National Newswatch

Nova Scotia to eliminate right to arbitration for Crown attorneys

Oct 16 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Angry Crown attorneys descended on the Nova Scotia legislature Wednesday after learning the Liberal government had introduced essential services legislation that would take away their right to arbitration in the midst of ongoing contract talks. The changes to the Crown Attorneys' Labour Relations Act overrides the current framework agreement and gives the prosecutors […]

Halifax service celebrates life of former Nova Scotia premier John Buchanan

Oct 11 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's 20th premier, John Buchanan, was remembered Friday as a consummate politician with an uncanny ability to connect with people, as friends and political dignitaries gathered to celebrate his life. Buchanan, who died Oct. 3 at the age of 88, served as premier from 1978 to 1990, winning four consecutive majorities for the […]

Province to restore four protected ridings for Acadians, African Nova Scotians

Oct 9 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Four protected Nova Scotia ridings aimed at improving representation for black and Acadian voters are slated to return to the province's electoral map. The Liberal government introduced legislation Wednesday that would reinstate the largely Acadian ridings of Argyle, Clare and Richmond and the predominantly African Nova Scotian riding of Preston. The districts were […]

N.S. aims to investigate deaths involving domestic violence, children in care

Oct 8 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's Liberal government has introduced legislative changes that would see domestic violence deaths and unexpected deaths of children in government care reviewed by expert committees. Justice Minister Mark Furey said Tuesday the proposed changes to the Fatality Investigations Act would create a domestic violence death review committee and a child death review committee. The committees, […]

Northern Pulp report on effluent pipe proposal forecasts no significant impacts

Oct 3 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A report by the Northern Pulp mill on its controversial effluent treatment plant proposal says the millions of litres of treated wastewater to be pumped daily into the nearby Northumberland Strait will have no significant impact on water quality or marine life. The Nova Scotia Environment Department, which ordered the report last March, posted thousands […]

Nova Scotia pulp mill submits focus report on effluent proposal to province

Oct 2 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia pulp mill submitted a focus report to the province Wednesday on its controversial effluent treatment plant proposal, which would see it pump millions of litres of treated wastewater into the nearby Northumberland Strait daily. The province's Environment Department asked for the report following an environmental review in March, when then […]

Groups say court must force Nova Scotia to protect endangered species

Sep 23 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — In what is being described as a first in Nova Scotia, conservation groups are asking the courts to order the province to respect the provisions of its Endangered Species Act. The Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists, Blomidon Naturalists Society, the Halifax Field Naturalists and wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft were in Nova Scotia Supreme Court […]

Nova Scotia Catholic hospital will offer assisted dying after policy change

Sep 19 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A Catholic hospital in Nova Scotia must now offer patients access to medically assisted dying on site — a change advocates say should be noted by other provinces with faith-based hospitals. St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., which was formerly run by the Sisters of St. Martha, had been exempt from Canada's medical assistance […]

Conservation groups want U.S. to pressure Canada to protect right whales

Sep 18 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — The U.S. government is being urged to pressure Canada to do more to protect the endangered North American right whale population in order to avoid a ban on various Canadian seafood products. Nine U.S.-based organizations wrote to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday expressing "deep concern" over the ongoing entanglement of right […]

Court upholds ruling requiring consultation with N.S. First Nation on pulp mill

Sep 17 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's Appeal Court has upheld a lower court ruling that says the province must consult with a Mi'kmaq community about how public money is provided to the Northern Pulp mill's effluent treatment plant. In a unanimous ruling issued Tuesday by a three-judge panel, Justice Joel E. Fichaud writes that the province's funding agreements with the mill […]

Group trying to land CFL franchise in Halifax submits business plan to city

Aug 31 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A partner in the business group trying to land a CFL franchise and stadium in Halifax says the group's long-awaited business plan is now in the hands of the municipality. Anthony LeBlanc, of Schooners Sports and Entertainment, confirmed a "voluminous" package of information was submitted to Halifax's chief administrative officer after business hours Friday. In […]

Sinkholes along Trans-Canada near Nova Scotia town need study:official

Aug 30 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A municipal official in Nova Scotia's Cumberland County wants the province to test the ground stability beneath a section of the Trans-Canada Highway adjacent to several sinkholes. Rachel Jones, chief administrative officer for Oxford, N.S., said recent laser imaging, known as lidar, shows sinkholes in a band crossing the highway. And she said an aerial […]

Nova Scotia beefs up information and privacy office with new executive role

Aug 29 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's justice minister says a new position is being created in the office of the information and privacy commissioner. Mark Furey said Thursday that an executive director will oversee the privacy element of the office's duties as part of an attempt to provide it with more resources. Several commissioners, including Catherine Tully, […]

Canadian health officials on alert after reports of vaping illnesses in the U.S.

Aug 28 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health says he and colleagues across Canada have increased their vigilance as American health officials investigate nearly 200 cases of severe respiratory illnesses potentially linked to vaping. Dr. Robert Strang said surveillance is being strengthened and he is sending informal email inquiries to respiratory specialists and intensive […]