Traffic Advisory Highway 105 Update

first_img CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, at Millville, has been reopened to traffic. It wasclosed earlier today, Friday, Nov. 5 due to an overturnedtractor-trailer. Local Area Office: 902-563-2241 Fax: 902-563-0540 TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Highway 105,Updatecenter_img -30-last_img

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Investissements sains dans les communautés et les écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien

first_imgLes élèves des écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial pourront profiter d’un plus grand nombre de choix alimentaires sains et d’occasions de faire de l’activité physique grâce à un investissement de 12 500 $ de la province. Cette subvention a été offerte au CSAP afin d’aider les écoles à devenir des écoles pour la promotion de la santé. « L’initiative des écoles pour la promotion de la santé constitue un parfait exemple de collaboration pour assurer la santé de nos enfants dans leur communauté scolaire », a déclaré le ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé, Barry Barnet. « Cette subvention permet la mise en oeuvre de ce programme dans les écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. » L’initiative des écoles pour la promotion de la santé inclut toute une gamme de programmes, d’activités et de services qui ont lieu dans les communautés scolaires. L’initiative vise non seulement à améliorer la santé de chaque élève, mais également à rendre plus sains les endroits où les enfants vivent et apprennent. Des recherches démontrent que la combinaison d’une alimentation saine et de l’activité physique est la meilleure façon de promouvoir un style de vie sain. Les écoles sont reconnues comme des environnements idéaux pour promouvoir l’alimentation saine et l’activité physique. Grâce à cette subvention, le CSAP prévoit créer des équipes de santé dans chaque école. Ces équipes seront formées d’enseignants, de parents, d’élèves et de membres de la communauté. Elles détermineront les besoins en matière de santé des écoles et établiront des objectifs précis pour promouvoir davantage la santé auprès des élèves. « Nous espérons que grâce à cette subvention, tout le monde apprendra à connaître les avantages d’un style de vie sain », a affirmé Lori Ann Comeau, enseignante-facilitatrice des jeunes apprenants actifs et en santé du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. « Un plus grand intérêt a été créé par Promotion de la santé, et les enseignants et le personnel sont motivés à transmettre cet intérêt aux élèves. » Le responsable de l’animation sportive et le consultant en matière de style de vie sain du CSAP travailleront en collaboration pour appuyer la mise en oeuvre des nouveaux programmes et des nouvelles activités. Ils travailleront également avec de nombreux partenaires dans le domaine de la santé, y compris les nutritionnistes de la santé publique des régies régionales de la santé, dans le cadre de la stratégie Healthy Eating Nova Scotia. Les familles, les professionnels de la santé, les éducateurs, les écoles, les organismes communautaires et les jeunes doivent tous travailler ensemble pour réussir à créer une école pour la promotion de la santé. Des données récentes de Statistique Canada démontrent que 32 pour cent des enfants et des jeunes néo-écossais ont un excès de poids ou sont obèses, ce qui est supérieur à la moyenne nationale. Les avantages des écoles pour la promotion de la santé sont de grande envergure, que ce soit l’amélioration de la santé des élèves et des environnements scolaires ou encore l’amélioration de la réussite des élèves du point de vue de l’apprentissage. Les écoles qui font la promotion d’un style de vie sain peuvent également inciter les jeunes à prendre en compte leur santé, à être fiers de leur école et à prendre en charge les politiques scolaires.last_img read more

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Stone Wall Constructed at Highland Village

first_imgA new stone wall is being added to the traditional hebridean style blackhouse at Highland Village Museum this summer. The addition will be used to fence in livestock. Made of dry fieldstone and boulders, the stone wall is about one metre high and wide. Like the blackhouse, it is built in the traditional style of dry stonework. The fence connects directly to the blackhouse, allowing animals access to the byre, a part of the home that, at times, was used to house the animals. Stonemason John Urich, and builders Steve Griffiths and Sandy MacNeil, are constructing the wall. Originally from Austria, Mr. Urich has been doing masonry work since 1954. Over the years, he has done restoration work on various historic sites throughout Canada, including the Fortress of Louisbourg and Ben Breagh. The Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach is located in Iona overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. It is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. For further information call 902-725-2272, e-mail highlandvillage@gov.ns.ca , or visit the website at http://highlandvillage.museum.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Board Dismisses Complaint Against School Board

