Monday, May 4, 2009

H1-N1 Update

2009-05-04 06:28:49


As of today (May 3rd) two new lab-confirmed cases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) virus have been reported. To date, a total of 33 cases have been confirmed in Nova Scotia. Both new cases are related to the King's-Edgehill school
community.   Of the six confirmed cases announced Saturday (May 2nd) from outside the King's-Edgehill community, five are still under investigation and one is a teenage student in Baddeck. That student had recently visited King's-Edgehill.     Deputy chief medical officer of Health Dr. Maureen Baikie says public health officials are not surprised to see confirmed cases in other parts of the province but she remain confident in the vigor of the public health system.     Taking preventative action is the best way for Nova Scotians to protect themselves for H1N1 (human swine influenza) or seasonal influenza. That means washing your hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into your sleeves, staying away from public areas if you are sick and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters.

Furey Acclaimed

2009-05-04 06:23:49


The top mountie in the District has been selected as the Liberal candidate for the riding of Lunenburg West.  Mark Furey, a 29 year veteran of the RCMP was unopposed at a nominating meeting Friday night in Bridgewater.   Furey has served as adviser to the Minister and Deputy Minister of Justice, been involved in public education initiatives, and performed a tour of duty in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1995.  Liberal Party leader Stephen McNeil was on hand for Friday nights nomination meeting.  Along with Furey, the other candidates for the Liberal team on the South Shore include Rick Welsford, JoAnn Grant, Wayne Henley and Darian Huskilson.


River Recognized

2009-05-04 06:19:20


An historic south shore river used by Mi'kmaq travelers for centuries, is now protected by a designated wilderness area.     Shelburne River Wilderness Area in Queens County, is close to six thousand acres. Environment Minister David Morse says the province is living up to its commitment to protect lands purchased from Bowater Paper Company in 2007.            The wilderness area protects the old canoe route celebrated by the popular Tent Dwellers festival last year. The new wilderness area will protect most of the lower Shelburne River, about 40 kilometres of river frontage. Upper parts of the river are within the Tobeatic Wilderness Area.