Nova Scotia confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, raising the total of known cases in the province to six. The new cases all relate to travel outside the Atlantic bubble. According to the government press release, two are in the Central Zone and one is a Nova Scotian from the Eastern Zone who is currently living in another province.

Nationally, infections continue to grow, with Quebec, the only province bordering the Atlantic bubble, remaining a hot spot. According to the latest federal government statistics, Canada has 24,729 active cases of COVID-19, 9,143 of which are in Quebec.

With 108 cases per 100,000 population, Quebec has the second-highest infection rate in the country (Manitoba stands at 150). Nova Scotia’s rate is one case per 100,000 population.

Police investigate New Glasgow home invasion
Police are looking for a suspect after a man with a hatchet burst into a New Glasgow home on Oct. 23, demanded money from the occupant, and fled empty-handed. Three people were also sleeping in the house; no one was harmed.

Police describe the suspect as a 150-pound white male, approximately 6’0″, wearing a dark hoodie, ball cap, and khaki pants. Via The Pictou Advocate.

There’s something in the water
A Cape Breton fishing crew was in the process of bringing in a 270-kilogram tuna when the food chain hit them with some unexpected competition. “[A] shark bit into it,” says captain Andy Rankin. “We just tried to pull the shark close to the boat. He… rolled off it and let it go and just leisurely swam past the boat.”

But the damage was done, with little of the valuable tuna left. Rankin says there are a lot of sharks around right now, fattening up as they prepare to head south. Jake Boudrot has the story for The Reporter.

Paul Kimball and Holly Stevens

The truth is out there
You would assume that a guy who spends his time looking for ghosts probably believes in them, But when Sarah Sawler interviewed filmmaker and paranormal investigator Paul Kimball in 2017, he insisted he’s an “agnostic,” still on the hunt for truth.

He explained that he sees the work he does with fellow investigator Holly Stevens as something more serious than ghost hunting.

“We’re cool storytellers with lots of maps and legends and myths,” he said. “They should teach Helen Creighton in school, for the truth of the stories she told. I think that’s important for people. Otherwise, you create a solely scientific society that’s divorced from myth and I think that’s a bad thing. It’s divorced from humanities and storytelling, and so then what you get are monsters, the sort of people with no idea about good and bad.”

Read more in the free Halifax Magazine archives.

Study spaces that work
When the pandemic forced Nova Scotia to move to home schooling in the spring, parents and kids alike quickly learned that a bedroom or dining room table isn’t necessarily an ideal classroom. But whether you’re preparing for a return to home schooling or want a dedicated homework spot, it’s not hard to create an effective study environment at home.

In the latest issue of Our Children magazine, Heather Laura Clarke has expert advice aplenty to help you create a fun and practical nook. The most important thing? Make kids part of the planning and design decisions and they’re a lot more likely to use and enjoy the space.

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