The Emergency Management Office and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal advise Nova Scotians to take appropriate precautions in view of Environment Canada’s warning today, Jan. 13, that a storm will bring heavy snow, freezing rain and rain overnight. Such weather conditions can make driving treacherous and cause power outages. The departments advise Nova Scotians to monitor local weather forecasts, avoid driving if possible, and make sure they have emergency supplies in their homes, and in their vehicles if driving. “We just want Nova Scotians to ensure that they and their families stay safe,” said Emergency Management Minister David Morse. “For example, seniors and individuals with mobility issues should be particularly aware of the risk of icy sidewalks, walkways and driveways.” Nova Scotians should have a home emergency kit prepared. It should include: a battery operated or crank radio, flashlight, spare batteries, non-perishable food, manual can opener, drinking water, adequate supply of medication, first-aid kit, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing and footwear. Similar items are recommended for vehicle kits, along with jumper cables, warning flares, shovel, traction sand or road salt, and tow rope. “Our crews are prepared and ready to clear our roads, but we encourage people to stay at home during storms to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “If it’s necessary to drive during a storm, we ask that drivers check road conditions and proceed with added caution.” More information on preparing an emergency kit for your home or vehicle is available on the Emergency Management Office website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo . More information on road conditions is available by dialing 511 for provincial highway conditions, or 1-888-432-3233 for local road information. In the event of power outage, people can call Nova Scotia Power’s outage information line at 1-877-428-6004.
Friday marks one of the most important days on the Christian calendar — Good Friday. Worshippers have been commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at masses and gatherings around the world.Most church services on Good Friday took place between noon and 3 p.m. In many churches, the service involves a meditation based on the last words of Jesus on the cross, with hymns, prayers, and short sermons. In some countries, there are special Good Friday processions, or re-enactments of the crucifixion.Closer to home, four churches had a joint service for Good Friday. A traditional, long walk followed.The Church of the Resurrection, Holy Trinity, St. Stephen on the Mount and St. Michael’s Anglican walked 10 kilometers. Participants sang and even shared a couple of laughs during the walk.The 10k walk started and ended at St. Michael’s with stops at the other participating churches led by a cross-bearer and clergy from the parishes.All proceeds are going to support mission to seafarers.
OPP are crediting the quick thinking of a bystander with saving a man’s life, after administering naloxone.On Sunday morning police and paramedics were called to an address in Delhi for a man in medical distress.When the first responders arrived a female resident had already recognized the male’s distress was from an opioid overdose and immediately administered naloxone.As a result, the man was conscious, responsive, and walking by the time paramedics were on scene.“The bystander recognized that the male was in medical crisis and administered naloxone that ultimately saved his life. When someone is overdosing, minutes can make the difference between life and death,” said Norfolk OPP Inspector Joseph Varga.