Premier Iain Rankin announced yesterday that Nova Scotia is opening its border to people travelling from New Brunswick without restrictions starting June 30 at 8 a.m.

“Public health has asked us for a little more time to boost our coverage of second doses while watching the epidemiology before modified restrictions are removed on travel from New Brunswick,” he says in a press release. “We know that it is difficult to wait an additional week … but the end of this pandemic is in sight, and we need to remain cautious with our reopening plan.”

Also beginning June 30, people travelling from provinces and territories outside Atlantic Canada can come into Nova Scotia. They will have to complete a check-in form, upload proof of vaccination electronically, and be prepared to show it at the border.

Some visitors from outside Atlantic Canada will still have to isolate when they arrive.

  • People who have had two doses of vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia will not have to self-isolate; government recommends testing.
  • People who have had one dose of vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for at least seven days and can’t leave isolation until they have two negative tests results while in Nova Scotia; they should do their tests on day one or two and on day five or six.
  • People who have not had any vaccine and those who had a first dose within 14 days of arrival must isolate for 14 days; government recommends testing at the beginning and end of their isolation.
Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

People travelling from New Brunswick with two doses don’t have to isolate at all. The government still recommends testing. Anyone from outside Atlantic Canada who completes 14 days of isolation in P.E.I. or Newfoundland and Labrador can enter Nova Scotia without isolating again.

“We have all made huge sacrifices to battle this pandemic and we are too close to the end to take risks that could lead to another surge in cases,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Public health decisions are all about balancing risks. We are doing that by taking one more week before we open fully to New Brunswick, by having entry requirements when we welcome people from outside Atlantic Canada, and by Nova Scotians getting vaccinated and continuing regular testing.”

COVID numbers
Nova Scotia has 59 known active cases of COVID-19, with five new cases (all in the Central Zone, where “limited” community spread continues) and six recoveries reported in the latest government update.

As of June 23, health care workers have dispensed 828,701 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the province, with 129,822 Nova Scotians getting the second dose. The means that 71.1% of Nova Scotians have had at least one shot, and 13.2% are fully vaccinated. The national rates are 66.6% and 23%, respectively.

Ongoing coverage
There are new developments with a pair of stories we were following yesterday.

  • People across the country are reacting to the discovery of 751 unmarked graves at a residential school site in Saskatchewan. “I think Canada is now cognizant of a reality it has tried to ignore for 154 years,” says Grand Chief Garrison Settee, from Manitoba. “The truth is finally being revealed and it’s an ugly, painful history. But I think Canadians must realize that this country was founded on an aggressive assimilation policy at the expense of 150,000 of our children. And about 6,000 of them never made it home.” APTN is covering this story in detail.
  • Nova Scotian Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston has kicked Cumberland MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin from the party’s caucus. In a social-media post, Houston says the move comes after Smith-McCrossin refused to apologize for inciting Wednesday’s illegal blockade, which prevented the movement of food, medicine, and health-care workers for much of the day. “I owed her an opportunity to explain her actions, and the efforts she took to conceal those actions from her caucus colleagues,” Houston says. “Unfortunately, Ms. Smith-McCrossin refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing.”
Kareina D’Souza

Leaders by nature
Working as sustainability manager at Dalhousie University, Kareina D’Souza realized that most training programs for aspiring executives didn’t suit her needs.

“I was looking for leadership training of my own,” she says. “I was looking at a lot of executive education programs at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie. They were very expensive—thousands of dollars, lots of time—and focused on a very old-school leadership style. With that, I started looking for a program that was more focused on women of colour … and there are not that many.”

That lead her to launch the Women of Colour Leadership in Nature pilot program, an innovative departure from boardroom culture that’s garnering national recognition.

Ameeta Vohra reports for Halifax Magazine.

Funding for housing
Pictou Landing First Nation is getting $1.27 million from the federal government to help pay for new community housing.

“The pandemic has had a serious impact on the cost of real estate in our region, and it has never been more important to expand access to affordable housing,” says Central Nova MP Sean Fraser. “Investments like this will help more families keep a roof over their head, which we can all agree is a good thing for our community and the people who live here.” The Pictou Advocate has details.  

Meanwhile, a Lunenburg company is getting $1.25 million from the federal and provincial governments to construct five buildings containing 25 affordable housing units. Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Lobster research in the works
The Lobster Quality Research and Innovation Centre at the Cape Breton campus of Université Sainte-Anne is approved for funding to upgrade its lab and research the best ways to handle and store lobster, with the goal of helping local producers become more profitable.

“What we’re trying to do is take those [current] practices and test them in the lab to validate them, to make sure they are the best way to handle lobster and to hold lobster,” says director Michelle Theriault. “There’s a lot of other things that we don’t know what the best way to do it is, and so those ones we’re going to be testing from scratch.”

Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

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