Roundup: Community excluded from Viola Desmond tribute says author, plane crash report sends rescuers scrambling, COVID global death toll climbs, biz complaints kibosh bike project

Angela Bowden on Viola's Way in New Glasgow. Photo: Steve Goodwin

Plus: How a trailblazing Nova Scotian novelist put the spotlight on animal abuse

When New Glasgow converted a downtown street to a pedestrian-only mall, government officials billed it as a tribute to civil-rights icon Viola Desmond, with murals and green spaces.

Now, author Angela Bowden is speaking out on behalf of some local citizens who are disappointed with how the project has unfolded. She says they weren’t consulted on the murals, a restaurant patio has replaced the promised green space, and banners are blocking the street signs that pay homage to Desmond.

“People are doing this for us, but without us,” Bowden adds. “My heart is aching. This is not what the African Nova Scotian community had in mind. It wasn’t our idea. The whole thing is so disrespectful.”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Plane crash report sends rescuers scrambling
Firefighters and police raced to investigate a reported plane crash in Antigonish County on Aug. 10, only to learn it was actually a float-plane pilot practising his landings.

“My son saw (the plane) shortly after takeoff and followed it online using FlightRadar24,” explains concerned resident Taralee Wood. “He was a bit panicked when he could see on the app that the plane was descending and showed that it landed, but was nowhere near an airport.”

Drake Lowthers has the story for the Reporter.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

COVID global death toll climbs
Over the last month, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 35 per cent worldwide, with the World Health Organization tallying 15,000 pandemic fatalities in the last week alone.

“There is a lot of talk about learning to live with this virus,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in a recent media briefing. “But we cannot live with 15,000 deaths a week. We cannot live with mounting hospitalizations and deaths. We cannot live with inequitable access to vaccines and other tools. Learning to live with COVID-19 does not mean we pretend it’s not there. It means we use the tools we have to protect ourselves, and protect others.” 

WHO officials report 767,614 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,436,519 people, including 42,178 in Canada and 473 Nova Scotians.

Lunenburg cancels bike project
Citing complaints from business people and “logistical requirements and additional costs,” Lunenburg municipal officials have kiboshed plans for a temporary bike lane and pedestrian mall in the Old Town neighbourhood.

But advocates hope to revive the scheme.

“We’re still very optimistic we’ll be able to do a project but, when we revisit it, we’ll probably want to talk to the business community and just make sure it works for everyone involved,” says Bicycle Nova Scotia spokesperson Brittney MacLean.

See Keith Corcoran’s story in LighthouseNow.

Spotlighting animal abuse
While searching through stacks of books at Dalhousie’s Killam Library, Unravel Halifax local-history contributor Dorothy Grant was delighted to discover a signed copy of Beautiful Joe, by Nova Scotian writer Marshall Saunders.

In her latest post, she looks back at the book — the poignant tale of a dog Saunders’s brother rescued from horrific abuse and Canada’s first book to sell a million copies.

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