Roundup: Local MP lauds Zelenskyy’s speech, Bridgewater renames Cornwallis Street, COVID update, Nature Trust conserves more land in eastern N.S.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Canadian Parliament last week on the Russian invasion. Photo: Presidential Office of Ukraine

Plus: Spryfield of dreams — Glen O’Keefe’s neighbourhood didn’t have any fun nightspots, so he opened a brewery

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s recent speech to Canada’s Parliament was deeply moving.

“As a Member of Parliament, there are things that stick with you,” Fraser says. “This is one of those moments. What is extraordinary to me is to see his leadership, to see someone take a stand to defend Ukraine and to defend the principles of sovereign integrity and the right of people to chart their destiny. It’s been a remarkable experience for the last few days and the last few months.”

Zelenskyy drew a sharp contrast between Canada’s relative tranquility and Russia’s ongoing devastation of his country.

“What struck me was how he drew the analogy between cities in Ukraine being bombed and the safety of our communities,” Fraser adds. “To see how he expressed gratitude and the desire for Canadians to do more will inspire me and my colleagues to help to defend Ukrainians.”

Steve Goodwin has more for the Reporter.

Edward Cornwallis

Bridgewater renames Cornwallis Street
For decades, Nova Scotia venerated Edward Cornwallis as one of Halifax’s founders, placing his name on streets and monuments. Recently, historians have paid closer attention to his full story, noting how he offered a cash reward for the murder of Nova Scotia’s original Mi’kmaq inhabitants.

Bridgewater is the latest community to reconsider his bloody legacy, recently resolving to rename Cornwallis Street. While many welcomed the move, a handful of residents objected.

“I regret the process has upset Cornwallis Street residents and it may inconvenience (some people),” Councillor Stacey Colwell says. “I feel bad about that but, ultimately, I feel the recommendation in front of us is the best course of action.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

COVID update
The Houston government is now releasing weekly COVID-19 updates instead of the daily reports, making it harder to get an accurate picture of how the disease is affecting the province. So today, we zoom out and look at the global situation.

According to the World Health Organization, there were 1,244,012 confirmed new cases of COVID worldwide in the last 24 hours. Of those, 1,680 were in Canada, although given the lack of daily reports in many provinces, that number is likely much higher.

So far, COVID is known to have killed 6,092,933 people worldwide and 37,209 in Canada, including 255 in the last week.

About a year ago, Glen O’Keefe opened Serpent Brewing. Photo: Bruce Murray

Spryfield of dreams
When Glen O’Keefe opened Serpent Brewing, he had a straightforward goal.

“It was really the fact that I had moved to Spryfield when I moved here from Newfoundland and understood how shitty it was to live out here and not have decent access to a fun place to go,” he says. “Once that all sort of clicked for me, it was like OK: if I don’t jump on putting a brewery in Spryfield now, someone else is going to.”

In the early days of European settlement, Spryfield was fertile farmland, becoming known for its livestock, grain, and root crops — a place where supply met demand. Today, it’s best known as a maze of roads, semi-industrial space, and Halifax’s least-unaffordable apartments. Is Serpent the beginning of a shift?

Brooklyn Connolly explores in the latest issue of Unravel Halifax.

More land conserved in Eastern Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is making moves to preserve large swaths of wilderness and coastline in Eastern Nova Scotia, including 3,640 hectares along St. Mary’s River in Guysborough County, 800 hectares in the Mabou Highlands of Inverness County, and 40 hectares along the Bras d’Or Lake.

“We’ve seen tremendous success in all three of those areas over the last number of years, and it’s accelerating right now with all this public energy and interest, and the federal government investing significantly in helping community organizations protect land,” says executive director Bonnie Sutherland. “There will be a continued stream of good news, I suspect, over the next year as we continue.”

Jake Boudrot has the story for the Reporter.

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