Three new nurses coming to Canso
Ambitious recruiting campaign pays off

By Helen Murphy

CANSO – Nine months after the nighttime closure of Eastern Memorial Hospital’s ER brought the community together to help find solutions to the nursing shortage behind the closure, there is hope on the horizon. The efforts of the Canso Stakeholders Group leading the local effort, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, are paying off, with three new Registered Nurses and their families – including school-age children – moving into the community this spring.



Major river groups join forces to fight Cochrane Hill mine
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

SHERBROOKE – With rare footage of wild Atlantic salmon spawning just metres from the site of a planned gold mine on the upper St. Mary’s River, three conservation groups in Nova Scotia have joined forces for the first time to send a clear message to industry and government, alike: The fish are here to stay, and so are they.

Antigonish therapist was kept in the dark about assessment of Lionel Desmond
By Katherine Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – The federal Department of Veterans Affairs had crucial information about Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s mental health that it did not share with those involved in the former soldier’s treatment for PTSD in N.S. That troubling revelation was shared at the Desmond Fatality Inquiry in Guysborough on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Also in this edition...

Our editorial has some thoughts on Heritage Day and how it needs to be more than just another day off. Our extended coverage of the Desmond Fatality Inquiry continues. Other articles on interest include: New campaign pushes for more women in local government; Sherbrooke’s Streetscape Plan rolls out beautifications; Eastern Shore residents learn more about whales as sanctuary project decision looms; and Parishioners devastated at closure of mission church. Gardening with Goutweed sprouts up with another column and frequent contributor Gerry Madigan is back to start of another serialized special, "Loose threads". Born with Sea Legs, The Conversation and even more help to round out this week's edition of your Guysborough Journal. Grab a copy today!





Guysborough County on the critical list, according to new Vital Signs report
By Lois Ann Dort

Last week the Strait Region Vital Signs report, an initiative of the Strait Region Society for Children, Youth and Families, supported by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, was released and the overall assessment for Guysborough County is far from positive. The report was developed through conversations across the Quad Counties and statistics gathered from the 2016 census that focus on children, youth and families across the region. A press release announcing the launch of the report, states that it “presents a call to action for the community on a number of fronts: Community Belonging, Economy/Employment, Housing, Food Security/Health Eating, Transportation/Communication, Health, and Growth/Development.”

Desmond Fatality Inquiry

Psychiatrist testifies on gaps in service, domestic conflicts
By Katherine Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – As the Desmond Fatality Inquiry continued Monday in Guysborough, St. Martha's Hospital Psychiatrist Dr. Ian Slayter described apparent gaps in service when it came to the continued treatment of Cpl. Lionel Desmond after the former soldier left an Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) treatment centre in Montreal in August, 2016.

Community group working to address doctor shortage at ESMH
Concern over frequent ER closures

By Janice Christie, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

SHEET HARBOUR – Physician shortages are a reality across rural Nova Scotia and have had a big impact at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital in Sheet Harbour, in particular with frequent emergency department closures. Growing concerns and frustrations have sparked the formation of a community organization that hopes to help address the doctor shortage.

Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie

New electoral boundaries create ‘more manageable’ riding
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

SHERBROOKE – With a wave of its legislative wand, the Nova Scotia government has divided the vast and sprawling provincial riding of Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie into the somewhat less vast and sprawling Guysborough-Tracadie and the expanded riding of Eastern Shore

Hines to seek nomination in new Guysborough riding
By Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

SHERBROOKE – Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines, who once intimated he’d retire after finishing his current term of office, now says he wants to run in the next provincial election.

Desmond inquiry hears from St. Martha’s doctors
By Katherine Murphy

GUYSBOROUGH – Physicians from St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish started giving testimony in the Desmond Fatality Inquiry this week, shedding light on Lionel Desmond's overnight visit to the hospital on Jan. 1, 2017.


Three new nurses coming to Canso
Ambitious recruiting campaign pays off

By Helen Murphy

CANSO – Nine months after the nighttime closure of Eastern Memorial Hospital’s ER brought the community together to help find solutions to the nursing shortage behind the closure, there is hope on the horizon. The efforts of the Canso Stakeholders Group leading the local effort, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, are paying off, with three new Registered Nurses and their families – including school-age children – moving into the community this spring.





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