Sobeys Sydney River, 45 Keltic Dr. Sobeys Yarmouth, 76 Starrs Rd. Sobeys Bedford, 55 Peakview Way, near Larry Uteck Blvd. Select Nova Scotia and Sobeys are teaming up to celebrate and support local food and farmers with events at three Sobeys stores and two Foodland stores on Friday, Feb. 27. “We’re lucky to live in a province with such a vibrant local agriculture scene, providing year-round access to fresh, nutritious and delicious products,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “We want to grow the local economy and help create jobs. I am pleased Sobeys is helping this effort by providing shoppers with local products.” Events will be held at the following Sobeys locations from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Foodland Chester, 4115 Highway 3 Foodland Tatamagouche, 124 Main St. Events will be held at the following Foodland locations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: “Local is in season year-round at Sobeys and Foodland stores. Apples, root vegetables, maple syrup, and blueberries are all in our stores right now and those are truly just a few of the many local products in store,” said Steve Read, local business development manager for Sobeys Atlantic. “These events will showcase some of the local producers we partner with and draw attention to the many more we carry.” Many local products such as cheese, soaps, juices and meats will be showcased at the event, but the main feature will be apples. Farmers and producers will be at pop-up stands within the Sobeys and Foodland stores showcasing their products. Customers will be able to taste and learn where the food came from and how it is grown. Sobeys chefs and employees will also be handing out samples of delicious apple-themed recipes and other local fare available in stores. Other local events are planned for March and April. Details for locations will be available at www.selectnovascotia.ca .
Unsafe water and poor sanitation are killing almost 55 children every day in Mozambique, a country plagued by one of the highest child mortality rates in the world, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today. Cholera – which thrives where filthy water stagnates – is still endemic in parts of the country, and the threat of the disease looms over the most vulnerable children, UNICEF said. Over the past nine months, 12,433 people were treated and 109 people died from the disease. According to UNICEF, of every 1,000 children born in Mozambique, 246 die within their first five years, with 13 per cent of these deaths directly attributable to a lack of access to clean water, proper sanitation and poor hygiene practices. “This translates into 55 children under five years of age dying every day from diarrhoea. Thousands more are at risk because of cholera, infections caused by dirty water, and inadequate sanitation conditions if conditions are not improved and work is not speeded up,” UNICEF warned. A study conducted in November 2002 showed that 25 per cent of households surveyed were spending more than an hour every day to reach their water source. Efforts to obtain fresh water place enormous strains on family members, particularly women and children. “These chores fall heavily on children, particularly girls, preventing them from attending school. Furthermore, many schools have no latrines. The lack of privacy spells a powerful deterrent for parents to keep their daughters out school,” UNICEF said. In rural areas, only 26 per cent of the population can get clean water, while 29 per cent have access to latrines. UNICEF has responded by providing the Government’s public works department with funds and chlorine for emergency water treatment, and has implemented massive hygiene promotion campaigns.