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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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Climate change and wildfires

Wildfires are putting the residents of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan at risk as climate change creates warmer and drier conditions.

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A handbag out of dead cat?

Artist and taxidermist Claire Third created this "glamourpuss" purse from a dead cat she found on the side of the road.

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Connecting with Alzheimer's

Hear how to build a meaningful loving relationship with someone who has Alzheimer's disease.

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Big Tobacco fights Canada's plain packaging plans.

Cigarette packaging is about to lose volume in the U.K. and in France. And Canada is moving closer to parallel these regulations.

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Potential trade-offs over a new health accord

Ottawa says the provinces can expect more money, but it will come with strings attached to achieve national priorities. Healthcare consultant and frequent contributor Mary Jane Hampton shares her thoughts.

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A little know Halifax Explosion story, with sign language

The CBC's Sabrina Fabian tells us about a new film based on the experiences of students and staff who attended the Halifax School for the Deaf, called "The Halifax Explosion: The Deaf Experience".

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T is for Trails for our A for Adventure team this week

October is almost here and with it comes a challenge for Nova Scotians to get out for a hike. Chris Surette and Jan Sebastian La Pierre explain.

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Kentville getting sister city in Italy, war-time connection

In 1943, the West Nova Scotia Regiment saved the little town of Castel di Sangro during the Second World War. Now, the town wants to show it's thanks. Lee Windsor is a Professor of war and history at the University of New Brunswick.

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Two whistleblowers on municipal accountability

Susanne Roy lives in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough and has investigated the expenses of councillors. Hal Davidson lives in Amherst. He asked town administration to intervene after one councillor used a racial slur.

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A personal look at the after-effects of a concussion

Myra Barss had a recent, frightening experience ... one that surprised her family in many ways. She and her husband Peter talk to us about the lingering and surprising affects of concussions.

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How one scammer got around Air BnB protections

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A taste of Dartmouth Centre candidates

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Corrrectional Services staff member fired over Matthew Hines' death

In 2015, Hines died in Dorchester Penitentiary. A post-mortem report found pepper spray likely killed him and the RCMP is re-opening its investigation. The CBC's Joan Weeks explains.

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Some NS refugee sponsorship groups still waiting for families and info

Deborah Woolway is with the group Crichton Park Friends of Refugees in Dartmouth. Paul Allen is with the Birch Cove Baptist Church refugee group in Halifax.

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Woman faces deportation and medical risks, says advocacy group

Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton Executive Director Darlene MacEachern lays out situation faces Fliss Cramman, who recently served time at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro.

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Remembering the man behind some of the more memorable exhibits at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax

The man behind some of the more memorable exhibits at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax has died. Ed Longard was chief curator for more than thirty years. In that role, he built or planned many of the permanent exhibits on display. Star

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MLA's have cranked up spending on novelty items

CBC Legislature Reporter Jean Laroche tells us which members of the NS House of Assembly are blowing the bank on plastic trinkets and why.

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New Senate report recommends more fish farms in NS

The Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans released its findings earlier this week and says many concerns around fish farming are misguided. Senator Elizabeth Hubley is the committee's deputy chair.

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The first-ever Lobster Forum in South West Nova

Yesterday, several key lobster fishing groups met to look at challenges facing the industry. Graeme Gawn is with the Maritime Fishermen's Union. Colin Sproul is with the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association.

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Homelessness in Nova Scotia: Why single men seem to be falling through the cracks

Find out why a lack of affordable housing in rural Nova Scotia pushes some homeless Nova Scotians into the woods. Joelle Peach is the housing coordinator for the Split Rock learning centre in Yarmouth. She spoke with Information Morning's Nina Corfu.

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More wining and dining by Guysborough officials

The CBC Municipal Affairs Reporter Pam Berman returns with a specific look at who the CAO and Warden of Guysborough are wining and dining.

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The diversity that is the Prismatic Festival

This year`s festival in Halifax features works from all women, from diverse cultural backgrounds. Shahin Sayadi is artistic director of the Prismatic Festival. Syliva Hamilton is one of the featured artists this year.

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How should small towns handle low income housing?

When a Liverpool man with an intellectual disability was forced out of his low-cost apartment in September, the town rallied to his support. But it was too little, too late.

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CBC Investigation into Guysborough municipal expenses

Municipal officials have spent thousands of dollars on alcohol, meals - and gift cards, attracting attention from the provincial ombudsman. CBC's Municipal Affairs Reporter Pam Berman explains.

