zoom The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, has released a request for proposals seeking demonstrations of technologies to upgrade tugboats, crew boats, barges and other harbor craft to cleaner engines.Harbor craft are the second-largest source of diesel particulate matter air pollution in San Pedro Bay, comprising 18 percent of the emissions. The vessels also contribute 10 percent of nitrogen oxide and 6 percent of greenhouse gas pollution. Under state regulations, most of the boats have engines meeting Tier 2 emission level standards.“We are looking at ways to reduce emissions from harbor craft beyond existing regulatory requirements,” Heather Tomley, Port of Long Beach Director of Environmental Planning, said.“We need more viable cost effective technologies, and as the Green Port, we’re going to leverage all of our tools to lead the goods movement industry to a more sustainable future,” Tomley added.The request by the ports under the Technology Advancement Program offers USD 500,000 for one or two demonstrations of technologies that will upgrade engines to Tier 3 or Tier 4 standards — making engines up to 70 percent cleaner.Reducing emissions from harbor craft is a key strategy in the recently released draft Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) update, developed with input during more than 50 public meetings. The Harbor Commissions of both ports are expected to meet in November to consider the final draft.
The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) is looking to sell a part of its 30.3% stake in Bermuda-based liquefied petroleum gas transporting and trading firm Petredec Limited.As part of the deal, Haydock Holdings Limited, the other partner in Petredec, will also sell part of its 69.7% stake in the firm, bringing the total ownership of the new investor to 13%.Bahri informed that its financial impact from the transaction will be determined in the event of completion of sale.The company expects the sale to take place during the first quarter of 2018, and it will use the proceeds of the sale for general corporate purposes.Conclusion of the transaction is subject to several factors, including but not limited to legal review and final agreement on all terms of the transaction by all parties concerned, Bahri added.Image Courtesy: Petredec Limited
zoom Sri Lanka has handed over Hambantota Port for operation to China under a 99-year lease deal.On December 9, the joint venture of China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) started operations, according to China’s State Council.The development of the port, strategically located to connect the Middle East and East Asia, is expected to benefit China, Sri Lanka and other countries as well.The investment was unveiled on July 25 as part of the concession deal terms agreed between CMPort, SLPA, the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (GOSL), Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services Company (HIPS).Under the deal, CMPort obliged to invest USD 1.12 million for an 85 percent stake in the port.By developing the port, the two parties intend to make it an international shipping hub linking South Asia with Africa. The port will also be connected with the Logistics and Industrial Zone in Hambantota.With its position between Africa and the Middle East on one side and Southeast Asia on the other, Hambantota is in the middle of important energy supply lines in the Indian Ocean. What is more, Hambantota is said to be of strategic importance to China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.“The agreement for Hambantota could be seen as an example for further cooperation with countries in South Asia,” Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, commented.“Hambantota Port will make a strong impact in South Asia and I think it will, beyond South Asia in the Middle East as well as the African continent,” Parakrama Dissanayake, President of Sri Lanka Ports Authority, said.
zoomImage Courtesy: Singapore LNG Corporation Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has completed modifications to the Secondary Jetty at its Terminal on Jurong Island, and it is now able to receive and reload small liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships.The new Small-Scale LNG (SSLNG) Facility, completed on February 13, 2019, would be able to received ships of between 2,000 m3 and 10,000 m3 in capacity.The company said that SSLNG would help spur the development of the small-scale LNG market in various forms, including the delivery of LNG as bunker fuel to ships in the Port of Singapore.The SLNG Terminal’s Secondary Jetty was originally designed to accommodate LNG ships of 60,000 m3 to 265,000 m3 in size.In June 2017, SLNG performed a gas-up/cool-down and reload operation for the 6,500 m3 LNG bunker vessel, Cardissa. Following this event, and to better support small-scale LNG and LNG bunkering, SLNG took the initiative to commence modification works to the jetty so that even smaller LNG ships could reload at the terminal.The modifications included the installation of a new marine loading arm and gangway, and new facilities for securing small LNG ships at the jetty.“We believe that there is good potential for the small-scale LNG market to flourish in this part of the world, and the timely completion of the SSLNG Facility is an important step forward in SLNG’s efforts to support this growth,” Sandeep Mahawar, Interim CEO and Vice President (Commercial) of SLNG, said.“It also serves to promote the development of LNG bunkering in Singapore, which is another potential growth area given Singapore’s already well-established reputation as the top bunkering port in the world. As demand builds and there is a viable business case, SLNG may consider installing topsides at its Tertiary Jetty to accommodate more SSLNG reloads.”
