Roundup: Seven more COVID deaths, Bridgewater man jailed on gun & drug charges, Pictou noise concerns continue, police say Antigonish kidnap claim a hoax

An artist's rendering of the Cogswell redevelopment in downtown Halifax. Illustration: WSP

Plus: Across the great divide — how the Cogswell redevelopment could restore old connections and transform Halifax

COVID-19 killed seven more Nova Scotians from July 12 to 18, according to the latest data from the provincial government.

Premier Houston’s government is now only releasing detailed COVID updates monthly, so it’s impossible to see the current state of the disease in the province, but World Health Organization officials report climbing case numbers, with 1,012,108 new cases confirmed around the globe in the last 24 hours.

So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,371,354 people, including 42,148 in Canada and 463 Nova Scotians.

Donna Davis

Across the great divide
Before car-loving urban planners built the Cogswell interchange in the 1970s, Halifax’s downtown and North End were tightly interconnected.

“My mom used to shop on Gottingen Street, where there were great dress shops, and you could easily walk from there to Barrington Street,” says Donna Davis, manager of the Cogswell redevelopment project. “We’re going to put that brick street system back in place; you’re going to be able to do that again.” 

More than that, she says, the project is setting the stage for citizen involvement, especially from traditionally marginalized Black and First Nations communities. 

“This is the first municipal initiative of its kind where we are (directly) incorporating social benefits,” Davis adds. “There are requirements in the contract with (construction company) Dexter, for example, to develop workforce and supplier diversity plans aimed at ensuring that we have inclusion … of African Nova Scotian and the Mi’kmaw communities. There are others, such as women in construction, newcomers, people with intellectual disabilities, and LGBTQ+. We are working with representatives of all of these communities … You know, we haven’t done this before.” 

Alec Bruce has more for Unravel Halifax.

Bridgewater man jailed
The courts have sentenced Jason Ashley Dalby of Bridgewater to four years in federal prison, after he pled guilty to possessing cocaine and methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and possessing an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Dalby’s lawyer, Scot Stanfield, feels it’s a fair sentence.

“Jason suffers from very serious addiction and unfortunately, what Jason has done to further his access to substances he’s addicted to has dragged the community along with him,” Stanfield says. “He has a chance to find a better path and I hope he takes it.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Debbie (left) and Gary Nowlan.

Pictou noise concerns continue
The noise coming from the nearby Grohmann Knives factory is so disruptive that they can’t open their windows or enjoy their yard during the day, say Pictou homeowners Debbie and Gary Nowlan.

Debbie likens the din to being on an airport runway with the plane engine revving and vibrating as it gears up for takeoff. Only it’s not just a few minutes, it’s all day, every day.

“It should be fixed,” she says.

But so far, complaints to both Grohmann and the municipality have yielded no solution.

Janet Whitman has more for the Pictou Advocate.

Kidnapping claim a hoax, say police
Antigonish Facebook groups were abuzz recently after a post described a driver’s attempt to kidnap a local child, but RCMP spokesman Cpl. Chris Marshall says the whole thing was a hoax.

“These incidents are more spam and are usually done in an effort to cause panic and the spread of disinformation across social media,” Marshall said. “It can also result in the social media platform shutting down a group depending on the type of content being posted, which of course becomes a nuisance to the community group.”

Drake Lowthers has the story for the Reporter.

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