Roundup: TikTok star shakes up mayoral race, drug warning after Colchester Co. death, NSCC’s quiet campuses, forest fires keep crews busy
Fentanyl. Photo: DEA
By Trevor J. Adams 9 September 2020 Share this story
As of yesterday, Sept. 8, Nova Scotia continues to have three active cases of COVID-19. The provincial government didn’t identify any new cases in its latest briefing. So far, the province has tallied 80,682 negative test results, 1,086 known COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths.
Candidates confirmed for municipal election
With the filing deadline passed, the roster of candidates for Halifax’s upcoming municipal election (Oct. 17) is now set. Follow the link for the complete list, links to their sites, and voting information.
Just before the deadline, candidate Max Emerson Taylor joined the race for mayor. A political neophyte, the 22-year-old is a TikTok star, with some 634,000 followers. “My platform is simple: get out and vote,” he says on Facebook. “I don’t care who you vote for; I care that you vote.”
Last week before Taylor announced his candidacy, Narrative Research released a poll indicating that 89% of decided HRM voters will choose incumbent Mike Savage for mayor. Challenger Matt Whitman had 11% support.
Colchester Co. man dies after consuming white powder
Police are again warning Nova Scotians about the dangers of potent opioids, after a death in Earltown. According to RCMP, a 24-year-old man died on Sept. 5 after ingesting a white powder. Two other men are in hospital in serious condition. Police have sent the substance for testing; they suspect it is fentanyl, a powerful drug that can kill even in small quantities.
“The primary concern is public safety,” says a police statement in The Light. “[RCMP] want people to be aware of what may be circulating and take the necessary precautions.”
Back in class
The school year has resumed and while schools are teeming with students, things are much quieter on post-secondary campuses, with most programs going to distance education. At NSCC, administrators are trying to avoid the rapid shifts and ad hoc plans that students endured in the spring.
“We at NSCC really put some thought into what our full year would look like,” says Truro campus principal Lech Kryzwonos. “We needed some stability in our planning, to be able to give our students that stability so they could make plans for the full academic year. Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.
Rash of South Shore forest fires
Firefighters across Lunenburg and Queens counties have been busy battling multiple blazes over the last few weeks. “Human activity” is responsible for many of the blazes.
“These past two months we’ve seen the province in a very, very high to extreme fire danger,” says Kara McCurdy, a Lands and Forestry fire prevention officer. “We’re really trying to push the public to keep an eye on the burn restrictions and know that those are very important at this point.” Keith Corcoran has the story for LighthouseNow.
Recalling an all-but-forgotten community
Before Halifax was even a city, the North End community of Richmond thrived. “Richmond with land to spare knew no overcrowding and was spared the greater city’s problems,” said one contemporary account. “She could not boast of wealth nor complain of poverty. Here dwelt the artisan, the railroad man, the independent man of moderate means, the homemaker, the man of enterprise building the city’s newer part.”
But in 1917, the Halifax Explosion levelled the neighbourhood and when the city rebuilt, Richmond vanished. In a recent guest column for Halifax Magazine, Marilyn Davidson Elliott looks at what we lost.
“Originally the development was to be called Richmond Heights but for reasons unknown the development became known as the Hydrostone, named for cement building blocks rather than for any historical significance,” she says. “By the time construction began on the northern slope of Fort Needham decades later… the name had faded into obscurity and the once proud and vibrant community lost its identity.”
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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.
Trevor has been a magazine editor and journalist in Halifax since 1998. He's won multiple Atlantic Journalism Awards and was shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence in 2014.
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