zoom Switzerland’s logistics provider Agility Logistics has signed an agreement with Danish shipping giant Maersk Line to cut CO2 emissions by 15% per container transported for Agility shipments by 2020.The deal is part of Maersk’s Carbon Pact Challenge, an initiative which aims to drive down harmful emissions and reduce the environmental impact of container shipping, the Danish container carrier said.Under the contract, the parties will look for ways to cut emissions by shipping cargo on more fuel efficient ships, optimizing shipping routes, and taking other alternative steps to reduce CO2 emissions such as investigating how to integrate CO2 emission indicators into the regular business information flow and procurement of ocean shipping.“Responsible companies are looking for innovative, commercially viable ways to reduce the impact of their business on the environment,” Cas Pouderoyen, Agility Senior Vice President for Global Ocean Freight, said.The International Maritime Organization says ocean shipping accounts 3% of the world’s global CO2 emissions and 10% of global O2 emissions from transportation.
On Thursday, Nov. 20, wine lovers will be toasting the firstwines bottled from the Northern Hemisphere’s 2003 grape harvest.As per tradition, Beaujolais Nouveau arrives in select NovaScotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) outlets on the third Thursday ofNovember. NSLC features Beaujolais Nouveau from French producers BouchardAine, Georges Duboeuf, Noemie Vernaux, Joseph Drouhin, Chateau deCorton-Andre and Reine Pedauque, Nouveau from the Cotes Du Rhoneregion from Jean Jean and Italian Vino Novello from Zonin. This year is expected to be an exceptional one for French wineproducers who began picking their grapes on Aug. 25. Grapes havenot been picked so early since 1893 — making the 2003 vintageone for the history books. The 2003 Beaujolais is expected to beparticularly intense and complex with plenty of red fruit likeraspberry, strawberry and red currant. Nouveau-style wines are designed with early drinking in mind,often reaching maturity by the Christmas holidays. The wines arelively and aromatic and differ from others because of the methodof fermentation. Great care is taken not to damage the fruitduring the picking stage so that fermentation can be encouragedwithin the skin. The production process takes only about 48hours, instead of 10 to 12 days, and creates a wine with a fullberry hue and a velvety, fresh fruit flavour. Unlike other red wines, Beaujolais Nouveau should be servedchilled at 10 to 13 C. The celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau has taken on greatproportions in recent years. Producers have used many tactics toentice consumers to purchase the first wine of the year, fromracing cases of wines to the nearest market to the now famouslabels featuring original art. Beaujolais Nouveau presents the wine buying public a preview ofthe vintage year and can be a measure of the quality of awinemaker’s spring release.
We know the importance of the lobster industry in Nova Scotia. It is the mainstay of many of our coastal communities. Each year, 300- to 400-million-dollars worth of lobsters are landed by about 3,400 lobster license holders in our province. We are very fortunate to have a diversified fishery in our province, but lobster is by far the most valuable sector. While Nova Scotia lobsters are sold worldwide, the United States is our most important customer. Access to this market must be protected. The economies of a vast area of Nova Scotia depend on a healthy lobster fishery and a healthy market. In December, U.S. border agents stepped up inspection of Canadian lobsters being transported to market. This was not a trade action. They were acting on complaints that illegal lobsters were coming into their country to be sold. Primarily, they were looking for undersize lobsters, egg-bearing female lobsters, and v-notched lobsters. What they found was that over half of the trucks they checked from Nova Scotia had varying amounts of illegal lobsters. As a result, there will be more checks at the border and the penalties may be increased above the current fines. Access to our best market could be severely affected. As an industry, Canadian fishermen and fish buyers must address this problem. The size limit in southwest Nova Scotia is the same as the U.S. measure; it is illegal to possess egg bearing lobsters, and v-notching is part of our management plan. In short, all these rules are the same in southwest Nova Scotia as they are in the U.S. Government cannot prevent every illegal lobster from coming ashore without co-operation from thefishing industry. A culture of conservation must prevail in our industry to ensure its sustainability. As Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, I urge everyone in the Nova Scotia industry to be more diligent and to make sure illegal lobsters do not come ashore. The consequence of not doing so will be severe. Longer waits at the border can be expected as U.S. agents take the time to measure lobsters that should have been checked at sea or at pounds. This additional delay will hurt all sectors of the industry. I realize that the lobster industry is facing some challenges related to the strong Canadian dollar and quality issues, however practices that put illegal lobsters into the system will make many problems worse. The lobster fishery is crucial for our coastal communities and we must all do our part to ensure it is protected. I fully intend to take my responsibilitiesin this matter seriously. I will be instructing my officials to be vigilant with dealers who trade in illegal lobsters. Those caught violating the regulations will face charges that may result in fines and licence cancellations. I stress again, the lobster industry is far too important for us to allow it to be jeopardized by those who are careless with their actions or think they can make more money by selling illegal lobsters. We must all work together to protect the number one fishery in Nova Scotia. -30-
