Heating Assistance Program Deadline Approaching

first_img The form is also available on the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr . SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Heating Assistance ProgramDeadline Approaching Nova Scotians are reminded that the deadline to apply for theKeep the Heat program is Thursday, March 31. The Keep the Heat program will provide a cheque for a one-timepayment of up to $200, a coupon for a free furnace cleaning andan opportunity to win a do-it-yourself energy savings kit. Thecoupon has a value of $80.50 (includes HST) and is intended for afurnace tune-up by a qualified furnace technician. To be eligible for the Keep the Heat program, applicants mustheat their home with oil or propane and be paying for itthemselves, have a family income of $22,200 or less, or ifsingle, an income of $13,400 or less. Seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement and personsreceiving income assistance from the Department of CommunityServices are eligible if they heat their home with oil orpropane. In all cases, applications must include a fuel bill,dated within the past six months, in the applicant’s name. Applications for the Keep the Heat program can be obtained bycalling 424-5200 in the Halifax area, or toll-free 1-800-670-center_img To date more than 23,500 Nova Scotians have benefitted from thisprogram. The province has issued more than 23,500 cheques, 11,500 furnace tune-up vouchers and 4,000 energy conservationkits.last_img read more

Halifax 2014 Announces International Bid Budget

first_imgHalifax 2014 today, Nov. 30, announced the details of its international bid budget. The budget of $14,310,200 covers the preparation of a detailed bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “This is a serious budget for a serious bid,” said Fred MacGillivray, president and chair of Halifax 2014. “We recognize and accept our responsibility to manage it prudently in order to prepare a bid that creates a lasting legacy and sustainable benefits for Halifax, Nova Scotia and Canada.” The international bid budget covers activities related to detailed planning and design of all Games venues and facilities including competition and non-competition venues and the athletes’ village; local, national and international sport legacy and development programs; and a bid team including local, national and international experts. It also covers promotion of the bid locally, nationally and internationally; a delegation to Sri Lanka for the final presentation and vote in November 2007; and, administration and operational costs. The Halifax 2014 bid committee includes experts who have games experience to ensure Halifax’s bid meets the stringent and comprehensive requirements dictated by the Commonwealth Games Federation for the international bid process. “The requirements of preparing a winning bid for major multi-sport Games have increased dramatically in the last several years,” said Scott Logan, Halifax 2014 CEO. “Our international bid budget reflects the level of detail and planning we are engaged in — making sure we have the most accurate and detailed Games-time plans and cost estimates that meet the requirements of the Commonwealth Games Federation.” The budget includes funding from several sources including Halifax 2014’s primary funding partners, the federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as corporate and business contributions. The federal and provincial government will each contribute $3.5 million. Halifax Regional Municipality will contribute $3 million and corporate partnerships will account for $3.73 million. The remaining $580,200 will come from other sources including merchandising and lottery efforts for a total of $14,310,200. A breakdown of the $14,310,200 budget is as follows: $2,286,193, partnerships and relationships; $3,742,112, compensation and benefits; $2,986,137, finance and administration; $2,458,558, corporate partnership, marketing and communications; and $2,837,200 for games planning. In addition to the federal government’s investment in the international bid budget, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency announced $2 million in support of economic and business development opportunities associated with attracting the Games and strengthening local expertise in attracting major events. “The investment made today by our primary funding partners is not only a financial contribution — it’s a tangible commitment towards realizing the full benefits of hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games,” said Mr. MacGillivray. “We thank each of our government partners for their ongoing commitment and confidence in our collective effort to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.” “Clearly, our government partners have come through with a solid commitment to Canada’s bid for the 2014 Games,” said Dr. Andrew Pipe, president of Commonwealth Games Canada. “We see this as a strong vote of confidence and look forward with renewed optimism to what we’ll be able to accomplish together.” The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland, and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007, in Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Province Launches Booklet for Women with Mood Disorders

first_imgWomen who think they may be suffering from depression have new resources to help them. The booklet, titled Women and Mood Disorders: Stories of Recovery, launched today, May 5, during Mental Health Week. The booklet contains personal stories of five Nova Scotia women who are dealing with mood disorders. It is part of the Department of Health’s three-year mental health strategy. “By sharing their personal stories, these women are reaching out to others who may think they are suffering from a mood disorder,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Their courage will help other women better understand when they need to talk to a health professional or how to help a friend they may think is showing signs of depression.” The booklet will be available to community health centres throughout the province to raise awareness about when people should seek professional help. Copies of the booklet can be requested online. As part of the Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace Initiative, employer charters will be signed by the Department of Health and the IWK Health Centre. These initiatives are part of a broader campaign by the department to educate Nova Scotians — from school-aged children to the elderly — about the effects of mental illness on families, schools and workplaces. The women and mood disorders booklet is available on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health/mhs/depression/women.asp .last_img read more

