The Atlantic bubble continues to be one of the few places in North America not seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Nova Scotia still has just one confirmed active case of the disease, with no new infections tallied in the latest government update. Coast to coast, Canada currently has 13,416 known active COVID cases, with 5,196 in Quebec alone.

Desperately seeking Peter
Since losing the federal Conservative leadership race to Erin O’Toole, Peter MacKay has been coy about his future plans, hinting in a recent Canadian Press interview that he might run again to be Central Nova’s MP but not making any commitments. Now, local Conservatives are urging him to make a decision.

“When asked if he would run in the next election, [MacKay] said that all cards are on the table but it would ultimately be a decision he’d make with his family,” says a press release from the Central Nova Conservative Riding Association. The group adds that if he commits, they’ll make sure his nomination is locked down quickly so “[he can] start campaigning as our official candidate as soon as possible.” Jake Boudrot has more in The Reporter.

Three-ring robbery
It took three trains to bring P.T. Barnum’s circus to Halifax in 1876 and the spectacle riveted the city. One of the highlights was a parade down Hollis Street, featuring exotic animals and performers of all sorts. As Haligonians lined the street to watch, someone took the opportunity to rob a downtown bank, escaping with $22,000 (a small fortune at the time).

The ensuing police investigation and media coverage became a circus of another sort. “It almost defies belief how it could happen,” says author Dean Jobb, in a recent interview. “You can just see them checking the drawers when they came back, thinking it was a prank and the realization slowly donning. And there’s P.T. Barnum in the middle of it.” In this exclusive Halifax Magazine excerpt from his new book, Jobb shares the whole bizarre story.

Fatal house fire in Pictou County
RCMP are investigating after first responders found a 37-year-old woman dead at the scene of a house fire in Pictou County. Police say no one else was in the house when the blaze erupted. “The cause of the fire is not believed to be suspicious at this time,” reports The Pictou Advocate.

Plan for Bridgewater heritage centre falls short
The Friends of South Shore Heritage Skills and Restoration Society are heading back to the drawing board after Bridgewater Town Council denied their request for a land donation.

The group wants to build a “working museum area and gallery where all things heritage restoration—old wooden boats, antique cars, old furniture, traditional skills —can be housed, worked on, explained, celebrated, and displayed in a single location.”

To do that, they asked Bridgewater council to donate a two-hectare plot of land valued at $200,000. But their plans, or lack thereof, got a chilly reception. “As much as I may love the idea, it’s impossible … without the business plan to see if it even can be completed,” says Mayor David Mitchell. “I needed a business plan. I think council felt the same way as well.” Keith Corcoran has more for LighthouseNow.

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