Extension given to Normal College study

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - A market study looking into the feasibility of creating a centre for the performing arts at the Normal College has been given an extension.
The town was expecting to receive the report from Lunenburg firm Novita Interpares Limited this month to comply with funding conditions from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. But the agency, which provided a third of the funding for $60,000 for the study through its innovative community fund, extended the deadline from Jan. 15 to March 15.
The extension will allow the firm to delve deeper into the project.
"I think the extension is probably a good thing," Mayor Bill Mills said Tuesday. "If we're going to do it, we want to do it right."
He has received letters from people suggesting different things and has forwarded them onto the firm to investigate.
"The interest is there," he said. "We're trying to get at a niche that no one else is doing."
The provincial Department of Economic and Rural Development, Town of Truro and Nova Scotia Community College also funded the study.
The town has worked with the NSCC, Dalhousie University and Acadia University and the provincial Department of Education on the project since Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann raised the idea more than a year ago.

Organizations: Normal College, Truro and Nova Scotia Community College, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Department of Economic and Rural Development Dalhousie University Acadia University Department of Education

Geographic location: Lunenburg

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  • Truronian
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Beth - Novita Interpares has Lunenburg Offices, and focuses on management consulting for non-profits and institutions. You can find the listing on the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks website, though I agree, there is a misspelling in this article. It is 'Interpares', not 'Intertapes.'

    The Lunenburg principles appear to by Brian Arnott and Leslie Wright, same as the Ontario Novita. The company was only registered in Nova Scotia, however, in February 2008. They were incorporated elsewhere (assuming Toronto) in 1999.

    A quick search shows the company opened the Lunenburg satellite office in 2008 to better serve Atlantic clients, and details on Mr. Arnott show he has a strong background in feasibility studies and planning for arts & cultural facilities - so I'd have to say he's probably the ideal man for the job.

  • Beth
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    So never mind the fact that I don't personally support the idea of a performing arts center here at this time, this development makes no sense.

    Did the research/marketing firm *ask* for the extension? It seems weird that ACOA would just grant an extension for no reason - it would not benefit them.

    And there doesn't seem to be any such thing as a Lunenburg company by this name. A Novita Interpares in Toronto... I guess a misspelling (or poor reporting) by the TDN is helping politicians to mislead us about who is benefitting from this waste of time and money...

  • John
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    So true, BJ. The wealthy want their entertainment subsidized. The poor want the chance to make a living. NSCC and the AC can provide the skills and grow the economy.

  • BJ
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

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    Please don't waste anymore time on this please. This town needs real sustainable jobs. Not another NSTU employment program poised to go on strike every other year. How about expanding NSCC to include hard trades one could make a living from?

    I understand that the bored and well-to-do have little to occupy themselves in the evening in this town and they would like another venue... But please not at the expense of those wanting to pay taxes and make a living.

  • jack
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    If Mayor Mills has a problem with flags and parking....he will have a coronary with a performing arts center......Just a make work project for Zann and her unemployed canadian actors....