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Dogs gather in Bedford to help Shelter Nova Scotia – The Signal

Dog Days fundraiser part of ongoing efforts to help the non-profit raise $160,000 by March to keep programs running

Dogs came to lend a paw for Shelter Nova Scotia at the "Dog Days" fundraiser, which was organized by Bed Bug Detectives.Andrea McGuire

ByAndrea McGuire

January 27, 2020, 5:28 pm ASTLast Updated: January 27, 2020, 5:28 pm

Shelter Nova Scotia needs to raise almost $140,000 by the end of March to keep all their programs and services running and theyre getting closer with a little help from some furry friends.

Linda Wilson, executive director of Shelter Nova Scotia, said the non-profit needs to fundraise $300,000 throughout their 2019/2020 calendar year, which ends March 31.

She said their organization typically receives at least 40 per cent of its fundraising goal over the holiday season. But this year, they came up short.

Its competitive, sadly, Wilson said. And people were extremely generous with us this year, but we didnt get as much as we had hoped.

Shelter Nova Scotia serves about 1,300 people a year who experience homelessness or other kinds of housing instability in HRM. It operates six facilities, including two emergency shelters.

Although Shelter Nova Scotia receives some government funding, it also relies on donations. All funds are used for the non-profits daily operations.

So that means to pay the light bill, to pay the phone bill, to buy supplies and things like that, explains Wilson.

Wilson said no facilities will close if they dont reach their fundraising goal, but they might have to pull back some services.

Dozens of dogs and their humans attended a fundraiser in Bedfords DeWolf Park on Saturday to grab some treats, get some pictures taken, and share a sloppy greeting at a canine kissing booth.

A company called Bed Bug Detectives held the Dog Days fundraiser over the weekend. Why dogs? The pest control business is full of animal lovers, explained managing director Brett Newcombe. Plus, a team of six trained dogs are their primary investigators when it comes to pinpointing bedbugs.

Newcombe said Bed Bug Detectives is celebrating 10 years in business, and they tossed around a few ideas for marking their anniversary. But this one came top of our mind, he said.

We do work with Shelter Nova Scotia, and we take pride in helping our community, Newcombe said. So we thought its for someone thats in need, and someone that could benefit from some extra donations.

Shelter Nova Scotia has had major problems with bed bugs in the past. Wilson said this was partly because people kept donating bedbug-infested items to their organization. In fact, Shelter Nova Scotia was Bed Bug Detectives very first customer 10 years ago.

In the beginning we were probably their biggest customer because were such a big organization, and people were dumping their dirty donations on us, said Wilson.

In 2017, Shelter Nova Scotia stopped accepting donations of used clothing and furniture. Theyve also begun monthly checks with the dogs from Bed Bug Detectives.

We now rarely have a bedbug, Wilson said.

She added that third-party, independent fundraisers like Dog Days are a big help for Shelter Nova Scotia.

Along with monetary donations, the non-profit is also looking for household items like toothpaste, shampoo, and reusable water bottles. A detailed list can be found here.

While Wilson certainly stresses the financial needs of Shelter Nova Scotia, she said she equally wishes for people to be kind, thoughtful, and avoid blaming anyone experiencing homelessness.

Im often amazed by assumptions that are made about people who are experiencing homelessness, she said.

Sometimes I think people think they just fell out of the sky. And you know, they are somebodys son, daughter, father, uncle, cousin. Friend. And for the most part, theyve just fallen on tough times.

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Andrea McGuire is a journalism student from Newfoundland. Before coming to King's College, she completed a master's degree in folklore at Memorial University. She likes cats, plants, and playing accordion.

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Bed bugs in Halifax, Nova Scotia – Bedbugger.com

Nova Scotia is fighting bed bugs.

The Daily News of Halifax, NS reports on the bed bug epidemic there. This is a fairly informative, if brief, article. A few things are of interest.

First, the reporter says that

Pest control sevices provide efficient ways to deal with bedbugs. They dust and spray for bedbugs, and inspect residences for sign of the bugs.

But if all PCOs provide such efficient control, why do most people need more three or more treatments (as reported widely elsewhere)?

And if theyre treated so easily, why are they spreading so easily? If controlled easily and quickly, we could wipe them out. In fact, theyre quite difficult to treat (and this is because of the limited efficacy of the pesticides legal for treatment), and are spreading rapidly:

In the past two years, there has been a significant bedbug increase, says John Zinck, the district manager of Orkin Pest Control.

Currently, were doing about 20 calls a week on average. Weve done at least 1,000 to 1,500 residential units this year in Halifax, he says.

