Nova Scotia youth will benefit from a $15.2 million investment that will help construct a Trades Innovation Centre at the Nova Scotia Community College Pictou Campus. This joint federal-provincial investment was announced today, Sept. 13, by Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan and Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “This is an example of government creating opportunities for young Nova Scotians. A career in the skilled trades is a smart choice,” said Ms. Regan. “A new educational Trades Innovation Centre at the Pictou Campus will give students a modern shop space where they can learn their trades and become part of a highly qualified, specialized workforce, ready to discover and take advantage of the great opportunities here in Nova Scotia.” The Trades Innovation Centre will provide a modern, high-performance shop space for today’s specialized labour force. Of the $15.2 million investment, $8.3 million will come from the province and $6.9 million from the federal government. The funding will support the construction of a separate, purpose-built, educational trades building at the Pictou Campus. This building will provide the specialized training infrastructure required to meet industry demand and will accommodate carpentry, cabinetry, motor vehicle repair and heavy duty equipment. It will be environmentally efficient, certified to LEED Gold standards. The federal funding is allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund which helps modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improves the environmental sustainability of these facilities. “These infrastructure investments will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come,” said Mr. Fraser. “Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada into a global centre for innovation.” “This strategic investment in Nova Scotia Community College’s Pictou Campus will pay dividends to the students, staff and the community,” said Don Bureaux, NSCC president. “The LEED certified centre will enhance the capacity and student experience at the campus and grow our ability to add needed, well-educated and trained graduates to the workforce.”
Scrabble, the kuvasz puppy, at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show on Tuesday. He’s a good ambassador for the breed, owner Amber Kunz said. (Kathleen Saylors/Woodstock Sentinel-Review) Kunz said the breed will chase off any predators, from bears to bobcats, or even human intruders trying to break into a home. It’s just instinct, not something the dogs have to learn.“They don’t want any harm to come to their family, whether that’s humans or livestock,” she said. “They bond very strongly.”And contrary to what you might think, the use of guard dogs on farms is more popular than ever, Kunz said. The farm show is a hugely busy time for selling dogs into new families because of what is a “low-tech” solution it is to a pesky problem.“People think its dying out but it is not, a lot of people are using livestock dogs,” Kunz said. ” It’s the best way. It is environmentally friendly. There’s no point in shooting predators if dogs can just chase them off.”Kunz brought Scrabble, a kuvasz puppy, with her on the Tuesday to the three-day event, Canada’s largest agricultural trade show. The 21-month-old is calm and getting used to kids – “a good ambassador” for the wonderful dogs they can be. It’s may be a low-tech solution, but as man’s best friend greets us at the door every day, another type of dog is becoming more and more popular among farmers as a livestock guardian.Kuvasz dogs are a breed introduced to Canada from Hungary about 60 years ago. Amber Kunz and her dog Scrabble are at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock this week, educating people about the breed and the qualities that make them excellent livestock guardians.“They will protect any livestock. Chicken, goat, sheep, alpaca, whatever,” said Kunz, owner of Kuvaszok Kennels. “In Ontario, the coyotes are getting bad,” making the need for livestock protection more prevalent.Kunz is a Goderich-based breeder, and said she’s been coming to the farm show for about 10 years. It’s good business for her, connecting with farmers who need livestock protection. She’s also able to raise some awareness of the breed, which is still relatively uncommon in Canada and one that most don’t recognize, though they look like large, fluffy white huskies.