Roundup: Widespread support for vax passport, plans to rename Cornwallis Street, South Shore transit talks coming, 2 arrested after 30 break-ins across N.S.

Coach Kori Cheverie behind the bench during a recent game. Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada

Plus: Pictou County’s Kori Cheverie sets sights on the 2022 Winter Olympics

If you relied exclusively on Facebook for news, you’d likely think that many people oppose the new laws making proof of vaccination mandatory to access many nonessential businesses and services.

But a new survey shows that the refuseniks are actually a noisy minority, enjoying attention far disproportionate to their actual numbers; a growing majority of Canadians support vaccination passport laws.

“Results from our recent survey suggest that there is widespread support among Canadians for a vaccine passport,” says a press release from Narrative Research. “Public support for mandatory vaccine passports has grown in recent months.”

Of the respondents, 67 per cent support proof of vaccination for dining in restaurants, 74 per cent for gyms, 78 per cent for live events, and 85 per cent for air travel. Results are from an online survey conducted Sept. 13 to 16, featuring 1,231 Canadians aged 18 and up.

COVID update
Nova Scotia has 231 known active cases of COVID-19, with 86 new cases and 94 recoveries reported in yesterday’s update, which includes data spanning the period since Oct. 1. Sixteen people are hospitalized in provincial COVID units, including four in ICU.

Of the new cases, 67 are in the Central Zone, 13 in the Western, five in the Northern, and one in the Eastern. According to the government press release, there continues to be community spread in the Central Zone, “primarily among people aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities.”

Since Oct. 1, officials are also reporting exposures at four HRM schools: Citadel High, Prince Andrew High, Halifax West High, and Park West. Learn more and see the full list of school exposures here.

The statue of Edward Cornwallis that used to stand downtown.

A new name for Cornwallis Street
HRM is moving ahead with plans to rename Cornwallis Street, changing it to something that better fits the community’s values. Until Nov. 12, people can submit suggestions online, with HRM encouraging submissions that “reflect the goal of reconciliation.”

Why the change?

People often describe British colonial administrator Edward Cornwallis as the founder of Halifax. And that means our predecessors put his name in lots of places around the city. But in the last decade, growing numbers of people are questioning why we honour him.

He was a lacklustre administrator (chastened by his bosses back in Britain for financial mismanagement), and — far and away most troubling — advocated the killing of the Mi’kmaw people who were living here long before he arrived.

Learn more about Cornwallis in this 2017 story from our archives, originally published in Halifax Magazine.

South Shore transit talks
Municipal officials in Bridgewater and the District of Lunenburg are about to begin talks to expand the town’s transit service to the nearby community of Cookville, but reaching an agreement may prove tricky.

“The requested route would, in the absence of additional resources to support the request, negatively impact the town’s transit service level,” Bridgewater chief administrator Tammy Crowder says in a recent letter to Lunenburg officials. “The town strives to keep the transit route to a maximum of one-hour loop … existing ridership could be negatively impacted by an extension to the route time.”

Still, Lunenburg administrator Tom MacEwan thinks a compromise is possible.

“There’s a potential win-win here and we just have to find it and highlight it,” he says.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.  

Two arrested after break-in spree
RCMP have arrested two people after a spree of some 30 break-ins, with victims across Nova Scotia.

The arrests came on Sept. 26, after police got a tip about a possible stolen vehicle travelling on Highway 102. They intercepted the vehicle at a gas station in Enfield and found more stolen property inside.

Pascal Joseph Leblanc, 55, of Eastern Passage, is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a break-in instrument, three counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, and three counts of failure to comply with a release order.

Charlee Sandra Roach, 24, of Digby, is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a break-in instrument and three counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000.

The investigation is ongoing and police expect to lay more charges.

Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

Kori Cheverie aims for the 2022 Olympics
After a recent gold medal win as Team Canada’s assistant coach at the World Women’s Hockey Champion, New Glasgow’s Kori Cheverie is setting her sights on the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

“It was an opportunity of a lifetime when Hockey Canada came knocking,” she says. “It’s something you want to do if you can. I feel privileged to be part of this team.”

Steve Goodwin interviews her for The Pictou Advocate.

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