Roundup: Vax passport in effect, police seek driver who killed C.B. man, new book delves into Pictou’s past, seaweed in the walls — the future of green design?

Ameila Earhart. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Plus: A decade before her mysterious disappearance, Ameila Earhart made an unexpected visit to Nova Scotia

Starting today, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to patronize many non-essential businesses and services in Nova Scotia. You can get your Nova Scotian vaccination record online. (You’ll need your health card number and the email address or phone number you used to book your vaccination appointments).

Vaccination records have been in use around the world for decades, but a noisy minority incorrectly believe they infringe on their rights. When you see those people hassling frontline workers, you shouldn’t wade in and start throwing punches, but you don’t have to watch in silence, either. Learn how bystanders can intervene effectively in this recent article from Security Management journal.

The latest data from the provincial government once again highlights how effective COVID vaccination is in reducing death and serious illness from the disease.

Nova Scotian had 4,953 known cases from March 15 to Sept. 29, 2021:

  • 187 (3.8 per cent) were fully vaccinated,
  • 310 (6.3 per cent) were partially vaccinated,
  • 4,456 (90.0 per cent) were unvaccinated.

There were 279 people hospitalized in provincial COVID units:

  • Six (2.2 per cent) were fully vaccinated,
  • 29 (10.4 per cent) were partially vaccinated,
  • 244 (87.5 per cent) were unvaccinated.

COVID killed 31 people:

  • Three (9.7 per cent) were fully vaccinated,
  • Three (9.7 per cent) were partially vaccinated,
  • 25 (80.6 per cent) were unvaccinated.

Police hunt for driver who killed Cape Breton man
RCMP are looking for the driver who hit and killed a 45-year-old Inverness County man on Hwy. 19 in Judique.

According to an RCMP press release, officers “observed debris from a vehicle near the deceased.”

“Our investigators are looking into every aspect of the collision and will follow the evidence as they collect it,” Cpl. Chris Marshall says. “Investigators are actively following up on information and continuing to collect evidence.”

Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

Amelia Earhart

Local History: Ameila Earhart’s visit to Nova Scotia
A decade before her disappearance during a transpacific flight, aviator Ameila Earhart made an unplanned visit to Eastern Passage, N.S., a passenger on a flight diverted and delayed by heavy fog.

She was already a legend after becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic; curious Nova Scotians were keen to see her, but were largely disappointed.

“She was here in Halifax for a day, and finally went to a hotel in Dartmouth and stayed there the whole time,” says historical author Dean Jobb, who recently researched the visit. “She did pose for a picture with two of the crew, but it was the pilot and navigator that ended up talking to the press and holding them at bay.”

Dorothy Grant has more in her latest Unravel Halifax Local History post.

Delving into Pictou County’s past
Mary Elizabeth Whitty didn’t think her life in Pictou County was anything extraordinary, but her daughter Jackie Muise, a book publisher, and many readers disagree.

Muise recently launched her new book Island Girl: From Orphan to Military Wife.

“It’s her life story,” she says, adding that many of her mother’s experiences would be foreign to younger readers, but resonate with her contemporaries. “I found it quite interesting, although she thought it was not a big deal … I wrote it as an outsider looking in. I wanted her life to come through as her own self.”

Raissa Tetanish interviews her for The Pictou Advocate.

Seaweed in the walls
As homeowners and builders look to lessen their environmental impact, the East Coast’s next trend could be the revival of an old practice: using seaweed as insulation.

It’s already catching on elsewhere.

In a 2013 article for Wired magazine, contributor Joe Flaherty explains why a particular algae-covered house in Denmark was “the world’s coziest sushi roll.” Noting that the cottage on the island of Læsø in the North Sea “draws its unique feature not from scientific advance, but from the era of Viking sagas,” he described “the array of cylindrical, seaweed-stuffed ‘pillows’ on the façade” and the plant-infused walls.

According to the project’s manager, Jørgen Søndermark: “The idea is to revive interest for the unique tradition of seaweed thatching and in a broader sense re-introduce overlooked or disregarded organic materials at a time where low-carbon solutions are much called for.”

Alec Bruce reports for East Coast Living.

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