first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Tilbury/GRAHAM The construction of the Port of Tilbury’s new multimillion pound port terminal, Tilbury2, will begin immediately after the UK-based company GRAHAM was appointed to carry out the work.In late February 2019, the port received development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport to build the new port.The project will involve the creation of a new port terminal and associated facilities on land at the former Tilbury Power Station on the north bank of the River Thames at Tilbury.When operational in spring 2020, Tilbury2 will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied freight ferry port and the country’s biggest construction processing hub.GRAHAM has been awarded the contract for both the Terrestrial and the Marine Package. The Terrestrial contract incorporates a roll-on/roll-off (RoRo), highway works, the relocation of the existing railhead, and a fixed structural steel bridge to the linkspan. The Marine contract includes works within the tidal estuary beyond the existing sea wall/flood defences, including a floating pontoon, link-span/articulated bridge, associated pilings and river bed preparation for the berth.“Tilbury2 is a significant project for our business and our customers… There is a great deal to do over the next 12 months and we look forward to opening our new port in 2020,” Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports Group (owners of the Port of Tilbury) said. “The Tilbury2 project is a complex scheme that will facilitate the expansion of the Port of Tilbury and support its continued local, regional and national economic growth. We look forward to working collaboratively with The Port of Tilbury and local stakeholders to deliver this transformational scheme,” Michael Graham, GRAHAM Executive Chairman, commented.Tilbury2 is central to the Port of Tilbury’s GBP 1 billion (USD 1.3 billion) investment program during 2012-20.last_img read more

first_imgA three-year project to renovate the historic courthouse in Digbyis underway, with the awarding of a $190,000 contract to CareyBrothers Masonry of Avonport, Kings Co., for the exterior brickwork. Most ofthe brickwork will be done during July and August when court isin summer recess. “The Digby courthouse is one of our provincial treasures,” saidJustice Minister Michael Baker. “It’s vital that we preserve it,not only for its historic significance, but to ensure the properadministration of justice in southwestern Nova Scotia.” The province will spend about half a million dollars over thenext three years to upgrade the brick exterior and repair theroof and windows. The renovations will repair damage caused bydeterioration of the exterior facade and will reinforce thebuilding’s historic character. The courthouse was originally built in 1909. The planned workbrings to almost $1 million, the amount of government fundinginvested in preserving this important building. The Department of Transportation and Public Works will co-ordinate construction with the court administrator and thejudiciary to make sure cases can continue and that staff and thepublic can safely use the building.last_img read more

first_imgImproved procedures for preventing and managing exposure toCreutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in Nova Scotia are among therecommendations of a report submitted to Health Minister AngusMacIsaac today, Aug. 5. The report includes 16 recommendations relating to communicationbetween organizations, notification of patients and the public,surveillance, infection control guidelines, infection controlcapacity, laboratories and enhanced patient safety. Therecommendations are to be carried out by the department incollaboration with district health authorities. It also includesfour recommendations that have been forwarded to Health Canada. “This was an extremely valuable process,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “I’mpleased that the review team developed recommendations that willnot only improve procedures for preventing and managing exposureto CJD in the future, but that will have benefit for othersituations that may involve notification of patients.” The joint review was requested by the minister in April to studythe issues of CJD prevention and management after concern wasraised about possible exposure to CJD at two Nova Scotiahospitals during April and May 2004. Risk of contamination withinstruments exposed to CJD was later ruled out in the case ofboth hospitals. The report — titled Report of the Review of Events aroundsuspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in Nova Scotia –identifies successes and challenges in the processes followedduring that time. Mr. MacIsaac said that the organizations involved are committedto acting on the recommendations immediately, and several of therecommendations are already being addressed. “We recognize that the actions we take now will benefit theprovincial health-care system as a whole, and likely at thenational and international levels as well,” said the minister. The review team was lead by Patrick Lee, executive director ofthe Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, P.E.I., andincluded representatives from Health Canada, the Nova ScotiaDepartment of Health, Capital Health and South West Health. “I was extremely pleased with the review team’s co-operation,openness and unreserved willingness to share from thisexperience,” said Mr. Lee. “Their ability to take an objectivelook at their actions in such a difficult situation is commended.They are very committed to taking the steps necessary tostrengthen patient safety in Nova Scotia.” The full report and recommendations are available on theDepartment of Health’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/health .last_img read more

first_imgLegislation to protect construction tradespeople and supplierswill take effect on Jan. 1, 2005, it was announced today, Oct.16, by Premier John Hamm, in a speech to the ConstructionAssociation of Nova Scotia. The Builders’ Lien Act, formerly the Mechanics’ Lien Act, willhelp ensure that builders and suppliers get paid for their work.The legislation was introduced by Justice Minister Michael Bakeron April 21. “Government has an important obligation to the industry,” saidPremier Hamm. “Workers need security, not just the physicalsecurity on the site — but the economic security that theirwork, their time and their effort, will get paid for.” Mr. Hamm also thanked the Construction Association of NovaScotia, and president Carol MacCullough, for their valuable inputinto the legislation. “These new changes — these new protections are a result of thiscollaboration in action. Construction projects can involve manydifferent contracts. Therefore, one party’s inability or refusalto pay, especially if it’s at the top of the constructionpyramid, can harm various contractors and suppliers on theproject.” The legislation would give builders and suppliers extra time toregister a lien — 60 days as opposed to 45. It would also createa legal trust so funds are set aside by the property owner to payall the expenses for services or goods. Similar provisions existin most other provinces. There are also new provisions for those using arbitration toresolve disputes.last_img read more

