Thirteen projects across the province are receiving grants to provide victims of sexual violence with the support they need. “We need to make sure survivors and their families can get the help they need no matter where they live,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Status of Women. “These approved projects are taking a collaborative and coordinated approach to address sexual violence across the province. They are an important step to help prevent and address sexual violence. “We know, and have heard that there are gaps in services for victims of sexual violence. Today’s funding will help community organizations strengthen their network to improve sexual assault services and provide a better future for families through projects like these.” In May, the province announced $200,000 in grants to support collaboration between organizations that address sexual violence. Organizations can use funding to expand upon partnerships, or to support proposals for potential demonstration projects being announced in September. “Today’s project funding will enable us to build more robust collaborative linkages with existing services for victims,” said Paula Marshall, executive director of the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, Eskasoni office. “This is a positive step to help us move from passively serving aboriginal women to a more active and engaged stance.” The grants are part of the province’s $1.1 million investment to address sexual violence. It builds upon the emergency funding some community organizations received in May, when they experienced an increase demand for their services. “Over the past three months there has been a collective determination to do things differently – and it’s happening,” said Ms. More. “From working differently together to ensuring services are developed in under-served areas, we are helping more survivors get support and we are taking steps to help change the culture around this issue, recognizing we still have a long way to go to end sexual violence.” More information, visit http://novascotia.ca.
Gangtok: The opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won seven Assembly seats and is leading in four constituencies while the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front won three and is ahead in six, election officials said Thursday. Sikkim has 32 Assembly seats. Chief Minister and SDF supremo Pawan Chamling won the Poklok Kamrang Assembly seat defeating his nearest Sikkim Krantikari Morcha rival Kharka Bahadur Rai by 2,899 votes, they said. He is also contesting Namchi Singhithang seat from where he is also leading by 289 votes. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCSitting MLA and SKM candidate Sonam Lama won the Sangha Assembly seat defeating his nearest Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) rival Tshering Lama by 618 votes, they said. SKM candidate Lok Nath Sharma won the Gyalshing- barnyak seat defeating his nearest SDF rival Laxuman Sharma by 1,814 votes. In the Kabi lungchuk seat Karma Loday Bhutia of SKM wom defeating his nearest SDF rival Ugen Nedup Bhutia by 1,437 votes. Mani Kumar Sharma of SKM won the Khamdong-singtam seat by defeating his nearest SDF rival Garjaman Gurung by 873 seats. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsIn the Shyari seat Kunga Nima Lepcha of SKM won by defeating his nearest SDF rival Karma Wangdi Bhutia by 1,356 votes. Sikkim Democratic Front candidate Gay Tshering Dhungel won the Upper tadong seat defeating his nearest SKM rial Anand Lama by 416 votes. In West pendam seat L B Das of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha won by defeating his nearest SDF rival Gopal Baraily by 898 votes. SKM candidate Sangay Lepch won the Yoksam-tashiding seat by only 79 votes defeating his nearest SDF rival Dichen Wangchuk Bhutia. SDF candidate Tashi Thendup Bhutia won the Barfung seat by defeating his nearest SKM rival Lobzang Bhutia by 79 votes. The SKM is leading in five seats while the ruling SDF is ahead in six seats.