Let me highlight that statement, Orkin alone have treated at least 1000 to 1500 residences for bed bugs in Halifax this year.

Halifax has a population of 380,000. Lets say they live in homes of approximately 3.5 people each. Thats 108,571 residential units. Lets say Orkin has treated 1500 residences, and other pest control operators have treated the same number combined (a conservative estimate, if Halifax has as many PCOs as other towns, and at least one other major chain besides Orkin). That would be 3000 residences. If 3000 residences in Halifax had bed bugs this year, thats 2.7% of the homes. Depending on the business other PCOs are getting in the area, of course, the numbers could be much higher.

Heres another thing to consider: NYC, my town, has had 4500 reports to 311 of bed bugs in the last year. Those reports are to a telephone line, and bed bug complaints are made only by tenants and only to the Department of Housing and Preservation. I cant emphasize this enough: most people in NYC dont call 311 to report a pest problem. Homeowners never would. Tenants do only if they think their landlord isnt dealing with or wont deal with a problem without pressure from the city housing dept. Most tenants simply tell their landlords directly.

What I know for a fact is that theres no way there are only 4500 people in NYC suffering from bed bugs this year. I would personally estimate that there could be as many as 20x this or more. I have now interacted with at least 40 New Yorkers with bed bugs (online); I think 2 tried to call the 311 # and one had their report taken (the other was apparently given the run-around by the receptionist, whod never heard of bed bugs). These are people who searched the internet and found a Yahoo group on bed bugs; if any folks with bed bugs had the wherewithal to find and call the 311 number, it would be these people.

The population in New York City in 2000 was 8,000,000: more than 21 times the population of Halifax. Based on my estimates above, this would translate to 2,285,714 homes of 3.5 people each (a made up number of inhabitants per residence, but identical to the one I made up for Halifax). An infestation in NYC which is comparable to 3000 homes in Halifax, might equal 84,656 residential units (housing 296,296 people) treated in one year, almost 20x the reports to 311. It would absolutely not surprise me if the infestation in NYC were at this level or higher right now.

And remember, its growing exponentially, and spreading fast.

I realize all those numbers are estimates, and I am not trying to be alarmist, but we need to realize the magnitude of this. Exactly how many people have to go through this in order for the government to treat it as a problem, despite the fact that right now, no physical diseases are believed to be spread this way?

One PCO interviewed by the Daily News journalist in Halifax said:

Bedbugs are the worst thing people could have in their houses, says Don McArthur, the president of Braemar Pest Control.

They cause more psychological damage to people than half of the diseases that might be transmitted by insects.

This is coming from the man who hears about the psychological damage caused by bed bugs. Hes meeting people every day who are covered in itchy welts, exhausted from a loss of sleep and the trauma of possibly having thrown out many of their belongings (and done all the work that involves, on top of the loss itself).

Psychological trauma, financial trauma, and the physical problems that can result from a lack of sleep (which impedes all aspects of daily activity, and all areas of your health)all of these are real and serious.

Not as serious as Hurricane Katrina or a major illness.

But absolutely as serious as a lot of mental, physical, and financial situations for which the government routinely offers aid to citizens. If people had their homes affected by tornados, there would be federal assistance to the disaster area. Bed bugs are an act of nature, and this is not an easily-managed pest, nor one people could have planned for.

Homeowners and renters might expect the occasional influx of roaches, ants, or even termites; were dealing here with a pest we have not seen in 30 years, and in epic proportions. and heres the key: unlike termites, ants, and roaches, the bedbugs are spreading and infecting everyone in the vicinity. The government needs to take this on because eradicating this epidemic protects the rest of the population from its spread.

We need assistance for homeowners and renters in getting top-rate pest control. Landlords will increasingly be unable to provide good pest management, financially, since eradicating bed bugs requires treatment of entire buildings. As much as I sympathize with people who want to demonize landlords, theyre not all rich. If we want to get rid of this pest, doing so has to be a matter of public interest.

This should also not be a great opportunity for PCOs to get rich quick. It doesnt take a genius to realize that PCOs inadvertently benefit from the current use of inadequate pesticides to treat bed bugs. If they had DDT, the bed bug boom would be a flash-in-the-pan. Theyd be in and out, the problem gone.

Instead, theyre contracted to come in repeatedly (usually 3 or more times), and can count on repeat business as the bugs make their way around a building. Many of us would gladly pay the same price for the short sharp eradication of these pests, thats for sure. But maybe we would not have to.

And some people cant, or wont pay for the current costs of fighting bed bugs, and cutting corners is leading to their spread.

