Nova Scotian health officials confirmed another COVID-19 death yesterday, raising the provincial death toll to 65. The man was in his 80s and died in the Northern Zone. “His case is related to a previous case of a traveller coming from outside the Atlantic bubble,” says the government press release. “He was not a resident of a long-term care home.”

There are also two new positive cases in the Northern Zone, which officials say are linked to previous positive cases. To date, Nova Scotia has had 71,018 negative test results and 1,080 known cases.

Back-to-school worries
As Nova Scotia prepares for the new school year, teachers are raising concerns about government plans and student safety.

“The fact that we’re going to send kids into buildings and the best hope to make sure that buildings breathe properly is to open all the windows and turn the heat up in winter, surely has to be alarming to parents,” says teachers’ union president Paul Wozney. “We don’t know how many schools have ventilation systems that are actually working properly at this point.” Jake Boudrot has more in The Reporter.

Tony Walsh

Missing for a year
The last time friends and family saw Tony Walsh was on Aug. 23, 2019 in Truro. He’s been missing for a year and with police still not providing any answers, his family and supporters held a march last night. Police say they’re investigating the disappearance as a murder and continue to ask the public for tips. Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Singer’s surprise chart-topper
Tatamagouche singer Paul Randy Mingo was as surprised as anyone when, midway through an interview, a radio DJ told him his track “Another Round” was atop the European country music charts. “You know how you feel when you’ve had five Timmies and a Red Bull?” he recalls. “That was me yesterday afternoon. I’m 50 years old and have been working at this for a lot of years.”

As the world continues to grapple with all manner of uncertainty, he believes his simple message of enjoying life is striking a chord. “Stop taking yourself so seriously,” he says. “Get the stick out of your ass and just have fun.” Raissa Tetanish interviews him for The Light.

Ada McCallum

The life of a famous Halifax madam
Ada McCallum’s business wasn’t legal but in her day, she was one of Halifax’s most influential women. Her Second World War Halifax brothel was known around the world, even advertised on a billboard in Tokyo. But more remarkable is how she ran her operation: safely and progressively, despite the puritanical streak that dominated the city.

“She imposed tight rules at her brothel,” writes Dorothy Grant. “Her workers could never go out alone at night or solicit clients on the street. She also would not tolerate what she called unacceptable behaviour. Above all, she was kind to her workers. They always had good food, were paid fairly, and safe from pimps and street life. She also respected clients’ confidentiality, shielding them from harassment and exposure.”

Grant shares more about McCallum’s life in this reader-favourite story from the free Halifax Magazine archives.

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