Roundup: COVID at bay, Goldboro LNG project offers big spinoffs for First Nations, Queens Co. brewery plans, up your turkey game

Ingram River Wilderness Area. Photo: Zack Metcalfe

As of yesterday (Oct. 8), Nova Scotia has three known cases of COVID-19, with no new cases identified in the latest government update. Overall, the province has had 99,388 negative test results, 1,089 confirmed cases, and 65 deaths. 

Plans for LNG facility in Goldboro are good news for First Nations
The proposed liquid natural gas facility in Goldboro, on the Eastern Shore, hit a big snag in July when the project’s engineering firm quit. Now a new engineering firm is on the job, which is good news for the 13 Mi’kmaq communities that have signed a $720-million deal to provide accommodations and services for the 5,000 workers who will be on site during construction.

“Our agreement… is an example of how companies can respect our Mi’kmaw rights and title,” says a press release from the Native group, “and also provide an opportunity for Mi’kmaq participation in the development of our lands.” Drake Lowthers has more in The Reporter.

A place of time and space
Just minutes from downtown Halifax, the proposed Ingram River Wilderness Area holds some of Nova Scotia’s oldest natural treasures.

There are “over 130 forest stands in the area whose trees exceed 125 years old,” writes environmental columnist Zack Metcalfe. “Many of those exceed 200 years, a handful exceed 300. Only two trees, after all that time and labour, have broken the 400-year barrier: one to the south of Panuke Lake, cored at 402 years old just this summer and the 413-year-old specimen hiding in this very grove.”

Photo: Zack Metcalfe

And if efforts to protect the area succeed, future generations of Nova Scotians will find an incredible legacy.

“The old grove that yielded two ancient trees was on an unnamed island in a place called Island Lake,” Metcalfe says, “a paddle as haunting as it was breathtaking in the heavy fog, its surrounding trees seeming taller than they should have been, casting mountainous silhouettes in the haze and giving the impression of wilderness far removed, all accessible within an hour of Hwy. 103 to anyone with canoe and curiosity.”

Learn more in this new Halifax Magazine column.

Bus garage to become brewery
Michael Laurie, of Halifax’s Oakfield Enterprises, has plans to turn the old Caledonia, Queens Co. school bus garage into a brewery. And local politicians are thrilled.

“The purchaser of the property should be commended for bringing that to a small area such as Caledonia,” says councillor Susan MacLeod. “It also brings the potential for employment in the area.” Kevin Mcbain reports for LighthouseNow.

Thankful for a better meal
Hosting a (small, appropriately distanced, health-rule compliant) Thanksgiving dinner this year? Deep-fried turkey, the roasted classic, creative sides aplenty—the free East Coast Living archives are chockablock with ideas and recipes to help you put a new spin on this year’s feast.

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