Nova Scotia still has just one known case of COVID-19. According to the latest government update, there were no new confirmed cases in the province yesterday.
Atlantic Canada has so far avoided the surge in cases raging across much of North America. Just outside the Atlantic bubble in Quebec, officials tallied 896 new cases and four deaths yesterday. Overall, Quebec has had 5,825 pandemic deaths; the Atlantic bubble has had 70.
School is back, and so is student poverty
As university and college students return, so does the problem of student poverty and food insecurity. Most post-secondary schools have food banks to help, but stigma and unawareness keep many people in need from using them.
“[It’s] heart-breaking to have upper year students come in saying they wish they knew about the food bank sooner,” says Michael Davies-Cole, manager of the Dalhousie Student Union Food Bank. “I have had people say they don’t know if they should be using the food bank, but if you need food, you need food. Period.” Bruce Bishop explores the problem of student hunger in this Halifax Magazine feature from February 2020.
Pro-choice signs affirm women’s rights
In Cape Breton, a group wanting to reaffirm women’s reproductive rights has put up two large pro-choice signs, largely in response to the pushback against those rights happening in the U.S.
“There were pro-choice protests and petitions circulating on social media and it rekindled my own support,” says organizer C.J. Carter. “There are many who would like to see abortion access restricted or prohibited… It was time for the pro-choice members of our community to make a statement.” Jake Boudrot has details in The Reporter.
Lunenburg to develop anti-racism plan
Lunenburg is looking for stakeholders and experts to help the town develop a plan to fight racism. The move comes after a push to rename the town’s Cornwallis and Creighton streets. (During the colonial era, Edward Cornwallis led efforts to exterminate Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq community, while John Creighton was a leader in his militia and believed to be a slave owner).
The new committee will work to “eliminate barriers to employment, policies, procedures, and practices that may negatively impact … members of the community,” says a report by heritage manager Arthur MacDonald and assistant municipal clerk Heather McCallum. “[It will] strive to showcase the rich cultural heritage of all peoples on the Town of Lunenburg’s literature, plaques, interpretive panels, street naming policy, events, website, and other media.” Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.
Making it easier to support local
Most people know it’s better for their health, their communities, and the environment if they eat locally-produced food, but for many, it’s often unaffordable or inaccessible. But now, community-supported agriculture programs, which see boxes of local foods delivered directly to people’s homes, are helping.
“We definitely approach putting these boxes together from the viewpoint of the consumer and what we’d want to see in these boxes,” says farmer Cathy Mackay. “One week we might offer a stewing meat with onions and other vegetables that complement that, along with a breakfast sausage and pancake mix. Our goal is to help people simplify their lives, which we feel is important in this day and age. People tend to be on the go all of the time.” For more, see Ken Kelley’s East Coast Living story from March 2019.
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