first_imgAdditional police officers will be added to all 55 Nova Scotia municipalities within the next two years. The allocation of the initial round of officers was finalized today, Nov. 16, at a meeting of the Department of Justice, municipal police forces and the RCMP. Earlier this year the province announced 250 new officers to be added over four years, starting in spring 2007. The total budget for the new officers is $65 million over the four years. “I am pleased to have the input and support of law enforcement in preventing and addressing crime in our province,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “These new officers will support both their local communities and collaborate with neighbouring jurisdictions on strategic enforcement activities.” Today’s meeting determined the allocation of an initial 109 officers, with all municipalities receiving at least one new officer by spring 2008. Smaller municipalities will receive one or two officers, Halifax Regional Municipality will receive 36 and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality will receive 10. “The chiefs of police for the four municipalities in the County of Pictou are happy to receive such strong support for our collaborative proposal and we are very glad to see it moving forward,” said Lorne Smith, chief of the New Glasgow Police Service. “We’re very pleased with the province’s decision to further invest in police resources,” said Chief Superintendent Tom Bennet, RCMP criminal operations officer. “This funding will benefit us all as individual policing agencies but more importantly it will be maximized through our integration and partnership initiatives to the benefit of all Nova Scotians.” “We are particularly pleased that this plan is a safety package that includes not only good law enforcement measures but also recognizes community development and proactive prevention measures,” said Edgar MacLeod, chief, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Police Department. “In Cape Breton we will be using the minister’s support on this comprehensive approach to community safety by addressing both enforcement and root causes of crime.” A Strategic Deployment Committee is being established to plan for the allocation of the remaining officers. Priority issues when considering distribution of new officers include activities to address organized crime, street crime, child exploitation, illegal drugs and school safety. “We have adopted a phased-in approach to allow for joint planning with law enforcement, to ensure we make the most impact on community safety,” said Mr. Scott. “At the same time, police agencies need adequate time for their own planning and recruitment efforts.”last_img read more

PARIS — Canada is expected to lag several other members of the Group of Seven industrial countries in the first quarter even as the global economy begins to rebound, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said Thursday.The international economic think-tank estimates that the Canadian economy will show growth of just 1.1% in the first three months of this year, much slower than the United States or Japan and below the G7 average.However, it is expected to pick up steam and grow by 1.9% in the second quarter, slightly above the average.The G7 countries — Canada, the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France and Italy — are expected to post an average growth rate of 2.4% in the first quarter and 1.8% in the second.The OECD believes the U.S. economy advanced 3.5% in the first quarter, which ends this month, but that its growth will moderate in the second quarter to 2.0%.Likewise, the OECD expects Japan’s growth will be a robust 3.2% in the first quarter but slow in the second to 2.2%.Among the European G7 countries, Germany will be the only one growing faster than Canada — 2.3% in the first quarter and accelerating to 2.6% in the second.The U.K. economy is expected to have only 0.5% growth in the first quarter and 1.4% in the second, while France’s economy is expected to contract by 0.6% in the first quarter then expand by a modest 0.5% in the second.Italy’s economy is expected to shrink in both quarters, dropping 1.6% in the first and 1.0% in the second.In an interim assessment that focused on the G7, the OECD said that the European Central Bank needs to do more to encourage banks to lend and economies to grow.It notes that countries that use the euro are making progress in reducing their debts, but that some should be allowed to meet their targets more slowly to temper the impact on their economies.© Thomson Reuters 2013 read more