Roundup: Queen’s former representative shares memories, N.S. records 500th COVID death, Canso spaceport concerns continue, no charges after MP gets suspicious package

Queen Elizabeth II and then-premier John Savage during her 1994 visit. Photo: Nova Scotia Information Service

Plus: Booze-free craft drinks grow in popularity

As lieutenant-governor, retired soldier John James Grant was Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in Nova Scotia from 2012 to 2017, a role that included various governmental duties, and meetings with the monarch.

“Through the military, you develop a lot of respect and connection with the Royals,” he says, recalling Elizabeth’s lively interest in his province. “She was very knowing; she was always well-briefed before she came to talk to you,” he says. “She was very down to earth. She asked questions about what I felt about my job.”

Steve Goodwin interviews him for the Pictou Advocate.

Elizabeth died yesterday at age 96, after 70 years on the throne as the Queen of Canada. Over her life, she made five Royal visits to Nova Scotia; the provincial archives look back with a huge virtual exhibition of photos from the trips.

More COVID deaths
Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 death toll has ticked over 500 in the latest government update, which reports that the disease killed 10 more Nova Scotians from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. During the same period, 33 people were hospitalized with the disease, with 51 currently in care receiving COVID treatment, including 10 in ICU.

So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,484,136 people, including 44,086 in Canada and 507 Nova Scotians.

Some Canso residents aren’t keen on plans to build a commercial spaceport in the area. File photo

Canso spaceport approved
Local opponents of the project say they’re shocked and outraged after provincial regulators approved plans to build a commercial spaceport near Canso.

They believe government is neglecting to consider the impact on the environment and the community.

“I don’t know where to start. I think we’ve been railroaded,” says Marie Lumsden, a member of Action Against Canso Spaceport. “I think every level of government have sold us down the river. We’ve been collecting evidence and everything is dirty from top to bottom.”

Drake Lowthers has more for the Reporter.

No charges after MP gets suspicious package
In February, someone mailed South Shore MP Rick Perkins a suspicious package containing white powder and after completing their investigation, police say the powder wasn’t toxic.

A “person of interest was identified in relation to multiple incidents,” says RCMP spokesman Guillaume Tremblay. “There’s no risk to the public and we do not anticipate criminal charges. The investigation is in the final stages.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Photo: Bruce Murray

Zero proof
Nova Scotia has long had a flourishing craft beer, wine, cider, and spirit industry, and now producers are seeing growing demand for alcohol-free craft drinks.

“That hard line between who drinks and who doesn’t is quickly disappearing,” says Mike Hogan, co-founder and brewmaster of P.E.I.-based Libra and Upstreet Craft Brewing, which also has a brewpub in Burnside. “People come into our taproom for a beer after work, followed by two non-alcoholic beers. So, the stigma around who drinks alcohol-free beer is vanishing, and the most rewarding thing for us is allowing people to be social on their terms. They no longer have to stick with water or pop and can still enjoy the party and avoid the hangover.” 

Colleen Thompson has the story in the new issue of Unravel Halifax.

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