Fundy Region Receives Recreation Funding

first_imgThe province is awarding $329,000 to help improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Fundy region. Ten grants were announced today, June 28, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. MLA Brian Skabar made the announcement on behalf of Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Leading a healthy, physically active lifestyle is one important way that Nova Scotians can increase their overall wellness,” said Mr. Skabar. “That’s why we are providing $2.47-million for more than 70 projects across the province that will help families have fun, while getting fit.” Under the Recreation Facility Development Program, the grants will be used to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. The grants were announced at the Cumberland YMCA in Amherst. The facility received $120,000 to help refurbish an indoor pool. “The Cumberland YMCA has seen firsthand the difference strong partnerships can make to an organization,” said Trina Clarke, CEO for the Cumberland YMCA. “We are grateful to the Department of Health and Wellness for partnering with us to help improve our facility. These upgrades will have long-term benefits, which will be felt by our members for years to come. The program helps community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.last_img read more

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So many questions about public health changes

Officials say they are waiting for more information about a planned merger of area health units.As part of a provincewide amalgamation, the Ontario government says the Brant County health unit will be merged with those serving Haldimand-Norfolk, Hamilton and Niagara. Across the province, the plan will see 35 units reduced to 10.“We have so many questions,” said Jo Ann Tober, CEO of the Brant County health unit, which has about 115 employees.The agency has been told it will be part of a proposed merger with Haldimand-Norfolk, Niagara and Hamilton, which is also the area basically covered by the LHIN, or Local Health Integrated Network.“We’ve been informed there will be consultation, so these boundaries are proposed at this point and it’s all subject to legislative change,” Tober said Tuesday.Without details on what the new structure will look like, Tober said the health units have no idea what the impact on local services will be.“Our concern is that the proposed merger covers a much large area and we want to know if the needs of our community will be met. Brantford and Brant County are very different than Hamilton and Niagara.”That’s a concern shared by the Haldimand-Norfolk heath unit, said Matt Terry, director of communications.“Everyone here feels strongly that, regardless of what happens, we need to maintain the voice of these two counties. We’re a rural community and we’ve got some unique issues we deal with.“We just don’t have a ton of details yet on what the impact is going to be.”The Haldimand-Norfolk health unit has about 100 employees.Tober noted that Ontario’s health units deal with infectious disease outbreaks and numerous programs that aim to prevent diseases and reduce hospital admissions.“It’s important work,” she said.“I understand there’s a need to cut costs but, in our opinion, we’re the people who prevent people from getting sick so a health unit spending is a wonderful investment. Every dollar saves many more dollars in the system.”Tober said the Ministry of Health will be pressed to maintain the current community programming.The public health changes were announced this spring in Ontario’s first Progressive Conservative budget since 2003.The province also announced a funding change for health units. Now, municipalities fund a minimum of 25 per cent of public health services and the province funds the other 75 per cent. The new funding arrangement sees the municipalities covering 30 per cent as of April 1, 2019, 30 per cent as of April 1, 2020, and between 30 and 40 per cent as of April 1, 2021.A spokesperson for Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement that the specific boundaries of the “modernization plan” will be finalized in consultation with municipalities through “technical working groups” that will launch soon.“So, we’re just waiting for more information,” said [email protected]@EXPSGamble read more

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Winners of multilingual essay contest on new UN sustainability agenda honoured in

“You were asked to do something inspired and challenging – to write an essay in an official United Nations language that is not your own,” the UN chief said in a message delivered to the Global Youth Forum by Cristina Gallach, the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. “You did so in the United Nations’ 70th anniversary year. You are our “70 for 70” team!From a pool of over 1,200 entrants, the 70 students, from 42 countries representing 60 universities, were selected as winners of the essay contest, which was organized by ELS Educational Services, Inc., and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).The Many Languages, One World, contest challenged college and university students from around the globe to write an essay examining the post-2015 global development agenda of the United Nations. The essays were to be submitted in one of the six official United Nations languages, which was not the student’s first-language, or the principal language of instruction in their primary or secondary education. The official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.More than 3,500 people from 130 countries took part in the initial phase of the contest. The winners were invited to New York and given the opportunity today to speak in the UN General Assembly Hall.In his remarks, the Secretary-General noted the importance of multilingualism, which “allows us to come together across diverse societies to work cooperatively to improve the state of the world.”“This is, of course, is the central mission of the United Nations, and it is one that depends upon multilingualism,” he said. Describing the year 2015 as “a special time,” Mr. Ban said this year represents “a historic opportunity to forge a new sustainable development path that will lead us to an end to poverty and a life of dignity for all.”The students wrote about such topics as inclusive and equitable education for all; healthy lives and well-being for all ages; full and productive employment and decent work for all; and the importance of human rights and holding institutions accountable. read more

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