As of yesterday, June 29, Nova Scotia continues to have no active cases of COVID-19. The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 255 negative tests on June 28, according to a government press release. There have been 53,263 negative tests in the province overall.

Uncorking health-care support
Benjamin Bridge in Gaspereau has raised $50,100 for the Dartmouth General, Valley Regional, and Cape Breton Regional hospital foundations. In late March, winery management announced they would donate 10% of the money from sales of Nova 7 at NSLC over a 12-week period.

Stephen Harding, president and CEO of Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation, says the donation will help the hospital prepare for the next wave of COVID-19. “Contributions to our COVID-19 Response Fund will go towards research focused on the social and health inequities of African Nova Scotians in the Preston communities and across the province,” he explains in a press release. “Local researchers are leading projects that will push for the collection of race-based health data, protect those experiencing family violence, and inform future pandemic responses.”

Photo: Tammy Fancy

Not just Canada Day
In Newfoundland and Labrador, July 1 isn’t just Canada Day: it also marks the anniversary of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel, a First World War tragedy in which hundreds of Newfoundlanders died. In the Somme region of France, there’s a poignant memorial to those soldiers. On a typical Canada Day, it’s a place of pilgrimage for many Atlantic Canadians.

In 2015, I visited that memorial in France with photographer Tammy Fancy. “Some 22 officers and 758 soldiers from the regiment were involved in the attack,” I wrote. “And 68 mustered for roll call the next morning. Their killing field was a now-absurdly peaceful little undulating grassland. At a walking pace, I covered the distance across No Man’s Land from the Allied trenches to the German frontlines in about 45 seconds. Few of the Newfoundlanders made it more than halfway across that field.”

In this
Halifax Magazine editorial, I reflect on why historic sites and anniversaries like this are important, and what we can learn from them. —T.J.A.

Nova Scotia to New Orleans
Lunenburg author Christine Welldon is publishing her first foray into fiction. Kid Sterling, from Red Deer Press, is a new novel about a young musician eager to learn from the best in American jazz in New Orleans in the early 1900s. “It’s sort of a gripping story,” she says. “It has a lot of examples of the kind of racism that would have been inflicted on African Americans during that time over a century ago.”

The eponymous protagonist’s idol was American jazz and blues icon Buddy Bolden, a real-life character in Welldon’s book and music royalty in the early 1900s in New Orleans. Welldon charts how Bolden’s music inspires Sterling into the eclectic world of jazz. She tells Keith Corcoran about it in this new LighthouseNow story.

Only the lonely
As we gain a better understanding of mental health, experts are beginning to understand how loneliness is an epidemic of its own sort. “One of the serious side effects of the isolation required by the COVID-19 pandemic has been loneliness,” writes Dr. Jock Murray and Janet Murray in their latest Pictou Advocate column. “‘We’re all in this together’ did not resonate with those who just felt alone. Sometimes the comments on Facebook were painful to read… They were cries for help. There was such a sense of loss.”

Depression and loneliness take a physical toll on health, but there are ways to heal. The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia offers resources and support.

Make a greener home
Cutting your home’s environmental impact, and saving on energy bills, is easier than you might realize. Sometimes it’s as simple as changing your light bulbs, replacing your shower heads, or setting up a rain barrel. In this handy story, East Coast Living explores 20 things you can do for the environment right now.

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