As of yesterday (Oct. 27), Nova Scotia has six known cases of COVID-19. The latest government update included one new case in the Central Zone, related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. So far, Nova Scotia has had 109,462 negative test results, 1,102 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths.

Lena Metlege Diab

Students from around the globe coming to Nova Scotia
The McNeil government aims to have post-secondary students from around the globe return to Nova Scotia in early November, according to a press release issued yesterday.

Pandemic precautions include the following rules, says the announcement.

  • All international students arriving to Nova Scotia from another country must quarantine for 14 days.
  • Schools must have oversight responsibility for international students during their quarantine, whether on or off-campus.
  • Schools must provide or arrange quarantine accommodations and suitable transportation for international students from the airport, and ensure they have food and other support during quarantine.
  • Schools must give students information on health and travel requirements before they arrive in Canada.
  • Students arriving from outside the Atlantic Bubble must complete a check-in form prior to arrival

“International students play a vital role in Nova Scotia’s social and economic well-being,” says Advanced Education Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “We are thrilled to begin welcoming them to our post-secondary institutions again.”

The federal government maintains the list of schools approved to receive international students. Provincial officials say they hope Nova Scotian will be on the next updated list, scheduled to be published on Nov. 3.

Honouring traditions
Terence Bay artist Jordan Bennett is one of three finalists for the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award.

His work is a 33-metre long public art structure comprised of fabric panels and highly reflective surface elements. A Mi’kmaq word for night, Tepkik “is designed to transport its viewers to the realm of the night sky with its vast, colourful, sweeping expanse, incorporating interpretations of Mi’kmaq petroglyphs depicting the Milky Way found in Kejimkujik National Park.”

Fabric artist Laurie Swim of Lunenburg and New Germany poet Alison Smith join him on the short list. The winner will be announced (date TBA) later this autumn. Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

Atlantic caribou in Gaspé. Photo: Zack Metcalfe
Atlantic caribou in Gaspé. Photo: Zack Metcalfe

Where the caribou roamed
Few realize it today, but Nova Scotia was once home to vast herds of caribou.

“Never could I have imagined those herds conquering the rocky shores of Lunenburg County through winter or passing the summer heat among the Cobequid Mountains,” writes Zack Metcalfe. “Yet they were here, and the evidence is on our landscape. Just ask Caribou Island, Caribou Bog, Caribou Road, and Caribou Harbour.”

And he’s not talking about the distant past. The last caribou was spotted in Nova Scotia in 1912. “They were here and now they’re not,” says Andrew Hebda, a curator with the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. “There’s very little pre-20th-century information on caribou distribution, habitat use, or anything like that.”

In this Halifax Magazine column from April 2019, Metcalfe talks with Hebda about what we know and what we’ve lost, and visits the last herd of Atlantic caribou, isolated in the mountains of Gaspé.

Cape Breton vet in trouble again
The Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association is again investigating Cape Breton vet Sietse Van Zwol. The probe began with a complaint from a woman who says her dog was euthanized against her wishes.

The association also investigated Van Zwol in 2016, after he operated on a puppy without the owner’s consent and botched the procedure, killing the dog. After that incident, he was reprimanded (the third reprimand of his career) and suspended for two months. Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

Tricks, treats, and viruses
COVID-19 is the biggest ghoul lurking in the shadows this Halloween. While public health officials say Nova Scotia’s low infection rate means trick or treating isn’t dangerous, they’re offering a long list of advice to help people stay safe, whether you’re roaming the night or celebrating at home. See Jackie Jardine’s story in The Pictou Advocate.

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