Roundup: C.B. couple loses everything in storm, Bridgewater photo club marks 40 years, Pictou boxer bound for Canada Games, COVID update

Unable to afford insurance, Vince and Janasta Chaisson lost their home and almost everything they own when Fiona hit Arichat, N.S. Photo: Jake Boudrot

Plus: Looking back at Halifax Regional Municipality’s forced marriage, and the resentments that still linger

When the remnants of hurricane Fiona hit Cape Breton last month, high winds ripped the roof off Vince and Janasta Chaisson’s trailer in Arichat, sending them fleeing. When they returned, they discovered their home was destroyed.

“When we made the turn over here at the stop sign and looked, it was devastation, devastation,” Vince recalls. “We walked into the house and saw everything, all the water pouring down and everything ruined.”

Now, they’re trying to figure out how to rebuild their lives. They were unable to afford insurance and Vince is unable to work, due a medical condition.

“Financially, it’s just been devastating to us,” he adds. “It’s just been one problem after another. Life, for us anyway, it’s been a really bad struggle.”

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John Savage

Birth of a Super City Region
To opponents of the move, it’s always seemed fitting that Halifax Regional Municipality was officially born on April Fool’s Day 1996. A diktat from then-premier John Savage’s government forced the merger, leaving many citizens with concerns about how the new municipal behemoth would represent their communities.

More than two decades later, those concerns are unabated.

“I still view myself as someone that lives in Dartmouth, that grew up in Dartmouth,” says Dartmouth resident and historian David Jones, who was in Grade 1 in 1996. “That’s not to pretend that HRM doesn’t exist, but Dartmouth means so much to me … So I worry — as a local historian and as a lifelong resident of Dartmouth — that amalgamation, that Halifax Regional Municipality, has taken away, to some extent, Dartmouth’s identity.” 

In her latest Unravel Halifax history column, Katie Ingram looks back at the birth of HRM and the concerns that linger.

COVID update
WHO reports 189,619 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,534,725 people, including 45,394 in Canada and 544 Nova Scotians.

Boxer Canada Games-bound
Pictou County boxer Noah Thompson has clinched a spot in the 57-kg division at next year’s Canada Games, beating Halifax’s Josh Cull in a qualifying battle on Saturday.

“It feels good to be going to the Canada Games,” he said. “That’s my goal. Now I get to go … I boxed well, but it was a war. He was a very good opponent.”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

South Shore photo club marks anniversary
The Bridgewater Photographic Society is marking its 40th anniversary with Lens&Light, an exhibition continuing through Oct. 29 at the DesBrisay Museum.

“A lot has changed in the taking and processing of images over 40 years, and this change is reflected in the anniversary exhibit,” society president Beverley Richardson says in a news release. “The title of the exhibit … is a nod to the Greek root phos and the meaning of photography — drawing with light. As photographers know, photos succeed or fail for one reason more than any other: how effectively photographers use available light.”

Kevin McBain has more for LighthouseNow.

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