Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 through Kings and Annapolis counties will have traffic delays in several areas until Friday, June 2. The delays are due to repairs being made to the following bridges: Cambridge, Brooklyn and Gates Mountain. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 – Bridgetown Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from Exit 21 westerly for 8.5 kilometres. Work is expected to be complete on Friday, June 30. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County is open to one-lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 INVERNESS COUNTY: Little Narrows Ferry The Little Narrows ferry will be out of service for its annual refit until Saturday, May 27, at 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 Local Area Office: 902-396-8426 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 5A on Highway 125 will be closed for gravelling and the installation of a guard rail until Wednesday, Aug. 30. Detour signs are posted. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-4733 Fax: 902-543-5596 DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at Exit 25, Joggin Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Friday, June 16. Work takes place Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-756-0210 Fax: 902-861-1152 Local Area Office: 902-568-3378 Fax: 902-563-3379 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) from 6.2 kilometres south of Margaree Harbour to the new pavement at Margaree Harbour will have a one-lane closure for repaving until Thursday, August 31. Traffic control consists of a traffic control person. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from Northfield Overpass to Exit 10, will have alternating lane closures until Wednesday, May 31, for repaving. A detour is available on Route 325 from Bridgewater to Mahone Bay. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle and flashing lights. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 3 to Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 Route 224, from Cooks Brook easterly to Exhibition Grounds Road will have a one-lane closure for gravelling and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a follow-me truck. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327 from Highway 125 overpass to Caribou Marsh Road will have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Between the intersection at Highway 111 and the airport, Highway 118 will have intermittent lane closures in both directions for interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: White Hill Road White Hill Road has a one-lane closure varying in length and location during ongoing work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 southbound will have a one-lane closure between exits 13A and 15 (Highway 104) until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of signs. Commuters are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection, Route 311, Bible Hill The intersection on Route 311, Main Street, Trunk 4, Pictou Road and College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane for improvements until Friday, June 30. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Poplar Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309 will be closed until Friday, Aug. 4, while a new bridge is being built. Motorists are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Magazine Hill Entrance Bridge The Magazine Hill entrance bridge structure on Trunk 7 will have periodic lane closures for bridge repairs until Wednesday, May 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, jersey barrier and speed reduction signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 -30-last_img read more

Ontario vows to shut down private clinics that pay for blood plasma

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 18, 2014 12:41 pm MDT TORONTO – Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews vowed Tuesday to shut down any private clinics that pay people to donate blood plasma, accusing one firm of targeting the poor.Canadian Plasma Services was told it would not be given a licence by the province to open clinics in Toronto and Hamilton that would pay people $25 to donate plasma, said Matthews.“If you look at where they’re located, there’s no question that they’re going into low-income neighbourhoods,” she said. “It’s very clear what their business model is.”Paying people to donate plasma would threaten Canada’s voluntary blood donation system, said Matthews, who noted that 30,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and hepatitis C from contaminated blood and plasma purchased from “blood brokers” in the 1990s.“We really believe that a voluntary system is the best system, and I do not want to jeopardize our volunteer-based blood collection system,” she said.Canadian Plasma Services said it was baffled by the province’s attempts to shut down the clinics when Ontario buys plasma products from U.S. companies that pay donors directly, and pointed out that the province compensates organ donors for expenses.“I cannot comprehend why a minister from the government of Ontario would be trying to prohibit any type of compensation for time, for out of pocket expenses, for travel expenses, to plasma donors in Ontario and then go and buy these products from U.S. companies that do the exact same thing,” said CEO Barzin Bahardoust.Canada should develop its own plasma products sector which could create thousands of good paying jobs just to service the domestic market, he added.“Almost all of the $670 million worth of plasma protein products that were imported to Canada last year were made from plasma collected from paid donors in the United States.”The company offers donors two options for payment: a $25 donation in their name to the Hospital for Sick Children or a $25 Visa card that cannot be converted to cash, in addition to reimbursing travel and accommodation expenses.Donating plasma takes three times as long as donating blood, and people need to make a commitment to donate dozens of times each year to maintain their status as a qualified donor, said Bahardoust.“That time commitment means that a plasma donor has to spend up to 80 hours (at the clinic) every year,” he said.“Without compensating them for their time, travelling back and forth to our centres probably 40 times a year, then it’s very difficult to get people.”Quebec is the only province to have outlawed payments for plasma donations, and that province is now having trouble finding donors, added Bahardoust.“Without compensation they are not getting donors, and self-sufficiency levels in Quebec are even lower than in the rest of Canada,” he said. “The fact is Canada’s need for plasma significantly exceeds our ability to produce it.”The plasma collected by Canadian Plasma Services is processed into drug products for the global market and is not used for transfusions in Canada, said Matthews.“Unlike the Canadian Blood Services, (where) the blood collected is used in Canada, this company’s business model does nothing to enhance access to those drugs for Canadians or Ontarians,” she said.Matthews introduced regulations last week to prohibit payments to people who donate blood and blood products that she said will be in force within days.“It still has to go through the next stage, but that will happen very quickly so that it will be illegal for them to offer payment for blood or plasma,” she said. “We are not going to be changing our mind on this.”A Health ministry inspector visited one of the company’s Toronto clinics Tuesday, but was apparently there just to observe, said Bahardoust.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario vows to shut down private clinics that pay for blood plasma donations read more