Members of the Nova Scotia film, television and commercialindustry have joined together to say thank you to fellow NovaScotians for their continued support. The Thank You HRM, Thank You Nova Scotia campaign acknowledgesthe support and patience of individual property owners andbusinesses, neighbourhoods and communities who have hosted filmcrews in Halifax and across the province. It featuresadvertisements in metro and provincial newspapers. Throughout the year, individual production companies makedonations to causes in honour of many of the neighbourhoods inwhich they film. As a special token of its appreciation, and as part of the ThankYou campaign, the industry is also making a $1,000 contributionto Phoenix Youth Programs, a community-based organizationproviding arranged services for homeless and at-risk youth inHalifax. The donation recognizes the public’s assistance inmaking Nova Scotia Canada’s fourth largest film productioncentre. “The film industry is unlike any other — for it to succeed weneed the support of local community partners,” says LeslieAdamson, chair of the Film Advisory Committee. “Every time aneighbourhood is supportive of location filming it says that NovaScotia is film friendly. That encourages production which, inturn, means Nova Scotians will continue to be employed in thisindustry.” The Film Advisory Committee, which launched the appreciationcampaign, includes representatives of provincial and municipalgovernments, labour unions and other industry organizations. Industry partners of the Thank You HRM, Thank You Nova Scotiacampaign include the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation,the Halifax Regional Municipality Film Office, the Director’sGuild of Canada – Atlantic Council, Motion Picture Technicians -IATSE Local 849, ACTRA Maritimes, and InternationalCinematographers Guild – IATSE Local 667. Several industrysponsors, including Production Services Atlantic, the ComWebGroup (including William F. White and Entertainment PartnersCanada), Electropolis Film Production Studio, and the Lord NelsonHotel, also support the campaign. Nova Scotia’s film industry contributed $120 million to theprovince’s economy this past year and employed more than 2,000Nova Scotians. The industry includes representatives of suchdiverse fields as construction, acting, wardrobe, accounting andmuch more.
“This is the first step in this long journey, which inch’ Allah, God willing, will lead, in the end, to the formation of this government on schedule and to the well-prepared elections which will enable the Iraqi people to have a government that is elected through transparent, democratic elections,” Mr. Brahimi told a news briefing after the meeting. “These will be steps towards the restoration of peace and stability which the Iraqi people need and aspire to,” he added. Wishing him every success in his mission, current Governing Council President Massud Barzani pledged close cooperation between the Council’s specialized committees and Mr. Brahimi’s delegation. Asked whether security issues were discussed following the recent flare-up in violence, Mr. Barzani said the talks focused on the elections and the transfer of power.“This was an initial meeting,” he added. “Mr. Brahimi will need some time to conduct consultations with all the parties both in the Governing Council and outside the Governing Council.”Mr. Brahimi was asked if he would be meeting with personalities like Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani who, according to press reports, had concerns over UN involvement.“We will meet all the personalities that wish to contribute to this effort and wish to meet with us,” the envoy replied. “We are the United Nations and the doors of the United Nations are open to all.”Mr. Brahimi and his aides, who arrived in Baghdad yesterday, join a UN technical team, headed by Carina Perelli, already in Iraq to assess what needs to be done to hold credible elections by 31 January 2005.