Image Courtesy: ABSOn December 21, China’s Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding held a naming and delivery ceremony for Kan Wo, an asphalt tanker.The 6,200 dwt newbilding is owned by Hong Kong’s Compass Shipping and classed by ABS.Kan Wo, which flies the flag of Hong Kong, features a length of 109.9 meters and a width of 20 meters.Designed by Bestway Marine Engineering and Design, the vessel is said to incorporate the latest bitumen cargo ship design.Featuring four independent cargo tanks, and built to ABS rules, Kan Wo will leave China shortly for its first cargo loading in Australia, according to ABS.
South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has extended the term of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) C.K. Yoo. until 2021.“All employees of HMM – with a sense of great duty and mission as the only national ocean carrier – will give our all to leap forward as one of the top global shipping carriers.” “We believe that HMM will gain great cost-competitiveness and strengthen its sales power,” Yoo said.The term extension is being reported in the light of the company’s 42nd regular shareholders’ meeting held at the HMM’s headquarters in Seoul.Yoo is expected to resume the company’s fleet renewal campaign which has seen HMM order construction of five very large crude carriers (VLCC) last year at DSME and acquire two 11,000 TEU containerships.Earlier this week, the company announced it had secured USD 420 million to finance the construction of the quartet.As announced by Yoo in January, the company intends to double its vessel capacity by 2022.As part of the plan, HMM revealed an investment in the construction of 22,000 TEU newbuilding that is expected to be formalized shortly.Furthermore, the company has launched a digitalization of its operation via a switch to a Cloud-based next-generation system, planned to be completed by 2020.Image Courtesy: HMM
zoomBy courtesy of Fincantieri S.p.A., all rights reserved Viking Jupiter, the sixth ocean cruise ship Fincantieri is building for Viking, was floated out at the shipyard in Ancona on May 10.Interior fittings will now begin, leading the vessel to its delivery, scheduled in 2019, according to the shipbuilder.The float out was introduced by the traditional coin ceremony, consisting of welding a silver dollar on the top deck of the ship.The 47,800-ton newbuilding, to be placed in the small cruise ship segment, will have 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.The first ship in the series, Viking Star, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, which joined the shipowner’s fleet in 2016 and 2017, were all built at the Ancona yard. The fifth ship, Viking Orion, will be completed within the next few weeks also at the Ancona shipyard.As informed, the remaining ten units, including the one launched today, will take to the sea from Fincantieri’s Italian yards between 2019 and 2027.Last month, Fincantieri’s subsidiary VARD signed a letter of intent for the design and construction of two special cruise vessels to be built in its Norwegian yards. The two units are scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2021 and the second quarter of 2022, respectively. The deal includes an option for two more vessels to be built by the shipbuilder.
zoomImage Courtesy: Silversea Cruises Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has received an order for another ultra-luxury cruise ship from Silversea Cruises.Under the contract, valued at over EUR 320 million (USD 381.3 million), the new cruise ship is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2021. The unit is Silversea’s eleventh ship, and the third one in the Muse-class series.Named Silver Dawn, the new vessel will be a sistership of Silversea’s flagship, Silver Muse, which was launched from the Fincantieri shipyard of Sestri Ponente (Genoa) in April 2017.The order of Silver Dawn comes just months after the cruise line signed a contract with Fincantieri for the construction of Silver Moon, another sistership to Silver Muse, which is due to be delivered in 2020.“Following the extraordinary success of Silver Muse, we are delighted to announce Silver Dawn as the eleventh ship to join the Silversea fleet,” Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Chairman, said.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Dry bulk demolition has significantly decreased in 2018, dropping by 71.6% to only 4.2 million dwt scrapped by mid-December, according to BIMCO.A major factor behind this fall has been an almost total halt in Panamax demolition, which accounted for only 3%, while demolition in every ship segment decreased.In 2017 Panamax ships accounted for 23% of total dry bulk demolition. This year only two ships totaling 144,485 dwt were demolished. Panamax demolition was previously at such a low level in 2007 when the total came to 141,479 dwt.“Historically, better freight rates lead to a decrease in demolition and with average earnings in the dry bulk market at their highest since 2011, owners are more likely to keep their ships sailing,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.During 2018, there was not a month when dry bulk demolition was over 0.8 million dwt, compared to last year in which ten months saw demolition above 0.8 million tonnes. January saw the highest levels this year at 748,666 dwt, while April was the lowest month with only one Supramax ship demolished.Small ships live longer livesThe average age of dry bulk ships being demolished has risen to reach 28.1 years, up from 24.7 years in 2017, BIMCO cited Clarksons. The highest average age of demolished ships was observed in May, peaking at 31.7 years.The average age for demolished Capesize ships over the course of the year was 23.8 years old, and Panamax ships were on average demolished at 21.6 years of age. The smaller ship sizes had a higher average age at demolition of 29.8 years and 31.9 years for Handymax and Handysize ships, respectively.
