Roundup: New COVID case, reimagining Pride, rags to riches, winery finds helping hands

Photo: Terra Ciolfe

As of yesterday, July 15, Nova Scotia has two active cases of COVID-19. Officials confirmed a new case in the Central Zone on July 14. According to a press release, they’re still investigating the source of the infection. Nova Scotia has had 58,315 negative tests, 1,067 known COVID-19 cases, and 63 deaths.

Halifax Pride adapts
Kicking off today and continuing through July 26, the Halifax Pride festival has adapted quickly COVID. “We will be hosting online events in addition to a number of safe, socially distant outdoor activities shaped by public health guidelines,” organizers say in a press release. “Despite a significantly changed festival, we recognize the need now more than ever to support community and advocate for societal change.”

Last year, Chris Cochrane was the first Black transgender woman to serve as a Halifax Pride Ambassador. In an upcoming report for Halifax Magazine, she talks about why Pride is more important than ever.

“We are getting to the point that people are fed up,” she says. “It doesn’t make sense to be a racist, homophobic, or any phobic towards a person. We exist, we are here.  I want everybody to ask themselves, ‘if I am in my 80s and I am talking to my grandchildren, what side of history am I going to be on?'” See Ameeta Vohra’s story on our site this afternoon.

Pvt. Adolphe Légère, 1941.

How war brought two families together
This year marks 75 years since Canada and the Allies freed the Netherlands from Nazi tyranny. In this recent Halifax Magazine essay, local writer Andrew Herygers looks back at how the Second World War affected both his grandfathers: one an Acadian soldier, the other a Dutch farmer.

“Back in New Brunswick,” writes Herygers, “my grandmother, Mémère Légère, would tell me how my Uncle Ernest, a young child at the time, would run to the edge of the nearby hill to gaze out towards the harbour in search of a ship he hoped would bring his father back home.”

For more on recent commemorations of the anniversary, see this recent Drake Lowthers story from The Reporter.

New life in old fabrics
When the pandemic hit, Janelle Clyke lost her job, so she decided to turn her passion into a business. At Janelle’s Upcycled and New Fashions in New Glasgow, she transforms secondhand clothes into new designs, aiming to offer affordable styles while cutting down on waste. For example, she might incorporate a ripped t-shirt into a new reusable shopping bag. “I just hate to seeing things wasted,” she says. “Our mandate is to stop textiles from going into the landfill.” Heather Brimicombe reports for The Pictou Advocate.

Winery finds help close to home
Many wineries rely on foreign workers at harvest time but because of the pandemic, many are unable or unwilling to come this year. At Petite Riviere Vineyards on the South Shore, this could have caused a big problem, but the children of winemaker Christian Perlat saved the day.

“We were able to complete our spring bottling without the need for social separation in our cellars by having the Perlat children help their parents,” says Sean Sears. Gayle Wilson shares the story in LighthouseNow.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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