Liberals Committed to Keeping Our Daughters and Sons Here at Home

Your Liberal government is working hard to make sure more young people find meaningful employment here in Nova Scotia.

Liberals know what it means for a young person to have an opportunity to work and live at home – to be close to family, friends, and live in a place where everybody knows your name. For many of us, this is where our support system is, and, most importantly, where our heart is.

As part of the 2016-17 budget, we are investing more than $12 million in programs that provide the skills, training and experience needed to connect young people to a careers in this province. 

IMG_3774Those investments include funding for employers to create new positions for recent graduates, co-op and summer work experiences, graduate research scholarships, and apprenticeship co-op work terms.

Since 2013, more and more young people are staying and working right here at home – in fact, Nova Scotia made the most progress of any province in reducing youth unemployment in 2015. We’ve also seen an increase in apprentice participation, with over 6200 registrations – in increase of nearly six per cent in the past year.

This year’s budget is aimed at continuing this momentum.

Our Liberal government is helping hundreds of young people get a foot in the door and land good jobs so they can build a life and start their careers right here at home.

We’re also hiring more young Nova Scotians directly into the public service with the Experience Through Opportunity program – giving young and less experienced workers from across Nova Scotia a chance to serve their province. During the past two years more than 1,200 workers under the age of 35 have started careers with the provincial government.

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Increased Investment in the Future of our Children

What has our Liberal Government done?

  • Invested 65 Million Dollars in Education
  • Hired 380 new Teachers
  • Created the first program in Canada to introduce Computer Coding in grades P to 3
  • Hired 50 Reading recovery Teachers
  • Introduced new caps to class sizes
  • Supported increased funding for Junior Achievement and hands on learning in Grades 9 to 12
  • Hired 53 Math Specialists to help improve math skills

    In 2015, Nova Scotia was the only Province to reduce youth unemployment.

    Nova Scotia is growing and moving forward again!

DNLA Breakfast with guest The Honourable Scott Brison

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We are thrilled that we will be joined by the Honourable Scott Brison who will be our guest this year.
Member of Parliament
for Kings—Hants (Nova Scotia)
President of the Treasury Board

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The Annual Breakfast is a great way to support the Dartmouth North Liberal Association and meet with like minded Liberals. Great food, great people and a chance to score an original artwork for your office or home.Our annual event has spawned at least one artists interest in painting!

STRENGTHENING SUPPORTS FOR NOVA SCOTIA’S CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Families living in Dartmouth will now have access to the Parenting Journey program as part of Stronger Families Nova Scotia.

Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard announced the new location for the program today, Feb. 16.

“Every day the Dartmouth Family Centre makes an important contribution to our community with their successful programs for children and families,” said Ms. Bernard. “That’s why we’re investing in the centre, so they can expand service for a community with social and economic challenges.”

Government is enhancing prevention and early intervention programs in child welfare. The goal is to work closer with community partners to meet the diverse needs of families in need of support.

“The Parenting Journey is a welcome addition to Dartmouth Family Centre’s current array of supports for families in North Dartmouth,” said Roxanne Manning, executive director of the centre. “This home visitation program will offer current and new families individualized parenting support, strengthening family relationships and promoting healthy child development.”

Funding for the expansion is part of $1.2 million announced in November to strengthen early intervention and prevention programs.

The program is being expanded to 15 more communities and organizations throughout the province. The names will be announced in the coming weeks.

PROVINCE HONOURS JOSEPH HOWE FOR 2016, RAISES HERITAGE DAY FLAG

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The province’s new Heritage Day flag flew today, Feb. 10, for the first time in advance of the Heritage Day 2016 statutory holiday on Monday, Feb. 15.
This year Heritage Day marks the contributions of Joseph Howe to freedom of the press and his work for the public good. Mr. Howe, a newspaper owner, premier and lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, successfully defended himself in 1835 against libel charges in a landmark case for a free press in Nova Scotia.
Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage celebrated the flag raising at Province House with children from Joseph Howe Elementary School in Halifax. The new flag will be a lasting symbol of the holiday that honours the people, places and events that have contributed to this province’s history and culture.
“Heritage Day celebrates our collective cultural heritage and the contributions of all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Ince. “It is fitting that we raise the new Heritage Day flag, a new public symbol of the province’s collective heritage, in the same year we honour a champion of the public good, Joseph Howe.”
The new flag was inspired by the illustrations of five Nova Scotia elementary school students and designed by a professional design firm.
The Nova Scotia Museum’s Twitter account will explore Joseph Howe’s love for the province by tweeting excerpts from his book Western and Eastern Rambles: Travel Sketches of Nova Scotia. The museum and the Nova Scotia Archives have published an online resource for teachers called Joseph Howe, Learning with Objects (http://museum.novascotia.ca/joseph-howe-learning-objects ). The archives will also publish a digitized family scrapbook showing Mr. Howe’s world.
The Museum of Natural History, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Museum of Industry and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are all open free of charge on Heritage Day, creating opportunities for families to spend time together learning about Nova Scotia’s heritage and culture.
Heritage Day events are planned across the province. More information on events and Joseph Howe is available at http://heritageday.novascotia.ca.

IMPROVEMENTS IN CLASSROOM HIGHLIGHTS YEAR ONE OF ACTION PLAN ON EDUCATION

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Nova Scotia students and teachers will see more positive changes in 2016, as part of government’s commitment to refocus, rebuild and renew the education system.
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey provided the annual report on Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education today, Feb. 4.
Improvements in year one of the action plan include a streamlined grade Primary to 3 curriculum with a greater emphasis on math and literacy, the early introduction of coding to help today’s students become more career ready, a greater focus on financial literacy, homework standards and more support for young children.
Strategies in math, literacy and coding will provide a framework for a lifetime of learning.
“We are modernizing our education system and the actions taken in the first few months of the school year are providing benefits for our students,” said Ms. Casey.
“I have consistently said that every step in the action plan must be in the best interest of our students and if there is a good idea, we will consider it; if something is not working, we will change it.”
Teachers will receive the support, time and structure to allow them to focus on student learning and student achievement. Action is underway to address classroom complexities including smaller class sizes.
The department will also work with teachers, school boards and universities to develop for the first time, teaching standards to promote consistent high-quality teaching in classrooms across the province.
Led by classroom teachers, the entire curriculum is being reviewed. Grades Primary to 3 have been completed and the focus is now on grades 4 to 6. The remaining grades will be streamlined over the next few years.
As part of building a modern education system, there is also a greater emphasis on helping students to be career ready. The new strategies will involve a series of targeted initiatives to help students succeed.
The following initiatives will be introduced in 2016:
— a new career education framework that will include all students from grades 4 to 12
— a Business Education Council
— workplace training for graduating students
— more class caps to reduce class sizes
— more Reading Recovery Support
— new policies for student attendance and student assessment to support student success across the province.
“It is critical that the actions we are taking will help ensure our students are in a better state of readiness when they enter school and are better prepared to enter into post-secondary education or the workforce when they graduate,” said Ms. Casey.
A list of accomplished goals and action initiatives still in progress is available at http://ednet.ns.ca.
The Nova Scotia Action Plan for Education is based on the feedback of more than 19,000 Nova Scotians, including teachers, students, school support staff, school boards, universities and the business community. The plan focuses on fundamental changes to renew, refocus, and rebuild the education system for the first time in a generation.