Roads in the western area of the province will be the first tosee the removal of spring weight restrictions. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is liftingspring weight restrictions on roads in Yarmouth, Shelburne andDigby counties, and Region of Queens Municipality, effective12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28. Further announcements on spring weight restrictions in otherareas of the province will be made as soon as road conditionsallow. It is expected that this will occur as early as May 3 formost areas, weather permitting. Spring weight restrictions came into effect on March 10. Therestrictions for trucks are announced each year during springthaw to help protect roads that are weakened by wet, mildweather. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Some Spring Weight RestrictionsLifted
TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Update on Blastingon Highway 103 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Exits 4 and 5 Blasting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 1 on Highway 103, betweenexits 4 and 5, is expected to take place at 1:30 p.m., ratherthan 10 a.m., as previously planned. Blasting scheduled forFriday, Dec. 3 is expected to take place at 1 p.m., rather than10 a.m. Delays of up to half an hour may occur for both eastbound andwestbound traffic. Motorists on Trunk 3, near Exit 4, may alsoexperience delays. Inbound traffic can detour to Trunk 3 at Exit 5, Tantallon.Outbound traffic can detour to Trunk 3 at Exit 4, Hubley. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons andsignage. -30-
Drivers on the Glooscap Trail, along the shores of Cobequid Bay, will experience a smoother ride once a provincial road-paving project is completed in that area this summer. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has announced a tender for repaving on Trunk 2 from the Portapique River for nine kilometres to the Little Bass River. The tender will close on Friday, May 26. “Drivers along the Glooscap Trail enjoy a wide variety of scenery and attractions,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This upgrade will make sure the road to those attractions is smooth and strong.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater,Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will display an extraordinary model train and town built entirely out of LEGO. Beginning Saturday, Dec. 16, the 16 feet by 6 feet interactive model, created by members of NovaLUG (Nova Scotia LEGO Users Group), will be on display until January 2007. The display features sections of the city’s waterfront, including the museum and many other recognizable Halifax landmarks. This special holiday exhibit also features a scavenger hunt around the miniature replica town. The Maritime Museum is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.
Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 Fax: 902-861-1911 LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Ferry The LaHave Ferry is back in service. It had stopped running March 7 because of mechanical problems.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, authorizing all three jurisdictions to explore the development of a Maritime-wide mobile radio communications system that will benefit citizens across the region. The memorandum was signed by Nova Scotia’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Murray Scott, New Brunswick’s Supply and Services Minister Jack Keir and Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour for Prince Edward Island. “Nova Scotia is a leader in the development of radio communications systems for first responders, and we’re pleased to join New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island to explore the feasibility of a Maritime-wide system,” said Mr. Scott. “A shared system would have many benefits, including helping to ensure our first responders can continue to communicate, even when they cross Maritime borders.” “By forming this partnership, we are taking a team approach toward exploring a new and modern mobile radio communications system for the Maritimes,” said Mr. Keir. “There is great potential in this agreement to share specialized infrastructure, to reduce our costs and to create a seamless, integrated system that strengthens and improves our ability to respond to emergency situations in each province and across the region. Our collaborative approach also demonstrates to the federal government that this is a significant initiative worthy of funding support from Ottawa.” Each of the provinces now operates an independent mobile radio communications system and all are actively involved in renewing those systems for their respective emergency response organizations. “I am pleased to work with my counterparts in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to formalize our partnership and explore federal funding for this initiative,” said Ms. Bertram. “A Maritime-wide public safety radio system would not only benefit our province as we explore options to replace the mobile radio and pager system currently in use, it will increase efficiency and enable us to provide seamless emergency communications among our three neighbouring provinces.” The memorandum signifies a tri-province partnership has been formed to explore a common solution for mobile radio communications for the Maritimes. This partnership may include collaborating on its procurement, sharing the cost and operation of a next generation of an inter-provincial radio system that will lead to greater efficiencies and better safety. The provinces will also work together in exploring federal funding to support the initiative. The memorandum was effective Aug. 31, and will remain in place for four years. Under the joint agreement, a working group, made up of one representative from each province, will consult with interested groups and people to develop a plan to bring the project forward to the governments. The goal is to have a Maritime-wide mobile communications system in place in 2011. The multi-million dollar project is expected to help thousands of public safety and public works staff and personnel in delivering emergency services in the field. The project was initiated by the Maritime premiers, which issued a decision at the Council of Atlantic Premiers in May 2008, directing their officials to explore the development of the new communications system.