2008 Year End Tourism Stats Available

first_imgNova Scotia welcomed almost 2,080,000 visitors in 2008 and the economic impact of the province’s tourism industry reached $1.33 billion, on par with 2007. The total number of visitors to the province decreased by three per cent in 2008, while the number of room nights sold increased by 25,000 or one per cent. “We held our own in 2008 and are doing all we can to attract visitors in 2009,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We are set to launch our new marketing plan, which focuses on growth markets with easy access to Nova Scotia, increased emphasis on social media, developing compelling visitor experiences and building even stronger relationships with our industry partners.” The downward trend of American visitors to Canada continued in 2008, with 33,100 or 15 per cent fewer visitors from the United States. The number of visitors from other parts of Canada also decreased slightly by 27,700 or two per cent. There was a one percent increase or 900 more overseas visitors. Overall in 2008, the majority of visitors, 87 per cent, came from other parts of Canada, with nine per cent from the United States, and four per cent from overseas. About 67 per cent of visitors to Nova Scotia travelled by road, with the remaining 33 per cent arriving by air. Room nights sold across the province increased by one per cent overall, however results varied from region to region. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors, excluding Nova Scotia residents, at all entry points to the province, and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics and the 2009 Tourism Outlook can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights .last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . 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. HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Friday, Jan. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CONTINUING WORKcenter_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. VICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown Ferry is out of service due to ice in the channel. Check 511 for updates. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until September 2015. Traffic is normally two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave ferry The LaHave cable ferry is out of service for cable repairs until further notice. Continue to check 511 for updates.last_img read more

Sheriffs and Conductive Energy Weapons OpEd Piece

first_imgIn Nova Scotia, sheriffs work hard every day to keep us safe. Our 235 sheriffs are responsible for court security, civil enforcement and prisoner transport. In rural areas, they also transport money from courts and serve summonses. Their duties can be dangerous and at times they can be exposed to violence. They take their responsibility to serve and protect Nova Scotians very seriously. We too have a duty to keep them and the places where they work safe. About a year ago, the union representing the province’s sheriffs raised concerns about the safety of their members. They told us that they want more tools to deal with potential violent situations and to improve their safety on the job. In response to the concerns, my department initiated an independent occupational health and safety review. It examined whether sheriffs are adequately equipped, trained and supported to do their jobs safely. There were 51 recommendations; one being a limited arming of the sheriffs. The report was thorough and we took the recommendations very seriously. When determining a go forward on the recommendation to arm the sheriffs, we were careful and systematic in our approach. Arming our sheriffs with firearms would be a significant change from the way our sheriffs currently do their jobs and we wanted to be sure our decision was based on research, evidence and facts. Our examination revealed that few other jurisdictions across the country arm their sheriffs. We also discovered through conversations with sheriffs, the courts and our correctional partners that many would like to see alternative measures to firearms explored. After significant study and review, we are confident we can address the safety concerns raised in the occupational health and safety review and reduce the risk to staff and public using other measures. That plan includes rigorous risk assessment, increasing physical security at courthouses when necessary, using armed police officers when risks are heightened and equipping designated sheriffs with conductive energy weapons, commonly known as Tasers, rather than firearms. Our plan includes training for 24 deputy sheriffs in the safe use of conductive energy weapons. They will have to meet the same rigorous fitness and mental health standards used by our police services. My department will also continue to work closely with occupational health and safety experts to ensure that our plan achieves the right balance between workplace and public safety and addressing the concerns of our sheriffs. Identification of candidates and testing is occurring now. Training for the sheriffs is expected to begin by May, with implementation of the new safety measures beginning in the summer. The purpose of arming the sheriffs with conductive energy weapons is to ensure that officers are able to protect themselves, the facilities, clients and staff they serve from significant or immediate threats. We are confident that our approach will achieve these requirements. I want to sincerely thank our sheriffs for the work they do every day to keep our communities safe. We did not take this decision lightly and we are committed to providing additional tools, supports and resources to help keep our staff and the public safe. -30–last_img read more

