Roundup: N.S.’s 97th COVID death, Atlantic whitefish under siege, Pictou Co. palliative care group broadens focus, C.B. eyes offshore wind energy project

The endangered Atlantic whitefish. Photo: Ian Manning

Plus: Decolonizing minds — learn our full history

The COVID-19 death toll in Nova Scotia has climbed again: in the latest government update, health officials report the death of a man in his 70s from the Northern Zone.

“Another family is suffering the loss of a loved one,” Premier Tim Houston says in a press release. “This virus is serious and can have devastating impacts. Do your part and get vaccinated.”

Nova Scotia has 205 known active cases of the disease, with 32 new cases and 28 recoveries reported yesterday. Thirteen people are hospitalized in provincial COVID units, including one in ICU.

Twenty-seven of the new cases are in the Central Zone, where health officials say there is “community spread in Central Zone, primarily among people aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities.” There are three new cases in the Northern Zone, and one in the Central.

Yesterday the government also resumed reporting COVID exposure in public schools, releasing a list that includes 30 different HRM schools, with exposures from Sept. 10 to 27.

Dr. Paul Bentzen. Photo: Zack Metcalfe

Atlantic whitefish under siege
Conservation officials on the South Shore are hosting a day of free hands-on activities, displays, and talks to highlight work to save the Atlantic whitefish, an endangered species once common on the South Shore, but now only found in the Petite Riviere watershed.

LighthouseNow has details.

Despite the attention, the Atlantic whitefish is running out of time. Dalhousie researcher Paul Bentzen says only a few dozen of the fish remain in the watershed, making their disappearance a question of when, not if.

That doesn’t mean they’ll be gone forever, though. There are survivors safe in his lab, and he and his colleagues are already working on plans to reintroduce them. Learn more in this Zack Metcalfe column from the Unravel Halifax archives (originally published in 2019).

Offshore wind energy holds big potential
A wind energy project that would use floating turbines far offshore to generate energy is considering the Canso Strait area as the base of its operation.

Iván Barroeta, president of Brezo Energy Inc., says that the Sea-Breeze Tech Floating Wind Demonstration Project has the potential to put Nova Scotia at the fore of a growing industry.

“What we are offering to Nova Scotia is the establishment of a whole new industry but based in infrastructure and resources that are already here,” he adds. “We are spreading manufacturing through the Strait area.”

Jake Boudrot interviews him for The Reporter.

New name, same mission for palliative care group
With unceasing demand for its services countywide, the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society recently rebranded as the Pictou County Palliative Care Society.

“We were seeing times changing and we wanted to keep up with the times, to keep pace with at home care,” says chairperson Ann DeCoste. “Palliative care advancements are ever evolving, just as health care, and we were looking at how we could be sure we would be on firm ground going forward.”

Raissa Tetanish reports for The Pictou Advocate.

Decolonizing minds
As the country marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation tomorrow, many are taking this opportunity to learn the truth about Canada’s past and present, realizing that much of what they thought they knew about our history isn’t true. One of the most lasting and damaging legacies of colonialism is the twisting of Indigenous history, creating lies, half-truths, and misconceptions that so many people today accept as facts. 

In the first issue of Unravel Halifax, we introduce readers to Decolonizing Minds, a recent 11-episode podcast guiding listeners through topics like education, the significance of names, the truth about Pocahontas, and what reconciliation really entails.

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