Roundup: Monkeypox confirmed in N.S., Pictou Yacht Club hosts aspiring sailors, Queens County fetes local sports heroes, Port Hawkesbury plans waterfront upgrades

Maya Kozieja (left), instructs Fionna Brown (centre) and Raylene Hendsbee (right) during a Pictou Yacht Club sailing camp. Photo: Submitted

Plus: Living like no one is watching — Pauline Dakin on why some Haligonians would benefit from more self-consciousness

Nova Scotian health officials have confirmed the first known monkeypox infection of a Nova Scotian resident.

“Monkeypox cases have been reported in other Canadian jurisdictions, but the risk of exposure remains low,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “Nova Scotia is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor the situation here and across the country.”

Health officials say that the disease transmits through close physical contact with an infected person. Symptoms include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, back pain, and exhaustion, then a rash on the face, legs, or arms.

Concurrently, COVID-19 continues to spread, with World Health Organization officials reporting 556,712 confirmed new cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,451,016 people, including 43,505 in Canada and 484 Nova Scotians.

Pauline Dakin

Living like no one is watching
With the rise of the cell phone came another trend: public spaces are now often the venues for shockingly private conversations.

Unravel Halifax columnist Pauline Dakin recalls a scene she recently witnessed at a gym.

“A young woman was stretching, while having a loud and emotional conversation through her ear buds,” she says. “Her back was to me but she was facing a large mirror so I could see her expressions, which became increasingly tortured. She was wiping away tears, oblivious to the unwilling witnesses in the room. We were all increasingly uncomfortable, and feeling bad for her. But is the gym the right place to passionately discuss your breakup?” 

In her latest column, Dakin muses on why some Haligonians would benefit from a little more self-consciousness.  

Yacht Club hosts aspiring sailors
In an effort to bring more young people into the sport, the Pictou Yacht Club recent hosted 10 young sailors for a weeklong camp.

Instructor Silvie Boudreau, from Enfield, relishes the opportunity to guide the novices.

“This is my fourth year,” she says. “I enjoy it. If I could do this full-time, you’d never see me do any adult job again. The kids really enjoy this. It’s great they want to do this so much and they help each other out.”

The Pictou Advocate has more.

Sarah Mitton. Photo: Submitted

Queens County fetes sports heroes
The municipal government recently unveiled a new display at Queens Place in Liverpool, celebrating local athletes, coaches, and officials who have taken part in the Olympics or Special Olympics.

The Olympic Wall’s first seven honourees are Jamie Belong, Betty Ann Daury, Owen Hamlin, Jenna Martin, Sarah Mitton, Alexander Shankel, and Ben Theriau.

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Port Hawkesbury plans waterfront upgrades
The federal, provincial, and municipal governments recently announced plans to spend a combined $342,900 to revitalize the Port Hawkesbury waterfront, creating new retail spaces and attractions.

“It is also looking to take advantage of the stunning natural vista of the Strait of Canso,” says area MP Mike Kelloway. “The town will also construct a Sunset Park with an accessible green space for people to enjoy. Finally, there will also be signage that will tell the story of the natural and man-made features of the waterfront.”

Drake Lowthers has more for the Reporter.

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