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Legal odyssey over scuttled research continues

In June, a jury put an end to a 14-year legal ordeal for Dr. Gabrielle Horne, who filed a suit against the former Capital Health because her career had been sidetracked and her research project destroyed. Yesterday, Gabrielle Horne filed an appeal. Mich

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Dartmouth Main Street begins transformation, new affordable building

The six storey development will be wood-framed and affordable. People behind the project hope it will set a new standard for development in the area. Tom Emodi is the project's architect.

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Heroin on the rise as drug monitoring program "clamps down"

The increase in heroin and fentanyl in Nova Scotia is being blamed on the prescription monitoring program. CBC Investigative Reporter Angela MacIvor explains.

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A primer on what to ask municipal candidates

Municipal elections are less than four weeks away, and there are differences when compared to other political campaigns. Jack Novack is director of the local government program at Dalhousie University.

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StatsCan to track part-time university instructions

The federal Liberals are re-instating University and College Academic Staff System survey, and part-time instructors will be tracked for the first time. Karen Foster is a professor in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University.

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Figuring out where the NDP goes from here

Federal New Democrat MP's did not turf leader Tom Mulcair this week. Dan O'Connor is a former chief of staff to successive NDP leaders, including Alexa McDonough. Yvon Grenier teaches political science at St. F.X. University.

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Environment Minister explains glyphosate approval

The Province gave the green light to forestry companies to spray the herbicide on more than 3,000 hectares of forested land. Some residents, scientists and doctors are worried about it's safety.

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The case for a national drug overdose database

Front-line experts say we need to start tracking and publishing overdose data, especially given the fentanyl crisis. Michael Parkinson is community engagement co-ordinator with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council in Ontario.

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The E.M.O. response to Shelburne's historic drought

People in Sou'West Nova are relying on fire halls and community centres for water and showers. Mike Shand is the co-ordinator for the Shelburne County East Emergency Measures Organization.

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Controversy over herbicide glyphosate in N.S.

Nova Scotia's Department of the Environment has recently granted approvals for several companies to spray herbicides over forested land. The spray program isn't sitting well with many Nova Scotian's. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor has more.

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Fentanyl is killing people in the Maritimes

Data obtained as part of a CBC News Investigation shows Fentanyl has caused fatal overdoses in the region -- 32 people who died during the last 8 years had the drug in their system. Angela MacIvor explains.

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Millbrook Chief says he wasn t consulted on herbicide spraying

Bob Gloade wrote a letter to the NS Environment Minister expressing concern about herbicide spraying on forested land.

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Pub considered 'second home' for CFB Halifax sailors to be bulldozed, relocated

The building that has served as the social hub for sailors at the Canadian Forces base in Halifax for the past 53 years — Fleet Club Atlantic — will be bulldozed this fall, and the club will be relocated to new quarters.

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Problems during Bluenose II's inaugural season

CBC News has obtained documents that detail all the problems the crew faced last season. Our legislature reporter Jean Laroche is here to share that information.

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"Clairtone" is a name that stirs memories for many Nova Scotians

The stereo company Clairtone wowed customers in the 1960s from their Stellarton factory. Now the Museum of Industry is remembering the company's rise - and dramatic fall. Information Morning speaks with Debra McNabb, director of the museum and curator of

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Woman who grew up in Young Ave home now under wrecking ball

Gail Lewis spent her childhood at 825 Young Avenue in Halifax, but that house is on the verge of being demolished. The house is more than 100 years old and built by renowned architect Edmund Burke.

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Another needle exchange faces funding shortfall

The Northern Healthy Connections needle exchange in Truro is facing tight funding, similar to Mainline in Halifax. CBC Reporter Elizabeth Chiu spoke with Leanne, one of the people who use the Truro service.

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Criticism over forestry

The province has come under a lot of criticism for the way it handles its forests. The CBC's Michael Gorman tells us more.

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No hub school for Digby Neck

Digby Neck Consolidated School will remain open, but it won't be a hub school. Melissa Merrit is a member of the Hug School Committee.

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Bridgewater girl wins environmental award

Twelve year old Stella Bowles has won the TD Future Builders Award for her work to get rid of sewage pipes on the LaHave River.

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Funding worries for Mainline Needle Exchange

The CBC's Elizabeth Chiu tells us about the service in central Halifax ... funding is squeezed, but demand is up.

