Roundup: $1M in new Indigenous scholarships, COVID kills 17 more, artist Daniel J. Burt depicts local icons, podcast shares true-crime tales

A segment of the mural "Been Cool" by Daniel J. Burt.

Plus: Why hockey matters and how Hockey Canada let down Canadians

The Sisters of Saint Martha’s in Antigonish are donating $250,000 each to St. Francis Xavier and Cape Breton universities to support Indigenous education and nursing students. The schools are matching the contributions to create $1 million in new scholarships.

 “Today is another step forward in reconciliation,” St. FX President Andy Hakin says in a press release. “A half a million dollars in new scholarships will impact generations of Indigenous people to come.”

The Reporter has the story.

COVID death toll climbs
Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 death toll keeps climbing, with health officials reporting 17 new deaths from Oct. 11 to 17. During the same period, 53 were hospitalized for the disease, with 49 currently in care receiving COVID treatment, including nine in ICU.

The World Health Organization reports 371,876 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,551,678 people, including 45,689 in Canada and 572 Nova Scotians.

Daniel J. Burt

Triggering memories
Artist Daniel J. Burt wants to help Haligonians remember what’s special about their city.

“My mural ‘Been Cool’ depicts a small handful of iconic locations from Quinpool Road,” he says. “Though these places may be gone, they live on through the memories of visitors and citizens of Halifax. I am adding a visual aid to these stories and possibly triggering memories forgotten.” 

See his creation in the latest issue of Unravel Halifax.

Hockey Canada failed Canadians
Amid ongoing revelations that Hockey Canada tried to cover up sexual assaults by players and paid victims millions in hush money, Pictou Advocate columnist Hugh Townsend is reflecting on how the organization and its recently resigned leaders failed their country.

“Hockey more than any other sport (and I covered most of them) was my favourite,” he recalls his six-decade career as a sports journalist. “I spent the last while feeling saddened, hurt, discouraged, and disheartened by the mess … At the time of year when minor hockey kids were returning to practices, tryouts, and games, Canadians were hearing nothing but concerns about sexual assault allegations within the national organization.”

Read more.

Podcast shares true-crime tales
Mike Browne launched his Dark Poutine podcast to delve into true-crime stories from across the country, never expecting it to turn into anything bigger.

But with a loyal and growing audience, the podcast led to his first book Murder, Madness and Mayhem, and now another is in the works, on track to publish in 2023.

“I’m just some dumb guy who has a podcast and wrote a book,” he says. “I went from a kid from Bridgewater wondering what the heck to do with my life to writing and talking for a living. It’s crazy.”

Keith Corcoran interviews him for LighthouseNow.

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