Ceremony Marks Police Agreement

first_img “The principle of this agreement is increased input into issues affecting the cost, quality and standards of contract policing before decisions are made at the federal level,” said Mr. MacKay. “In renewing this agreement for the next 20 years, we have set the stage for a modernized police service model that will continue to be respected around the world.” The RCMP, as the provincial force, police 94 per cent of the land mass of Nova Scotia and 60 per cent of the population in 36 municipalities. There are 37 RCMP detachments and more than 1,500 employees in the province. “Today is a proud day for the RCMP in Nova Scotia as we look forward to providing an exceptional service as the provincial police for the next 20 years” said Mr. Brennan. The provincial force also provides specialized and centralized services so every community in Nova Scotia has access to major-crime investigators, emergency responses teams, dog teams, bomb disposal and other units. more input and control for the province and municipalities over staffing levels, policing standards and detachment construction Nova Scotia maintaining a 70/30 cost-share arrangement with Ottawa for all municipalities in the province a new contract management committee that will review cost-sharing and cost-containment measures a two-year escape clause remaining for municipalities that want to opt-out and create a municipal police force clarification of financial and staffing processes The provincial and federal governments marked a new provincial police agreement with a ceremony in Pictou today, April 13. Justice Minister Ross Landry, National Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief Supt. Brian Brennan of the RCMP in Nova Scotia celebrated the start of the policing agreement. “The RCMP have provided high-quality policing to Nova Scotia communities for almost 80 years, and I’m pleased that they will continue to keep our streets safe for the next 20 years as the provincial police force,” said Mr. Landry. Highlights of the agreement, which runs from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2032, include:last_img read more

Obama raises 181 million in September in campaign boost

first_imgUS PRESIDENT BARACK Obama raised $181 million (around €140m)  in September, his campaign said today, in a boost for his re-election bid following a limp debate performance against White House rival Mitt Romney.The haul was the biggest monthly cash take by Obama of the 2012 race, and was revealed just a day after supporters disappointed by the debate got another fillip with news that the US unemployment rate dipped below eight percent.It means Obama will have ample money to splash on an advertising blitz in the countdown to the election, exactly a month away on 6 November. Around 1.8 million individual donors gave to his campaign in total.Republican nominee Mitt Romney has yet to reveal his monthly fundraising figures for September, but early predictions that he would outspend Obama by a distance appear to have been unfounded.Romney however does have the support of an array of SuperPAC independent fundraising committees financed by rich donors and corporations, that can spend unlimited sums to attack Obama and outnumber similar Democratic organisations.Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina alerted supporters to the fundraising coup for the re-election effort and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in an email on Saturday morning.“We not only surpassed 10 million donations so far in 2012 to the campaign and the Democratic Party – a historic record for grassroots politics,” said Messina.“We also raised $181 million in September from 1.8 million Americans – more than 567,000 of whom gave for the first time. That’s by far our biggest month yet.”Messina said the average donation was $53 and 98 per cent of contributions amounted to $250 or less and also boasted that the Obama political machine was in full swing ahead of the election.The September figure was just short of the $193 million piled up by Obama and the Democratic National Committee in the equivalent month of the 2008 election campaign.He said the campaign opened its 100th field offices in both Ohio and Florida last month and last week registered 10,000 voters in Florida in a single day.In early voting in Iowa, Messina said that 105,000 people had already cast ballots, 62 percent of whom were Democrats.PollsPoll watchers were meanwhile keeping an eye on new opinion surveys to gauge if Romney had cut into the narrow lead held by Obama in the national race and in key battleground states.The full impact of the debate and the jobs figures are not likely to be felt in surveys until the middle of next week, though there was signs in some early polls that Romney had made headway in Virginia.The two campaigns meanwhile took their latest hits at one another in new advertising, with the Obama team accusing Romney of being “dishonest” in the Denver debate on his true taxation plans.Romney’s punch meanwhile featured a woman called Melanie McNamara who said she voted for Obama in 2008 but was now going Republican because she believed the former Massachusetts governor was the best bet to restore prosperity.- © AFP, 2012Video: Romney and Obama first debate songified > Read: Why is Snoop Dogg voting for Obama and not Romney >last_img read more