Publication du rapport des conseillers économiques

first_imgUn comité de conseillers économique a déclaré, aujourd’hui 13 novembre, qu’un simple retour à une forte croissance économique ne suffira pas à mettre fin au déficit croissant de la province. « La Nouvelle-Écosse fait face à un défi financier très sérieux et elle devra prendre des décisions difficiles dans les mois et les années à venir, a dit Donald Savoie, président du comité. Le gouvernement ne peut pas rester sans rien faire. Plus précisément, le statu quo n’est tout simplement pas viable. » Le comité, formé en août afin d’établir des options visant à relever les défis financiers auxquels la Nouvelle-Écosse fait face, recommande au gouvernement d’éponger le déficit d’ici 2012-2013. Il propose d’atteindre cet objectif par une augmentation des taxes, une réduction des dépenses et un nouveau programme de croissance économique. Les recommandations spécifiques incluent : Mettre en place un processus de consultation efficace afin d’aider les Néo-Écossais à comprendre l’ampleur du problème Envisager une augmentation de deux pour cent de la TVH tout en offrant des mesures de protection aux familles et personnes à faible revenu, et une augmentation de l’impôt sur le revenu des particuliers Lancer un exercice transparent d’examen des programmes conçu pour aller au-delà d’une réduction générale des dépenses, qui serait mis en œuvre sur un cycle de planification de trois à quatre ans Promouvoir un meilleur climat des affaires en renforçant la productivité de la province et en rehaussant le niveau de spécialisation de la main-d’œuvre Examiner la prestation des services publics par le gouvernement afin d’en améliorer la coordination Créer un conseil du premier ministre sur l’économie Le comité appuie la décision du gouvernement d’abroger la loi sur l’équilibre budgétaire. Le comité consultatif économique a formulé ces recommandations après avoir considéré les commentaires d’un échantillon représentatif de Néo-Écossais et après avoir produit des documents de mise en contexte sur des sujets tels que la gestion des dépenses, les méthodes de production de recettes, la croissance économique et les façons de rendre la vie plus abordable pour les Néo-Écossais. Les membres du comité sont : Pour consulter le rapport intégral (en anglais seulement), visitez le www.gov.ns.ca/tpb. M. Savoie, titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en administration publique et en gouvernance, Université de Moncton Elizabeth Beale, présidente du Conseil économique des provinces de l’Atlantique (CEPA) Tim O’Neil, ancien vice-président de la Banque de Montréal et ancien président du CEPA Lars Osberg, professeur-chercheur au département d’économie, Université Dalhousielast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Eel Lake Bridge on Highway 103 in Belleville, has one lane closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 2. Traffic signals are in place. Expect traffic delays of 5-10 minutes -30- ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic near Heatherton Bridge, over the Pomquet River on Highway 104, is reduced to one lane for asphalt paving from Pomquet River Road east to Exit 36, during the evening hours of Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 20 in Summerville west to Port Joli, are reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Meadow Road Meadow Road, from Cooks Brook Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4), from the Gardner intersection east for about three kilometres, is reduced from four lanes to two lanes for repaving and upgrading. Upgrade work is also being done on Murphy Road, Windemere Drive, and the Yolanda Drive intersection. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Drivers should allow extra time or use alternate routes if possible. Work takes place from dawn until dusk and is scheduled for completion by the end of August. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. PICTOU/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Route 289 Sections of Route 289, from Pictou/Colchester county line west for almost six kilometres, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. A flag person is on site. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4, near Londonderry Sections of Trunk 4, near Londonderry, between Baseline Road and Highway 104, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repair and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Frasers Mountain Branch Road Sections of Frasers Mountain Branch Road, from the intersection of Frasers Mountain Road to Glenfallach Road for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Scotch Hill Road Sections of Scotch Hill Road, from Route 376 north to River John Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale and Hatchery roads. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road, from Smith Road to Purdys Loop Road, is reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester Grant Road The Middle River Bridge on Chester Grant Road is closed until Friday, Aug. 21 for repairs. A detour route is available on Trunk 12, Highway 103, and Trunk 14. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road Sections of River John Road, from Meadowville Station Road to Scotch Hill Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from west of Exit 8 at Westchester to the Mines Bass River Road underpass, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repairs and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge is open, but there may be occasional, brief closures during construction. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Whittenburg Road Sections of Whittenburg Road in Lower Stewiacke, from Route 224 north for about four kilometres to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Big Pond, from west of the intersection of Glen Albert Drive west for about 2.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and upgrading. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion by the end of October. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line are reduced to one lane for rumble strip installation until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. HANTS COUNTY: White Settlement Road White Settlement Road in Noel has stop-and-go traffic for ditching and road resurfacing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, between the junction of Highway 118 at Miller Lake and Exit 6 (Halifax Stanfield International Airport) have lane closures for seal coating. Closure times are:Monday to Thursday, sunrise – 3 p.m.Friday, sunrise – noonSaturday and Sunday, sunrise – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to sunset. Work is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 31. RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Balfron Bridge The Balfron Bridge on the Highway 311 Loop in Colchester County will be closed for repairs starting Tuesday, Aug. 4. The road is open to local traffic only. Work will be completed by Friday, Aug. 14. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavel Bridge Gavel Bridge on Gavel Road over Gavels Lake will be closed for replacement from Monday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 15. Use an alternate route. NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Bridge The Belmont Bridge on Onslow Mountain Road will be closed for repairs starting Monday, Aug. 17. A signed detour route will be in place. Work will be completed by Friday, Aug. 28. PICTOU COUNTY: West River Bridge, Trunk 4 Starting Monday, Aug. 10, the West River Bridge on Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane during repair work. Traffic control people will be on site. Work will be completed by Friday, Aug. 21. PICTOU COUNTY: Glenfallach Road Sections of Glenfallach Road, from Woodburn Road to Frasers Mountain Branch Road, for almost one kilometre, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Old Highway 104 West River Bridge, West River, on Old Highway 104, is reduced to one lane for recoating until Friday, Sept. 4. The lane reduction will be 24 hours a day. Traffic signals are in place, but delays are possible. Traffic entering Antigonish from the Trans-Canada Highway should use Exit 32.last_img read more