Digby’s black community reaches settlement with school board, Department of Education and teachers union
There was no pear tree either.
But over twelve days this December, the students and staff of the Freeport school collected food bank items.
10 years ago
Dec. 15, 2004 – Walmart and members of the Digby business community got acquainted at the Digby Area Board of Trade general meeting.
Striking out at critics of the U.S.-based retail behemoth who say the company runs smaller local businesses out of their own towns, store manager Pat Grant said the arrival of Walmart would be a rising economic tide to lift all Digby boats.
“The arrival of a Walmart in town is like giving everyone a raise,” Grant said, claiming the company’s prices can trigger a four to 10 per cent drop in the local cost of living. The company claimed that construction of a new store pumps on average $20 million into a local economy, creates 200 jobs directly and 200 temporary jobs in the construction sector.
Distribution of a controversial sexuality booklet took place for the 2004-05 school year but whether it will happen again was up in the air.
Tri-County Regional School Board decided to review its decision to distribute the booklet to grade 7 students, after concerns by the public and some board members.
The decision of which students received the booklet rested with parents. No copies were given without parental consent. There were about 4,500 grade 7 to 12 students in the Tri-County region and 1,975 books were requested.
The Acadian community marked a milestone with Nova Scotia’s proclamation of the French-language Services Act meant to expand the reach of French language services in the province.
“Because of this new law,…
Digby’s Canadian Tire store is one of 10 Nova Scotian firms presented this month with the Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Award.
The award was established to acknowledge and honour employers who have instituted and promoted best practices towards the employment, independence, and service to persons with disabilities.
The Canadian Tire store was nominated for the award by the organization, Employment Opportunities Partnership.
The organization was approached by Martin Leclercq, new manager of the Canadian Tire store in Digby, to find workers for a renovation project. The store wanted a great number of dedicated workers to complete the project on time.
Because Leclercq had previous experience employing persons with disabilities, he knew the value and work ethic of this group of people. He also indicated that he would likely hire six of the workers once the renovation was complete.
Working closely with Leclercq was store general manager Charlotte Amero, who like Leclercq, has a “you can do it” attitude.
Twenty-one clients were chosen for the renovation. From reviewing resumes, to interviewing, to second interviews, Leclercq and Amero made the process as stress-free as possible.
During a two-week workshop, Leclercq also made time to train the clients on various technical skills needed at the workplace and arranged for technical training to be provided on site.
In the end, five people were hired but the entire 21 clients had the opportunity to increase their skills and be part of a great accomplishment.
Wearing T-shirts that Martin had made…