Roundup: Another COVID death, provincial government monitoring shipwreck oil waste sites, Pictou Co. driver charged after crash, researchers tag 10 great whites in N.S. expedition

Dubbed "Tancook," this is one of the sharks researchers tagged in Nova Scotia's waters. Photo: Submitted

Plus: Far from home on a British vessel, two midshipmen from Halifax were the Canadian navy’s first casualties of the Great War — Bob Gordon looks back

Health officials announced another COVID-19 death yesterday: a man in his 70s from the Eastern Zone. He’s the 101st Nova Scotian to die from the disease.

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the man who has passed,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “The vaccine helps prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death. Do your part and get vaccinated.”

Nova Scotia has 166 known active cases of COVID, with 59 new cases and 61 recoveries reported in the latest update (the first since Oct. 29). Of the new cases, 44 are in the Central Zone, six in the Northern, five in the Eastern, and four in the Western.

Health officials also announced five more COVID school exposures, including one in HRM at Madeline Symonds Middle School.

Pictou Co. driver charged after crash
A 56-year-old Pictou County man faces a charge of impaired driving by drug after a driver crashed into a power pole on Main Street in Trenton on Oct. 19.

Police say the driver was travelling south near Oak Street when he lost control and flipped the vehicle, escaping serious injury and not hitting anyone else.

The Pictou Advocate has more.

Researchers tag 10 great whites
Scientists working in Nova Scotia’s waters have tagged 10 great white sharks in their latest expedition, part of an American project to better understand the apex predator’s behaviour in the North Atlantic.

“When we first came up here years ago, we thought they might be mating here,” says expedition leader Chris Fischer. “We now know they are not … They come here in the mid-summer, late summer, through the fall, and they are coming up here to feed, coming here to bulk up and prepare for the trip down south for mating and enduring the coming winter.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Nova Scotia monitoring shipwreck oil waste sites
In the 1970s, two oil tankers wrecked off Cape Breton. As was common practice at the time, provincial workers buried the oily waste from the coastal cleanup on nearby Crown land, leaving an environmental time bomb ticking at nine sites in Richmond and Guysborough counties.

Provincial officials say the pollution is contained and there’s no cause for worry, even as they step up monitoring of the sites. Richmond Municipal Council wants more information about the increased scrutiny.

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

HMS Good Hope. Illustration: William Lionel Wyllie/Wikimedia Commons

The navy’s first casualties of the Great War
In the early days of the First World War, Halifax was aflame with martial fervour.

When the British navy needed midshipmen to serve aboard HMS Good Hope, Canada eagerly contributed four, including two Haligonians: William Palmer (top of the naval college’s first graduating class) and Arthur Silver (son of prominent businessman and Riel Rebellion veteran Harry St. Clare Silver).

The Herald’s headline was exultant: “Brave Halifax Lads Eager to Strike for Canada and the Empire.”

Sadly, the young men didn’t survive their first encounter with the enemy. Bob Gordon looks back at their tragic story in this historical post, originally published in Halifax Magazine in April 2014.

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