Community Services Minister David Morse says the province will beable to better respond to the housing needs of Nova Scotiansfollowing recent discussions with federal and provincialcounterparts. “Each province has unique housing needs that require a variety oftools and solutions,” said Mr. Morse today, Dec. 7. “In NovaScotia, our challenge is two-fold. We need to increase the supplyof affordable housing in areas of significant demand, whilesustaining existing housing stock in the province.” Mr. Morse made his comments following last week’s federal-provincial-territorial meeting of ministers responsible forhousing in Gatineau, Que. During the meeting, ministers agreed toa common set of principles to guide the development of a long-term strategy for a variety of housing initiatives in Canada. Ministers agreed to move forward based on the principles ofcollaboration; flexibility; responsiveness; joint decisionmaking; and empowerment of Canadians regarding their housingsituation. Mr. Morse co-chaired the meeting with federal minister of Labourand Housing, Joe Fontana. It was acknowledged that any agreementmust respect the specific needs and priorities of each province. “More than 20,000 low-income households in Nova Scotia are helpedeach year through federal-provincial housing programs and wewould like to do more,” said Mr. Morse. “It is important that wecontinue to work together to provide better housing for low-income Nova Scotians.” Future talks on improving programs and developing a long-termapproach to housing will take place in the spring of 2005. Mr.Morse will continue to co-chair this meeting.
Halton Regional Police are searching for two men after an armed robbery at a home in Burlington on Wednesday.Police say the pair entered a house on Bonnieview Ave.home through an unlocked back door around 10:30 p.m.According to police, one of the men was armed with a handgun and an aerosol can, believed to be either bear spray or pepper spray.He confronted the two elderly homeowners and demanded their bank cards and pin numbers.The couple was then forced into the bathroom.The thieves stole several electronic items and a purse before running away.The homeowners got out of the washroom and called police.The first suspect is described a white, 6’2” with a medium build. He was wearing a black ski mask, black jeans and black shoes.The second suspect is white, 5’9” and clean shaven. He was wearing a black hoodie, black jeans and a trapper hat with fur ear flaps.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Robbery Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2343.Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online.Meanwhile, police are reminding residents to always lock their doors.