Roundup: COVID update, New Glasgow care home CEO resigns amid review, South Shore doctor named to Order of Canada, new C.B. radio station goes live

Alice Snaden and Matthew Edison in a 2020 production of Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Photo: Joy von Tiedemann

Plus: Award-winning writer Hannah Moscovitch works to change the way we look at each other and our relationships

Health officials estimate there are 6,620 active cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, announcing 542 “lab-confirmed” new cases in yesterday’s update.

Those numbers likely don’t reflect COVID’s true extent, though. Premier Tim Houston’s government stopped widespread testing, saying that the pervasiveness of the omicron strain requires focusing on vulnerable areas like hospitals. That means many cases in the general population are now going unreported.

There are 59 people in hospital (including seven in ICU) who were admitted for the disease and are getting specialized care in a COVID-19 unit, with five new admissions and five discharges reported yesterday.

The government says there are also 46 people who were identified as positive upon arrival in hospital but were admitted for another medical reason or people who were admitted for COVID-19 and no longer require specialized care, plus 102 people infected after hospitalization.

Health officials are also reporting outbreaks of the disease in hospitals around the province, including Northside General Hospital in Sydney, Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Dartmouth General, and New Waterford Consolidated.

Glen Haven CEO resigns
Lisa Smith has resigned after 15 years as CEO of the Glen Haven long-term care home in New Glasgow. The board of directors placed her on administrative leave in September, when it began a review of the site’s operations. That review, which the board initially said would take five to six weeks, is ongoing.

Both Smith and the board of directors are being tight-lipped about the reason for the review and the departure, offering media statements that don’t share any specifics.

The Pictou Advocate has the story.

Hannah Moscovitch

Hannah Moscovitch offers a new view
Nova Scotia playwright Hannah Moscovitch has been working throughout her career to lead audiences to reconsider how we look at each other and our relationships.

She recently won a Governor General’s Literary Award for drama for her play Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, a story about the lasting effects of a romance between a professor and one of his students.

“He speaks to the audience, and you see the romantic view, including all his struggles around whether it’s OK to have an affair with a 19-year-old student,” Moscovitch explains. “And then, the end of the romance and then you meet Annie and John, four years later in a hotel. Annie hasn’t seen John in three years, and she questions him about why he had this affair with her … In the very last scene of Annie coming in her 30s, now to tell John that she’s written a play about what happened from his point of view because she was trying to understand what happened between them … A woman wrote it in order to understand her own experience.”

Ameeta Vohra talks with her about the play in the new issue of Unravel Halifax.

South Shore doctor feted
Dr. Céleste Johnston of Hunt’s Point, a trailblazer in neonatal pain research, has been named to the Order of Canada.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.

“I was pretty surprised and quite thrilled,” she says. “The thing that I think is important is that all of the work that I have done has been with a whole bunch of other people, and they’ve all had tremendous input into it, so I feel like I should be sharing this with other people.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

New Cape Breton radio station goes live
Broadcast from the Mabou campus of the Gaelic College, CBFM radio went live for the first time earlier this month, with organizers aiming to showcase Cape Breton’s musical talent.

The new radio station will be featuring only the island’s musicians, says general manager Ryan MacDonald, including the likes of Beòlach, Jenn Sheppard, Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Guthro, The Rankin Family, Rodney MacDonald, Howie MacDonald, Steve MacIntyre, Joanne MacIntyre, Dave MacIsaac, Mac Morin, Tracy Dares MacNeil, Pretty Archie, and more.

“It’s a mix of everything,” he adds. “It’s kind of a different format for a station. The format is Cape Breton. It’s not like other radio stations where they’re just rock, or just pop. It’s a mix of everything and it’s Cape Breton.”

Jake Boudrot has more for the Reporter.

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