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N.S. refuses to reveal management fee for Yarmouth ferry operator

Jan 17 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government is continuing to butt heads with the province's privacy commissioner, rejecting her call to reveal the management fee and potential bonuses paid to the private operator of the Yarmouth-to-Maine ferry. In a letter released Thursday by the Opposition Progressive Conservatives, Catherine Tully was told by the Transportation Department that […]

Nova Scotia moves to allow thermal disposal of plastic, newsprint

Jan 16 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is moving to allow plastic, cardboard and newsprint to be used in waste-to-energy plants — a move a Halifax environmental group says is "doubly disappointing." Environment Minister Margaret Miller said the changes to solid waste regulations announced Wednesday will give businesses an opportunity to "create something useful from waste destined for landfills." "Now the […]

Reports slam province for failing to protect information in N.S. privacy breach

Jan 15 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Last year's breach of Nova Scotia's freedom-of-information website was entirely preventable, according to a pair of reports released Tuesday that slammed the Liberal government for failing to protect the public's personal information. The reports released by provincial auditor general Michael Pickup and privacy commissioner Catherine Tully said risk management around the web portal […]

Nova Scotia ferry’s port switch in Maine held up by U.S. politics

Jan 14 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — The private operator of the Nova Scotia-Maine ferry says its move to a new port in the state is being held up by the U.S. government shutdown and the transition to a new governor. The heavily subsidized ferry is set to move to Bar Harbor from Portland, Maine, after Bay Ferries struck a […]

Opposition cries foul as Nova Scotia ponders paying for U.S. border agents

Jan 10 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is considering footing the bill for U.S. border security agents in Maine serving the privately run ferry to Yarmouth, N.S. Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines said Thursday that nothing has yet been decided in talks with U.S. officials, but it could be part of the cost of doing business as the ferry moves to […]

Nova Scotia needs improved access to health care in 2019: Opposition

Dec 28 2018 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A lack of access to primary health care is an ongoing problem in Nova Scotia and the province's opposition leaders say they will push the Liberal government to improve the situation in 2019. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Houston says with the province spending over $4 billion a year on health care, there is […]

ServiCom assets go to Iowa businessman for $1.5 million in court auction

Dec 18 2018 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — The assets of a shuttered Cape Breton call centre have been awarded to an Iowa-based businessman for $1.5-million, a deal that will likely save hundreds of jobs in Cape Breton. Nova Scotia Business Minister Geoff MacLellan confirmed Tuesday that Anthony Marlowe of Marlowe Companies Inc. (MCI) outbid two other interested buyers for the assets of ServiCom Canada […]

No ‘Plan B’ for potential shutdown of Northern Pulp mill, minister says

Dec 13 2018 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia isn't currently planning for the potential shutdown of the Northern Pulp mill if it can't solve its effluent problem, says Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin. The mill has already said it likely won't be able to meet a legislated deadline of Jan. 30, 2020, for the closure of its Boat Harbour effluent treatment […]

N.S. auditor slams lack of oversight, financial controls at IWK hospital

Dec 11 2018 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's auditor general says he was "shocked and troubled" to find a lack of oversight and basic financial management controls at Atlantic Canada's largest children's hospital. "It is shocking to me that an organization the size of the IWK, that spends nearly $300 million a year, could have such widespread lack of […]

Fractured care system ill-equipped to deal with abuse at Halifax orphanage

Dec 7 2018 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A new report from an ongoing public inquiry into decades of abuse at a Halifax-area orphanage says a fragmented system of care wasn't equipped to address the needs of children who were vulnerable. The interim report, released Friday by the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry, says the story of the home illustrates a […]

Nova Scotia to adopt practices that will see reduced clearcutting:minister

Dec 3 2018 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia will adopt sustainable forestry practices that will see reduced clearcutting on Crown land, although the province's lands and forestry minister is unable to say yet by how much. Iain Rankin said forest policies will be guided by ecological practices through the so-called "triad" model — some areas protected from all forestry, […]

Deadline extended for Nova Scotia-Maine ferry amid lease negotiations

Nov 29 2018 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — It still may not be clear where Nova Scotia's ferry to Maine will land next year. The deadline for Bay Ferries to pull out of its lease with the port of Portland, Maine, has been extended until the end of the year, says Nova Scotia's transportation minister. The deadline had been previously extended from […]

N.S. looks to tighten parade safety after little girl’s tragic death

Nov 29 2018 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government is moving to improve parade safety measures after the tragic death of a four-year-old girl at a Christmas parade. MaCali Cormier died after she fell under a float during Yarmouth's annual Christmas Parade of Lights last Saturday. Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines said Thursday his department's traffic services division is considering […]

Commission says Nova Scotia should restore four minority ridings

Nov 28 2018 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A commission looking to redraw Nova Scotia's electoral map is calling for the restoration of four electoral districts aimed at improving representation for black and Acadian voters. The commission's interim report was released Wednesday following a province-wide public consultation process in September. "We conclude that the four formerly protected electoral districts should be […]