Government is supporting three sustainable transportation projects in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Kings South MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced support at an event today, Sept. 21 at Eaves Hollow Trail Head in Kentville. Greater promotion of Kentville’s existing active sustainable transportation, a new T-trail in Windsor and design of a new ring trail are all funded through the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “Projects like these promote active living and help make our communities more vibrant and more livable,” said Mr. Irving. “All three of these important projects are community driven by dedicated staff and volunteers, and government is pleased to come to the table as a partner.” Government is providing $20,000 to the Town of Kentville to promote existing active transportation resources in the town and encourage use of the local rails-to-trails system. The project includes signage at trail heads and greenspaces, as well as directional signs on the main roads. “Kentville is home to many great walking and cycling trails that take you from one end of town to the other, and many points in between,” said Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum. “Ensuring people know where our recreation facilities are, and how to easily move between them, allows us to make the most of our resources and promote them to residents and visitors alike.” Mr. Irving also announced a $24,000 grant to the Town of Windsor to begin the first phase of the Tregothic Rail Trail Connection, a new T-shaped trail that connects communities with schools, recreation facilities, the local hospital and more. “This trail project will serve people of all ages in our Town and provides connectivity to schools, playgrounds and communities, all within safe walking distance,” said Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley. “Government’s support for such healthy and vibrant endeavours is very much appreciated.” Government is also providing a $10,000 grant to the town of Berwick for the design of a new trail that circles the town. The trail will connect people to the fitness and sport complex, the community health centre, school, and many other points. “The Town of Berwick and surrounding areas have several recreation trails, but few with destinations,” said Mayor Don Clarke. “Designing and building this ring trail will connect people to important places within our community – and to one another.” Connect2, launched in May, aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2016. For more information, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/ .
Rabat- Morocco’s National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) signed 15 agreements on Tuesday with the Council of the Oriental Region of Oujda, in the eastern city of Jerada to revive the socio-economic integration of youths in the region.The agreements seek to provide income opportunities for young people working in various sectors, such as agriculture and handicrafts, to employ and improve their socioeconomic status. Along with the Oriental council, INDH allocated a total of MAD 430,000 to help young people with small business projects and integrate them into the economy. Other donating entities have increased the project’s budget to MAD 150 million, which will support them for three years.Moroccan news outlet L’economiste informed that so far the council and INDH received a total of 1,600 applications from potential youth beneficiaries.In addition to the initiative, Jerada authorities launched the construction of a formwork factory which will create approximately 500 sustainable jobs and attract investments of approximately MAD 200 million.The initiatives are aligned with King Mohammed VI’s call for the government to give special attention to social disparities, and with Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Aziz Akhannouch’s program to improve the incomes and living standards of the Jerada population through job creation.Jerada was primarily a mining area until the government closed the mines in the late 1990s. However, the locals continued to live off of mining, illegally, until two brothers died in a coal pit accident in December 2017. The deaths lead to a series of protests in recent months decrying social disparity.