Many of these volunteers have served on mission staff, coached orcompeted in previous Games. The 2005 Canada Summer Games will take place in Regina, Sask.from Aug. 6 to 20. It is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. Anitra Dagley, Halifax Regional Municipality Frank Denis, Halifax Regional Municipality Bette El-Hawary, Halifax Regional Municipality Joni Henderson, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality Joel LeBlanc, Victoria Mines, Cape Breton Co. Jeff LeDrew, Upper Tantallon, Halifax Regional Municipality Gerard MacIsaac, Pictou, Pictou Co. Mary Jane MacKinnon, Hammonds Plains, Halifax Regional Municipality Ted Meldrum, Coldbrook, Kings Co. Adèle Poirier, Halifax Regional Municipality Lynne Robertson, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality Caitlin Rochon, Halifax Regional Municipality Ness Timmons, South Bar, Cape Breton Co. Nancy Tokaryk, Halifax Regional Municipality Mike Trinacty, Berwick, Kings Co. Jan Wallace, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality Eighteen volunteers have come together to help Nova Scotiaathletes give the performance of a lifetime at the 2005 CanadaSummer Games in Regina, Sask. They form the mission staff who will co-ordinate theparticipation of Team Nova Scotia’s 450 athletes, coaches,managers and artists in the Games. “We have a good mix of previous mission staff returning to offertheir Games experience, as well as enthusiastic new volunteerscoming on board to support our athletes as they strive forexcellence in sport,” said Health Promotion Minister RodneyMacDonald. “Together, they’ll run Team Nova Scotia with a spiritof co-operation that’s gained national recognition at the Games.” Nova Scotia is the only province with a mission staff comprisedentirely of volunteers. Thus far, it is also the only province towin the Claude Hardy Award for the best mission staff. The awardwas first presented in 2001 and again in 2003. Mission staff fromall provinces and territories voted on the recipient. “I’m proud to have been on both mission staffs that won thisaward, and excited to be leading the team for 2005,” said chef demission Russell MacDonald. “Over the next 17 months, we’ll bedoing our best to help our athletes achieve their goals whilesharing our friendly Nova Scotia attitude with everyone at theGames.” Mr. MacDonald, of Groves Point, Cape Breton Co., is a retiredteacher and administrator with the Cape Breton-Victoria RegionalSchool Board. He was on the mission staff for the 2001 SummerGames in London, Ont., and served as assistant chef de mission atthe 2003 Winter Games in Bathurst-Campbellton, N.B. Assistant chef de mission Susan Beazley is the athletic directorat Armbrae Academy in Halifax. She worked with Mr. MacDonald onthe 2001 mission staff and was an athlete on Nova Scotia’s fieldhockey team in 1973 and 1977. Ms. Beazley will assume the chef demission position for the 2007 Winter Games in the Yukon. Mr. MacDonald and Ms. Beazley will lead 16 volunteer missionstaff from across Nova Scotia:
CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 A 2.5 kilometre section of Highway 125, near Coxheath Road, willbe closed between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 while atemporary bridge is installed. A detour will be available via Keltic Drive (Route 305) andtraffic control persons will be in place. -30- Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517
The Department of Health has begun searching for a new way todispose of Nova Scotia’s biomedical waste. The department invited contractors today, Feb. 1, to submitproposals on the best and safest way to proceed. “We will look at all options that come through the tenderingprocess,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “I’m confident wewill find a solution that is best for Nova Scotia and that willmeet all environmental standards.” Currently, Nova Scotia generates about 2 million kilograms ofbiomedical waste, most of which is plastic. It is now transportedto Cape Breton to an incinerator where it is destroyed. Thatcontract for services expires at the end of the year. Contractors have until Feb. 17 to respond to the call forexpressions of interest for a new contract to dispose of thewaste. A selection committee will then decide on a short-list ofpotential candidates. The successful proposal must undergo acomprehensive environmental assessment conducted by theDepartment of Environment and Labour.
