Roundup: Local artist connects with students, Halifax’s own Sherlock Holmes, Folk Harbour Festival transforms

Moose River Gold Mine. Photo: Ecology Action Centre

Nova Scotia continues to have two active cases of COVID-19, with no new cases identified in yesterday’s update from the provincial government. To date, Nova Scotia has had 64,778 negative test results, 1,071 known cases, and 64 deaths. Currently no one is hospitalized in Nova Scotia with the disease.

N.S. not doing enough to manage industrial contamination
In his most recent report, Nova Scotia’s acting auditor general Terry Spicer found “significant deficiencies” in how the province monitors and manages contaminated industrial sites such as abandoned mines. “The province does not have a coordinated approach to assess and manage risks for the contaminated sites,” reports Jake Boudrot. “No department or entity is responsible to develop a provincial approach and there is no government-wide process to prioritize work.”

The inaction is a time bomb, warns Conservative environment critic Brad Johns. “A failure to properly manage these sites could lead to costly problems, both environmentally and financially” he says. See Boudrot’s story in The Reporter.

Local artist reaches out to students
When painting works for his New Annan Series exhibition in Tatamagouche, artist Mark Schwartz found inspiration in the way people move. And he wants to pass that inspiration on. “It’s about the figure, the landscape of the figure, how the figure moves in that space, and how the figure tries to get out of that space,” he explains. “They’re sort of mythic, maybe heroic, and even larger than life for me.”

With the exhibition, he hopes to continue a collaboration with local students that began last year. “I want to have the paintings out so students could maybe see [them],” he says. “And they can respond to kind of open a dialogue.” Raissa Tetanish reports for The Light.

Nicholas Power
Nicholas Power

Halifax’s (self-styled) Sherlock Holmes
Few Haligonians recall his name today but detective Nicholas Power was once an all-star in this city. His fame began in 1883, when he nabbed two Americans who he claimed were part of a plot to assassinate the visiting Prince George (who later became King George V). The men were miners, travelling to the coal fields with a small quantity of dynamite.

Courts quickly determined the investigation was flawed and there was no plot, only convicting the men for illegal possession of explosives. But that didn’t stop Power from hailing himself as a rescuer of royalty. Police-worshipping newspapers unquestioningly repeated his claim, labelling him a Canadian Sherlock Holmes.

This set the standard for his career: misinterpreting evidence, hounding innocent people, chasing red herrings, and demanding (and often receiving) uncritical acclaim. He even had a brief (the briefest in the city’s history) stint as police chief. In this story from the free Halifax Magazine archives, Bob Gordon looks back at Power’s checkered career, a lesson in hubris and self-promotion.

Lunenburg music festival transforms
The Folk Harbour Music Festival in Lunenburg is the latest local summer event to quickly revamp so it can continue to share its offerings while respecting public health laws. And it’s been a boon to gig-starved performers like Caribou Run (above), who performed at the festival on Aug. 1.

“Once we received permission from the Town of Lunenburg to present outdoor concerts, we reached out to Nova Scotian musicians who were scheduled to play at our festival or at a concert series show this year,” says organizer Louis Robitaille. “We know it’s been a hard year for them, so we wanted to give them the first chance at a spot in this lineup.” Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

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