I am not implying that the PCOs are colluding with the bed bugs, you understand. (No flames, please.) I know most PCOs are as worried as the rest of us and want to be rid of them. They have elderly parents, partners, childrenand theyre as or more vulnerable to an infestation as anyone, working as they do in the field (albeit with more awareness).

I do think we need to deal with these bugs as swiftly as possible. Besides helping finance (and requiring) thorough exterminations for all (not just those who can afford the best, or those who show the most foresight and therefore the most diligence in their treatment), the government should help stop the bug spreading further.

We need public education campaigns teaching people not to take in any second hand furniture, period, until this is over. Couches, soft chairs, and mattresses are obvious sources of bed bugs, but wooden desks, tables, and even metal bed frames and other items can carry the bugs. Anything on the curb could have been tossed out by a person with an infestation.

Id say we also need more effective pesticides. We might consider a careful, controlled reintroduction of DDT, just until this is abated. It took a long time for the WHO to re-introduce it for malaria, and now, finally, people in Africa are getting some relief from those mosquitos. If DDT is effective against the current bed bugs (and I realize thats a big if), it could be used in small quantities, in targeted areas, indoors (away from wildlife). From what I understand, theres no proof it killed any humans or caused any human diseases. And I, for one, dont have any whopping cranes in my closet with the bed bugs. We once got rid of bed bugs in this country for 30 years. Why not get rid of them again, and then keep them away?

NY has periodically sprayed for mosquitos in NYC; it began in 1999 and sprayed malathion, permethrin and other pesticides from the air and ground. This was the state Dept. of Healths response plan in 2000. West Nile Virus is a different problem, and caused some serious illnesses and fatalities. But my point is that mental health problems caused by bed bugs, not to mention physical health problems (and financial ones), are being suffered by a wide number of people; theyll be suffered by almost everyone in time if something is not done. We cant leave it to the individual. Lets not discount the effects of this epidemic on the tourism industry, and therefore on local incomes and tax funds.

Theres the theory that DDT is no longer effective against bed bugs; if this is so, serious, well-funded, widespread research must be done into other ways of getting rid of bed bugs. Before everyone has them.

Update (11/2008): A search on Halifax just brought up this post. Although I usually dont delete posts (or part of posts) because I no longer agree with them, my thinking on the DDT issue has changed a lot since I wrote this back in 11/2006 (two years ago). For this reason, I feel the need to update this post.

Since then, Ive read a lot about DDT. I dont think theres any chance of reintroducing it, Im not sure its a good idea, and there is evidence that it started being ineffective against bed bugs as early as the 1947 (see this post), so I do not doubt reports of bed bug resistance to DDT near the time it was phased out in the US in the early 1970s.

In short, I do think we need stronger pesticides. In many areas, certain products might be relabeled for bed bugs with good effect. But I definitely think the idea of bringing back DDT is a non-starter.

And about PCOs benefitting from the need to repeat treatments? Well, some in any industry are going to be happy to do a second-rate service and rake in the dough. When I wrote this, more PCOs had less bed bug experience. We heard a lot more reports back then about PCOs who did not understand how well bed bugs traveled, who did cursory 10 minute inspections and declared 2-bedroom homes bed bug-free, who thought everyone with bed bugs had visible welts, or who thought repeat treatments were almost never necessary or should come after 6 weeks.

I am glad to say that more PCOs seem to know bed bugs than they did before. (And it makes sense, since the problem is growing.) And there are plenty of PCOs who do quality work and take pride in it. Theyre trying to use the latest technologies, some of which make quick work of eliminating bed bugs. They want your bed bugs gone right away, just as you do. I am glad theyre out there.

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Occupational Health and Safety Act Amendments, Spring 2017 Update

Occupational health and safety officers are working with health care workers to raise awareness about strain, sprain and inflammation injury prevention.

Officers visited health care facilities across the province to engage workers in discussions about health and safety programs.

The visits were also used to promote general safety compliance and awareness, and to identify areas for improvement while recognizing the efforts that are already being made.

A summary of the findings can be found in the report here.

The federal Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) legislation was amended February 11, 2015 to align with the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Impacting suppliers and employers across the country. We are currently in the transition period. No changes to provincial WHMIS have been made. Nova Scotia is reviewing its Workplace Hazardous Material Information System Regulations to be consistent with the federal legislation.

For information on this and for other resources onWHMIS 2015, go to the National WHMIS webpage.

Should you have any questions, you may wish to contact the Occupational Hygienist for your region by calling 902-424-5400.

