Health and Wellness

If you’re visiting our shores, stay back from the water and off the black rocks

Via RCMP We understand the calling, and John Masefield wrote it best, “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky.” In an instant, shorelines can turn from beautiful to deadly. If you’re visiting our shores, stay back from the water and off the black rocks.   ...

Weather seems to have a real and measurable effect on our mood

**** Info via Environment Canada Are you SAD? Weather seems to have a real and measurable effect on our mood. The winter season, with fewer daylight hours and the associated lack of sun exposure, can have a profound impact on our spirit. We may start feeling what we often call the “winter blues”. When someone ...

Photos and Info – Discover the mysteries under your skin as Body Worlds Returns to the Museum of Natural History

**** Via Museum of Natural History (Unstamped photos via J. Dollard) Discover the mysteries under your skin as Body Worlds Returns to the Museum of Natural History Body Worlds Returns! The Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce that Body Worlds Vital will open on January 27, 2023. This all new exhibit is even ...

ZLINE 30-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch RG gas ranges recalled due to risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

**** Recall via Health Canada ZLINE 30-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch RG gas ranges recalled due to risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Issue The oven of the gas ranges can emit dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) while in use, posing a serious risk of injury or death from carbon monoxide poisoning. As of January 17, 2023, the ...

First responders supports Bell Let’s Talk Day

Via HRFE – HRFE supports Bell Let’s Talk Day, and our crews are talking about the importance of ending the stigma around mental health. Resources are available for those seeking help, find support or educate yourself at https://mha.nshealth.ca/en.   We also encourage anyone who needs mental health support to call the Provincial Mental Health Crisis ...

More Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Schools

**** CNS Media Release More Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Schools ——————————————————- The Province is enhancing mental health and well-being supports for staff and students in Nova Scotia schools. A new mental health and wellness grant and additional online resources provided through a $200,000 investment build on the important resources already in place. Each ...

Teach your children that in an emergency situation, to not be afraid of or try to hide from a Firefighter

Great advice via Beaver Bank – Kinsac Station 48 When its the middle of the night, and there are smoke alarms and loud noises with possibly smoke and fire, it is a very scary situation for children and even adults. When they see a firefighter dressed in what looks like a big space suit who ...

Unauthorized health products removed from sale from More to Shoppe Facebook store

**** Recall via Health Canada Unauthorized health products removed from sale from More to Shoppe Facebook store and seized from its Edson, Alberta, warehouse Issue Health Canada removed various unauthorized health products from sale from More to Shoppe, an online Facebook store, and seized them from its warehouse in Edson, Alberta. The products are labelled ...

Nova Scotia Health is announcing a number of training and retention initiatives for nurses in emergency departments (ED) across the province

**** NSHA Media Release NS Health announces training and retention initiatives for nurses in EDs   Nova Scotia Health is announcing a number of training and retention initiatives for nurses in emergency departments (ED) across the province. ​ The initiatives, which span nurses’ careers working in emergency departments, include post-secondary programs focused on emergency care for ...

Upcoming mobile primary care clinics Central Zone

**** NSHA Media Release Upcoming mobile primary care clinics Central Zone ​ Nova Scotia Health, in partnership with IWK Health and Emergency Health Services (EHS), is providing two upcoming mobile primary care clinics for the public in the Central Zone: ​ 6960 Mumford Road (near Shoppers Drug Mart) Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 9 a.m. ...

Helping Cape Bretoners, One Paw at a Time

**** NS SPCA Release Helping Cape Bretoners, One Paw at a Time PetSmart Charities of Canada™ Helps to Open Veterinary Hospital The Nova Scotia SPCA plans to help more pet owners in Cape Breton who cannot receive timely wellness appointments, due in part to the veterinary shortage all Canadians are facing. With help from PetSmart ...

Government is acting to get more Nova Scotians the emergency care they need, faster

**** CNS Media Release Actions to Improve Emergency Care ——————————————————— The government is acting to get more Nova Scotians the emergency care they need, faster. The plan to improve emergency care will ensure people with the most urgent needs receive care first. It will improve ambulance response times and offer more places for people to ...

Dartmouth General Hospital first location in Canada to use Mako SmartRoboticsTM for total hip replacement surgery.

**** NSHA Media Release Dartmouth General Hospital first location in Canada to use Mako SmartRoboticsTM for total hip replacement surgery. The first total hip replacement surgery in Canada using the Mako SmartRobotics™ System has been completed at the Fred Smithers Centre for Orthopedic Care at the Dartmouth General Hospital.   The Nova Scotia Health Innovation ...

IKEA LETTAN Mirror recalled due to injury hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada IKEA LETTAN Mirror recalled due to injury hazard Issue IKEA has identified that some of the plastic fittings, attaching the mirror to the wall, appear to be breaking, which could lead to the mirrors falling, posing an injury hazard.   As of January 10, 2023, the company has received no ...

Upcoming mobile primary care clinics for Central Zone​

**** NSHA Media Release Upcoming mobile primary care clinics for Central Zone​ ​ Nova Scotia Health, in partnership with IWK Health and Emergency Health Services (EHS), is providing two upcoming mobile primary care clinics for the public in the Central Zone: ​ 6960 Mumford Road (near Shoppers Drug Mart) Saturday, January 14, 2023, from 9 ...

BISSELL® Cordless Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vacuums recalled due to fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada BISSELL® Cordless Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vacuums recalled due to fire hazard Issue The circuit board inside the vacuum’s battery pack can overheat and smoke, posing a fire hazard.   As of December 20, 2022, the company has received 6 reports of burning smell or smoke with no reports of injuries ...

Firefighters step up for lung health as part of the 2nd annual Stair Heroes challenge

**** Stair Heroes Release Firefighters step up for lung health as part of the 2nd annual Stair Heroes challenge Nova Scotians and Islanders are invited to attend the 2nd annual stair climb challenge being hosted in Halifax on February 19th, 2023. ​ The Stair Heroes challenge, which is a partnership between the Lung Association of Nova Scotia and Prince ...

Certain LG 86-Inch Free-Standing Smart TVs and Stands Recalled Due to Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain LG 86-Inch Free-Standing Smart TVs and Stands Recalled Due to Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards Issue The free standing Smart TV can become unstable while on the assembled stand, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in injuries or death to children and others. As of January 6, ...

Giant Tiger brands Sleepwear, Men’s Sherpa Robes, Pajar Ski Pants and Men’s Ski Pants recalled due to the presence of Mold

**** Recall via Health Canada Giant Tiger brands Sleepwear, Men’s Sherpa Robes, Pajar Ski Pants and Men’s Ski Pants recalled due to the presence of Mold Issue The recalled products may contain mold. Affected products This recall involves Giant Tiger brands Sleepwear (monkey bars, Bella & Birdie, Mountain Ridge, Survival Gear, Carisma), Men’s Sherpa Robes, ...

Province Building More Long-Term Care Rooms

**** CNS Media Release Province Building More Long-Term Care Rooms The Province is adding about 600 more single long-term care rooms to help meet the needs of Nova Scotia seniors, bringing the total number of new and replacement rooms to 3,500 by 2027. “Too many seniors are in hospitals and at home waiting to get ...

NSHA have received a report from a community partner that a substance sold as yellow Xanax bars may have been tainted with fentanyl

**** NSHA Media Release DrugAlert for January 10, 2023: NSHA have received a report from a community partner that a substance sold as yellow Xanax bars may have been tainted with fentanyl in the Halifax area. The individual was told they were fake, pressed yellow Xanax bars. Individual ingested the substance and reported they experienced ...

The Amherst Police Department would like to remind parents and guardians to talk about online safety with their kids

****Via  Amherst Police The Amherst Police Department would like to remind parents and guardians to talk about online safety with their kids.   It’s very easy for someone to hide their true identity online, and your child might not be talking to who they think they’re talking to. Remind them that it’s never safe to ...

Minister’s Statement on Death of Patient

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Minister’s Statement on Death of Patient ——————————————————- NOTE: The following is a statement from Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson. ——————————————————- I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of the patient who died at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. This is a tragic loss, and my heart ...

Transport Canada Recall – Polaris Side-by-Side 

**** Recall via Transport Canada Transport Canada Recall – 2022506 – 2022722 – Polaris Side-by-Side Issue Issue: On certain side-by-side UTVs, the connection between the fuel pump assembly and the fuel tank could leak. If this happens, fuel could leak onto hot surfaces that are nearby. Safety Risk: Fuel that leaks onto a hot surface ...

Chimney Fires Can Occur At Anytime If Your Chimney Hasn’t Been Properly Cleaned And Checked For External And Internal Damage Prior To Use

**** Info via the Bedford Volunteer Firefighters Association   Chimney Fires Can Occur At Anytime If Your Chimney Hasn’t Been Properly Cleaned And Checked For External And Internal Damage Prior To Use. But Do You Know What To Look For? Chimney fires can occur at anytime if your chimney hasn’t been properly cleaned and checked ...

NSHA have received a report from a community partner indicating a substance sold as a hallucinogenic resulted in symptoms similar to an opioid drug poisoning in the HRM area on January 4, 2023

**** NSHA Media Release Drug Alert – January 6, 2023: NSHA have received a report from a community partner indicating a substance sold as a hallucinogenic resulted in symptoms similar to an opioid drug poisoning in the HRM area on January 4, 2023. Within 2-3 minutes of using the drug, the individuals experienced being drowsy ...

Certain lots of Bed Head TIGI, Dove and Tresemmé Dry Shampoo products recalled due to detection of benzene

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain lots of Bed Head TIGI, Dove and Tresemmé Dry Shampoo products recalled due to detection of benzene Issue Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of ...

Nova Scotia Health and community partners are notifying the public of two Drug Alerts for the HRM and West Hants, Windsor areas

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health and community partners are notifying the public of two Drug Alerts for the HRM and West Hants, Windsor areas We have received a report from a community partner indicating that a supply of cocaine used by four individuals in the HRM area on January 2, 2023 was found ...

Rebate Increase for Mastectomy Prostheses

**** HEALTH / WELLNESS Media Release   Rebate Increase for Mastectomy Prostheses ——————————————————- Nova Scotia residents who have received a cancer-related mastectomy or lumpectomy will now get more help with the cost of mastectomy prostheses. An alternative to breast reconstruction, these prostheses support balance and good posture, and help to prevent back and neck problems ...

Cats can experience dental health issues that can impact their overall health

Via Russell Lake Animal Hospital Cats can experience dental health issues that can impact their overall health One of the common issues is called tooth resorption. More than half of all cats older than three years old will have at least one tooth affected by resorption. (Not as common in dogs) Tooth resorptions are usually ...

Upcoming Cold Dip dipping

Upcoming Cold Dip dipping DIPS- all are welcome! Tues, Jan 3 @ Dingle 7:30am Wed, Jan 4 @ Albro Lake Beach 4:30pm Thurs, Jan 5 @ Birch Cove Beach (Dartmouth) 7:30am ...

Healthcare Workers Coming to Nova Scotia from Kenya

**** HEALTH / WELLNESS Media Release Healthcare Workers Coming to Nova Scotia from Kenya ——————————————————- More continuing care assistants will soon be moving to Nova Scotia to work, the result of a recent recruiting trip to Kenya. Sixty-five continuing care assistants have received conditional job offers. “One of the biggest challenges we face is finding ...

Sanders brand Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels recalled due to pieces of plastic

**** Recall via Health Canada Sanders brand Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels recalled due to pieces of plastic Issue Sanders brand Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels recalled due to pieces of plastic. The recalled product has been sold in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Affected products Brand Product Size Codes ...

An EHS operations kit went missing from a scene at approximately 3am in Lower Sackville on January 2, 2023

**** EHS Release Please be advised that an EHS operations kit went missing from a scene at approximately 3am in Lower Sackville on January 2, 2023. This kit contains medication that can be harmful if used by someone who is not a trained health-care professional. If someone finds this kit bag (pictured), they should call ...

There is an immediate need for donors in Halifax!

Via Canadian Blood Services There is an immediate need for donors in Halifax! Help fill over 350 appointments before January 15 https://myaccount.blood.ca/en/donate/select-time?apt-cap=5&apt-typ=Whole+Blood&apt-sdf=2022-12-28&apt-sdt=2023-03-27&apt-dis=50&apt-slc=Halifax%2C+Nova+Scotia%2C+Canada&apt-sdc=2023-01-01&apt-lid=33024&apt-dte=2023-01-14&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-hootsuite&utm_campaign=atl-wb&utm_content=NS_Halifax_Jan&fbclid=IwAR3hFYzcybtGyCp6DGQOVporjtkIoFKsIRTVTINDm-iV04s48R8UrO5iU0M ...

As we continue to celebrate the holiday season, Halifax Regional Police is sharing some tips to help you protect your home and property

**** HRP Media Release Holiday safety tips ​ As we continue to celebrate the holiday season, Halifax Regional Police is sharing some tips to help you protect your home and property. ​ If you’re heading out, remember to lock all doors and windows. Consider leaving lights and a television on, or put them on a ...

24/7 response continues through the holidays for those who have experienced sexual assault or need to access mental health and addictions services​

**** NSHA Media Release 24/7 response continues through the holidays for those who have experienced sexual assault or need to access mental health and addictions services​   The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program continues to provide response over the holidays, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for those who have experienced sexual ...

(Cancelled) Cold Play NS – January 2023 Calendar SAVE THE DATE!

Via Cold Play NS Update – Cancelled January 2023 Calendar SAVE THE DATE! (If Chocolate Lake is frozen over Jan 14, we will move the dip to the Dingle) Repost We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for you! ** Release https://waterfrontmediahfx.the902hxir.ca/40506-2 ...

Update via Cold Play NS – December 24th dip

Update via Cold Play NS Hello everyone! To keep us safe we decided to move Dec 24th dip to Chocolate Lake. Meet at beach. Easy to find. All pathways lead to the beach after you park in parking lot. There is also a side street you can park on if lot is full. . . ...

ODGER Swivel Chair recalled due to fall hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada ODGER Swivel Chair recalled due to fall hazard Issue The star-shaped support base of the chair may unexpectedly detach, posing a fall and injury hazard.   As of December 19, 2022, the company has received no reports of incidents in Canada.  Worldwide, the company has received 19 reports of the ...

New Orientation Program to Welcome 140 Doctors

**** CNS Media Release New Orientation Program to Welcome 140 Doctors ——————————————————- A new orientation program that will help welcome and settle 140 doctors trained outside of Canada over the next three years will soon launch in Nova Scotia. “We need more healthcare providers, and we are working hard to welcome those who have trained ...

Mobile and Virtual care options increasing access to health care for Nova Scotians

**** NSHA Media Release Mobile and Virtual care options increasing access to health care for Nova Scotians   Nova Scotia Health is providing Nova Scotians with increased ways to access care. The Mobile Primary Care Clinics and VirtualCareNS are two innovative models of care that have implemented quickly in response to the need for primary ...

Nova Scotia Health reminding visitors of what to expect over the holidays

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health reminding visitors of what to expect over the holiday With the holiday season upon us, Nova Scotia Health is anticipating an increase in people looking to visit their loved ones in our facilities. With COVID-19 still active in our communities, along with other respiratory viruses, like influenza and ...

The national inventory of several blood types is far below optimal

Via Canadian Blood Services The national inventory of several blood types is far below optimal Winter cold and flu season is upon us, our cancellation rates have jumped significantly, and we’re heading into the toughest weeks to collect blood and blood products. Winter storms could further impact collections, and more than 25,000 open appointments must ...

Public Health investigating two cases of meningococcal disease at Dalhousie University

**** NSHA Media Release Public Health investigating two cases of meningococcal disease at Dalhousie University   Public Health is investigating two cases of meningococcal disease in Halifax. Both individuals were students at Dalhousie University, living in the same Shirreff Hall residence. One individual is recovering in hospital, while unfortunately the other student has died. Today ...

Crate and Kids Thornhill Crib recalled due to potential fall and entrapment hazards

**** Recall via Health Canada Crate and Kids Thornhill Crib recalled due to potential fall and entrapment hazards Issue The mattress support pins do not fit in the holes properly on all levels of the mattress support causing the potential for a fall and entrapment hazards.   As of December 12, 2022, the company has ...

Major Healthcare Expansion Includes More Services in More Locations

**** HEALTH / WELLNESS Media Release Major Healthcare Expansion Includes More Services in More Locations ———————————————————- More beds, more operating rooms and two new and larger emergency departments are among the elements of More, Faster: The Action for Health Build, a comprehensive plan for improving healthcare services for Nova Scotians. “Our healthcare professionals deserve modern ...

All ATV/OHV riders should do their part to help protect themselves, other people and the environment

**** RCMP Media Release All ATV/OHV riders should do their part to help protect themselves, other people and the environment We’re encouraging riders to review the Nova Scotia Off-highway Vehicles Act and Regulations. An easy-to-read handbook is available: https://bit.ly/3dPBWQk Those who violate the Off-highway Vehicles Act could face a penalty of $200-$2,000 for a first ...

Upcoming Cold Play NS dip!

Upcoming Cold Play NS dip! See pics for details Repost (Health) We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for you! ** Release We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for you! . . . ...

Province Expands Home Heating Program, Supports Vulnerable Nova Scotians

**** CNS Media Release Province Expands Home Heating Program, Supports Vulnerable Nova Scotians ——————————————————- The Province is providing more help to Nova Scotians struggling with the rising cost of living. As part of a $100-million effort to help low- and middle-income Nova Scotians with home heating, more people than ever before will be eligible for ...

Zoli binki T. Pacifier + Teether Recalled Due to Choking Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Zoli binki T. Pacifier + Teether Recalled Due to Choking Hazard Issue Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program has determined that the pacifier handle can detach, releasing small parts that may pose a choking hazard to young children. For tips on safe pacifier use, see Health Canada’s web page Is Your ...

Free Heat Pumps for Low-Income Households, More Support for Others

**** CNS Media Release Free Heat Pumps for Low-Income Households, More Support for Others ——————————————————- Low-income Nova Scotians will get free heat pumps and other home upgrades thanks to a $140-million provincial investment in energy efficiency programs over four years. The funding will help all Nova Scotians move away from oil heat faster, with extra ...

12 Holiday Fire Safety Tips via the HRFE

Via HRFE 12 Holiday Fire Safety Tips via the HRFE . . . . . . . . . . .       ...

Westinghouse branded Current Taps with Surge Protector recalled due to Fire Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Westinghouse branded Current Taps with Surge Protector recalled due to Fire Hazard Issue The accredited certification body issued a public notice after receiving a consumer incident and identifying a risk of electrical shock.  An electric short will develop when this product is connected to a wall outlet with a two-line feed, ...

With the holiday season in full swing, Nova Scotians are urged to keep safety top-of-mind

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP urges Nova Scotians to keep safety top-of-mind over the holidays With the holiday season in full swing, Nova Scotians are urged to keep safety top-of-mind. “Unfortunately, we see a spike in some types of crime this time of year,” says Cpl. Chris Marshall of the Nova Scotia RCMP. “With the ...

Transport Canada Recall – Polaris ATV

**** Transport Canada Release Transport Canada Recall – Polaris AT Issue Issue: On certain ATVs, a wiring harness may not have been assembled properly. As a result, a wire to the voltage regulator could contact a brake line or the vehicle frame and cause a short circuit. This could also result in a loss of ...

