Nova Scotia tallied 90 new cases of COVID-19 and 180 recoveries yesterday, for a total of 1,345 known active cases in the province, according to the latest government update. There are 103 people in Nova Scotian hospitals with the disease, including 59 in ICU.

So far, health-care workers have dispensed 436,054 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the province, with 39,561 Nova Scotians getting the second dose that completes inoculation.

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

“Over 70,000 Nova Scotians are scheduled to receive their vaccine this week,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “When you are eligible to book your vaccine, please do so, and when you get your first dose, encourage your friends and family to get theirs, too.”

Strang and Premier Iain Rankin are scheduled to webcast an update today at 3 p.m.

Journeys of mind and soul
Mi’kmaw artist Alan Syliboy continues to stretch his artistic boundaries, recently unveiling three large art panels at Pictou United Church.

Inspired by petroglyphs found throughout the region, the panels depict spirit guides: a moose, an eagle in flight, and a whale. The goal is to complement the diverse spirituality of the church’s contemplative garden and honour its place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.

In remarks to the congregation, Syliboy says this as a significant step in the long journey toward reconciliation. An artist statement accompanying the panels expresses his hope that “this visual story will take visitors in this peaceful place on new journeys of mind and soul.”

Gayle Wilson reports for LighthouseNow.

Hail damages Pictou Co. business
West River Greenhouses in Pictou County faces thousands of dollars in losses after a severe storm on Monday.

“The hail came in hard and fast just before 4 p.m. and lasted 30 to 45 minutes,” says manager Marie Lennox. “We have lost most, if not all, of our hardy veggies transplants: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, and onions … We also received significant property damage.”

Steve Goodwin has more for The Pictou Advocate.

Cape Breton man faces 19 sex-related charges
A 49-year-old man from Richmond County faces 19 charges involving a minor.

In December, a woman told police that a man sexually assaulted her “a number of times when she was a teenager,” says an RCMP press release. Cpl. Chris Marshall says the assaults happened between 2012 and 2015 in West Arichat, Arichat, Dundee, and St. Peter’s.

RCMP arrested Gordon Wallen Richard on May 12. He’s scheduled to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court in July to answer seven counts of sexual exploitation of a young person, five counts of sexual assault, five counts of sexual interference, and two counts of invitation to sexual touching.

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

Learn to interpret warning labels
When you’re working around the house, you’ll encounter many safety instructions, symbols, and warning labels. But do you correctly interpret them?

“Recently, someone at work told me they didn’t want to use our hand sanitizer because I labelled it ‘extremely flammable,'” recalls safety expert James Golemiec. “I explained that all hand sanitizers are extremely flammable because they contain high concentrations of alcohol. In the safety biz, we use ‘signal words‘ on product labels, such as ‘warning’ or ‘danger’ to emphasize the hazard.

When companies market a chemical, they walk a line between enticing us to buy their product and at the same time, warning us about its potential hazards. Golemiec offers a guide to help you interpret that information in his latest Halifax Magazine column.

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