Nova Scotia Announces Aid for Beruit

PREMIER’S OFFICE–Nova Scotia Supports Humanitarian Aid for Lebanon
Nova Scotia will provide $1 million to the Lebanese Red Cross to support those affected by the Beirut explosion. 

“We are all seeing the devastating impact of the tragedy in Beirut,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The Lebanese community has deep roots in Nova Scotia. Our hearts go out to Lebanese-Nova Scotians, their families and loved ones and all those affected by the explosion. We stand with you and are keeping you in our thoughts.” 

The Lebanese Red Cross Society’s mission is to provide relief to victims of natural and human disasters and it helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and to reduce the suffering of the most vulnerable.

Quick Facts: 
— United Nations agencies have warned of a humanitarian crisis in Lebanon following the devastating explosion at a portside warehouse on Aug. 4
— the Canadian government is contributing up to $5 million in humanitarian aid, including $1.5 million to the Lebanese Red Cross to provide emergency medical services, shelter and food

Additional Resources:

Donations can be made through the Canadian Red Cross to the Lebanon Humanitarian Needs Appeal:

The Lebanese Red Cross:

Public Libraries Making Reusable Masks Available

Non-medical masks become mandatory in indoor public places on July 31 under the Health Protection Act Order

Reusable cloth masks will be available for free at all public libraries for Nova Scotians without access to them on their own.

Masks are available in both adult and youth sizes and are adjustable. Each person can request up to two masks for each member of their immediate family.

Masks will also be made available at most Provincial Museums. For the full news release click here.

Vaping Restrictions Aimed at Protecting Health

The government has listened to advice from the health community as alarm about the increasing number of youth vaping in Nova Scotia grows.

That is why Nova Scotia will ban the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices.

Nova Scotia is a leader among Canadian provinces in announcing changes to address vaping and is the only province to announce a complete ban of flavoured products.

The Ban comes into effect April 1, 2020.

Read the complete release from the Department of Health and Wellness

Our Commitment to Education

Since being elected to govern Nova Scotia in 2013, our Liberal government has expanded spending on Education by about 30%.

This new funding has allowed us to put new resources into the classroom. We have added over 900 new teachers and added new non-teaching positions to improve education for the kids by lowering the size of classes.

Our Liberal Government has done all of these things while balancing the provincial budget!

Click here to read more about our investment in Education

More Classes for Pre-Primary Students Added

84 new pre-primary classes were announced yesterday by the Education Minister Zach Churchill.

This is a list of the schools added to the program in the Halifax Area.

Halifax Regional Centre for Education

Sunnyside Elementary School
Alderney Elementary School
Caldwell Road Elementary School
Hawthorn Elementary School
John MacNeil Elementary School
Mount Edward Elementary School
Robert K. Turner Elementary School
Tallahassee Community School
Oldfield Consolidated School
Burton Ettinger Elementary School
Duc d’Anville Elementary School
Elizabeth Sutherland
LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary
Rockingham Elementary School
Saint Mary’s Elementary School
St. Catherine’s Elementary School
Harrietsfield Elementary School
Bell Park Academic Centre
Atlantic View Elementary School
Caudle Park Elementary School
Cavalier Drive School
Millwood Elementary School
O’Connell Drive Elementary School

Click here to read more details on yesterdays announcement