Five outstanding Nova Scotians whose excellence and community leadership gained them provincewide acclaim and respect will be invested into the Order of Nova Scotia this fall. Lt.-Gov J.J. Grant, Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia, made the announcement today, Aug. 28. “Through their remarkable achievements and passion for helping others, these individuals inspire our fellow citizens to strive for excellence in all facets of life,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “On behalf of the Queen and all Nova Scotians, I extend my sincere thanks to the recipients for their lifelong service to our province.” The 2015 Order of Nova Scotia recipients are: — Dr. Margaret Macdonald Casey, Halifax: Dr. Margaret Casey is a health-care provider, an educator, and a community advocate. She is one of a small group of health professionals who recognized the urgent need of accessible health care for families in the north end of Halifax and worked to provide it. Dr. Casey is a role model and mentor to many in the medical profession who champions the importance of improving the social determinants of health. — Louis E. Deveau, Dartmouth: Originally from Salmon River, Digby Co., Louis Deveau founded Acadian Seaplants Limited, a multi-national, bio-tech manufacturing company specializing in technical marine plant-derived products with exports to over 80 countries. Today, the company employs over 350 people in eight countries and 700 seasonal harvesters in Canada, Maine and Ireland. It also operates five major manufacturing facilities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ireland. — Martin R. (Rudy) Haase, Chester: Rudy Haase is an exceptional community leader, mentor, and entrepreneur with decades of service to a range of causes. Rudy is one of Nova Scotia’s longest serving environmentalists. He has fought against harmful pesticides, uranium mining, nuclear power, and clear-cut logging, always with wisdom and civility. He was the first landowner to donate a conservation easement to the new Nova Scotia Nature Trust, protecting a tract of land on the Bras d’Or Lakes in 1996. — Sharon Hope Irwin, Sydney: Sharon Hope Irwin has devoted 40 years to ensuring that child care is inclusive, affordable, accessible and comprehensive. She moved to Nova Scotia in 1974 to create the Town Daycare Centre in Glace Bay and serve as its executive director. The centre successfully integrated children with visual impairments, children who had brittle bone disease and those with cerebral palsy. Ms. Hope Irwin created the non-profit SpeciaLink: The National Centre for Early Childhood Inclusion. — Alistair MacLeod, Dunvegan (Posthumous): Alistair MacLeod is recognized as one of Cape Breton Island’s finest literary voices. Alistair was a storyteller, deeply influenced by the Gaelic language and culture of his people. He was able to translate the spirit and value of oral traditions into the printed word and his words were translated into 17 languages. He has been acknowledged by numerous accolades, including, in 2001, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel, No Great Mischief. The Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council selected the recipients from 108 nominations brought forward by their fellow Nova Scotians The 2015 recipients will be recognized at the 14th investiture ceremony on Sept. 30 at Province House in Halifax. The Order of Nova Scotia was established in June 2001 and is the highest honour bestowed by the province. Since it was created, 77 recipients have been invested into the Order. Recipients have the right to use the initials O.N.S. after their names.
Recently, a private bank informed a customer that they would like to reissue a debit card “for security reasons” two days after she returned from a trip to Sri Lanka. A senior official of a private bank said there was no advisory or black list of countries but “we advice customers in a general way, like we tell them about phishing, to be careful while using credit cards”. (Colombo Gazette) Many travel agents have an informal list of countries where it is risky to use credit cards because information can be stolen and misused. Credit card information thieves often target tourists who buy electronics, or visit pubs and clubs, the Times of India report said. The newspaper report said that it is riskier to swipe credit cards in Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia than in Europe. “We tell travelers not to use credit cards at clubs, pubs, casinos, department stores or small shops when they travel abroad. It is a risk to use ATM machines in Malaysia. There is no advisory or black list available, but we get a lot of feedback from other travel agents about customer experiences abroad,” said Basheer Ahmed, an office-bearer of Travel Agents’ Federation of India.“It is better to ask your bank whether it is safe to use a credit card before going on a trip abroad. Banks say that Singapore is the safest. My bank issued a fresh card after I used it in Sri Lanka,” said D Sudhakara Reddy, national president, Air Passengers’ Association of India. Sri Lanka has been noted among countries where it is risky to use credit cards, Indian media reports said today.A report in the Times of India said that some banks in India have issued their customers fresh cards after they had used their cards in Sri Lanka.