NSBI Approves Payroll Rebate

Quick facts: payroll rebates are designed in a way that the tax revenue generated for the province by the new jobs in Nova Scotia is always more than the amount of the rebate payroll rebates are only paid after a business has generated actual payroll for the Nova Scotia economy for every dollar a company spends on the new jobs it receives between five and 10 cents back when a company submits an annual rebate claim it must send NSBI audited information that confirms the number of jobs it created that year payroll rebates are paid through the Strategic Investment Fund Information on NSBI transactions can be found at www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures . -30- Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of a payroll rebate for VERB Interactive Inc (VERB). Established in Halifax in 2004, VERB is a full-service digital marketing agency serving leading global brands in the travel and hospitality industry. The company is expanding its Halifax operations and has a second location in Victoria, B.C. VERB has the potential to create up to 130 jobs under the five-year payroll rebate agreement. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the agreement, NSBI estimates the company could spend $24.3 million in salaries. It is also estimated the new employees would contribute provincial tax revenues of $3.113 million through their income and consumption taxes. As a result, the company would earn a rebate up to $1.458 million over five years. VERB will be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 130 new jobs. read more

Excellence in Literacy Recognized

the Council of the Federation Literacy Award was established in 2004 by Canada’s Premiers every year, Sept. 8 is proclaimed as International Literacy Day 13 awards are presented annually, one for each province and territory 374 adults received their GED in 2018 the award is presented annually to an adult learner who demonstrates outstanding achievements in literacy and makes a significant contribution to their school, workplace or community in 2017, government eliminated the fee to take the GED test in the province to help even more adult learners continue their studies or connect to the workforce Quotes: It is the greatest feeling to know, at my age, I was accomplishing something I never thought I could or would do. I am proud of my accomplishment and in my increased literacy skills. It was not easy, but it was worth it. Danita Curwin, 2019 Nova Scotia Council of the Federation Literacy Award recipient Quick Facts: Danita Curwin is setting a positive example for her grandchildren, while making a difference in the Porters Lake community. Ms. Curwin is this year’s recipient of the Nova Scotia Council of the Federation Literacy Award. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis, on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil, presented her with the award at a ceremony today, Oct. 4. “Through literacy, we all have the chance to create our own opportunities, pursue meaningful careers and contribute to our communities,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “Danita’s journey is an inspiration to all adult learners. I admire her strength and resilience and congratulate her on this success.” Ms. Curwin’s world was changed after losing her son in Afghanistan and her husband to illness. Throughout this difficult time, she continued to care for her family and started volunteering at a school in her community. It then became her personal goal to obtain her General Educational Development (GED). Ms. Curwin passed all five tests and obtained her GED certificate in March with the help of the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Valley Literacy Network. She is currently working as an education program assistant and is volunteering as a tutor for other adult learners. -30- Additional Resources: Read more about Danita’s story: https://medium.com/@nsgov/danita-curwin-recovered-from-family-tragedy-to-find-new-purpose-in-her-life-625dbd59d9d6 To learn more about the Council of the Federation Literacy Award, visit: https://novascotia.ca/lae/cof-literacy-award.asp For more information about Nova Scotia Adult Learning, visit: https://novascotia.ca/adult-learning/ To read more about the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Valley Literacy Network, visit: https://www.literacyns.ca/docs/LNSmembers/ESMVLN.pdf Danita is a model adult learner and always strives to reach her full potential. She is active in her community and is dedicated to learning and trying new things. She will be an amazing asset to the learning community and children’s education system. Justin Legere, adult education instructor, Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Valley Literacy Network read more


Home to the IMDB Studio at the Visa Infinite Lounge in previous years, Bisha is no stranger to a celebrity or two. The hotel hosts the world’s trendiest guests on the regular and the lobby bar – Mister C – been home to a few pre and after parties for TIFF films. Stars spotted in the past include Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney and Greta Gerwig. Ink Entertainment provides a guide to star-spotting at TIFF 2019The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is back for 2019 and a star-studded list of guests will flood the city for the festival’s 10-day duration. With TIFF comes the parties, events and interviews, which means the city will be on high alert for the best in celebrity sightings. INK Entertainment venues have been known to host a celebrity or two, so here are a few places in Toronto for your best chance at star-spotting.Bisha Hotel & Residence Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Akira BackLocated on the second floor of Bisha Hotel, Michelin-star chef Akira Back, the buzz worthy menu, private dining room and cool decor designed by Studio Munge is enough to draw any celebrity in. Canadian icons Ben and Jessica Mulroney are loyal patrons of the restaurant, as well as Jessica Biel and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been spotted indulging in Back’s signature dishes..KOSTThe rooftop restaurant – located on the 44th floor of Bisha Hotel – has unparalleled views of Toronto and was recently dubbed the city’s best patio by BlogTO. Already a popular and Instagrammable destination for locals and tourists, you can bet the stars will want to take in the views and fresh menu, like Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Geena Davis and Martin Short have done..Sofia Restaurant & BarWhile it may not be located right in the heart of TIFF action, Sofia is a pearl nestled in Yorkville and secluded from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The fine-dining destination offers Italian-inspired cuisine and a menu curated by executive chef Rob LeClair. The luxe space holds the charm of modern dining with a dash of Hollywood glamour, as well as a private outdoor patio – This checks every box for a TIFF event. Stars spotted in past include Drake, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and Dan Aykroyd..Byblos Downtown / STORYs TorontoByblos and STORYs are staple spots for star-spotting during TIFF. Byblos – the award-winning Eastern Mediterranean restaurant – has celebrities flocking each night to get a taste of the incredible menu, as well as being host to a few after parties. Sharing the same space, STORYs has been home to many a pre or post screening party, as well as the RBC Lounge. Stars spotted in the past include Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey and Bryan Cranston..PatriaPatria is the ultimate spot on King West for private dining and party experiences for TIFF events. The Barcelona inspired restaurant is discreetly tucked away and boasts impressive Spanish flavoured menu items. It has also has been host to a bevy of premiere parties, including an appearance by Ryan Gosling..WeslodgeYou cannot miss the big yellow doors when you’re walking down King Street – and neither can the biggest names in Hollywood. Weslodge has been the host to many a TIFF event and has had stars such as Richard Gere and Gary Oldman spotted inside. Matthew McConaughey even booked out the venue last year for an invite-only tasting of his Wild Turkey whisky..Spoke ClubThe exclusive members-only club has hosted many galas and premiere parties in the past. Now under the helm of INK Entertainment, Spoke Club boasts a newly renovated private rooftop patio and bar that will be idea for all A-list guests seeking the most exclusive events. Stars spotted in the past include Penelope Cruz, Bradley Cooper, Woody Harrelson and Gael Garcia Bernal.By Ink Entertainment Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement read more