Thursday, February 7, 2013

South Shore Health: Take Caution Around Queens General Hospital

South Shore Health is asking people to use extreme caution when visiting Queens General Hospital. The health authority says a combination of snow, ice, mud and construction vehicle traffic has created messy and slippery conditions in the parking lot. Facility Planning Director, Margo Walsh-Leaman, says people need to be careful when they're on the property.

Traffic is also being temporarily re-routed at the hospital so an underground pipe can be installed. People are encouraged to follow the designated signs when visiting the hospital.

PC Leader Calls For Insulin Pump Program If Elected Premier

Those money-losing Tim Horton outlets in Halifax hospitals should be closed and the 1.4 million dollar subsidy they're receiving be re-directed to fund a provincial insulin pump program for diabetic children. Thats what the province's PC's are committed to doing if elected to power in the next provincial election. Leader Jamie Baillie says kids under 19 need the support to improve their lives.

Nova Scotia and PEI are the only provinces in Canada that do not provide funding for insulin pumps for diabetic children. Baillie says if he's elected premier, this province will be struck from that list. Canadian country music star George Canyon, who's from Pictou, joined Baillie this morning in announcing the proposed program. Canyon has been a Type 1 diabetic since he was 14 and says life would have been much easier in those earlier days if he had been outfitted with a pump.

Chester Council Supports Sea Cadets Program

Chester council will lend a helping hand in support of their local sea cadet program. Councillors voted unanimously to purchase $250 worth of tickets toward the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni game set to take place at the Chester Arena later this month. The tickets will then be given to the pro kids program in the municipality and distributed to deserving children. Deputy Warden Floyd Shatford says the donation is for a great cause.

The 351 Llewellyn Sea Cadets program is trying to raise money for a trip to Chester, England later this year. The Leafs alumni game is a part of a fundraiser for the cadets program and will be held on February 26.

Forest Heights: Construction On Skilled Trades Centre Begins In March

A future skilled trades centre at Forest Heights is nearing the start of construction. Director of Operations with the local school board, Steve Prest, says a tender was awarded to Rikjak Project Inc. of Lunenburg and S P Dumaresq Architect of Halifax. The two companies will be on-site starting their work on March 1st. Prest says construction is expected to last until the end of May.

The project cost is roughly $283,000. The construction of the skilled trades centre is considered the number one priority by the operations department. Roughly 300 students attend Forest Heights.