the Young Heroes Youth Mentorship Program — and members of the Gaelic community at Province House today, April 30, to launch Gaelic Awareness Month by raising the flag of the Nova Scotia Gaels. Nova Scotians will celebrate the contributions of Gaels, their language and culture, and their unique communities. Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey and Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince were joined by Na Gaisgich Òga “The rich language and culture of Nova Scotia Gaels make our province a unique place in the Canadian tapestry,” said Mr. Delorey. “Ours is the only remaining region in the country where Gaelic language and culture is being passed down from generation to generation within the community. “The numerous contributions Gaels make to the province are evident through our Gaelic-speaking elders, a vibrant adult-learner community and a growing number of youth involved in school programs and mentorships such as Na Gaisgich Òga.” A focal point of this year’s Gaelic Awareness Month is the recognition of 10 young people enrolled in the Gaelic Affairs’ and Colaisde na Gàidhlig, the Gaelic College’s collaborative pilot program Na Gaisgich Òga — The Young Heroes. Based on a mentorship approach where the youth gather one weekend a month for 10 months, the program focuses on conveying Gaelic cultural expression such as storytelling, song, music and step dancing through the Gaelic language. Youth work with a mentor between gatherings to further develop their language proficiency and cultural appreciation. “Gaelic heritage is claimed by thousands of Nova Scotians, and we continue to honour that heritage by recognizing and sharing Gaelic traditions,” said Tonya Lundrigan-Fry, vice-president of the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia. “Our culture is alive and well, and as we move further into the 21st century, Gaelic language is the central vehicle by which our culture and heritage will flourish in future. The youth being recognized today are a key part of that future.” The month also includes the second annual Gaels Jam — An Là Mór — the annual gathering of the Gaelic Council being held this year in Mabou, Halifax Regional Municipality’s and Provincial Library’s Gaels in Nova Scotia programs, and the launch of The Gaels in Nova Scotia exhibit at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton. The second half of the month will include a visit from Gaelic educator, broadcaster, author and activist Roddy MacLean. Arriving from Scotland, Mr. MacLean will give presentations around the province on the theme Gaels and Nature: Connections between Language and Culture and Environment. For information about Gaelic in Nova Scotia and Gaelic Awareness Month events, go to http://gaelic.novascotia.ca, call 1-888-842-3542, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TORONTO — North American markets ended in the red Friday amid a mixed bag of quarterly financial reports and signs that Canada’s private sector added jobs last month even as the overall unemployment rate rose in June.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 10.79 points to 12,542.13. The Canadian dollar was up 0.28 of a cent to 97.14 cents US.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials index dropped 72.81 points to 15,425.51, the Nasdaq dipped 9.02 points to 3,660.11, while the S&P pulled back 6.06 points to 1,691.42.An onslaught of positive economic data from China was not enough to lift the markets, as figures showed that Chinese inflation in July was steady at an annual rate of 2.7% — slightly below an expected modest increase to 2.8%. Chinese industrial production also rose 9.7% in the year to June, ahead of expectations for a 9% increase and retail sales grew 13.2% in July from a year earlier, slightly slower than June’s growth rate.Overall, analysts said the figures added weight to the argument that the recent soft patch in the economic powerhouse may have come to an end. However, market reaction was fairly muted, as stocks had rallied already on Thursday after strong Chinese trade numbers.“I think the market is unwilling to jump in with both feet simply because a number of good numbers came in overnight from China,” said Andrew Pyle, associate director of wealth management for Scotia MacLeod.“You have a market now that is tired. We’ve been through the second quarter of the U.S. earnings seasona You have a market now that is searching for the next reason to stay positive and I think you’re starting to see some of that fatigue.”Meanwhile, a double-dose of economic news was also released in Canada, potentially indicating that the economy wasn’t faring at a pace that some have come to expect.Statistics Canada reported a net loss of 39,400 last month, with public sector workers and youth taking on the biggest share of the losses. On a positive note, however, Canada’s private sector employers added 31,400 jobs.The official unemployment rate is now 7.2%, one-tenth of a point higher than in June.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. also reported that total housing starts continued to be relatively stable in July.The federal agency estimated there were 17,993 actual starts in July which, extrapolated over 12 months, totals a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 192,853 starts. That was slightly down from June’s adjusted annual rate of 193,797.On the TSX, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares rose more than seven%, or 68 cents, to $10.05 on a report that the smartphone-maker’s chief executive and board of directors are warming to the idea of taking the company private.The reports by Reuters said no decision was imminent and BlackBerry issued a brief statement saying it doesn’t comment on rumours or speculation.Meanwhile, autoparts giant Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) reported a US$415 million profit and record-high second-quarter sales, which were up 16% from the same time last year and well above analyst estimates.Magna also said it now expects between $33.3 billion and $34.7 billion of sales in 2013 — about $700 million higher than Magna’s outlook in May. Its shares were ahead $2.15 to $82.30.Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A) reported a profit of US$802 million, up from US$379 million a year ago. Despite the positive earnings, its shares dipped 59 cents to $37.99.The TSX gold sector ended ahead 1.68% as December gold bullion gained $2.30 to US$1,312.20 an ounce. Shares in Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) climbed more than 10%, or 44 cents, to $4.74, while Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) shares were ahead 40 cents to $18.00.The energy sector fell 0.09% as September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up $2.57 to US$105.97 a barrel.The metals and mining sector was the leading advancer in the market, climbing 4.05% as copper added four cents to $3.31.Shares in First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) were up 81 cents to $17.93, while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) saw an uptick of $1.02 to $27.33.The Canadian Press read more