First blood donor clin­ics out­side St. John’s

Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices cel­e­brates with clin­ics in Carbonear, Bay Roberts

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Next month will mark a half cen­tury since the first out-of-town mo­bile blood donor clin­ics were held in New­found­land. Both clin­ics took place in Con­cep­tion Bay North.

Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices At­lantic Re­gional Manger Paul McGrath says the 1959 clin­ics took place in Carbonear on April 14, and later that week in Har­bour Grace.

A to­tal of 159 units were col­lected in Carbonear, while 46 units were col­lected in Har­bour Grace.

Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices will cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the first mo­bile blood donor clinic out­side St. John’s by re­turn­ing to the Con­cep­tion Bay North area dur­ing the sec­ond week of April to hold two more clin­ics.

Chal­lenge

The goal is to col­lect about 110 units at each clinic, for a to­tal of 220 units, McGrath says.

“It might be a nice com­mu­nity chal­lenge” for

to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of a new Iris Kirby House in Carbonear. It is be­lieved the in­vest­ment will be used to con­vert the for­mer Pre­sen­ta­tion Con­vent build­ing into a fa­cil­ity,“which will pro­vide short-term res­i­den­tial ser­vices as well as pro­gram­ming for women and chil­dren in cri­sis.”

Ap­par­ently the need for such a fa­cil­ity in this area has al­ready been demon­strated by the high per­cent­age of women from the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion area who have been avail­ing of the ser­vices of­fered by the clos­est Iris Kirby House in St. John’s.

The bud­get also men­tioned the re­place­ment of Davis Ele­men­tary in Carbonear, which was al­ready an­nounced last month.

Un­der en­vi­ron­ment spending, $10.4 mil­lion was listed for the as­sess­ment of for­mer mine sites at Buchans and Whales­back and the re­me­di­a­tion of con­tam­i­nated sites at New Har­bour Bar­rens, Hopedale, North­west Point and Baie Verde and Ram­bler Mines.

While gov­ern­ment is fore­cast­ing a re­vised sur­plus of $1.3 bil­lion for 2008-09, the prov­ince fore­casts a deficit of ap­prox­i­mately $750 mil­lion in fis­cal 200910.

“Our gov­ern­ment will run a deficit for the cur­rent fis­cal year rather than cut spending for im­por­tant pro­grams and ser­vices,” Min­is­ter Kennedy said.

He said, “our com­mit­ment to pru­dent fis­cal man­age­ment and our fo­cus on debt re­duc­tion has built a strong foun­da­tion and has pro­vided us with fis­cal flex­i­bil­ity dur­ing the eco­nomic down­turn.We main­tain our com­mit­ment to pru­dent fis­cal man­age­ment and are pro­ject­ing a sur­plus in 2011-12.”

Bud­get high­lights

Bud­get 2009 in­vest­ments for eco­nomic stim­u­lus and de­vel­op­ment will top $900 mil­lion, which in­cludes sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture. The in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment rep­re­sents a 50 per cent in­crease over last year and in­cludes projects such as roads, hos­pi­tals, schools and long-term care fa­cil­i­ties. The in­vest­ment will re­sult in the cre­ation of 5,400 jobs in the prov­ince this year. Fur­ther in­vest­ments in­clude: Ap­prox­i­mately $103 mil­lion for mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture;

More than $277 mil­lion for trans­porta­tion and in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing a $70 mil­lion Pro­vin­cial Roads Pro­gram;

Ap­prox­i­mately $156 mil­lion for ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties;

$167 mil­lion for health care fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment;

More than $87 mil­lion in busi­ness de­vel­op­ment pro­grams;

Ap­prox­i­mately $3.5 mil­lion un­der the Fish­ing In­dus­try Re­newal Strat­egy to en­sure con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of the prov­ince’s fish­ing in­dus­try.

A record $2.6 bil­lion for health and com­mu­nity ser­vices, in­clud­ing in­vest­ments to strengthen the health care sys­tem based on the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Cameron In­quiry on Hor­mone Re­cep­tor Test­ing and the Task Force on Ad­verse Health Events;

Gov­ern­ment will in­vest $8 mil­lion this year to ad­dress growth in the home sup­port pro­gram; $16.5 mil­lion, with an an­nu­al­ized in­vest­ment of $24.6 mil­lion, to sup­port an in­crease to the home sup­port hourly sub­sidy rate by $1.71 per hour by Jan. 1, 2010;

$1.5 mil­lion will be in­vested to in­crease the per­sonal care home sub­sidy amount from $1,607 a month to $1,644 a month, ef­fec­tive April 1; and, as re­cently an­nounced, an in­vest­ment of $1.3 mil­lion will be made in 2009-10, with an an­nu­al­ized in­vest­ment of $2.4 mil­lion start­ing in 201011 to make sub­stan­tial in­creases to foster care rates in the prov­ince;

A new gov­ern­ment depart­ment will be re­spon­si­ble for Child, Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices, de­signed to fur­ther en­hance and strengthen ser­vices for chil­dren, youth and fam­i­lies.

An ad­di­tional $130.9 mil­lion will be in­vested in ed­u­ca­tion this year to bring the to­tal bud­get to $1.3 bil­lion, which in­cludes $5 mil­lion to elim­i­nate the in­ter­est on the pro­vin­cial por­tion on stu­dent loans, sup­port for debt re­duc­tion ini­tia­tives for cur­rent post-secondary stu­dents and those now in re­pay­ment, and in­fra­struc­ture needs in both the K-12 and post­sec­ondary sys­tems;

$132.2 mil­lion to tar­get poverty re­duc­tion and to al­le­vi­ate the im­pacts of poverty in New­found­land and Labrador;

In­vest­ments to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing $10.4 mil­lion for the re­me­di­a­tion of con­tam­i­nated sites in the prov­ince and $1.55 mil­lion to pro­vide as­sis­tance for home­own­ers for en­ergy au­dits and retrofits to make their homes more ef­fi­cient.

“Th­ese in­vest­ments re­flect our gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to the vi­tal pro­grams and ser­vices the peo­ple of our prov­ince de­pend on,” said Premier Wil­liams. “It is im­por­tant that we main­tain a steady course for pros­per­ity and self-re­liance, even dur­ing chal­leng­ing fi­nan­cial times. We will build on our suc­cess in re­cent years as we look with op­ti­mism to a brighter, more pros­per­ous fu­ture.”

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