Roundup: COVID count jumps, C.B. patients lose doctor, Mahone Bay says no to glamping development, feeding the hungry in Pictou Co.

Premier Rankin and Dr. Strang. Photo: CNS

Nova Scotia now has 27 known active cases of COVID-19, with eight new cases announced in the latest government update. One person is hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

“We have recently started to see new cases with no clear link to travel or a known case,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “This is increasingly concerning as our case numbers are creeping up.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 2,969 tests on Feb. 24 and 200,142 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

“Cases are ticking up,” says Premier Iain Rankin. “And so, let me remind all Nova Scotians of the importance of testing … I encourage you, even if you don’t have symptoms, to book an appointment at one of the primary assessment centres or drop into a pop-up testing site.”

Rankin and Strang are scheduled to webcast an update today at 1 p.m.

Dr. Scott MacNeil

Cape Breton patients lose doctor
Many people in the Arichat area will soon be without a doctor, as Dr. Steven DeRoche leaves the local medical clinic. Remaining doctors Laurie and Scott MacNeil say they can’t pick up the slack.

“Both [of us] currently have patient rosters well above average and simply cannot absorb another 1,000-plus patients,” says Scott MacNeil.

Jake Boudrot looks at what this means for the community in this new story for The Reporter.

Mahone Bay rejects glamping development
The municipal government has rejected a request for a change to land use rules, which would have allowed a luxury camping (AKA glamping) development within the town.

“Expanding the permitted commercial activities outside the commercially zoned areas and into other zones, as the proposal is requesting, is contrary to the philosophical intent or essence of this land-use by-law purpose,” says resident Gregg Little in a submission opposing the move. “This requested amendment … is not a site specific or a single property modification. This change will affect all zoning in town and this is not an insignificant area.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Bedford Basin during the Second World War.

Tales from the Bedford Basin
In many ways, the history of the Bedford Basin is the history of Halifax. As long as humans have lived in this area, its waters have been central to their lives. First Nations fishers, European settlers, royalty, and sailors bound for war—the people who have plied its waters are as varied as their stories.

In a recent historical report, Dorothy Grant explores the Bedford Basin’s rich history, including the first attempt to build a Halifax-Dartmouth bridge.

“Newspapers at the time reported the bridge, which had been only competed less than two years before, ‘was a dismal structure that had fallen down with hardly a breath of wind blowing,'” she recounts.

Read more in the free Halifax Magazine archives.

Feeding the hungry in Pictou County
Income inequality and food insecurity continue to plague Nova Scotia, with increasing numbers of people forced to choose between food and bills. In Pictou County, a new program aims to help bridge the gap, delivering prepared meals to those in need.

“A community partner of ours let us know of some funding that was available,” says organizers Liz LePier. “We’re not trying to take over what any of the other groups do. We’re just trying to supplement what’s out there.”

Jackie Jardine has details for The Pictou Advocate.

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