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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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Open-air urinals spark outrage in scenic Paris neighbourhood

'We need urinals, obviously,' says gallery manager Fabienne Bonnat, 'but not this type — not there'

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Digital heartbreak

Franklyn revokes his access to tracking his ex-wife’s whereabouts through her phone.

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Indigenous youth are standing up and speaking out

Indigenous young people are overcoming their doubts and are standing up to make their voices heard.

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Community Services responds to criticism that current child welfare system is letting down social workers/clients

A report this week by the Canadian Association of Social Workers says child welfare programs across Canada are in crisis. Wendy Bungay is Executive Director of Placement Services at the Community Services Department. Nancy MacLellan is Associate Deputy Minister.

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Social Workers say children are being harmed by the shortcomings of their profession

The Canadian Association of Social Workers say the child welfare system is in crisis right across the country. In a report published today, the Association goes into detail, talking about social workers with unmanageable work loads, who face violence in their jobs, and are leaving the field in large numbers, because of stress. Alec Stratford is executive director of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. Debbie Reimer is executive director of Kids Action Program in Kentville. She also sits on the board of the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

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Out-going Halifax Police Chief reflects on time in roll, challenges of the job

It's been a busy six years for Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean Michel Blais - issues such as missing drug evidence, damning streetcheck stats, calls for access to PTSD treatment, and the Valentine's Day mall plot. Now Chief Blais is getting ready to retire, and the search has begun to replace him by March 2019.

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Nova Scotia's Chief Medical officer weighs in on the pesticide Glyphosate being allowed for use in the province

Health Canada has approved use of the pesticide in Canada, and the NS government has allowed if for use in some forests. That's despite a landmark ruling in the U.S. last week that order Glyphosate-maker Monsanto to pay nearly $290 million USD to a man who worked with the product. Dr. Robert Strang is Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

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F.O.R.C.E. is continuing its tidal work in the Minas Basin, despite Emera and OpenHydro pulling out of tidal research

On Monday, Emera announced it's done with its stake in Cape Sharp Tidal, which comes after OpenHydro's French parent company pulled the plug on its share of the project. But Cape Sharp is only one of five "berth holders" at the Fundy Ocean Research for Energy, or F.O.R.C.E. Tony Wright is general manager of F.O.R.C.E.

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A male cheerleader in Dartmouth reacts to news that the NFL is allowing male cheerleaders for the first time ever

The L.A. Rams and the New Orleans Saints have hired their first male cheerleaders. Ayjay Colley started cheerleading when he was fourteen. Last year, he was voted coach of the year at Nova Scotia's biggest annual cheer competition. Information Morning's Nina Corfu dropped by the Legacy Cheer Atlantic gym in Dartmouth - where Ayjay was coaching a class.

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A Pictou resident/author says NS should ban pesticide glyphosate, especially given California legal decision

A California jury has ordered the chemical company Monsanto to pay $289 million USD to a former groundskeeper with cancer, because the company failed to warn people about the cancer risks of its glyphosate based weed killers, including Roundup. Joan Baxter is an author who lives in Pictou County and has been pushing for years for a ban on glyphosate.

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A new billboard in Dartmouth says Canada has "No Abortion Laws", but a lawyer says that's misleading

A billboard on Windmill Road in Dartmouth has got people talking online. It states: "Canada has no abortion laws" in big bold letters. It's one of 30 billboards that the group "We need a law" has placed across Canada. Mike Schouten is director of the group. Sarah Baddeley is a practising lawyer and chair of LEAF Halifax.

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Legal issues around facial recognition software used with drivers' licence picture

The N.S. Registrar of Motor Vehicles says that software information will only be used to prevent people from getting a second licence under a different name. It wouldn't be handed over to law enforcement officials unless they had a warrant. Wayne MacKay is Information Morning's legal columnist.

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How art has helped one woman deal with trauma

This weekend the Art of Disability Festival will showcase the works of about 30 talented Nova Scotians. The event is run by Independent Living Nova Scotia. It will showcase works in many different mediums -- everything from dancers and chocolatiers to painters and DJs. 72-year-old Carol Johnstone will be there with her art -- work that reveals details of her unusual life story. She came to Canada 30 years ago and she's been everywhere from Tehran to Paris. She spoke with the CBC's Samantha Schwientek about her art, disability and how she learned to deal with trauma.

