Hurricane Recovery Report Oct 3

first_img As power restoration continues throughout Halifax RegionalMunicipality (HRM) and northeast Nova Scotia, the province isensuring that hurricane victims can get the food and suppliesthat they need over the weekend, Ernest Fage, Ministerresponsible for the Emergency Measures Act, said today, Oct. 3. In areas affected by power outages, the province is asking policenot to lay charges against stores that may open this Sunday, Oct.5, to provide food and other emergency supplies. “Special circumstances call for special measures,” said Mr. Fage.”Many people are in need of fresh food and supplies to helprestore their properties. As more customers regain power over theweekend, they will need access to grocery and hardware stores.That’s why we’ve decided to allow stores to open this Sundayonly.” Consumers who believe they have paid too much for essential goodsand services in the wake of Hurricane Juan should seek help fromlocal law enforcement authorities. Complaints about overchargingfor gasoline can be registered with the Department of Environmentand Labour at 902-424-7773. Only incidents involving gasolinewill be dealt with by provincial authorities. The Department of Community Services will continue to providesupport and services over the weekend. Any income assistanceclients with urgent needs should contact the HRM EmergencyMeasures Organization at 490-4000. Community Services staff willbe available at that number to provide necessary support andassistance. Lunch was provided today to seniors’ homes by Northwood Manor anddelivered by the fire department. Supper for families and seniorswithout power is being provided by the Red Cross. “Everyone involved in the hurricane recovery effort has beenexceptional. From the crews who cleared roads and debris, to thevolunteers helping to bring food to those in need, the provincethanks every person involved for their contribution,demonstrating once again the great spirit and compassion thatNova Scotians are noted for,” said Mr. Fage. Metro Regional Housing Authority staff volunteers worked with theMetro Food Bank today to prepare food baskets for seniors’ homeswhere power was restored on or after Wednesday, Oct. 1. They weredelivered by federal government employees. Federal government staff are also delivering hot food along theEastern Shore in co-ordination with local fire departments andthe RCMP. Most schools in HRM are expected to be open on Monday, Oct. 6.School boards with closures are working hard to ensure studentsreturn to a safe learning environment as soon as possible.Parents and school staff should continue to listen for updates orcall their local school board. Outpatient services at the Nova Scotia Hospital reopened today. More information about the Hurricane Juan recovery efforts andcontact numbers can be found on the Web site atwww.gov.ns.ca/emo/ or through public inquiries. That number is902-424-5200 in Halifax or toll-free 1-800-670-4357. -30- EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Hurricane Recovery Report, Oct.3last_img read more

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Habitat Projects Approved

first_img Conservation of Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora Species at Risk and important lakeshore habitat in the Tusket River Watershed, Sara V. Good-Avila Dragonflies as Indicators of Habitat Integrity of Treed Bogs, Scott Hubley / Tom Herman The utility of eastern pipistrelles as indicators of landscape level change at large spatial and temporal scales-year 2, Hugh G. Broders Forest characteristics required by the northern saw-whet owl compared with the more rare boreal owl, Randy F. Lauff Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas: Engaging and Training Volunteers for Bird Conservation, Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas Examining the size and extent of the marten Martes Americana population in western Nova Scotia, (Trappers’ Association of Nova Scotia) Mercury (Hg) in river otter (Lontra canadensis) – year 3, Sarah Spencer Project Webfoot Wetland Education Program, Ducks Unlimited Canada The Role of Riparian Buffers in Forest Bird Conservation – year 2, Cindy Staicer St. Mary’s River Conservation Legacy Project, Nova Scotia Nature Trust Shelter Cove Campaign, Nova Scotia Nature Trust Small Marsh Enhancement in Southern Kings County, Ducks Unlimited Canada Wildlife and forage-quality benefits of a late maturing hay cultivar, Sean LeMoine Woodcock Habitat Enhancement, The Woodcock Conservation Society Wood Turtle Habitat Conservation in the St. Mary’s River Watershed, St. Mary’s River Association Youth Leading in Stewardship Program, Tusket River Environmental Protection Association Projects that will preserve coastal habitat and help protect marten and wood turtles, are among the 16 projects approved to receive funding, from the province’s Habitat Conservation Fund. The fund is supported by hunters through the required purchase of a three-dollar wildlife habitat stamp on all hunting licences in Nova Scotia. This year a total of $151,000 will be awarded. “Hunters and trappers in Nova Scotia support this fund, which is used to sustain our wildlife and wildlife habitat,” said Natural Resources Minister Brooke Taylor. “The funds collected are used entirely for habitat conservation.” The primary goal of the fund is to assist with projects that protect and enhance wildlife habitats. Projects may be funded up to 75 per cent on a cost-shared basis, to a maximum of $25,000 ($50,000 for land acquisition). The projects must fall into one of four categories: purchase of land for the benefit of wildlife; habitat improvement; wildlife habitat research; and related education programs. Since the program began in 2001, about $650,000 has been directed toward wildlife conservation. The project applications are reviewed and recommendations are made by an independent board of directors consisting of members from hunting, naturalist, and academic associations. Applications for the 2007 Habitat Conservation Fund can be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources, wildlife division, between Dec. 1, 2006 and Jan. 31, 2007. Submission guidelines and application forms can be obtained from any Department of Natural Resources office or on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/habfund/ . Information on the 2006 projects and on past projects is also available on the website. Successful projects and recipients of funding for 2006 are:last_img read more

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