The Nova Scotia government reported 165 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, for a total of 1,626 known active cases. But this doesn’t give an accurate picture of the current situation.

“Public health continues to work through the backlog of positive cases that need to be contacted and entered into Panorma, the data system,” says a government press release, without indicating how many cases are backlogged.

There are currently 50 people hospitalized with the disease, including seven in ICU. So far, the pandemic has killed 71 Nova Scotians and 24,626 people across Canada.

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, are scheduled to webcast an update today at 3 p.m.

Angela Bowden

Angela Bowden speaks up
Writer Angela Bowden’s newest book, Unspoken Truth from Pottersfield Press, is her first collection of poetry, but more than that, it’s a searing, powerful, and raw look at Nova Scotia’s legacy of racism.

She explains that growing up Black in New Glasgow meant she witnessed discrimination daily and often experienced it firsthand. As a writer, she feels a duty to document what she saw and heard. The impetus came in 2018, when the community renamed a street in honour of Viola Desmond.

“The event opened up the trauma memories of a lot of elders,” she says. “I started hearing these stories pop up again, stories I heard for decades that had been stored in my memory—stories about the haircuts after dark, about not being allowed downtown … That is the entire reason why I wrote that book.”

Jackie Jardine interviews Bowden for The Pictou Advocate.

Halifax developer plans Liverpool project
Francis Fares, the developer behind the King’s Wharf behemoth on the Dartmouth waterfront, is now putting his thumbprint on Liverpool. He plans to put up a 36-unit apartment building on the waterfront, near Mersey and Bristol avenues.

“I believe there is room for economic growth in rural Nova Scotia,” he says. “It’s becoming, with this pandemic, a desirable place to go and I believe there is a need for good clean housing right now. There’s a lot of people retiring and they don’t want to mow the lawn or move the snow. They would rather live in a good building that is safe and secure with all of the amenities.”

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

Barry Marchand

Mourning a baseball legend
Long-time baseball player, teacher, coach, and volunteer Barry Marchand died last month at his home in Petit-de-Grat, Richmond County.

Friend Gerry Bourque recalls his raw ability and love of the game.

“He was a tremendous talent then,” he says. “He could run like a deer and he could play any position; he could catch, he could pitch, didn’t matter where you put him. His best position, when he wasn’t pitching, was centre field because he could go get a ball anywhere.”

Jake Boudrot has more for The Reporter.

What’s in a name?
Imagine driving a taxi in Halifax in the days before smart phones.

Does “Take me to Windsor!” mean Windsor Street, Windsor Terrace, or a town an hour’s drive away? Does “Main” refer to Main Avenue in Halifax or Main Street in Dartmouth? Are you looking for Maple Street, Maple Walk, or Maple Road?

In this Halifax Magazine post, originally published March 2020, Dorothy Grant explores how the municipality names and renames its streets.

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