Cement carrier Ireland has become the first ship to be bunkered with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Elbe port of Brunsbüttel, Germany.The 7,300 dwt Ireland, owned by Norway’s KGJ Cement, was bunkered with LNG on January 28, 2017, according to Brunsbüttel Ports.The bunkering took place as a so-called truck-to-ship procedure, in which around 19 tons of LNG was supplied by means of the tank truck and pumped directly from the truck to the ship’s LNG tank.“The preparation and the execution of the LNG bunkering process ran seamlessly and shows that LNG bunkering can be integrated into regular port operations without any major concerns,” Frank Schnabel, Managing Director of Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH / SCHRAMM Group, said.Built by Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit in 2016, the cement carrier has a dual fuel motor and is able to run on both LNG and marine diesel.Image Courtesy: Brunsbüttel Ports
zoom Bulgarian shipping company Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) confirmed the building of another two 45,000 DWT bulk carriers of Bluetech 45 design at Chinese builder Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group Ltd. The deal is a continuation of the contract for 4+2 newbuildings signed in July this year.“This constitutes another confident step towards the implementation of Navibulgar’s objective to operate towards the middle of the 2020s its own fleet of 1.5 million tons of average age below 7 years,” the company said.The company aims to establish itself as one of the leading shipowners in Europe in the Handy-size bulker sector.In August, the company booked construction of four 42,000 DWT ships at China’s Chengxi shipyard, plus two optional vessels of identical size.Navibulgar has a fleet of over 30 vessels including 26 Handy/Handymax bulk carriers of over 25,000 DWT.
Greek shipowner TOP Ships has agreed to enter into a time charter deal with Singapore-based Clearlake Shipping for one of its product/chemical tankers.The company informed that the 39,208 dwt, 2015-built Eco Fleet would be employed for a firm period of 36 months plus two additional 12 month periods, at the charterer’s option.The revenue backlog expected to be generated by this fixture, assuming all options are exercised, is about USD 25 million.“We are happy to have concluded a new fixture with a high quality charterer which, in line with our strategy, further extends our charter coverage,” Evangelos Pistiolis, the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company, said.“Following this fixture, total gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of operating vessels, from June 30, 2018, stands at about USD 211 million, increasing to about USD 225 million when adding the 50% of our joint venture vessels.”Separately, the company informed that it is offering an aggregate of 2 million of its common shares and warrants to purchase up to 3.5 million of common shares. The warrants will have an exercise price of USD 1.50 per share, TOP Ships said, adding that the warrants will be exercisable for four months from the date of issuance.
zoomImage by WMN French shipping giant CMA CGM has decided to charter four vessels from containership charter owner, Poseidon Containers.Under the deal, Poseidon Containers, which recently entered a definitive merger agreement Global Ship Lease, will charter the 6,927 TEU boxships to CMA CGM for a period of five years.The charters for the containerships Mary, Kristina, Katherine and Alexandra were signed “at levels substantially above their prior contracted rates,” Global Ship Lease said, adding that the charters would deliver incremental annualized EBITDA of around USD 11 million compared to third quarter 2018 contracted rates.The new charter for Mary commenced recently, and the remaining three new charters are set to commence upon expiry of their existing charters during the first half of 2019. The company added that the new five-year charters would generate total EBITDA of USD 135 million over the five-year contract period.“Upon closing our transformational combination with Poseidon Containers, the enhanced long-term visibility through 2024 from contracted revenue and cashflow from these charters will strengthen GSL’s balance sheet and contribute to further deleveraging, which, together with increased EBITDA, will drive improvements in financial leverage,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.“We are excited about joining forces with Poseidon Containers; as illustrated by these new charters, the combination will significantly increase our scale and ability to capitalize on favorable fundamentals in the mid-sized and smaller containership segments,” Webber concluded.