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Debate: Final statements on boosting minimum wage, plus your feedback

Our expert panel discussed what it would mean if Nova Scotia increased minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. We talked about the impact on workers, the implications for businesses, and possible alternatives. In this final instalment, our panellists summarize their views.

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Debate: Alternatives to boosting minimum wage (guaranteed income, basic person exemption)

We've discussed the impact on workers and businesses - but what are the alternatives to raising minimum wage? Our expert panel debates the issue.

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Debate: The impact on businesses if N.S. were to increase minimum wage to $15/hr

Time now for part two in our ongoing discussion about minimum wage. Alberta and Ontario are moving toward paying most workers fifteen dollars an hour within the next few months. In Nova Scotia, experienced workers get eleven dollars an hour. Our panel debates what the impact is on businesses - big and small.

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Debate: Our panellists discuss what it means for employees to survive on minimum wage in N.S.

The idea of increasing the minimum wage has been a hot topic in recent years. Alberta is bumping its to fifteen dollars an hour in October. And the wage for most workers -- except students and servers -- reaches that milestone in Ontario this January. In Nova Scotia, experienced workers get eleven dollars an hour. That's not enough, according to Haligonians. We decided to convene an expert panel on the subject.

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Could Ontario's buck-a-beer change work in Nova Scotia?

The new Ontario PC government has lowered the minimum price for beer to just a dollar, and promised incentives for brewers to help achieve that. How easy would it be to lower beer prices here? Tim Pellerin is senior vice president and chief operating officer of the NSLC.

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Get ready for a 5 degree increase in global temps, even if we meet carbon reduction targets

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests the planet is at risk of getting up to five degrees hotter. To parse that, we're joined by Dal physics and atmospheric science prof Tom Duck.

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A Vermont woman returns to Nova Scotia to see her brother's grave, learn more about his life

Diane Hood and her husband drove from Vermont to Dartmouth, where her brother Jean Paul Charles DuQuet is buried. Jean Paul took his own life in 1979, and his death shaped Diane. She spoke with the CBC's Natalie Dobbin.

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The inspiring story of a man that went from being homeless to running his own business

A Dartmouth man explains how he went from a life on the streets to running his own marketing firm

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A Hedley fan explains why the recent charges against the lead singer of the band won't change the way she feels about the music

Yesterday we heard from a Hedley fan who has taken the posters off her wall. Today we'll hear from a fan who says the recent charges against the lead singer won't shake her loyalty for the band.

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President of Right To Know coalition reacts to pharmacy breach of privacy

The case of a pharmacist breaching her clients' privacy points to the need for better whistleblower legislation, according to one expert

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NS privacy commissioner concerned about Sobey's pharmacy privacy breach

Nova Scotia's privacy commissioner has criticised Sobey's and the Health Department for their handling of a privacy breach involving a rural pharmacy

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Boatbuilding workshops empower marginalised youth

We spoke to a researcher about boat building workshops that are helping marginalised youth build confidence, as well as indigenising elementary school curricula.

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A 15-year-old and her mother react to charges against the Hedley's frontman

We heard from Hedley fans who say their passion for the band is changing in light of recent charges against the band's lead singer.

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12-Wing Shearwater celebrates one-hundred years of operation

We spoke with a Canadian Forces major about what the base has in store for it's centennial celebrations.

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Meeting our renewable energy target

Energy prof on the demise of OpenHydro and Nova Scotia Power agreeing to use Donkin coal. Is our 2020 renewable energy target still feasible?

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Hospital sees substantial drop in bedsores

A doctor who works at Dartmouth General explains how the hospital has decreased incidences of bedsores among its patients.

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Halifax mayor attends international school for mayors

Mike Savage spent a week in New York, to attend a leadership program for city leaders from around the world.

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Making sure whales have enough to eat

Herring Seiners versus the whales. A woman who's been studying humpbacks in the Bay of Fundy for thirty years things the seiners could be catching the whales' food.

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Immigration lawyer on temporary foreign worker program

Immigration lawyer provides some perspective on how the temporary foreign worker program works.

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A for Adventure: Cooking in the great outdoors

F is for food. Our A for Adventure team share tips for cooking while camping.

