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zoom Port of Värtahamnen and Värta Terminal have been inaugurated by Sweden’s Ports of Stockholm as the port built a new pier and passenger terminal at the site.Under reconstruction since 2013, Värtahamnen will now see its ferry operations moved to the new pier and passenger terminal, freeing up to 85,000 square meters of land for urban development.“Eleven million passengers pass through Ports of Stockholm every year,” Karin Wanngård (S), Mayor of Stockholm, said, adding that the ferry industry is important for Stockholm.It has taken three years to build the new Värtahamnen port. The work has been carried out while the port continued to operate and has had high work environment and environmental targets.Port of Stockholm said that only a few tasks remain to be undertaken in the harbour basin before the entire project is completed at the turn of the year 2016/2017.“The Värtahamnen project is one of several current projects that are transforming our ports. We are experiencing a historic era. We are adapting Stockholm’s ports to equip them for the coming century, with the integrated development of port and city,” Johan Castwall, Ports of Stockholm Managing Director, said.
zoom French container shipping major CMA CGM has launched Turaf Express, a new service linking Turkey, Tunisia and Libya via Malta.The company has deployed three 1,100 TEU containerships in the service, which commenced on January 20, 2017.Turaf Express is said to be the first CMA CGM service to offer a direct connection between Northern Turkey (Istanbul, Gemlik and Aliaga) and the main Libyan ports (Misurata and El Khoms) in order to develop short sea intra-Mediterranean activities.With the new container shipping service, Misurata and Sousse can be reached from Izmir in five and eleven days.Port rotation of the Turaf Express service is as follows: Istanbul Ambarli, Gemlik, Aliaga (Turkey), Malta (Malta), Misurata, El Khoms (Libya), Sousse (Tunisia), Malta, Istanbul.Image Courtesy: CMA CGM
zoom The US Congress has approved the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which will maintain or increase funding for programs in an effort to aid America’s seaports deliver economic prosperity, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) informed.“The funding levels in this legislation will benefit US ports by ensuring the federal government continues to contribute its share of capital to seaport-related infrastructure, port security and voluntary diesel emissions reductions efforts,” Kurt J. Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO, said.“AAPA’s US-member ports are especially encouraged by the robust funding provided for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Navigation Program, which is a critical partner in ensuring that America’s waterside infrastructure is prepared for growing volumes of both export and import trade,” Nagle added.AAPA said that the specific funding levels within the bill that benefit US ports include USD 6.038 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, including USD 2.66 billion for navigation projects and studies, USD 1.301 billion for Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund work and USD 28 million for the Donor and Energy Transfer Ports Program.Additionally, USD 500 million would go for the US Department of Transportation’s TIGER program, USD 100 million for the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grant Program and USD 60 million for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, among others.“Seaport cargo activity accounts for 26 percent of the US economy,” Nagle said, adding that the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill “will better enable seaports to meet a growing demand for the safe, efficient movement of freight.”
zoom Marine geophysical company Petroleum Geo-Services is joining the fight against ocean pollution as it developed a concept for efficient, large-scale collection of plastic in the oceans. The company said that its plastic collection concept consists of a seismic vessel and a support vessel towing booms, in a fan formation, which are connected to a processing unit at the end of the spread.Namely, the large onboard compressors, which usually supply the seismic source, would be used to pump air through a ventilated hose, towed at some 50 meters water depth between the seismic ship and the support vessel. The air bubbles would attach to the submerged plastic which would then rise to the sea surface.PGS informed that the processing unit at the end of the collection spread would separate organic materials from plastic. The latter would be compressed and packaged into super-strong synthetic skins. Once full, each skin section would be marked by GPS and AIS to be collected and towed to a processing facility for recycling.“There are well-known garbage geysers in different oceans of the world and our plastic collection concept is intended to take advantage of the currents in these systems and collect plastic before it eventually sinks to the seabed,” Jon Erik Reinhardsen, President & CEO of PGS, said.PGS said that its four cold-stacked Ramform seismic vessels would be used for plastic collection, adding that the company is seeking external funding for a pilot test of the system.
