Nova Scotia has 38 known active cases of COVID-19, with three new cases (one each in the Central, Eastern, and Northern zones) reported in the latest government update. Two people are hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

“While the case numbers are low today, we must remain vigilant and keep following the restrictions,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “Follow all the public health measures and make testing part of your regular COVID-19 prevention measures. And if you have flu or cold symptoms, it is especially important you get tested for COVID-19.”

Premier Iain Rankin. Photo: CNS

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed a record 4,839 tests on Feb. 27. That’s a sharp jump up in the week since Feb. 20, when the lab did 1,698 tests.

“I want to thank the Nova Scotians who have responded in great numbers to get tested,” says Premier Iain Rankin. “Let’s continue to make proactive testing a top priority. No matter whether you live in Halifax or elsewhere in the province, I encourage you, even if you don’t have symptoms, to book an appointment.”

On Friday, Rankin and Strang announced a tightening of public-health restrictions and gathering limits in HRM and neighbouring communities in Hants and Lunenburg counties. The changes affect most businesses, sports teams, faith organizations, and cultural groups. Get details here.

Big plans for Cape Breton airport
The pandemic has clobbered aviation businesses around the globe, but Celtic Air Services has ambitious plans for Allan J. MacEachern Airport in Port Hastings.

Recently, the company purchased a Quebec charter airline, which president Dave Morgan believes can fill the regional gap created when Porter, Air Canada, and WestJet stopped serving Cape Breton.

“There’s definitely a need for some kind of air service between the centres,” he says. “We know that air charter businesses across the country are thriving and we’re just hoping to get to the party in time.”

Jake Boudrot has details for The Reporter.

Police seek robbery suspect
New Glasgow Regional Police are looking for a man who they say robbed a Needs store in Trenton at knifepoint around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25. Investigators describe the man as “approximately six-foot tall, weighing 180 to 200 pounds, wearing a dark grey jacket, grey jogging pants, a dark red/ burgundy hooded sweatshirt, and wearing black and white sneakers.”

The Pictou Advocate has the story.

Lunenburg buys land to protect drinking water
The municipal government in Lunenburg has paid $240,000 for a 58-hectare parcel of land around the watershed that provides the town’s drinking water. “There’s no level of protection better than ownership,” says Mayor Matt Risser.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Buddy Daye

Buddy Daye’s work continues
When he was a young sailor in the merchant marine, Buddy Daye was jailed in Apartheid-era South Africa.

“Even at that very young age, he was very conscious of social justice,” says daughter Melinda Daye. “Something wrong was being done to a woman, so he spoke up and the guards took him away and put him in jail.”

Neither angry nor embittered by the unfairness, he eventually returned to Nova Scotia, motivated to keep helping people and pushing for what he knew was right. A respected athlete and community organizer, he championed social justice causes, having an influence on Halifax that continues today.

“He told us, ‘I started it, you guys finish it,'” Melinda Daye says. “We know we have a legacy that we have to continue in this city and in this province.”

Katie Ingram looks at his life and work in this 2016 Halifax Magazine story.

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