Nova Scotia pharmacists see increased need for safe supplies for people who use substances – Halifax

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Three harm reduction organizations are working with more than 70 pharmacies across Nova Scotia to meet the rising demand for safe supplies for people who use substances.Those on the front lines of this work say the coronavirus pandemic has led to a steep increase in the need for safe supplies to be distributed to communities provincewide.One way that’s done is through the “brown bag program.”“(The bags) each include 10 clean syringes, 10 alcohol swabs, a tie, some water and a few cookers,” said Ashton Manktelow, an outreach worker with Mainline Needle Exchange. People in need of safe supplies can ask for a ‘brown bag’ at pharmacies across Nova Scotia. Alexa MacLean/Global Halifax Manktelow is one of several outreach workers at Mainline who not only...

All new and in-works N.S. restaurants required to be accessible for all

All new and in-works N.S. restaurants required to be accessible for all


A 2018 human rights inquiry found Nova Scotia failed to enforce requiring restaurants to have accessible washrooms. By the end of this month, all new restaurants, cafes, delis and lunch counters in the province need to be accessible to people with disabilities.

New restaurants in Nova Scotia required to be accessible by end of the month – Halifax

New restaurants in Nova Scotia required to be accessible by end of the month - Halifax
By Staff The Canadian Press Posted October 2, 2020 11:28 am Smaller font Descrease article font size -A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Nova Scotia is requiring new restaurants, lunch counters, cafes and delis to be accessible to people with disabilities under rules that take effect at the end of the month.The province says any new restaurant with seating will need to have accessible entrances, pathways and washrooms in order to get a food safety permit.READ MORE: Traditional salmon dinner served to K’jipuktuk community for Treaty DayThe changes will be paired with updated Nova Scotia...

Halifax hockey parents create petition to be allowed in the rink amid COVID-19 – Halifax

Halifax hockey parents create petition to be allowed in the rink amid COVID-19 - Halifax
Both Michael Kydd’s children play minor hockey in Bedford, N.S., but he hasn’t been able to see them play on the ice this year.The BMO Centre, like other hockey rink facilities across the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), is closed to spectators. Read more: Halifax Mooseheads return to ice with a plan to compete and keep COVID-19 at bay “What you are actually seeing are parents looking for every opportunity to peer through every window (at the rink),” said Kydd. “It’s what we did at the forum the other day, just to get a glimpse of our kid skating.”Kydd says players are dropped off at the rink, half-dressed in their gear at a specific entrance for the ice pad they are using, and a specified exit to use on the way out, as to minimize interactions with other ice users. Story continues below...

Province to provide high-speed internet to all Nova Scotians by 2022

Province to provide high-speed internet to all Nova Scotians by 2022


Access to high speed internet as an essential service is something that has become apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, about 30 per cent of Nova Scotia does not have access to high speed internet. Tuesday, the government committed to changing that over the next 2 years. Jesse Thomas has more.

Nova Scotians can now renew their driver’s licence online – Halifax

Nova Scotians can now renew their driver’s licence online - Halifax
The province announced Tuesday that Nova Scotains will now be able to renew regular driver, motorcycle and farm tractor licences through an online service.“With the impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives, Nova Scotians have been provided different ways to access services while following new public health protocols to help keep themselves and others healthy and safe,” said Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab, in a news release. Read more: NSHA to contact 211 people whose private information was breached According to the province, drivers can use the new service if they: Trending Stories Coronavirus: What one of the youngest patients in a B.C. ICU wants you to...

Representatives from post-secondary schools highlight accessibility for students with disabilities – Halifax

Representatives from post-secondary schools highlight accessibility for students with disabilities - Halifax
Representatives from post-secondary institutions are taking part in a panel discussion on campus accessibility as part of the National AccessAbility Week Digital Conference, hosted by Halifax-based organization reachAbility. READ MORE: Halifax-based non-profit goes digital for week-long conference on accessibility and inclusion Accessibility & Inclusion in a Post-Secondary Environment is a two-part speaker series featuring representatives from some of Nova Scotia’s foremost post-secondary universities and colleges: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Dalhousie University, Cape Breton University, Acadia University, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary’s University.Speaker series moderator and reachAbility program facilitator Debra Wells-Hopey sees it as a great...

Halifax advocate wheels down Robie Street to highlight accessibility issues – Halifax

Halifax advocate wheels down Robie Street to highlight accessibility issues - Halifax
[ad_1] In ancient Greek mythology, Odysseus traveled for ten years to return home after the fall of Troy. On Wednesday, Brian George ended a different sort of odyssey with a seven-kilometre trek down one of Halifax’s longest and busiest streets.“I’m starting here at the corner of Robie and Gainsborough and I’m wheeling all the way down to Saint Mary’s University,” George said. “It really is just to show just how inaccessible this city is and how difficult it is for someone like me to get around this city when not relying on things like transit.”Over the last two years, George has traversed 15 streets around Halifax as part of his Halifax Odyssey Tour, a project that looks to shed light on the challenges that people with disabilities face on a day-to-day basis. His route from the northern tip of Robie Street to...