Volunteers are needed to participate in a Heritage Strategy Task Force being organized by Voluntary Planning. The task force will conduct public consultations and research and make recommendations to government on a heritage strategy that will guide decision-making in the future. “Nova Scotia needs a long-term plan for its full range of heritage assets,” said Ron Smith, chair of Voluntary Planning’s board of directors. “This is a chance for Nova Scotians to tell us what they value about their heritage and what they would like to see protected.” The heritage strategy will reflect what Nova Scotians value most about heritage including the aspects of it they want to see celebrated and protected. Some of the things the task force may consider, for example, include: all types of archives; historic places and buildings; museums; human and natural heritage; and language and traditions. Public consultations are expected to begin in the fall. Individuals interested in becoming a part of the task force on heritage can forward an expression of interest by Wednesday, June 8 by mail to: Voluntary Planning Suite 600, Joseph Howe Building1690 Hollis St.Halifax, NS B3J 3J9 Expressions of interest can also be sent by fax to 902-424-0580 or by e-mail to email@example.com . For more information on the Heritage Strategy Task Force call 902-424-5682, toll free at 1-866-858-5850 or visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/vp .
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 24.77 points to 15,147.95, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 40.95 points to 22,244.43. The S&P 500 index was up 1.79 points to 2,497.41 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 28.09 points to 6,457.17.The Canadian dollar was trading at 82.18 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 81.98 cents US.The October crude contract was down four cents to US$49.85 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down six cents to US$3.01 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $5.50 at US$1,323.80 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$2.94 a pound.