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Student from outside Atlantic region fined for failing to isolate in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX — The RCMP in Nova Scotia have handed a $1,000 fine to a university student from outside the Atlantic region for failing to self-isolate. The Mounties issued a statement Saturday saying the student in Wolfville, N.S.

HALIFAX — The RCMP in Nova Scotia have handed a $1,000 fine to a university student from outside the Atlantic region for failing to self-isolate.

The Mounties issued a statement Saturday saying the student in Wolfville, N.S., violated the provincial Health Protection Act.

"The Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding university students arriving in the province from outside of the Atlantic bubble to follow all Public Health orders," the RCMP said in a statement. "We ask everyone coming into the province to educate themselves on the directives and enforcement measures."

RCMP spokesman Const. Steeve Plamondon said the Mounties in the Kings District received a complaint on Thursday and the fine was issued later that day.

Plamondon couldn't say where the student attended school or where they had come from.

Aside from certain essential workers, anyone arriving in Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic region must remain isolated for 14 days.

On Friday, Sainte-Anne University in Church Point, N.S., announced it had expelled a student who failed to self-isolate earlier this month and later tested positive for COVID-19.

The French-language university issued a statement saying its disciplinary committee determined the student had committed numerous infractions of health rules and the school's code of conduct, which prohibits anyone from endangering the health and security of others.

"Universite Sainte-Anne wishes to remind everyone that we are experiencing a time of crisis," the statement said.

"There are numerous stress factors, and everyone reacts differently to triggering events. We can all actively choose to be understanding and compassionate in these challenging times."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 12, 2020.

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