Fire Update Thursday Aug 18 4 pm

first_img -30- Following is a provincial wildfire update for Thursday, Aug. 18, 4 p.m. the fire at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co., is under control and 100 per cent contained but still has hot spots being attended to the fire at Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co. is contained and being patrolled, but there is no fire activity the fire at Perch Lake, Pictou Co. is out the fire at Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co. is now out the section of Trunk 8 near Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co., that has been closed since last week is now open restrictions on travel in woods have been lifted for all of Nova Scotia but people are asked to avoid any activity that could potentially cause more wildfires campfire and brush burning in the province is not permitted any day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The latest information on burning restrictions is posted daily at 2 p.m. at http://www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe more information on the fires can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/nsfirelast_img read more

MumbaiGoa highway shut for traffic due to heavy rains

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai-Goa national highway in Maharashtra has been shut for traffic since Saturday morning due to flood in the Jagbudi river in coastal Ratnagiri district following heavy rains, police said. Torrential rains since Friday night have triggered a flood-like situation in some parts of Thane, Raigad and Ratnagiri districts. An official said the river water gushed on the highway near Khed in Ratnagiri district this morning. Savitri and Amba rivers in Mahad and Pali in Raigad district are also in spate following which traffic at Nagothane and on Khopoli-Pali road has been suspended, he said. Personnel of disaster response force and police are deployed in those areas to avoid any untoward incident, the official added.last_img

Court frames charges against Sengar others for murder of Unnao rape survivors

first_imgNew Delhi: Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar and other accused, including three UP policemen, were charged by a Delhi court Tuesday for the alleged murder of Unnao rape survivor’s father in judicial custody, reported PTI. The court also framed charges against Sengar, others for allegedly assaulting him and framing him in the Arms Act case in 2018.The 19-year-old complainant in the Unnao case accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar and others of gang-raping her at his residence on June 4, 2017. The case was handed over to the CBI after the complainant’s father died in a hospital days after he was allegedly beaten in police custody at Sengar’s behest. The MLA was arrested on April 13, 2018 on orders of the Allahabad High Court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details On July 28 this year, a speeding truck collided head-on with a car in which the complainant, her lawyer and two aunts were travelling. The aunts died and the complainant and lawyer were severely injured. It was found later that the licence plate of the truck was blackened, which gave way to speculations of a conspiracy behind the “accident”. A day after the accident, Uttar Pradesh Police arrested the driver and cleaner of the truck. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Yediyurappa inducts 17 Ministers in first Cabinet expansion

first_imgBengaluru: More than three weeks after he was sworn in as the Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday expanded his ministry by inducting 17 ministers into his Cabinet. This is the first Cabinet expansion after he assumed office on July 26 and proved his government’s majority on the floor of the Assembly on July 29. The new Ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan here. They include former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, two former deputy Chief Ministers — K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, independent MLA H Nagesh and Laxman Sangappa Savadi, who is not a member of the Assembly or Council, and MLC Kota Srinivas Poojari. Others sworn in were: Govind M Karajol, Ashwath Narayan C N, B Sreeramulu, S Suresh Kumar, V Somanna, C T Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, J C Madhu Swamy, C C Patil, Prabhu Chauhan and Shashikala Jolle Annasaheb, who is the only woman Cabinet Minister. Karnataka can have a maximum of 34 Ministers, including the Chief Minister.last_img read more

Gangraped minor girl tonsured paraded in Bihar

first_imgPatna: Members of a panchayat in Bihar’s Gaya district “punished” a gangraped minor girl by tonsuring her head and parading her through the village, a police officer said here on Wednesday. The 15-year-old girl was kidnapped by residents of her village on August 14 and gangraped, sources in the police headquarters said. The girl narrated the incident to her parents who then approached the local panchayat for justice two days later. However, the members of the panchayat accused the girl of making unfounded allegations against the accused, who enjoy clout in the area, and punished the minor by tonsuring and parading her through the village, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The incident came to light when the victim and her parents lodged a telephonic complaint with the office of the Director General of Police a week after the panchayat’s verdict. Six people, including five members of the panchayat, were arrested on August 26 after recording the statements of the victim and her parents, Mohanpur SHO Ravi Bhushan said. Gaya Mahila Thana in-charge Ravi Ranjana said the arrested persons have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days after being produced before a designated court while the girl’s statement was recorded before a magistrate after her medical examination. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K She said the girl is yet to recover from the trauma but has been able to identify one of the accused. Meanwhile, the state women commission has shot off a missive to Gaya police chief, demanding speedy justice to the victim besides summoning the five panchayat members. “It is a very serious matter. We have asked the Gaya SSP to ensure that the accused are awarded strict punishment and the victim gets justice. We have asked the five panchayat members to appear before us and explain why such an inhuman treatment was meted out to a minor girl,” State Women Commission Chairperson Dilmani Mishra said.last_img read more

