Amendments to Heritage Property Act Introduced

first_imgAn amendment to the Heritage Property Act introduced today, May 23, will provide added protection for municipal heritage properties while the entire act is under review. Under the Heritage Property Act, owners of municipally-registered heritage properties must apply to the municipality if they want to demolish or substantially alter the exterior of a building. The application is reviewed by a heritage advisory committee, with municipal council making a final decision. When a request is denied, the owner must wait one year before altering or demolishing the property without approval. The amendment will extend that waiting period from one to two years and will be in effect until September 1, 2009. A Treasured Past, a Precious Future: A Heritage Strategy for Nova Scotia, released in February, included a commitment for a comprehensive review of the act to begin this year. “This amendment is an interim measure to offer more protection for registered municipal heritage properties while we conduct a thorough review of the act and consult with all interested parties,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations on behalf of Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “A two-year waiting period will allow more time to consider all the options to preserve a building with heritage value.” The Heritage Property Act allows for properties to be registered with the municipality, the province, or both. Applications to alter or demolish a provincially-registered heritage property are made to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage following a review by the Advisory Council on Heritage Property, and cabinet makes the final binding decision. There are about 269 provincially-registered and 1,500 municipally-registered heritage properties in Nova Scotia. The full review of the Heritage Property Act is expected to be complete in the fall 2009.last_img read more

Lecture to Discuss Complementary Integrative Medicine

first_imgA cancer specialist will share his perspective on complementary and integrative medicine in cancer treatment and care during the next Cancer Answers lecture, Thursday, Oct. 3. Organized by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, the lecture will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Classroom 2, level 4, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, 1482 George St., Sydney. Video conferences will be available at 16 sites across the province, as well as select First Nations sites. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Robert Rutledge, a radiation oncologist with the Capital Health Cancer Care Program. “Information about how to combine conventional medical care with healthy lifestyle habits and other complementary techniques is absolutely essential for everyone,” said Dr. Rutledge. “Science shows that people affected by cancer can influence their health in profound ways, even increasing cure rates for many cancers. During this lecture I’ll share what we know.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a Department of Health and Wellness program, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. It supports health-care professionals in providing patients with high quality care. Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s work with other organizations and its screening programs raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and educate Nova Scotians about available testing, such as Pap tests for cervical cancer and home screening kits for colon cancer.last_img read more

Regulations Link Criminal Records to Name Changes

first_imgStarting Thursday, Jan. 30, it will be harder for people with criminal records to hide their past by changing their legal name. Currently, there is no mandatory connection between changing a name and criminal records, making it difficult for law enforcement to identify people who do that. Under the revised legislation, people must submit fingerprints to change their name, ensuring criminal record remain attached to new names. The new regulations are part of amendments to the Change of Name Act. “This is another step toward making Nova Scotia communities safer,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We want police to have the tools they need to ensure that anyone who has a criminal record cannot hide that fact by changing their name.” The legislation does not apply to people changing their name because of marriage. Also, children younger than 12 will not be fingerprinted. “This legislation is a welcome step,” said Truro Police Chief David MacNeil, president of the Nova Scotia Association of Chiefs of Police. “It provides another tool to help police stay informed and keep Nova Scotia’s neighbourhoods safe.” People can choose to have their fingerprints taken at a police station or by the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. The RCMP will conduct the criminal records check and link the new name to the person’s record, if there is one. The information will be available to law enforcement across Canada. Once the check is completed, the fingerprints will be destroyed. Nova Scotia will be the fourth jurisdiction in Canada with legislation to allow police to attach a new legal name to a criminal record. In 2013, there were 503 name changes in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Government Monitoring Gas Shortage Situation Looking at Prevention

first_imgService Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey said today, Aug. 31, government is monitoring the current gas shortage and re-stocking efforts in the province, and looking at how it can be prevented in the future. “We know this is concerning, disappointing and frustrating for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Furey. “While this may be an anomaly with supply management, government expects industry to address and correct this swiftly, and to take measures to ensure it does not happen again in the future.” Government regulates the cost of gasoline in Nova Scotia, but does not regulate supply. Oil companies are responsible for supply management. However, government will be implementing a gas tracking system in the coming months which will provide data that will help industry and government better monitor marketplace supply and demand. “Industry needs to improve communication with government so we have a better warning system in place,” said Mr. Furey. “If such a shortage occurs again, industry must have a plan in place to ensure Nova Scotians can prepare in advance.”last_img read more

