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NSLC Explains Hiring Process

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) has hired two newexecutives. Ken Barbet, the corporation’s acting president, says the newdirectors of distribution and of corporate communications wererecruited after a thorough application process. “Our process for hiring is well defined and is designed to selectthe best candidate based on merit,” said Mr. Barbet. “Thesesituations are no different.” In both cases, the positions were advertised publicly andapplications were received. Twenty-one applications were receivedfor the director of distribution position, and 68 for thedirector of corporate communications position. “All applications were screened by our human resources division,and a list of interviewees prepared based on skills and abilitiesrequired for each of the positions,” said Mr. Barbet. In each case, six applicants were interviewed by a panel thatincluded NSLC executives and an outside expert in each of therespective fields. “We feel confident that in both instances we’ve selectedexcellent candidates who were the most qualified individualsamong those who applied. I’m looking forward to having them joinour executive team.” Craig Sutherland has been appointed director of distribution andRick Perkins has been appointed director of corporatecommunications. Both will start their NSLC careers this month.last_img read more

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Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Reduces Wait Times

first_imgPremier John Hamm will join health professionals, patients,community members and other guests at an open house today, Feb.16, to celebrate new state-of-the-art diagnostic imagingequipment in Yarmouth Regional Hospital’s recently renovateddiagnostic imaging department. “Investments in medical equipment make a difference at the bedside, with reduced wait times,” said Premier John Hamm. “The government of Nova Scotia has been pleased to honour thecommitments we made in Your Health Matters, the province’s planfor health care. Through these commitments, we are doing our partto fund important new equipment — equipment that I understand isalready reducing wait times for diagnostic testing in theregion.” According to information collected by the South West DistrictHealth Authority, CT scan wait times have dropped from more than10 weeks in September to less than three weeks currently. The renovated diagnostic imaging department includes a new bonedensitometer, multislice CT scanner, and a digital X-ray. Theequipment was funded by a number of sources, including theYarmouth Hospital Foundation and the Yarmouth Hospital LadiesAuxiliary, the federal government’s Medical Equipment Fund, andthe Nova Scotia Department of Health. The province also fundedhospital renovations including changes to the diagnostic imagingdepartment, rehabilitation services and ambulatory care areas. “This is another example of the Nova Scotia model of health care,where everybody steps up to the plate and does their part incommitting to better health care for all,” said Premier Hamm. “This event is our opportunity to thank our governments and ourvolunteers for their contributions toward making this newequipment and renovations a reality,” said Blaise MacNeil, chiefexecutive officer, South West Health. This is another step in the province’s plan to increase access todiagnostic equipment. Most recently, an MRI began operation inCape Breton.last_img read more

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Supplier Development Program Announced at Trade Show

first_imgECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Supplier Development Program Announced atTrade Show The province is helping Nova Scotia companies to get a biggerslice of the $1 billion it spends in public procurement eachyear. While 80 per cent of goods, services and construction theprovincial government purchases is from Nova Scotia vendors,there is still room to grow. A new Supplier Development Programannounced today, May 19, is aimed at encouraging even more salesfor Nova Scotia companies. “The province is committed to working with Nova Scotia suppliersto help them increase access to business opportunities andimprove competitiveness in all markets,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernest Fage. Mr. Fage announced the Supplier Development Program as CumberlandCounty vendors gathered at the Cumberland Municipal Building inNappan. Provincial and municipal governments and school boardsmet with public sector buyers at what is billed as the first in aseries of “reverse trade shows” to be held regionally. Ratherthan vendors holding a trade show for potential clients toattend, the reverse is true in this case — the buyer is holdinga trade show for the vendor to attend. “Our goal is to ensure that all public sector procurement iscarried out in an open, competitive, fair and consistent manner,”said Mr. Fage. “The province is supportive of our vendors and weare organizing our efforts to ensure that local vendors have theopportunity to bid on goods and services required by the publicsector.” As promised in the Blueprint, the Supplier Development Programwill help small business bid on government goods and services andwill provide new outreach services and community workshops onaccessing procurement opportunities. Reverse trade shows are only one component of the program. TheProcurement Branch of the Office of Economic Development willcontinually update its website at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/ as newcomponents evolve in the weeks and months ahead.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 3 to Exit 4 will have one-lane closures for repairs to eastbound lanes beginning early next week. The first phase of repairs is expected to be completed by Monday, June 26. A second phase will begin on Tuesday, July 4 and is expected to be completed before Monday, July 31. Traffic control will consist of a variable message board, traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone.last_img read more

