1. Here are
12 15 victims in yesterday’s mass killing
It will never make sense.
In coming hours and days, we’ll learn more than we’ll want to know about yesterday’s cross-province killing spree. We will get to know about the victims, the details and timeline of the horrors will be reported, and maybe even the warped motivations behind the mayhem will be hinted at.
But it will remain incomprehensible.
The enormous loss suffered not just by one family but multiple families, not just one community but multiple communities — Portapique, Wentworth, Truro, Shubenacadie, Sydney, Dartmouth, and more — is so deeply painful as to be indescribable.
There are no words.
And to think that these families and communities won’t be able to mourn collectively because of the coronavirus restrictions is still more heart-breaking.
As of publication time, the Halifax Examiner has been able to confirm the identity of 12 of the 16 victims; they are:
Lisa McCully, a school teacher who was instrumental in keeping the Debert Elementary School open;
Gina Goulet, a denturist in Shubenacadie;
Lillian Hyslop, a resident of Wentworth;
Heather O’Brien, a nurse with the Victorian Order of Nurses;
Greg Blair and Jamie Blair, a married couple, Greg worked at a propane company in Truro;
Cst. Heidi Stevenson, an RCMP officer;
Alana Jenkins, a Correctional Manager at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro, and Sean McLeod, a Correctional Manager at Springhill Institution, a couple;
Emily Tuck, a 17-year-old budding musician, and her parents, Jolene Oliver and Aaron (Friar) Tuck.
We also can confirm that another person, a man, was shot and killed in Wentworth, but as of publication time we have not been able to identify him.
There are three other victims unknown to us at this time, but we will update this post as we learn more.
Update, 10:10am April 20:
We can confirm that Corrie Ellison of the Debert area has also been killed.
Tom Bagley, retired firefighter;
Kristen Beaton, a continuing care assistant with the Victorian Order of Nurses.
The Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or someone concerned about them. Call (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167.
2. Five deaths at Northwood
“Two more residents of the Northwood long-term care facility have died from COVID-19 related illness,” I reported yesterday:
The two newest deaths brings a total of five residents of Northwood who have died with the disease, and nine people who have died overall in Nov Scotia.
The disease is spreading quickly in nursing homes. Today, the Department of Health announced that a total of 147 people at nursing homes (93 residents and 54 staff) have tested positive for COVID-19; that’s an increase of 32 from 115 yesterday (67 residents and 48 staff). (That increase of 32 exceeds the provincial total increase of 26 announced today, but that’s because the two numbers have different daily reporting timeframes — see below [on the link] for more discussion of this problem.) Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said, however, that the problem is mostly concentrated at Northwood.
Yesterday, 26 more people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 675. Eleven people are currently in hospital with the disease, four (one fewer than yesterday) of whom are in ICU; 200 people have recovered completely.
3. The CFIB is suddenly a fan of big government
Writes Stephen Kimber:
Remember the time — two months ago! — when businesses were railing on about too high taxes, too much government, too much waste… Well, that was then. Whose hands are out now?
4. Muskrat Falls delayed again
“Nalcor blames COVID-19 for failing to meet contracted schedule of delivery of power to Nova Scotia Power, but there are also problems with software,” reports Jennifer Henderson. “As a result, Nova Scotia likely won’t meet its renewable energy targets.”
“For most of us, COVID-19 marks the first time we’ve had to worry about our food supply or even think about how the food chain works,” reports Yvette d’Entremont:
That was one of the insights shared by Nova Scotia farmer Katie Keddy on Thursday during a panel discussion hosted by Dalhousie University’s Open Dialogue Live online series.
The livestreamed discussion focused on the pandemic’s impact on food and our food systems and how things might change in a post-pandemic world. Speakers included local farmers Philip and Katie Keddy and Dalhousie University professor and food researcher Sylvain Charlebois.
There is too much tragedy and pain.
I cut the ships today because I have too much to work on.