Roundup: 3rd vax doses for some in N.S., Chief Paul shares residential school legacy, Inverness investigates water shortage, tonnes of fishing gear litter Atlantic

Chief Andrea Paul. Photo: Steve Goodwin

Plus: A local artist works in an unusual medium to capture everyday Halifax scenes

The Nova Scotia government recently announced plans to offer third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to people “who are moderately to severely immunocompromised or who are taking medications that substantially suppress their immune system.” (See this page for booking and criteria details).

The announcement says the booster shot will also be available to people who mixed doses (for example, getting AstraZeneca first and Moderna second), but need to travel for work to a country that doesn’t consider them fully vaccinated.

To qualify, a traveller must be a Nova Scotian resident, provide a record of their first two doses, and provide work and travel documentation. To apply, email: AdminINS@novascotia.ca.

COVID count creeps up
Nova Scotia has 198 known active cases of COVID-19, with 26 new cases and 15 recoveries reported in yesterday’s government update. Twelve people are hospitalized in provincial COVID units, including two in ICU.

Once again, the bulk of the new cases (23) are in the Central Zone, which health officials attribute to community spread among unvaccinated young adults who are engaging in social activities.

Residential school trauma lives on
It’s hard for many people to understand how the brutality of Canada’s government-funded residential school system, which was designed to stamp out First Nations culture in the country, continues to cause trauma years later.

In a recent speech to a local Rotary Club, Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul shared her experiences growing up with an abusive father, and realizing the actions stemmed from his residential school experience.

“The pain was so raw,” she says. “Residential schools had an impact on students and had an impact on families. I saw why my dad was the way he was. I was able to learn more about residential schools and I built a relationship with him. He died in 2008. That was very traumatizing. I felt a void in my life because I was just getting to know him.”

Steve Goodwin reports for The Pictou Advocate.

Tonnes of fishing gear pulled from ocean
The Lunenburg County-based environmental stewardship charity Coastal Action continues to explore the environmental toll of the discarded and disused commercial fishing gear that litters Nova Scotian waters.

Volunteers made 60 trips to sea to retrieve abandoned gear and did six shoreline cleanups in the project’s first year, removing about 12 tons of waste. Project coordinator Jessie McIntyre says most of the material was recycled or, thanks to identifying marks, returned to owners. Among the recoveries were some 200 lobster traps.

“We found that lost lobster traps can capture marketable lobster, which has environmental and economic impacts in this area of the province,” McIntyre says.

Keith Corcoran has more for LighthouseNow.

“Bilby” by Andrea Crouse. Used with permission.

Visions of Halifax
In each edition of Unravel Halifax magazine is a section called The View, spotlighting a unique work by a local artist.

In the latest issue, we spotlight Andrea Crouse, who creates collages with tiny cutouts from magazines, glued to wood panels. Her featured work is “Bilby,” named for the side street near the naval base.

From the artist: “This paper collage artwork features colourful houses along Bilby Street in North End Halifax. Bright paint on wood shingles and decorative mouldings are a part of our city’s landscape that is rapidly changing in the face of new development. Newly constructed buildings on nearby Isleville Street peek out from around the corner in this scene.”

And really, is there a more distinctively Halifax scene than a “Sidewalk Closed” sign?

Learn more.

Inverness investigates water shortage
Local government officials continue to look into a water shortage that plagued Inverness last summer. “During that time, approximately 5,300 cubic metres was trucked from the Whycocomagh water system to the Inverness water system,” CFO Tanya Tibbo tells Inverness Municipal Council.

Many local residents noted that while they faced usage restrictions during the summer, nearby Cabot Links golf seemed to have ample water for its lush-as-ever golf course.

The CFO reports that an investigation shows that Cabot Links accounts for about 5.4 per cent of the total consumption in Inverness, and but doesn’t use municipal water to irrigate the golf course, instead using a nearby pond.

Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

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