Health Minister Angus MacIsaac welcomed news today, March 17, ofa tentative agreement for a new contract with Nova Scotiadoctors. “This contract was negotiated with the interests of Nova Scotiansin mind, and I’m hopeful that doctors across the province willvote to accept it,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “I think Department ofHealth and Medical Society representatives were able to negotiatea contract that is fair to doctors, their patients andtaxpayers.” Details of the contract will not be shared publicly until doctorshave voted. The results will be announced by the Medical Societyof Nova Scotia. -30-
Nova Scotia’s firefighters will be better able to respond to emergencies safely and efficiently thanks to almost $300,000 invested in their training school by the provincial government. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Environment and Labour, presented two cheques to the board of the Nova Scotia Firefighters’ School in Waverley, Halifax Co., on Sunday, April 23. An operations grant of $190,000 will fund the school’s training programs for the fire service throughout the province. A special grant, in the amount of $100,000, will help refurbish the fire school’s burn building. The burn building is a specially equipped structure that is used to simulate a house fire to provide training opportunities for firefighters. “This facility is a vital tool in training paid and volunteer firefighters around the province,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “These grants are an investment in ensuring better on-the-job safety for our firefighters and a well-prepared fire service for Nova Scotians.” The minister congratulated the joint committee that drafted new safety guidelines for roadside emergency responses. The guidelines instruct emergency response workers on safe practices when responding to incidents on busy highways and streets. Several government agencies collaborated to draft the guidelines: the Department of Environment and Labour, through its occupational health and safety and public safety divisions and the fire marshal of Nova Scotia; Emergency Health Services; the Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the RCMP. “Our department is committed to attaining the highest level of safety possible on the job,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson, “and this new set of guidelines is an important step forward in achieving that goal.” There are about 8,500 volunteer and 500 paid firefighters in Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) launched a new holiday social responsibility campaign today, Dec. 7. The focus of the multi-level campaign is to ensure that those who are enjoying a social occasion realize there are many of ways to get home safely. A detailed news release on the campaign launch can be found on the NSLC website at www.thenslc.com .
In addition to passing renewable energy regulations, Mr. Dooks said government also passed the Wholesale Market Rules regulation. This allows Nova Scotia’s six municipal utilities to purchase electricity, including renewable energy, directly from suppliers, and allows the export of electricity, including renewable energy, to other jurisdictions. Nova Scotia is setting the standard for renewable energy in Canada. By 2013, almost 20 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity will be generated by renewable energy — wind, tidal, biomass, solar and hydro. “Last year, I promised new, renewable energy regulations,” said Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “And today, I am delivering on that promise — by introducing mandatory targets that are some of the most aggressive in Canada.” The new regulations under Nova Scotia’s Electricity Act will change the electricity market in the province for generations to come. By 2013, based on our current system, roughly 400 megawatts a day will come from clean, sustainable energy sources, enough energy to meet the needs of more than 100,000 households. “Nova Scotians want more renewable energy generated in our province,” said Mr. Dooks. “That is why we are going to get cleaner, greener energy to power our homes and businesses and we are going to do it in the most cost-effective way possible.” The regulations call for renewable energy increases of five per cent to the total supply by 2010, and 10 per cent by 2013, on top of renewables already in the system as of 2001. To meet the 2010 target, only independent power producers will be able to bid on new renewable projects. Electricity utilities pay a penalty up to $500,000 a day for failing to meet these targets. Independent power producers welcomed the announcement. “This is excellent news because it will create economic growth for independent power producers as well as environmental benefits and stability in Nova Scotia’s power supply,” said Luciano Lisi, chief financial officer of Cape Breton Power Ltd. Mr. Dooks promised more action in the coming months. “I want to remind Nova Scotians that we are going to do more to support Nova Scotia’s renewable energy industry, and we will continue to look at electricity market reform,” said Mr. Dooks. By spring, Mr. Dooks plans to complete his assessment of additional options for independent power producers to sell green energy, including: A rate for buying energy shortfalls (“top-up”) and selling surpluses (“spill”) Legislation for the retail sale of green energy to industry, municipalities and the public.