All Welcome to Join in Groundhog Day Festivities

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to join our province’s famous groundhog at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park for a centuries-old weather forecasting tradition on Friday, Feb. 2. The park will open at 7 a.m. for visitors to enjoy free hot drinks, displays, face painting and crafts. Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller will join Sam’s fans to watch him make his prediction at 8 a.m. “I invite all Nova Scotians to join me at the wildlife park for Sam’s 30th spring forecast,” said Ms. Miller. “This is a fun event we look forward to all year. Our location in Nova Scotia makes it even more exciting as Sam is the first groundhog in North America to make his prediction.” Folklore says if Sam does not see his shadow, spring will come early. If he does, we can expect six more weeks of winter. Feb. 2 is also World Wetlands Day. Representatives from Ducks Unlimited, the Department of Natural Resources, the Clean Foundation, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Mi’kmawey Forestry and Ikanawtiket will all join Sam at the park to raise awareness about the value of wetlands. At 9 a.m., after Sam’s forecast, there will be a guided nature walk of the park’s wetland trail. The Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre will also be open to visitors. If you cannot join the festivities in person, you can watch Sam live leading up to the event and on the day of to make his prediction at The best times to tune in are 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., when he gets fed. Sam is also on Twitter @ShubenacadieSam. During the winter, the park is open only on weekends. For Groundhog Day, the park will be open until noon. Directions to the park and park hours are online at read more

English literature graduate held for blackmailing girl

first_imgNew Delhi: A 26-year-old english Literature Graduate was arrested from Kollam in Kerala for blackmailing and extorting innocent girls using morphed pictures and video.Police identified the accused as Akhil Ajayan (26). According to police CyPAD, the Cyber Crime Unit of Delhi Police received a complaint from a distressed father who alleged that one person who was his daughter’s Facebook friend, had sent him and his family members morphed, sexually explicit photos and videos of his daughter and threatened that if he didn’t pay Rs 8 lakh, the accused would share the offensive photos and videos with the complainant’s friends and other relatives in WhatsApp and social media. Deputy Commissioner of Police (cyber) Anyesh Roy said the accused is also extremely fond of travelling and needed a lot of money for the same. It has come out that he has befriended other innocent girls, including a Brazilian national. He had travelled to Turkey earlier this year to meet the Brazilian woman and had taken 6000 USD from her. “The accused Akhil Ajayan informed during interrogation that with the help of the extorted Rs. 8 Lakh, he had planned to escape and settle in Brazil,” said DCP Roy. He worked as a petrol pump manager, where he used a scheme of a Public Sector Oil Company to reward loyal customers, HP DriveTrack, to his own advantage. He would collect cash from customers and use the DriveTrack card of his friends and family members to make payment and get a 5 per cent cash back. On further interrogation, he disclosed that he had taken a loan to buy IPHONE Xs Max for around Rs. 1.25 lakh and didn’t have the money to repay it. The team of ACP Aditya Gautam made the arrest.last_img read more

Father kills infant daughter in Kolkata disfigures her face

first_imgKolkata: A three-and-a-half-month-old infant girl in Kolkata was killed by her father who threw her to the ground repeatedly, twisted her arms and disfigured her face, police said on Friday. “Seikh Raju, 25, a resident of Coal Berth Road has been arrested after his wife Afsari Begum reported the incident on Wednesday. The body of their infant daughter has been sent for post-mortem,” an officer of South Port police station said. He said that the man was upset after his wife gave birth to a girl and often fought with her. As per the complaint, Raju threw the baby girl down many times, twisted her arms and injured her face in order to kill her despite Begum’s resistance. The final charge sheet will be filed once the final post-mortem reports arrive, he added.last_img read more

Govt Oppn should hold regular interactions VP

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu Friday asked the government and the opposition parties to hold regular interaction, both formal and informal, to arrive at some consensus on issues and clear pending bills.In past several sessions, the Rajya Sabha had witnessed frequent disruptions and adjournments, affecting the business of the Upper House. As many as 22 bills, pending in the Rajya Sabha, had lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month and another 33 bills have been pending consideration in the Upper House for years including three of them for more than 20 years. While appreciating members for good debates on water scarcity and environment, Naidu, during the Zero Hour, said MPs participated in the discussions and raised important points cutting across political affiliations. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe Chairman said that people have praised the functioning of the House during this week. On the issue of bills pending in the House, Naidu said the issues could be resolved through formal and informal discussions. The government and other members should interact and the former should take initiative to clear pending legislative business, he added. Naidu said efforts should be made to find out where the problem is, is it with the government, opposition, the House or the system. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony”At the end of the day, I want to see my House, our House get appreciation,” he added. Naidu, who is also Vice President of India, suggested that once a bill is cleared by a Parliamentary Commitee, comprising members from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, it should go through until and unless there is something very urgent that requires further deliberations. The Chairman also told the members that he was looking into their suggestions regarding “parliament scrutiny” of bills. Naidu again asked Leader of the House Thawar Chand Gehlot and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan to ensure that ministers reply to all Zero Hour and special mentions raised by members.last_img read more

Embracing the change

first_imgAfter creating a separate fan base with her youth-centric roles in various web series, Mithila Palkar is now exploring versatile characters. In an interview with Millennium Post, the Chopsticks actor talks about her journey of choosing different characters, understanding the expectations of her audience, experience of working in web projects and much more…Your recent film Chopsticks on Netflix is doing really well and people are appreciating your performance. How did you come across the project and what made you take it up? Also Read – An income drop can harm brainChopsticks is getting an overwhelming response from all over the world, which is extremely sweet and I am very grateful to my audience. We wanted to make a really sweet film and we are so happy that people all across the world are connecting with it. I got the opportunity to work in this film through a team of Vinyard and Exceed. I read the script and met Sachin Yardi sir (writer and director). I told him that I absolutely loved the character, and moreover, I had never done such a thing in the past. The roller coaster journey of Nirma (my character in the film) is what made me excited to take up this role. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award In Chopsticks, and other projects you have shared screen space with some renowned actors. How was your experience working with them, have you ever felt left out or inferior? My experiences with co-actors like Irfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan, Vijay Raaz and Abhay Deol have been fantastic. It was a wonderland for me because I have never been to an acting school, so whenever I got the opportunity to work with other actors, I have always put my best foot forward. Also, I have never ever felt inferior or left out, in fact, they have always been welcoming and have always made sure that I never feel out of place at all. As you got fame through web, what do you think about web as a platform for actors and directors to expand their horizons? . I have been advocating the internet since I have started working with the industry. I wouldn’t have known it any better if I wasn’t completely into it. I started working with ‘Filter Copy’ in 2015 and then things started picking up from there in 2016. That is when I realised that web is something that is going to boom very soon and that is what exactly happened in the last three years now. There is so much content that is being made for the audience. More than convenience and accessibility, as an artist, it is extremely liberalising as one gets to explore so many genres and languages. Over the years, the web has escalated in terms of content, viewership, and competition as well. Do you have a fear of lagging behind? What is your strategy of sustaining here? For me, the internet is a true definition of art as it doesn’t restrict anything. And most importantly, now there are no specific heroes or heroines, they all are characters, who are focusing to elaborate the story in their best possible way. Every actor has their own favourite character. Which one is yours, and according to you in what kind of role does the audience enjoys you watching? I actually don’t know what my favourite character would be because every character that you play is special for different reasons. But I would say that I have played the role of chubby bubbly girl so far, and the audience has taken it well. But when it comes to entertaining the audience via a different role, Chopsticks gave me a hint that I could be accepted in other roles too. Share one difference and similarity in Bollywood and web platforms? I personally feel that every experience varies with the audience and content. Even in terms of the number of days of shooting, it varies. I shot Karwaan in fewer days than I shot for ‘Little Things’. So, there is no such difference of the platform, it depends on the project.last_img read more

