Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

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(NB-Vaccinations)

New Brunswick is introducing amendments aimed at ensuring most children attending daycares and public schools are immunized.

As of September 1st, 2021, all exemptions will be removed from mandatory immunization requirements except for medical reasons.

The amendments to both the Education Act and the Public Health Act follow a measles outbreak in the Saint John area where 12 cases of the highly contagious disease have been confirmed, most of them at one high school.

Education Minister Dominic Cardy says the initiative is aimed at ensuring as many children as possible are vaccinated, which will help protect the most vulnerable members of society. (The Canadian Press)

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(NS-Yarmouth-Ferry)

The heavily-subsidized ferry between Nova Scotia and Maine has announced it won't begin operation until at least mid-summer.

Bay Ferries says it won't be able to start service on June 21st as scheduled due to delays in renovating its new terminal in Bar Harbor to suit U-S customs requirements.

CEO Mark MacDonald says it's difficult to say exactly when ferry from Yarmouth will sail, but all reservations prior to July 7th are being cancelled.

The Nova Scotia government provided 8.5-million dollars in funding to help Bay Ferries move its port in Maine from Portland to Bar Harbor to save fuel costs with shorter trips. (The Canadian Press)

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(NS-School-Buses)

Stock Transportation has confirmed it will take part in a new request for proposals process for school bus service in the Halifax area.

Education Minister Zach Churchill announced yesterday that Stock's current contract would be cancelled after the 2019 school year after a survey suggested parents are unhappy with current service.

Churchill also said his department would take full responsibility for school bus routing and communication with parents, guardians and students beginning with the 2020 school year. …

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