zoomImage Courtesy: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has held a christening ceremony for the next-generation LNG carrier currently under construction for Japan-based Mitsui & Co.The new ship, which was named Marvel Crane on February 21, is designed with improvements both to LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance due to the adoption of a more efficient hull structure and hybrid propulsion system.Completion is scheduled for March 2019, after which the 79,000 dwt vessel will be put into service, transporting LNG for the Cameron LNG Project in the U.S., in which Mitsui & Co. is participating.Featuring a length of 293 meters and a width of 48.9 meters, Marvel Crane is the first of two LNG carriers of the same design being constructed for Mitsui & Co. The ship has a total tank holding capacity of 177,000 m3.Mitsubishi Shipbuilding received the order for the new vessel through MI LNG Company, a joint venture for the design and sale of LNG carriers established by MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding.
The festive lights are on again at Province House, and this yearthey are sending a message about energy conservation. With help from the Department of Energy, Province House hasinstalled 25 strings of light emitting diode (LED) Christmaslights and eight compact flourescent floodlights around theHollis Street entrance. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke said switching to energy efficientlights costs a little more up front, but has long-term savings.”It’s important for us to demonstrate that small changes canresult in significant savings,” said Mr. Clarke. “Energyefficient lights have much lower operating costs, so you spend alittle to save a lot more.” LED lights convert electricity to light without using heat. Eachlight should last more than 200,000 hours compared to only 1,000hours for conventional lights. A string of LED lights, like theones used at Province House, costs less than 4 cents to run for30 days when lit for six hours a day. Conventional lights wouldcost $3.15 to run for same length of time. The compact flourescent floodlights are very efficient, too.Usually, the front of Province House is lit with eight 90 watthalogen lamps. Each of these lights would cost about $1.60 to runfor 30 days. They have been replaced with compact flourescentbulbs that will cost about 34 cents each to run for the sameperiod. “Switching to energy efficient holiday lights is a small butsignificant way Nova Scotians can help conserve energy,” said Mr.Clarke. “We hope Nova Scotians will try them out.” Speaker of the House Murray Scott agrees, “Province House is animportant symbol to Nova Scotians and it’s appropriate that itsChristmas lighting lead by example.” The new energy-efficient lights will also have an environmentalbenefit. The reduced electricity consumption represents areduction of about one-half tonne of greenhouse gasses.
By Eric Georgeson, provincial entomologist with the Department of Natural Resources. The Department of Natural Resources is conducting the spray trial component of its research work with the Canadian Forest Service against the blackheaded budworm. The budworm is threatening about 114,000 hectares of the Cape Breton Highlands. The spray trial will involve a maximum of 5,000 hectares and only use Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (Btk). There have been recent questions in the media about “inert” ingredients in Btk. The complete formulation for the compound (active ingredient and inert) is tested as a whole. All ingredients are known to Health Canada and the federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency before they make their assessment and review. Health Canada lists Btk as a natural biological control with no impact on humans or animals. Btk does not affect humans, wildlife or fish, as none of these organisms have the alkaline gut conditions to activate the Btk. Nor does Btk kill other types of insects such as honeybees, beetles, or flies; only the feeding larvae of moths and butterflies in the treatment area. Most important of all, it does not kill the natural predators and parasites that attack the target population. Some recent articles have made inaccurate claims about the inert ingredients. Any lists produced by non-scientific organizations and unqualified individuals, are merely conjecture and not based on facts. Health Canada and the company which produces the product are the only credible sources of information about the product, its ingredients and its effects. One article indicates that Btk can be found in the soil for years after a spray operation. Btk is a natural bacterium, always present in the soil regardless of spraying. Another statement that Btk can be “detected in the air for up to 17 days” after a spray is false. This is impossible as the spray degrades after three to five days. Similarly, the statement about Btk aerosol being found up to 80 kilometres from the spray site due to drifting on the air is also incorrect. The accuracy of modern technology is impressive; the aircraft flies very low and the spray is deployed only when weather and wind conditions permit. All guidelines from federal and provincial government departments concerning setbacks and conditions of spray application, such as weather and wind, are followed exactly to ensure the product is applied only where it is supposed to go. All insect outbreaks will ultimately collapse, but when and at what cost? The Eastern spruce budworm outbreak in Cape Breton didn’t collapse until more than 70 per cent of the merchantable spruce and fir trees were lost, which cost about $37 million to replace. The result of the damage to the forest was mirrored in damage to the economic and social structures of Cape Breton Island. All forestry-related employment in the area of the Cape Breton Highlands was adversely