Roundup: One new COVID case, yoga alfresco in Pictou Co., Mahone Bay’s nightly serenade, helping people understand the impact of PTSD

Photo: Christina Bailey

Nova Scotia has 13 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case and no recoveries reported in the latest government update. Health officials say the new case is in the Central Zone, and a close contact of a previously reported infection.

As of July 26, 74.6% of Nova Scotians have received one vaccine shot, and 57.0% are double dosed. Nationally, 70.3% of Canadians have had the first jab, and 55.5% have had both.

Yoga alfresco
With weekly classes in Westville’s Acadia Park, organizers are hoping more people in the Pictou County area will discover the physical and mental-health benefits of yoga.

“I find yoga in the park is a little more accessible to people because sometimes it’s intimidating to go to a yoga studio if you’ve never been to one before,” says instructor Amanda Cox. “The yoga in the park that I’ve taught in the past is kind of similar; there was a playground nearby so sometimes people with younger kids would bring their kids and the kids could play and the parents could do yoga and it was more casual, so I find it opens it up for a larger amount of people.”

Christina Bailey has more for The Pictou Advocate.

Paul Seltzer. Photo: Submitted

Mahone Bay’s nightly serenade
Every summer evening, Lunenburg County bed-and-breakfast proprietor Paul Seltzer performs a serenade for guests and neighbours—a neighbourhood tradition dating back almost two decades. He started out with a bugle, but recently changed to a trombone.

Song requests come in from around the community, and the 88-year-old says he intends to keep it up as long as he’s able and “people don’t complain too much.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Fair and unbalanced journalism
If you know an anti-vaxxer, you’ve probably heard them lament how the media overlooks their “side” of the story, instead favouring scientist and their research. You may have heard them bemoan the absence of “balance” in such coverage.

Hearing this makes me think of an editorial I wrote a couple years ago, after a run-in with some people opposed to fluoridating drinking water. They felt the story was unbalanced, because it focused on reputable science, not vague feelings and conspiracy theories.

And as far as that goes, they were correct. I’m not terribly worried about balance when we do stories like that.

“Giving facts and fiction equal exposure is actually terrible journalism,” I wrote. “If one side of a story has facts and hard science in their corner and the other side has naught but feelings and bombast, it’s unfair to give them equal play … Some journalists fall into the balance trap because it’s deceptively safe. You don’t need to consider who is right. Just give everyone an equal say, and no one can accuse you of bias. But that doesn’t help readers know the truth.”

Read more in this Halifax Magazine post from April 2018

Helping the helpers
Last year the pandemic sidelined the event, but the seventh annual Helping the Helpers Awareness Education Day for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is scheduled for Sept. 11 at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.

Organizers aim to provide awareness and education, plus coping strategies and support for health-care workers and first responders and their families.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer the Helping the Helpers Conference in person this year,” organizer John Garth MacDonald says. “We know that many of our first responders are feeling the added strain brought on not only by the pandemic but also by the heartbreaking losses we have experienced this past year.”

Drake Lowthers has details for The Reporter.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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