Roundup: 2 hurt in staircase collapse, Antigonish Jazz Fest debuts, community scrambles after post office closure, COVID counts climb

Thanks to confusing signs and little enforcement, a recent attempt to make Spring Garden Road more pedestrian friendly failed in less than a week. Photo: Bruce Murray

Plus: Why a recent attempt to transform Spring Garden Road failed, and what Halifax can learn from the experience

A 44-year-old man and seven-year-old boy are hospitalized with serious injuries after a staircase collapsed in a New Glasgow apartment building yesterday. The boy was airlifted to Halifax for treatment. Police have provided few details, other than that the incident happened in a Washington Street building.

The Pictou Advocate has more.

Mike Merley. Photo: Submitted

Jazz festival debuts
The inaugural Antigonish Jazz Fest launches this month, running Nov. 17 to 19.

“This will be a historic, don’t-miss-show for our region,” festival artistic director Paul Tynan says in a recent press release. “We have something for everyone — from the jazz enthusiasts to the everyday lovers of rhythm and soul.”

The lineup includes the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, the Hot Toddy Trio, and multiple-Juno-winning saxophonist Mike Merley.

Corey LeBlanc has details for the Reporter.

Return to sender
About 300 people in Brooklyn, Queen’s County now have to go to downtown Liverpool to send mail after the abrupt closure of their post office last month.

Canada Post blames the shut-down on Wa-Su-Wek Limited, the building’s owner.

“We can confirm that due to reasons beyond our control, we were notified that the Brooklyn post office would close at the end of the day Wednesday, Oct. 12,” says spokesman Phil Legault. “We have communicated with municipal leaders to discuss the future of postal services in their community.”

Kevin McBain has the story for LighthouseNow.

COVID counts climb
The World Health Organization reports 63,404 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,570,363 people, including 46,389 in Canada and 588 Nova Scotians.

Sara Kirk

“It’s not rocket science”
Health-promotion professor Sara Kirk was excited when HRM launched a summer project to make Spring Garden Road into a car-free corridor.

“I went to the mall down there and bought some stuff, and I was thinking ‘It’s not too bad, but there are still cars.’ But the next day, there were more cars. There were more the day after that,” she recalls. “Then it was a free-for-all.”

The Spring Garden pilot was supposed to be part of a longer-term transformation, but with confusing signs and little enforcement, it didn’t last a week. Now, planners and politicians are trying to figure out what went wrong and what comes next.

Philip Moscovitch reports for Unravel Halifax.

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