Here are some Web sites to help you with your research.
Here is an activity to help you gather information from one of the Web sites:
Scroll down to the subheading "Nova Scotia" and you'll find more information about the provincial government in Nova Scotia. Who is the leader of the official opposition? When was the last provincial election? How many seats did each party win? You'll find these and many other interesting facts on this site.
Reading a provincial government's news releases is an interesting way to see what the government is doing for its people. News releases are usually short documents that the government provides to media, such as newspapers and radio stations. On this site, you can learn about the recent activities of the Nova Scotia government by reading some of its news releases.
1. Visit the Communications Nova Scotia Web site.
2. Click on "View 1998-2003 news release listings" to display a list of news
releases. When the next page loads, use the pull-down menus to select "View
news releases for the last seven days, all departments." Then click on the
3. A list of news releases will appear, each listed under the government ministry
that issued the release. Read news releases from four different ministries. Then
answer the question, "What did I learn from this news release about what this
ministry does?" Click here to download a chart to help you collect your
4. Fill in the chart using information from the news releases you read.
5. News releases do more than just present news. They are also public relations
documents. This means that each ministry writes its news releases in a way that
presents the ministry in a positive way. The government wants to convince voters
that its ministries are doing a good job. Read through the news releases you
chose one more time, and look for words, phrases, and sentences that help to
create the impression that the government is doing a good job.