Roundup: 21 more COVID deaths, Antigonish man faces arson charge, South Shore boxer wins award, exhibit explores hockey’s diverse history

db.simmons and several other local musicians collaborated with artist Nathaniel Cole on his new multimedia project. Photo: Nathaniel Cole

Plus: With a recent multimedia collaboration, artist Nathaniel Cole marries music and photography

The latest government update reports 21 more COVID-19 deaths in Nova Scotia, as Dr. Shelley Deeks, deputy chief medical officer of health, urges people to remain cautious.

“As summer approaches, many of us are excited to reconnect with family and friends, but it’s important we do so safely to protect those at high risk,” she says in a press release. “Gather outside when you can, stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, and if you’re sick, please stay home.”

This week’s death toll is more than double the nine reported in the last update, along with an uptick in hospitalizations: 49 Nova Scotians are now hospitalized with the disease, up from 41. More encouraging, the number of lab-confirmed cases linked to long-term care and residential care facility outbreaks continues to decrease.

So far, COVID has killed 421 Nova Scotians, 41,314 Canadians, and 6,302,982 people worldwide

Arson charge after Antigonish fire
An Antigonish man is facing charges after an April brush fire.

“The fire appeared to be intentionally set at the time that our officers responded,” RCMP Cpl. Chris Marshall says in an email. “During the investigation, our officers spoke to a number of witnesses and gathered evidence that lead to the belief, on reasonable grounds, that Brent Chisholm had set the fire.”

The 24-year-old is scheduled to appear in court on June 29.

Jake Boudrot has more for the Reporter.

A self-portrait by Nathaniel Cole.

Marrying sight and sound
Nathaniel Cole was a musician for 15 years before taking up photography. He soon realized the artistic disciplines complemented each other nicely.

“There became this crossover between the two where I was taking photos of the people I was making music with, and I enjoyed that,” he recalls. “Then I started to push behind it and make some things that I want to put out there and share with the world.”

And now, audiences can see the result of his marriage of music and photography.

Cole recently launched his latest multimedia project X-Change on all major streaming platforms, featuring seven songs he produced in collaboration with eight local artists from the alternative, hip-hop, and R&B genres: aRENYEBaselinedb.simmonsKendall CoganLashesMark’dPaollo13, and Shanii22. Accompanying the songs is a collection of portraits of each artist.

He tells Ameeta Vohra about it in this recent Unravel Halifax web exclusive.

Exhibit explores hockey’s diverse history
For much of its history, the public face of hockey has overwhelmingly been white men, but a new two-part exhibition at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton explores how women, Natives, and Black Nova Scotians have helped shape the game.

“We have just scratched the surface on all the stories related to hockey,” says museum manager Craig MacDonald. “Many of us have been fortunate to play hockey, coach hockey, and watch with pride as our children also fall in love with the game. We enjoy the competition, the camaraderie of teammates, and the new friendships that develop and last a lifetime.“

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Coach Dave Penny (left) and Christine Anderson. Photo: Submitted

South Shore boxer wins award
Up-and-coming Bridgewater boxer Christine Anderson recently headed to British Columbia for her first international tournament, and won one of two awards for the best athletes of the tournament. The West Coast Wonder Women’s Battle for Top Spot tournament featured fighters from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

Anderson won her first fight, but lost her second in a hard-fought split decision.

“It’s probably the best she’s ever fought,” coach Dave Penny says. “Everyone that saw the (second) fight thought Christine had won. I don’t know what happened there. Christine dominated from round one. We stuck to our plan, we achieved our goals, and yet we ended up not winning the fight. That was a disappointment, but Christine handled it well.”

Kevin McBain has the story for LighthouseNow.

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