Roundup: COVID update, rally supporting Mi’kmaw fishers, bringing artists to Lunenburg, sparking the rural economy
Photo: Drake Lowthers
By Trevor J. Adams 22 October 2020 Share this story
Nova Scotia continues to have five known cases of COVID-19, with no new ones identified in the latest government briefing. So far, the province has had 106,213 negative test results, 1,097 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths.
“Institutional racism is alive and well”
Some 250 people recently gathered in Antigonish to support Mi’kmaw fishers in Southwestern Nova Scotia, who have faced attacks from commercial fishers and their supporters, as they try to engage in their legal, treaty-protected lobster harvest.
Speakers also condemned the police, who ignored pleas for help and stood by watching as about 200 attackers ransacked a First Nations-friendly lobster pound, poisoned lobster, stole and destroyed property, threw rocks, and threatened lives.
“I thought [the RCMP] were there to protect us but institutional racism is alive and well,” says Michelle Sylliboy. “We’ve been here a very long time. We’re not going anywhere… No bully is going to intimidate us.” Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.
Art on the move
Artist-in-residence programs continue to bring emerging talents to towns around the province.
This fall’s artist-in-residence at the Lunenburg School of Arts is Hannah Genosko. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in printmaking in 2015 and has been participating in group and solo exhibitions since 2012.
“This residency provides the artist with time, space, and a monthly stipend to develop and enhance their practice,” says the school’s operations coordinator, Katie Hall. “Hannah’s project proposal for her time at our School explores the social practices of storm preparation in coastal communities. She will depict these ideas through a series of linocut prints.”
Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.
Sparking the rural economy
Ignite Atlantic is an organization that aims to help rural communities grow their economies, providing access to technology, mentorship, and other business resources. Since the pandemic began and many businesses have sought new ways to reach customers, they’ve been busier than ever.
And now, they’re being feted for their efforts, with a Canie Social Innovation Award, recognizing “outstanding achievements in advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship.”
“Ignite has strived to make a difference throughout Nova Scotia by connecting organizations and expertise where those resources did not exist,” says CEO Doug Jones. The Pictou Advocate has more.
The dark days of divorce law
Today it’s relatively easy to get a divorce and leave an abusive partner, but the courts used to make it much harder.
“Prior to 1867, no province other than Nova Scotia had adopted cruelty as a ground for divorce,” writes Dorothy Grant. “In all other jurisdictions, adultery was the sole grounds used. And even in Nova Scotia, abuse and cruelty were rarely successful grounds for a divorce. Not until the government reformed divorce law in 1968 did cruelty become an acceptable reason for most Canadians to seek a divorce.”
In this new Halifax Magazine historical report, Grant looks back at two notorious cases that helped modernize Canada’s divorce laws.
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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.
Trevor has been a magazine editor and journalist in Halifax since 1998. He's won multiple Atlantic Journalism Awards and was shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence in 2014.
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