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Burning Permits Now Required

first_imgFire season officially began in some parts of the province onApril 1 and in the remaining areas on April 15. The season willend Oct. 15. As a result, provincial permits for burning brushare now required. In several areas of the province, municipalities require anadditional municipal permit. Property owners, particularlyresidents of Halifax Regional Municipality, must check with theirmunicipal offices. Fire season is taken seriously by the Department of NaturalResources for the safety and protection of the forest. The datesfor the season are based on legislation and are related toweather patterns, forest conditions, and typical fire activity. During early spring, before our forests green up, 50 per cent offires take place, putting our forests, vegetation and wildlife atrisk. During this time, weather can be deceiving as rain and cooltemperatures can quickly change and dry out woodlands within afew days. “Permits enable us to ensure burning is carried out in aresponsible and controlled manner, yet enable land owners toclean up their properties and reduce the fire hazard,” saidNatural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt. “Under provincialregulations, permits are required during fire season, making itsafer for all Nova Scotians at a time when the risk of forestfire is greatest.” Last year, Nova Scotia had 272 forest fires which burned 1257hectares (3106 acres). The cost to the Nova Scotia taxpayer was$818,500.last_img read more

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Department Launches New and Improved Website

first_img A new highway camera page and enhanced travel information are allpart of a new and improved website from the Department ofTransportation and Public Works. The new site can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . “More people are using the Internet as an information source, soit’s important that the department website is user-friendly andinformative,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation andPublic Works. “The changes will make it easier for people to findthe information they need, and it also provides new informationfor the public.” The department’s highway cameras page is popular with the public,and this section has been updated. It now includes information onair temperature, humidity and wind speed, as well as images ofthe highway. “People see the highway cameras as a valuable safety tool inmonitoring weather and road conditions before embarking ontravels,” said the minister. “This new information will provideadditional information for the travelling public.” The department has 20 highway cameras around the province, withanother 12 expected to be installed this summer. The new website will also make it easier for people travelling inNova Scotia. There are links to travel information, tips on roadsafety and an updated road construction page. Plant lovers can find information on roadside vegetation, alongwith an extensive photo gallery of Nova Scotia’s plant life. On average 148,000 visitors a month go to the department’swebsite, with more visits in the winter months. Staff hope thatthese and other improvements will encourage more residents andvisitors to Nova Scotia to use the site as an essential resource. In February of this year, Nova Scotians were asked for input onthe content and layout of the department website. The valuablefeedback gained from this survey has been used to makeimprovements to the site. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Department Launches New and ImprovedWebsitelast_img read more

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Touring Wesleys Reception House

The United Nations refugee agency is pressuring our country to help resettle more of the 100,000 people displaced by the war in Syria. So far Canada has agreed to take in 1300 people by the end of this year. This comes as Hamilton’s Wesley Urban Ministries is well on its way to providing smooth transitions for the roughly 300 government-sponsored refugees that come to the city each year.“It’s war. There’s nothing there. There’s nothing there.”25 year old Farooq Kaml had been living in Egypt for the last nine years after his family fled Iraq due to war. While he says they had peace in Egypt, they had no rights.“I came to Canada because it’s a good country. I have rights here and it’s more secure and more quiet.”Along with his parents, brothers and sisters, Kaml has now been living at Wesley Urban Ministries’ new Reception House for the last month as a government-sponsored refugee. He hopes to one day study computer sciences — but first, the family is looking for a permanent home, and Wesley’s Reception House program is helping them prepare for life in Canada.Executive director Daljit Garry says up to 35 people can live at the reception house at a time.“It’s a home-like environment for them. There’s common lounge space, eating areas and then they have their rooms.”Before it opened in October, the program was run out of hotel rooms. This new site is making a difference by allowing the centre to help build relationships.“It also allows us to bring in those connections for them so settlement workers can come on site. We have a health clinic within the space.”Families typically stay at the centre for weeks, but Wesley’s services continue once they’ve found permanent homes. And after three years of living in Canada, refugees like Kaml can apply to become citizens.It’s important to note these are not refugees making claims; only government-sponsored refugees who were mostly living in camps can stay at the centre. About 300 are placed at Wesley each year. For more information just go to the Wesley Urban Ministries website. read more

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