CANCER CARE N.S.–Cape Breton’s Palliative Care Education aSuccess Cape Breton area residents are receiving improved palliative careservices from better trained health-care workers thanks to CancerCare Nova Scotia’s Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program,says an evaluation released today, March 31. One-hundred-thirty-nine health professionals from across CapeBreton District Health Authority completed an evaluation aftertaking the three-day program. All feedback was positive. Theevaluation indicates that the program content was appropriate,meaningful and applicable to the daily work of health-careproviders. Through pre- and post-testing, participantsdemonstrated both an increase in and retention of knowledge. “Palliative and supportive care is an essential component of ahigh-quality cancer system,” said Dr. Andrew Padmos,commissioner, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “The Palliative CareFront-Line Education Program has significantly increased thelevel of palliative care expertise available to Nova Scotiacancer patients and their families. It is providing healthprofessionals with the knowledge they need to more skilfullymanage the unique needs of their patients.” By covering such topics as pain management, spiritual andcultural considerations, and grief and bereavement, thePalliative Care Front-Line Education Program addresses thephysical, emotional, social and spiritual impacts of dealing witha life-threatening illness. It is designed to provide front-linehealth-care workers with the education they need to deliver high-quality palliative care. “This initiative helps build confidence among healthprofessionals throughout the province — and patients ultimatelybenefit from their enhanced knowledge,” said Health MinisterAngus MacIsaac. The Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program encouragescollaboration and the development of community partnerships byincorporating an interprofessional, team approach to education.To build on the program’s success and further enhance the qualityof palliative care services in Nova Scotia, Cancer Care NovaScotia will provide continued support to districts that offer thethree-day program. “The Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program was offered intwo locations in our district and was well received in both,particularly by the volunteers and the continuing care staff,”said David MacIver, vice-president of community and continuingcare for Cape Breton District Health Authority. “The programallowed members of the interdisciplinary palliative care team toparticipate in a structured education program, which is anopportunity that many may not have had otherwise. We definitelywant to offer this program again in the near future.” Diane Leblanc, who was just starting her role as palliative careco-ordinator when she completed the program, said it offerssomething for everyone. “The Palliative Care Front-Line EducationProgram is extremely valuable, especially to volunteers without aformal education in health care,” she said. “I see a particularneed for this program in rural areas of our province. I’mcurrently working with two other palliative care nurses fromBaddeck and Inverness, and we hope to have the program availablelater this year in Margaree.” The Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program was developed inresponse to a needs assessment and a Palliative Care Roundtablehosted by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. It was modelled after theRural Palliative Home Care Project, a federal health transitionproject conducted in 1999 and 2000. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, familiesand the health-care system through prevention, screening,education and research.
