Roundup: Richmond councillor under fire for inappropriate texts, another COVID wave looms, driver hurts Pictou Co. man, gov spending $1.2M to fix Lunenburg trail bridges

Cody Jamieson and the Halifax Thunderbirds play their final home game of the National Lacrosse League regular season tomorrow. Photo: Bruce Murray

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Last fall, after two years of looking for a home in the Richmond area, single mother Jessica Forgeron asked Councillor Michael Diggdon for help. In response, he sent repeated requests for personal pictures, and complaints about being bored in his job.

“I want a pic first,” was one of his first replies. “Don’t be shy.”

“Send me a pic f——er. Lol,” says another response from Diggdon.

Michael Diggdon. File photo

After more than 20 harassing messages, he never did help her find a home.

“It made it 100 times worse,” Forgeron recalls. “Sitting in a shelter with my two children, sitting in a room together next to five other families I don’t know, while I’m sitting in a hallway with a lamp, trying to write emails and advocate for myself; it made it that much worse … I don’t even know how I got out of bed the next morning.”

When contacted by The Reporter, Diggdon wouldn’t confirm or deny sending the texts, but has since verified it was him.

Following an in-camera session at the March 21 meeting, Richmond Warden Amanda Mombourquette confirmed that council passed a motion that a breach of the Municipal Code of Conduct Policy occurred, and that proposed sanctions have been forwarded to the municipal solicitor. The warden refused to comment further.

Jake Boudrot reports.

COVID resurging
A large chunk of Canada is already in a growing sixth wave of COVID-19 infections. According to public health officials in nearby Quebec, the latest surge began in mid-March, accounting for an 18-per-cent week-over-week increase in hospitalizations, straining an already tattered health-care system.

It’s difficult to know how the wave is affecting Nova Scotia, as Premier Tim Houston’s government is now withholding most pandemic data, releasing vague weekly reports that don’t provide demographic information on the deaths or say how many people are in ICU.

The World Health Organization tallies 1,674,523 new confirmed cases globally in the last 24 hours, including 4,018 in Canada. So far, COVID is known to have killed 6,132,461 people worldwide, including 37,461 people in Canada and 245 Nova Scotians

Driver hurts Pictou County man
New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating after a driver attempting to park a Hyundai Tucson hit a 67-year-old man and pinned him against another vehicle, injuring him badly enough that he had to go to hospital for treatment.

The Pictou Advocate has the story.

Photo: Bruce Murray

See & do
As Halifax continues to seek a balance between normal life and the pandemic, you’ll find no shortage of things to see and do around the city this spring.

Among this weekend’s highlights is the final Halifax Thunderbirds home game of the regular season, as they host the Rochester Knighthawks in National Lacrosse League action. The Thunderbirds finish the season with a road trip, and playoffs begin in early May. See more in Unravel Halifax.

Repairs coming for Lunenburg trail bridges
The provincial government recently announced plans to spend $1.2 million to fix a pair of former railway bridges, which are now part of a multi-use trail system in Lunenburg County.

The multi-year project is scheduled to start in early June, with the span crossing the Shingle Mill Road and a watercourse in Martins River getting about $290,000 in repairs this year.

“This is the half-life of these bridges … they were built back in the 1900s,” says Sandy Hamilton, chair of the Dynamite Trail Association’s board of directors. “We’re far better off to refurbish the bridges and maintain them rather than tearing them down and putting in a modern structure that is easier to maintain, but is a very expensive process.”

Keith Corcoran has the details for LighthouseNow.

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