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Education Minister on the new school year

All across the province, little sleepyheads are trying to focus on tying their shoes. Education Minister Karen Casey joins us now to talk about the coming shcool year.

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Trading in guns for bus tickets

A new program in Halifax allows you to swap a gun or ammunition for 50 bus tickets. A good deal? A criminal lawyer shares his views. Information Morning speaks with Reid Rusonik.

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A whirling flame that helps clean up oil spills

A team of researchers say they've discovered a type of fire whirl - or fire tornado - that could actually be beneficial for improving carbon emissions and cleaning up oil spills. Bob Fournier is Information Morning's Science Commentator.

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Doctors calling for a united front on suicide prevention

The Canadian Medical Association Journal published an editorial yesterday calling for a national strategy on suicide prevention. Dr. Joe Sadeck is a pyschiatrist in Halifax. He chairs the provincial suicide prevention task force.

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Why health researchers tend to ignore sex and gender differences

Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan is a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Public Health, and director of the gender and health promotion unit at Dalhousie University.

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Mayor Savage on rejection of developing Blue Mountain area

Halifax Regional Council yesterday voted 15 to 1 against developing the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lake wilderness area. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage gives his thoughts.

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Attention sleepy heads, you're needed for a study!

Better nights will lead to better days. A Halifax child psychologist talks about a new program which helps children develop good sleeping habits. Information Morning speaks with Penny Corkum.

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Life flight helicopters now have a dedicated place to land in Vaughan

Raising money to save lives. The community of Vaughan gets a helipad. Information Morning speaks with Jeff Pinch. He is captain of the Southwest Hants Fire Department.

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Sorting through a loved one's possessions after they die

Many of us spend our whole lives collecting the things that we like to have around us, and don't put much thought into what happens once we've died. The CBC's Sarah Haliburton looks at the emotional effects on relatives and friends who clean up after us.

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S is for snappy for our Adventure team

Yes, it's back to school and work for many of us ... but that doesn't mean hibernation season has begun. Our A for Adventure Team says there's no excuse. Chris Surette and Jan Sebastian La Pierre have suggestions for quick trips that fit your busy sched

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Forget guard dogs - how about guard llamas

When Bob Ottenbrite's sheep were menaced by coyotes - he decided to take a unique approach. Now his flock is watched over by long-necked, floppy-eared guard animals. The CBC's Moira Donovan went out to see why llamas have made an appearance in Ottenbrite

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Auction of estate of former NS radio star

The late Lohta Miller starred on CBC's The Frarm Family radio show for decades. Now, her family estate is on the auction block. Her son, John Miller, is back from Indiana to look after matters.

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Dry conditions affecting farmers across Nova Scotia

Parts of Nova Scotia haven't had a summer this dry in decades. Amy Hill owns Snowy River Farm in Cooksbrook - between Halifax and Truro. Trevor Perry owns Forest Hill Farm in Chebougue outside of Yarmouth. And Shelley McDermot owns Hillcroft Heritage F

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Herald strike continues - with no end in sight

Journalists at the Chronicle Herald newspaper have now been on strike for more than eight months. Ingrid Bulmer is a photographer with the Herald and president of the paper's union.

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New ocean research hub planned for Dartmouth

The old Coast Guard base in Dartmouth will soon be home to an "Ocean Innovation Centre." The Province and its partners announced $20 million in federal and provincial cash to fund the centre. The Nova Scotia Community College is one of the partners in t

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Analysis of the NDP's by-election win

Nova Scotia's New Democrats reaffirmed their strength in this week's by-election win in Halifax Needham. CBC Reporter Michael Gorman spent years working the legislative beat as a political reporter, and has analysis.

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The long-term plan for Point Pleasant Park

Hurricane Juan blew through Halifax nearly 13 years ago, and HRM is still dealing with the aftermath in the park. The city developed a long term plan after the hurricane. Waye Mason is concillor for Halifax South Downtown, and a member of the Point Plea

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North End resident worried about new development

Glendora Small lives in a townhouse built by Creighton-Gerrish Development Association. The vacant lot on Gottingen Street once owned by the now-defunct no-profit is being re-developed into an apartment complex. The lot had been intended for affordable

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A Nova Scotian from Colombia reflects on peace deal

A historic peace deal in Colombia has brought the world's longest conflict to an end. The announcement of a deal last week was the culmination of almost four yrears of peace talks. But the situation may be more complicated than it appears. Carmen Celin

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Lisa Roberts on becoming new Halifax Needham MLA

New Democrats retained their stronghold in Halifax's North End by winning yesterday's special by-election. Lisa Roberts won with just over 50 per cent of the vote, and beat the next closest candidate, Liberal Rod Wilson, by almost a thousand ballots.

