Canada

Province ends air ambulance contract

The Nova Scotia government has killed a contract with a Calgary-based group that managed Nova Scotia's air ambulance system.

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) had a five-year deal with the province of Nova Scotia. Health Minister Jamie Muir says the Tory government had fundamental differences with STARS, which was originally recruited by the Liberals in 1996.

STARS is a non-profit group which does corporate fundraising in an effort to offset its budget, and Muir says that made the province uncomfortable.

None of the employees currently working for STARS will be affected. Muir says the government, possibly with the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, will take over the management of the province's air ambulance service.

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