Province Will Intervene With Proposed Electricity Rate Hikes

first_img Nova Scotia Energy Minister Cecil Clarke said today, May 28, thatthe province will intervene in Nova Scotia Power’s (NSPI)proposal for a rate increase. NSPI has submitted a proposal to the Nova Scotia Utility andReview Board (UARB) that would see residential electricity billsin the province increase on average by 8.6 per cent. “The province will be an active intervener in the UARB’s hearingprocess that reviews NSPI’s proposed 2005 rate increase,” saidMr. Clarke. “We will work to protect the best interests of allNova Scotian electricity consumers.” The Department of Energy will review Nova Scotia Power’s rateapplication, which was submitted to the Utility and Review Boardtoday, to determine the appropriate course of action. The province intervened before the UARB on Nova Scotia Power’slast rate application in 2002, and has intervened in allsubsequent UARB hearings related to electricity. ENERGY–Province Will Intervene With Proposed Electricity RateHikeslast_img read more

Province Supports Canso Causeway 50th Anniversary Events

first_imgTOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Province Supports Canso Causeway50th Anniversary Events The province is helping Nova Scotians commemorate the goldenanniversary of an engineering feat that helped pave the way tosocial and cultural change, as well as one of the region’s mostpopular tourism destinations. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister, Rodney MacDonald,announced today, March 7, that the province will invest $175,000to support 50th anniversary activities for the Canso Causewayfrom Aug. 7 to 14. “When the causeway was completed 50 years ago, it was considereda great engineering feat and the world’s deepest causeway,” saidMr. MacDonald. “Since then, millions of tourists have crossedinto Cape Breton to experience spectacular scenery, culture,history and hospitality, resulting in positive economic spin-offs.” Some of the featured activities taking place during the week-longanniversary include ceilidhs, dances, concerts, exhibits, paradesand fireworks. “The community has been working very hard to ensure this is amust-see event for 2005,” said Bob MacEachern, chair of the Canso Causeway Anniversary Society. “For 50 years the causeway hassparked creative works, social change and economic progress, andthis is the perfect opportunity for these stories to be sharedand told.” For more information on the 50th anniversary of the CansoCauseway, see the website atwww.cansocauseway.ca , or call 902-625-5055.last_img read more

Integrated Transportation Corridor Not Feasible

first_imgA proposal to develop an integrated transportation corridor in Halifax will not move forward. A report examining the feasibility of developing a roadway into the CN rail corridor to consolidate truck and rail shipping says costs are too high from a Gateway perspective. The report estimated the project would cost more than $220 million. “Using the existing corridor for commercial vehicles and public transit has been studied at a high level, but this was the first detailed study that looked at all aspects and provided a full costing of the project,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal on behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister responsible for the Atlantic Gateway. “This report gave us the valuable information needed to make the right decision about this proposal. “We will continue to identify opportunities to improve the competitiveness of our province’s assets with Nova Scotia’s Gateway partners.” The integrated transportation corridor was one of several projects identified for consideration under Nova Scotia’s Gateway initiative. The goal of the initiative is to maximize strategic use of Nova Scotia’s transportation infrastructure to move goods and visitors through the province. “I want to thank the many partners and citizens who took the time to give their input and ideas during the study,” said Mr. Taylor. “We appreciate all of the ideas put forward and encourage all stakeholders to continue their interest and work to improve our shared transportation system.” The final report can be viewed online at www.nscorridor.ca . A number of projects have begun to support Nova Scotia’s Gateway initiative, including pre-dredging activities in Sydney Harbour, planning the Burnside Expressway, twinning Highway 104, building a multi-user air cargo facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, educational programming led by Dalhousie University and various partnerships with the private sector. Nova Scotia is also an integral partner in the Atlantic Gateway, a regionally based partnership among the four Atlantic provinces, Transport Canada and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency that will deliver a regional strategy to guide Gateway activity by October.last_img read more

