Nova Scotia theatre, music and craft organizations are reaching new international audiences with help from provincial investments. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks announced today, Jan. 4, that almost $80,000 in funding for 15 projects will leverage more than three times that amount for the province’s cultural industry. “We have a strong, vibrant culture sector in Nova Scotia with the potential to diversify our economy and stimulate job creation,” said Mr. Dooks. “By investing in the expansion of this sector, we can create new opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities throughout our province.” One of the projects receiving funding is Two Planks and a Passion, a theatre company based in Canning, Kings Co. Traditionally a touring company, Two Planks introduced a local outdoor summer theatre program last year in partnership with the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. They will receive $9,432 from the province to help brand this new program and create a database to manage out-of-province sales. “Our new summer theatre program is different from anything we have done before,” said artistic director Ken Schwartz. “This funding will help us market this unique, site-specific experience to international audiences and bring new dollars into Nova Scotia.” The province invests about $450,000 in cultural projects each year through the Industries Program. Applications are accepted three times a year with the next deadline being Tuesday, Jan. 15. For more information, see the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/culture_funding.asp or call 902-424-6397. The culture sector in Nova Scotia generates about $1.2 billion annually and creates 28,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The province is supporting eight new projects to help small, private woodlot owners improve the way Nova Scotia’s forests and woodlots are managed. “The $44,000 in funding for these projects comes from the $1 million that is part of the provincial natural resources strategy, to increase education and awareness of sustainable practices among woodlot owners and forest workers,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “Helping private woodlots improve harvest methods and make their operations more sustainable will make Nova Scotia’s forestry sector stronger and more competitive.” Funding for this round of projects has been awarded to woodlot owners, land owner associations, community groups, and some forestry consultants. The outreach projects will help landowners improve the way they manage woodland and help them maintain the economic, social, and environmental benefits of forests for Nova Scotians. For details, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr/woodlot . The projects include woodlot tours and field days, information leaflets to help families manage woodland, as well as a series of materials to help woodland owners manage ecologically. The investment also supports youth-engagement seminars to help ensure the sector remains strong into the future. The province is now accepting proposals for the next round of projects to further awareness of sustainable forestry and woodlot practices. The natural resources strategy for Nova Scotia, The Path We Share, and its accompanying action plan, are available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .
“Good design can help tackle climate change. It reduces the impacts of disaster. It can help make our cities safer, cleaner, and more equal and integrative. It promotes equal access to services, jobs and opportunities, and fosters contentment,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, observed annually on 31 October. The theme of this year’s observance – the first following the adoption by Member States in September of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – is “Designed to Live Together.” The Secretary-General noted that the challenges of rapid urbanization figure prominently in the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Goal 11 embodies a commitment to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”“And as part of an integrated agenda, cities and human settlements have an important role to play across the 17-goal spectrum,” he said.Mr. Ban added that the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to be held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016, will be an opportunity to discuss a New Urban Agenda that can harness the power and forces behind urbanization and mobilize them for the common good. In his statement, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Joan Clos, said that urban form is the combination of streets, building typologies and networks of public spaces. “They form the underlying structure of the city, a skeleton around which people’s lives are built and activities carried out.”Cities are one of “the most complex human creations,” he said, adding that good design contributes to social integration, equality and diversity; fosters sustainable use of shared resources; inspires lively neighbourhoods; and can make cities safer. It can also foster proximity to jobs and services; help to create clean, healthy cities; and anticipate climate change and reduce the impacts of disasters.