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry has dismissed a disability complaint filed by a Sydney woman against the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. Sue Anne Snow, a teacher’s aide, alleged the school board discriminated against her when it refused her requests to be assigned to a school in the Sydney area because her eye condition no longer allowed her to drive to work. Ms. Snow, employed as a teacher’s aide since 1997, claimed that board officials instead assigned her to St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Sydney Mines based on her low ranking on the seniority list. But board chair Peter Rogers concluded the school board had offered Ms. Snow a fair accommodation which would have permitted her to vary her work hours in order to conform with a public transit schedule. “I find that the school board was prepared to accommodate Ms. Snow by relaxing the normal hours of work for (teaching assistants) at St. Joseph’s in order to make Ms. Snow’s hours conform conveniently to the bus schedule,” Mr. Rogers said in his decision. “I do not blame Ms. Snow for wanting to work near her home in all the circumstances, but she did not have a legal right to that outcome in my opinion.” Mr. Rogers did point out that the school board was mistaken in its view of the duty to accommodate employees with a disability, indicating that the board did need to consider the impact of a change of work location on employees with disabilities. A complaint is referred to an independent board of inquiry when the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission believes a prima facie case of discrimination is made after an investigation by a human rights officer. The chief judge of the provincial court selects a board chair from a roster and the commissioners ratify the nomination. The decision on the complaint is then in the hands of the independent board. Evidence collected during investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondent can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether discrimination has occurred. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A copy of the decision is available on the website at gov.ns.ca/humanrights/decisions/2006decisions.htmlast_img read more

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More Arts and Culture Opportunities for Youth

first_imgYoung people in Nova Scotia now have more opportunities to participate in arts and cultural activities. Through the new Cultural Opportunities for Youth Program, $150,000 will be available annually for projects that are designed specifically for, or by, youth. Previously, $88,000 was available under the Cultural Activities Program for projects involving youth. “We have tremendous young talent in this province and we want to support it,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We also recognize the social value of arts and culture. Exposing youth to cultural activities and encouraging them to participate can empower them, build self-esteem, and engage them in their communities in new and creative ways.” The Cultural Opportunities for Youth program will provide grants of up to $5,000 for projects that will help build young audiences for arts and culture activities, strengthen community ties through cultural events, and to develop artistic skills through activities such as workshops, information exchanges or mentorships with professional cultural workers. The program is based on recommendations from the Nova Scotia Arts and Partnership Council. “We’re very pleased with this new program,” said Paul Gallant, chair of the council. “Until now, youth were addressed indirectly through other culture-funding programs but this program highlights how important they are to the future of arts and culture in Nova Scotia. We need to support a lifelong interest and the pursuit of artistic excellence in our youth.” An external assessment panel of two culture sector representatives, including at least one youth, and a departmental staff member, will review the applications and make funding recommendations. Cultural Opportunities for Youth is project-based funding. Provincial arts organizations that provide ongoing arts and cultural programming for youth can apply for operating grants through the Operating Assistance for Cultural Organizations Program. In addition to these funding programs, the department supports a number of other programs that foster artistic and cultural development in youth, including ArtsSmarts, Perform!, Writers in the Schools (WITS), Professional Artists in the Schools (PAINTS), and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Funding for Cultural Opportunities for Youth will be awarded four times a year. The first deadline for applications is Aug. 15. Detailed information on the program, including funding criteria and an application form, is available at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/COY_app.pdf .last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive will have lane closures for widening at various times until Saturday, March 29. Gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving will take place from Commodore Drive to Exit 3 and from the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. NEW WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Larrys River Road Larrys River Road will be reduced to one lane beginning Tuesday, March 25, in the West Cooks Cove area to allow for work at Spanks Bridge. Work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is scheduled to be completed on Friday, March 28. Drivers should expect traffic delays, use extra caution, obey signs and traffic control persons at the site. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. Local Are Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road The Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co. is closed because of a culvert failure until Wednesday, April 30. Detour routes are available on Steadman Road, Route 221 and Rockwell Mountain Road. Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 Fax: 902-925-2704 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288center_img KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. PICTOU COUNTY: Six Mile Brook The Six Mile Brook Road in Pictou County is closed at the Morrison culvert south of Graveyard Road until further notice. Motorists are asked to follow detour signs for an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 -30- Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

