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Stay Safe as We Enter the New Year

first_imgEmergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson is encouraging Nova Scotians to prepare themselves and their families for winter conditions as a New Year’s Eve blizzard approaches the province. “We all want to enter 2009 safely, so people should take that into consideration when they make their plans for celebrating the new year,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said today, Dec. 31. “You don’t want to be stuck in a blizzard unprepared.” Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for all of Nova Scotia. Heavy snowfall and high winds overnight could make driving treacherous. “All Nova Scotians should take the time to prepare emergency kits for their homes and vehicles,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said. “A few minutes of preparation can go a long way toward keeping yourself and your loved ones safe and comfortable when winter storms strike.” The Emergency Management Office website, www.gov.ns.ca/emo, has a thorough checklist for emergency kit supplies. Residents should have emergency items on hand in their homes, such as a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, medications, non-perishable food and water, a manual can opener and extra clothing and blankets. They should also have an adequate supply of prescription medications. Motorists should avoid unnecessary travel during winter storms and listen for weather and travel updates on local radio stations. If it is safe to drive, they should be sure to carry a shovel, sand or salt, extra clothing, food and water, blankets, booster cables and a first-aid kit. And always leave with a full tank of gas. A set of four winter tires is highly recommended. “I wish all Nova Scotians a safe, happy and prosperous new year,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said. The Emergency Management Office works closely with municipalities throughout Nova Scotia to ensure preparation for emergency events.last_img read more

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Primary school head suspended after forming relationship with sex offender

first_imgA primary school head teacher was suspended after she formed a relationship with a convicted sex offender, a teacher misconduct panel heard.Lisa Johnson failed to inform Holy Family Catholic School in Small Heath, Birmingham, of her partner’s conviction for a child sex offence, it is alleged.The National College of Teaching and Learning also claim she did not put an end to the relationship even after she learnt of her partner’s criminal history. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Miss Johnson was suspended as head teacher last September when it was revealed she was in the relationship. She resigned during the suspension and now faces being barred from the teaching profession altogether.The panel heard that Miss Johnson did not believe the school should dictate “who she fell in love with” and that she spent 15 years working as a teacher “always putting her work first”.Miss Johnson was not present at the hearing and it was said that she has no intention of teaching again. The panel will decide whether Miss Johnson should be banned from working with children.Parents at Holy Family Catholic School received a letter from Mrs Mary Lynch, the school’s chair of governors, last month telling them about the upcoming hearing, the panel was told.The letter explained that the school had become aware that Miss Johnson “had potentially taken some decisions in her personal life that had brought in to question her ability to safeguard our children”.Mrs Lynch stressed that the pupils of Holy Family Catholic School were never in danger.”At no point did this matter impact the safety of our children; the children at Holy Family were completely safe at all times,” she said.The letter caused panic among parents of children at Holy Family School.One woman with three girls at the school said: “I have been debating this letter for two weeks. I have been very unhappy, thinking: were my kids in danger?”I don’t like to think bad of anyone and I want to know the facts of the matter. How are we to know if our kids were at risk?”The teacher misconduct panel hearing continues.center_img At no point did this matter impact the safety of our children; the children at Holy Family were completely safe at all timesLisa Johnsonlast_img read more

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