zoom A 50 percent port dues concession for MARPOL-compliant double hulled (MCDH) port limit bunker tankers will be withdrawn as of January 1, 2018, according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).The concession was introduced in January 2012 with an aim to encourage the use of MCDH port limit bunker tankers in the Port of Singapore.Starting from 2015, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has required heavy fuel oil to only be carried by such tankers. As the IMO requirement has been in force since then, MPA Singapore informed that it would be withdrawing the existing 50% port dues concession.With effect from January 1, 2018, all port limit bunker tankers will be required to pay port dues in full at the prescribed rate on an annual basis, the authority said, adding that MCDH port limit bunker tankers with keel laid date before January 1, 2018 “will continue to enjoy the 50% port dues concession until they reach 5 years of age.”
zoomAPM Terminals Medport Tangier. Image Courtesy: Maersk APM Terminals Medport Tangier container terminal, a collaboration between Moroccan port TangerMed and Danish shipping major A.P. Moller – Maersk, has officially opened its doors.With the new facility which has a capacity of 5 million TEUs, Morocco is becoming one of the most important transshipment locations in the world.The construction of APM Terminals MedPort Tangier — the first automated container terminal in Africa — took two years and a total investment of USD 800 million to make this facility become reality.The new transshipment terminal is designed, constructed and operated by APM Terminals, and will join the hub facilities servicing Maersk and its partners. Built utilizing the latest technology, the terminal is set to be one of the most efficient and safe in the world, Maersk said.“APM Terminals has a long-term relationship with Morocco and we are proud to be operating the second container terminal in the Tanger-Med port complex,” Morten H. Engelstoft, Chief Executive Officer of APM Terminals commented.The new facility is expected to support TangerMed Port to increase its annual throughput capacity to nine million TEU’s helping to improve Moroccan connectivity and further support global trade.Morocco has seen a GDP growth of 4,1% with a positive outlook on the containerized imports and exports which will see significant growth in the years to come. Approximately 200 cargo vessels pass through the Strait of Gibraltar daily on major liner services linking Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa.With a quay length of 1200 meters, a depth of 16 to 18 meters APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is able to facilitate the ultra large container vessels.TangerMed Port is already ranked leading African port and is amongst the world’s top 50 container ports worldwide given its location along key trade lanes and the increasing cargo flow to and from Africa.Image Courtesy: Maersk
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The owner and operator, as well as Senior Officers, of oil tanker Ocean Princess have been convicted and sentenced for various pollution, recordkeeping, and obstruction of justice crimes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Namely, Ionian Shipping & Trading Corp, Lily Shipping Ltd, as well as Stamatios Alekidis, Athanasios Pittas and Rey Espulgar used fuel that exceeded the maximum allowable sulfur concentration in the U.S. Caribbean Emission Control Area and attempted to deceive U.S. Coast Guard inspectors about the source of the fuel being used aboard the vessel.Namely, the tanker was engaged in transporting petroleum products throughout the Caribbean including from Limetree Terminals, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.While vessels are operating within the U.S. Caribbean ECA, they must not use fuel that exceeds 0.10% sulfur by weight in order to help protect air quality.Between January 3, 2017, and July 10, 2018, the tanker Ocean Princess entered into, and operated within, the U.S. Caribbean ECA using fuel that contained excessive sulfur on twenty-six separate occasions.Between March 2, 2016, and February 6, 2018, nineteen separate fictitious Bunker Delivery Notes were created on and kept aboard the vessel.USCG inspectors boarded the tanker on July 10, 2018, to conduct an inspection. During the inspection, the inspectors discovered that the vessel was using fuel with an excessive sulfur content.The companies will each pay a fine of USD 1.5 million, be placed on four years of probation, and implement an Environmental Compliance Plan. The Master, Chief Officer and Chief Engineer were sentenced to three years of probation and ordered not to return to the United States on a ship during that time. The Chief Officer was also fined USD 3,000.
Volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to Nova Scotia’s36 family resource centres were recognized this week forpromoting healthy environments for young children and theirfamilies. “Nova Scotians volunteer their time more than anyone else inCanada and, day in and day out, these volunteers share theirskills and talents with families at family resource centresacross the province,” said Community Services Minister DavidMorse. “Working together, we have raised the bar of volunteerinvolvement and are building better futures for young NovaScotians.” National Volunteer Week — held Sunday, April 17 to Saturday,April 23 — is a time to honour and thank volunteers for theircontributions to their communities and to highlight the positiveimpact volunteers have on everyone in the community. NovaScotians contribute 183 hours of volunteer work on average eachyear — 43 per cent more than the national average. Premier John Hamm and Community Services Minister David Morserecognized these vast contributions by issuing a certificate ofappreciation for each of Nova Scotia’s family resource centresand a congratulatory letter to centre volunteers. Family resource centres are non-profit, community-basedorganizations that offer a variety of services for families incommunities across Nova Scotia. Led by staff knowledgeable inchild and family development, these centres are an information,support, educational and referral resource for parents andcaregivers. Services and supports offered by each centre aretailored to meet the needs of the local community. Following a commitment to promote greater volunteer involvementin family resource centres, Nova Scotia introduced the VolunteerInitiative in the spring of 2004. Under this initiative, aprovincial workshop was held with family resource centrerepresentatives last fall to share successes and to inform futuresupport for volunteers in family resource centres. Recently, 12family resource centres received grants to support projects thatenrich their volunteer programs. A provincial working group offamily resource centre and Community Services’ representatives iscurrently developing a training strategy intended to build uponthe expertise of family resource centres in volunteerism. Funding for the Volunteer Initiative has been provided by theEarly Childhood Development Initiative, a federal-provincialagreement to enhance early childhood development programs andservices. COMMUNITY SERVICES–Family Resource Centres Recognized DuringVolunteer Week
Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1, New Minas Construction will begin on Trunk 1 in New Minas from Bonavista Avenue west to Cornwallis Avenue starting Monday, Sept. 19. Lane closures may be required. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and is scheduled for completion on Monday, Oct. 31. Delays are expected. Drivers should use alternate routes when possible. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Onslow Road — Route 311 Onslow Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of a traffic control person and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 RICHMOND COUNTY: Point Tupper Industrial Park Point Tupper Industrial Park Road, from Nova Scotia Power to the entrance of the new Anadarko LNG facility, will have a one-lane closure for gravelling and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 will have a one-lane closure for road work from the intersection of Route 354 in Noel, westerly to the end of Moose Brook until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Motorists are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. HANTS COUNTY: Nine Mile River The Nine Mile River overpass structure northbound on Highway 102 in Elmsdale will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Wide loads are to use alternate routes. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 between Exit 13A and Highway 104 will have intermittent lane closures on both northbound and southbound lanes until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Johnson Road and Route 305 Johnson Road, from Highway 125 to Scotch Lake Road, will have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Route 305 north, from Little Pond Bridge to just west of Alder Point Road, will have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 -30- Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 DIGBY COUNTY: Mavillette Bridge The Mavillette Bridge on Trunk 1, about nine kilometres west of the Meteghan connector, will be closed for bridge replacement until Tuesday, Nov. 15. Eastbound traffic is to detour on C. Boudreau Road and westbound traffic is to detour on John Doucette Road or Cape St. Mary’s Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-7116 HANTS COUNTY: Nine Mile River Nine Mile River overpass structure southbound on Highway 102 in Elmsdale will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Wide loads are to use alternate routes. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, westerly, along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres, and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 302 There will be a one-lane closure from the Trunk 2/Route 302 intersection in South Hampton to Athol Road until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Saturday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh Bridge The Nappan Marsh Bridge on Trunk 2 will be closed until Friday, Oct. 14. Traffic control consists of signs and a detour sign is in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223 has a partial-lane closure for road repairs from Highway 125 westerly for 6.5 kilometres. The work continues until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 will have alternating one-lane closures for repairs and repaving from one kilometre west of Exit 14, westerly 3.5 kilometres until Friday, Sept. 23. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle, flashing light unit, barrels, and traffic cones. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Bergman Bridge Bergman Bridge located on Trunk 1, about 1.3 kilometres east of the Hants/Halifax County line, is closed for repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. The bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then reopened to traffic. A one-way, temporary bridge is in place with crossing controlled by traffic lights during construction. A detour is available on Highway 101. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour in Kings County is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Crows Mill Road The Crows Mills Road will have alternating lane closures from Monday, Sept. 19 until Monday, Oct. 31 for repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 211 Route 211 between Clooney Hill Road and Indian Harbour Lake will have intermittent one-lane closures for upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Motorists are advised that some Sunday work may be necessary. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Catalone Bridge The Catalone Bridge on the Louisbourg highway may have a possible single-lane closure for repairs until Friday, Sept. 23. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from Monday to Saturday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Glendale Bridge on Highway 105, for about 2.4 kilometres east of Exit 2; Victoria Bridge on Highway 105, for about 0.3 kilometres west of Exit 2; and Rough Brook Bridge on Highway 105, for about 3.5 kilometres west of Exit 2. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118/Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118 will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic will be stopped in both directions during blasting until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs, cones and barriers. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information on blasting activities call 424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6 will have a one-lane closure from Ripley Road, 10 kilometres easterly toward Pugwash until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the Colchester County line westerly for about 5.4 kilometres, will have a one-lane closure for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Work will also be carried out on the on- and off-ramps at Exit 18A, east of Kemptown. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118 northbound at the Portobello Road overpass will have partial lane closures for repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and jersey barriers. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-6196 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 INVERNESS COUNTY: Glendale, Victoria and Rough Brook Bridges The following bridges near Kingsville in Inverness County will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Sept. 30: ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge The Glenroy (Marydale) Bridge located on the Marydale-Caledonia Road in St. Andrews will be closed to traffic for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via the Antigonish/Guysborough Road and the south intersection of Marydale-Caledonia Road. PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A (near Mount Thom), for eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Friday, Sept. 30, while a replacement bridge is constructed. The 6.4-kilometre detour follows: Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 KINGS COUNTY: Rawding Road Rawding Road in Black Rock will have a one-lane closure for paving and repairs until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Truck 19, from Mabou Harbour Bridge southerly to Port Hood, will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to the Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 (Old Sambro Road) Route 306 will have a one-lane closure from Lieblin Drive south to Acre Road for repairs until Friday, Sept 23. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-563-3377 Fax: 902-563-3379 RICHMOND COUNTY: Arichat There will be intermittent one-lane closures on three sections of road in Arichat, for a total of 6.6 kilometres until Friday, Sept. 30. Section one is on Lower Road, from Babin’s Hill to the Petit-de- Grat intersection. Section two is on the various streets connecting Lower Road to High Road including Bay Lane, Benets Lane, Upton Lane, Connies Lane, and Godfreys Lane. Section three is on Service Road, from Evanston Road to the second entrance of the Strait Richmond Hospital. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 has a one-lane closure for repairs on the Sporting Mountain overpass over Morrison Road at Exit 47. Work takes place 24 hours a day and continues until Saturday, Oct. 8. Traffic control consists of temporary traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will have intermittent one-lane closures for repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from about 3.7 kilometres west of Exit 4 to the west end of Indian March Bridge (Sky River), will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 212 (Old Guysborough Road) Route 212 from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road, will have a one-lane closure for asphalt and concrete repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted.
