Roundup: Strang urges more testing, vaccination rate lags, Debert student feted for leadership, feds spending $600K to make Keji greener, Inverness Co. demands Bell response to phone concerns

Kejimkujik National Park

Nova Scotia has 32 known active cases of COVID-19, with three new cases (all in the Central Zone) reported in the latest government update.

Provincial labs completed 1,212 tests on Apr. 4, and 315,907 since October.

“Along with following all of the public health measures, Nova Scotians should continue to get tested regularly for COVID-19,” Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “Regular testing helps us detect cases early and helps prevent them from spreading.”

Strang and Premier Iain Rankin are scheduled to webcast an update today at 11:45 a.m.

N.S. vaccination rate continues to lag
As of Apr. 4, Nova Scotian health-care workers have dispensed 113,471 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 29,532 people getting the second dose that completes inoculation.

According to the latest federal government figures, Nova Scotia continues to have the lowest vaccination rate in the country, with 4.67% of the population getting at least one dose. New Brunswick’s vaccination rate is 10.12%, and the national rate is 11.86%.

Source: Government of Canada

Inverness County phone concerns continue
During a February storm, Bell’s landline phone service failed in much of Inverness County, which—combined with unreliable cellular service—left many people incommunicado for several hours. In the aftermath, the municipal government wrote to Bell Canada, wanting to know what the essential-service provider is doing to ensure the problem doesn’t recur.

Bell responded with a short email, that didn’t share any information on attempts to investigate or solve the problem.

Inverness Municipal Council is demanding those answers within 15 days. “Otherwise, the council will escalate this complaint to an appropriate regulatory body in order to ensure this is addressed in a timely manner,” says Warden Laurie Cranton.

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

Averi Winn

Celebrating a young leader
Seventeen-year-old Debert student Averi Winn has been named a 2021 Loran Scholar. The national program celebrates students who display integrity, courage, grit, and personal autonomy.

In addition to her academic studies as she prepares to go to university and study law and political science, Winn has been active in various social-justice and environmental causes.

“I’m a people person,” Winn says. “I like to do things for those around me … I really learned what risks do I take and how I put myself out there. I know I will still have this drive in post-secondary education. I want to do this.”

Raissa Tetanish interviews her for Hub Now.

Making Keji greener
The Trudeau government has announced plans to spend $589,400 to install solar panels at Kejimkujik National Park, as it aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We’re really excited about this,” says Kejimkujik site manager Jonathan Sheppard. “The installation of the large solar array at Kejimkujik is going to enable us to basically offer a carbon-neutral camping experience. There will be a real link for campers who are in a site using electricity to really know that the energy is coming from a green source.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Photo: Bigstock

It’s a long way down
Whether you’re changing a lightbulb or finally taking down the holiday decorations, every time you get on a ladder or step stool, you’re taking a risk.

“I’m not generally afraid of heights,” says safety expert James Golemiec. “Climbing has been a part of my job for years, to inspect or install things on rooftops and high structures, such as on the frameworks of gas plants or above aircraft hangars. But if I can find a way to do the job and stay on the ground, I’ll do it … Using ladders in the workplace comes with a whole set of regulations, but around the home, you are on your own, and there are more dangers than most people realize.”

In his latest Halifax Magazine column, Golemiec offers advice to help you stay safe.

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