Top Talent Joins Innovacorp as President CEO

first_imgClifford Gross has been appointed as president and CEO of Innovacorp, today, Jan. 18. Mr. Gross brings more than 20 years of experience in technology and product commercialization, intellectual property and entrepreneurship. His appointment takes effect Feb. 1. “Innovacorp has made major strides with its High Performance Incubation business model during the last six years, and received top national and international honours for its record,” said Jacquelyn Thayer Scott, chair of Innovacorp. “Our board and management team are poised for the next leap forward in assisting early stage companies and researchers to successfully take their technologies to export markets.” Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris also expressed enthusiasm about the appointment. “The province has committed to creating good jobs and growing the economy,” said Mr. Paris. “We know the status quo isn’t enough to assure the sustainable, healthy and affordable future Nova Scotians want. “Innovacorp is a key agency for positive economic development throughout the province. We are confident Mr. Gross and his team will make the significant progress Nova Scotia needs to support its entrepreneurs and innovators.” From 1997-2009, Mr. Gross was CEO and chair of UTEK Corporation, which helped transfer university technologies to the private sector. UTEK’s unique business model helped a wide range of companies grow by using university discoveries to enhance product development. Under Mr. Gross’s direction, UTEK, which traded on the NYSE-AMEX, acquired university technology rights, established spinoff companies and funded additional research and prototype development to enhance the technologies. Mr. Gross has also served on the Listed Companies Council of the NYSE-AMEX and serves on the board of directors of the State University of New York at Empire State College and the Technology Transfer Society. He has also held senior academic and administrative positions with New York University, the New York Institute of Technology and the University of South Florida. He is a named inventor on 19 domestic and international patents on innovations from his research, is author or co-author of three books, two of which are focused on technology transfer, and holds master’s and PhD degrees in ergonomics and biomechanics from New York University. Stephen Hartlen, Innovacorp’s vice-president of mentoring and interim CEO, is leaving to become Dalhousie University’s assistant vice-president of industry relations and executive director of the Industry Liaison and Innovation office. The move will strengthen the organizations’ collaborative relationship and enhance post-secondary research commercialization. Mr. Gross said he looks forward to working with the Innovacorp team and board, other agencies and business and research stakeholders. “While I’m not originally from Nova Scotia, five years ago I chose to build a home near Berwick,” said Mr. Gross. “I am passionate about this province, its people, its natural beauty, and its potential.”last_img read more

Investigation Finds Procedures Followed in Offender Death

first_imgCorrectional officers followed proper policies and procedures when an offender died in custody July 25, says a report released today, Oct. 17. The man, 48, was found deceased in his cell at about 4:30 a.m. at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside. He was remanded awaiting trial. The incident review found that correctional officers followed policy and procedures when conducting staff rounds before the incident and responding to the incident. The Halifax Regional Police investigation determined the death was not suspicious or a criminal matter. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service has ruled the death a suicide. To read the full incident review report, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just/global_docs/IRR_Death_20110725.pdf .last_img

New Business Tool to Work with Nova Scotia Filmmakers

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. will begin to accept applications for the new Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund on Thursday, July 2. To be eligible, an organization must have a permanent establishment in the province and primarily creating film or video productions for public viewing. The fund is open to projects that spend at least $25,000 (before HST) in Nova Scotia. The maximum funding available to any project is $4 million and guidelines are available at http://novascotiabusiness.com/filmapplication . Online applications will be available beginning Thursday. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the provincial government agency responsible for delivering business development and export development tools, services and programming. “NSBI is excited to work with the film and creative industry as part of our mandate on behalf of Nova Scotians,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We see this expanded responsibility as an opportunity to continue to deliver on what Nova Scotia Business Inc. stands for, which is selling goods and services from Nova Scotia to the world and selling the world on doing business in Nova Scotia.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. works with Nova Scotia companies offering business advice, education and information sessions, such as FITTskills, which is designed for new exporters, and customized research on business opportunities for seasoned exporters. For more information about the programs and services available at Nova Scotia Business Inc., visit http://www.novascotiabusiness.com .last_img read more

