What do a theatre, drum festival and motorcycle rally have in common? They all bring people from near and far to celebrate uniquely Nova Scotia experiences and they all got a boost from the province today, Nov. 14. Recently appointed Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks announced more than $50,000 in funding for the Savoy Theatre, Cape Breton International Drum Festival and 2008 Atlantic Harley Owners Group Rally during visits to Glace Bay and Sydney today. “Culture and tourism play significant roles in the well being of our communities,” said Mr. Dooks. “Today’s investments will help to strengthen the quality of life in our communities for residents and tourists alike.” The Savoy Theatre has hosted an array of cultural performances for more than 80 years. Built in 1920, it is an important feature of the cultural landscape in Glace Bay and its longevity is a testament of its importance to the people of the area. The theatre is about to launch a fund-raising effort to ensure its long-term sustainability. A $25,000 investment from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage will give it a leg-up for the campaign launch. The Cape Breton International Drum Festival will take place in Sydney on April 26-27. It includes cultural and rhythmic performances by some of the best drummers in the world, as well as workshops, networking opportunities and jam sessions. A $10,000 investment will help market the event through a new website, radio, television and print advertising in Atlantic Canada and a special advertising feature in the New York Times, one of Nova Scotia’s target gateway markets. The 2008 Atlantic Harley Owners Group Rally will be hosted by Sydney, with events around the island, July 16-19. The rally will give motorcycle enthusiasts a chance to visit new locations and experience local culture. The province’s $20,000 investment will help market the event through print advertising in Atlantic Canada and a consumer trade show in Moncton. In addition, Biker TV, which broadcasts in New England markets, will promote the event for six weeks.
The DMC said that 17,912 people still remain in evacuation camps around the country. The death toll from the bad weather experienced in the country since last week had reached 36 this afternoon with 7 still missing.According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC) the death toll rose from 34 to 36 today with the recovery of the bodies of 2 people reported missing. Over 300,000 people had been affected by the heavy rain, landslides and strong winds since early last week. The DMC said that over 4000 houses were fully damaged and around 10,272 houses partially damaged from the bad weather.Several families in Mannar were also evacuated today owing to floods.