The Department of Health is traveling to Ontario and Alberta to bring health-care workers home. As part of a series of five Opportunities Nova Scotia job fairs, the department aims to entice expatriates and other health-care workers to take their careers east. “Health-care workers are the heart and soul of our health-care system,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health. “We’ve had a lot of retention and recruitment success so far, but we must continue to be aggressive.” Nova Scotia’s new recruitment campaign, which will be launched at the job fairs, presents the province as a prescription for life that health-care workers should “take daily”. Research shows lifestyle is a major consideration when health-care professionals determine where they want to live and practice. Stunning images of the province, teamed with prescription instructions and side effects, highlight the unmatched lifestyle attributes the province has to offer. “There are challenges that need our ongoing attention and we can’t be complacent,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “But Nova Scotia is fortunate to have some of the best recruitment and retention numbers in Canada.” According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Nova Scotia has the most physicians per capita of any province. Of the 11,328 graduates of Nova Scotia nursing programs employed in Canada last year, almost 86 per cent were employed in Nova Scotia. Of those graduates, more than 83 per cent have full-time positions. The national rate of full-time employment for new nursing graduates is only 43 per cent. This year, the province has added nine more physician residency positions, launched a training program at the Nova Scotia Community College to increase medical laboratory technologists and entered the second phase of the Nova Scotia Nursing Strategy. To date, $60 million has been invested in recruitment and retention of nurses. In addition to offering an exceptional lifestyle, the province is ensuring that other components such as learning and career-growth opportunities, safe and healthy workplaces, relocation assistance, competitive compensation, and up-to-date technology are also in place. The Department of Health is taking its message to health-care professionals at five job fairs: Toronto, Nov. 5 Mississauga, Nov. 6 Ottawa, Nov. 7 Calgary, Nov. 13 Edmonton, Nov. 15
Building the foundation of a house-buying budget requires resisting temptation by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 30, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Whether it’s the sizzling real estate market or the desire for something just a little bit nicer, the temptation to stretch your homebuying budget may be tough to resist.But there are numerous factors to take into account before making the biggest purchase of your life, even if you’ve qualified with your lender for more.John DeRose, who oversees Vancity’s mobile mortgage specialists, says people paying $1,500 a month in rent can’t necessarily afford a monthly mortgage of $1,500.“When you own a home there are extra costs, so that’s why it is important to sit down and talk to somebody,” he says.The maximum amount people can spend on a home depends on the size of their down payment and two key ratios.According to the gross debt service ratio rule, monthly housing costs — which include mortgage payments, property taxes, heating expenses and 50 per cent of any condo fees, if they apply — should not exceed 32 per cent of one’s average gross monthly income.The second rule, called the total debt service ratio, says monthly debt loads should be no more than 40 per cent of average gross monthly income. That includes all housing costs included in the gross debt service ratio as well as other debts like car loans or leases, credit card payments and line of credit payments.However, DeRose says those two ratios likely don’t capture the full picture for many Canadians.“Everyone’s financial situation is different, so just using a calculator is not going to give you all the answers,” he says.“Everyone is in a different part of their life cycle. They have expenses that others may not have, they may have children, they many not.”Planning for the future is important because costs can fluctuate throughout life. Interest rates are near record lows now but will likely rise at some point, as will things like utility costs, property taxes and condo fees. Your paycheque, however, may not keep pace.There’s also the costs of buying a new car, or a family situation could change. For those planning on having children, keep in mind the cost of daycare in a big city can be more than $1,000 a month.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. publishes a step-by-step guide for potential homebuyers including worksheets that help people take a careful look at their household budget now and in the future.It also includes lists of possible costs in addition to the purchase price, such as legal and inspection fees associated with the transaction as well as moving expenses, all of which can add up to thousands of dollars.Ina Wielinga, a knowledge transfer consultant at CMHC, says it is important to be honest when creating a budget and planning for the future.For those planning to have a family, that could mean a drop in household income while one parent takes maternity or paternity leave, Wielinga said.“How would that impact our payments? Can we still maintain the type of lifestyle we want?” she said homebuyers need to ask themselves.“There could be potentially also some things that are unforeseen. Maybe there could be a job loss.”In a hot real estate market, potential buyers need to be realistic about what their budget will allow for today and beyond, DeRose says.“Sometimes renting is better,” he says.
The 15-member body highlighted in particular the 17 April attack against the compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, that resulted in scores of dead and injured, including those seeking the UN’s shelter and protection, as well as the 14 April attacks in Bentiu and Unity state. “The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms these acts and underscored that attacks on civilians and UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime,” said a statement issued to the press. In yesterday’s attack in Bor, armed civilians forced their way into the UNMISS protection site, where some 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were sheltering, and opened fire. Dozens of civilians were wounded and two UN peacekeepers sustained injuries repelling the armed mob.Four months into the conflict between pro- and anti-Government forces, UNMISS is hosting some 67,000 civilians at its bases around the country. Although the main parties to the conflict have signed a cessation of hostilities agreement, violence has escalated in recent weeks, particularly in Unity state.On Monday, amid fighting in the state capital, Bentiu, anti-Government forces overran the town and the nearby neighbourhood of Rubkona. As a result, the number of IDPs in the UNMISS compound there has risen to 12,000.In today’s statement, Council members called on the Government of South Sudan to immediately take steps to ensure the safety of all civilians and UNMISS civilian protection sites, to swiftly investigate these incidents, and to bring the perpetrators of these “egregious” acts to justice.“The members of the Security Council underscored their full support for UNMISS peacekeepers and commended the actions of the UNMISS contingents in Bor as they sought to fulfil their mandate to protect civilians. They also called on all parties to refrain from actions or statements that could further escalate the situation.”