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Teaching teachers about mental health issues

An online course aims to teach teachers about mental health issues.

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Care facility in Pugwash to move client after conflict with mother

A breakdown in communication between a mother and her daughter's care home means the daughter might have to move far away from her family. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor has more.

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Efforts to have Ontario's new/old sex education curriculum declared unconstitutional

Wayne MacKay looks at the trend to shape public policy through court challenges - in this case a constitutional challenge to the decision to change Ontario's sex-ed curriculum.

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Senator urges province to open adoption records

The Senate looked at forced adoptions in the postwar years, and they have some lessons for today's society. Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard wants Nova Scotia to finally open its adoption records.

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Pups On A Plane: Flying Rescue Dogs To New Owners

We heard about a local charity that links travellers up with rescue organisations to move dogs around the country.

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Remembering a royal fashion expert

Royal fashion expert Deirdre Murphy died in May at the age of 42. Two friends remark on her legacy on the eve of a celebration of life in her honour in Halifax.

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MMIWG Inquiry Update

Nova Scotia professor Naiomi Metallic gives us an update on where things stand with Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Metallic presented to the inquiry.

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Nova Scotia's Public Health Office concerned with rise in cases of HIV in the province

Cases of HIV have been on the rise this year in Nova Scotia, particularly in Halifax, we spoke with Matt Numer who teaches sexual health at Dalhousie and chairs a group called the PrEP Action Committee.

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The Heritage Trust weighs in on increasing density in the Halifax core and the city's new Centre Plan

Andrew Murphy, a long-time Halifax resident, small-scale developer, and the new president of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia stopped by to give us his thoughts on the Centre Plan, which is expected to be finalised in the next six months.

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Cumberland County firefighters want their own boat

Two recent water rescues in Cumberland County highlight a gap in first responders coverage. Why firefighters there say they really need a boat. CBC Reporter Paul Palmeter has more.

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The dangers of sleeping pills, especially for seniors

Nova Scotians are some of the biggest users of sleeping pills in the country. But researchers and governments are increasingly concerned about the effects of these drugs ....which include sedatives and tranquilizers such as lorazepam, diazepam, zopiclone, and Ambien. David Gardiner is a pharmacist who teaches in Dalhousie School of Medicine. His research focuses on improving the safe and effective use of medications.

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Development Series #6 - The Centre Plan, and developers and HRM councillors' campaign funding

A road map to development in urban HRM. The Centre Plan and how it will influence development in Halifax for years to come. We ask an urban planner, an HRM councillor and a developer for their thoughts.

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Development Series #5 - Lack of Affordable Housing

Too many renters in Halifax spend too much of their income on rent and utilities. How to tackle the challenges of building affordable housing in HRM. We ask an urban planner, an HRM councillor and a developer for their thoughts.

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Development Series #4 - Too much retail space?

Many new buildings in HRM require retail space at street level. So how much retail is too much? We ask an urban planner, an HRM councillor and a developer for their thoughts.

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Development Series # 3 - Tall buildings and height

How high is too when it comes to condos and apartments in HRM? coming up: We ask a councillor, a developer and an urban planner.

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Development Series #2 - Changing HRM demographics: Who will live in all the new buildings?

Who's moving into all the new condos and apartments being built in HRM? We talk about density with a councillor, an urban planner and a developer - in part two of our series.

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Development Series #1 - Notable new construction in HRM

There seems to be a crane on every corner in Halifax. We ask a councillor, an urban planner and a developer what they see as most notable new developments in HRM.

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Bedford man stranded in Egypt

A family in Bedford has found itself caught in limbo with Canadian immigration officials. CBC Reporter Michael Gorman talks to the Kafafy family about the roadblocks on their quest for answers.

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Starting the conversation about cannabis in the workplace

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is holding an event today on cannabis in the workplace and workplace cannabis policies. Event moderator Shawn King and speaker Ian Brown stopped by to fill us in.

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Why "not criminally responsible" verdicts can be hard on victims

When a court decides someone is not criminally responsible for an offence, it can be really tough for victims and for healthcare providers. Those issues were the focus of a recent workshop at the East Coast Forensic Hospital.

