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Province Announces Changes To Nursing Program

Province Announces Changes To Nursing Program

The Department of Health says eligibility criteria are being expanded to allow more licensed practical nurses to qualify for Bachelor of Science, nursing programs at Cape Breton University and St. F. X. University. It says […]

ALS Awareness Month

ALS Awareness Month is a campaign to spread awareness of and raise funds for research for a cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Parks and Recreation Month

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Province Launches Phase 1 Of Buy Local Program

The Nova Scotia government has launched the first phase of a provincial buy local program.

The province says the program called Nova Scotia Loyal is now in the prototyping phase.

It says this phase will see a team visiting stores and markets across the province to research consumer behaviour and hear directly from Nova Scotians.

The government says it will also be working with retailers of all sizes and has also launched an engagement campaign to hear from people about Nova Scotia Loyal branding.

People can give feedback on the Nova Scotia Loyal website and on social media.

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Property Tax Rebate Applications Available Friday

The province is reminding people applications open on Friday for the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors that helps low-income seniors with their municipal residential property taxes.

The program offers eligible seniors a rebate of half of their property taxes up to $800.

Applications are open from July 1 to December 31st.

People who got the rebate last year will get an application by mail.

This year, applicants will also be able to apply for the Heating Assistance Rebate Program on the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors application.

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Second Booster Doses Opening Up For People 50+

The province says people from ages 50 to 69 will be able to book a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine starting next week.

The province’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Shelley Deeks, notes the government is not recommending a booster dose for those people at this time but it still wants to give them a choice.

Public health recommends getting the second booster in the fall because the ideal timing for a booster dose is closer to an increase in virus activity.

Health officials also say new vaccines that may offer broader protection against the Omicron variant may become available.

Second boosters for people 50-69 will be able to be booked online or by phone starting on July 8th.

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Charlotte St. Redevelopment Starting Next Week

The Regional Municipality says construction work will start a week from today on the first phase of the $9-million redevelopment of Charlotte Street in Sydney.  

A section between Dorchester and Pitt Street will be open only to people on foot for about 14 weeks.

Businesses in the area will be open.

Work will include road excavation, waterline and utility installation, sidewalk construction and paving.

Meanwhile, Transit Cape Breton routes will change because of the work. 

New bus shelters were put at the corner of George and Pitt Streets ahead of the project and the current hub location at Dorchester will move to George and Pitt on Monday.

The municipality says more information on the transit route changes is coming this week.

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Trial Ordered For Murder Accused

A Florence man will stand trial for second degree murder in the death of 60-year-old Robert Thomas Bradley from Sydney Mines.

A preliminary hearing was held today for John Patrick White, who is now due back in court next month to set a trial date.  

40-year-old Stephen Michael Bishop from North Sydney is also charged with second degree murder in the case.

Regional Police say officers got a call in September of 2020 about an assault at a home on Brook Street in North Sydney.

They say paramedics treated the man who was assaulted but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A trial date for White is scheduled to be set on July 13th.

 

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