Nova Scotia now has 14 known active cases of COVID-19, according to the latest government data. One person is currently hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

The are three new cases in the Central Zone, including one connected to the Beaver Bank elementary school. One is related to travel to New Brunswick; health officials are still investigating the other two.

Stephen McNeil

“[This] is the most cases we have seen on consecutive days in close to a month,” says Premier Stephen McNeil. “It is a reminder that COVID-19 is still here, with active cases in every health zone.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 922 tests on Feb. 16 and 184,135 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

As of Feb. 16, Nova Scotian health-care workers have dispensed 24,049 doses of COVID-19 vaccine; 8,830 people have gotten the second dose that completes the inoculation.

“As we’ve seen in other provinces, the situation can change rapidly,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “When you wash your hands, wear a mask, keep physical distance, stay home when you’re sick, isolate when required, and get tested regularly, you are preventing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping yourself, your loved ones and your community safe.”

Iain Rankin

No exceptions for Northern Pulp
If the owners want to reopen the Northern Pulp in Pictou, they’ll have to abide by “current, more modern expectations” says Nova Scotia premier-designate Iain Rankin.

“They have an opportunity to put together a plan,” he adds. “There’s a process to be followed and consultation needs to be rigourous. And communities should have a say on resource development.”

Janet Whitman interviews Rankin for The Pictou Advocate.

Valentine’s turns violent
A Valentine’s dinner at the Swiss Chalet in Bridgewater ended in a slew of charges for a Lunenburg County couple. The trouble began as the man and woman argued over dinner, which escalated until someone called police.

“The woman punched the officer in the face, bit the officer, spit in their eye, and kicked the officer in the chest,” says an RCMP press release. Another officer joined the struggle “and was also bitten by the woman … The man in the disturbance tried to intervene and was arrested for obstruction of justice.”

Nineteen-year-olds MacKenzie Page Jennings and Daniel Dwayne Johnson, both of Gold River, are scheduled to appear in court in April. Jennings is charged with causing a disturbance, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer. Johnson is charged with causing a disturbance and obstruction of justice.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Burris (left) and Louanne Devanney

Building educational bridges to Africa
Burris and Louanne Devanney’s relationship with Africa began in 1965, when the newlyweds moved to rural Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to work for Canada’s External Aid Office.

Despite encountering apartheid and civil war, they fell in love with the continent, spending the next four decades there.

In his books African Chronicles and The Gambia Saga, Burris talks about their experiences and the educational ties they built between Gambia and Halifax. Read more about the books and their work in this recent Halifax Magazine post by Dorothy Grant.

Plans for N.S.’s biggest wind farm
Port Hawkesbury Paper has laid out its plans to build Nova Scotia’s largest wind farm. The latest step is building two meteorological towers on proposed Pirate Harbour site.

“It’s a standard in the wind industry that you have about 12 months’ worth of data from the specific site when you’re looking at negotiations with commercial lenders,” says Port Hawkesbury Paper business-development officer Allan Eddy.

Plans currently call for work on 28 four-megawatt wind turbines to begin in 2022. Eddy says the project could grow or shrink depending on the data the meteorological towers collect this year.

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

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