COVID-19 Support! If you need to talk or have food requirements!

TO THOSE BEAVER BANKERS THAT MAY BE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE
As the community of Beaver Bank Kinsac deals with the COVID-19 situation, we want to reach out to those that may be in need of assistance, whether it is food, picking up items or other needs. The Beaver Bank Community Awareness Association (BBCAA)and Beaver Bank Kinsac Lions Club (BBKLC)are here for you, the community. As evidenced by the various postings on this site, we are indeed a caring group of people and are looking after one another. If you know of anyone in need of assistance, whether it is you, a neighbour, a friend or a senior, please contact these organizations at the following numbers, leave a message, contact number and someone will be in touch.
 
BBCAA – 902 252-3291 or 902 865-1035
BBKLC – 902 864-8521
 
There will also be another delivery of sanitizer, no cost and no contact. Simply place a clean bottle outside on your steps, post your address or leave a message with address on one of the phone numbers and it will be delivered. This is a safe food grade sanitizer donated by Holland’s Pest Control, a fellow Beaver Banker.
 

For folks who have been recently laid off, check with your employer’s Employee Assistant Program. Most have mental health supports and counsellors available via telephone. Even if laid off, these services are available for up to six months after the job loss.

There is a national mental health hotline: 1-833-456-4566 or text “talk” to 686868

For younger residents, the Kid’s Help Phone is 1-800-668-6868

 

Healthy Minds Cooperative offer online Men’s Mental Health Peer-Support.
They have weekly check-ins to help men work through mental health challenges with acceptance and encouragement in a safe environment.

And finally, the Nova Scotia Mobile Mental Health Crisis line is: 1-888-429-8167

All of these services are available 24-7.

 

For any food requirements Beaver Bank residents can call:

902-252-3291 or 902-865-1035

 

In closing, as a community, I am sure we all offer our heartfelt condolences to the victims families, friends and loved ones of the senseless carnage that took place this past weekend. Our prayers to all.

Donation Bins for Diabetes Canada and Make-A-Wish are currently NOT accepting donations!

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Please be advised that both Diabetes Canada and Make-A-Wish Foundation have temporarily suspended their pick up of used item donations at ALL of their bin locations due to COVID-19. Please do NOT place used items at any of these locations until further notice as they will unfortunately just be going to the landfill, and it also creates an unsightly mess in our community.

It would be greatly appreciated by both organizations if you could please hold on to your items until pick -ups have resumed or even contact Diabetes Canada to arrange for them to pick up from your home once the pandemic is over.

Official message from Diabetes Canada

Thank you and Stay Safe!

Don’t Panic!

“Don’t Panic!” This line popped to mind this week. For those that have read or watched “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” would be familiar with the line and the theme. How does it apply to our lives today, no matter how bad things get we look for that silver lining.

These days we find ourselves being asked to keep our personal space of 2 metres, avoid unnecessary travel or even self imposed quarantine and then trying to figure out how not to go stir crazy.

What opportunities do we have before us in these trying times?

First item on the list is as we prepare for Easter or Passover we have the tradition of spring cleaning, so take the time over the next few weeks and clean the cabinets move the stove and fridge and air out your place. If you need supplies and cannot go out call someone or see if your neighbour needs anything if you go out, time to help each other in the little things.

Second opportunity is to look over your place and see what projects you can finish, that you have avoided because you (insert your excuse).

Thirdly, you can look over your place and choose its time to repaint, rearrange or make out a list of new projects you can plan out.

Don’t like these options, see who you can help by doing deliveries, calling to chat with anyone who is shut in or if your bold create an opportunity for a new business venture.

If this still is not good, you could take up some painting (Online classes) and Dollar Store for supplies. Write a book, research your family history. Take a day to binge watch your favourite movies/shows (only a day, not a week). Find your own way to be productive.

Above all Don’t Panic!

