Columns and Letters

Column: Let’s navigate in the SRCE!

-by Diane Stewart
Parent Navigator
Strait Regional Centre for Education

    Hello again, everyone! This month, I am sharing information with you on the Early Development Instrument (EDI). The EDI is a survey that tells us how prepared children are for school when they enter grade primary.
    Every second year, in February/March, the survey is completed by grade primary teachers and gives us information about how prepared our children are for school success. The survey provides information on five different areas:
– How healthy, independent, and rested the children are;
– Children’s ability to play, get along with others, share, and show self-confidence;
– Children’s ability to concentrate on tasks, help others, show patience, and control anger/aggression;
– Children’s interest in reading and writing, as well as their ability to count and recognize numbers and shapes;
– Children’s ability to tell a story and communicate with adults and other children.

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Letter: Who decides where the money is spent?

Dear Editor,

    Two years ago, the councillors of Inverness Municipality rescinded a previous motion to support an airport expansion in Margaree. There were many reasons, but bottom line was that Inverness County could not financially afford the project and there was an existing functioning airport in Port Hastings.
    Since those two years have passed, rumours have persisted that an airport was still being championed by the owners of the Cabot golf courses to our provincial and federal governments. Late last week, the rumour resurfaced again. On Monday, I spoke with a high-ranking federal official who confirmed that, yes, those discussions are in fact on going and possibly getting close to reality. My understanding is that the provincial and federal government would provide an unconfirmed amount of $18 million dollars to develop a brand-new airport in Inverness County to fly in wealthy golfers to Cabot for six months of the year. I was in shock. I was upset upon hearing the justification for spending so many tax payer dollars, but I guess the needs of the elite outweigh the needs of the many.
    As municipal councillors, we all are aware of what is needed in Inverness County. We do not need another airport. I was told by the same source that an airport has not been built in Nova Scotia for over 40 years. So why now when those existing ones are struggling?
    I do see the seasonal benefits that Cabot brings to our region, but we need more than seasonal employment in our municipality. Government subsidiaries do not sustain our economy after they dry up.

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