Sixteen students across Nova Scotia have been awarded scholarships to help pursue careers in the energy sector. The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program is offered to high school students who will study in an energy-related field during their post-secondary education. This year, eight $10,000 renewable scholarships were awarded to students taking energy-related studies at university. There were also eight $2,500 scholarships presented to students accepted into trades and technology programs at the Nova Scotia Community College. “I strongly believe that this scholarship program is an amazing opportunity for students,” said Cali Kehoe, a winner of this year’s university scholarship. “I am very proud and grateful to be one of the recipients. I look forward to putting this money to great use in building my engineering future.” This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship. Since 2005, Pengrowth Management Limited, Pengrowth Energy Corporation and the province have invested over $3 million in the scholarship program and more than 180 students have benefited. “Pengrowth is thrilled to be celebrating the 10 years of success that the scholarship program has had thus far,” said Jim MacDonald, director of Pengrowth’s East Coast operations. “We love the enthusiasm of these students and we’re very happy to provide financial assistance to help them become more involved in the ever-growing Nova Scotia energy field.” “As we develop a world-class energy sector in our province, it is extremely important that we continue to support our students’ education and research in this field,” said Energy Minister Andrew Younger. “We believe this scholarship makes a huge difference in the lives of the recipients. We’re delighted to partner with Pengrowth and help Nova Scotia students build promising careers in a field they’re passionate about.” This year’s Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program recipients were chosen based on their academic standing, community involvement and interest in the Nova Scotia energy industry. Students with an interest to study in an energy-related field are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. Pengrowth Energy Corporation is a dividend-paying intermediate Canadian oil and natural gas producer, headquartered in Calgary.
A EUROPEAN COURT has issued a legal opinion to state that an Irish mother is not entitled to a paid leave of absence from work as her situation falls outside the scope of the law.The woman, who took her case to the Court of Justice of the European Union, had a child through surrogacy but was refused a paid leave of absence from her place of employment.Known as Ms Z, the woman is a teacher and she suffers from a rare condition whereby she has no uterus which means she cannot support a pregnancy despite being fertile with healthy ovaries.She and her husband had arranged for a surrogate mother to give birth to their child in California. The child is the genetic child of the couple and no mention of the surrogate mother is made on the child’s American birth certificate.Ms Z argued that she had been subject to discrimination on grounds of sex, family status and disability. However, there is no specific provision in Irish legislation for leave arising from the birth of a child through such an arrangement and the Advocate General said the country’s courts will have to decide if women will be afforded the same rights as those parents who adopt children.Paid maternity leave and adoption leave are both regulated under Irish law.The initial complaint had been made to the Equality Tribunal, which in turn, asked the European court if the refusal by the employer was a breach of EU law.Today, the legal opinion of the Advocate General outlined that there was no discrimination on the grounds of sex as the differential treatment was not based on sex but on the “refusal of national authorities to equate her situation with that of either a woman who has given birth, or an adoptive mother”.“Finding that the male parent of a child born through surrogacy would be treated in exactly the same manner”, the Advocate General Nils Wahl dismissed the argument.He also distinguished the case from the situation of a pregnant worker falling under the scope of the Pregnant Workers Directive, which provides for maternity leave of at least 14 weeks. In that regard, he emphasised that the protection afforded by the Directive applies to women who have given birth to a child and that it aims at protecting those workers in their fragile physical state.Although he stated that Ms Z’s situation should be compared to that of an adoptive mother, he emphasised that Ireland had not yet passed legislation harmonising the right to paid leave.A full judgement is expected later this year or early next year.Download the full, legal opinion>Human trafficking report is a ‘wake up’ call to government, says Immigrant CouncilShatter: One judgment rule change will allow judges to assert their independence