An Annapolis Valley woman has had her sexual harassment complaint upheld by an independent human rights board of inquiry. Danielle Bennett of Kentville complained to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in May 2004 that she was sexually harassed by her employer, Michael Tan, while working at Hau’s Family Restaurant. She accused Mr. Tan of fondling her. Ms. Bennett alleged that when she confronted him in front of his wife, Mr. Tan denied some of her allegations but acknowledged he had touched her inappropriately. Ms. Bennett claimed she was subjected to harassment by other staff at the restaurant after confronting Mr. Tan with his actions. In upholding the complaint, board chair Robert Stewart said he was “persuaded by the balance of probabilities that Michael Tan engaged in a course of conduct over the course of four years in relation to Danielle Bennett … which would constitute sexual harassment within the meaning of the [Nova Scotia Human Rights] Act.” The chair accepted Ms. Bennett’s claim of retaliation arising from the Tans’ request for repayment of a demand loan after the human rights complaint was filed, but did not accept that other allegations made by Ms. Bennett amounted to retaliation under the act. Both Mr. Tan and Hau’s Family Restaurant have been ordered to pay Ms. Bennett a total sum of $2,500 in general damages. The chair also ordered that the respondents, including Mr. Tan’s wife, Bonnie Tan, be subjected to monitoring for three years by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission to ensure their compliance with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. They must report the name and address information for all employees to the commission for this period and arrange for sensitivity training for themselves and their staff. The respondents must also report the fact and the reason that an employee has left their employ during the three-year period. A complaint is referred to an independent board of inquiry when the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission believes a prima facie case of discrimination is made after an investigation by a human rights officer. The chief judge of the provincial court selects a board chair from a roster and the commissioners ratify the nomination. The decision on the complaint is then in the hands of the independent board. Evidence collected during investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondent can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether discrimination has occurred. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A copy of the decision is available on the commission’s website at http://gov.ns.ca/humanrights/ .
The parking lot and a lifeguard station at Queensland Beach will be restored to the condition they were before post-tropical storm Noel blew through the area in the fall. A tender was issued today, May 30, for work that includes removing debris and excess material deposited in the parking lot during the storm. The parking lot will also be gravelled with appropriate material and graded. In addition, excess material will be removed and damages to a lifeguard station will be repaired. Some of the rock and other material that is being removed will be placed along sections of guardrail that separates the parking lot from the road. This will further define the parking lot and will provide added separation from the highway. The work is the Department of Natural Resources’ responsibility in restoring the area to its pre-storm status. Parking lot and lifeguard station repairs are expected to be completed by June 20. For information on the tender visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/search/search_advanced.asp .
CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Porteau’s Bridge: Porteau’s Bridge, about six kilometres south from Trunk 6 on Route 246, will be reduced to one lane to replace rails from Monday, Dec. 8 until Tuesday, Dec. 23. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 -30- Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge, on the East Margaree Road, will be closed until further notice. Detour on East Margaree Crossroad. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10 will have alternating one-lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, Dec. 19. There are a pilot vehicle, flashing light unit, traffic cones and traffic control people on site. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley Road and Pugwash River Road, will be closed for culvert replacement until further notice. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road will have alternating lane closures until Tuesday, Dec. 30 to install traffic signals at the entrance of Central Supplies and the Petro Canada station. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Dec. 19. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 for 1.5 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for upgrades until Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville, will be closed indefinitely for repairs. PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Thorburn Road will be closed until Wednesday, Dec. 17, to remove the underpass near Thorburn Consolidated School. Motorists are advised to use the detour route adjacent to the Thorburn Road, via Hollow Road. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 at Middle Melford will have alternating one-lane closures for construction of detour bridge and approaches at Melford bridge until Jan. 31. Motorist can expect delays and to encounter gravel and rough sections. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some weekends. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crossed the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed because of damage sustained during flooding. The bridge will reopen next summer. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 and Bog Road Overpass The Bog Road overpass, above Highway 101, is closed until Sunday, Dec. 28. It is being replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until spring. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound for about 500 metres to Exit 7, will have occasional one-lane closures until Friday, Dec. 12, to install truck weighing equipment.
