Roundup: COVID update, Tata conference connects Xmas tree growers globally, C.B. LGBTQ+ group seeks event space, son of shooting victims plans memorial ride

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Nova Scotia continues to have no active cases of COVID-19, according to the latest update from the provincial government. So far, the province has had 66,589 negative test results, 1,071 known COVID-19, cases and 64 deaths. 

Christmas in August
Tatamagouche was supposed to hold a national conference for Christmas tree growers. It was a year in the making but as the pandemic went on, it became apparent that the conference couldn’t happen. At least not as planned. “It was a shame to flush all of our work that had been done,” says organizer Angus Bonnyman. “We had some amazing speakers lined up from across North America, so we did a bit of a pivot with our partners.”

The conference has moved online, becoming the Balsam Fir Forum. “It’s sort of the Netflix for the Christmas tree and greenery industry,” Bonnyman explains. “We have 12 hours of content uploaded currently.” Raissa Tetanish reports for The Light.

Hfx Wanderers FC fans. Photo: Sam Gillett

Hfx Wanderers FC find a home away from home
At this time last season, Hfx Wanderers FC were in the midst of their first Canadian Premier League season, packing the Wanderers Grounds with enthusiastic soccer fans.

This year, they’re preparing for a pandemic-altered season, a tournament behind closed doors in P.E.I, without the noisy mob of Haligonians that added so much to games last year. In this Halifax Magazine feature from April 2019, Sam Gillett met some of the team’s earliest and most enthusiastic fans. “The thing we like about it is the sense of ownership over the club,” says James Covey, president of the team’s fan club. “The relationship between the fans and the club is different than in other sports.”

In a Halifax Magazine story coming later today, Ameeta Vohra talks with Wanderers midfielder Andre Rampersad about this unusual season.

LGBTQ+ group seeks event space
In Port Hawkesbury, a local LGBTQ+ group is looking for a space to hold monthly events. Municipal officials say they want to help, floating options like the local civic centre or yacht club, but the pandemic is delaying a concrete response.

“Once restrictions are relaxed and we can move forward with that, then we can look at venue options,” says Port Hawkesbury chief administrative officer Terry Doyle. See Jake Boudrot’s story in The Reporter.

Memorial ride for shooting victims
Harry Bond of Lunenburg County lost both his parents in the Portapique shooting. Now, even as he recovers from the wearying fight for an inquiry, he’s planning a memorial ride and drive in memory of his parents and the other victims.

His mother loved lighthouses, so the Aug. 15 (rain date Aug. 16) memorial ride departs the Chester Curling Club at 11 a.m. and ends in Peggy’s Cove. The event is open to motorbikes, antique vehicles, road-legal lifted 4x4s, and big rigs without trailers. Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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