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Rappel pour la vérification du niveau de radon

first_imgCet hiver, on encourage les Néo-Écossais à vérifier le niveau de radon dans leur maison. Le radon est un gaz naturel souterrain radioactif. « La vérification du niveau de radon est importante, » a dit le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Une exposition à un niveau élevé de radon au cours de plusieurs années augmente les risques de cancer du poumon, particulièrement pour les fumeurs. » Janvier est le temps idéal pour vérifier les niveaux de radon. La vérification donne une mesure précise du radon qui s’accumule dans les habitations puisque les portes et les fenêtres sont toujours fermées. Il est facile et peu dispendieux de protéger votre maison et vos proche. Les appareils de vérification, y compris les trousses d’analyses en laboratoire que vous envoyez par la poste, sont disponibles auprès des entreprises qui effectuent des vérifications environnementales ou sur Internet, à un prix variant de 40 $ à 80 $. Les appareils doivent être laissés en place pendant au moins trois mois. Selon les lignes directrices nationales, la quantité de radon dans les édifices et les maisons ne doit pas dépasser 200 becquerels par mètre cube. En plus d’encourager les Néo-Écossais à vérifier le niveau de radon dans leur maison, le gouvernement provincial a lancé un programme visant à vérifier le niveau de radon dans les édifices publics dans le cadre d’un plan quinquennal qui est entré en vigueur en 2006. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le radon et sur les lignes directrices de Santé Canada, consultez le site Web du ministère de l’Environnement à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/nse/airlandwater/radon.asp.last_img read more

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Le ministre dépose le Rapport détape sur les services en français

first_imgLe gouvernement continue d’augmenter les services offerts en français aux Néo-Écossais, selon un rapport d’étape déposé aujourd’hui 14 octobre par Graham Steele, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. Le Rapport d’étape 2009 sur les services en français, qui est bilingue, décrit le travail effectué par les institutions publiques désignées pour la prestation de services en français à la communauté acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse au cours de l’année financière 2008-2009. « C’est un honneur pour moi de présenter la gamme de services qui sont maintenant offerts en français, a dit M. Steele. Du nouveau Centre de service aux entreprises Canada-Nouvelle-Écosse bilingue dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse au système amélioré d’information sur les conditions routières qui offre maintenant des mises à jour en français sur les travaux routiers, les Acadiens et les francophones ont accès à un plus grand nombre de services gouvernementaux dans leur langue maternelle. » Les renseignements nécessaires à la rédaction du rapport ont été obtenus des plans de services en français de 38 institutions publiques désignées. L’Office des affaires acadiennes a compilé et résumé l’information. Le rapport mesure les réalisations selon quatre objectifs : « Je suis d’avis que le cadre de travail interne ainsi que l’expertise et le dévouement des fonctionnaires et de leurs institutions publiques désignées ont aidé le gouvernement à augmenter sa capacité d’élaborer et d’offrir des services en français, a dit M. Steele. Nous célébrerons bientôt le cinquième anniversaire de l’adoption de la Loi sur les services en français, et je suis certain que le gouvernement continuera d’offrir des services en français de qualité supérieure. » Les institutions publiques désignées sont celles qui sont énumérées dans le Règlement sur les services en français et qui ont l’obligation d’offrir des services en français. Le Rapport d’étape 2009 peut être consulté, en français et en anglais, en ligne à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/acadien. Le renforcement de la politique, de la réglementation et de l’administration, à l’appui de la Loi sur les services en français La consultation avec la communauté acadienne et francophone La communication, le partage d’information et la promotion des services offerts en français Le soutien à l’élaboration, à la planification et à la prestation des services en français dans les secteurs prioritaireslast_img read more