VirtualCareNS Appointments Available on Sunday

**** NSHA Media Release VirtualCareNS Appointments Available on Sunday Family doctors and nurse practitioners will be providing a limited number of online appointments between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022 for people on the Need a Family Practice Registry. ​ VirtualCareNS is a popular option to access care for Nova Scotians who currently ...

Shorter Wait Times for Eye Surgeries / Primary care pop-up clinic at Dartmouth General Hospital this weekend

**** CNS Media Release Shorter Wait Times for Eye Surgeries ————————————————————– More Nova Scotians will get their eye surgeries sooner thanks to an expanded partnership between Nova Scotia Health and Halifax Vision Surgical Centre. Under a new agreement, the centre will perform up to 6,000 cataract surgeries next year, an increase of about 3,700 from ...

Upcoming dip via Cold Play NS

Upcoming dip via Cold Play NS. See pics for details. Repost We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for you! ** Release We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for you! ...

Scotch™ Thermal Laminator TL1302 recalled due to potential fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Scotch™ Thermal Laminator TL1302 recalled due to potential fire hazard Issue A safety feature may not operate correctly to turn off power if the product enters an overheating state due to a thermal malfunction, posing a potential fire hazard. As of November 4, 2022, the company has received no reports of ...

New Investments Support Caregivers in Long-Term Care Facilities, At Home

**** SENIORS/LONG-TERM Care Release New Investments Support Caregivers in Long-Term Care Facilities, At Home ——————————————————– NOTE: A list of the new investments follows this release. ——————————————————– Long-term care facilities and home-care agencies will receive increased funding to help ensure ongoing, responsive care for seniors and other Nova Scotians relying on their services. The Province is ...

DYK? There is a Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Hotline

Via RCMP DYK? There is a Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Hotline, 902-449-2425, which is monitored 24/7 by a police officer. If you have concerns or would like to provide information to the police about suspected human trafficking, call the hotline today. ...

New Endoscopy Room Open at Dartmouth General Hospital

**** HEALTH / WELLNESS Media Release New Endoscopy Room Open at Dartmouth General Hospital More Nova Scotians are receiving potentially life-saving cancer screening and treatment with the opening of a new endoscopy room at Dartmouth General Hospital. It is the third endoscopy room at the hospital and allows about 125 more people each month to ...

The Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting residents to register for the Eastern Shore Lifeguard Training Program.

**** HRM Media Release Registration opens for Eastern Shore Lifeguard Training Program The Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting residents to register for the Eastern Shore Lifeguard Training Program. This free program will provide residents of the Eastern Shore with free transportation to training facilities from central community pick-up locations in the Eastern Shore area. This ...

New Online Program Helps People Manage Depression, Anxiety

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release New Online Program Helps People Manage Depression, Anxiety ——————————————————- Nova Scotians with mild to moderate depression or anxiety can now get free online coaching and skills development to help them cope. The Province has expanded an agreement with Tranquility, a program that helps people experiencing depression and anxiety better understand their ...

IKEA is recalling METALLISK espresso maker for cooktop 0.4L

**** Recall via Ikea IKEA is recalling METALLISK espresso maker for cooktop 0.4L   IKEA urges all customers who own METALLISK espresso maker for cooktop 0.4L with the stainless-steel safety valve, date stamps between 2040 and 2204 (yyww), to stop using it and to contact IKEA for a full refund. Safety is a top priority ...

H for Happy™ 50- Count LED Basic Christmas String Lights in White recalled due to electric shock hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada H for Happy™ 50- Count LED Basic Christmas String Lights in White recalled due to electric shock hazard Issue Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program has determined that the decorative lighting strings may pose an electric shock hazard to consumers.   As of November 29, 2022, the company has received ...

Emergency Overnight Winter Shelter in Lower Sackville

**** CNS Media Release Emergency Overnight Winter Shelter in Lower Sackville ——————————————————- The Province will contribute $378,000 to support a new emergency shelter in Lower Sackville this winter to serve people experiencing homelessness. The shelter at St. Elizabeth Seton Church will open early this month and provide 20 beds for all genders. It will operate ...

Christmas time decorating creates tempting unsafe use of extension cords & power bars

Via Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia Christmas time decorating creates tempting unsafe use of extension cords & power bars Never use indoor extension cords outdoors. Don’t plug multiple cords together. Don’t run extension cords under rugs or furniture. Never tape extension cords to floors or attach them to surfaces with staples or nails. ...

My First Words cube by Placote recalled due to chemical hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada My First Words cube by Placote recalled due to chemical hazard Issue The recalled product may contain lead above the regulatory limits.   Under the Toys Regulations of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, it is illegal to import, advertise or sell toys that contains more than 90 mg/kg total lead.   Lead ...

Cold Play NS December dip scheduled 

Cold Play NS December dip scheduled  Dozens dipped at the Dingle earlier today, ranging from new to the growing trend to veterans. December will continue to be a busy dip month as the weather cools off. Repost (Health) We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for ...

(Update) Advisory – Comfort centrer and safety for ongoing fire in Goodwood

**** HRM Media Release UPDATE – The fire at 21 Mills Dr, Goodwood, is ongoing. Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency remains on scene and fire operations continue. Smoke conditions and air quality have greatly improved so Prospect Road has reopened. Residents can return to their homes and the comfort centre is closed.   Due to ...

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Via HRP – Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Let’s raise awareness & start conversations to end violence. Need support? Get help today: bit.ly/HRPVictimServices ...

PatientTrak provides faster access to information for Nova Scotia emergency department teams

**** NSHA Media Release PatientTrak provides faster access to information for Nova Scotia emergency department teams Emergency departments at Nova Scotia’s eight regional hospitals and IWK Health now have digital dashboards, making it easier and faster to provide care to patients. New software called PatientTrak provides clinical teams with an overview of the number of ...

New Emergency Overnight Winter Shelter in Dartmouth

**** CNS Media Release New Emergency Overnight Winter Shelter in Dartmouth ——————————————————– The Province will provide funding for another emergency shelter in Halifax Regional Municipality this winter to help people experiencing homelessness. In partnership with Christ Church and 902 Man Up, the Dartmouth shelter will open in early December, providing 20 beds for men and ...

Donor support allows QEII Health Sciences Centre to become first in Atlantic Canada to make real-time use of MR Fusion biopsy technology for more precise detection of prostate cancer

**** NSHA Media Release Donor support allows QEII Health Sciences Centre to become first in Atlantic Canada to make real-time use of MR Fusion biopsy technology for more precise detection of prostate cancer   Nova Scotia Health’s QEII Health Sciences Centre made history again this fall, becoming the first hospital in Atlantic Canada to use ...

Indigo Branded Papa Bear and Mama Bear Mugs Recalled due to Burn and Laceration Hazards

**** Recall via Health Canada Indigo Branded Papa Bear and Mama Bear Mugs Recalled due to Burn and Laceration Hazards Issue Mugs may crack or break when filled with hot liquid, posing a burn and laceration hazards to users. As of September 27, 2022, the company has received eight incident reports in Canada of the mug cracking while ...

Cold Play NS – See you all for our next dip on Sunday!!!

Via Cold Play NS See you all for our next dip on Sunday!!! The first 10 mins will be dedicated to the seasoned dippers giving tips and tricks to the newbies for moving into cold weather dipping. Always good to learn from each other to stay safe and happy.  (see pics for details) . . ...

Tips from IWK Pharmacy to help navigate current liquid medication shortages

**** IWK Health Release Tips from IWK Pharmacy to help navigate current liquid medication shortages It is currently difficult for parents to access liquid products for the treatment of pain and fever. The IWK would like to reassure our patients and families that your pharmacist is always available to advise on medication alternatives and ensure ...

Doctors to Help with Doctor Recruitment

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Doctors to Help with Doctor Recruitment ————————————————————- Doctors already living and working in the province will now play a lead role in convincing other doctors to practice in Nova Scotia. Six doctors will serve as MD recruitment leads, participating in site visits and meeting with potential candidates to share their experiences ...

Your donation can impact the recipient, their family, community, even the entire country

Via Canadian Blood Services Your donation can impact the recipient, their family, community, even the entire country. Donate and make all the difference. Link – https://www.blood.ca/en?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-paid&utm_campaign=national-multi&utm_content=CONSIDstatic&fbclid=IwAR2LrCpEtmZIxvcJ1Nkg6UqvJu8s6YRPBlfqHfPzdeIbclMs4h1i7yB5iAc ...

Expanded outpatient services at Cobequid Community Health Centre

**** NSHA Media Release Expanded outpatient services at Cobequid Community Health Centre Nova Scotia Health is pleased to announce it is expanding hours for some outpatient services at Cobequid Community Health Centre in Lower Sackville to Saturdays, beginning on November 26, 2022. ​ Patients with appointments will be served in diagnostic imaging, blood collection and ...

HyperJuice 130W USB-C Battery Pack recalled due to Fire Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada HyperJuice 130W USB-C Battery Pack recalled due to Fire Hazard                   Issue The battery packs can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.   As of November 15, 2022, the company has received 2 reports of the unit overheating in the United ...

Nova Scotia Health expands trial of automated reminder calls to help prevent no-shows & more efficiently use diagnostic imaging resources​

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health expands trial of automated reminder calls to help prevent no-shows & more efficiently use diagnostic imaging resources​   Diagnostic Imaging departments across Cape Breton are expanding the trial of automated appointment reminder calls to help prevent no-shows, a common and costly problem that extends wait times. Last year ...

Cold Play NS – SUNSET DIP SATURDAY

Info via Cold Play NS SUNSET DIP SATURDAY The group dip scheduled for Saturday will be at Rainbow Haven at 4:30pm! Keep in mind the gate is closed, so meet on the beach nearest the first boardwalk. Repost (Health) We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good ...

Urgent! Donations requested. Three families lost everything in a Housefire this morning on McKays Lane

Please help This post has been made by Barbara Adams after an early morning fire destroyed a duplex in Eastern Passage. “Urgent! Donations requested. Three families lost everything in a Housefire this morning on McKays Lane. Thankfully, the 3 adults, two-year-old boy and 15-year-old male teen are OK. Anyone wishing to drop off gift cards ...

Municipality seeking input on Public Safety Strategy

**** HRM Media Release Municipality seeking input on Public Safety Strategy   The Halifax Regional Municipality’s Public Safety Office is inviting residents to provide input on the new three-year Public Safety Strategy. The draft Strategy, which outlines public safety priorities and activities for 2023-2026 has been developed based on consultations and recommendations from several strategic ...

More Funding to Support Healthcare Recruitment and Retention

**** HEALTH /WELLNESS Media Release More Funding to Support Healthcare Recruitment and Retention ———————————————————- Community groups and municipalities can now apply for up to $100,000 for projects to help recruit and retain healthcare professionals in Nova Scotia. “We know that healthcare recruitment is most successful when people who live and work in the community are ...

Update: Generac and DR Portable Generators Recalled due to Finger Amputation and Crush Hazards

**** Recall via Health Canada Update: Generac and DR Portable Generators Recalled due to Finger Amputation and Crush Hazards Issue The folding handle on the side of the generators can pinch the user’s fingers, posing an amputation and crush hazard, unless the locking pin has been properly inserted to secure the handle in place before ...

A cold dip is coming up with Cold Play NS

A cold dip is coming up with Cold Play NS. Check out the images for more information Repost (Health) We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for you! ** Release We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good ...

Nova Scotia Joins National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence

**** CNS Media Release STATUS OF WOMEN–Nova Scotia Joins National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence ——————————————————– Gender-based violence is a complex issue that can happen in any relationship, and it continues to be a significant barrier to achieving gender equality in Canada. Today, November 9, Nova Scotia joined the Government of Canada and other ...

Public Health investigating death of person due to meningococcal disease

**** NSHA Media Release Public Health investigating death of person due to meningococcal disease ​ Public Health is investigating a suspected case of meningococcal meningitis in the Western Zone of Nova Scotia. The person, who attended Saint Mary’s University, passed away in hospital this weekend. Public Health has already identified and been in contact with ...

Overcrowding at QEII Health Sciences Centre November 8, 2022

**** NSHA Media Release Overcrowding at QEII Health Sciences Centre November 8, 2022 ​​ The QEII Health Sciences Centre is experiencing serious overcapacity. This may result in long waits for patients in the Halifax Infirmary emergency department. We appreciate your continued patience. These conditions are likely to continue through the long weekend. Please do not ...

Global medical isotope shortage affecting nuclear medicine services

**** NSHA Media Release Global medical isotope shortage affecting nuclear medicine services Nova Scotia Health has been alerted to a worldwide medical isotope shortage due to a technical problem with a reactor in Europe. Medical isotopes are used to support many nuclear medicine departments across the province. In nuclear medicine, a very small, safe amount ...

More Housing in Dartmouth, Stellarton for Community College Students

**** CNS Media Release More Housing in Dartmouth, Stellarton for Community College Students ——————————————————- Construction is underway at NSCC’s Akerley campus in Dartmouth and the Pictou campus in Stellarton. Those facilities are expected to open in September 2024, while construction at the Ivany campus in Dartmouth is set to begin with an expected opening in ...

When residents turn their clocks back an hour, they should also change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

**** HRFE Release Reset your clocks, change your batteries Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) wishes to remind residents to ‘fall back’ tomorrow before heading to bed. When residents turn their clocks back an hour, they should also change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Also, residents are reminded to check the ...

When you turn your clocks back this weekend, don’t forget to test your smoke alarms and change the batteries

Via HRFE – It’s time! When you turn your clocks back this weekend, don’t forget to test your smoke alarms and change the batteries ...

Future Motion recalls footpads for Onewheel GT Electric Skateboards due to bystander injury hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Future Motion recalls footpads for Onewheel GT Electric Skateboards due to bystander injury hazard Issue The footpad can fail to disengage after the rider has dismounted while the board is in motion and the skateboard can unexpectedly continue to operate, posing an injury hazard to bystanders.   As of October ...

Hey Dipping fam jam! It’s our 1st Birthday this weekend!

**** Cold Dip NS Release Hey Dipping fam jam! It’s our 1st Birthday this weekend! Come join us for a dip and some cake! Feel free to bring something to the party if inspired! See you Saturday Nov 5th at 10am at MacCormack’s Beach in Eastern Passage HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!! (Health) Dipping at the ...

Unlicensed ozone saunas may pose serious health risks to users and anyone in close proximity

**** Info via Health Canada Unlicensed ozone saunas may pose serious health risks to users and anyone in close proximity Issue Health Canada is warning that ozone saunas may pose serious health risks to users and to anyone in close proximity. In Canada, ozone saunas require a medical device licence from Health Canada to be ...

Halifax Infirmary Opens New, Specialized Operating Room

**** HEALTH /WELLNESS Media Release Halifax Infirmary Opens New, Specialized Operating Room ——————————————————— ——————————————————— A unique type of operating room that includes advanced diagnostic imaging equipment is now in use at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The hybrid operating room, the first in Atlantic Canada, allows patients having cardiac or ...

Emergency Health Services Adds Nurses to 911 Team

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Emergency Health Services Adds Nurses to 911 Team ————————————————– Emergency Health Services (EHS) is adding more resources to its medical communications centre to manage non-life-threatening calls so paramedics can focus on emergencies. Starting in November, a registered nurse will join the clinical support paramedic and physician at the centre to give ...

BoxHot Glow Sticks Battery recalled due to fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada BoxHot Glow Sticks Battery recalled due to fire hazard Issue The Glow Sticks Battery can overheat while charging, posing burn and fire hazards.   As of October 17, 2022, the company has received 4 reports of the batteries overheating during charging, resulting in minor property damage with no injuries reported in ...

Amazon Basics High Back Executive Desk Chairs recalled due to Fall Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Amazon Basics High Back Executive Desk Chairs recalled due to Fall Hazard   Issue The legs of the chairs can break, posing a fall hazard.   As of October 7, 2022, the company has received 42 reports of incidents related to chair breakage in Canada, including 2 reports of falls ...

Pine-Sol® Scented Multi-Surface Cleaners recalled due to Risk of Exposure to Bacteria

**** Recall via Health Canada Pine-Sol® Scented Multi-Surface Cleaners recalled due to Risk of Exposure to Bacteria                     Issue The recalled products may contain bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an environmental organism found widely in soil and water. People with weakened immune systems or external medical devices ...

The Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding everyone to stay in good spirits as youngsters take to the streets

**** RCMP Media Release Plan ahead for a safe Halloween With just five more sleeps until Halloween night, ghosts and goblins are planning their devilish routes. So, the Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding everyone to stay in good spirits as youngsters take to the streets. Whether you’re planning to collect treats at a few neighbours’ ...

Who’s ready to get spooky during our next weekend dip?!!

Via Cold Play NS Who’s ready to get spooky during our next weekend dip?!!! Let’s have some fun with this! Can’t wait 💀🎃👻👹😇 Repost (Health) We spoke to Jule about Cole Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for you! ** Release We spoke to Jule about Cole Play NS about what ...

Chimney Fires Can Occur At Anytime If Your Chimney Hasn’t Been Properly Cleaned And Checked For External And Internal Damage Prior To Winter

**** Info via the Bedford Volunteer Firefighters Association Chimney Fires Can Occur At Anytime If Your Chimney Hasn’t Been Properly Cleaned And Checked For External And Internal Damage Prior To Winter Use. But Do You Know What To Look For? Chimney fires can occur at anytime if your chimney hasn’t been properly cleaned and checked ...

RCMP officers across the province have been attending an increasing number of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) collisions

**** RCMP Media Release Nova Scotia RCMP asks off-highway vehicle users to keep safety top-of-mind RCMP officers across the province have been attending an increasing number of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) collisions. “Every year, the RCMP responds to numerous fatal and serious injury collisions involving ATVs,” says S/Sgt. Ben Parry of the Nova Scotia RCMP’s Traffic ...

UNREAL brand dark chocolate coconut minis recalled due to Salmonella

**** Recall via Health Canada UNREAL brand dark chocolate coconut minis recalled due to Salmonella Issue The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled product has been sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Affected products Brand Product Size ...

Another cold dip coming up

**** Via Cold Play Another cold dip coming up. See pics for details . . . . Repost We spoke to Jule about Cole Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for you! ** Release We spoke to Jule about Cole Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for ...

The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre Launches a New Grant Program to Increase Community Support for Sexual Misconduct Survivors

**** DND Media Release The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre Launches a New Grant Program to Increase Community Support for Sexual Misconduct Survivors Improving access to support services across Canada for those who have been affected by sexual misconduct within the Defence community is a top priority for the Department of National Defence (DND) and the ...

Nova Scotia Health Trauma Program launches new QEII Inpatient Trauma Consult Service

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health Trauma Program launches new QEII Inpatient Trauma Consult Service ​ The Nova Scotia Health Trauma Program launched its new QEII Inpatient Trauma Consult Service on October 17 to facilitate dedicated, daily care for all major trauma patients in the province after admission to the QEII.   The trauma ...

We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for you!

We spoke to Jule about Cold Play NS about what it’s about and why it’s good for you! (Q) Who are you and what is your group? Jule Shanks, the group is called “Cold Play NS” -the fbk group was started by myself in Nov 2021 in the hopes of building a community, now we ...