Elmer grove

BBCAA

Covid-19 Information

ABOUT COVID-19:

Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19 is an illness caused by a new coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold. There is no vaccine for Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19 at this time, so prevention is the only way to combat the spread. Symptoms may be very mild or more serious, and include a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. These may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.

Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze, close personal contact (such as touching or shaking hands), and/or touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands. These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.

FLATTENING THE CURVE

If the virus is already out there, and most people who get it have mild symptoms, why does it matter if it spreads slowly or quickly?

Because slowing it down buys time, and that time is critical to minimizing the effects of the disease. “Flattening the curve” is a term is being used by public health officials around the world and is our best chance to limit the affects of Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19. With no vaccine to stop it, this will inevitably spread throughout the population. While we cannot STOP it, we can collectively CONTROL the rate of the spread. If allowed to spread too quickly, any health care system would be overwhelmed beyond its capacity to handle the sudden increase in cases. By slowing it down spread, our healthcare providers will be in a better position to do what they do best: protect us all and minimize the casualties.

That’s why it’s absolutely imperative that EVERYONE, regardless of age or physical health, do their part to slow the spread of Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19 as much as possible. Even if you think you’re not at risk of contracting the virus, we must all respect the preventative measures we’ve been asked to follow, such as social distancing (keeping a distance of at least 6 feet or 2.0 metres from other people), washing our hands more frequently, self-isolation when advised, etc. The closures and cancellations imposed by governments are not an overreaction to scare people, but a part of well-reasoned overall public health strategy.

EI CLAIMS RELATED TO COVID-19:

Of course, the many closures and cancellations we’ve endured are more than just an inconvenience to many people. For some, they mean a loss of income, inability to pay rent, or provide for their families. Our government has already made provisions to waive the waiting period for EI benefits in these cases. Furthermore, in order to support Canadians with questions regarding EI claims related to Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19, a dedicated phone line 1-833-381-2725 has been established for those who:

· have had to self-isolate and cannot work

· are an employee or employer looking to apply for financial support through the EI Work-sharing program, or

· have been laid off due to Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19

BE PREPARED:

There are simple, practical things you can do to prepare in case you or someone in your household becomes ill or if Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19 becomes common in your community. Make a plan that includes:

Essential supplies: (a few weeks’ worth) on hand so you will not need to leave your home if you become ill. Avoid panic buying. Add a few extra items to your cart every time you shop. This places less of a burden on suppliers and can help ease financial burden on you as well. Remember to renew and refill your prescription medications.

Alternative arrangements in case you become ill or if you need to care for a sick family member. For example: Have backup childcare in case you or your usual care provider become ill. If you care for dependents, have a backup caregiver in place. Talk to your employer about working from home if possible.

Communicate: Share your plan with your family, friends and neighbours. Set up a buddy system to check in on each other by phone, email or text during times of need.

Stay informed: Get your information from reliable sources such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. For general information on Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19, please visit Canada.ca/coronavisrus and/or novascotia.ca/coronavirus, or call the toll free line at 1-833-784-4397.

COVID-19 Closures and Cancellations in Beaver Bank

Beaver Bank Community Centre is CLOSED.

All events, rentals and programs are cancelled until further notice.

Effective Tuesday, March 17 all municipally owned recreation facilities, community centres and arenas will be closed, and all programs and bookings will be suspended until further notice. While facilities will be open Monday, we encourage residents to stay home if possible and avoid facilities if they are feeling unwell or have recently travelled outside of Nova Scotia.

Beaver Bank Kinsac Lions Club

Due to the threat of COVID-19, the Lions Club will be closed until further notice. This action is in keeping with measures being taken by local authorities. It is a time of uncertainty and every measure must be taken to do our part to ensure the safety of our Lions and guests.

