Highway twinning at last

SUTHERLAND’S RIVER — A long-sought twinning of Highway 104 from Sutherland’s River to Antigonish will become a reality. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday $90 million in federal funding toward the estimated $195 cost to extend the highway’s four lanes the 38 kilometres between Sutherland’s River and Antigonish. Design work will start next week,...

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New ortho surgeon to join Aberdeen Hospital

The announcement of a new orthopedic surgeon to join the staff at the Aberdeen Hospital will mean shorter wait times for those waiting for hip or knee replacements. The provincial government has just announced the hiring of fur new surgeons for hospitals across the province, including the local hospital who will begin in September. “Government...

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Physician incentive program changes add flexibility, choice

The province has changed its existing physician incentive programs to encourage more doctors to choose Nova Scotia. Geographic restrictions for the Tuition Relief Program, the Family Medicine Bursary and the Debt Assistance Plan have been removed to support recruitment of family doctors to urban communities. Previously the programs were available for doctors in rural areas....

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Local family practice teams being strengthened

A medical collaborative practice in Westville is getting stronger with the addition of new staff. This comes as part of the announcement that more Nova Scotians will have access to primary health care with the addition of 39 health professionals across the province. Nurse practitioners (NPs), family practice nurses (FPNs), social workers (SWs) and a...

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Premier names new Cabinet

Nova Scotia’s new Executive Council is in place after Premier Stephen McNeil and 16 other cabinet ministers were sworn in during a ceremony at Pier 21 in Halifax today, June 15. “I am excited to get to work with this team and Nova Scotians from one end of this province to the other to build...

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Highway 104 talk recessed

When governments truly want to do something, they do it. When they don’t, they delay. Discussion about twinning Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish is a case in point. Members of the Liberal McNeil government saw the calendar and did two things with the subject of twinning the highway. They accepted informally the 15,000...

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