Roundup: Noreen Mabiza fights for justice and sustainability, COVID update, gov spends $2.5M on South Shore projects, Inverness wind farm aims to be ready by 2025

Noreen Mabiza. Photo: Bruce Murray. Illustration: Rob Hansen

Plus: Police continue to investigate after someone shoots at Stellarton home

Noreen Mabiza was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, but since graduating from Dal in 2018 (with a degree in international development and environment, sustainability, and society), she’s become an advocate of housing reform and energy coordinator for sustainable communities at the Ecology Action Centre.

Now she’s embarking on a new journey through territory both foreign and familiar as the project lead for the Ecology Action Centre’s new Green Jobs For All program. 

“It’s about having conversations with immigrants and newcomer youth and identifying the barriers that they face in entering the green economy,” she says. “I’m really excited to dive into this as the coordinator and also work in partnership with other organizations.”

Alec Bruce interviews her in the new issue of Unravel Halifax.

COVID update
The Houston government is now releasing weekly COVID-19 updates instead of the daily reports, making it harder to get an accurate picture of how the disease is affecting the province. So today, we zoom out and look at the global situation.

According to the World Health Organization, there were 1,172,188 confirmed new cases of COVID worldwide in the last 24 hours. Of those, 2,697 were in Canada. By way of comparison, the U.S. (which has a population almost 10 times that of Canada’s) tallied 5,937.

So far, COVID is known to have killed 6,004,421 people total and 36,986 in Canada, including 449 in the last week.

Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Federal funds for South Shore projects
Ginette Petitpas Taylor, the minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, recently announced federal government plans to spend $2.5 million on 23 different South Shore projects.

Among the recipients are the Liverpool Curling Club and the Etli Militamk Universally Designed Playpark in Queens County, and the Mahone Bay United Soccer Association and Broad Cove Community Association in Lunenburg County.

“We believe that targeted investments in infrastructure build healthier, more inclusive communities and make a difference in the lives of everyday Canadians,” Petitpas Taylor says.

Kevin McBain has more for LighthouseNow.

Police investigate Pictou County shooting
Stellarton police continue to look for leads after someone shot at a Foster Avenue home early on Friday morning.

“I heard some loud music,” says neighbour Troy Kyle. “It sounded like it was from a vehicle, and I heard some doors slam on a vehicle. I’m surprised I didn’t hear gun shots … It’s busy all the time.”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Wind farm aims for 2025 completion
The owners the proposed Rhodena Wind Farm in Inverness County are hoping to be done building by 2025. The project is planned for 8,000 hectares of Crown and private land on the eastern side of Rte. 19.

“That number of turbines may change,” says Community Wind CEO Keith Towse. “It’s unlikely to go up, but it may go down a little bit if we actually choose to use larger turbines. We’ve committed that the closest turbines will be more than 1,200 metres from any turbine, but the closest in this layout from any house, the turbine is actually almost 1,500 metres.”

Drake Lowthers has the story for the Reporter.

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