The province will continue to act as the regulator and set fuel prices under the Petroleum Products Pricing Act until an independent review of the policy is completed, Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said today, Oct. 30. “We’ve promised an independent review of the policy and, separate from that, are carefully weighing the recent report of the Utility and Review Board (UARB) on gasoline regulation,” said Mr. Muir. “Once the policy review is done then we have context for the UARB report.” The Utility and Review Board was originally slated to assume responsibility for setting the price of gasoline and diesel fuel in Nova Scotia on Nov. 1. The government’s overall policy review is due to begin early next year. “Certainly it doesn’t seem to make sense to ask the UARB to assume the duties as regulator until we know if, and under what conditions the policy is going to continue,” the minister said. “If the review suggests ways to improve the system then we want to look at them before making the final transfer, if any, to the UARB.” Mr. Muir said that regulation is a policy that is designed to work over the long term and any credible review probably requires the system to be in operation for six months before any analysis can determine if it is delivering benefits. Regulation of gasoline in Nova Scotia was initiated on July 1. A request for proposals for an independent review of the policy will be issued in November with a starting date of Jan. 1, 2007. All four Atlantic provinces now regulate gasoline and diesel fuel prices available to the general motoring public. Each province varies in how and on what day prices are prices are set.
Land inspections, more water quality testing and new regulations are some of the actions government is taking to address water quality in the Carleton River Watershed. The Department of Environment released a report today, Oct. 6, outlining the state of 10 lakes within the Carleton River watershed in Yarmouth and Digby counties. “In the interest of making life better for people who live in these areas, government is committed to doing what it can to improve the health of these lakes,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “This is a long-standing concern and it will take time and co-operation with industry and communities to see results.” Residents have expressed concern with persistent blue green algae blooms in several lakes along the watershed. Blue green algae is naturally occurring but excess nutrients in the water, such as phosphorus, makes it worse. The nutrients can come from poor waste-management practices, fertilizers and faulty septic systems. The Department of Environment began a water-quality sampling program in 2008 to better understand the health of selected lakes in this watershed, which includes nearly 100 lakes and rivers. The report, available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/surface.water/ , includes analysis of September and October 2009 samples taken from more than 50 sites in 10 lakes. The 2008 report, released last year, is also available on the website. The 2009 report said nutrients are increasing overall and water quality has been deteriorating since the mid-1980s. Six of the 10 lakes: Nowlans; Placides; Hourglass; Parr; Ogden; and Fanning had the poorest water quality. Provost, Porcupine and Vaughan lakes showed moderate levels and Sloans Lake had near pristine water quality. This year, the department began auditing potential nutrient sources. Mink farms were recognized as nutrient sources, so the departments of Environment and Agriculture partnered to conduct land inspections at eight mink farms, identified based on risk factors such as size and how close they are to water. Seven deficiencies were found on five of the eight farms inspected, including three requiring immediate action. All seven deficiencies have been addressed. Environment inspectors spoke with farmers about the best ways to manage waste and protect water sources. In May, Environment Canada also conducted 10 inspections of area mink farms and collected samples, which were shown not to be harmful to fish. As a result, no enforcement actions were taken under the federal Fisheries Act. Environment Canada will continue to share information and sample results. “With good farm practices and solid regulations, I believe the fur industry can be successful while being good stewards of the environment,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Government brought in legislation for the fur industry last spring. The regulations we are drafting will make sure the mink industry better manages its waste in an environmentally sustainable manner.” The Department of Environment will continue to conduct water-quality tests in the Carleton River Watershed area and visit more mink farms and other sites that may be contributing excess nutrients to the lakes and rivers. Residents can reduce health risks by avoiding contact with water where there is an algae bloom as well as not drinking, swimming, bathing, or brushing teeth with the water. People should avoid eating the internal organs of fish caught where blue green algae blooms occur. A fact sheet on blue green algae is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/surface.water/ . NOTE TO EDITORS: Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau and Agriculture Minister John MacDonell, and technical staff from the Department of Environment, will be available for media interviews today, Oct. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fifth floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax. Phone interviews can be arranged in advance.