An international rescue mission has been launched for a Bourbon anchor handler tug supply (AHTS) vessel after it was hit by a category four hurricane in the Caribbean.The French offshore vessel owner said that the Bourbon Rhode AHTS developed a water ingress when it encountered the hurricane while headed for Guyana.“In particularly adverse weather conditions, the 14 crew members are facing a water ingress in the rear part of the vessel,” Bourbon said in a statement on September 26.At the time, the Luxembourg-flagged ship was around 1,200 nautical miles off Martinique Island and 60 nautical miles south-south east from the eye of the hurricane Lorenzo in the Atlantic Ocean.Bourbon explained that a crisis cell was immediately activated to ensure the coordination, out of Marseilles, of the rescue of the vessel and its crew, in close collaboration with authorities, including the Regional Operational Center of Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS) West Indies-Guyana.In order to organize the quickest support possible, the CROSS has asked the bulk carrier SSI Excellent, which was some 200 nautical miles south, to change its route and assist the Bourbon Rhode. The bulk carrier is expected to arrive in the area in the morning hours of September 27, local time.Opération de #SecoursEnMerUne alerte de détresse provenant du navire “BOURBON RHODE” a été reçue par @ag_cross aujourd’hui à 4h10. Le supply de 50m de long est situé à 1200 nautiques de la Martinique et à 60 nautiques au nord nord-ouest de l’œil du cyclone #Lorenzo” (cat 3). pic.twitter.com/2MqiNU6TUU— Préfet de la Martinique (@Prefet972) September 26, 2019
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Boat Building Industry Gets Boost fromProvince Nova Scotia’s boat building industry will continue to create newvessels for export, recreation and the fishery through a renewedloan program. Premier John Hamm today, July 21, announced a five-year extensionto the $1.5-million Prototype Boat Credit Facility for members ofthe Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA). He made theannouncement before viewing NSBA-built boats tied up on theLaHave River, including the 18-metre (59-foot) custom-builtschooner Niñita, which is completing sea trials before its ownerssail home to the United Kingdom. “The boat building industry is a growing Nova Scotia successstory, creating skilled jobs in rural coastal communities andmaking an important contribution to the province’s economy,” saidPremier Hamm. “Nova Scotia’s growth strategy, Opportunities forProsperity, is focussed on building regional economies within ourprovince, and programs such as this one are helping us reach thisgoal.” Over the past five years, Nova Scotia’s boat building industryhas added 500 direct and spinoff jobs to its workforce, increasedsales to $80 million and captured new markets, particularly inthe United States. The credit facility program provides loans to NSBA members at areasonable cost for the design, construction and sea trials ofnew or improved boats targeted at export markets, recreationalboating and coastal fisheries. “With the support of our government partners, the BoatbuildersAssociation is working to ensure that the future of boat buildingin our province remains secure and economically beneficial,” saidNSBA chair Harland Martell. He said the extension of the loanprogram supports design and technology innovations that aretransforming a traditional industry into an advanced-manufacturing sector. The province also announced renewed operational funding of$60,000 for the NSBA today. “Our ongoing commitment to theindustry supports the boat building community in looking for newmarkets, developing local skills to meet demand and attractingyouth to the advanced-manufacturing trades in boat building,”said Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage. Economic Development will underwrite the credit facility whilethe Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board will provide technicalexpertise and oversight. “I am very pleased that we can offer a loan program to ensurethat the builders have the funds to create new vessel designs andto export leading edge, innovative vessels,” said Agriculture andFisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Our department’s Fisheriesand Aquaculture Loan Board is committed to providing thetechnical support to ensure that the vessel designs meet today’sdemanding standards. Nova Scotia’s boat builders deserve a greatdeal of credit for increasing export sales and rebuilding theindustry.” Fishing boats still account for two-thirds of new boatconstruction, but growing demand for custom pleasure boats,combined with Nova Scotia’s worldwide reputation for buildingfine sea vessels, has created a unique opportunity for many boatbuilders. The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association represents 40 boatbuilding companies and 45 associated support industries in theprovince, providing jobs and playing an important socio-economicrole in coastal communities in every region of the province.
