Roundup: Nature Conservancy secures key animal habitat, Inverness hospital flooded with patients, global COVID count climbs, Pictou group plants trees

An endangered Nova Scotia mainland moose. Photo: Mike Dembeck/NCC

Plus: Back to the barbershop — Black men come together to support each other and talk about mental health

The Nature Conservancy of Canada recently acquired 296 hectares of forest and freshwater wetlands, plus the shorelines of three lakes and an island in Southwestern Nova Scotian.

The parcel provides vital habitat for the endangered mainland moose, plus several types of rare lichens, and a variety of birds listed as “at risk” by the federal government.

“The Moose Lake Nature reserve is valuable,” says group spokesman Jaimee Morozoff. “One of the main reasons we wanted to conserve this property is that it is one of the largest private land holdings in the Tobeatic Wilderness area.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Devon Bundy. Photo: Bruce Murray

Back to the barbershop
Advocate Devon Bundy has seen firsthand the taboos that prevent Black men from seeking mental-health care. That’s why he helped create a monthly program that visits Black community gathering spots like barbershops, letting people learn about available supports in an informal setting.

“People that that look like you and are trained in certain areas are more apt to understand what it is you’re going through from a cultural perspective,” he says. “They can identify with those nuances, with those issues and the micro aggressions that happen … and can relate to us explaining our issues as Black people. Then we’re more apt to open up and share. Instead of feeling judged, enclosed, and putting our defences up, we know that we can share because this person knows without me having to go into great detail.” 

Ameeta Vohra has the story for Unravel Halifax.

Pictou group plants trees
The Pictou and Area Garden Club recently partnered with the town’s government to plant trees around the community.

“As we get older, the appreciation we have for our communities deepens, along with the awareness of the many connections and relationships within the places that we live,” says club president Jen Bethell. “It’s fantastic to see strategic partnerships develop that lend to the positive growth and development within our communities.”

Steve Goodwin has more for the Pictou Advocate.

Inverness hospital flooded with patients
Municipal politicians in Inverness are worried about what’s going to happen if their hospital faces emergency-room closures, as others have around the province.

“The people in emergency are coming from all parts of Cape Breton,” says Councillor John MacLennan. “Right now, they’re even coming from Truro. The staff and the people are worried about what’s going to happen if they have to close the emergency in Inverness.”

Read more in the Reporter.

COVID update
WHO reports 265,670 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,537,636 people, including 45,394 in Canada and 544 Nova Scotians.

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