Jennifer Taplin

No new digs for smaller council

When the number of councillors is reduced from 23 to 16 after next year’s municipal election, there will be serious vacancies around the council table at city call.There are rumours of renovations or moving council meetings into another building, but Peter Kelly says no way.“It’s already wired and...

Friday, December 23, 2011, 7:02 AM

Outrage directed at HRM council

“Shame!” yelled Rev. Rhonda Britton from the gallery of Halifax regional council last night.“At the push of a button, you wipe out a community. It is a shame.”Britton didn’t leave council chambers quietly after council voted 18-4 to award a contract to Jono Developments Inc. for a mixed-use...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 6:03 AM

Parties vowing support for women

It was deadline day yesterday for the province’s three political parties.In October, the Women’s Alliance for Change in Nova Scotia handed the parties a list of expectations and demands, along with about 1,000 postcards of support. The organization expected a response by Human Rights Day, which was...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 7:41 AM

Animals in the garbage, in the backyard and in the headlines

Whether it’s a deer smashing through a coffee shop window in Halifax or a black bear taking a snooze in a Kanata backyard, wildlife loves cities almost as much as commuters.And this summer has seen myriad of tales of animal-human conflicts in Canadian cities, with the case of a Toronto man...

Monday, July 18, 2011, 3:45 AM

Women's hockey team gets apology from SMU president

An apology and a sponsorship for $60,000 – not a bad day for the Saint Mary’s University women’s hockey team.The apology came from the university’s president Colin Dodds and the money came from Canadian Tire.National media attention, a protest and enormous public censure about the role of gender...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 7:36 PM

Acadian group wants apology for flag burning

An Acadian group is demanding a public apology after their flag was burned outside a hockey arena at the Universite Sainte-Anne in Church Point on Friday.The Federation Acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse sent out a statement yesterday saying the flag burning shows "an important lack of respect, not...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 5:34 PM

William and Kate to skip Halifax on Canadian tour

First Regis and Kelly, and now the young royals.P.E.I. has scored a visit from Prince William and Kate Middleton this summer.“It’s a bit disappointing but we understand they have to share around the visits,” said Mayor Peter Kelly, who sent the couple an invitation to visit Halifax after their...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 4:58 PM

Two men face drug charges

Two men are facing drugs and weapons charges after a traffic stop on Wednesday night.Police stopped a vehicle just after 8 p.m. in the area of Leiblin Drive and Old Sambro Road. They found marijuana, cash and a canister of bear repellent.Justin Pelley, 20, of Halifax and Christopher Dechamp, 22, of...

Friday, December 24, 2010, 5:30 AM

11 questions with Mayor Peter Kelly

1. What would you say was the biggest HRM issue of 2010?I think the restarting of the Harbour Solutions programs is one of those issues that come to the forefront as to achievements for this year.2. What will be the biggest HRM issue in 2011?Of course we have the discussion over the convention (...

Thursday, December 23, 2010, 6:39 AM

Truck driver slams into toll booths

A truck took out two toll booths on the MacKay Bridge early yesterday morning.The crash happened just after 1:30 a.m. and a 52-year-old man was pulled from the wreck by firefighters and paramedics. He was rushed to the hospital with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries.“There was extensive...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 6:05 AM

All I want for Christmas is my flight to London

Christmas travellers might want to ask Santa for a break in the weather.Winter weather is causing travel headaches especially for those travelling to snowy London or over the choppy seas to Newfoundland and Labrador.The Saturday London flight to and from Halifax was cancelled and yesterday’s flight...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 5:56 AM

Free gift wrapping for travellers this week at Halifax airport

Volunteers are waiting at the top of the escalator — just past security — to lend Christmas cheer to weary travellers at the airport.Passengers can’t carry wrapped presents past security, so volunteers at Halifax Stanfield International Airport took an idea from the Calgary airport to offer a gift-...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 5:33 AM

Attempted robbery in Burnside

Two suspects described as being in their early 20s fled an attempted robbery in a wild getaway yesterday.Halifax Regional Police say at around 11 a.m., two employees of Princess Auto in Burnside were walking through the parking lot. The man and woman were approached by a man with a firearm who...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 5:32 AM

Poll shows support for HRM split

A recent poll by Corporate Research Associates show 53 per cent of the 402 residents they surveyed support splitting the HRM in half into urban and rural units.According to the poll, 36 per cent oppose a split.CRA says support for separating the municipality has been steady for the past five years....

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 5:31 AM

Cyclone soars in test flights

Even after three contract delays, the Cyclone helicopters could be worth the wait.Shearwater will be home to some of the 28 helicopters being built by Sikorsky to replace the ’60s-era Sea Kings. The first one was supposed to arrive last month, but a third delay “due to an issue outside of our...

Monday, December 20, 2010, 6:38 AM

Sea Kings make way for Cyclones

12 Wing Shearwater is getting all six of the test Cyclone helicopters when they arrive.Sikorsky will provide six Interim Maritime Helicopters for testing before the final products roll in by June 2012. Cyclones will replace the aging Sea Kings, purchased by the Canadian government close to five...

Monday, December 20, 2010, 6:33 AM

Shearwater ready for the new choppers

Whenever the Cyclones arrive, 12 Wing Shearwater will be ready. The Maritime Helicopter Training Centre, a state-of-the-art training facility complete with flight simulators, was built for impending arrival of the Cyclones. Training in preparation for the Cyclones was scheduled to start in 2010....

Monday, December 20, 2010, 6:28 AM

Canada Games Oval opens

After a nasty warm weather delay, the Canada Games Oval will open to the public today with a bang.The opening ceremonies for the long-track speed skating venue on the Halifax Common will start at 5 p.m. with the first public skate starting at 6 p.m. It’s dependent on the weather, but Canada Games...

Monday, December 20, 2010, 6:14 AM

Heritage Gas consumers face higher rates

Heritage Gas was given approval Thursday to increase its rates by 6.8 per cent across the board.The decision was made by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.Heritage applied for a seven per cent rate increase in August to take effect Jan. 1.The company said in its application the increase is...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 6:56 AM

Liberals throw water on plan

Water met fire Thursday as the provincial government released its water strategy.The big-picture strategy drew criticism from the opposition and Ecology Action Centre.The 30-page Water for Life document explains the importance of water in the province. There are 29 actions outlined including...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 6:40 AM