Three photos: Two are of Black women, Shartelle Lyon and Evelyn White, and one is an aerial shot of Owls Head coastline.

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Saturday, July 24

Tim Houston1. Houston says a PC government will pay $6 million for doctors’ pensions

Jennifer Henderson reported on PC party leader Tim Houston’s plan to recruit more doctors to Nova Scotia: help full-time practicing family physicians save for their retirement by matching contributions to Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs). That’ll cost $6 million.

Four photos: three of Black candidates, one of a white cop holding a high-powered gun2. Black News File

Matthew Byard gathered the news that happened in Black communities in the Maritimes in his first Black News File.

Gary Burrill, Colter Simmonds and Quentrel Provo sit talking at a table outdoors3. NDP candidates say they will close suspicious activity “loophole” and end police street checks

Matthew Byard was in Cherrybrook on Sunday where NDP leader Gary Burrill met with Colter Simmonds, NDP candidate for Preston, and community activist Quentrel Provo, to talk about street checks. Byard reported on trio’s discussion of the “loophole” in the current ban and the NDP’s plans to “completely ban” street checks.

Sunday, July 25

Andrew and Nicole Gnazdowsky, in front of a Roman aqueduct

1. The premier who won’t get involved versus the sister who won’t give up

Nicole Gnazdowsky has been working to get answers about the death of her brother, Andrew, last year, and who might be accountable. Stephen Kimber wrote about Gnazdowsky’s digging, the FOIPOP material she went public with, and Premier Iain Rankin’s claim he can’t act in her case because of the election.

Monday, July 26

The Shambhala logo, which is a yellow stylized sun on a pale blue sky1. Morning File: There’s been no accountability for the Haligonians who facilitated sexual abuse in the Shambhala organization

Tim Bousquet recently read Matthew Remski’s “Survivors of an International Buddhist Cult Share Their Stories, which was published in The Walrus. He wondered about the inner Shambhala court in Halifax and how much it knew about sexual abuse, and also about the victims who still need help.

A burned campaign sign belonging to Tamara Tynes Powell2. Campaign signs for Black MLA candidate burned in Truro

Matthew Byard reported on the destruction and burning of campaign signs of Liberal candidate Tamara Tynes Powell. She’s the first Black candidate to run in Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River.

a map showing Domtar locations in North America3. Paper Excellence’s very big deal

On Thursday, shareholders with Domtar voted in favour of a sale to Paper Excellence. Before that deal went ahead, Joan Baxter looked at some of the very big concerns around it all.

A young girl hits a birthday piniata in the shape of the coronavirus

4. 1 new case of COVID-19 over 3 days announced in Nova Scotia on Monday, July 26

Just one new case of COVID-19 was announced on Monday. Tim Bousquet had the full COVID update.

Tuesday, July 27

A woman wearing a black and white striped sailor top screams in frustration1. Morning File: Women have had enough of being told what to wear

From the Olympics to the workplace, women have been told what to wear forever. And they are sick and tired of it. Plus, a visit to Perkins House Museum in Liverpool got Rent thinking about the history of vaccines.

Kenneth O'Brien before his hearing2. Halifax cop who breached code of conduct takes case to supreme court

Zane Woodford reported on the case of a Halifax Regional Police officer Kenneth O’Brien who wants a judge to review a decision that found he breached the code of conduct for police when he arrested a Black man for being in Sir Sandford Fleming Park after dark in 2018.

A man in front of a mountain of rubbish inside a warehouse at Otter Lake dump3. Where do Nova Scotia’s political parties stand on proposed changes to the Otter Lake dump?

Last week Zane Woodford reported on Halifax regional council’s vote apply to the province to deactivate the Front End Processor (FEP) and Waste Stabilization Facility (WSF) at its Otter Lake landfill. This week, Woodford learned where each of the political parties stood on the proposed changes.

a mid-century modern style illustration, with "COVID 10" in white capital letters on a background of black, with orange and grey shapes and lines.4. 2 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, July 27

There were two new cases of COVID-19 announced on Tuesday. Tim Bousquet had the update.

Wednesday, July 28

A still live photo fo a mug, reading glasses, and a box of tissues1. Report: ‘Urgent need’ for universal, permanent paid sick leave legislation

COVID-19 exposed a lot of flaws, including that many Nova Scotians don’t have sick days. Yvette d’Entremont looked at a new report from Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS) whose authors call for legislation that would give workers 10 paid sick days per year funded by employers.

Gary Burill talks to three teens on bleachers at a school playing field2. Campaign 2021: NDP says it leads on climate change goals, Liberals make big health care promises

Jennifer Henderson reported on more party promises, including the NDP’s goal on climate change and the Liberal party’s plans for health care. Plus, she had some election trivia.

The vaccination pie chart3. Morning File: Nova Scotia is doing very well on the vaccination front

Tim Bousquet headed out for a well-deserved vacation, but not before he wrote this Morning File on vaccination in the province. You’re all doing a great job getting your shots.