Commission Issues Decision Against Stratus Financial Group International

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission issued its decision against Stratus and representatives Magnus Torgerson, John Westbrook, Mark Stone and Teddy Stone. Stratus and its representatives violated securities laws by facilitating the purchase or sale of investments without being registered with the commission and by engaging in unfair practice while trying to illegally solicit investments. The commission’s decision orders administrative penalties against: Stratus for $50,000 Mr. Torgerson for $40,000 Mr. Westbrook for $25,000 Mr. Mark Stone for $25,000 Mr. Teddy Stone for $25,000 The company and its representatives are also ordered to pay costs in connection with the commission proceedings of $3,000 “It is important to demonstrate to Stratus, Torgerson, Westbrook, Stone and Stone and others the consequences of their inappropriate conduct. It is also extremely important to deter this type of conduct by others in the future,” said the commission in its decision. The commission urges Nova Scotians to use caution when dealing with firms and people that are not registered in Nova Scotia. It is illegal to solicit investments in Nova Scotia without registering with the commission and complying with Nova Scotia securities laws. To see if a company or person is registered, you can check the Canadian Securities Administrators’ website at http://aretheyregistered.ca/ . The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating the investment industry in the province. The decision can be viewed at http://nssc.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/docs/Stratus-Offshore-Torgerson-Westbrook-Stone-Decision-Feb-11-2016.pdf.last_img read more

Nova Scotia to Advance Business Relationships in the Middle East

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil is travelling to the Middle East, Sunday, June 2, to help promote business relationships, trade and investment for Nova Scotia. He will be joined by Minister of Immigration Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Internal Services, Patricia Arab, senior government officials and leaders from the local business and university communities. Due to security reasons, a briefing outlining other details of the trip will be held after the premier returns on June 15. “We have built successful trading relationships in markets around the world, and further diversification can lead to continued economic growth here at home,” said Premier McNeil. “I will continue to pursue opportunities for Nova Scotia businesses and key sectors to thrive. The Middle East may open more doors to immigration growth, post-secondary education connections and business collaboration.”last_img read more

Kerala Woman cop burnt alive traffic cop held

first_imgMavelikkara (Ker): A 34-year-old woman police constable died after she was allegedly hacked and set ablaze in broad daylight by a policeman here on Saturday.The victim, Soumya Pushpakaran, was posted as the Civil Police Officer (COP) at Vallikkunnam stationhere. According to police, the accused, identified as Ajas, a policeman attached to the Aluva traffic station, allegedly followed the woman in a car when she was on her way back home after work in the evening. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaHe knocked her two-wheeler down and allegedly hacked her with a sharp weapon and as she tried to seek refuge at a nearby house, chased, poured petrol over her and set her ablaze, police, quoting eyewitnesses, said. She died on the spot while the policeman, who also suffered 40 per cent burns, was taken into custody, a police official said. He has been admitted to the government medical college hospital at Alappuzha and the reason for the attack can be ascertained only after interrogation, he added. A native of Vallikkunnam here, Soumya was staying with her three children. Her husband is working abroad.last_img read more

Worker dies after getting stuck in machine at soybean plant

first_imgAkola: A 35-year-old worker died after getting stuck in a machine at a soybean processing plant in Akola district of Maharashtra on Saturday morning, police said. The incident took place around 7 am at Vani Rambhapur village, police said. “Datta Shriram Chopde, a resident of Kolambi village, was working at the unit when he got trapped in the machine and died on the spot,” inspector Harish Gawali of Borgaon police station said. After being informed about the incident, a police team rushed to the site, he said, adding that efforts to retrieve the mortal remains of the worker from the machine are on.last_img

Light rains bring down mercury level in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Light rains in a few areas brought the mercury down by two notches in the national capital on Tuesday, officials said. The humidity levels oscillated between 84 and 49 per cent. “The maximum temperature was recorded at 34.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal while the minimum settled at 28.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal,” a MeT official said. The Safdarjung observatory recorded 0.4 mm rainfall while the Palam observatory did not receive any rainfall. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items The Ridge area, Aya Nagar and Lodhi Road observatories recorded 0.3 mm, 0.1 and 0.22 mm rainfall respectively. The weatherman predicted a cloudy morning on Wednesday with possibility of drizzle and strong surface winds towards the evening. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle around 36 and 28 degrees Celsius later in the day. On Monday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 36.7 degrees Celsius and 28.6 degrees Celsius respectively.last_img read more

No High Court relief to Mallya on proceedings for seizure of assets

first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court Thursday refused to grant stay on proceedings before a special court on confiscation of properties of embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya. A division bench of Justices Akil Kureshi and S J Kathawalla dismissed an application filed by Mallya last month, seeking a stay on the proceedings before the special court hearing cases pertaining to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Mallya, in his application, sought for a stay on the proceedings, or that any decision or order passed by the lower court during the proceedings shall be subject to the final decision on his another petition challenging the validity of the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The court, however, said it did not find any reason to grant the relief sought by Mallya. On January 5 this year, the special PMLA court here declared Mallya a fugitive economic offender. The court then started proceedings for confiscation of his properties. Mallya approached the high court against the order and also challenged the constitutional validity of the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act. This petition is pending hearing in the high court. Mallya, who is currently in the UK, has been charged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.last_img read more

