New Legislation Helps Families Live Greener

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)/Conserve Nova Scotia/Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

November 25, 2010 11:09 AM

Amendments to two acts and a new bill that will help families save money and reduce their carbon footprint were introduced today, Nov. 25.

"Nova Scotians want to do what they can to save money and contribute to a better environment," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. "We want to make it easier for them to use clotheslines and take transit wherever possible."

Amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter will allow homeowners in HRM to finance solar hot water heating systems through their tax bills. This will be the first program of its kind in Canada.

"HRM is leading the way to greener living with this exciting new program, and the province is pleased to support it," said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex.

An Act to Prevent Prohibitions on the Use of Clotheslines
will allow all homeowners in the province to use clotheslines, regardless of restrictive covenants.

Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act will ensure transit vehicles
have the right-of-way when re-entering traffic on streets and
highways across Nova Scotia.

The bills are part of the government's Suburban Priorities Initiative.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Amendments to three bills that will help families save money

and reduce their carbon footprint will be introduced today,

(November 25th).

     Proposed changes to the Halifax Regional Municipality

Charter will allow homeowners to finance solar hot water heating

systems through their tax bills. This will be the first program

of its kind in Canada. The other amendments introduced will allow

homeowners in the province to use clotheslines regardless of

restrictive covenants and give transit vehicles the right of way

when re-entering traffic on streets and highways.

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Media Contacts: Rachel Boomer
                Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
                902-424-2733
                E-mail: boomerra@gov.ns.ca

                Cathy MacIsaac
                Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
                902-424-8978
                E-mail: maciscl@gov.ns.ca

                Kim Silver
                Conserve Nova Scotia
                902-424-8175
                E-mail: silverka@gov.ns.ca