Roundup: Man accused of killing Cassidy Bernard pleads guilty, driver charged with attempted murder after cop injured, New Glasgow studies heat network, COVID update

"Carnival" by Teresa Young.

Plus: Artist Teresa Young shares her journey of joy and self-discovery

Dwight Austin Isadore has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, admitting to beating Cassidy Bernard to death in front of her infant daughters in her We’koqma’q First Nation home in October 2018. Isadore was originally charged with second-degree murder.

“The relationship between Mr. Isadore and Ms. Bernard was often affected at times by episodes of domestic violence,” the court’s statement of facts says. “Mr. Isadore had physically assaulted Ms. Bernard on many occasions in the past during their relationship by punching, grabbing, and pushing her.”

Drake Lowthers has more for the Reporter.

Driver charged after cop hurt
An Annapolis Valley man faces multiple charges after a driver hit Bridgewater police officer Deven Kennedy during a late-night traffic stop.

Bridgewater deputy police chief Danny MacPhee says the incident happened after Kennedy pulled over a driver who was reported to be drinking alcohol in his truck. The man attempted to flee on foot, “so when our officer got out, the vehicle spun rapidly, cut the wheel toward them and hit the police car, and then put (Kennedy) up over the hood.”

Kennedy is off duty recovering from a broken foot.

Joshua Creaser of Aylesford awaits a date to appear in Bridgewater provincial court to face charges of attempted murder, flight from police, failing to remain at an accident causing bodily harm, and dangerous driving.

Keith Corcoran has the story for LighthouseNow.

Central heating
The federal government is giving New Glasgow $515,000 to study the feasibility of a district energy system, which would heat 90 per cent of the town’s buildings while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Wind energy and wood-burning (“biomass” in industry parlance) would fuel the system.

New Glasgow is an ideal fit for the project, according to local MP Sean Fraser.

“We don’t pull communities out of a hat,” he says. “The quality of the application set it apart. It’s amazing to see the federal money coming to New Glasgow, to see the partnership. The town is proceeding with a level of vigour I have not seen in the area.”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Teresa Young

Teresa Young’s journey of discovery
Since completing her first painting as a three-year-old, Haligonian Teresa Young has felt the call of art.

“I honestly don’t think I could live without it,” she says. “It is a fundamental part of my personality; I can’t separate myself from that … Art is a joy, and I want to share it. As I express it, it’s coming out, and that’s why I’m happier when I can share it with other people.”

That art, colourful and abstract — evocative of the West Coast First Nations — raised questions about her ancestry, leading her on a new journey of discovery.

Ameeta Vohra interviews her for Unravel Halifax.

COVID update
COVID-19 continues to run rampant around the globe, with the World Health Organization‘s tally of confirmed new cases doubling to 664,553 in the last 24 hours. 

So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,320,599 people, including 41,363 in Canada and 421 Nova Scotians.

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