Roundup: No new COVID in N.S. as N.B. count jumps, a lifetime of LGBTQ+ advocacy, care homes adapt, sharing Native culinary traditions

Saulnierville. Photo: April Maloney

As of yesterday (Oct. 7), Nova Scotia has three known cases of COVID-19, including one person hospitalized in ICU, says the latest update from the provincial government. Overall, Nova Scotia has had 98,704 negative test results, 1,089 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic bubble, New Brunswick saw its largest one-day increase of the pandemic, with 17 new cases confirmed yesterday. All are in the Moncton area, connected to an outbreak at the Notre-Dame Manor special-care home. Nationally, the COVID count stands at 32 known cases in the Atlantic bubble and 17,884 in the rest of Canada, according to the federal government.

Long-term care homes adapt to COVID-19
With no end of the pandemic in sight, long-term care homes around the province are to work on ways to maintain a safe and fulfilling routine for residents while obeying public health rules.

“Early on we increased our recreation staffing because we had a real fear of social isolation with the residents,” says Andrew MacVicar, executive director of Queen’s Manor in Liverpool. “There was a real risk there that they would feel isolated, which leads to mental health and emotional issues.”

In this LighthouseNow story, Kevin Mcbain explores how the pandemic has affected three Queens County care homes.  

“Pandora’s box is open”
The courts have been clear that the First Nations have a right to a “moderate livelihood” fishery. But government has dragged its feet on defining what that term means, so Native fishers are now asserting their rights in a policy vacuum.

The blame for the confusion and turmoil, like the tensions that continue to unfold in Saulnierville, falls squarely on the federal government, says Sherry Pictou, an assistant law professor at Dalhousie University, specializing in First Nations land and water issues.

Sherry Pictou

“This has been history repeating itself because there were opportunities missed in those early days back in the early 2000s,” she explains. “For people of my generation and older, there was a horrific backlash to those initial court decisions… The government, DFO, and the non-Native commercial fishermen all ganged up on this right.”

In this new Halifax Magazine feature, Ameeta Vohra explores the issue with First Nations insiders and legal experts, and confronts the myth that a Native fishery causes conservation issues.

A lifetime of advocacy
Gerard Veldhoven has devoted much of his life to fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, a story he shares in his new book A Passion for Equality: My Personal Journey.

At a recent launch in New Glasgow, he explained how the book took many years, as events outpaced the writing. “This book has been a long time coming,” he says. “I started it initially 15 years ago… I found [the original book] completely inadequate, so I started all over again. In 15 years, things change.” He shares more in this Steve Goodwin story from The Pictou Advocate.

Chef Rich Francis. Photo: Michael Stemm

Rooted to the past
Chef Rich Francis believes sharing culinary traditions is the best way he can educate Canadians about First Nations heritage and culture. “Food is one of the most powerful tools we can use,” he says. “It was never lost, it was just forgotten. Indigenous food has that amazing ability to reconnect us back to ourselves, our source, and our creator.”

In this reader-favourite story from the free East Coast Living archives, he explains his culinary philosophy and shares some of his favourite recipes, including tasty and ridiculously easy salmon fishcakes.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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