Sport and other school teams, performance activities like band and drama are among those exempted from the three-day limit on school and class trips, Education Minister Jamie Muir said today, Sept. 16. The three-day limit is part of an interim policy for school boards addressing the best use of instructional time. “Today we are responding to the concerns we’ve heard from parents, students, school boards and others regarding our efforts to limit how much time students spend outside of the school on non-curricular related activities and trips,” said Mr. Muir. “We appreciate their concerns, particularly as they relate to the policy’s impact on sport and band activities. We regret the confusion.” The interim draft policy on the use of instructional time was distributed to school board superintendents in August. “The interim direction about limiting school trips to three days will not encompass school-sponsored activities,” said Mr Muir. “At the same time, I would like to reiterate the intention of the policy is to ensure schools are thinking of how best to use instructional time.” A new interim draft policy was distributed to school boards today, Sept. 16, clarifying the exemption. The Department of Education’s Learning for Life II: Brighter Futures Together plan focuses on promoting success for all students. Parents, teachers and others attending the Partner’s Forum, in February, asked the Department of Education to focus their priorities on both the quality and quantity of learning. “We need to ensure the best use of the limited time we have with our students,” said Mr. Muir. “Learning time is precious. We have to protect and preserve that time. That’s what we are working to do. Student learning depends on it.” As part of the department’s ongoing consultations with school boards and the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the draft policy on the instructional use of time will be discussed Thursday, Sept. 22 at a meeting with school board superintendents. The three-day limit will continue to apply to activities that are not related to the curriculum. The remainder of the policy addresses how boards should deal with class time interruptions, including storm days and movies in the classroom. It will also be used to address how to best use class time in December and June. “It’s critical that we work this through with the school boards,” said Mr. Muir. “At the same time, we remain firm in our position that students need time to learn and teachers need time to teach. The overall reaction to the provincial assessment results is clearly a demand for improvements in our system. Addressing the use of instructional time is part of that response.” The department will work with the boards and collect data over the course of the year that will help to formulate the long-term direction. A final policy is expected during the 2006-07 school year.
Il s’agit peut-être de la ressource de l’océan la plus omniprésente, mais elle n’a jamais reçu beaucoup de respect en Amérique du Nord. Toutefois, remarquez que l’ascophyllum nodosum, cette algue qui recouvre les plages après une tempête, n’a pas souffert de la même surexploitation qui touche la pêche de fond en Atlantique. Une entreprise de la Nouvelle-Écosse prend grand soin de s’assurer que cela continue. Au cours des 25 dernières années, les Algues acadiennes Ltée est devenu l’un des plus importants producteurs de matériaux de plantes marines en Amérique du Nord. Ses cinq usines de transformation, réparties dans trois des provinces Maritimes, transforment le goémon en produits à valeur ajoutée tels que de l’engrais, des produits agrochimiques, des additifs pour l’alimentation animale, et même un ingrédient de salade pour le marché japonais. « Nous croyons qu’il est important de faire ce que faisons de façon renouvelable », dit le président de l’entreprise, Jean Paul Deveau. « Nous avons dépensé beaucoup d’argent pour étudier les modèles de croissance des algues. » Pour ce faire, l’entreprise embauche un scientifique à temps plein qui mène des études à long terme et qui publie des articles qui sont utilisés par les scientifiques et par les pays récolteurs d’algues partout au monde. « Nous sommes très fiers d’avoir la ressource marine la mieux gérée au Canada », ajoute M. Deveau. Les Algues acadiennes fait partie d’un nouveau type d’entreprise en Nouvelle-Écosse : le type d’entreprise qui est conscient que son résultat net dépend de sa capacité de comprendre l’environnement. De plus en plus, l’entreprise change également la façon dont elle fait affaire. Dans leur livre intitulé Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, publié en 2002, William McDonough et Michael Braungart présente le plan d’un nouveau paradigme des affaires, dans lequel la nature et l’industrie coexistent l’une avec l’autre. La philosophie est contraire à l’ancien paradigme « du berceau au tombeau », où les produits sont utilisés, puis jetés lorsqu’ils deviennent usés. Dans un monde « du berceau au berceau », les produits peuvent changer de forme, mais ils sont utilisés continuellement dans un cycle sans fin. M. McDonough et M. Braungart soutiennent que l’industrie n’est pas en harmonie avec l’environnement parce que le processus du design a toujours suivi la voie la plus facile, sans se préoccuper d’autres choses que la durée de vie utile d’un produit. À l’avenir, les auteurs affirment que les produits seront utilisés, recyclés et réutilisés. Dans un monde « du berceau au berceau », une usine ne fonctionne pas comme une machine qui engloutit de l’énergie et qui régurgite des produits rejetés toxiques dans l’environnement, mais plutôt comme un arbre qui s’intègre à l’environnement du point de vue organique. Les Algues acadiennes aurait pu fournir tout un chapitre au livre de M. McDonough et de M. Braungart. Depuis son démarrage en 1981, elle a tellement bien géré sa ressource que la biomasse d’algues est demeurée complètement stable et que les 300 pêcheurs indépendants de l’entreprise récoltent moins que le taux annuel de croissance. Les Algues acadiennes surveille la ressource de près par le biais d’inspections régulières en mer et d’exécution de directives strictes, incluant des taux modérés d’exploitation, que toutes les compagnies de pêcheurs récolteurs doivent respecter. « Pensez à un magnifique gazon », dit M. Deveau. « Si vous le tondez régulièrement, il continuera à pousser et à être magnifique, mais si vous le coupez trop court, jusqu’à la terre, vous allez le tuer. C’est la même chose pour la récolte d’algues. » Le dévouement des Algues acadiennes envers des pratiques sans danger pour l’environnement est également évident dans d’autres secteurs de l’exploitation. Un programme novateur transforme les barils de plastique de surplus utilisés lors de la transformation des algues en contenants de recyclage pour les municipalités. À l’une des installations de l’entreprise, située à Cornwallis, dans le comté d’Annapolis, un flux de déchets a été converti en un produit d’amendement du sol vendu aux agriculteurs locaux. Grâce à des ventes annuelles de plus de 20 millions de dollars, le résultat net des Algues acadiennes est bien solide. Pour lire d’autres articles sur des entreprises ayant connu du succès en Nouvelle-Écosse, consultez le www.novascotialife.com. -30-
People from all over the province will get the opportunity to visit and enjoy some of Nova Scotia’s protected wilderness areas this summer. The Department of Environment and Labour will offer free, guided tours to participants interested in exploring the province’s unique wilderness areas. The next scheduled tour will take place on Sunday, June 11, at the Abraham Lake Nature Reserve, as part of Environment Week celebrations. Participants, will get the opportunity to see and learn more about the red-spruce forest which is not typically found in Nova Scotia. “Our province is blessed with pristine beauty and breathtaking wilderness and I am happy that we are able to showcase that to the world,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Environment and Labour. “We are committed to protecting our wilderness areas to ensure that they are enjoyed for generations to come.” To register and get more information on the Abraham Lake tour, contact David MacKinnon by phone at 902-424-2027, 902-223-1760 or by e-mail at email@example.com . Other tours taking place throughout Nova Scotia include: Saturday, Aug. 12 Coastal Barrens Interpretive Hike at Duncans Cove Nature Reserve, Halifax County Saturday, Aug. 26 Mosses of Eigg Mountain-James River Wilderness Area, Antigonish County Saturday, June 24 The Kenomee Canyon Trail at Economy River Wilderness Area, Colchester County Saturday, July 8 Family Adventure Treasure Hunt at Cloud Lake Wilderness Area, Annapolis-Kings County Saturday, July 22 Paddle the Coast at Gabarus Wilderness Area, Cape Breton County Information and a map showing the guided tour locations are available on the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .
The hard work, dedication and commitment of Nova Scotia workers will be recognized on Monday, Sept. 4, as Labour Day is celebrated across the province. Since 1894, Canadians have used the first Monday in September to recognize the valuable contributions to society made by the working people in Canada. “Labour Day is a way to acknowledge the hard work we do everyday,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “In Nova Scotia, we have one of the most educated, motivated and strongest workforces in Canada.” Labour Day is also a day for government to reiterate its commitment to fairness for working people. Safe and healthy workplaces and fair, up-to-date labour laws are all priorities of the government of Nova Scotia. Mr. Parent encouraged all workers to celebrate this day by continuing to take pride in the work they do and the contributions they make to the modern workplace. Labour Day festivities will be taking place throughout Nova Scotia.
