With 118 new cases reported in the latest government update, Nova Scotia now has 1,591 known active cases of COVID-19. But that number might not reflect the current situation: “Public health continues to work through the backlog of positive cases that need to be contacted and entered into Panorama, the data system,” says the government press release.

There are now 64 people in Nova Scotia hospitals with the disease, including 10 in ICU. In the previous day’s update, there 58 in hospital and nine in ICU.

As of May 10, health-care workers have doled out 374,903 doses of COVID-19 vaccine; 37,784 Nova Scotians have gotten the second dose that completes inoculation. People aged 40 and over can now book appointments for the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang are scheduled to webcast an update today at 3 p.m.

Shawn Hynes. Photo: Advocate file

Nail gun attacker gets conditional sentence
In April, Judge Del Atwood gave Pictou County man Shawn Hynes an 18-month conditional sentence for assault with a weapon and criminal negligence causing bodily harm after he shot a Black co-worker in the back with a nail gun. The attack left Nhlanhla Dlamini hospitalized with a collapsed lung.

Last week, local activists Angela Bowden and Wayne Desmond staged a silent protest outside the Pictou County courthouse, saying the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

“Judge Del Atwood had a responsibility and he had a huge opportunity to denounce this anti-Black racism in our workspaces and he chose otherwise,” Bowden says. “He, in fact, sent the opposite message: that Black lives don’t matter in the workplaces in Nova Scotia.”

Raissa Tetanish reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Stories from the front lines of campus activism
Two recent graduates from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish are creating an anthology of stories to celebrate the work of student activists fighting sexual violence on Canadian campuses.

As Addy Strickland and Emma Kuzmyk began to reminisce about their activism against sexual violence over the past four years, they saw a need to highlight the activists they met and the stories they heard.

“I have never met a woman who doesn’t know somebody or herself has been a victim or survivor of sexualized violence, so it’s definitely very prevalent,” Kuzmyk says. “It’s horrible. But it’s been nice to see over the past four years just how many people care and want to do something about it.”

Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

Kim Adair-MacPherson

“Everything is a potential topic”
For 11 years, Kim Adair-MacPherson drew the wrath of New Brunswick’s politicians. As auditor general, her job was to highlight broken promises, wasteful spending, and government mismanagement.

Now she’s moved to Nova Scotia to take on the same role, and she doesn’t expect the province’s ruling class to like her any better.

“I’m used to taking my knocks,” she says. “That’s the job. You do what you feel is right from a professional perspective as a CPA, as well as the legislated authority you’ve been given by members of the House of Assembly.”

She tells Janet Whitman about her role in this new Halifax Magazine interview.

Lunenburg tries to avoid another sewer plant flood
In September 2019, the Hurricane Dorian storm surge flooded Lunenburg’s sewage treatment plant, a mishap officials said was likely to recur with more extreme weather.

It’s taken almost two years, but the town finally has a 40-page report (at a cost of $25,000) from engineering firm CBCL, which provides guidance on how to avoid the situation recurring.

“These types of complex services are always a struggle, particularly for small municipalities,” Mayor Matt Risser says. “It’s a big thing for us to be taking on.”

Keith Corcoran has more for LighthouseNow.

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