Nova Scotia farmers will have more time to enrol in the CanadianAgricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program, Chrisd’Entremont, Minister of the Nova Scotia Department ofAgriculture and Fisheries, said today, Feb. 24. Two deadlines for the program have been extended. The firstdeadline, for responding to the program’s options notices andchoosing a level of income protection for 2003 and 2004, has beenmoved to April 30. The deadline for making deposits, for 2003 and2004 program years has also been extended to Dec. 31. The deadline to file farming income information for the 2003 CAISprogram will remain the same. Farmers must report their 2003farming income for tax purposes and submit the 2003 CAISsupplementary forms reporting inventory and expense informationby June 15 for individuals and June 30 for corporations “With all the hardships producers have experienced this past yearit is great that these deadlines are being extended,” said theminister. “The new deadlines will give producers an increasedopportunity to participate in the CAIS program as well as toaddress any transitional challenges that may arise.” Producers who would like to participate, but have not yetreceived an options notice, should contact the CAIS programadministration office as soon as possible. For more informationcall toll-free 1 866 367-8506 or visit the website atwww.agr.gc.ca/caisprogram .
The Community Supports for Adults Program will receive anotherboost this year with the addition of $10.3 million to the programbudget. This increase brings a total addition of close to $50million since 2000 to the Community Supports for Adults Program.The program serves approximately 4,470 Nova Scotians withintellectual disabilities or long-term mental illness who needsupport to live in the community. Of this year’s additional funding, $1 million is being designatedto augment the anticipated renewed Community Supports for AdultsProgram. In December 2002, the Department of Community Serviceslaunched a wide-ranging review of the current program,recognizing the need for changes to meet the evolving needs ofthe people served, as well as a growing demand for services. In March 2004, the department released a discussion paper thatpresents the ideas and research gathered during the reviewperiod. To get feedback on the current system, and ideas for a renewedCommunity Supports for Adults (CSA) Program, representatives ofthe CSA Renewal Project met with more than 50 communityorganizations, advocacy groups and service providers across allregions of the province. Consumer focus groups were also held tomake sure that Nova Scotians with disabilities had meaningfulopportunities to share their thoughts on a renewed CSA program. In addition to the ideas and information gathered through theextensive consultation process, the discussion paper alsoincludes a review of best practices and research in a number ofkey areas, such as funding, assessment tools, policy, licensingand consumer supports. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be analyzed todetermine the scope and type of services Nova Scotians want tosee in a renewed CSA program. -30-
Nova Scotia has become the first province in Canada to establishrules that set out the responsibilities and qualifications ofcommercial interior designers. Premier John Hamm and interior design industry representativesmarked the proclamation of the Interior Designers Act today, Oct.20, at Province House. The act gives legal recognition to the profession of interiordesign and establishes competency levels of education andexperience for interior designers. By providing a cleardefinition of the practice of interior design, the act will helpconsumers differentiate the responsibilities of interiordesigners from services provided by other design professionals. “The act is a good example of how this government is promoting ahealthier business climate for this province in a manner thatdoes not increase red tape,” said Premier John Hamm. “The act, enabling the practice of interior design in thisprovince, is the first of its kind in Canada,” said KaraMacGregor, spokesperson for interior designers in Nova Scotia.”It establishes Nova Scotia as a leader in this growingprofession.” The Interior Designers Act establishes professional standards forinterior designers as well as dispute resolution and appealprocesses. Under the legislation, commercial designers must register withthe Interior Designers Association and carry liability insurance.Membership classes will be established for designers, interns,instructors and those in related fields, along with correspondingprofessional accreditation standards. The legislation was developed in association with the Associationof Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia and the Nova ScotiaAssociation of Architects. Engineers and architects are notaffected by the legislation. The legislation also does not applyto individuals providing design services to residentialcustomers. The act improves on and replaces the Interior DesignersAssociation Act, which was passed in 1990. Under the old act,membership requirements were limited; there was no provisions fordispute resolution or disciplinary measures for professionalmisconduct.
Relief is in sight for Nova Scotian property owners who have beenimpacted in recent years by skyrocketing assessments, ServiceNova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnetannounced today, Oct. 29. “Many Nova Scotians have seen their property assessment skyrocketin recent years because they live in a hot real estate market,”Mr. Barnet said. “When their assessment increases, there isusually a related increase in their municipal tax bill. Whatwe’re doing today is providing some relief to those Nova Scotianswho, through no fault of their own, have been affected by suddenand dramatic increases in property taxes.” Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will be contactingthe estimated 65,000 Nova Scotians who may be eligible for anassessment cap. These property owners will be sent lettersexplaining the cap along with an application form. The new program allows property owners to apply for a cap on theassessed value of their property. Eligible property owners willpay property tax based on the capped amount rather than thehigher market value. To be eligible, a property must meet all the criteria, whichinclude being at least 50 per cent owned by a Nova Scotiaresident, is residential with no more than three dwelling unitsor is vacant taxable resource property, and have a propertyassessment increase that exceeds the cap. The base year is 2001, and the cap for the subsequent years is 15per cent increase in 2002, 15 per cent in 2003, 10 per cent in2004 and 10 per cent in 2005. The program will become effectivebeginning with the 2005-06 municipal taxation year. Applications, which will be mailed to potentially eligibleproperty owners, must be received by Service Nova Scotia andMunicipal Relations by Nov. 30. Applicants will be informed inFebruary 2005 if they are eligible for the cap program. For moreinformation, see the website at www.nsassessment.ca/cap .
