Sudden influx of refugees strains Halifax school, sparks call for federal funds

Sudden influx of refugees strains Halifax school, sparks call for federal funds

Sudden influx of refugees strains Halifax school, sparks call for federal funds:

HALIFAX — In a bustling classroom filled with streams of Arabic and English, two brothers are studies in concentration as they write out the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Ahmad, 10, and Mohamad Al Marrach, 9, are among 41 Syrian children who arrived at Joseph Howe Elementary School in February, suddenly expanding the small, inner-city school's population by a third from its existing 146 students.

The bright, colourful classroom — its name was recently added in Arabic on the door — is the end of a long journey for the brothers. They recall moving quickly with their parents when bombs started falling on their town, and prefer their new school to one that occasionally lost power in Lebanon.

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Agency promoting Alberta livestock industry is being dismantled by provincial government

Agency promoting Alberta livestock industry is being dismantled by provincial government

An arms-length government agency that has awarded $223 million since 2008 to help the province’s livestock industry is being dismantled by the provincial government.

The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) — which employs 27 to 35 people at any given time — will be absorbed into the Agriculture and Forestry Department, a move that is expected to save the province $3 million annually.

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier said it was a difficult decision to make, but the government believes the work ALMA was doing can be streamlined with work being done within government.

“These are good people, they’ve done some great work over the years … but it’s mostly about a cost-saving measure,” Carlier said, adding at least some of ALMA’s employees will be able to find work within the department.

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Federal government looks to overhaul job grant system

Federal government looks to overhaul job grant system

A sweeping review of every grant program is under way, Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says.

OTTAWA—The federal government is reviewing every grant program designed to help groups provide skills and job training to make sure they help workers actually get jobs, the labour minister says.

There are thousands of employment grants handed out annually to groups across the country that, for instance, help connect workers with multiple university degrees to available jobs, or provide literacy training for older workers.

Those programs have varying rates of success, Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk said.

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Metrolinx feared grants would be linked to pre-mayor Tory

Metrolinx feared grants would be linked to pre-mayor Tory

Metrolinx feared grants would be linked to pre-mayor Tory:

TORONTO – Over-prepare much?

That appears to have been the case with Metrolinx communications staffers who, in the weeks before the release of documents about a controversial grant-giving program, feared reporters would somehow link the agency’s spending spree to John Tory in the years before he ran for mayor.

Documents obtained by the Toronto Sun through a freedom of information request show Metrolinx staff prepared a note for high-ranking government bureaucrats as they expected tough questions from reporters regarding a grant program which doled out $1.3 million over five years.

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Ontario opposition parties say corporate grants should be made public

Ontario opposition parties say corporate grants should be made public

Economic development critic complains he has been asking for a list of companies that benefited from what he calls the Liberals’ “crony capitalism.”

TORONTO—Ontario’s opposition parties say the Liberal government hands out billions of dollars in grants to profitable corporations every year, often with virtually no oversight.

The government shouldn’t be picking winners and losers, and should provide a level playing field for all companies in a sector instead of giving grants to ones the Liberals select, said Progressive Conservative economic development critic Monte McNaughton.

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Albertans to receive tax credit for investing in small tech firms

Albertans to receive tax credit for investing in small tech firms

Albertans to receive tax credit for investing in small tech firms:

The Alberta government will introduce a $90-million tax credit program next year to encourage investment in small- and medium-sized tech firms, Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said Monday.

"Among the best things we can do to set the province on the path to recovery is encouraging knowledgeable investors to fund Alberta-based startups," he told a news conference at Jobber, 10520 Jasper Ave., a small Edmonton company that handles customer paperwork and office management.

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Ontario Music Fund Providing $14 Million to 151 Recipients

Ontario Music Fund Providing $14 Million to 151 Recipients

Creating Jobs and Growth in Ontario’s Music Sector

Ontario is supporting a healthy, vibrant and competitive music industry by awarding 155 grants to 151 recipients totalling $14 million, through the Ontario Music Fund (OMF).

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the 2016 grant recipients today at the Rivoli, a concert venue in Toronto, alongside representatives from the Toronto Urban Roots Fest, one of the organizations the program is supporting this year. The OMF provides grants to music businesses that produce, distribute and promote Ontario-based music and artists. This support spans all segments of Ontario's music industry and helps the sector to innovate, create jobs and increase the production and performance of music across the province.

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