As of yesterday (Oct. 26), Nova Scotia has five known cases of COVID-19, with one new case reported in the latest government update. So far, Nova Scotia has 109,032 negative test results, 1,101 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths. 

The federal government reports that Canada currently has 25,934 known cases, the bulk of which are in Quebec (8,947), Ontario (7,286), and Alberta (4,477). So far there have been 9,973 pandemic deaths in Canada, 6,153 of which were in Quebec.

Pandemic silver linings
When COVID-19 hit Atlantic Canada, Patricia Thomas (owner of Windywood Publishing in Hubbards) realized it was going to transform our lives.

Determined to record this unique moment in our zeitgeist, she began recruiting local writers, including Halifax Magazine contributor Dorothy Grant, to write for the new anthology Gathering In: COVID-19 Silver Linings.

“Its content grows from the creative insights, imaginings, events during the April–July COVID-19 lockdown in Nova Scotia,” Grant says. “Twenty-six contributors are represented in this anthology, focusing on silver linings experienced during this difficult time when human liberty and freedom was curbed in favour of the greater good.” Read more in Grant’s new Halifax Magazine report.

Tareq Hadhad’s sweet success
The plaudits keep coming for Tareq Hadhad, founder of Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish. He arrived in Canada with his family five years ago and got his citizenship in January. Since immigrating from Syria, he’s built a successful confectionary business, recently winning a Top 25 Canadian Immigrants award and an Entrepreneur Award, both from RBC.

“It’s just a huge recognition for the contributions that immigrants do,” he says. “It… sends that message—not only to Canadians but to the world—that Canada is doing the right thing in terms of integration for all the immigrant entrepreneurs and offering them the right resources to succeed.” Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

A profitable harvest
Clever Fruit Products in Mahone Bay recently won the Wild Blueberry Solutions Challenge, a competition promoted by Nova Scotia’s agriculture department and the Wild Blueberry Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia. The competition aims to help local producers develop new value-added products and packaging options.

“This funding allows us to bring forward the timeline for the launch of our fermented wild blueberry product,” says company president Liam Tayler. “Our mission is to [increase]… the nutritive potency of fruit polyphenols through fermentation. The wild blueberry, already recognized for its nutritive potential, is the perfect fruit to act as the first product in what we hope to be an extensive line of fermented ingredients.”

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Nicole and Sinjin Moser. Photo: Bruce Murray

So you’re raising a vegan
With more public debate than ever about the ethics of a traditional diet, many kids are turning to veganism.

Fifteen-year-old Sinjin Moser of Cole Harbour made the shift three years ago, after doing a school project that lead him to explore cruelty to animals. “I was disgusted by what I learned,” he recalls. “And then I learned more about other mistreatments of animals… It all happened very fast.”

His mother Nicole is also a vegan, while his father and brother eat a traditional omnivore diet. The family has learned that it’s really not hard to accommodate both approaches, so everyone feels welcome at mealtime. “At first we were making multiple meals to satisfy everyone,” recalls Nicole. “Now we find the omnivores are eating less meat and we are enjoying the meat-free meals together [although] there are nights when meat is still on the menu.”

Learn more about their shift, plus practical tips for updating your family’s diet, in this recent Our Children story by Crystal Murray.

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