Roundup: Bhangra sensation tours N.S., COVID hospitalizations climb, Antigonish author earns Order of Canada, cops investigate Pictou Co. bridge fires

Bhangra dancer Gurdeep Pandher recently brought his "Joy, Hope and Positivity" tour to Nova Scotia. Photo: Submitted

Plus: Homegrown — looking back at the glory days of Halifax’s rock scene

With dance skill, exuberance, and relentless positivity, Bhangra dancer Gurdeep Pandher has built an enormous social media following. Based in the Yukon, he recently visited Nova Scotia, meeting fans and performing with a local bagpiper.

“With my messages of positivity, my effort is to bring people together,” he says. “True joy from the heart is very important. When you are truly joyful, it opens up your heart, opens up your mind, and breaks down barriers and brings the world closer. We need this right now.”

Kevin McBain interviews him for LighthouseNow.

COVID sickens more Nova Scotians
There’s been a big jump in the number of people hospitalized in Nova Scotia due to COVID-19, according to the latest numbers from the provincial government. Health officials are reporting 60 new admissions from July 18 to 25, with 42 COVID victims still hospitalized (including six in ICU) as of July 26.

So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,381,643 people, including 42,447 in Canada and 468 Nova Scotians.

Sheldon Currie

Antigonish author feted
Governor General Mary Simon recently named Antigonish author Sheldon Currie to the Order of Canada.

Currie is known for a lifetime of contributions to Canadian literature, including 30 years as a fiction editor of the Antigonish Review. He’s also written short stories, plays, and novels about life in Cape Breton’s mining towns in Cape Breton, and taught English at St. Francis Xavier University. His 1976 short story “The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum” was the basis for the 1995 film Margaret’s Museum, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Clive Russell.

The Reporter has the story.

Police investigate bridge fires
RCMP say they’re looking for clues after “suspicious” fires recently destroyed two Pictou County hiking bridges: in St. Pauls on July 22 and in Lyons Brook on July 25. Police have released any information about the cause of the fires, the possibility of more fires, or possible suspects.

The Pictou Advocate reports.

Homegrown
If you were a music fan in Halifax in the 1990s, you likely remember the era as a golden era of live shows and nationally renowned talents. (And if you weren’t a music fan in Halifax in the 1990s, you’ve likely heard those of who were rhapsodize about it.)

Jale, a rock band based out of Halifax from 1992 to 1997, was one of many local groups to gain national recognition and popularity in the era. Others include SloanThrush Hermit, the Super Friendz, the Carson Downey Band, and Hip Club Groove

“The city was different, and it (also) probably has something to do with why it happened,” says former Jale guitarist Eve Hartling. “It hadn’t gone through what’s happening now downtown, which is urban growth everywhere.” 

In the latest issue of Unravel Halifax, history columnist Katie Ingram revisits the era.

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