John Holm has been appointed chair of the Waterfront Development Corporation board of directors the province announced today, Nov. 24. “Mr. Holm brings the right skills and experience gained as a member of the WDCL board to the chair position,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “He is committed to redeveloping and revitalizing land surrounding the Halifax Harbour, and in Lunenburg — the two most visited destinations in the province.” Mr. Holm is a former educator and MLA who retired from public office in 2003 after 19 years that included serving on most committees of the House of Assembly. He currently volunteers at a Dartmouth food bank and sits on the boards of the Dartmouth Non-Profit Housing Society and the Dartmouth Work Activity Society. “Nova Scotians want to see the potential of our unique waterfront resources maximized,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. “Mr. Holm shares WDCL’s vision to create memorable spaces and experiences on our waterfronts that enrich Nova Scotia’s cultural and economic opportunities, year-round.” Mr. Holm’s term as chair begins Dec. 1 and extends through March 1, 2014. He is replacing George Archibald, whose term expires on Nov. 30, after serving as chair and a director since 2006. Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a provincial Crown corporation that manages provincially owned land along the waterfronts from Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. WDCL recently launched a 4-stream public spaces recycling project, created a free wireless for internet users, and supports Car ShareHFX, an alternative transportation company.
Les prévisions budgétaires provinciales, publiées aujourd’hui 22 décembre, indiquent que la Nouvelle-Écosse réalise des progrès en ce qui a trait à son objectif de vivre selon ses moyens, mais le ministre des Finances, Graham Steele, souligne que la province fait toujours face à d’importants défis financiers à long terme. Le gouvernement provincial prévoit maintenant un surplus de 97,2 millions de dollars cette année. Le surplus est entraîné par plusieurs changements ponctuels aux sources de revenu, aux recettes fiscales, aux réévaluations des pensions, aux dépenses ministérielles reportées ou réduites, aux frais réduits de service de la dette et aux rajustements d’année antérieure. « Bien que nous réalisions des progrès réels, la Nouvelle-Écosse n’a pas encore commencé à remonter la côte relativement au déficit, a dit M. Steele. L’immense défi financier auquel cette province fait face existe aujourd’hui, tout comme il existait hier et tout comme il existera lorsqu’un nouveau budget sera déposé au printemps 2011. » La mise à jour semestrielle indique un surplus parce qu’elle n’inclut pas les dépenses annuelles typiques pour le financement des universités ou le financement des fonds de bourses pour les étudiants. En 2009-2010, le financement des universités se chiffrait à environ 360 millions de dollars. Bien qu’aucune décision n’ait encore été prise au sujet du montant du financement l’année prochaine, ces coûts se reproduiront l’année prochaine et chaque année suivante alors que le gouvernement provincial effectue la transition vers l’établissement de budgets annuels pour ces dépenses. Des retards dans certains projets prévus ajoutent également aux dépenses de l’année prochaine. Le gouvernement provincial prévoit toujours un déficit considérable d’environ 370 millions de dollars, tel que prévu dans le plan quadriennal qui accompagnait le budget du printemps dernier. La mise à jour des prévisions budgétaires indique que les dépenses ministérielles ont respecté les niveaux réduits établis dans le budget. Les dépenses reportées et le contrôle des coûts signifient que chaque ministère, à l’exception d’un seul, prévoit des dépenses qui sont égales ou inférieures aux dépenses prévues dans le budget. Le ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure fait exception, en partie à cause des dommages causés par les tempêtes qui ont frappé les régions de Meat Cove et du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse. M. Steele a misé sur les prévisions budgétaires publiées aujourd’hui pour réaffirmer l’engagement du gouvernement à continuer de réduire les dépenses au cours des années à venir. « Il n’y aura pas de dépenses excessives en mars, nous allons continuer de limiter les augmentations de salaire dans le secteur public et nous allons poursuivre notre plan visant à nous assurer que les ministères, les commissions, les agences et les conseils élaborent des plans de réduction budgétaire, a-t-il dit. Aujourd’hui, je suis heureux de voir des résultats positifs et de reconnaître les particuliers et les organismes qui nous aident à vivre selon nos moyens. Toutefois, nous ne pouvons pas et nous n’allons pas nous laisser distraire et nous poursuivrons le travail nécessaire pour rétablir l’équilibre. »
