With the festive season underway, the province is urging drivers to stay safe and sober behind the wheel. “Keeping impaired drivers off our roads is important all year round,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “However, during the busy holiday season, we’re reminding drivers to take extra care and be responsible.” Campaigns such as Operation Christmas have law-enforcement agencies targeting those who drive while impaired by setting up checkpoints throughout the province. Operation Christmas is a joint effort by government and police agencies to improve highway safety in Nova Scotia. The Insurance Bureau of Canada’s annual Operation Red Nose campaign, which has volunteers drive callers home in their own vehicles, is another important program that encourages responsible drinking and driving behaviour. MADD’s Red Ribbon campaign reminds Nova Scotians to drive safe and sober and that injuries and deaths resulting from impaired driving are completely avoidable. “Ultimately, it’s all about preventing needless deaths and injuries on our roadways,” said Margaret Miller, national president of MADD Canada. “We commend the Nova Scotia government for its recent initiatives and add that, in the end, these measures will help to insure that more Nova Scotian families will be sitting safety around their holiday table.” Ninety-nine people were killed on Nova Scotia roads last year. Of those, 32 were alcohol-related fatalities. Alcohol was the leading contributing factor to fatal collisions in the province last year. “Nova Scotians expect, and deserve, safe highways and streets. And we all share in this responsibility,” said Mr. Scott. “I hope this holiday will be safe and happy for all Nova Scotians.” The province has introduced several legislative, enforcement and awareness initiatives to fight impaired driving, including an alcohol ignition interlock program and the integrated impaired driving enforcement unit. Last month, the province introduced tough, new legislation to fight impaired driving. The proposed legislation would increase the suspension time for people who blow between .05 and .08 on roadside alcohol screening tests.
OTTAWA — Huawei Canada says it has received federal approval to work with a northern telecom company and an Inuit development corporation to extend high-speed 4G wireless services to 70 communities in the Arctic and northern Quebec.Alykhan Velshi, the vice president of corporate affairs for the Canadian arm of the Chinese telecommunications giant, says the new project was approved under the federal Security Review Program, which is designed to protect critical infrastructure.The program is run by the Communications Security Establishment, in conjunction with the Public Safety Department, Global Affairs Canada and other federal departments.A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale referred questions of about today’s announcement to CSE, which did not immediately reply.Huawei is a controversial company in Canada because its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is at the centre of a diplomatic battle between Canada and China since her arrest in Vancouver in December on an extradition warrant from the United States, which wants her on fraud charges.Huawei is waiting for a federal decision on whether it will be allowed to supply equipment for next-generation 5G wireless networks in the rest of the country, amid pressure from the U.S. not to do business with a company it views as an organ of Chinese military intelligence — an allegation the company denied again today.Huawei’s announcement in Ottawa is about extending 4G service, which is common in populated areas in southern Canada, to more rural and remote parts of the North.The Canadian Press