Hundreds of Richmond County residents will soon enjoy saferdrinking water and a cleaner environment. Improvements to Arichat and Petit-de-Grat’s water treatmentplant, and a sewage treatment plant upgrade for the Village ofSt. Peter’s have been approved under the Canada-Nova ScotiaInfrastructure Program. The projects are valued at a total of$371,960. Joint federal and provincial funding of $221,732 was announcedtoday, March 5, by Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotiaand Municipal Relations and Member of Parliament Rodger Cuzner.The Village of St. Peter’s and the Municipality of the County ofRichmond will fund the balance of their projects upon formalacceptance of the agreement. “Whether providing a community with a safer sewage system ordrinking water, the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program isworking to improve our environment, and the safety of ourcommunities,” said Mr. Barnet. One of the first priorities of the program is green municipalinfrastructure that ensures effective wastewater management andsafe drinking water. To date, the majority of the federal andprovincial funding announced has been directed towards greenprojects. “The Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is one of the wayswe are investing in green projects like these sewage and watertreatment plant upgrades, designed to improve our environment andprovide safe, high quality water systems,” said Mr. Cuzner.”Building strong communities and improving quality of life is apriority for the government of Canada.” The Village of St. Peter’s Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade projectincludes the installation of aluminium tank covers at thefacility, preventing foreign objects from entering the treatmentprocess, improving the look of the building, and helping containodours. “Two years ago, the infrastructure program helped us build thisimportant facility,” said Esther McDonnell, chair of the Villageof St. Peter’s. “Now the partnership is helping us make it evenbetter.” Phase two of the Arichat/Petit-de-Grat Water Treatment PlantUpgrade project provides for the design and construction of anupgrade to the water treatment facility that serves 450households in the area. The project is an extension of an earlierphase, also funded under the Canada-Nova Scotia InfrastructureProgram. The new facility will meet the requirements of the NovaScotia Department of Environment and Labour’s Drinking WaterStrategy and will effectively address water quality problems inthe area. “We are delighted to receive the funding to begin the secondphase of this project,” said Gail Johnson, warden of theMunicipality of the County of Richmond. “This project will havesome significant benefits for our community and a real impact onthe quality of life of our citizens.” This is one of a series of approval announcements for projectsunder the program, which has invested more than $167 million in113 projects to date. Additional announcements are expected asprojects undergo environmental assessment and final approval. The $195 million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia InfrastructureProgram is administered by the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the managementcommittee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is representedon the program’s management committee. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Richmond County CommunitiesReceive Infrastructure Funding
From left: Tomas Hudlicky, Jennifer Rowsell, Kevin Kee, John BonnettThe number of globally recognized researchers working at Brock is growing again thanks to a federal government investment in the Canada Research Chairs program.The university now has 12 Canada Research Chairs who are recognized as international experts in their respective fields of research and development.Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, announced an investment this week of $275.6 million to fund 310 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) at 53 Canadian universities. His comments were made in Toronto at a two-day conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Canada Research Chairs program.Brock will receive $2.9 million for four Chairs — one new and three re-appointed — as part of the announcement. They are:Jennifer Rowsell (new), who studies the many forms of literacy in the modern worldJohn Bonnett (re-appointed), who researches the use of augmented reality in historical applicationsTomas Hudlicky (re-appointed), who converts chemical compounds into the building blocks of pharmaceuticalsKevin Kee (re-appointed), who uses computer applications such as serious gaming to enhance classroom learning“We are proud that Niagara can be home to world leaders in research and scholarship, people who make invaluable contributions to knowledge and to our community,” said Ian Brindle, Brock’s Vice-President, Research.The funding “will help strengthen Canada’s capacity for leading-edge research,” Clement said at the announcement.Launched in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs Program is designed to attract the best talent from Canada and around the world.