Nova Scotia has 19 known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case (in the Eastern Zone) reported in the latest government update. One person is hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 1,698 tests on Feb. 20 and 191,344 tests since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

“I want to thank anyone who went out and got tested this weekend,” Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, says in a press release. “When you get a COVID-19 test, you are making a difference. You are protecting your loved ones, your community and preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

Mark Furey not seeking re-election
Current provincial justice minister and Lunenburg West MLA Mark Furey says he won’t run in the next provincial election.

“I have been fortunate to be part of a transformative government and I am incredibly proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved together,” Furey says.

Much of Furey’s profile in the last year has come as a lightning rod for Nova Scotians’ concerns about the administration of justice in the province, including questions over the RCMP response to the mass shooting, the initial government refusal (which Furey supported) to hold an inquiry into that response, and the weak police response when mobs attacked First Nations fishers on the South Shore.

Before becoming a politician, Furey was an RCMP officer for 32 years, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. He hasn’t shared any specific future plans.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Halifax Crescents, circa 1902.

Halifax on ice
Every winter, the weather eventually cooperates, the Oval on the Halifax Common reopens, and the city falls in love with skating anew. It’s a relationship dating back to the 1800s, when the Northwest Arm would frequently freeze (before global warming and shoreline development), providing a popular natural rink.

Halifax was also home to one of Canada’s first indoor rinks, and hockey came next. The birthplace of the sport is debatable, but hockey took shape and developed in Halifax, where the first written rules were drafted. In those pre-NHL days, the city even produced a Stanley Cup challenger in 1900.

“The Halifax Crescents became the hometown heroes … the first Atlantic Canadian team to compete for the Stanley Cup,” writes Dorothy Grant. “Defending champions Montreal soundly beat them, but the Crescents still made history—they’re the only Halifax team to ever play for hockey’s biggest prize.”

Read more in this Dorothy Grant historical report from the Halifax Magazine archives.

Government denies Antigonish County crosswalks
The provincial government has rejected municipal requests for three new marked crosswalks in Antigonish County. One of the spots in question is an intersection near a school and seniors’ residence.

“We’re a bit disappointed for sure,” says Warden Owen McCarron. “Having a crosswalk there would [have] certainly facilitated safe passage and crossing for both students and adults.”

Drake Lowthers has details for The Reporter.

Police seize drugs in Stellarton
On Feb. 18, police raided a home in Stellarton and say they found opioids and drug paraphernalia. A 63-year-old man and 37-year-old woman are scheduled to appear in court in April on trafficking charges.

See the story in The Pictou Advocate.

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