Farmers interested in direct marketing and agri-tourism can participate in a one-day workshop in Debert, Colchester Co., later this month. The Marketing Caravan is designed to bring farmers and innovative agriculture experts together to talk about farm markets, business management, niche market development and diversification, and to make new contacts. “This workshop is an opportunity for farmers to learn more about direct marketing of farm products to Nova Scotia consumers,” said Ron Chisholm, acting Minister of Agriculture. “There will be time to network with people from different sectors of the agriculture industry and to learn about the latest in direct marketing and agri-tourism approaches that make consumers more aware of local products.” The North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association conference was held in Calgary from Feb. 12 to 17. Because not everyone can leave the farm to attend conferences, the Marketing Caravan is bringing the speakers and information to farming communities across Canada. Charlie Touchette and Brent Warner are the key speakers. Mr. Touchette is executive director of the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association and has experience with farmers’ markets and marketing for farmers. Mr. Warner is with the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and is a direct farm marketing and agri-tourism specialist. The Department of Agriculture is hosting the event at the Debert Hospitality Centre on Friday, March 23. The cost is $50 and the deadline to register is Monday, March 12. For more information, contact Claire Hanlon Smith at 902-893-4491 or Ginger Stoddard at 902-893-6580. Information about the Marketing Caravan is available at http://farmcentre.com/english/conference/caravan2007/index .
reassigning Nova Scotia Insurance Review Board duties to the Utility and Review Board (UARB) introducing mandatory filing for approval of rates and risk classification systems adding new claims notification requirements. “Government continues to improve the regulatory system for automobile insurance in Nova Scotia,” said Finance Minister Michael Baker. “We want consumers to have access to up-to-date automobile insurance rates.” The UARB will take over the responsibilities of the Insurance Review Board to review applications from insurance companies to change automobile insurance rates. Mandatory filing regulations mean automobile insurance companies are now required to apply for rate and risk-classification system approval every two years for private passenger vehicles and every three years for other vehicles. Claims notification requirements ensure auto insurance companies provide written consumer notice of claims made or paid on policies. For more information on the improvements package, visit www.gov.ns.ca/finance . Government has introduced regulatory changes to enhance the automobile insurance system in the province and better protect consumers. The automobile insurance regulatory package includes:
A major step in Nova Scotia’s climate change action plan was taken today, Feb. 26. The province released a discussion paper outlining its proposed approach to capping greenhouse-gas and air-pollutant emissions from the electricity sector. Environment Minister David Morse is asking for Nova Scotians’ comments on government’s proposed regulatory framework. “We all want a cleaner and greener future for our province so we are asking Nova Scotians for their views on the effectiveness of this proposed approach to reducing greenhouse-gas and air-pollutant emissions,” said Mr. Morse. “This proposed regulatory approach sets out the electricity sector’s role in helping our province meet its emissions reductions.” The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act commits the province to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. It also calls for significant air pollutant reductions. The province’s approach to achieve these emissions reductions, includes absolute caps on emissions from electricity producers. In keeping with its climate change action plan, the government is proposing regulations that will require Nova Scotia Power Inc. to cap greenhouse-gas and air-pollutant emissions at 9.7 million tonnes in 2010, at 8.8 million tonnes in 2015, and 7.5 million tonnes in 2020. That is a total reduction of 2.5 million tonnes, down from about 10 million tonnes produced by NSPI in 2007. Since the electricity sector represents about 50 per cent of Nova Scotia’s greenhouse-gas emissions, NSPI’s reductions should be about half of the provincial reduction target. These caps will ensure that happens. A phased approach to transform the province’s electricity system will help incorporate cleaner energy solutions that allow increasing amounts of energy efficiency and renewable energy to be brought onstream, between now and 2020. There will also be a gradual transformation to cleaner energy sources. They may include potential for tidal power and imports of cleaner energy from large hydro projects, such as the Lower Churchill facility. The approach provides flexibility on an annual basis because electricity supply and demand depends on unpredictable variables such as weather, the economy, and fluctuations in renewable resources such as wind and hydro. Significant financial penalties will be imposed daily if emissions reduction caps are not met. The caps will take effect Jan. 1, 2010 and will require increasingly stringent reductions. The discussion paper about the proposed approach to capping emissions in the electricity sector can be viewed at www.climatechange.gov.ns.ca . To comment on the discussion paper, or to obtain a physical copy, e-mail email@example.com, or write to Department of Environment, Policy Division, Box 442, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2P8. People can comment by phone at 902-424-3081 or fax at 902-428-3139. The deadline for submissions is March 31.
Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Branch Road, Frank Cox Bridge Frank Cox Bridge, about 500 metres south from Route 289 on the Branch Road, will be closed for repairs from Tuesday, July 7, until Friday, July 17. A detour is available off Route 289. -30-
Seniors will be able to stay in their community longer with the official opening today, June 28, of Yesterday’s Youth, a 10-bed addition to the Foyer Pere Fiset nursing home in Cheticamp. With the addition of the residential care facility level beds, Foyer Pere Fiset is now home to 71 people. “This addition will enable Cheticamp area residents to receive the care they need in a facility that feels like home,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “It’s particularly fitting that this addition is being officially opened on the 40th anniversary of the facility.” The Yesterday’s Youth addition reflects the province’s new design standards which emphasize one and two-storey buildings with access to green space and homier surroundings. The design also enables couples who require care to live together in the same household. “Living in a neighbourhood with just 10 people is much quieter and gives us a sense of security,” said resident Marguerite Marie Chiasson. “This is a perfect home.” The addition is a self-contained household with a kitchen, living room and dining room. Residents have private rooms with their own wheelchair accessible washroom. A new outdoor garden can be accessed from the addition. “There was a definitive need for residential care in the Cheticamp area,” said Mike MacDougall, chair of the Inverness County Housing Authority. “Staff were terrific in dealing with the construction that took place while continuing to provide excellent care.” The addition will provide employment for eight new staff.The 10 beds opening at Foyer Pere Fiset are part of the 1,000 new, long-term care beds that will be open by the summer in 14 new facilities and ten additions to existing facilities throughout the province. Access to the Foyer Pere Fiset and other provincial long-term care facilities is through the Department of Health and Wellness’s Single Entry Access system at 1-800-225-7225.
Nova Scotians will be able to explore historic photos that depict the vibrant history of Yarmouth through a virtual exhibit launched today, July 21, by Nova Scotia Archives. Created for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town, Seeing Yarmouth: Celebrating 250 Years is a partnership with the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson visited the Yarmouth museum to mark the exhibit’s launch. “The museum has so much to offer visitors during this 250th anniversary year for Yarmouth,” said Mr. Wilson. “This exhibit is an excellent opportunity to promote Yarmouth’s rich history to a large audience, both in Nova Scotia and beyond.” The exhibit explores 19th and early 20th century life in the historic town through photographs and text. Images were selected from the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives’ extensive photograph collection and digitized for the web by the Nova Scotia Archives. The Nova Scotia Archives added from its collection a digital version of a souvenir booklet published to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary in July 1911, which features a brief history of Yarmouth and a selection of period photographs. “We have been pleased to partner with the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives in creating this online exhibit to celebrate 250 years of community history and community pride,” said Lois Yorke, director of public services at the Nova Scotia Archives. The virtual exhibit focuses on the richness of everyday life in the south shore town, including photographs of an early motorized vehicle filled with sight-seeing visitors, a 1920s image of the town’s first operating room, and a 1906 image showing a parade of automobiles driven by members of the Yarmouth Auto Club. Many other photos featured in the exhibit reveal the town’s outstanding architectural heritage. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Nova Scotia Archives to exhibit a selection of photographs from our collection, particularly on the occasion of our 250th anniversary year,” said Aurel Mooney, president of the Yarmouth County Historical Society. “These photographs illustrate a visual history that may be less well known — Yarmouth’s military involvement, theatrical and musical groups, special events and celebrations.” The launch of the virtual exhibit coincides with Seafest celebrations, beginning July 22. The exhibit is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/yarmouth/. Nova Scotia Archives acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.
Nova Scotia apprentices will soon be able to work and train more easily in Atlantic Canada. The provinces and the federal government will work together to streamline apprenticeship across the Atlantic region. Training, certifications and standards will be consistent across the four Atlantic provinces, making it easier for apprentices to complete their training, and boosting the region’s economy. “These changes are another step toward our goal of modernizing Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system, and will be good for the entire region,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, chair of the Council of Atlantic Premiers. “Atlantic Canada will lead the country with this project, and it fits in well with Nova Scotia’s efforts to improve our apprenticeship system, offer better access to training and make sure we have the skilled workers we need.” The province is also creating an industry-led apprenticeship agency that will give employers a bigger role in Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system, including delivery of the new streamlined, Atlantic Canadian approach. There are 13 different apprenticeship systems across Canada, each with different requirements. Inconsistencies among provincial systems can make it difficult for apprentices to complete training if they move, and for employers to recruit the people they need. The project will focus on 10 trades; the first four will be bricklayer, cook, construction electrician, and instrumentation and control technician. The project will consider the needs of apprentices and employers. The federal government will put $4.3 million toward the project. The Atlantic provinces will contribute $3.5 million in staff time and operational support. Business, labour and training institutions are key apprenticeship partners, and will also participate in the project. “Having harmonized apprenticeship systems will help more Canadians gain the skills and experience they need to find available jobs,” said federal Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney. “This project will create jobs and opportunities for workers across Atlantic Canada and help employers get the skilled workers they need. The government of Canada is proud to be involved in this important step forward in removing the barriers to job creation caused by different apprenticeship systems across the country.” This project will complement work to streamline training and certification requirements in targeted Red Seal trades across Canada.