LIC new premium more than doubles in June

first_imgNew Delhi: Led by LIC, life insurers’ collective new premium income jumped 94 per cent to Rs 32,241.33 crore in June this year, according to data from Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority. All the 24 life insurers had written new gross premium of Rs 16,611.57 in the same month a year ago. The country’s largest life insurer LIC, which is the only state-owned life insurance firm, witnessed more than two-fold rise in its new premium collection to Rs 26,030.16 crore in June, from Rs 11,167.82 crore in the same period last year. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepWith this high growth in business, the market share of the insurance behemoth increased to 74 per cent. Remaining 26 per cent has been shared by rest of the 23 private sector players operating in the space. During the month, LIC sold 13.32 lakh policies to collect over Rs 25,000 crore in just one month. Private sector players witnessed an increase of 14.10 per cent in their collective new year business premium at Rs 6,211.17 crore in June, as compared to Rs 5,443.75 crore collected in the year-ago month. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAmong the private players, HDFC Life’s new premium rose by 21 per cent year-on-year at Rs 1,358.45 crore; SBI Life up 28.14 per cent at 1,310.07 crore; ICICI Prudential Life up 26 per cent at Rs 897.98 crore; Bajaj Allianz up 51 per cent at Rs 468.51 crore; Max Life up 16 per cent at Rs 421.87 crore; Kotak Mahindra Life up 8 per cent at Rs 291.89 crore and Tata AIA Life posted 90.26 per cent rise to Rs 258.95 crore in June. India First Life business premium fell 54 per cent to Rs 119.31 crore; DHFL Pramerica Life by 65 per cent to Rs 48.87 crore; Aditya Birla Sun Life by 40 per cent to Rs 212.46 crore; and Reliance Nippon Life by 6.84 per cent to Rs 66.81 crore. Cumulatively, the new premium generated by all the 24 life insurers during April-June period of this fiscal rose by 65 per cent to Rs 60,637.22 crore. The April-June, 2019-20 new premium income of LIC increased by 82 per cent to Rs 44,794.78 crore. The remaining private sector players’ collective cumulative fresh premium rose by 32 per cent to Rs 15,842.44 crore in the first quarter of the current fiscal.last_img read more

510 kgs of Marijuana seized from trucks

first_imgNEW DELHI: Crime branch has seized 510 kilogram of marijuana which was kept in 17 bags, out of which, 14 bags of marijuana was kept in the special cavity made in the truck and 2 bags of marijuana were kept in Swift Car and 1 bag of marijuana was carried by both the accused persons, when the accused persons were transferring the bags of marijuana from their possession.As per the accused the special cavity/cache was made in the truck to hide the contraband for the purpose of escaping from the Police. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticDuring interrogation, it is revealed that both accused are previously involved in NDPS cases. Accused Sube Singh is on bail in case of Faridabad. He was convicted in this case. Accused Sube Singh is a proclaimed offender in another NDPS case of Faridabad. Apart from these cases, he is also involved in three more NDPS Cases. Accused Deepak is also on bail in two NDPS Cases of UP. According to police accused Sube Singh and Deepak are partners and work for one Dinesh Pal. Sube Singh and Dinesh Pal regularly went to Orissa and Andhra Pradesh by flight. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThey bring the contraband from Paidawalasa a place near Orissa and Andra Pradesh border. They arrange a truck having cavity and load the contraband in it. If the vehicle is checked, at a check post or picket, the contraband is not found visible. The accused persons purchase the contraband from Orissa and Andra Pradesh border at a very cheap rate and sell the same at higher prices. As per the above facts both the accused persons are regularly engaged in supplying of drugs. “We got information from our network that a truck containing marijuana would be entering Delhi and a special cavity it contains the drugs. He laid a trap and seized the drugs and the accused were arrested,” said Ram Gopal Naik, DCP Crime.last_img read more

