Roundup: Another COVID death, Cape Bretoner picked first in Maritime hockey draft, Pictou crime wave, big tech threatens local news

Dear Friend. Photo: Submitted

Nova Scotia tallied its 93rd COVID-19 death yesterday: a woman in her 50s in the Central Zone.

“On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the woman who has passed away,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “Please get vaccinated as soon as you can, get tested on a regular basis, and follow the public health measures.”

Nova Scotia has 11 known active cases of COVID-19, with no new cases, recoveries, or hospitalizations reported in yesterday’s update.

As of July 22, 74.3% of Nova Scotians have had their first vaccine dose, and 53.7% have had the second. Across the country, 69.9% have the first jab, and 52.8% have had both.

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Where everybody knows your name
At a time when many bars and restaurants face uncertain futures, Matt Boyle and Jeff Van Horn have seen their new spot build a loyal following.

Dear Friend is a cozy 30-seat ]cocktail and wine bar in downtown Dartmouth, opened last summer. The name reflects the vibe they’re trying to offer.

“It’s just a neighbourhood bar where people could spend some time together,” Boyle says. “It’s just a place to meet your dear friends. We’re great friends as well, so we’re just kind of something that came full circle of our friendship and our business relationship.”

Ameeta Vohra has the small-business success story for Halifax Magazine.

Cape Breton hockey player picked first overall
Port Hawkesbury defenceman Ryan Hayes is considering the next steps in his hockey career after Miramichi selected him first overall in the Maritime Junior Hockey League Draft, and Acadie-Bathurst selected him in the eighth round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft.

The Quebec league is a higher tier of hockey, putting him a step closer to a pro career, so his primary goal is to make that team, but he’s happy to have another option too.

“I would’ve been happy with wherever I went. I’ve always wanted to get drafted, so it didn’t matter to me where I went in the draft as long as I went,” he says.

Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

Pictou crime wave
Local police are appealing to the public for tips after a rash of overnight thefts throughout Pictou County.

Cpl. Natasha Farrell says the RCMP is investigating “several vehicle thefts, break and enter, and thefts from vehicles.”

The Pictou Advocate reports.

Big tech threatens local news
The ever-growing clout of a handful of technology companies like Google and Facebook continues to erode local journalism, as small, locally-owned media outlets see their revenues dry up.

“Although local journalism has faced numerous challenges adapting to the new media landscape, they are also confronting unfair practices by some of the largest technology companies in the world,” says a recent U.S. Senate report.

Canadian publishers are calling on government to level the playing field.

“Canada’s news publishers remain united in the belief that all federal political party platforms should support a sustainable news ecosystem in Canada, and we firmly believe the best way to do that is to allow us to work together in a collective bargaining unit to negotiate competitive terms for the use of our content and intellectual property,” says a recent opinion column from industry lobby group News Media Canada.

Read more in LighthouseNow.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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