Seniors and people with disabilities in East Hants can look forward to an accessible transportation program being established in their community. The province is providing $30,000 to the East Hants Adult Learning Association through the province’s Community Transportation Assistance Program. The association is currently operating a volunteer driver service and is looking to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle because there are none in the area. “These programs are very important in helping Nova Scotians with disabilities seek employment opportunities and providing seniors with access to medical services that they otherwise wouldn’t have,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We are proud to partner with community organizations to help Nova Scotians have access to the services they need to participate in their communities.” The Community Transportation Assistance Program provides funding to community organizations that offer a wide range of services to disabled Nova Scotians, including wheelchair-accessible vehicles for people with mobility needs. In 2004-05, the program provided more than 90,000 rides throughout the province. Since the program’s inception in 2001, the number of counties with accessible community-based transportation has increased from three to nine. Areas that now have programs are in: Municipal District of Clare, Municipal District of West Hants and in Kings, Pictou, Colchester, Annapolis, Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties. “We are really excited to add this service to the infrastructure of East Hants for the benefit of its residents,” said Robert MacLellan, executive director of the East Hants Adult Learning Association. The East Hants Accessible Transportation Service is a project led by the East Hants Adult Learning Association. For more information, call 902-883-5376. For information on the Community Transportation Assistance Program see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/dialaride .
Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ, TSX:AC) The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc. says a Quebec securities tribunal has cease traded an offer made by Groupe Mach Acquisition Inc. for 6.9 million class B voting shares of the travel company.The decision means the Montreal developer is not allowed to acquire any shares under its scheme and is expected to return promptly to shareholders any shares already deposited.The company is also forbidden from using any proxies associated with shares deposited under the scheme.Group Mach had offered $14 per share in an effort to derail a pending acquisition of the company by Air Canada. It had hoped to secure the shares and then vote against Air Canada’s offer, which requires at least two-thirds support from shareholders.However, Air Canada raised its friendly takeover offer for Transat on the weekend to $18 per share from $13 to win the support of Transat’s largest shareholder, investment firm Letko Brosseau.Transat shares were up $4.91 at $16.70 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.