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Stronger Guidelines for Conducted Energy Weapons

first_img “These guidelines will assist police in responding effectively to situations requiring the use of force, giving consideration to both the person involved and the responding officer,” said Deputy Chief John Collyer of the Bridgewater Police Service. The stronger guidelines, which come into effect today, June 9, build on changes made in 2008 in response to the death of Howard Hyde and the subsequent recommendations of the Report of the Advisory Panel on the Use of the Conducted Energy Device by Law Enforcement Agencies in Nova Scotia. Last month, government released Building Bridges: Improving Care in Custody for People Living with Mental Illness. The plan outlines about 90 actions to address recommendations from Judge Anne Derrick, who presided over an inquiry into the death of Mr. Hyde. “Peace officers want to respond appropriately to incidents involving people living with a mental illness,” Mr. Landry said. “In the guidelines, we emphasize the importance of de-escalation and other crisis-intervention techniques, and that emphasis is now part of all conducted energy weapons training in the province. “We also emphasize that many of the incidents should be considered medical emergencies to ensure the health and safety of all those involved.” The conducted energy weapon guidelines and a fact sheet can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/just . when and how the devices are to be used procedures to be used when dealing with people living with a mental illness or a suspected mental illness high-risk situations where the use of the weapons should be avoided policy and documentation requirements compulsory reporting to the province of any use of the devices mandatory training and certification of users regular testing of the weapons Justice Minister Ross Landry has strengthened provincial guidelines on the use of conducted energy weapons, commonly known as Tasers, to help ensure the health and safety of people involved in Nova Scotia’s justice system. “The revised guidelines recognize that conducted energy weapons are a useful tool for peace officers, but also acknowledge that their use must follow clear and prudent procedures,” Mr. Landry said. “The revised guidelines are some of the strongest in Canada and meet or exceed the federal ones.” The revised guidelines outline:last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 5A west for about six kilometres to the start of the twinned highway section, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site and delays are possible. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Tangier to Spry Harbour, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Some night work may be required. QUEENS COUNTY: Milton Bridge, Milton Milton Bridge, on Bridge Street, will be closed for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. A detour route is in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Intersection Route 333/Trunk 3 Intersection Route 333/Trunk 3 will have stop and go traffic for installation of traffic signals, asphalt patching and repaving from Monday, Oct. 29 until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place at night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and there is a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105, Little Bras d’Or Bridge Traffic on Highway 105, the Trans Canada Highway, is being detoured onto the new Little Bras d’Or Bridge, while work is being done on a water pipeline. When work is complete, traffic will return to the existing bridge until work is completed on the new bridge approach road. Drivers should travel with caution. The new bridge is scheduled to be open at the end of November. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, Country Harbour Mines, will have alternating one lane closures for ditching, installation of pipes, asphalt patching and repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Traffic on sections of Shore Road, from Fort Point Road west for about eight kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for culvert replacement and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road, from Trunk 4 north to Cenotaph Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and road repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 1 Traffic on sections of Highway 1 near Brickton, from about one kilometre west of Mount Hanley Road for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for ditching and culvert replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Swissair Site Temporarily Closed for Upgrade The Swissair Flight 111 Memorial, on Route 333 near Peggys Cove, is temporarily closed to pave the parking lot. The closure includes the access paths and the site itself. We appreciate the patience of the public during this important upgrade. The work is expected to take about four days, weather permitting. The permanent no parking signs on Route 333 in this area will remain in force during this project. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Highway 103 Traffic on sections of Highway 103, from Exit 26 to Exit 27, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. DIGBY COUNTY: Route 340 Traffic on sections of Route 340, from the intersection of Townshipline Road, near Ohio, south for about seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Route 303 Traffic on sections of Route 303, from the Digby town line to the Saint John Ferry Terminal, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Mainshore Road Traffic on sections of Mainshore Road, from the Yarmouth town line to the intersection of MacCormack Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 3 east for about four kilometres, to Old Landfill Road in Mount Uniacke, will be reduced to one lane for widening, milling, guardrail and shoulder work. When work is complete, Old Landfill Road west to Exit 3 will be reduced to one lane. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Other than this weekend, work takes place from sunrise to sunset. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Upper Clyde Road Traffic on sections of Upper Clyde Road, from Highway 3 north for about seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and chip sealing until Wednesday, Oct. 31. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March 2013. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road near Jacket Lake will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31.Work takes place from dawn to dusk. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about two kilometres north of Creignish Mountain Road, north for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.center_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7, Bedford Bypass, Westbound Trunk 7, Bedford Bypass, westbound lane just before the Sackville exit, will be closed for bridge repairs until Saturday, Oct. 27. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Traffic on sections of Route 316, west of the intersection of Whitehead Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Drivers should travel with extra care. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Traffic on sections of Highway 10, from the Lunenburg County Line north to Ridge Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clementsvale Road Clementsvale Road, from Princedale Branch Road to Clementsport Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 3 Traffic on sections of Highway 3, from Exit 32A to the intersection of Route 308 at Tusket, will be reduced to one lane for culvert replacement and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125, between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road, will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3. Drivers should expect slow-moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road will have two bridges, Morrison’s Siding and MacDonald’s Gulch, reduced to one lane for repairs until Saturday, Oct. 27. Traffic control signals are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Welshtown Bridge The Welshtown Bridge will have a five-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Vehicles over five tonnes can use Highway 203 known as the Ohio Road, Trunk 3, and Upper Clyde Road. LUNENBURG: Trunk 3 Trunk 3, Fletcher Hebb Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic signals are in place. NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from St. James Road to Groves Point, will have one-lane closures for milling and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Back Road Traffic on sections of Back Road, from the intersection of Landsdowne Road to Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Traffic on sections of Highway 1, from about one kilometre east of Annapolis Royal to about six kilometres west of Annapolis Royal, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 eastbound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for the installation of traffic signals, patching and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Greenville Road – Greenville Bridge The Greenville Bridge, on the Greenville Road over Highway 103, will be reduced to one lane to install new bridge joints and railings until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic lights will be installed on the section of Greenville Road near the bridge. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Eskasoni Highway Eskasoni Highway, Route 216, about seven kilometres west of Trunk 4, for about seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Province Announces Restrictions During Wildfires