This week, I addressed the U.S.- Canada Energy Trade and Technology Conference in Boston, a major event for industry and government leaders in North America. As the keynote speaker, I promoted the vast renewable energy opportunities available in our province, and outlined Nova Scotia’s aggressive targets as set out in the new Renewable Electricity Plan. I am proud of our goal to generate 25 per cent of the province’s electricity from renewable resources like wind, tidal and biomass by 2015, a goal that rises even higher, to 40 per cent by 2020. These targets are significantly higher than those set in most areas of the United States, are among the most aggressive in the world and are creating an historic shift to stable power costs for families and businesses in Nova Scotia. I also highlighted the work we are doing with our neighbours in Atlantic Canada to build a stronger and more integrated transmission system, and the benefits that might have for New England. Nova Scotia is poised to be a significant partner in the Lower Churchill hydro project, a project with the potential of a 180-kilometre sub-sea cable link between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. We also have plans to strengthen the transmission system between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. New England is already connected to our offshore natural gas supply through the Maritimes and Northeast pipeline. Now we are investing in making our electricity connections just as seamless, allowing Nova Scotia to be an access point for energy imports and exports between New England and Atlantic Canada. That could mean transmitting hydro power from Lower Churchill to the United States, or selling renewable energy from our wind and tidal resources when we are generating more here than we need. By its nature, electricity has no borders. A strong transmission system is the backbone of an integrated electrical system. The more integrated an electricity system is, the more efficiently the system runs for everyone. That is the message I shared with our friends in New England. For Nova Scotians, regional collaboration on energy represents good jobs and economic growth, stabilized energy prices, and environmental leadership on a global scale, which is why it’s so important that government and business leaders maximize every opportunity to promote our province’s vast potential. It can only mean good things for everyone involved. -30-
LUNENBURG COUNTY: Scotian Ferry The Scotian Ferry, between Chester and Tancook Island, is out of service until about 5:30 p.m. today, July 27, due to mechanical problems. Local Area Office: 902-861-1911 -30-
“Our steering panel is pleased to see government bring forward a strategy that reflects what we heard from four panels of expertise and input from Nova Scotians,” said retired Chief Justice Constance Glube, steering panel chair. “It reflects a commitment to changing the status quo, and the necessary balancing to ensure healthy and sustainable natural resources for future generations.”Other panel members were Joe Marshall and Allan Shaw. The province’s natural resources strategy and action plan is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr . improve legislation, including laws that help manage biodiversity, forest regulations, and the Mineral Resources Act provide job training for the forestry sector develop a Code of Practice, a set of principles, guidelines and technical recommendations for the sustainable management of Nova Scotia’s forests review and reallocate resources so more species at risk can be recovered conduct research into how to best reclaim land affected by mining operations help publish a Mi’kmaq interpretative plan for provincial parks to increase awareness and understanding of Mi’kmaq heritage and culture carry out a detailed visitor survey to collect information on the park system Nova Scotia’s natural resources strategy will improve resource management and sustainable practices in the province, while creating good jobs. “The strategy is a balanced approach to natural resources management, inspired by a vision of a sustainable and prosperous future — a vision described to us by Nova Scotians and reflected in jobsHere, the province’s economic plan,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. Our Path to Share, A Natural Resources Strategy for Nova Scotia, 2011–2020, released today, Aug. 16, was guided by an independent steering panel. More than 2,000 Nova Scotians provided input into the strategy, as well as more than 700 written submissions. The strategy will be a guide for improved management of Nova Scotia’s biodiversity – the complex mix of all living things – and of forests, geological resources and provincial parks. The province has accepted the steering panel’s 26 recommendations and has already begun implementing the strategy. A companion document, From Strategy to Action, lays out how the strategy will begin to be implemented over the next 24 months. It includes actions to:
—————————————————————Premier Stephen McNeil welcomed a contract agreement today, Oct. 10, between nurses who are members of Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 97 and their employer, Capital District Health Authority. PREMIER’S OFFICE–Premier Welcomes Contract Agreement “The decision by the NSGEU to accept the employer’s final offer is welcome news,” said Premier McNeil. “This has been a long and difficult process. “This government has wanted NSGEU to accept the employer’s offer for many months. The value of the collective bargaining process has been confirmed by the result.” -30-
Pride recognition events have expanded provincewide to include Yarmouth, Halifax, Port Hawkesbury and Sydney. The provincial government’s LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) Network organized the events. “We take it to heart that Pride will be celebrated in more communities than ever before,” said Maddi MacDonald, co-chair of the LGBTI Network. A flag-raising ceremony was held at Province House in Halifax today, June 26, with government employees, community members, allies, volunteers and supporters in attendance. “We’re here to celebrate the diversity of the province’s employees, and all Nova Scotians,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, on behalf of Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis. “The province is committed to improving diversity and inclusion, including across sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and gender expression.” Additional Pride ceremonies are taking place today at provincial buildings in Yarmouth, Port Hawkesbury and Sydney. Community partners in Sydney include the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Pride Cape Breton and the Ally Centre of Cape Breton. The LGBTI Network is a group of public servants from diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and sexes, as well as their allies and advocates, who seek to make the public service a positive and inclusive environment for all. The flag-raising also provides a beginning to a summer of Pride events. This year’s celebration of culture and diversity runs from July 16 to 26. For more information visit http://halifaxpride.com .
