Roundup: Pandemic update—national snapshot, fighting human trafficking, StFX hopes for another COVID-free term, the importance of land recognition statements
By Trevor J. Adams 5 January 2021 Share this story
As of yesterday (Jan. 4), Nova Scotia has 27 known active cases of COVID-19, with six new cases reported in the latest government update.
“I’m encouraged by the numbers we are seeing, but we still haven’t seen the full impact of the holidays,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “The way we can keep COVID-19 under control is by remaining cautious and following all the public health measures. Living safely with COVID-19 needs to remain our focus in 2021.”
Strang shares more about what he believes the new year holds for Nova Scotia in this recent Halifax Magazine feature by Ameeta Vohra.
COVID coast to coast
Canada currently has 77,466 known active cases of COVID-19, according to the latest federal government statistics. Quebec (23,266 cases), Ontario (24,778), and Alberta (13,839) remain the hot spots of infection. The disease has killed 16,074 people in Canada thus far.
A musical journey around the globe
When Nadia Moore was a young child in the Philippines, she adored Anne Murray’s music, but she likely never imagined she’d someday live in Nova Scotia, too. Her family was impoverished and her schooling ended at age 12. Then she discovered her own musical talent, and everything changed.
She began entering music contests. “The first prize I won was 500 pesos which was $15 Canadian,” she recalls.
She began getting invitations to perform in restaurants and at events. Soon she was travelling abroad, building a career that eventually led her to Nova Scotia, which is now home. She tells Dorothy Grant about it in this new Halifax Magazine story.
Fighting human trafficking
Nova Scotia has Canada’s highest rate of sexualized human trafficking, with countless young women forced into lives of abuse, assault, rape, and cruelty. Too often, people dismiss the buying and selling of humans as harmless “sex work.”
In this opinion column from Hub Now, advocates Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald provide an update on the ongoing efforts to eliminate human trafficking.
StFX hopes for another COVID-free semester
St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish is the only university in the province having mostly in-person classes during the pandemic. School officials have fined and reprimanded 100+ students for flouting public health rules, but the university has avoided a COVID outbreak, leading officials optimistic about this semester.
“It’s a moment where we can take our foot slightly off the gas,” says StFX president Andy Hakin. “But we can’t afford to be too complacent; the community has worked so hard.”
Why land recognition matters
Land recognition statements are increasingly commons. You often hear them at the start of public events. They usually go something like: “We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.”
Such statements are an important reminder of how colonialism still affects all people who live in Canada. “There’s an underfunding of services and the lack of recognition of some rights,” explains professor Naomi Metallic. “It’s not ancient history.” See her recent Our Children interview by Katie Ingram.
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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.
Trevor has been a magazine editor and journalist in Halifax since 1998. He's won multiple Atlantic Journalism Awards and was shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence in 2014.
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