A new community home will be built in Port Hawkesbury, enabling persons with disabilities to live to their full potential. Premier Rodney MacDonald and Community Services Minister Judy Streatch announced the six-bed community home for people who require support in their daily living today, Oct. 5. “This community home represents a new level of service for the Port Hawkesbury region,” Premier MacDonald said. “These residents will be able to stay in their community, have access to the support and services available here and be close to their families and friends.” The government is investing $800,000 in the new community home, which will require eight to 10 staff. Planning for the Port Hawkesbury community home will begin this fall. “We are working to develop a sustainable residential support system that will enable Nova Scotians with disabilities to live to their fullest potential in their own communities,” said Ms. Streatch. “Discussions will be held with L’Arche Antigonish to expand their existing services and L’Arche Halifax to develop a new home in the Halifax area.” In addition, Ms. Streach said the Department of Community Services will be working with existing service providers to develop a new community home on the South Shore. The department conducted a review of services in 2003 to identify ways to improve supports and services for people with intellectual, long-term mental and/or physical disabilities. Three new and expanded programs, Direct Family Support, Alternative Family Support and Independent Living Support, have already been implemented.
The Canadian Press erroneously reported in an Aug.28 story that Friday’s lumber price was US$385. In fact, it was US$398.