Cape Breton young people and their families now have access tomore services and supports thanks to a new residential andoutreach centre in Sydney. Comhla Cruinn (pronounced Khon-la Kraine) is a $1-million centre,funded by the Department of Community Services, that officiallyopened today, March 15. The centre was built for the Cape Breton-Victoria Children’s Aid Society and will offer many services,focussing on children and youth at risk of abuse or neglect, andtheir families. “Young people and their families sometimes need additionalsupports,” said Community Services Minister David Morse. “The newand enhanced services offered through Comhla Cruinn will be therefor Cape Breton families, whether they need residential supportor outreach services. This innovative approach to deliveringchild welfare services will benefit families and foster astronger network of support for young people in the community.” Comhla Cruinn’s services will enable families to more activelyparticipate in planning and decision-making. The centre will co-ordinate its services with schools, home-based programs and day-program activities. “Working together with the province, the municipality, and othercommunity organizations has really helped channel our energytowards the young people who require our services,” said JackCoffin, board president of the Cape Breton-Victoria Children’sAid Society. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of manypeople, we now have a new centre that can offer more outreachsupport to youth and their families.” A Gaelic term meaning “gathered together”, Comhla Cruinn linksthe departments of Community Services, Health, Education andJustice with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and CapeBreton’s Network for Children and Youth. This redesign ofresidential care in the province is part of a regional commitmentto improve services for youth. The new centre, located on Cossitt Heights Drive, is part of theCape Breton-Victoria Children’s Aid Society’s range of servicesthat include home-based support, foster care, residential careand a parent counsellor program.
Nova Scotia mothers are getting encouragement to start breastfeeding and to stay with it as a result of a provincial breastfeeding policy that is celebrating its first anniversary. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection and the Department of Health released the provincial breastfeeding policy in October, 2005. The policy supports efforts in district health authorities, including hospitals and public health services, as well as family resource centres and other community organizations. “Encouraging women to breastfeed and supporting their decision will ultimately increase the health of Nova Scotians,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. The anniversary of Nova Scotia’s breastfeeding policy comes as Canada celebrates World Breastfeeding Week, Sunday, Oct. 1, to Saturday, Oct. 7. This year’s World Breastfeeding Week focuses on the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, which the provincial breastfeeding policy supports. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for babies until they are six months of age. With appropriate introduction of solid foods at six months, breastfeeding can continue to two years and beyond. Breastfeeding is proven to have a positive effect on children’s overall health, with lower risks of infectious diseases, obesity, allergies, asthma, diabetes and other chronic diseases later in life. Breastfeeding also has benefits for mothers, with decreased risk of certain cancers and faster return to their pre-pregnancy weight. As a result of funding from Health Promotion and Protection to support Healthy Eating Nova Scotia’s breastfeeding initiatives, many district health authorities have identified priorities at a local level to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. Many districts have revitalized their local Breastfeeding and Baby Friendly Initiative committees. Some have begun to develop peer support lines for breastfeeding mothers, based on the success of a Yarmouth initiative. Moms who have breastfed volunteer to encourage mothers who are new to breastfeeding. Research suggests that peer support is successful in encouraging mothers to start and continue to breastfeed. Peer support complements the efforts of hospitals, public health services and other community organizations. “We are proud to be the second province in Canada to adopt a provincial breastfeeding policy. We will continue our efforts to promote breastfeeding as the normal and healthiest infant feeding method. After all, breastfeeding is the first step in a lifetime of healthy eating,” said Mr. Barnet.
The Town of Windsor will soon be the hockey destination in the province. MLA Chuck Porter, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac, today, April 15, announced a $200,000 provincial investment in Hockeyland, an International Hockey Heritage Centre in Windsor. “The history of hockey runs long and deep in Windsor, so this is the perfect community for such a centre,” said Mr. Porter. “The government of Nova Scotia is committed to investing in rural communities. This hockey heritage centre will be terrific for hockey fans throughout the region and the world, attracting upwards of 150,000 visitors each year.” The nearly 40,000-square-foot centre will be a one-of-a-kind entertainment complex that preserves the history, evolution and culture of hockey. A 10-metre-high galleria atrium will emphasize the game’s international impact through interactive exhibits and an interpretive centre, and feature women and African Canadians in hockey. “We are pleased the province is investing in this dynamic hockey heritage centre,” says Wayne Russell, chair, Hockeyland board of directors and past president, Hockey Canada. “Hockeyland will allow visitors to experience Nova Scotia’s passion for a game the world has come to love.” Ron MacLean, host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and Coaches’ Corner, Mike McPhee, NHL Stanley Cup Winner and NHL all-star, and Therese Brisson, Canada’s national women’s hockey team veteran and two-time Olympic medal winner are some of the hockey enthusiasts who sit on the Hockeyland board of directors. Also included are Hockey Canada board of governors, the Town of Windsor, the Municipality of West Hants, the MacDonnell Group, Bristol Group, RPM Productions, CanWest Global and Transcontinental Media. The Hockeyland board of directors will seek private-sector sponsorships for construction and operation. Corporate partnerships and team donations are also encouraged at www.hockeyland.ca/home.html .