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New apartment building going up on Gottingen Street

Developer Ross Cantwell has three residential buildings in the works just across from the Halifax North Memorial Public Library. Tonight people who live in the area are invited to an open house to find out more about the building.

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Spryfield MLA on potential rent strike

Halifax Atlantic MLA Brendan Maguire is out speaking with people living in public housing in Spryfield. Some residents have begun a 30 day strike coutdown.

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Transgener people in NS say businesses are shutting their doors to them

Some say it's extremely difficult to get work in the province, and that's driving some transgender people into the sex trade. CBC Reporter David Burke has been looking into this.

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A possible rent strike by public housing tenants in Spryfield

The strike call first came five weeks ago, but it was put on hold after the Metro Regional Housing Authority promised to address the issues. Yesterday, tenants once again started the 30 day countdown to a strike. Jodi Brown lives in public housing in th

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A CBC Nova Scotia Investigation looks at the cost of municipal administrators

It's become standard for governments to publish the compensation details for employees. The Province releases everyone's, while HRM releases everything over $100,000. But the rest of the municipalities in Nova Scotia aren't required to release that info

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Dal responds to criticism over trip to MIT for wealthy Nova Scotians

Dalhousie has been weathering a lot of criticism since it became public that the university is paying for an expensive set of seminars at the M.I.T. in Boston for the likes of Emera CEO Chris Huskilson and Clearwater Founder John Risley. Matt Hebb is Dal

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A brush with the ER - injuries caused by barbecuing

Some doctors are warning about a potential hazard - the small, metal bristles in barbecue brushes. Dr. Maureen Allen runs the emergency department at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish.

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Shelburne County's search for tourism "wow" factor

Driving into Shelburne County, you'll see a big sign with the slogan "Naturally Yours". That natural beauty is part of what the county's tourism association is TRYING to use to become a destination spot. The association kicked off a tourism survey in Ju

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Dal profs question decision to fund a $390,000 seminar at MIT

Dalhousie will pay the entire $300,000 US bill for such notables as Emera CEO Chris Huskilson and Clearwater founder John Risley who went on a trip to Boston's MIT. Jason Haslam teaches in the Department of English, and is a former Senator. Julia Wright

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The palliative care shortfall in Canada

A new article published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal - backs up the assertion that Canada ranks poorly when it comes to patients with chronic illness. Dr. Graeme Rocker is the lead author of that paper. He's a professor of medic

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Expert panel member says Province off-base with natural resources strategy

The Province says it's on track to meet the goals of a natural resources strategy launched five years ago to protect forests, minerals, parks and biodiversity. But one of the authors of that strategy begs to differ. Allan Shaw served on the panel in 201

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Trading the hospital room for the comforts of home

Sirens and flashing lights. That's what palliative care patients in Nova Scotia used to have to endure in their final hours. But not anymore. A program called Paramedics Providing Palliative Care at Home allows patients in Nova Scotia to avoid the ambu

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Warming oceans are pushing a oyster dwelling bacertia northward

New research shows warming ocean temperatures are driving something called "vibrio bacteria" further north, bringing with it exposure to sometimes fatal illnesses for shellfish consumers. Charles Purdy runs Bay Enterprises. Tom Smith is executive director

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Less money for food for seniors at Northwood

Residents at the continuing care facility in Halifax say recent budget cuts are having an impact on the food they're served. The Province has cut its operations budget, so Northwood has had to trim what it spends on food. CBC Reporter Elizabeth Chiu has

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Prison watchdog looking for answers on death of Sydney man

Canada's federal prison watchdog is describing the death of 33 year old Matthew Hines as a tragedy. Yesterday we heard from Hines' family. The CBC's Joan Weeks is back with a follow-up.

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Cultural appropriation at a Halifax concert

The acclaimed Canadian electronic group A Tribe Called Red played a nearly sold out show at the Marquee in Halifax this past Friday. The Halifax show was a success, but Rebecca Thomas was disturbed by the behaviour of some of her fellow concert-goers. S

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The military, and medical marijuana

New federal rules come into effect tomorrow allowing more access to medical marijuana for people with a prescription ... but it is still off-limits for Canadian Forces members. Michael Blais is a director of Canadian Veterans Advocacy.

