Michael Gorman is a reporter in Nova Scotia whose coverage areas include Province House, rural communities, and health care. Contact him with story ideas at email@example.com
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N.S. COVID-19 communications plan effective, but risks losing public attention, says prof
Since March, updates from the N.S. government have been provided almost exclusively by Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang via live online broadcasts. On only a handful of occasions has anyone else joined them.
Town of Yarmouth to purchase former YMCA site
Council unanimously passed a motion to buy the former YMCA site during a meeting on Thursday. The Y shut down last month in the face of insurmountable financial challenges, which were exacerbated by the COVID-19 shutdown.
Irving travel exemption should never have been approved, says Strang
Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health says he never should have approved a plan to allow three executives from Irving Shipbuilding to travel to America to meet with contractors and then return to work without having to self-isolate for 14 days.
Nova Scotia revokes travel exemption for Irving Shipbuilding execs
Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health is amending an exemption he granted several executives with Irving Shipbuilding back in June following a rash of recent concerns from employees at the Halifax shipyard.
Form now available for travellers to Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada
Premier Stephen McNeil announced the requirement for a form Monday in response to what he said were concerns the government was hearing about insufficient screening of people travelling to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic provinces.
Guysborough Memorial Hospital temporarily reducing emergency department service
Beginning Thursday, the emergency department at Guysborough Memorial Hospital will no longer be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. AT due to a shortage of doctors.
Nova Scotia premier says cars with U.S. plates won't be turned away at border
Premier Stephen McNeil says his government is looking to improve tracking and monitoring of people entering the province who are required to self-isolate, but they will not prevent entry to American vehicles.
N.S. justice minister ready to discuss the role of police in mental health calls
Earlier this week, two police chiefs in Nova Scotia expressed concerns that their officers are not properly equipped to deal with someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Justice Minister Mark Furey says now is an appropriate time to revisit the role police play in responding to mental health calls.
Nova Scotia to begin presumed consent for organ donation next January
Nova Scotia will become the first province in the country with presumed consent for human organ and tissue donation beginning early next year.
Political scientists say Nova Scotia's COVID-19 communications approach is problematic
Two Nova Scotia political scientists say Premier Stephen McNeil's restrictive approach to taking questions from reporters limits the ability to analyze the government's response to COVID-19.
COVID-19 cancels Yarmouth ferry this year
The service was originally scheduled to begin at the end of this month and was later pushed back to the middle of July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Slow return of kids to daycare leads to tense times, layoffs for some operators
Early into the reopening of daycares in Nova Scotia amid COVID-19, some sites have so few children they are struggling to remain financially viable.
COVID-19 has shown need for sustainable approach to transition houses, says advocate
With a lockdown of sorts in place, the spike in phone calls to transition houses across the province didn't arrive during the first wave of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, but transition houses found other ways to communicate with people in need.
Public health protocols could change as restrictions ease in Nova Scotia, says Strang
Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health says some people may be lulled into a false sense of security over COVID-19 as the province flattens its curve. While many people continue to follow public health directives, Dr. Robert Strang says some people aren't.
COVID-19 grounds charter flights from China
In December, Premier Stephen McNeil announced two charter flights would be coming here in the fall with as many as 271 people on each flight. The hope was those charter flights would be another step toward securing direct commercial flights between here and China.