Roundup: Vaccination update, Pictou Co. woman charged with attempted murder, tight election looms, hiking trails need help

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On Friday, provincial health officials released the latest data underscoring the importance of COVID-19 vaccination.

Nova Scotia had 4,233 cases of the disease from March 15 to Aug. 12, 2021.

  • 33 (0.8%) were fully vaccinated
  • 245 (5.8%) were partially vaccinated
  • 3,955 (93.4%) were unvaccinated

There were 255 people hospitalized.

  • Two (0.8%) were fully vaccinated
  • 28 (11%) were partially vaccinated
  • 225 (88.2%) were unvaccinated

Twenty-seven people died.

  • One (3.7%) was fully vaccinated
  • Three (11.1%) were partially vaccinated
  • 23 (85.2%) were unvaccinated

As of Aug. 15, 76.0% of Nova Scotians have had their first dose of vaccine, and 66.9% have had both jabs. Nationwide, 71.8% have had the first shot and 63.2% are fully inoculated.

Woman charged with attempted murder
A 25-year-old woman is scheduled to appear in Pictou provincial court on Aug. 16 to face two counts of attempted murder.

New Glasgow Regional Police arrested and charged the Pictou County woman following an Aug. 12 incident in Trenton, which saw a 34-year-old Pictou County man arrive at the Aberdeen Hospital with serious injuries after being shot in the arm. Police say a female victim was involved but wasn’t hurt.

The Pictou Advocate has details.

Frances Dadin-Alli

Radiant resilience
After a year and a half of challenges and uncertainty, Halifax Pride is roaring back, continuing through Aug. 22. This year, the theme is “radiant resilience.”

Halifax Pride chair Frances Dadin-Alli explains that theme is a response to the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

“COVID has played a huge role in everyone’s life; we have mental health issues here and there,” she says. “In the community, we struggle through challenges being queer, and on top of that challenge, then you have COVID, so it’s viewed as a barrier. It builds a lot of anxiety, abuse, and stress; some people lost their jobs, and many negative things have come … This is a way for us to say we are strong, be positive, and a way to uplift other people that don’t have hope that was lost. That’s the thing this year, generated from just a struggle to the pains we’ve all gone through and picking up ourselves.”

Ameeta Vohra reports for Halifax Magazine.

Hiking trails need help
Nova Scotia’s hiking trails are more heavily travelled than ever, but funding and infrastructure aren’t keeping up.

“Trail use went up dramatically during the pandemic,” says Hike Nova Scotia president Janet Barlow. “But funding and support, not so much. With increased use comes increased maintenance and repair costs.”

In a press release, her group adds that numerous trails are at risk due to a lack of funding and maintenance. Many of the local trails are managed by volunteer groups who are struggling to keep up with maintenance. At the same time, wilderness areas need further protection.

Kevin McBain has the story for LighthouseNow

Source: Narrative Research

Tight election looms
The latest polls indicate that tomorrow’s provincial election may not be the Liberal walkover many pundits expected at the start of the campaign, with the looming possibility of several close races and even a minority government.

In a new editorial, The Reporter newspaper reminds readers that their vote could carry far more weight than they realize.

Opinion polls are merely snapshots in time and draw from a small pool of potential voters,” says the editorial. “They might provide a glimpse of the support out there at a given time, but they are not always reliable … Each party has presented different visions for the province, and the choices before voters are as stark as ever.”

Read more.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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