Roundup: COVID count keeps climbing, Crown drops New Glasgow mayor’s assault charge, stay safe during winter travel

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

Plus: A Christmas letter from 1867 shows how much Halifax has changed. And how much it hasn’t

For the fifth straight update, Nova Scotia is tallying a triple-digit increase in COVID-19 cases, with government reporting 127 new cases yesterday.

Of the new cases, 68 cases are in the Eastern Zone, 42 in the Central Zone, 11 in the Northern, and six in the Western. It’s unclear how many total active cases there are in the province, as the government hasn’t released that figure since last week, citing a data-entry backlog. Six people are hospitalized with the disease, including two in ICU.

Provincial officials say they’ve traced at least 344 cases back to school-sanctioned and off-campus events at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. And that number is likely to go up: “Cases continue to be reviewed to confirm the nature of their involvement with the cluster,” provincial spokesperson Marla MacInnis tells The Reporter. Jake Boudrot has details.

Nancy Dicks

Charges against New Glasgow mayor dropped
The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service has dropped assault charges against New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks.

“The NSPPS confirmed they were doing so because there was no realistic prospect of conviction,” says a statement from Deputy Mayor Jocelyn Dorrington. “Mayor Dicks respects the Crown’s decision, which was taken after four levels of review, including Public Prosecution’s Equity and Diversity Committee.”

The charges stem back to a Sept. 27, 2020 Black Lives Matter event, at which an attendee says someone grabbed her during a heated discussion.

The Pictou Advocate has the story.

Stay safe during winter travel
If you’re not prepared, even a short winter trip can quickly turn to an ordeal. Making a quick jaunt to the story? Taking a flight? Heading out due to an unexpected fire alarm? You never know when you might have to be outdoors longer than expected, so safety columnist James Golemiec urges readers to always be prepared.

Read more in his latest LighthouseNow column.

The more things change
A Christmas letter that writer Dorothy Grant discovered during her historical research shares a fascinating snapshot of the holidays in our city at the time of Confederation.

Elizabeth Lee wrote this entertaining and insightful letter in December 1867 to a cousin in New Brunswick. Lee lived in South End Halifax and provides a wonderful account of life in the city in the mid-1800s. In many ways, the concerns of the comfortable upper class haven’t changed much. Lee’s concerns include parking, rebellious youth, and uppity workers.

“Apparently, the YMCA has been suggesting a 14-hour day is too long,” Lee writes. “They have even made mention of shortening a worker’s day to only 12 hours. Where will it end? One would think clerks should be most grateful for receiving every Sunday off and often having as long as a half-hour off for their noon meal. I really fear for all store keepers if this trend should be allowed to continue!”

See the full story in the free Unravel Halifax archives.

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