Have your say about affordable housing

The lack of affordable rental housing in St. Margaret’s Bay is a serious ongoing problem. You are invited to share your views on this important issue through a brief survey that will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Nancy Gilbert, chair of the St. Margaret’s Bay Housing Coalition, says the group is working towards the development of a “much-needed multi-generational residential community. We are looking for people interested in modestly priced rental accommodations to complete the survey. We hope that this project will allow people of all ages and abilities to support one another within a neighbourhood community.”
 
If you are interested in affordable housing for yourself or for a friend or family member, please consider completing this survey. The submission deadline is November 6 at 8 p.m.

To access the survey, go here: https://forms.gle/Po2TYuJc2ZY4FzXw8

Printed copies of the survey are available at the Community Enterprise Centre, 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Upper Tantallon.

For more information, contact Nancy Gilbert by email.

Flu shot more important than ever this year

Even if an annual flu shot isn’t part of your usual self-care routine, this is the year it absolutely should be, says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. While the flu shot won’t protect against Covid-19, it will help reduce the number of people getting influenza, which will reduce pressure on the health care system.

Unlike previous years, you have to make an appointment at either doctors’ offices or pharmacies to get the shot, which is available now.

Meanwhile, Dr. Strang says Australia’s experience during their flu season, which is earlier than ours, indicates precautions against Covid-19, especially frequently washing and sanitizing our hands, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distances as needed, and avoiding crowds, will very likely reduce the number of cases of influenza this year.

Lions Club medical equipment lending program

The St. Margaret’s Bay Lions Club has an extensive collection of medical equipment it’s eager to lend out to Bay residents as needed.

One happy and grateful user of the Lions Club medical equipment program is shown in the photo. Bridget Fitzgerald (seated in scooter) of Upper Tantallon is joined by (from left) Lions Blaine MacDonald, Doreen MacDonald and Leonard Bugbee, who is the club’s social services chairman.

Barbara Way, the club’s president, says inventory includes wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, medical boots, commodes, bedpans, k-dishes and hospital beds. The available inventory changes somewhat, depending on what is presently out on loan, but all the equipment is loaned out at no cost to those who need it. Borrowers must arrange for someone to pick up and drop off any borrowed equipment, as the Lions Club is not able to do so.

For more information, contact Lions Club members Parkesh Kapoor at parkeshkapoor@hotmail.com or Leonard Bugbee at bugbeel@eastlink.ca.

October Newsletter

Our October newsletter is now available! Click the cover image below to view or download.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Health benefits from adopting older cats
  • Remembering a founder of Bay Seniors
  • Bay quilter’s fame spreads to Turkey
  • Living with the ghost of Uncle Lemmie
  • Upcoming events, local info and much more!