The Department of Natural Resources has sent 24 staff to Kamloops, B.C. to help control and extinguish some of the numerous forest fires burning throughout the province. Three safety officers, a sustained action crew of 20 wildland firefighters and an agency representative are making the trip to British Columbia. “We understand that the fire situation in British Columbia is extreme and we will help in any way we can,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “Our province has many trained personnel with wildfire expertise and we will lend our skills and knowledge in hopes of making an impact on the hazardous conditions being experienced in the west.” The Nova Scotia wildfire crews are expected to be on the ground for up to 19 days, depending on weather conditions. The low level of fire concern across Nova Scotia allows resources to be lent to provinces in greater need. The request for additional resources came through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, an organization that co-ordinates wildland fire-control services around the country. Nova Scotia is a member of its Canadian Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement, established in the early 1980s to ensure all provinces and territories will receive help if forest fires becomes too big for them to handle.
Bob Fowler, deputy minister to the premier’s office, will retire after 34 years in the public service, effective Feb. 1, 2010. Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement today, Dec. 8. “I want to take this opportunity to recognize Deputy Fowler for his dedication to public service in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “Bob’s guidance and support has been extremely helpful to me and my team as we made the transition into government.” Mr. Fowler’s positions also include clerk/secretary of the Executive Council, head of the Public Service, and deputy minister responsible for Communications Nova Scotia. He has also served as the first head of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, and deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Immigration and Health Promotion and Protection. “I want to offer a sincere thanks to Deputy Fowler who capably served governments and premiers from all parties with the highest principles of public service,” said Premier Dexter.
Une étude sur l’utilisation des services gouvernementaux par les Néo-Écossais francophones démontre que les efforts du gouvernement provincial visant à améliorer les services en français sont sur la bonne voie. L’étude, publiée aujourd’hui 1er mars, démontre que de nombreux citoyens acadiens et francophones préfèrent recevoir des services gouvernementaux en français et sont plus susceptibles d’utiliser ces services lorsqu’ils sont offerts de façon explicite et proactive par le gouvernement. « Seul un francophone sur dix est susceptible de demander pour des services gouvernementaux en français sans incitation, a dit le chercheur Kenneth Deveau. Toutefois, presque neuf francophones sur dix affirment qu’ils utiliseraient fort probablement des services gouvernementaux en français si un employé du gouvernement l’offrait de façon proactive. » Une « offre proactive » combine un accueil bilingue avec des repères visuels, par exemple des épinglettes ou des affiches qui indiquent que le service peut être offert en français ou en anglais. « Les résultats de l’étude démontrent que la Nouvelle-Écosse peut contribuer à la vitalité de sa communauté acadienne et francophone en augmentant la présence du français dans ses communications, son affichage et ses établissements ainsi qu’en offrant de façon proactive des services en français, » a dit M. Deveau. L’étude a été menée auprès de 600 Acadiens et francophones dans les régions d’Argyle, de Clare, de Chéticamp, de l’Isle Madame et d’Halifax, et elle portait sur les expériences, les comportements et les opinions au sujet de la langue. Elle a été effectuée par Kenneth Deveau, Rodrigue Landry et Réal Allard, et financée par Patrimoine canadien et l’Office des affaires acadiennes par l’entremise de l’Entente Canada – Nouvelle-Écosse relative aux services en français. « Le gouvernement provincial a déployé des efforts considérables pour améliorer les services offerts aux Néo-Écossais acadiens et francophones au cours des dernières années, et cette étude confirme que nous sommes sur la bonne voie, » a dit Vaughne Madden, directrice générale de l’Office des affaires acadiennes. Le programme d’identification visuelle Bonjour! du gouvernement provincial fait la promotion de l’offre proactive. À l’interne, le programme encourage les employés du gouvernement à offrir des services en français. À l’externe, il encourage les membres du public à demander pour des services gouvernementaux en français et à utiliser ces services. « L’étude nous aidera à continuer d’établir les priorités dans les processus de planification et de prestation de services, a dit Mme Madden. Elle servira aussi de ressource pour les gouvernements municipaux ainsi que pour le gouvernement provincial et fédéral et tout autre fournisseur de services qui souhaite améliorer la prestation de services en français. » Pour consulter l’étude en français, visitez le www.icrml.ca. Le sommaire de l’étude est également disponible en français et en anglais.
