Nova Scotia has 22 known active cases of COVID-19, with four new cases reported in the latest government update.

One case is in the Northern Zone, a close contact of a previously reported case. The other three are in the Central Zone, all related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

Vaccination plan update
Yesterday, Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, shared more about the province’s COVID vaccination plan.

Photo: Communications N.S.

As of Jan. 18, health workers have administered 8,520 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 2,215 Nova Scotians getting the second shot needed to complete the vaccination process.

“In an effort to vaccinate those at highest risk, and those who are critical to the health-care response in our province, we will target our efforts where they will have the greatest impact until our vaccine supply increases,” McNeil says in a press release.

New clinic locations this week include Colchester-East Hants Health Centre, and Northside Community Guest Home in North Sydney, and Harbourstone Enhanced Care in Sydney.

There are also plans to launch prototype clinics to deliver and administer large quantities of vaccine as supply increases.

“Our immunization plan has been strategic and flexible from the start and it will continue to evolve as more information about the vaccines, our supply and best practices becomes available,” says Strang. “Age will be the main way we prioritize community immunization, because we know the impact COVID-19 has on older people.”

Over the next 30 days, officials plan to establish three cold storage sites (Antigonish, Amherst, and Bridgewater), open three health-care worker clinics (the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Yarmouth Regional Hospital, and St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish), and use Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to open more clinics in long-term care facilities, regional rehabilitation centres and adult residential centres.

Over the next 60 to 90 days, the government aims to open health-care worker clinics in Amherst and Bridgewater, launch prototype clinics for seniors who are 80 and older in Halifax and Truro, launch prototype clinics in First Nations and in Black communities, set up mass immunization clinics in all communities with cold storage sites, and expand health-care worker clinics.

Glen Rugged Dude Carson

TV outdoorsman convicted of sexual assault
Former TV personality Glen Rugged Dude Carson (yes, that’s his real name) has been convicted of sexually assaulting two female employees in 2018, when he and his girlfriend operated a food truck in Bridgewater.

During the trial, one worker recalled him grabbing her buttock without her consent and taunting “What are you going to do, call the Labour Board?”

Carson now lives in Northern Ontario, cooking at a fishing lodge. He’ll serve a four-month conditional sentence there, which includes house arrest, and six months of supervised release. Carson also has to submit a DNA sample to the national databank, and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

New Glasgow’s first female police sergeant
When Claire Corkum-Timmons was a kid, she didn’t want to make history—she just wanted to be a cop. She’s done both in New Glasgow, becoming the first female police sergeant in the town’s history.

It’s a big climb from when she was a 20-year-old rookie. “The night before my first shift, I had a ranking officer who said ‘Women don’t belong in police. I don’t want you here. You can’t do the job that a man can do,'” she recalls.

In this Pictou Advocate story by Jackie Jardine, Corkum-Timmons shares how she spent the next 20 years proving him wrong.

Nick Smyth’s career takes a vicious turn
Halifax actor Nick Smyth is best known for his lighter roles. In his new film For the Sake of Vicious, fans will see a transformation: it’s a dark, gritty, claustrophobic film, offering an opportunity to showcase his acting range.

“Nick was looking to get out of being seen as that guy in 7-Eleven commercials,” director Reese Eveneshen says. “Having a lot of different range as an actor certainly serves you well… He’s a very funny guy, quick on his feet, but to see that he’s able to dip into the darkness like he did… the level of commitment to the performance and not being afraid of going to those [dark] places, that will serve him well in the long run.”

Ameeta Vohra interviews Smyth and Eveneshen in this new Halifax Magazine feature.

Reimagining Newfoundland food
The people who love Newfoundland culinary staples like fish cakes and mustard pickles love them a lot, so reimagining them is a bold proposition. In this reader-favourite story from the free East Coast Living archives, restaurateur Lori McCarthy shares her love of the Rock’s traditional flavours, with classic recipes and old favourites reimagined.

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