First blood donor clinics outside St. John’s
Canadian Blood Services celebrates with clinics in Carbonear, Bay Roberts
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.
The goal is to collect about 110 units at each clinic, for a total of 220 units, McGrath says.
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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 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.”