Public health officials announced another positive test for COVID-19 yesterday, raising the Nova Scotian total to six confirmed cases. So far, the province has had 69,762 negative test results, 1,077 known COVID-19 cases, and 64 deaths. One person is currently in hospital with the disease.

COVID risk in Truro
Public health is warning of two locations in Truro where people may have been exposed to COVID-19. Murphy’s Fish & Chips had a visitor between 5–7 p.m. on Aug. 9 who tested positive, as did someone who was at the 102 Wing—Royal Canadian Air Force Association for a barbecue on Aug. 15 between 4:30–6:30 p.m.

“Those present at these locations on the dates identified should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19” and call 811 if they experience any, reports Raissa Tetanish in Hub Now.

Testing visiting students
Premier Stephen McNeil announced yesterday that post-secondary students entering the province from outside Atlantic Canada must have COVID-19 tests, in addition to doing 14 days of self-isolation. Atlantic Canadians will only need to self-isolate if they’ve been outside the region in the previous two weeks.

Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed

Public health officials plan to test students three times during their isolation period. Even with negative test results, the full 14-day self-isolation is mandatory before students can attend classes.

“Testing university and NSCC students during their self-isolation periods can help with early detection and management of cases in the post-secondary population,” says Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, deputy chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia, in a government press release.

‘Not just lighthouses and lobsters’
With the pandemic hobbling exhibitions, markets, and festivals, artists have had to adapt quickly to find new ways to reach the public. “This pandemic is very much illustrating that arts organizations and artists in this region have been severely underfunded for so long that this crisis is making it untenable for us to survive,” says Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) executive director Becky Welter-Nolan.

Like many, North Preston artist Letitia Fraser has turned to virtual connections. It’s not just about selling pieces, she wants to continue spotlighting the oft-neglected stories of Black Nova Scotia.

“I hope that it inspires more African Nova Scotian artists to show what their life is like; it doesn’t have to be a representation of their lives like my work or traditions, it can be something new,” she says. “Also, people who come from away to see we are here— it’s not just lighthouses and lobster. There’s a lot of communities here. We have our traditions and this is what they are like.” Learn more in this new Halifax Magazine feature by Ameeta Vohra.

John Collyer

Early parole for sex offender police chief
The early parole of John Collyer troubles his victim’s mother. (The former Bridgewater police chief was convicted in March and sentenced to 15 months in jail for sexual exploitation of a minor.)

“What is this telling everyone?” she says in a social media post. “Our family was harassed and my daughter called horrible names because so many people thought this never happened. Only once he was charged did that change.”

Collyer served with the Bridgewater police from 1990–2018. Mayor David Mitchell says he will not return to “any role” with the service. “We also have not been made aware by the Parole Board where he will be residing upon his release in August,” he adds. “The contact information for the Atlantic Office of the National Parole Board is Communications-atl@pbc-clcc.gc.ca if you wanted to express concern or ask further questions of those who made this decision.” Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

Hockey players fight sexual violence
St. Francis Xavier hockey players Patti-Anne Tracey and Amy Graham have developed a new program to help prevent sexual violence in sports.

“Our workshops follow a ‘teach the coach’ model with the hope of educating all members in sports organizations,” they say in a media statement. “It is our hope that sexual violence education will be included as part of mandatory training for coaches and all… in leadership positions.” Drake Lowthers shares the details in The Reporter.

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