Government Rolling Out Key Initiatives Under Sexual Violence Strategy

first_imgGovernment is looking for people to share their knowledge and experience to help prevention efforts and improve support for victims and survivors of sexual violence. To address sexual violence, government is creating two provincial committees — one to shape public awareness about the issue and a second to develop training and education materials to better support victims and survivors. “This is an opportunity to foster shared understanding while improving support for victims and survivors of sexual violence across this province,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “We will be working hand-in-hand with the community.” Each committee will require between six to eight community representatives. The work is expected to begin in March and to last about a year. Regional workshops will also be organized over the coming months with various groups. The intent is to work together and determine community-based approaches that better support victims and families. As well, government is continuing efforts to identify opportunities for change and collaboration. A multi-departmentgroup will strengthen support for the strategy. “I want Nova Scotians to know that this is a priority for me and government. These are important steps in taking action to change a culture that enables sexual assault and sexual violence,” said Ms. Bernard. “These actions build directly on public and stakeholder engagement that involved almost 1,000 Nova Scotians in 2014. What We Heard, a summary of our findings from this initial engagement, is available on the department’s website. Those interested in volunteering for a provincial committee are invited to send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by Feb. 28. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs/ .last_img read more

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Protesters ordered to stop construction at proposed LNG site near Prince Rupert

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The Port of Prince Rupert has ordered opponents of a proposed liquefied natural gas plant to stop constructing a protest camp on Lelu Island on B.C.’s north coast.A notice ordering an end to construction activities was issued Monday morning after the port consulted with the leadership of local Coast Tsimshian communities, part of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation.Port of Prince Rupert CEO Don Drusel says the port respects safe and peaceful expressions of opinion, but construction of makeshift shelters does not meet that definition and is not authorized.The federal government is expected to make a decision within weeks on the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal on the island, about 15 kilometres south of the Prince Rupert port.Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Jonn Helin sent a letter to federal officials in March, announcing the First Nation would conditionally support the Lelu Island terminal, as long as two environmental conditions were met.That letter sparked a protest within the First Nation as members demonstrated Friday outside the Lax Kw’alaams office in Port Simpson, arguing they were not consulted. (CFTK) by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2016 10:38 am MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Protesters ordered to stop construction at proposed LNG site near Prince Rupert read more

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