Roundup: No new COVID in N.S., reinventing Busker fest, summer sports look different, victory gardens return, more bear sightings

Halifax Busker Festival. Photo: Tourism N.S.

Nova Scotia hasn’t had a positive test for COVID-19 since June 9 and there is just one confirmed case in the province, according to the latest update from the provincial government. Nationally, Canada continues to see the number of new cases grow, with 321 tallied yesterday.

Busker Festival returns (sort of)
It won’t be in its usual format with performers from around the globe and huge waterfront audiences, but the Halifax Busker Festival returns from July 29–Aug. 3, revamped as a digital festival.

“We aren’t going to let COVID-19 take away our fun,” says festival producer Kim Hendrickson in a press release. “We have committed fans who look forward to this event each year and we don’t want to let them down, so we are bringing the excitement and performers into their homes.”

Performers are creating sets exclusively for Halifax audiences and the lineup will feature returning festival favourites. Halifax Busker Festival normally brings about 250,000 people to the Halifax Waterfront each year.

Put me in coach
As gathering restrictions ease, summer sports are returning, but with many differences. A look at baseball illustrates the many factors athletes have to navigate this summer. Players can’t carpool to games together, share equipment, or train in groups larger than 10. Even post-game handshakes and base stealing are out. In this story, The Port Hawkesbury Reporter tells sports fans what to expect.

From the archives: 20 Fascinating Haligonians
Darlene Young worked tirelessly to defend the rights of queer people. Sandy Keith, nephew of the famous brewmaster, was a heartless mass murderer. Danielle Fong has made clean energy into a ground-breaking career. Eddie Carvery has devoted his entire life to justice for Africville. Thomas Akins devoted his life to preserving our public records.

Halifax’s history is filled with fascinating people—a huge collection of heroes, sinners, and saints, many of whom are all but unremembered in our city. In this story from the Halifax Magazine archives, Sarah Sawler introduces you to 20 of our favourite historic characters. Originally published December 2016.

If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise
The Kejimkujik National Park seaside adjunct has temporarily closed due to an increase in black bear sightings in the area. “Bears mate every second year,” explains resources conservation manager Chris McCarthy. “Mom will… kick out the year-olds and those year-olds can be a little problematic. They get a little lost and they can be a little goofy and curious, it’s really important to make sure they don’t get habituated to people… A mix of people and bears usually ends up in bad news for the bears.”

While people have been reporting increased sightings of all sorts of wildlife around the province this spring, McCarthy says this situation isn’t unusual. “We know, for sure, bears are demonstrating normal behaviour; they will forage along the shoreline in the spring.” Keith Corcoran has the story for LighthouseNow.

Victory gardens return
Canadians of a certain age will recall the Second World War victory gardens, when people on the home front planted produce to help feed the nation. This summer such gardens are back, but rather than feeding a war effort, they’re here to feed people’s mental health.

“People need something meaningful to do,” says Jonathon MacKay, organizer of a Pictou County gardening group. “The thought around the victory gardens here is to create a community where we can support each other. At the very lease you’ve done something productive.” Jackie Jardine reports for The Pictou Advocate.

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