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Max Pittman, seated, is the moderator for the Graham Academy’s Virtual Corner Brook program. Reg Kachanoski, Gros Morne Summer Music’s company manager, developed the program that will see students from kindergarten to Level 3 build Corner Brook in Minecraft.
Max Pittman, seated, is the moderator for the Graham Academy’s Virtual Corner Brook program. Reg Kachanoski, Gros Morne Summer Music’s company manager, developed the program that will see students from kindergarten to Level 3 build Corner Brook in Minecraft. - Diane Crocker

These stories of East Coast people and their communities are worth your time

No One is Illegal

After Nova Scotia reported its first case of a temporary foreign worker testing positive for COVID-19 last week, advocates are renewing a call for permanent resident status for TFWs. 

Some 60,000 temporary foreign workers came to Canada last year, 1,500 of which came to work in Nova Scotia, reports the Chronicle Herald's Noushin Ziafati

Stacey Gomez, a member of the advocacy group No One is Illegal - Halifax/K’jipuktuk, said she “wasn’t surprised” to hear a migrant worker tested positive for COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, as workers have been impacted by COVID-19 across Canada, but she’s “concerned.” 

“It really points to the fundamental issues with the temporary foreign worker program that urgently need to be addressed,” says Gomez. “The fact there’s a case now here in Nova Scotia and there are cases also in New Brunswick, really highlights that the temporary nature of this program really puts migrants at risk.”

Read on to find out why the group is calling on the federal government to give permanent resident status to all migrants in Canada

Advocacy group No One is Illegal - Halifax/K’jipuktuk recently launched a poster campaign, placing posters around Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, so that people going to get local fruits and vegetables at the market would think about "the important role that migrant workers play" in the food system and join the group's calls for rights and protections for migrant workers.
Advocacy group No One is Illegal - Halifax/K’jipuktuk recently launched a poster campaign, placing posters around Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, so that people going to get local fruits and vegetables at the market would think about "the important role that migrant workers play" in the food system and join the group's calls for rights and protections for migrant workers."


Bubblecation?

What's an East Coast summer without tourists? 

The Chronicle Herald's John DeMont took a stroll through historic Lunenburg, a Nova Scotia town and UNESCO site, this week to see

There were indeed Nova Scotian staycationers in town to see the Bluenose II, but there were also a few shuttered shops of businesses uable to make it through the COVID economy. 

“Normally we would have had lineups out the door and flipping tables quickly,” Katherine Eisenhauer, chef and restaurant owner told DeMont. “I wouldn’t have had time for a conversation like this.”

Watch the video and read the column

Business operators across the region are hoping the opening up of borders between the four Atlantic provinces will bring some business during a scary economic time.

SaltWire's Terry McEachern and Diane Crocker spoke to people across the East Coast who rely on tourism dollars about their cautious optimism for what may be the "slow and steady" summer

Katherine Eisenhauer, owner of The Savvy Sailor, stands  in front of her cafe in Lunenburg on Monday. - Tim Krochak
Katherine Eisenhauer, owner of The Savvy Sailor, stands in front of her cafe in Lunenburg on Monday. - Tim Krochak


Physically distant hangout

Kids can hang out on the streets of Corner Brook with their friends this summer -- at least in the Minecraft version of Corner Brook. 

Thanks to Graham Academy, Gros Morne Summer Music Camp, Max Pittman is moderating an an online camp in Minecraft for local children where they can can co-operate to build a virtual version of the city. 

Pittman has been recreating real world buildings in the computer game for years: “I’d take buildings from real life and build it in the game," he told SaltWire's Diane Crocker

"When players go onto the online server, they get to see all the streets of Corner Brook, all the topography, the greenspaces, and they get to build all the buildings and structures,” Reg Kachanoski, Gros Morne Summer Music’s company manager, said. 

“Minecraft is a great platform to teach kids about computer science (and) digital art, and it’s really customizable." 

Watch some video of the experience and read more

Photos of locations around Corner Brook have been built into the Graham Academy’s Virtual Corner Brook program as reference for builders in the Minecraft server. - Contributed
Photos of locations around Corner Brook have been built into the Graham Academy’s Virtual Corner Brook program as reference for builders in the Minecraft server. - Contributed

Tastes like summer

The Guardian's food writer Margaret Prouse has a classic recipe in her column this week: strawberry rhubarb pie

If you can get your hands on both fruit (or is rhubarb a vegetable?) at the same time you can have this treat in your oven and on your table tomorrow. 

Pro tip: freeze some of each for next season so you can enjoy the favourite during rhubarb season before strawberries are ripe and during strawberry season when rhubarb may be past its prime. 

Get the recipe

My strawberry rhubarb pie is shown with a pie bird from my late mother-in-law's kitchen. - Margaret Prouse photo
My strawberry rhubarb pie is shown with a pie bird from my late mother-in-law's kitchen. - Margaret Prouse photo

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