Roundup: Still no charges in convoy assault, COVID update, new record for South Shore athlete, C.B. man arrested following knife attack

Sarah Mitton. Photo: International University Sports Federation.

Plus: Driver seriously injures Pictou teenager

Halifax Regional Police still haven’t announced any charges in a well documented assault last weekend.

As sympathizers of the so-called Freedom Convoy made their way through downtown Halifax, a man driving a BMW deliberately hit a counter-protestor in a marked crosswalk. The victim, who was unhurt, reported the incident to police. See a video of the assault here.

Meanwhile, Chief Dan Kinsella recently took to Twitter to praise his officers for their “professionalism, diligence, and skill” on the weekend. He also repeated the claim that the protest involved more than 1,000 vehicles, although many observers question that number, with others counting 300 to 350.

If you’ve been following local news for some time, you’ve probably noticed that while Halifax police break up homeless encampments and pro-Palestine demonstrations with gusto, they were noticeably more restrained with last weekend’s protest.

For Rebecca Thomas, the contrast is likely no surprise. The Mi’kmaw writer and former Halifax poet laureate talked with Unravel Halifax last fall about the city’s blind spot when it comes to racism, inequality, and policing. Read more.

COVID update
Health officials estimate there are 3,132 active cases of COVID in Nova Scotia, with 219 new lab-confirmed cases reported yesterday. But those numbers don’t reflect COVID’s true extent. Houston’s government recently stopped widespread testing and follow-up, saying that the pervasiveness of the Omicron strain requires focusing on vulnerable areas like hospitals.

Nova Scotia Health is now asking people to self-report their test results to “collect information to help quickly identify people who are eligible for and may benefit from COVID-19 medications and treatments.”

Health officials also reported 12 new hospital admissions and six discharges yesterday, for a total of 91 people hospitalized for COVID and getting treatment in specialized units, including 14 in ICU. There are also 130 people who were admitted to hospital for another reason but tested positive for COVID (or were in a COVID unit but no longer require specialized care), and 142 who contracted the disease in hospital.

Premier Tim Houston and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, are scheduled to webcast an update today at 3 p.m.

Sarah Mitton. Photo: Submitted

New record for South Shore athlete
At a Feb. 5 meet in New York, Queens County athlete Sarah Mitton did a throw of 19.16 metres, smashing the old Canadian women’s indoor shot-put record of 18.81 metres.

She’s the first Canadian woman to break the 19-metre mark in the discipline.

“It feels good to do something that nobody’s done before,” says Mitton. “To set a new standard and rewrite this history books and have my first record as a senior athlete, that means a lot to me.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Inverness County man charged in knife attack
Earlier this week, two men were in a parked car in Malagawatch when someone jumped in the back seat, menacing them at knifepoint.

“The suspect threatened to harm the passenger, (moved) the knife back and forth from the driver and passenger, assaulted the driver, and damaged the vehicle during the incident,” says an RCMP press release. “The suspect at one point stole the keys to the vehicle, but did return them before fleeing on foot.”

Police arrested 42-year-old Clayton Young in Eskasoni. He faces multiple charges, including two counts of aggravated sexual assault, assault with a weapon, two counts of assault causing bodily harm, two counts of assault, two counts of forcible confinement, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, theft under $5,000, and mischief under $5,000.

Jake Boudrot has the story for the Reporter.

Driver hurts teenager
A 14-year-old from Pictou is in hospital with serious injuries after a driver hit them on Union Street on Monday night. RCMP say the investigation continues.

The Pictou Advocate has more.

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