Finance Minister Looking for Ideas to Move Nova Scotia Forward

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to share their ideas for moving Nova Scotia forward as Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald continues her pre-budget consultation. “For the past three years, we have been working with Nova Scotians to get the provincial finances under control, while at the same time, investing in health care, education, infrastructure, and jobs,” said Ms. MacDonald. “Now, as we work on the next budget, I want to hear about people’s priorities and what ideas they have for moving of our province forward.” Ms. MacDonald has already met with groups in the Annapolis Valley, Halifax and Pictou County. She will be visiting Mahone Bay and Bridgewater today, Jan. 29. She will also visit Sydney (Feb. 1), Truro (Feb. 5) and the Annapolis Valley (Feb. 12). There are many ways people and groups can share ideas with the finance minister: attend a locally sponsored event talk with the local MLA e-mail [email protected] tweet to @NSFinance send a letter to the minister at, Department of Finance, P.O. Box 187, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2N3. “Budgets are about making choices, and at a time when Canada and provinces are facing fiscal challenges caused by the global economic crisis, it becomes even more important to maintain discipline and stay focused on our priorities,” said Ms. MacDonald. “This consultation is a good opportunity for Nova Scotians to have their say as we get ready for the economic opportunities ahead of us.”last_img read more

Women scientists and youth take centre stage at UNbacked technology forum

“We cannot build a world that is just, a world that is fair, a world that is peaceful, without the contribution of women,” stated Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). In an interview with UN News during the CTBT: Science and Technology 2017 Conference, Mr. Zerbo said: “If women are at the heart of solving problems domestically in their respective families, and socially, why don’t we use them on big issues that require heart, feeling and vision, which they have already?”The Conference, the sixth of its kind, focused on nuclear test monitoring technologies and their various applications. In addition to the participation of women scientists, Mr. Zerbo also noted the “youth strand” that had been integrated throughout the programme.The CTBTO Youth Group was launched last year with only nine members. Today there are around 200, about 70 of whom attended the conference, held at the Hofburg Palace. “I’ve watched them take advantage of the opportunity we offer them to be acquainted on issues of non-proliferation and disarmament, as well as the threat of nuclear weapons. They have decided they do not want their generation and future ones to have to deal with this,” said the Executive Secretary. The biggest contribution of young people, he added, was to spread the message about the importance of the CTBT on social media networks and their blogs. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, adopted by the General Assembly in September 1996, has not yet entered into force. For this to happen, ratification is required from the so-called Annex II countries. Of these, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the US have yet to ratify.Mr. Zerbo noted that using the right words to get to the heart of those who know that nuclear test monitoring is important to ban nuclear test explosions, once and for all. “The ban on nuclear testing is a low-hanging fruit in our fight towards banning nuclear weapons.” read more