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CBC Investigates working conditions at Burnside jail

An inside look at conditions at the Burnside Jail. A CBC Investigation shows why some corrections officers are so concerned. CBC Reporter Elizabeth McMillan has the details.

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New legislation on intimate images

Nova Scotia has passed new legislation on intimate images. Wayne MacKay is a professor emeritus at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law and Information Morning's legal columnist.

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No Pipe Rally

Protestors will gather in Pictou today. They're against Northern Pulp's plan to put an effluent pipe in the Northumberland Strait.

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Learning from messages in a bottle

Message in a bottle. CBC Reporter Brett Ruskin tells us how an old "drift experiment" taught researchers about the ocean and the people who live near it.

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Bicycle bells remind everyone to share the trails

Users of a trail running between Halifax and Lunenburg say cyclists are riding too fast and not using their bells and creating a safety hazard. The association responsible for the multi-use trail is giving out bicycle bells as a safety precaution.

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What do you do when the business responsible for credit reporting makes a mistake and damages your credit?

Sometimes your name and date of birth aren't enough to identify you. We'll hear how a credit monitoring company caused some real headaches for one woman.

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Long-term care regulations separating couple that have been together for 85 years

Hazel and Bryce Gibson met on a schoolyard 85 years ago, and they've pretty much been together ever since. But due to long-term care regulations in Nova Scotia, Hazel isn't allowed to have a bed in Bryce's facility, Camp Hill Veteran's Memorial Building, because she is not a veteran.

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Assistive tech opening doors for people living with disabilities

Two independent living simulation suites are opening at the province's rehab centre. We heard why one is equipped with eye-gaze technology and an Amazon Echo.

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Follow the money: How provincial equalization payments work

Pam Berman has the details on how Nova Scotia's municipal equalization payments are calculated, and which municipalities are receiving the most equalization money

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A for adventure: grab a bus to enjoy nature

B is for bus. Our A for Adventure team says not to worry if you are stuck in the city this summer without a car. Take the bus to swim, bike or hike in HRM!

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Federal government investigating alleged misuse of Métis membership cards

The federal government is looking into whether some members of a Métis community in Nova Scotia are improperly using their membership cards to buy certain things without paying tax.

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New citizenship class for grade 9 students

The biggest shake-up of the social studies curriculum in a generation is set to roll out at school across Nova Scotia this fall. We got a preview of "Citizenship Education",

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Family receives $6 million settlement

After 7 years of litigation, a Nova Scotia family has received a $6 million settlement in order to provide 24-hour care for their son Cullan.

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A tribute to Nova Scotia musician Matthew Grimson

Grimson was a prolific songwriter whose work and spirit inspired many people in Halifax's music community, including Chris Murphy, Erin Costelo and Joel Plaskett. Grimson died this week in Halifax, he was 50 years old.

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Province ordered to reveal previously redacted fish farm info

A NS Supreme Court judge has ordered the Province to release information about a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm. Kathleen Milan lives near the farm, and first asked for the info years ago. She got help from East Coast Environmental Law with the legal process since then.

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A court decision that could affect how incarcerated indigenous people are treated

A recent Stats Canada report says the number of people incarcerated across Canada is going down, but the percentage of indigenous people in prisons is going up. A recent court decision could affect that. Wayne MacKay is Information Morning's legal columnist.

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Politics of school site selection

Our political panel looks at yesterday's by-election results in Jamie Baillie's old seat of Cumberland South and the politics of selecting school sites now that school boards no longer exist.

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The story of a quilt, a lock of hair and two strangers

How an unusual request involving a quilt brings two strangers together.

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Oldest profession - or a form of oppression?

A conference at the Halifax Public Library today will look at ending what's been called the "world's oldest profession". Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald are two of the speakers. They are grassroots lobbyists who fight what is called "non-state torture".

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Syrian family's daunting battle with muscular dystrophy

Five members of the Harb family have a genetic disease that causes their muscles to fail. Emma Smith introduces us to the family who spent years dealing with a seemingly mysterious affliction and how they finally got answers in Halifax.

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Legal issues around giving someone a breathalyser

The tragic death of a Cape Breton teen poses some questions about when police should use a breathalyser. Our legal columnist Wayne MacKay takes a look.

