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Friday, March 27 COVID-19 in NS news update

More booze delivery, more time away from schools and 17 more cases.
Key points as of March 27, 8pm 17 new cases for a total of 90 COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia None are connected to the St. Patrick’s Day Party in Lake Echo, but… …there was potential exposure at an Antigonish hockey tournament Restaurants will be able to deliver booze Remote learning may be coming for public schools Robert Strang is more than a meme

James Mullinger tells us a joke

The arena-sellout, critically adored comic cracks a good one and releases a free special as COVID-19 continues.
If home is what you make it, James Mullinger is building a paradise—an oasis the likes of which Frances Hodgson Burnett would dream of—right here in Atlantic Canada. The British comedian loves his new digs (and the culture and community that've come along with them) in southern New Brunswick so much he even named his now-postponed 2020 tour "Embrace Where You Live."

Coronavirus on the east coast

Graphing the spread of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Atlantic Canada.
The first confirmed case arrived on the east coast March 11, in New Brunswick.

Six ways to broaden your mind wider than social distance requirements

Your body might be atrophying on the couch but your brain doesn't have to.
So here you are, googling work-from-home hacks; making your own sourdough starter; generally trying to figure out what our new normal looks like as the province enters a state of emergency and COVID-19 continues to shake our world. You're bored or busy with remote work or maybe both.

Now's the time to look out for small business in Halifax

Social isolation is leading to layoffs and losses for some, unique opportunities for others
A s coronavirus spreads across Canada, shutting down local businesses and national companies in its wake, Canadians are being forced into their homes and out of public places like restaurants and bars.

East Coast Music Awards get COVID-cancelled

Twenty-eight Halifax-based acts were set to perform at the annual ECMA fest.
Once the Junos called it curtains, we should've known this would be next: The East Coast Music Awards, a music festival, awards ceremony and local industry booster in equal measures, announced today it's cancelling its 2020 event in St. John's, Newfoundland as COVID-19 concerns continue. "We are admittedly devastated to cancel this event and our thoughts are with all of the hard working musicians and industry professionals who are facing a tremendous degree of uncertainty in the face of this unprecedented public health issue," reads a press release from the board of directors.

Rich Aucoin made a playlist to help you ride out COVID-19

Lots of Pink Floyd and a little Lizzo helps make a worried state more manageable.
The nicest guy in rock 'n' roll just made a playlist on Spotify, saying via Facebook "A friend was asking me for recs for these anxious times, so I made a playlist today." Rich, we appreciate you.

An update from Ticket Halifax about COVID cancellations

Please note that due to the current (and evolving) situation with COVID-19 and the provincial government's recommendation to limit mass gatherings over 150 people, many of the events we ticket for on Ticket Halifax have been postponed or cancelled.

Neptune Theatre and Symphony Nova Scotia cancel events over COVID-19 concerns

Symphony Nova Scotia announced today the rest of its 2019-2020 season will be cancelled. If you already had tickets to a cancelled event, the cost of them can be donated to the Symphony, as the loss of shows means revenue loss for the organization.

Nova Scotia government says COVID-19 is inevitable, urges people to "do their part"

A t a press conference in Halifax today Premier Stephen McNeil and chief medical officer Robert Strang gave an update on Nova Scotia's response to COVID-19. There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus yet in Nova Scotia, but Strang said its arrival in the province is "inevitable."

Going out this weekend? Read this first

Many events are being cancelled and postponed in the wake of COVID-19 concerns.
Hours ago, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer Robert Strang said at a press conference that while there's no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province yet, he expects the virus will arrive here eventually. In the meantime, he urges that public gatherings must be kept to a maximum of 150 people.

Junos cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

At least we can still stream award host Alessia Cara's excellent album The Pains Of Growing while we self-quarantine.
Saturday, March 15 was supposed to see Saskatoon overrun with some of the most luminous stars in Canadian music as the 49th Juno Awards doled out statuettes that look sorta like The Oscar dude doing a ribbon dance. Instead, the doors of the SaskTel Centre will be closed, as CBC Music says the awards are being cancelled amidst growing concerns of COVID-19.

Obsolete no longer

Agricola's favourite record retailer weathers the gentrifying strip's ups and downs
After ten years on Agricola Street, Obsolete Records was booted from its ramshackle storefront last fall in the most anticlimactic way possible.

The royal flush

For only $450 you can crap like a king/queen.
If you've recently been on Halifax Kijiji you may have seen this odd listing: "Gold imported toilets 4 left!!!"

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