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Partridge Island Protected

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust protected Partridge Island, off Parrsboro, on Sunday. Information Morning's Jerry West was there.

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Louisiana Flood

Reverend Jerel Keene and Marty Guidry are Louisiana residents with connections to Nova Scotia. They reflect on how severe flooding has affected the state.

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The long wait for that new "782" area code

It's been almost two years since we all had to start dialing the area code before making any calls - local or long distance - in Nova Scotia or PEI. But the new area code is not widely used yet.

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New visa rules for international students

The federal government changed the visa rules for International Students this summer, and that has an English Language School in Halifax worried. Sheila Nunn is President of East Coast School of Languages.

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The economic affect of losing the Evolve Festival

Earlier this year, festival organizers moved the event from Antigonish to New Brunswick at the last minute, after failing to meet the deadline for a medical plan. Alexandre Calestagne co-owns a food truck called the Waffle Bus - and a restaurant called t

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The lasting impact of a near drowning at Peggy's Cove

Last year, Peter Richardson and his tour boat crew saved a man's life at the iconic site. The CBC's Natalie Dobbin spoke to him about the impact this event has had on his life.

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Health Authority reacts to collaborative care funding criticism

Doctors at the Duffus Health Centre in Halifax have seen their income go down over the last 10 years. They say more funding is needed to help more with administration costs. Dr. Rick Gibson is a family practice department head for the Nova Scotia Health

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The state of grapes and wine in Atlantic Canada

A Wine Lover's Guide to Atlantic Canada is a new book about wineries in the region ... and the explosion in the number of new producers. Moira Joan Peters and Craig Pinhey co-wrote the guide, and Jessica Emin did the photography.

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The evolving law dealing with sexual images of teens

Six teens go on trial Wednesday in a Bridgewater court for allegedly sharing nude photos of 20 girls. The story is increasingly familiar in an age of cellphone videos and photos. Monique St. Germain is general counsel for the Canadian Centre for Child Pr

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Debate over need for Atlantic Canada supreme court seat

PM Justin Trudeau says he's changing how SCC justices are chosen, and there's no guarantee Justice Thomas Cromwell's replacement will be from this region. Wayne MacKay and Naomi Metallic have differing views on this, and both teach at Dalhousie's Schulic

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How recent fires in Nova Scotia affect the forest's health

Four wildfires in the province have been contained, but what do the fires mean for the health of our forests? Donna Crossland is the acting ecologist with Parks Canada at Kejimkujik National Park. She also was on the tam that fought two of the wildfires.

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Leaving on a high note

It's the end of an era for basketball fans in Nova Scotia. Andre Levingston - the man behind the Halifax Rainmen and the Halifax Hurricanes - is leaving the National Basketball League of Canada.

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Trying to turn a Green leaf in Halifax-Needham by-election

Thomas Trappenberg is the provincial Green Party candidate for the Halifax-Needham by-election on August 30th. He's also the party's interim leader, after Brynn Nheiley stepped down in June.

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Collaborative care physicians say Province not giving enough support

The Duffus Health Centre pioneered collaborative care in the province when it opened in Halifax in 2006. The clinic caused a stir when it posted a message saying it couldn't afford to take on more patients because of government cutbacks. Information Mor

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Sweden still taking aim at North American Lobster

Officials there have asked the European Union to have the North American crusteans declared an "invasive species". American and Canadian offficials wrote an evaluation, and Sweden has now written a counter to that. Dr. Robert Steneck, is a lobster biolo

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Three main candidates in Halifax Needham by-election sit down

The long-time NDP stronghold held by former MLA Maureen MacDonald is up for grabs on August 30th. Lisa Roberts is the NDP candidate. Rod Wilson is vying for the Liberals. And Andy Arsenault is running for the Progressive Conservatives.

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Acadia researchers find plastic in freshwater ducks

Think twice before throwing pastic overboard ... it might end up in a duck's stomach. Dave Shutler is a professor of Biology at Acadia University.

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New Canadian building boats at Maritime Museum

An annual event to build small boats in just two days in Halifax has a new twist. Several new Canadian teens are there this year, part of an YMCA group to learn new skills. The CBC's Olesya Shyvikova has their story

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Worry over cancelled quarry project coming back

Some people who do not want a major quarry on Digby Neck are nervous a proposal rejected years ago could be revived. The company, Bilcon, is claiming about $100-million in damages after a panel of experts rejected its proposal. Noah Richler is an author

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Environment Minister on issues still at Northern Pulp

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Concern over court decision on parents with intellectual disabilities

Last week, two intellectually disabled parents were forced to give-up custody of their two sons. The province's highest court ruled the children are at high risk of harm. David Kent and Cindy Carruthers are with the People First Nova Scotia.

