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NS: Information Morning

Information Morning kick starts the day on mainland Nova Scotia with news, survival information, compelling stories and opinions from all perspectives in the province.

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Trump's campaign to undo Obama's legacy

Bulldozing Obama's legacy is a preoccupation of the 45th president.

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Season 1 update

In March 2018, David and his team of volunteers conduct a fourth search of Holmes Lake for Adrien McNaughton.

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My way

Layla navigates offers of drugs and alcohol at school. Olivia goes down a dangerous path.

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The power of the Pope

CBC correspondent Steven D’Souza was there as thousands cheered, white smoke bellowed and a new pope was chosen.

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Meeting the firefighter that caught him from a window 25 years ago

Daniel Graham was six months old when a Windsor firefighter saved his life from a burning building. That firefighter was Greg Lake. He's now retired, but Greg and Daniel have reconnected 25 years later.

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Report confirms old growth forest cut

In Nova Scotia old growth forest on crown land is supposed to be conserved, not cut down. But a report released yesterday by the department of natural resources found that 30 hectares of old growth forest has indeed been harvested by Port Hawkesbury Paper. Daniel George is a veteran logger and forester. Margaret Miller is the Minister of Natural Resources.

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The story behind the song Powerless by Classified

The song "Powerless" by Classified has received a great deal of attention during the last few months. It tackles the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. And other stories of sexual violence. The rapper from Enfield says he was motivated to write it after hearing from survivors. Now a CBC Investigation looks more closely into one of the stories referenced in the song.

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Why fundraising perks vary from school to school

Fundraising varies widely in elementary schools in the Halifax area. And that can have an impact in the classroom. Information Morning's Nina Corfu has been looking into this.

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Changes to art education designed to offer students more

There are changes coming to arts education in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The Halifax Regional Centre of Education is replacing 16 teachers at elementary schools with art specialists.

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Changing how art is taught in Halifax schools

The Halifax Regional Centre for Education says it is expanding arts teaching in elementary schools. The specialists will work with teachers. Karen Schlick spent 30 years as an art teacher in Dartmouth.

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No family doctor, no nursing home bed

Like many seniors, Mary Jane Copps' mother-in-law wanted to stay home for as long as possible. And for many years, the family was able to keep her with them. But the 87 year old has dementia and needs extra care. Her family found a spot at a facility in Bridgetown. All they needed was an up to date medical certificate from a family doctor.

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La Presse goes not-for-profit

The Montreal publication La Presse made Canadian history yesterday, when it announced it would become a not-for-profit. It will now accept charitable donations as part of its revenue stream. Colette Brin is a journalism professor and director of the Centre for Media Studies at Laval University.

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Urban designer urges Halifax to protect its heritage

Between the cranes, the construction and the massive holes in the ground, Halifax is certainly a city in flux. The municipality's Centre Plan is supposed to be a guide for that growth. Jennifer Keesmaat is a former chief planner for the city of Toronto and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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Nova Scotia coasts ideal for sea kayaking

As the weather warms up, it's time to make your plans to get out on the ocean. Sea kayaking is one of the best ways to do that. Our A for Adventure team knows many great coastal kayak routes.

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Homeless shelter in Truro causes controversy

A 15 bed homeless shelter has been operating on the main street in downtown Truro for six months. The Hub House is in an unassuming building, that once was a hair salon. But it's sparked significant debate in town about how to deal with homelessness. The CBC's Moira Donovan has more.

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The Happy Community Project is set to launch in Sackville Beaverbank

People in Sackville and Beaverbank are taking steps to ensure their grandchildren have a happy place to live twenty years from now. Barry Braun came up with the idea for West Hants. Jason Craig is running with it in the Sackville and Beaverbank area.

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Behind scenes of negotiations for aboriginal fishey

How an act of reconciliation with Indigenous communities, leads to a bidding war for control of a fishery - with lots of manouevering behind the scenes. The CBC's Paul Withers has the story.

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Longtime Ecology Action Centre staffer Susanna Fuller fired following a dispute over a grant.

The former senior marine conservation coordinator at the EAC is taking legal action against the organization. She says she was wrongfully terminated, and was not given severance.

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Math curriculum doesn't add up

Nova Scotian students scored below the national standard in test results released this week. These are the Pan-Canadian Assessment program results. Local students scored low in math and science. Genevieve Boulet thinks they might do better if we just overhauled the math curriculum.

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Delay in free Halifax bus passes causes hardship for low income people

When the Nova Scotia Government announced it would be providing free bus passes for people on income assistance, advocated greeted the news as an important break for low-income families. But a month after recipients say they were told the passes would start, they're still waiting.

