Staff Pick: sometimes my heart pushes my ribs by Ellen Kennedy

This slim little volume came in on hold for me at the library a couple of weeks ago. I looked at its simple cover and the glowing review quote on the back and I wondered - where did I hear of this book and why did I put it on hold? I still can't answer the question, but I'm glad at some point that I did request this title -- a combination of poetry and short prose pieces -- which ended up being a quick and thoughtful read that was by times soothing, baffling and profound.

Kayla And Mo Take Toronto #Wmcfw



I'm pretty excited to be taking in the shows this week blog reader with my bestie blogger Mo ( Follow along with me on instagram and twitter @shortpresents #kaylaandmotaketoronto, as I'll be instagraming and tweeting like crayyy-zay.

Jana crew stranded in Argentia NF

(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) — International Transport Workers Federation inspector Gerard Bradbury has reported another vessel and crew stranded in the port of Argentia in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Bradbury said the crew of the Jana comprised of three Russians and eight Ukrainians contacted him stating they had not been paid since June of this year with outstanding wages topping $120,000 for current and former crew.


Province Marks Municipal Awareness Week

Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey is encouraging Nova Scotians to show their appreciation for their communities and the people behind them during Municipal Awareness Week Oct. 20 to 26.

"I invite all Nova Scotians to celebrate all that our communities have to offer," said Mr. Furey.

"Municipal Awareness Week is a chance to showcase the uniqueness of our communities and celebrate the special places and people that make our province great."

Municipal Awareness Week promotes the importance of municipal government in people's daily lives, and encourages participation in council meetings, public hearings and committees. It also celebrates the dedicated mayors, wardens, councillors and staff who are essential to the effective governance of municipalities.

As part of Municipal Awareness Week, Mr. Furey is challenging all Nova Scotians to share photos of their favourite places in their communities on social media using the hashtag #municipalawareness. The challenge has been extended to all 54 municipalities.

"During this coming week, I encourage all municipalities to get involved in the celebration by offering tours of municipal facilities, conducting presentations at local schools, or offering other fun activities for residents," said David Corkum, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.

For information on activities visit .

To join the photo challenge, Nova Scotians can post photos on Twitter by tweeting @dma_ns and using the hashtag #municipalawareness, and/or post to Facebook at Follow the challenge on Twitter or by liking the Department of Municipal Affairs Facebook page.

Source: Release

New Skilled Trades Centre Opens at Glace Bay High School

A new skilled trades centre will offer more opportunities for Glace Bay High School students.

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan, on behalf of Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, officially opened the new centre today, Oct. 17.

"Skilled trades centres allow our students to learn and experience potential careers such as plumbing or carpentry in a school setting," said Mr. MacLellan. "This centre represents an investment in the future for students from Glace Bay and surrounding areas by providing real-life work experience to help them prepare for future opportunities in skilled trades."

The centres have been specifically designed by educators, tradespeople and members of industry. Glace Bay High School's centre has more than 2,400 square-feet of instructional space.

"Glace Bay has a long and proud history of developing skilled tradespeople," said Glace Bay High School student council co-president Makayla Roberts. "The skilled trades centre links the past to the future, a future full of promise and opportunity for the youth of our community."

With the new centre, Glace Bay students can access courses such as:
-- Skilled Trades 10, which gives an overview of all trades and focuses on using basic hand tools
-- Construction Trades 11, which helps students develop skills essential to the construction trades and put them into use

Additional courses are expected to be added next year.

"This program means exciting new possibilities for hands-on learning for our students," said Theresa MacKenzie, Glace Bay High School principal. "They can explore courses that will better prepare them for continuing education in their chosen careers."

There are 11 skilled trades centres across the province.

For more information, visit .

Source: Release

Apprenticeship Agency Names CEO

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency has appointed Marjorie Davison as its first chief executive officer.

Ms. Davison has served as interim CEO since the agency was launched in July and will continue to work with industry to improve opportunities for apprentices in the province.

"The agency board has tremendous confidence in Marjorie," said Carol MacCulloch, board chair and member of the recruitment panel. "She is a proven leader and an extremely knowledgeable individual who is ideally suited to engage industry in apprenticeship, challenging us to make the most of opportunities that careers in the skilled trades can offer to young Nova Scotians."

Ms. Davison has served as chair of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship, and was past president of Techsploration, an organization aimed at empowering young women to explore careers in the trades, science and technology. She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior manager with government, including seven years as director of apprenticeship training and skills development for the province.

Ms. Davison has been a leader in supporting the work on harmonizing apprenticeship programming across Canada, helping to improve the mobility of apprentices. She also supported the recent signing of an agreement-in-principle between Nova Scotia and Alberta to recognize apprentices' pre-apprenticeship training.

"I've had the good fortune of working with trades employers and industry organizations throughout my career," said Ms. Davison. "I'm looking forward to continuing these relationships and supporting employers as they lead Nova Scotia's apprenticeship system to success."

The CEO will work with industry to increase awareness of apprenticeship as a viable career path and create more opportunities for apprentices through better access to training.

"Ms. Davison has been integral to the province's apprenticeship system," said Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. "She has demonstrated her knowledge of the issues and is a true advocate for the agency and for industry."

Ms. Davison will meet with employers across the province to provide an update on the agency and promote opportunities for greater employer involvement. Sessions will take place at NSCC campuses beginning Oct. 20.

For a complete list of employer sessions, visit .

Source: Release

Cutting-edge Technology Company Slyce Eyes Growth in Cape Breton

Slyce is growing and creating more jobs in New Waterford to meet increasing customer demand.

Slyce Holdings Inc., founded in 2012 by the Business Instincts Group of Calgary, is known for its visual purchasing platform that allows consumers to snap pictures of real-world items using their smartphones and find direct or close matching products that they can purchase.

"We are incredibly excited to grow Slyce in Cape Breton. Our facility and team are a key step toward our ultimate goal of building the next great Canadian technology company," said Mark Elfenbein, Slyce president and CEO.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has signed a five-year payroll rebate agreement with Slyce to encourage the company to expand their operation in New Waterford.

Slyce must create at least forty full-time equivalent positions in the first year. The company can then earn a rebate on payroll for up to 450 new positions over the next five years.

If Slyce creates 450 new jobs, the company would add more than $62 million in salaries to New Waterford, and employees would pay provincial personal income taxes of about $6.2 million. As a result, the company can earn up to $4,433,250 in payroll rebates through NSBI's Strategic Investment Fund.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke said Slyce is an exciting, innovative company.

"We are pleased that they have chosen Cape Breton Regional Municipality as the place to build their brighter future," said Mr. Clarke. "We welcome the continued growth of this company as our region strives to become the most business- and development-friendly municipality in Atlantic Canada."

The majority of jobs created would be for data specialists and customer support personnel.

"Slyce is a great company leading innovation in visual search technology for retailers," said Gerald Lawson, director, Information and Communications Technology, NSBI. "Their presence contributes significantly to the province's IT sector and further develops the unique technology offerings emerging out of Cape Breton today.

"We have been working with Slyce to make Nova Scotia the most attractive location in North America for them to grow their business."

Slyce was named as one of the "Top 25 Canadian Up and Coming ICT Companies" in the 2014 Edition of the Branham300.

For more information on Slyce, visit .

Source: Release

New School Review Process Proclaimed

Government proclaimed amendments to the Education Act today, Oct.17, making the new school review process law. The new process focuses on collaboration, community engagement, and better long-range planning for schools.

"The amendments to the Education Act reflect the recommendations we received from consultations with Nova Scotians," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. "Through a long-range outlook and more public engagement, we are confident that school communities and school boards have an improved process to review schools."

The amendments were passed last spring and with today's proclamation they are now law. This summer, Ms. Casey released the guidelines and criteria for the hub school model.

The school review process will now require:
-- school boards to identify a school or a group of schools for review, based on information provided in a long-range outlook and a recommendation for review
-- the establishment of a local school review committee that will conduct reviews, including public consultation, for each group of schools and look at a variety of scenarios, with help from an independent facilitator, if required
-- the preparation of a report and recommendations for the school board by the review committee, not just school board staff, parents or the community
-- more flexibility on when to start a review
-- school review milestones will have to be completed within a period of days and not set calendar dates.

With the new process, school boards will remain responsible for the final decision on whether a school is closed.

For information on the new school review process, hub model guidelines and more, visit .

Source: Release

International Forest Fire Group Meets in Halifax

Delegates of the North American Forestry Commission - Fire Management Working Group are meeting in Halifax, sharing the best ways for fighting forest fires.

The 14 attendees are from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia and Costa Rica, and an Italian member of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

While in Nova Scotia, the delegates visited the House of Assembly, met with Minister of Natural Resources Zach Churchill, visited the Department of Natural Resources Lunenburg office and toured the waterfront. Their meetings will conclude today, Oct. 17.

The Fire Management Working Group was established in 1962. Its annual meetings are an opportunity for members to learn about new firefighting techniques and technology, and to build co-operation with international agencies around fighting forest fires.

Source: Release

Video & Photos: 17-Year-Old Shot On Crystal Drive

At approximately 11:30 P.M. Halifax Regional Police officers responded to a call of a male who had been shot in the hand outside of an apartment building in the 0-100 block of Crystal Dr. in Dartmouth. The 17 year old victim was located inside an apartment and was transported to the Dartmouth General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No one has been arrested for this incident and the victim is not cooperating with the police investigation. A suspect was seen running from the area and is described as a black male, 5’4 in height, thin build and wearing black jogging pants and a white hoodie. Officers from the Forensic Identification Section and Integrated General Investigation Section are still currently on-scene continuing the investigation.

Source: Release


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