrain as well as a river and rail line. “Twinning and upgrading Highway 104 is about improving road safety, creating good, middle class jobs, and making it easier for people – and products – to move across the province and the country,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Our government will continue to listen to communities, and make historic investments in the infrastructure they need, today and for the future.” Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020 with the goal to have that portion of Highway 104 twinned by 2024.
Cannes: Actor Eva Longoria says women directors don’t get second chances in Hollywood, and that needs fixing. “Unfortunately, women don’t get a second bite of the apple. So that is something we have to fix,” Longoria said in a video posted on Variety’s YouTube channel. “If a female director fails, if her movie doesn’t do well, then she can’t direct. That’s not the case,” she said. Longoria, who has a production house UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, finds it important for women to support each other. “It is important once the door is open and ‘you are there’ to leave the door open for other women.” On the work front, Longoria is excited about Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which is based on the popular animated series Dora the Explorer, aired in India on Nick Jr.
Ghaziabad: An accused carrying a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head has been arrested by Ghaziabad police on Sunday over a robbery of Rs 7 lakhs of heavy machines from a boiler factory at Muradnagar area of Ghaziabad.During the robbery, the accused along with other accomplices, tied the hands of a security guard deputed there after which they robbed the machines from the factory on May 13. Police have already arrested four person in connection with the case and have sent them to the Dasna jail. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarAccording to police, the accused has been identified as Aslam alias Vapi, a resident of Sahibabad area of Ghaziabad. “Police have arrested the accused from Arthla metro station on Sunday morning around 6am, after the information passed by an informer,” police said. Around 1 am on May 13, seven miscreants jumped inside the factory and took the security guard, Vikas Singh, hostage. They were heavily armed and reportedly assaulted the guard when he tried to resist. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThey tied him down and later fled with several lids of boilers in a small van. Neeraj Kumar Jadaun, Superintendent of police (Rural) told Millennium post that On May 18, police have arrested four persons in this regard. “The accused have been identified as Mehbub alias Raja, a scrap dealer and a resident of Kaila Bhatta Village in Ghaziabad, Mousam Ali hailing from Niwari Village, Intezaar and Sehazaad alias Sona, both from Sahibabad area. The kingpin of gang Shoaib along with other two associates are absconding yet,” he added. “Shoaib, who is the kingpin of gang and Raja, a scrap dealer used to select factory setup in an isolated place to rob. Raja purchased all the items from them and then he used to sell all stolen items to Zuber another scrap dealer in Sahibabad on higher rates. Zuber is also absconding right now,” Jadaun added. “In this case, Raja purchased all stolen items from Shoaib on Rs 1.05 lakhs and then sold it to Zuber on Rs 1.5 lakhs. More things will come out after the arresting of Shoaib and Zuber,” he added. In the enquiry, the accused told police that they have also stolen valuables from a house in Parsvnath Regalia society, a high rise in Sahibabad area few months ago. Cops said, the accused sell the stolen items from the above society to Raja, scrap dealer. They have arrested, an FIR under IPC sections 395 (dacoity) and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) has been registered against them.