-30- Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 RICHMOND COUNTY: Janvrin Island Bridge The Moucliere Bridge to Janvrin Island, Richmond Co., will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, to complete repairs. The bridge provides the only road access to the island. The project will be postponed in the case of windy or rainy weather.
tighter management of spending review of programs tax measures a renewed commitment to enhance the economy. The report stresses that doing nothing is not an option, or more importantly, the path Nova Scotia is on is simply not sustainable. “I want to thank the panel members for their hard work over the past two months,” Premier Dexter said. “This in-depth report will be a key tool for the government in preparing for next year’s budget and developing a plan to put Nova Scotia back on a sustainable path.” Nova Scotians have shown they are interested in the future of their province by taking the time to write to the panel and attend focus sessions to share their views, which are reflected in the report. “I’d like to see Nova Scotians continue to be involved in the process,” the premier said. “I urge people to read the report to fully understand the scope of the problem and the challenges that lie ahead, and then let us know what they think. “We need everyone’s help to develop a plan to move forward. After all, this is the future of their province.” Monday, Nov. 16, Premier Dexter and Finance Minister Graham Steele will respond to the report and outline the next steps to address Nova Scotia’s financial challenge. To view the panel’s full report and recommendations, visit www.gov.ns.ca/tpb . The Economic Advisory Panel’s report, released today, Nov. 13, shows Nova Scotia is in serious financial trouble and will have to make some tough choices to restore the province to a solid, balanced fiscal standing. “This is truly a watershed moment for Nova Scotia,” Premier Darrell Dexter said. “It is clear from the panel’s advice that government and Nova Scotians have some very tough decisions ahead. If anyone thinks there is an easy way out, they are wrong.” The first phase of an independent financial review by Deloitte revealed in August that Nova Scotia is on a path to a $1.3-billion deficit. The premier’s first step was to appoint a four-member panel to define major policy challenges arising from the Deloitte report and identify options for government. In its report, the panel recommends that government wait to balance the budget until 2012-13. It also suggests government consider a combination of the following options to address Nova Scotia’s serious fiscal challenges:
A marketing campaign promoting the world-class offerings of Nova Scotia universities was launched in Halifax today, Jan. 11. The campaign markets Nova Scotia as “Canada’s University Capital” to prospective students and their parents. “We are sending a strong message to students across Canada: Nova Scotia is the destination for education in this country,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks, on behalf of the Premier Darrell Dexter. “We want prospective students and their parents to know that Nova Scotia’s universities offer a wide range of quality programs and a personalized approach to learning.” An enthusiastic crowd of university students and alumni from across Nova Scotia were on hand for the launch. “The competition for students in Canada is fierce, this campaign will help Nova Scotia’s universities stand out and remind our young people that a world-class education can be found right here,” said Cape Breton University president John Harker, chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. The campaign brings together every university in the province, offering a unified voice under the Come to Life brand. An interactive website gives visitors an opportunity to meet a professor from each university and receive a brief introduction to their university. From the campaign site, visitors can access links to explore offerings of each university. The campaign will also be launched with events in Toronto and Ottawa later this month. “This campaign is one part of government’s overall goal to attract and retain young people to the province. After receiving their education at one of the province’s fine universities, we invite those alumni to stay here, put down roots, and build a life in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Nova Scotia is also grateful for the many friends and ambassadors around the world who have come to Nova Scotia for their higher education and continue to boast about the province, its people and their experiences at our universities.” “The education I received in Nova Scotia was invaluable to me,” said John Rogers, an Acadia and Dalhousie alumnus and CEO of the law firm of Stewart McKelvey. “My professors knew me by name. I felt like I was part of a community. The value given to excellence in my field of study instilled a sense of pride that has carried on throughout my career. It provided me with the foundation for life-long learning.” A province steeped in a tradition of education, Nova Scotia remains an education destination of choice for out-of-province and international students. In 2009, more than 16,000 out-of-province students and more than 4,000 international students from 100 countries were enrolled in programs across the province.
