first_imgzoom Greek shipowner Metrostar Management has reached an agreement with its compatriot Olympic Shipping and Management for the sale of two 308,000 dwt very large crude carriers (VLCCs), according to data provided by VesselsValue.Under the deal reached between the parties, Olympic Shipping will pay a total of USD 162 million for the duo, representing a price of USD 81 million a piece.The VLCCs in question are the Crude Med and Crude Progress which are currently under construction at the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries.Featuring a length of 333 meteres and a width of 60 meters, the news ships are scheduled for delivery in April and June 2017.With a capacity of 344,600 cbm, the ships will become a part of Olympic Shipping’s fleet of 17 tankers and 10 bulk carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


first_imgzoom National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has completed the registration of Aslaf, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), under the flag of Saudi Arabia. This is in line with Bahri’s efforts to re-flag all of its VLCCs – now totaling 39 – under the domestic flag by the end of 2017.The construction of the 300,000 dwt Aslaf was completed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) last month. On July 19, the 330-meter-long ship was handed over to the company.Aslaf arrived in Saudi Arabia on August 19, docking at Port of Ras Tanura near Dammam, where an official reception was hosted by the Ministry of Transport under the supervision of Public Transport Authority (PTA), during which the vessel was formally registered and the national flag was raised aboard.In addition to Aslaf, Bahri plans to add two more VLCCs to its fleet before the end of this year.“Our aim is to get all of our large and mid-size carriers registered under the national flag, which will help sharpen Bahri’s competitive edge in the market while contributing to an increase in bilateral maritime trade volume between Saudi Arabia and other global economies,” Ali Al-Harbi, Acting CEO of Bahri, commented.“Bahri and Saudi Ports Authority share a common vision for the continued growth of Saudi Arabia’s maritime sector, and we are committed to providing every possible support to Bahri so they can reach new heights and keep doing our nation proud,” Hussein bin Khamis Al-Ansari, Director of the Port of Ras Tanura, said.The Saudi Arabian flag is raised on cargo and passenger vessels after their registration. Ships are then inspected and checked regularly in accordance with the standards laid down by international classification authorities accredited by the country.Image Courtesy: Bahrilast_img read more


first_imgzoom German asset and investment management company Ernst Russ informed that its first half of 2017 financial performance was in line with expectations.Revenue for the first half of 2017 increased year-on-year from EUR 17 million to EUR 20.8 million. Revenue in the shipping management more than doubled from EUR 4.1 million to EUR 8.6 million.As operating earnings increased to EUR 2.1 million from last year’s EUR 0.6 million, and net income was at EUR 3.1 million, against EUR 0.8 million seen in the first half of 2016, the company said that its “positive trend of recent years has continued.”Ernst Russ explained that the basis for an improvement in performance is the strategic, systematic restructuring of the company.“By establishing the new companies Pareto Holding GmbH, Ernst Russ Maritime Management GmbH & Co. KG and EFS Elbe Financial Solutions GmbH, the group can open up exciting new areas of business and complete more transactions in corporate finance and maritime assets,” the company informed.Ernst Russ expects the financial position and financial performance to develop according to plan over the remainder of the financial year and close with positive operating earnings on at least the same level as the previous year.last_img read more


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DP World Dubai-based terminal operator DP World Limited is off to a good start in terms of volume growth across its terminals.The company handled 17.6 million TEU across its global portfolio of container terminals in the first quarter of 2018, marking an increase of 7.3 percent for gross container volumes year-on-year on a reported basis, and 8.4 pct on a like-for-like basis.This is well ahead of Drewry Maritime’s industry estimate of 4.6 pct global throughput growth for the first quarter of 2018, DP World said announcing the results.The rise in volumes in the first quarter was driven by continued recovery in global trade, with the company’s terminals across Europe, Middle East & Africa and Australia, delivering growth.“Following a strong year for the global container market in 2017 with peak levels since 2011, our portfolio has had an encouraging start to 2018 delivering ahead-of-market growth,” Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem commented.Specifically, UAE handled 3.8 million TEU, growing 2.9 pct year-on-year in Q1 2018. At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 9.2 million TEU during the first quarter of 2018, a 6.6 pct improvement in performance on a reported basis and up 6.8 pct year-on-year on a like-for-like basis.“While the trade environment may appear more benign, geopolitical headwinds in some regions continue to pose uncertainty. Nevertheless, we still expect to grow ahead of the market and see increased contributions from our new investments.“The first quarter volume performance demonstrates that our portfolio is well positioned to deliver growth, and our continued focus on delivering operational excellence as well as a disciplined investment should ensure that we remain the port operator of choice across geographies,” Bin Sulayem said.last_img read more


