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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pricey Payments In McCain Divorce

It's a pricey divorce.

Christine McCain will be getting 175-thousand dollars a month in interim spousal support plus retroactive payments from her ex-husband Michael McCain. The CEO of Maple Leaf Foods must make the payments after a judge struck down parts of a marriage contract meant to keep the McCain family's wealth within the bloodline. The agreement was signed in 1997.

The two were married for 30 years, they split in July 2011.

Med School Will Work Wonders For Saint John

DMNB Class of 2014
Having medical schools in local communities is extremely powerful, according to MP and pediatrics orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kellie Leitch.

She tells CHSJ news having Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick in Saint John will work wonders for training and keeping doctors locally. Leitch says she's seen first hand the effects a medical school has in an area. She says when she was the associate dean at the University of Western Ontario, she saw the opening of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Since it's opening in 2005, she says their grads have stayed there and worked wonders in that area.

Leitch says she's confident young physicians will make Saint John their home. The first set of med students are set to graduate in 2014.

The Diocese Of Fredericton Is Reviewing Snook Charges

The Diocese of Fredericton is looking into and reviewing information related to the 8 charges Common Councillor Donnie Snook is facing.

In a release, Archbishop Claude Miller says he remains shocked and saddened. Snook's position as executive director of the Saint John Inner City Youth Ministry -- which includes the Chicken Noodle Club -- is suspended with pay until the resolution of the charges.

The 40-year-old is facing charges of sexual interference on a child under 16, possession of and making child pornography, and making it available. He was arrested at his house on Martha Avenue Wednesday night. Snook remains in custody and will appear in court tomorrow for a bail hearing.

Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot

Flu season is here much earlier than suspected, and it's knocking many people in North America off their feet and into bed with tissues and a snuggie.

With sniffles and coughing in mind, New Brunswick pharmacists are encouraging you to get your flu shot. It's not too late, and it's the best method to keep the flu at bay, says Paul Blanchard, executive director of the New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association. He tells CHSJ news it's important to get a flu shot every year, since the flu strain is always changing.

A big myth is that getting the vaccine could actually give you the flu, which Blanchard says is simply not true. He says the vaccine is made from dead cells of the influenza, which helps your body to develop an immunity. Blanchard says the flu is causing overcrowding in Boston emergency rooms, so the sooner you get it the better.

You can get the vaccine from one of the 230 pharmacists in the province who are trained to give injections. The cost is in the area of $20-$25, but it's free if you're over 65, have a chronic illness (such as diabetes, asthma, a suppressed immune system) and if you're under 18.

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New Health Council To Improve Health System

Looking at saving money and being more efficient in our health care system is the role the new Innovation and Best Practice Council will play.

The members consist of many executive directors and vice-presidents from different health sectors like the Office of Health System Renewal, Horizon Health and the Department of Health.

In a release, Health Minister Ted Flemming says they'll focus on pin-pointing and adopting cheaper but efficient health practices from the best health systems in Canada.