Representatives of the provincial government, the Cape BretonVictoria-Regional School Board, and students from Rankin Memorialand Christmas Island schools helped break the ground today, Sept.14, for a new, $6.2-million school to serve the Iona area. The Grade Primary to 12 school will have a projected enrolment of155. Education Minister Jamie Muir acknowledged the challenges indesigning a modern school of this type for a relatively smallstudent body, but said active involvement of the community madeit possible. “It has been an excellent example of effective communication andco-operation,” he said. “I would like to thank everyone involved,and say how much we look forward to working with them in bringingthis project to completion.” Mr. Muir said the new school would continue the role of itspredecessor as a focal point for the preservation of Gaelicculture. Elizabeth MacPhee, chair of the Cape Breton Victoria RegionalSchool Board, thanked the Department of Education and communitygroups for their efforts. “I want to thank all here today for their continued support forthe project,” she said. “Home and School, School AdvisoryCouncil, and in particular the School Study Team have committedcountless hours to making this dream a reality. I also want tothank the board members for the area, Keith Bain and DarleneMorrison.” The 35,300 square-foot school is scheduled for completion inMarch 2006. It will replace Rankin Memorial School and Christmas IslandConsolidated School, which currently serve nine communities inthe area. The new building will offer improved facilities in all areas ofschool life, particularly in physical education and music. It is part of an eight-year school construction program funded bythe Department of Education worth more than $400 million. EDUCATION -Work On Iona School Gets Official Launch
Users of Indian Beach, North Sydney, should refrain from swimming at the beach until further notice. Routine weekly testing at the site by the Department of Environment and Labour shows high levels of fecal streptococcus,an organism that often indicates the presence of disease-causing organisms. Dr. Ann Roberts, medical officer of health, advises that swimming in the affected water may result in eye, ear, nose, throat, or skin infection until the bacteria levels return to normal. Levels of micro-organisms at swimming sites can fluctuate for a variety of reasons, including rainfall, water temperature, wind direction, or the presence of pet droppings. “Swimming water quality is monitored weekly during the supervised swimming season, said Mark Farrell, district manager of environmental monitoring and compliance for the Sydney region, Department of Environment and Labour. “It is not unusual that a beach be closed temporarily during the hottest summer months.” Water quality at the beach will be tested several times throughout the next week.
The monks, including the venerable Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera then entered the house with the Police and live streamed the Police taking the refugees out. Some monks were heard threatening the refugees telling them to go back to Myanmar and also accusing the Police of eating from the hands of the Muslim refugees and protecting them. The venerable Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera, who was was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) over the recent incident involving Rohingya refugees, was granted bail today.Monks from the Sinhale Jathika Balamuluwa led a mob and surrounded a house in Mount Lavinia where the Rohingya refugees were staying. The refugees were taken from the house and placed under protective custody at the Mount Lavinia Police station and from there they were taken to Boosa. (Colombo Gazette)