first_imgMore than 250 of the province’s newest cooks, plumbers, weldersand other newly certified tradespeople were honoured at anapprenticeship celebration in Dartmouth on Saturday, Nov. 6. The event recognized the achievement of those who recentlycompleted an apprenticeship program in one of 53 designatedtrades. “Apprenticeship provides opportunities to learn while earning,and helps Nova Scotians acquire the skills and training they needto meet the needs of the labour market,” said Education MinisterJamie Muir. “Congratulations to the newly certified tradespeopleand I wish you luck and success in your new careers.” Three special awards were presented at the celebration to:Richard D’Eon, welder at Brooklyn Power (Bridgewater), apprenticeaward of excellence; Ian Riley, heavy duty equipment manager with Dexter Construction(Bedford), apprentice award ofexcellence; and Mike Senz, A & H Renovations, (Dartmouth),mentor/coach award of excellence. One of those graduating was Sarah Wechsler, guest speaker at theevent. The twenty-two year old from Clam Bay, Halifax Co.,completed her apprenticeship in the family business, ErnstWechsler Plumbing Services Ltd. Sarah is following in thefootsteps of her father, the company founder. She sees her workas art. “I love being able to create a working system out ofmetal and pipes; it is a wonderful feeling to see the finishedproduct,” she said. She does everything from installing newplumbing and piping systems, repair work, heating systems, torenovations and much more. During her apprenticeship, Sarah won two gold medals and onesilver medal in the Nova Scotia Skills Competitions for heroutstanding technical skills in the plumber trade. Today, certified tradespeople from Nova Scotia can be foundworking around the globe and are recognized for their highcalibre skills. The Nova Scotia apprenticeship system is alsoattracting international attention for training excellence andthe certification process. Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with technical tradestraining. About 85 per cent of training is done at the job site.Apprentices have an opportunity to earn while they learn. Theemployer pays their wages based on the level of experience. Morethan 3,000 workplaces across the province participate inapprenticeship training. Improvements to the apprenticeship program are part of theprovince’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative. The initiative involvesmeeting the skill demands of Nova Scotia’s labour market,providing better labour market access and support, andstrengthening Nova Scotia’s system of lifelong learningopportunities. Recent improvements to the apprenticeship system include: makingthe system accessible to more people, including youth; making itpossible for people to complete their training in a more timelymanner; and getting more relevant training through greaterindustry involvement in program design. About 4,800 apprentices are actively participating in theapprenticeship program in Nova Scotia. Since 1937 more than52,000 certificates of qualification have been issued in NovaScotia.last_img read more

first_imgA government strategy to reduce the number of violent incidents at work is being unveiled to Nova Scotians today, April 26. The Workplace Violence Prevention Strategy covers education and awareness, legislation and regulation, compliance promotion, partnership development, information sharing, and evaluation and research. It was developed with public input, and will continue to reflect the experiences and advice of workplaces that implement it. “The strategy outlines government initiatives and resources that will support workers’ own efforts to maintain productivity while ensuring that workplaces are safe,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Like most occupational health and safety initiatives, it focuses on identifying hazards and risks associated with certain jobs or settings, and establishing a plan to address those risks.” “The regulations and the supporting strategy send a clear signal that we will not tolerate violence in our workplaces,” said Nancy MacCready-Williams, CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. “By working together, we can create safer workplaces in Nova Scotia.” The occupational health and safety division will be supply employers and employees with web resources, tools to share best practices, implementation guides, a plain language guide to the new regulations and, in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College, information and training courses. “Training and education are key components,” said Mr. Parent. “We need to promote greater awareness of the best practices that can predict, reduce or eliminate workplace violence.” The Workplace Violence Prevention Strategy document is available online .last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to community meetings in May and June to share their ideas about the future of the province’s natural resources. The meetings will be hosted by the Voluntary Planning Natural Resources Citizen Engagement Committee. The volunteer committee is gathering Nova Scotians’ views to help government develop a long-term natural resources strategy for the province. The following meetings will take place in the Antigonish and Guysborough counties. All meetings are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 3Sherbrooke — St. Mary’s Lions Club, Highway 7 Thursday, June 12Antigonish — St. Ninian’s Place, 120 Ninian St. A complete list of meetings around the province and information on submitting written comments are on the website at http://vp.gov.ns.ca . Nova Scotians can also call Voluntary Planning at 902-424-8644 or toll-free at 1-866-858-5850 for more information. -30-last_img read more

