Provincial Museums Reopen

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first_imgWith only a few minor exceptions, the Nova Scotia Museum familyof provincial museums will reopen to the public today, Oct. 2,after several temporary closures due to Hurricane Juan. At Uniacke Estate Museum Park, Mount Uniacke, the Post Road gateddriveway, which usually serves as the main entrance, will beclosed to cars and pedestrians for the remainder of the season. Visitors are asked to use the service entrance to access theparking lot. Uniacke House will reopen for regular hours, from Monday toSaturday, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Sundays, from 11a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The walking trails, however, except for aportion of the Lake Martha Loop trail, will remain closed untilfurther notice as a safety precaution. Uniacke House closes for the season on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Lawrence House Museum in Maitland will remain closed untilfurther notice. Lawrence House also closes for the season onWednesday, Oct. 15. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is now open forbusiness, with the exception of the museum wharves and CSSAcadia, which are closed for the season. The museum’s hours are:Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8p.m.; Wednesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; andSundays from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Museum of Natural History in Halifax reopens to visitors forregular hours today, Oct. 2. Society meetings normally scheduledfor Thursday evening are cancelled for this week only. Societymeetings resume on Friday, Oct. 3. The Nova Scotia Museum family of provincial museums includes 27sites throughout the province. Complete details on the museums,hours of operation, and events can be found on the Web site .last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Fred Tupper Bridge

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first_imgCOLCHESTER COUNTY: Fred Tupper Bridge There will be closures on the Fred Tupper Bridge until Friday,March 5 while repairs are being carried out. The bridge will beclosed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. It will beopen evenings and on weekends. There are detour routes in placeon Meadowvale Road, South Branch Road and Cove Road. Local Area Office: 902-671-2614 Fax: 902-671-2787 -30-last_img

Transportation Service to Continue on Halifax to Yarmouth Line Run

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first_imgThe Nova Scotia Utility and Review board has approved an application by Acadian Intercity Coaches LP to continue transportation service along the Halifax to Yarmouth line run currently serviced by DRL Coachlines Ltd. Acadian Intercity Coaches LP applied to the Utility and Review Board on Tuesday, July 19, for a temporary authority to provide the transportation services. The services include passenger transportation between Halifax and Yarmouth, via Highway 3 and Highway 103, and return, and parcel delivery along the same route. The board approved the application today, July 20. Acadian Intercity Coaches LP may begin its service effective Sunday, July 24. The existing service schedule will remain in effect. Rates will be in accordance with the rate schedule for Acadian Intercity Coaches LP. -30-last_img read more

New Storage Vault to Preserve Provinces Film Heritage

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first_imgNova Scotia’s film heritage will be preserved for future generations thanks to a new, specially equipped vault at Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. Nova Scotia’s first cold vault for the long-term storage of archival film footage was officially opened today, May 26, at the public archives building in Halifax. “This new film preservation vault is a reality thanks to the collaborative efforts and persistence of a number of individuals and organizations,” said Brian Speirs, provincial archivist. “Now we can ensure that both archival film and colour footage produced by today’s vibrant film industry in Nova Scotia will be secure.” The archives staff have been working with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Council of Nova Scotia Archives to obtain a facility to store at-risk colour film that was produced in Nova Scotia over the last 70 years. The new climate-controlled, 600 square-foot vault was purchased with assistance from the departments of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Education, and Transportation and Public Works. It will store more than 18,000 film cans from the provincial archives, the CBC and the Council of Nova Scotia Archives, and may also rent some space to commercial film producers. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage, including archival film footage. More information and sample film clips are available on the website at .last_img read more