Irans Hassan Rouhani orders lifting of all nuclear RD limits

first_imgTehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday ordered all limits on nuclear research and development to be lifted, the country’s third step in scaling down its commitments to a 2015 deal with world powers. His announcement came shortly after the US hit the Islamic Republic with further sanctions, the latest in a series of punitive measures including an embargo on Iranian oil exports. Iran and three European countries — Britain, France and Germany — have been engaged in talks to reduce tensions and save the nuclear deal that has been unravelling since US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in May last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut late Wednesday, Rouhani made good on a declared intention to take another step away from the multilateral deal signed with the permanent five United Nations Security Council powers and Germany (P5+1). “I, as of now, announce the third step,” he said on state television. “The atomic energy organisation (of Iran) is ordered to immediately start whatever is needed in the field of research and development, and abandon all the commitments that were in place regarding research and development,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe referred to “expansions in the field of research and development, centrifuges, different types of new centrifuges, and whatever we need for enrichment”. Iran in July abandoned two other nuclear commitments: to keep its stockpile of enriched uranium below 300-kilogrammes, and a 3.67-percent cap on the purity of its uranium stocks. Rouhani had earlier on Wednesday told a cabinet meeting: “I don’t think that… we will reach a deal”. But the Iranian president had also said Tehran and the European powers had been getting closer to an agreement on a way to resolve burning issues. “If we had 20 issues of disagreement with the Europeans in the past, today there are three issues,” he said. French President Emmanuel Macron, meeting Trump last month in France, encouraged him to offer economic incentives for Tehran and dangled the possibility of a summit between the US and Iranian presidents. Trump made clear Wednesday that he was still interested in meeting Rouhani when the Iranian leader visits New York for the annual UN General Assembly. “Sure, anything is possible,” Trump told reporters. But Rouhani has already ruled out a summit without sanctions relief, and on Wednesday the Trump administration issued its third set of sanctions on Iran in less than a week. In the latest salvo, the Treasury Department put on its blacklist a shipping network of 16 entities, 10 people and 11 vessels that it said was selling oil on behalf of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards’ Qods Force. The network sold more than USD 500 million worth of oil this spring, mostly to Syria, benefitting both President Bashar al-Assad and militant Lebanese allies Hezbollah, the Treasury Department said. A US official said that the move showed Washington’s position on relaxing sanctions — and warned that more would come. “We can’t make it any more clear that we are committed to this campaign of maximum pressure and we are not looking to grant any exceptions or waivers,” Brian Hook, the State Department coordinator on Iran, told reporters. Iran has said it will resume full compliance with the nuclear deal if it reaches a deal with France on a USD 15-billion credit line, which Tehran would repay once it resumes oil exports. The US is currently trying to block such shipments with unilateral sanctions. Hook stopped short of criticising the credit line itself, saying there was no “concrete” proposal. Speaking days after a trip to France, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi ruled out renegotiation of the 2015 accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “Returning to full implementation of the JCPOA is subject to receiving USD 15 billion over a period of four months, otherwise the process of Iran reducing its commitments will continue,” said Araghchi, quoted by the state news agency IRNA. Hawks in the Trump administration adamantly oppose any easing of pressure, saying their goal is not only to contain Iran’s nuclear programme but to curb the clerical state’s influence across the Middle East. Iran had long threatened to carry out a third set of nuclear countermeasures by Friday unless other parties to the deal offset the effect of US sanctions in return for its continued compliance. Tensions rose significantly in July since Iran took the first two steps away from the nuclear deal and seized a British-flagged tanker — the Stena Impero — in the Strait of Hormuz for “failing to respect international maritime rules”. But some members of the crew of this Swedish-owned tanker have been released, Stockholm said late Wednesday. “A part of the crew of the Stena Impero… has been released,” Sweden’s foreign ministry said in a message to AFP, without giving details of how many of the crew had been freed.last_img read more