first_imgAs fire crews battle three wildfires in Nova Scotia the province is announcing measures to prevent additional fires. Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines announced that beginning at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 9, all travel and activities within the woods is restricted. This includes hiking, camping, fishing, and the use of off-highway vehicles. People can still access beaches and provincial parks, but trail systems will be restricted. “We recognize these restrictions pose an inconvenience for Nova Scotians and visitors, however, our top priority has to be safety,” said Mr. Hines. “Conditions in some regions of the province haven’t been this dry in 15 years. These restrictions are being put in place to reduce the risk of additional fires.” These restrictions also apply to forestry, mining and any commercial activity on Crown land. Those who conduct commercial activity on Crown land will require permits which can be obtained at local Department of Natural Resources offices. Hunters and fishers will also require travel permits. Mr. Hines thanked forestry companies who have moved work to nighttime hours, which is between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. He encourages all companies and private landowners to take this approach. “Our industry recognizes this situation requires the co-operation of everyone who uses our province’s forests,” said Jeff Bishop, executive director of Forest Nova Scotia. “We’ve asked our members to shift work to overnight to do our best to prevent any wildfires.” Wildfires in Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co. and Greenfield, Queens Co., are now totally contained and mapped at about 21 hectares and five hectares respectively. The fire burning at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co. has not been contained and has grown. All available resources, including planes from other provinces, continue to fight that fire, which is about 140 hectares. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I’d like to thank our dedicated firefighters who are working around the clock to fight these fires,” said Mr. Hines. The province will continue to provide updates, which can be found at www.novascotia.ca/nsfire.last_img read more

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Industrial Inquiry Commission to Help End Labour Dispute

first_imgAn Industrial Inquiry Commission will start in August to help end a prolonged labour dispute between the Halifax Herald and the Halifax Typographical Union. “After 18 months with no resolution, it is clear this is an exceptional circumstance that needs action,” said Derek Mombourquette, acting Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “I am hopeful this will help put an end to the dispute and allow both parties to begin the process of rebuilding their relationship.” The Industrial Inquiry Commission process will begin with mediation between the parties. If a voluntary agreement is not reached, the commissioner will investigate the causes of the dispute. The commissioner will then report his findings and potential recommendations to the minister. Experienced mediator and arbitrator William Kaplan, who was most recently appointed by the Government of Canada to mediate the Canada Post dispute, has been appointed commissioner. For more information on the appointment of the Industrial Inquiry Commission go to https://novascotia.ca/lae/unionworkplaces/docs/Appointment-Industrial-Inquiry-Commission.pdf.last_img read more

