Category Archives: Atlantic

Newfoundland and Labrador cuts gas tax, promises $15 minimum wage by Oct. 1, 2023

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The Newfoundland and Labrador government is temporarily cutting the provincial gas tax in half and promising a minimum wage of $15 an hour by October 2023. Premier Andrew Furey told reporters the "temporary and targeted" measures are...

Mass shooting inquiry hears from senior Mountie amid protests

TRURO, N.S. — The inquiry into the 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia is hearing Thursday from a retired senior Mountie who has been granted special accommodations to ensure he is not re-traumatized by having to relive the tragic, 13-hour

N.S. justice officials defend monitoring of convicts on community sentences

HALIFAX — Representatives from Nova Scotia’s Justice Department faced questioning today on why the province failed to oversee the company it hired to monitor convicts serving sentences in the community. A report last week from the auditor general found...

Victims’ families boycotting N.S. mass shooting inquiry over questioning of Mounties

TRURO, N.S. — The relatives of victims of the 2020 Nova Scotia mass shooting have told their lawyers to boycott the public inquiry investigating the tragedy, after its commissioners decided to prevent cross-examination of key Mountie witnesses. The law...

Young people living in Halifax say they are being priced out of the city they love

HALIFAX — Gina Grattan moved to Halifax from her hometown of Amherst, N.S., when she was 18, and she says living in her chosen city is becoming increasingly difficult — despite working two jobs. “Halifax is my home, and I'd like

Mass shooting inquiry: Two senior Mounties exempted from cross-examination

HALIFAX — Two lawyers are criticizing a decision Tuesday to allow senior RCMP witnesses to avoid cross-examination before the inquiry investigating the 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia. The lawyers, Tara Miller and Josh Bryson, represent relatives of ...

N.B. Court of Appeal boots watchdog group from hearing on legality of snap elections

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's highest court refused to hear an appeal on Tuesday by a national pro-democracy group that wants snap elections to be declared illegal in the province.  The Court of Appeal said the lower court failed to decide whether

Moderate livelihood fishery launched by First Nation in Cape Breton

A Nova Scotia First Nation has launched a moderate livelihood lobster fishery in Cape Breton with approval from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The department issued a statement Friday saying it came to an understanding with the We’koqm...

New study suggests Atlantic Loop needed as part of energy mix as coal is phased out

HALIFAX — The proposed energy corridor to connect the four Atlantic provinces to hydroelectricity from Quebec and Labrador is important for helping the region reach zero carbon emissions, but the project isn't enough, a new study suggests. When coal is...

Costs reach $25.6 million for public inquiry into 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX — The public inquiry into Nova Scotia's mass shooting has already cost $25.6 million to investigate the April 18-19, 2020, rampage — and there are still about five months remaining in its mandate. Costs are shared between the federal and