Paving Priorities

Can anyone explain to me why the 107 between Mineville and Porters Lake is currently being paved? I can't find any mention of it in the 5-year plan for roadwork http://gov.ns.ca/tran/highways/5yearplan/Plan_2010-11.pdf. I've driven that road nearly daily for three years and never once thought to myself that it needed attention. If we're really out of roads that actually need work in this province, I can certainly think of better ways to spend our money than repaving the ones that don't. How 'bout putting it towards reducing waits like the year-long one my m-i-l had for knee replacement, or the more than half a year my grandmother is waiting for cataract surgery so she can see again, or maybe the interminable wait for mental health care ? More than paving, I'd like to see a study of how to address the lack of basic communication and holistic care in our hospitals. I know the staff are working their asses off, but that's not so much comfort when each of Grandpa's doctors thinks they are working towards a different care plan and no one can remember to give him his meds. —A.B.

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