Roundup: Hurricane Fiona looms, truck traffic menaces rural residents, Antigonish grapples with soaring RCMP costs, COVID update, a memorial for lost seafarers

The projected track for hurricane Fiona, as of 9 a.m., Sept. 22. Source: Environment Canada

Halifax artist Daniel J. Burt depicts local icons and triggers memories

As hurricane Fiona bears down on the province, officials are warning Nova Scotians to brace themselves for one of the worst storm’s in the province’s history.

“Current forecast models indicate hurricane Fiona could merge with another system as it approaches the province, with heavy rainfall beginning Friday,” says a provincial government press release. “Nova Scotians should prepare … Strong winds, heavy rain, and storm surges can cause power outages, flooding and significant damage.”

Conditions are ripe for a storm like hurricane Sandy in 2012, which killed 233 people from the Caribbean to Canada and did US$70 billion in damage. Based on Fiona’s track, the Eastern Shore, Strait area, North Shore, and Cape Breton are poised to take the heaviest blow.

“(This) could be a once-in-a-lifetime event in the Maritimes: prepare for extended outages — transmission at risk — freshwater and coastal flooding, washouts,” tweets meteorologist Jim Abraham.

Click here for a checklist of steps you can take to prepare, and here for the latest forecast.

Fred Rutledge. Photo: Steve Goodwin

Truck traffic menaces rural residents
Some people who live in on Glen Road in rural western Pictou County say heavy trucks travelling to and from the SW Weeks Construction quarry are endangering them.

The narrow and twisty dirt road wasn’t designed for heavy industrial use, leaving oncoming drivers and pedestrians scrambling for safety when the trucks approach.

“There’s no ditching, there’s little gravelling, no dust control, no warning signs,” says resident Fred Rutledge. “I’ve been here 30 years. It’s a matter of time before someone gets it.”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Antigonish grapples with soaring RCMP costs
Proponents of merging Antigonish’s town and county governments say it’s the best way to deal with the rapidly growing cost of its RCMP service — a bill they project will grow by $1 million per year.

“That was certainly something we felt right from the beginning had to be looked at,” says Warden Owen McCarron. “If we dissolve both municipalities and create a new municipality, then it was going to trigger a change in the RCMP contract.”

He explains that an amalgamated Antigonish government would pay 70 per cent of the bill (instead of the 90 per cent the municipal governments currently pay), with the federal government covering the rest.

Drake Lowthers has more for the Reporter.

COVID update
The World Health Organization reports 468,763 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,508,521 people, including 44,740 in Canada and 522 Nova Scotians.

Monument for lost seafarers
A Liverpool project memorializing locals who died at sea has been in the planning stage for 12 years, but organizers say they’ve now completed their research, selected a site near the Fort Point lighthouse, and are ready to start building.

“We’re confident that the proposed Lost at Sea monument in that location will deliver the desired impression,” says planning committee chair David Dagley. “It certainly has the ability to become a tourist destination in addition to the other fine, quality locations that we have in Queens.”

Kevin McBain has the story for LighthouseNow.

Daniel J. Burt

Triggering memories
Artist Daniel J. Burt wants to help Haligonians remember what’s special about their city.

“My mural ‘Been Cool’ depicts a small handful of iconic locations from Quinpool Road,” he says. “Though these places may be gone, they live on through the memories of visitors and citizens of Halifax. I am adding a visual aid to these stories and possibly triggering memories forgotten.” 

See his creation in the latest issue of Unravel Halifax.

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