The province of Nova Scotia has released its first budget forecast update for 2006-07, showing a slightly higher surplus overall and minor changes in revenue and spending forecasts. Nova Scotia’s surplus is forecast to increase by $1.5 million to $75 million, up from the $73.5 million in the July 4, budget. The budget includes a $57.4 million legislated surplus to be allocated to the debt. The province is now forecasting total revenues for 2006-07 of $6.58 billion, along with net income from government business enterprises of $336.6 million. Total expenses are forecast to be $6.89 billion. “We are pleased to see a small increase in the surplus, which contributes to our success in meeting our debt management targets,” said Finance Minister Michael Baker. “Our 2006-07 budget is unfolding as expected, and the changes to date are very small.” Changes since budget include improvements in debt servicing costs and reduced costs in other areas. These are offset by lower tobacco revenues and a small increase in spending on highways. Debt servicing costs are forecast to drop by $9.5 million from budget, while total revenues are projected to decrease $8.4 million and net program expenses will go up by $1.4 million. Nova Scotia has been recognized by major bond rating agencies for its ongoing improvement in financial management. Two bond rating agencies upgraded the province’s credit rating this summer. The province continues to anticipate a 2.5 per cent growth in real gross domestic product in 2006, consistent with the budget forecast. Nova Scotia is required by law to issue its first budget forecast update each year by the end of September. A copy of the forecast update is on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .
Both projects are scheduled for completion by July 31, 2007. The tender deadline for submissions for both projects is Thursday, Nov. 30. “Our 100-series highways are crucial to the economic well being of Nova Scotia,” said Jamie Muir, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Keeping them in top shape will help save lives and keep the province moving.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. Two tenders announced by the province will provide almost 20 kilometres of smoother, safer pavement for drivers on Nova Scotia’s 100-series highways next summer. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has called for tenders to repave the following two road sections: Highway 101: from Exit 33 near Richmond Road for 10.3 kilometres west to Exit 34, including the west on- and off-ramps at Exit 33 and all on- and off-ramps at Exit 34. Highway 103: from the Port Clyde River Bridge west for nine kilometres to the new Barrington Bypass.
continue to offer library services at a reasonable level and in line with other boards maintain reasonable class sizes in line with the provincial average find additional reductions in administration follow the minister’s instructions to find savings through attrition, which would protect more jobs take steps to reflect the reality of declining enrolment The review acknowledges that adult high schools are outside the board’s core mandate. “I want to assure students and adult learners that the province is working with the board and other partners on appropriate programming for the people served by this program,” said Ms Jennex. “We are actively pursuing options for these learners.” The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has options to preserve library services, protect classroom sizes, reduce administration and maintain program priorities, a provincial review concludes. The review of the board’s budget by Doug Stewart, a senior Treasury Board advisor, was presented to the board today, April 25. The review, announced by Education Minister Ramona Jennex two weeks ago, identifies $1.6 million in spending options, giving the province’s second largest board alternatives to balance its books while maintaining services valued by the community. “Parents expect their school boards to make decisions that put students first, to protect class sizes and important services like libraries,” said Ms. Jennex. In his report, Mr. Stewart noted the board undertook a “well thought out and technically sound” process, but he also observed that it made some choices that are inconsistent with its strategic goals, and out of balance with longtime priorities. “Budgeting should be more about balance — not an all-or-nothing approach to a valued services funded by the province,” said Ms. Jennex. “The board recognizes reading as a priority. At the same time, it overlooked the contribution that libraries make to a child’s reading development.” The board funds school libraries above the provincial average of $82 per student. The review recommends the board:
Knowing that the annual spring challenge of highway potholes is rapidly approaching the province is once again responding with its pothole hotline. “When you’re responsible for 23,000 kilometres of roads patching potholes is a big job,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We set up the line so the public can help us keep them under control.” The public can point out problem potholes by calling toll-free, 1-888-432-3233. That number connects callers to the nearest Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal base. For 100 series highways and trunk roads, potholes deeper than 100 millimetres (4 inches) are marked with a sign as soon as staff becomes aware of them and repaired within seven days. For roads with lower traffic volumes, potholes must be signed within 24 hours and repaired within 21 days. Potholes that pose a significant and immediate danger are repaired as soon as department staff is aware of them. At this time of year, potholes are repaired with a temporary patch called cold mix. In the summer months, longer-lasting hot-mix asphalt is used, but it isn’t usually available until late May.
Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill introduced legislation today, March 27, to repeal four outdated forestry agreements. The Forestry Agreement Statutes Act will repeal: “When it comes to the forestry sector, government is focused on supporting the industry through innovation,” said Mr. Churchill. “These outdated acts were brought in the 1960s and all but one are no longer effective. We want to have modern laws and policies that reflect the ongoing transformation of the forestry industry.” Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation is now operating under the Scott Maritimes Limited Agreement Act and the province is negotiating for a new forest licence agreement to reflect the provincial natural resources strategy. If passed, the repeal of this act will take effect once a new agreement is reached. the Bowater Mersey Agreement Act 1962 the Halifax Power and Pulp Company Limited Agreement Act, 1962 the Oxford Lease Purchase Act 1960 the Scott Maritimes Limited Agreement 1965
Songwriters can sharpen their skills at the Road to Stanfest Songwriters’ Camp at Sherbrooke Village, Guysborough Co., from June 29 to July 2. “Sherbrooke Village, with its rich heritage and unique atmosphere, is the perfect place to learn about the art of songwriting,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “The instructors give aspiring songwriters a chance to come up with profound ideas and the potential to make inroads on Nova Scotia’s music scene.” This year’s songwriting instructors include Thom Swift, Catherine MacLellan, Jon Landry and Nathan Rogers. Classes are for all levels of writing ability. Ten participants chosen by their instructors and peers will have the opportunity to perform on the Wish You Were in Sherbrooke Now stage during the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, July 3-5. “The songwriters’ camp offers a powerful week of songwriting,” said Joanna Butler, previous attendant and singer, songwriter. “The instructors spent plenty of time with us, teaching their craft. The staff at Sherbrooke Village made me feel right at home.” People are encouraged to register early, as space is limited. For more information and to register, go to https://sherbrookevillage.novascotia.ca/learning-opportunities/road-stanfest-songwriters-music-camp or call 1-888-743-7845. “I’ve been to a few house parties out west over the years that were fun but, seriously, this is a true maritime kitchen party,” said Robert Campbell, songwriter.
New Ross, Lunenburg Co. Gabarus, Cape Breton Regional Municipality New Glasgow Upper Hammonds Plains, Halifax Regional Municipality Four Nova Scotian communities will be awarded this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award in recognition for exemplary civic and community spirit. This winter, Nova Scotians were asked to share stories of community engagement and extraordinary service. The four communities being recognized in 2016 are: “I am pleased to hear of the four communities that are being recognized for their outstanding spirit and I am sure that selecting the winners from all of the exceptional entries was not an easy task,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “I extend my sincere congratulations and I look forward to visiting each winning community over the course of the summer to present the award.” Celebrating the 200th anniversary of New Ross this year, Debbie Reeves’ application included stories of celebrating heritage, cultural learning and awareness, strong citizen involvement and pride. “The 200th anniversary celebration is a time to recognize the effort of the volunteer groups and the success of New Ross,” said Ms. Reeves. “The spirit of the community outshines our reputation as a hidden gem, and it’s time to share the spirit and reveal the gem.” Florence Nygaard applied on behalf of Friends of Gabarus in partnership with several community organizations. The application told stories of a small seaside community with a lot of heart committed to preserving and sharing their 300-year history. “In Gabarus we get things done,” said Ms. Nygaard. “People of all ages, heritage and cultures work together for our active fishing village, and we have done it for 300 years.” The application from the Town of New Glasgow highlighted the community’s wealth of activities and celebrations, a strong focus on fostering diversity and community development. “This prestigious award is a great testament to the community pride, talents, engagement and hard work of the people of New Glasgow,” said New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. “We are proud to have a town that has vibrant arts, music, sports and heritage while also a strong commitment towards healthy and active living, protecting the environment, supporting local and welcoming newcomers.” Gina Jones-Wilson, of the Upper Hammonds Plains Community Development Association, submitted an application that told of an African-Nova Scotian community rich in history, tradition and cultural heritage, whose greatest strength is working together. “As a community of approximately 300 residents we have in the past and present made major contributions impacting not only our community but others within the municipality, province, national and global communities,” said Ms. Jones-Wilson. “These contributions are what make us proud to be residents of this small community.” Communities will be honoured at upcoming celebrations. Lt.-Gov. Grant will attend the festivities to present an original piece of Nova Scotian Crystal etched with a representation of each community’s story. For more information visit http://communityspiritaward.ca .