The province is helping Maple Leaf Foods employees prepare to re-enter the workforce. Toronto-based Maple Leaf Foods is closing its poultry plant in Canard, Kings Co., in April, leaving 380 employees without a job. The province opened a transition office today, Jan. 24, at the plant. “The transition office will help Maple Leaf Foods employees prepare for the next step,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We will provide training and support to meet their needs and the needs of the local economy. We hope this will ultimately help them find new employment here at home.” The transition office is being opened and operated in partnership with the Department of Education, Service Canada, the management of Maple Leaf Foods and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Community partnerships will also be established to ensure employees have access to all available supports and services. “I’m pleased that government has brought together key partners who will work together to help these employees,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “It’s important that we do everything we can to support these Nova Scotians.” As part of the transition office, representatives from the Department of Education and Service Canada will be available to answer questions and provide information and support on topics such as employment insurance, career exploration and retraining to name a few. One priority will be to conduct an employee assessment to develop a profile of age, education and skill levels. Targeted training will help employees upgrade skills to match the needs of the local economy. The office will also work with Maple Leaf Foods management and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union to connect employees and interested employers. The services will be provided at no cost to employees. “We provide a range of programs for workers in transition,” said Stu Gourley, senior executive director of the Department of Education’s skills and learning branch. “Once we have a profile of the employees, we will provide a range of training options — upgrading literacy and numeracy skills, acquiring a high school diploma or getting some post-secondary education through NSCC.” “The goal is to prepare these employees to take advantage of new employment opportunities as quickly as possible.” Transition services will be available to employees until they are no longer required.
InfiNet Wireless, the global manufacturer of carrier-grade broadband wireless solutions, has successfully deployed a high-performance wireless infrastructure for Shubarkol Komir JSC, the largest coal producer in Kazakhstan and part of Eurasian Group (ERG). This new network effectively represents a major upgrade to the IT infrastructure and the mission-critical video-surveillance platform previously used by this energy company.The project, implemented in conjunction with InfiNet’s regional partner Informsvyaz Kazakhstan LLP (Almaty), consisted of InfiNet various wireless solutions deployed to successfully provide connectivity between 35 distant facilities which cover an area of more than 75 km2 within the territory of the Centralny and Zapadny open-pit coal mines.InfiNet’s record-breaking Point-to-Point solution, the InfiLINK 2×2, provided data transfer rates of up to 70 Mbps, as well as rates of up to 35 Mbps for Point-to-Multipoint subscriber units from the InfiMAN 2×2 portfolio, with significant room to deliver even higher capacities well into the future using the same platform. All the wireless units deployed are guaranteed to remain fully operational even during exteme temperature ranges between -55 and +60°C. “The added challenge of high levels of humidity and the presence of solid dust particles that are commonly found in the air at open-pit coal mines has been is eliminated thanks to InfiNet’s robust units and the use of a IP66-rated cameras for the CCTV element. Resistance to extreme environmental factors was crucial in the selection of InfiNet as the preferred technlogical partner for this project.”The current applications deployed by Shubarkol Komir are VoIP services, reliable internet access, a corporate information network as well as a robust and secure CCTV for monitoring field industrial facilities, thus protecting the company’s valuable assets even when deployed in remote locations.“Mining companies rely heavily on good technological platforms to ensure flawless operation and high productivity in all their sites, wherever they are located. We are always ready to implement the most complex of solutions in order to enable connectivity for hard-to-access areas and where deployment of a fibre-optic solution is too costly or simple not technically feasible. Deploying a wireless access network, with the added benefit of including a brand new video surveillance system for all our quarries, has allowed us to significantly increase the amount of data, and its reliability gathered from all our extraction sites. This has improved our productivity and our business processes,” said Аrgyn Agzamov, Deputy CIO at EurasiaTeleCom LLP (also part of ERG).Shubarkol Komir JSC is one of Kazakhstan’s largest thermal coal producers. Established in 1983, the company produces over 9 Mt of coal per year covering around 25% of fuel needs of Kazakhstan in the domestic sector. The entity operates two open pit coal mines: Centralny and Zapadny, as well as stone pits. It also performs coal conversion, services access roads, manages rail transportation and produces and sells water.