first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: GoodBulk Owner and operator of dry bulkers GoodBulk took delivery of a 2011-built Capesize vessel,the Aquacarrier, on May 14.Featuring 175,935 dwt, the Capesize is the final one to deliver out of the six option vessels acquired from funds managed by CarVal Investors in December 2017.The purchase was financed with a combination of cash on hand, availability under existing credit facilities and the issuance of 1,150,689 new common shares to funds managed by CarVal.The vessel, built by China’s Jinhai shipyard, is to be employed in the spot market via the Capesize Revenue Sharing Agreement (Capesize RSA) managed by C Transport Maritime SAM (CTM).Additionally, GoodBulk informed that it completed the fifth, and final, closing of the December 2017 Rights Offering issuing 268,577 shares for gross proceeds of USD 4.09 million in early May.GoodBulk controls a fleet of 24 dry bulk vessels, including 21 Capesize vessels, 1 Panamax vessel, and 2 Supramax vessels, with an additional Capesize vessel expected to be delivered by July 2018.last_img read more


first_imgPremier John Hamm announced the recipients of the 2003 Order ofNova Scotia today, Sept. 5. “The Order of Nova Scotia is our province’s highest honour,” saidthe premier. “These Nova Scotians have given of themselves, theirtime and their talent, and have made extraordinary contributionsto our people and our province.” The 2003 recipients are: Dr. Robert Arnold Burden, Springhill, is a physician and community leader who has long put the health of his patients ahead of his own well-being. In 1956 and again in 1958, he risked his life to help miners caught in the Springhill mine explosions. Shirley Burnham Elliott, Wolfville, is a librarian, scholar, community volunteer and mentor. Due to her efforts during her tenure as legislative librarian, much of Nova Scotia’s history has been preserved and documented for future generations. David Alexander Colville, Wolfville, is an artist, teacher, and independent thinker. He has challenged the public consciousness through his paintings and, as a teacher, has inspired young artists and encouraged them to pursue their dreams. The recipients have been selected by the Order of Nova ScotiaAdvisory Council from 74 nominations submitted from across theprovince. They will be recognized at an investiture ceremony atGovernment House, Halifax, on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The Order of Nova Scotia was established in June 2001. Ten peoplewere selected as inaugural members in 2002, with no more thanfive people being selected as recipients in the following years.Recipients have the right to use the initials ONS after theirnames. Sister Dorothy Moore, Membertou, is an educational leader and a respected Elder who has devoted many years to the preservation and restoration of the Mi’kmaw language and culture. Largely because of her efforts, the Nova Scotia Department of Education has developed a provincial Mi’kmaw language curriculum. Hugh Allan (Buddy) MacMaster, Judique, is a renowned Cape Breton fiddler who, through his music, has helped to preserve our province’s Celtic culture. He has donated countless hours to his community and has inspired many young musicians to follow in his path.last_img read more


first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Motorists Advised to Use Caution onGravel Roads Rain is turning gravel roads into frozen surfaces in some partsof Nova Scotia today, Feb. 4. Motorists are advised to avoid travelling on non-paved roads ifslippery conditions exist and are asked to use added cautionduring periods of freezing rain. Department of Transportation and Public Works staff report thatrain is hitting snow-packed roads and bringing frost out of theground where it turns to ice. Motorists are advised to call the local base of the Department ofTransportation and Public Works if they see problem conditions.Local area bases are available by calling 1-888-432-3233. The department provides updated road condition reports threetimes a day, seven days a week in winter by calling toll-free 1-800-307-SNOW (7669) or 902-424-3933 in Halifax RegionalMunicipality. The service is also available online atwww.gov.ns.ca/tran . -30-last_img read more


