Roundup: 7 COVID deaths — including a man in his 30s, local politicians condemn Russia’s war on Ukraine, driver faces charges after New Glasgow crash, serving Korean-flavoured joy

Alan Syliboy. Photo: David Burrill

Plus: Alan Syliboy prepares for his first performance at the historic Astor Theatre

COVID-19 has killed seven more Nova Scotians, according to the latest update from provincial health officials. The victims include four people from the Central Zone — a man in his 30s, a man in his 60s, and two men in their 80s — plus a woman in her 60s, a man in his 70s, and a man in his 80s, all from the Northern Zone.

“It is important everyone understands Nova Scotia continues to see new cases,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “Please continue to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, stay home if you are feeling unwell, and follow the public health protocols in place to protect yourself and your communities.”

Health officials estimate there are 1,967 active cases of the disease in Nova Scotia, with 322 new lab-confirmed cases reported yesterday. But those numbers don’t reflect COVID’s true extent. Houston’s government recently stopped widespread testing and follow-up, saying that the pervasiveness of the Omicron strain requires focusing on vulnerable areas like hospitals.

Health officials also reported six new COVID hospitalizations and four discharges yesterday, for a total of 45 people getting treatment in specialized units, including 10 in ICU. There are also 122 people who were admitted to hospital for another reason but tested positive for COVID (or were in a COVID unit but no longer require specialized care), and 166 who contracted the disease in hospital.

Since the pandemic began, COVID has killed 36,537 people across Canada.

Sean Fraser. Photo: Submitted

Condemnation for Russian aggression
Local politicians have joined the global condemnation of Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

“The courage Ukrainians are displaying in the face of such immense danger is inspiring,” says Central Nova MP Sean Fraser in a Facebook post. “Ukraine cannot be left to stand alone … In this hour of darkness in Europe, we stand with Ukraine, its people, and the right of its people to choose who governs them. Canada will continue to offer its unwavering support to our allies in Ukraine.”

Jake Boudrot has the story for the Reporter.

Alan Syliboy to perform on South Shore
Mi’kmaw artist, writer, and musician Alan Syliboy is coming to Liverpool’s historic Astor Theatre for the first time.

Syliboy and The Thundermakers will take the stage March 5, for the Astor’s first concert since December’s COVID closure.

Hailing from the Millbrook First Nation, Syliboy plans to incorporate spoken word, paintings, animations, and short films into the performance.

“I consider culture as medicine, because our culture has been forcibly taken away from us and this is a part of rebuilding our culture and rebuilding ourselves,” he says. “I think what we do has a lot of benefits to ourselves, and to everyone in the world. I think knowledge is a positive thing.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Illustration: Kat Frick Miller

Serving joy
In South Korean, EungSub Lee worked in the game design industry, an unhappy rat race of gruelling deadlines. Seeking to transform his life, he immigrated to Halifax, and found his calling.

Today he runs Gama by Lee at the Brewery Farmers’ Market, sharing Korean-fusion cuisine with Haligonians. Opening people to a new world of flavours gives him a joy he rarely found in his corporate cubicle.

“That is why I love the Brewery Market: I can see the smile from the customers and hear the happiness from their face and from their voices,” he says. “That’s one of the reasons I decided to become a business owner.”

Learn more in Kat Frick Miller’s new Unravel Halifax illustrated feature.

Driver faces charges after crash
A 37-year-old man faces charges of dangerous operation of a vehicle and failing to stop after an accident. Witnesses say a driver crashed into a car in downtown New Glasgow on Feb. 26, then ran away.

Police say there were no major injuries.

The Pictou Advocate has more.

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