A New Glasgow teen who is a top student, athlete, musician and volunteer is this year’s winner of a prestigious provincial government scholarship. Charlotte Harrison will accept the $6,000 Dr. P. Anthony (Tony) Johnstone Memorial Fund Entrance Scholarship at her school’s graduation ceremony today, June 26. “Charlotte is an outstanding young Nova Scotian,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “She excels at school, on the sports field and on the stage. She has also shown that even a busy student can still find time to help others in the community. It is my pleasure to congratulate her on this award.” Ms. Harrison has maintained an excellent academic record at Northumberland Regional High School while being involved in athletics, school musical productions, music and volunteering. She has been an eager tutor and mentor, and was the organizer of the school’s breakfast program. Ms. Harrison is also a counsellor at a camp for disadvantaged youth and helped launch an anti-malaria fundraiser at her school. “I enjoy the experience and I find it very rewarding,” Ms. Harrison said about her volunteer activities. “I am honoured to be receiving this scholarship and I encourage other students to get involved in their school and community.” Ms. Harrison will attend University of Kings College in Halifax this fall. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must live in Nova Scotia, be graduating from high school and beginning an undergraduate degree program at a Maritime university in the fall. The applicant must also have demonstrated an interest in multiculturalism and human rights. This year, 38 eligible applications were reviewed by the selection committee. Nova Scotia established the scholarship in 1991 to honour the life and work of the late Tony Johnstone, a long-time educator and human rights advocate who devoted his life to promoting multicultural understanding and social equality.
Ninety-three years ago today, June 11, striking coal miners in Cape Breton marched to the Waterford Lake power plant, as they battled against harsh treatment by their employer. After reaching their destination, company police began firing at the unarmed miners, killing William Davis and wounding others. On this day, Davis Day, we pay tribute and reflect on the memory of William Davis, all miners who have lost their lives on the job and what their sacrifices have meant for workers’ rights and workplace safety in our province. Today is also a chance to acknowledge the legacy of our coal miners, whose hard work sustained communities and is a significant piece of Nova Scotia’s rich history. Davis Day serves as an important reminder of the tremendous contributions those before us have made, and that every employer in Nova Scotia must remain vigilant to ensure the health and safety of all workers is at the forefront of every workplace. On this day, we all must renew our commitment to workplace health and safety, so that every Nova Scotian who goes to work in the morning returns home safely at the end of the day. -30-
Officials in the UN refugee agency said that many factors including medical and education facilities were found to be reasons behind the declining number of Sri Lankan nationals return to their native country. “Some of them postpone their applications saying that they don’t want to discontinue medical treatments and education here. But so far nobody had complained to us about ‘safety’ as reason for not returning to their country,” an official said. With monetary aid from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 1,600 Sri Lankan Tamils living in Tamil Nadu as refugees have returned to their country so far since January 2012.According to the New Indian Express, officials of the UNHCR, who have their field office in the city, said that about 1,264 Sri Lankan Tamils, who were living in special camps across the State, had returned through voluntary repatriation to their country between January and December 2012. This year, about 350 refugees have returned so far. In Chennai there are two open refugees’ camps – in Gummidipoondi and Puzhal. About 1,670 refugees returned to their country in 2011 which was comparatively lesser than 2,040 persons in 2010 after the end of war in 2009. The UNHCR also conducts checks for the safety of the refugee back in his country. “Once a person expresses his willingness to return and applies to us, we check if the place they want to settle is safe. We also do random monitoring of these people after they return. But if they face any trouble upon their return, they get back to us,” an official explained.There are over 60,000 refugees from the island nation living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu which constitutes about 36 per cent of total number of refugees in the country.