Le rose sera à l’honneur dans les couloirs des écoles de toute la province aujourd’hui 9 septembre alors que les élèves et les enseignants célèbrent la troisième journée annuelle contre l’intimidation. La journée est célébrée le deuxième jeudi de septembre à l’échelle de la province par la tenue d’événements contre l’intimidation et le port de vêtements roses. Les écoles ont encouragé l’art et la poésie contre l’intimidation, organisé des discussions sur l’intimidation, invité des conférenciers et effectué des exercices de promotion du travail d’équipe. « Ce jour nous rappelle l’importance des environnements d’apprentissage sains et positifs, tant pour les élèves que pour les enseignants, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. L’intimidation est inacceptable, et j’encourage tous les élèves à parler à un enseignant, un conseiller, un directeur ou un parent s’ils sont victimes d’intimidation ou s’ils connaissent quelqu’un qui en est victime. » Joe Morrison, directeur de l’école Oxford à Halifax, a encouragé ses élèves et son personnel à porter du rose pour marquer cette journée. Il a également invité les élèves à participer à des initiatives pour la paix qui auront lieu pendant toute l’année scolaire. « À notre école, nous avons des ambassadeurs des élèves qui participent à différentes activités au cours de l’année afin de promouvoir les relations et les environnements pacifiques, a dit M. Morrison. Les élèves du premier cycle du secondaire ont l’occasion de suivre une formation sur la façon sécuritaire et pacifique de détendre une situation d’intimidation, et nous tentons d’organiser au moins un événement pour la paix ou contre l’intimidation chaque mois. » Ira Archibald-Falon est un ambassadeur de la paix de 9e année à l’école Oxford, et récipiendaire du Prix du premier ministre pour le changement positif de 2010. « Les activités pour la paix et contre l’intimidation aident vraiment les élèves à devenir de meilleurs amis, a dit Ira. À titre d’ambassadeur, j’aide les gens à se rendre compte que la violence n’est pas la solution et qu’il existe des façons plus positives de résoudre les problèmes. » La journée contre l’intimidation a été inspirée par les gestes de deux élèves de 12e année de l’école Central Kings Rural High School à Cambridge, dans le comté de Kings. Travis Price et David Shepherd se sont ralliés à un nouvel élève de l’école qui a été victime d’intimidation simplement pour avoir porté une chemise rose. Ils ont apporté des chemises roses à l’école et les ont distribuées à leurs camarades de classe pour qu’ils puissent les porter en signe de solidarité pour le nouvel élève. La journée contre l’intimidation a entraîné la création d’événements semblables à l’échelle mondiale, et a contribué à sensibiliser davantage les gens aux autres initiatives dans les écoles, particulièrement le programme intitulé Positive Effective Behaviour Supports. Ce programme présente les comportements attendus des élèves et offre du renforcement positif tout en appuyant tous les élèves, y compris ceux qui ont des défis à relever du point de vue du comportement. « Le fait de débuter chaque année scolaire par un événement comme la journée contre l’intimidation nous permet de parler aux élèves des relations saines, de la diversité, du respect et des comportements positifs, a dit Rola AbiHanna, consultante en orientation au ministère de l’Éducation. Nous espérons que les élèves comprendront mieux les comportements attendus et s’efforceront d’établir des relations saines avec les autres, autant à l’école qu’ailleurs. »
The province is investing $10 million to improve the energy efficiency of government-owned buildings, which will save energy and money, and protect the environment. “Nova Scotians want their government to take action toward a more sustainable future and lead the way to a healthier economy and environment,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Investing in energy efficiency will save money and provide cost savings that can be invested in critical programs for Nova Scotians.” As part of Budget 2011, the province is investing in energy retrofits that include the installation of energy-efficient heating, lighting and air-conditioning equipment. Other building improvements include air sealing, adding insulation and new windows. Alternate energy solutions will be applied where appropriate. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has completed energy retrofit assessments and is reviewing as many as 200 potential sites. Work is slated to begin early this summer. The department will also complete up to 20 retrofits that were started last year. The initiative is a partnership between several provincial government departments including Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Energy, Environment and Finance. “This investment will mean significant economic, and environmental, and social benefits for Nova Scotians,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Energy. “We are already seeing annual energy savings of 10 to 20 per cent, which will save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.” The province’s Climate Change Action Plan sets out a 2020 target to achieve an overall reduction of 30 per cent in energy consumption for all government-owned buildings constructed before 2001. “We all have an important role to play when it comes to reducing the province’s greenhouse gas emissions,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Environment. “Our leadership in reducing energy consumption in government-owned buildings supports our goal to use less energy and reduce these harmful emissions.” The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has invested a total of $11 million for building energy retrofits in its previous two budgets. The department is responsible for the maintenance of 2,400 buildings throughout the province.
