Nova Scotia’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases dropped to four in the latest government update. Overall, the province has had 71,958 negative test results, 1,080 positive known cases, and 65 deaths.

Worry about school plans
The McNeil government’s plans to return students to school next month continue to worry opposition politicians. “It’s not really a plan,” says Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston. “It’s kind of a framework. It would have been really good back in March and April… There’s still a lot, a lot of questions… at the operational level.”

NDP Leader Gary Burrill agrees. “The Liberal government’s plans for reopening schools in September lacks clarity, especially for working parents if schools have to revert to a blended or at-home model,” he says. “We know COVID-19 requires us to be flexible, but the government must also be thoughtful and ensure that plans consider all aspects.” Gayle Wilson has more for LighthouseNow.

Budgeting for a pandemic school year
When kids return to class, parents always face a bevy of expenses. For families on tight budgets, the pandemic brings extra worries this fall. Masks, sanitizer, limited school lunch options, extra supplies for home-based learning, and more: dollar by dollar, they chip away at family budgets already straining under lost shifts and lockdown layoffs.

The solution? Budget carefully, plan ahead, shop strategically. “No matter what the coming months bring, you’ll be better off if you plan wisely now,” says family finance expert Leanne Salyzyn. “You’ll never regret having savings and a good stockpile of essentials for school and home.” Find lots of practical advice in her latest Halifax Magazine post.

Vandals target Black community
Vandals have targeted New Glasgow’s Black community with racist graffiti on Washington Street. “I see a lot of hatred,” says activist Elizabeth Paris. “We can’t ignore something like this… We’ve suffered a lot.”

Local Black Lives Matter organizer Wayne Desmond says the graffiti shows why the movement is necessary. “It was a clear threat,” he explains. “People in Pictou County are not ready to see the change that’s hopefully going to come.” Heather Brimicombe reports for The Pictou Advocate.

Hike for Hospice
With so much of what they do depending on direct community support, which is much harder during a pandemic, it’s been a challenging year for hospice societies around Nova Scotia. After considering public health rules, the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society has reformatted its popular fund-raising walk on Sept. 13 at the Fundy Discovery Site.

“We want to keep the safety of our supporters in mind,” says organizer Stacey Harrison. “We created an event where people could participate in person with proper social distancing in place and also virtually, for those who prefer to support us on their own from a distance.” Hub Now has the details.

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