Roundup: COVID update, Mayor race heats up (a little), growing green energy, police investigate racist sign

Nova Scotia continues to have one active case of COVID-19. No new cases were identified on Sept. 16, according to the latest provincial government update. So far, the province has had 85,288 negative test results, 1,086 known COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths.

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Mayoral candidates’ forum recap
Incumbent Mike Savage met challengers Max Taylor and Matt Whitman yesterday for a mayoral candidates’ forum. The discussion contained no surprises, but does highlight voters’ options.

A question about defunding police provided the starkest contrast. While Taylor argued for communication and took no strong position, “Whitman reacted angrily to a question about it, repeating pro-cop bumper-sticker slogans,” I write in my latest editorial. “Savage, as moderate centrists are wont to do, took refuge behind the claim that there are ‘many different definitions’ of defunding… but supports looking at what services (mental health checks, for instance) would be better performed by other professionals.” See more in this opinionated Halifax Magazine recap.

Chief Bob Gloade

Growing green energy
Two Truro organizations are hosting a virtual forum this weekend to encourage the adoption of green power and celebrate local communities that are leading the way.

“With less than 10 years to slash carbon emissions and avert catastrophic climate change, time is running out,” says organizer Emily Hunter. “Municipalities have… control over 44% of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. Many communities in Nova Scotia are leading the way in renewable energy innovation and are benefiting from doing so.”

The Living Earth Council and Green Hub Project present the Plug In forum on Sept. 19. Speakers include Truro Mayor Bill Mills and Millbrook Chief Bob Gloade. Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

StFX officials remain optimistic
St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish is one of the few post-secondary schools in Nova Scotia to have largely in-person classes this fall and officials remain optimistic about their plan. But local police have received “multiple complaints” leading to fines for four students from outside the Atlantic bubble who weren’t following public health precautions upon their return to the province.

“I am so impressed by the collaboration and commitment to providing a successful university experience despite the numerous challenges,” says StFX president Andrew Hakin. “There’s a lot of optimism, a lot of enthusiasm.” Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

Police investigate racist sign
Local RCMP are investigating after a complaint about a sign depicting a noose on a Queens County cottage. The noose evokes the lynching of Black people and is an implied threat of future violence, as this post from the Anti-Defamation League explains.

Mark Kozlowski, president of Truro-based Wilson Equipment Ltd., owns the cottage. He refuses to discuss the issue with media but his company issued a statement claiming he doesn’t know how the large, well-made sign got attached to his property with six screws: “Putting the sign up was someone’s idea of a joke.” See Kevin Mcbain’s story in LighthouseNow.

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