South Shore Valley Western Communities Share in Funding

first_img Six community groups in Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg and Yarmouth counties will receive more than $35,000 to help make theirfacilities more accessible to seniors and people withdisabilities. The projects include installing automatic dooropeners, wheelchair accessible washrooms and building ramps. The projects are among 19 projects worth a total of $146,000announced today, May 19, by the Nova Scotia government under theCommunity ACCESS-ability program. The program helps communitygroups make public buildings and other facilities more accessiblefor all Nova Scotians. This brings the number of approved projects to almost 200 and thetotal investment to $1.2 million since the program was announcedin May 2000. “These projects are vital for Nova Scotians with disabilities tofully participate in their communities,” said Barry Barnet,Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Thecommunity organizations we are supporting are helping to makeNova Scotia a more inclusive society and we are proud to workwith them.” The Kingsport Community Association will be receiving almost$1,100 to build a ramp at the community-owned Kingsport WharfCanteen in Kings County. “A lot of visitors drop by our canteen when they’re touring thisarea, and many of them are elderly or in wheelchairs,” said AlexSinclair of the community association. “A ramp will help themmake the most of their visit to Kingsport.” Installing wheelchair ramps and lifts, accessible washrooms andautomatic doors in community halls, recreational facilities,municipal offices and other locations across the province are thetypes of projects supported by the Community ACCESS-abilityprogram. Under the program, the province contributes $2 for every dollarraised by the project sponsor. Donations of labour and materialscan be included in the sponsor’s share, making it easier formunicipalities and community organizations to raise their portionof the project costs. Following are the projects approved in Annapolis, Kings,Lunenburg and Yarmouth counties: — Port George Recreation Centre, Annapolis Co.: $10,000 (ramp,washroom)– Mahone Bay Centre, Lunenburg Co.: $10,000 (wheelchair lift,auto doors)– Evangel Assembly Hall, Yarmouth: $7,097 (wheelchair lift)– Yarmouth Co. Ground Search and Rescue Team Training Centre andHall, Arcadia: $5,862 (ramp, doorway, washroom)– Bonnie Lea Farm – Pew Baker Centre, Chester: $1,842 (dooropener)– Kingsport Wharf Canteen, Kings Co.: $1,071 (ramp) Guidelines and application forms for potential project sponsorsare available on the website atwww.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr/access/access.asp or by calling902-424-7798. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–South Shore, Valley, WesternCommunities Share in Fundinglast_img read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPNC Chair Williams challenges Harmon, Lawrence to show their worthinessJuly 4, 2018In “latest news”Granger remains unchallenged as several vie for PNC’s Chair, Vice Chair postsJuly 17, 2018In “latest news” Volda Lawrence joins race for PNCR chairmanshipJuly 1, 2018In “latest news” …up the PNC ladder?After a marathon counting exercise of just 828 votes, which took almost 8 hours, Volda Lawrence was elected Chairman of the PNC/R. While it may seem your Eyewitness is a “male chauvinist pig” for calling Ms Volda a “Chairman”, he’s only going by the designation in the PNC’s Constitution. Maybe Lawrence, as the first female Chairman, can initiate steps to make the position more gender neutral. Obviously, even though the Constitution was revised in 2009, it doesn’t appear up to then that a woman might become “chairman”.But what exactly does the Chairman do, to generate such a spirited fight for the position?  Under Rule 20, “FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES OF THE CHAIRMAN”, the PNC Constitution declares a bit sketchily: (1) “The Chairman shall preside over, and be responsible for, the conduct of the meetings of Congress, General Council and Central Executive Committee, and may (be assigned) other duties by the Central Executive Committee. (2) The Chairman shall also represent the Leader on such occasions and at such functions as the Leader may direct.”That doesn’t seem to warrant any big sturm and drang, does it? But it all becomes clear when one looks at Rule 19 (1), which stipulates: “If the office of Leader becomes vacant due to death, incapacity, resignation or other circumstance, the Chairman shall assume the functions of the Leader for the time being.”With Granger just reminding us he’s seventy-three (remember him giving away 73 bicycles for his last birthday?)…biblical-minded persons like Volda in the PNC would know he’s now exceeded his “three score and ten” allotment.But the PNC elections were interesting for other reasons than whether Granger might be kicking the bucket anytime soon – and thus raising the question of succession. There was the stinging rebuff of Attorney General Basil Williams, who received a measly 183 votes as opposed to 346 for Lawrence and 287 for Joe Harmon! Williams had used his bully pulpit to flaunt his “bully” credentials, which he obviously thought made his a “real” PNCite.Was Lawrence’s trouncing of him suggesting her less confrontational approach was more acceptable to the delegates? They remembered her implicit reprimand to “I is” Broomes’s Basil Williams-like bullyism? Personally, your Eyewitness had placed his bets on Joe Harmon, who appears to be quite a pragmatic fella – a useful quality in a fractured society like Guyana!But he was “double-banked”!!However, at long last women — always the backbone of the PNC — are insisting on some recognition for their critical party work. The first Vice-Chairman was also a woman – who trounced old-time, rough-and-tumble PNCite Aubrey Norton.Sadly, the male leader remains constitutionally paramount over all!! Next time?…to FloridaYour Eyewitness saw Andre Russel express frustration over the Tallawahs “home games” scheduled in Florida. He complained it felt like playing in Guyana!!But with 300,000 Jamaicans in South Florida, why not bring them out to the ball game?? read more