Children with chronic illnesses will soon have a place to play, learn and grow, thanks to a $1.65-million investment from the province. The not-for-profit Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society will receive the funds to help build Brigadoon Village, a camp for chronically ill children at Aylesford Lake, Kings Co. The cost of the project is $5 million. Premier Rodney MacDonald made the announcement today, April 25, in Berwick. “This will be an invaluable resource for children and their families facing chronic illness,” said Premier MacDonald. “Creating a safe haven where children can learn, develop and engage in recreation will enhance their lives.” Children will experience a wide range of outdoor camping activities and meet others experiencing similar health challenges. Health-care professionals will also use the facility to research ways to improve the children’s quality of life. “Brigadoon, with its partners, is poised to address a significant need within pediatrics, giving some remarkable young people the chance to explore Nova Scotia’s beauty, outdoor recreation and, most importantly, the potential within themselves,” said Roger Sinclair, chair of Building Brigadoon Capital Campaign Cabinet. “Today’s commitment takes us a huge step closer to giving the children better care, better opportunities and better lives.” Brigadoon is the first facility of its kind in Atlantic Canada. When complete, it will host about 1,000 youth and students each summer. The province’s latest investment comes from its Building Facilities and Infrastructure Together (B-FIT) program. Under B-FIT, the province has committed more than $55 million to 31 major infrastructure projects, generating $165 million in construction. The announcement is part of Nova Scotia’s Building for Growth infrastructure strategy. The program will stimulate the economy by creating a demand for goods and services and creating jobs.
by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fraser Institute: spending, not oil, to blame for Alberta budget woes CALGARY – A new report from the Fraser Institute claims plunging oil prices are not the main culprit behind Alberta’s budget woes.Rather, the right-leaning think-tank says it’s a decade of program spending growth that’s to blame.It says that between the 2004-2005 and 2014-2015 fiscal years, provincial program spending ballooned by 98.3 per cent.But if spending has simply kept pace with inflation plus population growth, Alberta would be looking at a $4.4-billion surplus, it says.Instead, the province is on track to post a record deficit of at least $5.9-billion when it announces its budget on Oct. 27.The institute says Alberta’s new left-wing NDP government doesn’t deserve much of the blame, since the bulk of the spending growth accumulated under successive Progressive Conservative premiers.“While Alberta’s new provincial government is not at fault for most of the problems documented in this paper, it is nonetheless responsible for solving them,” the report said.“It is therefore concerning that the new government has already taken actions that will see spending increase further and thereby increase the already daunting projected budget deficit it inherited.”Meanwhile, the report said that even if the province had increased spending in tandem with the rate of economic growth over the decade, Alberta would have posted a $1.9-billion surplus.And its faults the province for failing to balance its books in recent years when oil prices were around US$90 a barrel — roughly twice the current price level.“Successive Alberta governments failed to restrain spending growth during the good times and now that the boom has ended the province is mired in red ink,” said report co-author Charles Lammam.