first_imgENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Fairness and Equity Sought Through AutoInsurance Regulation Change As part of its plan to bring fairness, equity and lower autoinsurance rates to Nova Scotians, the provincial government hasamended the Risk Classification Regulations. The amendment changes the date for implementing a riskclassification system based on non-discriminatory factors to Nov.1 for Facility Association. This deadline is now consistent witha similar requirement for all automobile insurance companies. “We’re very concerned about today’s reports that insurancecompany profits are rising once again. On one hand, it’simportant to know that the industry is improving, but that’s onlygood if consumers see some benefit from these profits,” said RonRussell, the minister responsible. “Over the long term, as theinsurance industry recovers in Nova Scotia, competition shouldfollow, meaning more choice and stabilized rates for consumers.” In a letter to the minister, the Nova Scotia Insurance ReviewBoard relayed information from the industry that delaying theimplementation date should keep more drivers out of FacilityAssociation and would avoid “potential for disruption in themarketplace” and also avoid “raising issues of fairness andequity amongst consumers.” “Our goal continues to be the fairest and most equitable ratespossible for consumers,” said Mr. Russell. The minister noted that improvements have already taken place.Reports from the Facility Association show their new business inNova Scotia has decreased steadily since the governmentintroduced regulatory changes in August 2003. Those changesensured that Nova Scotia drivers could only be placed in FacilityAssociation because of their driving record and for no otherfactor, such as age or marital status. Facility Association dataalso indicates that between January 2003 and January 2004 theirnew business figures have gone down a total of 32 per cent inNova Scotia. Facility Association is often the only option for drivers who areconsidered to be high risk because of their previous drivingrecord or other circumstances. A risk classification system is a set of rules and criteria usedby an insurance company to assess the likelihood that a personinsured may be involved in an accident and suffer injury, damage,or loss.last_img read more


first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Program Will Improve Visibility atRail Crossings A provincial program to put reflective material on warning signsat uncontrolled highway/rail crossings will improve safetythroughout Nova Scotia. The program involves the application of reflective material onthe front and back of signposts at 54 uncontrolled crossings(crossings that do not have gates or flashing lights) that areunder provincial jurisdiction. The reflective material will alsobe applied to the back of the railway crossing sign at the top ofthe signpost. Studies have indicated that motorists approaching a crossing atnight may not see a train on the track in front of them. Theirheadlights shining through the passing train, however, willreflect off the reflective material on the back of the sign onthe far side of the track and create a strobe effect that willregister with most drivers. “Although there haven’t been any fatalities at these crossings inrecent years we do average two or three collisions annually,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”Announcing this program now helps us to acknowledge the start ofnational Rail Safety Public Awareness Week which begins today,April 25.” The province is working with both the Cape Breton & Central NovaScotia Railway and the Windsor & Hantsport Railway on thisproject. These short-line railways are installing the materialssupplied by the province. “The Windsor & Hantsport Railway supports this initiative as wecontinue to work at improving safety at railway crossings,” saidJim Taylor, general manager of the Windsor & Hantsport Railway.”I would like to commend the provincial government for takingthis initiative, which will undoubtedly improve safety.” “Last year, there were 92 fatalities and 84 serious injuriesinvolving the public along the railway tracks in Canada,” saidDan Di Tota, national director of Operation Lifesaver, a nationalprogram to reduce highway and railway crossing collisions.”Virtually all were avoidable with due caution.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works is responsiblefor the administration of the provincial Railways Act. Itshighways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads inNova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates sevenprovincial ferries. Staff provide services from district officesin Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more


first_imgA change to signs on highway entrance ramps will give clearer, more positive instruction to drivers as they enter Nova Scotia’s 100-series highways. Currently there are yield signs at all entrance ramps regardless of the length of the acceleration lane. Beginning in May that will change. At interchanges where there is a short acceleration lane — less than 180 metres — yield signs will remain in place, alerting drivers that they have a limited acceleration distance before they are forced to move into the through-traffic lane. At interchanges where acceleration lanes are longer, new signs will replace the yield signs. If the acceleration lane is more than 180 metres long, the new signs will instruct drivers to merge. If the acceleration lane is more than 500 metres long there will be a new, added lane sign, so drivers know they have more time and distance to complete their merge into the through-traffic lane. “Because our system of 100-series highways has evolved over time we have a variety of interchange types,” said Ron Russell acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works . “Changing these signs will make it safer for drivers by giving them an indication of the distance available to complete their merge into a traffic lane.” There are about 250 entrance ramps around Nova Scotia and new signs will be required for more than half. Work will take place throughout the month of May. Drivers should be aware of work crews and slow down in construction zones. For sign samples and more information on these changes see the department’s web page at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/ .last_img read more


