Team Nova Scotia did the province proud at the 2005 Canada Games in Regina, Sask., says Premier John Hamm. “These athletes, coaches and volunteers demonstrated the very best that Nova Scotia has to offer,” Premier Hamm said today, Aug. 22. “No matter the sport, they showcased extraordinary athleticism, teamwork and sportsmanship.” The two-week competition wrapped up Saturday, Aug. 20. Team Nova Scotia’s athletes won 46 medals over the two-week competition, finishing in sixth place. “Now that our athletes, their coaches and the many volunteers are back in the province, I urge all Nova Scotians to thank them for their performances and their role as outstanding ambassadors for Nova Scotia,” said the premier. “Their success on the national sporting stage is another reason for all Nova Scotians to be proud of our province and our values of hard work and fair play.” Details of a reception honouring Team Nova Scotia are expected to be released within the next several weeks.
The members of an advisory committee to review options for used-tire processing have been appointed by Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. “We’ve carefully selected skilled, experienced individuals who will examine the province’s options for handling used tires from a variety of viewpoints,” said Mr. Parent. “The committee’s mandate is to identify a variety of ideas, and consider and report on the economic, social, health and industrial implications of each.” The four members of the committee are: — Louis LaPierre, Professor Emeritus, Université de Moncton. He held the K.C Irving Chair in Sustainable Development for eight years and is a former director of the Master in Environmental Studies program at the Université de Moncton. He has served on numerous committees, panels and councils for environmental and sustainability issues, nationally and internationally. –Mark Gibson, research scientist in the Atlantic Rural Centre, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University. He is actively engaged in the centre’s air pollution research activities, and has extensive experience with air pollution and environmental health – through his research and collaborative work. –Wilbert Langley, civil engineer and president, W.S. Langley Concrete and Materials Technology Inc. Mr. Langley’s projects include the Prince Edward Island Confederation Bridge, the Hoover Dam Bypass, and Hibernia development. His research in the use of fly ash and silica fume contributed to building of Halifax’s World Trade and Convention Centre and the Maritime Centre. Judith McMullen, executive director of Clean Nova Scotia. Ms. McMullen has developed and delivered hundreds of environmental projects with the Atlantic Coastal Action Program-Cape Breton. In her role at Clean Nova Scotia she leads programs that encourage Nova Scotians to work together to achieve a sustainable, environmentally-healthy society for future generations to enjoy. The committee members expect to have a better idea of when their report will be ready once they have completed their preliminary research and planning.
Premier Rodney MacDonald will highlight Nova Scotia’s efforts to address the impact of climate change and discuss internal trade regulations when provincial premiers and territorial leaders meet in Vancouver this week. The premiers are having a working meeting of the Council of the Federation today, Jan. 28, followed by a climate change adaptation forum on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Nova Scotia is leading the country with its Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, the premier said. “The act recognizes that a healthy environment contributes to a healthy economy. We are one of the first jurisdictions in the country to set our environmental targets in legislation,” said Premier MacDonald. The premier also intends to raise the profile of the impact of rising sea levels because of climate change. “Rising sea levels are a serious issue for Nova Scotia and other provinces,” said Premier MacDonald. “The destruction of coastal communities and impact on local drinking water are just two of the concerns.” Discussions at the Council of the Federation meeting will also include internal trade. Nova Scotia will continue to advocate a national approach to address internal trade and labour mobility issues. “We have made progress on internal trade discussions and I’m hopeful that the provinces and territories will be able to finalize a mechanism that will better enable us to settle domestic trade disputes,” said Premier MacDonald. The province also supports a national approach to regulatory reform, and has established its own better regulation initiative. The Council of the Federation includes provincial and territorial premiers. Its winter meeting is a working meeting to discuss progress on issues that will be presented at the annual conference in July.
