Your voice matters and the Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process wants to hear it. The select committee is beginning to gather feedback from people throughout the province to help it try to discover ways to reverse the trend of fewer Nova Scotians voting in elections. By offering personal insight, Nova Scotians can help take a step toward a stronger, more representative government. “We encourage Nova Scotians from all walks of life, in every community, to offer input on how to increase the number of people who vote,” said select committee chair Michel Samson. “Participation in the democratic process is a cornerstone of a strong government and assuring everyone has a say in how the province is run.” Initial public comments, teamed with an analysis of past research, will help shape the actions of the select committee as it moves toward issuing a report and recommendations this winter. The all-party committee, introduced by a resolution during the 2006 fall sitting of the House of Assembly, includes vice chairs Mark Parent and Maureen MacDonald as well as Pat Dunn, Keith Bain, Graham Steele, Charlie Parker, H. David Wilson and Harold (Junior) Theriault. People can offer comments by calling, toll-free, at 1-888-388-6489 or 424-5787 in Halifax Regional Municipality, by fax at 902-424-0513 or e-mail at email@example.com . Comments can also be mailed to Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process, c/o Legislative Committees Office, 3rd Floor, Dennis Building, 1740 Granville St., P.O. Box 2630 Station M, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3N5. For more information on the select committee, go to the website at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature and select the link on the lower left of the page.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market finished in the red as pessimism about the latest Chinese growth figures added to worries about a slowing global economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,425.47 -119.17 -1.0%S&P 500 — 1334.76 -6.69 -0.5Dow — 12573.27 -31.26 -0.3Nasdaq — 2866.19 -21.79 -0.8The S&P/TSX composite index lost 119.17 points to 11,425.47. The Canadian dollar rose 0.12 of a cent to 98.17 cents US.New York’s Dow Jones industrials closed down 31.26 points to 12,573.27. The Nasdaq composite index shed 21.79 points to 2,866.19 and the S&P 500 declined 6.69 points to 1,334.76.Oil closed up 27 cents to US$86.08 a barrel.The latest Chinese economic growth data comes out tomorrow.The report is expected to show second quarter growth fell as low as 7.3%, down from the previous quarter’s nearly three-year low of 8.1%. The slowdown is a setback for economies around the world that were looking to China to drive demand for exports and support global growth.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Uh oh! Now even Warren Buffett is sounding bearish on U.S. economySprott sees gold at new high before year-endSpain’s bailout forces mountain of losses on bank clientsON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSChina releases Q2 GDP data UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Producer Price Index (June): Economists expect decline of 0.5% from the month before, 0.2% year over year 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan consumer sentiment index (July): Economists expect a reading of 73.5 CORPORATE NEWSCANADAThomson Reuters Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 51¢ a share UNITED STATESJPMorgan Chase & Co. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ a share Wells Fargo Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 81¢ a share