Roundup: No new COVID yesterday, South Shore transit talks underway, C.B. hockey alum signs with NHL’s Blues, feds give $350K to Pictou Co. business

Nova Scotia has 19 known active cases of COVID-19, with no new cases announced in the latest government update. One person is hospitalized with the disease.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 2,625 tests on March 10, and 257,808 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

Dr. Strang. Photo: CNS

As of March 10, health care workers have dispensed 45,149 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the province, with 15,383 Nova Scotians getting the second jab that completes their immunization.

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, attributes the province’s low case numbers to widespread compliance with public-health laws. “Nova Scotians continue to adjust their everyday behaviours to ensure they are following the public health measures,” he says in a press release. “These seemingly small measures collectively help to prevent the spread of the virus and work to protect each other.”

South Shore transit talks underway
Officials from Bridgewater and Lunenburg County are in talks to extend the town’s transit service to neighbouring communities.

“The employees and business owners have expressed the need for transit,” says Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, mayor of the municipality of Lunenburg. “Council members have also heard from residents who are uncomfortable driving in town and would make use of a transit system.”

Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell is willing to talk, but with funding, schedule, and route issues to work out, isn’t making any commitments.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Author Sara Tilley
Sara Tilley. Photo: Andrea McGuire

When the gig is up
The past year has forced people to face a harsh reality about our love affair with the gig economy: it’s powerfully unfair to workers, for whom illness can mean a sudden slide into poverty.

Sara Tilley is a writer and theatre artist who lives with fibromyalgia.

“There are people losing their homes and going to shelters and, you know, availing of food banks—all kinds of things going on in this country, all the time, to do with people who are on disability who can’t afford to live,” Tilley says. “The cause of a lot of chronic pain, at least in the medical theory these days, is stress related. So to be caught in a loop of poverty is basically making the chronic pain worse. And I think it is a vicious cycle of getting sick so that you can’t work, and then that stress makes the illness worse and worse.”

Halifax Magazine published this eerily prescient Andrea McGuire story in February 2020, just before COVID-19 hit Canada.

Big-league bound
P.E.I. goaltender Colton Ellis, who led the Cape Breton West Islanders to the national under-18 championship in 2017, has taken the next step in his NHL journey, signing with the St. Louis Blues.

“Can’t put into words how excited I am to have signed my first NHL contract,” he says in a social-media post. “I can’t thank [enough] my family, friends, coaches, billet families, and so many more people.”

Drake Lowthers has more for The Reporter.

Pictou Co. business snags federal funding
The federal government is giving $350,000 to New Glasgow’s Stark International, in the form of a “repayable contribution,” to develop an in-house oil testing lab and expand its “clean technology” services.

“Companies that strive for a cleaner economy, like Stark International, are an important part of our plan to reduce emissions and create economic opportunities,” says local Liberal MP Sean Fraser.

Read more in The Pictou Advocate.

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