Families in the Cornwallis, Annapolis Co. area will have access to a safe, modern recreation facility when the wellness centre in Cornwallis Park becomes the Fundy YMCA. All levels of government and community organizations committed a total of $650,000 toward the project today, Dec. 18, including $150,000 from the province. “Helping to reopen this facility is the right decision for the people of this region, providing opportunities for residents to lead active, healthy lives,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Health Promotion and Protection Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Investing in recreation facilities is part of our commitment to make life better for families in Nova Scotia.” Project funding also includes $300,000 from the federal government and $100,000 each from the Municipality of the District of Digby and the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre. The Municipality of the County of Annapolis will continue to own the facility, making mortgage and debt payments. A community fundraising campaign is also underway and kicked off with an $80,000 donation from the Annapolis West Health Foundation. “Government’s investment in these essential improvements to the centre will help ensure that the people of Cornwallis and surrounding communities continue to have access to a valuable community recreational resource,” said MP Greg Kerr, on behalf of ACOA Minister Keith Ashfield. “The YMCA’s role in the management of the upgraded facility will add to the quality of the services offered through the centre and to the attractiveness of Cornwallis as a place in which to live, work and invest.” “Strong partnership is the key to any success and this is a good example of the outcome,” said Reg Ritchie, warden of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis. “The financial support of these organizations shows a combined effort in reaching a common goal of ensuring a sustainable wellness facility for the people in our region wanting to pursue and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. This financial support and the YMCA’s dedication have given us confidence that this project will come to fruition.” The investments will assist the Municipality of the County of Annapolis in upgrading the wellness centre and its exercise equipment to meet YMCA standards. Planned upgrades include an expansion of the cardio fitness area, reconfiguring office space, safety improvements and a state-of-the-art air conditioning system. Once upgrades are complete, the facility will be managed by the YMCA and will serve area residents and clientele of the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre and the Pearson Peackeeping Centre.
by Larry Neumeister And Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2013 2:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NY court OKs over-the-counter sales of some next-day contraception while appeal proceeds NEW YORK, N.Y. – Generic versions of emergency contraception can be sold without a prescription or age restrictions while the federal government appeals a judge’s ruling allowing the sales, an appeals court said Wednesday.The brief order issued by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan permitted two-pill versions of emergency contraception to immediately be sold without restrictions, but the court refused to allow unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step until it decides the merits of the government’s appeal. It did not specify why the two-pill versions were being allowed now, though it said the government failed to meet the requirements necessary to block the lower-court decision.The order was welcomed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, where President Nancy Northup called it a “historic day for women’s health.”“Finally, after more than a decade of politically motivated delays, women will no longer have to endure intrusive, onerous and medically unnecessary restrictions to get emergency contraception,” she said in a statement.The centre’s litigation director, Julie Rickelman, said the government has two weeks to decide whether to appeal the 2nd Circuit’s decision on the stay to the full appeals court or the Supreme Court. Even if there is no appeal of the stay ruling, it was unclear how soon drugstores would move the two-pill emergency contraception from behind the counter. She said she hoped the pills would be available without restriction within a month.“What it does mean is that generic two-pill products are going to be readily available to women without age restrictions, on any drugstore shelf,” Rickelman said. “It’ll be like buying Tylenol. You’ll be able to go get it off the drugstore shelf, no ID, at the regular counter.”Justice Department spokeswoman Allison Price said the government was reviewing the court’s order.The government has appealed U.S. District Judge Edward Korman’s underlying April 5 ruling, which ordered levonorgestrel-based emergency contraceptives be made available without a prescription, over-the-counter and without point-of-sale or age restrictions.The government asked Korman to suspend the effect of that ruling until the appeals court could decide the case, but the judge declined, saying the government’s decision to restrict sales was “politically motivated, scientifically unjustified and contrary to agency precedent.” He also said there was no basis to deny the request to make the drugs widely available.The government had argued that “substantial market confusion” could result if Korman’s ruling was enforced while appeals were pending, only to be later overturned.The Food and Drug Administration was preparing in 2011 to allow over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill with no limits when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled her own scientists in an unprecedented move.The FDA announced in early May that Plan B One-Step could be sold without a prescription to those 15 and older. Its maker, Teva Women’s Health, plans to begin those sales soon. Sales had previously been limited to those who were at least 17.Korman later ridiculed the FDA changes, saying they established “nonsensical rules” that favoured sales of the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill and were made “to sugarcoat” the government’s appeal.He also said they place a disproportionate burden on blacks and the poor by requiring a prescription for less expensive generic versions of the drug bought by those under age 17 and by requiring those over age 17 to show proof-of-age identification at a pharmacy.Plan B One-Step is the newer version of emergency contraception — the same drug, but combined into one pill instead of two.___Neergaard reported from Washington.