Rec Centre WILL be open this summer

We are excited to share some good news! Today, we received word that we will receive funding for the position of Tancook Tourism Ambassador for this summer. This means that the Rec Centre will be open to visitors beginning the first week of July. (We will post hours, etc. once we have hired a candidate to fill the position.) Needless to say, we will follow all health and safety guidelines as set out by the Nova Scotia Government.

If you are between the ages of 15-30 you may apply for this position. Please see the attached poster for details.

Things to consider when planning a visit to Tancook during the current pandemic

Dear Friends of Tancook

These are difficult times for all of us. We are doing our best to abide by the rules and expectations as outlined by Dr. Strang. We do feel fortunate that there are no places/opportunities for gatherings of more than 5 on the island during the Covid-19 pandemic, unlike city life where large stores are open.

We have noticed visitors arriving to spend some time on the island. It is understandable that people wish to get away for a day. For everyone’s safety, we do wish to point out some important things to bear in mind:

  • The ferry capacity currently is 50.
  • The rule of social distancing (6 ft or 2 meters) applies here.
  • 71% of island households include seniors.
  • Several homes have signs on their doors requesting “No Visitors”.
  • There are 2 outhouses but no publicly accessible running water on the island. (You would have to bring your own hand sanitizer.)
  • Our Medical First Responders (MFRS) have been instructed that they cannot assist in any emergency (other than vehicle collisions and difficult extractions) during the pandemic. 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.
  • A ban on open fires is in effect throughout all of Nova Scotia. The fire ban will remain in effect until at least 15 May 2020.

We all hope that before long, the current restrictions will ease, making it easier for all of us to visit friends and family and enjoy this beautiful place in which we live. In the meantime, it is the responsibility of each of us to be safe and sensible.

TNC Wireless is coming back

Good News.
TNC Wireless plans to be on the island next week. (week of April 20) If you wish to be connected, please contact TNC today.

TNC Wireless
Kim Macivor
Phone: 902-695-6950
Toll Free: 1-866-790-6950
Email: info@tncweb.ca

Based on reports we have heard, the island residents who are already TNC customers are very happy with their service.

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.

TIR Meeting re Ferry Service

This is a meeting concerning the current and future ferry service – not the condition of the roads.  The TIR staff who will be meeting with us are from the ferry service – not road works.
To help TIR staff prepare for the meeting,  we would like to send them questions in advance.  (Deadline for questions is Dec 13.)

If you wish to submit a question(s) in advance, you have two options:
1. You can leave question(s) in the comments below, or
2. You can leave (question)s anonymously at the Post Office.

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