Roundup: COVID kills 10 more, Desmond Inquiry report delayed, Pictou comedian returns home, Symphony Nova Scotia performs in Lunenburg

Guest leader Alexander Weimann joins Symphony Nova Scotia tonight for a concert in Lunenburg. Photo: Submitted

Plus: Treat the problem, not the symptoms — the real solution to shoplifting

COVID-19 has killed 10 more Nova Scotians, according to the latest weekly update from provincial health officials. From Nov. 15 to 21, 31 people were hospitalized for the disease, and 31 are in care receiving COVID treatment, including four in ICU.

The World Health Organization reports 224,452 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,604,704 people, including 47,468 in Canada and 642 Nova Scotians.

Desmond Inquiry report delayed
A Nova Scotia Judiciary spokesperson says Judge Warren Zimmer won’t file his final report and recommendations from the Desmond Fatality Inquiry until “sometime next year.”

The fatality inquiry, which saw testimony from 70 witnesses over 56 days and spanned 26 months, is examining the circumstances surrounding retired soldier Lionel Desmond’s murder of his mother, wife, and 10-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself.

Questions continue about Desmond’s mental health, and the treatment he received after his army discharge.

Drake Lowthers has more for the Reporter.

Susan Ayles. Photo: LinkedIn

The truth about shoplifting
As a program manager at the Elizabeth Fry Society in Dartmouth, Susan Ayles has been working with shoplifters for 30 years, and she’s come to see that many retailers and security guards have a big misconception.

“It’s not that poor people are the only ones who shoplift,” she says. “They are the ones who tend to get caught. It’s who gets policed: poor folks, folks of colour, folks in marginalized communities, addicted folks.” 

In his latest Unravel Halifax feature, Chris Benjamin explores the problem, and the real solutions.

Symphony Nova Scotia hits the road
Guest leader Alexander Weimann is set to join Symphony Nova Scotia tonight at Lunenburg’s Central United Church for Brilliant Bach, featuring compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann, plus a violin concerto by Italian composer Maddalena Laura Sirmen.

Weimann, who lives in British Columbia, has been in the province for a few days, enjoying the opportunity to work and practise with Symphony Nova Scotia.

“The idea for this show, from my point of view, is to really show the orchestra in its entirely as an organism, but also to feature soloists out of the orchestra,” he says.

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Peter Anthony. Photo: Submitted

Comedian returns to hometown stage
Born and raised in Pictou County, stand-up comic Peter Anthony has been living in Toronto for the past 20 years, but on Dec. 1, he returns home to record a show at Glasgow Square.

Anthony prefers live shows, but like most performers, had to adapt to a post-pandemic world. “Nothing is the same,” he shared. “I think the majority of the people are just wanting to live their lives again … Part of my job as a comedian is to say you’re not alone.”

Heather Knight interviews him for the Pictou Advocate.

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