The process to relocate the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to downtown Kingston is to continue this fiscal year, following an allotment of $132.17 million. This is contained in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives. This relocation project seeks to provide customised office space to adequately support the Ministry’s needs in terms of accommodation of staff, meeting and conference facilities, and waiting areas for diplomats and other visitors. The process is also expected to contribute to the re-development of downtown Kingston by virtue of moving the Ministry to that area; and to obviate the cost to Government arising from the high rate of office rental in New Kingston, where the Ministry is currently located. Up to February this year, feasibility and storm surge studies have been completed, as well as bathymetric, topographic and geographical surveys. In addition, a schematic design of the proposed building has been reviewed. For this fiscal year, it is intended that the procurement for land acquisition will be completed; designs and working drawings for the office building will be undertaken; and the construction of coastal revetment carried out. Other targets under the project for the period include: undertaking land preparation inclusive of clearing, removal of palm trees, relocation of earth drains and installation of water and sewerage facilities. After several extensions, the project, which began in April 2008, is scheduled to end in December 2016. It is being funded by a grant from the Government of the People’s Republic of China. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter
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Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to creating the framework and environment suitable for the growth of small businesses in the country. Speaking at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation’s (JBDC) 6th annual Small Business exposition at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on May 21, Minister Hylton said this is critical, as they play an important role in value growth and job creation.He said the Government is aware of the role of Micro, Small and MediumSized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country’s growth agenda, and is dedicated to fulfilling specific objectives that will support the entire life-cycle of these entities-from idea to market.To this end, he informed that legislation is being re-examined, while policies and programmes are being created to ensure that the sector can be strengthened.The Minister explained that the Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Policy, which is now before Parliament, is intended to facilitate the growth of the sector and strengthen the role of entrepreneurs.“The policy establishes a framework for addressing impediments to the development of MSMEs. We are acutely aware of these issues – the time it takes to do business, obtain approvals, pay taxes, access to capital, and lack of adequate collateral. All of these impediments must be addressed in a comprehensive and urgent manner and I want to assure you that this Government is firmly committed to eliminating red tape,” he said.Mr. Hylton said critical to the creation of a more favourable business environment for MSMEs is the reform of the legislative framework, particularly as it relates to business and entrepreneurship.“We are now advancing several critical pieces of legislation, namely, the Insolvency Act and the Secured Transactions Act, amendments to the Trade Mark and Copyright Acts, which are intended to create a climate for enterprise and growth,” he added.He said modernising the Insolvency Legislation will encourage more businesses to restart after failure and ensure that those whose failure was honest are not stigmatised. “In today’s modern global business environment, our legislative framework has become outmoded and out of step with modern realities,” he added.Mr. Hylton noted that the Government is also modernising the framework for Intellectual Property through the implementation of amendments to the Trade Marks Act. “The first of a series of amendments, which will eventually lead to accession to the Madrid Protocol, is now before Parliament. This protocol allows for single and centralized filing of trademark and service marks in a way that will provide for protection globally. Modernising the patent legislation will foster an environment that will allow for investments to flow into the high tech industries in Jamaica, and to allow access to the Patent Co-operation Treaty,” he said.Mr. Hylton pointed out that as part of the improvement of the business environment in Jamaica, the ‘Super Form’ will be introduced during this fiscal year.“This will be implemented by the Companies Office of Jamaica, and is a major step towards eliminating the red tape that stymies business in the country,” he said.Additionally, he said the Government has embarked on an initiative to restructure the financing environment for the MSME sector, with the aim of strengthening the institutional arrangements in the MSME financial sector through the introduction of mobile money.“Mobile money is an innovation that will prove transformative to the microfinance industry. It represents a digital platform that will serve the needs of the un-banked population that is currently excluded from financial services,” he said. He commended the team from the JBDC for staging the conference, which seeks to provide opportunities that will enable entrepreneurs and MSMEs to build capacity in order to prepare themselves for the globalizing marketplaceThe exposition was held under the theme: ‘Taking Business to the next Level: From Self Employment to Entrepreneurship’, and featured displays from over 30 exhibitors, while approximately 20 local and international presenters were featured.Contact: Chris Patterson
The revised standards for teacher education being undertaken by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) should be available by October of this year.This was disclosed by Director, University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), Althea Heron, at the opening of the two-day Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica annual Professional Development Workshop being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston from August 29 to 30.Ms. Heron said the revised document is expected to reflect many of the changes that are taking place within the profession, and urged the participants to obtain a copy once it is published.“This (document) will continue to serve as a guide to institutions in the development of teacher-education programmes at the bachelor’s degree level, delivered face-to-face or via distant-learning modes of instruction,” she added.Ms. Heron said teachers are a crucial part of the Jamaican workforce and continue to be central to the training and education of the wider workforce.“The new teacher educator will not only need to be tech-savvy and up to date with the latest apps, but also… mindful of their own need for continuous professional development in order to maintain a high standard of teaching that improves student learning outcomes,” she said.Established in October, 1987 by the University Council of Jamaica Act, the UCJ is a statutory body currently under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. The UCJ is the national Quality Assurance Agency for tertiary education in the country. Its mission is to increase the availability of tertiary-level training in the island through a robust quality-assurance system that ensures excellence, transparency, integrity and adherence to standards.The Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica is committed to developing a cadre of teachers with knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that meet the needs of Jamaica’s education system.The workshop is being hosted in collaboration with the Joint Board of Teacher Education.
The Government has collected $160 million from unpaid traffic ticket fines, under the Traffic Ticket Amnesty that started on August 2. Story Highlights The three-month amnesty which will conclude on October 31, affects tickets issued between September 1, 2010 and July 31, 2017. For more information on the traffic ticket amnesty, persons may call 948-0406 or 948-0411. The Government has collected $160 million from unpaid traffic ticket fines, under the Traffic Ticket Amnesty that started on August 2.This was disclosed by National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 3).The three-month amnesty which will conclude on October 31, affects tickets issued between September 1, 2010 and July 31, 2017.Under the amnesty, persons are able to pay outstanding tickets without penalties or additional fees.“I want to use this opportunity to urge all members of the public who believe they may have an outstanding ticket to make that call before the new Road Traffic Act comes in with harsher penalties,” Mr. Montague said.Motorists may pay outstanding traffic tickets online, using Tax Administration Jamaica’s website – jamaicatax.gov.jm – or at any Tax Office islandwide.Presently, the data show that the outstanding traffic tickets in the courts total $2.283 billion.Additionally, the records of the Inland Revenue Department (indicate) that there is $565.92 million in outstanding tickets as at December 31, 2016.For more information on the traffic ticket amnesty, persons may call 948-0406 or 948-0411.
