As of yesterday, Sept. 14, Nova Scotia has one active case of COVID-19, according to the latest government press release. Thus far, the province has had 83,576 negative test results, 1,086 known COVID-19 cases, and 65 deaths.

Fire devastates Truro businesses
There’s no word on the cause of an eight-hour blaze that destroyed several businesses in downtown Truro overnight on Sept. 13–14. The fire all but levelled the building that housed NovelTea Bookstore Café, King Koin Laundry and Tanning, and T&V Electronics on the street level, plus Truro Kung Fu Kenpo School in the basement.

Many locals were shocked to awaken to the smoking rubble. “Some people came walking along Prince Street without realizing what had happened,” reports Raissa Tetanish for Hub Now. “They were intent on getting their morning coffee… yet were stopped in their tracks.”

Taylor Olson

Fostering new film talent
Returning this year from Sept. 17–24, Fin Atlantic International Film Festival is moving online with virtual events and screenings. As always, the event is celebrating East Coast talent, spotlighting rising filmmakers like Taylor Olson.

He’s making his feature film directorial debut with Bone Cage. Based on the Catherine Banks play of the same name, the movie is about a clear-cutting logger whose life transforms when he begins realizing the environmental impact of his work.

“It’s in a place where you have dreams but those dreams are seen as weak, impractical, or you don’t have the tools to go out and get them—how that can affect your life,” Olson says. “A lot of the story centres around rural patriarchal expectations and how an old school way of thinking in how we’re meant to be and how we sometimes don’t all fit into that box.” He tells Ameeta Vohra about it in this new Halifax Magazine feature.

Local brewers win big
Nova Scotia’s craft beer makers had a strong showing at last weekend’s Canadian Brewing Awards, claiming a total of seven awards. Tatamagouche Brewing Company was the big winner (claiming gold, silver, and bronze awards), while Halifax’s Good Robot won its first Canadian Brewing Award.

  • Bringing Sexy Bock by Garrison Brewing: bronze for Bock—Traditional German Style
  • Two Rivers Baltic Porter by Tatamagouche Brewing: gold for Baltic Porter
  • Square One by Tatamagouche Brewing: silver for Belgian-Style Brett Beer
  • Saltwater Cowboy Gose by Tatamagouche Brewing: bronze for German-Style Sour Ale
  • Sunburst by Uncle Leo’s Brewery: Silver for North American-Style Pale Ale
  • Creature Feature by Good Robot Brewing: Silver for New England-Style IPA
  • Azacca Session Ale by Propeller Brewing: Silver for Session Ale

Read more in The Pictou Advocate.

N.S. government gives $100K to Legions
The provincial government is spending $100,000 to fund upgrades at Royal Canadian Legion buildings around the province. “It is important that we continue to improve community infrastructure so that Nova Scotians can keep using these valuable spaces,” says communities minister Leo Glavine.

The money will pay for projects like replacing a retaining wall in Port Hawkesbury ($6,300) and upgrading washrooms in Guysborough ($10,000). Jake Boudrot has the details for The Reporter.

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