The province is making immediate improvements in the Signature Resorts by investing a total of $3.1 million in the three properties. An open request for proposals for the resorts will be issued by April 1 to ensure their long-term success. “The Signature Resorts are important to our communities, our tourism industry, and our provincial economy,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “This investment will enhance visitor experiences for the 2012 season and make the resorts more attractive to potential buyers.” The investment will help fund upgrades such as new beds, televisions, fridges and carpets. “We will issue a request for proposals for the resorts to seek a broad array of business arrangements for their successful future operation,” said Mr. Paris. “We want to ensure they remain significant economic and employment generators in their rural communities.” The New Castle Hotels and Resorts management contract will be extended for another year to secure jobs in their regions and ensure the resorts operate through the 2012 tourism season. “We are pleased the province is making this investment,” Gerry Chase, president and chief operating officer New Castle Hotels and Resorts. “We look forward to operating the resorts through the 2012 season, and are confident that these enhancements will have a significant positive impact on visitor experiences at the properties.” The province owns the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa and Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre. Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa sits on federal land in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It is operated and maintained by the province under a long-term agreement with the government of Canada. Discussions have begun with Parks Canada about the future of the resort. Information about Nova Scotia’s Signature Resorts can be found at www.signatureresorts.com .
Dr Craissati’s report into Worboys, 60, reckoned… Dr Craissati was hired by Worboys’ legal team to show he did not present “a risk of serious harm” to the public. Dr Craissati is also an official paid adviser to the Parole Board and sits on its Review Committee, which examines cases where former prisoners have committed serious further offences within three years of release. John Worboys’ release was secured with the help of a psychologist who believes sex offenders are too often labelled “monstrous individuals” who cannot be treated. Dr Jackie Craissati’s expert report into Worboys helped to persuade the Parole Board to let the ‘black cab rapist’ out of jail after serving a minimum eight-year term.