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North Prestons Future

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Enviro lobby group criticizes NS over carbon pricing

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On-going issues with smell from Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie

The Mill reports improvements in some areas, but admits it has an on-going problem with one particular piece of equipment. The CBC's Olesya Shyvikova explains.

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W is for water

Nova Scotia's Natural Resources Minister has restricted access to all forested areas in the province. Our A for Adventure team recommend beaches, lakes and kayaking adventures.

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Coach talks about Under-17 Boys team success

The Nova Scotia Under-17 boys have won the national title for a second year in a row. Brent Ritchie is an assistant coach with the team. He spoke with Information Morning's Jerry West.

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An intellectually disabled couple loses custody of their children

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruled the children in a key case were at "high risk" of future harm because the parents are prone to violence. Rollie Thompson teaches law at Dalhousie University.

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A petition to fix the Avon River

Some people who live near the Avon River in Windsor want better protection of endangered fish in the river. Sonja Wood is one of them. The Nova Scotia government is preparing a new highway twinning feasibility study there.

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The trouble still with setting up a hub school

Teachers and parents in Sandy Cove are working to save the Elementary School in their community by turning it into a hub school. Julia Woodman is Principal of Digby Neck Consolidated in Sandy Cove.

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UARB says electoral boundaries created by the Kings County Council cannot stand

The regulator has overruled the county's plan to re-draw seats for this fall's municipal vote. Some say the decision exposes divisions on the Council. The CBC's Zak Markan explains.

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A dedicated shepherd

Remembering Halifax Archbishop Emeritus James Hayes

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More unhappy customers

Yvonne Colbert has more on a Bible Hill businessman who sells sheds.

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Embracing Pokemon Go and playing safely

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A Call For Seniors Housing

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"Trump Bump" reality check in Cape Breton

It's been five months since Cape Breton DJ Rob Calabrese invited Americans to move to the island if Donald Trump is elected president. The CBC's Sabrina Fabian looked into how many Americans are actually making the trip.

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Electronic health record sharing pilot project set to expand

MyHealthNS began in 2013 as an experiment allowing doctors to share routine test results with patients online. But $13 million in new funding from Ottawa and the Province means the project will expand. Richmond Campbell was one of about six thousand pat

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The road to recovery while still on the picket line

Eric Wynne is a photojournalist on strike from the Chronicle Herald, and three months ago he had a stroke on the picket line - all the while his wife has been getting treated for cancer. Despite the hardship, Eric's health is improving. He spoke with th

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Tweeting legal reform

An international conference on criminal law will wrap-up today in Halifax. Mary Rolf is a third year Dal law student who took part, and her work focuses on the social media aftermath of that post-Ghomeshi world.

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New Veterans Affairs office in Sydney announced

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr has confirmed that the new Veterans Affairs office in Sydney, N.S., will be located at 70 Crescent Street. It is expected to open in the fall.

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What hummingbirds can teach us about high speed travel

How are hummingbirds able to move so fast without slammiing into anything? Some researchers now believe they have some answers. Bob Fournier is Information Morning's Science Commentator.

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Rare ancient fossils unearthed at Blue Beach, near Hantsport

The Kings County beach is home to fossils from an evolutionary period called "Romer's Gap", a little-understood era that bridges two phases in the evolution of life. Jason Anderson is a professor at the University of Calgary.

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Teaching the ABC's of camping to new Canadians

Our A for Adventure team of Chris Surette and Jan Sebastian La Pierre spent this past weekend teaching some Syrian newcomers how to camp at Kejimkujik National Park.

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Odd Jobs - Potter Linda Wright

"Odd Jobs" is our summer series where Information Morning's Nicole MacLennan speaks with people in Cape Breton who have rather odd occupations. Today Nicole steps into the studio with potter, Linda Wright.

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Warm reception for national drug plan pitch by nurses

Canadian nurses took the idea of a national pharmacare plan to the meeting of premiers and territorial leaders last week in Whitehorse. Janet Hazelton is the President of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union.

