Nova Scotia currently has 119 known active cases of COVID-19, with 11 new cases reported in the latest (Dec. 2) government update. Nine new cases are in the Central Zone and two in the Northern Zone.

Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 2,047 Nova Scotia tests on Dec. 2; officials administered 338 tests at a rapid-testing pop-up site in Halifax and 148 tests in Wolfville. Neither site yielded any positive results.

“Although our cases numbers are not as high as we expected them to be, we continue to see new cases of COVID-19 every day,” says Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, in a press release. “Now is not the time to let our guard down. Please do your part to slow the spread of this virus by continuing to follow all the public health measures and restrictions.”

Another case in school
Yesterday health officials also announced that they’ve identified a case of COVID-19 at Citadel High School in Halifax. The school will be closed for a “deep cleaning” until at least Dec. 8. “Students and staff will receive an update Monday,” promises the government press release.

Jack Ronayne

He died doing his duty
When the Belgian relief ship Imo collided with the munitions ship Mont-Blanc in the Narrows on Dec. 6, 1917, young reporter Jack Ronayne was just finishing breakfast and leaving his North Street home, bound for the Morning Chronicle newsroom. Seeing smoke rising over the harbour, he diligently called his editor, then raced to the waterfront to investigate.

He was approaching Pier 6 at 9:04:35 a.m. when the Mont-Blanc exploded. Just 300 metres from the blast, Ronayne didn’t have a chance. He was one of the 1,782 people killed in the catastrophe.

“Mr. Ronayne met his death in the willing attention to the duties that characterized his brief career,” said a story in Chronicle two days later. “Mr. Ronayne was only in the first flush of young manhood… his death is a distinct loss to the City as well as to the newspaper profession.”

In this November 2018 Halifax Magazine story, Michael Dupuis explores the tragic story of the only reporter killed on duty during the disaster.

Colchester transit upgrade
With a $75,000 grant from the provincial government, the Colchester Transportation Cooperative is able to better serve people requiring accessible transit service, replacing its old accessible bus. The new bus joined the five-vehicle fleet in October.

“That bus was old and we were certainly over the kilometres we would normally use them for,” says Sue Taylor, executive director of the cooperative. “It was starting to cost us a lot for repairs.” Raissa Tetanish reports for Hub Now.

Ameeta Vohra. Photo: Steve Smith/Visionfire

Seasons of light
Christmas is by no means the only holiday Haligonians celebrate this time of year, as many work to honour their different cultural traditions and give each the respect it deserves.

For journalist Ameeta Vohra, the highlights include last month’s Diwali festival, reflecting her Indian roots, and the Christmas traditions she came to love during her Catholic education.

“No matter what holiday you mark, it’s essential to genuinely and authentically mark those occasions while understanding the meaning of the observances,” she says. “As each year passes, tradition, culture and heritage become more critical. For me, celebrating my parents’ culture, acknowledging where I came from and sharing it with family and friends means separating it from Christmas.”

Read more in the new issue of East Coast Living.  

Iain Rankin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Iain Rankin walks fine line
As he campaigns to become the new Nova Scotia Liberal leader and premier of the province, Timberlea-Prospect MLA Iain Rankin faces an interesting challenge: he needs to find a way to take credit for the successes of the McNeil government that he’s been a part of for two terms, while tiptoeing around its broken promises on subjects like health care (“a doctor for every Nova Scotian“) and transparency (“the most open and transparent government in Canada“).

His recent interview with The Reporter reflects the challenge, as he promises to tackle economic disparity in the province, without addressing why the government he’s been a part of for eight years allowed that disparity to continue and, in many cases, grow.

“We have an opportunity of a lifetime right now to look at how we can reshape our economy to be more low-carbon and socially inclusive,” he says. “The disparity in certain populations with participating in the workforce, achievement gaps: those are the issues I see as the way forward.”

Read his full interview with Jake Boudrot here.

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