By Robyn Young

Guards back after asbestos scare

Corrections officers at the Cape Breton correctional facility were ordered back to work yesterday morning after investigators determined it was safe following last week’s asbestos scare, but guards continued to refuse certain assignments.Jim Gosse, president of Local 480 with the NSGEU, which...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 8:08 AM

Troop deal to benefit Via

Via Rail didn’t try to hide the fact it would benefit financially from a promotional offer for Canada’s military to ride the rails for free during the month of July, a spokesman says.“Surely, with any promotion that Via or any other company puts in place, you also have to at the same time make a...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 7:55 AM

Tories make it No. 7

Finance Minister Michael Baker received a standing ovation yesterday after the Conservative government’s seventh consecutive balanced budget passed at Province House just after noon.The minister toiled through the preparation of the budget in the weeks leading up to the sitting of the legislature,...

Friday, May 16, 2008, 5:51 AM

Income gap needs attention: MP

As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow in the country, and Halifax MP Alexa McDonough says neither the provincial nor federal governments are doing enough to stop it.The New Democrat MP was home from Ottawa yesterday, hosting a public discussion at Veith House with a panel of...

Friday, May 16, 2008, 5:28 AM

Climate goals a challenge

Life preservers adorned the gates of Province House yesterday morning as a signal from the Ecology Action Centre that the government is not doing enough to combat climate change.Members said the province is “floundering” and needs to be bailed out of the crisis.Inside the house, Environment...

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 6:02 AM

Sherriffs to transfer inmates

Sherriffs in Nova Scotia will take over prisoner escorts for the time being while the Justice Department waits for the results of an external audit of correctional services.Justice Minister Cecil Clarke responded yesterday to 14 compliance orders from the Labour Department after a health and safety...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 5:49 AM

Grits pan ‘re-announcements’

You can’t be a G8 member and go to all the big meetings, discuss the world’s problems, and not contribute, says a member of a national defence think tank.“Otherwise, they’ll say, ‘Canada ... why are you coming to the meetings if you’re not contributing to solving the problem?’” said Eric Lehre,...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 5:38 AM

$30B defence plan unveiled

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Halifax yesterday to announce a long-term, $30-billion Canadian defence plan that will infuse the Canadian Forces with new or upgraded equipment and about 10,000 more military personnel over the next 20 years.Harper said if a country wants to be taken seriously...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 4:28 AM

Budget backed

Cheaper gas for Nova Scotians isn’t on the agenda as the government goes into its third week of sitting at the legislature, but Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil said his caucus will support the Tory budget nonetheless.“When we looked at what was in it, we felt that it was warranted that we support...

Monday, May 12, 2008, 6:14 AM

Workplace review backs jail guards

A workplace inspection review completed by the Labour Department supports the refusal of some corrections officers in the province to do inmate transfers.The Justice Department received the results of the review Friday and the report includes a list of 14 orders that the department will have to...

Monday, May 12, 2008, 5:58 AM

No more free rides for cabinet

The days of using government-leased vehicles for ice cream runs – or any kind of runs, for that matter – are coming to an end.Premier Rodney MacDonald yesterday announced that cabinet ministers will no longer have the option of driving government-leased cars.“This ensures that there is clarity on...

Friday, May 9, 2008, 5:47 AM

Prison guards protest

“We’re not gonna take it!” Lyrics from Twisted Sisters’ hit song of the same name echoed through the streets around Province House yesterday as a couple of hundred corrections officers rallied, demanding safer working conditions.Men, women and children carried signs painted with catchy slogans such...

Thursday, May 8, 2008, 5:31 AM

10 new Dal med seats

The health minister yesterday announced 10 new undergraduate medical school seats will open at Dalhousie University over the next two years and those chosen for the program will get tuition support in exchange for their commitment to practice wherever the government deems necessary. The Liberals...

Thursday, May 8, 2008, 5:28 AM

Lapses led to April escape, review finds

A lengthy list of mistakes led up to dangerous offender Jermaine Carvery’s brazen midday escape last month, an internal review of the incident concludes.Justice Minister Cecil Clarke yesterday presented the details of the review around Carvery’s April 3 escape from custody in the Victoria General...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 6:00 AM

Can you hear me now?

Can you imagine getting a ticket for text messaging a friend in class?The idea might not be all that far-fetched if the provincial Liberals have their way.Liberal education critic Leo Glavine yesterday introduced a bill to ban the use of cellphones and other communication devices in schools during...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 6:38 AM

Stabbed teen in critical condition

A 14-year-old girl was rushed to hospital early last night after being stabbed in the chest in a public park.Police were called to 1441 Bedford Hwy. around 7:30 p.m. and found the teen suffering from one stab wound to the left side of her chest.Paul Maynard, spokesman for Emergency Health Services...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 6:34 AM

Restaurant reports to go online

Sometime before the summer patio season gets into full swing, restaurant-goers will be able to check the credentials of their favourite eateries online.Liberal health critic Dave Wilson yesterday introduced a bill that would mandate online disclosure of food inspection reports.Agriculture Minister...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 6:09 AM

Shooting victim ‘wanted to be a better person’

Jumar Carvery, the 21-year-old man shot and killed near Uniacke Square on the weekend, was just starting to get his life together, a family member said.“He had made a conscious decision that he wanted to be a better person and be a responsible citizen, and he was taking steps to do that,” his...

Monday, May 5, 2008, 6:13 AM

Shooting rattles neighbourhood

Gun violence took over metro’s streets this weekend and two residents of a North Dartmouth neighbourhood say as the weather warms up, things will only get worse.Police responded to Brule Street in Dartmouth early Sunday after a complaint of shots being fired at an apartment building after midnight....

Monday, May 5, 2008, 5:43 AM

Power profits prompt review

With Nova Scotians paying some of the highest power rates in the country, Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil is asking for a review of the province’s power utility, which this week reported drastically higher earnings than during their first quarter last year.He put in a request to the Utility and...

Friday, May 2, 2008, 6:40 AM