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Summer Relief

Slowly reopening as summer arrives

In Nova Scotia, we have now had two consecutive weeks with no new cases of COVID 19.  As a result, we are in the process of gradually reopening many businesses and activities.  We are all becoming VERY familiar with a whole new understanding of bubbles.  

Current NS Reopening Guidelines
Recreation NS has shared the following update on reopenings, as of Wed, June 24.
The government of Nova Scotia issued a news release announcing that the Atlantic Travel Bubble will open on Friday, July 3rd.   
  • The NS State of Emergency is in place until noon on Sunday June 28 
  • As of Thursday, June 18th Nova Scotia has 1061 confirmed cases of COVID-19. No new cases were identified Tuesday, June 23. 998 cases are considered resolved. 
  • Beginning next Friday, July 3rd, interprovincial travel within NS, NB, PEI, and NL will be permitted without the requirement to self isolate. Other Canadian visitors to the Maritime provinces who have self-isolated for 14 days may travel within the Maritime region.
  • People can gather in groups of up to 10 without physical distancing. People in a group are not required to be exclusive but they are strongly encouraged to maintain a consistent group. This is especially important for Nova Scotians who are more at risk of complications from COVID-19. This change replaces the concept of family household bubbles.
  • Gatherings of up to 50 are allowed but people must observe physical distancing of two metres or six feet. The larger gathering limit of 50 applies to social events, faith gatherings, sports and physical activity, weddings and funerals, and arts & culture events like festivals and concerts. Businesses that are too small to ensure physical distancing can have no more than 10 people on their premises at a time. 
  • Premier McNeil and Dr. Strang support ongoing public gatherings for anti-racism protests and ask Nova Scotians to consider wearing a mask in instances when social distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Nova Scotians who are tested for Covid 19 at a primary assessment site, and have a Nova Scotia health card, can choose to provide an email address at registration and have a negative result emailed to them, which is faster than a phone call. Positive test results will continue to be delivered by phone. 
  • Nova Scotians must check https://novascotia.ca/burnsafe/ , updated daily at 2 pm, for their local fire restrictions. 
  • More information to help organizations work within the public health guidelines during re-opening can be found at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia.
 Through all re-opening phases, Nova Scotians must continue these core personal public health practices:
  • Staying informed, being prepared and following public health advice
  • Continuing to practice good hygiene (hand hygiene, avoid touching face, respiratory etiquette, disinfect frequently touched surfaces)
  • Maintaining physical distancing as much as possible when outside of the home (i.e. from non-household members)
  • Continuing to increase environmental cleaning and ventilation of public spaces and worksites
  • Staying at home and away from others if symptomatic /feeling ill – do not go to school/work and follow jurisdictional/local public health advice
  • Staying at home if at high risk of severe illness
  • Continuing to wear a medical mask, or if not available a non-medical mask or face covering if you experience symptoms, and, will be in close contacts with others or go out to access medical care
  • Consider the use of non-medical masks in situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Reducing personal non-essential travel 
 Kids Help Phone has expanded its capacity and will take phone calls from adults as well as children during these difficult times. Anyone needing someone to talk to can text NSStrong to 741741.
 Daily updates will are livestreamed on@nsgov Facebook and YouTube 
 https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast,
 
Additional Resources:
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus
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These lifting of restrictions are a welcome relief, especially for friends and family who have been separated.  However, medical experts warn us to use caution and not become complacent.  Most expect a resurgence that might require a step back to stricter rules.  So get out, enjoy the reopening but please be aware of ongoing COVID-19 risks.  
Take care of yourselves and your families.  
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This issue includes:
Gaetz Brook Greenway - Updates and images
Black Lives Matter: Racism - and cycling
Friends of GBG (Activity Group)
Nature images close to home
In Other News
COVID-19 Thanks
Closing Image

Thanks this month Judy Myatt.  Additional pictures provided by Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Gaetz Brook Greenway 

REMINDER:  Parks and trails are open but guidelines about distancing remain. The crushed gravel trail offers a safe, flat surface with sufficient width to maintain the recommended two-metre passing distance.  Staying to the right of the travel surface permits space for safe individual and family biking, running and walking.  If you drive to the trail, remember to leave 2 M (~6 ft.) of space from other vehicles.

Volunteers have been monitoring the trail to assure that it is clean and safe.  However, they will be taking a break from this work for July and August so as not to disturb nesting and fledgling of the many bird species in the area.  We'll be having regular cleaning days one day a week starting in late August - and we'll be looking for volunteers willing to help with as little or as much time as they like.  More news in the next newsletter.

Trail signs have been printed and will be installed later in the summer, as will a number of benches.  There will be an official opening as public health guidelines allow a gathering. It is anticipated for early Fall. 

Finally, our AGM has had to be rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions.  We are reviewing alternatives for dates and delivery modes.  A virtual meeting is being considered.  Details will follow.

