As of yesterday, July 16, Nova Scotia has two active cases of COVID-19, according to a government press release. Nova Scotia has had 58,728 negative test results, 1,067 positive COVID-19 cases, and 63 deaths.

See you in September
Nova Scotia education minister Zach Churchill is promising to release the province’s back-to-school reopening plan on Wednesday, according to a CBC report. He says the government wants to have all students back in the classroom in the fall: “We know that’s where they’re going to do their best. We know that’s best for families as well.”

If there are COVID outbreaks, government plans to reduce class sizes or return to home schooling entirely. “We don’t know what September will bring with this virus,” Churchill says. “As we get into August, we should have a better sense.”

Chris Cochrane, AKA Elle Noir.

Pride fights on
As a Black transgender drag queen from Glace Bay, Chris Cochrane (AKA Elle Noir) has faced racism, sexism, homophobia, and hate her whole life. And despite that, she keeps standing up and speaking out because she also sees cause for hope. “We are getting to the point that people are fed up,” she says. “It doesn’t make sense to be a racist, homophobic, or any phobic towards a person.”

In her latest Halifax Magazine feature, Ameeta Vohra talks with Cochrane and Halifax Pride executive director Adam Reid about how the festival has adapted this year to carry on despite the pandemic, while supporting movements like Black Lives Matter.

“The Festival is a platform for our community: an opportunity for voices who might have been underrepresented, or may have been lost and not heard are given priority during the festival,” says Reid. “Despite the challenges, we won’t be silent.” Halifax Pride continues through July 26.

Supporting Indigenous women leaders
Last month, the Coady Institute in Antigonish launched the Circle of Abundance, a program aiming to raise $1 million to support the International Centre for Women’s Leadership and its Indigenous programming.

Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively gave the campaign an immediate boost, kicking it off with a $200,000 donation. “We’re so happy to support the Coady Institute’s program with Indigenous women,” Lively and Reynolds say in a media statement. “We’re blown away by the conversations we’ve had and the work they do.” Drake Lowthers has the story in The Reporter.

Losing a local hero
Pictou County really lost a beloved sports legend, as local baseball hero and all-around nice guy Stan Gouthro passed away at age 86. In his latest Pictou Advocate column, Hugh Townsend looks back to when he first met Gouthro 60 years ago, offering a warm portrait of a man who touched many lives.

Chester boater rescues nine people
When Ted Corkum cast off from his Chester Basin cottage on July 12, he was bound for a nearby island to go mackerel fishing with his daughter and her family. En route, some 120 metres from land in deep water, he came across an overturned boat with five kids atop. Four adults were in the water, frantically waving for help.

“I think they were glad to see me, let’s put it that way,” Corkum says. “It didn’t take long for them to get on my boat.” Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

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