The province is investing in a Dartmouth program that helps persons with disabilities build confidence and realize their individual potential. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse announced today, Dec. 6, that the province will provide $500,000 to the Dartmouth Adult Service Centre’s (DASC) capital campaign to help it improve and expand its program. “DASC provides adults with disabilities wonderful opportunities for meaningful work and activity,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “We’re happy to contribute to DASC’s capital campaign. This investment will allow for a new and improved facility that will make life better for current and future participants.” The Dartmouth Adult Service Centre provides a variety of activities for adults with disabilities, including supportive employment, skills training and vocational programming. The capital campaign will help the centre build an improved facility that will better serve current participants and allow them to expand to help more people with disabilities in the future. “The province’s investment brings us one step closer to our new building, which will be customized for DASC’s current and future clients,” said Cathy Deagle-Gammon, executive director of DASC. “I’m so grateful for the partnership we’ve developed with all three levels of government, and that people with disabilities will feel the benefit of that partnership.” This investment is one of several in a series of recent improvements to expand services for Nova Scotians with disabilities. Government has increased investments in such programs by nearly $20 million since 2009.
Premier Darrell Dexter will aim to protect health care for Nova Scotians, and ensure fairness across the country as he joins fellow premiers for Council of the Federation meetings in Victoria, B.C., starting Monday, Jan. 16. “Health care remains the number one priority of Nova Scotians and Canadians,” said Premier Dexter. “Ensuring all provinces can provide similar public health-care services, at similar costs, is paramount.” On Dec. 19, the federal government announced its approach for funding major transfer programs, including Canada Health Transfer, Canada Social Transfer and equalization to the provinces, which includes moving to a per capita funding formula with the Canada Health Transfer. “The differences that exist among the regions are very real,” Premier Dexter said. “The new federal funding formula for the Canada Health Transfer will place a greater burden on poorer provinces with weaker economies and aging populations. “If the rationale behind moving the Canada Health Transfer to a per capita formula is to ensure fairness, then the same rationale should be applied to equalization, and the cap on equalization should be removed.” Nova Scotia has the oldest and fastest aging population in Canada. In 2010, about 16 per cent of the population were 65 or older. This age group accounts for about half of provincial and territorial hospital expenditures. Nova Scotia has the highest prevalence of chronic disease in Canada and spends more on drugs per capita compared to most provinces. The premier said Nova Scotia has made significant progress in managing health-care costs, and moving toward a responsible and sustainable health-care system in the province. Nova Scotia is the first province to set standards for emergency care and the first to introduce collaborative emergency centres, or CECs, to address emergency room closures and long wait times, particularly in rural communities. The province is optimizing technology through Healthlink 811, has established a Fair Drug Pricing Act that makes life more affordable by lowering the cost of generic drugs for patients and taxpayers, and is investing in programs like the Caregivers’ Allowance that help seniors stay in their homes and communities longer. “As a province, we want to build on the investments made as a result of the 2004 Health Accord, and we want the federal government to be a fully committed funding partner,” said Premier Dexter. The province contributes about 80 per cent of health-care funding for Nova Scotians, with the federal portion sitting at about 20 per cent. The Canada Health Transfer, the largest major transfer, provides funding for health care. The Canada Social Transfer provides funding to provinces and territories in support of post-secondary education, social assistance and social services, early childhood development and early learning and child care. The equalization program is the primary vehicle for the federal government to address fiscal disparities among the provinces. In 2009, the government of Canada introduced measures to cap provincial entitlements and impose a ceiling on growth in the program. The Council of the Federation is comprised of all 13 provincial and territorial premiers.
