Nova Scotia confirmed a new case of COVID-19 yesterday. The latest government update says the new case is in the Northern Zone and is related to travel outside Canada. The person has been self-isolating. There is one other known case of the disease in the province; that victim is hospitalized in ICU.

Overall, Canada currently has 14,490 known cases of COVID-19: 12 of those cases are in the Atlantic bubble, while Ontario (4,955 cases) and Quebec (5,890) are home to the bulk of infections, according to the latest data from the federal government.

Treaty Day highlights rights and obligations
Today is Treaty Day in Nova Scotia. The day marks the start of Mi’kmaq History Month and is a reminder of treaty rights and obligations. “By celebrating Treaty Day, we are acknowledging and giving thanks to our ancestors, the Mi’kmaq, and the Crown for signing treaties of peace and friendship to protect our traditional way of life,” says Norman Sylliboy, Grand Chief of the Mi’kmaw Grand Council, in a press release. “I want to encourage everyone in Mi’kma’ki to continue to unite and strengthen our treaty relationship.”    

Due to COVID-19, most of this year’s Treaty Day celebrations are happening online.

Holly Mathieson

Silent symphony
Since March, Symphony Nova Scotia has been unable to perform, as it complies with public health laws. Musicians are keen to return to the stage but it’s still unclear how they’ll do it; fans can likely expect fewer performers, smaller audiences, and new venues.

“I feel we’re in the process of finding a good happy medium… making sure there’ll be some live music-making in Nova Scotia in the coming months, but also…being patient about restarting normal concerts,” says music director Holly Mathieson. “It helps to know pretty much every orchestra on the planet is going through the same thing or coming out the other side of it… There’s so much to observe and learn from the way other countries are restarting.”

Learn more in this new Halifax Magazine story by Ameeta Vohra.

New rescue boat finally arrives
The Pugwash Fire Department has finally gotten the new rescue boat that it ordered in February. “It was delayed because of COVID and the manufacturing company wasn’t allowed to work for a few weeks,” explains chief Andy Yarrow.

The wait has been longer than that, though. Volunteers spent 15 years raising the $90,000 for the boat, which will allow the department to respond quicker to calls for water rescues. “We’ve had to rely on somebody being in the harbour that could take us out or we’ve had to rely on support from [other] fire departments,” Yarrow says, adding there were five such emergencies last summer. Raissa Tetanish reports for The Light.

Green power for Antigonish farmers’ market
With $100,000 from the provincial government to pay for solar panels, management at the Antigonish farmers’ market believe they’ll see a dip in operating costs.

“This proposed… system will help to cover most of the electrical and heating operational costs and mitigate the risk of rising energy costs,” says spokesman Mike Ward. Drake Lowthers has more in The Reporter.

Bridgewater bus service stalls
Transit service in Bridgewater is at a halt, with both buses in the town’s fleet needing repairs. “We know how much our community has come to rely on Bridgewater Transit in the three years it’s been in operation,” says Patrick Hirtle, communications coordinator for the town. “While it’s hard to put an exact time frame on it… we’re going to be without transit service for several days.”

The broken buses came secondhand from Halifax Transit. Two new buses are on order, with one expected to join the fleet this month. See Gayle Wilson’s story in LighthouseNow.

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