Archives Launch Built Heritage Resource Guide

first_imgNova Scotians interested in researching the history of their homes and properties now have a new Internet resource on their side. The Built Heritage Resource Guide, created by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, will help Nova Scotians explore the history behind the province’s older homes and buildings. From the French Colonial to the Tudor Revival, this online resource showcases four centuries of Nova Scotia’s architectural heritage. The guide introduces Internet visitors to the standard archival resources used in tracing the history of older homes, buildings and properties. Hundreds of digitized photographs and maps explore building materials, architectural styles and demonstrate how homes and communities are shaped by the passage of time, disaster, or the renovation of older buildings for reuse. “Nova Scotia is a province that is moving forward while remaining committed to its rich heritage,” said provincial archivist Brian Speirs. “Nova Scotians have invested heavily in their historical architectural heritage, whether it’s a community church, a family home, or a long-standing business. These structures reflect our past, and through the Built Heritage Resource Guide, may reveal new chapters in the stories of our forbears.” The guide was created with a variety of researchers in mind. Students will find easy-to-access information and photographs. Community historians will discover new resources for local history, archeology, or genealogy. Developers and architects will draw on the guide for land development and reuse of existing structures. The Built Heritage Resource Guide is available on the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/builtheritage/. The guide also links to related websites such as the Nova Scotia Historic Places Initiative at www.nshistoricplaces.ca . This site includes the Nova Scotia Register of Historic Places, celebrating almost 800 designated locations throughout the province and providing useful information about maintaining heritage properties. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

Blatant abuse of taxpayers dollars …as Govt business

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo “widespread abuse” of State resources for political campaign – PresidentMarch 21, 2016In “latest news”Ramjattan admits govt using public funds for campaigningJune 22, 2019In “Local News”Opposition to Diplomats: Government has fallen, it cannot be business as usualDecember 29, 2018In “latest news” The Cabinet ministersThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition is campaigning heavily on State resources; and some observers have noted that this a blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money and a possible violation of the law.What was labelled as ‘Government business’ turned out to be a massive elections campaign, when a large ministerial convoy ventured to Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) at the weekend.Nineteen Ministers spent three days visiting various communities, making grand promises in exchange for votes.At the community of Tiger Pond, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix made it clear that he was there simply to garner votes.“You understand why it is important for us to come and convince you that you should vote for this coalition,” Minister Felix remarked.He added: “If I wanted to go to church, I’d go to church in Georgetown. I wouldn’t come here for Sunday school. While I wouldn’t mind worshipping with you, but I come here to ask for your vote, let’s understand that clearly. Vote coalition!”Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan recalled that only 39 residents voted for the APNU/AFC coalition at the last General and Regional Election in 2015. He urged that, this time around, more residents vote for the coalition.“To the approximately 96 persons who did not support us on that occasion but rather cast their votes for the then Government, I’d like to ask you… to do the same this time, which is to give their support to the Government because this time around, we are the Government,” Minister Bulkan said.The coalition Government has been accused by many, including Opposition members and independent political commentators, of using taxpayers’ money to fund its elections campaign.Minister of State Joseph Harmon recently denied that these outreaches are part of the coalition’s elections campaign strategy. He insisted that it was strictly Government business.But the outreach in Region Nine, which was branded ‘Government business’, shows that APNU/AFC is campaigning on State resources.Both APNU and AFC, when they were in Opposition, strongly criticised the use of State resources for campaigning – a practice they are openly engaging in today.The coalition has also been accused of forcing State agencies, such as the Guyana Revenue Authority, to attend party sponsored events.Christopher RamOnly recently, outspoken Attorney Christopher Ram blasted the Government for misusing public money and reiterated the need for modern campaign financing laws which will prevent this kind of abuse from happening.However, he noted that there are existing laws which can be enforced to penalise defaulters.In Chapter 1:03 Part XIII of the Representation of the Peoples Act titled “Election Expenses”, a limit is placed on personal campaign expenses to GY$25,000 per candidate and a maximum sum of GY$50,000 multiplied by a maximum number of 53 from a total number of 65 candidates for each contesting political party.And according to Section 120 (1) of the amended Act, following elections, political parties’ election agents have 35 days in which to submit financial returns to the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission, disclosing on behalf of candidates and their parties, all payments made by the party’s election agent, amounts of personal expenses paid by each candidate, all disputed and unpaid claims, all monies, securities, and those received for the conduct of the elections, the names of donors and contributors, among others.However, since the enactment of these regulations (Act 24 of 1990) they have neither been observed by contesting political parties nor enforced by the CEO. read more