Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

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(Fire-Drowning-Fatals)

The Canadian Red Cross says two major incidents contributed to a particularly tragic year for fire and drowning deaths in Atlantic Canada.

The humanitarian organization says at least 24 people died in residential house fires and there were at least 34 water-related fatalities in the region last year.

The deaths of seven children from a family of Syrian immigrants in Halifax in late February was the single largest tragedy due to a house fire.

Seven men also perished when a float plane crashed into a lake while heading to a remote fishing lodge in northern Labrador in July. (The Canadian Press)

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(NS-Rotavirus-Vaccine)

Nova Scotia has joined all other provinces in providing the rotavirus vaccine to infants for free.

The Health Department says it is now included as part of routine vaccinations provided through the publicly funded immunization program for babies aged two, four and six months old.

Nova Scotia is the last province or territory in Canada to create a publicly funded immunization program for the highly contagious virus, which causes gastrointestinal illness in young children.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang says the change is an important step forward in protecting infants against common childhood illnesses. (The Canadian Press, Global)

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(NS-Pedestrians-Hit)

Police say two female pedestrians have been struck by vehicles in two separate collisions in Halifax this morning.

Halifax regional police say one woman was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries after she was hit while waiting at a street corner.

They say a vehicle ran a red light and collided with another vehicle that was pushed into the pedestrian.

Another woman was also hit by a car as she was crossing the street and she was taken to hospital with minor injuries. (Global)

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(NB-Wetlands)

The New Brunswick government says it has developed a new and comprehensive online Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Reference Map. …

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