Roundup: Helping boys develop healthy masculinity, police say missing man was murdered, restaurateurs battle soaring food prices, COVID update

With corporate behemoths steadily raising prices, Camille Davidson urges her fellow restaurateurs to turn to local suppliers. Photo: Steve Goodwin

Plus: Local craft-drink ideas to keep everyone on your holiday list in good spirits 

A project aimed at helping school-aged boys develop healthy masculinity is set to get about $1 million in government funding.

“About 10 years ago, GuysWork started in the Halifax area as a result of a challenge that was being faced in the high schools,” says Chris Gilham, a St. Francis Xavier professor spearheading the project. “We had these Youth Health Centres and they were intended for teenagers and adolescents who were trying to seek help and they were very successful for those who were girls but they found that guys weren’t attending them.”

The program is designed to help junior-high-aged boys navigate the expectations around masculinity that shape their identities as men, with the goal of fostering better mental and physical health, resulting in healthier relationships.

“Groups of upwards of 15 guys sit in a circle and engage in activities and conversations to attempt to nudge them to think about really important topics in their lives,” Gilham explains. “Like their relationship with substances, consent, pornography, misogyny, homophobia.”

Emily Maroun has more for the Reporter.

Missing man was murdered
The body found on a rural Annapolis County road last month was a missing South Shore man, according to police. “The missing person and human remains investigations have been merged into a homicide investigation that is ongoing,” says an RCMP press release.

Barry Albert of Bridgewater was reported missing in August. At the time, police said they were “concerned” for his safety. Police aren’t sharing any other information about the investigation.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

COVID update
The World Health Organization reports 175,469 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,602,552 people, including 47,468 in Canada and 632 Nova Scotians.

Battling soaring food costs
Camille Davidson, who owns and operates the Stone Soup restaurant in downtown Pictou, is urging her fellow restaurateurs to turn away from the corporate behemoths as food prices soar.

“The best way to keep food prices reasonable is to buy local,” she says. ”As a country, we’re doing ourselves a disservice. We’re approaching food security all wrong. As a society, we have to look at what we can buy locally, how we can best support our local economy … If we look at supporting local producers, they can produce over a longer season.”

Steve Goodwin interviews her for the Pictou Advocate.

Colleen Thompson

Gifts for craft-drink aficionados
And when you’re doing your holiday drink shopping, you have more local options: Nova Scotia has 50 craft breweries, 20 wineries, and over a dozen craft distilleries and cideries. In the latest issue of Unravel Halifax, columnist Colleen Thompson has lots of advice to keep your libation gifts 100-per-cent local. 

Highlights include a club pairing local books and wines, preserves with a kick, and a cocktail and spa day. Read more.

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