Justice Minister and Attorney General Ross Landry recognized long-serving police officers from across Nova Scotia today, Sept. 28, for contributions to law enforcement. Mr. Landry presented Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Awards at a ceremony in Halifax to 43 recipients and recognized another person for many years of work in crime prevention. “This is a tremendous accomplishment and I extend my sincere thanks to all of the recipients for the loyal and distinguished service they have provided to this province,” said Mr. Landry. “We are very fortunate to have such dedicated people protecting the streets and communities of Nova Scotia.” The provincial award program recognizes police officers who have served in the province for 15 and 25 consecutive years. This is the fourth year for the program. A list of the recipients is available at www.gov.ns.ca/just/Policing_Services/long_service_award.asp .
CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Revised Blasting Schedule Highway 125 will be closed between exits 7 and 8 at 2 p.m., today, Oct. 16, Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 18. Delays have been less than 10 minutes, but drivers should be prepared for delays of up to 20 minutes or use alternate routes if possible. -30-
There’s no shortage of ideas when it comes to the future of personal transportation. Jet packs, hovercraft, or solar-powered pogo sticks — who knows how Nova Scotians will be getting from here to there 20 years from now? When the next good idea comes down the pike, Nova Scotia wants to be ready to climb on for the ride. The province is introducing the Innovative Transportation Act to make Nova Scotia more flexible and responsive when it comes to testing and evaluating modern transportation innovations on highways. The proposed amendments allow the province to authorize pilot projects (of up to two years in duration) to test new approaches that would otherwise not be permitted under existing highway laws. Pilot projects could be used to evaluate alternate vehicles, lighting regulations, rules of the road, and many other emerging transportation ideas. “These amendments will make the province more flexible and responsive when new ideas are proposed as part of a rapidly changing world of transportation,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We’re open to trying out new ideas but the safety of our roads will remain the top priority.” The current Motor Vehicle Act does not allow some pilot projects. Legislation has to be changed for each new initiative, which can take several months. The new legislation makes testing highway activities and technologies more efficient while keeping Nova Scotia drivers safe. “As long as road safety remains the top priority we’re happy to support this change,” said Shirley Ann Rogers, co-chair of Nova Scotia’s Road Safety Advisory Committee. “Reducing time and red tape while still ensuring the safety of Nova Scotia road users is good news for everyone.” Under the act, highways are defined as a public highway, street, lane, road, alley, park, bridge, beach, or place as well as private property that is available to the general public for the operation of a motor vehicle, which could include parking lots.
