Roundup: Para Hockey Cup returns to Bridgewater, Antigonish awaits consolidation approval, SPCA offers help to pet owners, COVID counts climb

Team Canada assistant captain Liam Hickey is excited to return to Bridgewater. Photo: Canadian Paralympic Committee

Plus: The year of living dangerously — looking back at a tumultuous 2022 and ahead to a brighter 2023

The Para Hockey World Cup, initially slated for 2020 and cancelled twice due to COVID-19, returns to Bridgewater on Nov. 27. Canada, U.S., Czechia, and Italy will compete in the 10-game tournament, with TSN airing the gold-medal match on Dec. 3.

Bridgewater last hosted in 2016, when the event generated $900,000 in economic spinoffs (according to municipal officials) and sparked the creation of the town’s own para hockey team. Newfoundlander Liam Hickey, Team Canada’s assistant captain, is excited to return.

“We love it there,” he says. “It’s a pretty special place to go back to, and we’ve built up a bit of a following there, and we know that the fans love having us.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Antigonish awaits consolidation approval
The warden of Antigonish County says it’s business as usual while they wait for the Houston government to introduce special legislation in the spring to consolidate the area’s town and county governments.

“Right now, it’s back to work as two normal councils,” Owen McCarron says. “And that’s the way it’ll be for the next two years anyhow, because we’re both independent councils that are going to continue to function up until the point where a new municipality is created.”

Meanwhile, discontent simmers, as consolidation opponents demand the right to vote on the scheme.

Drake Lowthers has the story for the Reporter.

The year of living dangerously
Like most journalists, I occasionally dabble in prognostication, and like most prognosticators, I’m occasionally wrong. Most notably around New Year’s 2020, when I wrote about the bright promise of the next couple years.

“Among the topics I omitted: a COVID pandemic, a collapse in confidence in policing, Tim Houston’s provincial government, that #FreedomConvoy nonsense, rampant inflation, war in Europe, a cost-of-living crisis, a housing crisis, and … pretty much everything else that’s happened since March 2020,” I recall in my latest Unravel Halifax editorial. 

But as one of the most extraordinary years in Halifax’s history winds down and we work on the year’s final edition of Unravel Halifax, I can’t help but wonder about the future again. In 2022, we saw tantalizing signs of hope.


SPCA offers help to pet owners
With many pet owners in Pictou County reporting financial struggles in the aftermath of hurricane Fiona, the Nova Scotia SPCA is offering aid. On Nov. 29, also known as Giving Tuesday, the Pictou County SPCA branch will give away dog and cat food, plus litter.

The Pictou Advocate has details.

COVID counts climb
The World Health Organization reports 300,498 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,603,608 people, including 47,468 in Canada and 632 Nova Scotians.

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