Roundup: Haligonians resist convoy as N.S. mourns child, C.B. woman fundraising for prosthetic limb, drugs charges for Pictou Co. men, tips to avoid online scams
Anti-convoy protestors in Halifax earlier this month. Photo: Liz LeClair/Twitter
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As Nova Scotia mourned the province’s first child to die of COVID-19, people sympathizing with the illegal occupation in Ottawa staged another rolling protest in Halifax.
On Saturday, Halifax Regional Police urged citizens to avoid travel in their city, as the freedom convoy (again largely comprised of personal vehicles and featuring few commercial trucks) wound through the city, where they were largely mistaken for regular weekend traffic or greeted with obscene gestures and jeers.
They had planned to gather at Peace & Friendship Park on Hollis Street, but finding counter-protestors there, the small group (drone photography puts the numbers at about 150 people) instead assembled in Grand Parade.
When the convoy to Ottawa began last month, protestors and their sympathizers insisted they were fighting for all Canadians. “Organizers made it known … that they were not anti-vaccine, but pro-freedom and that is what the convoy was all about,” Pat Healey, co-owner of the Laker news website, wrote on Jan. 27.
Since then, Ottawa’s occupiers have issued a manifesto calling for the overthrow of Canada’s democratic government, tried to set fire to an apartment building full of people, assaulted and harassed health-care workers, waved Nazi and Confederate flags, assaulted and threatened journalists, vandalized homes and businesses flying pride flags, assaulted people for wearing masks, illegally blocked traffic, ignored public health laws, urinated and danced on the National War Memorial (and then removed a fence put up to protect the memorial, and danced on it some more), and threatened workers at a homeless shelter while stealing food.
As of the latest government update, Nova Scotia has 76 people in hospital (including 13 in ICU) who were admitted due to COVID-19 and are receiving specialized care in a COVID unit. There are also 132 people who tested positive upon hospitalization but were admitted for another reason, or were previously in a COVID unit but no longer need specialized care. Additionally, 148 people became infected after arriving in hospital.
The update also reports 243 new lab-confirmed cases in Nova Scotia, but those numbers don’t reflect COVID’s true extent. Houston’s government stopped widespread testing and follow-up, saying that the pervasiveness of the Omicron strain requires focusing on vulnerable areas like hospitals.
Woman fundraising for prosthetic limb
Port Hawkesbury’s Arielle Vienneau was a teenager when she suffered a severe vascular injury that led to the amputation of her left leg.
Now 31, she enjoys an active life, but her current prosthetic has a microprocessor that isn’t water-resistant, meaning something as simple as a walk in the rain can become dangerous.
She’s now raising $48,000 for an upgrade.
“I did have an internal battle about fundraising for quite some time,” she says. “It came down to revisiting moments I’ve had in the past where I felt inadequate because of the lack of capabilities that my current prosthesis has. I feel incredibly blessed with the response I have received so far. The support has been unbelievable and really makes me take pride in my community and the province that I live in. It’s very touching.”
Drug charges for Pictou County men
Three men face multiple drug and stolen-property charges after a pair of arrests by Pictou County police on Feb. 10.
Police pulled over a car in Westville arresting two men for offences including possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of stolen property.
Almost simultaneously, police searched a Central West River home, arresting a third man for possession of cocaine and methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of stolen property.
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