Solar facilities designed to provide electricity for Terminal Gate Number One at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston were, on Tuesday (April 24), handed over to the management by representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environment Facility. Story Highlights Jamaica was selected for the pilot of a project dubbed ‘Solar-at-the-Gate’, following the country’s submission of an Environmental State Action Plan. Speaking with JIS News at the handover ceremony, Deputy Director General, Regulatory Affairs, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Rohan Campbell, said the project aims to reduce power usage from the public grid as well as aircraft generators to provide power while an aircraft is at the gate. Solar facilities designed to provide electricity for Terminal Gate Number One at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston were, on Tuesday (April 24), handed over to the management by representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environment Facility.Jamaica was selected for the pilot of a project dubbed ‘Solar-at-the-Gate’, following the country’s submission of an Environmental State Action Plan.Under the project, there has been the successful installation of gate electrification equipment at the island’s two main international airports and a solar power-generation facility at the NMIA.Speaking with JIS News at the handover ceremony, Deputy Director General, Regulatory Affairs, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Rohan Campbell, said the project aims to reduce power usage from the public grid as well as aircraft generators to provide power while an aircraft is at the gate.“There are two scenarios that could take place. When the aircraft is parked at the gate, an engine, which is called an Auxiliary Power Unit, would be running. It uses the fuels that are on board the aircraft to supply electrical power to the aircraft while it is there for boarding, loading of cargo, bags, passengers and if there are any maintenance activities,” he informed. Mr. Campbell noted that during these processes, the unit produces carbon emissions.He said that in the second scenario, when the aircraft arrives at the gate, it is supplied with power from the public grid through the airport power supply.“It will connect directly to the terminal, and the power is supplied from the grid to the aircraft and also will run air-conditioning units for the aircraft. So the demand of the aircraft will be pretty high at the gate to support boarding and other services,” he said.The Deputy Director General points out that the ‘Solar-at-the-Gate’ power supply facility will replace the two power sources and, therefore, reduce the carbon footprint of the aircraft while at the gate.According to Mr. Campbell, the ICAO has committed to contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions, and that Jamaica, through the JCAA, remains united with the global aviation community in the thrust to ensure global environmental sustainability in relation to aviation industry emissions. The project, which is the first of its kind to offer zero carbon dioxide emissions, is expected to provide a model for all ICAO States and, in particular, Small Island Developing States.
zoom The talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) are too important for dirty tricks and childish one-upmanship, Paddy Crumlin, President of International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said reacting to PMA’s press attacks against ILWU.Namely, earlier this month, PMA accused the ILWU of orchestrating slowdowns at the Pacific Northwest ports of Seattle and Tacoma, along with those at Los Angels and Long Beach.The talks, launched in May covering 29 ports on US West Coast , are conducted under a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to negotiate around the table, not in the media, ITF said.Paddy Crumlin, ITF President and Chair of its dockers’ section, commented: “These negotiations are massively significant, including to US trade. The ILWU understands and respects that. It seems the PMA doesn’t.”“The association’s recent tactics are not just embarrassing, they’re potentially dangerous. It needs to stop, get its act together and commit to these talks. Along the way it can also address the backlog in the ports caused by its inexplicable chassis decisions, kill the attempts to deflect the blame for them, and bury any attempts to penalise shipping lines via surcharges for the PMA’s own mismanagement.”Representatives of worldwide dockworkers’ unions pledged their support for the ILWU in the West Coast contract talks during their meeting in London, held on Wednesday, November 19th.“We all support a negotiated and fair resolution to these contract talks. We are calling on the PMA to prove that it is committed to that same aim,” Crummlin said.Press Release; Image: MUA
zoom The European Commission has approved a chemical tanker merger between the Marshall Islands-based Borealis Maritime and Danish tanker operator Nordic Tankers.Through the joint venture company, Crystal Nordic AS, the companies would combine some of their stainless steel chemical tankers business in Europe, with focus on North-Western Europe and the Baltic region.The JV will control a fleet of fifteen 4,000–11,400 DWT stainless steel ice class 1A/1B chemical tankers, totaling close to 100,000 DWT and performing in excess of 600 voyages yearly.As World Maritime News reported in November, the new company is expected to commence trading in the first quarter of 2016.According to the European Commission, the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given the moderate market positions in the tramp shipping sector resulting from the transaction.
zoom The Oslo-listed Ocean Yield ASA has seen its total revenues for the second quarter of 2016 rise to USD 70.1 million, compared with USD 63.2 million reported in the same period a year earlier, following the delivery of three vessel on long-term charter.Namely, the company added the chemical tanker Navig8 Turquoise, the LR2 product tanker Navig8 Steadfast and the car carrier Höegh Trapper which contributed to the increase in revenue.Ocean Yield’s net profit after tax was USD 25.5 million for the second quarter of 2016, representing a slight decrease compared with USD 25.8 million seen in the second quarter of 2015.Total revenues for the first half of 2016 increased to USD 136.2 million from USD 125.8 million seen in the first half of 2015, mainly due to the delivery of eight newbuildings during the past twelve months.Net profit after tax for the period was USD 44.1 million, compared to USD 54 million for the first half of 2015.In June, the company decided to invest in 49.5% equity interest in six newbuilding mega container vessels, owned by a private shipowner Quantum Pacific Shipping, which are on 15-year bareboat charters to a major European container line.The 19,500-TEU vessels are being built by South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries and are scheduled for delivery between July 2016 and February 2017.“The delivery of newbuildings, in addition to the container vessel investment and the additional charter rate related to Aker Wayfarer, is expected to contribute to increased earnings already as from Q3 2016,” the company said, adding that it intends “to continue to make new investments in modern vessels on long term charter in order to build a substantially larger and even more diversified company.”