Loblaw hits the brakes on food inflation by freezing prices on 1,500 no name® products

**** Loblaws Media Release Loblaw hits the brakes on food inflation by freezing prices on 1,500 no name® products Loblaw Companies Ltd (TSX: L; “Loblaw”) announced a price freeze on more than 1,500 no name brand items, in an effort provide grocery-bill predictability to Canadians facing the highest food inflation in decades. With a range of grocery ...

Applications Open for Heating Assistance Rebate Program

**** Service NS Release Applications Open for Heating Assistance Rebate Program —————————————————————- Help with home heating costs is now available for Nova Scotians living on low incomes. Applications for the Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) open today, October 17, for the 2022-23 heating season. The annual program provides a rebate of up to $200 to ...

Water testing resumes at Nova Scotia Health facilities

**** NSHA Media Release Water testing resumes at Nova Scotia Health facilities ​ The Environmental Services Laboratory at the QEII Health Sciences Centre will resume accepting water samples for chemical testing from municipal, registered, and private water supply owners, starting Monday, Oct. 17. The water testing service was temporarily suspended due to a reagent/chemical supply ...

Amendments to the Labour Standards Code will ensure an employee who experiences the end of a pregnancy can take a protected leave from work

**** CNS Media Release Amendments Create Leave for People Experiencing End of Pregnancy —————————————————————- Amendments to the Labour Standards Code introduced today, October 14, will ensure an employee who experiences the end of a pregnancy can take a protected leave from work. The term “end of pregnancy” is defined as a pregnancy that does not ...

Amherst police chief Dwayne Pike wants to remind folks that being homeless is not a crime. 

**** Amherst Police Release Amherst police chief Dwayne Pike wants to remind folks that being homeless is not a crime.  Homelessness is not a crime says Amherst police chief People need to remember that “homelessness is not a crime,” says Amherst Police Chief Dwayne Pike. “We also need to understand and guard ourselves against the ...

Support for Emergency Services Providers

**** CNS Media Release Support for Emergency Services Providers ———————————————————- ————————————————————– The Province is investing more than $1 million to help first responder organizations purchase safety equipment needed to help and protect people and communities. “Our volunteer first responders have an essential role in the safety of our communities, and I thank them for their ...

Nova Scotia Health is experiencing high patient volumes this week at hospitals in all zones

**** NSHA Media Release Overcrowding at Nova Scotia Health hospitals this week ​ Nova Scotia Health is experiencing high patient volumes this week at hospitals in all zones. Patient waits in emergency departments may be long. We appreciate your continued patience. Please do not hesitate to visit the emergency department if you are experiencing an ...

Construction of IWK Health’s new pediatric emergency department is underway

**** HEALTH / WELLNESS Media Release Construction of New IWK Emergency Department Underway Construction of IWK Health’s new pediatric emergency department is underway. The project will create a larger, more modern emergency department that will enable the IWK to continue delivering high standards of care for patients and families from across the Maritimes, while providing ...

Nova Scotia Launches Provincewide Mental Health and Addictions Peer Support Line

**** CNS Media Release Nova Scotia Launches Provincewide Mental Health and Addictions Peer Support Line —————————————————————- Nova Scotians dealing with mental health and substance use concerns will soon be able to call a toll-free line to talk to people who have overcome similar challenges. Beginning Wednesday, October 12, Nova Scotians with mild mental health or ...

As with every long weekend, we want to wish you all a safe Thanksgiving

As with every long weekend, we want to wish you all a safe Thanksgiving.   Please do not drive impaired if you are travelling and pre adjust your belts before supper. Take care everyone! ...

Mental Health Day Focuses on Providing Supports

**** CNS Media Release Mental Health Day Focuses on Providing Supports ————————————————————- Monday, October 10, is World Mental Health Day, a day for Nova Scotians to reflect on their own mental health and the mental health of others. “World Mental Health Day is an important time to raise awareness and have meaningful conversations, but we ...

Certain Circle K / Couche Tard brand Sandwiches recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain Circle K / Couche Tard brand Sandwiches recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes Issue The affected products are being recalled from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled products have been sold in Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories. Product Size UPC ...

Children’s ibuprofen/acetaminophen shortage: What you should know and do

**** Health Canada Release Children’s ibuprofen/acetaminophen shortage: What you should know and do Affected products Pediatric/infant and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen products produced by various manufacturers. Issue Since earlier this year, supplies of various formats of non-prescription pediatric/infant and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen products have been limited in retail and pharmacy locations and hospitals across ...

Optimus Gemini 2-Burner Gas Stove recalled due to Fire Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Optimus Gemini 2-Burner Gas Stove recalled due to Fire Hazard Issue The recalled stove’s gas regulator can have a tear in the seal causing a gas leak, posing a fire hazard. Affected products This recall involves Optimus Gemini 2-Burner Gas Stove, used for outdoor living. The stoves are black metal with ...

Fire Prevention Week is October 9 – 15, 2022

**** HRFE Release Fire Prevention Week is October 9 – 15, 2022 This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires. Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as ...

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire

**** Info via Bedford Volunteer Firefighters Association The Origin of Fire Prevention Week The Historical Origin of Fire Prevention Week Commemorating a conflagration Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more ...

Support for Community Projects to Help Older Nova Scotians Stay Active

**** CNS Media Release Support for Community Projects to Help Older Nova Scotians Stay Active ————————————————————- Community groups are encouraged to create new projects to help Nova Scotia seniors be active and involved in their communities. Funding for projects is available through the annual Age-Friendly Communities Grant program, which is now open for applications. “Seniors ...

Inverness County District RCMP respond to drowning in Margaree River

**** RCMP Media Release Inverness County District RCMP respond to drowning in Margaree River On October 4, 2022, at approximately 5:45 p.m., Inverness County District RCMP, fire and EHS responded to a report of two men in distress in the Margaree River, near Margaree Forks. Upon arrival, RCMP officers learned that the Margaree Forks Volunteer ...

Online safety for children and youth

**** HRP Media Release Online safety for children and youth What are the risks of interacting online? Cyberbullying and harassment. Physical harm: the Internet, including email, social media sites, chat areas, bulletin boards and messaging can be used to gain a person’s confidence, particularly that of a child or youth, and then arrange a face-to-face meeting. ...

Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health seeking input for Accessibility Action Plan

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health seeking input for Accessibility Action Plan   Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health are seeking public input as part of the preliminary consultation to develop a shared Accessibility Action Plan by spring 2023. Do you have suggestions to improve accessibility for a disabled person in ...

Seniors Week Focuses on Safety Following Hurricane Fiona

**** CNS Media Release Seniors Week Focuses on Safety Following Hurricane Fiona —————————————————————- October 1 to 8 is Seniors Week in Nova Scotia, a chance to celebrate seniors and highlight their community contributions. In the wake of hurricane Fiona, Nova Scotians are asked to check in on older Nova Scotians as cleanup continues. “We know ...

Increased HIV cases in Nova Scotia

**** NSHA Media Release Increased HIV cases in Nova Scotia   Public Health and its clinical partners have observed an increase in people newly diagnosed with HIV in Nova Scotia. Normally, Public Health expects to see approximately 15-20 new cases of HIV in Nova Scotia during an entire year. This year, by the end of ...

Nova Scotia Health launching mental health and addictions Text4Support research study

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health launching mental health and addictions Text4Support research study Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program, in collaboration with Nova Scotia Health Innovation HUB and the QEII Foundation, have launched a research study on supportive text messages for mental health and addictions clients aged 18 and up accessing ...

Comfort centres open – Friday, September 30, 8 a.m.

**** HRM Media Release Comfort centres open – Friday, September 30, 8 a.m. ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that comfort centres will be open on Friday, September 30 at the following locations:​ Moser River Community Hall, 28975 Highway 7, Moser River | 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mushaboom Fire Hall, 22 Powers Road, ...

Comfort centre open – Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 a.m.

**** HRM Media Release Comfort centre open – Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 a.m. ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that a comfort centre will be open today, Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Findlay Community Centre (26 Elliot Street, Dartmouth) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ​ The status of comfort centres continues to be ...

Nova Scotia Health launches mobile primary care service​ ​

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health launches mobile primary care service​ ​ ​ ​ Nova Scotia Health is launching a mobile primary care clinic in partnership with EHS and local communities. Its first location is in Sydney on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Seventh Exchange, (Churchill Drive Extension, Kenekala Court, Membertou, Exit 7A off of Highway 125) ...

Province Supports New Emergency Shelter in HRM

**** CNS Media Release Province Supports New Emergency Shelter in HRM ———————————————————– The Province will provide funding for an emergency shelter this winter in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) to ensure people experiencing homelessness have a safe, warm place to stay. “We know that people experiencing homelessness deserve a dignified place to shelter in the colder ...

Comfort centres open – Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 a.m.

**** HRM Media Release Comfort centres open – Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 a.m. ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents the following comfort centres are open:​ Moser River Community Hall, 28975 Highway 7 |​ 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre, 1583 Beaver Bank Road, Beaver Bank | 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ...

NSP SAFETY MESSAGE: HELPING KEEP OUR CUSTOMERS AND CREWS SAFE

**** NSP Release NSP SAFETY MESSAGE: HELPING KEEP OUR CUSTOMERS AND CREWS SAFE The safety of our customers and crews is priority as we continue to work to restore power across the province. Thousands of Nova Scotians have had their every day lives interrupted with damage caused by Hurricane Fiona. It has generated national and ...

There will be a feee food truck today at the Dartmouth North Community Centre to help provide hot meals

Take note: According to Councillor Tony Mancini, there will be a food truck today at 330pm at the Dartmouth North Community Centre to help provide hot meals to those still without power and the municipality is paying the bill.   The truck will be available while supplies last ...

Municipality distributes water to residents in need

**** HRM Media Release Municipality distributes water to residents in nee The Halifax Regional Municipality is offering drinking water for those dealing with impacts from Hurricane Fiona and dry wells due to dry conditions. The municipality is working alongside the Province of Nova Scotia and using its Joint Emergency Management teams to ensure residents without ...

Public Service Announcement Comfort centres open – Tuesday, September 27, 9 a.m.

**** HRM Media Release Public Service Announcement Comfort centres open – Tuesday, September 27, 9 a.m. UPDATE: The Fairview Family Resource Centre will be closed today.​   The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that the following comfort centres are open:​ Royal Canadian Legion Branch #58, 23566 Nova Scotia Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour | 9 a.m. to ...

Woodlawn Medical Clinic will remain closed Tuesday, September 27th,

Update via Woodlawn Medical Clinic “Woodlawn Medical Clinic will remain closed Tuesday, September 27th, as we are still without power. Will update with re-opening as soon as our power has been restored.Thank you!” ...

Comfort centres open – Monday, September 26, 11:30 a.m.

**** HRM Media Release Comfort centres open – Monday, September 26, 11:30 a.m.   The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that the following comfort centres are open: Prospect Road Community Centre, 2141 Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake | 1 to 5 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #58, 23566 Nova Scotia Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour | 9 a.m. ...

Paramedics Recognized on Medic Monday

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS- Release Paramedics Recognized on Medic Monday —————————————————————- Today, September 26, is Medic Monday in Nova Scotia, a day to celebrate the more than 1,200 paramedics who provide emergency care, comfort and hope to people across the province. “Paramedics have a special place in the hearts of Nova Scotians. They always give their best ...

Woodlawn blood collection services closed  Sept. 26

**** NSHA Media Release Woodlawn blood collection services closed  Sept. 26 Woodlawn blood collection services closed tomorrow, Sept. 26 ​ Dartmouth, NS – Blood collection services at Woodlawn Medical Clinic in Dartmouth will be closed tomorrow, Sept. 26, due to lack of power. Patients who have appointments at this location are asked instead to go to ...

Hurricane Fiona update: Most Nova Scotia Health services will operate as scheduled on Monday

**** NSHA Media Release Hurricane Fiona update: Most Nova Scotia Health services will operate as scheduled on Monday Most Nova Scotia Health services will operate as scheduled Monday. However, areas most affected by Hurricane Fiona will see some changes in order to focus on the most urgent care. Please note the following service changes planned ...

Hurricane Fiona update: Nova Scotia Health asks those who can wait for care not to visit emergency departments

**** NSHA Media Release Hurricane Fiona update: Nova Scotia Health asks those who can wait for care not to visit emergency departments Nova Scotia Health is working to provide as much service as possible while recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Fiona. Our emergency departments around the province are busy. We encourage those Nova Scotians ...

Comfort Centres open – Sunday, Sept. 25, 10:25 a.m.

**** HRM Media Release Comfort Centres open – Sunday, Sept. 25, 10:25 a.m. The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that the following comfort centres are open: Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre, 1583 Beaver Bank Road, Beaver Bank (now to 7 p.m.) Royal Canadian Legion Branch #58, 23566 Nova Scotia Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour (9 ...

Stove and generator safety via HRFE

Via HRFE – If you are using a cooking appliance such as a stove or oven when the power goes out turn the appliance off immediately. You never want to risk forgetting that it was on and having a kitchen fire should you be asleep or even in another room when the power is restored. ...

Hurricane Fiona and Nova Scotia Health appointments, cancellations, and temporary closures​

**** NSHA Media Release Hurricane Fiona and Nova Scotia Health appointments, cancellations, and temporary closures​ ​ As Hurricane Fiona approaches, Nova Scotia Health would like to inform the public of the possibility that some Nova Scotia Health services and appointments could be impacted by the inclement weather. Cancellations and closures are posted on Nova Scotia ...

Multiple warnings as Hurricane Fiona moves in: Be safe and look in on others after the storm

Multiple weather warnings are in effect via Environment Canada in relation to Hurricane Fiona. Even an indirect path to HRM is still calling for damaging winds and rain and likely power outages. Please be safe and ready, everyone. And a ask of me, of you are able to. After the storm and you and your ...

Power outage and frozen food tip

Found this on Facebook. Not a bad idea! (Power outage tip) “It’s called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. That way when power come back after you can tell if ...

Spalding Momentous EZ Portable Basketball Goal recalled due to impact hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Spalding Momentous EZ Portable Basketball Goal recalled due to impact hazard Issue Welds in the arm attaching the backboard to the pole may fail and cause the backboard to fall, posing an impact hazard. As of September 20, 2022, the company has received no reports of incidents or injury in ...

Leadership Changes in Health Recruitment, Education and Early Childhood Development

**** CNS Media Release Leadership Changes in Health Recruitment, Education and Early Childhood Development —————————————————————- New leadership is being put in place at the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Dr. Nicole Boutilier, Vice-President of Medicine, Nova Scotia Health, and Craig Beaton, Associate Deputy Minister, Department of ...

The Halifax Regional Municipality is pleased to welcome a new accessible taxi service

**** HRM Media Release Accessible taxi service launches ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is pleased to welcome a new accessible taxi service available to residents throughout the municipality. In March 2022, Regional Council unanimously approved a staff recommendation to grant a three-year contract to Extra Care Taxi to provide an accessible taxi service for passengers who are ...

CTFFRAtlantic is proud to announce our collaborative partnership Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency

**** CTFFRAtlantic Release CTFFRAtlantic is proud to announce our collaborative partnership Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Canine Therapy for First Responders is thrilled to introduce and welcome our new Facility Dog team! A grand welcome to K9 Siren, owned and handled by Captain Annette Thompson. K9 Siren will enter our Facility Dog program led by ...

Annapolis District RCMP investigating serious ATV collision / Pictou County District RCMP respond to swimmers in distress

**** RCMP Media Release Annapolis District RCMP investigating serious ATV collision Annapolis District RCMP is investigating a serious collision that occurred on a trail near Hwy. 10 in New Albany. On September 10, at approximately 12:50 p.m., Annapolis District RCMP, fire services, and EHS responded to a report of a collision on a trail near Hwy. 10 ...

Halifax Infirmary site emergency department is experiencing high patient volumes

**** NSHA Media Release Overcrowding at QEII Health Sciences Centre, Saturday, September 10, 2022 ​ The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s Halifax Infirmary site emergency department is experiencing high patient volumes this weekend.​ Patient waits in the emergency department may be long.​ We appreciate your continued patience. ​ Please do not hesitate to visit the QEII ...

A purr-fect companion makes Braeside feel like home

**** NSHA Media Release A purr-fect companion makes Braeside feel like home When Andrea Monk, a recreation therapy assistant, arrives for work at Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital’s Home for Special Care, (known as Braeside) she is enthusiastically greeted by a hungry office mate, waiting patiently to be fed.  At first glance, he appears a little ...

Mental health crisis support in Halifax 

**** HRP Media Release Mental health crisis support in Halifax  Mental health crisis support Call 902.429.8167 or 1.888.429.8167 (toll free) any time if you feel like you need help. Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team helps children, youth, and adults manage a mental health crisis, such as: thoughts ...

September marks the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

**** Canadian Cancer Society Release September marks the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Did you know that prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers) and the third leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada? It’s estimated that about 1 in 8 Canadian men will ...

Back to school safety via HRP

**** HRP Media Release Back to school safety via HRP In addition to following  Nova Scotia Public Health directives, there are a few safety tips that can help things run smoothly and keep students safe when returning to school. Tips for parents and guardians Teach your child basic traffic safety rules never dart out between parked cars ...

Parking temporarily unavailable at QEII Halifax Infirmary’s Summer Street entrance

**** NSHA Media Release Parking temporarily unavailable at QEII Halifax Infirmary’s Summer Street entrance Please be advised that beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2022, work will begin on the paving and expansion of the Summer Street driveway entrance at the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s Halifax Infirmary (HI). As a result, all metered parking spots near the ...

UPPAbaby All-Terrain RIDGE Jogging Strollers recalled due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada UPPAbaby All-Terrain RIDGE Jogging Strollers recalled due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard Issue The stroller’s rear disc brakes have openings that can cause amputation or laceration if a non-occupant child’s fingertip gets caught in the openings while the stroller is in use. As of August 30, 2022, the company has received no reports of injury in ...

All Nova Scotians on the Need a Family Practice Registry can now get free, online medical appointments through Virtual Care Nova Scotia

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release   Virtual Care Available to More Patients —————————————————————- All Nova Scotians on the Need a Family Practice Registry can now get free, online medical appointments through Virtual Care Nova Scotia (VirtualCareNS). Previously, people had to receive an email invitation to use VirtualCareNS. As of today, August 31, anyone on the Need ...

A new approach to the construction of community-based small option homes will allow Nova Scotians with disabilities to move into community sooner

**** CNS Media Release New Home Designs for People Living with Disabilities —————————————————————- A new approach to the construction of community-based small option homes will allow Nova Scotians with disabilities to move into community sooner. The Disability Support Program has procured two custom designs for modular homes that will meet the needs of residents and ...

Aqua Lung i330R SCUBA Diving Computers recalled due to Drowning Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Aqua Lung i330R SCUBA Diving Computers recalled due to Drowning Hazard Issue The dive computer can fail to automatically adjust to the user’s altitude by continuing to provide calculations for sea level dive times thus leading to considerable risk of the diver having decompression sickness. As of August 24, 2022, the company ...

Update – Municipality helps residents with well water shortages

**** HRM Media Release Update – Municipality helps residents with well water shortages The Halifax Regional Municipality is offering drinking water for those dealing with dry wells due to dry conditions. The municipality is working alongside the Province of Nova Scotia and using its Joint Emergency Management teams to ensure residents with urgent dry well ...

Penhorn Lake Beach reopens to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Penhorn Lake Beach reopens to swimming The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Penhorn Lake Beach in Dartmouth has reopened to swimming. Penhorn Lake Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as one unsupervised beach, during the summer ...

