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

Car Ferry Tender Awarded

We have just heard that the tender for a new car ferry for the Tancook Islands was officially awarded today to A. F. Theriault and Son Ltd. in Meteghan, N.S.
It is our understanding that our new car ferry will be similar to “Margaret’s Justice,” the new ferry servicing Long Island and Brier Island.
(photo credit A. F. Theriault and Son Ltd.)

Car Ferry for the Tancook Islands Announced

Press Release: Car Ferry for the Tancook Islands

News release

New Tancook Islands Ferry, Shorter Route Announced

Residents of Little and Big Tancook Islands will benefit from a new car ferry, the province announced today, Nov. 4.

The new vessel will provide shorter, more frequent trips and allow transport trucks and emergency response vehicles to access the islands.

The province and the Government of Canada are each investing $4.9 million for a new 18-car ferry. The new vessel will replace the existing 38-year-old foot passenger ferry.

The Tancook Islands ferry departure route is also changing to accommodate a car ferry. The landing will move to Blandford, Lunenburg Co. from Chester. Travel time on the new route will drop from 50 to 30 minutes. The number of daily crossings will increase from four to about 11.

“The new ferry will help ensure a safe and reliable service to residents and visitors of Tancook Islands,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “It will also improve access to essential services such as ambulances, as well as economic and tourism opportunities.”

Construction of the new car ferry is expected to start this winter with an estimated completion date of Spring 2022.

Quotes:

Strong and modern infrastructure is an essential building block for healthy and prosperous rural communities. The Tancook Island ferry replacement will improve access to essential services for residents, while opening the community to new tourism and business opportunities.Bernadette JordanMinister of FisheriesOceans and Canadian Coast Guard, on behalf of Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

Not only will a new car ferry bring better services to the islands from all levels of government and create economic opportunities, it shows commitment to rural Nova Scotia. It means a safe, reliable service for the residents of these islands and makes living here more attractive to future residents, ensuring the viability of these Islands for years to come.Jason KeddyCaptain of the Tancook Islands ferry

Quick Facts:

  • about 200 people live on the Tancook Islands
  • the Tancook Islands ferry is currently a passenger-only ferry that makes four return trips daily, seven days a week from Chester
  • the existing ferry is 39 years old
  • Chester is not able to accommodate the new 18-car ferry
  • Tancook Island ferry is one of three provincial ferries being replaced. Others include the Country Harbour ferry in Guysborough County and the Little Narrows ferry in Victoria County

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