Roundup: 4 new COVID cases, North Shore storytelling series, man who attacked psychiatrist found criminally responsible, Women and Wellness event goes virtual

Halifax, Australia

Nova Scotia has 12 active cases of COVID-19, with four new cases reported in the latest government update. The new cases are all close contacts of previously reported cases (two in the Central Zone and two in the Eastern Zone).

“The virus is still here and we know it is always looking for an opportunity to spread,” says Premier Stephen McNeil in a press release. “That’s why we are being cautious, keeping restrictions in place, and encouraging everyone to continue following all of the public health protocols.

As of Jan. 26, health-care workers have given 12,286 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Nova Scotians, with 2,709 people getting the second dose that completes the inoculation.

Halifax, Pennsylvania

Halifaxes around the world
A few years ago, a British reader wrote Halifax Magazine an indignant letter to the editor, complaining about our lack of coverage of the rest of West Yorkshire.

After politely explaining that his is one of many Halifaxes, we began thinking about those cities around the world that share our name, those poor Haligonians who aren’t lucky enough to also be Nova Scotians.

And it turns out, those other Halifaxes (Halifaces? Halifaxi?) have more in common with us than you might imagine. In this reader-favourite story from the free Halifax Magazine archives, writer Phil Moscovitch takes readers from Pennsylvania to England to Australia.

Stories of the North Shore
The Grace Jollymore Arts Centre in Tatamagouche is preparing to host a new storytelling series. “My Uncomfortable Hoodie: Stories from Childhood to Adulthood,” scheduled to launch this spring, will feature live performances and podcasts by local storytellers.

“I have a background in English and literature and I’ve always wanted to do a storytelling series,” says organizer Marshall Feit. “It’s going to be ongoing.”

Raissa Tetanish has details for The Light.

Halifax man criminally responsible for attack
A judge has ruled that a Halifax man is criminally responsible for his actions, after he attacked a psychiatrist outside his home. On May 6, 2018, Dr. Faisal Rahman was leaving his house when he found James Timothy Cecil Barron hiding in his SUV. Barron demanded the keys and repeatedly assaulted him.

Barron claimed alcohol and seizures left him with no control over his actions. Justice Nick Scaravelli rejected the defence, and the court convicted Barron of assault causing bodily harm.

Drake Lowthers has more for The Reporter.

Women and Wellness event goes virtual
An annual Women and Wellness event in Truro returns tonight in virtual form, and organizers are expecting hundreds of participants, with 800 people expressing interest already.

“We feel people’s mental health is suffering,” says organizer Susan Henderson. “And more people have an understanding of mental illness due to the pandemic. It’s even more important now to talk about mental health in an honest way.”

Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

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