Nova Scotia has 24 known active cases of COVID-19, with no new cases reported in the latest government update. Two people are currently hospitalized with the disease, including one in ICU.

“It’s encouraging to see a day with no new cases being reported,” Premier Iain Rankin says in a press release. “Nova Scotians continue to show their commitment to follow the public health measures, and we are seeing that their efforts are working to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,768 tests on March 7 and 249,957 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang are scheduled to webcast an update today at 12:30 p.m.

Lindsay Peach

More vaccination sites soon
The number of sites where eligible Nova Scotians can get the COVID-19 vaccine is set to increase this month, as the government rolls out clinics in pharmacies and various community centres.

Targeted areas include the Mi’kmaq communities of Paqtnkek, Potlotek, and We’koqma’q.

“Vaccination clinics will be planned and operated by health centre staff, physicians, and leadership of each First Nation community,” says Lindsay Peach, executive director of Mi’kmaw Health and Wellness. “[Government will coordinate] the supply of vaccine to communities and work collaboratively with health directors and health centre staff in each First Nation community.”

As of March 7, health-care workers have dispensed 39,444 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the province, with 14,433 people getting the second dose that completes their inoculation.

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

Glen Hebb and son Matthew

Lunenburg Co. farm name won’t change
The owners of Indian Garden Farms in Hebbville won’t change the business’s controversial name.

In January, owner Glen Hebb said they were reconsidering the name because many people found it insensitive and confusing.

A Facebook post about the name’s reconsideration drew more than 300 comments. Some supported a change, but many were of the reactionary “you can’t rewrite history” sort. The latter swayed Hebb.

“Look, we’re not using it like a sports team, in an offensive way, at all,” he says. “It’s just an old name.”

Hebb didn’t say if he discussed the name with First Nations representatives.

Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

Dorothy Grant

Always more stories to tell
With a career spanning six decades, Dorothy Grant is Nova Scotia’s longest-serving journalist. Many will remember her from her 22-year stint as CBC’s consumer affairs reporter, when she routinely confronted con artists and quacks.

Today, she’s a regular contributor to Halifax Magazine, continuing to delight in telling the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

“I love it,” she says. “I’m in my eighties, and I am still writing. To be quite candid, I can’t sit around. I really can’t vegetate. I tease my husband and say just before they cremate me, I will say to Bill, ‘just a minute, I have to finish an article.’ “

Ameeta Vohra interviews her for Halifax Magazine.

Aging parent inspires author
Three years ago, Pictou County author Monica Graham was visiting her mother in Corner Brook, N.L., when she realized it wasn’t safe for the 90-year-old to live alone anymore. That started a three-year journey that inspired her new book Senior Moment, from Nimbus Publishing.

“She was losing her memory, which was causing her to do unsafe things,” she recalls. “[The book is about] trying to find her a safe place to live, a place she would enjoy, and that would be the best place she could be.”

Raissa Tetanish interviews her about it for The Light.

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