Minister Opens Three New Community Homes

first_imgTwenty-four individuals with disabilities will enjoy greater independence and will participate more in their community thanks to the opening of three new community homes in Stellarton, Pictou Co. today, June 30. Community-based homes provides the individual with the programming and support they need while also enhancing their ability to live, work and socialize as independently as possible. “I’m so happy to see so many smiling faces as the residents get ready to move into their new home,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “These new homes will make life better for the residents and their families as they will know that their loved ones are receiving the support they need while living as independently as they can.” The three new community homes will each be home to eight individuals. The residents will live together but each one will have their own private bedroom. The homes have been named Evergreen Ridge, Brook Haven, and Sky View and are located on the Riverview Homes property. Residents are expected to move in this summer. “This is a great day for my family and especially my brother,” said Rita Marr, sister of a Riverview resident. “We are all so excited that he will have the opportunity to experience a more independent life while also sharing that experience with seven other people. He really can’t wait.” The three community homes are the first phase of a $22-million renovation project funded by the Department of Community Services. The next phase of the project is a total renovation of the main house. “These community homes represent a new beginning for Riverview, its residents, staff and board of directors,” said Mary Ellen Pittoello, chief executive officer of Riverview Homes. “We are excited to move the residents into their new homes and begin the next phase of our renovation.” Riverview Home Corp. provides residential support to about 100 individuals with intellectual, physical and cognitive disabilities as well as individuals with chronic mental illness.last_img read more

Judge urges Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt to agree divorce in private

first_imgFormer Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, Petra Ecclestone's father James Stunt and Petra Ecclestone in December 2014 The judge ordered a case management hearing to take place over half a day on August 3 “to see whether there is a way forward”. Mr Bishop replied: “It is more than unfortunate. It is absolutely scandalous.”It is completely obvious this this marriage has irretrievably broken down. What is going on is no more than a charade.”Mr Bishop accused the estranged husband, who runs an international gold bullion firm, of seeking to hijack proceedings “for a wholly improper collateral purpose”. A judge has urged Petra Ecclestone and her estranged husband James Stunt to agree their divorce in private, as he warned of the potential effect on their children of a public hearing.Judge Martin O’Dwyer commented as he set out a timetable for the dispute to be heard at London’s Central Family Court.The judge suggested “the sensible way forward” was for both sides to reach a reasonable compromise without them having to publicly give evidence and be cross-examined. He also ordered that a two-day hearing of the dispute between husband and wife should take place, if it could not be settled, on October 12-13.He said a legal fight in public could have “repercussions for their lives and their children’s lives going forward.”Judge O’Dwyer added: “Contested divorces are very unusual. Most parties are able to come to a resolution without having to come before a court to give evidence and be cross-examined.”He said contested cases were heard in public and it was “a very sad state of affairs” that the question of whether a relationship, which was essentially a private relationship, had broken down or not could not be determined between the parties.Miss Ecclestone and Mr Stunt are expected to fight in the course of their break-up over their £158million mansion in Los Angeles and a Grade II-listed home in London’s Chelsea, worth up to £100million.At a hearing last month the family court was told Mr Stunt signed a prenuptial agreement worth £16million.The couple married six years ago at a multi-million-pound ceremony at Odescalchi Castle, Rome, when they and 350 guests were entertained by an array of pop stars. Petra EcclestoneCredit:Philip Toscanocenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Petra Ecclestone Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, Petra Ecclestone’s fatherCredit:ANDREJ ISAKOVIC Press reports have estimated there is a £5.5billion fortune at stake in the break-up of the marriage.Tim Bishop QC, appearing for Miss Ecclestone, Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter, said she had “struggled to find a consensual approach to the dissolution of the marriage”, but this had been rejected by Mr Stunt.The judge said: “It is very unfortunate that the parents of three young children are going to engage in this particular process.” James Stunt and Petra Ecclestone in December 2014Credit:Keith Hewittlast_img read more