CHAD Transit, Pictou County Colchester Transportation Co-operative Ltd., Colchester County Municipality of Chester Transportation Society, Municipality of Chester Cumberland County Transportation Service, Cumberland County East Hants Community Rider, eastern Hants County HOPE Dial-A-ride, Yarmouth County Kings Point-To-Point Transit, central, eastern Kings County MusGo Rider Co-operative Ltd., Jeddore, Musquodoboit Harbour, Chezzetcook and Porters Lake Sou’West Nova Transit Association, Shelburne County Strait Area Transit Co-operative Ltd., Richmond and Inverness counties Trans County Transportation Society, Annapolis and western Kings counties Transport de Clare, Digby County West Hants Dial-A-Ride, western Hants County La Coopérative de transport de Chéticamp Ltée., Chéticamp The province is helping Nova Scotians access public transportation in rural communities by providing a grant for capital and operating expenses. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell announced today, May 31, $300,000 in funding from the Sustainable Transportation Strategy for the province’s 14 rural transit organizations. The one-time, unconditional grant will be shared equally. “We recognize that access to transportation is a daily necessity for most people, whether going to work, getting groceries, accessing health care services or participating in community activities,” said Mr. MacDonell. “This funding will help these organizations provide affordable and accessible transportation to Nova Scotians across the province. “The aim of the Sustainable Transportation Strategy is to ensure that our transportation systems support healthy communities, by helping us to drive less, and move more efficiently.” The Rural Transportation Association and its members provide transportation to seniors, persons with disabilities and Nova Scotians with barriers to transportation to travel to and from medical appointments, educational programs, social and recreation opportunities and errands. “Our organization appreciates the ongoing support we receive from the province through the Community Transportation Assistance Program which helps us provide community-based public transportation in rural Nova Scotia,” said Kim Aker, chair of the Rural Transportation Association. “The additional funding announced today will allow our organizations to address growing demands, contribute to building age friendly communities, and ensure quality of life for our citizens.” The organizations receiving the grant are:
Sri Lanka is facing the challenge of an aging population and the matter will be discussed at the third meeting of the Asia-Europe Political Forum (AEPF) and the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Colombo from 5 to 7 April 2019, the Foreign Ministry said.Approximately (90) ninety participants representing political parties in Asia and Europe are expected to be in attendance at this International Conference. In the recent past several political parties in Sri Lanka have been actively participating in ICAPP activities. Considering the positive contribution made by Sri Lanka towards the progress of the ICAPP in the past, the ICAPP Secretariat invited the Government of Sri Lanka to host the 3rd meeting of Asia-Europe Political Forum (AEPF) in Colombo from 5 to 7 April 2019.Park Ro-byug, Secretary General, ICAPP visited Sri Lanka on 22 March 2019 and met the President, Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment and senior officials of the respective Ministries. Subsequent to these deliberations, the Government of Sri Lanka consented to host the AEPF in Colombo in April 2019. Launched in Manila, Philippines in September 2000, ICAPP is a forum of political parties of Asia-Oceania countries. ICAPP is headquartered in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Its objectives are to promote exchanges and cooperation between political parties with various ideologies, to enhance mutual understanding and trust among Asian countries; to promote Asia’s regional cooperation through political parties; and to create an environment for sustained peace and shared prosperity in the region. The Conference will be organized by the Ministry of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This will be an occasion for Sri Lanka to create a platform bringing together political parties from both the ruling and opposition parties of ICAPP member countries in Asia and Europe, for consultation and exchange of ideas drawing from each other’s experience. Further, the conference will help boost the image of Sri Lanka as a ICAAP member country, prepared to share global values and challenges with the rest of the world.The theme of the conference is “How political parties can handle the challenges of social security and employment of the increasing aged population as well as items of current urgency in the Asian region”.