The province is looking skyward to support wildfire fighting capabilities and help provide better protection for Nova Scotians and our valuable resources. The Natural Resources Department has an agreement with a Halifax company to assist the department’s fleet of five helicopters, when required, to help put out wildfires. “While our current fleet is sufficient to handle the wildfire suppression needs across the province, there are times when additional help may be required,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “We need to be prepared for such an event to help better protect Nova Scotians as well as our forests, wildlife and other resources that are at risk.” Vision Air will operate on a contract basis and there may be times during the year when the service is not used. Nova Scotia does have the Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement in place with other provinces and New England states, but a local helicopter company is expected to help provide a quicker response. The province also has a contract with Central Valley Aircraft Inc. to provide a fixed wing aircraft, when required, to support the department’s existing fire tower system for detecting wildfires.
Four teenage boys aged between 15 and 17 have been charged with an aggravated hate crime over a homophobic attack against two women on a London night bus in May.The incident caused widespread outrage on social media after Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris posted about being beaten by a group of youths.They were attacked after they refused to kiss for the strangers’ entertainment, they said.Four boys, two aged 16, one aged 15 and another aged 17, have been chargedOne of the 16-year-olds, from Wandsworth, south London, is also charged with theft and handling stolen goods, while the other, from the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is accused of possessing cannabis.The 15-year-old boy, also from Kensington and Chelsea, faces an additional charge of handling stolen goods.All four are due to appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court on August 21.Former prime minister Theresa May condemned the assault, saying: “This was a sickening attack and my thoughts are with the couple affected.”Nobody should ever have to hide who they are or who they love and we must work together to eradicate unacceptable violence towards the LGBT community.”In a post on Facebook, Ms Geymonat – who worked recently as a Ryanair air hostess and is originally from Uruguay – said: “I’m tired of being taken as a sexual object, of finding out that these situations are usual, of gay friends who were beaten up just because. “We have to endure verbal harassment and chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence because when you stand up for yourself s— like this happens.”Both women were taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries after the incident on the N31 bus in the early hours of May 30. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.