zoom Pan-European ferry operator P&O Ferries and Finnish ro-ro and passenger services provider Finnlines have decided to cooperate on providing a sea bridge between Britain’s east coast and northern Spain.Namely, the parties plan to connect Spain and the Iberian Peninsula to markets in mainland Britain.P&O Ferries runs 98 sailings a week from the British east coast ports of Tilbury, Hull and Teesport to its main continental hub at Zeebrugge. By connecting with these routes, Finnlines’ ferries from Zeebrugge to the Spanish ports of Bilbao and Santander would provide a service spanning the 1,100 miles between northern Spain and north-eastern England and Scotland.“Anyone who needs to transport freight between Spain and Britain will now be able to make a single booking and take advantage of a maximum transit time of five days between the Spanish port from which goods depart and the British port at which they arrive, or vice versa,” Nick Pank, P&O Ferries’ Head of Sales Development for the North Sea, said.The ferry and logistics company said it expects to see strong volumes of project cargo, machinery and machine parts, packaging, aluminium, car parts, fruit and vegetables, batteries and paper being transported between Spain and Britain.
zoom Dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has taken delivery of the first two dry bulkers from the batch ordered in March this year.The vessels in question are 2013-built Q Sue and 2014-built Q Kaki, which will now be renamed Golden Sue and Golden Kaki.The batch is comprised of 16 dry bulk vessels which were agreed to be acquired in the form of an all-share transaction where the company would issue in aggregate 17.8 million consideration shares and assume debt of USD 285.2 million.Q Kaki; Image Courtesy: Quintana ShippingOf the 16 vessels to be acquired, 14 will be acquired from subsidiaries of Quintana Shipping, and two ice class Panamax vessels will be acquired from subsidiaries of Seatankers, an affiliate of Hemen Holding, the company’s largest shareholder.To that end, Golden Ocean said that it has issued 1.6 million consideration shares to Quintana Shipping and associated companies in exchange for the two vessels.Following this transaction, the company’s issued share capital is USD 5,843,649.6 divided into 116,872,992 issued shares, each with a nominal value of USD 0.05.The acquired vessels’ average age is four years in line with GOGL’s rest of the fleet. The acquisition comes at a time of very favorable prices of second-hand vessels enticing many owners to venture into fleet expansion.
zoom Port developer and operator Abu Dhabi Ports is to welcome some of the world’s largest bulk carriers as part of a long-term port facility deal signed with UAE-based industrial company Emirates Global Aluminium.Under the agreement, EGA would use Capesize vessels to import bauxite from the Republic of Guinea in West Africa for Al Taweelah alumina refinery through Khalifa Port. The parties informed that, with this deal, Abu Dhabi Ports would be able to develop the port to become the first in the Gulf capable of directly handling these massive ships.Abu Dhabi Ports will fund and complete dredging and widening works to the Khalifa Port approach channel and basin including EGA’s berth. The dredging will deepen the channel to 18.5 metres and basin to 18 metres basis zero tide.EGA plans to use large dry bulk ships to import raw materials without the need to transfer all or some of the cargo to smaller vessels outside the port, reducing long-term shipping costs and improving environmental performance.The development at Khalifa Port is expected to lead to larger ships calling in to Abu Dhabi, boosting the Emirate’s position as a global maritime trade hub.EGA is currently constructing UAE’s first alumina refinery next to its aluminium smelter in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, located adjacent to Khalifa Port. Upon achieving full-production, the Al Taweelah alumina refinery will process five million tonnes of bauxite per annum.“Khalifa Port will be the first port in the region with capsize vessel handling capacity, and with EGA’s long term commitment, will give an important boost to trade and investment in KIZAD and more broadly in the region,” Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports, said.Bauxite ore from Guinea will be transported to Abu Dhabi via the global shipping firm Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), under a separate agreement with EGA. One of the vessels K Line will use for this service was named Cape Taweelah in a ceremony held earlier this year.
zoom China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMPort) reached a milestone during 2017 as it handled over 100 million TEUs during the year.For the year ended December 31, 2017, the port’s total throughput was at 102.9 million TEUs, up 7.5% from the previous year.Mainland China contributed 77.1 million TEUs to the total volume, while Hong Kong and Taiwan handled 7.5 million TEUs. Overseas ports reached 18.3 million TEUs, with Colombo International Container Terminals Limited (CICT) in Sri Lanka and Lomé Container Terminal (LCT) in Togo throughput increasing by 18.5% and 67.5%, respectively.“In times with the 25th listing anniversary of the company in Hong Kong, CMPort and its subsidiaries surpasses 100 million TEUs, setting a new record in history,” Bai Jingtao, Managing Director, said.In 2017, the company became the shareholder of the Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka and TCP Participações S.A. (TCP) in Brazil. Regarding port investment in Mainland China, CMPort has taken a majority stake in Shantou Port Group Corp during the year.As of the end of 2017, the business of CMPort covered 31 ports in 16 countries and regions and over five continents, with more than 190 container berths and more than 220 bulk cargo berths.
As the threat of Hurricane Juan nears, the Emergency MeasuresOrganization is advising the public to take necessaryprecautions. The province has activated its Emergency Operations Centre. EMOstaff are receiving updates from the Hurricane Centre and are inconstant contact with municipal and federal emergency measuresorganizations to integrate planning and response. “The province is working with emergency organizations at alllevels as well as the private sector and is prepared to provideassistance if necessary,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsiblefor the Emergency Measures Act. “There are also a number of thingsindividuals can do in advance to ensure your family is safe andlimit the impact of a hurricane.” One of the most important things individuals can do is to listenfor updated weather information or public safety bulletins and toact accordingly. Other important preparedness steps include: Choose a meeting place for you and your family. Identifying in advance a place to meet during an emergency can significantly reduce worry and stress. It may be easier to set up some form of communication to notify each other of whereabouts and safety. — Every family should have an emergency kit ready at all times.This kit includes: food, a supply of water, clothing, blankets,medication, flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteriesand a first aid kit. Choose a shelter for you and your family. For example, a basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide good shelter in a severe storm. The province is also advising the public to refrain from going tocoastal areas to watch the storm. “Many people are drawn to the water to watch the effects of asevere storm, but this can be a very dangerous thing to do,especially with a storm of this magnitude,” said Mr. Fage. “Whenthis storm hits, the best place for everyone is to be in a safeindoor location away from the coast.” For more information on preparing for a hurricane, how to dealwith floods and what to do in an evacuation, visit EMO’s websiteat www.gov.ns.ca/emo .
