The provincial health authority identified no new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. As of Sunday, there are three active cases in the province.

To date, Nova Scotia has 57,295 negative test results, 1,066 positive COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths, and 1,000 resolved cases.

On Friday, the province renewed the state of emergency. The order took effect at noon on July 12 and runs until July 26, unless the government terminates or extends it.

Haligonians take home ECMAs

The East Coast Music Association announced 29 awards over the weekend during a streaming event Friday afternoon and a Saturday night online award show.

Wintersleep won group recording of the year and rock recording of the year for the album In the Land Of. The band also took home song of the year for the track “Beneficiary,” from the same album.

Wintersleep member, Jon Samuel won the Bucky Adams Memorial Award for his solo work. The award recognizes a full length or EP recording in any musical genre by a Black East Coast artist or group. Charles R. “Bucky” Adams was born into a large musical family on Maynard Street in Halifax in 1937. From the 50s through to the 80s, Bucky formed several successful bands, and played with or to jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, B.B.King and Lionel Hampton.

Up-and-coming country musician Dave Sampson took home rising star recording of the year and the award for country recording of the year for his album All Types of Ways.

Neon Dreams won pop recording of the year for Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams. Halifax’s Rich Aucoin won electronic recording of the year for his album Release.

It didn’t take long after the association announced the awards for many to do the math and realize that in 27 awards, only four went to women or bands with women in them. The categories album of the year, and best country, group, rock, and folk recordings, had only one woman, or bands with women, nominated out of five. Learn more about how the ECMAs could offer more representation for women in this CBC story.

Find a complete list of winners or watch a recording of the event on the EMCA website.

See you in September (maybe)

The Department of Education says it has three contingency plans for the 2020-2021 school year: full-time classes, dividing time between class and online learning, or, if there is a second COVID-19 outbreak, entirely virtual classes.

As parents, students and educators wait to see the full plan late this month, one group of students waits to hear what will happen to school sports. In the last issue of Our Children magazine, I spoke with experts who work with high-performance youth to learn what parents can do to help their children find balance while reaching for their goals.

UNESCO names Fundy 

The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark, which spans the Fundy shore of Cumberland and Colchester counties from Apple River to Lower Truro, is officially a UNESCO Global Geopark.  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board announced the news in Paris on Friday.

“Many of us have long known how special this part of our province is,” said Christine Blair, vice president of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark and mayor of the Municipality of Colchester in a press release. “We are happy to have the UNESCO Global Geopark designation to validate this and help us tell the world. We look forward to the opportunities that this honour will bring and will continue our work to develop as a sustainable world-class destination.”

The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark is now one of 161 geoparks in 44 countries around the world. To achieve the designation, parks must be single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education, and sustainable development.

Learn more about what this means for the region in The Tatamagouche Light

Meet the real plant moms of Halifax

While the long sojourn inside during stay-at-home left many of us yearning for greenery, some in Halifax lives their daily lives surrounded by foliage.

In March, Victoria Walton caught up with the local group calling themselves “plant moms,” who talk plants online, share cuttings, and build community one vine at a time. Read the Halifax Magazine feature.

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