Public Health

Tracking a COVID Vax Rumor

Tracking a COVID Vax Rumor

September 29, 2021 at 1:04 pm

I heard a strange rumor this weekend about anti-vaxxers in Halifax paying a guy — the same guy, in the story I heard — to get vaccinated for them and provide them with proof of vaccination. My first thought was that this had “urban myth” written all over it (theRead More

Let Me Say This About That

Let Me Say This About That

September 8, 2021 at 12:51 pm

Having been publishing bi-weekly — or, as I like to think of it, working at half-speed — all summer, I’ve been building up a store of opinions on a variety of subjects. In fact, my “two-cents’ worth” on such disparate issues as Annette Verschuren’s induction into the Business & PhilanthropyRead More

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID Update for 27 April 2021.

COVID-19 Update: NS Shuts Down for 2 Weeks

April 27, 2021 at 5:57 pm

During today’s COVID-19 Update, Dr. Robert Strang and Premier Iain Rankin announced a province-wide shutdown or circuit breaker that will go into effect as of 8:00 AM tomorrow (Wednesday, April 28) and remain in place until at least May 12. “We are in a race between the variant and theRead More

NS Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, COVID update 2021.04.26

NS COVID-19 Update for 26 April 2021

April 26, 2021 at 6:26 pm

The third wave is here and I thought it might be a good idea to bring together all the information I’ve been tweeting out piecemeal about COVID these past few days. Given the admirable job Tim Bousquet at the Examiner does covering the briefings — and the daily press releasesRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

Editor’s Note: I had to make a trip to the Annapolis Valley on short notice yesterday and thought I’d simply be able to post Fast & Curious — which I’d written on Thursday — from the road. But time and circumstance worked against me, which is why you are seeingRead More

NS COVID Update for 16 December 2020

NS COVID Update for 16 December 2020

December 16, 2020 at 3:56 pm

Briefing Both Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang began today’s briefing by expressing condolences to the families of the fishermen on a scallop vessel that went missing in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of southwestern Nova Scotia Tuesday. The body of one crew member of the ChiefRead More

What’s the Deal with School Gym Rentals?

What’s the Deal with School Gym Rentals?

December 16, 2020 at 12:53 pm

During this month’s meeting of the CBRM council,  49 minutes’ worth of discussion was devoted to a motion by District 6 Councilor Glenn Paruch that staff be directed to draft an Issue Paper on commissioning a study into the possibility of building a facility, somewhere in the CBRM, with twoRead More

NS COVID-19 Update for 8 December 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 8 December 2020

December 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Briefing Today’s update ended abruptly after questions from three reporters with Premier Stephen McNeil announcing that there were a number of “things” pulling him away today (he didn’t actually name any) before promising that he and Dr. Robert Strang would be back on Friday. The two announced seven new casesRead More

NS COVID-19 Update for 4 December 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 4 December 2020

December 4, 2020 at 5:56 pm

Briefing Nova Scotia announced 15 new cases of COVID-19, two of which are school based (Citadel High School in Halifax and Park West School in Clayton Park). The schools in question have been closed for deep cleaning and contact tracing. Other schools that have been closed due to COVID willRead More

NS COVID-19 Briefing for 1 December 2020

NS COVID-19 Briefing for 1 December 2020

December 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 today and 142 active cases. No one is currently in hospital. Dr. Strang allowed that he found the case numbers “encouraging” and lower than he’d been expecting, reminding everyoneRead More