Eligible homeowners and landlords in the Tufts Cove area of north Dartmouth are getting help to fix the exterior of their homes and spruce up their neighbourhood. Spruce Up Tufts Cove is part of the Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative, a program designed to help revitalize older neighborhoods. It helps residents improve the condition, appearance and safety of housing in the area through a non-repayable grant. Similar initiatives have been rolled out in Amherst, Truro, Yarmouth and Glace Bay. “Healthy and vibrant communities are directly linked to people’s overall health and well-being,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia. “This program aligns nicely with other community efforts to improve the lives of our residents.” Homeowners in the area bordered by Victoria Road, Albro Lake Road (south side only), below and above Windmill Road and Fernhill Drive may be eligible for grants of up to $3,000 for exterior projects such as repairs, fencing and landscaping. Landlords owning rental residential property can also receive a one-time grant of up to $2,000 per unit, or up to $1,500 per bed-unit, to a maximum grant of $5,000 for the property. Landlords are required to match the cost of the grant. To be eligible, homeowners must have a total household income of $76,193 or less. Local homeowners and landlords will receive an invitation to attend an information session during the week of May 8. Applications will be available at that time. The deadline to apply for a grant is June 30.
Hatch is the lead sponsor for the 2015 and 2016 inductions to the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame (www.im-halloffame.com). Presentations will be made, in cooperation with Hatch, at a gala dinner in February 2017 in Denver during the SME annual meeting. The 2015 inductees will be announced over the next couple of months as the global panel of judges finish their deliberations. Nominations for 2016 are now being accepted.Hatch is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional services firm that delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic services, including consulting, information technology, engineering, process development, and project and construction management to the mining, metallurgical, energy, and infrastructure sectors. Hatch has served clients for over six decades with corporate roots extending over 100 years and has project experience in more than 150 countries around the world. With over 10,000 people in over 65 offices, the firm has more than $35 billion in projects currently under management.Hatch says it is recognized by clients “for its ability to bridge the gaps between research and innovative technologies, and between engineering and reliable operations. We are particularly known for working with senior client management to develop business strategies; managing and optimising production; executing projects that involve the scale-up of process technologies; and managing startups, commissioning and ramp-ups.“Hatch delivers unprecedented business results for our clients through a commitment to quality, lower operating costs, more efficient utilisation of capital assets, higher standards for safety and risk management, faster startups and continuous performance improvements in all projects and programs.”