Province Creates Nearurban Wilderness Area

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first_imgNova Scotians will have a chance to explore, study and enjoy nature in a new protected wilderness area next to the province’s largest urban population. Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will be within the boundary of Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax Regional Municipality. The province will designate 1,350 hectares (3,350 acres) of Crown lands between Highway 103 and the Bicentennial Highway, adjacent to the Bayers Lake Business Park. “This unique wilderness area, located within city municipal boundaries, will ensure that people can more easily experience the rejuvenating powers of nature within their own community,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, at a ceremony today, Oct. 30, in Hammonds Plains, Halifax Regional Municipality. The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Actcommits the province to protecting 12 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land mass by 2015. Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will help meet that provincial goal. The wilderness area designation will protect numerous interconnected, undeveloped lakes and wetlands; rugged woodlands with old red oak and red spruce stands; and a rare arctic-alpine plant called Mountain Sandwort. It will also help protect exceptional outdoor education and wilderness recreation opportunities such as hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, canoeing and angling. “I would like to thank the Department of Natural Resources, led by my colleague David Morse, for helping to make this unique near-urban wilderness area a reality,” said Mr. Parent. Blue Mountain–Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will complement Halifax Regional Municipality’s regional planning strategy, which includes creating a large park in that region. “I’m very pleased with the province’s collaborative approach and support for HRM’s regional plan,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “This will help us move forward with HRM’s plans for a regional park in the area.” The environmental value of the lands was highlighted in an environmental assessment report into the proposed Highway 113. The independent report notes that the proposed highway routeis outside the area worthy of protection. The wilderness-area designation addresses the report’s recommendation that lands south of the proposed highway route be protected. For more information about Nova Scotia’s 34 protected wilderness areas, visit the Environment and Labour Department’s website at .last_img read more

Compulsory Phys Ed More Coop 2000 More Primary Students Highlight New School

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first_img Co-op education programs in 33 high schools for more hands-on learning opportunities through neighbourhood employers; 10 additional schools offering the Options and Opportunities O2 program, to bring the total to 44; Skilled trades education delivered in Skilled Trades Centres at 11 schools, beginning next semester; Expanding the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program to a 13th school, Ecole du Carrefour, the first for the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, the province’s French-language school board; A new Exploring Technology 10 curriculum and materials to offer students a wide range of hands-on activities and introduce them to a broad spectrum of technological concepts, including robotics, “green” technology and engineering. It will be offered in 75 high schools. French first-language schools will pilot the new Technologie 8 & 9 and the Technologie 11 courses; A new hands-on science curriculum and textbooks for Grade 6 for English first language schools. This program was launched in francophone schools in 2006; A new geometry curriculum and materials for Grade 8 in both English and French first-language schools; New advanced courses in grades 11 and 12 for English, Chemistry, Music and Visual Arts in English first-language schools; and Schools Plus pilots offering students at risk quick access to professional services and support. Schools across Nova Scotia will welcome the largest group of Primary students in almost a decade when the 2008-09 school year begins this week. Almost 134,000 public school students — including more than 10,000 Primary-age students — begin school today, Sept. 3, or Thursday, Sept. 4. “I am pleased to welcome all of our students back to school for what I know will be another school year filled with many wonderful learning opportunities,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I especially want to welcome all our new Primary students who for the first time will now experience the wonder and excitement of school.” About 2,100 four-year-olds are eligible to attend public school now that children who have their fifth birthday on, or before, Dec. 31 can enter Primary. The date change puts Nova Scotia in line with the majority of Canadian provinces and allows more young students to benefit from an earlier start to their formal education. To prepare for expanded Primary, teachers participated in professional learning and training sessions to address the particular learning needs of younger students. New resources and teaching methods have also been introduced to add more play-based approaches to the Primary curriculum. Also new this fall, thousands more students will be hitting gym mats, tossing stability balls and breaking a sweat inside and outside gym walls as the province continues to emphasize student health and fitness. “Government has moved forward on its commitment to make physical education compulsory at the high school level,” said Ms. Casey. “Investing in a strong physical education program, delivered by qualified teachers, is all part of our effort to provide our students with a healthy, physically active school experience from Primary right through to graduation.” Three new physical education courses are being introduced to give high school students more opportunities to earn the mandatory physical education credit. Students entering Grade 10 will be required to have a high school physical education credit to graduate in 2011. Physical education is compulsory from Primary to Grade 9. The new courses for the English first-language schools include Physical Education 10, Physically Active Living 11 and Fitness Leadership 11. A fourth physical education course, Physical Education Leadership 12 will be piloted next September and implemented in September 2010. Éducation physique 10 à 12 will be offered in French first-language schools Other new or expanded programs this year include:last_img read more

