CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge Repairs to the Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive are expected to continue until the end of June. One lane will remain open to traffic on the bridge. Residents of Coxheath and Westmount are encouraged to use the interchange on Coxheath Road to access Highway 125 during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 -30-
In the budget I delivered on April 6, I announced that the HST would be restored to 15 per cent on July 1. It’s part of government’s multi-year plan to get the province’s finances back to balance. Nobody likes taxes. Not you, not me, not anybody. But we all like great public healthcare, a quality education system, decent roads, a sustainable environment, and good jobs. And it’s taxes that pay for those things. I wanted to take the opportunity to remind Nova Scotians about what this government is doing to ensure government lives within its means while at the same time protecting the vital services that Nova Scotians expect will be there for them and their families for years to come. Last summer, the government had an independent consultant examine the province’s books to get a clear picture of the state of the province’s finances. The report told us that government was spending much more than it took in and that the cost of providing goods and services to Nova Scotians was growing steadily. The financial mess this government inherited left us on an unsustainable path to a $1.4 billion annual deficit. When we received that report, we knew that government was going to have to make difficult decisions to get back to balance. We wish things were different. We wish the legacy of unsustainable spending we have inherited didn’t exist. But it does. It is our responsibility to deal with it — to clean up the mess — so that Nova Scotia’s future is not compromised. Last year, I launched the largest and most extensive public consultation in the history of the finance department. Those Back to Balance consultations allowed Nova Scotians to share their thoughts on how to eliminate our deficit. We were told, very plainly, that we cannot turn to Nova Scotians for more revenue unless we commit to using every single existing revenue dollar as wisely and efficiently as possible. We agree. Of the $1.4 billion fiscal gap referred to above, we will eliminate $1.1 billion through spending restraint and expenditure management. Of that $1.1 billion, about $250 million will come from ongoing wage restraint in the public sector. This includes freezing the wages for MLA’s, senior officials, and political staff and reducing MLA allowances. Just as importantly, Nova Scotians also said if government was going to increase revenue, it needed to ensure that those who are most vulnerable to consumption taxes were protected. Again, we agree. Government’s new Affordable Living Tax Credit starts today. That credit, valued at $70 million, will put money back into the hands of Nova Scotians living on low or modest incomes. This important measure means that households earning less than $30,000 will receive quarterly payments, similar to the existing GST credit. It will return about $240 per household and $57 per dependent child every year. Those earning up to $34,800 will also receive a portion of the credit. This is the right decision for Nova Scotia families. Government is also making life more affordable for senior citizens. Starting this year, this government will ensure that any senior who receives the Guaranteed Income Supplement will no longer have to pay any provincial income tax. This means about $12.5 million will be returned to about 18,000 senior citizens across the province. And of course, seniors with low and modest incomes will also be eligible for the Affordable Living Tax Credit. Government also established a new Poverty Reduction Credit. This credit will return about $3 million annually to about 15,000 individuals living in poverty, many of whom are disabled. This credit will amount to $200 annually. Also, starting today this government will eliminate the provincial portion of the HST on children’s clothing and shoes, diapers and feminine hygiene products. These tax cuts alone will return approximately $7.7 million to families in every region of the province in 2010-2011, growing to over $11 million in 2011-12 and beyond. The government already returns almost $84 million annually to Nova Scotians with the removal of the provincial portion of the HST on basic home energy. Already, the province of Nova Scotia has made significant progress in getting back to balance. The forecasted deficit this year is $222 million down from a deficit forecast of $592 million just last fall. Together with Nova Scotians we are accomplishing this using a balanced approach of reduced spending, growing the economy and increasing revenue. We are accomplishing this while still protecting those Nova Scotians with the lowest incomes. And we are accomplishing this because we must take on the hard the work to get back to balance in order to protect critically important services like health care and education. -30-
A respected innovator in community economic development has joined Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s board of directors. Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris and Doug Hall, chair of NSBI’s board, today, July 28, announced the appointment of Dan Christmas, senior advisor for the Membertou Band Council and the Membertou Corporate Division, to the board. “Dan Christmas is recognized for his innovation and forward thinking in delivering economic results and good jobs for his community and the people of Cape Breton,” said Mr. Paris. “He will be a valuable addition to NSBI’s board of directors as the agency works to create sustainable, long-term prosperity for the people of Nova Scotia.” In his role as senior advisor to the Membertou Band Council and the Membertou Corporate Division, Mr. Christmas advocates for community economic development by advising and supporting individuals on the front lines of business development in his community. “Export and trade is crucial to the success of Nova Scotia’s economy, and NSBI plays a significant role in marketing our province and its companies to the world,” said Mr. Christmas. “I look forward to building bridges between communities and businesses so everyone can take an active role in building Nova Scotia’s economy.” Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Christmas has served as the chair of the Cape Breton Partnership since 2009. He was also the executive director of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians. “Mr. Christmas’ ability to recognize economic potential and opportunities for business growth makes him a perfect fit among NSBI’s board,” said Mr. Hall. Dan Christmas has been recognized with many awards including the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the 2008 National Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada and the 2008 Sparks Award from NovaKnowledge for forward thinking. Mr. Christmas and his wife, artist Arlene Christmas, have owned and operated Dozay’s Native Art Gallery in Membertou for 23 years. “Dan’s insight, experience and leadership are valued in many circles, and NSBI is fortunate to include itself among them,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. Mr. Christmas replaces outgoing board member James Kehoe, who served a four-year term. “Mr. Kehoe has been a strong voice for regional growth and sustainable economic development on the NSBI board,” said Mr. Hall of outgoing board member James Kehoe. “His efforts have made a lasting impact in helping to position the province for a prosperous and sustainable future.” Business men and women from communities across Nova Scotia, representing different industry sectors, make up NSBI’s private sector board. Board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. There are 13 directors on NSBI’s board. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI helps Nova Scotia companies meet their growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. The investment attraction agency for the province, NSBI fuels job creation and economic growth. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and join the conversation at www.nsbi.ca/connect.
592 acres parallel to, and west of, Panuke Lake, Halifax Co., from Atlantic Star for $1,039,552 90 acres near Welton Lake, Cumberland Co., from Atlantic Star for $108,000 677 acres within the Cobequid Mountain-South Cobequid Foothills, from Atlantic Star for $505,019 231 acres along the St. Mary’s River, from the Dehaan family for $225,225 115 acres near Seashore lands in Cape Breton County and adjacent to three patches of land that are proposed to become Fourchu Wilderness Area, from the Kiefner family for $225,000 76 acres in Cape Breton County, adjacent to three patches of land that are proposed to be protected as Fourchu Wilderness Area, from K. MacDougall and K. Gillis $160,000 147.5 acres along the Cabot Trail, within lands that are proposed to be protected, from the Niendorf family for $122,000 298 acres adjacent to a provincial park reserve and near the Ship Harbour-Long Lake Wilderness Area, from the Prest family for $273,000 Investing in important lands will benefit wildlife and their habitats and help Nova Scotia reach, and surpass, its goal of protecting at least 12 per cent of its lands. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau released details today, March 28, on land purchases made as part of the plan for parks and protected areas. “Nova Scotia’s most important spaces need to be protected from development and potentially harmful human activity,” said Mr. Belliveau. “These lands contain vital wildlife habitats, mature forests, and popular recreational-use areas. Other lands are relatively untouched by human activity and need to remain that way. These purchases will greatly enhance our protected areas system.” The purchases were made using $6.5 million allotted in the 2012-2013 budget to help the province meet its goal to protect 12 per cent of its lands by 2015. The purchases, 2,226.5 acres, are: Sale prices were based on certified appraisals of fair market value. The lands are included in the Parks and Protected Areas Plan, which is open for public comments until May 1. “With these land purchases, the Nova Scotia government continues to build upon its excellent reputation as being a leader in Canada for nature conservation,” said Chris Miller, national conservation biologist for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “These properties are smart choices for conservation, containing old forest, species-at-risk habitat, and frontage on significant lakes and waterways.” More information on the plan and ways to provide feedback are located at www.novascotia.ca/parksandprotectedareas .
government departments government business enterprises and governmental units, including Crown corporations and agencies, the health authorities and regional school boards various other employers funded by departments Management and non-management employees who are not unionized will fall under the same four-year wage pattern, step increases and service award rules as bargaining unit employees, government announced today, May 11. “We need to protect important public services while providing appropriate compensation to public sector employees,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “We are doing this in a manner that is fair to employees, affordable for taxpayers and consistent with the Public Services Sustainability Act.” The four-year wage pattern for non-bargaining unit employees will not have an increase in the first two years, then one per cent in the third year, 1.5 per cent in the fourth year and 0.5 per cent on the last day of the fourth year. Eligible non-bargaining unit employees will continue to receive step increases consistent with their bargaining unit colleagues. The public service award, for those who are eligible, has been updated and will be based on an employee’s bi-weekly salary at the time of retirement. This applies to: All administration of non-bargaining unit employees’ compensation will be in line with recent ratified and tentative agreements and is within government’s fiscal plan.