Mumbai: In a move that may lead to lower home, auto and other loan EMIs, the RBI Thursday cut interest rates for the third time this year by 25 basis points to their lowest level in nine years and signalled more easing as it looked to support an economy growing at the slowest pace since the BJP first came to power in 2014.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut the repo rate to 5.75 per cent and reverse repo rate to 5.50 per cent and expected banks to transmit these to home, auto and other loan borrowers faster. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistWith all the six members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voting unanimously for a rate cut and switching of its stance to “accommodative” from neutral, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the shift in the stance meant that an increase in interest rates is “off the table.” He wanted banks to expedite the transmission of the current reduction in rates as well as similar ones that happened in February and April. In three back-to-back bi-monthly monetary policies, the RBI has lowered interest rates by 75 basis points (0.75 percentage point). Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceWith India’s GDP growth slipping to a five-year low of 5.8 per cent in the January-March quarter – the first instance of growth falling below China’s in last few quarters, the RBI lowered its growth forecast for the economy to 7 per cent from the April view of 7.2 per cent for the 2019-20 April-March fiscal year. “Growth impulses have weakened significantly,” the RBI said in the monetary policy statement. The reduction in interest rate will help boost credit growth, helping arrest the slowdown in the economy ahead of the new Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presenting Modi-2.0 government’s first budget next month that is widely expected to announce measures to generate jobs and revive the economy. With the 0.25 percentage point cut Thursday, the repo rate, at which the central bank lends to the system, comes down to 5.75 per cent, as was widely expected. Earlier, the repo rate was at 5.75 per cent in July 2010. Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 5.50 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 6.0 per cent. MPC noted that political stability, high capacity utilisation, buoyant stock markets, an uptick in business expectations in the second quarter and financial flows are positive from a growth perspective.
Mumbai: Priyanka Chopra says shooting for The Sky is Pink was the most challenging and “loveliest” experience. The film is her first Hindi project, which she is also producing, after she headed for Hollywood in 2016. Priyanka took to Instagram recently where she posted a picture from the wrap party of the movie, directed by Shonali Bose. “And it’s a wrap. This movie is special to me on so many levels. Not just because @roykapurfilms and @rsvpmovies (Sid and Ronnie) partnered with me on my first Hindi production… but also took the chance on me to bring to life a character and a true story that needed to be told,” she captioned the photograph with the cast and crew. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’She gave a shout-out to co-stars Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf. “@faroutakhtar you made an amazing co actor all over again with all the laughter and fun! (you were missed tonight) and my amazing @zairawasim_ and @rohitsaraf10 who I’ve made friends for life with!” Priyanka also thanked Shonali for her trust. “This was the hardest loveliest experience. Thank you @shonalibose_ for your incredibly unique vision. I’m so proud of your faith in me. Thank you so much to our crew who worked tirelessly for 10 months to make this special piece of cinema. I love you all. See you at the pictures!” she added. “The Sky is Pink” is a love story of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary’s parents. The movie is slated for an October 11 release.
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi turned 49 on Wednesday and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first political leaders to greet him on his birthday.In his response, Gandhi thanked Modi and said he appreciated the prime minister’s greetings. A host of Congress leaders and workers also wished Gandhi, as he met many of them at the party headquarters here on Akbar Road. Some leaders also wished Gandhi in Parliament. Modi took to Twitter to convey his birthday wishes to Gandhi. “Best wishes to Shri Rahul Gandhi on his birthday. May he be blessed with good health and a long life,” he tweeted. Gandhi replied on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for your greetings narendramodi ji. I appreciate them.” Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe two leaders were locked in a bitter war of words in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, in which the BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive majority. Gandhi earlier met his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence and later arrived at around 10 AM at the Congress headquarters where party leaders and workers gathered in large numbers to wish him. Gandhi received flowers from his partymen and offered them sweets. Among those who wished him at the AICC office were former prime minister Manmohan Singh, his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. “Thank you all for your best wishes and greetings on my birthday. I’m overwhelmed and grateful for your love and affection,” he later tweeted and posted some pictures on the micro-blogging site of him meeting the party leaders and workers. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahCalling Gandhi his “good friend”, DMK chief M K Stalin took to Twitter to extend his birthday wishes. Stalin also shared a photo of him shaking hands with Gandhi at a meeting in the past. “I wish my good friend @RahulGandhi a very happy birthday. I wish you many more years of public service. #HappyBirthdayRahulGandhi,” the DMK chief tweeted. The DMK and the Congress joined hands in February this year to contest the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as allies. Stalin had even proposed Gandhi’s name as the Opposition’s Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the polls, but the idea did not cut much ice with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav. Gandhi, who was in a joyous mood, shared some light moments with the workers and media persons at the party headquarters. He also offered sweets to those wishing him on his birthday. Party leaders said no cake was cut and the celebrations were low key in view of the death of over 100 children due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar. However, youth Congress workers had put up many hoardings of Gandhi at the party office and elsewhere in the capital. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wished Gandhi good health and a long life. “Wish you a very happy birthday, dear @RahulGandhi. Proud of who you have become over the years; I see my dear friend (late) Rajiv (Gandhi) in you,” Singh tweeted. “May God bless you with a long, healthy and prosperous life,” the chief minister added.
