MP Jay Hill’s Weekly Report

first_imgAnd finally a note on news from several weeks back …. a new distinctly Canadian Victoria Cross has been unveiled. Awarded for extraordinary valour and devotion to duty while facing a hostile force, the Victoria Cross is the highest honour one can receive in the Canadian Honours System. The new Victoria Cross can only be awarded to Canadians and will contain metal from the original 1867 Confederation medals, as well as metal from every region of the country.Remember, you can always check on more government news at: www.gc.ca Child Care Benefit is Two Years OldJuly marked two years since the introduction of the Universal Child Care Benefit by the Conservative Government. Over 1.5-million families and 2 million children have received $5-billion to help balance work and home responsibilities. The second phase of the program, a $250-million investment to help the provinces and territories create child care spaces, has resulted in over 60,000 new spaces so far. That’s in addition to the $850-million the provinces already received this year through the Canada Social Transfer for children’s programs and services, an annual amount that will grow by 3 percent through 2014.Saskatchewan to Hold Senate ElectionsThe Saskatchewan government will introduce legislation this fall to hold elections for Senate nominees. This initiative by Saskatchewan reflects Canadians’ desire for a modernized, democratic Senate and complements our government’s actions. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already appointed one Senator, Bert Brown, who was chosen by Alberta voters in Senate elections in that province. In addition, we’ve introduced Bill C-20, to provide Canadians with a direct say on who will be their Senators, and Bill C-19 to limit Senate terms to eight years from a current maximum of 45 years!Advertisement Catching Up on Federal News and NoticesTime to catch up on a selection of news and notes on federal programs of interest to local residents.Final Farm Options Payments on the Way- Advertisement -During the first week of August, final payments for the Canadian Farm Families Options Program will be mailed out to participants. ‘Options’ is a two-year pilot program providing low income farmers and farm families with short-term financial assistance while they take advantage of business/skills development services that assist them in finding ways to improve their farm and off-farm income. Participants have received roughly $221-million over the two-year life of the program with a total average payment of $17,000 per participant.U.S. Travel UpdateOur Conservative Government’s ongoing efforts to work with the United States to ensure that its Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative does not compromise the flow of legitimate trade and travel have achieved results. While all Canadian citizens currently require a passport for air travel to the U.S., adult requirements for ground and sea crossings will not take effect until June 1, 2009. Canadian citizens 15 years of age and under will be allowed to present only proof of citizenship, such as an original copy of a birth certificate or a citizenship card, to enter the U.S. by land and water. Travelers 18 years of age and under in approved adult-supervised groups, such as a school trip, will also be permitted to present only proof of citizenship.Advertisementlast_img read more

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BUST-UP OVER COUNCILLOR’S COMMENTS ON CONTROVERSIAL SEWAGE PLANT

first_imgEnda Craig: Says Micky Doherty being “opportunistic”A FINE Gael councillor has been heavily criticised over comments he has made about a controversial sewage plant.Micky Doherty has been criticised by the Campaign For a Clean Estuary group based in Inishowen.The group opposes treated sewage being pumped into Lough Foyle under a controversial Donegal County Council proposal now being overseen by Irish Water. CFCE spokesman Enda Craig told us: “Having displayed minimal interest In the Community For a Clean Estuary sewage campaign over the years, Fine Gael Clr Micky Doherty now appears as a cheerleader for Irsh Water and has the audacity to declare to the residents of Moville and Greencastle that ‘you will now get nothing less than what you absolutely deserve’ by way of the long awaited sewage plant.“This declaration has all all the hallmarks of an opportunistic exercise in a pathetic attempt to gather in additional votes by putting into the public domain selective information.“If Clr Doherty had bothered to ask, the CFCE could have told him that the Moville/ Greeencastle WWTP is listed only on an extensive ‘proposed’ list of developments as mentioned by Irish Water in their latest publication.“It is crystal clear Clr Doherty is not aware that in relation to this proposed Plant that Irish Water has not yet undertaken the lengthy Compulsive Purchase Order process or that Irish Water has not yet applied for a Discharge Licence to the Environmental Protection Agency.” Mr Craig said Irish Water has not yet addressed ownership of the seabed of Lough Foyle (as claimed by the Crown Estate in London).“Irish Water must also await the outcome of our appeal to Brusells where our complaint against the findings of An Bord Pleanala and The High Court is being assessed by the European Commission and The Aarhaus Convention,” said Mr Craig.“Irish Water has not yet addressed the abandoning of the Donegal Council motion in 1990 to locate the Plant and Pipe north of Greencastle which had been agreed unanimously. This followed the outrageous declaration by the EPD/DOE of Lough Foyle being classified as Atlantic Ocean.“Making such statements on the eve of an election is totally unacceptable. It is cynical, oppurtunistic and reflects badly on the democratic process,” added Mr Craig.  BUST-UP OVER COUNCILLOR’S COMMENTS ON CONTROVERSIAL SEWAGE PLANT was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Campaign for a Clean EstuaryCllr Mickey DohertydumpGreencastlemovillesewagelast_img read more

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