As of yesterday, Sept. 13, Nova Scotia has one confirmed case of COVID-19, according to the latest government update. So far, the province has had 83,134 negative test results, 1,086 known COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths. 

N.S. relaxes rules for out-of-province workers
The McNeil government is easing self-isolation requirements for out-of-province rotational workers when they return to Nova Scotia, according to a recent press release.

The changes apply to rotational workers who have “a set schedule where they alternate between living in Nova Scotia and working outside the province, such as an Alberta oil worker.” The changes are only for rotational workers who are residents of Nova Scotia and travelling within Canada.

“While self-isolation is important, we know it isn’t always easy,” says Premier Stephen McNeil. “We want to ensure that the self-isolation requirement does not negatively impact the health, well-being and family lives of rotational workers.”

Now permitted:

  • Interacting with people who live in their household. Maintaining physical distance from household members is not necessary unless the rotational worker gets sick. Household members do not need to self-isolate unless they get sick.
  • Spending time outside on their own property.
  • Going for a drive, walk, run, hike, bike, or ATV ride. If they encounter people from outside their household, they must wear a mask and maintain a distance of two metres.
  • Visiting a park, beach or other outdoor public space, with masks and distancing.
  • Dropping off and picking up household members at school, work, or recreational activities without getting out of the vehicle.
  • Attending medical appointments.

Still forbidden:

  • Entering public places like schools, stores, shopping malls, banks, religious institutions, and restaurants/bars.
  • Attending indoor and outdoor gatherings.
  • Visiting or hosting people from outside the household.
  • Volunteering or working in any capacity that requires contact with people outside their household.
Photo: Mallory Burnside-Holmes

The murals of Mulgrave Park
When pro basketball player Tyler Richards was murdered in 2016, his Mulgrave Park community sought a way to honour him. “A lot of kids go to college because of guys like Tyler… seeing guys make it out,” Jeremy Williams says. “I wanted to give kids a chance [to understand] you don’t have to do the whole gang, street thing, sell drugs. You can become an athlete or a musician.”

Williams helped create a mural, which soon had Haligonians seeing the North End community in a new light. Williams recalls suddenly noticing BMWs and Bentleys in the area, as people from other neighbourhoods visited to see the art. “I [wished] they could see the whole community because then they may change something,” he says. “I contacted the artists who did Tyler’s mural and said ‘let’s do a mural festival.'”

In this Halifax Magazine story from August 2018, Mallory Burnside-Holmes looks at how one heartfelt mural sparked a project that continues to thrive and challenge preconceptions.  

More rural Internet promises
With more people than ever working and studying from home, it’s become apparent that the Internet service in much of the province isn’t up to the task, with low bandwidth and expensive yet unreliable service. The federal government continues to promise improvements are coming.

Fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan, who represents Nova Scotia in cabinet, admits her government’s efforts have been lagging. “There does need to be a lot more done,” she says. “We have to do better. You shouldn’t be disadvantaged because you live in rural Canada.” Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

Soap business cleans up
Debbie J. Wamboldt of Queens County has long sought natural soaps and hygiene products. Demand for them is growing, but locally made options are hard to find, so recently she began making her own.

Many of the ingredients come from her family’s 11-hectare plot of forest and farmland. “I’m always looking for ingredients to incorporate into my soap that is healing or that have different properties to help your skin,” she says. “It’s a constant experiment. I like to say that my kitchen is one big science lab.” Kevin Mcbain reports for LighthouseNow.

Conquering clutter
With school back in session, is a growing pile of clutter threatening to engulf your home? It’s an ongoing struggle for many families. “The needs of children rapidly change over time, which means there can be a lot of accumulation,” explains organizer Jane Veldhoven.

The secret? Purge often. “You can’t organize clutter,” explains Laura Churchill Duke. “If you have too much stuff, it will be really difficult to organize and as soon as you do, it will just get messy again.” In this Heather Laura Clarke story for Our Children magazine, you’ll find lots of practical tips to help you beat the clutter monster for good.

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