Cases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) continue to be reported in Nova Scotia. One additional case was confirmed today, May 13. The case was identified during a re-test, and is related to the original cluster in Windsor. The individual has fully recovered. People are reminded that the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. If people have influenza-like symptoms they should stay home and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or a walk-in clinic. It is important for Nova Scotians to understand that it is safe to go to work and school, participate in school activities and to socialize, if they do not have influenza-like symptoms. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 is now 65. All cases are mild and those affected are recovered or recovering. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit www.gov.ns.ca . -30-
Judge Pamela Williams is the new Chief Judge of the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Courts. Judge Williams was called to the bar in 1985. She spent 18 years as a lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid, and was appointed as a Provincial Court judge in 2003. She became Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court in 2011. The Chief Judge schedules court sittings, assigns judicial duties and is responsible for the administration of the judicial functions of the Provincial and Family Courts. She also hears cases. “The provincial and family courts are a key part of the administration of justice in Nova Scotia. Judge Williams has the knowledge, the skills and the wisdom to be an exceptional Chief Judge, and I congratulate her on her new role,” said Mr. Landry. Outgoing Chief Judge Curran has held this position since 2003. His term ended Jan. 31, but he has continued in the role until his successor was appointed. He will continue full-time as a judge of the provincial and family courts. “I’d like to thank Chief Judge Curran for his passion and commitment to the administration of justice,” said Mr. Landry. “I am pleased that our justice system will continue to benefit from his experience.” Cabinet chooses Chief Judges based on the Justice Minister’s recommendation. The family and provincial court recruitment committee provides a list of candidates. The committee is chaired by the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, and consists of the outgoing Chief Judge, a lay person designated by the minister, and the president of the Provincial Judges’ Association. The provincial court hears offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, other federal acts and regulations, and summary offences under provincial law. The Family Court handles family issues, including maintenance, custody and access, and child protection cases.
The Department of Environment has issued a new industrial approval to Northern Pulp in Pictou County. The approval or operating licence replaces the existing one which expired today, Jan 30. “We have heard the concerns raised by the people of Pictou County and the new approval demonstrates that the status quo is no longer an option,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “The changes, once implemented, will help to address the concerns of residents and bring Northern Pulp in line with other kraft pulp mills of this type in North America.” The new industrial approval, effective until 2020, includes tighter limits in three key areas – air emissions, water usage and wastewater effluent. The timing of the limits are staged over the five-year period. Changes include a significant reduction in particulate emissions from the recovery boiler. The new limit is about five times lower than the previous approval. The approval also includes an annual cap on overall emissions from the facility and requires quarterly stack testing of the recovery boiler and power boiler, rather than twice a year. Daily maximums will now be imposed on water use and wastewater effluent. Water use will be limited to 63,000 cubic metres per day. Wastewater volumes will be capped at 67,500 cubic metres per day. These reductions will be phased in over the next five years. The previous industrial approval placed no limits on water use or wastewater volumes. Public consultations on the draft approval drew 96 written submissions. The new industrial approval and other documents can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/issues/northern-pulp-boat-harbour.asp .
The proposed monitoring program for the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) and Cape Sharp Tidal Venture has been approved by the Department of Environment. Approval was provided after department staff reviewed the Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan and consulted with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Approval on the plan allows FORCE to proceed with the initial phase of the demonstration project, which is to deploy two turbines in the Minas Passage for research purposes. “We are satisfied that the proposed plan, together with the monitoring and study improvements as we have directed, will help address information gaps and improve our understanding of the interaction between the two turbines and marine life in this unique environment,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller. “If we are to advance our collective knowledge of the turbines’ impact on our fish and marine mammals, demonstration turbines need to be in the water.” The information collected will help with future decisions. A new monitoring program is required and must be accepted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Department of Environment before any more turbines can be deployed. In addition, FORCE must develop programs aimed at enhancing marine mammal monitoring and providing more details on contingency planning in the event of equipment failure, data deficiency, or loss of data. Further deployment will require written authorization from the Department of Environment. A copy of the department’s letter of authorization is available at http://novascotia.ca/nse/ea/minas.passage.tidal.demonstration.asp .