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Serious Concerns Raised by UN Regarding Systemic Discrimination Faced by African Nova

first_imgAfter visiting Nova Scotia and other parts of Canada last fall, a United Nations working group is raising serious concerns regarding ongoing systemic discrimination faced by people of African descent. The UN Expert Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent is on the agenda to present its report to the UN Human Rights Council today, Sept. 25, and tomorrow in Geneva. “The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission continues to see evidence of racism and discrimination faced by African Nova Scotians,” said Christine Hanson, the commission’s director and CEO. “We call on communities and governments at all levels to examine and develop policies and practices to address the report’s recommendations.” In its published report, the working group stated that it is deeply concerned by the structural racism that lies at the core of many Canadian institutions and the systemic anti-Black racism that continues to have a negative impact on the human rights situation of African Canadians. Canada’s history of enslavement, racial segregation and marginalization of African Canadians has left a legacy of anti-Black racism which must be addressed in partnership with the affected communities. African Nova Scotians make up the largest racially visible group in Nova Scotia. Among its observations, touching on human rights, justice, employment, health and other areas, the report also recognizes efforts in Nova Scotia to improve the situation of people of African descent. For instance, it welcomed the restorative inquiry for the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children, as a model of collaborative and restorative approaches in addressing issues affecting people of African descent. The working group also expressed concerns over the lack of implementation of the Land Title Clarification Act, which is aimed at resolving outstanding land claim issues within historically Black communities. The Nova Scotia government will make an announcement on this issue later this week. “The commission is pleased the government is taking action to address this long-standing issue and looks forward to an announcement with greater detail later in the week,” said Ms. Hanson. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Act mandates the commission to address allegations of racism and discrimination and build inclusive communities through human rights public education. The commission recently announced that it hired independent expert Scot Wortley to examine Halifax police street check data and to make policy recommendations to the Halifax Police Board of Commissioners. In March, the commission launched an education campaign in partnership with the Nova Scotia business community, Serving All Customers Better, free online training for front line retail staff to address and prevent consumer racial profiling. The training has already reached thousands of people. “We are grateful that the UN Expert Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent came to Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Hanson. “We welcome their recommendations as they will help inform our work with partners, stakeholders and the community.” The United Nations Decade for People of African Descent runs until 2024. The UN, in proclaiming this decade, recognizes that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. The working group’s report that will be presented to Human Rights Council is publicly available on the United Nations high commissioner for human rights website at: https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G17/239/60/PDF/G1723960.pdf?OpenElement.last_img read more

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Nova Scotians Honour Workers and Families on Day of Mourning

first_imgNova Scotians will honour workers who have died or were injured on the job at Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province Saturday, April 28. Labour and Advanced Education Minister, Labi Kousoulis and Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia CEO, Stuart MacLean, will join representatives from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour at a ceremony at Province House in Halifax. Shannon Kempton, who lost her father as a result of an explosion at an auto yard in 2013, will also speak at the event. “I wish for more time with my dad,” said Ms. Kempton. “One more day so that I can tell him that I love him. One more day so that I can take him to our cabin. One more day to just hang out like we used to do when I was a kid.” In 2017, 21 Nova Scotia workers lost their lives at work or because of work-related injuries, diseases or conditions. “This ceremony is about joining together and honoring those who were killed or injured on the job, as well as their families, loved ones and colleagues who’ve been affected by workplace tragedies,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “This ceremony also serves as an important reminder that we must continue improving workplace safety, and preventing workplace injuries and fatalities.” The annual event is organized by the Federation of Labour to publicly acknowledge those affected by workplace tragedy. “Our thoughts, condolences and commitment go out to the families and friends of the workers who have lost their lives, or were injured due to work,” said federation president, Danny Cavanagh. “A person’s life should not be at risk when they are at work; nor should a worker’s loved ones wonder if they will be returning home safely.” For more information on the Day of Mourning, visit dayofmourning.ns.ca.last_img read more

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MD of Pathway Education Services five others held for rigging BITSAT

