Nova Scotia has 23 known active cases of COVID-19, with three new cases reported in the latest government update.

One new case is in the Northern Zone, a close contact of a previously reported case. Another new case is in the Central Zone, related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

The remaining new case is a person in the Eastern Zone who works on the Newfoundland ferry. Public health officials in both provinces are investigating, along with ferry operator Marine Atlantic.

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: Communications N.S.

“We are reporting another day where the new case numbers are in the single digits but the virus is still in the province,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s, chief medical officer of health, in a press release. “We must continue to follow the public health measures.”

As of Jan. 19, Nova Scotian health officials have administered 9,175 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, with 2,507 people getting the second dose that’s necessary to complete the inoculation.

RCMP look for victims of fake cop
RCMP have arrested a 23-year Antigonish man for impersonating a police officer and are looking for people he may have pulled over in Antigonish County and HRM.

Cpl. Mark Skinner says he was driving a 2013 white Ford Taurus, which RCMP also seized. “There were some things that set it off from a regular police car,” he adds. “Members of the public were able to call it in, we were able to get a plate and… were able to quickly track who the vehicle belonged to.”

Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

Lunenburg Doc Fest organizers planning new events
While the pandemic has left many festivals with uncertain futures, organizers of the Lunenburg Doc Fest hope cinephiles won’t have to wait long for the next event.

They’re looking for funding to run a “little film series” well before the next scheduled Doc Fest in September. “Within our mission is to educate, inspire and entertain,” says executive director Pamela Segger. “And we have the ability, given our platform, to be able to do that… It’s about adding value to the community.”

Gayle Wilson has more for LighthouseNow.

Deborah Young. Photo: Cooked Photography

Into the afterlife
Deborah Young didn’t really choose to write her debut novel; she felt compelled when the characters sprang into her mind unbidden.

“They wouldn’t leave me alone,” says Young, an astrologer and spiritual counsellor. “I had this bone deep connection to them. It was the same knowing I had when I took the leap into being an astrologer. They were beyond my mind.”

In her novel Gabriel’s Great Perhaps, which launched on Oct. 6, she brings a diverse cast together. They all have one thing in common: they’ve recently died. She tells Raissa Tetanish about her explorations of the afterlife in this new Halifax Magazine story.

Wildlife in the city
The ceaseless urbanization of Nova Scotia is steadily eroding wildlife habitat, forcing animals of all sorts to (attempt) to live amongst humans. And when they do interact with humans, the animals usually suffer. In this Saltscapes essay, Bob Bancroft offers tips on how you can reduce the conflict.

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