QUEENS COUNTY: Pond Bridge Road Pond Bridge on Pond Bridge Road will be closed today, Dec. 19, for deck repairs. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106
OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR ENERGY, OUR PEOPLE, OUR PRODUCTS My government will make the environment a priority. We will demonstrate that a sustainable economy is a globally competitive economy. We will show how smart choices add up to real savings, lead to innovation, and improve quality of life. We will lead by example. Nova Scotians know that the quality of life in our province is directly linked to the quality of our environment. My government will renew the Smart Energy Choices program to help Nova Scotians make better energy choices, lower their energy bills, and reduce our province’s reliance on fossil fuels. We will also support efforts to generate electricity from renewable resources such as wind power and low-impact tidal-power technologies. My government will continue to implement and build on the Green Plan: Toward a Sustainable Environment, which makes a key link between green values and economic opportunities. My government believes that every Nova Scotian should have access to clean drinking water. We will build on the Drinking Water Strategy with additional supports over the long term for people with well water and on-site septic systems. We will further provide capital infrastructure to improve and upgrade Nova Scotia’s septic treatment facilities. My government will lead by example through the Environmental Management Policy, which requires departments to incorporate environmental considerations into all policies, including a focus on procurement practices and energy efficiency. And because my government knows the value and importance of preserving land for future generations, for supporting wildlife habitat, and for promoting eco-tourism, we will add five new nature reserves to Nova Scotia’s diverse land base, thanks to the generosity of private land owners. My government will aggressively market our province’s unique advantages. We will foster and promote sustainable business and environmental practices. And we will practise what we preach. My government will seize growth opportunities, build on Nova Scotia’s strengths, and eliminate obstacles. We will govern with the right balance of traditional values and new ideas. And, together, we will build a more modern, more competitive, and greener province. BETTER RELATIONS … BETTER RESULTS My government knows that we can better respond to the needs and aspirations of Nova Scotians when all levels of government work more co-operatively. We look forward to a productive partnership with the new federal government and to building stronger relations with all of our municipalities. Our goal is to ensure that the federal government treats Nova Scotia fairly, and that it recognizes and supports the priorities of Nova Scotians. My government will provide municipalities with more assistance in addressing the infrastructure needs of their communities. My government understands that meeting the needs of Nova Scotians is a responsibility of all levels of government, and we will lead by example. CONCLUSION In conclusion, my government looks to the future with optimism: enhancing the provincial income tax credit for parents whose children participate in organized sport and recreation programs implementing Nova Scotia’s first Food and Nutrition Policy for Public Schools piloting a new program to strengthen physical activity leadership at the municipal level and we will begin discussions with school officials to make physical education a mandatory high school credit beginning in the 2007-08 school year Confident in the knowledge that, together with Nova Scotians, we can overcome the challenges that lie ahead. Confident in the knowledge that Nova Scotians are resilient and resourceful, caring and compassionate. Confident in the knowledge that our sense of community is strong and our pride in what it is to be a Nova Scotian is unquestioned. The following is the speech from the throne read today, May 4,2006, by Lt.-Gov. Myra A. Freeman at the opening of the second session of the 59th General Assembly of Nova Scotia: INTRODUCTION Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislative Assembly, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the second session of the 59th General Assembly. It has been just over three years since my government tabled its last speech from the throne. My government comes here today proud of the progress Nova Scotia has made in those three years. And we come here today to share with Nova Scotians how, with their help, we will build on that progress and overcome many of the social, economic, and environmental challenges we know we still face. We come here, as well, to pay tribute to our former premier, John Hamm, a good friend to every member of this house, and a great champion of Nova Scotia. In the six and a half years the Honourable Member for Pictou Centre served as premier, Nova Scotia witnessed many firsts, many milestones. While many will remember his success in getting Nova Scotia’s fiscal house in order and in bringing a new level of economic prosperity to our province, many others will remember him for all that he did to support families in need. The members of this house also express our gratitude to the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, in our military. While the Year of the Veteran has passed, our deep appreciation for what they have sacrificed remains constant. We know it was their courage and sacrifice that have guaranteed our right to take our place in this house today and to freely debate the issues of concern to Nova Scotians. We thank them and the men and women who continue to put their lives in harm’s way so all of us can continue to enjoy our peace and freedom. My government also notes with sadness the passing of many Nova Scotians who enriched their province in the service of others. Among them, the Honourable Robert Lorne Stanfield, the Honourable Terence R. B. Donahoe, Senator Calvin Ruck, Shirley Elliott, Charles Keating, Lieutenant Chris Saunders, Doctor David Rippey, Corporal Paul James Davis, Rear Admiral Desmond Piers (retired), Robert Shaw, Private Braun Woodfield, Captain Derek Nichols, Sherman Zwicker, Sandy Cameron, and Sister Peggy Butts. And it is with deep regret that all members of this House express their condolences to our friend and former colleague Danny Graham, who just this week lost his wife Sheelagh after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Our hearts and prayers are with him, his sons Patrick, Andrew, and Colin, the Nolan family, and Sheelagh and Danny’s many friends. MY GOVERNMENT’S FIRM AND FULL COMMITMENT My government acknowledges the tremendous contributions that those who came before us have made in service to their fellow Nova Scotians, and we are determined to serve their memories proudly by building on their legacies. My government recognizes that the decisions we make today will have an impact on Nova Scotians well into the future. To that end, we remain firmly and fully committed to the following: Our decisions will help Nova Scotia families reach their full potential and make our communities stronger, safer, more caring, and better connected. Our decisions will promote the health and well-being of our citizens and preserve and protect our valued quality of life. Our decisions will create a climate of greater optimism and bring increased investment that will lead to greater prosperity that all Nova Scotians can share. Our decisions will strengthen — never jeopardize — Nova Scotia’s fiscal health and well-being. And every decision we take will respect the values and the principles that contribute to our pride as a people and our pride in our province. They will recognize government’s rightful role, value diversity, be based on fairness, and always be made with the greater good of Nova Scotians at heart. SUPPORTING FAMILIES, STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES, BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES The health and well-being of Nova Scotians, their families, and communities is crucial, not just to an individual’s quality of life, but to Nova Scotia’s overall prosperity, with many factors coming to