Roundup: Exploring the Bras d’Or Lakes, officials investigate shooting by New Glasgow cop, supporting local food producers

Bras d'Or Watch Volunteers

As of today, Aug. 4, Nova Scotia has two active cases of COVID-19 and no new cases were identified on Aug. 3, says the latest provincial government update. So far, Nova Scotia has had 64,497 negative test results, 1,071 known COVID-19 cases, and 64 deaths.

Studying a natural treasure
The Bras d’Or watch is a “citizen science” project that brings ordinary Nova Scotians and scientists together every July. They study Cape Breton’s Bras d’Or Lakes, exploring the health of its diverse ecosystem.

“It’s important … that people interact with the ecosystem in the Bras d’Or because once you know an ecosystem more intimately, you’re more likely to protect it,” says project manager Jen Cooper. “It kind of instills stewardship.”

The pandemic has changed the shape of the project this year, with volunteers working more independently, in small groups. “We did two different kinds of outreach programs so that people could still get out and explore,” Cooper says. “But they can do it on their own … in a safe way.” Learn more in this story from The Reporter by Jake Boudrot.

Officials investigate shooting by New Glasgow cop
Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team is investigating after a shooting in New Glasgow, reports The Pictou Advocate. Police were responding to call on Washington Street around 10 p.m. In the process, one of them shot a 25-year-old man, who is now in hospital. The Serious Incident Response Team independently investigates all police shootings in Nova Scotia.

“The Battle of Culloden” by David Morier, 1746

What’s in a name?
Even though the statue of Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis has been removed and seems unlikely to return, Nova Scotia continues to grapple with its bloody colonial history. Cornwallis isn’t the only early settler to have a legacy of racial violence.

The Duke of Cumberland, who lends his name to Cumberland county, was known as Butcher Cumberland for his atrocities against the Scots, including the murder of wounded and surrendering rebels. And Jeffrey Amherst advocated biological warfare against Natives. In this Halifax Magazine editorial from 2018, I look at their legacies and efforts to tell our whole history and not just “Rule Britannia” version.

But what about history! You can’t erase our history!” You sure can’t. You especially can’t erase history by confronting our colonial heritage, because nobody learns history from road signs and statues. The libraries are still full of books that share our history. —T.J.A.

New store champions food sustainability
With less than 10% of the food Nova Scotians eat produced in the province, Lunenburg County filmmaker and farmer Camelia Frieberg worries about our reliance on food from elsewhere. “COVID really sort of shone a light,” she says. “It made clear why this is so important, to be able to support local, to be able to essentially build on the strengths that we have as a local community.”

That’s why she recently opened Chicory Blue General Store in Blockhouse. Frieberg intends to adapt her product offerings to meet community demand. She sees the store selling local produce, preserve, crafts, and more. “We don’t realize that so many of those things we could be getting from local, and that, if we did, that money would recirculate, keep those families fed, and keep those mortgages paid, and you know, create a much more sustainable future,” she says. Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

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