Nova Scotia has 40 known active cases of COVID-19, with five new cases (four in the Central Zone, one in the Eastern), reported in the latest government update. Three people are hospitalized with the disease.

“We are holding steady in Nova Scotia by keeping our numbers low,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “Continue to follow all public health measures in place and when it’s your turn for a COVID-19 vaccine, get vaccinated.”

According to the latest federal government data, Nova Scotia continues to have the lowest vaccination rate in the country, with 8.56% of the population receiving at least one dose. The vaccination rate in neighbouring New Brunswick is 14.2% and the national rate is 15.22%.

In media briefings, Strang and Premier Iain Rankin have sidestepped repeated questions about the pace of vaccination, saying the slow start is a deliberately “measured” response and Nova Scotia will eventually catch up with other provinces.

Source: Government of Canada

Long-delayed reunion for newlyweds
It’s been 16 months since Mary Dahr of Port Mouton, Queens County, travelled to Cuba to marry Eugenio Camaraza. They met on a dating website and planned to build a new life together in Canada. Immigration delays and pandemic travel restrictions have left their plans in limbo, though.

“It’s been really hard,” Dahr says. “We just fell in love and felt we were meant for each other. It is not always easy to find someone you really love, and they love you.”

Kevin McBain has the story for LighthouseNow.

Callum MacQuarrie

Mourning an accessibility advocate
Port Hood’s Callum MacQuarrie, who died last month, is being remembered as a relentless accessibility activist, someone who spoke out against barriers, urging politicians and policy-makers to consider the needs of all citizens.

“Callum was … very instrumental in the work done in Inverness with the beach and the accessibility project there, and a number of other projects and fundraising activities around his community,” says Warden Laurie Cranton. “He’ll be sadly missed.”

Jake Boudrot reflects on his legacy for The Reporter.

Charges after Pictou County raid
A 26-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman face drugs and weapons charges after police raided a home on Bridge Avenue in Stellarton. Police say they found cocaine, pills, and illegal gun. A 59-year-old man also faces two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

The Pictou Advocate reports.

Luke Conrad

From Beaver Bank to Burbank
All Luke Conrad ever wanted was to be a Hollywood cartoonist. Midway through his studies at NSCC, an animation company named Caleidoscope snatched him up. As the youngest of 40 employees, he faced a steep learning curve. “I was trained more on the paper side in school, and then when I got my first job it was all digital,” he says.

He registered a business name, Cartoon Conrad Productions, planting a seed in 2003 that sprouted in 2004 when he rented his first office space at a church. “I had set up my computer and my desk,” he says. “I had no clue how to get work.”

He learned fast. Soon he was building relationships through local and Canadian connections, bringing in more work than he could do himself and building a team that includes some 60 workers.

He tells Cynthia d’Entremont about it in this Halifax Magazine interview, originally published June 2019.

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