Car­bon­earHar­bour Grace district to share the wealth

It’s in you to give


It doesn’t hurt your district if your MHA also hap­pens to hold the pro­vin­cial purse strings.

The peo­ple of Carbonear-Har­bour Grace found out that last Thurs­day when their MHA, Jerome Kennedy brought down his first pro­vin­cial bud­get as Min­is­ter of Fi­nance.

Mil­lions in in­fra­struc­ture projects, health care equip­ment in­vest­ments and ed­u­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture is to be spent in the district, ac­cord­ing to Bud­get 2009.

Among the in­fra­struc­ture projects un­der health care, some $2 mil­lion has been ear­marked “to start the re­de­vel­op­ment of the am­bu­la­tory care area at the Carbonear Gen­eral Hospi­tal.”

The bud­get also in­cluded a long-awaited fund­ing an­nounce­ment to kick-start a long-term care fa­cil­ity to re­place the ag­ing Har­bour Lodge Nurs­ing Home and In­ter­faith Cit­i­zens Home in Carbonear. $500,000 will go to­wards site se­lec­tion for the pro­posed new long-term care home in Carbonear.

While it’s not known how much it will ac­tu­ally cost to build the fa­cil­ity, a fig­ure of $50 mil­lion was used when the project was first talked about a few years ago.

As part of its in­vest­ments in health care equip­ment, gov­ern­ment plans to spend $326,500 for ul­tra­sound ma­chines in Carbonear and Burin.

Some $ 1.2 mil­lion will go

both towns to try to ex­ceed the 159 units col­lected April 14,1959 to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary, he sug­gests.

Back in 1959 the goal was to col­lect 10,000 units of blood in the prov­ince.

This year’s goal for New­found­land and Labrador is more than dou­ble that.

To help meet the 2009 goal of 28,000 units, donors can roll up their sleeves in Carbonear at the Knights of Colum­bus from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., Tues­day, April 7.

The fol­low­ing day an­other clinic will take place in Bay Roberts from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at Grace United Church Hall.

Photo cour­tesy of Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices

FIRST DONORS - This photo was take at the first “out of town” mo­bile blood donor clinic in Carbonear April 14, 1959. Un­for­tu­nately nei­ther The Com­pass, nor Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices can iden­tify the peo­ple in the photo. Per­haps some of our reader can.

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