Roundup: N.S. votes today, shopping for a good cause, gun-violence message angers recreational shooters, celebrating local history

Nova Scotians vote for their next government today, as incumbent premier Iain Rankin seeks a mandate and Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston and New Democratic Party leader Gary Burrill try to convince voters that it’s time to change course after eight years of Liberal rule.

If you haven’t received your voter information card, you can still vote: just bring government ID or two documents verifying your name and address (a power bill, for example) to your nearest polling station.

Get live results here, starting shortly after polls close at 8 p.m.

COVID-19 update
Nova Scotia has 24 known active cases of COVID-19, with nine new cases and 10 recoveries reported in the latest government update, which covers last weekend. Five of the new cases are in the Central Zone (three travel related, one close contact of a previously known case, and one under investigation), and there are two each in the Eastern and Northern zones (all travel related). One person is hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

As of Aug. 16, 76.1% of Nova Scotians have had their first dose of COVID vaccine, and 67.4% have had both jabs. Across Canada, 71.9% have had one shot, and 63.6% are fully inoculated.

With vaccination rates levelling off, many vaccine clinics are scaling back operations, or even closing, but the large clinics in Halifax, Dartmouth, in Sydney remain in operation, as do many pharmacy clinics. Drake Lowthers has more for The Reporter.

Shopping for a good cause
The Compassionate Closet on Glendale Avenue in Lower Sackville is a unique shop with a unique goal: it exists to raise funds for Hospice Halifax.

As described on the organization’s website, “Hospice Halifax is a place like home for patients who require end-of-life care. It’s an option for patients with end-of-life care needs that can’t be met at home and who don’t require admission to an acute care facility.”

Recently, its new 10-bed hospice residence for patients from Nova Scotia and their families opened in the South End on Francklyn Street. Management expects it to host some 200 people per year, making the support that flows through the Compassionate Closet more important than ever.

Learn more in this recent Halifax Magazine report by Dorothy Grant.

Anger over gun violence message
Outcry continues about a recent posting on Public Safety Canada’s web page that showed images of a hunter and sports shooter alongside a federal government message urging citizens to “help keep guns out of the wrong hands.”

James Jenkins, a Lunenburg County resident and target shooter who legally owns several guns, says the post (which has since been changed to remove the offending material) perpetuated a harmful stereotype. “There needs to be regulation and control,” he says. “It’s not the wild west by any means, but this is targeting the wrong folks.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow

Beth Henderson

Celebrating Pictou’s history
Volunteers have launched a series of panels around town, aiming to give people a better understanding of Pictou’s history.

Beth Henderson represents the Pictou Historical Photo Society, which loaned photos for the panels.

“A lot of new people in the area … are not aware of our history in town,” she says. “It’s another way to show the pictures of our past. It provides an opportunity for people to come together and voluntarily share their time and talents.”

Steve Goodwin has more for The Pictou Advocate.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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