Roundup: 11 new COVID cases, high-profile incumbents return for federal election, Haligonian takes helm of Liverpool hockey team, forest school connects kids with nature

Scott Ross, founder of the Pictou County Forest School, with a group of students.

Nova Scotia has 49 known active cases of COVID-19, with 11 new cases and 18 recoveries reported in the latest government update. Health officials say seven of the new cases are in the Central Zone (three travel-related, four close contacts of previously reported cases), two are in the Northern Zone (both close contacts), and two are in the Western Zone (both travel-related).

As of Aug. 24, 76.6% of Nova Scotians have had their first shot of COVID vaccine, and 68.8% have had both doses. Canadawide, 72.6% of people have had one dose, and 65.4% are fully inoculated.

Forest school connects kids with nature
Scott Ross wants children to love the natural world as much as he does.

That’s why he launched the Pictou County Forest School pilot project, offering day camps this summer.

“I’ve always been a believer that whatever you teach should be about helping personal growth as well,” Ross says. “I want to help children learn the skills so they can go on their own expeditions. It helps children build confidence and feel good about themselves.”

He tells Raissa Tetanish about it in this new Pictou Advocate story.


Of time, timelessness, and a cat named Duncan
During the languid days of summer, author and educator Steven Laffoley spent a great deal of time with a cat named Duncan.

This gave him ample opportunity to ponder time and timelessness, and see the joy in a cat’s life without regard for past or future.

As I consider the start of a new school year and consider what I might say to my teachers as they prepare to spend their time with their students, perhaps it’s worth provoking in them a deeper pondering of time, of its constructed context and qualifiers, to remind them perhaps of what is most compelling and important about their chosen calling,” he says. “Or perhaps I should encourage them to consciously experience their time more like Duncan the Cat’s, without periodically jumping up to bite me on the backside, of course.”

Read more in his latest Halifax Magazine essay.

Incumbents return for federal election
In the recent provincial election, Nova Scotian voters chose many newcomers, in part because many incumbents didn’t re-offer. But in Sept. 30’s federal election, the proportion of change is likely to be lower, as many familiar faces will be back on the ballot.

In the Strait area, for instance, high-profile Liberal incumbents Mike Kelloway and Sean Fraser are both running again. And one of the first questions they’re facing from voters is: Why call an election after just two years in office?

“I think we need a clear mandate,” Kelloway says, adding that it’s time to go “to the people to actually let them have their say of which government they want to form. Do they want a government that’s going to invest … or do they want another alternative that may be more on cutting the budget side of things?”

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

Ben Duffy

Haligonian at the helm
Halifax’s Ben Duffy, a one-time Montreal Canadiens prospect, is the new head coach of the Liverpool Privateers of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

Duffy came up through the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, playing for P.E.I. before embarking on a pro career that took him to teams in the U.S., Germany, Italy, and Denmark.

“He’s played at a high level,” says Privateers president Bruce Inglis. “He’s got current hockey experience. He’s a young guy which we think can help motivate the kids to perform for him. We’re excited.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

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