Corporator held for raping 11yearold girl in MPs Betul

first_imgBetul: An Independent corporator of the Betul civic body in Madhya Pradesh was arrested for allegedly raping a 11-year-old girl repeatedly over a year, police said Tuesday. Rajendra Singh Chauhan (59), also known as Kendu Baba, was arrested on Monday, on the basis of an anonymous letter detailing his misdeeds, Betulganj assistant sub-inspector Jugal Kishore said. “We contacted the girl who narrated her ordeal, after which we booked Chauhan under sections 376 (n) (raping a girl repeatedly) 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,” Kishore said. “After her medical examination, we got her statement recorded in a magistrate’s court. Then we questioned the wife, son and nephew of the corporator. Later, Chauhan surrendered,” he said. Incidentally, the corporator used to organise mass ‘raksha bandhan’ functions in which hundreds of women and girls used to tie rakhi to him, an official said.last_img read more

Google makes shopping easy via Chrome browser

first_imgSan Francisco: Google has made it easier to buy things online using its Chrome browser. Now, when you’re signed into Chrome on your laptop, you’ll be able to use payment methods previously saved to your Google Account to fill in checkout forms. You can use this feature without having to turn on “Chrome sync”. The feature takes advantage of Google Pay, which has been recently expanding to more sites across the web. “You’ll also be able to use the payment info you’ve saved in your Google Account across your devices in Chrome where you’re signed in, and wherever Google Pay is accepted,” the company said in a statement late on Wednesday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app When you’re signed-in and Chrome offers you the option of using a card from your Google Account, it will ask you to confirm the card’s CVC. If you choose to save a new card to your account, you will receive a confirmation email from Google Pay with additional information. “You can manage and delete the cards in your account at anytime by going to your Google Account > Payments & subscriptions > Payment methods,” the company said. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Using this new feature doesn’t turn on Chrome sync. If a user prefers to save payment methods only locally on his device, he can still do that: “Add your card in Chrome Settings > Payment methods > Add. When you sign into any Google website, you’re also signed into Chrome with the same account. You can turn off ‘Allow Chrome sign-in’ altogether in settings,” Google said.last_img read more

I love Deepikas experimental nature Tamannaah

first_imgMumbai: “Baahubali” star Tamannaah Bhatia says she absolutely adores actress Deepika Padukone’s experimental nature. “In Bollywood, I love Deepika Padukone. She has beautiful eyes, and I absolutely adore her experimental nature and her minimalist approach to everything, ” said Tamannaah. “In Hollywood, I look up to Meryl Streep. I love the fact that she looks different in every part that she plays. Even at age of 70, she can completely transform and become an absolutely different character,” said Tamannaah. Tamannaah recollected a hilarious incident that took place during one of her shoots. “There was this one time when I rehearsed an entire dance sequence in my vanity van and everyone outside was wondering why the van was swinging and shaking,” recalled the actress, appearing on the digital series, “Vanity Dairies”.last_img read more