affected, and Nova Scotia’s taxpayers and industry had to carry the cost of regenerating the Highlands forest. Yet, the loss to Cape Breton cannot be measured in dollars alone. Residents who depended on forestry for part or all of their livelihoods were left to seek other opportunities, often in other parts of the province. The cost to register Btk as a tool we can use against the blackheaded budworm is small compared to the losses that can be experienced by Cape Bretoners from another major insect infestation in the Highlands. Spraying is a last resort, used only when all other forest-management options are not found to be effective. The spray trial is only one of several research components that the province is working on with the Canadian Forest Service. On our behalf, the Canadian Forest Service is also studying the natural predators and diseases of the blackheaded budworm and the impact of the defoliation on forest stands. The federal agency is also developing a monitoring tool for use as an early warning system. This research, together with the data resulting from the spray trial, will be used to develop forest-management tools for the future. We are not trying to exterminate the budworm. It is a part of the ecosystem of the Highlands forest, and we recognize that it can form a valuable link in the system’s food chain and ecosystem. We are trying only to control its population explosion. It is important that any debate on the use of aerial spraying be based on sound scientific evidence and not on unfounded and unsupported conjecture. To do otherwise benefits no one and serves only to endanger the livelihoods of those who depend, directly and indirectly, on a healthy and sustainable forest. -30-
Like Madonna, Cher or Prince, he needs only one name. It’s Gus and if you haven’t heard of him, you are either new to Halifax or have been living in a bubble for the past 60 years. Gus is the gopher tortoise who is older than any of the museum staff or exhibits at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, his home for more than six decades. The popular senior citizen turns 85 on June 10, and will be honoured with a party at the museum from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. that will include GUSing games, stories and, of course, cake and turtle-shaped cookies. Ray Ashton of the Gopher Tortoise Conservation Initiative, Ashton Biodiversity Research and Preservation, in Florida is impressed by Gus’s longevity. “Since scientists discovered that we cannot definitively tell the age of a turtle or tortoise by the rings on their scales, one could say that Gus is the oldest documented living gopher tortoise in North America and, most likely, the world,” said Mr. Ashton, who next week will rescue 1,000 tortoises from being crushed at development in Jacksonville, Fla. Gus was purchased in a Florida reptile shop in the early 1940s by a former museum director for about $5. The director also bought an indigo snake and an alligator to display at the museum. “Although gopher tortoises are not presently CITES listed (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), export permits are required,” said museum zoologist Andrew Hebda. “This, however, was not the case in the 1940s.” John Augustus Gilhen, curator emeritus with the museum, was first introduced to Gus in 1952 at the old Science Museum on Spring Garden Road in Halifax. “I was a museum kid back then, with my head buried in field guides, when I was asked to help out with feeding the snakes and turtles,” Gilhen said. “Each day I would feel a tapping on my toe only to look down and see Gus who wanted lettuce.” Gus was adult size in 1952, meaning he likely hatched sometime between 1920 and 1925. That would make 82 to 87 years old. “Five years ago, on his 80th birthday, we decided to split this difference so Gus turns 85 this year,” said Gilhen. “Gopher tortoises are one of four tortoises that live in the warmer, dryer climates of North America,” said Ashton. “Gus came from Florida where the tortoises are soon to be listed as threatened; a critical designation for the survival of this species in the wild.” Gus is a vegetarian. His well-planned diet includes only the best of organic lettuce, bananas, local strawberries, blueberries, dandelion greens, tomatoes and blackberries, which he particularly enjoys. When Gus wants a walk, he summons museum staff by scratching on the side of his home. In summer, Gus heads straight out the doors to the museum’s pesticide-free lawns where he chomps clover and grass. Following closely behind is a “pied piper” line of kids. Gus has charmed the hearts of three generations of children. “They simply adore him,” said Janet Maltby, museum manager. “There have been thousands of love letters and drawings given to Gus over the years. We can’t keep them all, but we do have a box full of ‘I Love You Gus’ notes.” Gus has always been full of adventure, too. Thirty years ago, he went missing for almost a year. The kidnappers were never identified and one day Gus simply reappeared, roaming the museum halls. On another occasion, he disappeared behind a wall for months without food and water. There was also an escape and Gus was found heading toward the Public Gardens some two blocks away. He’s even been offered female companionship, which he ignored. Gus can drop names, too, if he wanted. He’s met Vincent Price, a president of Iceland, William H. Macy and wife Felicity Hoffman, Gordie Howe and Kate Beckinsale, to name a few. He was a regular guest on the CBC children’s show Switchback with Stan the Man in the 1980s. His national debut was on CBC TV Mid-day, and he even joined CTVs Vicki Gabereau Live show with Bruce Guthro, Mary Walsh and Lorna Smith. A list of fans and accomplishments truly worthy of the world’s oldest gopher tortoise, especially one whose popularity with young people never seems to go out of style.
