Community Groups Invited to Take the Stage

first_imgCalling all communities — this is your chance to put your group, youth organization or school on centre stage. The Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society opened a call for submissions today, Nov. 8, encouraging community groups to present cultural programming for the Celebration Square stage every weekday lunch-hour during the Games. “Our vision for the Games hinges on touching as many communities as possible through programs like this one,” said Mervyn Broome, community relations chair. “We really hope that groups and organizations that value youth and culture as much as we do will take advantage of this opportunity.” The program, called Celebration Square at Noon, will feature presentations lasting 20 minutes to an hour that showcase youth and the cultural diversity of Nova Scotia through a range of artistic disciplines. The Host Society is looking for entertaining performances featuring music, dance, theatre or other arts and culture disciplines that appeal to youth audiences. Submissions must be received by Friday, Nov. 26, and will be evaluated by a panel of Games staff, volunteers and stakeholders. Preference will be given to organizations that support youth and cultural diversity. Up to 27 groups could be selected, depending on performance lengths. For more information on Celebration Square at Noon and to access the application form visit . Celebration Square, located in Grand Parade, will also offer free entertainment to the public every night during the Games. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media.last_img read more

BC wants additional benefits from Alberta on energy export deal Redford

VANCOUVER — British Columbia and Alberta both have their reasons, but the bottom line is the two provinces are still wrangling over conditions linked to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, and those arguments have forced the last-minute postponement of talks between Premier Christy Clark and Premier Alison Redford.“We don’t want to get into finger pointing with Alberta,” said Ben Chin, Clark’s director of communications, noting an inter-provincial working group is making progress on the five conditions set by B.C., but without significant recent movement, he said there was no reason for the premiers to meet.“Alberta is not ready yet to accept the five conditions,” he said in confirming cancellation of the talks, planned for Tuesday in Vancouver, between Clark and Redford.Those conditions must be met before B.C. will consider the Enbridge project and include ensuring British Columbia’s share of the financial benefits reflect the environmental and economic risk assumed by the province.Redford arrived in Vancouver Monday prior to a Tuesday speech at an energy forum hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade and a release from her office issued late Monday said there is still work to be done on meeting B.C.’s pipeline conditions.She said Alberta thought that if it met those conditions it could proceed, but British Columbia now wants to — quote — “negotiate additional benefits.”Redford did not say what those additional benefits would be, but suggested B.C. is mulling additional charges on industry.She said it’s not clear why B.C. thinks Alberta is the partner to negotiate that issue.“If the Government of B.C. decides to place additional charges on industry, that go beyond the federal and provincial restrictions on responsible resource development, this is not something for the Government of Alberta to negotiate — it is for the Government of B.C. to negotiate directly with producers and industry,” Redford said in the news release.The Alberta leader said her province is willing and “happy” to assist B.C. if that is what it wants to do.Earlier this year, Clark and Redford clashed when Clark announced the five conditions, including strict environmental standards and assurances, for the Northern Gateway project.Then last month, it appeared the feud was ebbing as both Clark and Redford said they had identified shared goals like opening new markets and expanding export opportunities for oil, gas and other resources.“Alberta understood that B.C.’s five conditions were designed to ensure responsible energy production and safe transport to new markets,” Redford said.“Alberta’s firm belief is that meeting those conditions gives projects the social licence to proceed, as well as clear economic benefits for B.C. They also could mitigate the risk of increased shipments through B.C.“It is now clear that B.C. is seeking to negotiate additional benefits.”Redford is expected to comment further after her midday speech to the energy forum, while Clark has announced a media availability at the Vancouver cabinet offices for 11 a.m. read more