Health and Wellness

NS COVID-19 Briefing for 13 November 2020

NS COVID-19 Briefing for 13 November 2020

November 13, 2020 at 4:05 pm

Briefing Today’s COVID briefing was as much about Premier Stephen McNeil’s decision to call the house into session for one day — December 18 — in order to prorogue until February 2021, but I will deal with the disease first before returning to the politics. Nova Scotia announced two newRead More

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Update for 9 November 2020

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Update for 9 November 2020

November 9, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil announced that since the last update on November 3, the province has identified 15 new cases of COVID-19, including the one announced today. The province has 16 active cases, and McNeil said they are “very concerned” about the number creeping up and the potential exposure thatRead More

NS COVID-19 Update for 3 November 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 3 November 2020

November 3, 2020 at 4:27 pm

Briefing I’m going to paraphrase much of today’s COVID update because I think it’s safe to say it was intended to deliver two messages. First, although we now have 16 active cases of COVID — 12 of which have been discovered since Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang’s lastRead More

NS COVID-19 Update for 28 October 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 28 October 2020

October 28, 2020 at 3:32 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil began today’s briefing by noting that in the two weeks since the last one, Nova Scotia has announced 10 cases of COVID-19, five of which remain active. No one is in hospital. Dr. Robert Strang said nine of those 10 cases were related to travel outsideRead More

NS COVID-19 Update for 9 September 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 9 September 2020

September 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, held one of their now-quite-rare COVID-19 updates on Wednesday. The premier had nothing in particular to announce, other than congratulating teachers, staff and especially students for “having the courage” to return to school yesterday. (IRead More

When MAID Meets Organ Donation

When MAID Meets Organ Donation

September 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Last month, I wrote about the ethical issues generated by the euphemistic and imprecise term Medical Assistance In Dying (or MAID) and the way in which the change in the law which led to the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia had avid supporters (whom I have labelled “optimists”) andRead More

COVID-19/Back-to-School Update for 2 September 2020

COVID-19/Back-to-School Update for 2 September 2020

September 2, 2020 at 5:59 pm

Briefing Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill briefed reporters today (some in person, some on the phone) on the province’s plan to send students back to their classrooms on September 8. Churchill began by recapping previously announcedRead More

Back to the One-Room Schoolhouse?

Back to the One-Room Schoolhouse?

August 5, 2020 at 2:47 pm

As predicted, the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s long-awaited plan for getting students back to school in September has been met with push-back and “yeah-buts” from both opposition parties, the NSTU and CUPE Nova Scotia, who feel it is short on details about how, exactly, it’sRead More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update, 6 July 2020.

NS COVID-19 for 6 July 2020

July 6, 2020 at 6:06 pm

Daily briefing I hadn’t expected to do a COVID-19 report today, but there was a surprise briefing with Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang (sporting what I believe was a Bugs Bunny tie), so I thought I’d catch you up. This will not be lengthy, because the point ofRead More

Dr. Robert Strang, COVID update,  26 June 2020.

NS COVID-19 Update for 26 June 2020

June 26, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, sporting new haircuts and matching ties, got the band back together on Friday to announce further reopening measures for Nova Scotia. The premier seemed downright giddy in the face of our epidemiology, which shows no new COVID-19 cases in 17 days andRead More