Le gouvernement remplira son engagement visant à établir huit nouveaux foyers communautaires pour les personnes handicapées en Nouvelle-Écosse au cours des deux prochaines années. En juillet, les fournisseurs qui s’intéressent à l’établissement et à l’exploitation des nouveaux foyers communautaires pourront participer à des séances d’information dans les régions où cinq des foyers seront situés, soit dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax (deux foyers), et dans les comtés de Yarmouth, de Kings et de Lunenburg. En août, le ministère des Services communautaires publiera un appel d’offres pour l’établissement et l’exploitation des foyers. Le travail est aussi en cours pour l’établissement de nouveaux foyers dans les régions de New Glasgow, de l’Isle Madame et de Clare. « Nous savons que les plus petits foyers communautaires constituent souvent la meilleure option pour les personnes handicapées, affirme Kelly Regan, ministre des Services communautaires. La mise en place de foyers communautaires plutôt que d’établissements de grande taille permettra aux résidents et à leurs familles de participer davantage et d’être inclus dans leur communauté. » Chaque foyer pourra accueillir quatre personnes handicapées. Le processus de demande visera à trouver des services de qualité supérieure pour les participants au Programme de soutien aux personnes handicapées et leurs familles. Les emplacements et les critères pour la construction des foyers sont déterminés selon les besoins des participants. Les besoins spécifiques en matière de soutien pour chaque foyer varieront selon les besoins des participants. L’établissement d’un plus grand nombre de foyers communautaires pour les personnes handicapées a lieu dans le cadre de l’engagement du gouvernement visant à assurer une province accessible d’ici 2030. Le gouvernement a augmenté ses investissements pour les huit foyers en ajoutant une somme supplémentaire d’un million de dollars au budget de 2018-2109, portant l’investissement total à 5,2 millions de dollars sur deux ans. Il y a actuellement 223 petits foyers communautaires en Nouvelle-Écosse.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was given insight into some of Brock University’s many research initiatives during a campus visit Friday, Jan. 13.Wynne spent the morning touring labs and talking with researchers in Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) as well as the Centre for Lifespan Development Research.Her stop in CCOVI included a discussion with Senior Scientist Jim Willwerth, who told the premier about Vine Alert and other research-based initiatives at Brock that work with and support Ontario’s grape growers and the wine industry.“We talked about the research we’re doing in our lab, how our Cold Hardiness programs are helping the grape and wine industry, and how we’re helping to prevent crop loss due to winter injury,” Willwerth said.He felt it was also an opportunity to showcase Brock’s engagement with the industry and its efforts to aid the sector through research and innovation.Having a prominent politician in the labs provides invaluable exposure not only for the University but also for the entire grape and wine community, Willwerth said.He credited the Ontario government for financially supporting research in the viticulture sector and efforts such as those as Brock aimed at improving the sustainability of the industry.Psychology Professor Teena Willoughby, co-director of the Lifespan Centre Transdisciplinary Hub, had an opportunity to walk Wynne through a new research project that looks at youth mental and physical health, and how it interacts with brain development.“Having the Premier here provides a lot of visibility” for the University and its researchers, Willoughby said, calling it a benefit, given Wynne’s heavy involvement with various agencies across Ontario.“It can really help us open doors… I do think the more people we make aware of what we’re doing here, the more people will know and support our research.”That exposure can be particularly important with projects, similar to the one now underway in Lifespan, that require many agency and community partnerships in order to be successful, Willoughby said.During her campus visit, Wynne also met with Experiential Education students, representatives from the Brock University Students’ Union and The Brock Press.
But Mohammed fled the UK for Pakistan and despite numerous appeals in the country was only eventually tracked down in Rawalpindi in 2015.At this trial he claimed he denied knowing about the plot, claiming he had believed the plan was just to petrol bomb a car.But the jury was told that he had been vigorously pursuing a grudge against Mohammed Ateeq-ur-Rehman, who was a member of the Chisti family.Those who died were Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and her daughters Tayyaba Batool, 13; Rabiah Batool, 10; Ateeqa Nawaz, five; Aneesa Nawaz, two, and six-month-old Najeebah Nawaz.Ateeq, who was Aziz’s 18-year-old brother, also died in the fire and their mother, Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, died a week later in hospital from head injuries sustained when she jumped from the property to escape.Bearded Mohammed, who stood in the dock wearing glasses, a striped shirt and a dark tie, showed no emotion as he was found guilty of eight counts of murder and one of conspiracy to commit arson with intent to endanger life.He will be sentenced on Wednesday. A man who spent 16-years on the run after petrol bombing a family home during a bitter feud has been found guilty of the murders of eight people including five children.Shahid Mohammed, 37, was convicted of starting the blaze which killed eight members of the Chisti family at their home in Birkby, Huddersfield, in 2002.Mohammed was wanted in connection with the attack, but fled to Pakistan before he could be charged.He was finally arrested in Pakistan in 2015 and was extradited back to the UK in order to stand trial.Prosecutors said Mohammed had launched the attack after becoming angry that his sister Shahida had become involved in a relationship with a man of whom he did not approve.He accused a member of the Chisti family of helping the couple maintain the relationship and launched the attack on his family home on May 12 2002.The court heard that accelerant was poured through the letter box and petrol bombs were thrown at the property. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In July 2003 three men, Shaied Iqbal, Shakiel Shazad, and Nazar Hussain, were convicted for their parts in the crime.Shazad and Hussain were convicted of manslaughter, while Iqbal was convicted of eight counts of murder. Hussain has since been released on parole. Eight members of the same family died in the devastating blaze