Monday, October 19, 2009

NSCC Strike Averted

Nova Scotia Community College and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union have reached a tentative collective averting a strike scheduled for tomorrow. A date for a ratification vote by the membership will be confirmed soon. Details of the agreement will not be available until the agreement has been ratified. There are Community College campuses in Bridgewater and Shelburne.

Quotes from News Release:

This has been a very difficult set of negotiations and the NSTU has worked diligently to arrive at a tentative agreement and avoid a strike,” says NSTU president Alexis Allen. “We feel this is the best deal possible for our members. The goodwill and spirit of cooperation shown between the NSTU and the College during this trying time have greatly assisted in reaching this agreement.”

“I am so grateful to our employees, students and partners who have demonstrated such a strong commitment to learning under enormous pressure,” says NSCC President Joan McArthur-Blair. “We must now ensure our NSTU colleagues have time to consider and vote on this tentative agreement while continuing to deliver the first-rate education our students deserve.”

School Bus Safety

Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm. This is School bus safety week and a Halifax-based group is launching an awareness campaign in Bridgewater. Members of Safety Services Nova Scotia are at the South Shore Regional School Board bus garage on St. Phillips Street. This hour, they are doing a tour of the garage where they are explaining the twice-a-year inspection process. Then a police checkpoint will be set up to hand out safety information to drivers. They will be handed a card that explains the penalties for passing a school bus. For information on school bus safety or the school bus campaign, see For more information regarding Safety Services Nova Scotia, visit thier website at

No Tax Break

A local insurance company won't be getting any tax break from the Town. Danny Carey's Insurance Agency on North Street asked Bridgewater Town Council for an exception to keep his tax rate at the present commercial rate without adding on the extra rate to make up for declining Business Occupancy assessments. Carey says because the Property Valuation Services has changed the class his business falls under, he'll be paying an extra 9 percent over what other businesses in the town will be paying. Mayor Carroll Publicover says Council's hands are tied on the matter. He says they referred it to staff for study and they checked the Municipal Government Act and with advisors and he says they are not allowed to change the rate.
Publicover says Carey's situation was not unique and his was not the only business to be affected.

H-1-N-1 Response Plan

South Shore Health is gearing up for a second wave of H-1-N-1 flu to strike the area. Acting CEO Alice Leverman says the H-1-N-1 Response plan is expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks. Leverman says the District has been working with Public Health who is gathering information on possible case numbers on the national and international level. Leverman says they have developed a Flu Plan Checklist and Tips for Caring for Someone with the Flu which are available on their internet site available here.

Ship Shape Support

The Town of Shelburne is getting a boost from the province to develop a festival and tourist attraction based on the history of loyalist longboats. The department of Economic and Rural Development committed nearly $47,000 towards the project. The theme of the new longboat festival will be based on last year's Loyalist Celebrations that helped establish the longboat as an icon for the area's tourism industry. The total cost of the project is about $130,000.