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HALIFAX The Canadian Union of Public Employees says that they will be joining their colleagues at the Nova Scotia Nurses Union at this coming Mondays Press Conference, Monday, February 05, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. in the Uniacke Room, Province House.

CUPE National Representative, Linda Clancy, states that CUPE concurs with NSNUs statement that the recent announcement of the closure of the Adult Residential Centre (ARC) at Scotia Nursing Home is poorly planned if you can call it a plan and is totally unfair to the mental health residents who live there.

We have residents who have been in this facility for as long as 35 years. This is their home, states Clancy. Needless to say, our residents and members are devastated by this announcement.

Clancy adds that the Governments decision has not been thought out. They are proposing that these residents be relocated throughout the area with no additional costs or creation of small option homes. This is not possible. They still havent placed the residents that are to be relocated from the Halifax County Rehabilitaiton Centre. I am told there are 84 residents yet to be relocated, and they are scheduled for closure in June of this year.

Members from CUPE, Local 3618, which represents employees at Scotia Home, will be joining NSNU at the press conference scheduled for Monday morning.


Linda Clancy, National Representative Canadian Union of Public Employees
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