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Orangedale Community to Receive New Water System

first_imgThe community of Orangedale, Inverness Co., will soon have a new water system, thanks to funding through the new Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. The project includes the replacement of the existing Orangedale water treatment plant. There will be six kilometres of a transmission main, which will deliver treated water to more than 80 households and a home for special care. Federal and provincial funding of $185,000 was announced today, May 10. The Orangedale Water Society, in partnership with the Municipality of the County of Inverness, will fund the balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement and environmental assessment approval. “Access to safe drinking water is essential for our communities to be safe and sustainable,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Today’s project announcement is a strong example of our commitment to make Nova Scotia communities safe, healthy and vibrant. We will continue to work with our federal and municipal partners to respond to the infrastructure needs of our communities.” “Sound, healthy infrastructure supports the quality of life in our communities, our economic progress and sustainability. The project being announced today will help ensure that key infrastructure is in place for the benefit of residents of Orangedale now and in the future,” said Peter MacKay, federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The new infrastructure program supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, and solid waste management. “This announcement is great news for our community,” said Terry Whalley, chair of the Orangedale Water Society. “The upgrade to the water supply will bring safer drinking water to households in the area. This is exactly the kind of investment that is needed to help us build a better economy and more sustainable communities.” “We are delighted that this project is moving forward,” said Duart MacAulay, Warden for the Municipality of the County of Inverness. “This project will address the community’s drinking water needs.” The $111-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the management committee.last_img read more

Sri Lankan in Canada found guilty of seconddegree murder

During his trial, Thandapanithesigar admitted he stabbed Jeyarasan Manikarajah on June 23, 2014. But, he testified, he stabbed the victim in a fit of anger after the victim called him several names during an argument, including a vulgar term for vagina in their shared Sri Lankan language. At that point, defence lawyer Elise Pinsonneault asked that the jury be asked individually if they all agreed with the second-degree verdict.“At least two of the jurors won’t stop crying,” Pinsonneault said. “They keep looking me in the face, with a look of distress.”When each juror was asked individually they all said they agree with the verdict. However, juror number 12, the same man who recommended Thandapanithesigar serve the maximum 25 years before he is eligible for full parole, hesitated a long time before he uttered “agree.” It was a sign that the juror was a holdout and was initially convinced Thandapanithesigar was guilty of first-degree murder. Jury deliberations are secret in Canada so it is impossible to know how the decision was reached. A Canadian jury that had been deliberating since last week found Sri Lankan Amalan Thandapanithesigar guilty of second-degree murder for having stabbed his neighbour in Côte-des-Neiges.Thandapanithesigar was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the jury found him guilty of the lesser charge late Monday afternoon, the Montreal Gazette reported. The presiding judge in the trial, Jean-François Buffoni, asked the seven men and five women if they could reach a unanimous decision on a sentence recommendation.While Thandapanithesigar automatically received a life sentence with the murder conviction his parole eligibility can be set at anywhere between 10 and 25 years. The jury foreman told Buffoni that the majority of the jurors recommended the parole eligibility be set at the 10-year minimum but that a few disagreed. One juror felt Thandapanithesigar’s eligibility should be set at the maximum, 25 years. It meant the jury was probably not convinced he planned the murder even though they heard evidence that, a week before the murder was carried out, the victim had made unwelcome advances on Thandapanithesigar’s wife. Buffoni will hear arguments on Thandapanithesigar’s parole eligibility on May 29. (Colombo Gazette) read more