Nova Scotia has 36 known active cases of COVID-19, with four new cases (all in the Central Zone) and seven recoveries reported in the latest government update. Two people are hospitalized in COVID units, including one in ICU.

“The hard work of Nova Scotians is paying off as we continue to see low case numbers,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “The higher our vaccination numbers climb, the sooner we can safely relax some of our public health measures and loosen more restrictions.”

The pandemic has killed 26,436 Canadians, including 92 Nova Scotians.

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

Morey Doner

Wanderers’ first win
Hfx Wanderers FC tallied their first two goals, and their first win of the Canadian Premier League soccer season, beating Edmonton 2-1 on Saturday night.

Halifax’s hometown side recently began another unusual season, starting play in a bubble in Winnipeg. If all goes as planned, the team will return to Halifax for the last 16 games, but meanwhile, the players are enduring another season of isolation, separation from hometown fans, and pandemic precautions.

Fullback Murray Doner, a newcomer to the team, is candid about how the uncertainty of the last couple seasons has affected him.

“It’s important to talk about the mental side of sports; a lot of people don’t talk about it,” he says. “I had a lot of anxiety, and was pretty emotional about the whole situation: just when are we going to play? When is there going to be a season again? And it’s difficult. At my age, you want to play games and want experience, and we all as footballers want to do what we love.”

Read more in this recent Halifax Magazine feature by Ameeta Vohra.

Mooseheads draft Pictou prospect
The Halifax Mooseheads recently picked 15-year-old Pictou County hockey talent Logan Crosby in the first round during the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League entry draft.

“It’s pretty amazing to get drafted by such a good team, and so high,” Crosby says. “I can’t wait to get to camp. We’re going to be a great team for a few years.”

Hockey insiders didn’t expect Crosby to go until the third round of the draft, but the Mooseheads traded for a higher pick to get him, after seeing his strong performances in 2019-20 with the Pictou County Wear Well Bombers of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League and 2020-21 with the Weeks Major Midgets.

Steve Goodwin reports for The Pictou Advocate.

The new North Queens rescue boat. Photo: Submitted

New rescue boats
The Liverpool Fire Department and North Queens Fire Department now have new rescue boats, replacing crafts that are more than 15 years old. Volunteers from the departments’ ladies auxiliary raised the money for the new boats, which cost $50,000 and $35,000 respectively.

“It’s a fantastic boat and to have that paid for is amazing,” says Liverpool’s Captain John Long. “The ladies busted their tails off to raise this money.”

Kevin McBain has the details for LighthouseNow.

Summer reading for kids
Want to encourage the young people in your life to take an electronics break this summer? Woo them with a good book. Parenting magazine Our Children has a huge selection of book reviews and recommendations, helping you find a title for any reading level.

A few recent highlights include the inspiring fantasy Genny Faces the Green Knight, the poignant A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye, and Light in the Forest from local silkscreen artist Holly Carr.

Learn more.

Need to know
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