Budget 201920 Invests in Annapolis Valley

first_img For more information about the 2019-20 provincial budget, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/budget . Communities in the Annapolis Valley will benefit from investments in health care, education, the economy and communities as part of Budget 2019-20. Budget 2019-20, the government’s fourth consecutive balanced budget, estimates a surplus of $33.6 million with revenue of $11.01 billion and expenses, after consolidation adjustments, of $10.98 billion. It also projects balanced budgets in each of the following three years. “This budget builds on our strong fiscal foundation,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “Managing our finances well and balancing budgets has given us the ability to invest in new and existing programs and services for Nova Scotians, in areas most important to them.” Highlights in Budget 2019-20 for Annapolis Valley include: The Annapolis Valley will also benefit from provincewide investments including: $10 million increase to further develop collaborative care teams to make it easier for Nova Scotians to see a doctor or other primary care clinicians $2.9 million increase to open 15 residency spaces for specialty medical positions at Dalhousie University Medical School for a total of 65 seats $1.1 million continued funding to open 10 family practice residency seats at Dalhousie University Medical School this year for a total of 46 seats $10.2 million increase to expand pre-primary classes. By September 2020 every four-year old in Nova Scotia will have access to a free early learning opportunity $15 million increase, for a two-year total of $30 million, to continue implementing recommendations from the Commission on Inclusive Education $500,000 increase for incubators and accelerators that support startup companies, for a total of $1.5 million $620,000 increase to support growing immigration multi-year road improvement projects, including major construction for Highway 101, including twinning from Three Mile Plains to Falmouth investment to replace the Hantsport aboiteau support for the Valley Regional Hospital Dialysis Unit funding to revitalize the province’s tourism icons, including along the Bay of Fundy and in Annapolis Royal funding to continue work with federal partners on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, including the Small Farm Acceleration Program funding to continue support for the Vineyards and Wineries Investment Programlast_img read more

Burundi UN advocate for children welcomes rebels release of child soldiers

The separation of 112 children, including two girls, by the Forces Nationales pour la Liberation (FNL) shows that the demobilization process of children associated with the rebel group has “finally begun,” Radhika Coomaraswamy said in a press release.The children have been transferred to the Gitega Demobilization Centre, “where they will receive support to embrace a new life,” she said.The process was facilitated thanks to joint efforts by the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and other partners.The FNL has also committed to released 200 more children from its ranks in the near future.The Security Council has repeatedly voiced its concerns over delays in implementing the 2006 Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement signed between the Government and the FNL, the last major rebel hold-out group in Burundi, which is rebuilding after a brutal civil war between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority.“For the sake of the peace process in Burundi, we must ensure that demobilization of former child combatants remains a priority and that they are properly reintegrated into their communities,” Ms. Coomaraswamy emphasized. 9 April 2009The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on children and armed conflict today welcomed the release of over 100 child soldiers by a key rebel group in Burundi, a move which will allow them the chance to rebuild their lives. read more