Motorists and pedestrians are urged to be extra cautious around crosswalks and intersections as another school year starts. “September is a busy time of the year on our roads as children go back to school and thousands of post-secondary students return to the province,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Motorists and pedestrians have a shared responsibility to ensure they are following the rules around crosswalks and intersections.” The province introduced amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act on June 1 to help clarify the responsibilities of pedestrians and drivers when it comes to crosswalk safety. Motorists are reminded to: use marked crosswalks, when available; obey pedestrian traffic signs; make eye contact with motorists before crossing the street to ensure they see them; and check for approaching or turning traffic, even when you have a walk signal or crossing light. yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk or who show intent to cross — crosswalks exist at every intersection whether marked or unmarked; be alert for pedestrians who appear indecisive or inattentive; not pass slowed or stopped vehicles in the next lane until sure no pedestrians are crossing; and take extra care when driving at night or in bad weather — pedestrians can be hard to see. Pedestrians are reminded to: Drivers should also be aware that fines for speeding in a school zone are double and four demerit points will be assigned to driver’s records. The fines, range from about $452 to $1452, including court costs. For more information on crosswalk safety, visit the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website at www.gov.ns.ca/trans .
The province of Nova Scotia will contribute $1.5 million over three years to help construct a church and interpretive centre on the former site of the African Nova Scotian community of Africville. Premier Darrell Dexter and Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Percy Paris, made the announcement today, Feb. 24, at an event celebrating the commitment of all levels of government to the Africville project. The province’s contribution will go toward the capital costs of the development of a church and interpretive centre on the former site. “The province of Nova Scotia, led by the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, has spent years working with the Africville Genealogical Society and other levels of government to make sure this tribute to Africville became reality,” said Premier Dexter. “I am happy to say that the province’s contribution will help ensure former residents of Africville and their descendants have a fitting memorial that will tell the story of this unique community.” Forty years ago, the last home in Africville was bulldozed. Its razing ended a six-year period of deconstruction. Homes, the post office, the school and the church were physically destroyed. Families, lifestyles and livelihoods were psychologically devastated. In 2005, the Africville Genealogy Society contacted political representatives to discuss recognition for the former residents and descendants of Africville. In response, the Africville Steering Committee was established, including the Africville Genealogy Society and representatives from all levels of government. The purpose was to work towards building a fitting memorial for the former Africville community. “Today is very special. Now we can begin to heal,” said Irvine Carvery, president of the Africville Genealogy Society. “The work this committee has done over the past five years is going to create a legacy for future generations.” “Far too many members of Nova Scotia’s youth only know Africville as a park to walk a dog. That will change,” said Mr. Paris. “This is a long-term project but, today, we can now look forward to the exciting work ahead in realizing this project’s goals.” The Africville Steering Committee will continue to meet with project consultants to plan next steps.
Premier Darrell Dexter today, April 12, expressed his deepest condolences to the members of Nova Scotia’s Polish community as they mourn the loss of Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and other key government and military leaders. “My thoughts and prayers are with our Polish community and the people of Poland as they try to cope with this horrific tragedy,” said Premier Dexter. President Kaczynski, his wife, and 94 other passengers died in a plane crash Saturday in Russia. “As the citizens of Poland mourn the loss of some of their most influential figures, they can take comfort in knowing that people from all over the world, including Nova Scotia, are grieving with them and support them during this difficult time,” said Premier Dexter.
Recent reports that the Justice Department cut its crime prevention budget are not accurate. In fact, since 2009-10 the overall budget in areas relating to combatting, reducing and preventing crime has increased by over $5.2 million. Work is ongoing to ensure we have the laws, and the law enforcement in place to keep Nova Scotians safe – in their homes, their neighbourhoods, their communities. For example, the province continues to fund the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, or SCAN. SCAN gives citizens the tools to take back their neighbourhoods and combat illegal activities. Nova Scotia is on the verge of implementing a civil forfeiture unit that will help deter unlawful activity by allowing the Province to sell seized assets acquired through criminal activities or used to engage in criminal activities. The province continues to fund the Criminal Intelligence Service Nova Scotia, which provides intelligence relating to organized criminal groups in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is creating a civilian-led unit to investigate serious incidents involving police. The Department of Justice is working collaboratively with our policing partners to make sure our system can adjust and respond to the rapidly changing world and the public safety challenges it brings. For example, the province is working with community leaders and groups to combat, reduce and prevent crime by creating opportunities for