Nova Scotia

Dialysis unit needed in Barrington Passage

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d’Entremont appeals to Liberal Health Minister
Monday Feb 23 2015
Dialysis unit needed in Barrington Passage

BARRINGTON PASSAGE, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Argyle-Barrington and Health critic Chris d’Entremont is urging the McNeil government to establish a dialysis unit in Barrington Passage. d’Entremont has written to Health Minister Leg Glavine urging him to put machines in the existing Barrington Passage Health clinic. Click here for letter

“There are a number of residents in Shelburne County who need to make the trip to Yarmouth for this life sustaining procedure three times a week,” d”Entremont said. “This travel adds to their stress levels, in terms of finances and driving time.”

A group called the Barrington Dialysis Support Group have been fighting to get a dialysis clinic in the area. Last week, a Wood’s Harbour resident who needed to travel 100km to Yarmouth for his dialysis treatment went off the road due to winter conditions.

d’Entremont says with the large health clinic space already existing in Barrington Passage, opportunities exist for a solution.

“A competent government would utilize the space in Barrington Passage,” d’Entremont said. “The infrastructure exists, it would simply be a matter of getting some machines in there. This solution would address a great need in this area, and ensure patient safety.”

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d’Entremont to NDP: Let the people of Shelburne have their say

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October 13, 2012

ARGYLE, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA Chris d’Entremont says the NDP and Liberal members of the House of Assembly’s Law Amendments Committee should agree to do everything possible to ensure the people of Shelburne have their voices heard when the upcoming electoral boundaries legislation is reviewed.

d’Entremont’s comments come one day after Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie attended a meeting with hundreds of residents from Shelburne and the surrounding areas. Baillie says it’s clear the people of Shelburne believe their voices need to be heard before the House of Assembly passes legislation enacting Nova Scotia’s new electoral boundaries.

d’Entremont, a member of the Law Amendments Committee, says he intends to introduce a motion that will move the committee meeting to Shelburne.

“All Nova Scotians, including the people of Shelburne, deserve a fair and open process for setting electoral boundaries and all Nova Scotians deserve to have their voice heard,” said d’Entremont. “For too many, their faith in this process has been lost and Shelburne is only the latest example. The NDP have let the people of Shelburne and all Nova Scotia down by interfering in what was supposed to be an independent commission.”

d’Entremont says the Dexter NDP has botched the process of setting the new electoral boundaries from the start and Shelburne is now being told they have to pay the price. The difference, says d’Entremont, is unlike in Yarmouth, Shelburne has no forum to make its voice heard.

The members of the Progressive Conservative Caucus are committed to making sure the people of Shelburne have their say.

Boundary Presentation to Canadian Parliamentary Association

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I was able to present the current situation on boundaries in Nova Scotia to the CPA. I thought it provided a good explanation how we’ve come to this point. It caused a great discussion on how other provinces conduct their reviews and most in attendance were concerned with the intervention of the Minister of Justice.  Have a look, if you have any question, please email me or call the office.  Click on the link below to download a PDF of the presentation.

CPA Edmonton Presentation

New Argyle-Barrington Constituency

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After a pretty long day yesterday and lots of thinking, I thought I’d share my thoughts and some information about the new boundaries proposed by the 2012 Boundary Commission yesterday. For the past 11 months, I have been fighting to maintain strong Acadian representation in the legislature, by voting against the resolution that started this process on October 31st, 2011.

We were the only opposition caucus that understood it would give unprecedented power to the Standing Committee that was to pick commission members and set a terms of reference. During the last two processes, the Legislature itself debated resolutions that set up a clear set of rules, like taking in consideration geography, cultural differences and history before trying to make all constituencies equal. This is a right that stems from our very own constitution. I believe that effective representation is much more complicated than setting a minimum and maximum of total electors. The NDP members of the committee moved to set terms of reference that would eliminate “protected” ridings. I dissented against these terms of reference back in December because I knew it would erase the concept of minority rights.

I was very proud of Argyle constituents and Acadians in Clare and Richmond for coming out, fighting for good representation in the Legislature and speaking about how having Acadian MLAs helps keep the distinct culture and language vibrant in Nova Scotia. This lead to a very favourable interim report from the Commission that kept our communities in South West Nova Scotia in tact. This was a tremendous victory that lasted for only a short time until the Minister of Justice and Premier came out and squashed the work, saying it ran against the terms of reference.

The Commission was then compelled to rewrite the report, which then caused great concern in Yarmouth because it recommended splitting up the county in two. The community came out and made the Commission aware that this was not acceptable to the area and that they should go back and try again.

