Roundup: 7 new COVID cases, NSCC makes COVID vaccinations mandatory, law firm fate uncertain amid harassment allegations, birding by boat—a South Shore adventure

A Black-Legged Kittiwake off West Ironbound Island. Photo: James Hirtle

Nova Scotia has 60 known active cases of COVID-19, with seven new cases and 12 recoveries reported in the latest government update. The new cases are all in the Central Zone: four travel-related and three close contacts of previously reported cases.

Countrywide, there are 32,248 known active cases of the disease, as the West remains an infection hot spot, with 12,290 active cases in Alberta and 6,135 active cases in British Columbia. So far, COVID-19 has killed 26,962 people in Canada, including 94 Nova Scotians.

NSCC requires vaccination
With classes poised to resume, Nova Scotia Community College is requiring students and workers to be vaccinated against COVID.

“We firmly believe a vaccinated population is a vital part of keeping us, our friends, families and communities protected from the virus and the developing, fast-moving variants,” NSCC president Don Bureaux says in a press release. “We know this will raise some questions and even concerns within our community. Please be patient with us as we work through this new policy and its application.”

Jake Boudrot has more in The Reporter.

Cory’s Shearwater. Photo: James Hirtle

Birding by boat
Recently, columnist James Hirtle got on a boat in Lunenburg and set out on a cruise to see the rich variety of seabirds that visit the South Shore.

“I was hopeful that I might find some unusual birds on this trip, and I wasn’t disappointed,” he says. “I ended up seeing four species that I had never seen before in Lunenburg County: Wilson’s storm petrels, Manx shearwaters, a sooty shearwater, and a south polar skua.”

In total, he and his fellow birdwatchers spotted 30 different species.

Learn more in his latest LighthouseNow column.

Law firm harassment allegations
The future of Pictou County law firm Mac, Mac & Mac is uncertain after allegations of harassment against a male partner at the law firm, by two female partners.

Police have given the public little information about the charges. The details of the harassment allegations are subject to a court-ordered publication ban.

Earlier this week, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society suspended Donn Fraser and said Cox & Palmer has been appointed the receiver of his practice. Partners, associates, and staff are leaving for other firms, with several joining Truro’s Patterson Law.

Fraser will stand trial in December to face accusations of harassing one of his colleagues. The trial is scheduled for three days on Dec. 7, 8, and 9. The harassment is alleged to have occurred between August 2020 and May 2021.

Janet Whitman reports for The Pictou Advocate.

Provo Wallis

Local History: The amazing career of Provo Wallis
Having nominally entered the Royal Navy shortly after his fourth birthday and, always politely refusing to retire, choosing to serve until the day he died, Haligonian Sir Provo William Parry Wallis, Grand Admiral of the Fleet, still holds the record for length of service in the Royal Navy: 96 years and nine months.

A mere 22 when he commanded HMS Shannon in the wake of its historic scrap with USS Chesapeake during the War of 1812, his career began in the age of sail and ended in that of steam and steel less than a decade before the first dreadnought left the slipway.

Learn more in this reader-favourite story by Bob Gordon from the Halifax Magazine archives.

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