Provincial government employees in the Halifax region showed extraordinary support during their annual United Way campaign, raising more than $538,000. The campaign goal was $450,000. Provincewide, government employees raised almost $575,000. “As always, the success of our campaign can be attributed to the dedicated employees who believe the United Way is making a real difference in our communities,” said Kim MacNeil, divisional chair of the provincial campaign and executive director of environmental science and program management at Environment, this year’s host department. “Our account executives and departmental employees worked to help United Way-funded agencies and programs in our communities and also to promote sustainability and environmental responsibility in the process.” For more than 50 years, provincial government employees have supported the United Way. Funds raised in 2009 helped the United Way of Halifax Region fund 57 agencies and more than 100 programs. To complement the theme of this year’s provincial government campaign, “environmental responsibility supports sustainable and healthy communities,” organizers made many environmentally responsible decisions such as providing web-based information instead of paper material, organizing environment-themed events and reducing resource use. “The provincial government employee campaign made a significant contribution to help the United Way of Halifax Region surpass our goal of $6.2 million,” said Catherine Woodman, president and CEO of United Way of Halifax Region. The provincial government campaign was managed by volunteers in 43 government departments and agencies. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education will host the campaign in 2011. For more information on United Way, visit www.unitedway.ca .
HALIFAX — Encana Corp. says natural gas is now being exported from the Deep Panuke project off Nova Scotia.But spokeswoman Lori MacLean says it will be a couple of weeks before the offshore platform is producing a steady flow of gas.The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board gave Encana the green light Aug. 2 to begin shipping gas to its production field centre offshore and ultimately to market.The federal-provincial regulator said it issued the authorization after reviewing the Calgary-based company’s readiness for operations.The project has been plagued by delays since receiving regulatory approval in 2007.It was initially supposed to go into production by late 2010.Dutch-based SBM Offshore owns and operates the platform on behalf of Encana.