Watch for updates on our  Gaetz Brook Greenway, SATA Trails  Facebook page. Please read the most recent posts for clarification and updates. 
Scenes from the GBG (Spring 2020) 
Attending to the trail -  Volunteers placing signs for better visibility and trimming debris; Additional rocks placed for safety near brook, in response to user concerns.
On the GBG (June 2020) 

Black Lives Matter: Racism - and cycling

Resources and background

For the past month, #BlackLivesMatter protests against racism by police have been happening around the world. The killing of George Flloyd, an unarmed black man was the catalyst for this current movement.  Floyd is one of the too many persons of colour killed in recent years.  People of all races and backgrounds are standing together to fight systemic racism.  Multiple rallies and peaceful protests have taken place in Nova Scotia. As part of the efforts to address racism in police departments, people are calling for defunding of the police.  This is not an effort to get rid of police but a call to reallocate or redirect some funding away from police departments to other government community agencies better prepared to support issues like mental health or addiction.
The following is from the  Halifax Cycling Coalition Newsletter
As an organization that advocates for inclusive, accessible urban transportation systems and equitable city planning, the safety of Black people on the streets of Halifax is essential to our vision of a bike-friendly city. 

We have been listening, reading, protesting, and writing letters over the past few weeks in support of Black residents in the Halifax Regional Municipality. As an organization with exclusively white people in leadership positions, we don't have a lot of our own input to add to this conversation. We are listening and strategizing for continued actions we can take in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. 

We have been receiving some questions about what a cycling advocacy group is doing asking our council to defund the police, and what racism has to do with cycling. One of the best quotes we have seen that answers this question was written by Tamika Butler, a Black, queer, gender non-conforming woman living in the US. 

"People of Color know that racism and racial bias in policing and infrastructure planning is a major factor in our safety and in our ability to succeed as we move about our communities. Any conversation about bicycling that fails to explicitly and affirmatively acknowledge this disparity is one that lacks true vision, honesty, and effectiveness." - Tamika Butler

Some resources that dive deeper into the issue of racism and cycling:
Why We Must Talk About Race When We Talk About Bikes - Tamika Butler

'Safe Streets' Are Not Safe For Black Lives - Destiny Thomas

How Do We Respond to Anti-Black Racism In Urbanist Practices And Conversations? (webinar video) - Jay Pitter, Tamika Butler, Orlando Bailey, Anthonia Ogundele, & Will Prosper

Friends of GBG (Activities)

formerly Shore Active Transportation Association (SATA)

Future activity plans
A note from Pat McWhinney, Friends of GBG Activity Coordinator:
Unfortunately, while it is great to see that the COVID virus is sufficiently under control to allow the province to start opening up, the threat of a resurgence is still very real and prevents us from returning to our Thursday activities in the way that we so enjoyed before the pandemic. Gatherings of groups are still restricted as per Public Health directives and the logistics of observing physical distancing are not practical. So until such time as it is possible to resume something resembling our former events we encourage you to engage in activities in small groups and would love to see you post pictures to the Friends of the GBG FB site as a way to keep us all connected. And we especially encourage you to come out and enjoy the lovely GBG.

Enjoying Nature Close to Home

Outings shared by our members

Porter's Lake (June 14, 2020)
Calm waters made for a perfect morning paddle
Blueberry Run Trail near Hope for Wildlife (June, 2020) 
Soft colors on a foggy day. 

In Other News...

Active Transportation News

Halifax Regional Municipality
As of June 18:
  • All  HRM libraries will be open by July 7.
  • Sport tracks and basketball courts are now open for individual, household and household bubble use. Team training and games with individuals not within your household/household bubble remains prohibited under current physical distancing measures. These restrictions will be adjusted in line with updated public health direction.
  • The Fitness Centre at Musquodobit Harbour Recreation Centre will open on Monday, July 6, 2020 
For all municipal updates, Visit Halifax Coronavirus Disease | COVID-19

Nova Scotia Provincial Parks
As of June 24:
Safety measures remain in place at provincial parks. 
  • Due to public health measures, provincial campgrounds are only open to Nova Scotians, no out-of-province bookings.
  • Only campers with reservations will be allowed to enter campgrounds. 
  • Campsites will be limited to family units/ members of the same household 
  • No group camping
Full details at Nova Scotia Provincial Parks COVID-19 Updates

Parks Canada
Park Services:  Since June 1, some Parks Canada places have been offering limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Openings will differ across the country. Information will be updated regularly.   Your visit will be different this year than in past years.  For details of what is opening when, visit the Parks Canada website about how to visit during COVID-19.

Camping Services: As of June 22, 2020, Parks Canada has started to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the Parks Canada website dedicated to camping during COVID-19, plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit.

COVID-19 Thank You

Staying strong together by stating apart

A message to:
... medical personnel and hospital staff, first responders, truck drivers, retail and restaurant staff, cleaning crews, retail staff and others who have kept essential services operating
...volunteers who have supported the more vulnerable members of our communities by delivering groceries, opening community pantries, sewing PPE, making donations, checking on neighbours, sharing resources, creating online entertainment, issuing creative challenges and coordinating remote events.
...businesses that have adapted to support customers by offering pick up and/or delivery options, new hours, flexible payment, new online stores, and stricter sanitizing practices.
...everyone who has self-isolated when possible, struggled with social distancing but stayed home anyway to help protect your community, found ways to work from home while tending to child care and homeschooling and..., or taken on extra tasks to help colleagues with more home responsibilities.
Thank you!!!!
 
 

Parting Shot

Closing with another of Judy's spectacular sunset images.  To me, sunsets like this always provide a bit of peace at the end of any day - and give hope for a new beginning.  Thanks for sharing the beauty, Judy.
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Gaetz Brook Greenway Gaetz Brook Greenway
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As things reopen, please continue to adhere to medical advisories.  Stay Safe. Keep social distancing as much as possible!

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