Roundup: Walkers fight for coastline access, safe space online for gamers, Route 19 Brewery back from COVID scare

Nova Scotia continues to have four active cases of COVID-19, with no new ones reported in the latest government update. To date, the province has had 68,901 negative test results, 1,075 known cases, and 64 deaths.

The right to walk our coastline
On the South Shore, a group of walkers are fighting for the right to access the coastline as Nova Scotians have done for generations. Peter Barss and a group of 15 walkers recently ignored the no-trespassing signs to hike along the cliffs at Hell’s Point in Lunenburg County in an effort to draw attention to the privatization of traditional coastal pathways.

“More and more people are buying up land and blocking access to paths and beaches that have been enjoyed by Nova Scotians for generations,” says Barss. “The people who feel entitled enough to claim that they and they alone own the view from property they own might be legally right, but they are morally wrong.” See Gayle Wilson’s LighthouseNow story for more.

Pier 21, circa 1950.

Saving our history
After heroic Second World War service in the skies over occupied Europe, air force veteran John LeBlanc came home to Canada and continued to serve his country as a civil servant. He was working for the immigration department in the 1970s when Pier 21 closed.

And he was determined that it not remain another abandoned industrial site. “I left for overseas from that pier and the ship that brought my wife to this country docked there,” he recalled. “But it also had been a welcoming oasis for thousands of people from many countries.”

So for the rest of his life, he worked with many other volunteers to help preserve Pier 21, first as a National Historic Site and then the Canadian Museum of Immigration. In this new story for Halifax Magazine, Dorothy Grant looks back at her friend’s legacy.

Krysti Matheson (centre).

Role-players find a safe way to resume games
If you’ve ever played a role-playing game (not a video game—the in-person ones with dice, maps, books, and reams of character sheets), you know they’re best enjoyed in a safe, clubby atmosphere, where players can give their imaginations boisterous free range. Pandemic public health restrictions made that all but impossible, leaving a group of gamers in Truro seeking a solution.

With Discord, an online messaging platform originally designed for online learning and business meetings, they’ve found an ideal gaming space. “We are really trying to create a more inclusive and safe space for our online players,” says organizer Krysti Matheson. “We are even having discussions on how consent should work online, as well as inclusion of pronouns.” She tells Raissa Tetanish more in this Hub Now story.

Route 19 Brewery back from COVID scare
Route 19 Brewery in Inverness is again welcoming craft beer fans. On Aug. 10, a worker learned that a visitor from B.C., who was supposed to be self-isolating for two weeks had visited the brewery. She later tested negative for COVID-19, but management decided to reassure customers by closing the brewery for a thorough cleaning.

“It’s peak season and we just finally started to get the confidence of the public to go out, enjoy the province, and do some staycations,” says brewer Stefan Gagliardi. “And then something like this happens.” Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

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