Nova Scotia has 19 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case identified in the latest government update.

“A low number of cases is encouraging, but we are seeing that some of the recent cases are more complex than others,” says Premier Stephen McNeil in a press release. “It’s another reminder that we need to stay vigilant.”

On Jan. 22, McNeil announced a slight easing of public health restrictions.

  • Sports teams can start playing games, but spectators are forbidden. There can be no games or tournaments involving teams that would not regularly play against each other. Non-team sports can also resume competition, under the same conditions
  • The limit for sports practices, training, and games, plus arts and culture rehearsals and classes will return to 50.
  • Arts and culture performances can only be virtual and cannot have in-person spectators.
  • Residents of adult service centres and regional rehabilitation centres can resume community visits for work and volunteering.
  • Mental health and addictions support groups can gather in groups of up to 25 (up from 10).

COVID count high in neighbouring N.B.
In New Brunswick, the only province that shares a land border with Nova Scotia, the second wave of COVID continues to wreak havoc. The province’s government tallied 20 new cases in its latest update, for a total of 334 known active cases.

“The situation in New Brunswick shows us how quickly things can turn with this virus and how hard it is to regain control once it has been lost,” says Dr. Strang in a press release. “We are asking Nova Scotians to stay the course with our restrictions and keep following the public health protocols that help keep us all safe.”

Abbie J. Lane. Photo: HRM Archives

Remembering trailblazer Abbie Lane
In February 1953, Maclean’s Magazine published a story with the headline “Ubiquitous is the word for Abbie.” It referred to Halifax’s then-deputy mayor Abbie J. Lane, the first woman in Canada to hold that office.

She was also a prominent radio personality, using her bully pulpit freely. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life it’s that if you want anything you have to nag, nag, nag,” she said. “Sure, I’m persistent. I don’t mind getting in anyone’s hair.”

Dorothy Grant looks back at her trailblazing career in this new Halifax Magazine historical report.

Cape Breton home invader gets probation
Jessica Carolanne Leroy from Sydney Mines has been sentenced to 12 months of probation for resisting arrest and mischief after taking part in a May 2018 home invasion in We’koqma’q.

Drake Lowthers has details for The Reporter.

Patianne Hatfield

Scammer fakes ties to South Shore business
Patianne Hatfield, owner of Eco Box Containers & Storage Ltd. in Bridgewater, is scrambling to preserve her business’s reputation, as a scammer uses its name to dupe people into paying for storage containers they never receive.

“He started in October,” she says. “He had an ad on Kijiji in every small town in Nova Scotia that had a business park. And he would just make up an address.”

Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

Police target distracted drivers
Driver inattention causes most road-user injuries and deaths, which is why New Glasgow police have launched a new campaign to encourage drivers to put away their phones and stay focused on their responsibilities.

“Distracted driving can occur any time,” says Const. Ken MacDonald. “According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, driver distraction is estimated to be a contributing factor in eight out of 10 reported collisions.”

The Pictou Advocate reports.

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