Roundup: More COVID deaths, guitar star Tariq Harb to play in Lunenburg, Pictou Co. residents call for urgent road repairs, Nova Scotia towns flying Ukrainian flags

The stars of the Colored Hockey League introduced innovations that transformed their sport. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Plus: The Maritimers who transformed hockey — looking back at the Colored Hockey League

COVID-19 killed 16 Nova Scotians from March 2 to 8, according to the provincial government’s weekly pandemic update. Health officials are no longer sharing the victims’ ages or health zones.

Despite the growing death toll, the update reports “a continued downward trend” on indicators like hospitalization. Over the same period, there were 2,459 new lab confirmed cases. There were 50 new hospital admissions due to COVID and 18 discharges, with 50 people currently hospitalized for the disease. The government is no longer disclosing how many of those victims are in ICU.

While describing the update as “encouraging,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, urges continued vigilance.

“As we move into the next and final phase of our reopening plan, we need to continue to use the healthy habits we know are effective, like staying home when we’re sick, testing when we need to, limiting our number of close contacts, and wearing a mask, particularly when in indoor spaces,” he says in a press release. “These actions may seem small but have a significant impact when it comes to protecting those most vulnerable in our communities.”

A recent stamp from Canada Post commemorated the East Coast’s early Black hockey stars.

The Black Nova Scotians who transformed hockey
Beginning play in the late 1890s, the Colored Hockey League was a loose association of all-Black Maritime teams who brought flash and speed to the sport, and transformed it forever.

Long overlooked, those pioneers are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

This weekend, RBC Arena in Burnside will host a game honouring their legacy, and in the new issue of Unravel Halifax, historical columnist Katie Ingram delves into the Colored Hockey League’s history.

She talks with retired politician Wayne Adams, whose grandfather was among those early stars.

“(We should) remember them as vividly as possible,” he says, adding that the hockey establishment has only recently started acknowledging their contributions. “The NHL has a role to play in terms of sharing the truths they didn’t even know about … They should do more work and share the truth of the story behind hockey.”

Read the story.

Nova Scotia towns fly Ukrainian flag
Municipal officials in Port Hawkesbury have decided to fly the Ukrainian flag throughout March in “support for what’s going on currently, in terms of what they’re facing at war with Russia,” says Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, adding that municipal governments around the province are taking similar steps.

The Reporter has more.

Pictou County residents call for urgent road repairs
People living in River John are calling on the government to act quickly to fix Gunn 4 Road. February’s wild weather and heavy rains washed out the road, forcing long daily detours on many.

Government officials say they’re waiting for spring weather before they begin work. That’s too little, too late, according to resident Debbie O’Laney.

“It’s treacherous to drive on now and when it thaws it’s going to be really bad,” she says. “I wish they’d fixed it two years ago when the water was washing up on the road. I’ve been complaining for five years.”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Guitar star to play in Lunenburg
Widely touted as Canada’s next classical guitar superstar, Jordanian Canadian Tariq Harb is scheduled to perform in Lunenburg on March 18 as part of a 12-day concert tour of the Atlantic provinces.

In a recent review, The Jordan Times praised his playing, saying he demonstrates “not just his flawless technique but also his refined taste and a great, innate sense for truly beautiful interpretation.”

He’s also an accomplished composer, and plans to perform his most recent composition, Spirit — a suite in five movements.

Gayle Wilson has the story for LighthouseNow.

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