In his first speech as Liberal leader, premier-designate Iain Rankin offered little indication how his new government will differ from the outgoing one—praising McNeil’s leadership and policies—but did hint at a less autocratic governing style.

“I want to ensure members have a voice in what comes next,” he says. “Leadership is about listening and learning… Although I was chosen by Liberals, I will be a premier for every Nova Scotian.”

The Nova Scotia Liberal Party picked the Prospect-Timberlea MLA as its new leader on Saturday. There will be a short transition process as Stephen McNeil leaves office, then Rankin will be sworn in as Premier of Nova Scotia.

Roads dangerous after storm
As cleanup continues after last night’s winter storm, travel remain dangerous around the province. Police are urging people to stay home if possible and travel with caution if they must go out.

“Road conditions are snow covered, slippery,” says Const. Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police. “Blowing snow has caused reduced visibility in some areas.”

The Pictou Advocate has details.

Dr. Robert Strang. Photo: CNS

COVID update
Nova Scotia has eight known active cases of COVID-19, with one new case (in the Central Zone) reported in the latest government update. One person is currently hospitalized in ICU with the disease.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 876 tests on Feb. 6 and 169,984 since the second wave of the pandemic began in October.

“While it’s fantastic to see Nova Scotia continues to have low new cases of COVID-19, there are many ways we can play an active role in keeping our communities safe,” says Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, in a press release. “Remember to always follow the public health measures, keep your social contacts low and consider making COVID-19 testing part of your personal protocol.”

On Friday, Strang and Premier McNeil announced changes to public health restrictions, with gathering limits increasing for many businesses and organizations (but still with COVID protocols).

Paul Kimball. Photo: Submitted

Finding the way back
Valentine’s Day will see the Eastlink TV debut of local director Paul Kimball’s fourth film, The Colour of Spring. Filmed in Chester, it centres on the characters Sarah (portrayed by Alexa Morden) and Sam (Jamie Muscato).

It’s a story about jealousy, resentment, everyday choices, and finding redemption.

“It’s a twisted love story,” Kimball says. “Hopefully, it works out for everyone in the end. I have a habit in a film of sometimes things not working out for everyone in the end so that it could be a dark ending… There are supernatural overtones to it with clues littered throughout: maybe these characters are dealing with something bigger.”

He tells Ameeta Vohra about it in this new Halifax Magazine interview.

Stabbing charges for Antigonish man
An Antigonish man faces multiple charges after a stabbing at a local business. The victim, who was stabbed in the stomach during a confrontation in the parking lot, suffered minor injuries.

Trevor Burns appeared in court on Friday to answer charges of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, and breach of conditions.

The Reporter has more.

Bob Sayer

Hall of Fame for South Shore soccer star
Lunenburg County soccer legend Bob Sayer is scheduled for induction into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. At age 79, Sayer is now retired but remains keenly engaged with the sport.

“It means I’ve been able to be in a situation to make things change and move,” he says. “I got a huge amount out of soccer, as well as putting it back in… Canada gives opportunities to people.” Sayer immigrated to Nova Scotia from England in the late 1960s.

Keith Corcoran reports for LighthouseNow.

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