Cape Breton students have an extra week to send in their submissions to name the new park being built over the former Sydney Tar Ponds site. The new deadline is Friday, April 26 at midnight. The Sydney Park Project campaign, which was launched in March by the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, is inviting Cape Breton students from Grades primary to 12 to submit their suggestions. “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback about the campaign so far, as well as questions, and requests for site tours,” said Gary Campbell, president of Nova Scotia Lands Inc. “By extending the deadline for submissions by a week, we’re hoping to make sure as many students as possible get a chance to have their voices heard.” The proposed park names and the student’s explanation for why they chose it will be evaluated based on how original and optimistic the submission is, as well as how it relates to the area’s past, present or future – physically and/or historically. Names reflective of all local heritage and cultures are welcome, but names of specific people will not be considered for the park site. The top submissions will be posted on the campaign website in May, and Canadians will then be able to vote for their favourite. The voting period will run for about four weeks, and the winner, along with the official name of the new park, will be announced at a special community announcement in June. More information about the Sydney Park Project naming campaign, including the application form, tips on submitting, and contest rules and regulations, is available at www.sydneyparkproject.ca. Sydney-area residents and visitors can look forward to sports fields, an outdoor stage, a playground area, dog park, skating area and pedestrian bridges, trails and more when the park opens to the public this fall. The project is within budget, and is on schedule to be finished by March 2014. For updates about the Sydney Park Project, follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
Local producers will benefit from Nova Scotians purchasing the new Buy Local licence plate at Access Nova Scotia and Registry of Motor Vehicle offices. The Select Nova Scotia image is featured on the new licence plate that was launched today, Aug. 27, by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. Select Nova Scotia is the province’s buy local marketing initiative. “Nova Scotians have told us they want to buy local products to support local industries such as the agriculture and seafood sectors,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Nova Scotians can help promote local products by purchasing the new licence plate. This is an optional plate for drivers who want to use it on their vehicle.” David Baldwin, a Nova Scotia fruit grower, proposed the idea for a buy local licence plate when he saw one when travelling in the United States. He thought it would be a good idea for Nova Scotia. “Every time someone sees the Buy Local licence plate on a car stopped at a traffic light, or even in a parking lot, it will serve as a reminder to those not directly involved in agriculture and food production of how important it is to eat good food grown in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Baldwin. The plate will be issued, by request, to passenger and light commercial vehicles up to 5,000 kilograms. An application form and standard registration fees will apply, in addition to a $50 donation, when the licence is purchased and on registration renewals. “Raising awareness about agriculture in Nova Scotia is very important to us,” said Dennis Boudreau, president, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “Engaging Nova Scotians to support buying local and to showcase it on their licence plate is a good step forward.” The Select Nova Scotia Fund will raise public awareness and help sponsor events supporting local products and industries. One hundred per cent of the donation collected will be used for these activities. “Each year Select Nova Scotia sponsors groups that host the popular community suppers and Incredible Picnics,” said Mr. MacDonell. “The money collected from the Select Nova Scotia fund will be used to enhance these and other initiatives that help connect Nova Scotians with their local farmers and producers.” For more information about the new licence plate, go to www.accessns.ca or call 902-424-5851 in Halifax area or toll-free 1-800-898-7668.
Nova Scotia families who are working to boost their literacy skills through workshops, games and activities are being celebrated on Family Literacy Day, today, Jan. 27. East Hants MLA Margaret Miller, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan, joined people who have benefitted from literacy programs at an event at the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre in Elmsdale. “Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours reading to my kids and grandkids, and I know how important literacy is to success,” said Ms. Miller. “Today is an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of literacy for the whole family, and celebrate people who’ve made lifelong learning their lifelong passion.” At the event, local authors Jayne Peters and Mindy George read some of their work, and Brittney Slade shared her inspiring story about returning to the classroom. As a young expectant mother who had been out of school for three years, Ms. Slade knew she wanted a better life for her family, but did not know where to start. She enrolled at the Mommy to Be program at the East Hants Community Learning Association to connect with other moms and learn some parenting tips. In the end, she got much more. “The people at the community center encouraged me to go back to school and get my GED, and I am so glad I listened,” said Ms. Slade. “In the beginning, I didn’t have a clue. The literacy coordinators made it so easy and now I have a plan to fulfill my dream of becoming a hairdresser.” Over the past year, 1,500 Nova Scotian families participated in 18 literacy programs supported by the government. The programs feature special theme workshops, information sessions and learning circles offered by community-based literacy organizations. At a Family Literacy Day event at the Antigonish Library, author Sheree Fitch will read some of her work and announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Family Writing Contest. Environment Minister Randy Delorey will also attend and speak. “Family Literacy programs provide engaging and creative ways to involve the whole family in learning,” said Cathy MacDonald, East Hants Community Learning Association. “When parents learn new skills, and share that with their children, it lays the foundation for learning to become a lifelong process for all involved. It’s really exciting and rewarding to help families start down that path.” The government will contribute $40,000 to the Read to Me! Program, which has created a new resource just in time for Family Literacy Day. Read to Me! celebrates family reading, and provides books and reading resources for every baby born in Nova Scotia. This month, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library, a new resource for parents that lists 50 best books for babies will launch. Find more information about family literacy at www.gonssal.ca . Follow the links to General Public, Other Literacy Programs, Family Literacy.