Roundup: COVID update, mental health during a pandemic, hockey’s invisible barriers, arson charges after New Glasgow apartment fire

Tyler Simmonds. Photo: Mathieu Thebeau

As of yesterday (Oct. 4), Nova Scotia has three known cases of COVID-19, including one person in ICU, according to the latest statistics. Overall, the province has had 97,221 negative tests, 1,089 confirmed cases, and 65 deaths. Nationally, Canada currently has 16,432 known cases of the disease, including 7,277 in Quebec, the province bordering the Atlantic bubble.

Source: Government of Canada

Talking about COVID and mental health
A variety of speakers will offer online talks about mental-health related issues from Oct. 5–9, as the Truro-area branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association marks Mental Health Awareness Week.

“We recognize there’s a lot of anxiety and stress out there,” says organizer Susan Henderson. “It feels like we’re supposed to move forward and everything’s good now… But it’s not. There’s still a lot of fear and concern about the unknowns in the future.”

The talks, streaming on Facebook daily at noon, include speakers like psychologist Ivan Drouin, filmmaker Tyler Simmonds, and musician Catherine MacLelllan. Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Hockey’s invisible barriers
Think about the top players in hockey—odds are good most of the faces that come to mind are white. The sport has less diversity than any other major team sport. To better understand why that is and how to change it, Hockey Nova Scotia’s diversity task force is doing an extensive digital survey.

“There are reasons why communities of colour, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2+, and new Canadians are not picking hockey,” says task force chair Dean Smith. “We really need to hear from those individuals in order to inform and effect positive change.” The survey is open until Nov. 1. See the story in The Reporter.

A responsibility to care
Alarmed by the ever-worsening climate emergency, a group of local Anglicans believe it’s their duty to speak up for the planet, accept the scientific realities, and push for change. They’re part of the Environment Network Diocese of N.S. & P.E.I., a group promoting action and education.

Rev. Marian Lucas-Jeffries feels the Bible has clear instructions for the faithful. “[Christians] are called to be good stewards of creation,” she says. “Standing with people and walking with people who care about the planet is very important. We have a responsibility to care for people who care.” Cynthia d’Entremont reports in this Halifax Magazine story from September 2019.

New Glasgow man faces arson charges
On Oct. 2, a theft from a vehicle in New Glasgow sparked a chain of events that led to an apartment fire, town police say. Four people were in the apartment complex, which sustained minor damage. A 43-year-old man faces charges of arson, mischief, and theft, according to The Pictou Advocate.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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