Roundup: COVID reinfection magnifies danger, gov warns about wildlife, racers honour fallen comrade, Pictou group celebrates learners

Kristie Goreham was among the competitors at the Fred Westhaver Memorial Race. Photo: Kevin McBain

Plus: Long largely the domain of white men, hockey is slowly diversifying — a local researcher studies the shift

As the disease continues to spread, experts are also warning about the increased dangers of COVID-19 reinfection. “The dataset is massive and results are compelling,” tweets infectious disease research Tara Moriarty, discussing a recent study. “Each successive infection increases risk of death and serious complications, in unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals.”

Premier Tim Houston’s government continues withholding daily data, making it difficult to get an accurate picture of COVID-19’s spread in the province, but World Health Organization (WHO) officials caution the disease is still rampant, tallying 173,325 new cases globally in the last 24 hours. 

So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,316,655 people, including 41,470 in Canada and 421 Nova Scotians.

Wildlife warnings
As summer hits, provincial officials are warning about the dangers of active wildlife, amid a provincewide increase in bear, coyote, deer, and raccoon sightings.

“They’re still living off of their fat reserves that they have left over from their slumber, but things are starting to get pretty low,” says forestry technician Dave Steeves. “It’s not uncommon to see bears in highly settled areas because basically they’re on the move looking for easy calories. With wildlife movement, it basically all comes down to what their stomach is telling them to do.”

Jake Boudrot has the story for the Reporter.

Cheryl MacDonald. Photo: Bruce Murray

Line changes
Largely the domain of white men, hockey is slowly diversifying, as more women, queer, and non-white players take up the sport. But barriers remain, and Saint Mary’s University researcher Cheryl MacDonald is studying how to overcome them.

“A lot of the former ways of doing things are no longer compatible with the goals and attitudes of folks who are coming up through the ranks, in charge, or the athletes as well,” she says. “We’re finding a lot — uncovering a lot of stories of misconduct. We’re having a lot of disagreements on how hockey should move forward in terms of who should be included, why or how. There will continue to be growing pains as we sort that out.”

Ameeta Vohra interviews her in the new issue of Unravel Halifax.

Racers honour fallen comrade
Fred Westhaver was a familiar face at the Roughneck Off Road race track near Liverpool, so after his recent death, the local motorsports community recently decided to pay tribute to him with an event that they hope will become an annual tradition.

“We could not imagine not doing it,” says daughter Kimberly Westhaver. “We all grew up at the track. His grandchildren are now involved in the sport and helping out hoping to pass his legacy on. We enjoy providing a place for the racers and the fans.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Pictou group celebrates learners
Graduates from the Pictou County Continuous Learning Association’s programs recently gathered for a long-overdue celebration.

“In the face of COVID, you deserve all the commendation for the barriers you crossed,” educator Carollynne Nemecek told the graduates. “We’re so excited to celebrate graduation for the first time in three years.”

Steve Goodwin has more for the Pictou Advocate.

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