Tantramar Report: vaccinations update with Charles Beaver, progress on sexual violence prevention at Mt. A.

Michelle Roy calls out Mount Allison’s handling of sexual assaults in this photo of herself in graduation robes. Her posts on social media garnered thousands of responses. Photo: Facebook
Erica Butler - CHMA - SackvilleNB | 17-11-2021
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Listen to Tantramar Report for the following stories:

Vaccination opportunities in Sackville

Vitalité Health Network is running a walk-in vaccination clinic today at the Sackville Visitor Information Centre from 9am to 4pm. The clinic is open to anyone 12 years and older, and is administering either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. For booster doses of the vaccine, an appointment is necessary.

The Corner Drug Store online registration system is also back up and running for anyone looking for first, second and booster doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Listen to Tantramar Report for a Q&A with pharmacist Charles Beaver about booster doses, flu vaccines, and the plan for kids. Check out the web story here.

“One Year Later: Sexual Violence Prevention at Mt. A”

It was just over one year ago that Michelle Roy called out Mount Allison University’s policies for handling sexual assault on social media, thereby sparking a protest that in turn brought action from Mount Allison’s administration. Organised by the Women and Gender Studies Program, a panel of students and faculty at Mount A are gathering to discuss the progress made in the past year on sexual violence prevention at the university. The panel convenes online at 7 p.m., and the link to register is here. Listen to Tantramar Report to hear from panelist Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton, talking about the progress she has seen on campus.

Sackvillians are spoiled for things to do this week

Tonight, renowned writer and storyteller Leanne Simpson will be reading from her latest novel, Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies. Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer, and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. That talk starts at 7 p.m. tonight and is presented by the Faculty of Arts Speaker Series at Mount Allison. You can find registration links here.

Then on Thursday, renowned environmentalist, scientist and broadcaster David Suzuki will be speaking at Mount Allison as part of the Presidents Speaker Series. Suzuki’s talk is titled, “We boast of our intelligence. How the hell did we get into this mess?” and will be delivered virtually, though audiences can participate both online or in person at Convocation Hall. The event starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are free.

Also kicking off Thursday is the Bordertown Festival, with two events scheduled for Thursday.

From 2-6 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, Open Sky Cooperative is hosting a Bazaar and Open Farm event with a variety of activities including a DIY Button Making Workshop, guided walks through their Mental Health Path on the Marsh, and live music from Harris McSheffrey and Friends.

At 8 p.m., Live Bait Theatre kicks off three nights of their production, “A One-Man Christmas Carol”, directed and performed by Ron Kelly Spurles. Tickets for Thursday’s show are sold out, but there are still some available for Friday and Saturday.

Then on Friday, it’s Moonlight Madness downtown, with vendors filling up the streets, wagon rides for the kids, and live music at Mel’s, co-presented with Sappyfest. We’ll have more details on Friday’s Tantramar Report.

Mitton calls for release of Isthmus study

When Memramcook-Tantramar MLA Megan Mitton took her turn in the provincial legislature for a member’s statement this past Friday, she could not have known that within days there would be unprecedented flooding in British Columbia that has cut off the major rail and road transportation routes in the province. But it’s hard not to hear Mitton’s warning to the legislature–that the Chignecto Isthmus is “one perfect storm away from being underwater,”–as more urgent in the context of what’s happening to basic infrastructure in BC this week.

Mitton rose to bring attention to the climate risks on the Isthmus, and also to call on the Higgs government to release the long since completed Chignecto Isthmus study. Mitton told the legislature that the area is “one perfect storm away from being underwater,” and that residents “have been living with perpetual risk while successive governments have failed to act.”

Canadian vaccination proof now available for New Brunswick

The new Canadian proof of COVID-19 vaccination document is now available on MyHealthNB.

This document uses the federal standard format adopted across Canada, which is accepted by Canada Border Services Agency and ArriveCAN. It provides New Brunswickers who are travelling to jurisdictions that are using QR codes with a reliable way to show they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

The province says that within New Brunswick, the same records will be used for proof of vaccination: an original paper immunization record, or a photograph or digital copy of the same, or, the digital vaccination status on MyHealthNB are all considered valid provincially, along with a valid government ID.

COVID-19 update

A blue and white graphic with information on the latest COVID-19 update on November 16.

The latest provincial COVID-19 update. Photo courtesy of the New Brunswick government.

Public health reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Tuesday, with 10 of those in Zone 1.
There are now 516 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 172 active cases in Zone 1.
Over in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, eight new cases were reported Tuesday, brining the active case count in the health zone to 54.