Roundup: How to help Lebanon, bringing kids & ponies together, garbage spoils beach, eat simpler

As of yesterday, Aug. 4, Nova Scotia has two active cases of COVID-19. No new cases were identified in the latest government update. To date, Nova Scotia has had 64,497 negative test results, 1,071 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 64 deaths.

Lebanon disaster: How to help
The Lebanese Red Cross is the main provider of ambulance services in the country and even before yesterday’s devastating explosion in Beirut, its services were stretched thin.

“Our 3,000 emergency medical technicians and 300+ ambulances respond to more than 140,000 emergencies and patient transports per year,” says an appeal for donations on the organization’s website. “Due to limited funds, we are either late to or cannot respond to one emergency call out of five We have to recruit some of our experienced volunteers as staff in order to ensure rapid and effective ambulance response during the day.” Click here to help.

The fight for an education
Like many Nova Scotian Black women, acclaimed author Carrie Best had to fight for right to an education, encountering obstacles and systemic racism at every turn. She recalled her mother’s warning: “Society has said you are an inferior being, to be a hewer of wood and a drawer of water because you are Black … The path to your destiny is hidden. You alone must find it.”

In the 1990s, Bernice Moreau interviewed several Black women about their experiences for a detailed report on Nova Scotia’s legacy of educational racism. “They talked about the gate-keeping role of white female (and male) teachers who protected, at any cost, the educational exclusivity,” wrote Moreau. In this new story for Halifax Magazine, Dorothy Grant looks back at the report.

Program introduces kids to ponies
While the pandemic has thrown many sports programs into upheaval, the organizers of Ponies & Pals, a beginners’ equestrian program in Cumberland County, are seeing lots of interest this year. “Our first Ponies & Pals program was all that we had hoped for,” says organizer Elizabeth Braid. “Enough interest was generated … to start another group in the not-to-distant future.” Learn more in this story from The Light.

Carter’s Beach has a garbage problem
A slice of sandy heaven on the South Shore, Carter’s Beach in Queens County is a beloved summer destination, but this year visitors are finding (and in many cases contributing to) an unsightly mess. And the local MLA, Tory Kim Masland, says Premier McNeil and his government are ignoring the problem.

“We are supposed to be promoting staycations and local tourism to Nova Scotians,” Masland says. “How can we promote this beautiful beach when the local community is concerned about safety and hygiene due to the pile-up of garbage?”

She adds: “Carter’s Beach is listed as one of the top 10 beaches in Nova Scotia, but it is not being treated with the care it deserves. My constituents are frustrated, as am I, that our simple requests for proper waste management and washrooms are being ignored.” Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

Simplify your diet
You’ve probably heard of, or have firsthand experience with the Covid 19: not the virus, the number of pounds a person gains as a result of months spending more time at home, often while stress eating. Summer is the perfect time to get that under control, before another winter’s hibernation begins.

Nutrition practitioner Lorraine Crowe recommends a simple, seasonal diet, but one that doesn’t stint on flavour. “Preparation is the biggest factor in eating healthily,” she says. “Make a plan each week of what healthy snacks (and meals) you’ve have ready for a moment’s notice.” In this column for Hub Now, she shares family favourite recipes like nut butter apple sandwiches, fruit kebabs, and trail mix.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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