Tamara Tynes Powell putting supports in her campaign signs4. Truro’s first Black candidate for MLA says she’s undeterred by recent vandalism and hate

Matthew Byard interviewed Tamara Tynes Powell, the Liberal candidate whose campaign signs were set on fire last weekend. About the incident, she told Byard “it’s more important that I stand up against any sort of hatred act.”

COVID written in white capital letters on a dark red-black background5. ZERO new cases of COVID-19 announced in Nova Scotia for Wednesday, July 28

Keep those zeroes coming. There were no new cases of COVID-19 announced on Wednesday. Tim Bousquet had all the details.

Thursday, July 29

Shartelle Lyon and her mother Sharmay Beals-Wentzell, smiling in a selfie on a sunny afternoon.1. Mother-daughter duo’s passion for anti-racism inspired creation of information sessions for seniors

Matthew Byard interviewed a mother-and-daughter duo who started an anti-racism group in the Annapolis Valley after the murder of George Floyd. Now the pair is doing great work in the community, including organizing information sessions for seniors hosted by people of colour.

A screenshot of two of the contestants in the leaders debate, with the sign language interpreter trying to make sense of it.2. Health care, the environment, diversity, and inclusion main topics at first leaders’ debate

All three party leaders got together for their first debate this week. They talked about health care, the economy, the environment, and diversity and inclusion. Jennifer Henderson sat through it so you didn’t have to and brought us this report.

Jacob Samson, looking seriously at the camera in a photo taken outdoors on an overcast day.3. The Tideline, with Tara Thorne

Jacob Sampson is back on stage at Shakespeare by the Sea this summer after a two-year break. He sat down with Tara Thorne to talk about theatre season and his award-winning play, Chasing Champions, a little-known story about the Nova Scotian boxer Sam Langford.

Two photos: Iain Rankin and Robyn Ingraham.4. Morning File: The transparent past and the political future

Ethan Lycan-Lang wrote about the hypocrisy of the Liberal party’s request of Robyn Ingraham to step down after “boudoir” photos showed up. He also had some more photos from L.B. Jenson’s Vanishing Halifax, including one of a tattoo parlour on Barrington.

An illustration of the coronavirus in red, blues and greens.5. 1 new case of COVID-19 announced in Nova Scotia on Thursday, July 29

There was just one new case of COVID-19 announced on Thursday. Tim Bousquet had the complete update.

Evelyn White, wearing a red cap and Tshirt, pointing to where she saw a cardinal in her lush green backyard garden.6. Sunday is Emancipation Day; I’ll be celebrating with Corey Wright’s watermelon mango ale and pointing to freedom

Sunday is the first Emancipation Day, which will be celebrated for the first time ever as a national holiday. Evelyn C. White shared how she’ll spend the day. She also has a story about her reflections on Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and a sighting of a cardinal in her backyard.

Gravestones in Camp Hill Cemetery in dappled sunlight on a summer day.7. Halifax committee recommends heritage registration for Camp Hill Cemetery

Camp Hill Cemetery was built in 1844 and somehow doesn’t have heritage status. But this week, the cemetery got high marks from the heritage standing committee for an application for that status. Zane Woodford learned all about it.

Friday, July 30

a smiley face mug next to one with a skull and crossbones.1. Morning File: Does customer feedback really matter? Survey says …

Philip Moscovitch missed a session of beach yoga Friday to write this packed Morning File. Moscovitch had a great story on customer feedback surveys and if they’re actually useful for employees or companies (hint: not really).

An aerial shot of a point of rocky shore at Owls' Head, on an overcast day.2. N.S. Supreme Court justice dismisses Owls Head review, says citizens should take it to the ballot box

A big court decision came out on Friday that dismissed a citizens’ request for a judicial review of the delisting and potential sale of Owls Head Provincial Park. Zane Woodford had the report.

a little girl looks out a window, bathed in early evening light3. Educators for Social Justice NS wants election candidates to implement recommendations to eliminate child poverty

Yvette d’Entremont spoke with a few teachers and allies with Educators for Social Justice Nova Scotia, a group that wants candidates in the provincial election to commit to implementing 11 recommendations from a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS) on child and family poverty.

A tick. Ugh.4. Pharmacists’ scope of practice to include checking tick bites, prescribing antibiotics to prevent Lyme disease

Starting Sunday, pharmacists in Nova Scotia can prescribe antibiotics to patients who were bitten by a black-legged tick. Jennifer Henderson looked at the announcement from the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia.

Moose River gold mine tailings pond.5. The Examiner quizzed the four main political parties on gold mining issues. Here are their responses.

Joan Baxter has covered gold mining and all the issues surrounding it since 2018. She sent nine questions to all four main parties running in the provincial election. Their answers may — or may not — surprise you.

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