Local residents will get the best possible cancer care with the official opening of an expansion of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney. Premier Darrell Dexter today, June 23, officially opened the expansion of cancer centre in Sydney. “Government is committed to providing better health care for families,” said Premier Dexter. “I am pleased to be part of the official expansion of the state-of-the-art Cape Breton Cancer Centre that will allow the people of Cape Breton to have access to the quality care they need as they face one of life’s toughest battles.” The province invested $4.35 million in the expansion project, through funds from the government of Canada. The $8-million expansion will increase the cancer centre’s capacity to provide radiation therapy and allow more people to get more advanced treatment in Cape Breton. “Our cancer care team is recognized nationally and has a reputation for excellence in patient care,” said John Malcom, CEO of the Cape Breton District Health Authority. “This expansion gives them the latest technology and enhanced facilities so we can continue to meet the needs of our patients. “The commitment and generosity of people in the community has also been outstanding. And by working with provincial, federal and community partners, we are making a difference for patients and their families.” Premier Dexter recognized the efforts of the people of Cape Breton for raising $4.7-million for the project. “I know we would not be standing here today if it was not for the support of the local community,” said Premier Dexter. “I am truly impressed and amazed by the generosity of the people of Cape Breton and I want to congratulate them on their efforts.” Foundation board chair, Dr. Jacquelyn Scott, said the fundraising campaign helped the hospital expand the scope of the project to include more space for patient care and new ambulance bays. “We really have the generosity of our community and foundation supporters to thank for the success of this campaign,” she said. During the reception, Premier Dexter presented a legacy shovel to patients of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, Travis Morrison, Emily Long, Shauna MacLean and Irving Schwartz. The shovel was used to break ground during the opening of the cancer centre more than 10 years ago and to turn the sod of the cancer centre expansion in April 2009. When the cancer centre opened in 1998 it was expected to treat 7,000 patient visits a year. In 2009, there were more than 30,000 patient visits. In February, the province announced $10.1 million to expand and purchase new equipment for the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre, which serves Nova Scotians from every region. The province’s colon cancer screening program is now available in five districts, including Cape Breton, and is expected to be provincewide by 2011.
MOSCOW — Bolivian leader Evo Morales has visited Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on expanding economic ties.Speaking after talks in the Kremlin Thursday, Putin hailed the “strategic co-operation” between the two countries, including Russia’s investment in Bolivia’s natural gas fields and a project to build a Russian research nuclear reactor in the country.He said Russian companies are considering investments in lithium mining in Bolivia and plan to participate in the planned reconstruction of Santa Cruz airport.Both leaders noted that they have similar views on international issues and underlined their shared emphasis on respect for sovereignty and opposition to unilateral sanctions.Morales praised Putin for leading global efforts to “protect international order, oppose use of force in international affairs and prevent interference into other nations’ internal affairs.”The Associated Press