Nova Scotia has 21 known active cases of COVID-19, with three new cases (all in the Central Zone) reported in the latest government update. One person is currently hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

As of Feb. 23, Nova Scotian health-care workers have dispensed 29,237 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 11,658 Nova Scotians getting the second dose that completes their vaccination.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 2,754 Nova Scotia tests on Feb. 23 and 197,168 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

According to the latest federal government figures, Canada currently has 30,393 known active cases of COVID-19. The majority of the infections are in Ontario (10,050 cases), Quebec (7,988), British Columbia (4,721), and Alberta (4,545).

Premier Iain Rankin. Photo: CNS

Rankin rolls out climate change strategy
New premier Iain Rankin hit the ground running on his promise to confront the climate crisis, announcing yesterday that his government will spend $19 million on rebates to make low-income homes more energy-efficient and help people shift to electric vehicles. He also aims to make good on a campaign pledge to have 80% of Nova Scotian energy coming from renewable sources by 2030.

“We know it’s possible to have a cleaner economy that creates jobs, supports a healthy environment, and benefits all Nova Scotians,” Rankin says in a press release. “Electric vehicles, more comfortable homes, healthier communities and careers in renewable energy and efficiency will help our province and the planet.”

Raw sewage pumped into LaHave River
A Bridgewater pumping station dumped 413,000 litres of raw sewage into the LaHave River after 30-year-old pipes sprung a leak on Dec. 13, 2020.

“In the process of trying to isolate the leak, the main valve into the station failed, forcing staff to complete an emergency shut off of [two pump stations] which resulted in sanitary sewer discharge into the LaHave River for approximately three hours,” environmental services manager Audrey Buchanan says.

And more sewage leaks are likely. “The piping and valving within this building is all the same age and condition so given the failures it is expected additional similar failures will occur soon,” Buchanan adds.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Wanda Keeping

Mulgrave honours first black firefighter
The fire department in Mulgrave is marking African Heritage Month by feting its first Black firefighter.

Wanda Keeping has been volunteering with the department for 18 years. Although she’s the first Black person to serve, she didn’t set out to be a pioneer.

“Back in the day, I wanted to be an ER nurse,” she recalls. “But when this opportunity came up to join the fire department and be a first responder, I said, ‘Oh great, I’d love to help the town.'”

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

New Glasgow man faces gun charges
When two women knocked on the door of a New Glasgow home, the man who answered pointed a handgun at their heads and threatened to kill them, say police, who seized a replica black Beretta from the scene.

An 81-year-old New Glasgow man faces multiple threat and firearms-related charges. He’s scheduled to appear in court in May.

The Pictou Advocate has the story.

A historic and all-but-forgotten Halifax neighbourhood
In the late 1800s, when the garrison town of Halifax was still the fourth-largest city in Canada, a group of sportsmen mounted ponies to play polo in the wide-open turf just west of Quinpool Road.

It was Canada’s first polo game and it sparked a local passion. Soon, the area officially became the Halifax Polo and Riding Grounds. For the next 15 years, it was a lively recreation scene, where people won and lost small fortunes, and the who’s who of Halifax rubbed shoulders. Today, few traces remain and the area’s history has faded from memory.

Halifax historian Dan Conlin lives on Duncan Street, where racehorses once rounded the bend and galloped towards cheering crowds. In this story from the Halifax Magazine archives, he takes Lindsay Jones on a tour of the historic neighbourhood.

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