Roundup: Antigonish merger opponents cry foul, new novel from South Shore author, ticks a year-round scourge, COVID update

After 36 years with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Charlotte Bernard is about to be part of a big transformation. Photo: Bruce Murray

Plus: The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre will soon have a new home — in the shadow of Halifax’s most prominent colonial relic

Opponents of municipal amalgamation are crying foul over a plan from Antigonish town Mayor Laurie Boucher and county Warden Owen McCarron to dissolve the town government. Public consultations never mentioned the dissolution, instead framing the scheme as a “merger.”

“What this is really, in my view, is a strategy that’s underhanded, dishonest, and undemocratic in the extreme,” says Havre Boucher resident Anne McKeough. “And’s that’s what got me involved in this.”

Drake Lowthers has more for the Reporter.

Alex Paul. Photo: Submitted

A place to finally call home
The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre is on the verge of securing the land for its new home in Halifax, and Alex Paul, executive director of Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office, hopes the new centre in Halifax will do for others what the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto did for him. 

“It was where I got my first sense of belonging,” he says. “It was the first place that gave me an opportunity to volunteer and to help members of my own community. It was also the place that gave me the desire to connect with my actual community and my actual family. Without that experience, I may not have even gone down that path. I may have been too afraid.”

Alec Bruce reports for Unravel Halifax.

Ticks an ongoing danger
A New Glasgow woman who has been grappling with Lyme disease is warning Nova Scotians that infectious ticks are a year-round danger.

“The number of ticks has increased over the years and thus the number of infected ticks that are out in the environment,” Brenda Sterling-Goodwin says in a recent letter to the Pictou Advocate. “The incidence of human contact with ticks has escalated and will likely continue to do so in the years to come.”

Read more.

Christine Welldon. Photo: Submitted

New novel from South Shore author
Lunenburg writer Christine Welldon recently published her second novel, taking readers to Depression-era Saskatchewan for the adventures of 13-year-old protagonist Billy Knight.

“I wanted to focus on this little-known story of children and teens who lived through this period of history,” Welldon says. “The problems they faced were great: there were predators, thieves. They had to learn survival skills very quickly.”

Kevin McBain interviews her for LighthouseNow.

COVID update
The World Health Organization reports 454,440 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,543,138 people, including 45,689 in Canada and 555 Nova Scotians.

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