New outdoor learning spaces to be created for all public Nova Scotia elementary schools From: Infrastructure CanadaToday, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Sydney-Whitney Pier, announced funding to create outdoor learning spaces for all public Nova Scotia elementary schools.That is why governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done in these unprecedented times.Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Sydney-Whitney Pier, announced funding to create outdoor learning spaces for all public Nova Scotia elementary schools.The project will ensure all public elementary schools have access to funding to create an outdoor learning area for students, that can include: school gardens, outdoor seating areas from nature-based elements, shelters and outdoor performance areas. Outdoor learning promotes healthy habits for students and helps reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This project will ensure a lasting positive legacy for Nova Scotia students beyond the current pandemic.The Government of Canada is investing $5.6 million towards this project through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing $1.4 million.Quotes“Our public schools are the heart of our communities, where families gather every day and lifelong friendships are born. To help our schools offer the best learning environments for our children, we’re creating outdoor learning spaces for all public elementary schools across Nova Scotia. Being outside is not only safer for our children right now, it’s great for their mental and physical health in the long-term. This investment is one more way Canada’s Infrastructure Plan is creating better, greener, more livable communities across the country.”The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“I am very happy to announce our commitment to outdoor learning. One of the lessons from COVID-19 is the overwhelming benefit that we see from teaching and learning outdoors. We continue to see and hear about the positive mental, physical and academic benefits that come from teaching and learning in nature. Our outdoor learning fund will ensure these benefits remain in place for Nova Scotia’s students once the pandemic is over.”The Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Sydney-Whitney PierQuick factsThrough the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.Under the COVID-19 Resilience Stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is 80 per cent in the provinces, and 100 per cent in the territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.To support smaller-scale projects, the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is providing up to $31 million in existing federal funding to help communities adapt spaces and services to respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years.The Government of Canada has invested over $831 million in 205 infrastructure projects across Nova Scotia under the Investing in Canada plan. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Diehard Seattle Seahawks fan Sherri Forch has never seen her National Football League heroes play in person. That will change Saturday, when she will not only attend the Seahawks’ divisional playoff game in a wheelchair, but be right on the 50-yard line under shelter, thanks to generous fans and family.Her friend Karen Pickett, who organized a fundraiser for the ailing Forch, said the response from fans was “overwhelming.” Strangers have offered numerous tickets, a limo ride and money for the food and drinks.“I am in orbit, over the moon, just blessing the universe from one end to the other,” Forch said Saturday night.(WATCH the video above, or READ the full story in the Tacoma News-Tribune)Story tip from Judy RitchieAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Three years after purchasing the 805-acre residential master plan of Sanders Grove, Randy Bury, president of Randall Martin is partnering once again with Soundview Real Estate Partners to make investments in southern Arizona. The recent purchase includes four additional land parcels totaling 23.5 acres in Marana, Ariz. The all equity deal closed on Friday, March 28, for just over $1M.All four parcels were previously owned and entitled by Meritage Homes. 17.5 acres of the 23.5-acre deal are located within the Sanders Grove master plan, which includes 2,500 lots located on Marana Road west of Interstate 10 in Pima County. The remaining six acres consist of three two-acre commercial corners adjacent to the Meritage master plan community in Rancho Marana, located near Tangerine Farms Road and Clark Farms Boulevard. Will White of Land Advisors Organization was the broker on the transaction.Greey Picket“It made sense to purchase the additional acreage within Sanders Grove. It is an ideal location for a shopping center for the community or the land can also be used for residential building,” explained Bury. “When we learned Meritage was also looking to sell the three commercial corners, we knew it would be a good investment.”Randall Martin and Soundview also partnered on a $2.2M real estate investment in Las Vegas earlier this year. In February, they closed on Shadow Ranch, a residential community of 105 lots on 20 acres in North Las Vegas. The property was purchased from an entity created by a joint venture between Rialto Capital and the FDIC.Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Randall Martin is a real estate investment firm that specializes in purchasing raw land for development and sale in the southwest.
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