Millennials opting for Ola Uber not that a big factor for current

first_imgGuwahati: Millennials opting for ride hailing services like Ola and Uber may not be that strong a factor for the current slowdown in auto sales and a detailed study is needed to arrive at any conclusion in the contrary, according to a top official of the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India. Ownership pattern in India still has not changed and people purchase cars with an “aspirational aspect”, MSI Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) Shashank Srivastava told PTI in an interview here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn Tuesday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said change in mindset of millennials, who now prefer taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber instead of committing for monthly installments to own a car, was among one of the many factors responsible for the slowdown in the automobile sector. “The Ola and Uber factor may not be strong to contribute to the current state of slowdown. I think we need to watch and study it more before arriving at such a conclusion,” Srivastava said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe further said, “Ola and Uber came into existence during last 6-7 years. In this period, the auto industry also saw some of its best times. So, what happened only during last few months that the downturn became so severe? I do not think it is only because of Ola and Uber,” Srivastava said. He gave the example of the US market, where Uber is a big player and the car sales in the last few years are robust. “India, 46 per cent of the car buyers are first time users. It is an aspirational behaviour. People may use public transport like Ola and Uber to go to offices on weekdays, but still they buy a vehicle for the weekend outings with the family,” Srivastava explained. “The pattern of ownership in India has not changed yet. We have to watch on a longer period to see if there is a structural change in buying pattern,” he added. Srivastava said there are many reasons for this downturn in the auto market such as liquidity crunch, increased prices of products due to regulatory issues, higher taxes and rise in insurance rates. He also said the government’s measures announced last month to tackle the slowdown is not sufficient and those are helpful for long term health of the industry as they basically addressed the sentiments of the customers. According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), domestic vehicle sales in August declined by 23.55 per cent to 18,21,490 units from 23,82,436 units in the same month last year. From April to August period, the sales have fallen by 15.89 per cent to 97,32,040 units from 1,15,70,401 units in the year-ago period, SIAM had said. Srivastava said MSI has launched new versions of its various product range and the company is hopeful of some positive results during the forthcoming festive season. When asked if the company regrets the lukewarm response from the government in handling the situation and absence of any stimulus package, Srivastava said: “The government knows the exact situation. I believe they have to take care of the entire economy. I am sure they will do the best for the economy and the industry.” MSI’s domestic sales in August dipped by 34.3 per cent to 97,061 units from 1,47,700 units in the same month lat year.last_img read more

Ontario premier calls Trumps withdrawal from climate change agreement appalling

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s premier is joining a growing number of politicians condemning Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement.Kathleen Wynne says the U.S. president’s rejection of the 190-country agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is appalling and shows he is abandoning his responsibility to fight the biggest threat currently confronting the world.Wynne’s criticism on Friday comes after the federal environment minister called Trump’s decision disappointing and suggested the president was costing the U.S. a key opportunity to profit from the inevitable growth of clean-tech initiatives around the globe.Wynne says co-operation between sub-national governments has become even more important after Trump’s announcement, and she pledged to continue to work with other leaders, particularly U.S. governors, to combat climate change.“It’s really appalling to me that the president of the United States would abdicate his responsibility in the face of the greatest threat confronting humanity,” Wynne said Friday, at an event in Barrie, Ont. “The reality is the whole world needs to be involved in fighting climate change.”A group of mayors from communities in the Great Lakes region issued similar criticism Friday.“The decision is short sighted, ill advised, and not in the best interests of the people of the United States, Canada, or the world,” said the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a coalition representing 130 Canadian and United States mayors and their communities of over 17 million people.Ontario’s Liberal government launched a cap-and-trade program this year, which puts caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit and allows polluters to buy allowances at auction or from other companies that come in under their limits.Ontario is expected to join the Quebec-California carbon market next year.Ontario’s four-year climate change action plan is funded by cap-and-trade revenues of between $5.9 billion and $8.3 billion, which will go to green initiatives such as social housing retrofits, an electric vehicle incentive program and public transit.Since Jan. 1, cap and trade has added 4.3 cents per litre to the price of gasoline and about $80 a year to natural gas home heating costs, in addition to indirect costs that will be passed onto consumers.The Liberals have been criticized in recent months for high electricity rates in the province, something the Progressive Conservatives seized upon during a byelection campaign in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., that resulted in a Tory win Thursday night.Wynne said Friday that she knew the race was going to be a tough one for her party and wished the winner — Progressive Conservative Ross Romano — well.The Liberals had held the seat from 2003 until December, when former Liberal cabinet minister David Orazietti stepped down.Romano won with about 40 per cent of the vote, followed by NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich with 33 per cent and Amaroso trailed behind, with 23 per cent.last_img read more

