Sunday, October 23, 2011

Meet & Greet NDP Leadership Candidate

Federal NDP leadership candidate Brian Topp will be in Town today. (Monday, October 24th)  A Meet & Greet is being sponsored by the  South Shore/St. Margaret's Federal Riding Association at the Day's Inn on North Street from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Supporters and members of the general public are welcome. There will be a membership table for new members and renewals.

Peformance Review of SSRSB

Education Minister Ramona Jennex is expected to receive the performance review of the South Shore Regional School Board today. Deloitte Inc. was appointed by the Nova Scotia government to conduct the review which was launched following allegations that some board members tried to derail an open discussion on the future of 12 schools before a March 30 meeting. Determining whether the board adhered to all provincial legislation, policies and regulations, as well as the board's bylaws and policies was to be addressed by the review. It will also try to determine if the board exhibits good governance practices, such as respectful and professional behaviour, effective use of information in decision-making and transparency.

Flu Vaccine Clinic

Today's Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinic will be held in Bridgewater at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 78 Alexandra Avenue from 1 to 7 p.m.

Queens General Health Project Update

South Shore Health is preparing to issue its first tender related to the Queens General Health Project. The tender, which includes clearing, grubbing, grading and gravelling of a small parcel of land next to Queens General Hospital, will be issued later this month with work expected to begin in November. South Shore Health negotiated the purchase of the land, behind the apartment building at 5 Shore Road, to serve as a lay-down area for material during construction and a parking lot at the completion of the project. Purchase of the land will also allow South Shore Health to delay the demolition of the old nurses’ residence. The Queens General Health Project includes the creation of a new primary care clinic and redevelopment of the 22-bed in-patient unit at Queens General Hospital. The total budget of 16 million dollars includes construction and renovation costs, site development, and professional fees. More than 14 million has already been committed, including $11 million from the Queens Foundation and private donors. The province has invested 2.5 million and the Region of Queens Municipality has committed 1 million. A fundraising committee consisting of members of the community has been created to raise the remaining 1.5 million. Detailed planning is underway for the project. Once complete, South Shore Health will hold an open house to share the proposed design and architectural drawings with the public. Construction is expected to begin in late spring 2012.

For more information visit for the latest news about the Queens General Health Project

Family Homeless After Saturday Fire

A couple and their adult son are temporarily homeless after a fire Saturday afternoon (October 22)extensively damaged a wood-frame house near Stanford Lake. Chester Fire Department responded to the call at 4101 Highway 3 around 4:30 Saturday afternoon. Smoke was coming out of the roof through the ventilation system. Firefighters were able to contain the fire from spreading beyond the attic but the house sustained water and smoke damage. A team of Canadian Red Cross volunteers from Bridgewater have assisted the family with emergency lodging, food and clothing. There were no injuries and several pet dogs also escaped unharmed.

Milton Man Dies in Fire

Photo, courtesy of
 Brenda Cunningham

A Queens County man has died from injuries he sustained in a fire over the weekend. Sixty-one year old Borden Croft of Milton was taken to hospital in Halifax but later died.  Police and fire officials were called to the house fire on Pleasant Street in Milton shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday, October 23rd. Croft was alone in the home at the time. A preliminary investigation indicates the fire is not suspicious.