Roundup: COVID in every zone, Silver Don’s last book takes first step towards the screen, Bridgewater becomes friendlier for bikes, making home more energy efficient

The search for Phillip Boudreau. Photo: Jake Boudrot

Nova Scotia has 29 known active cases of COVID-19, with four new cases reported yesterday. According to the latest government update there is one new case in each health zone, all related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

“Having active cases in all zones is a reminder that the virus still wants to spread around the province,” says Premier Stephen McNeil. “But we are doing a good job limiting the spread and I encourage all Nova Scotians to stay vigilant.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 1,396 tests on Jan. 16 and 141,223 tests since the second wave began in October.

Shannon Miedema. Photo: LinkedIn

The best laid plans
A growing understanding of the realities of the environmental crisis spurred HRM to embark on creating what city staff call Canada’s most ambitious climate plan. When the pandemic hit, organizers feared their work would go to the back burner.

But HRM Council recently approved the plan. Now, many people will have to cooperate to turn it into reality. And the stakes are high.

“Halifax will become much more diverse in mobility and transportation,” says Shannon Miedema, manager of Halifax’s Energy & Environment program. “With more resilient, equitable, inclusive communities. A place where residents feel heard.”

Chris Benjamin has more for Halifax Magazine.

New bike repair stations in Bridgewater
Thanks to money from a private donor and a provincial grant, bike repair stations are popping up around Bridgewater, making the town safer and more accessible for cyclists.

“Bike shops are not open 24 hours, and they’re not always convenient when an emergency bike repair on the trail is needed,” says town spokesman Patrick Hirtle. “These stations will provide immediate access to tools to assist those who do not have access to proper repair equipment.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Silver Donald Cameron
Silver Donald Cameron

Cape Breton book a step closer to the screen
Pictou Twist Pictures and Ion Ink have bought the film and TV rights for the final book by acclaimed Cape Breton writer Silver Donald Cameron, who died in June 2020. Blood in the Water is the true story of the murder of fisherman Phillip Boudreau, a complex story about a local bully and small-town justice.

“It was Silver Donald’s portrait of the Acadian world that was attractive to us,” says Barrie Dunn, a partner in the deal. “[It’s] kind of a memoir or a love letter to a place that meant a lot to him… a really powerful portrait of that world.”

Jake Boudrot has details for The Reporter. For more about the book, see this recent Halifax Magazine story.

Making home more energy efficient
Two demonstration homes recently built in Dartmouth and Lower Sackville showcase energy-efficient design. The homes are designed to create nearly as much energy as they use over a year.

“The aim was to demonstrate that you can build a really efficient house, challenge the industry and move it forward, and prove to builders that this is something the public would actually buy,” explains Brian Hayes, a program adviser at Efficiency Nova Scotia.

See Carol Moriera’s story in Saltscapes.

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