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Expenses Of Nova Scotia Cabinet Ministers Posted For First Time Online.

The monthly expenses filed by Nova Scotia cabinet ministers are now available to the public for the first time online. Although expense claims filed by members of the legislature have been available online since the fall of 2010, ministerial expenses had only been available in a series of binders kept in the legislative library. The first online edition lists expenses for each minister and their executive assistants from April 1 to July 31. The largest expense of about $5,889 was registered by Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell for a nine-day trip to China in June. Premier Stephen McNeil spent more than $10,500 on a series of six trips over the period including about $4,689 for a multi-city European trade mission in early June. The smallest expense filed was an 89-cent mileage claim submitted by Immigration Minister Lena Metlege... read more

Brier Island Clean-up Deemed A Success.

A recent shore and trail clean-up on Brier Island is being hailed a success. Last week’s event was organized by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Andrew Holland, the Conservancy’s Director of Communication tells CJLS that everyone pitched in over two days that began when people began arriving Friday night. http://cjls.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/HOLLAND-cut1.mp3 Holland says the Nature Conservancy of Canada is very grateful to all the individuals and groups that volunteer and put in a great deal of time and effort. http://cjls.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/HOLLAND-cut2.mp3 Holland says the more people that come out to volunteer means that more sensitive areas will be protected for future... read more

Homework Standards In Place For the New School Year.

Homework standards intended to support and enhance student learning at every grade level in Nova Scotia were announced today by Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. More than 7,000 students, parents, guardians and teachers provided input on the new homework standards through an online survey last spring. “It is important to build on what students are learning in the classroom to help support their overall success in life both academically and personally”, said Ms. Casey. “All homework needs to reflect what is being taught to students, and teachers will use their professional judgement to determine when to assign homework, what to assign and how much.” The provincial policy provides flexibility and clearly defines the roles of students and their families, teachers, administrators, school boards and the department. The policy states that: — school administrators will establish a school-wide approach to designing and assigning homework that includes home-school communications — teachers will evaluate homework and provide timely feedback to students — students are responsible for completing homework assignments on time and to the best of their ability, and families should provide encouragement and appropriate support to help students develop study skills at home. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will communicate the homework policy to school boards, who will then monitor implementation of the policy in all schools. The standards are designed to ensure homework enriches student learning, is tailored to a student’s age, grade and learning needs, and is designed to involve families in supporting their children’s learning. The purpose of homework will also vary by grade and subject. Homework can be assigned on any... read more

Economy Shrinks Again, Pushes Canada Into Technical Definition Of Recession.

The Canadian economy shrank for the second straight quarter of 2015, the technical definition of a recession. Statistics Canada says the economy contracted at an annual pace of 0.5 per cent in the second quarter of the year. That was a smaller decline than analyst estimates but Statistics Canada says the first quarter shrank more than originally reported, with a revised decline of 0.8 per cent rather than 0.6 per cent. On the positive side, Canada’s gross domestic product grew by 0.5 per cent in June, after shrinking for five straight months. The growth was led by a 3.1 per cent boost in natural resources extraction. The fresh data is likely to add fuel to the heated political debate over how best to respond to the weakened economy as parties battle for support ahead of the Oct. 19 election. The Statistics Canada report is also expected to intensify the economic argument over the severity of the technical recession defined as two consecutive quarters of declining... read more

Most Students Return To Classes Thursday. Motorists Urged To Be Cautious.

Students going to schools under the Tri-County District School Board return to classes this Thursday, with two exception. Digby High and Digby Elementary schools don’t go back until Tuesday September 8th due to the Wharf Rat Rally. Steven Stoddart, Director of Operations for the Tri-County Regional School Board tells CJLS that everyone, particularly motorists, should be mindful when students return to school. http://cjls.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/STODDART-cut1.mp3 Stoddart says more busses will be equipped with cameras to catch offenders, who he says put students lives at risk. http://cjls.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/STODDART-cut2.mp3 Stoddart says the Tri-County Regional School Board now has bus stop information on its web site. He says parents can find all the information they need about their child’s bus stop on the board’s home page... read more

Concern Gas Shortage Could Reoccur.

Two Nova Scotia gas retailers say they’re concerned shortages that closed stations on the weekend could happen again because the province relies on tanker deliveries by sea. Motorists lined up at gas stations that had fuel this morning after a shortage of gasoline caused some outlets to temporarily close. Wade Sullivan owns the Fas Gas outlet in New Glasgow and he says motorists were backed up about 100 metres from his pumps this morning waiting to fuel up. He links the shortage to the conversion of an Imperial Oil refinery in Halifax to a tank farm a couple of years ago. He believes the reliance on shipments by sea leaves the province vulnerable. A spokesman for Imperial Oil says the company resumed deliveries this morning, but declined further comment. David Collins, vice-president of Wilson Fuel Company Limited, says he feels the shortages could happen again, citing the weather as a factor in getting ships into port. He expects it will take the rest of the week for supplies to reach all of his chain’s 55... read more