Province Funds Community Groups Municipalities to Support Northern Region Seniors

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first_imgSeniors in Scotsburn, Pictou Co., will soon be teaching young people to play shuffleboard and “pickle ball” as part of a seniors’ socialization and fitness project. The project, by Scotsburn Recreation’s 55+ Club, is one of 59 — including nine in northern Nova Scotia — to receive a portion of nearly $440,000 in funding being awarded to support seniors’ participation in communities across the province. The grants were announced today, Feb. 2, by Len Goucher, Minister of Seniors. “These grants represent more than just funding for community-minded organizations,” said Mr. Goucher. “These initiatives have been selected because they’ll offer new opportunities for seniors, often by seniors, that are sustainable and which bring together different generations.” Forty-two non-profit organization projects will be supported through the Positive Aging Fund and 17 projects will be co-funded by municipalities through the Age-Friendly Communities Program. The Positive Aging Fund helps non-profit community organizations create projects that advance Nova Scotia’s Strategy for Positive Aging. The strategy is a long-term guide for planning for the province’s aging population, with a focus on the health, well-being and community participation of seniors. Successful applicants can receive up to $10,000 for projects through the fund. The Age-Friendly Communities Program helps municipalities create or adapt structures or services to be accessible, and inclusive of seniors, so they are able to lead healthy, active lives. Participating municipalities jointly fund the grants, which can also be up to $10,000 per project. “At a time when there are more seniors than ever before, these municipalities are recognizing the value of making sure seniors have full enjoyment of all the community has to offer,” said Mr. Goucher. “It’s equally important that communities have the benefit of all that seniors have to offer them.” The Department of Seniors received more than 120 applications for funding under the grant programs. Applicants will have another opportunity to apply in the fall. More information on the program and full lists of grant recipients are available at: and .last_img read more

Province Working to Restore Forests in Mabou Highlands

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first_imgThe provincial government is restoring forests in Cape Breton’s Mabou Highlands ravaged by the spruce bark beetle. The Department of Natural Resources has authorized the harvesting of two sites on crown land, located in the northern end of the Mabou Highlands, Inverness County. Harvesting on the 95-hectare area has begun and will last about two to three weeks. “The spruce bark beetle is native to Nova Scotia and widespread throughout the province, but it has been particularly damaging to the white spruce in the Mabou Highlands and surrounding area,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. The harvesting will reduce the amount of white spruce trees, which are being killed by the spruce bark beetle. It will be done in a manner that encourages the natural regeneration of hardwood trees such as yellow birch and sugar maple, indigenous to the highlands region. The effort will have the added benefit of curtailing forest fires which could be fueled by the dead trees and providing easier access for firefighters. “Removing these infested trees will help reduce the potential for fires, help maintain parts of the trail system, and promote the growth of hardwood trees,” said Mr. MacDonell. Department of Natural Resources officials met with stakeholder and interest groups in the region last month. “We have studied this issue closely and listened to the concerns of those in the area,” said Mr. MacDonell. “We feel confident that this is the best approach to dealing with the problem.” Once completed, the department will assess the harvested areas prior to proceeding with the restoration of as many as five additional sites and a further 305 hectares next spring and summer.last_img read more

