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What you need to know about COVID-19: August 7, 2020
While the world is on pause, dreamers dream big.
In partnership with SaltWire's SALT Halifax, Mirror Image Media and Halifax-based writer Robyn McNeil spoke with five Nova Scotians about a vision for the province post-pandemic.
Click/tap on their photos to see our city, province and society from their point of view through the videos from Mirror Image Media and words from McNeil.
How can we use this time to recalibrate and emerge stronger on the other side?
Community leader and activist in North Preston hopes for a more just society
"Are we prepared to do the necessary work to become a Nova Scotia healed?" asks North Preston’s LaMeia Reddick, a community engagement consultant, activist, artist and founder of KINnected Leadership -- a consulting firm specializing in building bridges between institutions and community.
Reddick believes a better Nova Scotia is possible. She lives for it. She fights for it. And she's asking if her fellow Nova Scotians are prepared to do the work to build a more just and equitable tomorrow.
With family members recovering from the virus and a business to reopen, they hope for more accountability around care of elderly, disabled
COVID-19 affected not only Kat Cochrane's Halifax business, One Block Barbershiop, a queer-run salon, but also their family: their father was one of Nova Scotia's earliest diagnosed COVID cases, while an in-law in the U.K. spent three weeks on life support before turning the corner.
Kat’s grandmother also lives independently at Northwood's downtown location, where most of Halifax’s cases were clustered.
"How can we each be accountable for ourselves, and how do our actions and inactions help or harm those around us?" asks Kat.
When your whole family is on the frontlines during a pandemic, there's a lot of worries.
“We’ve become even more acutely aware of the disproportionate suffering of our most vulnerable populations,” says clinician Verena Rizg. “Every challenge presents lessons to be learned. Every challenge has the potential to better equip us for the future.”
Rizg’s mother works in long-term care. Her brother and sister are frontline healthcare workers in the United States.
Their proximity to risk has led to some uncomfortable discussions.
Hometown hockey dream iced by COVID-19
"If there’s anything I’ve learned from being an athlete, it’s resiliency. It’s through the toughest moments that we become our best self,” says Jill Saulnier.
Jill was named to the Canadian National Women's Team for the 2020 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship (since cancelled), which had been set to go down in Halifax this past April.
The sport has taught her to pick herself when she's knocked down, to keep moving and to stay optimistic.
How can our province do the same?
Disabilities advocate wants to see a province that prioritizes accessibility for all
“For many,(the pandemic) is the first time they’ve experienced social isolation," says Gerry Post. “However, for many disabled persons, it’s their daily norm because of the barriers that are placed in their way within the community.
“The best way to measure the quality of a community is in the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens — the elderly, the homeless and the disabled.”
Gerry sees the changes brought about by COVID-19 as an opportunity to not only improve the lives of disabled and vulnerable people, but our communities as a whole.
Meet Meaghan and Marie
Why did Mirror Image Media want to do this project?
By Robyn McNeil
People and planet. For Meaghan and Marie Wright, these are the values that drive their lives and business.
The Dartmouth-raised sisters—twins, Marie the oldest by two, maybe three, minutes—are the founders and creative forces behind Mirror Image Media, a Halifax-based, full-service video production company and creators of this video series, a variety of documentary, non-profit and corporate work, as well as the award-winning film, The Social Shift.
When they were hit with cancelled bookings and postponed shoots due to the pandemic, they decided they wanted to work on something meaningful while "staying the blazes home," and taking time to rest and reflect.
"We wanted to highlight diverse perspectives," says Meaghan. "So, we came up with a list... some of our favourite people. It's been really fun, a passion project. We're excited SaltWire came on board. This is the perfect time to tell those stories."
Despite the (many) challenges the pandemic has brought, the duo sees it as an opportunity for change.
"It's an opportunity for people to realize what really matters," says Marie. "It's amazing to see communities come together and people and businesses realize what matters."
The sisters are hopeful the unprecedented economic shut-down, combined with global protests supporting Black Lives Matter and equality, signal a change is coming.
"It's a ripple effect," says Marie. Which is why the pair have committed to using their talents to help create that change.
"You see a business making leadership strides by embracing social or environmental impact, and other businesses are inspired to do the same. Halifax is small enough; my hope is that happens quickly."
"It's redefining value," adds Meaghan. "It's putting citizens over consumers, community over economy, and purpose over paycheque."
What they love about this project and what makes them hopeful for the future, is how it highlights Nova Scotia’s potential.
"It's ordinary people doing extraordinary things," says Meaghan. "And I think that anybody can see themselves in that."
"It doesn't matter what you're doing," adds Marie. "Whether you're a filmmaker, journalist, health professional or even in a corporate environment, there are ways to create an impact."
What does your brighter future look like? Share your perspective: email@example.com
- VIDEO PERSPECTIVE: Gerry Post believes a better Nova Scotia is possible after COVID-19
- VIDEO PERSPECTIVE: Jill Saulnier believes a better Nova Scotia is possible after COVID-19
- VIDEO PERSPECTIVE: Verena Rizg believes a better Nova Scotia is possible after COVID-19
- VIDEO PERSPECTIVE: Kat Cochrane believes a better Nova Scotia is possible after COVID-19
- VIDEO PERSPECTIVE: LaMeia Reddick believes a better Nova Scotia is possible after COVID-19