Roundup: Teddy keeps going, COVID back in N.S., relaxing long-term care rules, the downside of virtual Parliament, historic treasure recovering from neglect

Teddy-related waves in Brier Island. Photo: Facebook

Now a post-tropical storm, Teddy continues to hit Nova Scotia, slowly moving past Cape Breton, scattering heavy wind and rain around the province. Tropical-storm and rainfall warnings remain in effect for the Halifax area.

“Tropical storm force southeasterly winds are expected or occurring over the eastern mainland of Nova Scotia and over portions of Cape Breton,” says the latest statement from Environment Canada. “These winds could break tree branches potentially resulting in downed utility lines. Stay away from the shore: the combination of surge and large waves could result in dangerous rip currents and the risk of being pulled out to sea… A tropical storm also implies the threat of local flooding from heavy rainfall.”

Graphic: Environment Canada

A new case of COVID-19 in N.S.
After some two weeks without any known cases in the province, Nova Scotia has an active case of COVID-19, according to yesterday’s government update. “The new case is in Western Zone and is related to travel outside of Canada,” says the press release.

So far, Nova Scotia has had 88,459 negative test results, 1,087 known COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths.

Relaxing restrictions at long-term care homes
Yesterday, health minister Randy Delorey announced that government is further easing pandemic-related rules in long-term care homes, allowing residents off-site day visits with family in their homes.

  • Off-site visits must be pre-arranged with the facility, which will maintain a record.
  • Residents won’t have to self-isolate upon return if they follow public health measures like wearing a medical mask (provided by the facility) when required, maintaining physical distance, respecting gathering limits, washing hands frequently, and ensuring the environment they’re in is clean.
  • The person accompanying the resident must be screened, showing no symptoms of COVID-19, and follow all public health measures.
  • Those who have close contact with the resident during the visit (less than 2 metres), including the person accompanying the resident, must wear a non-medical mask.
  • The resident must not come into contact with someone who is required to self-isolate.
  • Overnight visits or visits outside the Atlantic bubble aren’t permitted.
  • Upon return to the facility, staff will review the outing with the resident and support person.
Prince George, 1893

Saving a future king
In 1883, a young Royal Navy officer and prince named George visited Halifax. With a little free time, he went to Hubbards to fish for trout. While there, he saw some local lumberjacks at work. Impressed with their skill, he decided to try log-rolling himself.

It did not go well.

In this new Halifax Magazine historical report, Dorothy Grant looks back at the time a quick-thinking Hubbards innkeeper saved the future King George V from drowning.

The downside of virtual Parliament
The ability to have most MPs sit virtually has allowed Parliament to continue functioning through the pandemic. Liberal backbencher Mike Kelloway, who represents Cape Breton-Canso, will be among those joining in by videoconference.

While understanding the need to adapt to the pandemic, he feels its harder for MPs to connect with each other and build relationships this way. “Would I like to be there in person? Absolutely,” he says. “There’s a great benefit to having with someone off to the side.” Jake Boudrot from The Reporter recently interviewed him about the new session.

Years of neglect for a historic treasure
After years of government neglect, historic Perkins House in Liverpool (which dates back to 1776) is receiving much-needed repairs. The provincial government recently added $1.3 million to the project’s $7-million budget, a price tag that reflects the building’s dire condition.

“It is a very unique building and very old,” says Craig MacDonald, coordinator of site maintenance for the Nova Scotia Museum. Kevin Mcbain reports for LighthouseNow.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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