Trade Minister Geoff MacLellan will travel to England and Scotland next week to help build the Nova Scotia-United Kingdom trade relationship, pursue economic opportunities and further strengthen awareness of the tourism industry. Mr. MacLellan will fly on WestJet’s inaugural direct flight from Halifax to London-Gatwick on Sunday, April 29. The addition of this direct route represents another link to the U.K. and connections throughout Europe, important markets for Nova Scotia. “We have a successful trading relationship with the U.K. and want to continue to advance economic opportunities that will lead to more jobs here in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. MacLellan. “We’ve also seen record tourism numbers in Nova Scotia in recent years and want to keep building on that momentum.” He will be joined by representatives of Tourism Nova Scotia, the Halifax International Airport Authority and the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs. While in the U.K., he will promote Nova Scotia as a tourism destination, attend the Atlantic Export Café and Savour Event to endorse the region’s premium seafood, meet with business leaders looking to invest in Nova Scotia and meet with Canada’s High Commissioner Janice Charette. Nova Scotia exports to U.K. were $85 million in 2017. Key exports included fish and seafood ($47 million), machinery and equipment ($11 million), wood products ($9 million) and instruments for ocean technology ($7 million). The delegation will travel from London to Edinburgh before returning to Halifax May 3. Mr. MacLellan will then travel to Ottawa for meetings with his federal, provincial and territorial counterparts responsible for innovation and economic development.
On behalf of the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust, Develop Nova Scotia is leading the implementation strategy to improve high-speed Internet service in underserviced areas through the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative. The Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust has final decision-making authority on funding network solutions based on recommendations from Develop Nova Scotia. For more information or to view the pre-qualification documents, visit the Develop Nova Scotia website at http://www.developns.ca . with Develop Nova Scotia’s provincewide lens, no region will be left behind in planning and service will reach as many Nova Scotians as possible, greater than 95 per cent through service level agreements and ongoing monitoring, Develop Nova Scotia will hold providers accountable to deliver reliable high-quality service over time Develop Nova Scotia’s goal is to ensure services are competitively priced so they are affordable for Nova Scotians. Develop Nova Scotia has launched the first phase of the process to find qualified service providers to enhance and extend reliable, high-speed internet across the province in rural areas. As part of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative, the Crown corporation is inviting organizations interested in building, managing, and maintaining high-speed internet networks to become pre-qualified to bid on network solutions. “This is an important next step in delivering improved internet service for rural Nova Scotia,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “This is an investment in strategic economic infrastructure that is critical to building stronger communities and a stronger economy.” Earlier this year the government placed $193 million in an internet funding trust to help connect more communities, homes and businesses across the province. That funding commitment was one of the largest investments per capita by any province. Potential providers that can demonstrate they have the financial capacity, human resources and experience to build, maintain, grow and evolve the networks will be invited to bid on implementing internet in specified zones. Projects must meet or exceed provincial speed targets of 50 megabits per second for wired connections and 25 megabits per second for wireless and must evolve with changing technology. Develop Nova Scotia estimates the pre-qualification stage will be complete by the end of March with the invitation to bid released in the summer. Project starts will depend on market response, but it is estimated they could begin in early 2020. All federal Connect to Innovate projects that identified provincial contributions have been invited to complete a simplified application process so that funds may flow and projects can begin as early as possible next year. “We know that reliable high-speed internet is critical to creating places that attract people and investment to Nova Scotia,” said Jennifer Angel, president and CEO of Develop Nova Scotia. “Our job is to deliver a reliable high-speed internet solution to as many Nova Scotians as possible, as soon as possible. “It’s a complex challenge, but we are working with an excellent team and stakeholders across the province. We are determined to get it right.” While touring the province this year, Develop Nova Scotia heard helpful feedback from key stakeholders, including concerns that some communities may be overlooked, companies would not provide consistently reliable service and services should be affordable. With these concerns in mind, the forward-looking implementation strategy was developed and ensures:
Mumbai: A person cannot be branded as a terrorist merely for using the word “jihad”, a Maharashtra court observed while acquitting three accused of terror charges.The Akola-based court of special judge A S Jadhav made the observation while hearing a case against the three persons accused under the stringent the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the Arms Act and the Bombay Police Act. Abdul Razzaque (24), Shoeb Khan (24) and Salim Malik (26) were booked under various Indian Penal Code sections, including 307 (attempt to murder) and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), following an attack on policemen outside a mosque in Pusad area of Akola on September 25, 2015, on the occasion of Eid uz Zoha, over beef ban in the state. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaAccording to the prosecution, Razzaque arrived at the mosque, took out a knife and stabbed two policemen on duty and said before the attack that because of the beef ban, he would kill the cops. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) claimed they accused were part of a conspiracy to influence Muslim youths to join terrorist organisations. Jadhav observed, “It appears that accused Razzaque exhibited his anger by violence against the government and some Hindu organisations for ban on cow slaughter.” Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”No doubt he used the word ‘jihad’. But, it was adventurous to jump to the conclusion that only for using the word ‘jihad’ he should be branded as a terrorist,” he said. According to dictionary, the word ‘jihad’ literally means “struggle”, he pointed out. “Jihad is an Arabic word which literally means striving or struggling… therefore merely the use of word ‘jihad’ by the accused would not be proper to brand him as a terrorist,” the judge said. Razzaque was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment for voluntarily causing hurt to policemen. As he was in jail since September 25, 2015 and already spent three years in prison, he was released following the court order. The court relied on testimonies of the injured policemen and other security personnel on duty.
Mumbai: Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, Kapil Patil, Friday blamed the Shiv Sena for the “downfall” of Marathi language in the state. He was speaking in the Upper House of the Legislature over the proposal for grant of classical status to Marathi language and issues related to its conservation. “Despite being in power for so many years, Shiv Sena has done nothing for the conservation of Marathi language. The language used for legal agreements with its staff and contract employees is English and not Marathi but the party always boasts of being a supporter of Marathi,” he said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The Sena is responsible for the downfall of Marathi language in the state and in various government offices, he alleged. The Lok Bharati Party legislator also objected to the recommendations made by the mathematics committee of the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research (Balbharati) in the method of teaching/studying of numericals in Marathi above 20. This new reading style has been introduced in all Class II Marathi mathematics textbooks from this academic year. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony “It is a regressive decision. It means you do not want a maid’s son or daughter to grow and become an IAS officer or a successful person in life. You want the maid’s children to remain domestic helps throughout their lives,” he said. “Such an important decision was not even discussed on any platform. Why no debate or discussion was held to sensitise people about it?” he asked. He demanded that the Marathi medium schools should get at least 50 per cent subsidy. “At present, schools do not even get proper funding and they are in poor condition,” Patil said.
Mandy Moore says before landing ‘This is Us’, there was a time when she considered giving up on acting. The actor-singer, who plays Rebecca Pearson in the NBC drama, said she felt so “stuck” that she felt universe was guiding her to walk away from Hollywood. “As an actor, so much of our job is rejection. I think I had started like, I kept smacking into that wall time and again for quite a number of years and I think it also coincided with some tricky stuff in my personal life and the combination of those two just made me feel so stuck.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”I contemplated, I was like, ‘I think this is it. I think this is the universe giving me a sign that maybe this is not what I’m supposed to be doing… Maybe I’m not supposed to be an actor anymore like, I’ve been incredibly lucky, I’ve had this really fruitful time earlier in my life and maybe now I’m supposed to lean into something else,” Moore said during a panel at Popsugar Play/Ground as quoted by Page Six. The 35-year-old actor said she realised there was “no plan B” for her and gradually found her way. “I think at the end of the day when I did dig deep I was like this (acting) is all, there was no plan B for me personally, this is just that period of building. It’s that period where I know I’m going to need this as fodder and fuel for… when I see the light again.” Talking about ‘This is Us’, Moore said playing Rebecca has been “the most incredibly fulfilling and satisfying job I’ve ever had in my life”.