Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Partnering to Support Emerging Filmmakers

Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada are working together once again to support emerging filmmakers with the First Feature Project.

"We continue to invest in the careers of emerging filmmakers in Nova Scotia because we believe that they are important to continued success in the creative industries," said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. "Ensuring that we nurture the careers of the next generation of industry leaders allows us to create good jobs and foster opportunities for Nova Scotians."

The project, which provides funding to support a producer-director-writer team to produce their first feature film, was first established in 2011 and has funded two feature films so far, Roaming and Bunker 6.    

"Throughout the past two years, we have worked closely with the successful filmmakers to ensure we are delivering a program that fulfills the needs of the industry," said Linda Wood, director, business and legal affairs at Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. "We look forward to receiving more creative proposals from our local filmmakers and working with the selected team on producing their first feature."

The selected team will receive $120,000 in program funding from the Canada Feature Film Fund and Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. To qualify, the producer applicant must have produced at least two professional short films, one of which has been screened at a major Canadian or international film festival.

"Telefilm Canada is happy to continue our partnership with Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia," said Gord Whittaker, regional director at Telefilm Canada. "This innovative collaboration has delivered strong results over the last two years and has established itself as an important program for Nova Scotia's creative talent and our vibrant industry."

In 2012, local producer Rebecca Sharratt and writer-director Greg Jackson were the recipients of the project. Their feature Bunker 6 was shot at the Diefenbunker in Debert in February 2012. The film follows the story of 21-year-old Grace, who has lived in nuclear Bunker 6 since she was nine.

"The First Feature Project was a great learning experience," said Ms. Sharratt. "I have gained an in-depth understanding of the process involved in shooting a feature length film within the constraints of a micro-budget. I am excited by the creative choices that the team took and what we were able to accomplish with Bunker 6."

Project guidelines can be found at http://film.ns.ca/content/first_feature_project">http://film.ns.ca/content/first_feature_project. The deadline to apply is June 24.

Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loan and investment programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia's creative enterprises.

New Exhibit Tells the Story of Arctic Exploration and Discovery

Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to learn about the incredible story of exploration and discovery in the Canadian Arctic that began a century ago.

The travelling exhibition, Expedition: Arctic, produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, will visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax from April 30 to July 21. It features dozens of artifacts of the Arctic Expedition's years of travel on sea, ice and land.

"The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic helps Nova Scotians build an appreciation of our marine history, our continuing role in exploring and mapping the oceans and the development of innovative research and technology," said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. "Bringing this artifact-rich exhibition to Nova Scotia gives visitors a chance to explore the life, culture, heritage and landscape of the Arctic.

The voyage of discovery revealed in this exhibition coincides with a time when the museum ship CSS Acadia surveyed waters of the Eastern Arctic on its inaugural mission.

"Expedition: Arctic is an excellent complement to CSS Acadia's 100th anniversary celebration this year," said Mr. Preyra.

The exhibition revisits the triumphs and tragedies of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1918, which claimed the lives of 17 men, most of whom were lost to exposure, mishap or starvation. It also helps people understand Canada's Western Arctic and the cultures of its First Peoples.

"We are very pleased to share the story of one of the greatest voyages of discovery and exploration in the North with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic," said Mark O'Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. "Through our travelling exhibitions, we broaden our audiences, and reach Canadians wherever they live so that we can share the stories that have helped to shape our country."

Expedition: Arctic is the first of four exhibits that the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Museum of Natural History will host this summer that explore the north and include northern themes. For More information, go to http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mmanew . Follow the Nova Scotia Museum on Twitter @ns_museum.

Working Together For A strong Atlantic Economy

Strengthening the regional economy, creating jobs, and providing training opportunities for Atlantic Canadians were highlights of the discussion as Premier David Alward met with his Atlantic counterparts April 28 and 29. From left: Alward; Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale; Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter; and Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz.

WHITE POINT, N.S. (GNB) – Strengthening the regional economy, creating jobs, and providing training opportunities for Atlantic Canadians were highlights of the discussion as Premier David Alward met with his Atlantic counterparts April 28 and 29.

“Working with our partners in Atlantic Canada to add jobs in our communities and manage financial challenges is a key element of our plan to rebuild New Brunswick,” said Alward.

Alward attended a meeting of the Council of Atlantic Premiers in White Point, N.S., along with Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale.

The Atlantic region is an attractive location for investment with numerous major projects either in progress or planned for the near future that will result in significant jobs and revenue.

The premiers today agreed, through the Atlantic Workforce Partnership, to harmonize apprenticeship programs across the region and deliver online training to small and medium-sized businesses. This will make the region a national leader in the delivery of critical skills training.