Fighting poverty 16yearold boy makes it to IITDelhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Vijay Kumar, a 16-year-old boy from a slum of Delhi, cracked the IIT examination and took admission to the B.Tech (Chemical) course. Kumar studied in a Delhi Government School at Sundar Nagar and always loved to Mathematics. His brother studies in DTU, the father is a daily labourer and mother is house help. “I always wanted to be an engineer but never imagined that I would ever be able to crack IIT examination,”said Kumar. While studying in class 12, he took the free coaching scheme for competitive exams for the SC/ST/OBC students in Delhi which are known as Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana. “I went to the local government school and from the very childhood, I always loved mathematics. Every Day after coming back from school, I help my mother to finish her household job. It was never possible for me to only study and not to help my parents. But my parents and brother stood beside me. They always motivated me to study. My teachers at school were also very nice and they encouraged me too,” Kumar said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThirty-five underprivileged students who got free coaching under an Aam Aadmi Party government scheme have cracked the JEE Main and NEET examination this year. Four of them have secured admissions to leading technical institutions such as IIT-Delhi, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, National Institute of Technology Delhi and IIT BHU. “Both me and my brother we love to study. When my brother passed out of school then there was no such scholarship scheme for the students like I got now. He could not take any coaching for any competitive examination. But I got this opportunity to study in free and the experience of the coaching was also pleasant,” said Kumar. He also said that he has a dream to go abroad for further study but his priority would be to stand beside his family. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”My priority is to stand beside my mother. I do not want her to work anymore because I have always seen how difficult it has been for her to work. The whole day she works and then comes back to cook for us. I also want to pursue my study and want to go abroad for further study. But if I go I will take my parents and my brother with me. We have hardly gone out of Delhi so I have a dream to show many beautiful things to my parents,” Kumar said.last_img read more

Portico collapses at Peace Heaven

first_imgKolkata: A portion of the portico collapsed on Sunday night at Peace Heaven on Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road. No one was hurt in the incident. A car parked under the portico got damaged.On Sunday, around 7 pm, the portion of the portico measuring about 20 ft wide and 30 ft long suddenly collapsed. It was established that the structure came down because the pillars that were holding the portico shattered. After getting the information, police personnel from Park Street police station reached the spot. Disaster Management Group (DMG) was also informed. As the body preservation process was suspended for almost a month due to some problem, no one was there at the time of collapse.last_img read more

Shopkeeper kills wife self

first_imgMuzaffarnagar (UP): A shopkeeper shot himself dead after allegedly killing his wife over some dispute in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district on Monday, police said. Manoj Kumar, 30, shot Seema, 28, using his licenced gun at Ladpur village in Khatauli block, following which he committed suicide, the police said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem and the gun has been recovered, the police said.last_img

Pak answered Indias aggression with responsibility Alvi

first_imgIslamabad: Amid vociferous protests by opposition members, Pakistan President Arif Alvi told Parliament that Islamabad has always answered India’s aggression with “responsibility” and that Kulbhushan Jadhav’s presence in Pakistan is evidence that India has always sponsored terrorism in their country. With opposition members shouting “Kashmir ka sauda namanzoor, Selected government namanzoor”, almost drowning out his speech, Alvi on Thursday also warned the international community that “any negligence” in countering alleged genocide in Kashmir “will pose a serious threat to international peace”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We have always answered India’s aggression with responsibility in a bid to ease the already volatile situation. When India violated Pakistan’s airspace [in February this year], the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) responded with great valour and showed the military forces’ operational preparedness to India,” he said. He said Kulbhushan Jadhav’s presence in Pakistan is evidence that India has always sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil. “He has confessed that he is a serving officer and was sent to ignite tensions in Balochistan,” Alvi added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Alvi said that “a Hindu extremist mindset had taken over India” and the world would have to confront these fascist policies. He alleged that the “religious extremism of the RSS was fast reshaping the face of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru’s India and had made the lives of minorities and moderates of India unsafe”. He claimed that the geographical significance of Pakistan has focused the world’s attention on it. “Pakistan is world’s seventh and Muslim world’s first nuclear power. Our nuclear assets are a deterrent to the aggressive designs of our enemies,” he said. He blamed “certain bad decisions” taken in the past as responsible for “the curse of terrorism” in the country. Opposition members kept shouting anti-government slogans throughout his speech, and even tore papers and threw them in the air. They also blocked Alvi’s vision with placards inscribed with slogans like “Kashmir ka sauda namanzoor” (No deal acceptable on Kashmir).last_img read more

