With 83 known active cases, Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 tally is at its lowest point since April 21. There were two new cases and seven recoveries reported in the latest government update. Both new cases are the Central Zone, where there continues to be “limited community spread.”

Six people are hospitalized in Nova Scotian COVID units, including three in ICU.

“The declining case numbers show that our cautious approach to reopening is working,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release.

Last week, amid mounting pressure from a large group of business people, Premier Iain Rankin made that approach a little less cautious, moving up the date to reopen the border to the other Atlantic provinces to June 23. In a press conference announcing the change, Rankin bristled at the suggestion that he was succumbing to their pressure, even as the Nova Scotia Business Alliance celebrated.

“We have heard from many, many members, all of whom are delighted their voice was heard and they have had an impact on the decision,” says spokesman Robert Zed.

Janet Whitman has more for Halifax Magazine.

Premier Iain Rankin. Photo: CNS

Government seeks end to its anti-protest injunction
The Rankin government is seeking an end to its controversial injunction that banned protests and other illegal public gatherings.

The government filed a motion this week asking the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to lift the order. It was granted by a judge on May 14 as a move to thwart protests by Freedom Nova Scotia, a fringe group of anti-maskers and people opposed to the lockdowns.

Even though a judge will likely lift the injunction by then, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association still plans to challenge it in court on June 30, as scheduled, in a bid to thwart similar future moves by government.

“Though the government says that it will seek to lift the injunction because it is ‘no longer necessary,’ the CCLA highlights that the injunction was never necessary or justified at law,” the group says in an emailed statement. “The fact that the government obtained this injunction to enforce a public health order on an ex parte basis, and that it impacted the Charter-protected rights of all Nova Scotians, still raises serious legal and constitutional issues.”

Janet Whitman reports for Halifax Magazine.

Protecting piping plovers
Part of the St. Catherine’s River Beach area at the Kejimkujik Seaside park in Port Joli is once again closed off for the summer to protect piping plovers while they nest.

“The piping plover is such a vulnerable species and part of Park Canada’s job is to protect their habitat and the species itself,” says Jennifer Eaton, volunteer coordinator for Kejimkujik National Park.

On average over the past few years there have been four sets of birds nesting on the beach, with each nest (really just a shallow depression in the sand) holding four eggs.

“They’re unbelievable with camouflage,” Eaton says. “The plovers are about seven inches long and they are this beautiful sandy sort of colour that camouflages perfectly … If they’re not moving, and you haven’t kept an eye on them, they are very difficult to see. Also, when they are on the nest they are trying to stay still, so it would be very easy to stumble across them.”

Kevin McBain has the story for LighthouseNow.

Marjorie Simmins

Cape Breton author topping best-seller lists
Somebeachsomewhere by Marjorie Simmins is currently the best-selling book about horse racing that Amazon offers. In the new title from Nimbus Publishing, Simmins shares the story of the eponymous horse from Truro, a harness racing legend that set multiple records and sired many other champions.

She feels the story has resonance for all Nova Scotians, whether they’re racing fans or not.

“It took me a little while to realize that this was our horse,” Simmins explains. “The horse came from Truro, Nova Scotia, was owned by East Coast Canadians, and was the fastest standardbred pacer in the world.”

Jake Boudrot interviews her for The Reporter.

Family’s first camping trip
Even if the parents have camped before, the first trip into the wilderness (or a wilderness-adjacent campground) with the whole family is a different adventure.

The secrets to success? Be prepared, travel light, and accept that things will often not go according to plan.

“Even if it goes badly, that doesn’t mean it will always go badly,” says avid camper Karly Wurnig, recalling her family’s experiences. “It just takes time to figure out what things you need and what works for your family.”

Learn more in this Our Children story by Darrell Roberts.

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