As of yesterday (Jan. 7), Nova Scotia has 28 known active cases of COVID-19, with four new cases reported in the latest government update.

Neighbouring New Brunswick tallied 24 new cases yesterday, for a total of 130 known active cases, which worries Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.

Premier McNeil and Dr. Strang. Photo: Communications N.S.

“We are closely monitoring the rise in cases in New Brunswick,” McNeil says in a press release. “The situation there is a reminder of how quickly the virus can spread, and also reminds us of the importance of following all the public health protocols.”

The government says Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 1,467 tests on Jan. 6 and 122,652 tests since Oct. 1.

“As we continue to see new COVID-19 cases every day, it is apparent that the virus is still in our communities,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We must remain vigilant and… follow public health guidelines and orders.”

Life’s a Wreck
When Kyle Moore was in university, the mental-health issues that he’d privately faced since childhood began to overwhelm him. “I felt like a lot of emotion and mental strain was really piling up on me, but I didn’t feel comfortable confiding in the people around me,” he recalls. “I felt like I would be a burden to them.”

He turned to podcasting as a form of self-therapy. “If you put something out into the universe, the right people will find it,” he says. “So I figured if I create something that had all the information about my mental health, and just told people where they could find it, then it was on their terms.”

That was the beginning of Life’s a Wreck, his candid podcast about men’s mental health, where he and his guests share their challenges and discoveries. He tells Krisi Marples about it in this new story from The Saint Croix Courier.

James Spurr

Chasing a dream to Japan
From childhood, Japan fascinated Dartmouth student James Spurr. When he was studying at SMU, he decided to act on his interest.

“One of my professors that year was a Russian man who had spent more than 20 years in Japan,” he recalls. “It wasn’t long after he really got to know me that he began to encourage me to go there to become more fluent in its language.”

Recently, he fulfilled his dream of exploring its ancient culture, working for a year in the country as an English teacher. In this new Halifax Magazine story, he tells Dorothy Grant about his adventures in the country, and his discovery of the world’s best toilets.

Je me souviens
A community centre in Truro is working to preserve stories of Nova Scotia’s francophone culture. The Centre communautaire francophone de Truro has hired singer-songwriter Weldon Boudreau to meet with French seniors around the province. After they talk, he transforms their stories into music.

“We have another year to finish the project,” says Yvette Saulnier, director of the centre. “We hope to also have a visual version on our centre’s YouTube channel. It will be videos of the songs set to pictures. We are looking at having CDs made, because the seniors are going to want to have something in hand, and we’re hoping to get vinyl for pre-orders so they have them as a souvenir.”

Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Matt Bennett. Photo: Bridgewater Police

Bridgewater police officer returns from stabbing
Bridgewater police officer Matt Bennett, who was knifed in the neck while responding to a domestic violence call in the summer, is back on the job after a five-month recovery.

“I’m extremely grateful for all the messages and encouragement that I’ve received,” the 14-year veteran says in a press release. “The support that’s been expressed says a lot about the Bridgewater area and our residents here, and I’m glad to be back on duty working for and with our community.”

Keith Corcoran has more for LighthouseNow.

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