Metra Animal Emergency Clinic has been seeing more cases of water toxicity this month, so it seems like a good time for a gentle reminder

**** Info via Metra Animal Emergency Clinic   We’ve been seeing more cases of water toxicity this month, so it seems like a good time for a gentle reminder! Water toxicity can sneak up unexpectedly, so know when to call it quits. Water play seems like a good thing on a hot summer day, right? ...

Kearney Lake Beach reopens to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Kearney Lake Beach reopens to swimming The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Kearney Lake Beach in Kearney Lake, Halifax, has reopened to swimming. Kearney Lake Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as two unsupervised beaches, during ...

Fireworks are Dangerous to Pets and Wildlife – SPCA share online petition from Ban Private Fireworks in Nova Scotia

**** NS SPCA Release Fireworks are Dangerous to Pets and Wildlife – SPCA share Petition The Nova Scotia SPCA advocates that fireworks, pyrotechnics, and gas-fired explosions should never be permitted to be used at events and is concerned about the impact fireworks have on companion animals and wildlife in the vicinity. The Nova Scotia SPCA ...

Nova Scotia Health collaborating with partners to help internationally educated nurse applicants by streamlining registration and licensing processes to get nurses into the system faster

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health collaborating with partners to help internationally educated nurse applicants by streamlining registration and licensing processes to get nurses into the system faster   It’s clear that Canada’s health system, and health systems around the world, have longstanding issues that have been pushed to crisis situations due to the ...

Support for Ukrainian Healthcare Professionals

**** CNS Media Release Support for Ukrainian Healthcare Professionals —————————————————————- Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson will provide an update on efforts to support Ukrainian healthcare professionals to work in Nova Scotia. The announcement will take place on Thursday, August 25, at 11 a.m. in the media room, One Government Place, 1700 Granville St., Halifax. ...

Kearney Lake Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Kearney Lake Beach closed to swimming ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Kearney Lake Beach in Halifax is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water. ​ Kearney Lake Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at ...

Since July 1, collections of blood, plasma and platelets have been steadily decreasing

**** Info via Canadian Blood Services Since July 1, collections of blood, plasma and platelets have been steadily decreasing and with a return to pre-pandemic summer activities and travel, donors have had less time to donate. Show up for patients and book your donation now. Same day and open appointment spots are available at donor ...

Monkeypox Case Confirmed in Nova Scotia

**** HEALTH / WELLNESS Media Release Monkeypox Case Confirmed in Nova Scotia —————————————————————- Nova Scotia has its first confirmed case of monkeypox in a resident in the province. The person got the illness while travelling outside the province. Symptoms appeared after the person’s return to Nova Scotia. Public Health has been following this case closely ...

Swimmer’s Itch reported at Birch Cove Beach

**** HRM Media Release Swimmer’s Itch reported at Birch Cove Beach    The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that several cases of swimmer’s itch have been reported at Birch Cove Beach in Dartmouth. Birch Cove Beach will remain open, but residents are advised to rinse well with water after using the lake. The presence ...

Tootsie Baby Water-Filled Teethers and Teether Keys recalled due to microbial contamination

**** Recall via Health Canada  Tootsie Baby Water-Filled Teethers and Teether Keys recalled due to microbial contamination   Issue Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, teether fillings must not contain any living micro-organisms. Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program has determined that the liquid filling is contaminated with the bacteria Bacillus cereus, Candida parapsilosis, and Omithinibacillus californiensis. These ...

Province Funds Internationally Educated Nurses Licensing Review

**** HEALTH / WELLNESS Media Release Province Funds Internationally Educated Nurses Licensing Review —————————————————- The government has provided one-time funding of $340,000 to the Nova Scotia College of Nursing to support the ongoing and comprehensive review of the registration and licensing process for internationally educated nurses. The review will look at how the existing process ...

Recall of one lot of pms-Hydromorphone due to packaging error that could potentially lead to overdose

**** Recall via Health Canada Recall of one lot of pms-Hydromorphone due to packaging error that could potentially lead to overdose Issue Pharmascience Inc. is recalling one lot of pms-Hydromorphone, 2 mg tablets, (lot 639268) as the bottles may contain hydromorphone tablets of a different strength (8 mg), meaning they contain higher amounts of hydromorphone. ...

Risk advisory in effect for the Shubenacadie Canal in Shubie Park due to possible blue-green algae bloom

**** HRM Media Release Risk advisory in effect for the Shubenacadie Canal in Shubie Park due to possible blue-green algae bloom   The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that due to the presence of a possible blue-green algae bloom, a risk advisory is in effect for the Shubenacadie Canal, in Shubie Park, Dartmouth. Residents ...

Portuguese man o’ war have been sighted near Martinique Beach

**** DNR Release via Twitter Portuguese man o’ war have been sighted near Martinique Beach Take caution and avoid swimming if present. Don’t touch them in the water or on the shore. Stings can be painful and hazardous. Treat with vinegar and tell a lifeguard at a supervised beach. ...

Birch Cove Beach reopens to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Birch Cove Beach reopens to swimming ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Birch Cove Beach in Dartmouth has reopened to swimming. Birch Cove Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as one unsupervised beach, during the ...

UPDATE: Beginning Tuesday, August 23, bottled water will be available at Station 48, 1581 Beaver Bank Road from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

**** HRM Media Release UPDATE: Beginning Tuesday, August 23, bottled water will be available at Station 48, 1581 Beaver Bank Road from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Halifax Regional Municipality is offering drinking water for those dealing with dry wells due to dry conditions. The municipality is working alongside the Province of Nova Scotia and ...

Oakfield Beach due to possible blue-green algae

**** HRM Media Release   Oakfield Beach due to possible blue-green algae   August 18, 2022 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that due to the presence of a possible blue-green algae benthic mat, a risk advisory is in effect for Oakfield Beach in Halifax. Residents are encouraged to avoid swimming ...

Expanding Rural Access to Urgent Mental Health, Addictions Care

**** HEALTH and Wellness Release Expanding Rural Access to Urgent Mental Health, Addictions Care —————————————————————- The Province is expanding access to urgent mental health and addictions care in rural communities. The Rural Access to Urgent Care initiative provides people attending rural emergency departments for urgent mental healthcare the option to receive a virtual mental health ...

Kinap Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Kinap Beach closed to swimming   The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Kinap Beach in Porters Lake is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water.   Kinap Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised ...

NSHA have received a report from a community partner of counterfeit Percocet in the Halifax area

**** NSHA Media Release #DrugAlert NSHA have received a report from a community partner of counterfeit Percocet in the Halifax area The drug looks like a white pill with the letters TEC and centre scoring on front and is blank on the back. The pill had rough edges, a rough surface and was easily broken/flakey. ...

Birch Cove Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Birch Cove Beach closed to swimming   The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Birch Cove Beach in Dartmouth is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water.   Birch Cove Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at ...

Makita LXT Cordless Hedge Trimmer Recalled due to Laceration and Injury Hazards

**** Recall via Health Canada Makita LXT Cordless Hedge Trimmer Recalled due to Laceration and Injury Hazards Issue The guard on the hedge trimmer shear blade was not installed on the affected product, posing a laceration and injury hazards.   As of August 2, 2022, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries ...

Water Service Advisory – Halifax Peninsula – Water System Maintenance

**** Halifax Water Release Water Service Advisory – Halifax Peninsula – Water System Maintenance ​ Please be advised that water system maintenance schedule was incorrectly dated for today, August 17. To clarify, Halifax Water crews will be undertaking water system maintenance from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 18. As a result of ...

Municipality helps residents with well water shortages

**** HRM Media Release Municipality helps residents with well water shortages The Halifax Regional Municipality is offering drinking water for those dealing with dry wells due to dry conditions. The municipality is working alongside the Province of Nova Scotia and using its Joint Emergency Management teams to ensure residents with urgent dry well issues have ...

(Update) Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Woodlawn Medical Clinic will remain closed for Aug 13th

**** Info via Woodlawn Medical Clinic UPDATE: The Woodlawn Medical Clinic is now open by appointments only for our duty clinic. All regular offices will reopen on Monday. Thank you, Management Repost (Health) Woodlawn Blood Collection Clinic temporary closure ** Release Woodlawn Blood Collection Clinic temporary closure     Sent to us from managent *Due ...

Woodlawn Blood Collection Clinic temporary closure

**** NSHA Media Release Woodlawn Blood Collection Clinic temporary closure The Woodlawn Blood Collection clinic in Dartmouth is currently experiencing a technical service interruption that is impacting computers and desk phone access, including incoming and outgoing calls. The Clinic is closing early today at 3 p.m. and will remain closed until Monday August 15 at 7:00 a.m. Anyone ...

Just the facts: Cyberbullying

**** RCMP Media Release Just the facts: Cyberbullying Social media sites and text messaging have allowed taunts to enter cyberspace and follow victims everywhere they have their phone. What is it? Cyberbullying involves using computers, smartphones or other connected devices to embarrass, hurt, mock or threaten someone online. It can be anonymous and follow a ...

Lake Echo Beach reopens to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Lake Echo Beach reopens to swimming ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Lake Echo Beach has reopened to swimming. Lake Echo Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as two unsupervised beaches, during the summer months. ...

Kinap Beach reopens to swimming

**** HRM Media Releas Kinap Beach reopens to swimming ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Kinap Beach in Porters Lake has reopened to swimming. Kinap Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as two unsupervised beaches, during the summer months. ...

Water safety reminder from the Nova Scotia RCMP

**** RCMP Media Release Water safety reminder from the Nova Scotia RCMP The Nova Scotia RCMP has received an increase in calls relating to water safety, and would like to remind the public how to stay safe while enjoying water activities. Since August 1, the Nova Scotia RCMP has responded to 14 incidents related to ...

Risk advisory in effect for Cunard Lake Beach due to possible blue-green algae bloom

**** HRM Media Release Risk advisory in effect for Cunard Lake Beach due to possible blue-green algae bloom ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that due to the presence of a possible blue-green algae bloom, a risk advisory is in effect for Cunard Lake Beach in Halifax. Residents are encouraged to avoid swimming ...

Nova Scotia Health launches pilot program with Virtual Hallway

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health launches pilot program with Virtual Hallway Nova Scotia Health’s Innovation Hub has launched a six-month pilot program with Virtual Hallway, a Nova Scotian company that connects primary care providers with specialists to improve patient access to specialist care. Virtual Hallway aims to improve patient access to specialist care ...

Lake Echo Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Lake Echo Beach closed to swimming ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Lake Echo Beach in Lake Echo is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water. ​ Lake Echo Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality ...

Drug Alert for August 9, 2022

**** NSHA Media Release Drug Alert for August 9, 2022 NSHA have received a report from a community partner who tested a sample of cocaine, which came back positive for fentanyl in the Sydney, Cape Breton area. Fentanyl test strips and naloxone kits are available at the Ally Centre in Sydney on Prince St. The ...

Police responded to a workplace incident that occurred in Halifax

**** HRP Media Release Man injured in workplace incident ​ Police responded to a workplace incident that occurred in Halifax yesterday. ​ At approximately 1 p.m. officers responded to a workplace injury call on Massachusetts Avenue. A 59-year-old man fell from a piece of equipment and was transported to hospital for treatment of what are ...

Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

**** Recall via Health Canada Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes Issue The recalled pet food may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, posing a risk of cross contamination and illness after handling the pet food.   Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in ...

Kinap Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Kinap Beach closed to swimming ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Kinap Beach in Porter’s Lake is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water. ​ Kinap Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised ...

Date labelling on pre-packaged foods

**** Info via Health Canada   Date labelling on pre-packaged foods Information about dates on pre-packaged food is a valuable source of information for consumers. A basic understanding of what terms are used can help you to better understand these labels. There are different kinds of date markings, depending on the product. The most common ...

DEWALT 12-inch Sliding Compound Miter Saws recalled due to Laceration Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada DEWALT 12-inch Sliding Compound Miter Saws recalled due to Laceration Hazard Issue The rear guard assembly can break or detach, posing a laceration hazard to the user.   As of June 13, 2022, the company has received one report of a laceration injury in Canada. In the United States, the company has received reports ...

Precautionary Evacuation Order – North Preston Community Centre

**** HRM Media Release Precautionary Evacuation Order – North Preston Community Centre At approximately 2:15 p.m. today, there was an incident at the Lake Major water treatment plant due to a mechanical malfunction with a crane. Working with Halifax Water, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency commenced a precautionary evacuation of the children attending day camps ...

Risk advisory for off-leash dog area in Shubie Park Beach has been lifted

**** HRM Media Release Risk advisory for off-leash dog area in Shubie Park Beach has been lifted   The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that the blue-green algae risk advisory previously in effect for off-leash dog area of Shubie Park Beach at Lake Micmac in Dartmouth has been lifted. Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is naturally ...

Update – Emergency Wastewater Pump Repair

**** Halifax Water Release Update – Emergency Wastewater Pump Repair Halifax Water safely completed emergency repairs to its Duffus Street wastewater pump station at 10:30 pm last night. However, when testing commenced, the pump was quickly overwhelmed and clogged with rags and wipes (see attached photo). Crews are working as safely and as quickly as ...

QEII Health Sciences Centre First Location In Canada To Use Medtronic Surgical Robot For Spinal Surgeries

**** NSHA Media Release QEII Health Sciences Centre first location in Canada to use Medtronic surgical robot for spinal surgeries Nova Scotia Health has completed the first spinal robotic surgery in Canada using Medtronic’s MAZOR™ X Stealth Edition. The innovative robotic arm is controlled by a surgeon during spinal surgeries and offers unparalleled accuracy and ...

Risk advisory in effect for Penhorn Beach due to possible blue-green algae bloom

**** HRM Media Release Risk advisory in effect for Penhorn Beach due to possible blue-green algae bloom   The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that due to the presence of a possible blue-green algae bloom, a risk advisory is in effect for Penhorn Beach in Dartmouth. Residents are encouraged to avoid swimming in the ...

QEII Health Sciences Centre first location in Canada to use Medtronic surgical robot for spinal surgeries

**** NSHA Media Release QEII Health Sciences Centre first location in Canada to use Medtronic surgical robot for spinal surgeries Nova Scotia Health has completed the first spinal robotic surgery in Canada using Medtronic’s MAZOR™ X Stealth Edition. The innovative robotic arm is controlled by a surgeon during spinal surgeries and offers unparalleled accuracy and ...

Due to ongoing congestion at the Halifax Infirmary’s Summer Street entrance, the shuttle running between the Halifax Infirmary and Victoria General sites will drop off and pick up passengers at the Abbie J. Lane building

**** NSHA Media Release Due to ongoing congestion at the Halifax Infirmary’s Summer Street entrance, the shuttle running between the Halifax Infirmary and Victoria General sites will drop off and pick up passengers at the Abbie J. Lane building beginning August 15, from Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until further notice. Evenings ...

Powercom/Milcom Underwater Wireless Diver Units recalled due to Fire Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Powercom/Milcom Underwater Wireless Diver Units recalled due to Fire Hazard Issue The battery PCB board can short circuit and ignite when flooded, posing a fire hazard.   As of June 29th, 2022, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada. In the Unites States, the company ...

Penhorn Lake Beach reopens to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Penhorn Lake Beach reopens to swimming The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Penhorn Lake Beach in Dartmouth has reopened to swimming. Penhorn Lake Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as two unsupervised beaches, during the summer ...

Police provide safety tips to help enjoy the long weekend

**** HRP Media Release Police provide safety tips to help enjoy the long weekend With the upcoming long weekend, Halifax Regional Police is providing some tips to help citizens safely enjoy the events in our city. There are a number of events this weekend throughout the region including: •Halifax Busker Festival •African Nova Scotian Music ...

Nova Scotia Health, EHS share important updates on emergency services over long weekend

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health, EHS share important updates on emergency services over long weekend All four Nova Scotia Health zones continue to face significant patient capacity and staffing challenges entering the long weekend. This is affecting our ability to provide timely care. Nova Scotia Health and Emergency Health Services (EHS) collaborate closely ...

Investments in Mi’kmaw Centre for Healing and Resilience

**** HEALTH /WELLNESS Media Release   Investments in Mi’kmaw Centre for Healing and Resilience ———————————————————– The governments of Nova Scotia and Canada are investing more than $8 million to support the construction of the new Resilience Centre in Millbrook First Nation. A first of its kind in Canada, the Resilience Centre will be run by ...

Helping Seniors Cover Heating Bills, Other Increasing Costs

**** CNS Media Release Helping Seniors Cover Heating Bills, Other Increasing Costs —————————————————— The government is taking action to help older Nova Scotians with increasing energy prices and other rising costs so that more seniors are able to live well at home. Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Barbara Adams announced today, July 28, that the ...

Penhorn Lake Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Penhorn Lake Beach closed to swimming   The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Penhorn Lake Beach in Dartmouth is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water.   Penhorn Lake Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at ...

Stronger Supports for Survivors of Sexual Violence

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Stronger Supports for Survivors of Sexual Violence The Province is investing $2.8 million in a new trauma therapy program to support Nova Scotians who have been sexually assaulted. The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre will deliver the new province-wide program, starting in spring 2023. It will provide more consistent and coordinated support ...

New Ambulance Fleet to Improve Care, Safety

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release New Ambulance Fleet to Improve Care, Safety   Nova Scotia will soon have a new fleet of ambulances and response and transport vehicles, ensuring the right mix of resources to improve emergency care and relieve pressure on paramedics and the emergency health system. The Province has signed a contract with Tri-Star ...

Equate (lemon flavour), Personnelle (lemon flavour) and Life Brand (lemon and cherry flavours) Magnesium citrate oral solution saline laxatives recalled due to potential microbial contamination

**** Recall via Health Canada Equate (lemon flavour), Personnelle (lemon flavour) and Life Brand (lemon and cherry flavours) Magnesium citrate oral solution saline laxatives recalled due to potential microbial contamination Issue Health Canada is advising that all lots of Equate (lemon flavour), Life Brand (lemon and cherry flavours) and Personnelle (lemon flavour) Magnesium citrate oral ...

Chocolate Lake, Papermill Lake, and Kearney Lake reopen to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Chocolate Lake, Papermill Lake, and Kearney Lake reopen to swimming ​  The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Chocolate Lake, Papermill Lake, and Kearney Lake have reopened to swimming. Chocolate Lake, Papermill Lake, and Kearney Lake are supervised beaches. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as ...

Staying safe in the heat, ongoing high system demand

**** NSHA Media Release Staying safe in the heat, ongoing high system demand As most of the province is under a severe heat warning over the next few days, Nova Scotia Health and Emergency Health Services want the public to be aware of the best ways to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from ...

Buying health products online? Know the risks

**** Info via Health Canada Buying health products online? Know the risks Affected products Drugs, natural health products and medical devices that have not been authorized by Health Canada and may pose serious health risks. Issue As part of Operation Pangea XV — an international effort to disrupt the online sale of counterfeit and other illegal health ...

Papermill Lake Beach / Kearney Lake Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Papermill Lake Beach closed to swimming   July 20, 2022 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Papermill Lake Beach in Bedford is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water.   Papermill Lake Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff ...

A report of a recent discovery of a Portuguese man o war was recently posted online at or near Lawrencetown Beach

A report of a recent discovery of a Portuguese man o war was recently posted online at or near Lawrencetown Beach. This species has occasionally made its, way into Nova Scotia but isn’t common. It can pose serious health risks (painful stings and welts, possible allergic reaction) while both alive or dead from its tentacles ...

