Category Archives: Atlantic

N.B. premier Higgs confirmed as Progressive Conservative party nominee

QUISPAMSIS, N.B. — New Brunswick's Progressive Conservative Party has confirmed Premier Blaine Higgs as its candidate in the Quispamsis riding, as speculation continues that a provincial election may be called shortly. The party's executive director, A...

In Canadian libraries, the era of late fees may be headed to history books

HALIFAX — The era of the stern Canadian librarian peering at a patron's record of late items and announcing the amount owed appears to be headed for the history books. All of Nova Scotia's libraries are going fine-fre...

N.L. top doctor says travel ban with other measures helped stem COVID-19 spread

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador's top doctor says she did not request precise models before ordering limits on travel into the province because the group doing that work was too new at the time. Testifying Friday in provincial Supreme...

Speculation begins on who may be interested in Nova Scotia premier’s job

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil's sudden decision to step away from politics has political observers speculating on a potential successor and how this person will position the province's majority Liberal government. Names such as form...

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil: a fiscal hawk with a folksy demeanour

HALIFAX — During more than six years as Nova Scotia premier, Stephen McNeil earned a reputation as an ardent fiscal conservative who wasn't shy about taking on the province's public sector unions. Until the COVID-19 pandemic upended ever...

Husband of N.S. mass shooting victim criticizes sale of replica police cars with gear

HALIFAX — The husband of a woman killed in the Nova Scotia mass shooting is criticizing the continued online sale of retired police vehicles that are still equipped with official gear. Nick Beaton, whose pregnant wife Kristen was killed by a gunma...

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announces he is leaving politics

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil unexpectedly announced his departure from politics Thursday, saying he stayed on the job longer than planned because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. After 17 years in provincial politics it&...

Georges Island: public granted access to historic site in Halifax harbour

HALIFAX — Georges Island, a small but historic chunk of land in the middle of Halifax harbour, has long been off limits to tourists — even though it has been a national historic site since 1965. But that will&nbs...

New Brunswick premier still weighing election call, but not this week

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs isn't dispelling rumours of a provincial election call, but he said Wednesday it would not come this week. Higgs said he still hasn't decided if he'll hold three possible byelections by mi...

Four new COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick involving temporary foreign workers

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick reported four new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the first cases detected in the province in more than two weeks. Premier Blaine Higgs told reporters the cases involve temporary foreign workers who arrived from Mexico. Higgs s...