Natural Gas Installation - North Street

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that work will take place tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday to extend the natural gas main on North Street between Clifton and King streets.

Stop-and-go traffic will be experienced by motorists during construction. The pipe installation and restoration work is expected to take two days.

Drivers should expect delays and are asked to use alternative routes whenever possible.

Heritage Gas and the municipality apologize in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause.


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Natural Gas Installation - Main Street (Dartmouth)

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and motorists that work will begin Monday (Nov. 24) to extend the natural gas main on Main Street between Gordon Avenue and Hartlen Street.

The pipe installation and subsequent restoration work is expected to take approximately two weeks. Lane drops will be in place, but a minimum of one lane in each direction is expected to be maintained at all times.

No work will take place between the morning and afternoon rush hours (7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday).

Motorists should expect delays and are asked to use alternative routes whenever possible.

Heritage Gas and the municipality apologize in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause.


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Help Halifax Transit Employees Stuff A Bus!

Friday, Nov, 21, 2014 (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Transit and operators with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508 are gearing up to celebrate the 24th year of stuffing a bus in support of FEED NOVA SCOTIA, and they need your help!

Sign up your office, business, school or day care now and start collecting non-perishable food items.

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Funding Supports Bike Rack Project in Bridgewater

Government is supporting a sustainable transportation project in the Town of Bridgewater with the installation of 39 bike racks.

Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Energy Minister Andrew Younger, announced today, Nov. 21, that government will provide $8,900 to the Town of Bridgewater to help with the project.

"The Town of Bridgewater has taken a strategic, ecological approach to establishing a network of bike racks across town," said Mr. Furey. "Bridgewater has been an ongoing leader in active transportation in our province and we congratulate them on their forward vision."

The Town of Bridgewater refurbished the stainless steel bike racks, which were donated by the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.

The town will install 25 bike racks throughout town, 12 bike racks at Bridgewater Elementary School and two more in Petite Riviere.

"The Town of Bridgewater has an excellent active transportation plan and these bike racks will make it easier to use a human-powered mode of transportation to get around," said Mayor David Walker. "As we move toward establishing a sustainable community, initiatives such as these will be helpful for residents of all ages. We're grateful to have support for our project."

The project complements the town's Active Transportation and Connectivity Plan, the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, and the Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan.

Funding for sustainable transportation projects is part of government's Sustainable Transportation Strategy. Visit www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation for more information.


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Kings District RCMP launch Operation Hands Free, New Minas, N.S.



Kings District RCMP wants drivers to be hands free.

Beginning today and throughout the month of December, Kings District RCMP will focus traffic efforts on Operation Hands Free. Officers will be undertaking various education and enforcement initiatives across Kings County to enhance the safety of our roads by targeting those using hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle.
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Premiers Discuss Regional Collaboration

Regional collaboration and enhanced co-operation were the key topics of the first official meeting today, Nov. 21, between Premier Stephen McNeil and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant.

"We had an excellent discussion of the opportunities for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to achieve greater regional collaboration in a number of practical and strategic areas, including the provision of services and on government procurement," said Premier McNeil.

"The meeting was a productive one," said Premier Gallant. "We share a number of common interests and I believe it is important as Atlantic premiers that we find more ways to work in partnership as a region and continue to harmonize policies."

Possible areas of collaboration discussed include marketing of the region as a top tourism destination as well as shared purchasing of pharmaceutical drugs and medical equipment.

The premiers also talked about common economic challenges and opportunities for realignment.

Premiers McNeil and Gallant agreed to further discussions beginning with bi-lateral meetings between ministers of their respective governments.


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New Air Quality Requirements for Nova Scotia's Electricity Sector

Regulations coming into effect next year will create new emission limits for the electricity sector for the next 15 years.

The regulations will improve air quality for Nova Scotians and offer potential savings on power rates for the next two years, Environment Minister Randy Delorey said today, Nov. 21.

"The new requirements are part of our overall strategy to transform the electricity sector to cleaner-burning, renewable energy sources, lower greenhouse gases and increase demand-side management initiatives that will benefit electricity ratepayers," said Mr. Delorey. "The amendments to our air quality regulations will allow us to achieve our environmental goals and improve air quality in a way that is more affordable for Nova Scotians."

Starting Jan. 1, multi-year caps will replace annual limits imposed on Nova Scotia Power Inc.'s generating stations. The change mirrors the province's approach to greenhouse gas regulations and ensures environmental targets are met. It will encourage the utility to use renewable energy sources, such as the Maritime Link, and dynamic fuel prices to save $5 million to $15 million on power rates over two years, with the same environmental results.

For the first time, the regulations will also include annual sulfur dioxide emission limits in communities with generating stations.