Charleston (US): India’s Aditi Ashok shot an even par 71 in the final round to finish T-39 at the US Women’s Open here. Aditi (72, 71, 75 and 71), who has had an up-and-down season, scored three birdies against three bogeys in the fourth round for a four-day total of five-over 285. Earlier in the year, she had missed the cut at the first Major at ANA Inspiration and this performance should put her in a good frame of mind for the remainder. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun Korea’s Jeongeun Lee6 emerged the winner from a crowded leader board with three back-nine birdies. She survived some late struggles to shoot one-under-par 70 and win the 74th US Women’s Open Championship on Sunday by two strokes. She finished two ahead of Lexi Thompson, Angel Yin and 2011 US Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu at the Country Club of Charleston. Lee6, who turned 23 on Tuesday, earned USD 1 million in notching her first victory in the United States. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up The six-time winner in three seasons on the Korea LPGA Tour, who is in her first full-time season on the LPGA Tour, shot 70-69-69-70 for a 6-under-par total of 278. Lexi Thompson, Angel Yin and So Yeon Ryu finished tied for second place, two strokes back at 4-under 280, while Celine Boutier was in a group of five players at 3-under 281. Players from Korea have won eight US Opens since 2008, while players from the USA have won three and one player from Thailand has won. Gerina Piller tops the list of players with the most top 10s on the LPGA Tour without a victory since 2010. Piller has 36 top-10s, while Morgan Pressel has 32 and Pornanong Phatlum has 27.
New Delhi: As a Delhi court ordered framing of criminal conspiracy and cheating charges against JSPL Chairman Naveen Jindal in a case pertaining to coal block allocation, the company Tuesday denied the allegations and reiterated that it has done “no wrong”. The company’s statement followed the special court’s direction to frame charges against Jindal and four others in the case. “JSPL categorically deny the charges and allegations and reiterate that our company has done no wrong and we are confident that the truth will emerge during the course of the judicial process/trial, vindicating our stand. The allegations made against the company and individuals are misconceived and frivolous in nature,” the company said in a statement. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepSpecial judge Bharat Parashar on Monday ordered framing of charges under sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code against Jindal and the others. Besides Jindal, the charges have been framed against JSPL’s former director Sushil Maroo, former deputy managing director Anand Goyal, chief executive officer Vikrant Gujral and the company’s authorised signatory D N Abrol. The court was hearing a matter pertaining to the allocation of the Urtan North coal block in Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt has put up the matter for July 25 for formally framing the charges against the accused. According to the CBI charge sheet in this case, the accused had misrepresented facts in its January 2007 application before the Screening Committee, responsible for recommending coal block allocation, for obtaining the Madhya Pradesh coal block and hence cheated the Coal Ministry to get wrongful gains. The company statement said: “It is a frivolous case of CBI where the charge is not made out for the offences as alleged by the CBI. JSPL has always maintained high standards of corporate governance and always abide by the law of the land. We have full faith in our judiciary that justice will be done.”
Kolkata: A five-year -old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by a middle aged person at Narendrapur in South 24 Parganas a week ago and the body was in a bushy area. The accused was arrested on Saturday and the body was recovered later.According to sources, on July 15, victim’s family members who are residents of Kheyadah in Narendrapur could not found their daughter for more than two hours in the morning. After searching for her till evening the tribal couple went to Narendrapur police station and sought immediate action. They also stated that from their neighbours they came to know that the girl was seen with a person identified as Azgar Ali, who is also a resident of the same area. After a missing diary was lodged and victim’s parents doubted Ali was their daughter’s kidnapper. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing the complaint lodged sleuths raided Ali’s house and found that he was not home. Thus the doubt grew more. During a check with the database, police found that Ali was arrested two years ago in a snatching case. At that time he was arrested from Park Circus railway station after a few days of search. Despite repeated searches, police failed to trace Ali and locals got furious. One day they even put up a road blockade protesting the police inaction. A few days ago sleuths decided to initiate strict vigil in and around the Sealdah South Section railway stations. On Saturday evening, police got a source information that Ali was seen in Sealdah railway station. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWithout wasting any time, police rushed to Sealdah railway station and arrested Ali. Later Ali shown the police personnel where he dumped the child’s body. During interrogation, Ali confessed that he lured the child by promising to give a guava and took her to a bushy area. There he raped the child and strangled her to death. Ali was produced before the Baruipur Court on Sunday and was remanded to judicial custody for one day as he needs to be produced before the Special Judge, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which remains closed on Sundays. He was again produced before the Special Judge, POCSO Act on Monday and was remanded to police custody.
