Roundup: Health-care workers under strain, Ride for a Cure raises $13K, First Nations athletes speak up about reconciliation, infrastructure money for South Shore

Organizer Leah Sutherland says this year's Pictou County Ride for a Cure event raised $13,000 to fight diabetes. Photo: Steve Goodwin

Plus: Local History — recalling the early days of aviation in Halifax

The World Health Organization is calling on governments to do more to protect the welfare of health-care workers as they grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A new study shows that at least a quarter of health-care workers around the globe are experiencing anxiety, depression, and burnout.

“Women, young people and parents of dependent children were found to be at greater risk of psychological distress,” says a WHO press release. That’s “significant considering that women make up 67 per cent of the global health workforce and are subject to inequalities in the sector, such as unequal pay. The higher risk of negative mental health outcomes among younger health workers is also a concern.”

WHO reports 171,391 confirmed new COVID-19 cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,527,192 people, including 45,218 in Canada and 544 Nova Scotians.

Matt Risser

Infrastructure money for South Shore communities
The Houston government is spending thousands on street-servicing project in the towns of Lunenburg of Bridgewater, and the District of Lunenburg and Chester municipalities.

“These infrastructure upgrades will help alleviate overall seawater intrusion and loading on the wastewater treatment plant,” Matt Risser, mayor of Lunenburg town, says in an email. “The project is expected to cost $373,300 overall and the contribution from the province will help reduce the amount of borrowing and therefore the debt the town must carry to complete the project.”

Keith Corcoran has more for LighthouseNow.

Ride for a Cure raises $13,000
Ninety motorcyclists recently roared into Pictou County for the annual (pandemic postponements aside) Ride for a Cure event in support of diabetes research. Donations, contests, and registration fees raised $13,000.

“Fundraising is challenging but the day of the ride makes it all worthwhile,” says organizer Leah Sutherland. “You do what you can.”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

First Nations athletes speak up about reconciliation
As Canada marked the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation last week, St. Francis Xavier First Nations student-athletes shared their thoughts on the country’s legacy of systemic racism.

“Reconciliation is more than just throwing money at someone and saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened, let’s get over it,’” Colin Buffalo, an arts student from Samson Cree Nation, says in an open letter to the community. “It means that I should be able to go and visit my home reserve and not have to bring my own water bottle. I should not have to drive around my hometown and see the poverty rate go up, with many of them being Indigenous and getting younger every year. Reconciliation to me means that the government will help seek solutions rather than just an apology.”

Drake Lowthers has the story for the Reporter.

A winged cairn in Saunders Park marks the site of Halifax’s first airport, and commemorates aviation pioneer Donald Saunders. Photo: Robert Alfers

The early days of aviation in Halifax
In her latest local-history post for Unravel Halifax, Dorothy Grant recalls the heady early days when the airplane gave Halifax a new link to the world.

In the 1920s, Chebucto Road became home to the city’s first airport, and the domain of First World War veteran Donald Saunders, who trained most of Halifax’s early aviators.

“It took students a maximum of 10 hours of flying time to earn their pilot’s licences,” she writes. “Many new pilots found a lucrative side hustle charging locals $2 a pop for plane rides over the city.”

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