The program was started in 2002 as a pilot project in some Nova Scotia schools. It provides a number of safety activities and resources that can be adapted into school subject areas, including activities that allow students to practice their critical thinking skills. “We know that when children participate in the Risk Watch program it does have an impact and lives are saved,” said Paul Kells, president and founder of Safe Communities Canada. “The Department of Education, Halifax Regional School Board, Halifax Fire and Emergency Service and Halifax Regional Municipal Safe Communities Coalition are commended for their leadership and commitment to making the lives of our children safe right across the province.” Preventable injuries kill and disable more young Nova Scotians between age one and 25 than all other causes combined. Injuries cost Nova Scotians $570 million each year and have devastating impacts on families, friends, schools and communities. In response, Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to adopt a comprehensive injury prevention strategy. Children and youth are two of the priority groups identified in the strategy. motor vehicle safety fires and burns poisoning falls and playground injuries firearm injuries bike and pedestrian safety water and ice safety choking, suffocation and strangulation A new school-based safety program will keep children safer by helping them strengthen their knowledge of injury prevention. Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to launch Risk Watch, a comprehensive injury prevention program for Primary to Grade 8 students. The program teaches children how to make safer choices, resist peer pressure and influence family members and others around them to take action to reduce risks. “We have a responsibility to teach our children how to recognize and avoid everyday risks that can lead to injury,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “The Risk Watch program enhances the way students are learning to live and play safely.” The resource is provided to schools by the Halifax Regional Municipality Safe Communities Coalition, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service and the Department of Education. “The majority of injuries children encounter throughout their childhood are preventable and predictable,” said Bill Mosher, chief director of the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service. “Elementary schools across the region and the province can use Risk Watch to incorporate safety lessons into daily activities in classrooms from Primary to Grade 8. Risk Watch will ultimately instill safer behaviours in future generations and help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.” The Risk Watch program helps students learn about the eight leading causes of childhood injuries, which are:
Travellers are hearing the call to make Nova Scotia their favourite place this summer, as Nova Scotia’s 2008 tourism marketing campaign ramps up in markets around the world. The theme this year is, So Much To Do – Make Nova Scotia Your Favourite Place. “This campaign appeals to the unique experiences visitors have when they come to Nova Scotia,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks today, May 13. “Our new tourism brand where visitors are captivated by a culture of old world charm with a new world pulse, shaped by the sea and the spirit of our people comes alive in each TV ad, newspaper insert or radio spot.” The marketing campaign, which will consist of new television, radio, print and online advertising, will promote Nova Scotia to potential and return visitors in the key markets of Atlantic Canada, western Canada, Quebec, Ontario and northeastern United States. Working in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership, the Canadian Tourism Commission and other in-market partners, Nova Scotia will continue to be promoted in key overseas markets, such as the United Kingdom and Germany. A series of 30-second television ads will appear on all major networks in the Atlantic region. Running from spring to fall, the ads will feature some of Nova Scotia’s best experiences including seacoast hiking, eating lobster on the docks, the Halifax nightlife, Cape Breton square dancing, enjoying the beach, a Nova Scotia vineyard or a sail on one of our most famous icons, the Bluenose II. Radio ads will promote festival and events happening across the province including the 250th anniversary of the siege of Louisbourg, Ride the Lobster and Lobsterpalooza. The province will also run consumer promotions including the Bluenose II visit to Toronto and Quebec where people will have an opportunity to see, hear and taste an enticing sampler of Nova Scotia’s authentic seacoast product. Nova Scotia is also participating in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race where 14 clipper style yachts will arrive in Halifax and Sydney in early June. Building on successful events from last year, the province will also be in the Milwaukee Irish Festival and the Chicago Celtic Festival. A forum will be set up on the novascotia.com website in early June so that people share their favorite place or thing to do in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia spends $20 million on marketing to attract visitors to come to Nova Scotia. Of that, about $6.6 million is spent on its advertising campaign to key markets. For more information on the province’s tourism marketing campaign or to view some of the ads please visit www.novascotia.com/media .