The Occupational Health and Safety Division periodically receives calls from employers who are themselves receiving aggressive, high-pressure and sometimes misleading calls from private providers of workplace health and safety training specifically WHMIS, safety poster requirements, on-line first aid training, as well as Violence in the Workplace Regulations training requirements.

Regarding WHMIS the private provider caller implies the need for annual training and/or posting of particular safety posters to be in compliance with the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Legislation. For sales calls about on-line first aid training the caller states that all persons at the workplace need first aid training. For sales calls on the Violence in the Workplace regulations the caller is implying that training is required. The requirements on all of these items may vary depending on the company type and size.

If you have any reservations and/or questions about what is required to be in compliance with any type of OHS training, please contact the OHS Division at 1-800-952-2687.

Earlier this year, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) also issued a warning about the aggressive sales tactics by some training providers. In some cases, it found companies were giving the impression they represented the government, and were indicating the training was required or endorsed by the provincial workplace jurisdiction.

Employers who wish to file a complaint on the tactics of a company soliciting products and training services can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

The Nova Scotia Smoke-Free Places Act was updated May 31, 2015 and the changes have the potential to affect how Occupational Health and Safety officers can enforce this Act. The changes will expand the Smoke-Free Places Act to cover electronic cigarettes and water pipes such as hookahs. The definition of "smoke" was been expanded to include all forms of smoke from any device that burns tobacco or any other substance. Smoke means smoke, inhale or exhale smoke from, burn, carry, hold or otherwise have control over a lit or heated cigarette, cigar, pipe, water pipe, electronic cigarette or device that burns or heats tobacco or another substance that is intended to be smoked or inhaled. Enforcing the Smoke-Free Places Act will now include traditional cigarettes and cigars, electronic cigarettes and hookahs

The Workplace Safety Strategy is a five year plan (2013-2017) aimed at making Nova Scotia workplaces safer. The Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia has recently approved the Strategic Plan 2016-2020. The new plan sets a vision for significant, needed change to modernize its organization. The details of the 2016-2020 plan is now available.

Table with information on convictions under the Occupational Health and Safety Actfrom the past five years, including the convicted employer or person,the offence and the penalty, has been updated to September 30, 2017.Note: the table has been amended to include a brief summary descriptionof the incident.

The OHS Division has received a number of calls regarding the legality of workers working alone. The Division has prepared a Lone Workers Information Guide to clarify the occupational health and safety requirements regarding working alone. While there are no OHS regulations that do not allow working alone, except in very specific cases such as confined space entry where an attendant is required, there are several OHS regulations that would apply to lone workers.

The OHS Division has received several questions regarding bed bugs in the workplace and what the possible OHS requirements may be. While there are no specific occupational health and safety regulatory requirements addressing bed bugs, there are some general requirements, similar to any potential health and safety hazard in the workplace, that would need to be met. The Bed Bugs - OHS Information Sheet outlines what hazard bed bugs pose, how to address the issues, general OHS requirements that apply and links to information resources.

The CSA Group has changed the link to their OHS View Access Site. The OHS View Access Site allows visitors to view OHS Standards referenced in federal, provincial and territorial OHS regulations. Originally developed in 2008, in collaboration with government OHS departments, the latest version now includes a search function allowing users to more easily locate the standard they are looking for, as well as including new references. Note: our link in the top right hand corner of the page has been updated to the new site - if you had book marked this page you may need to update your book mark.

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We have bed bugs. Weve done some basic damage control threw out a couch, bought some mattress covers, laundered bedding, some clothing, curtains, etc., and vacuumed all over the place but the bugs persist. I have no idea where theyre hiding, but we wake up with new bites each day. Continue reading

Bed bugs Halifax Kent Street Posted by Bed Bug Expert on August 20, 2015 Bed bug supplies for Halifax available here at bedbugsos.ca According to the report, 5261 Kent st has a major bed bug infestation. Management has been treating the units with no sucess. Bed bugs are spreading throughout the building, from unit to unit, room to room. Continue reading

Halifax has made an unpopular top 10 list, ranking seventh on Orkin Canadas top Canadian bedbug cities. The top 10 cities are: 1. Continue reading

2. Re: Bedbugs Bedbugs are becoming a problem everywhere. Just because a hotel or any other type of accommodation has had them in the past doesnt mean they still do, and just because they didnt have them one month, one week, or even one day ago does not mean they are clear of them today. Continue reading

This hotel seems to be under new ownership/management, as it does not live up to the positive reviews we had seen. Rooms are small and dark, with no closet space. My wife and I also noted that cleaning was inconsistent the bathroom was ok, but glass tables in the room had a sticky residue. Continue reading

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