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Nova Scotia reports no new cases of COVID-19 for first time since March

May 29 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia increased its social gathering limit on Friday as the province reported no new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since its initial infections were identified in mid-March. Dr. Robert Strang, the chief medical officer of health, called the development a "significant and encouraging milestone" in a province that has seen a […]

Nova Scotia reports one new death due to COVID-19, one new case of the virus

May 19 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia reported one new death related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, as Premier Stephen McNeil also offered hope the province would soon move to relax more restrictions and gradually reopen its economy. The death at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax — the first since four were reported there Friday — brought the province's total […]

Nova Scotia cautions ‘sustained’ improvement needed before restrictions lifted

May 12 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's top doctor cautioned that the Atlantic province hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic needs to see more improvement before it can consider easing restrictions. Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, dampened down expectations Tuesday despite reporting the province's second consecutive day with only one new case of the disease. […]

Nova Scotia COVID-19 cases continue to climb; 46 new cases reported

Apr 20 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia on Monday reported its largest single day increase of COVID-19 cases since the health crisis began, with the province's chief medical officer of health saying the spread of the virus is being driven by an outbreak in long-term care homes. Dr. Robert Strang said there were 46 new cases, but no […]

Three of four Atlantic provinces say COVID-19 modelling coming next week

Apr 3 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — At least three provinces in Atlantic Canada will attempt to provide COVID-19 modelling projections sometime next week, after Ontario released figures Friday that prompted a blunt warning from Nova Scotia's premier. Stephen McNeil said while his province is working on modelling and hopes to have figures available for the public next week, people […]

Governments offer relief for businesses as COVID-19 cases in region climb to 32

Mar 20 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's premier appealed to Canadian banks to do more to support businesses as his province announced short-term relief for restaurants and retailers closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The province reported one additional case of the disease linked to the novel coronavirus Friday, bringing the total to five confirmed and […]

Nova Scotia government moves to protect itself from potential gambling lawsuits

Mar 3 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government is moving to protect itself from potentially costly lawsuits related to video lottery terminals and other forms of gambling. Proposed changes to the province's Gaming Control Act would give the government, its ministers, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and casino operators immunity against class-action lawsuits […]

Idled Nova Scotia to Maine ferry cost province extra $4-million in 2019

Feb 21 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — The heavily subsidized ferry service that links Nova Scotia with Maine cost provincial taxpayers an extra $4 million as it sat idle for the entire 2019 sailing season, the government revealed Friday. Education Minister Zach Churchill released the figure following an announcement by operator Bay Ferries that it would begin sailing this year […]

Nova Scotia could see limited internet voting for military with proposed changes

Feb 21 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Limited internet voting for the military and financial reimbursement for candidate expenses related to family care feature in a series of proposed changes to Nova Scotia's Elections Act tabled Friday. Justice Minister Mark Furey said the changes would reduce barriers to running in elections and make voting easier for members of the military […]

Nova Scotia minister unaware of pause on controversial sale of coastal land

Feb 20 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's minister of lands and forests says he has not yet been informed of any change in an American couple's plans to acquire a section of rugged Crown-owned land along the province's Eastern Shore. Iain Rankin said Thursday he intends to reach out to U.S.-based developers Beckwith and Kitty Gilbert, who have proposed […]

Further measures coming to protect endangered right whales, minister says

Feb 11 2020 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Further measures are coming to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale in Canadian waters, federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan told a meeting on fishing gear innovation Tuesday. Jordan wouldn't provide details during a short speech in Halifax, but she said the new steps would be unveiled in the coming weeks. "One of the […]