Crab Pasta with Lemon

budget friendly crab pastaPasta is one of my go-to dishes when I am either pressed for time or not in the mood to cook. There are oodles of dried pasta varieties available, including a good selection of gluten-free, making it a versatile staple most cooks have in their cupboards.


Province, Federal Governments Share Highway 101 Expansion Costs

The Province of Nova Scotia and Government of Canada have agreed to share the cost of continuing Highway 101 as a controlled access highway from Digby to Marshalltown.

Nova Scotia will be responsible for $9.2-million, while the Government of Canada, under the New Building Canada Plan, is conditionally setting aside up to $7.558-million.

"This is the first step in continuing the controlled access highway between Digby and Weymouth," said Gordon Wilson, MLA for Clare-Digby, on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. "The province is completing detailed surveys in the area and determining access and right-of-way requirements. The province has major construction jobs going on all over Nova Scotia and is aggressively taking advantage of federal dollars when they become available."

"Our government's support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. Canada's highways are important links between our communities and across our country," said MP Greg Kerr, on behalf of Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs. "We are proud to invest in projects like this new controlled access highway from Digby to Marshalltown. The Highway 101 project will help families, residents and visitors reach their destinations more safely and efficiently, while enabling our economy to remain competitive well into the future."

Recently, the federal and provincial governments jointly announced $50-million to upgrade sections of Nova Scotia's 100-series highway system. The Ingramport Interchange and Connector project on Highway 103, announced in July was Nova Scotia's first eligible project under the New Building Canada Fund.

Source: Release

New Accessible Format Library Collection Launches

Nova Scotians with print disabilities, who are unable to read print materials, will now have access to a collection of downloadable audiobooks through the public libraries.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Library, in partnership with the National Network for Equitable Library Service, launched access to the collection today, Oct 31. It contains more than 12,500 titles.

The National Network for Equitable Library Service is predominantly an audio-on-demand collection, built around standard public library collections. It features free resources, which can be used on computers, tablets, smartphones, burned to CD and DAISY readers, a format specifically designed for use by people with print disabilities. Materials are mostly in DAISY, MP3 and eBraille formats.

Other provinces and territories offering this service include British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

"We are delighted to be able to offer access to this new collection of downloadable audiobooks to our library customers who may have difficulties using traditional print formats," said Heather MacKenzie, chair, Nova Scotia Regional Libraries Universal Library Access Working Group. "After completing a simple registration process, people will be able to access the service using their regular library barcode number and PIN."

About 10 per cent of Canadians have a print disability. In Nova Scotia, this translates to over 93,000 people. It is estimated that less than five per cent of published material is available in accessible formats.

"Service equity is a central value for public libraries," said Jennifer Evans, director, Nova Scotia Provincial Library. "Providing access to an alternate format collection via the National Network for Equitable Library Services is an important step in increasing service equity for library users with print disabilities."

For more information visit

Source: Release

New Skilled Trades Centre Opens at Cole Harbour High

A new skilled trades centre will offer more hands-on learning and academic opportunities for students at Cole Harbour District High School.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, officially opened the new centre today, Oct. 31.

"Today is about connecting students with workforce opportunities," said Premier McNeil. "This skilled trades centre is an investment in the future of our students and will provide them with first-hand experience that is second to none in a variety of trades."

Skilled trades centres have been specifically designed by educators, trades people and members of industry. Cole Harbour District High School's centre features 6,500 square feet of instructional space.

"Students in Cole Harbour have more learning opportunities available to them than ever before with the addition of this state-of-the-art skilled trades centre," said Ms. Casey. "In this centre, students work on real projects using real tools of the trades and that makes a big difference for those preparing to enter the workforce."

With the new centre, Cole Harbour 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, and put into use, skills essential to construction trades
-- additional courses, expected to be added next year

"Skilled trades is a great opportunity for me because I know the hours that I spend in class are going towards my future career," said Grade 10 student Breanna Young. "I know that what I am learning, I am going to use later in life."

The skilled trades centre at Cole Harbour District High School is part of an overall provincial investment of $10 million in the school.

Renovations are expected to be completed by January and also include a new, larger gymnasium with a healthy living classroom, a new guidance centre, learning common, cafeteria, music room, and textile and nutrition room.

The Halifax Regional Municipality contributed $630,000 towards the gymnasium construction.

"The development of the skilled trades program is a throwback to education and aesthetic learning, which has meaning for students of today just as it did back in the day," said Cole Harbour principal Kenneth Fells. "Hands on, attaining goals, and seeing success right away are what education should be about. This is learning essentials."

There are 11 skilled trades centres in school boards across the province. For more information, visit .

Source: Release

Panuke Lake Harvest Review Panel Members Named

Today, Oct. 31, government asked the Mersey Woodlands Advisory Committee to review a recent forest harvest near Lake Panuke, Hants Co.

The advisory committee represents interest groups such as forest contractors, fish and game associations, municipalities, paddlers, conservationists, off-highway vehicle operators and other outdoor enthusiasts.

In late August, a mill was working near Lake Panuke with a licence from the Natural Resources Department. Special forestry practices were required because the land is a travel corridor for wildlife, including the mainland moose. Since then, some environmental groups contend the land was improperly harvested.

