Seniors, students and children alike can enjoy healthier lifestyles with continued access to a community pool in Bible Hill. Minister of Agriculture Keith Colwell, joined by Deputy Premier Karen Casey and members of the Scotia Pool Society, announced today, Sept. 4, $50,000 for infrastructure improvements at the Glen W. Smith Community Pool most commonly referred to as Scotia Pool. “The province is pleased to add our support to this community’s drive to provide ongoing opportunities for health promotion,” said Mr. Colwell. “I’m excited for the opportunities this newly renovated and renamed pool will create.” These funds will ensure the 45-year-old pool receives new brick work this fall. The facility is leased to the Scotia Pool Society for $1 a year. Active volunteers fundraise for ongoing operational support. “The Scotia Pool is a valuable resource in our community that volunteers have been able to preserve for all to use,” said Glenda Bower, chair of the Scotia Pool Society. “This investment demonstrates the province’s commitment to maintaining the Scotia Pool in Colchester Co.” Swimming is a great low-impact activity that people of all ages can use to improve their health. It is especially important for our growing population of seniors. Aspiring tri-athletes, and children learning swimming safety, are also regulars in the five-lane 25-metre pool.
Sri Lanka started experiencing a series of heavy downpours on 14th May. The depression later intensified into powerful Tropical Storm Roanu, which brought the highest reported rainfall since 2005 and triggered widespread flooding and landslides in 22 of the country’s 25 districts. According to the latest report released by the Government of Sri Lanka, the harsh weather conditions left at least 94 dead and affected close to 260 000 people, more than 126 000 of whom are displaced. The torrential rain and its subsequent impacts also destroyed over 500 homes whilst causing damage to more than 4 000 others. The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). In response to a series of floods and landslides which swept across Sri Lanka between 14th and 22nd May, the European Commission is providing 200 000 EUR (32.8 million LKR) in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations. This aid will directly benefit 20 000 individuals who have been heavily impacted in five of the worst-hit districts in the country’s West, namely Colombo, home to the Sri Lankan capital, Gampaha, Puttalam, Kegalle and Kurunegala.This EU-funding supports the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in delivering much-needed assistance through the provision of emergency non-food relief items such as tarpaulins, latrines, household kits, school items, as well as medical and first aid services. The action will also ensure the most vulnerable households have access to safe water, sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices. Although floodwaters have started receding after the system moved away from the island nation on 22nd May, paving the way for most of the displaced persons to return home, families living in low-lying areas will inevitably remain displaced for a longer period.An expert from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has been deployed to Sri Lanka and is currently participating in needs assessments to see whether further support is required.