Paul McLeod

Province creates new position in attempt to draw federal funding

The province is creating a new six-figure position in a late game attempt to make the Atlantic Gateway dream a reality.There’s federal money up for grabs, but so far the province only has a list of projects rather than a coherent plan.They’re hoping that will change as they bring on Kevin Hamm to...

Friday, June 18, 2010, 5:39 AM

Riot not major: Officials

The man in charge of jails says this week’s riot in Burnside was not a major incident and, in a rare agreement, both operators and the union say the prison is functioning well.Tuesday night’s flare-up involving 17 men trashing a common room at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility was not...

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 6:37 AM

Stabbed trucker lay overnight in Dartmouth parking lot, police say

Police are waiting to speak to a man who was stabbed multiple times and left overnight in the parking lot of a Dartmouth mall.Police believe the 40-year-old victim pulled his 18-wheeler into the Penhorn Mall parking lot at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was found almost 12 hours later in the cab of...

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 6:29 AM

No answers on riot cause

Corrections officials say they don’t know if the stabbing of an inmate sparked Tuesday night’s riot at the Central Nova Correctional Centre in Burnside.One prisoner was stabbed in three places during a clash with two other men in a north unit common room, corrections services executive director...

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 5:53 AM

Fisherman found dead in water

A 55-year-old fisherman was discovered dead in the water not far from his boat Monday evening near Mitchell Bay, on the Eastern Shore close to Ecum Secum.The man had gone out lobster fishing earlier in the day and when he didn’t return home, authorities were called. As the coast guard was preparing...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 6:18 AM

Police issue warning after unusual tally of bear sightings

It’s no picnic — bears have been appearing in HRM looking for food.Bears were spotted three times around Tantallon on Monday alone, according to police.While such sightings are not uncommon, the unusually high number of run-ins this year with the majestic beasts has caused police to put out a...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 6:08 AM

Canadian Blood Services defends donor policy

Walking up Rainnie Drive in Halifax yesterday one could see the words: “One more block to save three lives” written in chalk on the ground.A few steps later it read: “Except for gay, all blood types are needed.”The duelling messages marked National Blood Donor Day and the beginning of National...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 6:02 AM

Province pitching in for more pitches

Successfully renting an indoor soccer pitch in HRM has been about as unlikely as qualifying for the World Cup.But that may soon change as HRM prepares to quadruple its indoor soccer facilities. The province announced yesterday it is putting $3 million toward a new $9.5-million facility. The plan is...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 5:57 AM

Roundabout resistance

In a debate that will put HRM’s new traffic vision to the test, one councillor hopes to derail a new roundabout in his district tomorrow night.The Halifax intersection of Duffus Street, Novalea Drive and Devonshire Avenue is one of a handful of proposed new roundabout sites. Municipal staff say...

Monday, June 14, 2010, 6:15 AM

Parties to meet on committee

The leaders of the province’s three political parties will meet to try to solve a dispute that has one party boycotting committee meetings.Tory Cecil Clarke announced he and his party would refuse to attend future meetings after storming out of a Public Accounts meeting Wednesday. The NDP majority...

Monday, June 14, 2010, 5:55 AM

Furious Tories boycott all committees

The Progressive Conservative party has pulled the trigger on a boycott of all government committees in protest of what one member is calling a “parliamentary dictatorship.”Tory MLA Cecil Clarke walked out of a Public Accounts Committee meeting on Wednesday after the NDP majority voted to strike an...

Friday, June 11, 2010, 5:51 AM

Rebates to get ‘serious look’ as economic tool

Eyebrows were raised this week when Convergys announced it was closing its call centre in Truro just as a six-year annual rebate worth as much as $6.5 million expires.Economic Development Minister Percy Paris said on Thursday he is taking a “very serious look at rebates” to see if they’re worth it...

Friday, June 11, 2010, 5:40 AM

MLA walks out, urges boycott of committee

The provincial legislature’s flagship committee may grind to a halt after a Tory MLA stormed out of a meeting yesterday and plans a full-scale boycott.Tory Cecil Clarke and two members of the Liberal party were livid after being outvoted by the NDP majority on Public Accounts, the legislature’s...

Thursday, June 10, 2010, 6:21 AM

Contentious spending meeting leads to cuts in speaker’s office

The province is gutting the speaker’s office as it further tries to reform itself after the expense scandal.It’s the outcome of a contentious first-ever meeting of the Assembly Management Commission, the MLA body that replaces the old, secretive system of setting political salaries and perks.The...

Thursday, June 10, 2010, 6:16 AM

NDP marks one year with orange cake

The NDP celebrated the one-year anniversary of its historic election win yesterday with cheers and some orange and white cake.MLAs and staffers gathered at the party office to hear a motivational speech by Premier Darrell Dexter on the “year of challenge and change” just gone by.“Thank you all for...

Thursday, June 10, 2010, 6:13 AM

Opposition, NDP to clash over documents

A showdown between the NDP and opposition parties is set for this morning, when the Liberals will try to drag the premier in front of the Public Accounts Committee for questioning.At issue is the 281 business documents the government withheld from the auditor general. Liberal MLA Keith Colwell will...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 6:28 AM

NDP report card: D for disaster?

The Liberals assumed the role of schoolmarm yesterday, releasing a harsh report card on the NDP’s first year in office.The report card gives the “grade one” government the final mark of a D (slyly wedged between an N and P). Dragging down the average was the Promises section, where the NDP received...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 5:54 AM

Police probing vandalism spree

Police are investigating an apparent vandalism spree of eight vehicles over the weekend.Four cars on Caldwell Road were targeted overnight Saturday. One had its door dented by being kicked, while three others had their mirrors knocked off.On Cedar Crescent and Allison Drive, paint was poured on two...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 6:03 AM

Clash in court over Citadel Hill’s value

Lawyers for Halifax and Ottawa have made their final arguments in a decade-long legal battle over the value of Citadel Hill. The outcome will likely set a national precedent.At issue is the federal government’s claim that about 99 per cent of Citadel Hill is almost completely valueless.Because it...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 5:56 AM

Ottawa pledges $95.7M to beef up air cargo safety measures

There were more physical announcements than there were details yesterday as a new $95.7-million security program for air transport was unveiled.Federal Defence Minister Peter MacKay was outside Halifax Stanfield International Airport yesterday, as five other cabinet ministers were at airports...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 7:01 AM