National Newswatch

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 […]

Halifax police, RCMP say they won’t offer formal apology for street checks

May 13 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — A formal police apology for street checks isn't in the immediate offing for Halifax's black community, despite a request from the city's civilian police oversight body. Both Halifax Regional Police and the RCMP have confirmed in written responses they won't be taking the step "at this time." The Halifax Board of Police Commissioners had […]

Government, school officials agree to resume high school rugby in Nova Scotia

May 7 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — High school rugby players in Nova Scotia will be returning to the pitch to finish their season, although the sport's future status remains to be determined. The decision to resume play following last week's abrupt cancellation of the season over safety concerns came after a meeting Tuesday between Education Department officials and the governing […]

Unclear whether Nova Scotia’s high school rugby ban will be lifted

May 6 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — The status of high school rugby in Nova Scotia remains murky, despite a call by the province's education minister to reinstate the sport. Zach Churchill told the province's school athletics authority to allow rugby to resume, after it was abruptly cancelled across the province without warning over safety and liability concerns last week. The minister's […]

Nova Scotia to add 173 staff to support inclusive education: Churchill

May 2 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is spending another $15-million to bolster services and programs for students with special needs in the classroom, pledging to hire 173 more inclusive education specialists, teachers, and non-teaching staff this September. The money for year two of a five-year rollout of changes for inclusive education includes more than $3-million for training […]

Environment group wants faster phase-out of coal-fired plants in Nova Scotia

May 1 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia needs to do more to phase out coal-fired electrical plants despite the province's exemption from the 2030 federal deadline nationally, says a Halifax-based environmental group. The Ecology Action Centre expressed concern Tuesday that under the terms of an existing equivalency agreement with Ottawa, Nova Scotia could still emit millions of tonnes […]

Nova Scotia wants to replicate Chinese trade success with Europe

Apr 25 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia has turned its trade focus to growing its European exports through a new strategy that builds on successful efforts to boost trade with China. Premier Stephen McNeil said Thursday that although the Nova Scotia-Europe Engagement Strategy sets no targets, the idea is to grow trade and investment opportunities with the European […]