Chocolate Lake Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Chocolate Lake Beach closed to swimming   The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Chocolate Lake Beach in Halifax is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water.   Chocolate Lake Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at ...

Basic water safety skills are essential while at lakes, pools, rivers and other bodies of water

**** Lifesaving Society Release   Water Safety Basic water safety skills are essential. Swimming pools, lakes and rivers offer year-round fun if they are enjoyed safely. But every year about 160 people drown in Ontario. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under five years old, and statistics show that children ...

Kinap Beach reopens to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Kinap Beach reopens to swimming The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Kinap Beach in Porter’s Lake has reopened to swimming. Kinap Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as two unsupervised beaches, during the summer months. Previous test ...

More Children Now Eligible for Cystic Fibrosis Drug

**** HEALTH / WELLNESS Media Release   More Children Now Eligible for Cystic Fibrosis Drug   Effective today, July 18, the Province will pay for the cystic fibrosis drug Trikafta for children aged six to 11.   “This drug offers the hope of longer, healthier lives for many children with cystic fibrosis,” said Health and ...

Penhorn Beach reopens to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Penhorn Beach reopens to swimming The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Penhorn Beach in Dartmouth has reopened to swimming. Penhorn Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as two unsupervised beaches, during the summer months. Previous test results ...

Climate change, air contaminants, and your health

**** Info via Environment Canada Climate change, air contaminants, and your health Nothing could be more fundamental to your health than the quality of the air you breathe. In Canada, air pollution and aeroallergens have significant implications for health. Health impacts include lung disease, heart disease and lung cancer. It is now well-established by researchers ...

Kinap Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Kinap Beach closed to swimming ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Kinap Beach in Porter’s Lake is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water. ​ Kinap Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised ...

Health Canada warns consumers that Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers should not be used for sleep

**** Info via Health Canada Health Canada warns consumers that Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers should not be used for sleep Affected products Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rockers Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers Issue Health Canada would like to remind parents and caregivers that Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers should never be used for babies’ sleep. Babies should also ...

Risk advisory in effect for off-leash dog area in Shubie Park Beach due to possible blue-green algae bloom

**** HRM Media Release Risk advisory in effect for off-leash dog area in Shubie Park Beach due to possible blue-green algae bloom ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that due to the presence of a possible blue-green algae bloom, a risk advisory is in effect for the off-leash dog area of Shubie Park​ ...

Water Service Advisory – Dartmouth Area – Water Service Interruption (Update – Potentially Discoloured Water)

**** Halifax Water Release Water Service Advisory – Dartmouth Area – Water Service Interruption ​ Crews are on-site undertaking an emergency water main repair near 210 Wyse Road, Dartmouth. Crews expect water service to be restored to impacted customers in surrounding areas by 11:00 AM today. This work is taking place within an existing construction ...

Nova Scotia Health, IWK Health and EHS encourage safety and support during Pride parade

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health, IWK Health and EHS encourage safety and support during Pride parade Halifax Pride runs from July 14 to 24, 2022 with the Halifax Pride Parade set to kick off at noon on Saturday, July 16. Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health will proudly march together in the parade with prideHealth and ...

Bedford firefighter membership presented a donation of $500.00 raised during the recent Bedford Days Beer fest

This is great news. Via the Bedford Volunteer Firefighters Association In our continued support of this great cause, today our membership presented a donation of $500.00 raised during the recent Bedford Days Beer fest . Firefighter boots placed at the entrance and the Bar, we thank all the patrons for helping us achieve this donation ...

Pleasant Drive Beach and Birch Cove Beach reopen to swimming ​

****HRM Media Release Pleasant Drive Beach and Birch Cove Beach reopen to swimming ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Pleasant Drive Beach and Birch Cove Beach have reopened to swimming. ​ Pleasant Drive Beach and Birch Cove Beach are supervised beaches. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal ...

The government is continuing to invest in healthcare with the addition of 200 new nursing seats at post-secondary institutions across the province

**** HEALTH /WELLNESS Media Release   Government Invests in More Nursing Seats —————————————————— The government is continuing to invest in healthcare with the addition of 200 new nursing seats at post-secondary institutions across the province. Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson announced today, July 12, that the government will invest $3.2 million in new seats ...

Emergency service workers come together to give blood as the Sirens for Life 2022 challenge kicks off in Halifax

Emergency service workers come together to give blood as the Sirens for Life 2022 challenge kicks off in Halifax (RCMP look to defend their trophy)  Emergency service workers in Halifax Regional Municipality are continuing to answer the call to help save more lives as part of this year’s Sirens for Life campaign. The friendly challenge ...

John Deere Lawn Tractors recalled due to injury hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada John Deere Lawn Tractors recalled due to injury hazard Issue The rear wheel hubs may fail, resulting in lack of braking and propulsion. As of June 30, 2022, the company has received 3 reports of incidents with no injuries in Canada. In the United States, the company has received 29 ...

Public Service Announcement Kinap Beach reopens to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Public Service Announcement Kinap Beach reopens to swimming ​The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Kinap Beach in Porter’s Lake has reopened to swimming. Kinap Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at all supervised municipal beaches, as well as two unsupervised beaches, during the ...

Birch Cove Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Birch Cove Beach closed to swimming ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Birch Cove Beach in Dartmouth is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water. ​ Birch Cove Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at ...

Man injured in workplace incident

**** HRP Media Release Man injured in workplace incident ​ Police responded to a workplace incident that occurred in Bedford yesterday. ​ At approximately 2 p.m. officers responded to a workplace injury call on the Bedford Highway. A 63-year-old man fell six stories and was transported to hospital for treatment of what are believed to ...

Pleasant Drive Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Pleasant Drive Beach closed to swimming The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Pleasant Drive Beach in Eastern Shore is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water. ​ Pleasant Drive Beach is a supervised beach. Municipal staff regularly test the water quality at ...

Emergency Health Services to Hire 100 Transport Operators

**** HEALTH / WELLNESS Media Release   Emergency Health Services to Hire 100 Transport Operators ———————————————————————- Emergency Health Services (EHS) is hiring 100 more transport operators across the province to handle routine patient transfers. These new, non-paramedic staff will help reduce pressure on the ambulance system and allow paramedics to focus on responding to emergency ...

Nova Scotia Health advises of high system demand causing long waits

**** NSHA Media Release REMINDER: Nova Scotia Health advises of high system demand causing long waits All four Nova Scotia Health zones are facing significant patient capacity and staffing challenges entering the long weekend. This is affecting our ability to provide timely care. We anticipate patients will continue to experience longer than usual waits for ...

LAARS Mini-Therm JX Gas-Fired Boilers Recalled Due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada LAARS Mini-Therm JX Gas-Fired Boilers Recalled Due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazard Issue The original mounting position of the blocked vent switch may not allow the boiler to switch off in a timely manner during a blocked vent condition, posing a Carbon monoxide poisoning hazard.   As of June 07, 2022, ...

Certain Enjoy Life brand bakery products recalled due to possible presence of pieces of plastic

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain Enjoy Life brand bakery products recalled due to possible presence of pieces of plastic Issue The affected products are being recalled from the marketplace due to the possible presence of pieces of plastic. The recalled products have been sold nationally and online. Affected products Brand Product Size UPC Codes ...

All four Nova Scotia Health zones are facing significant patient capacity and staffing challenges entering the long weekend

**** NSHA Media Release All four Nova Scotia Health zones are facing significant patient capacity and staffing challenges entering the long weekend. This is affecting our ability to provide timely care. We anticipate patients will continue to experience longer than usual waits for care in emergency departments and for admission from emergency departments into hospital ...

Kinap Beach closed to swimming

**** HRM Media Release Kinap Beach closed to swimming ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that Kinap Beach in Porter’s Lake is closed to swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in the water. ​ Kinap Beach is a supervised beach opening tomorrow, July 1. Municipal staff regularly test the water ...

Housing Developments Approved in Halifax Regional Municipality

**** CNS Media Release Housing Developments Approved in Halifax Regional Municipality —————————————————- The Province is taking action to increase housing supply in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) faster. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr has approved development agreements for two sites designated as special planning areas under the Housing in the Halifax Regional Municipality Act. ...

Police responded to a workplace incident that occurred in Halifax

**** HRP Media Release Man injured in workplace incident ​ Police responded to a workplace incident that occurred in Halifax yesterday. ​ At approximately 1:45 p.m. officers responded to a workplace injury call on South Armcrescent Street. A 32-year-old man fell from the rooftop of a two story building and was transported to hospital for ...

Comfort Centers after a Disaster

**** HRFE Release Comfort Centres Following the activation for any municipal emergency management plan: Under the municipal emergency plan (MEP), in conditions that don’t require an evacuation, during an emergency the municipality may establish or support community comfort centers whereby a resident population may visit to receive essential needs like meals, hygiene facilities, electronic device ...

Halifax Blood Donors Needed this July!

***** Info via Canadian Blood Services   Halifax Blood Donors Needed this July! Help Fill 960 appointments to meet hospital demands. We currently have the smallest donor base in a decade. We immediately need more donors to meet patient needs now and into the future.   Make appointment   https://myaccount.blood.ca/en/donate/select-clinic?source=blood.ca&apt-slc=Halifax%2C%2BNS%2C%2BCanada&apt-typ=Blood%20and%20Plasma&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-hootsuite&utm_campaign=atl-wb&utm_content=Halifax%2BJuly%2BDonors&fbclid=IwAR2Sms8mlF2JWVduvnZOp0al4dcVWf5i5M6I4gOHpLbhSQ7xN5c5_e6AlKw ...

Lifeguard supervision at many Nova Scotia beaches will begin on Friday, July 1

**** Natural Resources Release Lifeguard Supervision Starts July 1 ——————————————————– Lifeguard supervision at many Nova Scotia beaches will begin on Friday, July 1. About two dozen beaches in 12 counties are staffed each summer. Beaches will be supervised daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mavillette Beach in Digby County, which is supervised on ...

Nova Scotians will now have access to important, regularly updated healthcare data

**** HEALTH /WELLNESS Media Release   Action for Health Data Now Publicly Available ——————————————————- Nova Scotians will now have access to important, regularly updated healthcare data. The Action for Health website now includes measures so Nova Scotians can understand how the Province is tracking and measuring progress on improving the system for patients and healthcare ...

Coda Pendant light fixture by Tech Lighting recalled due to risk of impact injury

**** Recall via Health Canada Coda Pendant light fixture by Tech Lighting recalled due to risk of impact injury Issue The glass Coda pendant light fixtures can detach from their electrical cord, causing the fixture to fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of impact injury to nearby users.   As of June 7, 2022, the company ...

Nova Scotia is reporting 1,420 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, 37 hospitalizations and seven deaths during the seven-day period ending June 20

**** HEALTH /WELLNESS Media Release COVID-19 Weekly Data Report for June 23, 2022 —————————————————- Nova Scotia is reporting 1,420 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, 37 hospitalizations and seven deaths during the seven-day period ending June 20. The number of new PCR-positive tests has decreased compared to the previous reporting period; however, hospital admissions have increased. ...

SunVilla 10 foot Solar LED Market Umbrella recalled due to fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada SunVilla 10 foot Solar LED Market Umbrella recalled due to fire hazard Issue The lithium-ion batteries may overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard.   As of June 9 2022, the company has received 1 report of a battery overheating and umbrella catching fire in Canada, and no reports of ...

More Doctors Choosing Nova Scotia

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release More Doctors Choosing Nova Scotia   A record number of doctors chose to come live and work in Nova Scotia last year. More than 160 physicians were recruited and started working across the province between April 2021 and March 2022. “Through the collective work of our recruitment teams and many partners, ...

Shout out to HRFE Captain Thompson on her 180th Canadian Blood Services donation

Shout out to HRFE Captain Thompson on her 180th Canadian Blood Services donation. She will once again be taking part in a multi agency blood drive competition, Sirens for Life, kicking off mid July ...

Nova Scotia Health first in Atlantic Canada to offer cutting-edge cancer treatment, CAR-T cell therapy

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health first in Atlantic Canada to offer cutting-edge cancer treatment, CAR-T cell therapy The Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax became the first facility in Atlantic Canada to offer CAR -T cell therapy locally as of March 2022. Prior to this, Nova Scotia patients who were recommended ...

Certain Abbott brand powdered infant formula products recalled due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain Abbott brand powdered infant formula products recalled due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Issue Shoppers Drug Mart is recalling certain Abbott brand powdered infant formula products from the marketplace due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella contamination. The products were previously recalled on February 17, 2022 and some units were sold via ...

Complete Victims’ Rights and Summary Hearing Implementation Comes into Force within the Military Justice System

**** DND Media Release Complete Victims’ Rights and Summary Hearing Implementation Comes into Force within the Military Justice System ​ Today marks an important milestone for the modernization of the Military Justice System and a critical step forward that will support our efforts to effect lasting culture change in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). ​ ...

Disability Rights Board of Inquiry Resumes

**** CNS Media Release Disability Rights Board of Inquiry Resumes —————————————————————- An independent human rights board of inquiry in the matter of Disability Rights Coalition of Nova Scotia, Beth MacLean, Sheila Livingstone and Joseph Delaney vs. the Province of Nova Scotia will continue Monday, June 27. The board chair in this hearing is Donald Murray, ...

Certain Revive Superfoods brand Smoothies and Oats recalled due to possible norovirus contamination of raspberries used in these products

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain Revive Superfoods brand Smoothies and Oats recalled due to possible norovirus contamination of raspberries used in these products Issue Revive Organics Inc. is recalling the affected products from the marketplace due to possible norovirus contamination of the raspberries used in these products. The recalled products have been sold nationally ...

Various Square D Plug on Neutral (PON) Loadcentres by Schneider Electric recalled due to potential fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Various Square D Plug on Neutral (PON) Loadcentres by Schneider Electric recalled due to potential fire hazard Issue The affected units could overheat, potentially posing a fire hazard.   As of May 25 2022, the company has received one report of an incident in Canada, and no reports of injuries. ...

Mother / daughter raise funds for mental health 

Mother / daughter raise funds for mental health  **** Info via Feed Your Soul   “Feed Your Soul”  is a Mother/Daughter team, Tina and Sheridan.  They have both suffered with Anxiety & Depression throughout their lives and although it may have hindered them in various aspects of their daily living, their struggles have made them ...

The Halifax Regional Municipality recognizes that all residents deserve a home

**** HRM Media Release Helping address homelessness The Halifax Regional Municipality recognizes that all residents deserve a home.  While the province is responsible to lead addressing homelessness in all of Nova Scotia’s municipalities, the Halifax Regional Municipality also has an important role to play – and is committed to applying resources to support efforts aimed at ...

Atlantic Provinces Partner to Create Atlantic Clinical Trials Network​

**** NSHA Media Release Atlantic Provinces Partner to Create Atlantic Clinical Trials Network​ Senior leaders from the four Atlantic provinces are jointly announcing the Atlantic Clinical Trials Network (ACTN) later today at the BIO International Convention in San Diego, the world’s largest event focused on biotechnology. ​ The network leverages regional collaboration, provincial leadership, entrepreneurial ...

Alasko brand IQF Whole Raspberries recalled due to norovirus

**** Recall via Health Canada Alasko brand IQF Whole Raspberries recalled due to norovirus Issue Alasko brand IQF Whole Raspberries recalled due to norovirus. The recalled product has been sold in Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. What you should do If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor Check ...

Government Covers Planned School Milk Price Increase

**** CNS Media Release Government Covers Planned School Milk Price Increase ————————————————- Amid rising food costs, the government will cover a planned price increase in the School Milk Program to ensure milk stays affordable for families when students return to classrooms in September. “The rising cost of food is a real challenge for many Nova ...

These are the top ten ways home fires start, be aware of them and look out for these in your own home in order to prevent a fire hazard

**** Info via Bedford Volunteer Firefighters These are the top ten ways home fires start, be aware of them and look out for these in your own home in order to prevent a fire hazard.   1. Cooking equipment When a pot or pan overheats or splatters it can take seconds to cause a fire. ...

Activity Loops recalled due to choking hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Activity Loops recalled due to choking hazard Issue Tubes on the activity toy may come loose, releasing small parts that are a choking hazard.   As of May 13, 2022, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada. In the Unites States, the company has received 3 reports of incidents and no reports of injuries.   Affected products This ...

Small Option Home in Dartmouth Ready to Welcome Residents

**** CNS Media Release Small Option Home in Dartmouth Ready to Welcome Residents The Province continues to move people in the Disability Support Program into communities with the establishment of a new small option home in Dartmouth. The renovated property, bright and inviting, will soon be home to three people living with disabilities. The fully ...

Spirit Halloween 48” Black Light Fixture with Bulb recalled due to potential fire and burn hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Spirit Halloween 48” Black Light Fixture with Bulb recalled due to potential fire and burn hazard Issue The black light bulb may fail, posing a potential risk of fire or burns.   As of April 8, 2022 the company has received no reports of incidents in Canada, and no reports ...

New Family Doctor Funding Model Pilot Project

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release   New Family Doctor Funding Model Pilot Project ———————————————————- A new funding model for family doctors is designed to encourage more team-based care and to make it easier for patients to get the care they need, when and where they need it. Doctors Nova Scotia and the government worked together to ...

Province Provides Funding to Seniors Initiatives

**** CNS Media Release Province Provides Funding to Seniors Initiatives —————————————————————- NOTE: A list of funded projects is at the end of this news release. —————————————————————- The government is providing funding for 12 innovative projects to support seniors in their homes and communities. Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Barbara Adams announced today, June 9, an ...

Risk of spreading monkeypox

*”** Info via Health Canada Risk of spreading monkeypox Monkeypox has rarely been seen outside of Africa. However, there have been recent cases of monkeypox in a number of countries where it is not usually seen, including Canada. In the current outbreak, there has been transmission from person to person in Canada. At this time, ...

METALLISK Espresso maker for cooktop, 0.4 l stainless steel recalled due to burn and injury hazards

**** Recall via Health Canada METALLISK Espresso maker for cooktop, 0.4 l stainless steel recalled due to burn and injury hazards Issue The espresso maker with the stainless steel safety valve may burst and expel hot contents, posing burn or other injury hazards to consumers.   As of June 6, 2022, the company has received ...

About an hour of your time could change someone’s life. 

**** Canadian Blood Services Info About an hour of your time could change someone’s life.  Blood and blood products are a critical part of everyday medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing diseases and disorders. As a blood donor you form a vital link in Canada’s lifeline, helping many Canadians wake up healthy each ...

The Province is making regulatory changes to help ensure the air Nova Scotians breathe is clean and healthy and that industrial noise does not impact people’s well-being

**** CNS Media Release Nova Scotia Marking Clean Air Day With Action ———————————————————— The Province is making regulatory changes to help ensure the air Nova Scotians breathe is clean and healthy and that industrial noise does not impact people’s well-being. Consultation on provincial Air Quality Regulations begins today, June 8, Clean Air Day. The focus ...

Fire Safety with Cigarettes and Smoking Materials

**** HRFE Release Fire Safety with Cigarettes and Smoking Materials Sadly, Fire Deaths Caused by Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials are Still Number One National research shows that although kitchen fires account for a greater number of fires in homes, fires caused by smoking materials are still the numberone cause of fire deaths. Never leave burning ...

More licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can now further their education to become registered nurses (RNs) more quickly in Nova Scotia

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Easier Path for LPNs to become Registered Nurses —————————————————————- More licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can now further their education to become registered nurses (RNs) more quickly in Nova Scotia. Eligibility criteria is being expanded to allow more LPNs to qualify for bachelor of science, nursing (BScN) programs at Cape Breton University ...

Lam Hiep Hanging Egg Chairs recalled due to Fall Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Lam Hiep Hanging Egg Chairs recalled due to Fall Hazard Issue The stands are improperly designed and may snap when the chairs are sat on, posing a fall hazard.   As of May 25, 2022, the company has received 6 reports of the chair stands breaking in Canada, with no ...

Mussels or clams sold on Thursday, June 2, at a fish shop in Lunenburg may be unsafe

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release   Nova Scotians Warned About Potential Toxins in Certain Mussels, Clams ———————————————————————- Mussels or clams sold on Thursday, June 2, at a fish shop in Lunenburg may be unsafe. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tested blue mussels at the Corkums Island mussel farm on May 30, 2022 and discovered the presence ...

Electrolux Recalls Frigidaire and Electrolux Refrigerators Due to Choking Hazard from Ice Maker

**** Recall via Health Canada Electrolux Recalls Frigidaire and Electrolux Refrigerators Due to Choking Hazard from Ice Maker                 Issue The ice level detector arm in the ice maker can potentially break into pieces and fall into the ice bucket, posing a choking hazard.   As of May ...

Hundreds of Graduating Nurses Hired

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release   Hundreds of Graduating Nurses Hired —————————————————————- Hundreds of nurses graduating from Nova Scotia programs will soon be working across the province. More than 350 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses have started working or have accepted offers to work with Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health between January and September ...

Investments to Improve Community Accessibility

**** CNS Media Release Investments to Improve Community Accessibility   Accessibility upgrades will be made at 43 community facilities across the province with the help of almost $1 million in funding from the Community ACCESS-Ability Program. “Everyone deserves access to community spaces and services,” said Justice Minister Brad Johns, Minister responsible for the Accessibility Act, ...

A new Emergency Health Services (EHS) initiative at hospital emergency departments will get paramedics and ambulances back on the road faster

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release   Direct to Triage Policy Effective June 1 ———————————————————– A new Emergency Health Services (EHS) initiative at hospital emergency departments will get paramedics and ambulances back on the road faster so they can respond to emergency calls sooner. Starting Wednesday, June 1, paramedics will take low-risk patients to the emergency department ...

A blue-green algae mat is being reported in a stream between Shubenacadie-Grand Lake and Fish Lake today, May 28

**** Environment Media Release Blue-green Algae Reported in Stream ——————————————————— A blue-green algae mat is being reported in a stream between Shubenacadie-Grand Lake and Fish Lake today, May 28. The rain and wind this weekend may transport the mat to shorelines where people and pets may easily come into contact with it. ​ The Department ...

Certain Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop brand peanut butter-containing chocolates recalled due to Salmonella

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop brand peanut butter-containing chocolates recalled due to Salmonella Issue Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop is recalling certain Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop brand peanut butter-containing chocolates from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have been sold in Nova Scotia and online. Affected products ...

Canadian Red Cross: Boating Safety

**** Canadian Red Cross Release Boating Safety Equipment Requirements Along with your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you are required by law to carry marine safety equipment. At a bare minimum, you should always have with you: Canadian-approved flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each passenger on board Buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres in ...

Certain Jif brand Peanut Butters recalled due to Salmonella

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain Jif brand Peanut Butters recalled due to Salmonella Issue Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. is recalling certain Jif brand Peanut Butters from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have been sold nationally and online. Affected products Product Size UPC Codes Jif Squeeze Creamy Peanut Butter 375 g 0 51500 24556 9 ...

National Patamedic Services Week is celebrated May 22-28.

National Patamedic Services Week is celebrated May 22-28. Via EHS – This week and every week we recognize Nova Scotia’s skilled and dedicated paramedics who contribute in many different ways to patient care and emergency healthcare delivery across the province, making our communities safer and healthier! Nova Scotians appreciate your professionalism and compassion in challenging ...

(ENDED) Special air quality statement in effect

**** Info via Environment Canada —- ENDED Special air quality statement in effect for: Halifax Metro and Halifax County West Light southeasterly winds have transported smoke from a fire in the Burnside area of Dartmouth to some valleys downwind of the fire. Individuals sensitive to reduced air quality should limit outdoor activity if in the ...

Water Service Advisory – Maple Street – Water Shut Off Notice

**** Halifax Water Release Water Service Advisory – Maple Street – Water Shut Off Notice ​ Halifax Water crews will be shutting off water services for residents in the area of Maple Street and Ashdale Avenue. Water will be shut off on Tuesday May 24th, 2022 at 9:00 AM until approximately 5:00 PM. To ensure ...

Halifax Water is experiencing unexpected high demand on the Dartmouth water system

**** Halifax Water Release Water Service Advisory – Dartmouth System – High Demand ​ Halifax Water is experiencing unexpected high demand on the Dartmouth water system. As a result, there may be the potential for customers supplied through the Dartmouth system to experience temporary changes, including lower or higher water pressure or temporarily discoloured water. ...

Canada has confirmed its first two cases of monkeypox in Quebec. Health Canada is working to track and verify the disease

Canada has confirmed its first two cases of monkeypox in Quebec. Health Canada is working to track and verify the disease What is Monkeypox? **** Info via Environment Canada Infectious Substances – Monkeypox virus CHARACTERISTICS: Virus belongs to family Poxviridae, sub-family Chordopoxvirinae and genus Orthopoxvirus MPXV is a 200 to 250 nm brick- shaped enveloped virus ...

Canada is experiencing a shortage of infant formulas designed for babies with food allergies and certain medical conditions

**** Info via Health Canada Shortage of infant formulas for babies with food allergies: what you should know and do Affected products Infant formula – manufacturing plant by Abbott Laboratories in the United States. Issue The closure of a large infant formula manufacturing plant by Abbott Laboratories in the United States (manufacturer of Similac®Alimentum)®, has resulted ...

Life Savers, Skittles and Starburst brand gummies recalled due to pieces of metal

**** Recall via Health Canada Life Savers, Skittles and Starburst brand gummies recalled due to pieces of metal Issue Life Savers, Skittles and Starburst brand gummies recalled due to pieces of metal. The recalled products were sold nationally. Affected products Brand Product Size UPC Codes Life Savers Gummies, Sours 180 g 0 64900 42970 5 ...

Province Ensures Funding Available for Long-Term Care Construction, Renovations

**** CNS Media Release Province Ensures Funding Available for Long-Term Care Construction, Renovations The Province is taking action to make sure funding is available to build or renovate 27 long-term care facilities across the province and build 500 rooms in Halifax Regional Municipality. In the coming years, the government will borrow up to $1.8 billion ...

The Department of National Defence releases 2021 report on suicide mortality (1995 to 2020)

**** DND Media Release The Department of National Defence releases 2021 report on suicide mortality (1995 to 2020) ​ Today, the Department of National Defence (DND) released the 2021 Report on Suicide Mortality in the Canadian Armed Forces. The findings from this report help National Defence better understand suicide and suicide factors in the Canadian ...

23 Paramedics Recognized for Exemplary Service

23 Paramedics Recognized for Exemplary Service **** CNS Media Release Twenty-three Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, a national honour in recognition of their longtime dedication to the health, safety and well-being of Nova Scotians. The paramedics honoured today, May 10, have dedicated their careers to providing care ...

Fireworks by-laws and safety

‘*** HRFE Release Fireworks by-laws and safety What are Consumer Fireworks? Consumer fireworks are low-hazard and restricted to recreational use.  They include items like roman candles, sparklers, fountains, volcanoes, mines and snakes. Other Types of Fireworks Include: Display fireworks are high-hazard and restricted to professional use.  They include items like aerial shells, cakes, roman candles, ...

Investments to Support Youth Mental Health

**** CNS Media Release Investments to Support Youth Mental Health —————————————————————- The government is investing $700,000 in mental wellness programs at seven youth centres across the province. Brian Comer, Minister responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health and Minister responsible for Youth, marked Mental Health Week and National Child and Youth Mental Health ...

Applied Comfort Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTACs) recalled due to overheating and fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Applied Comfort Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTACs) recalled due to overheating and fire hazard Issue The electric heaters in the PTACs have the potential of not shutting off during an overheating situation, posing a fire hazard. As of April 11, 2022, the company has not received any reports of incidents or injuries in ...

Nova Scotians can take simple steps to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife into their backyards this spring

**** Natural Resources Release Prevent Bear Encounters This Spring ——————————————————— Nova Scotians can take simple steps to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife into their backyards this spring. Bears have a keen sense of smell and will wander into populated areas if there is easy access to food from people’s activities. Once accustomed to food ...

The Province is updating workplace first aid requirements, fulfilling a commitment to harmonize its rules with other jurisdictions in Canada

**** CNS Media Release Amendments to First Aid Requirements —————————————————————- The Province is updating workplace first aid requirements, fulfilling a commitment to harmonize its rules with other jurisdictions in Canada. “When an accident or illness happens in the workplace, it’s critically important to have first aid ready until professional help can be provided,” said Jill ...

Outdoor Grilling and Barbecue Fire Safety via the HRFE 

**** HRFE Release Outdoor Grilling and Barbecue Fire Safety via the HRFE  Safety in Your Sizzle! To stay King or Queen of the grill you must include some basic “fire safety” ingredients in your barbecue recipes. Whether fueled by charcoal or gas, barbecues are approved for outdoor use only – they emit carbon monoxide. Never barbecue in your garage, tent or other enclosed space. Read and follow ...

Mental health crisis support in Halifax 

**** HRP Media Release Mental health crisis support in Halifax  Mental health crisis support Call 902.429.8167 or 1.888.429.8167 (toll free) any time if you feel like you need help. Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team helps children, youth, and adults manage a mental health crisis, such as: thoughts ...

Via HRFE – Take the quiz and enter our contest for a chance to win one of 10 emergency kits!

**** Via HRFE May 1-7 is Emergency Preparedness Week. Take the quiz and enter our contest for a chance to win one of 10 emergency kits! Link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EmergencyPreparednessWeek ...

Traffic and Transit disruptions near QEII VG Hospital site beginning May 2

**** NSHA Media Release Traffic and Transit disruptions near QEII VG Hospital site beginning May 2 Nova Scotia Health Is asking people with appointments at the Victoria General site of the QEII, including the Dickson Building, to allow extra time to travel to the site due to a Halifax Water project beginning Monday, May 2 ...

Water Service Advisory: Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, North Preston, Westphal and Burnside

**** Halifax Water Release Water Service Advisory: Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, North Preston, Westphal and Burnside ​ Beginning the week of May 2, Halifax Water will begin phase II of its upgrade work at the Lake Major Water Supply Plant, which supplies drinking water to the communities of Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, North ...

Canadian Blood Services to remove eligibility criteria specific to men who have sex with men

**** Canada Blood Services Release Canadian Blood Services to remove eligibility criteria specific to men who have sex with men Canadian Blood Services is pleased to share that Health Canada has approved our request to remove eligibility criteria specific to men who have sex with men and instead focus on sexual behaviour associated with higher ...

DR Power Brand & Generac Brand electric start pressure washers recalled due to carbon monoxide poisoning hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada DR Power Brand & Generac Brand electric start pressure washers recalled due to carbon monoxide poisoning hazard Issue If the electrical contacts under the engine’s start/stop button cover are exposed to moisture, under certain conditions the button may activate without being pushed, causing the pressure washer to self-start and posing ...

Emergency Preparedness Week May 1-7, 2022 (Updated with contest)

**** HRFE / EMO Release Emergency Preparedness Week May 1-7, 2022 As part of Emergency Preparedness Week beginning Sunday, May 1, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency’s (HRFE’s) Emergency Management Division is encouraging all residents to ‘be ready for anything’. This past year has continued to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness, due to the impacts from ...

On the National Day of Mourning, today, April 28, Nova Scotians come together to remember those who have died or were injured because of a workplace accident or work-related illness

**** CNS Media Release Nova Scotians Honour Workers, Families ————————————————————————————————————- On the National Day of Mourning, today, April 28, Nova Scotians come together to remember those who have died or were injured because of a workplace accident or work-related illness. “Please join us in taking a moment to reflect and remember those we have lost,” ...

Police are sharing some tips to keep in mind when heading out to enjoy the spring weather at the many parks and trails in our community

**** HRP Media Release Park and trail safety tips   Police are sharing some tips to keep in mind when heading out to enjoy the spring weather at the many parks and trails in our community. For everyone’s enjoyment and safety, follow park/trail regulations and COVID-19 public health directives related to social distancing and gathering ...

Strategic Plan to Improve Healthcare in Nova Scotia / NSGEU Response to Action for Health Plan

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Strategic Plan to Improve Healthcare in Nova Scotia —————————————————————- The government released Action for Health, a strategic plan to address recent and long-standing problems in acute and primary care, long-term care, addictions and mental health and the factors that affect the well-being of Nova Scotians every day. “The message we’ve heard ...

Nova Scotia RCMP warns​ about an opioid drug known as “Shady 8”

**** RCMP Media Release Nova Scotia RCMP warns​ about an opioid drug known as “Shady 8” The Nova Scotia RCMP is warning the public about an opioid drug known as “Shady 8” that has caused several overdoses over the last month in Cumberland County. Between March 28 and April 20, Cumberland County RCMP responded to ...

Insignia Air Fryers and Air Fryer Oven recalled due to potential fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Insignia Air Fryers and Air Fryer Oven recalled due to potential fire hazard   Issue The product can overheat, posing a potential burn and fire hazard.   As of March 25th, 2022, the Company has identified 36 reports of incidents including 1 report of minor injury in Canada.  In the ...

Municipality launches LakeWatchers Water Quality Monitoring Program

**** HRM Media Release Municipality launches LakeWatchers Water Quality Monitoring Program ​ The municipality is launching a new Lake Water Quality Monitoring Program called LakeWatchers, which will conduct environmental monitoring in 76 lakes across the municipality. The purpose of the program is to collect data, such as pH levels, to inform future actions to maintain or ...

Shell Diving Drysuit Inflation Valve with International Nipple recalled due to hypothermia hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Shell Diving Drysuit Inflation Valve with International Nipple recalled due to hypothermia hazard Issue The recalled valve is used in recreational and technical diving, and allows the diver to inflate the drysuit while descending in the water, providing the diver with thermal protection. The internal part of the recalled valve ...

Crafter’s Square Mini Hot Glue Gun Recalled due to fire and Burn Hazards

**** Recall via Health Canada Crafter’s Square Mini Hot Glue Gun Recalled due to fire and Burn Hazards Issue The Crafter’s Square Mini Hot Glue Gun may overheat during use and cause the metal nozzle to melt, posing a fire and burn hazards.   As of April 6th 2022, the company has not received any incident ...

GE Brand Bottom Freezer, French Door Refrigerators Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada GE Brand Bottom Freezer, French Door Refrigerators Recalled Due to Fall Hazard Issue In some products, the freezer drawer handle can detach when the consumer tries to open the freezer drawer, posing a fall hazard to consumers. As of April 8, 2022, the company has received no reports of injuries in Canada. In the United States, GE Appliances, a Haier Company has received 37 reports ...

NS Health’s Mental Health Day Treatment Program renamed to reflect treatment & new location

**** NSHA Media Release NS Health’s Mental Health Day Treatment Program renamed to reflect treatment & new location Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health Day Treatment team has relocated from the Abbie J. Lane Building site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre to the Marshall Treatment Centre on the Nova Scotia Hospital site to make space ...

New funding for the Eskasoni Crisis and Referral Centre will support mental health and addictions related services for Eskasoni First Nation and Mi’kmaw people across the province

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Investment in Mi’kmaw Mental Health Supports —————————————————————– New funding for the Eskasoni Crisis and Referral Centre will support mental health and addictions related services for Eskasoni First Nation and Mi’kmaw people across the province. The government is providing a one-time investment of $350,000 to the centre, which provides 24-hour crisis intervention ...

Food Recall Warning – Inari brand Organic Blue Poppy Seeds recalled due to Salmonella

**** Recall via Health Canada   Food Recall Warning – Inari brand Organic Blue Poppy Seeds recalled due to Salmonella Issue Puresource Natural Products is recalling Inari brand Organic Blue Poppy Seeds from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled product has been sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan ...

Paid Sick Leave Program Extended Until May 7

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Paid Sick Leave Program Extended Until May 7 ———————————————————————————————————— Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Program will be extended until May 7, 2022, the same date that Canada’s Sickness Recovery Benefit will end. Program requirements for Nova Scotia’s voluntary program will not change. “Nova Scotians know how to prevent the spread ...

Stokke® Clikk™ High Chair in White recalled due to fall hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Stokke® Clikk™ High Chair in White recalled due to fall hazard Issue The white plastic seat can break, posing a fall hazard.   As of March 18, 2022, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada. In the Unites States, the company has received 6 reports ...

The government is providing a one-time investment of $100,000 to the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Society to expand their peer-support training to more young people

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Investment Supports Mental Health Peer-Support Training for Youth —————————————————————– The government is providing a one-time investment of $100,000 to the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Society to expand their peer-support training to more young people. Forty teenagers and young adults will participate in the Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE) Project, a ...

Certain Kinder brand chocolate products recalled due to possible Salmonella

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain Kinder brand chocolate products recalled due to possible Salmonella   Issue Ferrero Canada Ltd. is recalling certain Kinder brand chocolate products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have been sold nationally. Affected products Brand Product Size UPC Codes Kinder Schoko-Bons 200 g 0 62020 02763 4 ...

Updated safety review of breast implants underscores the continuing importance of monitoring for cancer; increased risk with highly textured (macro-textured) implants

**** HEALTH Canada Release Updated safety review of breast implants underscores the continuing importance of monitoring for cancer; increased risk with highly textured (macro-textured) implants   Issue Health Canada has updated its 2019 and 2017 safety reviews on breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a rare but serious cancer of the immune system that can develop next to a breast ...

The government is replacing an important piece of diagnostic equipment at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax to ensure Nova Scotians get the best care

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release New, Powerful MRIs for Halifax Infirmary —————————————————————– The government is replacing an important piece of diagnostic equipment at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax to ensure Nova Scotians get the best care. A new, high-power magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner will be installed at the Halifax Infirmary. The $16.5-million investment ...

Tick safety

**** NS Government Release Tick safety Ticks like moist and humid environments and can be found in or near woods, shrubs, leaf litter, long grass, urban parks and gardens. They are very small, which makes them hard to spot and their bites don’t hurt, which makes it difficult to know when you’ve been bitten. Tick-borne ...

The Province is providing Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia a grant of $203,500 to help make home ownership a reality for 70 families

**”* Municipal Affairs Release Province Supports Affordable Home Ownership —————————————————————– NOTE: A rendering of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s development is available at: https://news.novascotia.ca/photos/2022/04/04/habitat-humanity-nova-scotia-spryfield-development —————————————————————– The Province is providing Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia a grant of $203,500 to help make home ownership a reality for 70 families. The grant will assist with project management, design ...

