As of yesterday (Dec. 10), Nova Scotia has 64 known active cases of COVID-19, with four new cases reported in the latest government update. Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 1,788 tests on Dec. 9.

Premier Stephen McNeil. Photo: Communications N.S.
Premier Stephen McNeil. Photo: CNS

Three of the new cases are in the Central Zone, including one connected to Tallahassee Community School, a pre-primary to Grade 3 school in Eastern Passage.

“Seeing lower case numbers is good news, but it does not mean we can let our guard down,” says Premier Stephen McNeil in a press release. “We know how fast this virus can move. We have worked so hard to contain it; let’s not falter as we get closer to the vaccine being available.”

New book examines a war atrocity
With his new book Pictonians at War, author Clyde Macdonald casts a light on a Second World War atrocity that rocked Nova Scotia: the German murder of five captured Pictou County soldiers.

Macdonald looks at how the killings affected Pictou County, and shares the little known story of the architect of the crime, a German war criminal named Kurt Meyer, who was eventually imprisoned in Dorchester, where he befriended a local dentist who was jailed for performing illegal abortions. Heather Brimicombe reports for The Pictou Advocate.

J.P. MacCallum

Hockey night in Japan
Many a hockey journey has begun in Halifax at SMU, but J.P. MacCallum’s road went in a direction few others have travelled. The former Husky ended up in Japan, where he became head coach of the Tohoku Free Blades of the Asia League.

He quickly built the team into a league leader. “Because there are only four teams in Japan [of nine in the league], there’s a high level of play,” he explains. “Players are on the smaller side, but they could skate circles around a lot of North Americans. Strength on the stick is where they need the most help.”

He tells Phil Moscovitch about it in this reader-favourite story from the Halifax Magazine archives, originally published April 2015.

Bridgewater port bickering continues
The derelict remains of HMCS Cormorant are finally gone from the Bridgewater port, but the bickering between local and federal officials goes on.

The latest dispute is about the fate of a small historically significant sub that the ship carried. Rick Welsford, president of the Port of Bridgewater, recently posted on social media that the “submarine is still on board and destined for the ship breakers in Sheet Harbour.”

The comment, repeated in a local news story, caught the attention of staff working for Bernadette Jordan, the MP who’s largely taking credit for Cormorant’s permanent exile. Keith Corcoran details the spat for LighthouseNow.

Rodger Cuzner

Cape Breton’s man in Boston
Long time Cape Breton Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner is Canada’s new Consul General in Boston, appointed by the Trudeau government last month.

After a 20-year stint in politics, Cuzner didn’t re-offer in the 2019, joining a private-sector lobbying firm. “I wasn’t quite ready to hang it up,” he says. “I think it’s an opportunity to give back, to use some of the tools I learned along the way.” Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

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