Roundup: COVID keeps climbing, First Nations group buys Clearwater, farm owner faces backlash, Peter MacKay officially out, drive-thru flu clinic successful

As of yesterday (Nov. 9), Nova Scotia has 16 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case identified in the latest government update. Health officials say the new case is in the Central Zone, a close contact of a previously reported case.

Overall, Nova Scotia has had 117,623 negative test results, 1,129 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths. 

Stricter isolation rules for travellers
Amid fears over rising COVID-19 numbers, the government announced yesterday that it’s tightening self-isolation rules for people engaged in non-essential travel outside the Atlantic bubble.

Starting immediately, if a person travelling for non-essential reasons enters Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada, everyone in the home where they self-isolate will have to self-isolate as well. Nobody in that home can leave the property for 14 days, nor can they have visitors.

“We need to take further steps to slow the spread here,” says Premier Stephen McNeil in a press release. “I am worried people are becoming complacent. We all have our part to play in keeping each other safe and I remind everyone again to follow public health protocols.”

There is no change for:

  • Rotational workers who continue to have modified self-isolation, which includes contact with people in their households until further notice;
  • Specialized workers who must self-isolate when they are not performing their “critical, urgent” work;
  • People who have exceptions to attend a funeral or be with an immediate family member who is nearing end of life but must self-isolate when not doing these activities;
  • People who are exempt from self-isolation under the public health order, such as military, police, first responders, truckers, and flight crews.
Photo: April Maloney

First Nations group buys Clearwater
A sea change hit the East Coast fishing industry yesterday, as a partnership of Mi’kmaq First Nations communities and Premium Brands Holdings Corporation have announced a $1-billion plan to buy Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated.

“This is a transformational opportunity for the Mi’kmaq to become significant participants in the commercial fishery through the investment in existing infrastructure, management expertise, and a global market presence.” says Membertou First Nation Chief Terry Paul in a press release. “Mi’kmaq not only become 50% owners of the company but expect to hold Clearwater’s Canadian fishing licences within a fully Mi’kmaq owned partnership.”

Since its founding in 1976, Clearwater has become one of North America’s largest seafood companies and the largest holder of shellfish licences and quotas in Canada.

Carol Young and Dorothy Kern

Standing alone together on Remembrance Day
Royal Canadian Air Force veterans Carol Young and Dorothy Kern never fail to mark Remembrance Day. This year, they won’t be at a large ceremony though.

“We decided to put our uniforms on, put flags at the bottom of our driveway and have two minutes of silence to pay respect for those who lost their lives keeping our country safe and those still serving,” says Young. “This year they said we could remember in our own way and watch one of the services streaming on TV…That’s all fine and good, but we thought we would do it this way.”

In this new Halifax Magazine feature, Janet Whitman looks at how veterans and their supporters are defying COVID and finding new ways mark Remembrance Day.

Farm owner faces backlash
When an employee said they tested positive for COVID-19, Jim Lorraine, owner of RiverBreeze Farm, wanted to let the public know. The business is the site of Fear Farm, a popular family Halloween attraction.

A week later, the employee (now fired) has confessed to making up the positive test, leaving Lorraine apologizing for the false alarm and facing anger from confused customers. “There was never any risk of COVID exposure and the investigation into us was closed,” he says. “While this was obviously good news, how could this be?” Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay says he won’t run
After stringing along party organizers for weeks, Peter MacKay—who lost the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race in August—has announced that he won’t run in the next federal election.

“After spending almost nine months as a leadership candidate in the middle of a pandemic—much of it away from my family and full-time job, my focus must be to return to both,” he says.

Drake Lowthers has more for The Reporter.

Drive-through flu clinic is a success
Five doctors in the Bridgewater area joined forces for a drive-through clinic, allowing people to get the flu vaccine without even leaving their cars. Over two days, some 700 people got the shot.

“I would anticipate in years to come this may be a new format,” says Dr. Greg Thibodeau. “COVID-19 is not going away and the ease with which we can give a vaccine is now shown to be quite helpful. This was a good experience for us.” Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

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