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Graham Steele weighs in on contracts for Permier's close advisors

Some labour leaders and opposition politicians say Premier McNeil has blurred the lines between partisan advisors and members of the public service because of how senior staff were appointed in his office.

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50 years of watching ships in Halifax

Our Harbour Watcher Mac Mackay has been in the port city for five decades this month. He reflects on the changes he's seen, and how the port might be transformed in the years ahead.

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Provincial public union criticizes Premier over contracts for close advisors

Details in documents obtained by the NSGEU show how the job description for someone working in the government's inner circle was defined with that person's input. Jason MacLean is President of the NSGEU. And Premier Stephen McNeil responds.

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The challenges of prosecuting sexual assault in the courts

A panel in Halifax tomorrow is looking at that question as part of an international criminal law conference. Denise Smith is Nova Scotia's Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. Diane Crocker is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology

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A closer look at Metro Turning Point's shortage of supplies

The men's shelter in Halifax is short on towels and personal hygiene products, among other things. Information Morning's Jerry West went to the shelter and spoke to Shelter Nova Scotia Executive Director Linda Wilson.

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Students who fought for gender neutral washroom at their school

The Gender Sexuality Alliance at Highland Park Junior High asked for and received a gender neutral bathroom at their tiny school. Now, Ella Taylor, Haillie Barton and Nick Carrigan will be the Marshals for this year's Pride Parade.

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Bible Hill business not delivering on promises

No Sheds, lots of complaints. Our consumer reporter, Yvonne Colbert, is back with another buyer beware story - about a Bible Hill business man who appears not to be delivering on his promises.

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Battle continues over who owns a road in Colchester County

According to Nova Scotia's Land Registry, Little York Road is a public road. But one home owner there is still claiming it as his property. Erick Fritsch owns a cottage further up the Little York Road.

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Opera, through a Pride lens

The Halifax Summer Opera Fesitval is celebrating it's 12th anniversary this summer. For the second year, the festival will honour Pride Week with a show called Opera Backwards! Nina Scott-Stoddard is the Artistic Director of the Festival.

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A Nova Scotian view on Republican National Convention

Jane Kansas is a Halifax based journalist and blogger, who went to a Trump rally during the Florida primary in February. Marc Doucet chairs the political science department at Saint Mary's University.

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Halifax to host cyber-crime legal conference

The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law is looking at how to balance a society's right to privacy with law enforcement's duty to protect us from crime. Nova Scotia Chief Justice Michael Macdonald is co-chairing the conference.

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Bringing the lab to the ocean, instead of the ocean to the lab

A team of researchers in San Diego have created a new underwater microscope. Science Commentator Bob Fournier explains.

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Taxi company reacts to recent sexual assault allegations against drivers

A string of sexual assault allegations against Halifax cab drivers has some women wondering how safe it is to take a cab in the city. Angie Herman is a Manager and Director at Casino Taxi Ltd in Halifax.

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What breast cancer survivors need to return to the workplace

After a diagnosis many women become unemployed. Saint Mary's University researchers Lucie Kocum and Catherine Loughlin are trying to find out why.

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Farming water buffalo ... in Nova Scotia

Five of the huge animals have taken up residence at a farm near LaHave on Nova Scotia's south shore. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor spoke with Desiree Gordon and Stephan Kirkpatrick about their young - and unique - farming operation.

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A loophole in Better Business Bureau System, says Halifax man

Chris Troop says BBB System is not giving a clear picture of some businesses' practices. CBC Consumer Reporter Yvonne Colbert explains.

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How many women in Halifax don't feel safe getting home at night

There have been four sexual assault accusations against Halifax taxi drivers in the past three months. Rebecca Faris works with Hollaback Halifax, a group dedicated to ending street harrassment. Jackie Stevens is Executive Director of the Avalon Sexual

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How Better Business Bureau handles complaints on its website

The BBB rates businesses as a way of helping people decide whether they want to use those companies. But the CBC's Consumer Reporter Yvonne Colbert noticed something strange about one company's rating.

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Diving professionals reflect on workplace death last year

It's been a year since diver Luke Seabrook was killed on the job at a Nova Scotia Power dam. The CBC's Elizabeth Chiu spoke with Doug Elsey, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Dive Contractors.

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Grim anniversary of diver drowning on the job

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Bi-racial couple face insults in Dartmouth

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Local Xpress expands offering

The news website run by striking Chronicle Herald journalists is growing, as the strike nears the six-month mark.

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Leaving dancing and going away to write about it

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More on the poor work environment at the Halifax Fire Department

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Halifax Regional Police hits a national diversity benchmark

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NASA's Juno spacecraft managed to get into Jupiter's Orbit.

Bob Fournier tells us about the REAL hard work that's next for the mission.

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Still a boys club: stories of sexism in the Halifax fire service

We'll hear several stories of female firefighters who say they face systemic gender discrimination in the service.

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A for Adventure, and F for Fear

Chris Surette and Jan-Sebatian La Pierre have tips on how not to let fear rule your outdoor adventures.

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Doctor says NS Health Authority not helpful on rural palliative care

Dr. Robert Martel in Richmond County will stop offering palliative care this week because he says the Health Authority is not offering the support necessary to provide that care. Tricia Cochrane is a Vice President with the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

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Halifax's Solar City program is back

After a two-year pilot project, city councillors have renewed the Solar City project for another three years. The program gives loans to people who want to install solar panels on their houses. Adam Hayter is an energy specialist with HRM.

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MLA with multiple sclerosis will re-offer next election

NDP MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse speaks with the CBC's Michael Gorman about the challenges of her diagnosis, and her plans to come back to Province House.

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Bridgewater charges peel back issues around trust and social media for teens

Six Bridgewater-area youth have been charged with distributing pictures of underaged girls. Liz McCurdy runs the Healthy Relationships for Youth Program with the Second Story Women's Centre in Lunenburg.

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Three historic homes in McNabs Island Provincial Park are falling into ruin

The CBC's Nina Corfu visited the island as part of our summer series on provincial and national parks in the region.

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Road blockage

A dispute over a road in Lower Five Islands has forced one man from his home.

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Bad Romance

Canadians lose millions of dollars each year to a scam that targets the heartstrings. CBC Reporter Angela MacIvor tells us how a Nova Scotia woman fell for it.

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School breakfasts

Nova Scotia manages to give 90% of the school kids here access to healthy breakfasts. Margot Riebe-Butt is Executive Director of Nourish Nova Scotia.

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Professional development for career counselling

Vicki Elliot-Lopez, the Executive Lead at Careers Nova Scotia, responds to concerns that new job requirements will exclude minority candidates.

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Political panel on possibility of fall election

Information Morning's political panelists Ralph Surette and Brian Flinn talk about the long summer shadows cast by provincial politics, and the chance of a fall election.

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Lebanese Festival kicks off in Halifax

We dropped in on preparations for the 15th annual Lebanese Festival in Halifax.

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A bird in amber

A bird preserved from the age of dinosaurs. Science Commentator Bob Fournier tells us about a rare find captured in amber.

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Education requirements for career counsellors

Long-time activist Lynn Jones says changes to education requirements for career counsellor jobs will hurt the black community.

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Children are the ultimate victims of war

A program in Halifax is training Canadian veterans to help. LGen Romeo Dallaire gives us the details.

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Performing arts for teens

A new performing arts program for teenage girls is kicking off in Dartmouth this September called Chrysalis.

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First World War bravery

He single-handedly captured a German machine gun post at Vimy Ridge. Jeremiah Jone's granddaughter Marie Francis speaks about her grandfather.

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Cannabis in a Nova Scotia group home

A girl with epilepsy is moving closer to being able to take cannabis in a Nova Scotia provincial group home. We speak with Morgan Oulton's Mom Chantelle.

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OHC gets ready to open

Chester's Our Health Centre is almost ready to open, but those involved can't get an answer from the province on who will work there. Gretchen McCurdy is the project's fundraising chair.

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Cutting down on food waste

A new project aims to salvage produce from farmer's fields, market stands and urban gardens that would otherwise go to waste. Information Morning's Nina Corfu checks out what that means on the ground.

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The mystery of the missing horse

A Truro area woman is distraught after discovering her Appaloosa horse missing from his pasture. She's been searching ever since. Teams have been searching for a lost horse near Truro for four days now... It's a mystery how the horse got loose and where

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Lawyer reacts to evidence missing from Halifax police drug vault

The Criminal Lawyer's Association responds to news that Halifax Regional Police haven't been about to account for dozens of pieces of evidence. Leo Russomano is a defence lawyer in Ottawa.

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Picking apart new Doctor's contract with Province

NS Doctors approved a new contract last week, which includes wage increases of 0%, 0%, 1% and 1.5% over four years. Dr. Michelle Dow is President of Doctors Nova Scotia.

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