Nova Scotia has 39 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case (in the Central Zone) and six recoveries reported in the latest government update. One person is hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

As of July 6, health-care workers have doled out 1,035,587 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the province, with 322,733 people getting their second jab. That means that 72.6% of Nova Scotians have had at least one shot, and 32.9% have had both. Nationally, 68.3% of Canadians have had their first shot, and 38.4% have had both.

The government also announced yesterday that Nova Scotians who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on or before July 6 will soon receive an email to schedule their second dose. “Anyone who receives their first dose on or after July 7 will automatically receive an email to schedule their second dose afterward,” says the press release. “Second doses can be scheduled 28 days after first doses.”

Drive-thru clinics in Dartmouth, Truro, New Glasgow, and Wolfville will now vaccinate up to four people in one vehicle. There is also a second-dose walk-in clinic at the Halifax Convention Centre for people age 55+, with no appointment required.

Crew aboard HMCS Oriole, circa 2018. Photo: Neil Clarkson/RCN

On the briny ocean tossed
The Royal Canadian Navy sail training ship HMCS Oriole is currently in Pictou at Pier Charlie, with people welcome to visit and meet crew. Oriole is marking its 100th anniversary this year, making several port visits throughout Atlantic Canada. Next on its itinerary is Summerside, P.E.I., where it will moor from July 9 to 11.

Oriole began its life as a private yacht for a wealthy Ontario family. The navy chartered it during the Second World War and commissioned it in 1952, moving it to the West Coast where it was based for 60 years. Now Halifax is its home port.

The Pictou Advocate has more.

Return of the bats
This summer, researchers are both shocked and pleased to see an unusual increase in the number of endangered bats in Southwest Nova Scotia.

“It’s been really weird,” says Lori Phinney, a wildlife biologist with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute. “We’re trying to figure out what’s going on … This may just be a really good year for bats.”

It’s far too early to celebrate, she cautions, adding there is no cure for the fungus that began decimating the bats in 2011, while habitat loss continues to pressure the survivors.

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Listen, learn, act
Canada Day 2021 was an unusually sombre national holiday, as growing numbers of people face the now unignorable legacy of the residential school system, and our country’s history of systemic racism.

To help you understand our country’s full history, and its present-day implications, Halifax Magazine has compiled a variety of resources, including podcasts, books, cultural experiences, and educational tools. Read more.

Rural internet concerns continue
A group lobbying for better rural Internet service in Cape Breton is worried about Develop Nova Scotia’s multimillion-dollar contract with Bell Aliant, which promises to have 99% of the county’s homes linked to high-speed service by 2023.

“We are concerned that in awarding all of the contracts to Bell Aliant, the province has created a monopoly that may not best serve the customer,” says a guest column from Better Internet for Inverness County. “Bell Aliant is not consistent in their pricing … We pay higher fees for our internet than Halifax does. We are very concerned that without CRTC’s monitoring, it will result in Bell discounting these services more deeply where it feels competitive pressure than in areas such as Inverness County, where it does not.”

Read more in The Reporter.

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