Nova Scotians will see early improvements to highways this year because of three road-paving contracts awarded by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The projects, with a total value of $5,030,246, are spread over three counties with 24.9 kilometres of paving. All three projects are scheduled to be completed this summer. The projects are: — Halifax Regional Municipality: A $2,393,460 contract awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. for repaving 8.8 kilometres on Route 333 from east of the intersection of Macdonalds Drive; — Pictou County: A $1,887,486 contract awarded to S.W. Weeks Contracting Ltd. for repaving 9.8 kilometres on Highway 104 from the end of the twinned section to exit 27A near Sutherlands River. Also included are repairs to the Thorburn and Pine Tree Road overpasses; — Yarmouth County: A $749,300 contract awarded to Aberdeen Paving Ltd. for repaving 6.3 kilometres on Route 335 east from the intersection of Green Grove Road. “Already this year, we’ve awarded more than $33 million in paving contracts throughout Nova Scotia with more to come when the budget is finalized,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “These contracts represent an important investment in our road network across the province.” The projects are part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure as outlined in the speech from the throne. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
One day after being released on $6 million bail each, former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former CEO of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassignton were called in for questioning by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).(L) Former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICIL Winston Brassington leaving the court with some of their lawyersThe men accompanied by their lawyers turned up this morning at SOCU’s headquarters in Georgetown and have been there since 9.am. Singh was accompanied by attorneys, Anil Nandlall and Sase Gunraj, while Brassignton was accompanied by attorney, Mark Waldron.It has been reported that the men are being questioned in relation to the impending court matter where they are facing three charges of misconduct in public office as it relates to the sale of three plots of state land during the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) tenure in office.The two former senior government officials are also being questioned about other issues contained in 30 files being investigated by SOCU in relation to several transactions conducted by the NICIL.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallFollowing the court proceedings held yesterday, former Attorney general, Nandlall said that when the legal proceedings against Singh and Brassington are dismissed, the state and several individuals will be sued personally for reputational damages.“There is going to be a barrage of civil proceeding that is going to be filed for reputational damage caused by these charges. And persons are going to be charged personally, not the state alone, people will be sued personally for what is taking place in this country,” Nandlall told media operatives.Moreover, he maintained that to have Singh and Brassington charged for “misconduct in public office” where they weren’t accused of stealing funds, but instead being punished for selling lands without a valuation being done, is “political persecution taken to another level.”“What did Ashni Singh and Brassington do? They’re not accused of stealing a cent. They are not accused of profiteering in any form or fashion. All they’re being accused of is selling a property without valuation. People do that every day.They sold properties at a price determined by market value. What is criminal about that?”Meanwhile, commenting on the fact that the accused were handcuffed and brought through the prisoner’s chute of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, Nandlall said this was an attempt to “embarrass, humiliate and dehumanise them.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWinston Brassington, Dr Ashni Singh charged with “misconduct in public office”April 12, 2018In “Court”Singh, Brassington charged for sale of Sanata Textiles ComplexJune 8, 2018In “Court”Stay granted in misconduct charge against Singh, BrassingtonJuly 17, 2018In “Court”