Roundup: Pictou Co. lawyer’s assault trial ends with peace bond, Lunenburg marks key anniversaries, Mi’kmaw summer games return

Town crier Stephen Findlay opens the celebration in Lunenburg on June 7.

Plus: Tim Houston wants Nova Scotians to “live with COVID” … as the death toll keeps climbing

The court has dismissed assault charges against Stellarton lawyer Donn Fraser after he agreed to a peace bond. The settlements came on the morning he was set to go to trial in to face allegations he assaulted his wife and a police officer.

The dismissal doesn’t end Fraser’s legal woes, though.

He faces allegations of criminal harassment from two of his former partners at the now-closed Mac, Mac & Mac law firm, with a decision in one case scheduled for later this month, and the trial for another beginning in October.

Janet Whitman reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Lunenburg marks its history
Lunenburg recently marked two key anniversaries: the 125th anniversary of the Lunenburg Academy (a celebration postponed from 2020) and the town’s 269th birthday.

Mayor Matt Risser also drew attention to the Acadians and Mi’kmaq who lived in the area before the town’s founding.

“Today, in 2022, Lunenburgers include descendants of the foreign protestants, Acadians, and Mi’kmaq, along with people whose heritage is British, Irish,” he says. “All together have built the Lunenburg we have today and will build Lunenburg’s future.”

Kevin McBain has details for LighthouseNow.

Premier Tim Houston. Photo: CNS

Living (and dying) with COVID
The rush to return to a “normal” pre-pandemic way of life is killing Canadians and the danger isn’t just for people who are elderly or already in poor health, cautions infectious-diseases expert Dr. Tara Moriarty, head of the eponymous Moriarty Lab in Toronto.

“Forty per cent of all COVID deaths in Canada have now been people younger than 80,” she tweets, noting that 75 per cent of those deaths have come since vaccination campaigns began, and 40 per cent during the current Omicron wave.

Premier Tim Houston’s government continues withholding daily data, making it difficult to get an accurate picture of COVID-19’s spread in the province, but World Health Organization (WHO) officials caution it’s still rampant, tallying 548,138 new cases globally in the last 24 hours. 

So far, COVID is known to have has killed 6,314,972 people, including 41,470 in Canada and 421 Nova Scotians.

To put that Nova Scotian number in context, that would be the death toll if the April 2020 mass shooting happened 19 times. Premier Tim Houston’s “living with COVID” strategy sounds lovely in theory, but the reality is proving to be hundreds of avoidable deaths. Read more in my latest Unravel Halifax editorial.

Mi’kmaw Summer Games return
After a two-year pandemic pause, the Mi’kmaw Summer Games are returning, with Potlotek First Nation in Richmond County set to host from July 15 to 24. Organizers are expecting about 2,000 athletes.

“We’re all looking forward to gathering and … welcoming visitors alike to come check out some competition, some culture, and some traditional food,” says organizer Isaiah Bernard. “It’s a little escape for our Mi’kmaw youth and our Mi’kmaw people, to be able to compete with our own, and enjoy competition, and enjoy the culture.”

Adam McNamara has the story for the Reporter.

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