Letter from Peter Stephens

This letter from Peter Stephens acknowledges the people who contributed to a successful Covid pop up testing clinic on Big Tancook Island on May 7, 2021

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following:

Hugh MacKay our MLA for assisting in making this happen.

Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, in particular Captain in Charge Jason Keddy, who facilitated and organized the ferry schedule and enabled the ferry to be used as the testing site for Little Tancook residents. As well as the crew for their patience and support.

Martin Hiltz, for helping to organize the Little Tancook end of things.

Angela Henhoeffer, our local REMO representative who did so much to organize the popup test site on both islands and was the coordinator with Public Health.

Dr John Ross from Public Health and his amazing team for coming out to do the tests, including going to people’s homes to perform test.

To amazing volunteers who gave up their day to organize the site, provide transportation and ensure things ran smoothly:

Ward Carson
Bonny Cross
Peggy Seward
Kat Swift, in particular whose meticulous record keeping and attention to detail helped speed up the testing process.

Food was provided by Ann Westhaver, Lesley Stephens and Pam Baker, who made the food for the test team and refused payment. Thank you!

Tancook Community Rec Center for providing their facilities.

To so many of you for showing up and taking the test. In closing remember that the current rules are still in place:

Masking
Washing hands
Social distancing and not socializing as per provincial guidelines, check for updates to keep current. Keep up the good work and stay safe.

On behalf of all BTIERA members.

Peter Stephens

 

 

Rapid Covid-19 Testing on Big Tancook

Attention ALL Tancook Islands residents: PLEASE get tested.
Got a test recently? COME. GET. TESTED. Whether you were tested on Monday, or two weeks ago, IT. DOES. NOT. MATTER. A lot can change with a brief encounter, and it is ALWAYS good to know that you are doing all you can to keep yourself and your community safe.
Received the vaccine already? DOESN’T MATTER! You can still spread the virus to those around you. Come get tested!
From out of province? COME ON DOWN! You don’t need to be a NS resident to get tested. You don’t even need a health card!
Have a child? THEY CAN GET TESTED! There is a doctor coming who is AMAZING with children, and he is excited to talk to you and figure out the best test for your child.
Been told to isolate? WE CAN ACCOMMODATE THAT! Call the MFR phone (902-277-1710) tomorrow, and your number will be given to the Testing Team to GET. YOU. TESTED.
This is serious, islanders. Please, come get tested at the Rec Centre so you can be a confident contributor to the safety of our community. Remember to wear a mask.
Little Tancook Update: Any residents on Little Tancook who wish to be tested should be at the wharf at approximately 11:15, as testing will take place on the ferry at that time.

COVID Protocols

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms or feels they may have been exposed should contact 811 immediately an speak to a COVID nurse – they will have the most current exposure sites and most current information from Public Health.
Peter Stephens

OPEN BURNING RESTRICTIONS 2021

 OPEN BURNING RESTRICTIONS 2021 – BIG TANCOOK ISLAND
 
The Province of Nova Scotia is now in Wildfire Season.  All residents are asked to check  NovaScotia.ca/burnsafe/ and to adhere to the burning restrictions.
Respectfully, Fire Chief Dexter Rodenhiser

Important Notice – Change to MFR Status

Notice to Residents:

Please be aware that EHS has moved all MFR agencies to Level 5 response model.

This means that we will only attend:
Motor Vehicle Collisions
Difficult extrication.

Despite making a case for our isolated location and circumstances, the decision by the Province stands.

BTIERA will not be attending any 911 medical call outs unless they fall into the above two categories.

If there is a 911 medical call out, Paramedics will attend from the mainland by either ferry or Lifeflight. BTIERA will provide transport locally for the paramedics.

Please if you have a medical emergency call 911, do not contact our MFR’s privately and put pressure on them to see you off the books. This could have serious consequences for BTIERA and the individual MFR.

Regards
Peter Stephens
MFR Coordinator.

BTIERA – a testament to community spirit

The recent CBC news story feature on  BTIERA was a good reminder to all of us that we are indebted to these community-minded volunteers for their unwavering commitment to the safety of island residents.

One way in which we can continue to express our appreciation for this invaluable organization is by participating in BTIERA fundraising events like Sunday’s Fall Dinner.

By all accounts the Fall Dinner was a resounding success.  From the ham and turkey carvers and the raffle tickets sellers to the community members who contributed a dish and the intrepid kitchen volunteers, the Fall Dinner raised approximately $2200.

With well over 100 people in attendance at the Fall Dinner, it is safe to say that the community spirit of Big Tancook Island is alive and well!

The raffle draw winners are:

Hooked mat – Rodney Cross, Chair – Al Barkhouse, Quilt – Diana Hutt, Knitted Shawl – Melba Graham, Red Hat – Laura Barkhouse, Green Hat – John Elliott, Scarf – Audrey Flanders, Spaghetti or Pizza dinner – Jimmie Levy, T-shirt – Susan Apostle, T-shirt – Ava Farrar