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged on Saturday that the Modi government is “diluting” the RTI Act to “help the corrupt steal from India”, days after amendments to the legislation were passed by Parliament amid strong opposition protests.While the Lok Sabha passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on Monday, the Rajya Sabha gave its approval on Thursday after opposition walkout over what it said was “intimidation” tactics by treasury benches to influence voting on the motion to send the Bill to a Select Committee for greater scrutiny. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Government is diluting RTI in order to help the corrupt steal from India. Strange that the normally vociferous anti-corruption crowd has suddenly disappeared,” Gandhi said in a tweet, using the hashtag “GovtMurdersRTI”. His remarks come after UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi alleged that the Modi government is “hell-bent on completely subverting” the RTI Act and wants to “destroy” the independence of the Central Information Commission. The Congress Parliamentary Party leader, in a statement, had said the law, prepared after widespread consultations and passed unanimously by Parliament, now stands at the “brink of extinction”.
NEW DELHI: The NGT-appointed Yamuna Monitoring Committee has suggested that the green panel may issue directions to force farmhouses and large organisations like the DDA, railways and malls to close their borewells and switch to treated wastewater. The two-member monitoring committee, comprising retired National Green Tribunal expert member B S Sajwan and former Delhi chief secretary Shailaja Chandra, made this suggestion in a second supplementary report submitted to the green panel recently. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Of the 459 million gallons of wastewater generated per day by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), only 89 MGD is being used. The common effluent treatment plants of the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation utilize less than 10 per cent of the treated effluent,” the report said. The committee has repeatedly stated that all potential users of treated effluent are needed to be identified in a radius of 5 kilometers around each STP, adding that the DJB should enforce the use of treated water, and regulate groundwater and borewell connections in public parks and departmentally-owned green spaces. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The DJB, which is responsible for treating wastewater and ensuring that it is used effectively for non-potable purposes, has been holding meetings but most departments and agencies complain of there being no piping arrangement to transport the water. The DJB says laying so many pipelines will take a long time and cost money,” the report said. “The only way to compel large organizations such as the Delhi Development Authority, railways, malls, and farmhouses to stop using borewell water is if they are forced to close the borewells and switch over to treated wastewater available at several STPs… to be collected by tankers for non-potable purposes,” it said. The DJB is also working on a plan to reuse treated wastewater after releasing it into the Yamuna. But, according to officials, that will take time. “Treated wastewater will be released into the Yamuna near Palla, where the river enters the city. Downstream, we will draw the river water and send it to a water treatment plant for further treatment,” DJB vice-chairman Dinesh Mohaniya had said earlier.
NEW DELHI: Selling a stolen carbine landed a 35-year-old man in jail after he was arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district on Independence Day with the stolen carbine machine gun of a Punjab police constable.Acting on a tip-off about selling of a carbine machine gun, a trap was laid near Lal Bagh Mandi in Loni town and the accused Sohan was arrested, a senior officer said. A carbine machine gun, one magazine and six live cartridges were recovered from the possession of Sohan, a resident of Loni. The accused revealed to police that he and his associate had stolen weapon last week from Man Sarovar Park in Delhi”s Shahdara area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, the weapon belonged to constable Kamal Kishor, who is posted in Patiala, Punjab, with the 1st Indian Reserve Battalion. Kishor had kept the weapon in his father-in-law”s house at Man Sarovar Park during his visit to Delhi, the officer added. Police are verying who were the potential buyers. The basic motive of the would be buyers of the machine gun is also being verified. The accused is alreay having several cases registered against him including Arms Act and Gunda Act. The police are interrogating the accused to unravel if there was any bigger conspiracy.
