The story of Halifax Harbour will be told by Gordon Fader duringa lunchtime talk on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at the 2004 Mining MattersConference in Halifax. Mr. Fader, an employee of the Geological Survey of Canada’sAtlantic Geoscience Centre, will speak about some unusualfeatures of the harbour that he has uncovered during 15 years ofstudy. “We are pleased Mr. Fader is participating in Mining Matters inone of his last official speaking venues before he retires after35 years with the Geological Survey of Canada,” said NaturalResources Minister Richard Hurlburt. “His presentation covers thegeological aspects of Halifax Harbour, but includes otherinteresting discoveries about the harbour.” Many people may not know about the numerous shipwrecks that havecome to rest on the harbour bottom, or that the original bridgesthat crossed The Narrows were discovered in the area, and thatHurricane Juan caused changes to the seabed. Mining Matters is an annual conference that promotes mineraldevelopment opportunities in Nova Scotia by government agencies,universities and the private sector, and inform the public aboutthe province’s geological history. “This conference provides an opportunity to increase awareness ofthe importance of our mineral resources and to help facilitateeconomic development,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “It is a goodopportunity for the public to see what is happening and to talkto those who work in the mineral industry.” The conference will feature a number of talks on currentdevelopments in Nova Scotia’s mining industry, including the newgypsum wallboard plant in Point Tupper, and presentations on themineral resources in southweastern Nova Scotia. The luncheonspeaker on Monday, Nov. 1 will tell conference delegates abouthow the success of an Australian mining company with roots inAtlantic Canada pertains to current gold exploration in NovaScotia. During the two-day event, Heather Lawson, a stone mason from BassRiver, will demonstrate her stone carving skills. Ms. Lawson willbe working on a sandstone plinth that will be used to display afossil from the Joggins fossil cliffs. The conference takes place on Nov. 1 and 2 at the Westin NovaScotian Hotel. All talks and presentations are free but there isa charge for the two luncheons. Two, one-day field trips are alsooffered for a fee on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Mining Matters is sponsored by the Department of NaturalResources, the Office of Economic Development, the Nova ScotiaChamber of Mineral Resources, and the Mining Society of NovaScotia. For more information on Mining Matters see the Department ofNatural Resources website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .
The DMC said that around 100 people were displaced by the incident and one child sustained injuries and was admitted to hospital.Temporary shelters have been erected for the displaced families in the area and dry rations have also been provided. Strong winds lashed through Batticaloa last evening damaging at least 73 houses, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today.Of the houses damaged some 20 houses were completely destroyed by the winds displacing several people. Efforts are underway to repair the damaged houses, the DMC said.