Roundup: 63% of N.S. double dosed, Pictou Co. man steals RCMP car—faces many charges, overstretched paramedics ‘breaking down’ warns union, fire leaves family business reeling

Nova Scotia has 11 known active cases of COVID-19, with two new cases (both in the Central Zone) and three recoveries reported in the latest government update. One person is currently hospitalized with the disease.

Nova Scotia continues to creep towards the 75% fully-vaccinated rate that will trigger the fifth and final phase of the province’s reopening plan. As of Aug. 4, 75.3% of Nova Scotians have had one shot, and 63.2% have had both. Canadawide, 71.0% of people have had the first jab, and 59.9% are fully vaccinated.

Pictou Co. man steals RCMP car
A Stellarton man is facing multiple charges after breaking into a home, fleeing, crashing his car, and stealing a police cruiser from a responding RCMP officer.

“The suspect was able to take the police car and dragged the officer about three metres before the officer was thrown onto the road,” reports The Pictou Advocate. “A passing motorist gave the officer their vehicle to go after the suspect who fled. The officer located the suspect after the suspect crashed into another vehicle approximately five kilometres away near Wentworth Valley.”

Andrew Genner Pike appeared in court on Aug. 3 to answer a variety of charges.

Aileen Meagher. Photo: NS Archives

The Flying Schoolmarm—a Halifax Olympic hero
Long before Andre De Grasse’s Olympic track heroics, Haligonian Aileen Meagher was one of the country’s top runners.

Meagher was born in Alberta in 1919, but grew up in Halifax. She graduated from Sacred Heart School and then Dalhousie, becoming a teacher. During her studies, she developed a passion for running, joining the track team and setting records in the 100- and 200-yard dashes. (This was, incidentally, at a time when many disapproved of female athletes.)

At the 1934 British Empire Games (forerunners of the Commonwealth Games), she rocketed to national stardom, winning a gold medal in the 600-yard relay, and silver medals in the 440-yard relay and 220-yard sprint. Sportswriters dubbed her “The Flying Schoolmarm.”

Learn more about her trailblazing career and her experiences at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin (which Hitler had hoped would showcase Nazi superiority) in this new Halifax Magazine post by Dorothy Grant.

Overstretched paramedics “breaking down”
Nova Scotian paramedics are stretched to the breaking point, warns union spokesman Michael Nickerson.

“We’ve been in a health-care crisis far too long,” he says. “We are on the brink of collapse or disaster … Paramedics are tired, they’re angry, they’re frustrated and fatigued … They’re breaking down physically, mentally and emotionally—when you look at the computer screen on the ambulance and you see that you are the only ambulance for 100 kilometres or more, and you know that you’re going to be responding, and you could respond up to an hour or longer.”

Adam McNamara has the story for The Reporter.

Fire destroys Chester sawmill
An Aug. 2 fire at Millett Lumber in Chester Grant destroyed the sawmill and various essential equipment for board-making.

Fifty firefighters from eight different departments battled the blaze. “It’s devastating to the community,” says Chester Basin fire captain Blake Rafuse, adding that the day’s heavy rainfall helped prevent flames from spreading into the sawdust or logs and lumber in the vicinity. “It didn’t make a difference on the outcome of the structure fire itself.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

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