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday arrested the Managing Director of Delhi-based Pathway Education Services, on charges of rigging the entrance examination of BITS Pilani, in exchange for large sums of cash money.The central probe agency nabbed five other accused in the case including owners of examination centres in Ahmedabad and Vadodara, which were compromised as part of the racket and two cyber technical experts who had designed the system to manipulate the entrance test of BITS Pilani known as BITSAT. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe agency said it also carried out raids in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Vadodara and recovered several incriminating documents along with Rs 33 lakh in cash and several signed blank cheques. The CBI has alleged that Bhaskar Choudhary, MD of Pathway Education conspired with the other accused and came up with a premium service to offer parents of students aspiring to get into the esteemed institution a service, where applicants would not have to answer the questions of the test themselves. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe test-manipulation racket came to light when the father of a student in Gandhinagar was approached by someone claiming to call from Pathway Education Services in Delhi. After repeated calls to the complainant, he decided to report the matter to the CBI in Gujarat, which took up the investigation in the case after registering an FIR on May 22. After repeated calls, the complainant decided to visit the partner, one Ketan Barot of Disha Education in Ahmedabad, where Barot revealed incriminating details of the racket he was part of. According to the verification report, part of the CBI FIR, Barot had boasted to the complainant that rigging examinations of institutes like BITS Pilani and Vellore Institute of Technology were a small matter for them. Barot allegedly also claimed that their “real work” lies in the manipulation of exams like NEET UG, NEET PG, and JEE Advanced. He further allegedly claimed that they would charge around Rs80-90 lakh for NEET UG and as much as Rs2-2.5 crore for rigging the NEET PG exams. The agency’s FIR alleges that Barot had explained the system of rigging the BITSAT exam to the complainant saying that their operation had a covert understanding with the company that provided them access to the BITS Pilani servers and demanded Rs 10 lakh from the complainant to get the job done for his daughter. Cyber experts Sheth Mohammed Usama and Virag Harendra Kumar Shah had allegedly designed a system to manipulate the entrance test of the coveted private college, and other institutes like the Vellore Institute of Technology. The system was designed in a manner where students would be sitting in front of their computer at the designated exam centres in Vadodara and Ahmedabad, while “expert scholars” would answer test questions on their behalf by taking over the test-takers’ computer through a remote desktop technology. All arrested were produced in a Delhi court on Saturday and were remanded to a 12-day police custody.last_img read more

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I miss you Sanjay on Sunil Dutts birth anniversary

first_imgMumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt posted a heartwarming message for his late father Sunil Dutt on his birth anniversary, saying he misses him every day. On actor Sunil Dutt’s 90th birth anniversary on Thursday, Sanjay took to Twitter to remember his father. The actor shared a black and white photograph of himself with his father and his sister. He captioned it: “Happy Birthday Dad. I miss you.” Sunil Dutt was a movie actor, producer, director and politician. He had worked in memorable films such as “Sadhna”, “Ek Phool Char Kaante”, “Gumraah”, “Mera Saaya”, “Mother India” and “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.”. In 1968, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the government. He died of a heart attack on May 25, 2005 at his residence in Mumbai. Sanjay’s fans got a glimpse of the bond he shared with his father through Rajkumar Hirani’s film “Sanju” that saw actor Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay.last_img read more

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Forget numbers be active in House PM tells Oppn

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday underscored the constructive role of the opposition in a healthy democracy as the 17th Lok Sabha began. Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament House, PM Modi said, “Every word of the opposition is valuable… The Opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in the house proceedings”. The opposition has been in shock after their drubbing in the national elections and is yet to hold a strategy session – customary before every session of parliament. The monsoon session started Monday with PM Modi and other members taking the oath. Over the coming days, the government will present the budget and focus on a few key bills. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France”When we come to parliament, we should forget about paksh and vipaksh (government and opposition). We should think about issues with a nishpaksh (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation,” Prime Minister Modi said. The BJP has a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha – the party won 303 seats in the national elections, a jump over its last time’s score of 282 – making for smooth sailing of any bill in the lower house. But in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, it still has a numerical disadvantage. The NDA has 102 members in the 245-seat upper house, which might affect the passing of key bills, like the bill to make triple talaq illegal, which is likely to be introduced in this session. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizePM Modi reached out to the opposition Sunday as well at an all-party meeting and asked the attending leaders to “introspect whether members of parliament are able to fulfil people’s aspirations as their representatives”. He also thanked the leaders for their suggestions. At the meeting, the Congress had raised the issues of unemployment, farmers’ distress, drought and press freedom, while also calling for early conduct of assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir. Modi expressed satisfaction that the new Lok Sabha has a high number of women members. Pro tem Speaker Virendra Kumar administered the oath to Modi and other newly elected members. The first two days of the session will be devoted to oath-taking by Lok Sabha members. The Speaker will be elected on Wednesday. The next day, at a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver his customary address. See P5last_img read more

