Roundup: COVID kills 16 more, Eagle Head residents suing Peter Kelly, hockey fights cancer, Saltscapes expo returns

Jeri Lynne Johnson recently joined Symphony Nova Scotia's podcast for an intimate discussion of her art. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Plus: Symphony Nova Scotia takes fans behind the music

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 death toll keeps climbing, with health officials reporting 16 new fatalities from Oct. 18 to 24. During the same period, 48 were hospitalized for the disease, with 54 currently in care receiving COVID treatment, including seven in ICU.

The World Health Organization reports 267,575 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,554,556 people, including 45,689 in Canada and 588 Nova Scotians.

Photo: Mike Dembeck
Former Halifax mayor Peter Kelly. Photo: Mike Dembeck

Eagle Head dispute leads to lawsuit
Since moving to the South Shore and beginning construction of a house near Eagle Head beach, former Halifax mayor Peter Kelly has been in a simmering dispute with his neighbours, who say the construction is endangering fragile coastlands.

Now the conflict has a new wrinkle, as about a dozen residents have teamed up to sue Peter and Diana Kelly for blocking a popular path used to access the beach.

Brian Casey, the couple’s lawyer, argues they’ve done nothing wrong. “The Kellys have no objection to anyone being on the beach or travelling across the beach: that path is public property,” he says, adding that the blocked area is more than 30 metres from the high-water mark, and near their construction site.

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Behind the music
Ever since conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson burst onto the scene in 1998, she’s been upending the classical-music world and making history: she was the first African American woman to win an international conducting prize when she claimed the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship.

In a recent episode of Symphony Nova Scotia’s Enough Room podcast, she joins music director Holly Matheson for an intimate discussion of her craft. Read more in Unravel Halifax.

Hockey fights cancer
Tomorrow night, Pictou’s Weeks U-18 Majors hockey team will host the Halifax Macs for their annual match to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

“It’s a great event — both teams coming together and raising funds for something that affects us all,” says Kyle MacLennan, coach of the Pictou team. “Any time we can do something like this for a good cause is a fantastic thing. I’m glad we’re doing it again.”

Last year, the event raised $10,794.

Steve Goodwin has the story for the Pictou Advocate.

Cooking demonstrations are an expo highlight. File photo

Saltscapes expo returns
For many families, the annual autumn expo from Saltscapes magazine is the unofficial start of the holiday season, with dozens of vendors from around Atlantic Canada converging on the Halifax Exhibition Centre. It’s a chance to discover unique arts and crafts, local food and drink, design and décor ideas, and more.

It begins at 10 a.m. today and continues until 5 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Learn more.

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