On Jan. 1, 2007, Nova Scotia anglers can head to selected lakes and streams across the province to enjoy winter fishing. “In addition to being a healthy outdoor activity, winter fishing offers some excellent opportunities for both experienced and beginner anglers,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “For those who love the outdoors, fishing is an ideal winter sport.” With interest growing in the winter sport fishery, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture will open limited winter seasons for stocked rainbow trout, chain pickerel and white and yellow perch. “Winter angling offers a unique outdoor experience, but we want to ensure everyone enjoys it safely,” said Mr. Chisholm. “I encourage all anglers to use caution during the winter fishery, whether they are fishing from shore, in boats or through the ice.” Anglers need a 2006 general fishing licence, which can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. They are valid until March 31, 2007. The Bras d’Or Lakes are open for winter angling of rainbow trout from Jan. 1 to March 31, with a bag limit of two fish per day. Five areas of the Bras d’Or Lakes are closed to all angling to protect brook trout and Atlantic salmon. They include the areas above the Baddeck River Bridge on Highway 105 (including Cains Pond); inside the East Bay sandbar; above Crowdis Bridge in River Denys Basin; above Black River Bridge in Dundee; and above Mackenzie Brook bridge near the south side of River Denys. Several other lakes will reopen this winter for rainbow trout fishing: Cameron and Gillis lakes, Antigonish County; Angevine Lake, Cumberland County; Albro Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality; Gairloch Lake, Pictou County; Goose Harbour Lake, Guysborough County; Sucker Lake, Lunenburg County; Levers Lake and No. 20 Dam, Cape Breton County; Hidden Hills Lake, Queens County and Everitts Lake, Digby County. The season on these lakes runs from Jan. 1 to March 31 with a bag limit two fish per day. In addition, Meadow Pond, Hants County and Silver and Sunken lakes, Kings County, will be open for rainbow trout from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28. The bag limit is two fish per day. Anglers who enjoy fishing chain pickerel can do so in Digby County on the Meteghan River, including all lakes and tributaries and on the Annis River and Kiack Brook (near Belleville South) in Yarmouth County, including all lakes and tributaries. Other lakes open for chain pickerel this winter include Louis Lake, Queens County; Walls Lake, The Ponds in Port LaTour and Bakers Flats on Cape Sable Island, Shelburne County; Morris, Russell, Fish and Kinsac lakes in Halifax Regional Municipality; Lily Lake (Cogamun Pond), Hants County; Shortts Lake, Colchester County; and Black Lake and West Branch Lake, Pictou County. The season runs from Jan. 1 to March 31 with a bag limit of 25 fish per day. Angling for white and yellow perch is permitted from Jan. 1 to March 31 on Springfield Lake, Annapolis County; Angevine (Dewars Lake), Cumberland County; Cameron and Gillis lakes, Antigonish County; Meteghan River, including all lakes and tributaries, Yarmouth County; Albro Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality; Shortts Lake, Colchester County; and Woodward Sanford Lake, Hants County. The bag limit for each species is 25 fish per day.
It is an adventurous student who chooses to leave home and travel more than 8,000 kilometres to complete high school in a foreign land far away from family and friends. Viktor Amador is one of those students. The 17-year-old native of Sao Paulo, Brazil is among 540 foreign students attending public school in Nova Scotia this year as part of the Nova Scotia International Student Program. The program is marking its 10th anniversary this year. “I knew the education here in Canada, in Nova Scotia, would be better than in Brazil,” said Mr. Amador, who is in Grade 12 at Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro. “I have not been disappointed.” Since 1997, more than 3,300 international students have chosen to come to Nova Scotia to learn English, earn high school credits and immerse themselves in Canadian and Nova Scotian culture. This year, there are students from 14 countries, including Mexico, Thailand, Korea and the Netherlands. “I thought it would be a great experience,” said Mr. Amador, who wants to study at Dalhousie University after he graduates. “It has been incredible getting to know a new culture, develop my English, meet new people and go to a country that I have never been to before.” Education Minister Karen Casey said the dramatic growth in the popularity of the program has been a boon to both visiting students and Nova Scotian students as well as the almost 500 families that host them. “The Nova Scotia International Student Program gives our students a first-hand appreciation of the wider world and of other cultures. It also benefits our the province economically,” she said. The economic spin-offs to the province are significant. Last year, international students contributed $6.8 million to the Nova Scotia economy. “I grew up in rural Nova Scotia and never had the chance to meet students from other countries when I was in school. Today children think it is normal to have students from China or Colombia in their classes, just as normal as getting on a plane and flying to the other side of the planet,” said Paul Millman, executive director, Nova Scotia International Student Program. “They live in a different world than I grew up in and the program has been a big part of creating this environment for students across Nova Scotia,” Flags commemorating the anniversary of the program are being delivered to participating high schools across the province today, Oct. 12.