The province will continue to pay the 10 municipalities with university and hospital residences 100 per cent of the grants-in-lieu of taxes, which began in 2006-07. Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, introduced an amendment to the Municipal Grants Act, today, March 21. “Last year we increased the grants-in-lieu for property of universities, which has been a long-standing request of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities,” said Mr. Muir. “The change will allow the department to continue to cover the full taxes for property of university residences.” This amendment puts the existing practice of paying municipalities this grant-in-lieu into law. It would secure the benefit for ten municipalities including the Halifax Regional Municipality, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Antigonish, Clare, Pictou, Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Wolfville, Yarmouth and Colchester.
RICHMOND, Va. — A U.S. appeals court has tossed a key federal permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that deals with impacts on threatened or endangered species.A panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday vacated the permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.The court wrote that the agency’s decisions had been fast-tracked and the agency “appears to have lost sight” of its mandate. Four species that would be affected by the 600-mile (965-kilometre) natural gas pipeline were at issue in the appeal.A Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.The decision is the latest in a series of legal setbacks for the pipeline, construction of which has been on hold since December.Lead developer Dominion Energy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Press