Provincial Health Authority President and CEO Janet Knox says since April, they’ve recruited 92 doctors who are currently or will soon will be working in Nova Scotia.
26 of the physicians are family doctors while 66 are specialists.
Knox made the remarks during her appearance before the Legislature’s Public Accounts Committee, this morning.
However, Knox also says there are still 60 family doctor vacancies in the province with 11 coming to fill those vacancies.
The Health Authority says 42-thousand people in the province are now looking for family doctor.
Marine Atlantic says high winds and seas have affected its ferry schedule.
The Crown Corporation says tonight’s 11:45 crossing from North Sydney has been postponed until 11:45 tomorrow morning.
However, it says it expects both tomorrow’s crossings will also be affected by the weather.
There’s now a storm warning in effect for the Cabot Strait with seas expected to build to between 4 and 6 metres, this afternoon.
Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac will suggest 15 new locations for used needle kiosks at this afternoon’s Police Commission meeting.
McIsaac was asked to look into the matter after it was revealed there are only eight needle kiosks in the municipality at the September police commission meeting.
McIsaac is recommending the extra needle kiosks go in Glace Bay, New Waterford, Sydney, North Sydney, Sydney Mines and Dominion Beach.
McIsaac says discarded, used needles are a safety matter that Regional Police get calls to deal with on a regular basis.
He also suggests looking into the option of having Parks and Grounds or Public Works employees trained to safely empty the needle kiosks as well as maintain them.
Regional Councillors are scheduled to meet in-camera at 4:00 this afternoon ahead of their public council meeting at 6:00 this evening.
The subject of the behind-closed-doors gathering has not been released but District 8 councillor Amanda McDougall says she expects the meeting will be about Mayor Cecil Clarke’s recent trip to China to discuss the Port of Sydney.
McDougall has already gone public to express her frustration with the lack of information given to councillors in advance of this afternoon’s meeting.
Clarke has refused to speak to the media about his trip to China before meeting with Council, today.
Clarke was joined on his trip to China by Regional CAO Marie Walsh along with provincial Business Minister Geoff MacLellan and the chiefs of Membertou and Eskasoni.
The provincial Department of Transportation says the Trans Canada on the top of Kelly’s Mountain is down to one lane this morning.
The closure is needed to allow crews to remove an 18-wheeler that went off the road there, yesterday.
Drivers are being told to expect delays.
The road is expected to be down to one lane until noon.