Roundup: Concerns about gaps in RCMP mass shooting documents, COVID climbs as protections drop, New Glasgow studies new heat network, Chender touts NDP agenda

When Mass Casualty Commission investigators subpoenaed Supt. Darren Campbell's notes from the RCMP, four key pages were missing. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Plus: The maverick chef — Jamie MacAulay reinvents traditional Nova Scotian cuisine

Recent revelations that someone withheld four pivotal pages of a senior RCMP officer’s notes from the inquiry investigating the April 2020 mass shooting continue to raise concerns about the potential for other omissions.

“The natural response … is to ask ourselves, how confident are we that there have not been other items not fully disclosed?” says Linda Hupman, a lawyer representing some of the victims’ families. “We find it appalling and very disappointing that anyone connected to the RCMP response to the subpoena for documents would hold back relevant documents or portions of documents as was apparently done with the four pages of the notes of Supt. Darren Campbell.”

Janet Whitman has the story for the Reporter.

COVID numbers climb
World Health Organization officials are “concerned” about a recent global uptick in COVID numbers.

“Cases of COVID-19 reported to WHO had increased by 30 per cent in the last two weeks, largely driven by Omicron BA.4, BA.5, and other descendent lineages and the lifting of public health and social measures,” they say in a statement yesterday. “This increase in cases was translating into pressure on health systems in a number of WHO regions.” They add that reductions in testing and monitoring and the inability of people in many developing countries to access the vaccine are exacerbating the crisis.

WHO reports 494,537 confirmed new cases of COVID worldwide in the last 24 hours. Last week, Premier Tim Houston ended most remaining COVID-19 protections in Nova Scotia and stopped sharing weekly epidemiologic reports, so it’s impossible to get an accurate picture of the disease’s current spread in the province.

So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,351,801 people, including 41,932 in Canada and 451 Nova Scotians.

Chef Jamie MacAulay. Photo: Bruce Murray

The maverick chef
When Chef Jamie MacAulay got the nod to develop the menu for Drift, the restaurant at Halifax’s opulent new Queen’s Marque waterfront development, he thought back to his childhood. 

“We have everything we need right here,” says MacAulay. “The dishes, culinary traditions, ingredients, terroir. The saltwater bounty. We need to stand proudly and shout about it … Like many Nova Scotians, I grew up eating boiled dinners — still the ultimate comfort food for me. Mom is from Cape Breton, Dad is from Shelburne, and they met in Dartmouth, so it’s this kind of weird collision and melding of recipes from coast to coast.” 

He tells Colleen Thompson about it in the new issue of Unravel Halifax.

New Glasgow studies new heat network
Natural Resources Canada is spending $515,000 to study the feasibility of a district energy system that would connect more than 90 per cent of buildings in New Glasgow in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and heating costs.

The money goes to TorchLight Bioresources, based in Mahone Bay and a partner with the town in the project. Other partners include Rathco, the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners, and ACFOR. The project’s total cost is $755,000.

The study’s purpose is to design a heat network that uses renewable biomass and wind energy, while helping to create new jobs, support sustainable forestry in Nova Scotia, and expand the local economy.

“It has to fit within the practices in forestry,” Mayor Nancy Dicks says.

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Incoming NDP leader Claudia Chender. Photo: Samson Learn

Chender touts new NDP agenda
Incoming provincial NDP leader Claudia Chender has been hosting public forums around Nova Scotia to talk about the direction she wants to take the party, recently making a stop in Lunenburg.

“I really believe we’re in a pretty challenging moment right now,” she says. “The cost of living is skyrocketing. We continue to be plagued by, I think, what many are calling a health-care crisis and a housing crisis. And the question is how should we be addressing those things, and it’s my firm belief we address those things by working together.”

Keith Corcoran has more for LighthouseNow.

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