Families in a Yarmouth neighbourhood are getting help to fix the exterior of their homes and revitalize their community. Housing Nova Scotia Minister Joanne Bernard was in Yarmouth today, Aug. 11, to announce more than 180 homes in the south end of town are eligible for grants to improve curbside appeal. The program is part of Housing Nova Scotia’s Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative. “People need to feel good about their surroundings. It is key to building vibrant and healthy neighbourhoods and it’s more than bricks and mortar,” said Ms. Bernard. “We are committed to working with our partners to create innovative solutions, and this is a great example of building healthy, vibrant communities.” The improvements will complement work by the Town of Yarmouth. Homes within the designated area — Williams and Forbes streets to the east, Kempt Street and Marshall Lane to the south, Water Street to the west, and Haskell and Albert streets to the north — may be eligible for grants of up to $3,000 for projects such as landscaping, exterior painting and some repairs. Landlords may qualify for $2,000 grants per unit, which they have to match. The municipality has helped bring vibrancy to the neighbourhood with improvements such as new decorative lighting on South Main Street, underground services and paving. It also plans to: “The Town of Yarmouth is thrilled to welcome and support this program,” said Mayor Pam Mood. “The process of revitalization goes so much deeper than beautification, it brings communities together, instills a sense of pride and generally enhances the quality of life for residents. We’re excited to see the outcomes on every level.” Partnerships with private developers help draw on the strength of the community. Andrew Cameron and his father Gordon have built two developments with Housing Nova Scotia, creating eight units. “It’s important that everyone has access to a home — a place they are safe in, they feel proud of and they can afford,” said Mr Cameron. “The south end is a historically significant part of the town and I believe this partnership will be the turning point that will help reinvigorate this neighourhood.” Denise Vacon is a public health promoter with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and a member of CHOICE, a group of community members committed to improving safe, accessible and affordable housing options in Yarmouth County. “We are very excited to hear that the Town of Yarmouth will be benefiting from the Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative. Improving physical infrastructure is a key factor to quality of life, health and social well-being,” Ms. Vacon said. “This initiative will enhance an already strong sense of community pride, create momentum and engage residents to be part of a project that will have many positive impacts.” Housing Nova Scotia staff will deliver applications over the next few weeks to homes in the area. They are also available online at —–www.housingns.ca . add box culverts on Argyle Street at Broad Brook to handle increased runoff from storms introduce an updated sign bylaw to help create a more historical downtown feeling to the commercial area approve a new public parking lot in the south end, across from the Red and White store
Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday that next month’s Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid, Spain, would take place amid far greater recognition of the importance of this issue compared to the first such Assembly in 1982. Mr. Desai said that he also expected a greater focus during the Assembly on the problems of the developing countries. In contrast to the developed world, where adjustments in the economy, health care, housing and social relations to demographic changes took place over the last 100 years, the developing world will have to learn to cope with the same transformations in just the next 25 years with far less resources.The Assembly’s outcome would look at the problems not in isolation, but as part of an effort to build a “society for all ages,” he stressed, adding that during preparatory negotiations, a lot of attention had been paid to issues of older persons and development, health and well-being in old age, among other things. The crosscutting issues of human rights, gender and poverty also have played a role.While there was 80 per cent agreement on the outcome text, which was still being negotiated, Mr. Desai said the remaining 20 per cent concerned some issues of financing and funding, as well as health care for older persons and human rights.Joining Mr. Desai at the briefing was Ambassador Milos Alcalay of Venezuela, who pointed out that ageing was also part of the development agenda for which the just concluded International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, had been the starting point.Speaking on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, Ambassador Alcalay said that the problem for developing countries was that increasing longevity meant that people lived longer in poverty, a situation that had not previously existed. The Group of 77 was very optimistic, he said, that solutions could be found during the remaining negotiations, even if they had to continue during the Assembly, which will take place from 8 to 12 April.