Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a couple of stops in Northeastern Nova Scotia Tuesday
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Trudeau will first pay a visit to East Pictou Middle School for an announcement at 10 a.m. Joining him will be Premier Stephen McNeil
The PM will then travel to Antigonish for a barbecue at St. FX University near Morrison Hall hosted by Central Nova MP Sean Fraser from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Trudeau will also meet with the Premier at the event at 12:30. The PM will also speak at the barbecue shortly after 1 p.m.
Following a country wide series of protests, including one in front of his Antigonish constituency office, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser said he welcomes peaceful engagement by residents.
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser
About 30 people protested locally in one of around 100 protests across the county against the federal government’s 4.5 billion dollar buyout of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. Fraser called the right to free expression and peaceful protest is a key feature of the charter of rights and freedoms in Canada, adding he encourages such engagement.
Fraser, who was in Ottawa at the time, said one of his staff members spoke with protesters and invited them to have discussions with Fraser one-on-one or to write his office with their concerns. Yesterday afternoon Fraser also spoke with a gentleman who took part in the protest.
About 30 local people took part in a national day of action to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline
Protesters outside Central Nova MP Sean Fraser’s office in Antigonish
Residents held signs outside of Central Nova MP Sean Fraser’s Antigonish office Monday to protest the Canadian government’s plan to spend $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline.
Local organizer Patrick Yancey is with Fair Climate Transition, a grassroots advocacy group advocating for a shift to 100 per cent renewable energy. Yancey said the fact the government had $4.5 billion to spend on the pipeline came as a surprise to many Canadians, noting the money could be used to build the world’s largest solar power plant 16 times over or resolve all of the drinking water issues in Canada’s First Nations communities.
Yancey said he hopes the local action and the others happening around the country will give the federal government pause and hopefully make them reconsider.
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser was in Antigonish on Monday afternoon to announce $25,000 in
Left to right: Heather Leeder, Arts Canopy Facilitator, Olivia Rossong owner, Full Circle Care, Arts Canopy Facilitator, Mary Partridge, horticulture therapist at the RK and coordinator of Arts Canopy, Tom Curry, Arts Canopy Facilitator, MP Sean Fraser, Susan Walsh, artist and Arts Canopy Facilitator, M. Ed. Counselling, and Dr. Elizabeth Brennan, co-chair, Arts Health Antigonish. Front row (left to right): Wanda Grace & Mary K. MacGillivray, RK residents and artists
funding for Arts Health Antigonish through the government`s New Horizons for Seniors Program. The money will go towards AHA`s 2018 Arts Canopy Program.
Fraser made the announcement at the RK MacDonald Nursing Home, along with members of the AHA! team.
Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) is a collaboration between artists, educators and health care workers and is celebrating its fifth anniversary.
AHA!’s Arts Canopy 2018 Project will build on the Arts Canopy 2016-2017 Pilot, that brought music, poetry, movement, visual arts and pottery to seniors living with dementia.
Dr. Liz Brennan, with AHA, said mosts the funding will go towards training artists facilitators and and coordinator The funding also supports training the artists, supplies and perhaps a presentation or installation for friends and family. The program is currently offered at four sites, including the RK MacDonald, The Highland Crest Home, Valley View Villa in Stellarton and organizers hope to expand.
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser made a couple of funding announcements in Pictou County yesterday.
In New Glasgow, Fraser says the town will receive 44-thousand dollars through the Enabling Accessibility Fund towards the construction of an accessible playground at the West Side Community Centre. The total cost of the project is just under 70-thousand dollars, with the Community Centre contributing almost 14-thousand dollars, and the Town 12-thousand dollars through cash and in-kind contributions.
In Westville, Fraser announced a 21-hundred dollar grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program to the Heritage Group. The Heritage Group, based out of the Westville municipal building holds painting, line dancing, fitness classes and other activities.
The money will be used to purchase an amplfier for the instructor to use for their growing fitness classes, as well basic supplies for an art group, including paint, canvases and brushes.
Stellarton’s Community Centre, near the Albion Ballfield is getting a facelift thanks to some help from the federal government. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser
Left to right: Paul Corbin, Director Community Development and Recreation, Town of Stellarton; Susan Campbell, Councilor Town of Stellarton; Danny MacGillivray, Mayor Town of Stellarton; Sean Fraser MP; Simon Lawand, Councilor Town of Stellarton; Susan Higdon, Clerk, Town of Stellarton.
says through the New Horizons for Seniors Funding Program, government is providing $,7,941 for the project.
The building has served many functions from a miner’s museum, a community library to the Stellarite Seniors Club. Now it’s home to many groups and clubs, offering programs to adults and seniors.
The money from the federal government will go towards a new air exchanger and heat pump, as well as new tables and chairs.
Fraser says a theme in this budget is ensuring all Canadians have a fair shot at success and not just the wealthy. He says that includes moving towards a national pharmacare program, and the Canada Workers Benefit which puts more money in the pockets of low income workers, and measures in gender equity.
Fraser says there’s also provisions in the document for Atlantic Canada.
Fraser says there’s also 75 million dollars funding for preventative measures in forestry to ensure the spruce budworm doesn’t wipe out our forests.
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser was all smiles following a recent tour of the new home of CACL Antigonish and the Legion. The two organizations recently moved into
CACL Wood Shop at Antigonish Legion/CACL Building
the former National Philatelic Centre. Fraser says he was impressed with how the building has been transformed.
The federal government provided 625-thousand dollars towards the upgrade.
The building includes space for a legion museum and lounge, a conference room, a large hall that can be used for various functions including dances and weddings, a full purpose kitchen for baking and hosting events, space for small parties, print shop, wood shop and a café.
The Federal Government is providing funding to help education students at St. FX University obtain the digital skills they need for tomorrow’s classrooms.
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser has announced the federal government will give 340-thousand dollars for MediaSmarts digital skills training
Fraser says the latest funding follows an earlier announcement made at St. FX.
The money for this training comes from a 50-million dollar federal program called CanCode, aimed at giving students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to learn coding and other digital skills.