Plans are in the works for a new commuter ferry service between Bedford and downtown Halifax. Yesterday, the federal, provincial, and municipal governments announced they’re spending $3.3 million on the “initial planning” phase for the project.

The study will also explore options for an electric ferry.

“As the municipality continues to grow, so does the need for a faster and better-connected transit network,” Halifax Transit executive director Dave Reage says in a press release. “Connecting Bedford to downtown Halifax by this new ferry route is an integral step that will improve transit services in an environmentally friendly way.”

Officials hope to have a planning report and concept design for a new terminal at Mill Cove (near the intersection of Moirs Mill Road and the Bedford Highway) ready by early 2022.

COVID update
Nova Scotia has 97 known active cases of COVID-19, with 14 new cases and nine recoveries reported in the latest government update. Twelve cases of the new cases are in the Central Zone, where officials say there continues to be “limited community spread.”

Six people are hospitalized in Nova Scotian COVID-19 units, including three in ICU.

As of June 16, health-care workers have dispensed 735,008 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Nova Scotia, with 66,248 people getting the second dose that completes inoculation. About 68.3% of Nova Scotians have received at least one dose of vaccine; the national vaccination rate is 65.5%.

The Crown Café. Photo: HRM Archives

Local history: An infamous race riot
Since COVID-19 hit, there anti-Asian racism has surged worldwide. In the U.S. alone, there were 3,800 documented incidents in the first year of the pandemic.

And the situation has been no better in Canada, with 1,000 incidents recorded here in the same period. Indeed, such racism is a part of our heritage. Few people talk about it today, but a century ago, Halifax was a hotbed of anti-Chinese racism, which culminated in riots and physical attacks.

In this new Halifax Magazine Local History column, Dorothy Grant takes readers back to the Crown Café on Gottingen Street in 1919, where 48-hour racist frenzy began.

Running to fight cancer
Pictou County hosted the Atlantic region’s Relay for Life last weekend, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. With public health precautions still preventing large gatherings, the event proceeded virtually.

“Things went really, really well,” says local event director Shannon MacLean. “We’ve been getting positive feedback overall. People would have preferred an in-person event, but we couldn’t, and they thought this was well done.”

The event raised $17,808 for the society.

Raissa Tetanish reports for The Pictou Advocate.

Phil Currie

University sports returning
Atlantic University Sport announced this week that varsity athletics will return in the fall for what officials hope will be a “normal” season, with fans in attendance and a full slate of competition.

“This will obviously be contingent upon the most up-to-date public health directives, but we are optimistic that things will continue to go in the right direction, and that our student-athletes will be back on the field of play this fall,” says AUS executive director Phil Currie.

Regular season and exhibition play will begin in September with football, soccer, rugby, and cross-country competition. The conference will modify its football schedule for a September start, while the remaining fall sports will follow a format similar to past seasons.

Drake Lowthers has more for The Reporter.

Upgrades for South Shore care homes
Long-term care homes in Lunenburg and Queens counties are getting $1.14 million in upgrades, their chunk of $11.4 million in federal and provincial spending to improve facilities around Nova Scotia. The money will go to improve and expand common areas, upgrade sprinkler systems, enhance accessibility, and create more space for residents.

“It’s a safety priority,” says Marisa Eisner, administrator of Bridgewater’s Hillside Pines Home for Special Care.

Keith Corcoran has details for LighthouseNow.

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