Tantramar Report: Meet Open Sky’s new executive director, NS premier promises to remove tolls

Laura Hunter leans on a fence with her two grandchildren. Behind the fence are two donkeys.
Laura Hunter enjoying the outdoors with her two grandchildren and Open Sky’s famous donkeys. Photo submitted by Laura Hunter.
Meg Cunningham - CHMA - SackvilleNB | 21-07-2021

On today's Tantramar Report:

Introducing Laura Hunter, the new Open Sky Co-op Executive Director. Hunter is one of the original co-founders of Open Sky Co-op, a nonprofit organization that helps adults with mental health challenges and disabilities transition from high school to adulthood. Now, twenty years later, Open Sky has called her back and she is taking over from longtime former Executive Director Margaret Tusz-King. Hunter spent a few months transitioning into the position, and officially started in early July. She made the time to chat and introduce herself to the community as Open Sky Co-op’s new Executive Director.

There are no new cases of COVID-19 in the province and the New Brunswick’s COVID-19 wings remain empty of patients requiring hospitalization. Plus, just under 60 per cent of New Brunswick’s eligible population has received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Phase three of the path to green can only begin once 75 per cent of the eligible population gets two doses. Right now, 80% per cent of the population has at least one dose, so if all of them get a second shot, then the province will meet its goal.

Nova Scotia Premier Rankin said he would remove tolls for non-commercial vehicles with Nova Scotia plates on Oct. 1, if re-elected. Rankin’s campaign took him to Amherst on Tuesday to make an announcement alongside his Cumberland North candidate, Bill Casey. Amid both cheers and jeers from the gathered crowd, the Liberal leader promised a partial elimination of tolls on the Cobequid Pass.

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