Nova Scotia has nine known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case (in the Central Zone) reported in the latest government update. One person is hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 1,741 tests on Feb. 8 and 172,678 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

As of Feb. 8, health care workers have dispensed 18,826 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Nova Scotia, with 5,642 people getting the second jab that completes their vaccination.

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

New Newfoundland travel rules
Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Newfoundland and Labrador (the province tallied 30 new cases yesterday), Nova Scotia is tightening border controls.

Yesterday, Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced a new self-isolation requirement for people coming to Nova Scotia from Newfoundland and Labrador.

People entering Nova Scotia from Newfoundland and Labrador must complete a Safe Check-in form before arriving and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

This requirement isn’t retroactive but health officials say that people who arrived from Newfoundland and Labrador or had visitors from that province in the 14 days before Feb. 10 should be tested immediately and consider a second test five to seven days later. People who were in Newfoundland and Labrador should self-isolate while waiting for the first test result.

“Travel has been the main source of cases in Nova Scotia and we continue to ask people not to travel unless it’s absolutely necessary,” Strang says.

Carnival man
As a teenager living on McNabs Island more than a century ago, Bill Lynch operated a seasonal merry-go-round. That was his first taste of carnival life and the start of an empire.

By the 1950s, the Bill Lynch Carnival was a massive operation, taking 27 rail cars to deliver it to its summer stops around the Maritimes. And Lynch—wealthy and generous, yet reclusive—became legend.

He didn’t linger around the fair grounds during the day. He mostly appeared at night, smoking a cigar as he strolled around while everyone was closing up at three or four in the morning.

“He was like Gatsby,” explains author Christopher Walsh. “He would invite people to the carnival and then he would disappear.”

Learn more about his remarkable life in this reader-favourite story from the free Halifax Magazine archives.

Fighting for Nova Scotia’s forests
Marilyn Cameron, a King’s County farmer and woodlot owner, is calling on the Nova Scotia government to immediately halt clear cutting on Crown land and protect the habitat of endangered and at-risk species.

“Several years of drought during the growing season is creating concerns within farming communities about the impacts that extensive tree removal (and the resultant disruption to water recycling) may be having on climate change,” she says.

Read more in her recent letter to The Reporter.

Charges in Pictou Landing shooting
Police have charged a Caribou man in connection with a shooting in Pictou Landing. On Dec. 13, RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the Northumberland Strait near Pictou Landing First Nation.

“Upon arrival, members learned that a man had observed the crew of a fishing vessel removing lobster traps from the water,” says the RCMP press release. “The man then approached the fishing vessel in a small boat. As he approached, the fishing vessel accelerated toward him and shots were fired from the vessel. The man was not injured and returned to port.”

Cameron Harold Fleury, 39, of Caribou, is scheduled to appear in court on March 15.

The Pictou Advocate has more.

Families buy Lunenburg hockey team
The South Shore Lumberjacks of the Maritime Hockey League have new owners, as seven local families recently joined forces to buy the team. Team president Ross Shatford, one of the new owners, belives the venture’s success depends on fans returning as soon as COVID rules allow.

“Attendance is the big thing,” he says. “It will take the community to keep [the team] here.” Although this season, the team is doing little to entice fans even if they could come, sitting last in the MHL’s South division with a 2-15 record.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

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