“Developing our workforce and strengthening industries, including seasonal industries, is vital to our economic future, and we are working together to find smart solutions that move our region forward,” said Alward

The progress of this partnership was cited as evidence of the responsiveness of the Atlantic provinces to their labour market and job training needs, which is an area of provincial responsibility. The premiers noted significant concerns with the recent unilateral decisions of the federal government regarding skills, training and employment supports, including changes to labour market agreements and Employment Insurance. They expressed concerns regarding the announced Canada Jobs Grant, particularly the ability of small and medium-sized businesses to participate in the program. Redirecting $300 million of the $500 million allocation from provincial programming supported by the labour market agreements to the Canada Jobs Grant reduces the range of programming for skills and labour market development presently delivered by provinces.

The premiers directed their labour market ministers to meet with their federal counterpart and seek clarity on the design of the program. The federal government has recognized that provinces can opt out of programs in areas of provincial jurisdiction with full compensation. The premiers will consider if the program meets the needs of the provincial economies and labour markets, and whether the provinces will participate in the program or opt out with full compensation.

The federal government has made changes to the Employment Insurance program, which are now being felt by workers, communities and employers. These impacts are most acutely felt in seasonal industries, which make up a significant portion of the Atlantic economy. These changes were introduced without consultation or shared analysis, and therefore without a full understanding of the effect of the changes.

“Federal employment insurance reforms are having an impact on seasonal industries, workers, and communities in Atlantic Canada,” said Alward. “As premiers we are asking the federal government to suspend these changes until an evidence-based study of the economic impacts can be completed.”

“Together we will be launching a pan-Atlantic consultation and research initiative to fully understand the impact of recent changes,” he said.

To inform this work, the premiers have called on the federal government to share with them relevant Employment Insurance data. Initial results of this work will be shared with the Council of the Federation at their meeting in July and finalized mid-fall.

The premiers reiterated their concern about federal job cuts which are having an impact on Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic premiers are seeking a commitment from the federal government that no province is disproportionately affected by these and any future cuts.

The Atlantic premiers welcomed the recent announcement of federal infrastructure dollars. They noted the need for infrastructure investments to be strategic and responsive to the needs of each jurisdiction. They believe the provinces are in the best position to determine their infrastructure priorities and it is important that federal infrastructure funding provide the flexibility to meet each jurisdiction’s circumstances. The premiers called for assurances from the federal government that base funding allocations for each province and territory will be provided at or above the level, and along the same terms, as the 2007 Building Canada Plan.

The Council of Atlantic Premiers agreed that continued work on a Canadian Energy Strategy is important and needs to support the goal of efficient movement of energy resources east-west for the benefit of all Canadians; helping meet Canada’s future energy needs and increase energy exports.

Alward also discussed the regional benefits of important energy projects, like a west-east pipeline to Saint John, with his counterparts.

The premiers agreed today to enhance the Atlantic Procurement Partnership, which will improve buying power in the region. Given the significant public expenditures in health care, the Atlantic premiers directed health ministers to identify opportunities to improve services while saving money through joint-purchasing. The premiers committed to explore joint procurement opportunities on purchases of $500,000 or more. The premiers expect this partnership will result in significant savings to taxpayers as well as provide opportunities for Atlantic employers to provide services on a region-wide basis.

The premiers recognize that growing local economies also means competing abroad in traditional and emerging economies. This fall, the Atlantic premiers will lead a delegation of businesses and educational institutions to Brazil, one of the fastest growing economies in the world and the largest economy in South America. A number of opportunities for collaboration between Atlantic Canada and Brazil have been identified, including: information and communications technologies; oil and gas; life sciences and biotechnology; ocean technology; aerospace and defence; education; and agri-food and seafood.

"Schooner Heritage" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Schooner Heritage" By Doug Mills
The schooner Heritage is hauled at North End Shipyard. [04-29-2013]


Monday, April 29, 2013

Atlantic Canada 7 Day Forecast

Atlantic Canada 7 Day Forecast

29 Apr

Mainly sunny
  • 14°C

30 Apr

Mainly sunny
  • 14°C
  • C


  • 16°C
  • C


  • 11°C
  • C


  • 12°C
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A mix of sun and cloud
  • 12°C
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A mix of sun and cloud
  • 13°C
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Issued: 11:00 AM ADT Monday 29 April 2013
Today, 29 April
Mainly sunny. High 14. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight, 29 April
A few clouds. Fog patches developing after midnight. Low plus 2.
Tuesday, 30 April
Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 14.
Wednesday, 1 May
Sunny. Low plus 1. High 16.
Thursday, 2 May
Sunny. Low plus 2. High 11.
Friday, 3 May
Cloudy. Low plus 3. High 12.
Saturday, 4 May
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 3. High 12.
Sunday, 5 May
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 1. High 13.