Notes from Lisa Blackburn re: North Beaver Bank bus service

  • In 2016, about a month following my election as Councillor for District 14, the Moving Forward Together Plan (MFTP) was passed by Regional Council; at which time the routes had already been determined and the public consultation complete.
  • I made it very clear that I was not happy with the cancellation of the North Beaver Bank route and questioned the passenger numbers used to justify the cancellation. I felt the numbers were too old and did not accurately reflect those currently using transit. I asked for a new count to be done in early 2017; however, the numbers were still below the threshold needed to maintain the service.
  • In August 2018, I asked staff for a report on the possibility of keeping bus service during morning and afternoon peak hours. That suggestion was voted down by the Transportation Standing Committee and Regional Council in January 2019.
  • The current changes were not supposed to happen for another year; however, upgrades to Halifax Transit software meant the changes could be fast-tracked.
  • Since January, I have met with concerned community members to discuss alternatives as well as three of the community transit service providers in the province: MusGo Rider, East Hants Rider and West Hants Transit. They all require permission from the provincial Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) to expand their service area and none were interested in expansion at this time.
  • I also studied a pilot project conducted in Cape Breton that used local taxi services to provide transit options in rural communities. While great in theory, it requires grants from the municipality to be provided to taxi drivers. Under the Halifax Charter, we are not permitted to do that and, amendments to the Halifax Charter can only be made by the provincial government.
  • The Ivy Meadows facility does have a bus for residents but was not interested in expanding the service.
  • Recently, the province announced a Rural Ride Share Field Test that uses ride-sharing to help with public transportation in rural areas. I have written to The Honourable Minister Derek Mombourquette (see letter below) asking that North Beaver Bank be considered for the pilot project
  • Unfortunately, none of this means anything to a resident who has taken the bus for 30 years and now has no service. For this, I am very sorry. If I had the ability to demand the route be maintained, it would have been done long ago. Sadly, my powers are limited. Be assured that I am not done fighting for North Beaver Bank service. It may mean going back to our roots and the days of the Beaver Bank Bullet – it will take a community effort and I will work with any group in support of such an initiative.
  • I have also suggested residents look into HfxRidematch.ca, a carpooling register that could help residents looking for rides.
  • For the majority of Beaver Bank, the recent changes introduced by Halifax Transit bring a level of Transit Service unheard of in our history. It is my hope that Express Bus Service and a more consistent/expanded schedule will entice residents to take the bus.

Lisa

Northwest Community Council meeting rescheduled For Jan 13 7PM at BBKCC

Presentation for the Northwest Planning Advisory Committee Wednesday January 8th @ 7pm is CANCELLED but will be rescheduled for next month –  details to follow!

Northwest Community Council meeting rescheduled For Jan 13 7PM at BBKCC

The name/organization/persons who will be presenting (up to two people may present);

Beaver Bank Community Watch(Lyle Mailman)

· A brief outline of the topic and substance of the presentation (only one topic per presentation is permitted);

The Beaver Bank Road has high numbers of construction vehicles from quarry operations in East Uniacke, The Windgate Intersection continues to need improvements, and a speed limit/safety review need to be completed. The development moratorium is taking money from long term residents that are looking to downsize and stay in their community.

· The outcome sought by the presentation (i.e. whether there is an “ask” of the TSC, or if it is only for informational purposes, etc).

That Beaver Bank Road gets the intersection upgrades and collector roads(Margeson Drive/Aerotech Connector), required to allow further safe development.

Thank you

Lyle Mailman

(902)229-3138

Letter to the editor Beaver Bank Transit – Google Docs

North Beaver Bank – Need a lift?

Anyone can email : BeaverBankTransit@gmail.com
I’ve started a Facebook group
‘North Beaver Bank Need a lift?’

People can connect and offer, get rides to and from the Community Centre until we get the bus back.
Also posting updates on ‘Beaver Bank Community Watch’ group and the ‘Beaver Bank Transit’ page.

Lyke Mailman is currently working on a petition with our councillor, Deputy Mayor Blackburn, that we’ll present at
Northwest Community Council on January 13th and to City Council January 14th.