9 hours ago
Our government has banned single-use plastic bags, which means effective today – businesses will no longer be able to provide plastic shopping bags at the checkout. This encourages waste reduction at the source and helps keep plastic out of landfills.
Customers should now bring reusable bags or make use of other options such as paper bags. We’re committed to protecting our environment by reducing single-use plastics and encouraging a more sustainable and environmentally-conscious Nova Scotia. ...
11 hours ago
COVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS--Two New Cases of COVID-19, State of Emergency Renewed
As of today, Oct. 30, Nova Scotia has six active cases of COVID-19. Two new cases were identified Thursday, Oct. 29.
The two new cases are in the Northern Zone and are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. One individual has been in self-isolation since returning to the province, as required. The other individual was not required to self-isolate under the Health Protection Act Order, but did self-isolate as symptoms developed. The order allows workers who are essential to the movement of people and goods and who must enter Nova Scotia as part of their work, to be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate.
Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 950 Nova Scotia tests on Oct. 29.
To date, Nova Scotia has 111,395 negative test results, 1,104 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. No one is currently in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. One thousand and thirty-three cases are now resolved. Cases have been identified in all parts of the province. Cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama.
The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon Sunday, Nov. 1 and extend to noon Sunday, Nov. 15, unless government terminates or extends it.
Visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours you have had or you are currently experiencing:
-- fever (i.e. chills/sweats) or cough (new or worsening)
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
-- sore throat
-- runny nose/ nasal congestion
-- shortness of breath
Call 811 if you cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about your symptoms.
When a new case of COVID-19 is confirmed, public health works to identify and test people who may have come in close contact with that person. Those individuals who have been confirmed are being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. As always, any Nova Scotian who develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness should limit their contact with others until they feel better.
It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives - practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.
As of July 3, interprovincial travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, without the requirement to self-isolate for permanent Atlantic Canadian residents, is permitted. All public health directives of each province must be followed. Under Nova Scotia's Health Protection Act order, visitors from other Canadian provinces and territories must self-isolate for 14 days. Other visitors from outside the Atlantic provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days in another Atlantic province may travel to Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.
On Oct. 22, New Brunswick announced further restrictions related to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Campbellton-Restigouche region of northern New Brunswick. Nova Scotians should avoid unnecessary travel to that area.
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
Businesses and other organizations can find information to help them safely reopen at novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia .
-- testing numbers are updated daily at novascotia.ca/coronavirus
-- a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22 and extended to Nov. 15
-- online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available for Nova Scotians getting a test through primary assessment centres in the Central Zone or at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax
Government of Canada: canada.ca/coronavirus
Government of Canada information line 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)
The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)
Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)
For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free)
For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/
The COVID-19 self-assessment is at covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ ...
12 hours ago
The province, Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey and Millbrook First Nation have renewed a memorandum of understanding creating a partnership to teach treaty education to children in all Nova Scotia schools.
The agreement commits the three partners to teach treaty education in all classrooms and grades and ensures Nova Scotians and the civil service benefit from education about the treaty relationship. It continues the agreement signed on Oct. 1, 2015 that had a five-year lifespan. The new memorandum has no end date.
"Treaty education is an important way of increasing cultural awareness and understanding in our province," said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. "I am pleased that this agreement will continue as part of our commitment to educating Nova Scotians on Mi'kmaw treaty rights and our shared history."
Treaty education helps to answer the following questions:
-- who are the Mi'kmaq, historically and today?
-- what are the treaties and why are they important?
-- what has happened to the treaty relationship?
-- how can we promote reconciliation?
The partnership focuses on creating a greater understanding of our shared history, Mi'kmaw and inherent Aboriginal rights, the peace and friendship treaties as historical and living agreements, and the importance of strengthening the relationships between Mi'kmaq and all people of Nova Scotia.
"I'm looking forward to seeing treaty education move forward into a long-lasting partnership to educate all Nova Scotians on the importance of our treaty relationship."
-Leroy Denny, chair, Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey and chief of Eskasoni First Nation
"I'm pleased to see the commitment and work continue for treaty education. The importance of educating everyone in our shared history is vital for reconciliation to move forward."
-Bob Gloade, chief of Millbrook First Nation
-- on Oct. 1, 2015, Premier McNeil and Mi'kmaw leaders signed a five-year agreement to develop treaty education programs and services for the education system, the provincial civil service, and the broader public
-- October is Mi'kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia
Treaty relationship and education: novascotia.ca/treaty-education/
Treaty Education Launched During Treaty Day Celebrations: novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20151001003
Peace and Friendship Treaties:
On Friday, October 30, Nova Scotia is banning single-use plastic bags to encourage waste reduction at the source and to help keep plastic out of our environment and landfills. Businesses will no longer be able to provide single-use plastic shopping bags at the checkout. To learn more, visit novascotia.ca/single-use-plastic-bag-ban. ...