Young Nova Scotians will be treated to an ‘early bug’ sneak preview of the Museum of Natural History’s amazing new insect exhibit, starting Saturday, Dec. 17. The museum will transform into an amazing display of insects in Bug World, an exhibit which officially opens to the public on Jan. 10 and continues until April 16. Bug World will include a display of insects from the museum collection, a water pond with indigenous plants and spectacular selection of colourful, exotic and live insects. The showpiece of the exhibit is the incredible Kokoro robotic insects. These are gigantic robot insects with life-like postures and movements. “An elegant seven-metre arm-stretching Praying mantis is nothing you’ll want to mess with and two battling Atlas beetles, the size of Volkswagens, are ones to step back from. But the five-metre caterpillar, that wiggles, is so cute it look likes a kiddy ride at Disney,” said Janet Maltby, museum manager. The display also includes a colourful grasshopper with a 6.5-metre wing span, a seven-metre stick insect plus three oversized interactive bug heads — honeybee, dragonfly and mosquito — showing how they feed, chew and draw blood. School classes have an opportunity for self directed Bug Safaris, cub and brownie groups have a chance for Creepy Crawly adventures ,and, for the adventurous, there are Bed Bugs museum sleep overs. The Museum of Natural History is located at 1747 Summer St., in Halifax. Details on all programs and costs for admission are available on the website at http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca or by calling 424-6099.
Government and the Nova Scotia Health Authority have announced plans to reshape and revitalize Cape Breton’s health system to better connect patients and their families to the care they need. Premier Stephen McNeil and Nova Scotia Health Authority president and CEO Janet Knox launched the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Plan today, June 25, in Sydney. “We have an opportunity to reshape the health-care delivery model in these communities to reflect the reality of what patients need today,” said Premier McNeil. “From greater access to family practices to expanded emergency care, Cape Bretoners will have a revitalized system they can rely on now, and for years to come.” The CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Plan includes: The emergency department expansions and renovations will allow the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and the Glace Bay Hospital to better meet the demands of the communities. Both emergency departments are currently seeing more patients than they were designed for. Surgeries and emergency services will gradually move from New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General to Glace Bay and the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Hospital beds will also be moved to the Glace Bay Hospital, Cape Breton Regional Hospital and/or Harbourview, a long-term care and rehabilitation facility in Sydney Mines. The New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General hospitals have exceeded their lifespan and cannot be renovated. That is why new, modern community health centres and new long-term care facilities will be built in both New Waterford and North Sydney. The community health centres will create space for collaborative family practice teams to deliver primary health care in the community. They will also offer many of the same services offered now, like day clinics, blood collection and X-rays, and create space for community-based services like mental health and addictions. The new long-term care facilities will have an estimated 48 beds each. This will add about 50 new beds to the entire system. “With our health needs changing and buildings aging this is a wonderful opportunity to redesign our services to better meet the needs of these communities now and into the future,” said Ms. Knox. “Our goal with this project is for the people of Cape Breton to receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.” Planning will begin right away and is expected to take between nine to 12 months. Timelines for construction and changes in services will be determined through this planning process. “We want to see this project move forward as quickly as possible,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “We are committed to improving health care for Nova Scotians and for the people of Cape Breton.” Moving forward, there will be opportunities for people to learn more about what this project means for their community. To watch a video about the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment and to stay informed, visit cbrmhealthredevelopment.ca expanding the emergency department at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney doubling the size of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Cancer Centre renovating and revitalizing the Glace Bay Hospital emergency department building new, modern community health centres and new long-term care facilities, in North Sydney and New Waterford, to replace the New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General hospitals launching a Community-Based Paramedic Program in CBRM where paramedics will do home visits and followup visits after hospital discharge – reducing trips to the emergency department building a new laundry centre in North Sydney to replace aging equipment and to continue to serve health-care facilities in CBRM