Mothers across Nova Scotia will compete in the 2003 InternationalQuintessence Breastfeeding Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 4, topromote the benefits of breastfeeding during World BreastfeedingWeek. At 11 a.m. the participants will attempt to set theQuintessence World Record for the most infants breastfeeding atone time. “Breastfeeding reduces an infant’s risk of illness and is alsobeneficial for the mother’s health,” said Health PromotionMinister Rodney MacDonald. “This event is a great way to promotethe importance of breastfeeding and to reinforce the healthbenefits.” This year the challenge includes sites from Nunavut to Floridaand from Newfoundland to California. There are over 70 sitesregistered across Canada and seven are in Nova Scotia: Amherst,Antigonish, Halifax, Sydney (two sites), Wolfville, and Yarmouth. The winner of the challenge will be determined by calculating thenumber of participating mothers and infants at each site in ratioto the province’s birth rate. The challenge presents a great opportunity for breastfeedingmothers to meet and share their experiences. Activities have beenorganized for each location to celebrate and show support forbreastfeeding mothers and their children. “We want to see lots of breastfeeding mothers come out,” saidJennifer Joseph, the Breastfeeding Challenge organizer for NovaScotia. “They’re the first-hand account of how importantbreastfeeding is.” Breastfeeding has numerous nutritional, physical, developmental,and emotional health benefits for infants. There are also manybenefits for the mother, such as reduced risk of breast andovarian cancers, easier weight loss to pre-pregnancy levels, andvarious psychological benefits. Although studies show that breastfeeding is in the best interestof both mothers and their babies, many women choose to useformula. The Breastfeeding Challenge is designed to celebrate thebenefits of breastfeeding and to demonstrate the community’ssupport for breastfeeding mothers. For information on the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge, seethe Web site at www.babyfriendly.ca . All breastfeeding mothersand their families are welcome to attend the challenges in theircommunities. For information on the Nova Scotia sites call 902-470-7113. The 2003 International Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge isbeing presented by the Office of Health Promotion in partnershipwith the IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia District HealthAuthorities.
VANCOUVER – Former foster children in British Columbia will soon have access to a $200,000 fund that will help pay for non-tuition expenses if they can’t afford to attend post-secondary school.The project is launched by the credit union Coast Capital Savings and will cover costs such as rent, utilities, food and transportation.Children’s advocate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has told a news conference that youth who have been in government care deserve the same opportunities as others to attend university or college, but many face financial obstacles.Last year, Turpel-Lafond challenged B.C.’s post-secondary schools to waive tuition fees for former youth in care, and she says Vancouver Island University has done so, while the University of B.C. will begin in September.Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux says the government already offers programs to help youth formerly in care get into post-secondary school, but the province can’t take on the task alone and needs support from other organizations.The fund will be managed by the Vancouver Foundation, and is expected to be available to eligible students in the fall. Foster foster kids in B.C. to get access to money for non-tuition fees by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 2:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Minerals Council of Australia has unveiled practical new measures to reduce red tape and speed up project approvals without diminishing environmental protection. The MCA says the “proposal complements the Federal and State Governments’ ‘One-stop-shop’ approach and is specifically designed to improve industry and community confidence in the project approval process – confidence which is being undermined by the excessive amount of time, effort and money wasted meeting overlapping, duplicating regulations which add little if any value to environmental protection. The key features of the MCA’s proposal are:1. The development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to provide an online, searchable public database of environmental features. This would enable any member of the community to enter the coordinates of their region and access to the most up to date, established, scientific knowledge of the region’s environmental assets including its ecological species, water resources, mineral deposits and land use potential.Resource companies will be able to identify where their exploration and development proposals intersect with features of national environmental significance and plan accordingly. This will increase transparency of the environmental risks that need to be managed and mitigate against interested parties – company, government or community groups – needing to repeat the same costly and time consuming analysis for each and every new project approval. 2. The GIS information will then define the scope of a project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS). The community could be confident that all material environmental issues would be addressed. Companies would know that matters not identified through the science-based GIS process could not be later included. The EIS process would be shorter, less expensive, more accessible and focussed on those environmental issues that are material and specific to the subject project. The integrity of the process would be greatly enhanced in protecting all parties from costly and unproductive vexatious allegations and lengthy public appeals.The measures prove that the mining industry is not seeking to duck or dodge scientific scrutiny – it seeks to avoid only unnecessary and duplicating red and green tape.These two measures are practical demonstrations of the Australian minerals industry’s commitment to a project approvals process that delivers real and tangible environmental stewardship from an efficient and effective project regulatory licence and an enduring social licence to operate in surrounding communities. The key ingredients of which are the practical concepts of sustainable development, sound science, transparency and scrutiny, procedural certainty, and meaningful community engagement.,The MCA has led an inclusive consultative process in developing these proposals and will continue to engage with all levels of government, conservation NGOs, community groups, indigenous and rural landholders, the scientific community and the minerals industry,Mitch Hooke, Chief Executive Officer, is attending the MCA’s Sustainable Development 2013 Conference at the Brisbane Sofitel. The MCA’s proposal was the focus of the session Approvals and Conditions – A New Model yesterday featuring the Hon Andrew Powell MP, Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection; Deb Kerr, Manager Natural Resource Management, National Farmers Federation; Gilly Llewellin, Conservation Director, World Wildlife Fund; and Gavin Price, Manager Environment and Sustainable Development, BHP Iron Ore.