Try again they did! In the final report from the Boundary Commission it recommended splitting Shelburne County into two new areas, Argyle – Barrington and Queens – Shelburne leaving Yarmouth together. While this on paper may seem reasonable to someone from outside, the voices of Shelburne County have not yet been heard. So before too much time passes, I would ask residents of the municipality to let their voices be heard by dropping me an email ( info@chrisdentremont.com ) so I can bring them to the government and be ready when boundary Legislation is introduced and debated in the House of Assembly.

This was done by the NDP government as they were unwilling to listen to people who actually know their communities. Blindly they dictated a terms of reference that would, as a side effect, impact neighbouring communities to the minority ones. Darrell Dexter, Ross Landry and Sterling Belliveau were very well aware of the outcome, as they tried to influence it at every opportunity.

The the Boundary Report and map is available at here 2012 Boundary Report

New Ferry Service for Nova Scotia?

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Friday’s announcement to restore ferry service from Yarmouth to Maine is a positive step, but proves the Dexter government was wrong from the start when they abruptly cancelled it three years ago.

“The viability of the ferry should have been determined from the start, not after the NDP made the costly mistake to cancel the service,” said d’Entremont. “In the three years the NDP have wasted, the economy has been driven into the ground, businesses have closed and families have had to leave. It’s unacceptable.”

d’Entremont says today’s announcement proves the NDP got it wrong, but won’t admit it or apologize to the people who have lost their jobs or businesses. Statistics Canada data released today show Southern Nova Scotia is down 8,600 full-time jobs over the past three years.

“Our region has been suffering since the loss of the ferry service,” said d’Entremont. “It will take hard work to get tourism numbers back where they were before the NDP cancelled the ferry but I think businesses, residents and all levels of government want this and will work together to make it happen.”

d’Entremont says he will continue to work with West Nova MP Greg Kerr to encourage the federal Conservative government to reaffirm their commitment to renovate or replace the ferry terminal facility.

Chambre de commerce d’Argyle Chamber of Commerce

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La Chambre de commerce d’Argyle vous invite cordialement d’assister à leur déjeuner d’affaires avec l’Honorable Jamie Baillie, chef du parti progressiste conservateur de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

Quand : le jeudi 16 aôut 2012 de 8h00 à 9h30.
Où : Ye Old Argyler Lodge, 52 Chemin Ye Old Argyler, Argyle, N.-É.

Le déjeuner sera du style buffet.
15$ par personne.

Veuillez contacter Donovan d’Eon au 648-3388 ou par courriel a commerceargyle@gmail.com pour acheter vos billets à l’avance.

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend their business breakfast with the Honourable Jamie Baillie, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.

When: Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 8:00am to 9:30am.
Where: Ye Old Argyler Lodge, 52 Ye Old Argyler Road, Argyle, N.S.

Buffet-style breakfast.
$15 per person.

Please contact Donovan d’Eon at 648-3388 or by email at commerceargyle@gmail.com to purchase your tickets in advance.

NDP long-term care let down

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NDP’s decision to stop building long-term care beds is
extremely shortsighted in light of new census data from Statistics
Canada.

Statistics Canada released the second part of its 2011 census
information today, which shows Nova Scotia has the highest percentage of
people over 65 in the country and our population over 80 is expected to
increase by 90 per cent by 2026.

The waiting list for a long-term care bed in Nova Scotia grew to almost
1,900 people according to the NDP’s Minister of Health. It has increased
25 per cent since the NDP took office. The NDP have not announced a
single new bed since they formed government.

“The lack of planning and action by the NDP when it comes to building
long-term care beds is causing serious hardship for our seniors and
their families,” said d’Entremont. “With no new beds being built, we’re
falling further and further behind in meeting the needs of the 1,900
Nova Scotians and their families who are being overlooked by this NDP
government.”

Nova Scotia’s 2006 Continuing Care Strategy planned for 846 beds by 2010
and 1,320 beds by 2015 but the NDP has not even reached the 2010 target.

This past March, the New Brunswick government, facing similar
demographic circumstances, announced a 10 year plan to add more than 1,000 beds. A demographic analysis showed “an overall growing need for
services for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia” according to
a government news release.

“It’s quite clear that our population is getting older and that all
indicators are pointed in that direction,” said d’Entremont. “You cannot
build these facilities overnight and the NDP are now three years behind
where we should be in terms of providing for the needs of the very
elderly.”

In 2008, when in opposition, Darrell Dexter told the Cape Breton Post,
“The growth in the senior demographics will quickly outpace the
government’s plans to establish 832 long-term care beds by 2010.”

The NDP government cancelled the completion of the final 200 beds of that
plan.