Nova Scotia Health expands access to new depression treatment through partnership with QEII Foundation and Bell Let’s Talk​

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health expands access to new depression treatment through partnership with QEII Foundation and Bell Let’s Talk​ Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program is opening the province’s second repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) clinic at Valley Regional Hospital, in Kentville on April 4, 2022. ​ rTMS is used ...

Members of the HRFE joined a fundraiser walk in Halifax raising money for GUT and the Dartmouth General

Members of the HRFE joined a fundraiser walk in Halifax raising money for GUT and the Dartmouth General. For firefighters, this is a cause of great importance. Info about GUT via the Dartmouth General Foundation Get Up There 2022 “The 14th Annual GUT is a Community Event to support the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation. Join ...

Legislation Enhances Protections for Patients Admitted for Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment / Amendments to Personal Health Information Act, Hospitals Act and Prescription Monitoring Act

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Amendments to Prescription Monitoring Act —————————————————————- Legislation introduced today, March 31, will amend the Prescription Monitoring Act to reflect proposed changes to the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Board. In 2005, the Prescription Monitoring Act and its regulations established the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program to promote the appropriate use of monitored ...

Expanded access to mental health supports for Nova Scotians aged 16 and up

**** NSHA Media Release Expanded access to mental health supports for Nova Scotians aged 16 and up Togetherall, an online mental health support platform is now available in French and free to all Nova Scotians aged 16 and up through a partnership between Nova Scotia Health, the Office of Addictions and Mental Health, the Department ...

The Province is investing nearly $22 million to create more than 370 affordable housing units in Dartmouth

**** CNS Media Release Affordable Housing Units for Dartmouth A rendering of the Mount Hope affordable housing project plan is available at: https://novascotia.ca/news/docs/2022/03/28/jxswtre/ —————————————————————- The Province is investing nearly $22 million to create more than 370 affordable housing units in Dartmouth. “Today, we’re taking real action to provide more Nova Scotians with a safe, comfortable and ...

Raising chickens? Follow 5 rules to protect your birds from the flu.

**** Info via CFIA Raising chickens? Follow 5 rules to protect your birds from the flu. Protect your flock from bird flu Avian influenza, known as “bird flu,” is a viral infection that spreads easily and quickly among birds. Parts of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa are currently seeing bird flu outbreaks. Your backyard ...

Prepworks by Progressive Nut Chopper recalled due to potential injury hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Prepworks by Progressive Nut Chopper recalled due to potential injury hazard Issue The plastic container can break and release sharp shards of plastic, which can fall into the receptacle reservoir with the food, posing ingestion and injury hazards.   As of March 21, 2022, Lee Valley Tools has received 6 ...

Amendment to the Quality Improvement Information Protection Act

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Amendment to the Quality Improvement Information Protection Act ———————————————————————- The government will further reduce barriers for healthcare providers to report patient-safety incidents with an amendment introduced today, March 24, to the Quality Improvement Information Protection Act. Each patient-safety incident reported results in a review. Currently, the act protects information that may ...

Additional Financial Support for Vulnerable Nova Scotians

**** CNS Media Release Additional Financial Support for Vulnerable Nova Scotians —————————————————————- The Province will provide $13.2 million to vulnerable Nova Scotians to help them address the immediate impact of rising fuel prices on the cost of living. The support package announced today, March 24, includes: — a one-time payment of $150 to all current ...

Heart Attacks, More Cancers Added to Firefighters’ Insurance Coverage

**** CNS Media Release Heart Attacks, More Cancers Added to Firefighters’ Insurance Coverage Workplace injury insurance for firefighters and their families will soon cover more types of cancer and heart attacks. The Province is acting on its commitment to increase presumptive coverage to 19 cancers from six and to include heart attacks that occur within ...

Province Supports Volunteer Fire Departments

**** CNS Media Release Province Supports Volunteer Fire Departments —————————————————————– The Government is investing $3.5 million to help volunteer fire departments, ground search and rescue organizations and First Nations fire departments recover from fundraising losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 340 organizations will each receive a one-time grant of $10,000. “The pandemic has had ...

Public Health measures remain in Nova Scotia Health facilities​

**** NSHA Media Release Public Health measures remain in Nova Scotia Health facilities​ As Nova Scotia enters phase three of its reopening plan today, March 21, Nova Scotia Health would like to remind the public about what to expect in our facilities, where public health measures remain in place to protect the health and safety ...

The government is investing $1.3 million in new hearing and speech technology that will benefit newborns, children and other Nova Scotians

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Province Invests in Hearing Health The government is investing $1.3 million in new hearing and speech technology that will benefit newborns, children and other Nova Scotians. The funding for Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia includes: — $982,000 to replace cochlear implant devices, which expire over time and are no longer supported ...

KIPRUN GPS 550 wrist watch recalled due to burn and fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada KIPRUN GPS 550 wrist watch recalled due to burn and fire hazard Issue The battery in these products may overheat during charging or while in use and may cause burns or present a fire risk. Affected products This recall involves KIPRUN GPS 550 running wrist heart-rate monitor watch.   Model ...

RH Illuminated Mirrors recalled due to potential fire and shock hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada RH Illuminated Mirrors recalled due to potential fire and shock hazard Issue Loose components in the bulb socket can lead to over-current and overheating, posing fire and shock hazards.   As of March 3, 2022, the company has received 2 reports of incidents in Canada, and no reports of injuries. ...

Investment Supports Mental Health and Addictions Projects

**** CNS Media Release Investment Supports Mental Health and Addictions Projects ——————————————————- The government is providing a one-time investment of $3 million to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia to support mental health and addictions projects across the province. Eligible organizations that provide mental health and addictions services will be able to apply for ...

#DrugAlert for March 15, 2022

**** NSHA Media Release #DrugAlert for March 15, 2022 NSHA has received a report from a community organization regarding a recent sample of MDMA (aka molly) that has tested positive for fentanyl, which individuals may be unaware they are consuming. The drug has been found in Windsor, West Hants and HRM. The drug was ingested ...

Funding for Community Projects that Help Older Nova Scotians Stay Healthy, Active

**** CNS Media Release Funding for Community Projects that Help Older Nova Scotians Stay Healthy, Active —————————————————————- The Province is investing just over $600,000 in projects to help older Nova Scotians stay healthy, active and socially connected in their communities. Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Barbara Adams announced today, March 14, that 39 projects led ...

Funding to Help Seniors Stay at Home Longer, Make Workplaces Safer

**** LONG-TERM CARE– Media Release Funding to Help Seniors Stay at Home Longer, Make Workplaces Safer The government is investing over $500,000 in new equipment to support seniors and people caring for them at home and in long-term care facilities. The Canadian Red Cross in Nova Scotia will receive $266,000 to purchase 56 hospital beds ...

Residents urged to stay off frozen lakes and ponds as ice testing concludes

**** HRM Media Release Residents urged to stay off frozen lakes and ponds as ice testing concludes   The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that it is no longer safe to be on frozen lakes and ponds, as there is noticeable thin ice and open water in many lakes across the region. ​ The Ice ...

A new mental health hospital will offer day treatments for those in the Halifax area requiring intensive mental health supports

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release   New Mental Health Day Hospital —————————————————————- A new mental health hospital will offer day treatments for those in the Halifax area requiring intensive mental health supports. The province’s first mental health acute day hospital is scheduled to open in April. The hospital, which will be at the QEII Health Sciences ...

Fire Prevention & Safety

**** HRFE Release Fire Prevention & Safety HRM has an exceptional fire service but fire and smoke can travel very quickly. Underwriter Laboratories (UL), a not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization, determined that “fires today are more dangerous and pose more risks than in the past. Fire spread is faster, and time to flashover, ...

Know the dangers of ice

**** Red Cross Release Ice Safety Know the dangers of ice Ice Factors Many factors affect ice thickness including type of water, location, the time of year and other environmental factors such as: Water depth and size of body of water. Currents, tides and other moving water. Chemicals including salt. Fluctuations in water levels. Logs, ...

Premier Tim Houston launched a recruitment campaign today, March 7, to bring more doctors home to Nova Scotia

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Premier Calls Doctors Home —————————————————————– Premier Tim Houston launched a recruitment campaign today, March 7, to bring more doctors home to Nova Scotia. Doctors who go to the Come Home to Nova Scotia website and say they want to work in the province will be contacted by a recruitment specialist within ...

Applications open for Neighbourhood Seed Kit Initiative

**** HRM Media Release Applications open for Neighbourhood Seed Kit Initiative ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality has opened applications for the Neighbourhood Seed Kit Initiative. ​ The Neighbourhood Seed Kit Initiative is a new program encouraging residents to build relationships with their neighbours through gardening. Residents can apply to receive a free community seed kit ...

Gradual easing of Nova Scotia Health’s visitor restrictions to begin next week

**** NSHA Media Release Gradual easing of Nova Scotia Health’s visitor restrictions to begin next week Nova Scotia Health will gradually begin easing restrictions to allow more opportunities for family caregivers and primary support people to support patients. ​ Support people/visitors will still be required to show proof of vaccination when entering health care facilities. ...

Government Invests in Halifax Infirmary Expansion

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Government Invests in Halifax Infirmary Expansion —————————————————————- The government is investing more than $3.8 million for renovations to the Halifax Infirmary as part of the ongoing redevelopment and expansion of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. To allow for the construction of a new inpatient building at the Halifax Infirmary, the mechanical ...

Ionic smartwatch recalled due to burn hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Ionic smartwatch recalled due to burn hazard Issue The battery in the Ionic smartwatch can overheat, posing a burn hazard to the user.   As of February 15, 2022, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada or Mexico. In the United States, the company has ...

New Overnight Shelter in Halifax Open Until March 31

**** COMMUNITY SERVICES Release New Overnight Shelter in Halifax Open Until March 31 —————————————————————– In partnership with Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), the Province will operate a temporary overnight shelter at the Pavilion on the Halifax Common until March 31. Twenty-five beds will be available from 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. The site replaces the temporary ...

Nova Scotia Health partners with Sobeys and Lawtons Drugs on pharmacy walk-in clinic​

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health partners with Sobeys and Lawtons Drugs on pharmacy walk-in clinic​ New program supports timely access to primary care for Nova Scotians​ Sobeys and Lawtons Drugs and Nova Scotia Health are partnering on an innovative collaborative care model that will provide Nova Scotians in the New Glasgow and Truro ...

Water testing resumes at Nova Scotia Health facilities

**** NSHA Media Release Water testing resumes at Nova Scotia Health facilities ​ The Environmental Services Laboratory at the QEII Health Sciences Centre will resume accepting water samples for testing from municipal, registered, and private water supply owners, starting Wednesday, Feb. 23. The water testing service was temporarily suspended in order to create capacity for ...

Discovering high-impact health care solutions: Nova Scotia Health Launches New Innovation Hub / Discovering high-impact health care solutions: Nova Scotia Health Launches New Innovation Hub

**** NSHA Media Release Discovering high-impact health care solutions: Nova Scotia Health Launches New Innovation Hub Today Nova Scotia Health officially launched an Innovation Hub, a first of its kind centre of excellence for health research and innovation in Atlantic Canada. Through strategic partnerships with clinical champions, patients and families, industry, healthcare foundations, governments, and ...

Certain Abbott brand powdered infant formula products recalled due to Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain Abbott brand powdered infant formula products recalled due to Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Issue Abbott is recalling certain Abbott brand powdered infant formula products from the marketplace due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have been sold nationally. What you should do If you think ...

Addressing Homelessness in Rural Nova Scotia

**** COMMUNITY SERVICES Release Addressing Homelessness in Rural Nova Scotia ———————————————————– Emergency interim funding will stabilize rural emergency shelters run by seven organizations across the province and ensure more access to housing and services this winter. “Homelessness is not just an urban problem,” said Karla MacFarlane, Minister of Community Services. “We are making investments that ...

Anecdote Autumn Glass Double Wick Candles recalled due to Fire and Laceration Hazards

**** Recall via Health Canada Anecdote Autumn Glass Double Wick Candles recalled due to Fire and Laceration Hazards Affected products This recall involves Anecdote Autumn Glass Candles in the scents ‘Fireside Chats,’ ‘Weekend Getaway,’ ‘Sweater Weather,’ and ‘Fall Feels.” The candle’s scent and “Anecdote Candles for Anthropologie” are printed on a label on the side of ...

Independent legal advice for adult survivors of sexual assault

**** NS Government Release Independent legal advice for adult survivors of sexual assault The Independent Legal Advice (ILA) program provides free, independent legal advice to adult survivors of sexual assault. The program respects survivors’ privacy and their right to make their own decisions. 211 Nova Scotia provides program registration and participants will not be identified ...

New Equipment Modernizes Ambulance Fleet

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release New Equipment Modernizes Ambulance Fleet —————————————————————– The government is investing another $3.5 million to install state-of-the-art equipment in more ambulances in Nova Scotia, making them safer for patients and paramedics. The purchase of 78 power stretchers and 65 power loaders means that by the end of the year all Emergency Health ...

New Licence Allows Paramedic Graduates to Work Sooner

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release New Licence Allows Paramedic Graduates to Work Sooner ————————————————————————————————— A new temporary licence will mean graduating paramedics can start working in their field sooner, thanks to a new policy approved by the College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia. Graduates of Medavie HealthEd’s Primary Care Paramedic Program within Nova Scotia and equivalent ...

Nova Scotia Health urges unobstructed hospital access for patients, health care workers, during planned protests

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health urges unobstructed hospital access for patients, health care workers, during planned protests Nova Scotia Health is aware of protest events planned across the province over the next few days, specifically on Saturday, Feb. 12.​ The protests are expected to involve large trucks and other vehicles and will result ...

N.S. participates in Wear Red Canada event to raise awareness about women’s heart health

**** NSHA Media Release N.S. participates in Wear Red Canada event to raise awareness about women’s heart health On Sunday, Feb. 13 Canadians are invited to wear red in recognition of the national Wear Red Canada campaign aimed at raising awareness about women’s heart health.​ To celebrate this national event and learn more about women’s heart health ...

Public Safety Personnel Online Therapy Program Launches

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Public Safety Personnel Online Therapy Program Launches ——————————————————————– A new program aimed at improving the mental health of Nova Scotia’s first responders and other public safety personnel launched today, February 8. PSPNET, a free, confidential program is designed for paramedics, police, firefighters, correctional workers, search and rescue, 911 operators, border services ...

With the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza across the Maritimes, Hope for Wildlife would like to pass on some information and preventative measures that should be taken to help stop the spread of the virus

**** Info via Hope for Wildlife   With the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza across the Maritimes, Hope for Wildlife would like to pass on some information and preventative measures that should be taken to help stop the spread of the virus. The Avian Influenza is highly pathogenic and targets the respiratory and digestive systems ...

Province Adding 500 More New Long-Term Care Beds, Work Continues on 27 Facilities

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release   Province Adding 500 More New Long-Term Care Beds, Work Continues on 27 Facilities —————————————————————– NOTE: A list of the 27 long-term care facilities currently in development is at the end of this news release. —————————————————————– The Province will add 500 new beds in the long-term care system and is following ...

Various Menorahs recalled due to Fire Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Various Menorahs recalled due to Fire Hazard Issue The resin and medium density fibre board (MDF) menorahs can burn or catch fire when holding lit candles, posing a fire hazard.   As of January 2022, the company has received 4 reports of incidents and no reports of injuries in Canada. ...

PC brand Lemon & Ginger Sicilian Soda recalled due to possible presence of glass / Harbor Breeze Belleisle Bay 52-inch Ceiling Fan Recalled due to Impact Injury Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada PC brand Lemon & Ginger Sicilian Soda recalled due to possible presence of glass Issue Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling PC brand Lemon & Ginger Sicilian Soda from the marketplace due to the possible presence of glass. The recalled product has been sold nationally.   Brand Product Size UPC Codes ...

Nova Scotia Moving to Biosimilar Drugs for Pharmacare Programs

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Nova Scotia Moving to Biosimilar Drugs for Pharmacare Programs —————————————————————- Starting today, February 4, Nova Scotians enrolled in Pharmacare programs will begin switching to a biosimilar version of certain biologic drugs, including some insulins and medications used for treating Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Biosimilars have been used in Pharmacare programs ...

National Pink Shirt Day is this month. Consider having a conversation about bullying with your child

**** HRP Media Release National Pink Shirt Day is this month. Consider having a conversation about bullying with your child. Listening provides reassurance that being the victim of bullying is not a child’s fault.   Tips to deal with bullying Bullying has a negative impact on families in our communities. Here are a few tips ...

Avian Influenza Confirmed in Nova Scotia

**** NATURAL RESOURCES Release Avian Influenza Confirmed in Nova Scotia —————————————————————– The Department is notifying the public that avian influenza has been detected in Nova Scotia. On Friday, January 28, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed a Canada goose in the Grand Desert area of Halifax Regional Municipality tested positive. Avian influenza is a viral ...

PC Organics brand Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats recalled due to presence of insects

**** Recall via Health Canada PC Organics brand Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats recalled due to presence of insects   Affected products Brand Name Product Name Size Code on Product UPC PC Organics Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats 900 g Best Before 2022 OC23   Issue PC Organics brand Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats recalled due to presence of insects. The ...

Matrix T1 and T3 Treadmills recalled due to fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Matrix T1 and T3 Treadmills recalled due to fire hazard Affected products The treadmills that are the subject of this recall have a straight power cord, 20 Amp/110V power socket, and no power cord bracket. The serial number is located on the “connecting bar” at the bottom of the machine ...

Expanded Recall: Mastercraft 5 Gallon Air Compressor and MotoMaster 5 Gallon Twin-Stack Air Compressor recalled due to injury hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Expanded Recall: Mastercraft 5 Gallon Air Compressor and MotoMaster 5 Gallon Twin-Stack Air Compressor recalled due to injury hazard Affected products This recall expansion involves the Mastercraft 5 Gallon Air Compressor 1.5-Hp and MotoMaster 5 Gallon Twin-Stack Air Compressor 1.5-Hp. The date code is located on the unit name plate on ...

Healthcare Students and Instructors to Support Long-term Care and Acute-Care Sectors

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Healthcare Students and Instructors to Support Long-term Care and Acute-Care Sectors ———————————————————– Post-secondary leaders, healthcare students and instructors are stepping up to support long-term care and acute-care patients and residents. Long-term care and acute-care settings are experiencing staff shortages because of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus and ongoing vacancies. ...

Province Extends Ban on Ending Leases for Residential Renovations / Community Organizations To Create Safe, Affordable Places to Live in Halifax Regional Municipality

**** CNS Media Release Province Extends Ban on Ending Leases for Residential Renovations —————————————————————- The Province is protecting renters by extending the ban on ending a residential lease for the purpose of renovations. “We are extending the ban so our most vulnerable citizens continue to be protected during the pandemic,” said Colton LeBlanc, Minister of ...

Reckitt, the Maker of Lysol, donates over $300,000 in Lysol Wipes through the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation for front-line staff and Local Community Groups

**** Dartmouth General Foundation Release   Reckitt, the Maker of Lysol, donates over $300,000 in Lysol Wipes through the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation for front-line staff and Local Community Groups The Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF) is doing its part to ring in a happy and healthy new year for community groups in HRM. A ...

New Homes for People Experiencing Homelessness

**** CNS Media Release New Homes for People Experiencing Homelessness —————————————————————- The Province is taking action to help people experiencing homelessness by working with the Government of Canada and Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) to create 65 new permanent supportive housing options. The former Travelodge hotel in Dartmouth is being converted to supportive housing units for ...