Police lay 330 charges and arrest 33 during Queens homecoming weekend

first_imgKINGSTON, Ont. – Police say they laid hundreds of charges during Queen’s University homecoming celebrations in Kingston, Ont., over the weekend.They say 307 of the 330 charges were under the Liquor Licence Act for violations such as having open alcohol, underage drinking and public intoxication.Police say officers seized three kegs during the celebrations on Friday and Saturday.The number of charges was almost double the 166 laid last year and higher than the 203 handed out in 2015.Thirty-three people were arrested — 30 for public intoxication and three for breach of the peace — up from 19 in each of the two previous years.Police Chief Gilles Larochelle described it as a “very busy weekend” for his force.“I am extremely proud of their efforts to ensure public safety and order, balanced with restraint and appropriate enforcement,” Larochelle said Monday in a release.The university cancelled its fall homecoming in 2008 after police made 140 arrests on a variety of charges as thousands crowded Kingston’s streets.Homecoming returned in 2013 and had seen fewer arrests and charges until this year.last_img read more

QuickList October inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.4 per cent in October, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):_ St. John’s, N.L.: 0.8 per cent (1.5)_ Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.1 (2.3)_ Halifax: 0.8 (1.2)_ Saint John, N.B.: 1.6 (1.7)_ Quebec: 1.0 (1.0)_ Montreal: 1.1 (0.9)_ Ottawa: 1.2 (1.5)_ Toronto: 1.7 (2.1)_ Thunder Bay, Ont.: 0.8 (1.4)_ Winnipeg: 1.5 (1.4)_ Regina: 2.2 (2.0)_ Saskatoon: 2.3 (2.0)_ Edmonton: 1.3 (1.1)_ Calgary: 1.4 (1.4)_ Vancouver: 2.4 (2.3)_ Victoria: 1.6 (1.7)last_img

Exhibits released to media in trial of man accused of killing offduty

first_imgHALIFAX – Key videos at the trial of a Halifax man accused of killing an off-duty police officer have been released to the media, including one showing a man wheeling a compost bin that was allegedly used to dump Catherine Campbell’s body.The Crown has alleged Christopher Garnier strangled the Truro, N.S., police constable at a north end Halifax apartment on Sept. 11, 2015, and used a green bin to dispose of her body near the Macdonald Bridge.One surveillance video from a nearby business shows a blurry image pulling a green bin towards the McCully Street apartment, and then away from the area minutes later.Another surveillance video released to the media Friday was captured inside the Halifax Alehouse, where Garnier and Campbell had met hours earlier, and shows what a police officer described as a man and a woman embracing and dancing.Also released were photos from inside the apartment — including what a forensic officer described as suspected blood droplets — a diagram of the apartment, and a large overhead map of the neighbourhood.The 29-year-old Garnier has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.The exhibits were presented this week at the trial, which got under way in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Monday before a seven-man, seven-woman jury.The trial resumes Monday.last_img read more

Thalidomide survivors say they were belittled by Disability Minister Kent Hehr

first_imgOTTAWA – Members of a thalidomide survivor group allege that patients were belittled in a face-to-face meeting with Kent Hehr, the federal minister for persons with disabilities.Fiona Sampson, a thalidomide survivor in the meeting, said Hehr degraded patients with his remarks.She said he apologized this fall after a letter was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office.The survivors are calling on the federal government to honour a pledge to compensate them with a lump sum payment of $250,000 and increased annual pensions.They say patients have received lump sum payments of $125,000 each, noting they are struggling to make ends meet due to the extent of their disabilities.In December 2014, the House of Commons passed a unanimous motion with a commitment to provide “full support’ to Canadian thalidomide victims who were born with physical disabilities due to the effects of the drug during pregnancy.last_img read more

NAFTA Ministers set to attend longerthanexpected round in Montreal

first_imgWASHINGTON – The ministers leading the negotiations for a new NAFTA will be in Montreal for a longer-than-expected round of upcoming talks.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, American Robert Lighthizer and Mexico’s Ildefonso Guajardo will attend the closing of the round on Jan. 29.The Montreal talks were originally scheduled to run Jan. 23-28, but are now set to begin Jan. 21.The ministers face some pressure to make progress in the negotiations.The current schedule of talks ends in March, and after that Mexico will be embroiled in an election campaign, followed by legislative elections in the U.S.Signs that the process could become snared in electoral politics were illustrated today on Twitter: the presidential candidate for Mexico’s ruling party tweeted that his country will never pay for the border wall, which U.S. President Donald Trump says will be funded by profits from a new NAFTA.last_img read more