bear on each. Education levels, income levels, housing standards, and the quality of our air and water are just a few. Government’s role is not to intrude on an individual’s decisions, but to give them the knowledge and means to make the best possible choices for themselves and their families. And government’s role is not to tell communities what they must do to achieve greater prosperity, but to help them acquire the information, tools, and support they need to find their own ways to thrive. My government knows that, despite the considerable fiscal, economic, and social progress Nova Scotia has witnessed in recent years, too many Nova Scotians are in need, too many families are under stress, and too many communities under pressure. That is why, through whatever avenues are open to us and with whatever resources we have available to us, we will work to make life easier. It is why we will introduce a new children’s Pharmacare program for working families of modest means — a measure that will improve the health of many Nova Scotia children, reduce the financial pressures on their parents, reduce demands on hospital emergency services, and further support our government’s efforts to keep working families working. It is why we will provide more Nova Scotians with affordable housing and more parents with the child-care options they need and deserve. My government will increase funding for senior and low-income housing repairs and do more to assist families who provide love and support to our foster children. It is also why we will enhance post-adoption services for children with disabilities, extend the bursary program for children in care, and raise the shelter allowance for Income Assistance recipients. And it is why we will continue to provide financial help so low-income diabetics can better manage their disease and, once again, raise the shelter allowance for Income Assistance recipients. My government is working to lighten the load for individuals and families in need. COMMUNITIES … THE BACKBONE OF NOVA SCOTIA My government knows that caring, dedicated volunteers are the backbone of our communities. Volunteers are tireless friends who believe in human dignity and giving back to their communities. They know that to rise above adversity and to be the very best that we can be, we need each other. Nova Scotians volunteer more hours per year than any other province in Canada. My government is proud of Nova Scotia’s strong culture of volunteerism. And we will make it a top priority. My government has made volunteerism one of the key principles of Nova Scotia’s Community Development Policy. We will provide clear leadership for this important work by appointing a minister responsible for volunteerism and will take concrete actions to respond to the recommendations of the Nova Scotia Canada Volunteerism Initiative Network. The needs of communities and the needs of volunteers are intrinsically linked. Responding to the needs of one will positively impact the health and well-being of the other. My government will grow and support our vital voluntary sector. My government recognizes that sustainable communities are crucial to the future strength and prosperity of Nova Scotia. That is why we will continue to support the development of collaborative approaches with communities that build on our combined skills, resources, and resourcefulness. My government is committed to addressing the challenges facing many of our communities and will act on every opportunity to help them thrive and prosper. My government knows that our schools are much more than places for our students to learn. They are very often the local meeting spot for community groups and the substitute for the local community theatre or recreation centre. Parents, municipal representatives, and other community members have expressed concern about the process used when considering permanent school closures. My government is reviewing this process, to ensure that decisions are made in the best interests of students, parents, communities, and the education system. Additionally, recognizing that all schools are a vital community asset, but not accessible because of the high cost of liability insurance, my government will make these costs more affordable and make our schools a more welcoming place. Nova Scotia is known as a safe place to live and raise a family. But my government recognizes that there is growing concern that our quiet streets and peaceful neighbourhoods could be in jeopardy. My government also knows that only a small percentage of offenders are responsible for the majority of criminal offences. We will take concrete action. We will establish a Youth Attendance Centre that requires young Nova Scotians in conflict with the law to participate in a range of programs designed to keep them from becoming re-offenders. Additionally, my government will reintroduce the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, introduce the Criminal Notoriety Act, and Crystal Meth Restriction legislation. We will also enhance resources to more closely track potential serial offenders, and continue to improve on-the-ground intelligence in the fight against organized crime. LEARNING … THE GATEWAY TO SUCCESS My government knows that learning doesn’t begin in grade primary and doesn’t end at graduation. That is why my government will soon announce increased funding for early childhood learning through to adult learning. We will also carry through with the commitments outlined in Learning for Life II, which focuses on the fundamentals, further reduces class sizes, expands supports for students with special needs, offers more advanced courses for gifted students, and calls for greater accountability throughout our public school system. These measures, combined with more teachers and resource specialists, more books and teaching aids, will help more of our students find success in school and in life. But my government knows that far too many Nova Scotians who are eager to learn continue to fall through the cracks. My government has introduced a number of initiatives to reach out to these students to keep them in school, to keep them learning, and to provide them the opportunity for a better future here at home. But more needs to be done and will be done. We will expand existing programs to encourage trades training. We will place greater emphasis on career counselling and introduce more hands-on training and composite programming in our high schools and in our communities. My government will also support the diverse needs of our students and will take further actions to implement the recommendations of the Black Learners Advisory Committee Report. Nova Scotia is fortunate to be home to 11 degree-granting institutions, a number of which have been recognized as the best in the country. We also have a first-rate community college system that offers a broad range of trades and technical skills training to thousands of Nova Scotians throughout the province. My government recognizes the important contribution both make to our academic success as well as our economic prosperity. That is why my government signed Nova Scotia’s first multi-year funding agreement with our universities and made a 10-year, $123-million commitment for the modernization and expansion of our community colleges. And while there is no question that a post-secondary education increases an individual’s employment and income potential, the cost of a university education remains daunting for most Nova Scotia families. My government’s goal is to make the cost of obtaining a typical undergraduate degree in Nova Scotia comparable to the national average within five years. In addition, my government will further enhance and more aggressively promote Nova Scotia’s student loan forgiveness programs and take measures to help more students of middle-income families access student loans. We will reduce the parental contribution threshold, and the payment schedule will take into consideration the student’s ability to pay as they enter the work force. PROMOTING GOOD HEALTH … PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH Nothing is more important to Nova Scotians than their health, and the health of their families. Unfortunately, Nova Scotia has among the highest chronic disease and disability rates in