youth to help them make better life choices and steer away from crime. Nova Scotia continues to provide operating grants to not-for-profit agencies across the province who administer the Restorative Justice program. This crime reduction program holds youth accountable, while providing an opportunity for healing for the victim and the community. This budget also saw funding fully protected for crime prevention activities. Nova Scotia’s Lighthouses Program will continue to provide $240,000 in grants to community organizations across the province to help provide recreational, education, cultural and life skills programs for Nova Scotia youth. Some of the projects include the Peers and Parents Peace Program in Sydney; the Youth on the Radar Program in Halifax; the Name the Shame project in Bridgewater; and Maggie’s Place Youth Programs for Cumberland County. We will also continue to support grassroots community crime prevention activities through the one-time crime prevention investment fund. This remains a $40,000 annual investment. As Justice Minister I want to assure you that we will continue to work to keep our cities, our communities, and our homes safe. -30- The following is an op-ed piece by Justice Minister Ross Landry
Seniors will be able to stay in their community longer with the official opening, today, June 16, of Cobblestone and Thistledown Cottages, a 28-bed addition to the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish. With the addition, R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is now home to 137 residents. “This addition will enable residents to receive the care and support they need in a facility that feels like home,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. Cobblestone and Thistledown Cottages reflects the province’s new design standards which emphasize one and two-storey buildings with access to green space and homier surroundings. The design also enables couples who require nursing home care to live together in the same household. “My first impression of the new cottage Thistledown, my new home to be, is that it looks like a five-star hotel,” said R. K. MacDonald resident Mary Deon. “I can’t wait to move in.” The two cottages are self-contained households, Cobblestone with 13 residents and Thistledown with 15 residents. Both have a kitchen, living room and dining room. Residents have private room with their own wheelchair accessible washroom. An outdoor garden can be accessed from the cottages. “The opening of the beautiful Cobblestone and Thistledown Cottages begins a new era in the lives of our residents,” said Joe Martell, chair of the nursing home’s board. “We are very excited for them.” The addition will provide employment for 34 employees. The 28 beds opening at R.K. MacDonald are part of the 1,000 new, long-term care beds that will be open by the summer in 14 new facilities and ten additions to existing facilities throughout Nova Scotia. Access to the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home and other provincial long-term care facilities is through the Department of Health and Wellness’s Single Entry Access system at 1-800-225-7225. FOR BROADCAST USE A 28-bed addition to a nursing home in Antigonish officially opened today (June 16th) offering more seniors the opportunity to stay in their community. The addition to R.K.MacDonald Nursing Home reflects the province’s new design standards which emphasize homier surroundings, private rooms with their own washroom and access to green space. Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald says the addition will enable residents to receive the care and support they need in a facility that feels like home. The 28 beds opening at R.K. MacDonald are part of the 1,000 new, long-term care beds that will be open by the summer in 14 new facilities and ten additions to existing facilities throughout the province. -30-
Community members interested in learning more about the development of the Bedford waterfront are invited to a series of open houses. Waterfront Development Corp. will host the sessions on Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and Mar. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dockside Condominiums, 210 Waterfront Dr., Bedford. Phase 2 of the Bedford waterfront includes four large parcels of land in the Mill Cove area. There will be opportunities to speak to staff and partners, and share thoughts at the open house. Currently, Halifax Regional Municipality is conducting a traffic, public transportation and services study. The results of the study could be available this spring. During this time, formal public consultation is on hold. “This is a time to reconnect, address questions, and share information so we’re working together when the time comes,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corp. “Community feedback will remain key and help guide the creation of a plan for the Bedford waterfront.” The current development concept is based on creating a sustainable waterfront community for Bedford, including a mixed-use development, with high levels of transit service, public space and amenities. Once the HRM study is complete, next steps for formal public consultation will be reviewed. In partnership with HRM, Waterfront Development Corp. co-managed an extensive public consultation process to develop a comprehensive plan for the Mill Cove area. Planning, consultation, and development of the Bedford waterfront has been underway for decades and has involved a number of partners and committed volunteers from the community. Currently, there is no in-filling taking place on the waterfront. Waterfront Development will review if the need can be met elsewhere. In-filling is an option that can provide a safe disposal site for pyritic slate. An HRM comprehensive plan would be needed for Waterfront Development Corp. to begin development of the waterfront in Bedford. Waterfront Development is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. The corporation fosters waterfronts that drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences and reflect and protects marine heritage. For more information visit www.my-waterfront.ca.
