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Vaccinations of N.S. Grade 7 students still happening despite COVID-19 pandemic

Vaccinations of N.S. Grade 7 students still happening despite COVID-19 pandemicNova Scotia public health is urging Grade 7 students to get vaccinated.It scheduled 65 clinics across the province in July and August with the goal of vaccinating 9,200 Grade 7 students who missed their shots in April because of COVID-19."We're very optimistic, we hope that we're going to get great numbers. We're hoping to get at least 70 per cent immunized and if we don't we'll go back to the drawing board," Cara-Leah Hmidan, the public health manager for the Nova Scotia Health Authority's central zone, told CBC Nova Scotia News at 6 in an interview on Tuesday.According to the health authority, the four immunizations given in Grade 7 school clinics cover hepatitis B, HPV, meningococcal disease and tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis.Hmidan said the health authority is doing comprehensive COVID-19 screening on each student before they enter the clinic. As of Tuesday, 1,700 appointments have been booked.Hmidan said she thinks the pandemic is motivating parents to schedule appointments."They're very concerned. They want to make sure that their children are vaccinated," she said.Hmidan said students will be screened for COVID-19 ahead of time.She said if a student has any symptoms, the student will be separated from the others and a nurse in full protective gear will determine if the student is eligible for immunization."We have all our folks helping us at all points in the clinic because we are doing very comprehensive COVID-19 screening before a student enters our clinic," she said.Parents looking to schedule vaccinations for their children should call their local public health office.MORE TOP STORIES


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Suspect arrested after tow truck driver's window smashed in Vancouver parking lot dispute

Suspect arrested after tow truck driver's window smashed in Vancouver parking lot disputeVancouver police have arrested and are holding a suspect in custody in connection with an incident caught on video Monday, showing what police describe as an "act of violence" against a tow truck driver.The incident happened in the parking lot of a strip mall at 3490 Kingsway at around 11 a.m., near Boundary Road between East Vancouver and Burnaby, according to Vancouver Police Department Const. Tania Visintin."It was an act of violence. Anytime an act of violence occurs we are very concerned. You know it was in broad daylight. There were plenty of people around," said Visintin.Video captured by a witnesses at the scene, shows the suspect standing at the side of a tow truck with the Drake Towing company logo on the door, yelling at the driver to get out.Hammer in handThe suspect and the driver in the truck can be heard yelling at each other. Within seconds, the suspect walks past the witness and can be heard saying, "I have the weapon, no problem."When he returns he appears to have a hammer in hand, and approaches the driver's window and smashes it."What I do know is that it was a dispute over a parking space," said Visintin."I believe the suspect was not supposed to park in a certain spot in the parking lot. Therefore a tow truck was called and from there the incident escalated."CBC News spoke with someone who answered the phone at Drake Towing. That person said these kinds of violent incidents are a "one-off" and that this was the worst example he had seen in his 30-year career.The suspect was arrested and taken to jail, Visintin said.Charges including assault with a weapon, uttering threats, mischief, and possession of a dangerous weapon have been forwarded to the B.C. Crown Prosecution Service, though it's not clear if those charges have yet been laid."We're thankful that the police were called before anybody got hurt," said Visintin.


Melville, Sask., cleaning up after storm topples trees

Melville, Sask., cleaning up after storm topples treesMelville is cleaning up after a storm knocked over trees and downed branches all over the city Monday.The fire department says crews were busy after powerful winds hit, downing trees and power lines in the city, about 140 kilometres northeast of Regina.The city says there is a lot of debris to deal with, including a big tree limb that knocked out the fence at Melville's public pool.The storm also damaged a building under construction, knocking down the wood framing. It's expected city crews will be out throughout the week clearing out the debris.The city is waiving fees at the landfill for people disposing of their own branches.


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