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Premier Meets With Chambers of Commerce

first_imgAs part of continuing consultation with business groups across the province, Premier Rodney MacDonald met in Truro today, Nov. 14, with the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce. The meeting was to share views and ideas on economic issues facing the province. The premier received the chambers’ support for a commitment to a balanced budget. Premier MacDonald also updated the chamber on his meeting earlier in the week with the prime minister and other Canadian premiers. “I’ve given direction to cabinet to make sure we live within our means, but to also look for opportunities to grow the economy,” said Premier MacDonald. “On a national level, I believe one way to do this is through infrastructure spending. Ottawa has set aside funding for these projects, and we need to get that money moving.” The chambers raised a number of issues, including the impact of the world economic slowdown on Nova Scotia, changing demographics, corporate taxes and the infrastructure deficit. “We are pleased to see the issues the premier raised are the same ones we’ve identified as priority,” said Dan Fougere, president of the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce. “We believe Nova Scotia will get through this slowdown, but it’s important businesses be included in determining what the best approach will be over the next number of months.” The chambers also raised the issue of the future of the Atlantic Gateway. “We need to make sure this benefits all Nova Scotians and that the gateway is a provincial initiative rather than something that will benefit one specific area,” said Mr. Fougere. The premier assured the group the gateway project will be undertaken in a number of areas in Nova Scotia. Premier MacDonald will meet with top economists from across the country on Monday, Nov. 17. They include representatives from the major banks and the Conference Board of Canada.last_img read more

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The Edible Schoolyard Teaches Students to Grow Vegetables Eat Vegetables

first_imgParents and children may well call a truce at dinner tables across the province, as kids learn it’s fun to eat your vegetables when you grow them yourself. The Edible Schoolyard, a new DVD produced by Slow Food Nova Scotia, explores this journey. It is now available at public libraries across the province. “We’re very pleased to make this DVD available for borrowing from our public libraries,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “It’s a great example of our public libraries and schools working together.” A Hants Shore Health Centre initiative, The Edible Schoolyard shares the inspirational story of the students, staff and friends of Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary School and their community garden. It documents the school yard’s transition from pavement to green space, and the gradual change from bagged lunches to healthier, freshly-picked options. “The documentary illustrates the real-world connections between our environment and economy and is a wonderful example of project-based learning,” said Ms. More. Slow Food Nova is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to counteract fast food. Led by chef Michael Howell, it teaches the importance of eating healthy food that’s grown close to home. “Food that’s good for you, that’s produced with no harm to the environment and that farmers are paid a fair price for, helps make dining a celebratory event,” said Mr. Howell. Each fall, Mr. Howell travels to Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary to help students prepare a meal from the crops they harvest. With the chef’s assistance, they host a feast for the community, with food travelling from field to plate in less than three hours. “When students grow their own vegetables and see where they come from, they’re not afraid to eat them,” said Mr. Howell. “The garden project has helped to make the healthy choice the more popular choice.” Copies of The Edible Schoolyard are on loan in all 77 public library locations and the documentary can also be viewed during the Slow Motion Film Festival running Nov. 6-8 in Wolfville. To learn more about Slow Food Nova Scotia and the Slow Motion Film Festival visit www.slowfoodns.ca or www.slowmotionfilmfest.ca .last_img read more

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Wentworth Road Roundabout Nears Completion

first_imgThe $2.1-million Wentworth Road Roundabout is still under construction, but open to traffic. When completed, it will provide safe access between Exit 5A on Highway 101 and a busy commercial area in Windsor. Modern roundabouts are intersections with traffic circulating around a central island. Drivers in roundabouts yield when entering and travel in a counter-clockwise direction. Roundabouts have a proven track record around the world for reducing the number and severity of collisions, and for keeping traffic moving smoothly. An information sheet and diagram of the Wentworth Road Roundabout, describing the rules for roundabouts in Nova Scotia, is available at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/roundabout/wentworthroad.pdf .last_img read more

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Premier Saddened By Death of Petty Officer Blake

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter today, May 4, offered condolences to the family and friends of Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Blake, who was killed by a roadside bomb near Kandahar City, Afghanistan. Mr. Blake, 37, a native of Simcoe, Ont., was a member of the Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic stationed at CFB Shearwater. He was returning to camp Monday after successfully disposing of an improvised explosive device, when he was killed. “My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Blake’s wife, his two children, and everyone who had the honour of knowing him,” said Premier Dexter. “Mr. Blake gave his life to help others, and that will not be forgotten. “On this, the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy, Nova Scotians, and all Canadians, will honour Mr. Blake’s courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.” Flags at all government buildings will be lowered to half-mast today in Mr. Blake’s honour.last_img read more