first_imgHighland Village Museum in Iona, Victoria Co., will mark Gaelic Awareness Month Saturday, May 8 with a special Gaelic language workshop called Caidreabh Cainnte. The workshop is presented in two segments with the focus on games and activities in the morning while the afternoon session is an introduction to traditional singing and storytelling. The Gaelic word caidreabh implies gathering together in the spirit of good company while cainnte refers to conversation. Activity leaders for the day include community festival organizer Carmen MacArthur, Jim Watson, manager of Interpretation at Highland Village and chief interpreter Joanne MacIntyre. The day ends with a session on traditional Gaelic songs. Caidreabh Cainnte is an excellent opportunity for Gaelic students to advance their speaking and develop skills in a relaxed social setting. Registration for Caidreabh Cainnte will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Highland Village Visitor Centre. The workshop starts at 10 a.m. Admission cost is $10.00 for adults while students and tradition bearers attend for free. Participants must provide their own lunch. Highland Village Museum is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum family and is located on Highway 223 at Hector’s Point, Iona.last_img read more

first_imgPeople struggling with mental health and addiction issues are another step closer to getting the care they need in every region of the province. Health experts, researchers, mental health clinicians and people living with or affected by mental illness are among the 12 members appointed today, Sept. 29, to Nova Scotia’s Mental Health Strategy Advisory Committee. They will join co-chairs Michael Ungar and Joyce McDonald who were announced in June. “This diverse group of people bring a wealth of professional, clinical and personal experience to this opportunity to create a mental health strategy for Nova Scotia,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Their work will help us ensure better health care for you and your family.” The mental health strategy was announced in the March Throne Speech and helps fulfill a commitment by government to revamp mental health and addiction services across the province. The advisory committee will develop a consultation process and recommendations for a Mental Health Strategy. Ms. MacDonald also announced the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation will work closely with the advisory committee on the development of the strategy. It will gather evidence and support extensive consultation to ensure informed development of the strategy. “Given its scientific expertise and methodology, the foundation is well-equipped to help the advisory committee ensure the strategy includes the best evidence available,” said Ms. MacDonald. “We are pleased to contribute our knowledge and expertise to the development of the strategy,” said Krista Connell, chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. “The combination of our consultative approach and our expertise in gathering the best knowledge available will help the advisory committee develop a strategy that addresses Nova Scotia’s needs.” The foundation will also provide administrative and logistical support, offer project management and help oversee the development of the strategy. The advisory committee is expected to meet with Ms. MacDonald and the foundation in October to review the terms of reference and to develop a meeting schedule. Ms. MacDonald anticipates receiving the advisory committee’s recommendations by the summer. The members of the advisory committee are: Additional biographical information on committee members is available at gov.ns.ca/health/mhs/mental-health-strategy.asp. Frank Beazley, Halifax, Chief of Police, Halifax Regional Police Dr. Simon Brooks, Bridgewater, chief of psychiatry, South Shore District Health Authority Andy Cox, Halifax, mental health advocate, IWK Health Centre, Paul d’Entremont, West Pubnico,Yarmouth Co., founding member and executive director of Réseau Santé – Nouvelle-Écosse Daphne Hutt-MacLeod, Eskasoni, Cape Breton, director of Eskasoni Mental Health Services Jessica Inkpen, a young woman from Halifax who has struggled with anorexia for many years Lana MacLean, Halifax, a social work clinician who works extensively with the African Nova Scotian community Cecilia McRae, Merigomish, Pictou Co., president of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia Patti Melanson, Halifax, co-ordinator of the North End Clinic’s Mobile Outreach Street Health Program Dr. Paige Moorhouse, Halifax, principal investigator for several provincial and national grants on geriatric mental health Kathleen Thompson, Halifax, mother of a young woman who is battling an eating disorder, Halifax Catherine Thurston, Tidnish Bridge, Cumberland Co., former director of Mental Health Services for the Cumberland Health Authority.last_img read more

first_imgAs thousands throughout the province prepare for another season of lobstering, I want to urge them to keep safety top of mind. Fishing generates thousands of good jobs in the province, but it is physically demanding and sometimes dangerous work. Boats are often loaded with traps and other gear. As the people working these boats know, space can be very limited on deck and crew need to work around the piled-high gear. It is crucial to ensure the load is stable and properly secured. While I understand wearing personal flotation devices (PFD) may not always be comfortable for doing the job, the newer PFD vests are more comfortable, and wearing one is a good habit to get into, especially on Dumping Day. As a former lobster fisherman, safety was extremely important to me. As PFD technology improved, I requested that my crewmembers always wore one, especially on Dumping Day. It is not enough to have thousands of dollars of safety gear onboard. Sometimes things happen without warning and wearing a life vest can prevent a tragedy. New technology has resulted in life preservers that are specially designed for fishing crews to wear while working. They are light-weight vests that automatically inflate and upright a person when they hit the water. Nova Scotia has a long history of making a living on the water and as a result we’ve had our share of tragedies. One tragedy is one too many. For more information on fishing safety initiatives, visit the Fisheries Safety Association website at www.fisheriessafety.ca. -30-last_img read more