The former Canadian Coast Guard land on the Dartmouth waterfront will be home to an ocean innovation centre. The Waterfront Development Corporation has received approval from the provincial government to purchase the land from the federal government. The corporation will now work with the provincial government, industry and post-secondary schools to develop the centre, where ocean technology research and private sector marine businesses can work together to drive more investment, commercialization, exports and growth. The annual global market value for ocean-related goods and services is $3 trillion. “Nova Scotia is home to some of the world’s best ocean technology companies,” said Jim Hanlon, CEO of the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise. “Providing this new facility as a space for collaboration and waterfront testing will allow those companies to more effectively innovate and compete globally. “Having this as shared space brings even more value to industry and to the students who will create the next generation of ocean industries.” More than 200 companies make up Nova Scotia’s ocean science and technology sector. Activity includes science, fisheries, aquaculture, offshore oil and gas, shipbuilding and maritime security. “The ocean is our competitive advantage,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “Acquiring the land is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, preserving a key site that will create new markets and opportunities for people in Nova Scotia’s marine and ocean-related sectors.” Located at 27 Parker St., the property includes buildings, waterfront and over 850 metres of wharf and two 100 metre piers. The property is a 9.5-acre site plus water lot. The purchase price is $6.5 million. “Waterfront property holds great strategic value for the province and our economy,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation. “This purchase creates an exciting opportunity to cluster ocean technology companies with Nova Scotia’s world-class marine research programs, enabling direct ocean access to support their work.” An ocean innovation action team is in place to guide the vision and strategic direction for the ocean innovation centre. The centre supports OneNS goals linked to business startups, exports from growth-oriented companies, and research and development partnerships. Nova Scotia is recognized internationally for ocean research done by Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Royal Canadian Navy, and a growing sector of export oriented ocean technology companies. The Canadian Coast Guard now operates from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.
“All of the evidence shows that if a young person is out of work for a year or more at the beginning of their career, that affects them throughout their working life,” Mr. Ryder said as he took the helm at the Geneva-based ILO today following his election in May.“There’s no way back for most of them. So we have to act urgently, we have to act now and we have to target young people.” Mr. Ryder said the ILO intended make youth employment “one of the priorities” in the coming months, adding that programmes offering youth work experience or training held promise and should be explored as one way of helping the 75 million unemployed young people find work.“Sounds expensive? It’s affordable,” said Mr. Ryder, a former General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. “It’s an investment, not a cost.”On the wider jobs crisis, Mr. Ryder highlighted that ILO can play a crucial role in helping global policymakers seek inclusive solutions as part of a social dialogue.“Where people come together and find solutions which may require some pain, some sacrifice on their behalf, they’re much more willing to do so if they’ve been a party to reaching an agreement than simply on the receiving end of somebody else’s decision,” he said.Mr. Ryder also emphasized the international nature of the crisis, and argued that only an international response could adequately tackle it.“This crisis needs to be treated on the scale that it exists, the global level,” he said. “We have to construct global solutions. There will at the end be no sustainable national solutions to a world crisis.”But while Mr. Ryder said job creation was a clear goal, the question of job quality was also a critical issue – not only for individuals but also for the global economy.“Rights at work are essential to recovery,” he said. “I think we should not be led into the belief that creating more jobs means jettisoning international labour standards.”Mr. Ryder pointed to statistics showing that half of Europe’s poor households are dependent on one wage earner in the family. That underlined the importance of creating more quality jobs, he argued. “Standards provide the rules of the game in the world economy and they are a very important part of getting out of this crisis,” he said.
RESIDENTS IN THE Littleplace area of Dublin 15 disrupted the installation of water meters today in a protest against charges due to be introduced next year.The residents, as well as members of the Anti Austerity Alliance, disrupted the work for two hours.Speaking at the protest, local Socialist Party councillor, Ruth Coppinger, said : “It is scandalous that more than half a billion euro is being spent installing meters when the need for serious upgrade of the Dublin water network has been headline news this week.” On the estate today, we witnessed a brand new fleet of vans, new barriers, diggers, uniforms – a massive outlay of money from the taxpayer in order to charge people for water and eventually sell the network to private companies. Imagine if this money had been invested in upgrading the water pipes and finding secure sources of water for Dublin into the future. She said the protest was to send a warning to political parties that they will pay the price electorally next May if they persist with “this austerity tax”.Also at the protest today were Socialist TD Joe Higgins and MEP Paul Murphy:The Anti Austerity Alliance plans more protests and public meetings against water charges and austerity generally throughout the next months, it said today. It’s next local meeting is in Kavanagh’s, Laurel Lodge, Castleknock on Thursday 7 Nov at 8pm.