Roundup: COVID update, truck driver disrupts 911 service, Pictou Co. firefighters fundraising for new tanker, Guysborough still sees natural gas opportunities

Habiba Cooper Diallo. Photo: Submitted

Plus: Firsthand experiences with racism in Nova Scotian schools — Nova Scotian writer Habiba Cooper Diallo documents her journey

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, both in Canada and around the world.

The World Health Organization tallies 718,294 confirmed cases globally in the last 24 hours, although the real number of infections is likely much higher, as many jurisdictions (including Nova Scotia) are now withholding daily data, making it impossible to get an accurate picture of the disease’s spread.

So far, COVID has killed 6,152,095 people worldwide, including 37,690 people in Canada and 255 Nova Scotians

From the inside
Habiba Cooper Diallo has experienced systemic racism throughout her life, but an incident from nine years ago, when she was in Grade 11, has stuck with her.

“I overheard the student saying, ‘Oh … the teacher is always discussing issues about racism and Black students; you know, there are other things to do,’ ” she recalls. “She didn’t know I was in the bathroom stall, and then I came out of the bathroom stall. I said something to her, and she was so shocked. I remember just how awful it felt just hearing someone say that … I thought, ‘Wow, this one really doesn’t care.’ “

Since she was 12 years old, Diallo has chronicled her experiences with systemic racism in school in a diary, which she recently turned into a new book, #BLACKINSCHOOL, from University of Regina Press.

She tells Ameeta Vohra about it in this recent Unravel Halifax feature.

Truck driver disrupts 911 service
Operators at the Scotia Business Centre in Bridgewater, which handles 911 calls and serves 40 fire departments, had to move to emergency backup plans last month after a truck driver collided with utility wires, knocking out phone and internet service.

Police ticketed a 56-year-old Lunenburg County man for violating the Motor Vehicle Act’s vehicle weights and dimensions rules.

LighthouseNow has more.

Guysborough still sees natural gas opportunities
Municipality of the District of Guysborough Warden Vernon Pitts says the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the energy market, plus the growing urgency to slash greenhouse gas emissions, bolsters the business case for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the area.

“If you can end up in a roundabout way putting less pollution into the atmosphere, that’s a plus, everybody wins,” Pitts says. “We can take people off of coal and get them onto natural gas until they get onto solar or wind. And I think that’s a positive.”

Drake Lowthers has the story for the Reporter.

Pictou County firefighters fundraising for new truck
Management at the East River Valley Fire Department have signed an agreement to buy a new custom tanker, but they have to raise $60,000 to cover what’s left of the $467,000 bill.

“We’ve been saving for 10 years,” says Chief Kevin Stuart. “We bought a 2010 pumper and once it was paid for, we started banking money for the new tanker.”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

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