Roundup: Reopening update today, Bluenose tours N.S., North End café creates community, NSCC plans for online learning

Bluenose II at Peggy's Cove. Photo: Tammy Fancy

Nova Scotia hasn’t had a confirmed case of COVID-19 since June 9. “But our work is not done,” says Premier Stephen McNeil in a press release. “As restrictions are eased and we head toward an Atlantic bubble, it remains as important as ever to follow all public health guidance and basic hygiene advice: wash your hands, keep your distance, and routinely clean and disinfect surfaces.”

McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, are scheduled to announce further reopening measures today at noon. Follow this link for the webcast.

Bluenose to sail around Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia’s floating ambassador Bluenose II will sail into ports and harbours around the province this summer for the just-announced Sail Past Summer tour.

“Through our teamwork on board we hope to embody the unity that is being shown ashore,” says Captain Phil Watson in a press release. “It is the crew’s belief that seeing Bluenose II sailing in our waters will inspire communities to remember their strengths as they work together for a better future.”

Due to COVID-19, the 20-person crew has created a bubble for training, maintenance and sailing the vessel this season. Visitors will not be permitted on board and there will be no harbour cruises with passengers.

The schooner is scheduled to depart Lunenburg in late July and visit 26 communities in southwestern Nova Scotia, the South Shore, Halifax Regional Municipality, and Cape Breton.

Editor’s note: The Bluenose recently completed a long and troubled refit. Bruce Lantz reports in this Halifax Magazine story from August 2019.

Lara Cusson. Photo: Gabbie Douglas

Café creates community
When Lara Cusson opened her Agricola Street coffee shop, she didn’t just want to build a business. She wanted Café Lara to be a community hub. And she was on the right track. “I feel like we’re on the cusp of turning Halifax into this amazing city,” Cusson says. “Young people [are] choosing to live here, business is booming, and it’s an exciting time to be in Halifax.”

Then the pandemic hit. Forced to close but still obligated to pay rent, the business just barely stayed afloat. Now the café open again and the community Cusson loves is rallying around it. “It was really emotional when we saw our regulars and neighbourhood friends,” Cusson says. “I’m grateful every day they keep coming in and supporting us.” She tells Gabbie Douglas about it in this new Halifax Magazine story.

All that glitters
Anaconda Mining, the company behind a controversial bid to dig for gold in Guysborough County, is drilling for diamonds in the area. “We have identified significant opportunities to optimize the Goldboro Gold Project and in particular to increase the overall economics of the project,” says Anaconda president and CEO Kevin Bullock in The Reporter.

Despite the economic promises, many question whether projects like Anaconda’s proposed gold mine are worth the risks for Nova Scotia. Recently, Zack Metcalfe explored the mixed blessings of mining in these Halifax Magazine columns.

Nova Scotia Community College classrooms online
Like most post-secondary schools, Nova Scotia Community College is preparing to offer almost all classes online this fall. “The upcoming year will look slightly different as we continue to deliver high quality programming while sharing in the collective commitment to minimize any further spread of COVID-19,” says president Don Bureaux. NSCC’s 17 campuses are getting “significant modifications” to prepare for the shift. Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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