The justice system in Nova Scotia is making neighbourhoods safer by keeping track of people on conditional sentences and house arrest. Justice Minister Murray Scott today, May 2, announced the launch of a one-year implementation of the electronic supervision of offenders. Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to use GPS (global positioning system) technology to monitor offenders. “Electronic supervision will enhance the safety of Nova Scotians by allowing us to keep a closer eye on offenders in our province who are on conditional sentences and under house arrest,” said Mr. Scott. The initial implementation will involve up to 25 offenders and will take place in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Offenders who are subject to a sentence order containing conditions for house arrest and electronic supervision will be the initial target group. “The RCMP sees this as a great community safety and crime prevention initiative,” said Assistant Commissioner Ian Atkins, commanding officer of the RCMP in Nova Scotia. “We believe electronic monitoring of this type will make those wearing the device think twice about the possibility of re-offending, and we see the program as an opportunity to provide closer monitoring of serious offenders by policing partners.” The system will consist of an ankle bracelet and a GPS recording device, worn by the offender. The system will track the wearer’s movement and report back to a central monitoring system. Movement of the offender will be monitored 24 hours per day. “The Electronic Supervision Program is an important innovation to support offenders in the community and should provide a greater deterrent for offenders to breach their conditions or re-offend,” said Chris McNeil, deputy chief of Halifax Regional Police. “Further, it complements our strict enforcement of people on conditional sentences, and only serves to enhance police efforts and provide safer communities in Nova Scotia.” Mammoth Inc., of Halifax, and iSECUREtrac Corp., of Nebraska, have been awarded the contract to provide equipment and monitoring services for electronic supervision of offenders in Nova Scotia. iSECUREtrac will provide the GPS wireless technology equipment and Mammoth Inc. will provide the monitoring services. “This method of supervising criminal activity will be a step forward in building safer communities in our province,” said Mr. Scott. The electronic supervision project is one of many Justice initiatives meant to enhance the security of Nova Scotians. Others include the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, introduced in November 2005. Under the Act, a citizen’s complaint could lead to a court order to shut down illegal liquor, drug, prostitution and gaming locations.
Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,132.53, down 22.63 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 40 cents, or 3.27 per cent, to $11.83 on 13 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank. (TSX:TD). Financials. Down 52 cents, or 0.71 per cent, to $73.14 on 8.8 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down 72 cents, or 1.94 per cent, to $36.42 on 7.6 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 16 cents, or 0.33 per cent, to $49.15 on 7.5 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Down 29 cents, or 5.91 per cent, to $4.62 on 6.8 million shares.Hexo Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Down 53 cents, or 5.84 per cent, to $8.55 on 6.2 million shares.Companies reporting:Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Up 29 cents to $49.12. Telus Corp., BlackBerry Ltd. and two Ottawa-based partners are looking for a select number of innovative early-stage Canadian companies that can quickly put together new secure technology for the “internet of things.” The internet of things includes consumer devices such as voice-activated smart speakers and wearable fitness trackers. Industrial applications include arrays of sensors that monitor anything from highway traffic to agricultural crops.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Down $2.24 or 3.75 per cent to $57.49. Pineapple Express star Seth Rogen and screenwriter Evan Goldberg have teamed up with Canopy Growth Corp. to launch a Toronto-based Canadian cannabis brand called Houseplant. Houseplant said Canopy acquired 25 per cent of the business, and invested working capital, but would not disclose any further financial information. Rogen and Goldberg are the business leads of the company, while Canopy in its role as venture partner is providing the facilities, expertise and infrastructure to grow cannabis. The Canadian Press
BCE Inc., Canada’s largest telecommunications company, posted a near 10% increase in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday as gains in wireless results were buttressed by unexpected strength in BCE’s Internet-TV service.The Montreal-based company, which operates under the Bell brand, had a “great quarter and solid guidance,” said Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose.While BCE’s forecasts for 2015 were largely in line with expectations, analysts said surprisingly strong wireline subscriber and revenue gains show the company is taking market share from its cable-TV competitors.BCE gained 34,126 net broadband, or high-speed Internet, customers in the quarter, while rival Rogers Communications Inc