New Affordable Housing Opportunity in Downtown Dartmouth

**** Housing Media Release New Affordable Housing Opportunity in Downtown Dartmouth ————————————————————————————- The Province is making a prime piece of land in downtown Dartmouth available for a mixed-use project that includes affordable housing. Develop Nova Scotia is calling for development proposals on a 5,375 square-metre parcel of land on King Street, within walking distance of ...

FRIGG Classic and Daisy Silicone Pacifiers recalled due to Choking Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada FRIGG Classic and Daisy Silicone Pacifiers recalled due to Choking Hazard Affected products This recall involves FRIGG silicone pacifiers, which came in two designs: Classic and Daisy. The Classic design consists of a silicone nipple attached to a round plastic shield. The Daisy design consists of a silicone nipple attached ...

RCMP talk snowmobile safety

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP talk snowmobile safety With the winter weather upon us and the recent snowfall, snowmobile enthusiasts have begun to take to trail across Nova Scotia to enjoy some winter fun. The Nova Scotia RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind snowmobile enthusiasts about the importance of safety when on ...

New Centre for Addictions Care Opening in Dartmouth

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release New Centre for Addictions Care Opening in Dartmouth   A new service for people struggling with substance use and gambling addictions will open in Dartmouth next week. The recovery support centre will be the first local hub for adults requiring less intensive withdrawal management support. Services will include in-person assessments, group ...

RCMP administer Naloxone to youth in distress

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP administer Naloxone to youth in distress A Lunenburg District RCMP officer successfully administered Naloxone to a 17-year-old youth who was suffering from a drug overdose in Lunenburg County. On January 14, police and EHS responded to a complaint of a 17-year-old male youth who had just collapsed at a home ...

Nova Scotia Health service cancellations and closures due to storm

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health service cancellations and closures due to storm The winter storm working its way across the province is having an impact on some Nova Scotia Health services and appointments. Cancellations or closures are posted on Nova Scotia Health’s website. The public can visit nshealth.ca/stormclosures for the latest updates on how the ...

We are at Dalhousie next week for a 3 day Blood Donor Clinic Jan 18th to Jan 20th

Via Canadian Blood Services – “We are at Dalhousie next week for a 3 day Blood Donor Clinic Jan 18th to Jan 20th and with no students being on campus filling the appointments is a challenge. Currently we have 142 empty appointments over the 3 days” See the attached image for more information ...

Additional service reductions due to high number of emergency visits and admissions, combined with staffing pressures

**** NSHA Media Release   Additional service reductions due to high number of emergency visits and admissions, combined with staffing pressures Hospitals throughout Nova Scotia continue to see higher than normal emergency visits and demands for hospitals beds, including increasing COVID-19 related admissions and staffing pressures, which are resulting in delays in care and ongoing ...

Carbon monoxide poisoning awareness 

**** HEALTH Canada Release Carbon monoxide poisoning awareness   Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning Carbon monoxide can cause health problems before you even notice that it’s present. Breathing it in reduces your body’s ability to carry oxygen in your blood. Exposure to the gas can cause carbon monoxide poisoning (CO poisoning) and can be dangerous ...

Police responded to a workplace incident in Dartmouth yesterday where two men were injured

**** HRP Media Release Two men injured in workplace incident ​ Police responded to a workplace incident in Dartmouth yesterday where two men were injured. ​ On January 10 at approximately 4:10 p.m. police responded to a report of a workplace incident at a construction site on Clarence Street in Dartmouth. Two men, both 49, ...

Affordable Housing Commission Progress Report

**** Housing Media Release Affordable Housing Commission Progress Report —————————————————————- NOTE: The following is a news release on behalf of the Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission. —————————————————————- The Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission has released a progress report on the Province’s efforts to address the urgent need for improved affordable housing in Nova Scotia. The ...

Statement regarding ongoing efforts to address homelessness in the Halifax region

**** HRM Media Release Statement regarding ongoing efforts to address homelessness in the Halifax region The following is a statement from the Halifax Regional Municipality regarding the ongoing efforts to help the Province of Nova Scotia address homelessness in our region. The municipality expects installation for the majority of modular units (providing access to 24 ...

Certain Dole and President’s Choice brand salad products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

**** Recall via Health Canada Certain Dole and President’s Choice brand salad products recalled due to Listeria monocytogene Issue Dole Canada Company is recalling certain Dole and President’s Choice brand salad products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled products have been sold nationally. Brand Product Size UPC Codes Dole Garden Salad 340 g ...

Fire Safety During Winter Storms

**** HRFE Release Fire Safety During Winter Storms During the winter season HRM can experience extreme conditions and significant snow fall – both of which can contribute to increased hazards in your home. To help keep you and your family safe during winter storms consider the following fire safety tips: Clear snow around exits – doors, stairways, ...

RCMP Family Violence Initiative Fund

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP Family Violence Initiative Fund Supporting communities and victims The RCMP Family Violence Initiative Fund helps communities respond to relationship and family violence and victim issues. Since 2004, the fund has supported over 400 initiatives across Canada. In 2021-2022, the fund supported 21 initiatives, with a total of $283,761. Objectives of the fund The fund helps to: Promote awareness of ...

New year, new free online wellness programs to improve your health

**** NSHA Media Release New year, new free online wellness programs to improve your health Are you looking for trusted information on living well and managing your health? Are you interested in developing knowledge and skills in healthy eating, physical activity, mental wellness, parenting, and reducing your health risks? Nova Scotia Health offers a variety ...

Emergency departments experiencing high number of patient visits

**** NSHA Media Release Emergency departments experiencing high number of patient visits Emergency departments throughout Nova Scotia continue to see high patient volumes over the holidays, resulting in longer waits than usual for care. If you are experiencing an emergency, please do not hesitate to visit your nearest emergency department. Emergency departments at regional hospitals ...

Ice Safety : Know the dangers of ice

**** Red Cross Release Ice Safety Know the dangers of ice Ice Factors Many factors affect ice thickness including type of water, location, the time of year and other environmental factors such as: Water depth and size of body of water. Currents, tides and other moving water. Chemicals including salt. Fluctuations in water levels. Logs, ...

Paid Sick Leave Relaunches to Support Nova Scotians

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Paid Sick Leave Relaunches to Support Nova Scotians ———————————————————————————————————— Nova Scotians who have been impacted by the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for up to four paid sick days with the relaunch of Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Program. “We know people are feeling extra stressed at ...

Herbal Essences and Pantene Aerosol Dry Conditioner Spray products and Aerosol Dry Shampoo Spray products Recalled Due to Detection of Benzene

**** Recall via Health Canada Herbal Essences and Pantene Aerosol Dry Conditioner Spray products and Aerosol Dry Shampoo Spray products Recalled Due to Detection of Benzene Affected products This recall involves Herbal Essences and Pantene Dry Shampoo and Dry Conditioner Spray Products that are packaged in aerosol cans.   Product Name UPC (Item) Production Code ...

Help Wanted: Province Launches Recruitment Campaign to Increase Workers in Healthcare, Trades

**** Premier’s Office Release Help Wanted: Province Launches Recruitment Campaign to Increase Workers in Healthcare, Trades —————————————————————————————————— As Nova Scotia’s population passes the one million mark, the Province is launching a recruitment campaign to increase workers in healthcare and the skilled trades to support labour market needs. The campaign is part of a larger strategy ...

Illegal Vape Products Seized in Halifax Regional Municipality and Truro

**** SERVICE NOVA Scotia Release Illegal Vape Products Seized in Halifax Regional Municipality and Truro —————————————————————————————————— Illegal vape products have been taken off the streets of Nova Scotia following an investigation by the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services’ compliance and special investigations unit. On November 17, with the assistance of Halifax Regional ...

Work has started on the IWK Health Centre’s new emergency department, which will more than double its current size

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Work Underway at IWK Emergency Department Expansion Site Work has started on the IWK Health Centre’s new emergency department, which will more than double its current size. “Expanding the IWK’s emergency department is an exciting step forward,” said Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson. “This project will mean a larger, more ...

Tech issue affects cellular 911 calls from multiple carriers

**** Info via Virgin Mobile Tech issue affects cellular 911 calls from multiple carriers   “Attention Virgin Plus Member! A technical issue with the Microsoft Teams app on Android OS may cause your device to experience 9-1-1 calling issues. If you have Teams installed on your device, it may be affected and required to update ...

QEII will postpone some non-urgent surgeries beginning Monday

**** NSHA Media Release QEII will postpone some non-urgent surgeries beginning Monday In order to maintain intensive care bed capacity and mitigate the impact of increasing numbers of staff off work in isolation, some non-urgent surgeries scheduled for the QEII must be postponed, beginning Monday. Patients affected will be contacted directly by their surgeon’s office. ...

New MRI for Halifax Infirmary

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release New MRI for Halifax Infirmary —————————————————————- Patients at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre will soon have access to a new state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. The government is investing $5 million to cover the purchase, installation and operation of a new MRI unit, which is ...

Husqvarna® branded Automower 435X AWD and Automower 535 AWD robotic lawnmowers recalled due to Fire Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Husqvarna® branded Automower 435X AWD and Automower 535 AWD robotic lawnmowers recalled due to Fire Hazard Affected products This recall involves two Husqvarna automower products with the following model numbers, SKUs and UPCs listed in the table below. Model SKU UPC Husqvarna® branded Automower 435X AWD 967853305 967853366 193028049462 193028049981 Husqvarna® ...

#DrugAlert December 10, 2021

**** NSHA Media Release #DrugAlert December 10, 2021 NSHA have received a report from a community partner who witnessed two separate instances of accidental drug poisonings this week (Dec. 8 & 9) in Halifax, NS. The accidental poisonings took several rounds of naloxone to reverse. The drug is described as Fentanyl and Purple Fentanyl. The ...

VirtualCareNS Pilot Program Expansion

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release VirtualCareNS Pilot Program Expansion ————————————————————— People in central and eastern Nova Scotia who are on the Need a Family Practice Registry will start receiving invitations for VirtualCareNS next week. VirtualCareNS gives people on the registry the option to access a primary-care provider online. It is a free program for patients delivered ...

Nova Scotia Health extends timeline for Need a Family Practice Registry validation

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health extends timeline for Need a Family Practice Registry validation Nova Scotia Health is extending the timeline for contacting people on the Need a Family Practice Registry to confirm that they are still looking for a family doctor or nurse practitioner. Those on the registry should receive an email, ...

Investments to Attract, Retain Continuing Care Workers, Add More Beds

**** CNS Media Release Investments to Attract, Retain Continuing Care Workers, Add More Beds ————————————————————— The Province is investing about $57 million to support those working in continuing care, add more staff and open more beds more quickly to seniors waiting for long-term care. Investments are aimed at hiring additional continuing care assistants and improving ...

Northern Pulp Environmental Assessment Process Begins

**** CNS Media Release Northern Pulp Environmental Assessment Process Begins ————————————————————— The proposed Northern Pulp mill revitalization and new pulp effluent treatment plant project was registered for a Class II environmental assessment today, December 7. The company’s registration document is available at: https://www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/ . The Department is now preparing draft terms of reference to guide the preparation ...

Nova Scotia Health to offer free online substance use recovery program to adults in Nova Scotia​

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health to offer free online substance use recovery program to adults in Nova Scotia​ Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program and Health Innovation Hub are piloting Breaking Free Online, an online substance use recovery support program. ​ Breaking Free Online will be free and available for all ...

RCMP warn public of suspected fentanyl found in Lunenburg County

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP warn public of suspected fentanyl found in Lunenburg County Police are warning the public of a new form of suspected fentanyl that was seized as part of an investigation last week in Lunenburg County. The seized drug is purple and appears to be similar in appearance to play-dough. As part ...

A province wide ‘Day of Action’ is underway. It is a day of public awareness to bring attention to the ongoing crisis in long-term care

**** Info via CUPE A province wide ‘Day of Action’ is underway. It is a day of public awareness to bring attention to the ongoing crisis in long-term care. The call to action is looking to call attending to the following issues: – Ensuring all staff are paid appropriately for the invaluable service they provide ...

myCharge Razor Xtreme PD powerbank recalled due to a fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada myCharge Razor Xtreme PD powerbank recalled due to a fire hazard Affected products This recall involves the myCharge Razor Xtreme PD powerbank, model No. RZPD26BK-A.  The product has a blue metallic case with myCharge written on the front of the product case.  The model number is located on the back ...

Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Spray Antiperspirant Products Recalled Due To Detection of Benzene

**** Recall via Health Canada Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Spray Antiperspirant Products Recalled Due To Detection of Benzene Affected products This recall involves eight Old Spice and Secret Antiperspirant/Deodorant Spray Products that are packaged in aerosol cans. The recalled products carry the following UPC codes: Product Name UPC (Item) Old Spice Sweat Defense Pure Sport ...

Grant Will Help Seniors Stay in Their Homes Longer

**** CNS Media Release Grant Will Help Seniors Stay in Their Homes Longer —————————————————————- The Province is following through on its commitment to help seniors stay in their homes longer by investing up to $32 million each year in the Seniors Care Grant. The grant provides up to $500 in funding for eligible Nova Scotians ...

Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Strollers recalled due to Fall Hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Strollers recalled due to Fall Hazard   This recall involves the Zoom 360 Ultralight jogging strollers. “Joovy” is written across the front of the stroller and “Zoom Ultralight” is written on the parent organizer attachment on the bottom of the stroller. See Joovy’s video at https://vimeo.com/574693044/09c3d0418c to install ...

GLW Battery Packs used in Hovertax 2.0 Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards recalled due to fire hazard

**** Recall via Health Canada GLW Battery Packs used in Hovertax 2.0 Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards recalled due to fire hazard This recall involves the removable GLW battery packs installed in UL-Listed Hovertrax 2.0 brand self-balancing scooters/hoverboards manufactured between September 2016 and August 2017. GLW’s battery packs were certified as compliant with ANSI/UL Standard 2271 by UL.  ...

Nova Scotia Health to begin Need a Family Practice Registry validation

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health to begin Need a Family Practice Registry validation Nova Scotia Health will be contacting people on the Need a Family Practice Registry to confirm that they are still looking for a family doctor or nurse practitioner. Beginning on Friday (Nov. 26), anyone on the Need a Family Practice ...

#DrugAlert November 23, 2021

**** NSHA Media Release #DrugAlert November 23, 2021 NSHA received a report from a community-based organization that an unknown substance is being sold as cocaine in the Dartmouth, NS area. It is suspected that it may be Wellbutrin / Bupropion. The drug is described as being sold in a small dime baggy with crushed white ...

Sirens for Life concludes…. And the winner is….

The recent Sirens for Life blood drive, a friendly first responder competition to see what group can raise the most valuable blood donations in the HRM, has come to a close.  And with 2 wins in a row, the NS RCMP have claimed the cup again! First responders see the dire need for blood donations ...

Province Invests in Affordable Housing, Community Housing, Shelters

**** Housing Media Release Province Invests in Affordable Housing, Community Housing, Shelters —————————————————– Nova Scotians need and deserve safe, affordable places to call home. On National Housing Day, today, November 22, the Province announced a $6.4 million investment to build about 200 new affordable rental units in Kentville, Lantz, Halifax and Cole Harbour. These units ...

Blistex Corporation is recalling three lots of Odor-Eaters Spray Powder (D20C04, D20K13 and D21H03) due to contamination with benzene

**** Recall via Health Canada Blistex Corporation is recalling three lots of Odor-Eaters Spray Powder (D20C04, D20K13 and D21H03) due to contamination with benzene Issue Blistex Corporation is recalling three lots of Odor-Eaters Spray Powder (D20C04, D20K13 and D21H03) due to contamination with benzene. Frequent and long-term exposure (e.g., through the skin or by inhalation) ...

Today was the official reveal and launch of the new 2022 Halifax Professional Firefighters (HPFF)  “Firefighters and their Dogs” calendar, in support of firefighter and first responder mental health initiatives

**** Info via Fight4Life Today was the official reveal and launch of the new 2022 Halifax Professional Firefighters (HPFF)  “Firefighters and their Dogs” calendar, in support of firefighter and first responder mental health initiatives. 100% of all calendar sales goes directly towards the programs of Fight4Life. Fight4Life Halifax is a charity that was established in ...

Province Covers Cost of New Cystic Fibrosis Drug

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release   Province Covers Cost of New Cystic Fibrosis Drug ————————————————— Starting today, November 18, Nova Scotia will provide additional support for cystic fibrosis patients by fully covering the cost of the drug Trikafta. Cystic fibrosis is a rare and progressive genetic disease that affects children and adults. Trikafta is used to ...

Verkazia eye drops: Out of Specification, foreign matter

**** Recall via Health Canada Verkazia eye drops: Out of Specification, foreign matter Issue Out of Specification result, potential for presence of particulate matter in this lot. What you should do If you see particulate matter (e.g. crystal-like particles) in the vials or if your eye symptoms worsen, stop using the product and consult your ...

Veterans, Families to Save Money on Rent

**’* Housing Media Release Veterans, Families to Save Money on Rent —————————————————————- Veterans and families caring for a child with a severe mental or physical disability will soon save on their public housing rent costs. The Province will now exclude the veterans’ disability pension and the child disability benefit when calculating how much rent someone ...

Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds brand Broccoli recalled due to Salmonella

**** Recall via Health Canada Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds brand Broccoli recalled due to Salmonella Issue Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds is recalling Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds brand Broccoli from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers, retailers, distributors, and manufacturers should not use, repackage or sell the recalled products. The recalled products have been sold nationally and ...

Voluntary Recall of Limited Number of Whiskas Dry Cat Food Products in Canada

**** Recall via Whiskas Voluntary Recall of Limited Number of Whiskas Dry Cat Food Products in Canada At Mars Petcare, product quality and food safety for the pets we feed is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall a limited number of bags of WHISKAS dry cat food ...

Two lots of TUMS Assorted Berries Extra Strength Tablets recalled because they may contain metal fragments

**** Recall via Health Canada Two lots of TUMS Assorted Berries Extra Strength Tablets recalled because they may contain metal fragments Affected products Product NPN Lot Expiry TUMS Assorted Berries Extra Strength Tablets (750 mg bottle of 100 tablets) 01967932 7B3G (sold individually and as part of Costco club packs – see note below) August ...

(Update) Kentville Police warn of suspicious candy given out at Halloween

**** Kentville Police Release ***UPDATE*** The suspicious candy incident has been resolved, there is no concern for public safety. The smarties were used in a pumpkin as a prop, when it started to rain the child wrapped them in cellophane and placed them in the pumpkin for later. While they were gone trick or treating, ...

QEII Health Sciences Centre second hospital in Canada to receive orthopedic surgical robot Entire project to be funded by QEII Foundation donors​

**** NSHA Media Release QEII Health Sciences Centre second hospital in Canada to receive orthopedic surgical robot Entire project to be funded by QEII Foundation donors​ Nova Scotia Health’s QEII Health Sciences Centre is now home to the Mako SmartRobotics system – the second surgical robot of its kind in Canada. The innovative robotic arm ...

November is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

**** HRP Media Release November is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Every day of every month is a good time to help someone find freedom from violence. If you’re a victim or know someone who is, don’t be silent. Connect with Halifax Regional Police Victim Services Unit & get help today. Victim services in Halifax Halifax ...