"It's important to ensure that best practices are being followed so I've asked for this review," said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. "We want to ensure that Nova Scotians have a high level of trust and understanding of how the government manages its lands."

Mersey Woodlands Advisory Committee chair Gordon Beanlands, member David Dagley and an independent professional forestry auditor will advise whether harvest practices used comply with provincial legislation, regulation and policies.

Mr. Beanlands has a doctorate in Ecology and was director of Environment Canada and Dalhousie University's school for resource and environmental studies. He was senior vice-president, international, for Jacques Whitford Environment Ltd. and has authored several academic papers and industry guidelines used around the world.

David Dagley is the secretary of the Queens County Fish and Game Association and an affiliate director with the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters. He was a member of the Tobeatic Advisory Group, which helped develop a management plan for that wilderness area. He is also a director of the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association.

The committee is expected to report to government by the end of November.

Source: Release

Executive Structure Announced for New Provincial Health Authority

NOTE TO EDITORS: Janet Knox, CEO-designate of the new health authority, will be available for interviews until noon, today, Oct. 31. Please call Tony Kiritsis at 902-424-0585 to arrange.
A streamlined executive team to lead Nova Scotia's new health authority, beginning April 1, was announced today, Oct. 31.

The new structure consists of a small number of vice-presidents supported by executive directors who operate in four regional zones.

"This new structure allows our health leaders to deliver the best possible care and service across Nova Scotia," said Leo Glavine, Health and Wellness Minister. "A streamlined executive will focus on better health outcomes for Nova Scotians and enhanced patient care and client support."

The new executive structure reduces the number of senior leaders by more than 50 per cent, with a reduction of 24 positions and broadens the scope and authority of senior leaders. There will be 8.5 vice-presidents in the new health authority, with one position shared with the IWK Health Centre.

There will be two executive directors in each zone, one for medical leadership and one for operational leadership.

Janet Knox, the CEO designate of the new health authority, said health leaders will be able to allocate resources where needed, when needed in a consolidated health system.

"By coming together as one system, we have a unique opportunity to shape our health system for generations," said Ms. Knox. "This new structure will allow us to share our expertise, experience and resources in a new, more connected way."

Recruitment for vice-presidents will begin within weeks. Once vice-presidents are hired, a recruitment process will begin for executive directors. Compensation levels have not been finalized. Details on hiring will be released through the recruitment process.

Mr. Glavine said the executive directors will be based out of four zone offices in Sydney, Truro, Halifax and Kentville. The executive directors and their assistants will use existing health offices.

Existing hospitals will continue to have medical and administrative leadership in place.

The province's existing CEOs will continue to lead the health system until March 31.

The new structure is available at

Source: Release

Temporary Street Closure - Rolling Hills Drive

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Rolling Hills Drive, from Silversides Drive to Civic 276, will be closed to traffic on Monday, Nov. 3, to accommodate asphalt paving.

The street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists are asked to use alternative routes, if possible.

The municipality apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause.

Source: Release

Amendments to Railways Act Protect Businesses, Economic Opportunities

Government is amending the Railways Act to protect the rail link and future economic opportunities in Cape Breton and the province.

In October, Genesee and Wyoming (G and W) applied to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) to discontinue and abandon the rail line between Sydney and St. Peter's. Abandoning the rail line means pulling up the tracks, a move that would virtually end any hope of re-establishing the rail line in future.

The amendments, which are retroactive to Oct. 1, will allow G and W to have the UARB hear its request to discontinue rail service. However, the company will have to apply to government to abandon the rail.

The railway cannot apply to government until at least six months after the UARB process is complete.

"These amendments mean that G and W, and any short-line operator, would have to follow a more rigorous process before abandoning a rail line," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. "This will ensure the full implications of pulling up rail lines are well understood before drastic action is taken."

Since 2003, Nova Scotians have invested $23 million in subsidies to help keep the Cape Breton rail line running.

Mr. MacLellan and Economic and Rural Development Minister Michel Samson formed an advisory committee of Cape Breton community leaders to build a business case to keep the line running.

Government asked G and W to delay its application to abandon the rail for a year to let the committee do its work.

Regulations to guide the new process will be developed in consultation with towns and municipalities where the rail lines are located, the companies who depend on the rail, the railway and others.

The regulations will address safety, access, ownership, and the environment, including plans for remediation if the rails are removed.

"This legislation is not just about the number of rail cars on the line today," said Mr. MacLellan. "If we let the tracks go, Nova Scotia's $23-million investment is gone, and some future opportunities go with it.

"It would be irresponsible to let this vital transportation link go without a fight."

The Minister's Advisory Committee is expected to provide a preliminary report in December.

Source: Release

Halloween Mysteries

The spooky Halloween season is a great time to enjoy a good mystery book.

October is the time when I cozy up on the sofa with a cup of coffee, listen to the rain and wind, and enjoy a great holiday-themed mystery book.

Sexual Assault Allegation Not Valid – HFX Police. #Sackville

Remember several days ago when everyone freaked out and was gonna move? Good times.

Check this out:


Update: Police conclude Lower Sackville sexual assault investigation, Lower Sackville, N.S.


Police have concluded the investigation into a reported incident in Lower Sackville.

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