the country, and far too many Nova Scotians still make lifestyle choices that compromise their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Three years ago, my government demonstrated its commitment to help Nova Scotians become healthier by creating Canada’s first Office of Health Promotion. Recently, we brought the offices of Health Promotion and the Chief Medical Officer together with the Population and Public Health division of the Department of Health. The integration of these vital services not only strengthens our ability to implement healthy public policies, it better prepares Nova Scotia for emerging health threats. My government wants Nova Scotians to become healthier and to live longer, more productive lives. That is why, for the third year in a row, we will increase funding for health promotion activities. We will move forward with a number of important strategies already under way to prevent Nova Scotians from making lifestyle choices that come with consequences: smoking, excessive drinking, drug use, and problem gambling. And we will continue our work to prevent injury and falls. My government will also continue to actively promote — in our classrooms and boardrooms, in our doctors’ offices and restaurants — what Nova Scotians can do to become more healthy. We will advance strategies that promote healthy eating, healthy sexuality, and increased physical activity, particularly as it relates to children and youth. As well, my government will undertake a number of other important measures designed to help our children lead healthier, more active, more fulfilling lives, including: Our goal is to make every generation of young Nova Scotians healthier than the one before it. Our goal is to slow the growing pressures on a health-care system under stress. MEETING NOVA SCOTIA’S HEALTH-CARE NEEDS Like all Canadians, Nova Scotians want to know that when they need health care it will be there for them. My government is determined to see that it is. But more than that, my government is determined to see that it is faster care, better care, care that is closer to home. To that end, we will once again be making significant new investments to ensure that Nova Scotians get the care they need when they need it. These investments will enable us to train and recruit the right mix of health-care professionals, to pay for the increased cost and utilization of cancer and other life-saving drugs, and to provide more vital services, such as dialysis and palliative care, in more communities throughout our province. The most recent federal budget guaranteed shorter wait times. My government will work hand in hand with Ottawa to reduce wait times in Nova Scotia. SHAPING THE FUTURE OF CONTINUING CARE Nova Scotia’s aging population, combined with some of the country’s highest chronic disease and disability rates, brings with it increased demand for in-home and long-term care services. My government recently concluded extensive consultations involving 1,400 Nova Scotians to better determine Nova Scotia’s needs and to develop an insightful approach to respond to this challenge. We are responding. We will shortly release a long-term strategy that sets the course for putting Nova Scotia on the right path to provide the right level of care, at the right time, and for all of the right reasons. Through our Continuing Care Strategy, Nova Scotians will see that when it comes to making sound policy investment decisions, we are a government that creates long-term, sustainable, community-based solutions that result in better care. Sound policy decisions, based on thoughtful planning, will also guide us as we look toward Nova Scotia’s economic potential. A MODERN, COMPETITIVE, GREENER PROVINCE My government will act decisively. We will advance fresh ideas for building a modern, competitive, greener province. My government’s updated economic growth strategy moves our province in an exciting new direction. Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity 2006 demonstrates an understanding of Nova Scotia’s place in a rapidly changing world and recognizes that sustainable competitiveness is about more than healing the split between economy and environment. It’s about uniting the best interests of Nova Scotia—business, ecology, and social development. It’s about capitalizing on global trends, eliminating waste, and encouraging innovation to achieve sustainable growth and international competitiveness. This year, we will support the conversion of the system that heats the Nova Scotia Hospital, the Dartmouth General Hospital, and the Nova Scotia Community College. Currently it burns high-sulphur oil. Soon it will be fuelled by natural gas — environmentally friendly and cost effective. The most competitive economies today are those that make the best use of their natural resources, of the skills and ingenuity of their people, and of their geographic advantages. Nova Scotia offers the best of all. Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity builds on the spirit and intent of the Come to Life initiative. My government will continue to promote our province’s distinct quality of life. We will continue to spread the word about Nova Scotia as a great place to live, invest, do business, get an education, and visit. And we will continue to enhance Nova Scotia’s pride of place and global presence by emphasizing our best qualities — our people, our products, and our province. The Come to Life initiative will also implement an expatriate recruitment program to attract information technology workers back to the province to ensure we have the workforce needed to further grow our IT sector. And while we are promoting our competitive advantages to the world, we will be strengthening our global connections at home. My government is embarking on a bold vision to ensure that, by the year 2010, every Nova Scotian will have broadband access to the Internet — in many cases, through wireless connectivity. Achieving broadband access to the Internet in every community throughout Nova Scotia is as important today as electricity and telephones were in the past. In the not too distant future, Nova Scotians will be able to access information and make connections wherever they are. This will not happen overnight. But we will move ahead rapidly to implement wireless connectivity pilots. We foresee a day when we will look back at this initiative as the critical step we took to secure Nova Scotia’s place in the future. BUILDING OPTIMISM, BETTER BUSINESS CLIMATE My government will respond to the concerns of Nova Scotians. We will reduce taxes and regulate gas prices. We will enhance business competitiveness, grow our cultural industries, and seize trade opportunities. We will expand tourism marketing and improve our highways, roads, and bridges. My government knows that achieving and sustaining prosperity requires the right mix of consumer choice and market stability, the right balance of business freedom and regulatory protection, the right blend of investment in marketing and infrastructure improvements. We will strive to achieve balance to ensure we strengthen families and build a better business climate. To that end: My government also recognizes the importance of our tourism industry, which accounts for $1.3 billion annually and employs 32,000 people. With a clear goal to increase tourism revenues, we will implement the key priorities of the 2006 Tourism Plan. Developed by the Nova Scotia Tourism Partnership Council, the plan recommends enhancing signature attractions and strengthening tourism marketing efforts in both existing and new markets, as well as improving transportation access to Nova Scotia. Whether we are sending products to Dallas or bringing tourists to Digby, this government knows there is a vital link between infrastructure and a strong economy. Since 2000, capital funding for road, highway, and bridge improvements has more than tripled. My government will continue to twin major 100-series highways and improve our rural roads. We will continue to make the safety of our motorists, the enjoyment of our visitors, and the efficiency of our trade routes a government priority. My government will also launch Nova Scotia’s Infrastructure Strategy, Route to Prosperity, to identify challenges, priorities, and the broad linkages between