Roundup: 68.4% of N.S. fully vaccinated, C.B. support group needs new home, great white shark visits Lunenburg, New Glasgow creating climate action plan

Halifax actor Nick Smyth takes a dark turn in the new film Motherly. Photo: Submitted

Provincial health officials recently released a new batch of statistics underscoring the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine in preventing death and serious illness.

Nova Scotia had 4,261 known cases of COVID from March 15 to Aug. 19, 2021.

  • 41 (1%) were fully vaccinated
  • 248 (5.8%) were partially vaccinated
  • 3,972 (93.2%) were unvaccinated

Of those, 255 people were hospitalized with the disease.

  • Two (0.8%) were fully vaccinated
  • 28 (11%) were partially vaccinated
  • 225 (88.2%) were unvaccinated

Twenty-seven people died.

  • One (3.7%) was fully vaccinated
  • Three (11.1%) were partially vaccinated
  • 23 (85.2%) were unvaccinated

As of Aug. 22, 76.4% of Nova Scotians have had their first dose of COVID vaccine, and 68.4% have had the second shot that completes inoculation. Canadawide, 72.4% have had one shot, and 64.9% have had both.

The provincial government also announced that it is renewing the state of emergency for another two weeks (as it has every two weeks since the pandemic began).

Nick Smyth in Motherly

Nick Smyth’s dark journey
Halifax actor Nick Smyth has long been the funny guy, best known for a series of 7-Eleven commercials.

But after a pair of unexpectedly dark and violent roles, his career is at a crossroads.

His latest foray into the shadows is Motherly, which makes its world premiere at the London FrightFest Film Festival (Aug. 26 to 30). Directed by Craig David Wallace, the film is about Smyth’s lead character Lewis breaking into an isolated farmhouse in the woods to avenge the death of his daughter.

“My character is just very damaged, very heavy with the past, and he’s going in there to get some answers,” he says. “He’s not a nice guy. He’s a guy that’s dealing with a lot of wounds, and it’s coming out in bad ways. That’s what pushes some of the story along, and it’s super fun to play these guys.”

Ameeta Vohra interviews him for Halifax Magazine.

Cape Breton support group needs new home
With the pandemic hamstringing its fundraising efforts, Port Hawkesbury’s Fresh Start Peer Support group faces a financial crunch and has lost its home, a space used for offices and programming.

“We couldn’t come up with the rent,” says found Michael George. “The networking was just stopped. We didn’t have qualified people around that area to do our media. COVID just cut off the ties of communication, then we hung on as long as we could to the building but then we had to close it down.”

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

Ocearch researchers tag a shark.

There’s something in the water
The shark research group Ocearch has been tracking a great white shark near the Lunenburg County shore.

Chief science advisor Bob Hueter urges people note to fear the animal.

“When one of our sharks swims into an area that’s very close to a beach, we evaluate the integrity of that location, look to make sure it’s a good ping and, if it is, we just try to put out an advisory,” he says. “It’s not a warning, it’s not to scare anybody, it’s simply saying, ‘keep an eye on this animal, you can track it … keep an eye on it, especially local beach goers.'”

He adds that great white sharks have always meandered the Atlantic. People just more aware of them now, thanks to improved tracking and data collection.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

New Glasgow creating climate action plan
The municipal government is calling on New Glasgow residents to help shape the town’s climate action plan, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote “community resilience.”

“The main action areas of the Local Climate Action Plan will be centred around our homes, workplaces, transportation, and waste reduction,” says Rachel Mitchell, the town’s climate change and sustainability manager. “While a main focus of this plan is to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions, the actions will help to improve home comfort, save our residents money, and improve the health and well-being of our community.”

The Pictou Advocate has details.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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