Robyn Young, Metro Halifax

Barnet: I ‘made a mistake’

“I want to first of all and most importantly apologize to Nova Scotians who’ve lost faith in me as their minister,” said Barry Barnet yesterday in response to the ATV debacle.The health promotion and protection minister told reporters at a news conference he “made a mistake” and the off-road...

Friday, June 27, 2008, 10:30 AM

Minister grilled on near-escape of two prisoners

Justice Minister Cecil Clarke faced some tough questions yesterday after two prisoners on a transfer to court almost got away.It’s been only three weeks since Toronto police caught dangerous offender Jermaine Carvery after being on the lam for more than two months.After his April 3 escape, the...

Friday, June 27, 2008, 10:30 AM

Will shorter sessions make council more efficient?

City council sessions are becoming far too long and painful, says downtown Halifax Coun. Dawn Sloane.“I don’t know any person that can make good decisions after sitting in a chair for 16 hours,” she said yesterday. “We don’t even let bus drivers do that.”At tomorrow’s session, she’ll propose that...

Monday, June 23, 2008, 10:30 AM

Homes suffered serious damage in fire

A new, tragic scenario is beginning to unfold in the aftermath of HRM’s massive brush fire this week — houses that are uninhabitable because of water, smoke and soot damage.“Those issues are not as cut and dried in terms of do they need to tear the whole house down or not,” said Mineville Community...

Thursday, June 19, 2008, 10:30 AM

Brush fire man-made, according to officials

Charges have yet to be laid in the fire that ravaged parts of HRM this week, but natural resources officials say they have a pretty good idea how it started.“We do have a great ability to trace burn patterns back to the origin,” said department spokeswoman Jennifer Gavin.Lead investigators...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 10:30 AM

Six-million dollars to aid people with disabilities

The province announced a $6-million investment yesterday that will go towards improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.Premier Rodney MacDonald and Community Services Minister Judy Streatch announced the funding together at Bonny Lea Farm — a vocational day program for people with...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 10:30 AM

Councillor calls for report on hiring transit security

Cost shouldn’t be a deciding factor in hiring special constables for transit buses, says a city councillor.“It would cost less than what the life of a bus driver would cost,” said Harry McInroy.The Cole Harbour councillor will ask council tonight to look into security for Metro Transit.“There’s...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 10:30 AM

Boudreau charges bring relief

Bridgewater residents breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after hearing news Saturday that Penny Boudreau had been charged in the murder of her daughter, Karissa.“I was at a banquet last night and the chairperson got up and announced it,” said Annette Chipman, who was enjoying a peaceful picnic...

Monday, June 16, 2008, 10:30 AM

Immigrants hope for refund

Leo Karunanayake is one of the unlucky newcomers to Nova Scotia who entered a troubled immigration program.Immigration Minister Len Goucher yesterday announced those who have been victims of the failed program may see a refund of the $100,000 fee they paid to participate, but Karunanayake wondered...

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 10:30 AM

Auditor-general slams mentorship program

The auditor general delivered a damning report yesterday about the controversial provincial immigration nominee program.Critics say the document proves the program, which has been in place since 2003, was a “political misadventure.”“This is a stunning example of mal-administration,” said NDP MLA...

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 10:30 AM

Wash your tomatoes to avoid Salmonella

Ridding tomatoes of surface Salmonella is simple.“Wash ‘em,” said Mark Richard, spokesman for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.Over the past week, a number of Canadian and American food chains including McDonald’s, Tim Hortons and KFC have taken tomatoes off their menus as a precaution in...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 10:30 AM

Carvery faces charges in Toronto

Jermaine Carvery will face charges in Toronto before returning to Halifax to deal with a laundry list of charges he accumulated before his April 3 escape.Brendan Crawley, spokesman for the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto, said the 30-year-old will appear in the College Park courts this...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 10:30 AM

Ex-RCMP officer files disability lawsuit

A P.E.I. man is hoping to see thousands of dollars in reimbursement from the government of Canada after his Halifax lawyer filed a proposed class action lawsuit last week.Gerard Buote, a former RCMP officer, has been off work on disability since 1994 after an on-the-job injury forced him to be “...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 10:30 AM

You call this a summer?

This summer will be hotter than usual all across the country — except in Nova Scotia.“Really in Nova Scotia, we’re looking at a little cooler than normal in the western part of the province and near normal in the rest,” said Dave Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada.He said with the...

Friday, June 6, 2008, 10:30 AM

Minister won’t rule out Nova Scotia carbon tax

Nova Scotia’s environment minister is not ruling out carbon taxing as a way to reduce the province’s environmental footprint.“As far as I’m concerned, everything’s on the table at this point,” Mark Parent said yesterday.B.C. was the first Canadian province to announce carbon taxing which comes into...

Friday, June 6, 2008, 10:30 AM

Tories drop to third in popularity: Poll

Premier Rodney MacDonald didn’t have much to say yesterday about the results of a recent poll showing his party has dropped to third place in popularity.“I don’t comment on polls,” he told reporters after the government’s weekly cabinet meeting.The Atlantic Quarterly survey revealed only 43 per...

Friday, June 6, 2008, 10:30 AM

Tougher street racing laws coming into effect

Street racing is going to be a little tougher to get away with starting Sunday when changes to the Motor Vehicle Act come into effect.The amendments were passed last fall and they include a broader definition of what constitutes street racing or stunt driving.“Specific aggressive or dangerous...

Friday, May 30, 2008, 10:30 AM

Cornwallis statue ‘hurtful’: Mi'kmaq

Edward Cornwallis, memorialized in a downtown statue as the founder and first governor of Halifax, is also well remembered by some Nova Scotians as the man who ordered all Mi’kmaq men, women and children scalped for a 10 pound sterling reward in 1749.Yesterday, on the National Aboriginal Day of...

Friday, May 30, 2008, 10:30 AM

Higher gas prices leading to fewer kids?

High gas prices have so much infiltrated the average person’s daily life it’s not just affecting the small decisions anymore.Lara Mackenzie and her husband have a three-year-old and an eight-month-old and they’ve decided two kids is enough because with any more, they’d have to buy a bigger vehicle...

Friday, May 30, 2008, 10:30 AM

Phantom energy adds up, says Conserve N.S.

With the way fuel and energy prices have been climbing over the past few months, it’s no surprise electricity rates are following suit, says an energy conservation expert.“Sooner or later, it’ll catch up with fuels for electricity as well,” said Allan Crandlemire, executive director of Conserve...

Thursday, May 29, 2008, 10:30 AM