capital infrastructure investments. My government knows that infrastructure is the means by which our communities are connected to each other, and our province is connected to the world. Infrastructure is vital to the economic expansion of our communities and the quality of life of our citizens. During the past seven years, the province lived within its means, creating budget surpluses, lowering debt, and improving our credit rating, so taxpayers pay less for ongoing debt. We will continue to do this, and we will also meet our debt-reduction targets in 2007-08. We are now in a position to begin reinvesting more in our infrastructure, to make life better for all Nova Scotians. While continuing to balance competing priorities, we will build a foundation for business success and international competitiveness, and meet the needs and improve services for people across the province — wherever they live. That is why my government will invest more than $1 billion in infrastructure renewal over the next four years. This investment will translate into new schools, new hospitals, new and upgraded roads, and new communications technology. Together with our partners, most notably, the government of Canada, we will ensure that, instead of being an obstacle to growth, our infrastructure will be a catalyst to new, sustainable social progress and economic growth. NOVA SCOTIA’S RESOURCE INDUSTRIES … ADAPTING TO CHANGE Agriculture, fisheries, and aquaculture remain the economic heart of many Nova Scotia communities. These industries have consistently demonstrated that adapting to change in a modern, competitive economy requires risk, resourcefulness, and a willingness to learn. My government created a separate ministry for agriculture to ensure a continued and renewed focus for this important industry. And we will continue to support the efforts of agri-food and seafood operations by helping businesses develop value-added products and adopt innovative new technologies and processes. My government’s new aquaculture development strategy, which includes a new federal/provincial aquaculture framework agreement, will help propel this promising sector forward over the next five years. We will also work with the agriculture sector to review opportunities that move them to greater sustainability. My government believes a prosperous future also depends on the careful management of our natural resources. Collectively, our forests, parks, minerals, and wildlife are a rich natural bounty that contributes to our identity, quality of life, and employment throughout Nova Scotia. This year, we will ask Nova Scotians to help us define a comprehensive natural resources strategy: to participate in creating a vision for the future. We will consult with them in the months ahead on four key topics: bio-diversity, forests, parks, and minerals. We will listen carefully, mindful that there are many varied interests in the stewardship of our natural resources. The public consultations will ensure that our strategy reflects the Nova Scotia we want today, and the Nova Scotia we want for our children and grandchildren. NOVA SCOTIA, A PROVINCE THAT VALUES DIVERSITY My government knows the more diverse Nova Scotia becomes, the stronger it becomes. To this end, my government will We will lower taxes to help our families and our businesses. We will remove uncertainty at the pumps by providing more stability in the retail gas industry, in an environment that ensures flexibility and timely response to radical price shifts. We will implement our Better Regulation Initiative to eliminate over-regulation, duplication, and unnecessary paperwork. We will not compromise public safety, the environment, or our communities, but we will relieve the burden that unnecessary regulations put on Nova Scotia businesses. We will take concrete steps to ensure that regulations make sense and achieve the desired results in a way that supports business growth. We will continue to support our artists and artisans, musicians, and museums to more fully realize the economic and cultural benefits of our wealth of talent, creativity, and heritage. We will launch the Gateway Strategy to ensure that Nova Scotia is positioned to capture a significant share of the surging growth in trade traffic between North America and Asia. continue to implement the objectives of the Immigration Strategy, including work that increases the number of immigrants that are settling in Nova Scotia, helps newcomers adjust to their new lives, and supports the vital work that settlement organizations do to help immigrants feel welcome and at home continue to provide funding to not-for-profit organizations, community groups, and schools to help immigrant children succeed and to help their parents learn to speak English or French so they can find meaningful employment and more fully participate in their communities continue to advance and support programs in support of the French-Language Services Act to ensure that Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians receive government services and business-related information in their language of choice through the new Minister Responsible for Gaelic Affairs, celebrate the influence and rich contribution the Gaelic language and culture have made to Nova Scotia’s heritage and work to meet the goals of the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia expand the work of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs by opening a satellite office in Cape Breton — the first of future regional offices planned for South West Nova, the Valley, and Central regions continue to work with the Mi’kmaq and other partners to advance the Mi’kmawey Debert, which aims to protect valuable and unique archeological resources, while developing opportunities to share the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq continue working towards the signing of a framework agreement to establish a negotiation process on matters related to Aboriginal rights, including Aboriginal title and treaty rights continue to work with the federal government and the Mi’kmaq to close the gap between the quality of life experienced by the Mi’kmaq and other Nova Scotians increase the diversity of the public service to ensure that government better represents the people it serves implement the Racial Equity Policy in elementary schools and develop a provincewide Heritage Strategy. My government looks to the future with optimism, knowing that the values we share, the vision we embrace, and the course that we have set will lead to a better, stronger, more prosperous Nova Scotia. -30- NOTE: The speech from the throne is available at the Vital Statistics Office, 1609 Hollis St., Halifax and Access Nova Scotia Centres throughout the province, or on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/house_business/throne.html .
Démocratie 250 sera en vedette à Ottawa et à Halifax alors que les Canadiens se réuniront pour célébrer la fête du Canada, le mardi 1er juillet. À Ottawa, le co-président de Démocratie 250 Russell MacLellan, participera aux cérémonies officielles du lever du drapeau sur la Colline du Parlement, et le groupe 33rd Pipes and Drum d’Halifax portera la bannière de D250 dans la parade de lancement des célébrations de la fête du Canada. « Il s’agit d’une occasion idéale de parler à des milliers de Canadiens au sujet des célébrations marquant une fière première pour notre province, » a dit M. MacLellan. « Nous espérons que notre présence encouragera un plus grand nombre de gens à visiter la Nouvelle-Écosse et à découvrir tout ce que la province a contribué au Canada, faisant de ce pays l’un des plus respectés et admirés au monde. » Les jeunes ambassadeurs de Démocratie 250, Jordan Croucher et Stephanie Hardy, transmettront le message de D250 et se produiront devant le public au parc Major’s Hill à Ottawa et au parc Jacques-Cartier à Gatineau (secteur Hull), Québec. À Halifax, le co-président de Démocratie 250 John Hamm participera à une cérémonie de lever du drapeau à la Citadelle. Le concours « Battle of the Bands » de D250 aura également lieu à 15 h au Events Plaza, Alderney Landing, sur le front de mer de Dartmouth. Dans l’esprit de la démocratie, les membres du public auront la chance de voter pour le groupe qui remportera prix du choix du public de D250.
