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For almost half a century, Apex Invitational Golf Tournament has doubled as both a Black golf tournament and an annual homecoming for the Black community of Truro, NS.

After being cancelled last year due to COVID-19, Apex returned this past long weekend.

The Examiner spoke with members of the all-Black Apex Invitational Golf Association Committee about last year's cancellation, the Apex youth scholarships that were still awarded last year despite the cancellation, the community aspect of the weekend, and how the annual event came to be. Here's what Shelley Borden, an Apex committee member and Apex women's division participant, said:

This past August 1 was the first federally recognized Emancipation Day in Canada, commemorating the same day in 1834 when slavery was officially abolished in the British colonies, including what would eventually become Canada.

Celebrations continued throughout the month of August, including this past weekend in downtown Halifax.

The United African Canadian Women Association and the Office of African Nova Scotia Affairs held a parade on Saturday that started at the Halifax waterfront and ended up at Parade Square where there were a number of speeches. From there, participants and guests moved to The Commons for a picnic.

Funmi Joseph, one of the co-founders of the United African Canadian Women's Association plans for the parade to become an annual event. Speaking with Alex Guye at CBC Joseph said:

Global News reported that on August 7 a shooting had taken place in North Preston just after 2pm.

As could be expected, hateful comments that got likes and laugh reactions were left in the social media comments:

Sadly, days later it was reported that a second shooting was reported the following day in North Preston, followed by a third shooting the day after that in north-end Dartmouth near Jellybean Square to which one commenter replied:

Last month, Halifax Regional Police Superintendent Dean Simmonds and his wife, Liberal MLA candidate Angela Simmonds accused Cole Harbour RCMP of racism when they were pulled over at gunpoint following a reported shooting in North Preston on July 4.

There was a protest in downtown Halifax this past Saturday in opposition to vaccine passports. This follows Liberal leader Iain Rankin saying that, if re-elected, he would implement a mandatory vaccine passport system, dubbed ScotiaPass.

A similar, albeit much larger, protest took place in Montreal as well on Saturday. Quebec has already said it will implement vaccine passports on September 1.

The same day as Rankin's announcement, research was published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and talked about how existing inequities among "ethnoculrual communities" in Canada were worsened by the pandemic.

In a comment under a post about the research on Black Nova Scotia News on Facebook, former PC MLA candidate, Irvine Carvery remarked:

On the July 21 podcast episode of Black In The Maritimes, co-host Hillary LeBlanc talked about "Black people who disproportionately cannot be reached" with respect to getting vaccinated, and observations she's made through her work with community health centres.

Click here to listen to Hillary LeBlanc talk about vaccine hesitancy.

Author and youth workshop facilitator Andre Fenton spoke to NSCC in a blog titled Strength Through Story.

Fenton, an NSCC graduate who studied both Screen Arts and Social Services, talked about how he uses those seemingly unrelated skills in his current work.

Fenton talked about how his lived experience helped influence him to be a writer and why topics such as self-esteem and race are important to his art.

As a youth workshop facilitator, Fenton has hosted more than 50 workshops over the past three years.

As a writer, he is the author of Annaka, Worthy of Love, and his upcoming novel The Summer Between Us, due for release in 2022.

Jessica Quillan, the Dartmouth mother of two Black children spoke with Amber Fryday at Global Halifax last week about a lack of Black teachers at her kids' schools. Quillan told Global:

The report also talks about the NDP, PC, and Liberal's respective election commitments with respect to Afrocentric education. Sylvia Parris-Drummond, CEO of Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute, was also interviewed for the report.

After coaching the Canadian women's softball team to a bronze metal at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, New Glasgow native, Mark Smith, has announced his retirement on Friday, August 13.

Smith, 62, is an inductee to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, the Softball Canada Hall of Fame, and the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame.

His career as a player and coach spans more than four decades. Smith has coached both women's and men's teams, and has won multiple medals at the world championships and Pan Am Games.

In a statement, Smith said:

This past Saturday, Examiner contributor, Evelyn C. White was awarded the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project's (NSRAP) Raymond Taavel Media Award. The award recognizes an individual or organization for work in the traditional or social media education of the public on news or issues affecting Nova Scotia's 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

White is a freelance writer, and author of Alice Walker: A Life, the autobiography of Alice Walker, the author of The Color Purple.

The Raymond Taavel Media Award is named after gay activist, Raymond Taavel, who was killed outside a gay bar in Halifax in 2012.

In the Examiner Morning File for August 17, Suzanne Rent wrote:

Congratulations, Evelyn, from everyone at the Examiner!

Matthew Byard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Halifax Examiner

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