Panel to replace NSPE board still in works

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TRURO - Efforts are still ongoing to recruit the proper candidates for a three-person interim panel to replace the previous 12-member Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition (NSPE) commission.

"I do know that staff within the agriculture department are still working on finding individuals to sit on the board," department spokeswoman Krista Higdon told the Truro Daily News.

"They're still working on it," she said. "It is their intent to get it done as soon as possible. I just think it's taking some time to meet and interview and do whatever they need to do to make sure it's the right people."

Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell stripped the NSPE commission of its decision-making powers last month and said he was planning to appoint a three-person panel to replace the board until a more permanent management solution is put in place.

That move came on the heels of a decision by the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board to call in a $422,000 outstanding debt owed by the commission and to assume ownership of the NSPE property and assets.

"It won't be as big as the last board, I can tell you that for sure, and it will be a whole new mandate that they have," Colwell said at the time. "And it will be legislated."

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

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Organizations: NSPE board, Truro Daily News, NSPE commission Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board

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