OTTAWA – Liberal MP Francis Drouin says an allegation has been made against him following an incident at the party’s convention in Halifax this weekend.Drouin, a 34-year-old MP from eastern Ontario, was described earlier this year as a rising star in the Liberal Party, with a firm grip on the agriculture file and standing as the most-lobbied backbencher on Parliament Hill.In a statement released to the media and sent to Liberal MPs and staff Sunday, Drouin said he wanted to address “reports of an incident” in Halifax.“I can confirm that an allegation has been made,” said Drouin. “I believe it is important for individuals to have a safe environment to come forward, share their stories, and be supported. While no charges have been laid against me, I am co-operating fully with the investigation.”A Liberal who asked not to be identified said on Saturday Drouin was telling people at the convention that a woman had accused him of groping her backside at a bar near the convention site in downtown Halifax.“He was rattled,” said the source, who added Drouin denied having done it.Halifax Police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault which took place in the 1700 block of Brunswick Avenue in downtown Halifax around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, but would not confirm any other details of the incident. The location and timing is similar to the information the Liberal source was given, but police would not confirm if the assault allegation involved Drouin or anyone from the Liberal convention.A spokesman for the police said he was unaware of any other allegations made about incidents in the area over the weekend.“Where it is an active investigation, we are unable to provide any other details,” said Sgt. Brian Palmeter.The allegation became the talk of the convention, which several Liberals said had a good vibe overall until this happened.The alleged incident took place about 12 hours before the party held an hour-long seminar for MPs and staff called “From #MeToo to never again: creating safe work environments.” Prime Minister Trudeau was one of the attendees at the session. He said Saturday one seminar was not going to provide all the answers but that it was a good step forward.Spokespeople for both the party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referred questions from the media to Liberal party whip Pablo Rodriguez. He had not responded to a request for comment as of Sunday afternoon, including whether the party has launched its own investigation or whether Drouin will remain as an MP pending the outcome.Drouin did host a panel discussion with Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay on Saturday after the alleged incident occurred.The party’s policy on caucus membership is unclear during these situations. Trudeau himself has said every situation is different, but has many times taken a zero-tolerance approach. In 2014, prior to becoming prime minister, he suspended Newfoundland and Labrador MP Scott Andrews and Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti after allegations of sexual misconduct involving other NDP MPs. Their suspensions were made permanent in 2015 after an independent investigation. Andrews ran as an Independent and lost in 2015 while Pacetti did not seek re-election.Former Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo left cabinet and the Liberal caucus in 2016 to seek alcohol addiction treatment, and it later emerged that he had been having an affair with a young female staffer in Ottawa. The situation came to light when he broke it off with her to date her mother.Calgary MP Darshan Kang left the Liberal caucus last summer after a staffer alleged he had sexually harassed and assaulted her. A House of Commons investigation concluded it could verify some of the complaints, including that he had improperly tried to get access to the woman’s hotel room in Ottawa. Kang now sits as an Independent MP.Calgary MP Kent Hehr remains a Liberal MP, but did step down from his cabinet role in January amid allegations he made inappropriate remarks to women when he was an Alberta Liberal MLA. An investigation into those complaints is ongoing, and Hehr would not comment on them Saturday. Hehr also attended the sexual harassment seminar in Halifax and said it was “an excellent session.”All political parties have grappled with how to handle allegations of sexual misconduct as the #MeToo movement has gained strength. Saturday’s harassment seminar was the first time the Liberals have addressed the matter at a national convention.
The company operating Canada’s new national public alert system for mobile devices said it would investigate after a test of the system misfired in Quebec on Monday and was hit and miss in Ontario.Shortly after the test was scheduled to reach mobile devices in Ontario, at 1:55 p.m. ET, social media was flooded with messages from people confirming they had received the signal, others who had not and still others who appeared startled or even surprised by it.“I forgot that we were getting that emergency alert testing on our phones,” wrote one Twitter user, going only by Mary.“But I got forcibly reminded, all right. And there is not enough hot chocolate in the world to calm me down right now.”Another Twitter user, Brent Morris, wrote that some people at his office got the alert on their phones, but he didn’t.“I guess if the world ends, I’m the last to know,” he quipped.For those who did receive it the message read, in part, “This is a test of Ontario’s Alert Ready System. There is no danger to your health or safety.”In Quebec, where the test did not go as planned shortly before 10 a.m., the problem did not originate with cellphone service providers but appears to have occurred between emergency management in the province and Pelmorex Corp., which operates the system, said Patricia Valladao, a spokesperson for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.