Bista eyes separate division for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling Member of Parliament Raju Bista will be making the demand that the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) be converted into a separate railway zone or division.At present, it is under the North Eastern Frontier Railways. On Tuesday, the MP visited the railway station in Darjeeling and spoke to the officials and employees. “The DHR is a world heritage. It is an integral part of the lives of the people of this region. It is a part of the daily life of people through which the train passes. It carries the rich history and legacy of this place. We have to be more focused on the DHR,” stated the BJP MP. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTalking to media persons in Siliguri, Bista stated that as soon as he returns to Delhi he will take up the issue of creating separate DHR division or zone. “This will give more focus to the DHR. People from all over the world visit Darjeeling to see and ride the DHR. We have to overhaul it and improvise on it,” stated Bista. In Kurseong, the MP was apprised of the Railway printing press that has been shut down as manual tickets are no longer printed. “However the local residents have approached me with the proposal that this age old printing press should be converted into a museum. I will take it up with the Railways,” assured Bista. In 1879, work first started on the DHR, then called the Darejeeling Steam Tramways. DHR was inscribed as the a world heritage site on December 2, 1999.last_img read more

Kerala actress Warrier crew safe in Himachal

first_imgManali: Top Kerala actress Manju Warrier and a 25-member crew of Malayalam film “Kyttem”, who were stuck in high mountains of Himachal Pradesh following heavy rain and landslides, are safe and likely to be evacuated later in the day, officials said on Wednesday. In a signed letter to authorities in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday, the actress and the crew said they were staying at Chhatru, some 100 km away from Manali, in Lahaul-Spiti district of their own will. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The administration approached us twice but we preferred to stay here till the road connectivity to Manali is restored,” said the letter written by a Manali-based tour operator. The letter in Hindi, signed by the actress and the entire crew, was handed to Sub-Divisional Magistrate Amar Negi when he met them on Tuesday. The letter said the administration would not be responsible in case of any eventuality. A team of 11 local residents was accompanying the Malayalam film crew, said the letter. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Official sources said the road connectivity between the Lahaul Valley and Manali via Rohtang Pass was badly damaged owing to landslides. “Work is on to reopen the road. Traffic bound for Manali from Lahaul would be restored by Wednesday evening,” an official with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) told IANS. Warrier, who is also the first wife of actor Dileep, along with director Sanal Kumar Sashidharan and other crew members had been shooting in Himachal Pradesh for more than two weeks. Reports that they have been trapped at Chhatru village only surfaced late on Monday when the actress called up her brother using a satellite phone. Warrier, is a hugely popular actress in the South.last_img read more

CISF restores bag containing cash Rs 122L

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Tuesday said that they have restored the bag containing cash Rs 1.22 lakh to the rightful owner at GTB Nagar metro station.According to CISF on August 26, CISF duty personnel deployed at the security checkpoint of GTB Nagar metro station noticed an unclaimed bag lying on X-BIS machine output roller. He immediately informed the mater to his Shift In-charge. “Shift In-charge of CISF reached the spot and asked the nearby passenger but no one came forward to claim it. Subsequently, the bag was checked from the security point of view and after ascertaining that there was no dangerous/hazardous item inside the bag, it was opened,” said CISF in their press statement. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn opening the bag, cash amounting to Rs1.22 lakh was found inside the bag. The bag was taken to Station Controller Room and announcement were also made but no one claimed the bag. Thereafter, the bag was deposited with the Station Controller. After some time, a person identified as Nafees (31) came at the security checkpoint and claimed for the bag. Shift In-charge of CISF brought him to the station controller room. After proper verification, the bag containing cash Rs 1.22 lakh was restored to him.last_img read more

