Roundup: 13 more COVID deaths, artists band together for Ukraine and quilters prepare for refugees, Richmond firefighting conflicts simmer

A group of South Shore artists are raising funds for war-ravaged Ukraine. Photo: Sharon Wadsworth-Smith

Plus: Dr. Rosalind Marshall was Nova Scotia’s first Black woman dentist, but to pursue her career and become a health-care trailblazer, she had to move to the U.S.

COVID-19 killed 13 more Nova Scotians from March 16 to 22, according to the latest update from the provincial government. The statistics also show a “continued increase” in lab-confirmed infections, with 3,453 new cases reported.

“The data in this week’s report is not unexpected,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotian chief medical officer of health. “We continue to see the impact of the first and second phases of our reopening reflected in the increase in PCR positive tests. This is always our earliest indicator. We will be closely monitoring the impact on hospitalizations in the weeks ahead.”

During the same period, 36 people were admitted to hospital with the disease, and 20 discharged. There are currently 42 people hospitalized for COVID; government will no longer say how many are in ICU.

So far, COVID has killed 245 Nova Scotians.

A Pictou County group is making quilts for Ukrainian refugees. Photo: Submitted

Art for Ukraine
A group of South Shore artists have joined forces to raise funds for Ukraine, as the Russian invasion continues to ravage the country.

Sue Rosson, who paints with the Lunenburg County Plein Air group, is one of the organizers of Artists for Ukraine.

“I knew that these artists were great people and wonderful artists and probably felt, like I did, frustrated and unable to do anything concrete to help with the situation in Ukraine,” she says. “And the response right up front was really great.”

The artists have donated original works for sale, with all proceeds set to go to the Canadian Red Cross’s Ukrainian relief efforts.

Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

And in Pictou, another group of artisans is also labouring for Ukraine, making quilts that they hope will bring comfort to refugees. “We’re looking to having the quilts ready when they come,” says organizer Louise Langille.

The group has been together for more than 20 years, previously donating quilts to Syrian refugees. Quilter Audrey Dowell recalls one young boy instantly falling in love with his firefighter-themed quilt. “He wasn’t going to let anyone touch it,” she says.

Steve Goodwin has more for the Pictou Advocate.

Richmond faces fire department issues
Richmond Municipal Council is trying to deal with simmering issues in two of the area’s fire departments.

“We’ve all been made aware that there’s been some conflict in a couple of fire departments over the last number of months,” says Warden Amanda Mombourquette. “It’s been brought to my attention that leaders within the departments don’t sometimes, or often, have strong policies to rely on when dealing with contentious issues. I know I’ve fielded questions from the community about council’s role to intervene in some situations.”

See Jake Boudrot’s latest for the Reporter.

Dr. Doris Rosalind Marshall. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Local History: A health-care trailblazer
Dr. Doris Rosalind Marshall, the first Nova Scotian Black woman to be a dentist, graduated from Dalhousie’s dentistry school in 1956, but never practised in the province. Due to long-simmering racism, she was unable to find professional opportunities in the city, relocating to Ontario and then the U.S.

She received a fellowship in pedodontics from the Guggenheim Dental Clinic in New York City and set up a private practice in her New Jersey home, where she worked tirelessly to improve lives through dentistry, and encourage women and Black people to pursue long-denied careers in health care.

She recalled that she found “a great joy of restoring a badly diseased mouth and bringing it back to good health … (It’s rewarding to) see someone who hasn’t been to a dentist for years be so pleased and thrilled with your work they become a patient on a regular schedule.”

See Dorothy Grant’s recent Unravel Halifax post.

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