Grants Improve Seniors Health and Safety

first_imgNova Scotia seniors are safer and able to live more comfortably and independently, thanks to provincial support. Fifteen groups across the province are receiving senior safety grants this year. The grants support non-profit groups that educate and raise awareness of senior abuse, prevent crime and encourage the overall health and safety of Nova Scotia seniors. “Nova Scotia’s seniors have told us they want more options to stay in their homes longer,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Seniors Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse.”By protecting Nova Scotia seniors from injury and harm, we are making life better for them and supporting their efforts to remain independent.” Grants are used to provide information or services directly to seniors in their homes, or through group presentations and workshops at other locations within the community. This includes one-on-one visits from safety co-ordinators, seminars with professional experts, and the production of various materials. “Without this provincial grant, we wouldn’t be able to offer the same level of support to our seniors,” said Kings County Senior Safety Program Society treasurer Bill Poole. “This year’s contribution will enable our Senior Safety Co-ordinator to reach an increasing number of Seniors that call Kings County home.” In order to qualify, programs must demonstrate financial or in-kind community support. The program also emphasizes better communication between seniors and the police. “This funding allows the RCMP to continue to expand and enhance this modern and innovative-grass root service model throughout the province,” said RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise. “The community and RCMP membership benefit from this mechanism that fosters open communication between seniors and police. It is a great preventative tool which helps police deliver a holistic response.” “Crime prevention happens at the community level,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. “Having police and community organizations work together is a powerful way to make life better for vulnerable seniors.” The 15 groups each receive up to $20,000, for a total of more than $288,000. For more information and for a complete list of recipients, visit novascotia.ca/seniors/senior_Safety_Grant.asplast_img read more

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Central African Republic UN relief coordinator strongly condemns attacks on sites for

The sudden eruption of inter communal violence in Batangafo, Ouham Province last Tuesday left at least 10 people killed and several injured. Over 730 shelters were burned in the IDP site hosting over 30,000 people, which is currently the largest site in the country. Meanwhile in Bambari, Ouaka Province, the renewed violence left three people killed, more than 30 injured and newly displaced people. “I condemn all attacks causing deaths and injuries among the civilian population, and remind all parties involved that the indiscriminate attack against civilians is a war crime,” said Aurélien Agbénonci, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, in a press release.“The parties involved in the clashes must respect the inalienable rights of men, women and children to life. Civilians should not be targeted,” he added.The fresh clashes in Batangafo reportedly forced thousands of people to flee towards the international non-governmental organizations, the compound of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) as well as some public buildings. According to the UN, the spiral of violence is also causing additional humanitarian needs in the country, and the increasing insecurity is rendering the work of humanitarian actors even more challenging. Mr. Agbénonci stressed that despite the rising challenges, humanitarian workers are committed to stay and deliver live-saving assistance, including the provision of medical care, water and sanitation, and the distribution of non-food and food items. “It is urgent that international laws and conventions are respected and that all parties to the conflict take immediate action and responsibility to respect the humanitarian space and secure the rights of the civilian population of the Central African Republic, who are among the most vulnerable people in the world. We need to end all this suffering that is unacceptable,” he stated. Until the recent violence, the UN estimates CAR had an internally displaced population estimated at 399,000 people, while almost 460,000 had fled to neighboring countries. read more

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