Rankin: Northern Pulp must meet environmental approval to re-open

Premier-designate takes bold stand on climate change Nova Scotia’s next premier says Northern Pulp will have to abide by “current, more modern expectations” to win approval to resume operations. Iain Rankin — among the first politicians to call the pulp mill’s toxic waste lagoons an example of environmental racism — says he’d be guessing at...

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Provinces eases up public health restrictions

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, Feb. 5, that public health restrictions will be eased effective Monday, Feb. 8 to allow events and other gatherings. “We have been seeing a low number of new cases daily and that allows us to ease some restrictions, while...

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Dr. Strang looks forward with hope

Reflecting on COVID, how we’ve changed, what it took to get through a demanding year, science deniers, vaccines, and what 2021 holds for Nova Scotia By Ameeta Vohra Robert Strang didn’t set out to be a doctor. During his undergraduate degree in kinesiology and masters in exercise physiology, his curiosity prompted him to consider medicine....

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More improvements in COVID-19 testing for Nova Scotians

Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Oct. 6, that the province is increasing its capacity to test Nova Scotians with symptoms of COVID-19 as quickly as possible. “Testing is an important part of the public health measures,” said McNeil. “Our testing strategy has been working very well, but there are always improvements we can make. These...

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Masks now mandatory in public places

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia, announced today that masks will become mandatory in most indoor public places starting July 31. “As we open our economy, our schools and our communities, we must continue to be vigilant to minimize the impact of a second wave of...

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Larger gathering numbers, more steps to reopen

Good news today regarding COVID-19: There were no new cases in the province. Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia, announced today a new gathering limit of 10 and more steps toward reopening the province. “Nova Scotians have done the hard work to flatten our curve and...

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That familiar smile is gone forever

I never met Heidi Stevenson, the RCMP officer who was one of the victims of the devastating murder rampage that shocked all of us two Sunday mornings ago. Members of my family and her family know each other, however. Our daughter Charlotte and Heidi’s husband Dean were among a group of friends who attended school...

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Outdoor recreational restrictions eased

If you’re getting a little bored inside or with walking around your own neighbourhood, you will be delighted to you can enjoy a little taste of the great outdoors further afield now. A little bit. Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, announced today, May 1, the easing of some...

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At-home learning to continue for at least a few more weeks

Students will continue to study at home until at least after the Victoria Day weekend in May. Following the recommendation of Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, all public schools and licensed child care providers will remain closed until then to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These closures will be reassessed...

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Ten new cases of COVID-19 in province, new measures announced

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced further measures Tuesday to strengthen the health system and help Nova Scotians dealing with COVID-19. “Keeping Nova Scotians safe and healthy is our number one job,” said McNeil. “We all need to keep working together, support one another and make...

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