Silent Short "Hauling The Mary Day" Video

RCN America Network presents a new video feature "Silent Shorts" to lighten up your day.  Remember the days of the silent movie.

Teenager Rescue From Ice Floe

CLEVELAND - A Coast Guard rescue crew and a Customs and Border Protection boatcrew teamed together to rescue a 14-year old boy from an ice floe in the George Kemp Marina in Sault Ste Marie, Mich., Sunday afternoon.

The name of the boy and his hometown are not being released at this time and there is no Coast Guard imagery of this rescue.

At around 2 p.m., the moto vessel Objiway contacted a search-and-rescue coordinator from Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie to report a boy stranded on an ice floe about 20 feet off shore.The search-and-rescue coordinator issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting help from any boaters in the area.

A CBP boatcrew conducting training in the area responded to the scene and threw a rope to the boy to prevent him from drifting further off shore. A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Sault Ste Marie, aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, arrived on scene within five minutes. The rescue boat slowly approached the 8-foot by 8-foot ice floe to avoid disturbing it. Two Coast Guard crewmembers on the bow carefully extended a boathook to the boy so he could balance himself, then instructed him over the boat's loud-hailer to get him safely onboard.

The boy was wearing only shorts and a t-shirt and was unable to move on the ice floe because of its size and instability. The water temperature in the area was only 34 degrees. Had he fallen in the water, the boy would have been hypothermic within minutes.

The rescue crew transferred the boy to awaiting emergency medical services on shore and taken to War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste Marie pending release to a guardian.

"This rescue was successful because it was an all-hands on deck rescue. The Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection crews cooperated seamlessly to bring the boy onboard safely," said Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Warner, the coxswain of the rescue boat crew. "The quick, precise and careful action of all involved was a smooth process because of the interagency knowledge that the rescue crews had with each other."

Although ice has melted from the waterways and air temperatures may be mild, water temperatures are still extremely cold and can cause hypothermia and death within a matter of minutes. Recreational water users are advised to dress for the water temperature and not the air, and to consider these factors before venturing out onto the water.

"Captain Doug Lee" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Captain Doug Lee" By Doug Mills
Captain Doug Lee oversees the haul out of the Mary Day at North End Shipyard. [04-25-2013]

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hauling the Mary Day

By Doug Mills
Maritime Editor
RCN America Network

Mary Day the first purpose built "windjammer" was hauled out at North End Shipyard for her yearly maintenance and a new coat of paint.  Built in 1962, she may not be the oldest boat in the fleet or the biggest, but, she has created her own history in the hearts of locals and visitors alike.
Mary Day's captains, Barry King and Jennifer Martin are both Coast Guard licensed masters and have extensive sailing and educational backgrounds and experience. Barry has voyaged to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and along the Canadian Maritimes to Newfoundland.
Captain Barry tells me that they plan their first sailing of this season in three weeks. You could be on board.  Below is treir 2013 sailing schedule.  For more information or to book the vacation of a lifetime visit their website:  http://schoonermaryday.com/

2013 Sailing Schedule:
Cruise# # of Days Sail Date Rate         Special Events/Moon Phase

526               3 5/25/13 $575 Memorial Day/Full Moon
527               6 5/29/13 $940 No set itinerary, just relax
528               4 6/5/13 $675 Lighthouse Cruise/New Moon
529               6 6/10/13 $955 Cultural & Natural History
530               6 6/17/13 $955 Maine Craft Beers and Home Brewing
531               6 6/24/13 $955 Nature & Photography/Full Moon
532               6 7/1/13 $975 Great Schooner Race
533               6 7/7/13 $975 No set itinerary, just relax/New Moon
534               6 7/15/13 $975 No Smoking
535               4 7/22/13 $750 No set itinerary, just relax/Full Moon
536               4 7/27/13 $750 Delta Aquarids Meteor Showers
537               3 8/1/13 $650 No set itinerary, just relax
538               6 8/5/13 $1000 Sweet Chariot Folk Music Festival/New Moon
539               6 8/12/13 $1075 Tallship & Seamanship Course/Perseids Meteor Showers
540               4 8/19/13 $750 No set itinerary, just relax/Full Moon
541               3 8/23/13 $650 No set itinerary, just relax
542               4 8/27/13 $775 Camden Windjammer Festival
543               4 9/4/13 $675 Lighthouse Cruise-New Moon
544               6 9/9/13 $975 Wooden Boat Rendezvous
545               4 9/16/13 $675 Fall Foliage/Full Moon
546               4 9/21/13 $675 Fall Foliage
547               4 9/26/13 $675 Fall Foliage

Coast Guard, Border Patrol Rescue Two From Sinking Boat

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Coast Guard and Border Patrol crews worked together to rescue two men from a sinking boat just north of the Mexican border, Friday afternoon.

