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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 […]

Nova Scotia gets $4.7-million to target gun violence, human trafficking

Apr 24 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is getting $4.7-million over five years in federal funding to help address crime, including gun and gang violence and a growing human trafficking problem. The money announced Wednesday from Ottawa's $327-million Gun and Gang Violence Action Fund, will go toward developing a gun and gang violence strategy, improved intelligence gathering and […]

Gordon Wilson replaces Margaret Miller as Nova Scotia environment minister

Apr 24 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has tapped the Liberal caucus chair to join his cabinet in the key post of environment minister. McNeil announced Wednesday that Gordon Wilson would replace Margaret Miller, who has previously said that she wouldn't be running in the next provincial election. The premier said Miller is leaving cabinet […]

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to get ‘iconic’ new home on Halifax waterfront

Apr 18 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is getting a new home on the Halifax waterfront, to showcase a collection that includes works by Canadian artists ranging from Alex Colville and Mary Pratt to renowned folk artist Maud Lewis. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and federal cabinet minister Bernadette Jordan announced funding Thursday for the […]

N.S. report calls for improved representation for black, Acadian voters

Apr 15 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia should return to 55 electoral districts — including the restoration of four protected districts aimed at improving representation for black and Acadian voters, an independent commission says. The districts include the largely Acadian ridings of Clare, Argyle and Richmond, and the predominantly black riding of Preston. They were eliminated in 2012 when the province's former […]

Nova Scotia’s presumed-consent bill for organ donation poised to become law

Apr 9 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia legislation that presumes consent for organ donations is poised to become law, with a key official saying the new system will address concerns raised by civil libertarians and others. The Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act moved through the committee stage Tuesday and will soon go to final reading in the legislature, making […]

Get people with disabilities out of institutions, rights groups tell Nova Scotia

Apr 4 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Disability rights advocates are calling for Nova Scotia to commit to spending the money needed to get people out of institutions and into the community. Jen Powley, who is co-president of a group called No More Warehousing, said she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 15, and doesn't want the disease to define her life. […]

Nova Scotia’s education minister under fire again over his behaviour

Apr 3 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's premier says he was never told about old allegations of verbal and physical confrontations involving current Education Minister Zach Churchill. Former NDP education minister Ramona Jennex sent an email Monday to legislature Speaker Kevin Murphy, alleging Churchill confronted her following an exchange over budget estimates on April 13, 2012. Jennex said Churchill used profane […]