Four municipalities and a community arts centre will help fight climate change and improve air quality with more than $448,000 in provincial funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The funding, from the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change, was announced today, June 24, in the Municipality of the County of Annapolis by Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Government is showing genuine leadership that is on the side of municipalities so that, together, we are making our environment healthier and our economy stronger,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Each of these municipalities is making great strides toward a cleaner Nova Scotia for future generations.” The Municipality of the County of Annapolis is receiving more than $195,000 to install energy management control systems, energy efficient lighting, and insulation in up to 11 buildings. “We have completed energy audits on all of our facilities. With the use of EcoNS funding, we will be investing in changes that will reduce our energy consumption,” said Peter Newton warden of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis. “As we reduce our consumption to a sustainable level, we will look at alternate energy sources in order to reduce our dependence on external energy. This will reduce the impact of rising energy costs and enable us to have secure energy supply.” The Municipality of the District of Argyle is receiving more than $58,000 in ecoNova Scotia funding for two projects: a heat recovery system that will extract energy from wastewater which can be used to heat two new buildings at the wastewater treatment plant; and upgrades to the administration building, including insulation, energy efficient lighting, and an energy management control system. The ecoNova Scotia Fund is also contributing more than $144,000 to the Town of Berwick to add energy efficiencies to its town hall. Insulation, window awnings, a solar wall and an energy efficient heating system will be installed. Other projects in the Valley region are receiving amounts ranging from $23,000 to about $28,000 for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects. Projects include the installation of outdoor solar showers and a solar hot water system at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. Mr. Belliveau said the projects are helping the province meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, as well as significantly reduce air pollutants. He said ecoNova Scotia funding has helped many Nova Scotian businesses and municipalities contribute to meeting that goal. The projects announced today will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 600 tonnes and air pollutants by 1,900 kilograms every year, and help municipalities reduce operating costs. These projects are the equivalent of taking more than 120 cars off the road. More ecoNova Scotia funding announcements will be made soon. The ecoNova Scotia fund is distributing an original $42.5 million grant from the government of Canada. All funding is fully committed and no new applications are being accepted.
Less than a year after it was created, a group looking to raise Tim Hortons franchisees’ concerns over the chain’s management has recruited half of all of Tim Hortons Canadian franchisees into its ranks.The Great White North Franchisee Association president David Hughes said in a letter sent to all franchisees that half of the chain’s franchisees have shown they support the significant issues the group publicizes.The association incorporated in March to raise franchisee concerns, including the use of advertising funds and cost-cutting measures that it says impact quality.Hughes said the GWNFA has decided to defer fee payments over a six-month period to give struggling store owners the chance to join, noting that many do so anonymously.The president encouraged franchisees to join the growing group, and said the association hopes to hold elections for a new board of directors in January 2018.The GWNFA and parent company Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR) have been at odds since its formation, and have initiated legal actions against each other.The GWNFA filed a $500-million lawsuit in June alleging RBI improperly used money from a national advertising fund. The allegations have not been proven in court and RBI has said it vehemently disagrees with and denies the allegations.In September, RBI subsidiary TDL Group Corp. served default notices to the association’s board members, including Hughes. The company accused them of providing confidential information to Tim Hortons former CEO Don Schroeder, who then allegedly gave it to a Canadian newspaper. Schroeder and the GWNFA have denied these claims.The association then filed a lawsuit alleging RBI, its subsidiary and several executives continually subvert their right to associate. None of the claims have been proven in court and Tim Hortons has called the lawsuit unfounded.Hughes told franchisees in the letter that the association’s efforts have helped bring about significant changes.“But we still have many issues still to tackle in order to bring profitability and sustainability to each of you.”