National Newswatch

Public bodies in Nova Scotia get one year to develop accessibility plans

Dec 3 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Municipalities and universities will have a year to develop plans to remove barriers to accessibility as Nova Scotia continues to move towards its legislated goal of making the province more accessible to people with disabilities by 2030. Justice Minister Mark Furey announced a step Tuesday that would see municipalities, villages, universities, the Nova Scotia […]

Nova Scotia’s premier supports continuing economic, cultural ties with China

Nov 28 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's premier says he believes more can be gained through continuing to develop economic and cultural ties with China rather than treating the country as an adversary. Stephen McNeil recently returned from his eighth trip to China since 2013, and was asked Thursday about remarks made last week by Halifax International Security Forum […]

Former Nova Scotia premier Gerald Regan dead at 91

Nov 27 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Former Nova Scotia premier Gerald Regan, whose political accomplishments were later overshadowed by a sexual assault trial that resulted in an acquittal, died Tuesday at the age of 91. Regan, a lawyer and one-time sportscaster, served eight years as the province's 19th premier, with his Liberals winning a minority government in 1970 and […]

Nova Scotia pulp mill’s effluent focus report lacks detail: federal departments

Nov 26 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's premier declined comment Tuesday after federal input on a plan to pump millions of litres of treated wastewater from a pulp mill into the Northumberland Strait was made public. Stephen McNeil said that if he were to comment on the federal criticism ahead of a provincial Environment Department decision on Northern Pulp's project, he would […]

China’s ‘different view of the world’ major focus of Halifax security forum

Nov 22 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Canada's defence minister says he doesn't see China as an adversary, as a security conference in Halifax this weekend prepares to focus heavily on the Asian superpower. Harjit Sajjan said while there are significant challenges in Canada's relationship with China — including the detention by the Chinese of two Canadians — there is co-operation on […]

Concerned groups urge N.S. to reject mill’s plan to pump effluent into strait

Nov 19 2019 — Keith Doucette — PICTOU, N.S. — The Northern Pulp mill's plan to pump treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait lacks information and minimizes the risk to fishing grounds in the vicinity, a coalition of groups said Tuesday as they urged the Nova Scotia government to reject the proposal. The Town of Pictou, Pictou Landing First Nation, fishermen from across the Maritimes […]

Nova Scotia health groups call for urgent action to deal with youth vaping

Nov 12 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Several health advocacy groups are calling on the Nova Scotia government to take urgent action to curb what they call a "youth vaping epidemic." Kelly Cull, of the Canadian Cancer Society, told the legislature's health committee Tuesday that a recent Canadian study found that youth vaping had skyrocketed by 74 per cent nationally in […]

N.S. premier defends trade mission to China as Canadians remain behind bars

Nov 7 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — As two Canadians detained in China approach one year behind bars, Nova Scotia's premier is defending his latest trade mission to the country as the best way to demonstrate what democracies have to offer. Stephen McNeil leaves Friday for his eighth trip to China since becoming premier in 2013. The Nova Scotia delegation's two […]

Nova Scotia premier defends emissions targets in new climate bill

Oct 30 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's Liberal government has passed legislation setting new emissions targets Premier Stephen McNeil is defending as the most aggressive in the country. The Sustainable Development Goals Act was passed by a vote of 46-0 as the legislature wrapped up its month-long fall sitting Wednesday. "This bill will lead the country in greenhouse […]

Nova Scotia needs better assessment of contaminated mine sites, fraud: report

Oct 29 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's auditor general says the province hasn't sufficiently investigated potential contamination at many old and abandoned mine sites, meaning there could be unknown future hits to the government's finances. Michael Pickup released a report Tuesday saying the province can't effectively assess its financial exposure related to future remediation projects. "The cost to […]

Nova Scotia legislature committee told new climate targets don’t go far enough

Oct 28 2019 — Keith Doucette — HALIFAX — Nova Scotia lawmakers were implored to strengthen environmental targets on Monday as activists and others voiced concerns that the province's Liberal government isn't moving fast enough on climate change. The government's proposed Sustainable Development Goals Act would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 53 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and move the […]

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 […]