Roundup: No new COVID cases, Bridgewater man earns Order of Military Merit, animal cruelty conviction, C.B. musician has productive pandemic

Master Warrant Officer Edward Hebb. Photo: Facebook

Nova Scotia health officials reported no new COVID-19 cases in the latest update, leaving the province with 11 known active cases.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 1,763 tests on Jan. 27, and 157,284 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

As of Jan. 27, workers have administered 13,504 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 2,709 Nova Scotians getting the second dose that completes their inoculation.

“It is evident that people are taking our public health protocols seriously as we continue to see low numbers of new cases,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, in a press release.

Bridgewater man earns top honour
The Governor General’s office recently appointed Bridgewater’s Ed Hebb, a Master Warrant Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force, as a member of the Order of Military Merit, an honour recognizing outstanding and exceptional service to the country.

“It was a total surprise,” Hebb laughs. “I guess my supervisor in Winnipeg thought highly of me and wrote me up. I honestly didn’t know anything about it until I got it.”

Keith Corcoran interview him for LighthouseNow.

Kelvin Ndoro

A brief renters’ reprieve
Rental market expert Kelvin Ndoro says a record number of new apartment units are going up in Halifax, but they won’t be enough to keep pace with the relentless demand.

New figures from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, where Ndoro is a senior analyst, show an increase in vacancy rate is 1.9%, compared to 1% a year ago. But when the pandemic is over, the demand from record numbers of new immigrants and international students will again put pressure on the availability of rental apartments. And rents will go up.

“The biggest issue is supply,” Ndoro says. “We need to get more supply and quicker.”

Janet Whitman reports for Halifax Magazine.

Pictou Co. animal cruelty conviction
David Oakley, formerly from Sylvester, faces a lifetime ban on having pets after being convicted on multiple animal-cruelty charges. He also faces a 21-month conditional sentence.

“This… is a step in the right direction for animal rights in the province of Nova Scotia,” says activist Brenda Gerrior, who began a petition that called attention to this case.

The Pictou Advocate has the story.

Aaron MacDonald

Aaron MacDonald’s productive pandemic
Parenthood forced Cape Breton musician Aaron MacDonald to pause his busy musical career. When COVID hit, he suddenly found himself with time to record again.

Now he has a slew of singles and videos, plus an album, ready for release. “I probably have like 60 songs I never recorded,” he says. “I… had this music that I wanted to get out and I was just tired of sitting on it all these years.”

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

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