3 photos from this week's articles: a woman holds a sign at a protest, a black nurse in a medical mask, a purple letter K at a roadside memorial.

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Sunday, October 10

Tim Houston, with a dark jacket and open collared white shirt, no tie, speaks at a podium in front of some Nova Scotia flags.

1. Our new premier seems comfortable in his own skin

Stephen Kimber was listening to a COVID briefing when Premier Tim Houston said these three words:  “I don’t know.” Kimber said it was a “minor moment,” but one that is different and refreshing about Houston’s leadership.

Tuesday, October 12

A closeup of a nurse's hand holding a vaccine syringe.1. Morning File: In Nova Scotia, unvaccinated people are being hospitalized with COVID at 50 times the rate of fully vaccinated people

For months now, Tim Bousquet has been breaking down the math of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his Morning File this week, he looked at math of Nova Scotia’s vaccination rates and other good news about COVID. We all need it.

Coronavirus made of metal plates2. 99 new cases of COVID-19 over 4 days announced in Nova Scotia

The first COVID update after the Thanksgiving weekend saw 99 new cases for four days. Tim Bousquet had all the data.

A group of newly-elected politicians, men and women, sit behind desks while wearing masks.3. PC government continues focus on health care, neglects housing crisis with throne speech

Zane Woodford was in the house as the province’s new PC government set out its priorities in the speech from the throne and the first full, in-person sitting of the Nova Scotia Legislature since the pandemic began.

A closeup of blue gloved hands giving an injection into a person's arm.4. Demand is up for flu shots

Flu season is on the way and flu shots will soon be available. Suzanne Rent spoke with a pharmacist who said demand for flu shots was high last year, but there were issues with supply. And according to a survey done by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, more people will want flu shots again this season.

A headshot of a Black man with a dapper moustache wearing a grey suit in front of a beige wall.5. Dwayne Provo appointed Associate Deputy Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs

In a letter sent out on Tuesday, Dwayne Provo announced he had been appointed as the Associate Deputy Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. The announcement comes in the wake of a meeting last month between Premier Tim Houston, African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Pat Dunn, prominent organizers, and leaders within the Black community.

Wednesday, October 13

A Black woman with glasses and a blue medical mask is shown in a photo framed in a green painted frame made from reclaimed wood.1. Morning File: Pandemics past and present

Suzanne Rent went to the Chase Gallery at the Nova Scotia Archives where photographer Len Wagg has portraits of health care workers and others involved in helping during the COVID-19 pandemic, displayed among copies of newspaper clippings and other historical documents about pandemics of the past. Go see it; it’s on until October 31.

The words Corona Update in impossibly large text on white paper, in an old beige typewriter from the 60s.2. 24 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Nova Scotia on Wednesday, Oct. 13; half of them were young children

This week’s second COVID update showed half of the new cases of COVID were among children who are not vaccinated. Twenty-three of the 24 new cases announced are in Nova Scotia Health’s Central Zone.

The plaque reading 1726 Hollis Street in front of Province House.3. Province House: PCs fix election dates, opposition parties introduce rent control, inclusionary zoning bills

Zane Woodford was back at the Nova Scotia Legislature on Day 2 of the fall session where the PC party introduced fix election dates starting July 15, 2025.

Four photos: a Black woman gestures while she talks, a group of five Black people on stage with arms linked, a head and shoulders shot of a Black man in a grey suit, and a closeup of a Black man wearing glasses.4. Black News File

Matthew Byard had his latest roundup of news from the Black community in the Maritimes, including a fun story about East Preston’s Glasgow family’s appearance on Family Feud Canada.

Thursday, October 14

A roadside memorial with flowers and a large purple letter K.1. Mass Casualty Commission’s public hearings are moved back four months

Jennifer Henderson reported on the change in timeline for the public hearing portion of the public inquiry into the mass shootings on April 2020. Now instead of starting this month, those hearings will take place in February 2022.

The logo on a Halifax Water bill.2. Utility and Review Board sides with Halifax Water in stormwater charge dispute

Joanne Pullin of Fletchers Lake, who has a cellphone tower on her property, will now have to start paying a much higher stormwater bill to Halifax Water after a ruling by Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board (UARB) ruled this week. Zane Woodford had the report.

A hand holds up a bristol board sign which says Housing is a human right in capital letters.3. Morning File: What does the word crisis even mean anymore?

Ethan Lycan-Lang took a look at some of the crises we’re seeing lately: housing, health care, climate, and so many more. Where to start? With small but immediate steps, he told us.

A computer generated image of a covid virus, with a red body, green spike proteins that look like broccoli, and other protein lumps in pink and blue, floating on a black background.4. 26 new cases of COVID-19 announced on Thursday, Oct. 14

Tim Bousquet had the midweek COVID update with the vaccination and testing data, demographics, and potential exposure advisories.

Friday, October 15

A photo of Robert Devet projected onto the wall of the old library at night1. Morning File: Remembering Robert Devet

Philip Moscovitch had stories on failed smoking bylaws, Nocturne, accepting and working with shrinking populations, plus a piece on the memorial to Robert Devet, publisher and editor of the Nova Scotia Advocate, who died September 27.

a Black man listens solemnly while a crowd sits and stands in the background at the nitghttime memorial for Robert Devet2. “We lost one of the good guys:” Robert Devet’s impact on African Nova Scotian stories

Matthew Byard was at the memorial for Robert Devet and spoke to activists from Nova Scotia’s Black community who wrote for the Nova Scotia Advocate, and who called Devet “one of the truest allies.”

a cartoon of the coronavirus drawn in coloured chalk on a brick sidewalk3. Weekly COVID-19 summary, Friday, Oct. 15

The week’s COVID summary had all the detailed vaccination data, including graphs created by Tim Bousquet.

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