A Nova Scotia Human Rights board of inquiry is scheduled to begin next week in the case of Lisa Mauger v. Liverpool Subway Limited. The claimant alleges she was discriminated against because of her physical disability. The respondent denies any discrimination, and claims efforts were made to accommodate the claimant, but were refused. The board of inquiry is scheduled to be heard Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day, in the Medway Room, Best Western Hotel, 63 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool. The board chair is Donald Murray. -30-
PICTOU COUNTY: Glenfallach Road Sections of Glenfallach Road, from Woodburn Road to Frasers Mountain Branch Road, for almost one kilometre, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road Sections of River John Road, from Meadowville Station Road to Scotch Hill Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line are reduced to one lane for rumble strip installation until Friday, Aug 7. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale and Hatchery roads. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert. PICTOU COUNTY: Scotch Hill RoadSections of Scotch Hill Road, from Route 376 north to River John Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 20 in Summerville west to Port Joli, are reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavel Bridge Gavel Bridge on Gavel Road over Gavels Lake will be closed for replacement from Monday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 15. Use an alternate route. HANTS COUNTY: White Settlement Road White Settlement Road in Noel has stop-and-go traffic for ditching and road resurfacing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4), from the Gardner intersection east for about three kilometres, is reduced from four lanes to two lanes for repaving and upgrading. Upgrade work is also being done on Murphy Road, Windemere Drive, and the Yolanda Drive intersection. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Drivers should allow extra time or use alternate routes if possible. Work takes place from dawn until dusk and is scheduled for completion by the end of August. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Whittenburg Road Sections of Whittenburg Road in Lower Stewiacke, from Route 224 north for about four kilometres to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. PICTOU/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Route 289 Sections of Route 289, from the Pictou/Colchester county line west for almost six kilometres, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. A flag person is on site. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, between the junction of Highway 118 at Miller Lake and Exit 6 (Halifax Stanfield International Airport) have lane closures for seal coating. Closure times are:Monday to Thursday, sunrise until 3 p.m.Friday, sunrise until noonSaturday and Sunday, sunrise until 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to sunset. Work is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville, is closed between Greenfield Road and Black River Road to replace a culvert until Tuesday, Aug. 4. Detour via White Rock Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Night Work Sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102, between Exit 5 at Fall River and Exit 4-C at Glendale Avenue and Duke Street, are reduced to one lane during night hours. On weekdays, lane reductions begin at 7 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. On weekends, the lane reductions are from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Delays are possible during construction. Travel with caution and use an alternate route if possible. Work will be completed this fall. CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Old Highway 104 West River Bridge, West River, on Old Highway 104, is reduced to one lane for recoating until Friday, Sept. 4. The lane reduction will be 24 hours a day. Traffic signals are in place, but delays are possible. Traffic entering Antigonish from the Trans-Canada Highway should use Exit 32. NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Balfron Bridge The Balfron Bridge on the Highway 311 Loop in Colchester County will be closed for repairs starting Tuesday, Aug. 4. The road is open to local traffic only. Work will be completed by Friday, Aug. 14. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road, from Smith Road to Purdys Loop Road, is reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4, near Londonderry Sections of Trunk 4, near Londonderry, between Baseline Road and Highway 104, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repair and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Heatherton Bridge, Highway 104 Paving on the Heatherton Bridge, over the Pomquet River on Highway 104, will continue on Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 7, but lane reductions will be restricted to evening hours. Both lanes will remain open this weekend. DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester Grant Road The Middle River Bridge on Chester Grant Road is closed until Friday, Aug. 7 for repairs. Detour route is available on Trunk 12, Highway 103, and Trunk 14. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Big Pond, from west of the intersection of Glen Albert Drive west for about 2.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and upgrading. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion by the end of October. PICTOU COUNTY: Frasers Mountain Branch Road Sections of Frasers Mountain Branch Road, from the intersection of Frasers Mountain Road to Glenfallach Road for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTIES: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from west of Exit 8 at Westchester to the Mines Bass River Road underpass, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repairs and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Meadow Road Meadow Road, from Cooks Brook Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Eel Lake Bridge on Highway 103 in Belleville, has one lane closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 2. Traffic signals are in place. Expect traffic delays of 5-10 minutes KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge is open, but there may be occasional, brief closures during construction. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-
Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Kelly Regan is sending condolences to the family and friends of a fisherman who died today, Nov. 30, while fishing in the waters off Yarmouth. “This is such sad news,” said Ms. Regan. “I know I’m joined by many across the province in expressing my heartfelt sympathy to his loved ones.” The Department of Labour and Advanced Education is investigating. There have been 25 workplace fatalities this year, and this is the seventh as the result of an accident. In 2014, 20 Nova Scotians died at work or from a work-related illness. -30-
Nova Scotia homeowners looking to save money on their electricity bills by installing solar panels will soon have a more affordable option. Minister of the Public Service Commission Tony Ince, on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, and MP Darren Fisher on behalf of Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, announced today, June 25, details of the new SolarHomes Program. “By adding solar to their homes, Nova Scotian families can cut their energy bills today, while having more energy choices and more control over their energy future,” said Mr. Ince. “Our province continues to be a national leader in fighting climate change, and this new program will build on our successes for the economic and environmental benefit of all Nova Scotians.” “The environment and the economy go together. Through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, we are joining forces with provinces and territories to improve quality of life from coast to coast to coast,” said Mr. Fisher. “That’s why we are supporting the SolarHomes program, to help Nova Scotia homeowners save money on energy bills and support good middle-class jobs, while meeting our climate commitments.” On average, a solar electricity system can save homeowners about $1,300 per year. Under the program, homeowners will receive a $1 per watt rebate, or roughly 30 per cent of the installation cost of a solar electricity system. The average rebate will be about $7,000 and the maximum rebate will be $10,000. Dartmouth-based Thermo Dynamics expects to expand its solar manufacturing and installation business to help meet demand created by the new program. “We are going to start manufacturing solar electricity equipment, in addition to our solar thermal operations,” said Paul Sajko, general manager of Thermo Dynamics. “It’s a multi-million-dollar investment that will create dozens of jobs, but now is the right time to go for it.” The program will be administered by Efficiency Nova Scotia. “This is another great offering for homeowners who want to reduce their carbon foot print and increase their control of the kind of energy they use,” said Stephen MacDonald, CEO of EfficiencyOne, operator of the Efficiency Nova Scotia franchise. “Making residential solar more affordable is another example of the good things efficiency brings.” Program funding comes from the Government of Canada’s commitment of $14 million per year for four years to Nova Scotia from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. The province is investing $3 million a year for four years to support the fund, and through residential electricity rates Nova Scotians are currently investing over $15 million a year for programs that increase renewable energy use and make homes more energy efficient. For more information visit www.novascotia.ca/solar .
New Delhi: A total of 197 sitting MPs, including 27 women parliamentarians, from the 2014 Lok Sabha polls have managed to retain their seats this general election. Kiren Rijiju, Jual Oram, Raja Mohan Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Babul Supriyo are among over 145 sitting BJP MPs from across the country who have retained their seats. Bihar saw 12 BJP MPs successfully retesting their fate, while Congress’ Supaual MP lost. The Congress had also fielded former BJP MP from Patna Sahib, Shatrughan Sinha, but he could not retain the seat. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Two sitting MPs were nominated by the JD(U), while three were fielded by LJP. All five of them won. Three RJD MPs were also renominated from the state, but had to face defeat. Five sitting MPs retained their constituencies with record margins in the national capital. In Andhra Pradesh, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had renominated nine of its MPs, but could retain only two of the seats, including Vijaywada and Guntur. The YSR Congress party retained the Kadapa and Rajampet seats in the state. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Assam saw two sitting MPs each from the BJP and Congress in the fray. While the BJP duo won, the Congress ones lost. The All India United Democratic Front retained its Dhubri seat. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had renominated sitting MP Mohammed Faizal P P from Lakshadweep and secured the seat in 2019 as well. The CPI(M) had renominated its MPs from two seats in Tripura, but both of them lost to BJP. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) had renominated six of its MPs in Telangana, but could only retain two, while four of them lost to BJP. The AIADMK had reposed its faith in seven sitting MPs in Tamil Nadu, but did not wrest a single seat among them. BJP’s decision to renominate its Kanyakumari MP also did not yield result despite the Modi wave. In West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress had fielded 23 of its sitting MPs of which nine could not retain their constituencies. BJP had renominated its lone MP from the state, Babul Supriyo, who emerged victorious. BJP fielded 16 sitting MPs in Rajasthan and all of them emerged victorious with comfortable margins. Similarly 14 of the 15 recontesting BJP MPs were successful in Maharashtra, while 15 of the Shiv Sena sitting MPs retained their seats. In Punjab, Congress had fielded three sitting MPs who won and two were fielded by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). While Prem Singh Chandumarja lost from Anandpur Sahib, Harsimrat Kaur Badal retained the Bathinda seat. The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) only seat in the Lok Sabha elections came from Punjab where its sitting MP Bhagwant Mann retained the constituency. While the BJD nominated four of its sitting MPs from Odisha, only two seats could be retained. The only BJP sitting MP from the state Jual Oram retained the Sundargarh seat. Congress MP from Shillong, Vincent Pala also retained his seat. From Goa, BJP had renominated both its sitting MPs. While Shripad Yasso Naik retained the North Goa seat, Narendra Keshav Sawaikar lost from South Goa seat. The BJP had fielded 16 of its sitting MPs from Gujarat and all of them retained their respective constituencies. Haryana saw five BJP MPs retaining their constituencies, while Congress’ Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda could not retain the seat. Two of the four sitting BJP MPs in Himachal Pradesh recontested from their constituencies and retained the Mandi and Hamirpur seats. In Jammu, BJP had renominated Jugal Kishore who retained the seat. While Anantnag’s sitting MP and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti lost the election, NC’s Farooq Abdullah retained the Srinagar seat. The BJP had renominated eight of its sitting MPs in Jharkhand and seven of them were successful. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha had fielded two of its sitting MPs, but only one of them won. All eight sitting MPs from BJP who were renominated from Karntaka won, while seven MPs fielded by Congress lost in the state. No sitting MP sought re-election from Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Kolkata: Within 24 hours of announcement of the results of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, political violence erupted across the state. Trinamool Congress workers and supporters were allegedly attacked by BJP workers in several districts.In some places, BJP alleged that Trinamool workers attacked their workers instead and tried to instigate violence. However, both the parties have denied the allegations made against them. According to sources, in several districts of North Bengal, BJP workers and supporters allegedly attacked Trinamool workers and ransacked party offices. At Kalaikunda in West Midnapore, a Trinamool party office was vandalised and miscreants reportedly tore the flags of the party, whereas In Narayangarh the wife of a Trinamool worker was reportedly assaulted by BJP workers on Thursday night. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaOn Friday, Trinamool party offices at Sitai, Haribola and Giridhari areas in Cooch Behar were allegedly ransacked by BJP-backed hooligans. Local Trinamool leader Ashok Kumar Roy’s home was vandalised as well. Though Trinamool is pointing the finger at BJP for attacking them, saffron leadership has also alleged that Trinamool workers had planned to attack their workers. At Chila area in Tufangunj, Trinamool allegedly attacked a rally taken out by BJP workers to celebrate their win in Cooch Behar. Five BJP workers got injured in the incident. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBJP workers reportedly took out another rally at Saltora in Bankura. At the same time, Saltora Trinamool block president Kalipada Roy was passing through the area. Seeing the rally, he reportedly got down from his car and misbehaved with the BJP supporters. Though the matter was settled immediate after the incident, on Friday morning some BJP workers allegedly vandalised Roy’s house in Saltora. Later, police went to the spot and brought the situation under control. In Durgapur, a Trinamool worker’s house was vandalised on Thursday night. According to sources, on Thursday night a few miscreants attacked the house of Trinamool worker Pratima Bagdi at Laudoha. She alleged that the miscreants were all BJP workers, which the leadership denied. Meanwhile on Thursday night, BJP and Trinamool workers also got involved in a clash at Shalimar gate number 5. Workers from both the parties reportedly pelted stones and bricks at each other. As a result, several persons from both the groups got injured. After being informed, police went to the spot and tried to control the situation. However, a few police personnel also got injured in the process. Later, a huge police force along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) and combat force reached the spot and controlled the situation.
Kolkata: The Sanskrit College and University (SCU) is taking steps to increase its intake in Linguistics at the undergraduate level considering the opportunities in the job market.A little more than 30 percent of the total seats in Linguistics were filled up last year. “Linguistics has a lot of demand in foreign countries and is lucrative for the job market too. We have excellent faculty strength here. But, there is a tendency among the guardians to push their wards towards pursuing stereotyped subjects. It is an interdisciplinary language and computer has a close link with Linguistics,” said Dr Arundhati Mukhopadhyay, registrar of SCU. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe online admission process will be followed as per directions of the state Higher Education department. However, SCU will have its own help desk constituted by university officials to counsel students and guardians during undergraduate admission. “Our university is completely different from some other old universities in the state. We have been witnessing that the guardians visit the varsity at least once and find out on their own the infrastructure and the environment of the institution before admitting their students,” a senior official of the university said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe university is all set to introduce Linguistics in the post-graduate (PG) level so that students can pursue higher studies in the subject in SCU itself. After graduation they had to go to Jadavpur University or Calcutta University for studying the subject at the PG level. Assistant professor of Linguistics in SCU Rimi Ghosh Dastidar said if a student wants to specialise in a particular language be it Indian or Foreign he/ she will be able to grasp the language in a better way than someone who has not studied this subject at all. “A career as a translator or an interpreter can be pursued after studying Linguistics. An expert in Linguistics is desired very much during the exercise of census survey,” Ghosh added. SCU offers BA (Hons) under Choice Based Credit System in subjects like Sanskrit, Bengali, English, Philosophy, Pali, Ancient Indian and World History, Linguistics and Traditional Oriental Learning . Online admission process for the 2019-20 academic session begins from May 29 and will end on June 10. The transformation of Sanskrit College as The Sanskrit College and University was done by the Mamata Banerjee government through a legislative act of 2015. On June 2016, when the college started its journey as a university.
Pune: Former Indian President of India Pratibha Patil has been conferred the “Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca” (Order of the Aztec Eagle) – the highest civilian award of Mexico given to foreigners, here on Saturday. The Ambassador of Mexico to India, Melba Pria, conferred the award on Patil – who created history as this country’s first woman President (2007-2012), at a special ceremony held in the MCCIA Bhavan, Pune. Patil, 85, becomes only the second Indian head of state to get the award. Earlier, the late President S. Radhakrishna had been conferred this honour. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Mexico’s highest distinction for foreigners is in recognition of their outstanding services to the Mexican nation or humanity, significant contributions to strengthening the bilateral relations between Mexico and other countries, said an official spokesperson. The royal eagle is Mexico’s national animal, sacred to the ancient Aztecs and it is present on the National Emblem of the Mexican flag. “It is an essential symbol that links their Aztec past with the modern nation. It is of gold and turquoise and is given to express the respect and admiration of the Mexican people,” the spokesperson added. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Created by a decree in 1993 by the then President of Mexico, Abelardo L. Rodriguez, it is awarded to prominent heads of state or government, ambassadors after they have served in Mexico, important personalities who have made major contribution in various fields, service to the country or its people. The award comes in five degrees – Collar, Sash of Special Category, Sash, Plaque, Venera and Insignia. Previous Indian recipients in various categories include Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, renowned artist Satish Gujral, industrialist Raghupati Singhania, Consul-General of Mexico in Mumbai Rajju Shroff and others.
Jammu: Eleven alleged drug peddlers were arrested in separate incidents in Jammu, police said on Saturday. About 2.4 kg of heroin and Rs 16.95 lakh in cash was recovered from them, they added. According to SSP Jammu Tejinder Singh, a gang of drug peddlers was busted in the city and seven people including two women were arrested. Based on a tip-off, a joint team of Special Operation Group conducted raids and made the arrests, the SSP said, adding that 1.6 kg of heroin and Rs 2.95 lakh in cash was recovered from them. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThose arrested were identified as Mohd Iqbal Wani, Nisar Ahmed Genai and Ashraf Bhat from Pulwama, Kulvinder Kour, Seema Rani and Rajkumar from Punjab and Sanjay Kumar from Jammu, the SSP said. Three vehicles in which they were travelling from Kashmir to Punjab were also seized, the officer added. In another case, two persons from Kashmir — Arshad Ahmed and Fayaz — were arrested from the city and 260 grams of heroin was recovered from them, the SSP said.