(medical services) Island Health is working with city leaders to expand medical services at West Coast General, and according to Chief of Staff Doctor Sam Williams, those efforts are starting to bear results. She says they'll be offering pediatric dental surgery and plastic surgery starting within a couple of months, and they're looking at bringing in specialized optical and dental surgical services. Dr. Williams says scheduling operating time is not a problem, but finding recovery beds is an issue. According to Dr. Williams, a new pediatrician - Dr. Kofi Afram - has just arrived, and Island Health is developing recruitment and residency programs to attract and retain more new physicians and medical specialists.
(bridge) Construction begins later this month on a new single span bridge across Roger Creek on the Redford Extension. Scott MacDonald from the Ministry of Transportation said the $3 million steel bridge will replace the culvert system which often gets plugged by logs. Starting later this month, there will be single lane alternating traffic on the Redford Extension as crews start construction of a temporary detour bridge. The steel girders will be erected in June and the cement deck installed in August before traffic returns to normal in October. Neel-Co Builders of Nanaimo was awarded the contract to build the bridge.
(hupacasath) The Hupacasath (who-paa-chess-it) First Nation is continuing their fight against the governments of Canada and China, and their secret negotiations towards a free-trade deal. Though they lost their initial court challenge, they've launched an appeal with the Federal Court of Appeals. Brenda Sayers said the deal between Canada and China would be this country's largest international trade agreement since NAFTA, and would allow China to sue Canada for loss of profits if it did anything to hinder Chinese state-run companies’ development plans, such as honouring First Nations’ rights and title. With the help of Leadnow and Council of Canadians, the Hupacasath have raised $228,000 in support of the case. About $110,000 will go to paying the Crown’s legal fees as ordered by the Chief Justice, and the rest will be used to fund the appeal. The nation has the support of more than 30 organizations across the country, including UNIFOR and the National Farmers Union.
(tsunami) More than 80 volunteers were combing the beaches of the Broken Islands, Ucluelet, Long Beach and Tofino this weekend, collecting garbage and tsunami debris. Fishing nets, floats and lumber were collected in the 100-kilometre stretch of beaches, bays and islands, and more volunteers will be dispatched to more remote areas north of Clayoquot Sound. Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan and sent millions of tonnes of debris into the ocean where it has been drifting towards the shores of BC, Washington and Oregon. The Government of Japan gave BC a million dollars to assist with tsunami debris clean-up, and some of that money is being allocated to Vancouver Island communities now.
The Bulldogs take a 3-1 series lead to Victoria tonight for Game 5 of their Best-of-Seven Island Semi Finals series against the Grizzlies, with a chance to advance to the Island Finals for the second year in in a row. The Bulldogs have won three straight in the series, including Friday and Saturday night at the Dog Pound where they beat the Grizzlies 4-0 and 3-1. Catch the pregame show tonight at 7:00 with the play-by-play to follow. If necessary, Game 6 goes in Port Alberni on Tuesday and Game 7 would be in Victoria on Wednesday.
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Hetherington won the Salsman Cup as NCHL Playoff Champions, while J Robbins construction won the consolation B Pool.