Chandranath Sinha inaugurates Bhuribhoj restaurant 7 kitchen on wheel vehicles

first_imgKolkata: State Fisheries minister Chandranath Sinha inaugurated Bhuribhoj restaurant and seven kitchen on wheel vehicles at Nalban Food Park on Wednesday.Pradip Mazumdar, adviser to the Chief Minister on agriculture and allied sectors and Subrata Mukherjee, Managing Director, State Fisheries Development Corporation were present on the occasion. “Today, we inaugurated Bhujbhuri restaurant for people the along the along the water body. Along with it seven ready to meal vehicles were also inaugurated,” said the minister. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe vehicles, equipped with cooking facilities, will have different fish items. It will move about the city from 8 am to 8 pm. The inauguration of the vehicles comes three days ahead of the Ilish Utsav scheduled to start from August 31. The festival will conclude on September 4. “Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has a dream to make Bengal sonar bangla. We are trying to make her dream come true. People coming to Bhuribhoj will have a leisure time with family, friends and loved ones along with beautiful scenery of the water body,” Sinha added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe new restaurant will serve food at a nominal price. The items at the restaurant include fish, chick and meat. “People coming to the Bhujbhuri restaurant will be served food at a very low rate,” said Mukherjee. While, Bengal exports one tone of fish abroad, the state government is trying its level best to improve the production of fish. The Nalban Food Park, located beside the waterbody, is a major crowd-puller with a chain of specialty restaurants, including All Fish Restaurant of the State Fisheries Development Corporation. During weekends, a good number of people drop in to dine at the Nalban Food Park. The state Fisheries department had organised the three-day ‘Bengal Fish Fest 2019’ at Nalban Food Park in Salt Lake Sector V in January.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty open higher

first_imgMumbai: The Sensex opened over 100 points higher on Thursday, lifted by relatively positive global cues. At 9.55 a.m., the Sensex was trading at 36,848.19, higher by 123.45 points after the benchmark index opened at 36,821.71 from its previous close of 36,724.74. The Nifty was trading at 10,897.55, higher by 52.90 points. Meanwhile, Foreign Institutional Investors (FPIs) continued to sell Indian stocks despite the roll back of the tax surcharge. FIIs offloaded stocks worth Rs 1,738.49 crore on Wednesday. Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) bought Rs 1,304.58 crore worth of scrips.last_img

Canadas two new astronauts get rousing ovation at space agency near Montreal

first_imgLONGUEUIL, Que. – Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey have no shortage of tasks to accomplish as the new Canadian astronauts navigate their space careers, but one remains high on their to-do lists: inspiring the next generation.Kutryk, 35, of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., recounted Tuesday that seeing a Canadarm exhibit in Edmonton when he was just six years old triggered his dream to become an astronaut.“Kids look up to us,” Kutryk said as he and Sidey visited the Canadian Space Agency south of Montreal.“It’s a critical part of the job: everyone’s life starts somewhere.”Kutryk is an air force pilot with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in defence studies.Sidey, a Calgary native who has worked as a mechanical engineer, was a lecturer with the University of Cambridge.“It’s wild, it’s certainly my hope that kids will be able to look at Josh and I and think they could be in our shoes in a couple of years time,” Sidey said. “That’s really important to me.”Sidey has spent much of her life pushing for girls and women to get involved in the engineering field and she will use her platform to continue that.“I’ve done a lot of work to try to make sure that engineering is for everyone,” she said.“Engineering is just using science to make people’s lives better. That’s the only requirement. Besides that, it’s completely up to whoever wants to study it to take it where they want.”Sidey, who turns 29 in August, says her dreams of becoming an astronaut date back to 1992 when Roberta Bondar went into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery.She was about four when her mother helped her make a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and she fashioned her own space shuttle out of a toilet paper roll with the word “Jenni” written on it.“And I was ready, I thought this was a wonderful thing and I had this person (Bondar) I could identify with,” she said.Both said they have fielded calls or met with retired astronauts Bondar, Julie Payette and Dave Williams since being named Saturday.After undergoing a gruelling recruitment process, the two new astronauts celebrated Tuesday as they scoped out the space agency where they were met with a rousing ovation and took questions from several children.Tougher days lie ahead as they embark on a two-year training program in Houston along with a dozen new American recruits under the supervision of fellow Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen.“It’s adapting to the environment and really settling in so much so that we can learn,” Sidey said. “Because we need to learn a lot and we need to learn it pretty quickly, so that’s a big challenge.”Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains called the new astronauts “just really good people” and role models for kids, including his own daughters, aged six and nine.“I want them to see Jenni, I want them to look up to Jenni,” Bains said. “At such a young age, she’s accomplished so much, but she’s just a good person, she cares deeply about Canada, she’s excited about the future.”Hansen said it’s an exciting time for the agency and that its two newest members will help shape its future.“These two extraordinary Canadians had amazing things going on in their lives, they were doing tremendous work,” Hansen said.“We stole them away.”A recently convened federal space advisory board is expected to report back this summer with a long-term plan for the sector.-Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.last_img read more