COVID-19

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

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast and Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 30, 2020 at 11:11 am

Providing Coverage On Tuesday, October 27, at about 12:45 PM, police were contacted about a body discovered in the abandoned train station at 75 Dodd Street in Sydney. Writing about this on Wednesday, I guessed that over the next few days we’d be discussing the problem of homelessness in ourRead...

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

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Port of Halifax berth extension, 23 October 2020. HPA CEO Allan Gray is front row, center. (HPA photo)

Berth Announcement at Port of Halifax

October 28, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Editor’s Note: Rick Grant, who keeps an eye on all things port, attended a rare Open House at the Port of Halifax on Friday and offered to report on what he saw for the Spectator. I accepted, although Halifax is usually beyond the scope of my reporting, because Grant andRead More

The Shore Road Sessions stage. (Photo by Buddy MacDonald)

Shore Road Sessions: Bright Spot in a Dark Season

October 28, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Like many people since the advent of the coronavirus, Shauna Walters found herself with more downtime than usual this spring, so she used some of it to landscape the back yard of her home in Whitney Pier. Unlike many people, she looked around at the finished space and saw —Read More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, 2020.10.06

NS COVID-19 Update for 6 October 2020

October 6, 2020 at 4:16 pm

Briefing Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang held one of their now-rare COVID-19 briefings on Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Strang began with the numbers — Nova Scotia has 3 active cases (including an essential worker who continues to be in ICU), all of which are related to travel outsideRead More

Angry Old Testament God

“God’s Will,” Thoughts on Providentialism

September 30, 2020 at 12:26 pm

“It’s God will” is a statement so often heard that when one personally decides s/he no longer accepts it as reasonable, practical, or —  let’s face it — believable, a statement from a high-ranking clergyman in the Catholic Church endorsing such a view, especially with regard to COVID-19, has toRead 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