FOR BROADCAST ONLY: A new heating system at Perennia Innovation Centre in Bible Hill will encourage Nova Scotia farmers to produce green energy, increasing their profits and helping protect the environment. The system can burn grass pellets and will serve as a pilot project to show how this renewable energy source can be used. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says that with lots of pasture and a climate that’s ideal for growing grass, Nova Scotia can be a leader in growing grass for energy production. As part of government’s capital plan, the Department of Agriculture is investing 787-thousand dollars to construct a building next to the centre for the heating system. Establishing a market for grass pellets will help spur economic growth and create good jobs in rural Nova Scotia. -30- A new heating system at Perennia Innovation Centre in Bible Hill will encourage Nova Scotia farmers to produce green energy, increasing their profits and helping protect the environment. The system can burn grass pellets and will serve as a pilot project to show how this renewable energy source can be used. Establishing a market for grass pellets will help spur economic growth and create good jobs in rural Nova Scotia. “Agriculture is the backbone of rural Nova Scotia, and we need to think about and do things differently to grow this industry and our economy,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “That’s why we’re helping develop a green energy niche market and giving farmers an option to supplement their income. It’s a win-win.” As part of government’s capital plan, the Department of Agriculture is investing $787,200 to construct a building next to the centre for the heating system. A tender will be issued for a grass pellets supplier. “With lots of pasture and a climate that’s ideal for growing grass, Nova Scotia can be a leader in growing it for energy production,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Capitalizing on our natural advantage is the kind of innovation that will ensure Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry is strong, profitable, and sustainable.” Nova Scotia has 40,000 hectares of pasture that could quickly be developed to produce 360,000 tonnes of grass pellets per year. This could add about $36 million annually to the agriculture industry. “At our grass pellet plant in Lawrencetown, we are sourcing local hay, processing it locally, and supplying local markets,” said Jonathan McClelland, general manager of West Nova Agro Commodities. “We’re creating new markets for small and medium-sized farms while providing an affordable, green heating fuel to customers.” This is the third straight year the province will release the capital plan before the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the year ahead, and gives the private sector greater opportunity to prepare for projects, creating efficiencies and cost savings for the province.
Troop Island’s natural wildlife habitats and important coastal lands will be protected for the benefit of Nova Scotians and future generations thanks to the combined effort of residents, community groups, Halifax Regional Municipality and the province. St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association and Nova Scotia Nature Trust spearheaded the work to raise the $820,000 needed to purchase and take care of the island. The province provided $150,000 towards the purchase price. “As a child growing up in the area, I developed a great love and appreciation for wildlife and nature,” said Denise Petersen-Rafuse, Minister of Community Services, who attended a recent Troop Island celebration event on behalf of Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “I understand the connection people have to the island. The province’s seacoast and its coastal communities are an important part of what makes Nova Scotia a great place to live, work and raise our families.” During the five-week community fund-raising campaign, promoted by celebrated icons like Theodore Tugboat, support was received from Halifax Regional Municipality, the province and a range of individuals and businesses, both within and outside Nova Scotia. “Troop Island has been a special place for generations of local residents. The beautiful vistas, beaches, and old growth forest have touched many people, and we are thrilled that it will now be protected forever,” said Ella McQuinn, past chair of the St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association. “We greatly appreciate how enthusiastically individuals, community organizations, businesses and government all stepped up to help save the island.” Bonnie Sutherland, executive director of the Nature Trust, said protecting Troop Island is an exciting achievement in a much bigger effort by conservation partners to protect Nova Scotia’s increasingly imperiled coastal lands before it is too late. “The overwhelming response by so many people to the Troop Island campaign is a clear indication of how important coastal protection is to Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Sutherland. Troop Island’s 28 acres will go towards the province’s goal of protecting at least 12 per cent of Nova Scotia lands by 2015. More than nine per cent of Nova Scotia’s lands, totalling more than 1.2 million acres, have been protected so far. Engaging and securing public participation is an important part of the process to increase the province’s protected areas. In 2012, the province asked Nova Scotians to help review more than 400 pieces of land that could help reach the 12 per cent goal. In the coming year, a plan will be released proposing which of these lands should be protected and Nova Scotians will again be invited to provide their feedback. The province will then move forward to protect the remaining lands needed to meet the goal, based on what is heard during this consultation. Troop Island is located on St. Margarets Bay, northeast of Peggy’s Cove.
