Nova Scotia has 25 known active cases of COVID-19, with two new cases (in the Central Zone) reported in the latest government update.

Testing has also revealed that a previously reported Central Zone cases is the U.K. variant. Health officials are asking Kings Wharf residents and anyone who was there between March 10 and 27 to get tested. Nova Scotia has had 14 known cases of the U.K. variant and 10 cases of the South African variant.

“While Nova Scotians have done well to keep our case counts low, we don’t have to look far to see examples of how fast the variants have spread in other provinces,” Premier Iain Rankin says in a press release. “Identifying a variant is a reminder that our situation can change very quickly.”

Nova Scotian labs completed 2,585 tests on March 27 and 294,319 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

One person is currently hospitalized with the disease. So far, COVID-19 has killed 66 Nova Scotians and 22,880 people across Canada.

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HRP investigating threatening cop
Chief Dan Kinsella says Halifax Regional Police are investigating a video posted on Twitter on Saturday, which shows an officer with his gun drawn, threatening to kill a man whose hands are up.

“The circumstances surrounding this particular incident involved a high-risk situation involving drugs and weapons offences,” Kinsella says in a Facebook post. “The comments that appear to have been made by our officer in the video were unacceptable. An internal investigation has been initiated into the incident. The officer involved has been placed on administrative duties, pending the conclusion of the investigation.”

Kinsella doesn’t explain why the officer was apparently alone in a “high-risk” situation, or why it took social-media outcry to trigger an investigation.

The Canadian Criminal Code gives this definition for the crime of uttering threats: “Every one commits an offence who, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys, or causes any person to receive a threat … to cause death or bodily harm to any person.”

Rankin gov commits to 2022 Boat Harbour cleanup
The Rankin government is promising that the $19-million remediation of the heavily contaminated Boat Harbour site in Pictou County will begin by 2022.

“We cannot continue to wait,” says Lloyd Hines, minister responsible for Nova Scotia Lands. “Our ultimate goal is to return Boat Harbour, or A’se’k, to its original state as a tidal estuary. It’s a commitment to the people of Pictou Landing First Nation and Pictou County.”

The Pictou Advocate has details.

Lenny Sparks

The golden era of boxing
Earlier this month, legendary boxer Lenny Sparks died, leading veteran columnist Hugh Townsend to look back at the sport’s glory days.

“He built his fine record during the 1960s when professional boxing was at its highest peak in this province,” writes Townsend. “It was at the time when the sport, at the pro level especially, featured greats like South Bar’s Blair Richardson, Westville’s Jackie Hayden, and Halifax’s Richard ‘Kid’ Howard.”

Sparks didn’t achieve the national fame of other fighters, but to those who know the sport, he’s one of the best talents Nova Scotia ever produced, and won the Maritime welterweight championship, plus the Canadian welterweight and junior welterweight titles.

Learn more about the sport’s rich history in Nova Scotia, and the accomplishment of fighters like Sparks and the legendary Buddy Daye, in this new Halifax Magazine post.

Highland games cancelled
With no idea what Nova Scotia’s pandemic picture will look like by July, organizers have decided to cancel the annual Highland Games in Antigonish for the second consecutive year.

“I have to give credit to the organizers that have the foresight to do that,” says Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher. “We have no idea what’s to come in the next few months, and there’s so much planning that goes into the Highland Games … It would be a hard decision to make, but a necessary one.”

Drake Lowthers has the story for The Reporter.

Olivia Nowe

Big scholarship for Liverpool grad
Liverpool’s Olivia Nowe, who is studying at Mt. Allison University in New Brunswick, has earned the prestigious Bell Achievement Award. The scholarship gives her $44,000 towards her education over the next four years.

Nowe, who is pursuing a BA in modern languages, is the first member of her family to attend university. “This was kind of a huge leap of faith for me,” she says. “I am the first one to go away and experience something new. Everyone at home has been at home forever. My dad has been great and supportive through all of this.”

By the time she graduates, she hopes to be fluent in French and German and conversational in Spanish.

Kevin McBain reports for LighthouseNow.

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