Children across the province will have the chance to share their talent and knowledge of children’s rights by taking part in an annual National Child Day poster contest. The Office of the Ombudsman, youth services, is asking students from Primary to Grade 7 to design posters for National Child Day that illustrate their understanding of this year’s theme, It’s Our Time to be Heard. The contest theme supports Bullying Awareness Week’s theme, Stand Up to Bullying. “The National Child Day poster contest gives children the chance to express themselves and their opinions, and shape their own future,” said Nova Scotia Ombudsman Dwight Bishop. “I encourage young people to participate in the contest, and to help share the message that all children have the right to have their voices heard.” The contest provides an opportunity for teachers to facilitate discussions respecting children’s rights and achieve their learning outcomes. One entry from each grade level will be selected as a winner, and a prize will be awarded for best class participation. Winners will be announced on National Child Day, Wednesday, Nov. 20. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Nov. 12. Artwork should be mailed to:Office of the Ombudsman5670 Spring Garden Rd. Suite 700P.O. Box 2152Halifax, N.S., B3J 3B7 The judges will be from the Ombudsman office, child and youth workers, and other special guests. Winners will be chosen based on artistic merit, creativity, and understanding and theme communication. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly on Nov. 20, 1989. It outlines the basic human rights those younger than 18 are entitled to. Canada approved the convention in 1991 and has been celebrating National Child Day since 1993. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/ombu .
In his April 2018 Report on Follow-up of 2014 and 2015 Recommendations, released today, April 3, Auditor General Michael Pickup noted the government is doing a very good job addressing recommendations from previous audits by completing what they said they would do. “This year’s overall completion rate of 75 per cent is the government’s highest rate ever and the government should be applauded. I am glad to see the continued annual improvement over the past four years, going from 53 per cent in 2014 to this year’s 75 per cent,” said Mr. Pickup. The auditor general followed up on 213 recommendations, and government’s commitments made in response, from 20 audits reported in 2014 and 2015. The 160 completed recommendations show continued focused efforts by government leaders and the civil service, along with the scrutiny of those responsible for oversight. “I am encouraged by the 12 organizations in government that completed 100 per cent of their promised actions, and the leaders of those organizations can be proud of this achievement. “Organizations which have not yet completed all their promised actions should continue to work toward timely completion to help promote better government for all Nova Scotians.” In his report, the auditor general noted that the Nova Scotia Health Authority has an overall completion rate of 44 per cent from two 2014 audits. Of concern is that the authority has not completed five of seven of its commitments to recommendations covering surgical wait time reporting and operating room usage. Surgical wait times remain an issue for Nova Scotians and their families. Public data shows Nova Scotians needing hip and knee replacements generally wait a year and a half for surgery, excluding wait time for a referral appointment with a surgeon. The national benchmark for surgery wait times is six months – a standard accepted by the province. “Nova Scotia Health Authority management told us it is working to improve surgical wait times and operating room use across the province, and have a detailed plan to reduce hip and knee replacement wait times to meet the national six-month wait time target by 2020,” said Mr. Pickup. “We encourage the Nova Scotia Health Authority to complete its actions, and publicly report on how and when surgery wait times will improve, including the significant wait time target reductions needed to make their 2020 goal.” A short video, two-page summary, and full 37-page report are available at http://www.oag-ns.ca
Beginning Oct. 26, it will be easier for frontline and emergency response workers with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) to access workers’ compensation benefits. Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act introduced last year mean those in frontline and emergency response occupations no longer have to prove that a diagnosis of PTSD is work-related. “We all value the work so many Nova Scotians do to keep this province safe, and to care for us when we need it most. Sometimes they need help, too,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “Making benefits more accessible is an important step in supporting those who have dedicated their lives to making ours safer and better.” Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) of Nova Scotia has taken a leadership role in streamlining access to benefits related to mental health. WCB has established a dedicated team of case workers to better meet the needs of those with psychological workplace injuries, including PTSD. Those case workers receive ongoing education from mental health clinicians. Over the next year, WCB will also develop an evidence-based PTSD prevention program in collaboration with first responders. “By the very nature of their jobs, some workers are exposed to traumatic and violent events, which can have a lasting impact on both their physical and mental health,” said Stuart MacLean, CEO of WCB Nova Scotia. “These changes will help frontline and emergency response workers get the care and support they need quicker and more easily.” The updated regulations clarify who is eligible for presumption and who can diagnose PTSD. Eligible workers are police, paid and volunteer firefighters, paramedics, nurses, correctional officers (including youth workers in a correctional facility), continuing care assistants, emergency-response dispatchers and sheriffs covered by the board. “Frontline and emergency responders are the very people you need by your side in a time of crisis, and I’m pleased to see government take this important step on their behalf,” said Jason MacLean, president, Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union. “I look forward to working with government to ensure more workers have access to this new benefit.” Occupational stress due to traumatic events, including PTSD, has always been covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act, for all workers. This will continue. For the purposes of a claim, PTSD must be diagnosed by a psychiatrist or registered psychologist. Eligible workers with a PTSD diagnosis received on or after Oct. 26, 2013, even if they were denied benefits in the past, can refile a claim. To begin the claim process, or for more information on how to file a claim, call 1-800-870-3331. For more information on the regulations, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/presumptive-ptsd .
