Nova Scotians have a new, innovative way to make their voices heard. The Nova Scotia Online Forum, launched today, Nov. 8, will invite input on a wide range of government policies and priorities, as they are being developed. “Nova Scotians have lots of great ideas and insights, and this online forum will give them a chance to have their say on all sorts of government decisions, from health care to job creation to budget priorities,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “It’s an easy way for Nova Scotians from one end of the province to the other to provide opinions and advice directly to government about decisions that affect the future of the province.” Membership in the forum is open to any Nova Scotian 18 years of age or older. Registered members will be notified of online surveys by e-mail. “This innovative new program, a first for any provincial government in Canada, will make use of technology that hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotians are already using every day,” said Mr. Wilson. “All you need is access to the Internet and a willingness to share your opinion about important decisions facing the province.” The online forum will allow government to solicit public opinion quicker and at lower cost than with random-sample surveys, because participants will have already been recruited. The online forum was built, and is managed for the province by, Corporate Research Associates, a Halifax-based research firm. People can sign up for the Nova Scotia Online Forum at www.forumns.ca .