first_imgThe province re-introduced legislation today, Nov. 28, that supports efforts to ensure that Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, the federal government have the same offshore job-safety rules. “Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the federal government are close to completing an agreement for mirror legislation on job safety, so we want to keep the bill on the order paper as a sign to our partners of our continued support,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. The bill re-introduced today replaces one that was on the order paper of the last session of the Legislative Assembly when it was adjourned. It amends the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act. Currently, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board imposes occupational health and safety requirements on offshore operations as a condition of licence. The soon-to-be completed agreement will replace that system with specific occupational health and safety legislation. This will give all three jurisdictions the same rules and improve the management of offshore job safety. Mr. Parent said confirmation of the agreement is expected shortly from the other partners. Nova Scotia will then draft an updated bill and consult interested groups. Canada and Nova Scotia governments have agreed to jointly manage offshore oil and gas activities. All legislation affecting the offshore has to be passed by both the Nova Scotia legislature and Parliament. Newfoundland and Labrador will draft similar legislation so offshore companies and workers will have the same rules in each province. The bill may be viewed online at .last_img read more

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) also noted today the number of displaced people seeking safety in its facilities exceeds 84,000 and may soon reach 100,000.In response to the growing needs of civilians affected by the latest conflict, aid agencies have mobilized relief supplies from the International Humanitarian City (IHC), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A special airlift in support of displaced families in Gaza began on Sunday from Dubai, where a 747 cargo took off carrying 115 metric tons of aid, containing 45,000 mattresses, 10,000 blankets and 220 hygiene kits. The plane landed at Marka International Airport in Amman earlier today. “We are very grateful for the immediate reaction and most generous response we received from Dubai and all the IHC members to our call for help. The Dubai airlift is one of the best examples of how effective humanitarians can be when working together,” said UNRWA Commissioner General, Pierre Krähenbühl.In the coming days, more airlifts are scheduled to arrive in Amman, from where UNRWA will truck the aid into Gaza for distribution. UNRWA plans to expand the scope of the donations to include emergency food parcels as stocks of food and other essential goods dwindle.The main priority for humanitarian agencies continues to be the provision of food, water, mattresses and hygiene items, as well as fuel for essential water, health and sewage facilities.The World Food Programme (WFP) continues to provide daily food rations, together with UNRWA, and more than 50,000 people have received emergency assistance in the last 24 hours. WFP is distributing daily food rations to more than 2,000 hospital patients and staff across the Gaza Strip. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating with the Ministry of Health and other partners on the most urgent health needs. On the diplomatic front, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Egypt today as part of a regional visit to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and help bring about a ceasefire. “The Secretary-General is here to support the efforts to stop the fighting in Gaza and the rocket attacks in Israel. He is indeed very grateful to the Government of Egypt, the Egyptian leadership, in mediating a durable ceasefire,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters from Cairo. read more