Permits allowing two trucking companies to run long combination vehicles (LCVs) in Nova Scotia may save trucking companies money and make the trucking industry more energy efficient. The permits, approved for Armour Transportation Systems and Sunbury Transport Ltd., are part of a pilot project by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to study the effects the vehicles will have on Nova Scotia highways. “Other jurisdictions allow LCVs on a limited basis and we don’t want to inhibit the ability of Nova Scotia to compete,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Brooke Taylor. “At the same time, safety is our top priority and running a pilot project will help us assess first hand how these vehicles perform on Nova Scotia highways.” The approved permits allow Sunbury and Armour to run double, 53-foot semi-trailers hauled by a single tractor trailer on the province’s twinned 100-series highways between Burnside and the New Brunswick border. Any carrier can apply for a permit at the department’s website, www.gov.ns.ca/tran/trucking/vehiclewghtsdims.asp . Proponents of the long combination vehicles say they will allow Nova Scotia to remain competitive and increase business to the Port of Halifax. Other benefits cited for them include reduced truck traffic, by using one engine to haul two trailers, and reductions in fuel and greenhouse-gas emissions. In addition to being restricted to four-lane highways, in Nova Scotia the vehicles are required to keep their speed below 90 km/h and remain in the right-hand lane at all times. The permit also requires that drivers take a long combination vehicle training course, and have a minimum of five years and 150,000 kilometres of tractor-trailer driving experience.
Rick Williams, Salt Springs, Pictou Co. John Van de Reit, Shubenacadie, Hants Co. Bill Swetnam, Centreville, Kings Co. Patricia Bishop, Port Williams, Kings Co. Lise LeBlanc, Newport, Hants Co. “The Agricultural Land Review Committee will hold a series of public meetings because we believe Nova Scotians should have a say in how our prime agricultural lands are protected,” said Mr. MacDonell. “The committee will determine if adequate protection for agricultural lands already exist or whether additional steps need to be taken to further protect land.” A number of issues have been raised as to whether all prime agriculture land should be preserved and how much land is actually needed for food production. Other matters facing the committee include whether agricultural lands should be protected from non-agricultural developments, like private homes, hospitals, or day cares, recreational facilities, and the role society should play in any exercise to preserve land. “Land use issues continue to be of interest to many people throughout the province, including municipal councils,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “I am pleased to learn that this committee has been struck to get a clearer picture of the views of Nova Scotians.” The committee will hold public sessions early in 2010. A final report is expected in the spring. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell announced today, Nov. 4, the members of the Agricultural Land Review Committee. The committee will seek public input around the management and long-term future of the province’s agricultural lands. Members are:
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 CONTINUING WORK 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 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Durkee Bridge Durkee Bridge on Durkee Road will be closed for maintenance until Saturday, June 25, from morning to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 PICTOU COUNTY: Trenton Connector The Trenton Connector or Bascule Bridge, between Trenton and Abercrombie Road, will be reduced to one lane for deck and joint repairs until Friday, July 15. Traffic signals on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Cooks Mills Bridge Cooks Mills Bridge, Route 778, about two kilometres southwest from Route 224, is open to local traffic only due to repairs to the steel truss until Thursday, June 30. Drivers should use an alternate route. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Lane Closure Traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 104 will be subject to lane closures between Exits 6 and 7 during repaving. Work is scheduled for completion on Sunday, July 31. Delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-447-2550 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 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 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 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 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 from 4.7 kilometres west of Trunk 16 to 0.8 kilometres west of the White Head Road will have alternating lane closures for upgrading, cold planing an re-paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 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 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 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: 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 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 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Station Road – Londonderry Station Road, Londonderry will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late August, 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 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 22 west to Exit 20, about six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and micro-surfacing until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 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 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for 7.2 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 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 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for about 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 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 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8 from Virginia Road intersection south for three kilometres will be reduced to one lane for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 DIGBY COUNTY: D’entremont Road D’entremont Road, from the Comeau Branch Road to the Deveau and Maillet Road, is closed for repairs to the Ben Comeau Bridge at Meteghan River. The closure should last for about two weeks. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 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 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge Sperry Bridge in Petite Rivière will be closed for repairs until Friday, July 8. Detour on Route 331 from junction at Italy Cross Road to junction at Petite Rivière. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 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 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 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 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 between Upper River John Road and Mountain Road is closed for a culvert replacement. A marked detour route is available. Drivers should use extra caution in the area and obey detour signs. The road is expected to be reopened on Sunday, June 26. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 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 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- NEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Walton Bridge Road Walton Bridge Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving June 2, until Thursday, June 30. Traffic will be stop and go. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 – Springside Route 289 from Junction 336 (Springside) east for six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 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 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 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 from about 1.2 kilometres west of French River Bridge east 6.1 kilometres to Broadway Bridge will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and micro-surfacing until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 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 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 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 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Lane Closure Traffic on Trunk 4 near Exit 7 off Highway 104 will be subject to lane closures during repaving. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Work is scheduled for completion on Sunday, July 31. Delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-447-2550 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 HANTS COUNTY: Greenhill Road Greenhill Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, June 30. Traffic will be stop and go. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889
Hockey fans have a new place to gather in Windsor to learn more about the history of the sport. The Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre has temporarily moved to the Haliburton House Museum and its refreshed exhibit is ready for viewing. “The exhibit is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when we combine our resources and expertise,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage minister David Wilson. “I would like to thank all provincial government staff, members of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society and volunteers for their dedication to this project.” “This great exhibit will attract many hockey enthusiasts to Nova Scotia,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “Innovation, such as this, is a key component of jobsHere, the plan to grow our economy. This is an example of the strategic investments the province is making to strengthen Nova Scotia’s economy.” The exhibit spans part of two floors of the museum and showcases new items and old favourites from the former Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre location. The Attic space at the museum displays hockey memorabilia and the Locker Room displays hockey jerseys and equipment from the past. The museum’s kitchen uses the concept of the hot stove to celebrate local hockey heroes. The exhibit also features the Starr Trophy and highlights the diversity in hockey, featuring the contributions of women, Aboriginal Peoples and African Nova Scotians to the sport. “Our role has always been to promote the proud history of hockey in Windsor, an area that we celebrate as the birthplace of ice hockey,” said David Hunter, president of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society. “The new presentation of our collection better reflects that proud history and is sure to spark a connection with our visitors. We want to thank everyone for their support.” Communities, Culture and Heritage contributed exhibit space in the museum and a team to help the centre move into its temporary location and develop the new exhibit. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism contributed $15,000 towards the move. For more information about the exhibit visit http://haliburton.museum.gov.ns.ca.