Better Care Sooner Will Improve Emergency Care for Nova Scotians

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first_img Every regional hospital must develop a plan to shorten time frames for moving patients from ambulance into hospital, and from triage to a hospital bed or departure. Health professionals will be supported in working to the full extent of their training, abilities and experience. Patients will get more information and be made more comfortable as they wait. More nurse practitioners are being hired to work in nursing homes, and paramedics will provide more care for seniors in nursing homes and at home so they will not have to got to emergency. A public education campaign will be launched so that people will have a greater understanding of 811 nurse line and 911 paramedics. Paramedics will get additional training and equipment to enhance their life-saving skills. This includes training to deliver a clot-busting drug for heart attack patients. Dedicating a plane and a new two-stretcher ambulance to save valuable driving time for paramedics and transport patients comfortably and cost-effectively. Health-care funding will be changed to reward better health results for patients. Nova Scotians will have the emergency care they need, when they need it with the province’s Better Care Sooner Plan. The plan, announced today, Dec. 7, by Premier Darrell Dexter and Minister of Health Maureen MacDonald, will improve the quality of emergency care, reduce overcrowding and wait times for patients in emergency rooms, and provide better health care for families. “This plan keeps emergency rooms open and gives communities access to emergency care day and night,” said Premier Dexter. “Communities that once had closed doors will soon have services matched to their needs. It will ensure people in this province get the level of care they need and deserve.” The Better Care Sooner Plan is based on the recommendations of Dr. John Ross, the province’s emergency care advisor. The plan includes the following themes to improve the province’s emergency care system: Improve access to primary care, especially in smaller communities. This will lessen the burden on emergency rooms and provide better care to patients. Make emergency care more patient-centred and streamlined. This will shorten wait times and provide good quality care across the province. Provide care that is better tailored to those whose needs are more complex, like seniors and people with mental illness. Increase public awareness of 911 and healthlink nurse line 811. This will ensure people can access the care and support they need sooner. “We want patients to be able to see their doctor more quickly and get better care from health care teams, so they can avoid going to an emergency room,” said Ms. MacDonald. “For those who do require emergency care, we want their journey through the emergency department to be as short, safe and comfortable as possible. That is what Better Care Sooner is all about.” A critical component of the plan includes creating new collaborative emergency centres, which will match the level of services with the needs of residents in the community. Patients will have access to a team of health-care professionals including nurses, doctors and paramedics to provide the level of care that is required. That will enable patients to get same or next day appointments. “I believe that nurse practitioners, along with family-practice nurses, paramedics — all of us working together as a team — makes a lot more sense in today’s health-care environment,” said Dr. Ajantha Jayabarathan. “As a doctor, I can’t be all things to all people. I need my colleagues to work with me. So I think building capacity and expanding the reach of health care through different people doing the work makes a lot of good sense.” Including the collaborative emergency centres, the plan outlines 33 actions that will be fully implemented between now and 2014. They include: Cape Breton District Health Authority CEO John Malcom welcomes the province’s effort to unclog crowded emergency rooms. “In order to improve emergency care in Nova Scotia, we need to enhance things outside of the hospital — primary care, access to 911, access to 811 … so there is a variety of options to respond to patients needs,” said Mr. Malcom. “The Better Care Sooner Plan helps do just that.” For more information or to download a copy of the report visit .last_img read more

Government Helping Communities Get Clear Title to Land

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first_img “With clarity of ownership, residents will be in a better position to enjoy and use their land and resolve problems that can result from lack of clear land ownership,” said Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell, on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller. “This plan is a response to recommendations from the communities, and we believe this new approach offers good options and resources to help people get clear title.” For more information on the project and the application process go to funding to assist with legal and other fees and costs associated with clarifying ownership of land hiring two community liaison officers to help residents in the land title clarification areas to navigate the process to obtain clear title hiring a surveyor and two survey technicians to complete surveys and/or compiled plans in support of Land Titles Clarification Act applications administrative support from Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission for issuing certificates to applicants support for clarifying ownership of land through the Land Titles Clarifications Act, estate administration through the Probate Act and Intestate Succession Act, and migration under the Land Registration Act government will also consider amending legislation to reduce barriers. Government will invest about $2.7 million over two years to help residents in five communities get clear title to land on which they live. The support includes funds to assist with legal fees and costs related to estate administration and migration, and new full-time positions dedicated to the land title clarification areas of North Preston, East Preston, and Cherry Brook in Halifax Regional Municipality and Lincolnville and Sunnyville in Guysborough County. “Our government is taking action with new ways to address disparities and systemic discrimination that African Nova Scotians have faced,” said Tony Ince, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “We’re turning a corner with new supports that will help remove the barriers to the legal title to the land on which many African Nova Scotians live.” The new initiative includes:last_img read more

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