Update on Dyke Road, Halifax, N.S.

An investigation into a residence on Dyke Rd., Grand Desert continues following the arrest of a man earlier today by Ottawa Police Service.

On January 19th, a concerned citizen alerted police about a suspicious package on Lakeridge Crescent, Cole Harbour.


Federal, Provincial Governments Announce Housing Co-operatives Funding

Many Nova Scotians living in housing co-operatives will soon benefit from repairs made through funding from the Social Housing Assistance Repair Program (SHARP).

The province will invest $8 million over the next three years to help co-ops make repairs to members' homes. The funds will be drawn from the $42 million in deferred federal contribution the province committed to invest in affordable housing.

"Co-ops are an important piece of the affordable housing mix," said Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia. "Residents have access to stable, long-term housing, and they have a voice in how the co-operatives are governed."

Many of the province's housing co-operatives are showing their age and the funding will help preserve affordable housing.

"Our government is committed to ensuring that Nova Scotians have better access to secure, stable housing along with more jobs and opportunity which leads to better overall economic outcomes," said federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay, on behalf of Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development). "We will continue to work with our provincial colleagues to ensure that social housing in the region continues to be safe, accessible and affordable for years to come."

Housing co-ops can apply for up to $24,000 per unit for repairs, including structural, electrical, plumbing, heating and modifications for accessibility. Funds from the program are forgiven over a maximum 10-year period.

"The SHARP program will allow co-ops to make necessary repairs while keeping their rent affordable," said Opal Brinton, a 23-year co-op member at Needham Housing Co-op in Halifax. "This announcement is welcome news for the housing co-op community."

The province is partnering with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada), which will help with applications.

"This investment is an example of funding that works," said CHF Canada's director, sector development Karla Skoutajan. "Previous SHARP funding has improved the physical condition of housing co-ops and the lives of hundreds of members of housing co-ops. Our members certainly value the province's partnership and investment in the long-term viability of housing co-operatives in Nova Scotia."

There are 69 housing co-operatives in Nova Scotia providing safe, affordable housing to 4,300 households.

For information on the province's housing strategy, visit http://housing.novascotia.ca/ .

To find out more about CMHC, call 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.gc.ca .

Source: Release

Pep Rally a Chance to Meet, Support Team Nova Scotia

With the 2015 Canada Winter Games only a few weeks away, Nova Scotians are invited to cheer on the team that will represent the province and give them a rousing Nova Scotia sendoff.

A public pep rally will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m., at the Emera Oval in Halifax.

"These athletes are about to embark on the experience of a lifetime as they proudly represent Nova Scotia," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. "I invite all Nova Scotians to support them at the pep rally and throughout the games."

The rally will be hosted by Chris Lydon and will feature Olympic gymnast Hugh Smith, a former Team Nova Scotia member who now competes for Canada's national gymnastics team. The flag bearers for the Games' opening and closing ceremonies will also be announced. A public skate with the athletes on the oval will begin at 4 p.m.

"We go to the Games in Prince George coming off one of our best performances in the 2011 Games where Team Nova Scotia captured 12 medals, and won the Centennial Cup for the best overall improvement in result," said Mark Smith, the 2015 Chef de Mission.

"While medal count can be considered one determinant of success, and is often the most visible measure, our primary focus is always overall team performance. How we compete and develop over a four-year period is a truer reflection of how any given sport is improving over the long term."

The 2015 Canada Winter Games will take place in Prince George, B.C., from Feb. 13 to March 1, and will host more than 2,400 athletes competing in 19 sports across 17 venues.

Sponsors and partners of Team Nova Scotia include the Government of Nova Scotia, Sport Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation, Atlantic Lottery Corporation and official sponsor, Karbon Sports.

The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. They are key in developing Canada's young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.

For more information on Team Nova Scotia, go to teamnovascotia.ca or follow @TeamNovaScotia on Twitter.

For information on the 2015 Canada Winter Games, visit canadagames.ca .

Source: Release

Travel on My Mind

January in Nova Scotia has me dreaming of exotic locales, new adventures, and maybe a little bit of warmth and sunshine. Until all this can happen perhaps I will just live vicariously through these authors who share their travel and adventures, all demonstrating that it is the journey as much as the destination.

Let’s Discover: Arctic Animals


Here in Nova Scotia, we experience four distinct seasons; spring, summer, fall and winter. Around the world you will find various climate patterns, but some are not as fortunate as us in Nova Scotia to have our cold winter balanced with a warm breezy summer.

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