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Pro vs hobbyist artist takes on CRA

Should artists have to actually sell their work to get a business deduction for their expernses? That's the issue in the case of Halifax artists and instructor Steve Higgins. CBC Reporter Paul Withers has the details.

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Helping people understand their own biases

Nova Scotia Conservatives may be about to get some sensitivity training, after the MLA for Cumberland made some head turning comments earlier this month. The party's interim leader has suggested all the party's MLAs may get cultural sensitivity training. Shakira Weatherdon is an equity and inclusion consultant at the NSCC. Ann Divine is the CEO of Ashanti Leadership and Development Services.

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Debating the relevance of radio, on the radio!

Halifax has a few schools that often do well in national and even international debating competitions. This year, three local teams did well enough in the prestigious Queens University Debate tournament to get an invitation to the Oxford Cup, in England. To give you a taste of their debating prowess, we've invited one student from each two-person team in to our studio. Julia Wright is from Sacred Heart School of Halifax. Tessa Davis goes to Armbrae Academy. Eamon Roach is on the Fountain Academy team.

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Aquaculture Association responds to Federal audit

A federal auditor says the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is falling short of its commitments to monitor salmon aquaculture. The audit covered most of Canada's coastal jurisdictions, but skipped Nova Scotia because it had recently been done by the provincial auditor general. Tom Smith is Executive Director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia.

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Take me out to the ball game...and put me behind home plate

One of Canada's top umpires says more women should be doing the job. She's giving a clinic for girls this weekend in Dartmouth.

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Auditor General slams salmon farming industry

Salmon farming is a billion dollar industry in Canada. But a new report from the Auditor General's office says Fisheries and Oceans Canada is doing a very poor job of regulating the industry. Julie Gelfand is Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, and lead author of the report.

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Preparedness key for happy campers

As the warm weather returns, the idea of camping in the great outdoors becomes more enticing to people. Our A for Adventure team give us some tips for camping.

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Behind the scenes of police investigation into Valentine's Day plot

On Valentine's Day 2015, people in the Halifax area were shocked to find out how close they'd come to a mass shooting. Two young people had been arrested for planning an attack on the Halifax Shopping Centre, and a third had killed himself as police closed in. RCMP Staff Sergeant Lisa Stuart is in charge of the general investigation section of the Integrated Crime Unit. She led the investigation that foiled the plot.

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Recycled plastic to become fence posts and patio furniture

The city's trash could be a treasure for a Halifax company. Turning our plastic bags into something we can sit on. CBC Reporter Pam Berman has more.

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Municipalities scramble to develop cannabis rules

Just before the spring sitting of the legislature came to a close this week, the province passed its cannabis control act. Municipal officials say there's still a lot of uncertainty around how the legislation of cannabis will affect Nova Scotia's cities, towns and villages.

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What weighs more than 450 kilograms - and only blooms once?

The Halifax Public Gardens are preparing for spring. And one of its biggest plants should be a major crow pleaser. The Agave plant is 25 years old and is growing rapidly. CBC Reporter Cassie Williams went down to the Public Gardens.

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The new version of Sheree Fitch's book about mental health comes at a tender time

Best-selling children's author Sheree Fitch has a new book out. It's actually a new version of an old book; Everybody's Different on Everybody Street first came out in 2001. It's happening at a particularly difficult time for the author.

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Charity hockey game to raise money for Humboldt Broncos gear

A local hockey Dad is one of the organizers of a charity hockey game taking place this Saturday in Halifax. The goal is to raise money to replace the hockey gear that the Broncos lost in that terrible crash.

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Exploring challenges of federal pharmacare

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced in the budget this year that his government would look at a national pharmacare program. If a national drug plan becomes a reality, it will rely on the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health for Information. The organization is holding its annual meeting in Halifax this week.

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Turning beach garbage into art

When Jennifer MacLatchy finds a shell on the beach, she gets excited. That's because most of the time, the stuff she finds is garbage. She collects it and turns it into art.

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Dealing with traumatic effect of courtroom testimony

We're heading into the third week of the Nicholas Butcher murder trial. For many who have been sitting in the courtroom day in and day out, this trial could leave scars that last a lifetime. Ardath Whynacht has been acting as an observer for the duration of the trial.

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Family questions whether a racist slur was taken seriously enough

Twelve year old goalie Mark Connors loves the game of hockey, even though he's been the target of racial slurs on the ice. His family says hockey officials didn't respond to the situation quickly enough.

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Meet two young Mi'kmaq dancers who are featured in the new Classified video

Last week Nova Scotia rapper Classified released his latest music video -- a dark tribute to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. The video for the song "Powerless" was shot around Truro and features local performers -- including 11-year-old cousins Jaici (jc) and Summer Sylliboy.

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Debate continues over Halifax convention centre

Halifax's new convention centre is going to cost taxpayers more than expected. This week councillors agreed to pay an additional $300,000 to cover last year's bill. And city stafff say there will be more unexpected costs going forward.

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Understanding the stress truck drivers face

Following the Humbolt Broncos bus crash, thousands of Canadians have circulated an open letter of support for the unidentified truck driver involved in the collision. With long lonely hours on the road, trucking can be a stressful job even at the bet of times. Linda Corkum has taken steps to address those challenges, she's the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association.

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What the seizure of Backpage.com means for sex trade in Nova Scotia

The US government has shut down a website used by prostitutes. Backpage.com is an online classifieds site that was a marketplace of sexual services in 97 countries. The move is having repercussions in Nova Scotia.

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A for Adventure to do list

Exploring the many things to do in Nova Scotia.

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From child soldier to acclaimed musician

When the innocence of childhood meets the horrors of war, childhood comes out on the losing end. Emmanuel Jal was born into civil war in Sudan. By age eight he was already a child solider. And yet despite that, he's managed to move to Canada and become an internationally recognized hip hop musician.

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Debate over bull riding in Halifax

Around 70-thousand people have signed an online petition against a bull riding event planned for Halifax in May. A roster of cowboys is set to ride bucking bulls. But some people are hoping it won't happen at all.

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The legacy of Rehtaeh Parsons five years after her death

It's been five years since the tragic death of a Cole Harbour girl, Rehtaeh Parsons. Her death triggered outrage. CBC Reporter Elizabeth Chiu has been looking into what Rehtaeh's death has meant.

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Wayne MacKay discussess the federal government's plans to streamline the criminal courts

Last week the Trudeau government introduced Bill C-75, to speed up the criminal justice system. The bill is a reaction to the Supreme Court of Canada's Jordan decision, which set a time limit on prosecutions. A number of criminal charges were thrown out in the wake of the Jordan decision, because they had taken too long. Wayne MacKay is a professor emeritus at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law, and Information Morning's legal columnist.

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Preserving the past in Gibson Woods

People coming home to Gibson Woods, Nova Scotia, will soon have a place to learn about their history. Locals are building a new room onto the church in the small black community in the Annapolis Valley. The plan is to turn it into a genealogy centre. Craig Gibson is a retired RCMP officer and deacon with the Gibson Woods United Baptist Church.

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Grieving parents plead with speeders to slow down

Some people who live in the Stewiacke area are fed up with people speeding in their communities. And one couple in particular wants more to be done to stop the culprits. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor visited Darryl and Charlene Davis. Their son Kyle was killed two years ago in a car crash near their home.

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Living his dream of designing cars

As a young boy growing up in Dartmouth, Matt Finbow dreamed of designing cars. Today, he's living that dream as the lead designer for David Brown Automotive in England. His first was to design the Speedback Silverstone Edition.

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Dal bioethicist has warnings about proposed change to federal laws around paying for eggs, sperm

Liberal MP Anthony Housefather wants to change federal law to make it legal to pay surrogate mothers, and to buy eggs and sperm. Francoise Baylis was a member of the inaugural board that was struck to oversee the implementation of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. She's a professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University.

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A look at Clearwater's monopoly of lobster fishing off-shore

The Nova Scotia seafood giant has the right to lobsters in a vast area of ocean spanning the entire offshore of Nova Scotia, and Clearwater has requested an amendment to a long-standing rule on the minimum timeline for checking lobster gear. The CBC's Paul Withers explains.

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A for Adventure talks about upcoming outdoor summit

The Nova Scotia Outdoor Network Provincial Summit takes place at Brigadoon Village, April 13 and 14th. Chris Surrette and Jan Sebastian LaPierre are here to tell us all about it.

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Helping Halifax get a better handle on its downtown parking

The amount of new buildings going up downtown has meant fewer parking spots over the years. And Halifax council has prioritized putting in new bike and bus lanes. Andy Hill is with Desman Design Management in Boston, and is giving a lecture tonight on lessons from that city on how to manage a pinch on parking.

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If N.S. needs more doctors, why not train more at Dal Medical School?

When CBC Nova Scotia conducted our series of the doctor shortage, The Search, most people asked why more doctors can't be trained at Dal's Medical School. CBC Reporter Carolyn Ray spoke to several physicians about their frustrations with Dal's admissions process.

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Educator and parent of autistic child talk inclusion, ahead of key report

Nova Scotia's Commission on Inclusive Education will come out with a report this morning on how to redesign how students with special needs are integrated into classrooms. Ally Garber is on the board of Autism Nova Scotia, and has a child on the autism spectrum who attends elementary school in Halifax. Heather Mills is a Resource Teacher at Joseph Howe Elementary.

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Tackling domestic violence for newcomers to Canada

Dealing with domestic violence has a whole new level of complexity for newcomers to the country. Wenche Gausdal is with the Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia. She'll be talking today at the Canadian Domestic Violence Conference in Halifax.

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Meet a man who is planning to paint every - single - lighthouse in the province

Some of the most picturesque scenes in the province have a lighthouse in the middle of them. One Toronto artist is trying to capture those scenes -- all of them. Dave Johnston, also known as Chalkmaster Dave, is hoping to paint every lighthouse in the province.

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How doctor shortage has affected one man

For the many people who are waiting for a family doctor in Nova Scotia, the process is slow and frustrating. Political critics and Doctors Nova Scotia have warned repeatedly that some patients could fall through the cracks because of that. In Halifax Dave Doucette believes he's one of those cases. CBC Reporter Carolyn Ray has his story.

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New incentive package for NS doctors taking on new patients

The province is changing the way it pays family doctors. We spoke with our health care columnist about what that means for patients.

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What employers should know in the face of #METOO

We spoke with labour, employment, & human rights lawyer Gail Gatchalian about the rights and responsibilities bosses - and their employees - have when someone is accused of bad behaviour off-duty.

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What you should learn from the Facebook data controversy

We heard some pointers to protect your info in light of news that a consulting company used data from tens of millions of Facebook-users.

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Halifax not likely to fund Ceasefire

Later today HRM councillors will vote on whether to fund an organization called Ceasefire. The group targets youth who have a history of gun violence or are at risk of joining a street gang.

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Yarmouth Mother to address human trafficking hearing

Members of a House of Commons Committee are travelling across the country to learn more about human trafficking. Their first stop is Halifax.

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N.S man in need of a kidney transplant gets help from a stranger

Rob Edwards lives in Lunenburg and has degenerative kidney disease. Desperate for a transplant, Edwards took to Facebook last summer, asking people to talk to their doctors about organ donation. A stranger named Geoff Kennedy in Halifax saw that call, and answered.

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A backpacking dream trip to Europe that became a nightmare

Nineteen year old John Southcott of Dartmouth tried to enter the U.K. to go travelling and backpacking, but border officials denied him entry twice. Bev and Steve Southcott are John's parents.

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Auto club more than vehicle repairs

The auto club at CFB Halifax's Windsor Park will close before the end of the month. For decades, the club provided a space for service members, veterans and others to do car work affordably. Members say it's also become a valuable social outlet for military members. But the club struggles with a massive debt. The CBC's Michael Gorman spoke with Floyd Blakeney and Joni Sawler.

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Stewiacke family welcome stranded strangers

For the Verboom family, getting through a storm means making sure they're ready to help whichever motorist has slid off the road in front of their house. The Verbooms live in a rural area outside of Stewiacke.

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Discovering hidden gems for summer camping

Our A For Adventure team say it is time to start making plans for summer camping.

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Struggling to pay high cost of policing

Police costs, both here in Nova Scotia and across the country, are skyrocketing. A lot of that is due to steadily increasing salaries. Halifax Regional Council has just voted to do an internal review of its police service. But it's not the only municipality trying to figure out how to pay for this. CBC Reporter Pam Berman has more.

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Target of Mr. Big sting tells his side

He is a man with an uncertain future and a very troubled past. John Buckley was accused of killing his mother, Victoria, in 2012. He's been charged with murder twice. And both times, the charge has been withdrawn. The last time, a judge ruled the police undercover sting that led to Buckley's arrest could not be used in court. Now John Buckley is telling his side of things. He spoke to the CBC's Blair Rhodes.

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Why people in jail don't have access to Hepatitis C treatment

One group of people is not being treated for Hep C - even though most Nova Scotians now have access to drugs that can cure it.

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Woman loses husband, son and granddaughter in house fire

A fire in a Lower Sackville home on the weekend claimed the lives of three people. The only one to survive was Pat Hart. Yesterday she spoke with the CBC's Elizabeth Chiu about her loss and what she thinks caused the fire.

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Language matters in new education act

The McNeil government has listened to critics and changed the wording of its education reform act. The new legislation initially indicated that the province would 'work toward' inclusion. The old act reflected a firmer commitment. Cynthia Bruce was one of the people who lobbied to change the working of the education bill. She's a blind activist and a professor at Acadia University.

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Search for long lost photo with the Man In Black

It's an encounter Frank Davis will never forget. Running into his idol, Johnny Cash, at Halifax's Stanfield Airport in 1993. A woman that Frank didn't know snapped a photo of him and Johnny, but Frank has no idea what happened to it. Now he's on a mission to track down the mystery photographer.

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Unregulated business of marine brokers costly

Every year in Nova Scotia millions of dollars changes hands as commercial fishermen buy and sell licences and boats. The marine brokers who arrange these transactions are unregulated. A CBC News Investigation reveals the lack of consumer protections has lead to costly legal disputes. Reporter Paul Withers has more.

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The possible hidden health risk of heat pumps

Many of us have heat pumps in our homes...their popularity has exploded in recent years. Some provinces offer rebates for installing them, and Efficiency Nova Scotia says they can save us hundreds of dollars a year on our energy bills. The benefits are real. But manufacturers haven't spent as much time - or money - informing owners about how to maintain heat pumps. And, as CBC Reporter Yvonne Colbert found out, that could have an impact on your health.

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Drug shortage a nightmare for MS patient

When you have multiple sclerosis pain relief is not a luxury, it's a lifeline. That's why Melanie Gaunt was so distressed when the medication she was using, just stopped coming. Information Morning's Nina Corfu has her story.

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Halifax's Black Film Festival offers movies and workshops for everyone

The second annual Halifax Black Film Festival is this weekend. We spoke to festival founder Fabienne Colas and filmmaker Laurens Grant about what to expect.

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Province responds to concerns about forestry practice

Forestry professionals in the province are voicing concerns about how trees are cut on Crown land, we asked officials from the Department of Natural Resources to respond to those concerns

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Teacher says mental health of students at crisis level

A high school teacher in Halifax says the changes the government is proposing to the education system will do nothing to address the number one problem facing her students. She says the mental health of students is the most pressing issue in schools today. Ashley Smith teaches at Halifax West High School.

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Family physician disappointed with Federal government pharmacare proposal

When the federal Liberals tabled their budget this week, advocates for universal pharmacare started celebrating. That is, until they took a second look. That's when they realized the actual cost of a program to provide free medications for all, was missing from the budget. This doesn't sit well with Dr. Monika Dutt. She's a family physician in Cape Breton.

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Phoenix roller coaster continues

It has been two years since the federal government began using the Phoenix payroll program. And there seems to be no end in sight to problems with the system. Yesterday federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced new measures to tackle the Phoenix problem.

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Make the most of the last weeks of winter

Our A for Adventure team loves winter. There are technically only three weeks of winter left. But that's still time for a final hurrah!

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Music and Me Too: Fans struggle with assault allegations

The band Hedley is continuing it's cross country tour, despite new allegations about the behaviour of some of its members. Still fans turned out in Halifax for the band's show. Jacqueline Warwick is the head of the Fountain School of Performing Arts and a professor of Musicology and Gender and Women's Studies. Her daughter Sophie Baur had tickets to the Halifax show but did not go.

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Veteran forester worried we are wasting old growth forest

A forester in Guysborough county is speaking out. Daniel George has worked in the forestry industry for more than 40 years. He says old growth forest is being cut on crown land. And that many of those trees are destined for Nova Scotia Power's Point Tupper biomass plant. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor talked to him.

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Be careful using essential oils around pets

Many Canadians have an essential oil diffuser in their homes. The popularity of the products has grown in leaps and bounds. But lately there have been stories about the potential harm they can cause pets. CBC Reporter Yvonne Colbert has the details.

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Anarcha's legacy: Why a black slave should be recognized as the mother of modern gynecology

Information Morning's Norma Lee MacLeod spoke with author Habiba Cooper Diallo about her upcoming lecture and live art performance at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on enslaved black women who were essential to the development of modern treatment methods for obstetric fistula.

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Pros and cons to smart meters

Nova Scotia Power wants to replace every power meter in the province with so called smart meters, beginning next year. The company says the new wireless units will save you money because you can track exactly when you're using the most power. But some people have expressed concerns about the technology. CBC Reporter Robert Jones has been reading up on smart meters, as he follows their roll out in New Brunswick.

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Why Nova Scotia needs Africentric School

Imagine if African Heritage Month celebrations happened every day. That's the future Wendie Poitras envisions for African Nova Scotian students. The elementary school teacher is calling for the province to open an Africentric school.

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