Roundup: N.S.’s low COVID count continues, shelter fundraiser takes new form, ATV crash kills Mulgrave man, painted rocks cause Queens controversy

Premier-designate Iain Rankin. Photo: YouTube

Nova Scotia has 10 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case (in the Central Zone) reported in the latest government update. One person is hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 1,620 tests on Feb. 14 and 181,832 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

“We’re in a fortunate position in Nova Scotia in contrast with so many other provinces and we know that could change very quickly,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “That’s why we need to remain vigilant about washing our hands, wearing masks, keeping physical distance, staying home when we’re sick, isolating when required, and getting tested regularly even if you don’t feel sick.”

Strang and Premier Stephen McNeil are scheduled to webcast an update today at 3 p.m., but they rarely start on time.

Iain Rankin stays the course (more or less)
Nova Scotia’s next premier says his policies will echo outgoing Liberal leader Stephen McNeil, but Iain Rankin does promise a kinder, gentler government, with more focus on the climate crisis and the “wellbeing” of citizens.

“It’s an evolution in maximizing where we are,” Rankin says. “We have an over-performing economic position. Now it’s about capitalizing on that position to focus on wellbeing.”

Janet Whitman interviews him for Halifax Magazine.

Mulgrave man dies in ATV crash
A 57-year-old Mulgrave man died after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving crashed on Mill Street, just before noon on Feb. 13. RCMP have released few other details and say they are investigating.

The Reporter has the story.

2018 Coldest Night of the Year event in Truro. Photo: Raissa Tetanish

Coldest Night of the Year goes on
For groups fighting homelessness, the Coldest Night of the Year is an important fundraiser and community outreach effort. Pandemic precautions are kiboshing the social aspects of the event, but organizers plan to forge on this month, with participants connecting virtually.

“We’re doing the best we can considering the circumstances,” says Truro organizer Tammy Martin. “We always had the bulk of our donations at [this] time. We’d been really successful over the first couple years. This is our biggest fundraiser. We rely on community fundraisers.”

Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Between a rock and a hard place
It’s become increasingly common for people to hand-paint inspirational messages on rocks and leave them in public spaces like parks for people to find and pass along.

In Queens County, Mayor Darlene Norman didn’t approve of the trend and decided to have workers remove such rocks from Pine Grove Park in Milton.

The outcry was immediate. “Way to take away what little fun children can have during this pandemic,” says one of many posters.

After a “sleepless night,” Norman apologized and reversed the decision.

Kevin McBain has the story for LighthouseNow.

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