Damage from recent storms and flooding in southwestern Nova Scotia is estimated at $5.6 million, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Jan. 6. Families and businesses in these communities were hard hit by heavy rainfall and severe flooding between Nov. 4 and 10. “Nova Scotians have had their lives and livelihoods put on hold because of the damage from this extreme weather,” said Premier Dexter. “They need help now to get their lives back to normal. Knowing the estimated cost of repairs brings the province another step closer to being able to offer that help.” The initial damage estimate includes costs to repair damages to provincial and municipal infrastructure, including bridges and roads, as well as estimated uninsurable damages to private property. “We will be asking Ottawa for federal aid,” said Premier Dexter. “And we will have more information on available help for Nova Scotians with uninsurable property damage from this storm very soon.” From Nov. 4-10, about 200 millimetres of rain fell in some areas of Nova Scotia, causing severe flooding and damage to homes and infrastructure. Since August, Nova Scotia has experienced six weather events that caused widespread damage in areas across the province. Costs for damages from the August flash flooding in Meat Cove and the November overland flooding in parts of south western Nova Scotia are estimated to exceed $13-million. Damage assessments for the four December storms are expected to list millions more in damages. During a major weather event and in the days following, the province, municipalities, service providers and not-for-profit organizations work together to ensure people are safe and have the care and essential services they need. Repairing damaged infrastructure, restoring services and returning displaced residents to their homes as quickly as possible is the focus. Once critical needs are met, attention shifts to helping communities recover. An important part of recovery is determining the full extent of the damages and what repairs will cost.
VICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown Ferry has returned to service. It had been out of service because of ice in the channel. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-
The province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) has concluded that no charges should be laid against an RCMP officer who pursued a speeding motorcycle driver in Halifax Regional Municipality last summer. At 11:30 p.m. on July 9, a Musquodoboit Harbour RCMP officer on his way to respond to a call noticed a 24-year-old motorcyclist in front of him. When the motorcyclist saw the police officer, he began to speed away, and the RCMP officer pursued him along Highway 7. The driver crashed while trying to turn onto the East Chezzetcook Road. He broke his collarbone and spent several days in hospital. RCMP contacted SIRT the next day to investigate. SIRT has concluded that the RCMP officer acted appropriately. Although his speed at times was relatively high, the road was clear and driving conditions were good. The full report is available at http://sirt.novascotia.ca. SIRT has also released its report into allegations of domestic violence against an RCMP member in Antigonish. Two assault charges were laid against Const. Luc Louis MacInnis in October. He will appear for trial in Antigonish provincial court on March 28. This report is available on the SIRT website. SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The team can independently launch an investigation, or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. A public report summarizing the results of the investigation must be filed within three months after it is finished.
Nova Scotians are urged to practice water safety while swimming, boating and fishing in the province. Premier Darrell Dexter today, July 15, declared the week of July 20-27 National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia. “Summer in Nova Scotia is a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors and fun times on the water,” said Premier Dexter. “I urge all Nova Scotians to use common sense and take proper precautions, particularly around water, to ensure a safe and happy summer vacation.” A report from the Lifesaving Society shows that in 2012, more than 350 Canadians died by drowning, including 17 Nova Scotians. “Simple precautions will prevent drowning,” said Mike Melenchuk, president of the Lifesaving Society. “Wear your personal flotation device or lifejacket when boating, never swim alone, keep small children within arms’ reach, and avoid drinking alcohol when in or on the water.” Nova Scotians are also advised to teach children to swim and be comfortable around water, and to swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard whenever possible. National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia is organized by the provincial branch of the Lifesaving Society. For more information about water safety, visit www.lifesavingsociety.ns.ca.