Nova Scotia transporters will be more competitive with a pilot project that will allow double 53-foot semi-trailers to be hauled by a single tractor trailer on selected stretches of highway. Long combination vehicles (LCVs) will help increase business to the Port of Halifax, trans-loading facilities where shipments are transferred to and from trucks, and other transportation partners. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will assess the vehicles on selected four-lane highways. “LCVs will help expand business and competitiveness in Nova Scotia,” Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott said today, July 30. “They will help increase Nova Scotia’s competitiveness with other East Coast ports, and boost the transportation industry in this province.” Other benefits of long combination vehicles include reduced truck traffic, by using one engine to haul two trailers, and environmental advantages such a using less fuel and cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. “We are pleased the province of Nova Scotia will be launching this pilot project,” said George Malec, vice-president Business Development and Operations, Halifax Port Authority. “Many customers of the port, and especially those involved in transload, want to use LCVs to transport their goods to inland markets. “This pilot provides options for our customers to grow their business through the Port of Halifax.” Under the pilot program, the vehicles will be permitted to operate under strict conditions, including only on four-lane divided highways from Halifax to the New Brunswick border, lower maximum speeds of 90 km/hour, and using trained drivers with a minimum of five years and 150,000 kilometres of tractor trailer driving experience. Long combination vehicles will be restricted during unfavorable weather, such as freezing rain, sleet, fog and heavy snow. Qualified truck operators can participate in the pilot project, by submitting an application to drive long combination vehicles. The vehicles could begin operating in Nova Scotia by Oct. 1. They are currently allowed to operate year-round in British Colombia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and seasonally in Quebec. New Brunswick has announced they will be allowed on all of its four-lane highways this summer.
A new, accessible express bus service from Wolfville to Waterville is now available to Michelin employees and Kings County residents, thanks to Conserve Nova Scotia, Michelin and Kings Transit. The new express bus is designed to accommodate shift-workers at Michelin’s Waterville facility. The service is being subsidized by Michelin. The province is investing about $115,000 in the service over the next two years. “The new bus can help reduce carbon emissions by about 165 tonnes every year, which is the equivalent of taking 35 cars off the road,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “Investing in sustainable transportation can help us reach our goal of reducing Nova Scotia’s greenhouse-gas emissions to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.” With more than 1,200 employees at the Michelin plant in Waterville, Michelin is encouraging employees to use the new transit service as their primary mode of transportation to work. “Michelin Canada has an active sustainability program to engage its employees in environmentally-friendly practices,” said Grant Ferguson, former Michelin Plant Manager. “This partnership with Conserve Nova Scotia and Kings Transit will allow us to offer our employees cleaner, greener transportation in the communities where we live and work.” The eight-stop express bus runs seven days a week and starts in Wolfville, running along route number one, with its last stop at the Michelin Waterville facility. For more information on the new express bus service, including stops and schedules, visit www.kingstransit.ns.ca.
