Profits from Gaming Distributed Across the Province

In 2018-19, an additional $8 million helped fund sport, culture, arts and heritage programs through the sale of designated lottery products. The money was evenly distributed between Support4Sport, which is managed by Sport Nova Scotia, and Support4Culture, which is managed by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Theatre, in Windsor, was a Support4Culture recipient. The theatre entertains audiences not only in the province, but around the world, including the recent production of the popular children’s book, Good Night Moon, in China. “The Support4Culture program has really made it possible for Mermaid to grow our programs and create employment,” said Danny Everson, executive director of Mermaid Theatre. “We help university students in the performing arts explore and test their newly acquired skills. “We encourage young people to read and discover a new way to learn and we bring back revenue and knowledge from our travels. Mermaid really is a theatre for all voices, whether we’re telling the stories of our Indigenous heritage or performing in different languages for audiences around the world.” Last year, Good Night Moon was offered in Mandarin and seen by more than 15,000 people in 13 Chinese cities.To learn more, go to https://gamingns.ca/AR/ . $145.2 million payment to province $21.3 million in wages and benefits for 502 full- and part-time jobs $38.1 million in commissions for 1,294 small business owners $6.6 million for the prevention, education and treatment of problem gambling Profits from the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, which are used to help fund public services, like health care, education sport and culture, increased this year. In 2018-19, the payment to the province was $145.2 million, an increase of 2.2 per cent from $142.1 million in 2017-18. “The proceeds from gaming are used to pay for important services like roads, health care and education, so sustainability is important and so is social responsibility,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of the corporation. “At Nova Scotia Gaming, we’re committed to both and we take pride in doing good work in gaming because we’re Nova Scotians, too.” Overview of Nova Scotia’s gaming industry for 2018-19: read more

Committee Meetings to be Televised FOIPOP Annual Report Released

The House of Assembly will be televising all standing committees, including law amendments, following the upcoming sitting of the legislature, which begins Thursday, Sept. 26. “The work of the legislature affects all Nova Scotians and televising committee meetings will make it easier for them to stay informed about the work members are doing in the public interest,” said Speaker of the House Kevin Murphy. In keeping with its ongoing commitment to transparency, government also released today, Sept. 25, during Right to Know Week, the 2018-19 Information Access and Privacy (IAP) Services annual report. Nearly 2,000 applications under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) were submitted during 2018-19 and 84 per cent were processed within the time limits authorized under the FOIPOP Act, including approved extensions. “Access to information leads to good government and good public policy and that’s why we have proclaimed Right to Know Week in Nova Scotia,” said Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab. “We continue to look for better ways to serve the information and privacy needs of Nova Scotians because we all benefit from open and accountable government.” Quick Facts: government’s actions to promote transparency include: the Open Data Portal, launched in 2016, has released hundreds of data sets to the public online, and has more than a million page views and 67,000 downloads posting wait times for nursing homes and residential care facilities online creating the first standing committee on health with televised monthly proceedings posting senior officials’ expenses online and introducing legislation to require the same of municipal officials streaming proceedings of the law amendments committee to increase public access to their work 1985 FOIPOP applications received in 2018-19 1993 applications were completed which includes carry-over from the previous fiscal year average page count per application was 177 pages, with the largest being more than 13,000 pages 5,100 provincial government employees have completed online information access and privacy training Additional Resources: Nova Scotia Legislature Committees: https://nslegislature.ca/legislative-business/committees IAP Services annual report: https://beta.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/documents/1-1822/information-access-and-privacy-services-annual-report-2018-2019-en.pdf FOIPOP discloser website: https://informationaccess.novascotia.ca/ Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Twitter: https://twitter.com/ns_servicens -30- read more