Roundup: 5 new COVID cases, wild weather causes crashes, ‘temporary’ bridge needs $250K repairs, embracing life off the grid

The original Petite Riviere bridge collapsed when a driver hit a support beam. Photo: LighthouseNow archives

Nova Scotia has 60 known active cases of COVID-19, with five new cases and four recoveries reported in the latest government update. Three of the new cases are in the Central Zone, one in the Western, and one in the Northern.

As of Sept. 2, 77.1% of Nova Scotians have one dose of COVID vaccine and 70.5% have had both shots. Countrywide, 73.5% of Canadians have had the first jab and 66.0% are fully inoculated.

Wild weather causes crashes
Police say multiple drivers crashed yesterday, as heavy rain and strong wind lashed the province. In Pictou County alone, RCMP report four accidents, all on Hwy. 104.

“Police are asking motorists to drive for the weather conditions, although they did not indicate the crashes were weather-related,” says The Pictou Advocate.

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‘Temporary’ bridge needs expensive repairs
When the Hwy. 331 bridge in Petite Riviere collapsed in 2002, the provincial government put in a “temporary” single-lane bridge. Now, almost two decades later, that stopgap bridge is still there, and needs $250,000 in repairs.

And the transportation department doesn’t intend to ever put in a permanent two-lane bridge, as officials promised in 2002.

“There was feedback from some members of the community at the time who were concerned about replacing the one-lane bridge with a two-lane structure,” says department spokesman Brian Taylor. “As the single-lane bridge was meeting the needs of the community, design for a two-lane structure was not finalized.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Allan Bundy

Local History: Canada’s first Black combat pilot
Dartmouth’s Allan Bundy was a dedicated student and gifted athlete with a keen interest in aviation when the Second World War broke out.

The Royal Canadian Air Force seemed the ideal way to serve his country, but they wouldn’t let him serve his country. They only wanted white pilots.

As the war dragged on and the casualties mounted, they changed their minds, deciding Bundy was fit to serve after all. In October 1943, he became Canada’s first Black flying officer, making headlines across the continent.

The racism didn’t end, but through crashes and combat, he persevered, sinking two enemy ships on his first mission and serving honourably throughout the war.

In this Halifax Magazine archive story, Dorothy Grant looks back at his remarkable career.

Living off the grid
New resident Peter Johnston is loving off-grid life on Cape Breton’s tiny Janvrins Island, and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

“The whole project is to live using as few resources of the planet as possible,” he says. “It’s fun.”

He discovered the area in in 2007, while volunteering for the Green Party during the federal election.

“I staggered around this land and (it) was end of November in Cape Breton, so it was foggy, grey, dripping wet,” he recalls. “I kept falling in bogs, and I got completely lost. When I got back to the road, I went, ‘Holy cow, that’s a tough one,’ but I said, ‘Hey, what the hell, I’m not going to get a better deal than that: 14 acres for $12,000.'”

Jake Boudrot interviews Johnston for The Reporter.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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