The province took another step today, April 7, to address the economic challenges faced by Yarmouth and southwest Nova Scotia, investing $200,000 to promote the area as a tourism destination. During a meeting with Yarmouth-area municipal representatives, Premier Darrell Dexter, announced the money will fund a marketing campaign to promote Yarmouth and Acadian Shores to the Atlantic Canada market, which represents about half of the more than two million visitors to Nova Scotia annually. “This is part of our ongoing efforts to help spur tourism and build sustainable economic growth in Yarmouth and neighbouring communities in southwest Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “This campaign compliments the joint efforts of government, industry members and municipal officials as we continue to explore new opportunities to make life better for families in every region.” The campaign, which will include television, newspaper and online promotion, will highlight the unique and diverse experiences in the region, including rich Acadian music, art and culture, seafaring towns and villages, amazing outdoor activities and world-class cuisine. Yarmouth and Acadian Shores will be positioned as an exciting getaway and vacation destination within the lucrative Atlantic Canada market. Since February, staff from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage has been working with representatives of Yarmouth and Acadian Shores and others in southwest Nova Scotia to help with plans to develop new markets for tourism. This campaign will complement the efforts of the province’s Team West, a joint economic development initiative announced to pool the resources of government and interested parties in Yarmouth and southwest Nova Scotia.
The province is preserving a landmark pre-Confederation building in downtown Halifax by investing $2.25 million in repairs to the exterior of the Dominion Building, home of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. MLA Leonard Preyra made the announcement on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson today, Nov. 16, as part of the province’s new capital plan to make life better for families. “Halifax’s downtown is known for its distinctive architecture and with this investment we are acting to preserve an important aspect of our heritage for coming generations,” said Mr. Preyra “By investing in crucial repairs to the Dominion Building’s exterior we’re ensuring that this historic building will continue to play an active role in the life of our capital city.” The extensive repairs involve replacing the sandstone on the exterior walls of the historic building. The work began earlier this year with replacement of sandstone on the Hollis Street facade and will continue on the George Street side of the building in the coming months. The building pre-dates Confederation and has been the home of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia since 1988. Located in the heart of downtown Halifax, it is part of an historic block of buildings that include nearby Province House. “The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the keeper of the provincial art collection and as such it is very important to have a safe and sustainable building in which to house it,” said Mark Bursey, chair of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s board of governors. “On behalf of the board we welcome this capital investment and are pleased that Nova Scotians and visitors alike will continue to have access to this significant cultural asset.” This is the second time in the province’s history that government is releasing some details of the capital plan before the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the year ahead and gives the private sector greater opportunity to prepare for upcoming projects, resulting in efficiencies and cost savings for the province. The capital plan invests in projects that are most important to Nova Scotians like emergency rooms, schools, roads and hospital equipment.
Note: A list of locations offering sampling events follows this release. Nova Scotians can visit their nearest grocery store or farmers market for a taste of local, seasonal foods. During the next week, many retail outlets are offering free samples of Nova Scotia foods. Consumers are encouraged to try the samples and pick up recipes and product information. “This is a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to sample delicious Nova Scotia produce in the middle of winter,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. The tastings are part of the Winter Fresh campaign to raise consumer awareness about locally grown foods and help support a more competitive and profitable agriculture industry. “Through our Choose Atlantic program, Sobeys is proud to be a leader in bringing locally grown food to our customers in Nova Scotia,” said Brian Morrissey, general manager of Sobeys Atlantic. “Local is more than fresh strawberries in the summer and corn in the fall. Participating in the Winter Fresh campaign will showcase many great Nova Scotia-grown foods that are available in our stores year-round.” The Winter Fresh campaign also includes sponsorship of Select Nova Scotia Community Suppers across the province and a partnership with the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia’s popular Dine Around program. Select Nova Scotia was developed to create partnerships with food producers, processors, retailers, food service and consumers and to promote the sale and consumption of Nova Scotia grown and produced food. More information on the Winter Fresh campaign, sampling events and which foods are in season and where to find them can be found at www.selectnovascotia.ca .
