Roundup: 6 days with no new cases, hand sanitizer donation, Heartland Tour rolls on, reinventing live theatre

Heartland Tour 2018. Photo: Hub Now

Yesterday, June 15, Nova Scotia marked its sixth consecutive day with no new confirmed cases of COVID-19. According to a government press release, the province has had a total of 1,061 confirmed cases and 62 deaths. There are three active cases in the province, with two in hospital, including one in ICU.

How to effectively fight racism
Recently hundreds of Haligonians gathered to protest racism and police brutality and show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. And while activists are pleased with the support, they hope people took away a key message: it’s not enough to be non-racist—you need to actively fight racism.

Rhonda Britton

Good intentions aren’t enough. “After the protest is over, what are you going to do?” asks Rhonda Britton, senior pastor at New Horizons Baptist Church. “What’s the table talk like around your dining table? Do you extend yourself to know other people who are different then you? Do you make friends with others so you learn about that culture, so you’re not afraid of what you don’t know?” Learn how to be a better ally in this new Halifax Magazine feature by Gabbie Douglas.

Heartland Tour keeps rolling
For 10 days every July, the Heartland Tour has been bringing cyclists, walkers, and hikers to Central Nova Scotia. While the pandemic has cancelled most summer events, Heartland organizers plan to continue the event in a new safety-conscious format. It’s going to July 11–31, with participants sharing their experiences virtually.

“Over those 21 days, people can log in to the Heartland Tour’s website and keep a log book of their activity,” says organizer Raj Makkar. “We have more of an opportunity to catch on to the tour, while promoting being active.” He tells Raissa Tetanish about it in this story from The Light.

Clean hands
A few months ago, no one expected hand sanitizer to be this year’s hot commodity. Now people and organizations everywhere are stockpiling it and suppliers are still struggling to meet the demand. But now, Earth Angels Home Care in Truro has some 30 litres in reserve. Coldstream Clear Distillery donated its product to the health-care company.

Earth Angels manager Catherine MacRae says the donation makes a difference. “This really means our caregivers won’t run out,” she explains. “They need to have hand sanitizer with them at all times.” Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Reinventing live theatre
With public-health distancing measures unlikely to end soon, drive-in is the hottest trend in summer events. There are drive-in religious services, graduations, concerts, and now live theatre. In Ohio Valley (near Antigonish), the North Barn Theatre puppet collective is performing Late Night Radio a surreal puppet show/celebration of poetry, music, and dance.

“The original idea of this piece was conceived when the outbreak of COVID-19 was first taking place,” co-creator Laura Stinson tells The Pictou Advocate. “We were on a tour… in the Northeastern United States when our world was flipped upside down. We thought we need to keep making live theatre but we also need to rethink the ways that we can be together.”

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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