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Inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women heads to Nova Scotia

MEMBERTOU, N.S. — A Mi’kmaq activist said she felt the presence of missing and murdered Indigenous women as families gathered in Nova Scotia for this week’s community hearings, and their stories of loss deserve to be told. Cheryl Maloney said she sensed a “healing energy” in the air during Sunday’s opening ceremonies ahead of the …

Right whale researchers meet in Halifax to sound alarm about species decline

HALIFAX — Their names were Glacier, Starboard and Peanut. The colourfully named mammals were among 15 North Atlantic right whales who died off the coast of Canada and the U.S. in recent months. To the community of researchers, rescuers and others gathered in Halifax for the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium’s annual meeting, each of …

Syrian chocolatier celebrates factory opening with Nova Scotia

ANTIGONISH, N.S.— A Syrian refugee said he and his family are giving back to the Nova Scotia town that helped turn them into a world-recognized success story by employing locals and treating the community to tours of their new chocolate factory. Hundreds of people waited in line Saturday at Peace by Chocolate whose sweets have …

Syrian chocolatier celebrates factory opening with Nova Scotia town

ANTIGONISH, N.S.—A Syrian refugee said he and his family are giving back to the Nova Scotia town that helped turn them into a world-recognized success story by employing locals and treating the community to tours of their new chocolate factory. Hundreds of people waited in line Saturday at Peace by Chocolate — whose sweets have …

N.S. parties trade accusations about ‘playing politics’ with sexual assault

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal and Tory parties are pointing fingers at one another for “playing politics” with sexual assault. Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie said Sunday that the Liberal government misled the public when it committed to hiring two special prosecutors to handle sexual assault cases. The hires were announced in March in the …

‘Anything was possible’: Mounties relive Moncton murder spree at RCMP trial

MONCTON, N.B. – It was a sunny summer evening in Moncton’s northwest end. After a streak of rain, temperatures had climbed, and people filled the streets basking in first days of warmth. As children played outside, a camouflaged man was spotted skulking down the middle of a road carrying what appeared to be two long …

Nova Scotia opposition parties brace for election amid government spending spree

HALIFAX –An election date has not been set, but Nova Scotia’s opposition leaders say their campaigns are in full swing with candidates knocking on doors, holding a rally and raising eyebrows about the Liberal government’s recent spending spree. NDP Leader Gary Burrill said the crowd was energized at a campaign rally held Sunday at Alderney …

Nova Scotia closing all public schools Monday as teachers start job action

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia is closing all its public schools Monday as teachers prepare to take job action over failed contract negotiations. The provincial education minister told reporters Saturday that it cannot ensure student safety under the Nova Scotia Teacher Union’s planned work-to-rule job action. “The safety of our students is paramount in all of this,” Karen …

Protesters who refuse solid food take fight against Muskrat Falls to Ottawa

An Inuk artist protesting the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador says he’s lost more than eight kilograms after ten days of consuming nothing but water but is prepared to die for his cause. Billy Gauthier says he ate his last meal—salmon—on Oct. 13. “Being Labradorians, we’re stubborn and we’re strong, so we don’t believe …

Broga: macho twist on yoga for men who want a more vigorous workout

A growing global fitness trend has men ditching dumbbells for yoga mats in so-called Broga classes, a macho twist on the thousands-year-old practice that promises the same punishing workout—with a little added bliss. Until recently, some traditions of yoga were exclusively practised by men, but it has been largely shunned by male fitness buffs in …

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