Le premier ministre Darrell Dexter a annoncé, aujourd’hui 30 mai, un remaniement ministériel qui aidera le gouvernement à continuer de remplir son engagement visant à améliorer la vie des familles de la Nouvelle-Écosse tout en rétablissant l’équilibre. Maureen MacDonald devient la première femme à être ministre des Finances de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Elle est également responsable de la loi sur les valeurs mobilières (Securities Act), de la loi sur les caisses populaires (Credit Union Act), de la loi sur la Commission des services publics et d’examen (Utility and Review Board Act), de la loi sur la réglementation des alcools (Liquor Control Act) et de la Commission des alcools de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Elle est présidente du Comité d’investissement économique, elle devient membre du Conseil du Trésor et demeure membre du Comité des politiques et des priorités. Dave Wilson est le nouveau ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être et des Affaires acadiennes. « Le plan du gouvernement pour rétablir l’équilibre est entre bonnes mains avec la ministre MacDonald, qui a toujours travaillé fort et visé l’excellence à titre de ministre, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Les antécédents du ministre Wilson et sa capacité de travailler avec divers intervenants l’aideront avec ses nouveaux portefeuilles. » Graham Steele et Bill Estabrooks ont avisé le premier ministre qu’ils ne se représenteront pas aux prochaines élections provinciales. Ils quittent leurs fonctions ministérielles immédiatement afin d’assurer une transition harmonieuse. « M. Estabrooks et M. Steele ont tous les deux apporté des contributions considérables à la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Je les remercie de ces contributions, et j’ai hâte de travailler avec eux à titre de membres du caucus, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Nous avons maintenant de nouvelles possibilités au sein du Conseil exécutif, et je crois que nous avons les bonnes personnes en place pour diriger la province vers le rétablissement de l’équilibre au cours de la prochaine année. » Le premier ministre Dexter a également annoncé que Leonard Preyra et Maurice Smith se joignent au cabinet. M. Preyra devient ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, qui met l’accent sur la préservation et la promotion de la culture et du patrimoine riches et diversifiés de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il est également responsable de la partie I de la loi sur la régie des jeux (Gaming Control Act), et conservera son poste au Conseil du Trésor. M. Smith devient ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Il est également le nouveau ministre des Affaires gaéliques, et ministre responsable de la Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, de la loi sur la Sydney Steel Corporation (Sydney Steel Corporation Act), de la loi sur l’assurance (Insurance Act) et de la Commission d’examen de la police de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il devient membre du Comité des politiques et des priorités. « Je souhaite la bienvenue à Leonard et à Moe au cabinet. Ils sont bien placés pour représenter leurs ministères respectifs, et ils apportent des connaissances et une éthique du travail à leurs nouveaux portefeuilles, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Le gouvernement réalise des progrès considérables et est en bonne voie de remplir ses engagements envers les Néo-Écossais. Je continue de travailler avec mes collègues du cabinet et du caucus pour continuer d’améliorer la vie des gens partout dans la province. » Les changements au Conseil exécutif entrent en vigueur immédiatement.
Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are working together to find significant annual savings in fleet costs to ensure better value for taxpayer dollars. The two provinces will reduce costs of procuring light-duty vehicles by combining volumes and standardizing specifications. “Nova Scotians expect government to make smart, efficient purchases to save money while improving the quality of goods and services,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This partnership shows how the Atlantic Procurement Agreement is working and to create sustainable opportunities for businesses in this region.” The Atlantic Procurement Agreement was established in 1993 to reduce interprovincial trade barriers to public procurement. Joint procurement helps leverage opportunities for creative service delivery, reach higher standards in areas such as transportation, health and education, achieve lower prices to ensure best value for public entities and increase opportunities for Atlantic suppliers. As part of this agreement, New Brunswick will lease over 100 vehicles for New Brunswick nurses. In Nova Scotia, most vehicles are purchased outright, however some departments lease a small number of vehicles. New Brunswick Premier David Alward noted the long history of smart partnerships among the Atlantic provinces and highlighted the tremendous potential for future savings. “Innovative regional partnerships are a key focus of government’s plan to rebuild New Brunswick’s economy and reinvest in communities,” said Premier Alward. “By working together, we can find new and better ways of delivering services and programs for citizens who expect no less.” The four Atlantic provinces are already purchasing school buses through joint procurement, which has saved $28 million over the past four years. They are continuing to look for more opportunities. This partnership and savings are identified through Nova Scotia’s Strategic Procurement Project, which should result in millions of dollars in savings across government, school boards, and the broader public sector when complete in February.
