Roundup: Wanderers begin a strange season, New Glasgow to show BLM support, avoid moving scams, learning medicine in a pandemic

Jay Reddick. Photo: Heather Brimicombe

Nova Scotia continues to have no known cases of COVID-19, according to the latest update from the provincial government. So far the province has had 66,843 negative test results, 1,071 positive COVID-19 cases and 64 deaths. 

Photo: Trevor MacMillan

Hfx Wanderers aim to inspire
At this time last year, Hfx Wanderers FC were in the midst of their first Canadian Premier League season, drawing capacity crowds to their downtown pop-up stadium.

This weekend, they’re about to start their second season and it’s not what anyone envisioned: they, along with every other team in the league, are isolating in Charlottetown, where they’ll play a tournament in an empty stadium. It won’t be the same without their noisy home crowd (noisiest in the league, many say) but team captain Andre Rampersad says he and his teammates feel a particular obligation to deliver a big win this year.

“We are going to make the most of it for our fans,” he says. “We know what we’ve been through; we know what they’ve have been through and they stuck with us. We are going to do everything we can this year to bring the championship home; to win that would be amazing for the city.” He tells Ameeta Vohra about it in this new Halifax Magazine.

New Glasgow to show support for Black Lives Matter
The Town of New Glasgow is planning a highly visible gesture in support of the Black Lives Matter movement: a two-block mural painted on Provost Street. Local activist Jay Reddick took the idea to town officials, who say they support it fully, even offering to touch up the paint if it fades or is vandalized.

“It shows that Black lives do matter here and there is still work to be done,” Reddick says. “It’s like a reminder for the people of New Glasgow.” See Heather Brimicombe’s story in The Pictou Advocate.

Moving scammers strike again
When Merwie Garzon was moving from Quebec to St. Stephen, N.B., she considered several quotes before choosing her moving company. Move Me Again Transportation, headquartered in Toronto, had competitive rates and glowing reviews. But the trouble began almost immediately, she tells The Saint Croix Courier in this Sari Green story.

Once they had all the Garzon’s possessions locked up in their truck, the movers claimed the cargo was 3.6 tonnes over the quote and insisted she pay $6,000 more, threatening to throw everything out if she refused. When she told them $1,800 was the most she could pay, they accepted that—after she signed an agreement not to sue. “They hold your stuff hostage,” Garzon says. “You don’t have any of your things but you can’t pursue them.”

Peter Moorhouse, CEO of Better Business Bureau Atlantic Canada, has heard it all before. “Moving and storage companies are among the top five industries for complaints across Canada,” he says. But moving hassles aren’t inevitable. In this recent Halifax Magazine column, he has advice on how to protect yourself.

Medical student learns fast during pandemic
Marika Schenkels from Colchester County is returning to Scotland this fall for her second year of medical school, and she’s going with a wealth of hands-on experience.

When the pandemic hit, she came back to Nova Scotia to finish the year’s studies at home and then got a job with Colchester Research Group, where she worked in the clinic, seeing Nova Scotia’s family doctor crisis first hand. “This summer was pretty influential in what I want to do,” she says. “After seeing so many patients at the walk-in clinic without a family doctor—it’s such a need.” Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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