Roundup: 7 new COVID cases, South Shore athletes bound for Special Olympics, $100K donation to StFX, MHL announces playoff plans

The Wentworth Recreation Centre has installed a wooden bench with the initials of the shooting victims. Photo: Raissa Tetanish

Nova Scotia has 46 known active cases of COVID-19, with seven new cases (all in the Central Zone) reported in the latest government update. Three people are hospitalized with the disease.

“Today’s numbers are a reminder of the importance of being tested and continuing to adhere to the public health protocols,” Premier Iain Rankin says in a press release. “By doing so we are limiting the spread of COVID-19 and keeping ourselves and our community safe.”

As of April 11, Nova Scotian health care workers have dispensed 150,123 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 31,119 people getting the second dose that completes inoculation.

Victims’ families had to protest before government would order a public inquiry into the attacks. Photo: Raissa Tetanish

Shooting victims’ families still waiting for answers
A year after the mass shooting, as Nova Scotia prepares to commemorate the tragedy, the victims’ families continue to wait for answers. And now Sarah McCulloch, one of the lawyers representing the families, is asking the public for help.

“We know that there’s oodles of information that the public has,” she says. “Any piece that they could give us—something that they saw out of the corner of their eye or maybe they have a photo that doesn’t seem particularly significant to them—might actually be quite critical to us.”

Learn more about their ongoing fight for justice, and upcoming events marking the tragedy, in this new Halifax Magazine feature by Janet Whitman.

MHL announces playoff plans
Despite periodic lockdowns and pandemic disruptions, the Maritime Hockey League has managed to complete an unpredictable regular seasons, recently announcing plans for a season-capping round robin playoff, instead of the traditional elimination tournament.

The Pictou Advocate has details.

From left: Colby Oickle, Emily Latta, and Michael Moreau.

South Shore athletes headed to Special Olympics
Colby Oickle and Michael Moreau of Liverpool and Emily Latta of Oakhill, Lunenburg County will represent Canada in snowshoeing at the 12th Special Olympics World Winter Games in Kazan, Russia next January.

Organizers have invited the three, along with 105 other athletes and 48 coaches and mission staff from across Canada, to participate in the Team Canada 2022 Training squad. Moreau, Latta, and Oickle are the only Nova Scotian athletes invited.

An experienced competitor, Oickle is counting on hard work and good coaching to get him ready for Russia. “When I got picked to go to nationals I trained very hard, and I got to tell you that I’m pretty happy to have [trainer Betty Daury] on my side helping me train,” he says.

LighthouseNow has the story.

Family donates $100,000 to St. Francis Xavier University
Recently, the family of StFX chemistry professor Gerry Marangoni donated $100,000 to the university, to support the work of researchers in labs like his. Taylor Doucet has been a research assistant in Marangoni’s lab for three years, so she knows how much the funding will help.

“This funding will give peace of mind to students and professors wanting to do research, as some of the money will be going to support undergraduate students wanting to gain research experience,” she said. “I would not trade this time working with Dr. Marangoni for the world. The experience I’ve gained, and friendships I’ve made are irreplaceable.”

Drake Lowthers has more for The Reporter.

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