KINGS COUNTY: Route 360 Route 360, between Route 221 and Brow of Mountain Road, will be closed Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to install a culvert. A detour will be marked via Long Point Road. -30-
Premier Stephen McNeil and the leaders of the Progressive Conservative and New Democratic parties are calling on the federal government to launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. “The tragic death of Loretta Saunders reminds us violence against women is a serious issue that must be dealt with,” said Premier McNeil. “I want to express my deepest condolences to Ms. Saunders’s family and friends, and the aboriginal community for their loss.” “I commend the federal government for its efforts so far, but I urge my federal colleagues to take this work one step further. It is time to launch a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls,” said Premier McNeil. The premier wrote to the federal Ministers of Justice, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and the Status of Women today, March 6, calling for the inquiry. “My heart breaks for Ms. Saunders’ family and friends. More must be done to end violence against women,” said Jamie Baillie, leader of the Opposition. “I appreciate the steps by the federal government to form a committee and investigate cases of missing aboriginal women and girls. A public inquiry is an important next step.” The federal government appointed a parliamentary committee to conduct hearings on the matter of missing and murdered aboriginal women. On March 7, the committee will table its report. “The tragic death of Loretta Saunders has brought attention to what is a troubling pattern all levels of government must work together to address,” said Maureen MacDonald, Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP. “Efforts must be made to examine and understand more fully what steps must be taken to end the unacceptable rate of death and disappearance among aboriginal women in Canada.” Violence against aboriginal women is an issue across Canada and a national approach is needed. The province continues to support initiatives that address violence against women. This work focuses on prevention, as well as, services for victims. During the July 2013 Council of the Federation meeting, premiers unanimously supported an inquiry. Premier McNeil, Mr. Baillie and Ms. MacDonald also thanked leaders of Nova Scotia’s aboriginal communities for their unwavering commitment to this significant issue.
All Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) retail stores will be closed Monday, Oct. 13, in honour of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Oct. 14. For more information on NSLC store hours, visit www.myNSLC.com and follow the Store Locator link. -30-
A preliminary hearing of the independent human rights board of inquiry into Mark Thomas v. Halifax Water Commission is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 24. Mr. Thomas alleges that he was discriminated against on the basis of his physical disability and race and/or colour while employed by Halifax Water Commission. Halifax Water denies the allegation. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Board of Inquiry Hearing Room at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission office, 5657 Spring Garden Rd., Suite 305, Halifax. The board chair, Dennis James, is independent of the commission, which is representing the public interest. -30-
More than 500,000 low- and middle-income Nova Scotians are receiving tax relief because of tax changes that came into effect Jan. 1. Those changes mean about 63,000 more Nova Scotians will not pay any provincial income tax in 2018. The savings amount to as much as $264 per year. “This is more money staying in the pockets of low- and middle-income Nova Scotians,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotians who need it the most are getting more support because of our province’s strong finances.” The relief comes through an increase in the tax-free basic personal amount. Low-income earners see the most benefit, with the amount increasing 35 per cent to $11,481 from $8,481 for 2018. The increase declines as income rises, until it is phased out for people with a taxable income of at least $75,000. “Getting our province’s finances in order means we can provide tax relief while also investing in more services and programs,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey. “This is one of the largest tax breaks in our province’s recent history.” Nova Scotians will save $85 million annually because of this measure.
Government has approved new regulations under the Public Utilities Act that give the Utility and Review Board the ability to approve long-term natural gas pipeline contracts. This change creates consistency by giving Nova Scotia Power the same opportunities available under the Gas Distribution Act. Long-term agreements have the potential to provide Nova Scotians with reliable access to natural gas while keeping electricity prices stable for ratepayers. The Utility and Review Board will independently consider if proposed agreements are in the best interests of ratepayers. -30-
Bijnor: A BSP leader and his nephew were shot dead by three assailants here on Tuesday, police said. The incident took place at around 2.30 pm when BSP leader Haji Ahsan (55) and his nephew Shadab (28) were sitting in their office, Circle Officer Najibabad Mahesh Kumar said. “One of the three assailants waited outside the office, while two moved in with a pistol hidden in a sweet box. They opened fire at Haji Ahsan and when his nephew tried to stop them, they was also shot at him. Both of them died,” he said. “No personal enmity angle has emerged in the case so far. Teams have been formed to nab the killers and investigation is going on,” he added. This is the third such attack against the workers of political parties after the announcement of LSpoll results.