Roundup: South Shore canoeist joins Team Canada, Police seize $10K in stolen property — man arrested, Malagash home preserves local history, COVID update

Dave Waters of Fox Point will once again represent Team Canada at the world championships in Dartmouth in early August. Photo: Submitted

Plus: Living like no one is watching — Pauline Dakin on why some Haligonians would benefit from more self-consciousness

Fox Point paracanoeist Dave Waters will once again don the maple leaf, joining Team Canada for next month’s International Canoe Federation world championships in Dartmouth.

“I’m pretty pumped for a number of reasons,” he says. “It’s a fairly big feat at this juncture of my career to be renamed to the team.”

Waters has been competing in paracanoe competitions for the past 13 years. This will be his seventh time representing Team Canada in a world event; he previously earned two silvers and one bronze medal.

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Police seize stolen property
Pictou County RCMP have arrested a man and seized $10,000 worth of stolen property and “a small amount” of methamphetamine, after a traffic stop in Mount William last week.

The driver, who also had 22 outstanding arrest warrants in New Brunswick, is in custody. He’s scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on Aug. 11 to face charges of possession of stolen property and drug possession.

Read more in the Pictou Advocate.

Pauline Dakin

Living like no one is watching
Coolness and inscrutability aren’t the prized qualities they once were, largely thanks to the rise of the cell phone. As Pauline Dakin explores in her latest Unravel Halifax column, public spaces are often the venues for shockingly private conversations.

“A friend told me about sitting in the Halifax Public Gardens while a woman on the bench next to him had a heated phone argument with someone,” she says. “When he got up to move to a quieter spot, she noticed him for the first time, blurting ‘It’s not like I’m on speaker,’ as if he was the one being rude! She truly didn’t see or care that she was making him uncomfortable.”

See her latest column

COVID update
World Health Organization officials report 387,629 confirmed new COVID cases around the globe in the last 24 hours. So far, COVID is known to have killed at least 6,376,503 people, including 42,148 in Canada and 463 Nova Scotians.

North Shore home preserves local history
When you walk in the front door of Kara Gourley’s renovated, two-unit lodge in Malagash, N.S., another door meets you. This one was once a ticket booth with a small peep hole at its centre.

“It was used to screen people before they entered,” says Gourley. “They wanted to make sure the people trying to get in were actually members, and they were also probably checking to make sure they hadn’t been drinking.”

Built in 1929, the Lodge, as Gourley calls it, was once home to the Malagash chapter of Odd Fellows. The group is one of the world’s oldest international fraternities, dating back to the 1730s in London. It was also where the local group of Rebekahs (a worldwide service-oriented organization for women) gathered. 

In the latest issue of East Coast Living, Lori McKay shares how the building became a stylish home that preserves local history.

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