“The alerts are actually coming from the emergency management in the region and then it goes to Pelmorex,” Valladao said.In a statement emailed to The Canadian Press, Pelmorex blamed the Quebec problem on a computer programming glitch.“A space incorrectly included in the coding prevented the Alert Ready System from sending the Quebec test message to compatible wireless devices earlier this morning,” it read, adding the misconfiguration was quickly corrected.The statement also pointed out the Quebec test “did broadcast successfully on TV and radio.”In Ontario, the test alerts were also expected to be broadcast across TV and radio airwaves, but in some cases no messages were seen on TV screens.Pelmorex suggested it would take time to figure out what went wrong in Ontario.“All Alert Ready partners are working together to identify the cause,” it said in a separate statement.“We thank everyone for their patience as we investigate and work through the test alert results.”Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he expects federal, provincial and private sector experts behind the warning system to learn from Monday’s “serious glitches” and correct the problems quickly.“That consortium of experts has to learn from this experience and make sure that whatever went wrong today in the coding or in the launch, that all of that is corrected and that we have a system up and running as fast as possible,” Goodale said.“That’s what a test is for, to determine if the system works. Today, it didn’t. We need to make sure it’s fixed and that it is available to Canadians at the earliest possible moment.”Depending on settings, users with compatible devices connected to an LTE network were expected to hear a tone similar to an ambulance siren or feel a vibration for eight seconds. Devices that were turned off would not receive the signal but phone users receiving the alerts would have heard their conversations interrupted by a sound similar to a call-waiting tone.The tests were being conducted after the CRTC ordered wireless providers to implement the system to distribute warnings of imminent safety threats, such as tornadoes, floods, Amber Alerts or terrorist threats.A similar system is already used in the United States and made headlines earlier this year when an emergency official in Hawaii mistakenly sent an alert about a potential incoming ballistic missile.A report issued last month by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said the false alarm, which went uncorrected for 38 minutes after being transmitted and caused widespread panic across the Pacific islands state, was a result of human error and inadequate safeguards.“The CRTC has no insights with respect to what occurred in Hawaii, other than what has been reported in the media,” the regulator said.But it added that Canada has safeguards in place to prevent false signals from being distributed to mobile devices.Unlike wireless emergency alerts issued in the United States, Canada’s system requires a specific vibration cadence, alert tone and banner to notify users of an emergency.As well, the emergency alerts are not text — or SMS — messages, but are distributed using what’s known as cell broadcast technology. The messages can’t be tracked by service providers so they can’t tell who has or has not received the alert, the CRTC said.Here are the times for tests scheduled for later this week outside Ontario and Quebec. All times are local:Wednesday:Yukon 1:30 p.m.Northwest Territories 1:55 p.m.Alberta 1:55 p.m.British-Columbia 1:55 p.m.Saskatchewan 1:55 p.m.Manitoba 1:55 p.m.Newfoundland and Labrador 1:55 p.m.Nova Scotia 1:55 p.m.Prince Edward Island 1:55 p.m.New-Brunswick 6:55 p.m.
QUEBEC – A senior Bank official says uncertainty on the trade front is a factor restraining business investment.Deputy governor Sylvain Leduc says the central bank expects business investment to increase, but not as much as it could without this uncertainty.In announcing that it would keep its key interest rate on hold this week, the Bank of Canada dropped a reference to remaining “cautious.” Economists interpreted the change as a hawkish signal suggesting that the next interest rate hike may be sooner rather than later.However, the central bank also noted that ongoing uncertainty about trade policies was dampening global business investment and noted that stresses are developing in some emerging market economies.Leduc’s speech came after an announcement by the United States earlier today that it would impose tariffs on Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel and aluminium as of midnight tonight. Canada, Mexico and Europe were exempted from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March, but those exemptions expire Friday.The U.S. decision came as North American Free Trade Agreement talks continue.
PEACHLAND, B.C. – There is intrigue in the mayor’s race in the small town of Peachland, B.C., where a verification process from Saturday’s vote revealed a tie of 804 votes for each of two contestants.Harry Gough was declared the winner by just one vote over Cindy Fortin on Saturday night, but an election official had reported that one ballot was not properly fed when a voting machine jammed.Polly Palmer, the district’s chief election officer, says in a statement that a verification of the ballots on Monday revealed a tie between Gough and Fortin.Palmer says she will be applying for a judicial recount of the mayor’s ballots.If the tie is confirmed, Palmer says the winner must be determined by a provincial court judge drawing a lot, essentially pulling one of the two names at random.Gough says that it sounds like a crazy way to settle the matter if it’s a tie and suggested that he and Fortin should have a runoff election instead.–With a file from Ron Seymour, Kelowna Daily Courier.