the importance of improving safety culture getting leadership commitment from all organizations education and training inspection and enforcement performance measures solutions for small and medium-sized businesses “I found the process to be very accessible and open,” said Jeff Brett, safety co-ordinator with the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union. “Throughout the process we were made to feel like our points of view were valued and ideas were welcome. I am pleased to see government and the WCB are listening.” The province is already acting on the input. A review of administrative penalties was launched in November, after employers and businesses voiced concerns with the penalties, their effectiveness, and inconsistent assessing. This review is part of the workplace safety strategy. “We are committed to creating good jobs and growing the economy, and providing safe workplaces plays a major role in achieving that goal,” said Ms. More. “We are seeing improvements in our safety record, but there is still much work to be done. I am looking forward to the feedback we receive from Nova Scotians, and to finalizing this important strategy in the next couple of months.” The province wants to hear from more Nova Scotians on how to make their workplaces the safest in the country. The province and the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) are in the final stages of developing a five-year Workplace Safety Strategy. More than 1,000 people and groups have participated in consultation sessions across the province and the province would like input from more people. The deadline to share to make workplaces safer is Jan. 22 at http://workplacesafetystrategy.ca. “Workplace safety is a priority, and all Nova Scotians should come home safe at the end of the work day,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Over the past several months, we have gathered excellent insight and information from hundreds of employees, employers and safety partners on how we can make our workplaces safer. Before this important strategy is finalized, we want to be sure Nova Scotians had more opportunity to provide suggestions.” “We support the province and the WCB’s ambitious vision to work towards becoming one of the safest provinces in the country,” said Jamie LeBlanc, director of human resources with Sobeys. “We are pleased with the efforts to use a collaborative approach to build a strategy that is focused on creating safe workplaces for all Nova Scotians.” There were 30 consultations across the province. Key findings include:
Nova Scotians who want to view the swearing-in of the Members of the Legislative Assembly will be able to watch it live on television and the Internet. Legislative Television will broadcast the ceremony on EastLink Digital Cable channel 95 beginning at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 24. The ceremony will also be available live on the provincial government website at http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/legislative-tv . -30-
The Export Achievement Awards celebrate Nova Scotia companies and are presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. and its sponsors. “The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards let us recognize the hard work and dedication of companies that are driving exports from our province,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “As an organization working for positive economic outcomes for Nova Scotians, NSBI is pleased to host these awards, and work alongside Nova Scotia businesses every day as they grow their exports.” For more information about the awards, visit https://www.novascotiabusiness.com/export-achievement-awards. D.B. Kenney Fisheries Limited, Westport, Digby Co. DSM Nutritional Products, Mulgrave, Guysborough Co. Gillis Seafood, North Sydney Global Courseware Inc., New Glasgow Nautel, Hackett’s Cove, Halifax Regional Municipality North River Fish Farms, Truro Riverside Lobster International Inc., Meteghan Centre, Digby Co. Sea Star Seafoods Ltd., Clark’s Harbour, Shelburne Co. Terra Beata Farms, Lunenburg Tony’s Meats, Antigonish Hutchinson’s Maple Products took home the award for 2017 Nova Scotia Exporter of the Year at the 33rd annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards. The awards were given out today, June 14, at Pier 21 in Halifax. “Congratulations to Hutchinson’s Maple Products, 2017 Exporter of Year, and to all of the nominee companies recognized today,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “These companies exemplify export success, contributing to economic growth in communities across the province, creating jobs and making Nova Scotia stronger.” Hutchinson’s Maple Products, based in Lake Paul, Kings Co., was one of 11 Nova Scotia businesses nominated by their regional chambers of commerce and honoured at today’s awards. The other 10 companies were: