Category Archives: Atlantic

Tenacious Belgium immigrant pioneered Canada’s mussel industry in the 1970s

CHARLOTTETOWN — When Joe Van Den Bremt first floated the idea of producing cultured mussels on P.E.I. in the 1970s, the local fishermen laughed at him. "They were all telling me, 'We use that stuff for fertilizer,'" he said in 2017.

N.L. restores mask mandate amid rise in COVID-19 cases, reports four new cases

Just over a month after health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador lifted the province's mask mandate, rising COVID-19 cases have led them to reinstate the health order in indoor public spaces. "We have committed to adapt our public health measures ...

Nova Scotia registers $341.6-million deficit for last year, driven by COVID-19 costs

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's deficit for the 2020-21 fiscal year is $341.6 million — a figure the province's finance minister says won't affect the new Tory government's election promise to spend significantly on health care. Allan MacMaster closed the book...

P.E.I. brings back masks, introduces new testing for kids as COVID-19 cases rise

CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island announced Wednesday it is bringing back its mask mandate and introducing new testing rules for children as the province reported five new COVID-19 infections. Premier Dennis King told reporters masks will be require...

New Brunswick to require proof of vaccination for access to businesses and services

FREDERICTON — Starting next week, New Brunswick will require people to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access services such as indoor festivals, bars, restaurants and gyms in an effort to combat rising infections in the province. The new healt...

Nova Scotia reports six new COVID-19 cases as officials warn of pressure on hospitals

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia reported six new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and health officials warned of increasing pressure on hospitals due to staffing shortages. Three new cases were identified in the Halifax area, two were in the northern zone and one

Desmond inquiry: former soldier sought counselling the same day he killed his family

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — Less than a month before Lionel Desmond killed his wife, mother, daughter and himself in 2017, the Afghanistan war veteran called a community group near his home in Nova Scotia to set up an appointment for

N.L. reports 10 new cases of COVID-19, says vaccine passports won’t be mandatory

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador will be rolling out a vaccine passport in October but it won't be mandatory, the province's health minister said Wednesday, despite other Atlantic provinces tightening health restrictions and requiring proof...

New Brunswick report on youth suicide points to shortage of mental health specialists

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick needs a minister for children and youth, according to a report by the province's youth advocate, which was prompted by the death of a teenager who killed herself after failing to receive mental health care. Norm Bossé,

Desmond inquiry: focus of hearings shifts to examination of domestic violence

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — The complex issue of domestic violence was the focus Tuesday for an inquiry investigating why Lionel Desmond, a former soldier from Nova Scotia, killed three family members and himself in 2017. The executive director of the Nova...