Roundup: 16 known COVID cases, school gyms reopening for community groups, new ways to mark Remembrance Day, mackerel fishery loopholes closing

Penny Nelson and Frank Beck. Photo: Raissa Tetanish

As of yesterday (Nov. 3), Nova Scotia has 16 known cases of COVID-19, including one new case identified in yesterday’s media update. Health officials are investigating the new case, which is in the Northern Zone. Overall, the province has had 1,114 known COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths.

School gyms opening to community groups
The provincial government also announced yesterday that Nova Scotian public-school gyms are reopening to community groups for physical activity and sports.

Jamie Ferguson

“We know the important role school facilities have in our communities,” says education minister Zach Churchill in a press release. “Physical activity and sport are vital to our well-being, particularly during this difficult time. As the weather turns cold, it’s important for community members to have safe spaces to bring these activities indoors.”

Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia, welcomes the move. “Countless sport organizations rely on these facilities in order to provide sport programs for thousands of people,” he says. “Our children will once again be able to safely participate in sport and reap the physical, mental, and social benefits sport can provide.”

Truro Remembrance Day service moves indoors
Usually, large crowds turn out for Truro’s Remembrance Day service. “Thousands have braved all kinds of weather over the years to mark the occasion at the cenotaph,” says a Hub Now story.

But this year, organizers want those people to stay home. Instead, the commemoration will move indoors, with attendance restricted to invited guests. People can watch online via the town or legion’s website. Learn more here.

Tatamagouche plans 24-hour vigil
Remembrance Day observances will also be different in Tatamagouche, although organizers Penny Nelson and Frank Beck have found a new way for the public to safely take part. They’re planning a 24-hour vigil at the cenotaph, signing up volunteers to stand watch two at a time, in one-hour shifts.

“We’re still looking to fill some late night or early, early slots,” says Nelson. “I had one person call and ask to fill one of those hard-to-fill slots, so they’re in the 2 a.m. slot. I wondered if they were doing this to pay tribute to a loved one.” Raissa Tetanish reports for The Light.

Mark Innes. Photo: Tammy Fancy

A big-league hockey collection
As NHL fans await the start of the pandemic-delayed season, Montreal Canadiens super fan Mark Innes has an extraordinary collection of hockey memorabilia to remind him of hockey-filled days.

The shrine in his Dartmouth basement began more than two decades ago with his first set of hockey cards. Today, it includes game-worn sweaters, Habs items of all sorts, vintage table-top games, and rarer pieces such as store displays.

“Valuable items are not my focus,” he says, “only items that are of interest to me and I am passionate about… It’s my quiet, happy place,” he says. “If I have a tough day at work, I can get lost in my collection.” He tells Tammy Fancy about it in this Halifax Magazine story, originally published December 2018.

Mackerel fishery loopholes closing
The DFO is proposing changes to both the commercial and recreational mackerel fisheries. Plans include catch limits, increasing the minimum catch size, and shortening the season.

Adam Burns, director general of fisheries resource management, says that currently, some commercial crews are exploiting the unregulated recreational fishery, catching up to 500kg per day.

“By putting in place this regulatory tool… we limit what level of activity can occur under the recreational fishery,” he explains. “It is about making sure that commercial fishing is being used for commercial purposes but more importantly, that recreation activity is truly recreational.” Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

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