first_imgYoung Nova Scotia adults will be better informed about the effects of excessive drinking through a public education campaign being launched as part of Addictions Awareness Week, Nov. 19-25. The campaign, being launched by the Department of Health Promotion and Protection and aimed at 19- to 29-year-olds, explains the physical impact of alcohol, provides advice on safer drinking approaches, and offers tips on how to recognize alcohol poisoning. The campaign also includes contact information for addiction services. “Our research shows young adults want relevant and objective facts about extreme drinking and practical tips that can help them make good decisions,” said Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet. “That’s what this campaign does.” Research in 2005 indicated that alcohol consumption among young adults in Nova Scotia is supported by a subculture that glamorizes drinking, intoxication and alcohol-related consequences. Research indicates that young adults plan their over-drinking, but not how to deal with its impact. Most young adults were familiar with alcohol poisoning, but few knew the consequences of acute or chronic over-drinking, or what to do in an emergency involving alcohol. Young adult Nova Scotians also thought drinking and driving among their peers was still the norm, although they acknowledged that it was not considered socially acceptable. Health Promotion and Protection will follow up with a representative sample of 19- to 29-year-olds to see whether the extreme drinking public education campaign had an impact on their behaviour. “This campaign is just one facet of the work we’ll be doing with addiction services throughout the province to change the culture surrounding drinking in Nova Scotia,” Mr. Barnet said. The extreme drinking education campaign is part of the department’s ongoing efforts as it works with stakeholders to develop an Alcohol Strategy for Nova Scotia. In 2004, the provincial government identified harmful alcohol use as an important public health issue. Nearly 20 per cent of Nova Scotians consume alcohol in a way that hurts their health and well-being. It is estimated that the annual health, social, and economic costs of harmful alcohol use in this province is $419 million, or $413 for each Nova Scotian. The campaign is one of many activities planned throughout the province by addiction services at local district health authorities as part of Addiction Awareness Week.last_img read more


first_imgNew nursing graduates and late-career nurses have another reason to stay and work in Nova Scotia. The province and the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union have teamed up with Health Canada and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions to launch a $2.6-million initiative designed to retain new and late-career nurses. “This project will give nurses more support at critical times in their career,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Health. “This ensures they can continue to deliver high-quality patient care and gives them another important reason to stay in Nova Scotia.” The project implements ideas from nurses to improve work experience. An 80-20 staffing model will be tested. Participating late-career nurses will spend 80 per cent of their time in direct patient care, and the remaining 20 per cent on professional development and mentoring new graduates. New grads entering the field will benefit from mentoring and receive orientation to help them adapt to their new career, and the pressures nurses face. “One of the best ways to maintain both our new grads and our senior nurses is by addressing the concerns they identified — namely, the significant transition from school to the high demands required of a nurse acting independently,” said Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union. “Nurses who are close to retirement want to continue to work, but sometimes find a full-time schedule too challenging. This program offers resolution to both of those concerns.” The new project will target the graduating classes of June and December 2009 and June 2010, and will be available for registered and licensed practical nurses in the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union, working in district health authorities and in continuing care. The first in Canada to test the approach on this scale, the project is an example of how the province and partners like the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union are working together to find innovative solutions that deliver more value and better health outcomes to Nova Scotians. The Nova Scotia project is part of Research to Action: Applied Workplace Solutions for Nurses, a $4.2-million federal grant awarded to the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions to implement in partnership with provincial governments, health-care employers and unions. It is funded by Health Canada, and is supported by the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Healthcare Association and the Dietitians of Canada.last_img read more


first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Today, Sept. 29, Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) will be closed for about 20 minutes, between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., for blasting at the Larry Uteck Interchange. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes, which will be indicated by electronic signs. -30- Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 last_img


