Roundup: N.S.’s 99th COVID death, Trenton murder unsolved after 10 years, film industry keeps navigating pandemic, C.B. school aims to create opportunities for Indigenous youth

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

Plus: Spooky Halifax — revisiting the city’s myths and ghost stories

Nova Scotian health officials announced another COVID-19 death yesterday, the 99th person the disease has killed in the province. The victim was a man in his 70s in the Western Zone.

It’s a reminder to the still-unvaccinated, Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “Getting vaccinated will not only protect you but also your loved ones and your community,” he adds. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to get both doses and keep doing all you can to protect each other.”

Nova Scotia has 152 known active cases of COVID, with 57 new cases and 63 recoveries reported in yesterday’s update (the first update since Oct. 23). Eleven people are hospitalized with the disease, including two in ICU.

Officials have also reported recent COVID exposures at three HRM schools: Westmount Elementary, Citadel High, and Ian Forsyth Elementary.

Trenton murder unsolved 10 years later
It’s been a decade since someone shot and killed Edward William Phalen of Trenton and the RCMP continues to appeal for public help with the investigation.

Police say that on Oct. 25, 2011, the 44-year-old left his home on Mechanic Street around 7:45 p.m. to go to a nearby convenience store and when he returned, a gunman was waiting to ambush him. Investigators say they believe there are people in the community with related information that could lead to an arrest.

The Pictou Advocate has more.

Film industry navigates COVID
In May, when the province was in the midst of yet another lockdown, the cast and crew of the hit American TV series The Sinner were in Lunenburg, at work on their upcoming season.

Many locals continue to question why the production was able to proceed mid-pandemic, leading town councillor Ed Halverson to speak out in its defence. “The production crew of The Sinner have demonstrated they are filming responsibly and I welcome them,” he says, adding that the film industry continues to face strict public health regulations.

Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

Illustration: Darlene Watters

Spooky city
Have you ever seen the Sambro sea monster? Had a brush with the ghost at Five Fishermen? Heard the story of Halifax’s cursed bridges?

Scoff all you want, but since the city’s founding, countless people say they have encountered those things, plus many other signs of the paranormal, and their stories have become part of our collective lore.

Just in time for Halloween, we light a candle, sweep aside the cobwebs, and venture into the archives to find for you this Katie Ingram story (originally published in Halifax Magazine in 2016), delving into our city’s spooky side.

New school aims to boost Indigenous youth
Plans are in the works for a new school in Eskasoni, aiming to better prepare Indigenous youth in Cape Breton for the workforce. The project is a partnership including the provincial government, First Nations organizations, NSCC, and IBM Canada.

Jen Roynon, IBM Canada’s lead for corporate social responsibility, says the project will follow the “P-TECH” model, used in 250 schools in 28 countries around the world, which emphasizes market-ready technical skills. This site will focus on software engineering.

“What it really focuses on is giving youth access to education and skills development aligned to in demand jobs in the local market place,” she explains.

Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

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