Monique Muise

Women in trades get boost

Even as a kid, Petrina Valentine loved cars.The engines, the transmission systems, the polished bodies — everything about them fascinated her. “It started when I was really young,” the 19-year-old Shubenacadie native said Thursday as she stood over a welding table, a protective visor strapped to...

Friday, February 19, 2010, 6:06 AM

Bomb threat brings police

Police were called to Sackville High School late Thursday morning in response to a bomb threat.According to RCMP Const. Tamu Bracken, there was no bomb found in the school, and students were not evacuated. The threatening phone call appeared to have been made “from a payphone somewhere outside the...

Friday, February 19, 2010, 5:48 AM

Mighty snowstorm wallops HRM

Whether you were sliding down it, driving through it or cursing the heavens as you dug out from under it — there was no escaping the snow in HRM yesterday.After four months of feeble sort-of-storms, Mother Nature finally threw down the gauntlet overnight Tuesday, dumping 30 centimetres of the white...

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 6:03 AM

City gear for Good Samaritans?

The municipality’s Good Samaritans could soon be getting a helping hand of their own from HRM.Regional council has asked staff to look into the possibility of providing the city’s Citizens on Patrol (COP) with funding for gas, cellphones, two-way radios and other equipment they may use during their...

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 5:38 AM

Council lends support to ‘Give-Away Weekends’

Halifax regional council has thrown its support behind the introduction of two “Give-Away Weekends” in HRM.Held twice a year in June and October, residents would be permitted to leave unwanted household items at the curb to be collected by anyone who wants or needs them. Council voted unanimously...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 5:50 AM

Shinny marks countdown to 2011 Canada Winter Games

You couldn’t have asked for a better day for a game of shinny.The sun shone down and the mercury rose above the freezing mark as a handful of HRM councillors, Canada Games organizers and Halifax Mooseheads took to the pavement outside city hall yesterday for a street hockey tournament. The event,...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 5:30 AM

HRM students bemoan lack of weather cancellations this school year

It’s the announcement every kid waits for during the winter months.When it finally comes, the ever-elusive snow day is a thing of pure joy for students — a precious 24 hours spent away from the classroom, jumping into newly formed snowbanks or flying down white-washed hills on a Crazy Carpet.Winter...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 5:30 AM

MLA calls for Nova Scotia to adopt Family Day

Nova Scotians are being short-changed when it comes to statutory holidays, one opposition MLA said yesterday.For the fifth year in a row, Liberal MLA Diana Whalen is asking the provincial government to follow several other jurisdictions in Canada and introduce a long weekend in February. Four other...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 5:30 AM

HRM council puts $900,000 into a downtown upswing

Huge sheets of paper cover the six store-front windows that used to welcome customers into Sam the Record Man. The popular music store now stands silent on Barrington Street — its doors closed and its main sign just a faded outline. Sam’s was one of the first closures along the once-vibrant...

Monday, February 15, 2010, 11:14 AM

December claims almost triple 2nd highest month

December is typically the biggest shopping month of the year for most Nova Scotians. Turns out, the same is true for our MLAs.Metro Halifax’s review of a complete inventory of assets bought by members of all three parties between July 2006 and June 2009 revealed that politicians expensed a total of...

Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:52 AM

Giving back Canadian-style

Halifax will play host to another huge fundraising event for Haiti next weekend — and this time it will centre on our national pastime.Hockey Day for Haiti, set to take place on Feb. 21 at the Halifax Metro Centre, will feature a full day of on- and off-ice activities, organizers announced Thursday...

Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:36 AM

Drugs worth $10M seized

Police at the Port of Halifax have seized over 200 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the back of a shipping container.The drugs, which officials believe were shipped by an organized crime ring, have an estimated street value of over $10 million, border services agents said Thursday.“They arrived in...

Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:17 AM

Train station fire prompts investigation

Fire crews were still investigating last evening after a blaze broke out in Halifax’s main train station.Workers at the Via Rail station on Hollis Street reportedly smelled smoke and called 911 at approximately 3:20 p.m., said platoon Chief Mike Blackburn. When firefighters arrived, the building’s...

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 6:46 AM

HRM council spending in check: Official

Residents of HRM don’t need to worry about their municipal councillors expensing high-priced electronics, emergency generators or fancy new office furniture, said one city official yesterday.Cathie Barrington, manager of HRM’s Councillor Support Office, said HRM’s 23 councillors are subject to the...

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 6:17 AM

Accused in North Preston death in court

A 24-year-old man accused of killing another inside a home in North Preston over the weekend appeared calm and relaxed as he was brought before a judge yesterday.Max Demarco Smith did not speak during a very brief appearance in Dartmouth provincial court just before noontime. Dressed in a red and...

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 6:12 AM

Disposal of yard waste in blue bags proposed

Residents of HRM may soon be able to stuff their leaves and other yard waste into blue bags before hauling them to the curb.Homeowners are already allowed to place leaves in clear, orange or paper bags for collection. Last night, Coun. Linda Mosher put forward a motion asking staff to look into...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 6:18 AM

Halifax sea levels to rise 73 cm by 2100: Experts

The waters in Halifax Harbour are indeed rising, but don’t start building your ark just yet.A team of experts charged with studying sea-level rise in the harbour gave a detailed presentation to regional council yesterday, explaining that the current generation won’t see a significant difference in...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 5:57 AM

Five-year transit plan gets council blessing

After several lengthy detours, HRM’s new five-year transit plan finally got the green light from regional council yesterday.Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting the plan in principal, bringing an end to months of debate and controversy surrounding the 358-page road map for future...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 5:45 AM

Teenager faces charge in Middle Sackville murder

A 17-year-old boy is facing a charge of second-degree murder after a series of bizarre events rocked a suburban neighbourhood in Middle Sackville Friday.Police say they discovered the body of an unidentified woman inside her home at 20 Hewer Cres. early in the afternoon. Investigators have not said...

Monday, February 8, 2010, 6:58 AM

RCMP discover body in North Preston home

Long yellow strands of police tape surrounded a large home in North Preston yesterday, fluttering in the chilly morning wind as members of the RCMP Major Crime Unit began their investigation into another suspicious death in the small community.Officers were sent to the modern, three-storey home at...

Monday, February 8, 2010, 5:53 AM