first_imgMarine history enthusiasts will have a chance to learn the fascinating story of a Nova Scotia ship that sank in the Pacific Ocean more than a century ago. The Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation helped the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic acquire an artifact from the barque Lynnwood. One of the few things Capt. John Ross was able to save from his rapidly sinking ship on Feb. 16, 1896, was his chronometer, one of the beautiful ship’s clocks critical for 19th century navigation. “This rare piece of the province’s marine heritage helps tell the story of Nova Scotians facing some pretty tough circumstances halfway around the world, more than a century ago,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “I extend my appreciation to the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation for partnering with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to ensure Captain John Ross’s chronometer is preserved for future generations.” The independent charitable foundation was created in 2012. It is committed to raising funds to support the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and other maritime heritage organizations that collect, research, and interpret artifacts, documents, and other evidence of Canada’s maritime heritage. “The foundation is pleased to help draw in broad community support to assist the Maritime Museum in fulfilling its mandate to collect artifacts that reflect Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage,” said John Young, co-chair, Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation. The story of the barque Lynnwood, Capt. John Ross, and the chronometer will be the topic of the Tuesday Night Talk with marine history curator Dan Conlin and curator emeritus Marven Moore, on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax. On Feb. 16, 1896, just past midnight, the Lynnwood from Windsor, stuck a reef in the South China Sea. The crew fled to open boats, but faced death by starvation and thirst, before their eventual rescue. The remarkable instrument survived the sinking and the perils of time. For more information, visit http://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca .last_img read more


first_img From underwater microscopes to wild blueberry juice, Nova Scotia businesses are developing a variety of innovative products, and the government is helping export them around the world. “These businesses understand the importance of trade and expansion into new markets,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “Government wants to partner with companies that are taking steps to become more competitive and are ready to take their business to the next level.” Mr. Samson announced today, April 11, that 13 businesses throughout the province have received $342,000 in funding from the Global Business Accelerator Program. Under the program, businesses hire a professional with international business expertise, and the government reimburses up to 80 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum of $35,000. “The overwhelming majority of our business is done outside Nova Scotia and even outside of Canada, so if we are going to grow, it’s going to be through a systematic approach to export to global markets,” said 4Deep Inwater Imaging CEO Stephen Jones. “Working with our advisor, we were able to tailor our product for a handful of key markets and generate hundreds of leads.” Halifax-based 4Deep was awarded $35,000 last year from the program and was advised by BSM Global Partners, also of Halifax. “We want to help companies like 4Deep Inwater Imaging expand by building relationships and providing international experience,” said BSM Global Partners president Philip Bassil. “Sharing this level of expertise gives businesses the chance to grow faster and it creates more opportunities for Nova Scotians.” 4Deep uses patented holographic imaging technology to create simple and powerful underwater microscopes for the oil and gas industry, oceanographic studies, academic research and other sectors. In Caledonia, Queens Co., Van Dyk’s Health Juice Products Ltd. received $19,754 from the program this year to develop a marketing and promotional strategy for the company’s award-winning wild blueberry juice. “When you’re trying to sell your product in a new market, there’s no easy way to get your foot in the door,” said Van Dyk board member Leo van Dijk. “No two markets are the same, and sometimes what works here won’t work there. That’s why it’s so important to be able to access this kind of expertise that will give us a fresh perspective and a better chance for success.” The program is administered by Nova Scotia Business Inc., on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. Applications are now available for the program, and will be accepted until May 20. For more information, including guidelines and an application form, visit www.novascotia.ca/econ/GBAP . NOTE: A list of businesses receiving funding from the Global Business Accelerator Program follows this release. NOTE: A social media version of this release, with hi-res, downloadable photos, are available at http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2014-04-11-Business-Accelerator/ . More photos will be added after the event.last_img read more


first_imgA Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry has released its decision on mandatory retirement for Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s defined contribution pension plan. Douglas Foster filed a complaint against CBRM for changing his defined contribution plan to allow mandatory retirement just before legislative changes would have allowed him to continue to work past 65. Dennis James, chair of the independent inquiry, found that amendments to Mr. Foster’s pension plan were bona fide, or in good faith, since they were within the legislative exceptions available at that time. This exception permitted mandatory retirement under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. “The commission is pleased that the board chair provided clarity on this legal issue,” said Tracey Williams, CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. CBRM is the only municipality in the province that still has mandatory retirement. The decision is available on the commission’s website at http://humanrights.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more