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Museum of Industry Hosts Rug Hooking Exhibit

first_imgAn exhibit of rug hooking at the Musueum of Industry in Stellarton demonstrates the traditional art form is alive and well in Pictou and Antigonish counties. Too Pretty for the Floor, features work from the Pictou-Antigonish branch of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia and is on display at the museum until Sept. 6. A heritage rug registration day will be held on Monday, Aug. 9 when the public is invited to bring in their vintage rugs (pre-1970) to be examined by the guild’s experts and possibly added to the Nova Scotia heritage rug registry. More than 150 recently created hooked pieces highlight the work of the 57 members of the guild’s branch. Showcasing the diversity of the art form, the exhibit includes wall hangings, handbags, Christmas angels and a three-dimensional lobster. Designs are based on family photos, children’s drawings and have been inspired by personal memories and nature. One member created a series of four story mats, one for each of her children, with images that reflect highlights of their early lives. The designs of the Bluenose Rug Company such as Three Bears and traditional scenic and floral designs are represented in the exhibit. Admission to the exhibit is included with the regular museum admission fee. More information is available on the museum website at http://museum.gov.ns.ca/moi/index.html.last_img read more

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Province Hosts International Tidal Meeting Encourages Local Opportunities

first_img commercial research initiatives project financing regulatory issues and solutions expanding transmission infrastructure supply chain and service requirements The province is inviting experts from around the world to work together to accelerate the emerging tidal energy industry and discuss growing opportunities for Nova Scotia businesses. Representatives from Canada, U.S.A., U.K. and Korea will be in Halifax to discuss technology in the Bay of Fundy and help commercial development on a global scale, as Nova Scotia gets set to host an international tidal energy symposium before the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference next month. “Nova Scotia has many strong assets in the tidal energy industry: the powerful Fundy tides; the Fundy Ocean Resource Centre for Energy; a fixed price for investors; a skilled marine industry; and aggressive renewable targets,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This is an emerging industry, and there is more that can be done in partnership with regions around the world that are developing technology and capitalizing on this resource.” The symposium, Getting Power to Market, will examine critical issues in tidal energy development, such as: The symposium includes a supplier development forum, featuring sessions with each of the four developers from FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy), and opportunities for direct networking appointments. Also on the agenda is a workshop for small-scale tidal developers. These community-based projects will soon be able to seek project financing when the Utility and Review Board sets new feed-in tariffs later this year. “Community-based projects may be small in scale but their potential benefits to the community are big,” said Fundy Tidal president Dana Morin. “The feed-in tariff can create good jobs at home, in rural communities like Westport and Digby.” FORCE chair John Woods said the potential for tidal power in Nova Scotia is enormous. “The latest research suggests that we can safely generate about 2,500 megawatts of power in the Minas Passage alone during peak tidal flows, equivalent to four large coal-fired generating plants,” said Mr. Woods. “The sooner we understand how to harness that kind of energy potential, the sooner we’ll see the benefits to our economy and environment, both here and around the world.” FORCE and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) recently signed a strategic agreement to make research efforts more efficient and better co-ordinated. “The number of marine energy devices at our test centre in the U.K. continues to grow,” said EMEC operations director Stuart Baird, who will present at the symposium. “These machines are connected to the power grid, supplying power to homes. This industry is not a dream. It’s real. And it’s happening right now.” The two-day symposium is open to the public, and runs July 7 and 8 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax. For agenda and registration, please visit http://nstidalsymposium.ca/ .last_img read more

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Budget Date Announced

first_imgFinance Minister Graham Steele will introduce Nova Scotia’s 2012-13 budget in the House of Assembly on Tuesday, April 3. “Budget 2012 will mark Year 3 of our four-year plan to get Nova Scotia back to balance,” said Mr. Steele. “This budget will continue to restore sense to the province’s finances while also making life better for Nova Scotians.” Nova Scotians can watch the minister deliver the budget address via webcast at www.gov.ns.ca at about 2 p.m.last_img read more

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Incident Reported by Halifax Regional Police Under Investigation

first_imgThe province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team is investigating an incident that happened early morning Sunday, July 22 in Halifax. At about 2:30 a.m., Halifax Regional Police were called to assist staff at The Palace nightclub. As officers approached a group outside the club, a man fled and ran down Carmichael Street. As police chased him, the man fell and broke a bone in his arm. In accordance with the Police Act, the Halifax Regional Police referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, who has assumed responsibility for the investigation. The Serious Incident Response Team is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 424-2010 or toll-free 1-855-450-2010. The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. A referral does not necessarily require an allegation of wrongdoing on the part of the police. Its investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The Serious Incident Response Team can independently launch an investigation or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.last_img read more

