Anyone on mainland Nova Scotia who wants to burn brush within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of the woods will require a provincial burning permit beginning Sunday, April 1. “We had less snow than usual in many parts of the province this winter, and that can put our forests at additional risk for spring fires,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “With that in mind, we have put this safety measure in place a little earlier than usual in some counties.” The April 1 permit requirement does not apply in Cape Breton. Higher snowfall amounts in that area mean that property owners will not require their burning permits until April 15. Starting a fire without a permit can result in a fine of up to $500, six months in jail, or both. The fire season is expected to last provincewide until October. Landowners should also contact their municipal government office to see if any additional permits are required in their region. More information on provincial burning permits is available at local Department of Natural Resources offices. Forest fires can be reported by calling 911 or toll-free at 1-800-565-2224.
The aim of the consultations involving the UN’s Jan Eliasson and the AU’s Salim Ahmed Salim is to brief the parties on informal discussions held in Geneva last month with regional and international partners to the peace process and to seek their views on the way forward, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today.The main focus of the consultations will be on the need to improve the security situation across Darfur, which is affecting not only humanitarian operations and the work of the hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission (known as UNAMID), but the political process as well, she said.The visit by Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim will take place a week after consultations were held in the capital, Khartoum, and the southern city of Juba with the Government, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – the former rebels from the separate north-south civil war that ended in 2005 – and one of the Darfur movements, the United Resistance Front (URF).Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim have repeatedly reiterated their calls for the parties to the Darfur conflict, which have claimed more than 200,000 lives and displaced nearly 2.5 million others since 2003, to end all violence and prepare for substantive talks aimed at devising a durable peace.The parties cannot fight and prepare for peace talks at the same time, the envoys have said, stressing that a reduction is violence is vital if progress is to be made on the political front. 14 April 2008The United Nations and African Union envoys spearheading international efforts to resolve the five-year conflict wracking Darfur will tomorrow begin a four-day visit to Sudan to hold consultations with the movements that have not signed previous peace agreements in the region.
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s merchandise trade deficit grew to a record $4.6 billion in December as lower crude oil prices prompted a drop in exports.The result followed a trade deficit of $2.0 billion in November.Exports were down 3.8 per cent to $46.3 billion in December. We’re getting a look at the true state of Canada’s economy — and it’s no world beater Canada’s economy practically grinds to a halt — and nobody saw it coming Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The latest charts that matter most to the Bank of Canada Exports of energy products fell 21.7 per cent to $6.4 billion in December, the lowest level since July 2016. Excluding energy products, exports were essentially unchanged in December.Total imports rose 1.6 per cent to $50.9 billion in December.Imports of energy products rose 19.7 per cent to $3.3 billion while imports of motor vehicles and parts were up 4.0 per cent to $9.4 billion in December.