Cole Harbour, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax La Première Nation Glooscap, comté de Kings North Mountain, comté de Kings Prospect, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax « J’étais ravi d’apprendre qu’il y avait cette année de nombreuses candidatures de partout en Nouvelle-Écosse, a indiqué le lieutenant-gouverneur Arthur J. LeBlanc. Le grand nombre de candidatures reçues témoigne de la très grande fierté que les Néo-Écossais ressentent à l’endroit de leurs villes et villages. Je remercie toutes les collectivités qui ont présenté une candidature et j’attends le plaisir de remettre les prix dans les prochaines semaines. » Le prix rend hommage à l’énergie, la force et la diversité des dynamiques collectivités de la province. Jusqu’à quatre collectivités sont mises à l’honneur chaque année. Les lauréats sont choisis par un comité de sélection, selon les candidatures qui répondent le mieux aux critères du prix. Ryan Rutledge et Marisa DeMarco ont mis en nomination les 160 entreprises, 30 organismes sans but lucratif et 11 écoles publiques qui servent la collectivité de Cole Harbour. « À Cole Harbour, notre but est d’appuyer les résidents pour qu’ils réussissent à atteindre leur plein potentiel, souligne M. Rutledge, et surtout de trouver des solutions originales qui permettront à nos jeunes de rester dans la collectivité et de devenir des chefs de file et des contributeurs. » Jordan Smith a présenté la candidature de la Première Nation Glooscap pour mettre à l’honneur son esprit communautaire, ses gestes de bonne volonté et son soutien à la collectivité. « Les réussites appartiennent à chaque membre de cette collectivité dynamique, de dire M. Smith. Glooscap est remplie de gens optimistes, prêts à travailler dur pour offrir un meilleur avenir aux prochaines générations. » Sheila Munro a présenté une candidature en collaboration avec certains organismes de North Mountain, qui regroupe cinq collectivités rurales indépendantes près de la baie de Fundy. « Les collectivités rurales se soutiennent les unes les autres au moyen d’activités sociales et en faisant affaire avec les commerces et les entrepreneurs locaux, souligne Mme Munro. L’intérêt actuel en Nouvelle-Écosse autour de la consommation de produits locaux est né dans les réseaux communautaires ruraux. La communication dans les collectivités rurales alimente le développement communautaire. » Shirley Jollimore a présenté la candidature de Prospect, mettant ainsi en lumière la diversité, de même que la mobilisation et le rapprochement communautaires de plusieurs collectivités dans la région. Bien que la distance les sépare, les résidents sont tous fiers de leur chez-eux, de leurs voisins et des entreprises locales. « Nos résidents sont fiers de leur collectivité et cela s’exprime de centaines de manières, a dit Mme Jollimore. Même si chaque collectivité se définit en fonction d’aspects uniques à elle, toutes ces collectivités font front commun pour offrir du soutien, échanger des idées et offrir bénévolement des ressources quand il est possible de le faire. » Les collectivités choisies pour recevoir le Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur pour l’esprit communautaire seront honorées lors de célébrations communautaires qui auront lieu prochainement. Le lieutenant-gouverneur assistera aux festivités pour présenter une œuvre originale façonnée par Nova Scotian Crystal et comportant une gravure qui représente l’histoire de chaque collectivité. Pour plus d’information, consultez : http://communityspiritaward.ca . Le site contient des renseignements en français. Quatre collectivités néo-écossaises ont remporté le Prix pour l’esprit communautaire du lieutenant-gouverneur remis cette année, et ce, pour leur esprit communautaire et leur sens civique. Les collectivités lauréates de 2018 sont :