Roundup: RCMP operation sparks fear & confusion, COVID update, face of Quinpool changing, Geopark aims to host global conference, crash kills 2, food drive hits $100K milestone

RCMP operation in Halifax on Dec. 9. Photo: Twitter

Yesterday afternoon, the RCMP conducted an operation in Halifax that required several heavily armed officers to deploy quickly around the city.

Halifax Regional Police didn’t know or wouldn’t say what was happening in their jurisdiction, telling citizens to ask the RCMP’s Twitter account. At that time, the RCMP’s most recent tweet was a two-hour-old appeal for help finding a missing mulcher.

Amid growing public concern that another incident like the April shootings was unfolding, an RCMP spokesperson eventually tweeted that the force was conducting “an ongoing investigation” with “no risk to public safety.” This video, shot yesterday, shows RCMP officers driving at high speed across a heavily-used sidewalk and down an embankment near Joseph Howe Drive.

COVID update
As of yesterday (Dec. 9), Nova Scotia has 71 known active cases of COVID-19, with six new cases—all in the Central Zone—reported in the latest government update. Nova Scotia Health Authority labs did 1,954 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 8.

Photo: Janet Whitman

Armoyan demolition proceeding quickly
The old Armoyan building at the corner of Robie Street and Quinpool Road is quickly disappearing, as workers demolish it to make way for a new Shannex/Armco development. The site’s new 25-storey seniors’ home is scheduled for completion in 2024.

Cliffs of Fundy Geopark aims to welcome the world
Just months after the site was named a UNESCO Global Geopark, officials with the Cliffs of Fundy are vying to host the International Global Geoparks Network Conference in 2023.

Executive director Beth Peterkin believes a successful bid would bring 800–1,000 delegates to the area. “If successful, this is going to elevate our status tremendously and allow us to showcase all we have to offer,” she says. “It would also provide economic development.” Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Christmas in India.

Christmas past and present
A few years ago, writer Marianne Simon immigrated from India to Halifax. While much is different, she finds Christmas a link between her old life and her new.

“Back home in Kerala, we celebrate all Christian festivals, especially Christmas,” she says. “Preparations for Christmas start weeks ahead. Churches, streets, and homes are decorated. Every home used to have a nativity scene in a small thatched hut. Stars, made of bamboo strips and multi-coloured tissue paper, and lit by electric light bulbs, were very popular.”

In this Halifax Magazine column from December 2019, Simon provides a fascinating cultural snapshot, exploring what holiday celebrations in India share with Canadian festivities.

Fatal Inverness County crash
Two Inverness County residents died in a two-vehicle accident yesterday, say Baddeck RCMP. First responders found a car and transport truck at the scene, both heavily damaged.

The deceased are the car’s driver (a 60-year-old man) and passenger (a 57-year-old woman). The driver of the truck, a 41-year-old Newfoundland man, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. There’s no word as to the cause of the crash. Read more from The Reporter.

Nicole Monaghan (right)

South Shore food drive hits big milestone
An annual Lunenburg food drive that dates back 11 years is set to top $100,000 in donations.

Nicole Monaghan is founder of the annual Great Haul-a-Day Food Drive. “We all know of someone who has been struggling, especially in this pandemic, and people have been struggling more than usual,” she says. “This is a way to make sure members of our community aren’t hungry.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

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