Roundup: 7 new COVID cases, C.B. author ponders life after the apocalypse, 100 Miles for Autism returns this weekend, South Shore gets new bookmobile

Kevin Tulloch (centre) with fellow bikers Adam Casey (left) and Colin Wood at 100 Miles for Autism in 2020. Photo: Submitted

Nova Scotia has 24 known active cases of COVID-19, with seven new cases and two recoveries reported in the latest government update. Health officials say five of the new cases are in the Central Zone (all travel related), one is in the Western Zone (travel), and one is in the Eastern Zone (a close contact of a previously reported case). One person is hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

As of Aug. 12, 76.0% of Nova Scotians have had their first dose of COVID vaccine, and 66.9% have had the second shot. Canadawide, 71.7% have had one shot, and 62.5% are fully inoculated.

100 Miles for Autism
The 100 Miles for Autism event returns to Pictou County on Aug. 14, and as father with a son who has a rare syndrome, Kevin Tulloch is keen to join the other 29 riders.

The event is a major fundraiser for the Pictou County chapter of Autism Nova Scotia.

“All of the money raised stays in Pictou County and is used to fund the programs that the society provides, like swimming lessons, music and art,” Tulloch says.

Steve Goodwin reports for The Pictou Advocate.

Rebecca Silver Slayter

After the apocalypse
With her new novel The Second History, Cape Breton author Rebecca Silver Slayter ponders the future. And it isn’t pretty.

Publisher Doubleday Canada describes the book: “a post-apocalyptic love story about a young couple embarking on a journey to understand, for the first time, what they’ve been hiding from all their lives.”

Yet there is hope.

“One of the things that’s explored in the book is the relationship between fear and love, and especially the love of a parent for a child,” says Silver Slayter. “That’s one of the themes running through the book. The characters learn to love a little more bravely over the course of the book, and that requires them going through some tough times for sure … You can’t protect them from that, but you do root for a happy ending.”

Grant McDaniel interviews the author for The Reporter.

New South Shore bookmobile
After serving the region for almost 50 years, the South Shore Public Libraries (SSPL) bookmobile service has upgraded to a new, more accessible bookmobile.

The custom-made, Canadian built bookmobile replaces an older retrofitted school bus that served the area for more than 10 years. One of only two bookmobile services running in Nova Scotia, it accumulated close to 300,000 kilometres crisscrossing Lunenburg and Queens counties.

“During the last year and a half, our priority has been providing safe service during the pandemic,” Troy Myers, South Shore Public Libraries’ chief librarian, says in the release. “This has meant getting books and other library materials to our bookmobile patrons at times on a modified schedule and with fewer people on board.”

Gayle Wilson has more for LighthouseNow.

Dr. Florence Murray

Local History: Dr. Florence Murray
She was born in Pictou Landing in 1894, and when Florence Murray grew up, she just wanted to help people. First she tried to salve their souls as a Presbyterian minister, but the church wasn’t ready to accept a woman in that role.

Undaunted, she shifted her focus to healing bodies, attending Dalhousie University’s medical school, at a time when women doctors were rare.

After graduation, Dr. Murray became a medical missionary, serving in Korea and China where she had a series of adventures and touched many lives, before finding herself interned by Imperial Japan as the Second World War raged—a bargaining chip to barter for Axis prisoners.

But even that experience didn’t stop her life’s work.

In this new Halifax Magazine historical column, Dorothy Grant shares her story.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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