Scotian WindFields, Windsor, is offering opportunities through five separate funds at 1-877-798-5085 or see the website, www.scotianwindfields.org. Black Business Investment Fund, Halifax Regional Municipality, www.bbi.ca or call 902-426-6985 Just Us Coffee, Wolfville, www.justuscoffee.com or call 902-542-7474 Dundee Holdings, Dundee, 902-295-3527 Mount Business Investments, Mount Uniacke, 902-493-5489 Port Hood RV Park, Port Hood, 902-564-8821 Port Bistro, Port Williams, 902-542-0106. Nova Scotians invested record amounts in community investment funds last year, fueling growth in rural and urban areas around the province. Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt said Nova Scotians invested more than $5.2 million in Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIFs), making the 2006 tax year the best year in the program’s history. “These funds support hard-working Nova Scotians who are developing enterprises at home,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “By investing in these ventures, Nova Scotians are supporting each other and building a foundation for future generations.” Since the government of Nova Scotia introduced CEDIFs in 2000, about 3,000 Nova Scotians have invested more than $20 million. The investments are helping to fund diverse community businesses, ranging from locally owned wind power to fair trade organic coffee co-ops to a funeral home. Nova Scotians who buy shares in the funds qualify for a 30 per cent tax credit and can hold the shares as investments in self-directed RRSPs. Currently 11 funds are offering shares in the province: This is not an exempt offering to the public in Nova Scotia. People interested in purchasing shares of any of these funds must be provided a simplified offering document that has not been objected to by the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. For more information on Community Economic Development Investment Funds operating across Nova Scotia, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/cedif/.
Four communities now have access to increased supports for young children with the official opening of four new early years centres. The expansion means there is now an early years centre in every school board in the province. “The early years are critical to the success and well-being of children and set the foundation for their future,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey at the opening of the Clarke Rutherford Memorial School centre in Cornwallis. “Government needs to continue to respond to the changing needs of Nova Scotia’s families and that is why I am so pleased to officially open the centres today.” Events were also held at three other centres. On behalf on the Education and Early Childhood Development Minister, Energy Minister Michel Samson opened the centre in École Beau-Port in Arichat, Richmond Co., Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, MLA Terry Farrell opened the centre at West Highlands Elementary School in Amherst, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, and MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft opened the centre in New Germany Elementary School, South Shore Regional School Board. Early years centres are designed to fit the needs of the community, but include core services such as play-based early learning programs for children in the year before entering school, family supports, and resources and regulated child care responsive to family needs. “The community of New Germany is supportive and proud to open its early years centre and create a hub for family support within its Elementary School,” said Mary Chisholm, early years centre lead for South Shore Regional School Board. “Eighteen fresh four-year-olds are enjoying the benefits of our early learning program, and interacting with the staff and students of the school.” The department will continue to expand early years centres across the province as part of the Nova Scotia Action Plan for Education. More information about the plan can be found at www.ednet.ns.ca/educationreview/index.shtml .