Roundup: Police warning after two off-road vehicle crashes, C.B. reporter wins award, Pictou team wins hockey tourney, time for more COVID protections?

The Subway Selects from Pictou County beat opponents from around Nova Scotia at last weekend's Sobeys Cup. Photo: Submitted

Plus: The nocturnal rambles of Halifax artist Jack Ross

After responding to two off-road vehicle crashes on the South Shore last month, police are warning people to wear safety gear, follow the rules, and drive responsibly. RCMP spokespeople theorize there’s been a rash of recent crashes, but have no proof.

“The exact number of … collisions is unknown,” says a Mountie press release. “Those that occur on private properties and trails are likely to be under-reported due to how the Motor Vehicle Act defines mandatory collision reporting: it applies to public roadways only.”

Police haven’t released any information about the causes of last month’s accidents.

Keith Corcoran has more for LighthouseNow.

Drake Lowthers. Photo: Twitter

Cape Breton reporter wins award
Drake Lowthers, a journalist with the Reporter community newspaper in Port Hawkesbury, recent won second place in the Best Feature Series (circulation up to 9,999) category at the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. The award recognizes his ongoing coverage of the Desmond Inquiry.

In his latest work for the Reporter, Lowthers is exploring the growing opposition to a scheme by developer Cabot Cape Breton to build a private for-profit golf course on public land in West Mabou Beach Provincial Park. Read more.

Pictou team wins hockey tournament
The Northern Subway Selects from Pictou County overcame teams from around the province to win the under-18 division of the Sobeys Cup last weekend, beating the East Hants Penguins 4-1 in the decisive game of the women’s hockey tournament.

“Full marks to the Penguins,” says Selects coach Craig Clarke. “All the Nova Scotia teams we played are good teams. I thought we got contributions from all our players. We played excellent defence, but it only happens when you get good goaltending and everyone buys into defence. We got contributions from our younger players, as well as our more experienced players.”

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Jack Ross. Photo: Submitted

Nocturnal rambles through Halifax
The painting “Grafton at Blower’s Street, (Pizza Corner),” which Jack Ross recently completed for his solo exhibition Wanderings at Argyle Fine Art, shows how the city’s vibrant nightlife inspires the artist.

“(I’m) attempting to capture the experience of walking through the city at night,” he explains. “I always work directly from places I’ve experienced in person, sometimes using sketches, snapshot photos, or painting on site en plein air. I’m exploring the way that brushstroke, colour, and loosely referenced detail can suggest a sense of place while leaving room for my viewers to project their own memories.” 

See his work in the latest issue of Unravel Halifax.

Time for more COVID protections?
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston is standing pat on the province’s “living with COVID” policy, which means minimal public protections, even as Ontario’s top doctor is “strongly recommending” people resume masking. COVID-19 numbers are surging nationwide, as Nova Scotia reports overcrowded hospitals and a shortage of children’s medicine.

“What we are facing is a triple threat that requires our collective action and action to protect the most vulnerable in our communities: the very young, the very old, and those with underlying medical issues,” Dr. Kieran Moore says in a recent press conference.

The World Health Organization reports 116,274 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, the disease is known to have killed at least 6,588,850 people, including 46,710 in Canada and 617 Nova Scotians.

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