Roundup: Endangered Atlantic whitefish threatened again, COVID keeps killing, pro wrestling returns to C.B.

The endangered Atlantic whitefish. Photo: Ian Manning

Plus: Tatamagouche ice creamery recalls Nova Scotia’s agricultural heritage

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg recently passed a motion supporting an Ontario business’s bid to build wind turbines in the Petite Riviere watershed area, home to an endangered fish and Bridgewater’s drinking water supply.

Coun. Wendy Oickle, whose district includes much of that area, tells LighthouseNow that the communication she’s received indicates citizens are “split on the side of support.”

The project promises $700,000 in annual tax revenues for the municipality, but some worry about the impact on the Atlantic whitefish, which once abounded in the province, and now only live in the Petite Riviere area.

With development pressures, the climate crisis, and an influx of invasive species, the future of those fish was in jeopardy even before the wind-turbine project. Researchers Andrew Breen and Paul Bentzen told us about it in this 2019 story.

Premier Houston during a recent media event. Photo: Communications Nova Scotia

COVID keeps killing
Premier Tim Houston’s government continues withholding daily data, making it difficult to get an accurate picture of COVID-19’s spread in the province, but World Health Organization officials caution it’s still rampant around the globe, with 486,278 new COVID-19 cases tallied worldwide in the last 24 hours. 

So far, COVID is known to have has killed 6,249,969 people, including 41,105 in Canada and 400 Nova Scotians

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Tara Moriarty, who tweets regular COVID updates, says the true death toll is even higher than that. Her latest research indicates that about 70 per cent of COVID deaths in the province are now unreported, with the Omicron variant alone killing more than 500 Nova Scotians.

Ice creamery recalls Nova Scotia’s agricultural heritage
After 20 years of white-collar work in Toronto, Daniel Curren wanted a change, so he moved to Nova Scotia and opened the Tatamagouche Ice Creamery.

It sounds like a random move, but Curren combines a long interest in gastronomy with his family ties to the area, taking the opportunity to hearken back to the original Tatamagouche Creamery, which operated from 1925 to 1992.

“I thought it was a cool throwback,” he says. “We even incorporated the old Creamery in our logo. It pays homage to the place and the importance of the dairy industry to our town.”

Lori McKay has the story for East Coast Living.

Pro wrestling returns to Cape Breton
It’s been six years since Port Hawkesbury last hosted a pro wrestling event, something promoter Sheldon MacLean had hoped to remedy two years ago.

“I was supposed to do a show right before COVID started,” he recalls. “We focus on Cape Breton; it’s our prime territory,” MacLean says. “We’ve done shows in Port Hawkesbury, Louisdale, Eskasoni, New Waterford, Sydney, Baddeck, Inverness. We’ve been all over the place.”

The long-awaited event finally comes to Port Hawkesbury on June 18, featuring East Coast Pro Wrestling champion Lincoln Steen.

Drake Lowthers has more for the Reporter.

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