Ontario NDP leader wouldnt introduce corner store sale of beer and wine

first_imgTHUNDER BAY, Ont. – The current system of restricted retail beer and wine sales in Ontario works well and is socially responsible, New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath said Saturday.Campaigning in Thunder Bay, Ont., Horwath said there’s no need to allow convenience stores to carry the products — a perennially favoured if never-implemented idea that once helped propel the Liberals to office in the mid-1980s.“I’m going to be straight up about it: I don’t think we need to have beer and wine in the corner stores,” Horwath said. “I don’t think this is a broken system in Ontario. I don’t necessarily think that we need to mess with it. It’s working fine for people.”The prospect of liberalized sales surfaced during the June 7 campaign when Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford said he would allow corner-store sales of beer and wine if he’s elected premier.On Friday, ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend, Ford made his campaign promise on the topic, and on Saturday reaffirmed the commitment while at a brewery in Baysville, Ont.“This is about making life a bit more convenient for you,” Ford said Saturday. “The Liberals and NDP think they know what’s best for you. They oppose giving you more choice and convenience when it comes to buying beer and wine.”But Horwath poured cold beer on that notion, saying people already know where they can buy their alcohol. The issue, she said, goes beyond one of convenience.“It’s more than just accessibility; it’s social responsibility,” Horwath said. “That social responsibility piece is important.”Horwath was campaigning in northern Ontario on Saturday, where she talked up her health-care strategy — more hospital beds and attention to long-term care — and visited a farmer’s market.The Liberal government expanded alcohol sales in recent years beyond the provincially run LCBO and privately owned Beer Store, with more than 350 grocery stores authorized to sell beer and cider, and 70 allowed to sell wine.Under their plan, up to 450 grocery stores will sell beer and cider, including 300 also selling wine, but the Liberals haven’t supported expanding sales to other retail outlets.last_img read more

