Roundup: Para Hockey Cup returns to N.S., Fiona cleanup continues on North Shore, COVID fight not over says WHO

The Para Hockey Cup returns to Bridgewater next month. Photo: Hockey Canada

Plus: Cookies with Ralph Nader — Dorothy Grant recalls an early victory in the struggle for safer Nova Scotian roads

The Para Hockey Cup tournament returns to Bridgewater, as Team Canada faces the U.S., Czechia, and Italy from Nov. 27 to Dec. 3.

The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre also hosted the event in 2016.

“When the doors opened on this beautiful facility in 2013, there was a focus on setting the standard for accessibility and a clear intention to be the hub for recreation and events in Lunenburg County,” says organizer Kent Walsh. “We’re really pleased to host this event because it really brings together both of those intentions.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Fiona cleanup continues on North Shore
After tropical storm Fiona, many North Shore homes went nearly two weeks without Nova Scotia Power service. The lights are finally back on, but much work remains.

“A drive around town shows you the extent of the long-lasting impacts,” Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher tells the Reporter. “Trees that have been on properties for generations toppled over with their roots showing.”

Deborah and Ray Thistle in Little Harbour spent several days confined to their property, with downed trees blocking the road. Access is open now, but they still have more than 60 downed trees to deal with.

“Nobody wants wood,” Deborah says. “You can’t give it away.”

Steve Goodwin talks with Nova Scotian families still affected by Fiona in the latest issue of the Pictou Advocate.

Ralph Nader chats with Dorothy Grant. Photo: Submitted

How Ralph Nader helped make N.S. roads safer
In the early 1980s, the (now quaintly old-fashioned sounding) debate about mandatory seatbelt use was raging in Nova Scotia. Leading the charge was CBC reporter Dorothy Grant, who produced a series of stories pushing for change, earning her the enmity of many drivers.

Consumer affairs advocate and occasional American presidential candidate Ralph Nader had been pushing for safer roads since the 1960s, so when he visited Halifax, Grant was keen to talk. She recalls the interview as one of the highlights of her 60-year journalism career.

“Nader urged me to ignore those (angry drivers),” she recalls. “Half interview, half pep talk, the experience was truly inspiring, motivating me to push harder with my reporter efforts. In 1984, Nova Scotia would pass its first mandatory seatbelt law.”

Read more about it in this Unravel Halifax post.

COVID threat continues
As the count of new cases ticks up worldwide, the fight against COVID-19 requires more effort, cautions Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization.

“We have all the tools we need to end the emergency in every country,” he says in a recent press release. He adds he’s concerned about “continuing risks to the world’s population, with large vaccination gaps, reduced surveillance, low rates of testing and sequencing, and uncertainties about the potential impact of current and future variants.”

WHO reports 495,136 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,539,058 people, including 45,394 in Canada and 544 Nova Scotians.

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