Roundup: No new cases but another COVID death, championship hockey returns, Atlantic bubble coming, animal rescuers need help

Nova Scotia has passed another day with no new cases of COVID-19. The last positive test for the disease in the province was on June 9. But the death toll has risen to 63. “A male in his 60s with underlying medical conditions died several weeks ago in the Central Zone,” says the government press release. “His death has been under investigation since then to determine if COVID-19 was a factor. He was not a resident of a long-term care home.”

Game (back) on
Nova Scotia was just about to welcome teams from around the globe for the Women’s World Hockey Championship when the pandemic hit and organizers cancelled the event. At that time, Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney said he expected the International Ice Hockey Federation to bring the event back, but was awaiting confirmation.

It took a couple of months, but it’s now official: Nova Scotia is scheduled to host the 2021 tournament. If all goes as planned, it will run April 7–17, with Canada, Russia, Finland, Switzerland, and the U.S. playing in Halifax, and Truro hosting Japan, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, and Hungary. Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Photo: Library and Archives Canada

“Always waiting for the next one”— past pandemics
When Dorothy Grant was a child in Halifax, pandemic fears were common. “Canadian children were familiar with the quarantine signs in the 1940s,” she recalls. “The yellow signs on houses warned that the occupants were ill with diseases like polio, diphtheria, scarlet fever, and whooping cough.”

In this new post for Halifax Magazine, she reflects on how much has changed in a few decades. “Scientists found inoculations and vaccines for the diseases that stalked Halifax,” she says. “People were born into a world that felt safe from germs, or a lot safer than it had been… In interludes between pandemics, we like to think it’s all over. Epidemiologists have never thought that. They’re always waiting for the next one.”

Atlantic bubble coming
Although they haven’t shared dates or specific details yet, government officials promise plans are in the works to relax COVID-19 travel restrictions, allowing travel among the Atlantic Provinces, with the goal of salvaging some of the tourism season.

“We have to be open to this as tourism is one of our most important industries,” says Premier McNeil. “It employs tens of thousands of people and we need people to get back to work.” Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

Animal rescuers need help
Like many charitable organizations and good causes right now, Earth Arc Rescue is struggling to raise the funds it needs to carry on its work. The Pictou County farm rescues animals bound “for the meat truck.” It’s currently home to 25 horses, nine goats, three dogs, and a variety of cats and fowl.

“We rely on contributions of kind people to make it through the year,” says volunteer Marlene Chisholm. “In today’s world, we can’t have those traditional fundraisers any longer.” Meanwhile, the expenses keep mounting. Hay alone is $300 per week. Jackie Jardine reports for The Pictou Advocate.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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