COVID-19 is in at least two Nova Scotian schools.

According to the latest government update, one person at Graham Creighton Junior High in Cherry Brook and one person at Auburn Drive High in Cole Harbour tested positive for COVID-19. Neither attended school yesterday and both are self-isolating.

Zach Churchill

Public health officials are investigating the infected people’s close contacts and asking everyone who was in classes with them to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

“Our schools mirror our communities, so this news is not unexpected,” says education minister Zach Churchill. “Any student or staff who needs to learn or teach from home will be provided necessary supports.”

Nova Scotia now has 23 known active cases of COVID-19. In total, the province has had 1,146 confirmed cases and 65 deaths.

Local artist wins Nova Scotia Masterworks award
At a virtual gala last weekend, the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Art Award went to the large scale installation “Tepkik” by Jordan Bennett.

“By blending traditional Mi’kmaq patterns and motifs with modern materials, the internationally exhibited work invites viewers to consider Mi’kmaq traditions in a present-day forum and see them not as relics of the past, but rather as a living culture with a place in the modern world,” says a summary from the awards jury.

Halifax Magazine and arts columnist Ray Cronin have been reporting on Bennett and his work for some time. Learn more in these stories from the free archives.

We’koqma’q First Nation pursues land claim
The council governing Cape Breton’s We’koqma’q First Nation intends to pursue the community’s historic claim to land in the neighbouring village of Whycocomagh, says recently elected chief Annie Bernard-Daisley.

“Back when we were forced into reservations in the 1800s, a part of our land which is in the village of Whycocomagh was taken over by settlers and they squatted on that land,” she explains. “We now have the oldest legitimate land claim east of Montreal, which was established to be legitimate in 1982.” Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

Supporting mental health in Nova Scotia
Advocate Media (which owns Halifax Magazine) is once again supporting the Mental Health Association of Nova Scotia’s annual Festival of Trees.

“The Advocate Media ‘Shine On’ Christmas tree symbolizes the strength and resiliency we have all demonstrated in the past year,” says a statement from the company. “Despite the appearance of fragility, blown glass can be resilient and strong. Our tree is adorned with two complete collections of  NovaScotian Crystal holiday ornaments… Twenty-two of the 42 blown crystals are etched with a heart that resonates with the love and memory of the beautiful lives we lost on a very tragic day in April.”

For details, see this story from The Pictou Advocate.

Nova Scotia’s toxic legacy
In most of North America, acid rain is a forgotten scourge, a problem that was largest solved with strong environment regulations in the 1980s and ’90s.

“Only a single jurisdiction remains at risk in a reality that is actually continuing to worsen in some areas,” writes Jim Gourlay, a veteran journalist who first reported on acid rain in the 1970s. “Nova Scotia is the only place on the planet where acidity is not universally improving in concert with major cuts in acidic emissions. The reason is chemically complex and has only fairly recently become well understood.”

In this Saltscapes report, Gourlay explores Nova Scotia’s toxic legacy, prospects for recovery, and what the future holds.

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Editor’s Note: The Halifax Magazine Roundup returns on Nov. 23.

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