International CanoeKayak Training Facilities Coming to Nova Scotia

first_imgHEALTH PROMOTION–International Canoe/Kayak Training FacilitiesComing to Nova Scotia Nova Scotia is taking a place on the world stage of canoeing andkayaking. High-performance athletes from Nova Scotia and aroundthe world will be using new training facilities to be added toexisting buildings on Lake Banook in Dartmouth and Lake Thomas inWaverley. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald announced today, March23, that the province will contribute $300,000 to the $1.3-million facilities. “These facilities will provide our athletes with world-classtraining, but that’s not all,” said Mr. MacDonald. “The benefitsof this project will extend far beyond the canoe/kayak community – the centre will create economic benefit and a legacy for yearsto come.” This centre will be the only one in Canada of its kind and willfeature a state of the art dry-land training facility, indoorpaddle tank for technique training during the winter, sportmedicine/science clinic and short-term accommodations forvisiting athletes. “The training centre will provide state-of-the-art facilities andequipment that will allow our athletes to begin on a levelplaying field with the best athletes in the world,” said SteveGiles, former paddler and Olympic medalist. “Our already strongwork ethic and excellent coaching will combine with this fact togive us an edge over the competition and put Nova Scotia athleteson the top of the podium.” While these facilities will attract Canadian national team andinternational athletes to the region to train and compete, themain beneficiaries will be people in the local paddlingcommunity. The facility is expected to be in use by the 2006 season and willplay an important role when Lake Banook hosts the 2009 WorldCanoe Championships. The Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic has been working with theAtlantic Division of the Canadian Canoe Association, members ofthe Nova Scotia canoeing community, national team athletes andcoaches during the planning stages of the InternationalCanoe/Kayak Training Centre. The facilities will be built asextensions to the existing Atlantic Division Annex building onLake Banook and the Cheema Aquatic Club on Lake Thomas. Canoe/kayak has been one of the most consistent sports at theworld championship and Olympic levels for Canada over the past 10years. Canoeing is Nova Scotia’s top sport: there were five NovaScotian paddies on the 2004 Olympic team; canoeing brought homethe most Canadian medals from the 2004 Olympics; and the majorityof the National Canoe Team members train in Nova Scotia. NovaScotia is considered the ideal place for the development ofcanoe/kayak athletes in Canada. “For Canadian athletes, this centre means they can train inworld-class facilities at home and Nova Scotia will continue tobuild upon its international recognition for excellence in thesport,” said Ken Bagnell, president of Canadian Sport CentreAtlantic, co-ordinator for development of the trainingfacilities. “This centre will be the landmark for highperformance sports in Atlantic Canada.” To date, the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, the Canadian OlympicCommittee, Nova Scotia’s Office of Health Promotion and HalifaxRegional Municipality have expressed their support for thedevelopment and operation of the facility.last_img read more

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Changes to Provincial Immigration Nominee Program

first_imgThe province is strengthening the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. A new Regional Labour Market Demand stream will help attract immigrants with the right skills to meet Nova Scotia’s labour needs. “Immigration will be critical to Nova Scotia’s future growth and success, and that’s why government has placed such a high priority on it,” said Immigration Minister Lena Diab. “The new Regional Labour Market Demand stream will focus on attracting immigrants who are ready, willing and able to work where they are needed most.” Through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, the province can nominate potential immigrants. The federal government sets the number of immigrants the province can nominate and makes the final decision on whether they can become permanent Canadian residents. Under the new Regional Labour Market Demand stream, applicants will be assessed based on experience, education and language abilities, and ability to work in Nova Scotia’s most in-demand occupations. “I will continue to work with the federal government to ensure the nominee program meets Nova Scotia’s needs,” said Ms. Diab. “The federal government is an important partner in maximizing our potential to bring new immigrants to Nova Scotia through all possible immigration pathways.” The Regional Labour Market Demand stream will replace the Community Identified stream. The federal government directed all provinces and territories to close non-economic immigration categories, such as the Community Identified stream, which was primarily focused on community connections. Complete applications through the Community Identified stream will be accepted until March 6. Applications already submitted will continue to be processed. More information on the Nova Scotia Nominee Program is available at www.novascotiaimmigration.ca .last_img read more

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Funding for the Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association Hall

first_imgA building at the heart of Glace Bay’s Black community will see necessary upgrades, thanks to provincial funding. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince announced the Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association hall will receive $25,000 in funding through the Diversity and Community Capacity Fund. “The Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association hall is a celebrated structure, rich in culture and heritage,” said Mr. Ince. “Preserving such a significant part of our past is very important. This project will ensure the community can continue to come together to proudly tell their stories and pass them down to future generations.” The hall is valued for its association with the history of the Black community of Glace Bay, and as the current home to the Universal Negro Improvement Association Cultural Museum. The hall serves as a gathering place and community centre, where regular classes and events are held for all ages. Funding will go towards internal renovations such as creative interpretive displays and tools, and reintroduction of a stage. These upgrades will improve the interpretation of the history of the hall and will share the story of Marcus Garvey, the impact of Garveyism on Glace Bay, and the story of the Black miners’ experience in Cape Breton. “This is an exciting time for us. This funding will allow us to continue to provide a place for residents of Glace Bay to gather, learn the importance of our collective history, and continue to grow as a community,” said Theresa Brewster, Glace Bay association board chair. “The project, once complete, will not only be key in telling a more inclusive story of the history of Nova Scotians, it will bring to life the history of the Universal Negro Improvement Association movement in Canada.” The hall was built in 1918 in response to the movement started in 1914 by publisher and activist Marcus Garvey. Mr. Garvey became an internationally known promoter of social, political, and economic freedom for Blacks. In 1914 he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Jamaica. Soon, associations were established throughout the United States and Canada. His philosophy influenced Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. There were once 1100 association branches world-wide, however only about 20 remain today. The hall in Glace Bay is the only original one remaining in Canada. The Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association works to facilitate positive change on behalf of Nova Scotians of African descent.last_img read more

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