Roundup: Holding off COVID, no explanation for RCMP inaction, StFX athletes flout health laws, helping small biz grow online, Queens Co. history in photos
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Nova Scotia continues to hold steady at four known cases of COVID-19, including one person hospitalized in ICU, according to the latest provincial government update. As of yesterday (Oct. 14), province has had 102,273 negative test results, 1,092 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths.
Across the country, the federal government is reporting 20,372 known cases of COVID-19, including 8,534 in Quebec, 5,884 in Ontario, 2,689 in Alberta, and 90 in New Brunswick.
RCMP investigating “mischief”
The RCMP is investigating “threats and mischief” after a mob of commercial fishermen and their supporters attacked a lobster pound in Middle West Pubnico, upset that it was holding lobsters caught by Native crews. “Officers observed approximately 200 people in the area and worked to de-escalate the situation and disperse the group,” says the press release. “Events escalated with further damages incurred.”
A video shot at the scene (and substantiated by firsthand accounts) shows RCMP officers standing by largely in silence and ignoring pleas for help as the attackers commit several crimes in front of them, including arson, uttering threats, assault, theft, and destruction of property. The RCMP hasn’t offered an explanation for its failure to enforce the law.
Canada’s first Black combat pilot
Dartmouth’s Allan Bundy was a dedicated student and gifted athlete with a keen interest in aviation when the Second World War broke out. The Royal Canadian Air Force seemed the ideal way to serve his country, but they only wanted white air crew.
As the war dragged on and the casualties mounted, they changed their minds, deciding Bundy was fit to serve after all. In October 1943, he became Canada’s first Black Flying Officer, making headlines across the continent.
The racism didn’t end, but through crashes and combat, he persevered, sinking two enemy ships on his first mission. In this new Halifax Magazine historical story, Dorothy Grant looks back at his remarkable career.
StFX athletes flout public health rules
St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish is suspending all of its athletic programs for two weeks after reports that members of all of its teams recently ignored public health laws to attend an overcrowded house party on Saturday. “Our biggest disappointment is that student-athletes arrived at this function and didn’t recognize ‘Hey, this already exceeds parameters’ and leave,” says athletics director Leo MacPherson.
At least one guest at the party was a person from outside the Atlantic bubble who should have been in the midst of her 14 days of self-isolation. RCMP say they ticketed the 23-year-old Ontario woman for breaking health laws. StFX is the only university in the province to have largely in-person classes during the pandemic. Drake Lowthers has more in The Reporter.
New fund to help small business
The Pictou Country Regional Enterprise Network is launching a fund to help small businesses in its area make more money online. “We have heard from many local businesses over the last number of months about their interest in, and need to expand their online presence,” says CEO Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman.
ACOA is spending $40,000 on the project, while the Network is adding $20,000 to the pot. “The announcement… will help dozens of local business create or grow an online presence, allowing them to take part in the digital economy,” says area MP Sean Fraser. The Pictou Advocate has the details.
Exploring Queens Co.’s history
A new book by Kathleen Stitt, Vernon Oickle, and Linda Rafuse shares hundreds of rare historic photos, depicting the rich history of Queens County.
Queens County: A History in Pictures shows disasters, ordinary people going about their jobs, landscapes, and even a shot of the Mersey Hotel’s menu for Christmas dinner in 1935. It’s a broad overview of days long past.
Rafuse and Stitt spent hundreds of hours narrowing down their options. “They had to go through close to 40,000 photos from the Thomas Raddall Research Centre photograph collection,” Oickle recalls. “The number had to be trimmed down to 150 in the end.” Kevin Mcbain reports for LighthouseNow.
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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.