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Halifax CFL group says Moncton contest success not critical to long-term goal

Aug 23 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Anthony LeBlanc isn't placing too much emphasis on Sunday's Touchdown Atlantic game in Moncton, N.B., saying its perceived success or failure will ultimately have little bearing on his group's attempt to land a CFL franchise in Halifax. The co-founder of Schooners Sports and Entertainment is downplaying any suggestions that a low turnout to watch […]

Talks on compensation for Glen Assoun underway with feds, Nova Scotia: lawyer

Aug 21 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Discussions about government compensation for a Halifax man who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his former girlfriend are underway, one of his lawyers confirmed Wednesday. Sean MacDonald said in an interview that he and lawyer Phil Campbell are in talks with officials in the federal and provincial justice departments aimed at getting financial […]

Prime Minister announces advisory committee aimed at promoting skilled trades

Aug 16 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A new advisory committee will help promote apprenticeships and skilled trades across Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau made the announcement prior to a roundtable meeting focused on promoting trades for women at a Nova Scotia Community College campus in Dartmouth, N.S. In brief opening remarks before the closed-door session, Trudeau said trades […]

Dalhousie adds medical school seats for black, Indigenous and rural students

Aug 8 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Minority representation at Nova Scotia's lone medical school is getting a boost through the addition of 16 new training seats dedicated for rural, black and Indigenous students. Dalhousie University will get four new first-year spots for the fall term and another 12 for the 2020-21 academic year, Premier Stephen McNeil said Thursday. The government will invest $300,000 this year for […]

Nova Scotia records higher than expected budget surplus in 2018-19

Jul 25 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government says it registered a final surplus of $120 million in fiscal 2018-19, despite increased funding for remediation projects including two abandoned gold mines. The province released its final books for the fiscal year Thursday, revealing it will spend $47.9 million to clean up the former Montague Gold Mines near […]

Federal minister cancels review putting Cape Breton airport proposal on hold

Jul 25 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A proposed airport project in western Cape Breton was suddenly placed on hold Thursday, as the federal minister of rural economic development cancelled a review of a funding application. In a statement released by her office, Bernadette Jordan said there currently isn't enough information to demonstrate how the airport project to be located […]

Nova Scotia announces $1.9-million to bolster safety training for home care

Jul 18 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Home support workers in Nova Scotia are getting almost $1.9 million to address concerns about violent clients and other safety issues. Paula Langille of the Health Department's continuing care branch said Thursday the initiative will include non-violent crisis intervention training for nurses — a direct response to concerns raised in a meeting one month […]

Nova Scotia to divert more criminal cases to restorative justice system

Jul 16 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is diverting more cases from traditional courtrooms and into its ground-breaking restorative justice system, aiming to give people a second chance that it says can help everyone heal. "Some might say restorative justice is a soft on crime approach — that's not the case," Justice Minister Mark Furey said Tuesday. "Restorative […]

Delay means ferry season between Nova Scotia and Maine now in question: minister

Jun 20 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — It's an open question whether a heavily subsidized ferry will actually sail this summer between Nova Scotia and Maine, a provincial cabinet minister acknowledged Thursday. Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said there is still no definitive startup date from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which requires specific renovations to the terminal building in Bar Harbor, […]

Reforms still needed at Atlantic Lottery Corporation, auditors say

Jun 19 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Atlantic Canada's auditors general say there's still work to be done reforming governance at the Atlantic Lottery Corporation in the wake of their report that found lavish spending, including $111,000 for staff holiday parties. They say the four provincial governments have taken action on just 22 per cent of recommendations in a joint 2016 report […]

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman applauded during navy change of command ceremony

Jun 12 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, whose status has been up in the air since a breach-of-trust-case against him was dropped last month, was welcomed with a greeting of "mate" from the chief of the defence staff and applause from the crowd at a navy ceremony Wednesday. Questions have swirled around the future of Norman, the former second-in-command of Canada's […]

System for picking N.S. bridge repairs and replacements too loose:auditor

May 28 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is doing an inadequate job choosing which of its aging bridges are most urgently in need of repair or replacement, the province's auditor general says. In an audit report released Tuesday, Michael Pickup found the Transportation Department isn't providing its managers with the information needed to make decisions about fixing, maintaining and building new bridges. Figures in his report indicate over […]

Cost analysis of $2B Halifax hospital project to be released, official says

May 14 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A consultant's cost analysis on the estimated $2-billion redevelopment of Atlantic Canada's largest hospital complex will be released — but not yet, a Nova Scotia legislature committee was told Tuesday. Deputy minister Paul LaFleche said the Department of Infrastructure Renewal wouldn't release the report by Deloitte until pending design and construction bids are evaluated […]