Friday, April 11, 2014

Doors Open At Bridgewater And Area Family Health Centre

A new collaborative health centre has been officially opened in Bridgewater. Premier Stephen McNeil cut the ribbon this morning at the Glen Allen Drive site, near South Shore Regional Hospital. McNeil says the centre is an important addition to the health care community, making doctors, nurse practioners and specialized services more readily available.

Family doctors, nurse practitioners and other health-care providers have been seeing patients for roughly the last month. South Shore Health CEO, Dr. Peter Vaughan, says the goal is to hire three new family doctors over the next few years.

The province is offering up to $240,000 a year to support the centre. It is expected to provide health-care to more than 8,000 patients once it is fully staffed.

Waldorf School Among Contest Finalists

A South Shore Independent school is looking to win a national contest and bring home a stack of cold, hard cash. The Waldorf School in Blockhouse is up against similar facilities in the National Trees of Knowledge competition. Waldorf School parent, Anastasia Malay, is spearheading the campaign and is hoping to win first prize, $20,000. She says it will go toward setting up an outdoor classroom.

The contest closes May 4th. Voters could also win $10,000 just by visiting the competition's website here . As of today, Waldorf is in sixth place in the voting.

SiRT: No Grounds For Charges After Fatal Crash In Blockhouse

The province's Serious Incident Response Team says no charges will be laid against a Lunenburg County police officer following a fatal crash last fall. The incident happened on November 22 on the Cornwall Road in Blockhouse. The driver of a small car sped away from the police officer before crashing into a ditch, killing the 23-year-old man. The incident covered approximately two kilometres and lasted less than two minutes. In the report, SIRT says the police vehicle was well behind the small car at the time of the accident. The car was estimated to be travelling at a minimum of 130 km/h when it left the road after attempting to pass another vehicle.  SIRT says the driver had recently suffered from some mental health issues, which may have caused him to feel panicked by the situation.

South Shore Gas Pump Shocker

A reality check at South Shore gas pumps this morning!  Prices for the mainstream grades have increased overnight by a considerable amount. Regular self serve is selling this morning for $1.39.3 per litre.  Thats a hike of 5.3 cents.  High test is up by the same to $1.48.2.  However, diesel is down almost a cent, selling in most places at $1.38.6.

Keddy Remembers Flaherty

The member of parliament for South Shore - St. Margaret's is remembering former colleague Jim Flaherty. Gerald Keddy says Flaherty was an intelligent man, with a good sense of humour and always had a smile on his face. The former finance minister passed away Thursday afternoon at his Ottawa condo. He was 64. Keddy says there was a lot of emotions as MPs learned about the news in the House of Commons. He believes Flaherty will be sorely missed.

Flaherty spent eight years as finance minister before stepping down from cabinet last month.

South Shore In Motion Returning To Exhibition Grounds

South Shore in Motion will be returning to the South Shore Exhibition grounds in August. Group members held a special meeting Thursday night and approved a new rental agreement with the Exhibition. It was a dramatic change after the group decided recently that it would not use the Exhibition for their ten year anniversary. Chairperson Darren Wentzell says a lot of people weren't happy, but he's glad to see a deal get done.

Wentzell says it's a better deal than they originally asked for, allowing them to use equipment and have the grounds for the amount of time they wanted. The festival goes from August 8-10 in Bridgewater.