Roundup: Cdn COVID count climbs, Pugwash doc charged with sexual assault, new book tells Peace by Chocolate story, grow your own vegetables this winter

So far avoiding the disease’s second-wave wildfire spread, Nova Scotia announced no new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. According to the latest government update, the province has 19 known active cases and an overall tally of 1,134 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths. 

The second wave continues to rock much of the country: Canada has 45,034 known cases, according to the federal government. Quebec (11,930), Ontario (11,271), and Alberta (8,305) remain infection hot spots. COVID-19 has killed 10,768 people in Canada, including 65 in Nova Scotia.

Pugwash doctor charged with sexual assault
Pugwash’s Dr. Tim Fashoranti, AKA Dr. Oluwarotimi Fashoranti, faces a sexual assault charge. Nova Scotia RCMP say he was arrested without incident on Nov. 10 and later released on conditions, pending trial on Jan. 11, 2021.

According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia website, Fashoranti has a history of disciplinary problems dating back to December 2012, when the college found him guilty of professional misconduct after he performed an “inappropriate examination of a female patient.” The college also reprimanded him in April 2016 and July 2017 “as a result of complaints.”

Raissa Tetanish reports for The Light.

Tareq Hadhad

The Peace by Chocolate story
With his new book Peace by Chocolate: The Hadhad Family’s Remarkable Journey From Syria to Canada, author Jon Tattrie offers a new perspective on a local business success story.

But chocolatier Tareq Hadhad says it’s not a business story. “We have done countless interviews with Jon telling him everything about the family, about our story back in Syria… the peaceful life we were living before the war until we became refugees and how Canada really opened its doors to us,” he explains. “This book is really documentation for our family for generations to come.”

Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

Niki Jabbour

Winter harvest
This year, pandemic isolation led many Nova Scotians to take up gardening for the first time. If you’re among those burgeoning green thumbs, don’t let winter stop your progress now. With a few simple steps, you can keep harvesting vegetables through the winter.

Off-season gardening is “ridiculously easy” says author Niki Jabbour. “There are so many different crops you can grow… People don’t know they can do it because they think it’s too cold. But it’s not the cold, it’s the amount of light you receive.”

She tells Zahra Sethna all about it in this reader-favourite East Coast Living story, originally published November 2011.

Harold Benge Atlee

A champion for women’s health care
Graduating at age 21 in 1911, Harold Bengee Atlee was the youngest doctor in the history of Dalhousie’s medical school. He served heroically in the First World War but his biggest impact was in women’s health care, where he fiercely challenged conventional wisdom.

“Controversy embroiled him when he had a Catholic patient who need a hysterectomy, a procedure the church condemned, as it ended her chance to have more children,” writes Dorothy Grant. “An outraged Atlee confronted her priest, convincing him to relent. He also waged war against the ban on abortions, frequently arguing that prohibition just drove women to illegal, unsafe procedures.”

Learn more about his extraordinary career in Grant’s new Halifax Magazine historical report.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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