Roundup: MacDonald family gathering draws a crowd, shooting inquiry report delayed, COVID update, Pictou Co. drivers face charges

Members of the MacDonald family recently gathered in Cape Breton to pay homage to their fecund ancestors. Photo: Submitted

Plus: How a band called the Harbour Sharks sparked a summer of music and exploration

With roots running back to the ancient Highland clan, the MacDonalds were among the earliest Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia, and recently, dozens of their descendants converged on Guysborough County for the Gathering at the Cove.

Roberta MacDonald Hobaica, who grew up in Mulgrave and now lives in Boston, planned the event to unveil a monument to her ancestors Margaret and William MacDonald, who lived in the area until the mid-1900s.

“I just wanted to leave a legacy for them,” she says, adding that the turnout was a shock. “We planned the date and sent out all the information and it just mushroomed into everybody being interested into coming together for this dedication.”

Adam McNamara has the story for the Reporter.

Inquiry report delayed
The heads of the Mass Casualty Commission that is investigating the 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting and RCMP response have asked the federal and provincial governments to extend the deadline for their final report. They were originally due to file on Nov. 1, 2022; the new target is March 31, 2023.

Commissioners blame the delay on their broad mandate and a tight original deadline, COVID-19, and the federal government’s erratic disclosure of tens of thousands of documents.

“It’s more important to do it well than to do it quickly,” says Wayne McKay, a professor emeritus with Dalhousie University’s law school. “It is a very important and significant inquiry, not just in Nova Scotian history, but in Canadian history. It’s important that it produce tangible results that make society safer and improves the responses to these kinds of tragedies.”

Janet Whitman reports for LighthouseNow.

COVID update
The World Health Organization reports 644,248 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,469,458 people, including 43,797 in Canada and 492 Nova Scotians.

Pictou County drivers face charges
Two drivers from Pictou County faces charges related to driving while under the influence.

On Aug. 26, New Glasgow police charged an 18-year-old male with impaired driving, underage drinking, and failing to comply with provisions of having a zero blood-alcohol level as a new driver. And on Aug. 28, they charged a woman with impaired driving, running a stop sign, and using an expired licence plate.

The Pictou Advocate has more.

The summer of music
On a hot summer day in 1999, a friend and I were walking down Spring Garden Road, when the funk-rock sounds of a band called the Harbour Sharks pulled us into the subterranean Tickle Trunk bar.

That happy discovery kicked off a summer of exploration, and an enduring love affair with Halifax an its music scene, which I wrote about for Unravel Halifax: “We ventured all over. Sometimes the bars were packed, sometimes they were deserted. But there was always local talent or a touring act on hand. It seemed we could go out any time, day or night, and find a live show. We saw the legendary Dutch Mason and Carson Downey at Bearly’s, Jimmy Swift and Dr. Yellowfever at the Attic, 54-40 and Bif Naked at the Marquee, and countless others that are now lost to the mists of time.” 

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