Quarante-trois écoles de la province pourront faire des mises à niveau, des réparations et des améliorations cette année grâce à du financement consacré à des réparations aux immobilisations. Les projets représentent un investissement de plus de 15 millions de dollars. « Nos écoles ont connu cette année des conditions météorologiques difficiles qui rendent ces réparations très importantes, souligne la ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey. Ces réparations aideront à maintenir un milieu d’apprentissage de grande qualité dans nos écoles, ce qui est dans l’intérêt des élèves, des enseignants et du personnel. » Les conseils scolaires ont été avisés des écoles dont le financement des réparations a été approuvé et ils se préparent à entamer les travaux dès que possible. Cette année, les réparations aux toitures sont chose courante à cause de l’accumulation de neige. L’école secondaire J.L. Ilsley et l’école élémentaire de deuxième cycle Beechville Lakeside Timberlea à Halifax et l’école secondaire Riverview à Coxheath dans la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton sont des exemples d’écoles qui sauront profiter de ces réparations. Les projets de réparations aux immobilisations comprennent également le remplacement de fenêtres, l’amélioration d’un centre de santé jeunesse et d’une cafétéria, l’asphaltage, le remplacement de chaudières et bien d’autres travaux. Tous les projets de réparations aux immobilisations doivent être des améliorations à l’infrastructure scolaire et doivent avoir un budget de 150 000 dollars à un million de dollars pour être admissibles au programme.
using insect repellent with DEET or Icaridin on exposed skin sleeping under a bed net if accommodations are outdoors or not enclosed booking accommodations that are well-screened or completely enclosed with air conditioning covering up with light-coloured clothing, long-sleeves, long pants and shoes, not sandals. Nova Scotia has identified its first confirmed case of Zika virus. A female traveller acquired the virus while visiting a country affected by the outbreak. The woman was not hospitalized and has since recovered. “The risk of Zika to Nova Scotians and Canadians is extremely low. We are not aware of any cases transmitted by mosquitos to humans that originated in Canada,” said Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Frank Atherton. “Nova Scotians travelling to Zika-affected countries, especially women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, should take preventative measures to reduce their exposure to mosquitos.” The Zika virus is primarily passed to people through mosquitos that carry the virus. The risk of Zika-infected mosquitos in Nova Scotia is very unlikely, as these mosquitos are unable to survive in our climate. The virus has been transmitted through sexual activity but that is very rare. Upon their return from a Zika-affected country, men should use condoms for six months, with any partner who could become pregnant. Women who return from a Zika-affected area should wait at least two months before trying to become pregnant. Nova Scotians travelling to a Zika virus affected area can protect themselves by: For more information on Zika-affected areas visit www.healthycanadians.gc.ca .
Sean Barker, Antigonish Education Centre Mélanie Belliveau, École Acadienne de Pomquet, Antigonish Co. Cheryl Bourque-Wells, Drumlin Heights Consolidated School, Argyle, Yarmouth Co. Elizabeth Brideau-Clark, Bayview Community School, Mahone Bay Michael Cosgrove, Dartmouth High School Melanie Morrissey, Bible Hill Junior High School, Colchester Co. Reagan O’Hara, Avon View High School, Windsor Kerri Lynn Power, Memorial High School, Sydney Mines Rachel Ross-Mantley, Central Spryfield Elementary Myles Fox, grade 10 student at Cobequid Educational Centre, Truro Amy MacKinnon, parent, Shelburne County Pamela Doyle, guidance counsellor at Lockview High School, Fall River Joan Ling, executive director of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and council co-chair Sandra McKenzie, deputy minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and council co-chair. The council will have $20 million over two years to address issues in the classroom that have been identified by teachers. This includes data collection, complex classrooms, class sizes at all grade levels and the student attendance policy. The co-chairs will name a neutral facilitator to work with the committee. There is also a provision for an arbitrator to be appointed in the event the council cannot agree on a recommendation. Almost 800 teachers applied to the council. There will be opportunities through the work of the council for teachers to take part and share their ideas. The council’s first meeting will be held by March 21. Initial recommendations from the council are expected no later than April 28. Biographical information about the council members can be found at www.novascotia.ca/classroomcouncil. Fourteen Nova Scotians who will be tasked to improve the teaching and learning environment in Nova Scotia classrooms have been selected to form the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. The nine classroom teacher positions on the council were chosen by school board superintendents, who worked with board staff in selecting candidates. The superintendents submitted their selections to the government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union today, March 7. The government also confirmed its three appointees are a student, a parent, and a guidance counsellor. The council will be co-chaired by representatives of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. “The council is a first for our province,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “It reflects the perspectives of those most involved in the education system – teachers, parents and students. Meaningful change cannot happen without their input and guidance.” The council members are: