Nova Scotia has 13 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case (in the Western Zone) reported in the latest government update. One person is hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs did 1,547 tests on Feb. 17, and 185,684 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

As of Feb. 17, Nova Scotian health care workers have given 25,032 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 9,782 people getting the second jab that completes their inoculation.

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

Public-health workers will be at the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre on Feb. 20 from noon to 6 p.m. and Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for community-based testing, following up on the recent exposure at the community’s elementary school. Anyone can drop in or book an appointment online.

“We must stay the course and continue our cautious and vigilant approach,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in press release. “Basic prevention steps work, so those seemingly small COVID-19 safety measures are what is keeping our family, friends, community, [and] health-care and other essential workers safe.”

Strang and Premier Stephen McNeil are scheduled to webcast an update today at 1 p.m., although they rarely start on time.

Fishing for “ghost gear”
The fishing industry litters to the ocean with “ghost gear”—rope, lobster traps, and plastic items of all sort. The problem pollutes the ocean and poisons and entangles animals around the globe.

Local researchers are working to get a handle on how big the problem is, and how best to tackle it. “From … our research, we found that there’s no provincewide or easily accessible solution for disposing and managing the end-of-life gear,” says environmental specialist Rachel Kendall. “We want to make [it] easy and accessible for everyone … to bring their gear to facilities to be managed.”

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

James Golemiec

Everyday safety—winter on the road
If you have to spend much time on the road in the winter, you’ll eventually have a mishap. If you’re lucky, it will just be a few minutes of delay while you await a tow truck.

But it might be worse. If you’re stuck in your car for hours, or even days, do you have what you need to do an emergency repair, or at least stay warm and comfortable?

Preparing a survival kit isn’t hard, and sooner or later, you’ll be glad you did it.

“I’ve travelled on roads in northern Canada that were hundreds of kilometres from the nearest service station, with few other travellers around, so I’ve often thought about what would happen if I broke down,” says safety columnist James Golemiec. “You can never anticipate every situation and if you built a survival kit for all of them, it would fill your trunk. My suggested kit can help you to do a self-rescue or just be more comfortable.”

He shares expert advice in his latest Halifax Magazine post.

Simona (left) and Chad Norman

Poetry to help animals
With his latest book, Truro poet Chad Norman aims to bolster a good cause that’s brought him a lot of joy over the years. Simona: A Celebration of the S.P.C.A. focuses on his beloved cat and the work of the Colchester SPCA, and is raising funds for the organization.

Although he’s published 20 books over his career, Norman couldn’t find a local publisher interested in the project. “I submitted manuscripts of Simona to 10 different presses … and all rejected it,” he says. “It wasn’t until I got an invitation, [from] of all places India, from a press there, that Simona was published.”

He tells Raissa Tetanish about the book and the cat that captured his heart in this new Hub Now interview.

Preserving a unique natural treasure
Along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore is a natural treasure: the 100 Wild Islands coastal wilderness. The archipelago is one of the last remaining intact, ecologically rich island groups of its size in North America.

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust has taken on the challenge of protecting these Eastern Shore islands that lie between Clam Harbour and Mushaboom. The mission of the Trust is to protect Nova Scotia’s natural legacy through land conservation, collaborating with other non-governmental organizations, government, private individuals and the general public.

In this post, Saltscapes magazine explores its work and how you can help.

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