Roundup: COVID count climbs, wellness check turns violent, finding veterans’ unmarked graves, long-awaited dog park opens

Tradition Diwali Diya lanterns. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The number of known active COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia jumped to 13 over the weekend, the highest it’s been since June. The two newest cases, identified in Saturday’s government update, are in the Central Zone. Public health officials are still investigating and thus far haven’t linked them to travel, which may indicate community spread.

Nationally, Canada currently has 28,933 known active cases of the disease, the bulk of which are in Quebec (9,221), Ontario (7,981) and Alberta (5,172). Manitoba has the highest infection rate in the country, with 238 cases per 100,000 population.

Katelyn Junus
Katelyn Junus

Bringing holiday happiness to Halifax
Katelyn Junus was a health-care worker on the frontlines as America’s COVID-19 pandemic raged. When her work visa expired, she knew it was time to come home to Halifax.

“Being a part of the health-care field where you’re always putting others first, it was so important for me to take that time to check in with myself to see what I wanted to do and to enjoy,” she recalls.

With the Hindu festival of Diwali approaching, she realized what she really wanted was to share holiday joy and started the business Posh Thali, offering home delivery of traditional Indian treats and confections.

“In Indian culture, food and hospitality are so important to us,” she explains. “Any chance we get, we love to share knowledge about our heritage.” Ameeta Vohra has more in this new Halifax Magazine story.

Wellness check turns violent
Last week, police were sent to do a mental-health wellness check on a 26-year-old New Glasgow man, which somehow spiralled into violence. Two police officers were stabbed and sustained minor injuries, a 26-year-old man faces multiple charges, and a 60-year-old woman is charged with obstructing a police officer. See The Pictou Advocate for more.

Photo: Trevor J. Adams

Finding veterans’ unmarked graves
Many of Canada’s dead veterans rest in unmarked graves and work to learn their names and properly commemorate them continues. The Nova Scotian coordinator of the Last Post Fund’s Unmarked Grave Program recently wrote about his work in The Reporter.

“In many cases when veterans passed away, either they or their families did not have the financial means to pay for a suitable marker,” explains Steve St-Amant. “I am a solitary figure… trying to locate unmarked veteran graves: I rely on members of the community to provide me with leads.” Learn more here.

Stewiacke dog park opens
Barking Lot, a long-awaited dog park, has finally opened in Stewiacke. Located in the town’s existing park, the new space for dogs offers about half a hectare of fenced-in space where the pets can romp off-leash. A local association of dog owners owns and operates the space in partnership with the town.

“My vision is to have the community involved as much as possible,” says organizer Kamie Branch. “If they build it, they will use it and take care of it.’ Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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