Jakarta: Indonesia’s disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho — who shot to international fame for keeping up a 24/7 schedule while battling terminal cancer — has died at the age of 49. Affectionately known as Pak Topo (Mr Topo), Nugroho was the face of government efforts to get word out on the latest developments in a string of natural disasters, including a quake-tsunami that killed thousands on Sulawesi island in 2018. He died early Sunday at a hospital in Guangzhou, China, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer which had spread to his bones and several vital organs, Indonesia’s disaster agency said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”We all feel we have lost Pak Sutopo. (He was) the foremost and indomitable figure in delivering disaster information in Indonesia,” the agency said in a statement on Instagram. The disaster in the city of Palu highlighted Nugroho’s refusal to pass the torch as he dragged himself to daily press briefings, taking reporters’ calls and communicating on social media at a frantic pace even as the non-smoker got treatment for Stage IV lung cancer. Pale and visibly thinner than in the past, Nugroho got the grim news in January 2018 that he was dying and might have as little as a year to live. Nugroho — who is survived by his wife and two children — held a PhD in natural resources and the environment, with an expertise in hydrology and cloud-seeding. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHe spent years as a researcher and dreamed of becoming a professor, rejecting offers to take up the government spokesman job three times until his then boss convinced him that his background would earn him the public’s trust. He took the position in 2010. Widely recognised in Indonesia, Nugroho regularly updated his nearly 200,000 followers on Twitter and 70,000 followers on Instagram. He reportedly promised his wife to slow down his work schedule but still managed to get out a 200-word update on a deadly landslide back in February 2018 from his hospital bed, local media reported.
New Delhi: Robert Vadra Wednesday sought more time in the Delhi High Court to file his response to the Enforcement Directorate’s plea challenging his anticipatory bail in a money laundering case. Justice Chander Shekhar granted two weeks’ time to Vadra, brother-in-law of Rahul Gandhi, to file his reply to the plea seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail and listed the matter for further hearing on September 26. Vadra’s counsel said he was outside India when the court’s notice on the petition was served on him and he has returned on July 11. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The case is being probed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The ED, in its plea, has challenged a trial court’s April 1 order, which granted Vadra anticipatory bail. The probe agency has sought to cancel the anticipatory bail on grounds that it required his custody as he was not cooperating in the investigation. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe high court had earlier also sought response of Manoj Arora, an employee of Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality LLP and co-accused in the case, on the agency’s plea seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail. The plea, filed through ED prosecutor DP Singh, has challenged the trial court’s order, saying the special judge had failed to consider the settled position of the law that bail should not be “granted in a routine manner”. The ED has contended that if Vadra is granted the blanket protection of bail, there is a likelihood that he may tamper with evidence and influence the witnesses in the case and that the trial court had failed to appreciate that he was a highly-influential person. It has claimed that Vadra was “non-cooperative” and in spite of being given several opportunities to come clean on his alleged role in the case, he remained evasive. It said the protection given to him would be detrimental to its probe into certain crucial aspects, including ascertaining the exact source of the allegedly tainted money and the end use of the funds involved in the case.
Jammu: An Army soldier was killed on Saturday as Pakistan violated ceasefire by resorting to mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, a defence spokesman said. The latest ceasefire violation comes two days after Pakistan claimed that its four soldiers were killed in firing by Indian troops on their posts along the LoC. Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa (35), a resident of Dehradun, sustained fatal injuries in the Pakistani firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district, the spokesman said.