New Delhi: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) spent Rs 4 crore in 2018-19 to maintain its 26 non-operational airports, according to an official document. In 2017-18, the AAI had spent Rs 2.66 crore to maintain these 26 airports, the document stated. The AAI owns and manages around 100 operational airports across the country. However, it also has 26 non-operational airports with it that have no flight operations currently. Some of these 26 airports are in the following places: Donakonda in Andhra Pradesh; Daparizo in Arunachal Pradesh; Rupsi and Shella in Assam; Jogbani, Muzaffarpur, Raxaul in Bihar; Deesa in Gujarat; Chakulia and Deogarh in Jharkhand; Panna, Satna and Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep As per the document, the remaining of these 26 airports are in the following places: Aizwal in Mizoram; Nadirgul and Warangal in Telangana; Vellore and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu; Kailashahar, Kamalpur and Khowai in Tripura; Bareilly and Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh; Asansol, Balurghat and Malda in West Bengal. In 2018-19, Rs 85 lakhs was spent by the AAI to maintain the non-operational airport at Vellore in Tamil Nadu, as per the document. On the non-operational airports of Warangal in Telangana and Kailashahar in Tripura, the AAI spent Rs 56 lakhs and Rs 48 lakhs in 2018-19, respectively, as per the document. The AAI spent Rs 35 lakhs and Rs 28 lakhs on the non-operational airports that are situated in Rupsi in Assam and Jogbani in Bihar, respectively, according to the document.
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra was Monday appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, replacing Acharya Devvrat, who has been transferred and appointed as the Governor of Gujarat. A Rashtrapati Bhavan press communique said the appointments of Mishra and Devvrat will come into effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices. Mishra, 78, had resigned from the Narendra Modi-led government as Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in 2017 after he crossed the age of 75, the BJP’s unofficial age limit for holding an elected post. The Uttar Pradesh leader did not contest the last Lok Sabha election. Devvrat, 60, was appointed as Governor of Himachal Pradesh in 2015. He will replace Governor of Gujarat O P Kohli, who retires on Monday.
London: Another film in The Simpsons franchise will soon be announced, creator Matt Groening has confirmed. The film, which will be the second to be made at Disney after The Simpsons Movie in 2007, is likely to see the light of day due to its box office potential. “No doubt there will be another Simpsons movie one of these days. I think Disney wants something for its money,” Groening said. He was speaking at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 event, reported The Independent. Groening also revealed the reason behind the follow-up taking over a decade to materialise. The writer said despite the financial success, the first film “almost killed us”. “We didn’t have a B-team waiting to do ‘The Simpsons Movie’, so the same people who wrote, animated, voiced and did the music for ‘The Simpsons’ TV show also did the movie. That was in 2007,” he said.
New Delhi: BJP working president JP Nadda on Friday presented a report card of Modi 2.0 government and said its first 50 days have been exemplary and it has taken several steps to improve the lives of people. Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here, he said it was a precedent to present a report card on completion of first 100 days but “now we have started it at the halfway mark”. Citing various decisions of the Narendra Modi-led government such as tap water to every household by 2024 and further expansion of rural roads network under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana to improve rural road connectivity, Nadda said the many exemplary steps have been taken which has touched the lives of millions of people. He also talked about the government’s decision to give pension to small traders and scholarships to kids of martyrs who were from paramilitary forces.