Roundup: Vaccinations in care homes, StFX student charged with human trafficking, Bridgewater explores green energy, winter comfort food

Long-term care resident Ann Hicks gets the COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Amanda Parsons. Photo: Communications N.S.

As of yesterday (Jan. 11), Nova Scotia has 26 known active cases of COVID-19, with five new cases reported in the latest government update. No one is currently in hospital with the disease.

Two new cases are in the Central Zone, related to travel outside Atlantic Canada, including a Dalhousie University student in Halifax who lives off campus. One case in the Western Zone, also related to travel outside Atlantic Canada, is an on-campus Acadia University student.

Two cases are in Northern Zone: one related to travel outside Atlantic Canada and one contact of a known case. The remaining case is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

Vaccinations in care homes
Residents of Nova Scotian long-term care homes are now getting the COVID vaccine, beginning with a clinic yesterday at Northwood in Halifax.

“Our vaccine rollout takes another important step today with the first clinic at a long-term care facility,” says Premier Stephen McNeil in a press release. “Our health-care professionals are working hard to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible. We can support them by being patient and continuing to follow all the public health measures.”

Premier McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang are scheduled to provide a media update today at 3 p.m. (although they rarely start on time).

Justin Barrett

StFX student charged with human trafficking
Toronto police have charged a St. Francis Xavier University student with human trafficking and continue to investigate, believing he has other victims. The arrest came in December, after a 16-year-old girl was “procured and exploited.”

Justin Barrett from Brampton, Ont. faces eight trafficking and child-pornography charges. He was a goalie with StFX’s varsity soccer team, recently scrubbed from the online roster. Drake Lowthers has details for The Reporter.

Bridgewater explores green energy
Wind and solar power projects are the best options for a South Shore town eager to shift to green energy, according to a new report.

Solar and wind resources “are the most feasible,” says the 250-page report that the Town of Bridgewater recently released. The Renewable Energy Resource Study, by Quebec-based engineering firm SNC Lavalin, also considered Bridgewater’s capacity for biomass, geothermal, and hydro power. Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Dr. Arrabelle MacKenzie MacCallum (left). Photo: Dalhousie University Archives

A lifetime of service
When Arrabelle MacKenzie McCallum was an 11-year-old child in Cape Breton, she stepped on a rusty nail. Infection followed.

It was 1894, and in those pre-antibiotic days, that could be a death sentence, so a doctor amputated her leg. For many women in that era, such a setback would mean a housebound life with few opportunities.

But MacKenzie McCallum was undaunted. A few years later she became the first woman to graduate from Dalhousie’s dentistry school, and spent her entire career working to make sure dental care wasn’t just a perk for affluent people.

“She retired in 1952, leaving a remarkable legacy in the era long before government-funded health care,” writes Dorothy Grant. “Many of her students, who had never had dental care before, received her services for free.” Learn more in this new Halifax Magazine historical report.

Winter comfort food
Is there a better comfort food in winter than a hearty bowl of chowder? You probably have a recipe handed down for years but change is good: in this reader-favourite story from the free archives, East Coast Living shares five time-tested variants.

Smoked salmon, a traditional Newfoundland recipe, a French-inspired bistro chowder, and even corn for the landlubbers—it’s time to step up your chowder game.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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