Michael Macdonald, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Feds launch coyote study in Cape Breton park

HALIFAX - Parks Canada plans to pay an American biologist $100,000 to come up with a plan to reduce encounters between people and coyotes in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.The proposed contract announced Monday comes more than two years after a young Toronto woman was mauled to death by...

Monday, January 9, 2012, 8:50 PM

Privacy concerns over voter-information bill

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's privacy and elections watchdogs say they are concerned about proposed changes to the provincial Elections Act that would give political parties access to the year of birth of each voter and whether they cast a ballot.A spokeswoman for Dulcie McCallum, the protection of...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 10:15 PM

Nova Scotia boy abused at Ontario facility: advocate

HALIFAX - An advocacy group is calling for an investigation into allegations that a Nova Scotia youth struggling with a conduct disorder was physically abused on the weekend by staff at a treatment facility in eastern Ontario.Roch Longueepee, founder of Restoring Dignity, a non-profit group that...

Monday, July 19, 2010, 10:52 PM

The Queen lands in Canada to royal homecoming

HALIFAX - Bernadette Hearns giggled like a schoolgirl Monday moments after she met the Queen."It was so wonderful. She's beautiful," the Halifax woman said as the Queen completed a walkabout at the rain-sodden foot of Citadel Hill, the port city's historic British fort. "She said, 'I hope you didn'...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 2:58 AM

'War on wildlife:' Nova Scotia coyote bounty has environmentalist steamed

HALIFAX, N.S. - A small group gathered outside the Nova Scotia legislature Monday to protest the NDP government’s decision to offer trappers a $20 bounty this fall to reduce the coyote population.Protest leader Bridget Curran said the province has "declared war on wildlife," suggesting the bounty...

Monday, May 10, 2010, 10:18 PM

CUPE sets strike deadline of Jan. 18 for Nova Scotia school and hospital staff

HALIFAX, N.S. - More than 7,000 workers in Nova Scotia's rural hospitals and schools will go on strike Jan. 18 unless tentative agreements are reached before then, but the province's deputy premier said Wednesday there's plenty of time to reach a deal.Frank Corbett, who is also minister responsible...

Thursday, January 7, 2010, 1:38 AM

Video of mentally ill Halifax man's final hours of life shown at inquiry

HALIFAX, N.S. - Grainy images from a silent surveillance videotape flickered in a hushed Halifax courtroom Tuesday as a public inquiry started a painstaking visual review of the actions of jail guards and health officials during the final hours of Howard Hyde's life.Hyde, a 45-year-old musician...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 11:19 PM

N.S. man launches church abuse suit, recalls 'dark, dark place' of his youth

HALIFAX, N.S. - Philip Latimer says it's not about the money.The 47-year-old welder from Cape Breton, who alleges he was abused by a priest when he was a boy, could choose to apply for compensation under a $15-million class-action settlement recently approved by the dioceses of Antigonish.But he...

Friday, October 9, 2009, 1:14 AM

Nova Scotia falls into the red for first time in eight years with $592-million deficit

HALIFAX, N.S. - Atlantic Canada's first NDP government tabled its inaugural budget Thursday, a document Nova Scotia's finance minister described as a hand-me-down plan with a leftover $592-million deficit he has promised to eliminate by next spring.Graham Steele opened his maiden budget speech by...

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 11:12 PM

N.S. NDP make no mention of balanced budget promise in first throne speech

HALIFAX, N.S. - Nova Scotia's first NDP government shied away from making any daring statements Thursday in an inaugural speech from the throne that read more like an old campaign pamphlet than a bold vision for the province's future.The low-key speech, which contained few new initiatives, kicked...

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 11:01 PM

New NDP government in Nova Scotia criticized for amending balanced budget law

HALIFAX, N.S. - Nova Scotia's newly minted NDP government confirmed Monday it will amend the province's balanced budget law to allow for a growing deficit, a move that prompted accusations of gross hypocrisy.The former Conservative government, soundly defeated by the NDP in the June 9 election,...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 2:42 AM

Storm expected to bring hurricane-force winds to parts of Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX, N.S. - Parts of Atlantic Canada can expect heavy rain and hurricane-force winds topping 120 kilometres per hour by late Sunday as hurricane Bill transforms into a large but still-powerful tropical storm, the Canadian Hurricane Centre says.According to the latest forecasts, Bill will likely...

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 7:10 PM

Forecasts suggest Hurricane Bill headed for Atlantic Canada: Environment Canada

HALIFAX, N.S. - Hurricane Bill is headed toward Canada's East Coast, but it's too soon to predict if the storm will make landfall, Environment Canada says.Peter Bowyer, a supervisor at the Canadian Hurricane Centre, said the storm is expected to enter the region or its adjacent waters late Sunday...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 8:58 PM

Minister says Nova Scotia finances worse than expected, but offers no solutions

HALIFAX, N.S. - Before Nova Scotia's rookie finance minister delivered the bad news about the precarious state of the province's finances, an aide carried in a large chart showing a thick, blood-red line jutting upward.Above the line were two words: "Unsustainable Path."Graham Steele, sworn in less...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 12:29 AM

Halifax officer says he held his right foot on Howard Hyde during struggle

HALIFAX, N.S. - A Halifax police officer says he placed his right foot on the back of a struggling mentally ill man and kept it there until another officer trying to subdue the man said it appeared he stopped breathing.Const. Christopher MacMahon told an inquiry Tuesday that he did not place any...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 8:10 PM

Soldier playing quick draw game when shot from pistol kills comrade, hearing told

SYDNEY, N.S. - A Canadian soldier charged with fatally shooting a fellow reservist in Afghanistan was playing a game with a loaded weapon when the firearm went off and killed his comrade, the lead prosecutor in a court martial told a military panel Thursday.Lt.-Cmdr. Robert Fetterley made the...

Thursday, June 25, 2009, 9:37 PM

Day three of Nova Scotia election campaign produces some odd, colourful moments

HALIFAX, N.S. - Premier Rodney MacDonald may have been looking for a bounce in the polls when he travelled to a voter's home and pledged Thursday to give voters a tax cut.Campaigning in Beaver Bank, a 30-minute drive north of Halifax, the Conservative leader then did some bouncing of his own,...

Friday, May 8, 2009, 1:01 AM

Ignatieff backs tax cuts to boost low-and middle-income purchasing power

HALIFAX, N.S. - Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff cast himself as a hard-driving man of action Thursday, telling the first in a series of town hall meetings that if he was prime minister he would stimulate the gasping economy by quickly cutting taxes, overhauling the EI system and investing in...

Friday, January 9, 2009, 2:13 AM