Nova Scotia election Tories NDP target Liberals health care record

first_imgHALIFAX – The Tories and NDP made their pitches Wednesday to Nova Scotians weary of health-care irritants, promising to address doctor shortages and emergency room overcrowding.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie announced $13.5 million over four years to recruit more doctors, which he said would significantly reduce shortages in a province where as many as 100,000 people have no family doctor.“We need more doctors now: Family doctors to get people to the front of the line and advocate for them in our system, and more specialists like surgeons to see that they get the surgeries that they need in a timely way,” he said.NDP Leader Gary Burrill, meanwhile, promised to address what he called “hallway medicine,” and put an end to emergency department overcrowding if his party is elected May 30.“Patients are being left waiting in hallways, being double bunked in single rooms, made to wait hours in the E.R. or arrive at the hospital to find their E.R. closed,” said Burrill.As he unveiled a new program for pre-schoolers, Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil said one of the health-care-system pressures has been that his government inherited Halifax facilities that were in poor condition.“Part of the issue when we came into government was the actual state of some of our infrastructure here in Halifax which had been left without the kind of attention it required,” he said.“We’ve been working very hard that we provide the services in the right health care environment and that when our health care workers go to work they have the proper supports in the proper environment.”Baillie was accompanied Wednesday by Cindy Newell of Cape Sable Island, N.S., who said her husband Murray has been waiting two years to get a hip replacement.She said after waiting a year simply to get a referral, her husband has decided to opt for surgery at a private clinic in Montreal at a cost of about $25,000, which will be paid for by an unnamed private Nova Scotia donor.“The doctor says his hip is a mess and it needs to be done and it should have been done a long time ago,” said Newell. “I want to see more money or surgeons brought in to do this.”Baillie said Newell’s story illustrates what needs to be done to address wait times.“People like Cindy and Murray don’t even get to the start line of that long wait unless they have a family doctor to begin the process of referrals,” he said.He made no firm commitments on how many doctors would be hired, both family doctors and specialists.Baillie also pledged to double the tuition relief program to $6 million to keep new family doctors in the province and said the plan would also recognize credentials for Canadians who study medicine abroad.Last month Doctors Nova Scotia said the province would need to recruit 100 doctors a year for the next decade to deal with retirements and an aging population with increasingly complex medical needs.In last week’s proposed budget, which died when the May 30 vote was called, the Liberals promised $2.4 million in annual funding to hire an additional 50 doctors a year. They also promised $3.7 million more for additional orthopedic surgeries.In a news release Wednesday, Burrill said emergency department overcrowding had become “unacceptable.”He pointed to a report released in March by the Nova Scotia General Employees Union entitled “Code Critical.” The report tracked a rise in so-called code census incidents at Halifax’s largest hospital, during which the emergency ward is declared unsafe and patients are sent to in-patient units.The union made 15 recommendations, including the need to publicly document code census calls and treatment wait times, and to revisit policies on staffing levels when overcrowding occurs.Burrill said the New Democrats would improve emergency care by implementing all recommendations in the union’s report, while working as “active partners” with doctors, nurses, and communities to deliver specific health care needs.He said the measures would accompany a previously announced $120-million, four-year commitment to hire more family doctors and improve primary care.McNeil said Wednesday the Health Department has been considering the union report, but didn’t commit to following its recommendations.The Liberals used Day 4 of the election to highlight plans to provide a pre-primary program for about 750 four-year-olds. McNeil said his plan is to begin the program this fall in 30 locations, mostly in existing schools.“Too often parents have had to make difficult choices about whether to stay in the workforce or to pay the high cost of child care,” said McNeil. “Our universal pre-primary plan takes the financial burden away saving families up to $10,000 a year.”The first year of the pre-schoolers program — already announced in the budget — envisions having 25 children in each class with two early childhood educators per class.The program will be play-based, and encourages the development of skills such as speaking, socializing and listening.The Liberals say that once the pre-primary program is fully implemented after four years, it will cost about $49.4 million each year.— With files from Michael Tutton in Halifaxlast_img read more

PQ leader calls for new Quebec language law in reaction to 2016

first_imgMONTREAL – Only people who can speak French should be allowed to immigrate to the province, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said Thursday in reaction to 2016 census data.Lisee said if his party wins the 2018 election, it will introduce a new, stricter language law to stem what called a worrying trend in the use of French in Quebec.“We say if we are in power, in the first 101 days we will table legislation to make sure all new immigrants will have to show knowledge of French before they can come to Quebec,” he told reporters.Refugees are an exception, said Lisee, who explained people who claim asylum can learn French once they arrive.The 2016 census data on language released last week indicated the percentage of people in Quebec who listed French as a mother tongue decreased to 78.4 per cent in 2016 from 79.7 per cent in 2011.Census data also suggested the percentage of Quebec anglophones increased significantly across the province.“If we keep going in this direction, it will bring us to a tipping point,” the PQ leader said. “We never want to see that tipping point.”Lisee said his legislation would be called Bill 202, a reference to the legislation passed in the 1970s that is known informally as Bill 101.“We saw this before,” Lisee said. “In 1976, the indicators were very negative. We brought in Bill 101 and the trend turned over. And we feel it’s time again to take measures to make the trend turn over.”Lisee added a future Bill 202 would force all companies in Quebec with 25 employees or more to conduct all business in French, which is currently the case for firms with 50 people or more.Quebecers who attend English universities and junior colleges would also need a degree in French proficiency before being allowed to graduate, even if they intended on moving outside the province.“They can move any time they wish,” Lisee said. “But if you want to have a degree of higher education in Quebec, it’s just basic decency to give you the tools for your success. And one of these tools is for you to be proficient in French.”last_img read more