Roundup: 42 active COVID cases, anti-maskers disappoint Strang, Matt Minglewood tops Lobster Carnival lineup, C.B. mom raises organ-donation awareness

The provincial government reported three new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, all U.K. variants, but the people tallied aren’t actually in Nova Scotia. “Since they are Nova Scotia residents, they are included in the cumulative provincial data,” says the update. “These cases have no known close contacts in Nova Scotia.”

Nova Scotia has 42 known active cases of COVID-19. Four people are hospitalized with the disease.

As of April 14, health-care workers have dispensed 182,867 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the province, with 31,998 Nova Scotians getting the second dose that completes inoculation.

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang are scheduled to webcast an update today at 1 p.m.

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

Tiny anti-mask protest in Bridgewater
Dr. Strang is speaking out after about three dozen people recently gathered in Bridgewater to protest public health rules.

“It is disappointing to see a small number of people protesting efforts to keep each other safe and healthy,” he tells LighthouseNow. “By and large, Nova Scotians have done an admirable job adhering to public health protocols and I am proud of the way we have all looked out for each other throughout the pandemic.”

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence, protest organizer Jessica Schleich questions the need for pandemic precautions. “We have to look at the big picture here,” she says. “Are these lockdowns, restrictions, and mandates causing more harm than good?”

Keith Corcoran reports.

C.B. mom speaks up for organ donation
As her son Matthew awaits a kidney, Port Hastings mother Tonia LeBlanc is trying to raise awareness of the importance of organ donations.

“Even though everyone is considered to be an organ donor, which is amazing and I’m so proud of our province for doing that, it still hasn’t upped our numbers at this point,” she says. “We definitely need more conversation around it. It’s still up to the family, so it’s really important to talk to your family.”

Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

Victims’ families had to protest before government would order a public inquiry. Photo: Raissa Tetanish

A year later and still no answers
April 18 marks a year since the mass shooting and Nova Scotians continue to wait for answers about the tragedy and the RCMP response to it. Yesterday, the heads of the Mass Casualty Commission offered reassurances that their work is proceeding out of public view.

“We are making significant progress on our mandate,” says the statement from J. Michael MacDonald, Leanne J. Fitch, and Kim Stanton. “This has included setting up our offices in Truro and Halifax, hiring our staff, planning and commencing our research work, making progress on obtaining document disclosure, commencing our investigations, issuing a call for participants, and connecting with some of those most affected.” 

With no specifics about when public proceedings will begin, and RCMP and government refusing to discuss the matter, victims’ families continue to endure an agonizing wait for the truth. In this recent Halifax Magazine story, Janet Whitman talks with one of the lawyers representing them, and shares details of this weekend’s commemorations.

Matt Minglewood

Matt Minglewood to headline Lobster Carnival
Acclaimed singer Matt Minglewood and his band are scheduled to headline an all-Nova Scotia entertainment lineup when the Pictou Lobster Carnival returns from July 9 to 11.

“Minglewood’s blues-rock style is just what we need to get back in the spirit of celebrating summer in Nova Scotia,” say organizers. “We’re working hard putting the plans together to keep the event as safe as possible for everyone.”

For more details on the entertainment lineup, see this recent article from The Pictou Advocate.

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