Bedford (high school) Dartmouth (P-9) Digby/Clementsport (elementary) Halifax (two elementaries) New Glasgow (P-8) Lunenburg (P-9) Truro/Bible Hill (elementary) NOTE: A social media version of this release with video and photographs is available at http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/smr/20090414001EDU.asp Eight state-of-the-art schools will be built in Nova Scotia as part of a new, seven-year, $307.3 million school construction and renovation program. Premier Rodney MacDonald and Education Minister Judy Streatch announced today, April 14, that the eight leading-edge schools will be built and 41 other schools will be upgraded under the program, part of the province’s Building For Growth economic stimulus plan. “We want our young people to go to schools that can prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow. The eight new schools under this program will be world-class facilities that give students an edge in getting good jobs and competing in the global marketplace,” said Premier MacDonald. “We have invested more than $425 million over the past six years building or updating schools, and we will continue to invest in our public education facilities. These 49 school projects will provide jobs now and a valuable legacy for years to come.” The multi-year investments include $145.3 million for new schools and $162 million for renovations. New schools will be built in: “The goal is to provide the best learning environments possible for our students,” said Ms. Streatch. “These projects, whether they be new schools or renovations, are investments in the future of our province and the success of our students.” Work on some of the projects will begin this spring. Some of the funding for the projects comes from the province’s Building for Growth plan, one of the largest infrastructure programs in Nova Scotia’s history. About 20,000 jobs will be created or maintained over the next three years through the $1.9 billion plan. The government’s school construction and renovation program, that began in 2003, will have invested more than $425 million in 19 new schools and 41 renovation projects when completed in 2011. With today’s announcement, the government will complete 90 new school and renovation projects from 2009 until 2016 under the two programs.
State contractors could not boycott Israel under Kansas bill by Allison Kite, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 5:06 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas House approved a bill that would prohibit the state from awarding contracts to companies that are participating in any boycott of Israel.The House passed the measure Wednesday on a 116-9 vote.Similar policies in 17 states are intended to slow a Boycott, Divest and Sanction, or BDS, movement backed by pro-Palestinian freedom groups . Supporters of the movement say it’s a way to promote Palestinian human rights, but pro-Israeli groups call it discrimination.Supporters contend the laws don’t prohibit free speech because individuals and companies can still criticize Israel, or they can boycott it as long as they’re not vying for the state’s business. But the state shouldn’t “subsidize or reward discriminatory behaviour,” said Jacob Millner, Midwest regional director and senior policy analyst for the Israel Project.Republican state Rep. William Sutton, who has called the boycotts an “economic attack” on Israel, said the bill would protect Kansas’ trading relationship with the Middle Eastern country.But pro-Palestinian groups believe the law discriminates against businesses for their political speech.Palestine Legal staff attorney Rahul Saksena said the U.S. has a long history of boycotts protected by the First Amendment. Palestine Legal defends people in the U.S. who speak out in support of Palestine.Saksena said the organization is considering challenging the laws.Democratic state Rep. Dennis Highberger, one of the nine Kansas lawmakers who voted against the measure, said rewarding contracts based on political speech is likely an infringement of First Amendment rights. He called it a “political feel-good bill” supporting Israel.So far, the Kansas Department of Commerce hasn’t found that any of the state’s contractors or other businesses in Kansas are openly boycotting Israel, said David Soffer, the agency’s director of marketing and research. Under the bill, companies would have to provide written certification saying they’re not boycotting Israel before they get a state contract.The bill still faces a vote in the Senate. Gov. Sam Brownback’s spokeswoman Melika Willoughby said the Republican “has long been a supporter of Israel, and he looks forward to reviewing the bill when it comes to his desk.”