Roundup: No new COVID, Wanderers go for championship, gov spat over housing project, explore N.S. farms

As of yesterday, Sept. 17, Nova Scotia still has one known case of COVID-19, according to the latest government update. So far, the province has had 85,288 negative test results, 1,086 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths.

Hfx Wanderers FC go for gold
When Hfx Wanderers FC play in the Island Games finals (a tournament replacing the usual Canadian Premier League soccer season) on Saturday, it’ll be the team’s chance to deliver on a promise team captain Andre Rampersad made in Halifax Magazine last month.

Andre Rampersad. Photo: Trevor MacMillan

“We are going to make the most of it for our fans; we know what they’ve been through; we know what they’ve have been through and they stuck with us,” he says. “We are going to do everything we can this year to bring the championship home; to win that would be amazing for the city.”

The Wanderers play Forge FC (Hamilton) at 3 p.m. tomorrow on CBC. The winner claims the North Star Shield and qualifies for the 2021 CONCACAF League, playing teams from around North America in an attempt to advance to the region’s Champions League and then the FIFA Club World Cup.

Flight of the bumblebee  
The combination of habitat loss and climate change is pushing out the beetles and bees we remember—but it’s not as simple as the “insect apocalypse” that media often report. Some bugs, largely invasive ones, are thriving. That’s not good news, though: those invaders bring in pathogens and push out already stressed native species.

Consider the Rusty-patched bumblebee, once common in Canada but last seen in 2009. “Those species most vulnerable to climate related shifts in seasonal temperature, and to the pathogens of introduced honeybees, are the ones in serious decline,” writes Zack Metcalfe, in this new Halifax Magazine feature, offering a detailed exploration of a complex problem.

And if you want to help, check out this East Coast Living story on how you can turn your yard into a haven for under-threat insects like honeybees and the majestic Monarch butterfly. “Many fruits and vegetables attract pollinators,” says Carol Matthews. “In return for the nectar you offer them, pollinators will increase your crop yield.”

Intergovernmental bickering over C.B. housing project
Tory MLA Allan MacMaster, who represents Inverness, says the area is losing an 80-unit housing project. The municipality “was unable to provide a clear answer on when they can provide water and sewer access,” he says. “[The developer] has become frustrated with the lack of response.”

Inverness CAO Keith MacDonald rebuts that. “Those costs are going to be finalized very soon and presented to council,” he says. He adds that municipal officials have met with the developer on “a number of occasions” and talks are ongoing. Jake Boudrot documents the spat in The Reporter.

Open Farm Day returns
Every September for the last 20 years, Open Farm Day has invited Nova Scotians to visit agricultural sites around the province. This year, the event returns in a pandemic-safe virtual format.

“Open Farm Day is a great opportunity to explore what takes place on our farms,” says Victor Oulton, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “While this experience will not be the same as visiting the farms in person, we hope that you will be able to make connections and hear the stories of where our food comes from.” The Pictou Advocate has the details.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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