As of yesterday, Aug. 9, Nova Scotia has one known case of COVID-19, according to the latest government update. So far, the province has had 66,114 negative test results, 1,071 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 64 deaths. On Saturday, the government renewed the provincial state of emergency for another two weeks.

Premier’s announcement shocks MLAs
When Stephen McNeil announced last week that he was stepping down as premier, it surprised many members of his party and the opposition alike. Finance minister Karen Casey says she didn’t know he’d made the decision but she understands it.

“Seventeen years is a long time in politics,” she says, while declining to comment on his eventual successor or her own ambitions. “A lot of things have to happen before a new leader is chosen.” Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Ken Hynes. Photo: Tammy Fancy

Stories of sacrifice at the Army Museum
The Army Museum at Halifax Citadel is expecting visitor traffic to drop by 85–90% this year, so curator Ken Hynes is hopeful more locals will visit this year. He believes the stories of wartime heroism will have added resonance in this pandemic summer.

“We provide a rich, intimate opportunity for our visitors to reach back through the years and learn more about people just like them who stepped forward times of great need,” Hynes says, pointing to exhibits on subjects like the Halifax Explosion and Nova Scotians’ First World War service. He tells me more in this new Halifax Magazine report.

Projects to fight flooding
Climate change means more erratic weather, which means more flooding. This summer, work is underway on some 15 government projects around the province to mitigate the risk. For example, Antigonish is getting $125,000 for a backup generator for its sewage treatment plant and Port Hawkesbury is getting $15,330 for water distribution upgrades.

“The money will support key projects to help maintain and improve essential services,” says municipal affairs minister Chuck Porter in a press release. Jake Boudrot has the story in The Reporter. And in this April 2019 report for Halifax Magazine, Chris Benjamin explores Nova Scotia’s preparedness to meet the challenges of rising sea levels.

Woman faces charges for leaving kids in hot car
On one of the hottest days of July, someone left four kids, ranging in age from 1 to 9, unattended in a hot car in the New Glasgow Wal-Mart parking lot. Now a 60-year-old woman from Pictou County faces four charges of child abandonment. The Pictou Advocate reports.

Mahone Bay charity fights ghost gear
“Ghost gear”—broken, lost, or abandoned fishing equipment—is a major problem in our waters, adding to pollution and endangering marine life. In Mahone Bay, the conservation charity Coastal Action is getting some $432,000 in federal funding to tackle the problem.

“We will be implementing waste management systems for responsible disposal of end-of-life gear, retrieving ghost gear from priority areas, and conducting an impact assessment of ghost gear during retrieval,” says the project summary. “This project will work collaboratively with industry, academia, and government to prevent, reduce, and assess impacts of ghost gear on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.” Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

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