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Not dislodging anyone in Madhya Pradesh says Shivraj Singh Chauhan

first_imgLucknow: Madhya Pradesh former chief minister and BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chauhan Sunday asserted his party is not dislodging anyone but it cannot do anything if the state government “falls due to infighting” within the Congress. Chauhan, who was here during the weekend to address the district-level and regional-level heads of BJP’s membership drive, said this when he was asked whether the BJP will form government in Madhya Pradesh before the assembly elections are held. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “Now, if the Congress (government) falls due to infighting in the party, then we cannot do anything. We are not dislodging anyone, but whatever is going on there (in MP) is not good,” he told PTI in an interview. The 15-year power drought ended for the Congress in Madhya Pradesh in 2017 when it defeated the saffron party in the assembly poll. Calling himself a “staunch supporter” of ‘One Nation, One Election’, the senior BJP leader, who is heading the party’s membership drive, said Lok Sabha polls should be held along with Assembly elections to various states so that “uninterrupted development” can take place. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “I am a staunch supporter of One Nation, One Election. And, I have been supporting this concept while I was the chief minister. Continuous polls disrupt development and derail the country, as all political parties are engaged 24×7 in preparations for the next elections,” Chauhan said. He said, “In the interest of the country, the Lok Sabha polls should be held along with Assembly elections to various states so that uninterrupted development can take place for five years. When the focus of all the parties is on winning the elections, there is no long-term planning for the development of the country”. Highlighting the need for simultaneous elections, the three-time chief minister said, “As soon as the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh were over, preparations started for the Lok Sabha elections. Now, after the parliamentary elections, it will be states like Haryana and Maharashtra, which are gearing up for polls.” He also said that in the Haryana Assembly elections, officers from Madhya Pradesh go as observers, which affect the working and functioning of the non poll-bound state, and unnecessary expenses are incurred. Asked whether the One Nation, One Elections will push the smaller parties to the brink of existential crisis, Chauhan said, “See the case of Odisha, were assembly elections were held along with the Lok Sabha elections. In the parliamentary elections, the BJP got more votes, while in the Assembly election, it was Naveen Patnaik and his BJD, which got thumbs-up from the people of the state. They wanted Modiji as PM, and Naveen Patnaik as CM. People have become wise enough now”. Of the 146 Assembly seats in Odisha, the BJD won 112, while the BJP managed to win 23 seats. The BJP won 8 seats out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state, while the BJD won 12 parliamentary constituencies in the recently concluded polls. The “one nation, one poll”, which was part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha election manifesto, has made the Opposition weary about the prospects. In August last year, the Law Commission had recommended holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies to save public money. In its draft recommendations, the commission had said simultaneous polls, with an exception of Jammu and Kashmir, would help the government of the day focus on “developmental activities rather than electioneering”. It, however, cautioned that holding simultaneous elections was not possible within the existing framework of the Constitution. After Modi addressed a NITI Aayog meeting recently, an official release said, “The Prime Minister called for widespread debate and consultations on simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas, keeping in view various aspects such as the resulting financial savings and consequent better utilisation of resources.” The Niti Aayog had last year suggested synchronised two-phase Lok Sabha and Assembly polls from 2024 to ensure minimum campaign-mode disruption to governance. When asked to comment on the events unfolding in West Bengal and its Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Chauhan said, “She has lost her mental balance and has become very agitated. Modiji’s popularity definitely played an important role in BJP’s stupendous performance in the Lok Sabha polls in Bengal.” The BJP ushered a major surprise, winning 18 Lok Sabha seats out of a total of 42 in Bengal, only four less than the Banerjee-led TMC’s tally of 22. Buoyed by its stupendous victory, the saffron party has claimed that they would end the TMC rule in the next assembly poll in West Bengal in 2021. Post-poll clashes between TMC and BJP supporters in Bengal grabbed headlines as the saffron party made inroads into the state.last_img read more

