Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Smart Growth for Bridgewater

The Bridgewater Development Association is hosting an event to showcase and share success stories of the communities growth. BDA Manager Ida Scott says anyone can attend to learn more, share successes and celebrate while enjoying a complimentary breakfast. The public, partners, and developers are invited to attend on Thursday, April 22nd 7:30 am – 9:30 am at the Michelin Social Club. The BDA is the lead development agency that has been behind many of the initiatives and work that keeps Bridgewater’s growth at the forefront. Also partnering on this event is the Town of Bridgewater. If you are not able to attend the event, you can “visit growbridgewater.com to hear some of the stories about what’s happening and to discover how you can get involved in helping

Roseway ER Meeting

The Roseway Hospital Emergency Department the focus of a public consultation meeting next Wednesday April 14th at Shelburne High School.The meeting by South West Health is a chance to talk with the public about what is being done to improve coverage for the Roseway Hospital Emergency Department. It is also an opportunity for the public to share their ideas and solutions to help South West Health fulfill its commitment to minimize temporary closures and keep the Roseway Hospital Emergency Department OPEN 24/7.All information gathered at the meeting will be shared with the Minister of Health in accordance with the Nova Scotia Government Emergency Room Accountability Act which requires District Health Authorities to consult with communities affected by temporary Emergency Department closures. People unable to attend the meeting can still provide input by sending it to:
Blaise MacNeil, CEO, South West Health
60 Vancouver St.,
Yarmouth, NS, B5A 2P5
Fax: 742-0369

Nova Scotia Budget Tabled

An increase in the harmonized sales tax by 2 percentage points was unveiled in the provincial budget today, April 6th. Finance Minister Graham Steele says this is the first year of a four year fiscal plan to return to a balanced budget. Among the Nova Scotia budget highlights:

_ Total spending for 2010-2011 forecast at $9.0 billion with a $222 million deficit, less than half as big as this year's deficit.

_ Harmonized sales tax to rise by two percentage points to 15 per cent as of July 1, generating $215 million in revenue this fiscal year.Other measures will see the province remove the provincial portion of the H-S-T on children's clothing and footwear through a new point-of-sale rebate.

_ To offset the tax increase, rebates will be offered to households earning less than $30,000 annually, amounting to about $240 per household.
Meanwhile, the 18-thousand seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement will no longer have to pay any provincial income tax. That measure is expected to save the province's seniors about 12.5 million dollars.
_ No increases to corporate or personal income taxes, which are already the highest in Canada.

_ Those earning more than $150,000 annually will be subject to a new tax bracket that will claim 21 per cent of earnings over that amount.

_ The NDP government will also eliminate 1,000 jobs from the public service over the next four years through attrition, while imposing wage restraints and a pension earnings cap on those who remain.

Complete budget details are available at the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .

*** Budget Details & Photo courtesy Government of Nova Scotia***

Identity Theft

A man who police arrested for possession of stolen credit cards and impersonation will appear in court today.

Gary David Daigle was arrested last Friday and police later executed a search warrant on a Bridgewater residence.

Daigle was in possession of a number of other people's names throughout the Atlantic Provinces.

If anyone has any information on this matter you are asked to contact the Bridgewater Police.