The Coast Guard received a distress call from the two men who were aboard an 18-foot aluminum boat four miles offshore at approximately 12:25 p.m.

Coast Guard Cutter Edisto and a Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue 23-foot SAFE boat crew diverted to the scene.

The BORSTAR crew began towing the sinking boat while the Coast Guard crew assisted the men in dewatering the boat.

Attempts to stop the flooding were unsuccessful and the two men were taken aboard the Edisto's boat as the vessel sank.
Coast Guard Cutter Edisto

The Edisto’s crew transferred the men to a commercial salvage company for transportation back to San Diego.

Two external fuel tanks were recovered from the sunken boat and no pollution was reported.

Five Rescued in Multi-National Effort

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. - Canaveral-based Coast Guard Cutter Confidence crew aids in the rescue of five people Wednesday afternoon near Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

The five people were rescued in a multi-national rescue effort after their vessel caught fire and sank 40 miles north of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

The five survivors are Dominican Republican nationals who were located clinging to debris after spending approximately 15 hours in the water.

At 2:46 a.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard received notification from the sailing vessel Wind Dancer that they were on scene with an approximate 50-foot vessel engulfed in flames and partially submerged with no people aboard.

The Coast Guard immediately diverted surface and air assets to the location to search for any missing mariners, including; the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) vessel Tug Navigator, the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Confidence, homeported in Port Canaveral, Fla., a Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., deployed in support of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Miami, a Dominican Republic navy patrol boat, and a fixed-wing aircraft from the Dominican Republic air force also assisted in the search.

Four survivors were spotted and rescued at 4:45 p.m. by the cutter Confidence crew. A fifth mariner who was located about 45 minutes later by the HC-144 aircrew and picked up by Confidence crewmembers.

Due to medical concerns, all five survivors were hoisted by the Jayhawk helicopter and safely transported to the Dominican Republic.

"Sleepy Harbor" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Sleepy Harbor" by Doug Mills
Heritage anchored in the sleepy harbor on Swans Island. [07-02-2012]


Friday, April 26, 2013

Coast Guard Have To Rescue Woman Stuck In The Mud

ANCLOTE RIVER, Fla. — A 49-year-old woman was rescued by Coast Guard crewmembers after she became stuck in the mud approximately half a mile west of here, Thursday.

At 8:30 p.m., local 911 dispatch transferred a call to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg from a woman who stated that she had grounded her vessel near the mouth of the river and attempted walk through the mud flats and sea grass but became stuck.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., was diverted to the scene.

The woman was safely hoisted and transported to the air station.

She was picked up by a family member.

Salvage Operators Near Marseilles Dam

A crane known as the HERCULES unloads cargo from one of the submerged barges near the Marseilles Dam in Marseilles, Ill., April 24, 2013. Salvage operations continued to remove the remaining barges. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Schleicher.

Salvage operators remove three more barges near Marseilles Dam

MARSEILLES, Ill –Salvage operations continued Thursday near the Marseille’s Dam with three more barges being removed.

A second submerged barge was removed Thursday after its remaining cargo of rolled coils was removed by a large crane known as the HERCULES that the Army Corps of Engineers brought in Wednesday.

Later in the afternoon, two more barges were removed, leaving only three submerged barges near the Dam. Lightering of the remaining three barges will begin this weekend.

"We had a very successful day in terms of removing three more barges from the Marseilles Dam, but most importantly, this has enabled more functional operations at the dam to slow the loss of water in the navagational pool," said Scott Noble, senior vice president, Ingram Barge Company.

As a result of the three additional barges being removed Thursday, two additional gates are operational. This will result in more water retention, keeping water levels at a normal depth for a longer period of time. The anticipated loss of the navigational pool may not occur now until the middle of next week.

A large crane known as the HERCULES offloads rolled coils from one of the submerged barges near the Marseilles Dam in Marseilles, Ill., April 25, 2013. The barge was one of three barges removed today during ongoing salvage operations. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Michelle Simmons.
On Wednesday, the Unified Command announced that due to damage to some of the gates of the dam, loss of the navigational pool between the Marseilles Lock and Dam and the Dresden Dam and Lock was imminent and could be lost by as early as this week.

Loss of the navigational pool means that the Army Corps of Engineers may not be able to sustain a channel depth of nine feet. It does not mean that a portion of the river will be lost completely.

“Today was a very encouraging day of progress,” said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Matt Sibley, Incident Commander in charge of the Unified Command. “We are excited and remain committed to working toward the ultimate goal of reopening this part of the Illinois River as quickly as possible.” Capt. Sibley is also the commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan.