Yesterday, June 14, Nova Scotia once again had no new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The provincial total holds steady at 1,061 cases with 62 deaths. There are three active COVID-19 cases in the province, with two people in hospital, including one in ICU. There are 996 resolved cases.

Daycares return today
Licensed childcare centres and family daycare homes can reopen today. As per the public-health rules, childcare centres will open at 50% capacity and can move up to 100% if they meet public health’s COVID-19 guidelines for childcare settings. Family daycare homes can open at full capacity.

“I want to thank daycare operators and employees across the province for their patience and their hard work to ensure our children are returning to a place where they can safely learn and play with their peers,” says Premier Stephen McNeil in a press release. “I also want to thank parents and caregivers for adapting to having their children at home or making other arrangements. I know it wasn’t easy.”

Farm to table
Jenna Jamieson intended to open Jamieson’s General Store in Tatamagouche as a straightforward retail operation. When the pandemic hit, she changed gears quickly. “The general store was always going to be the plan,” she says. “I’ve been working on the plan for three years but the food boxes… [Came from] a need to help farmers.”

For three months, her team has been delivering boxes of food from Nova Scotia farms and producers to local customers, averaging about 120 orders per week. Over that time, the number of products they’ve offered has climbed from 25 to 160. Even as retail reopens, she believes demand is strong enough to continue deliveries. “We created a monster with the food boxes,” she says, “a great monster.” Raissa Tetanish reports for The Light.

Jean Hughes

Healing through art
Since she was a little girl learning family traditions, creating art has been a source of strength and comfort for Jean Hughes. “When I was only 10 or 11, my grandmother—who lived with my parents—would always find time every evening to teach me how to knit and crochet,” she says. “I soon found that I needed to keep my hands busy all the time. I constantly found myself anxious to come up with ideas for things I could make.”

And when she faced a cancer diagnosis as an adult, art was once again her refuge. “The process was very demanding and because it was necessary to completely concentrate on the materials I was using,” she recalls “It was therapeutic for me.” She tells Dorothy Grant about it in this recent Halifax Magazine post.

Visits resume at long-term care homes
Although they have to stay outdoors and follow public-health rules, Nova Scotians can now visit their loved ones in long-term care homes. Video calls just aren’t a substitute for a face-to-face visit, say the residents who haven’t had visitors for some three months. “I have been longing for this day,” says Mary Coady, who lives at Glen Haven Manor in New Glasgow. “They are my children, my babies, no matter their ages… It has taken too long and this means so much to all of us.” See the story in The Pictou Advocate.

Books for kids
The latest issue of Our Children, the parenting publication from the publishers of Halifax Magazine, features reviews of several books to add to kids’ summer reading lists. Highlights include Dakwäkãda Warriors (a unique graphic novel blending sci-fi and First Nations traditions), No Girls Allowed (about the struggle to break barriers in hockey), and I’m Finding My Talk (a poignant follow-up to Rita Joe’s ground breaking work I Lost My Talk). See reviews of these books, plus the complete issue, copy here.

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