Five 4-H members from Nova Scotia will travel to western Canada on July 17 to learn about agriculture in other parts of the country. “Quality travel programs offer 4-H members insight into Canadian culture, agricultural industries and other provincial 4-H programs while contributing to the youth’s overall personal development,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. Nova Scotia delegates were chosen to participate in the Interprovincial Exchange Program based on their applications, interviews, and contributions to 4-H. Allyson Cole of Middle Musquodoboit, Halifax Regional Municipality, and Kaitlyn Schaffner of Wilmot, Annapolis Co., will travel to Alberta. Sarah Pazant of Falmouth, Hants Co., will visit British Columbia. Gillian George of Port Hawkesbury, Inverness Co., (representing Richmond County 4-H) and Rachael McMillan of Tatamagouche, Cumberland Co., are going to Manitoba. The exchange is part of the National 4-H Travel Award Program sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada. The bank will host the delegates from the Maritime provinces at a banquet on July 16. “For the past 46 years, the Royal Bank has made a significant contribution to the national 4-H travel award program,” said Arthur Pick, acting manager of 4-H and rural organizations for the Department of Agriculture. “Many Nova Scotia 4-H members have had the opportunity to travel within Canada, learn about their country, and gain lasting contacts through this exchange program.” Nova Scotia delegates will host 4-H members from the other Canadian provinces in August as part of the reciprocal travel program.
Most power has been restored to Toronto, but 160 customers in the city still rang in the new year in the dark.It’s been 11 days since the ice storm struck. Yesterday, Toronto residents who had lost food during the outage lined up at Ontario Works offices to try and get their hands on grocery gift cards. They ran out before the day was over, but more will be available for pickup Thursday and Friday.Hamilton mayor Bob Bratina says residents will get grocery gift cards too. He issued a statement saying, “…it will not be a matter of ‘if’ hamilton will participate, but ‘how’ it will be rolled out, and ‘how much’ aid would be required.”City staff will work with the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre to determine the specifics and who qualifies.Gift cards will be distributed to homes that lost their power for 48 hours or longer.