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Former KMC councillor found dead

first_imgKolkata: An elderly person was found dead in the parking lot of an upscale club located on Sarat Bose Road, on Wednesday morning. The deceased has been identified as Sawarmal Bhimsaria (75) of Tarachand Dutta Street in Jorasanko. According to sources, on Wednesday at around 6:15 am, security persons of the said club saw Bhimsaria lying unconscious at the parking lot. He was immediately rushed to SSKM Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Police later found a note where it was written that he was committing suicide over some family dispute. According to the police, no foulplay has been detected in this connection. Bhimsaria was a former councillor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation during the early 90’s. He used to be a Congress member at that time. He was also selected for the post of borough chairman during his tenure as councillor.last_img read more

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UAPA bill clears LS hurdle Shah defends amendments

first_imgNew Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday defended amendments to an anti-terror law, saying they are essential to keep law enforcement agencies one step ahead of terrorists.Responding to a debate in Lok Sabha on a bill seeking to amend the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, he asserted anti-terror laws would not be misused and used only to root out terrorism. He said that provision in UAPA (amendment) bill, which was later passed in the Lower House by a voice vote, to designate a person suspected to have terror links as a terrorist is necessary to root out terror. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHitting out at the Congress for opposing the amendment, he said if the UPA was correct in amending anti-terror laws in their tenure, then so is the NDA. He said, in the name of ideology, some people promote urban Maoism and the government has no sympathy towards them. The government fights terrorism and it should not matter which party is in power, Shah said, referring to amendments made in anti-terror laws by successive governments. During a division of votes, demanded by AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi for consideration of the bill, as many as 287 MPs supported it and only eight opposed it. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAmendments brought in by some opposition members were also defeated by huge numbers during the division of votes. When the AIMIM member insisted on a division of votes over amendments, Speaker Om Birla quoted rule to say that he can ask the members supporting or opposing them to stand up for counting, if he feels it appropriate. “The only purpose of this law is to root out terrorism. We will ensure that this law will not be misused,” Shah asserted. The Congress under the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had brought in UAPA, he said, targeting the opposition party, whose members earlier questioned the rationale behind the law. Radical preachers are propagating the ideology of hate and terrorism, Shah said, claiming that terrorism is born out of a person’s mindset and is not about institutions. “Some (opposition) members said that we have destroyed the federal structure by bringing this amendment. If the federal structure has been destroyed then it was destroyed during the UPA time as the law was enacted then,” he said. If somebody indulges in terrorist activities then definitely the NIA will seize his computers and other devices, he added.last_img read more

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Lack of clarity at top hurting Cong Tharoor

first_imgNew Delhi: Asserting that “lack of clarity” over leadership following Rahul Gandhi’s resignation is hurting the Congress, senior leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said the way forward for the party could be opening up all key posts, including the CWC membership, to fresh elections which would help legitimise the incoming set of leaders.He also backed Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s assessment that a young leader would be more suitable to lead the Congress at this juncture. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Tharoor said he hopes that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will throw her hat in the ring when the call for elections for the party chief’s post is made, but added it was up to the Gandhi family to decide on whether she will contest for the post. In an interview to PTI, Tharoor expressed disappointment with the prevailing situation in the party and asserted that there is no clear answer to the current “predicament that we in the Congress are facing”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”It is certainly quite true that the lack of clarity at the top of the party is likely to be hurting the Congress workers and sympathisers, many of whom miss the fact of having a party leader to look to for key decisions, authority and even inspiration and energy, to rally together and move forward,” the Thiruvananthapuram MP said. Tharoor said he hoped that the Congress Working Committee (CWC) is taking the current situation “very seriously” and is doing its best to find a solution without further delay. “One way forward could be for the CWC to name an interim working president for the party and then ideally dissolve itself, following which the main leadership positions within the party, including the CWC itself, should be opened up to fresh elections,” the former Union minister said. “By allowing members of the party, drawn from the AICC and PCC delegates, to determine who will lead the party from these key positions, it would help legitimise the incoming set of leaders and give them a credible mandate to lead the party,” he said. PTIlast_img read more

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