Oil and gas, renewable energy and climate change are just a fewof the topics that will be discussed by more than 200researchers, industry and government representatives at NovaScotia’s first Energy Research and Development Forum. The forumis being held in Antigonish, May 13-14. “By co-ordinating research and development efforts, industry andthe academic community can have a greater impact on current andfuture energy issues in Atlantic Canada,” said Nova Scotia’sEnergy Minister Cecil Clarke. “Increasing research anddevelopment is a provincial initiative and an important part ofNova Scotia’s Energy Strategy.” The forum is an opportunity for researchers, industry andgovernment to share the energy research being done today and whatthe research priorities will be tomorrow. It will featurespeakers from universities, industry and the research field andwill include a keynote address from Chris Huskilson, chiefoperating officer of Emera Inc. The forum takes place in theKeating Millennium Centre of St. Francis Xavier University. The Energy Research and Development Forum is a provincialinitiative sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy andthe Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), with supportfrom Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada. For more information see the website at www.energyresearch.ca/forum2004 .
Nova Scotians will see improvements to highways this year because of four paving tenders called by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The projects are spread over four counties and involve 30 kilometres of paving. The tenders will close at the end of January and the project details are as follows: — Halifax Regional Municipality: repaving on Trunk 7 from Moser River east for 9.2 kilometres to the Halifax-Guysborough county line — Hants County: repaving on Route 215 from the intersection of Sherman Lake Road east for eight kilometres to the intersection of Hiltz Road — Lunenburg County: repaving on Trunk 12 from the intersection of Chester Grant Road north for about 7.3 kilometres — Colchester County: repaving on Route 256 (Balmoral Road) from the intersection of Matheson Brook Road east for 5.5 kilometres to the intersection of Route 326. “Keeping goods and people moving into, around and out of Nova Scotia is an important job,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Our department works hard to keep the province’s roads in top shape and get the best out of our transportation dollar.” The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.