A Pictou County councillor is wondering how council should deal with an unexpected side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Monday night’s meeting of council, a motion was passed to grant extensions for several municipal grants that have not been fully spent. Councillor David Parker asked if it would be possible for council to pass a blanket extension for all current municipal grants, noting that many groups have not been able to meet as frequently for spending decisions, and that many projects have been delayed due to the pandemic. Council and staff agreed to look into the matter for next month’s meeting.
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The province is reporting four new deaths from COVID-19 and 495 new cases. http://bit.ly/33qxp1C
There will be an early dismissal today (Jan 17) at the Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy. Students will be dismissed beginning at 12:45 due to problems with the physical plant.
The Employment Insurance system in the country is being reviewed. Consultations have begun on how it can be improved. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser spoke to Nova Scotia stakeholders in the past week for Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough. http://bit.ly/329Z1aK