Kentville Sanitorium and area. (Richard McCully Aerial Photograph Collection, NS Archives, 1931)

Self-Isolation Week 3: Remembering TB

April 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm

All the discussion around the recent corona virus pandemic and the fallout from it that’s affected hundreds of thousands in all parts of the world got me thinking about a disease that struck my own family and was treated in a very different manner. That would be tuberculosis, and manyRead More

Biological hazard symbol (Andux, CC by SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Plagues in Perspective

April 1, 2020 at 12:51 pm

“…it is hard to say who is sick and who is well…” — Daniel Defoe, Journal of the Plague Year   The coronavirus pandemic poses a clear and present danger to the most elderly and vulnerable segments of the global population, those already most prone to perish from influenza and other infectiousRead More

Dr. Robert Strang walking to Province House. 31 March 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 31 March 2020

March 31, 2020 at 6:21 pm

Travel-related Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health confirmed, 20 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Tuesday, bringing our total to 147. Although community spread has been concluded as the cause of one case, most of the confirmed cases — 96%, according to Strang —Read More

NS Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, 30 March 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for March 30

March 30, 2020 at 6:46 pm

Community Spread Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang announced on Monday that, having been unable to trace a case of COVID-19 to travel or a known source, they have concluded that transmission has occurred within the community or “community spread.” Strang has been warning for daysRead More

COVID-19 Update for 29 March 2020

COVID-19 Update for 29 March 2020

March 29, 2020 at 6:14 pm

Editor’s Note: A story unfolding as rapidly as the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t lend itself to weekly coverage so the Spectator is going to experiment with a daily COVID-19 update. This content will not be paywalled, so if you find it useful, feel free to share it. I intend to continueRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 27, 2020 at 10:18 am

Timeline update I have realized that there is a better source for Canadian COVID-19 confirmed case totals than the one I used in compiling my initial COVID-19 timeline (I used the Wayback Machine to consult the page each day when I should have simply consulted the cumulative total tables maintainedRead More

Testing, Testing…

Testing, Testing…

March 25, 2020 at 1:25 pm

Sometimes during a pandemic a good place to be is down a rabbit hole — like the one I went down trying to understand how testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 is done and how it’s being handled here in our province. Let’s start with the basics, which youRead More

NS COVID-19 Timeline

NS COVID-19 Timeline

March 25, 2020 at 1:23 pm

I have learned that, time-consuming and deeply annoying as verifying the information can sometimes be, making a timeline is an excellent way to understand an event or series of events. In the case of the current coronavirus pandemic, though, events have been unspooling so quickly I needed a timeline justRead More

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916). The Hirschsprung Collection

Self-Isolation: Week Two

March 25, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Week two in self-isolation and it’s not been bad at all. Haven’t run out of the necessities, food and TP specifically, and, thanks to our provider, am grateful not to have to join the masses who seem programmed to get right out there and ignore the warnings they are hearingRead More

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Letter to the Editor: Protect Universal Healthcare

March 25, 2020 at 1:15 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the extent to which our individual health is dependent on the health of everyone in our community. Public healthcare is our best defense against this crisis and others like it. However, our ability to endure crises and care for each other has been erodedRead More