first_imgThe role of Nova Scotia’s cultural communities in the First World War is receiving an in-depth exploration at upcoming pop-up museums and a symposium. In May and June, museums and academics will explore the role of Nova Scotia’s Acadians, African Nova Scotians, Mi’kmaw, Gaelic speakers and Jewish soldiers during what was called the Great War. On May 14 in Pubnico and June 18 in Chéticamp, pop-up museums will be held at local legions. The pop-up museums will be Antiques Roadshow style events focused on the Acadian experience in the conflict. People are encouraged to bring their ancestors’ artifacts, photographs and documents from home to be identified and catalogued. A free public history and archaeology symposium in Windsor on June 10 and 11 brings together experts to discuss the contributions of Nova Scotia’s cultural communities. “We are marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War by remembering the contributions of Nova Scotia communities to the conflict and the war’s impact on our communities,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “The pop-up museums and symposium are opportunities to honour and learn more about their contributions.” While admission is free, people are asked to register for any or all of the three events in advance by email at gorsebrook@smu.ca, by phone at 902-420-5668 or online at www.smu.ca/nsfirstworldwar. “With pop-up museums, we are trying to create a new kind of event where experts and the public can share stories, research, and knowledge,” said Gregory Kennedy, Université de Moncton. “This will give researchers and the museum a richer understanding of these experiences.” Cultural communities across Canada were sometimes not included in recruitment efforts or even actively discouraged from participating in the First World War. They persisted and won the right to serve, but their service was sometimes forgotten after the war. Keynote speakers at the symposium include Jonathan Vance from the University of Western Ontario, a specialist on the memory and commemoration of the First World War in Canada and Sean Cadigan from Memorial University of Newfoundland, who brings a broader Atlantic Canadian perspective to the commemoration and memory of the conflict. The symposium and pop-up museums involve the work and support of several partners, including the Nova Scotia Museum, Institute of Acadian Studies at the Université de Moncton, Gorsebrook Research Institute of Saint Mary’s University, Army Museum Halifax Citadel and Parks Canada.last_img read more


first_imgGovernment will make child care more affordable for families while improving wages for early childhood educators. “We know that investing in early childhood education now will provide a direct, immediate benefit for Nova Scotia children, which is why we committed $6.6 million to begin implementing this plan,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. A report titled, Affordable, Quality Child Care: A Great Place to Grow!, released today, June 1, outlines changes that will take place over the next five years to address the concerns identified in the review of regulated child care. Actions in the first phase of the plan include making child care more affordable for families by investing in higher subsidy rates and investing to address historically low wages for early childhood educators who were earning a median hourly wage of $12.84. Beginning in October, centres receiving provincial grant funding must pay early childhood educators based on a wage floor ranging from $15 to $19 depending on the level of training. Beginning July 1, families eligible for a subsidy will pay less. Families with an income of $25,000 or less will be eligible for the maximum subsidy and families with an income of more than $25,000 up to $70,000 will be eligible for a partial subsidy. The amount families will pay will depend on the amount of subsidy the family receives and the daily parent fees their child care centre charges. Caps will be placed on the amount a centre can raise parent fees so the gap between subsidy and cost of care narrows. The report contains 27 actions to be implemented over five years in the areas of affordability, structure and governance, quality, accessibility and development of the workforce. The department will work with the sector to develop a new funding model over the next 18 months that reflects the principles and actions outlined in the report. A provincial early learning curriculum will also be developed to support healthy development and successful transitions into school. “We can no longer make patchwork improvements to the child care sector,” said Ms. Casey. “We need to make effective, sustainable improvements that best support the development of our children. I look forward to working with the early learning and child care sector to make positive changes to the regulated child care system.” More than 7,000 Nova Scotians responded to child care review consultations through the online survey, in addition to focus groups, one-on-one interviews and written submissions. The full report can be found at novascotia.ca/education .last_img read more


first_imgThe anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, Canada’s longest continuous military engagement of the Second World War, will be commemorated on Sunday, May 5. The battle lasted 2,075 days between 1939 and 1945 and claimed the lives of more than 4,000 men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Merchant Navy. “It is important that we take time to reflect on the sacrifices of the sailors, airmen and members of the Merchant Navy who lost their lives while maintaining shipping routes for vital supplies to reach Europe during the Second World War,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister responsible for Military Relations. “The Battle of the Atlantic was one of the defining conflicts of the war. We owe those who served a debt of gratitude for their courage.” In May 1943, the Allies gained the upper hand in battles with German U-boats. Though skirmishes continued until the end of the war, anniversary commemorations mark this as the turning of the tide. Commemorative events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic will take place at various locations across the province. For additional information on ceremony locations, residents should contact the local branch of The Royal Canadian Legion.last_img read more