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Fire Departments Emergency Responders Receive Equipment Funding

first_imgThe province is helping more than 50 fire departments and emergency response organizations keep Nova Scotians and their property safe with new equipment bought through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Maurice Smith, on behalf of John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, announced funding for nine projects in Antigonish, Pictou and Guysborough counties and Halifax Regional Municipality today, Sept. 14. “Funds provided through this program help fire departments and first responders purchase equipment to help them carry out their duties safely and effectively,” said Mr. Smith. “We are committed to making our communities safe, healthy places to live for all Nova Scotians.” The Emergency Services Provider Fund is a $500,000, application-based program that provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000 for approved projects. Projects include essential equipment such as jaws of life, self-contained breathing apparatuses, ice rescue equipment, communication equipment, thermal imaging cameras, and pumps, hoses, and nozzles. “The funding we are receiving will assist us in purchasing personal protective equipment, such as breathing apparatuses, for our members to use while carrying out their duties,” said Bill Chisholm, fire chief, Antigonish Town Volunteer Fire Department. A list of funded projects can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/espf/ .last_img read more

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Province Protects Jobs for Families in Crisis

first_img More information can be found at http://novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights/ . up to 37 weeks off work to care for a critically ill child up to 104 weeks off work if a child has died as a result of a crime up to 52 weeks off work if a child has disappeared as a result of a crime Parents who need to take time away from work because their child is critically ill or a victim of a serious crime will now have their jobs protected. The province has proclaimed changes to the Labour Standards Code, which take effect immediately. The changes provide job protection for parents and guardians who need to take leave from work when faced with a family crisis. “No family should have to worry about whether or not their job will be there when they are ready to return to work,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett. “Parents and guardians now have the assurance that their job is protected so that they can focus on what matters most, their family.” The deputy premier credited Valerie Loveys of New Waterford, who championed this change in Nova Scotia. Ms. Loveys’s daughter Stephanie died of cancer in 2008. “Valerie has been fighting for this change ever since, so that parents could be with their children and not have to work at such a critical time in their lives,” said Mr. Corbett. Nova Scotia is the third province to bring its labour code in line with federal changes in employment insurance benefits. Parents and guardians are allowed:last_img read more

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Province Working to Update Audit Appeal Process for Doctors

first_imgNova Scotia is updating its audit and appeal process for physician billing. The Department of Health and Wellness and Doctors Nova Scotia have chosen a consultant to review the process. During this review, a committee of government and medical experts will work to resolve billing issues, such as the recent radiologists billing issue. “We need to have a robust and well-planned audit and appeal process,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “It must reflect the complexity of today’s health care delivery, ensure fairness and protect taxpayer dollars.” “At the end of the day, physicians just want confidence in the billing and audit systems in place so they can trust they are being treated fairly and paid for the services they provide,” said Dr. Mike Fleming, Doctors Nova Scotia president. “With a solid system in place, we can focus our energy on where it matters most — caring for our patients. We are pleased to see Minister Glavine share this same desire.” The consultant is expected to be done within a few months and the new process should be in place later this year. The physician billing manual is also being updated. “I’d like to thank Doctors Nova Scotia for their partnership and everyone who is working hard to complete this important work,” said Mr. Glavine. Doctors Nova Scotia is paying consultant John Carter $54,000.last_img read more

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Update on Extreme Weather Impact on Fish Mortalities

first_imgFisheries and Aquaculture staff have completed their initial visits to aquaculture sites in Nova Scotia. Preliminary results suggest extreme cold weather is to blame for the fish mortalities. The numbers of fish lost is not yet known. The losses include salmon and trout in several locations. The dead fish are being properly removed and disposed of. The department was informed that in two cases, net pens were damaged and dead fish were released. The nets have since been repaired and there is no evidence live fished escaped. “This rare act of nature is very unfortunate. This is one of the coldest winters we’ve experienced,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Our department will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure everything that can be done is being done.”last_img read more

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Recreation Facility Funding for Cape Breton Projects

first_imgFunding for two projects in Cape Breton will support community and physical activity for Nova Scotians. New Waterford Minor Baseball will use $33,000 to upgrade facilities at some baseball fields in the community. Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Active Transportation group will use $71,000 to add 4.5 km to the Grand Lake Road Multi-Use Trail. “Sport and recreation facilities like the New Waterford baseball fields and recreation multi-use path are important for Nova Scotians to lead healthy lifestyles,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “These investments will help people make physical and community activity a part of their daily lives.” Through the Recreational Facilities Development Program, government will invest more than $1.8 million for 65 new and upgraded facilities around the province. “New Waterford Minor Baseball has experienced a resurgence in our program over the last several years,” said Chris Hillier, board member. “We are investing directly in our youth with this project. The upgrades we are making today will benefit the youth and the community of New Waterford for the next 25 years.” “We are pleased to partner with the province on developing infrastructure for active living and sport,” said CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke. “We appreciate the province’s contribution to these projects and look forward to continued investment in sport and recreation.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields for sport and recreation.last_img read more

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