When Nicole Dumontet found out the Clinton family would be staying at the renowned Manoir Hovey in the small Quebec town of North Hatley, booking a room at the same time was the only option.“I have to be frank with you,” the Montrealer said in an interview. “We came because the Clintons were here.”Dumontet, who has actually vacationed at the inn for 20 years, saw the Clintons up close Tuesday, eating breakfast at the table next to former U.S. president Bill Clinton, ex-secretary of state Hillary Clinton, their daughter Chelsea and her grandchildren.She said Hillary Clinton told her she found the area of Quebec very beautiful and that Quebecers are nice people.Dumontet said the defeated presidential candidate did not mind people speaking to her or having her photo taken.But few people approached the Clintons’ table on Monday night or Tuesday morning, according to Dumontet.“We didn’t want to disturb them too much,” she added.Later in the day, the Clintons visited the general store in the town about 150 kilometres east of Montreal and ended up speaking to locals upon leaving the shop.“We’re having a wonderful time, thank you,” Hillary Clinton told Radio-Canada. “It’s so beautiful.”The former president said the family went out on Lake Massawippi on Tuesday, calling it “beautiful.”“It’s very interesting, what’s developed, what’s not,” he said. “For most people it’s a very deep lake because it’s a glacier lake. These are relatively rare. There are only a few lakes in America as deep as this. It’s quite beautiful.”He said the plan over the next few days is to “do as little as possible, except play with our grandchildren and have a good time.”Clinton, who turns 71 on Saturday, said says he hopes he can see former prime minister Jean Chretien on his birthday.“We’re very close friends and I just was with him not long ago.”Meanwhile, the North Hatley mayor said the town is buzzing with the visit, which began last weekend and is set to continue through Sunday.“There’s a certain atmosphere in the air,” said Michael Page. “You can certainly feel the excitement and all the merchants are all hoping to get a visit by the Clintons in their establishment.“They’ve put up American flags, so on, and welcome signs. And tourists are coming into the town in greater numbers.”— With files from Catherine Gignac in Montreal
FREDERICTON – New Brunswick announced a series of measures Thursday aimed at what it says are unfair trade actions by the U.S. government against the province’s softwood lumber industry.Treasury Board President Roger Melanson, the minister responsible for trade policy, says the province will support Ottawa in the pursuit of legal action against duties that are “unfair, unwarranted and disappointing.”In the meantime, Melanson says the provincial government will work to find new export markets to reduce a reliance on trade with the United States, and plans to hire an expert firm to conduct a review of New Brunswick’s forestry market.The province also plans to work on enhancing innovation in the forestry industry through increased research and expanding opportunities like biomass and biofuels.The government says Premier Brian Gallant and other representatives have been meeting with the federal and American governments to advocate for New Brunswick’s industry since 2014.It says submissions have been made to the United States Department of Commerce to demonstrate that New Brunswick has an “open, fair and undistorted market for timber.”
VANCOUVER – A bail hearing began Friday in the Supreme Court of British Columbia for a man accused of counselling the murder of an individual.The Crown has said Jamie Bacon’s trial is scheduled to start April 3.The defence has said Bacon pleaded not guilty to the charge and has chosen to be tried by a jury.A publication ban has been placed on details heard during the bail hearing, which is scheduled for two days.On Dec. 1, a judge stayed a murder charge against Bacon at a separate trial stemming from the killing of six people in Surrey, B.C., at a highrise in 2007.A charge of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder were stayed by Justice Kathleen Ker, who sealed most of her reasons for the decision.The Crown has asked the B.C. Court of Appeal to set aside the stay and order a new trial.
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $60 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.However, five of the 15 Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each that were up for grabs were won.Four were claimed by single tickets and one was shared by two ticket holders.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Dec. 22 will again be approximately $60 million, but there will be 30 Maxmillions prizes offered.
OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s ambassador in Beijing has briefed the Chinese foreign ministry on the arrest of a Chinese telecommunications executive in Vancouver.Freeland says that Ambassador John McCallum assured China that due process is being followed in Canada and consular access will be provided.Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, was arrested Saturday while in transit at Vancouver’s airport after an extradition request from the United States.China’s foreign ministry has pushed Canada to reveal the reason for the arrest, while the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa has branded Meng’s arrest a serious violation of human rights.Freeland says McCallum told the Chinese that Canada is a country that respects the rule of law and that Canada is following its laws.Freeland reiterated what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday: that Meng’s arrest was part of an independent legal process that is separate from politics. The Canadian Press