The amendments also provide an optional program, until the end of 2020, where Nova Scotia Power could make up deferred mercury emission requirements from earlier in the decade. The utility could offer a mercury recovery program, such as recycling light bulbs or other mercury-containing consumer products, which would reduce the amount of mercury going into the environment.
     
Under the new framework, further reductions in the multi-year limits and local annual maximums would take effect in 2020 to 2030.

By 2030, emissions of sulphur dioxide from generating electricity will be reduced by 86 per cent from 2001 levels. Nitrogen oxide will decrease by 69 per cent from 2000 levels and mercury will decrease 89 per cent from 2001 levels. These reductions will help the province reach an agreement on national air pollution targets with the federal government.

A discussion paper on proposed changes for 2020-30 was released in May 2013. Consultations with key groups on the 2015-19 changes took place in September 2014.

Air quality regulations fall under Section 112 of the Nova Scotia Environment Act.

A summary table of the changes is available at http://novascotia.ca/nse/air/ .


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Policies, Procedures Not Followed in Mistaken Release

An internal investigation into the mistaken release of an offender from the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility on Nov. 7, has determined that policies and procedures were not followed.

"This is a case where mistakes were clearly made and there are no excuses," said Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab. "It's unacceptable and we need to make sure it doesn't happen again. All staff involved are being held accountable and will be appropriately disciplined."

Offenders in the facility have photos taken when admitted, and are fitted with a bracelet that includes the photo and other identifying information. The bracelets are to be worn at all times. When an offender is discharged, they are to be identified by the bracelet and then by a photo and signature on file.

It was found correctional staff did not follow policies and procedures. The requirement to wear ID was not enforced, and therefore it was not checked before the offender left the dayroom. Before being released, photographs and signatures were not verified.

Corrective action is being taken with all staff, front-line and supervisory.

Halifax Regional Police have determined offenders conspired to enable one offender to impersonate the other and be discharged. Criminal Code charges have been laid against both offenders.

The investigation report is available at http://novascotia.ca/just/global_docs/Mistaken-release-from-CNSCF-Nov-7.pdf .


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Legislature Rises After Fall Session

The government achieved constructive change and continued to make the tough choices that will lead to a better Nova Scotia, during the fall sitting of the legislature, which wrapped up today, Nov. 20.

Legislation was enacted to merge 10 district health authorities into two, which will lead to a strong, unified health-care system that focuses on front-line care and puts patients' needs first.

Government also introduced a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas shale development, brought in a bill with a tax incentive and rebate program that positions the private sector to lead and drive economic growth while increasing accountability, passed amendments that will outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prohibit the use of e-cigarettes and waterpipes in indoor public places and changed the Graduated Driver's Licence Program to help reduce injury risk for new drivers.

"This session was not without its challenges, but this is a government that is willing to face our province's challenges head-on," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "The many positive changes that were accomplished during this session will result in long-term benefits for all Nova Scotians."

Other highlights from the session included:
-- amendments to make it an offence to abandon an animal
-- a new Pooled Registered Pension Plan option for Nova Scotians to save for retirement
-- amendments that will help more apprentices complete their training faster and more easily
-- changes to the Railways Act to protect the rail link and future economic opportunities in Cape Breton and across the province
-- streamlined support to improve service across all provincial government departments
-- allowing nurse practitioners to prescribe monitored drugs to patients who need them
-- approving regulations that officially provide U-Vints and U-Brews legal status

"We are meeting our commitments and will remain open and accountable," said Premier McNeil. "I continue to encourage all Nova Scotians to work together to create a more prosperous province that offers people real opportunities to live, work and grow."

For a complete list of the 27 bills passed this session, visit:
http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/status-of-bills/ .


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2014 Medal of Bravery Recipients Honoured

Five courageous people were presented with a Medal of Bravery at a ceremony today, Nov. 20, at Province House in Halifax.

The Medal of Bravery is awarded annually to individuals who have risked their lives protecting the life or property of others.

"Nova Scotians take comfort knowing that there are professionals available to deal with danger and to protect their communities," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "Inevitably, there are times when there is no one at hand to deal with a crisis other than fellow Nova Scotians. Thankfully, we have everyday heroes all around us."

This year's recipients are David Grandy of Tatamagouche, Shawn Hardy of Maugerville, N.B., Wade Smith of Londonderry, Colchester Co., and Stephen Ross and Keiren Tompkins of Halifax.

Mr. Smith, Mr. Grandy and Mr. Hardy pulled Dillon McMullin from a burning SUV on Highway 104 near Masstown.

Mr. Ross and Mr. Tompkins witnessed Julien Rouleau fall through hidden ice on the Baddeck Trail and put their own lives at risk to pull him to safety.

"It's a real honour to receive this award," said Mr. Grandy. "I really think that, in the situation, anyone would have done the same thing."

For more information on medal recipients, or to find out how to nominate a hero, visit www.novascotia.ca/bravery .


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