Roundup: N.G. hockey player picked for hall of fame, former church worker charged after sexual assaults reported, COVID still spreading, Antigonish Co. farm wins national award

After a 16-year career in the NHL, New Glasgow's Jon Sim is among the latest inductees to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Plus: Meet the Halifax woman who helped reform the Canadian prison system

New Glasgow hockey player and coach Jon Sim, whose NHL career included a 1999 Stanley Cup win, is among the latest inductees to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

Sim wasn’t an offensive powerhouse, recording 139 points in 469 games. He’s the kind of player hockey insiders describe as “blue collar” — the ones who get little glory, but show up and help their teams win night after night.

“The biggest thing for me is that I got to play in the NHL for so long,” he says. “Ten or 11 years and all those bumps and bruises, it’s pretty special.”

Steve Goodwin has the story for the Pictou Advocate.

Church worker charged after sexual assault allegations
Bridgewater police have laid churches against a former South Shore church caretaker, after six people reported sexual assaults dating back 40 years.

Police won’t release the name of the church. “If there are other people affected by this, I don’t want to let out that it’s a specific location or not until we give an opportunity for people to come forward,” says Deputy Chief Danny MacPhee.

John Nathaniel Nauss, who now lives in Ontario, is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater provincial court in early August to answer 10 charges of indecent assault and nine charges of gross indecency.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Isabel Macneill in June 1943. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Local History: A trailblazer and prison reformer
During her Second World War service, Haligonian Isabel Macneill became the first woman in the British Empire to hold a naval command post.

That alone would qualify her for a place in the history books, but her more remarkable achievements came after the war, when she began working in the justice system: the first woman to superintend a Canadian prison.

She constantly challenged the status quo, introducing prison reforms that would emphasize rehabilitation and mental health, improving countless lives with her work.

In this recent Unravel Halifax web-exclusive column, Dorothy Grant looks back at Macneill’s work.

COVID still spreading
COVID-19 continues to spread around the globe, with the World Health Organization tallying 673,417 confirmed new cases in the last 24 hours. 

So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,324,112 people, including 41,363 in Canada and 421 Nova Scotians.

Antigonish Country farm wins national award
The Lindenright Holsteins farm in Brierly Brook has won Holstein Canada’s Master Breeder Award, the second time the farm has claimed the prestigious prize.

Antigonish Warden Owen McCarron announced the win during a recent regional council meeting.

“Each year since 1929, Holstein Canada has recognized breeders among their membership for their cumulative breeding efforts,” he says. This award is the pinnacle of success for any Holstein Canada member.”

Drake Lowthers has more for the Reporter.

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