As schools prepare to lift mask mandate, physician says IWK ‘bursting at the seams’

The chief of pediatrics at Atlantic Canada’s largest children’s hospital warned Thursday that his facility is already stretched to its limits as the Nova Scotia government announced masks would no longer be required inside schools... Read more »

Mask mandate in N.S. schools to end next week

Nova Scotia’s Education Department is removing the requirement for people to wear masks inside schools beginning next week. A news release from the provincial government says the mask mandate will end on... Read more »

Nova Scotia paramedics want better pay and they want it now

The union that represents paramedics in Nova Scotia wants the provincial government to give its members what it handed continuing care assistants last February — an immediate and substantial raise. Kevin MacMullin, business manager... Read more »

End of pandemic restrictions causing ‘great deal of fear’ for some N.S. seniors

When Rev. Dianne Parker is out and about and spots a person under 50 wearing a mask, she often strikes up a conversation. “I thank them for helping to protect the older... Read more »

Mom stunned after maternity leave benefits cut by 50% due to CERB

For the last three weeks, Lindsey Northrup has been receiving half of her parental leave benefits, which were already about half of what she makes when she’s working. “Some of my bills... Read more »

N.S. reports 22 COVID-19 deaths, 2nd highest weekly count since pandemic began

Nova Scotia continues to report a high number of COVID-19 deaths in its latest weekly report released Thursday. While COVID cases appear to be decreasing, data for the latest seven-day period shows the... Read more »

Health unions have mixed emotions about Houston’s health plan

The leaders of Nova Scotia’s main health unions are feeling optimism, but also disappointment and trepidation in reaction to the health plan the Houston government unveiled on Friday. “I think it’s a... Read more »

Long a pandemic leader, Nova Scotia is now a COVID-19 hot spot

Nova Scotia’s past success at managing the COVID-19 pandemic is also one of the reasons why its daily case counts have never been worse, say two infectious disease experts. The province has... Read more »

N.S. COVID-19 cases hit all-time high, but province rules out bringing back restrictions

Nova Scotia has no plans to reintroduce public health restrictions even as COVID-19 cases hit an all-time high in the province on Thursday. In a livestreamed briefing, Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical... Read more »