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Dads helping Dads in NICU support group

There's a new support group at the IWK that's just for Dads. These are fathers whose babies have spent time in hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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You don't have to be a soldier to suffer from PTSD

PTSD effects more people in more ways of life, than many of us think. The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia has introduced an ad campaign with the tagline, "PTSD isn't always born on a battlefield". Sherry Blinkhorn is a mental health advocate and one of the people featured in the campaign.

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After 10 years with 'the folks' Sister Jovita heads to St. FX

For years, she's walked the streets of Halifax, tending to people in need. Now Sister Jovita MacPherson is moving on. We find out what is next.

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Halifax fire worried about pot fire risk

Halifax's fire service says there's an increase in the number of fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials. That raises concerns about what will happen when marijuana is legal. Roy Hollett is the Deputy Fire Chief with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency.

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Company defends suicide prevention programs

After criticism yesterday on Information Morning, a company that offers suicide prevention programs responds. The company that runs programs that help with suicide prevention says their system work. That's despite the opinion of a Dalhousie University researcher.

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Solutions to internet issues not high speed

Recently the provincial government released its strategy to bring high-speed internet to 72-thousand homes in rural Nova Scotia. The plan is to lay roughly 9-thousand kilometres of cable, and set up 55 wireless towers. But customers are still not satisfied.

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Frost devastating for blueberry farmers

This week's frost has caused major damage to Nova Scotia's wild blueberry crops - especially in northern counties. Peter Rideout is the Executive Director of the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia.

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Learning about the earth

E is for Environmental Education and P is for Planet Earth. Our A for Adventure team are on Parliament Hill taking part in World Environment Day.

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The story we're hearing about racism in Halifax has opened wounds for the family of a man who died 11 years ago

A Metro transit employee known as YZ won his discrimination case at a Human Rights Commission inquiry and is now suing the city for more than a million dollars. He is a white man married to an African Nova Scotian, and he says his supervisor, Arthur Maddox harassed him because of that. YZ also says the harrasment got worse when he became friends with Randy Symonds, a co-worker who was black, and who he says also faced discrimination. Arthur Maddox was fired from Metro Transit in 2001 but got his job back the next year. Now, the Symonds family is speaking out about the incidents they've only recently learned about. The CBC's Elizabeth Chiu spoke with Ranyd's widow, Marie Symonds, and his 18 year old daughter, Carol.

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Breast cancer breakthrough: Chemo not needed in all cases

Good news for women diagnosed with breast cancer. A long awaited study shows that most women with a common form of early cancer can be treated with surgery and hormones. And safely skip chemotherapy altogether.

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The challenge of balancing the needs of parents, adult children and health care providers

Part two in the investigation of an incident at Sunset Community in Pugwash. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor has more.

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Mother's visits to daughter restricted after dispute with care home

A woman who lives in a care home in Pugwash could be forced to move out. It has to do with a communication breakdown between her mother and the home's administration. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor has more in this CBC Investigation.

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NSTU's new president

It's been a tumultuous time for the Nova Scotia Teaches' union. But they elected a new president last night. Paul Wozny is the new president.

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Eastern and Western Canadians debate what makes a real donair.

Should lettuce in a donair be considered sacrilegious? A Halifax donair-maker says the green stuff does not belong in a "proper" donair. But an Edmonton donair slinger disagrees.

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Do not spray your own spray foam insulation

Spray foam insulation is a popular product in both old and new homes. It is a good insulator and it also serves as a vapour barrier. But there are a lot of cautions that come with using it. CBC Reporter Yvonne Colbert tells us more.

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Death of veteran paramedic prompts call for better PTSD care

The sudden death of a veteran first responder last week has left the province's paramedic community mourning. Scott Barteaux passed away suddenly on May 23rd. It is not known whether PTSD was a factor in Barteaux's death. But paradmedics union says more needs to be done so that first responders have timely access to mental health treatment from workplace stress. Terry Chapman is CEO and business manager for IUOE Local 727, which represents paramedics in Nova Scotia.

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Senior raises concerns about spray foam insulation

Many people have spray foam insulation in their homes. And many have it because of government sponsored programs to make houses more energy efficient. The building code requires the foam to be covered by materials that protect against fire. But one Nova Scotia senior was surprised to learn her insurance company had a problem with the material used in her home.

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A local startup is looking for farmers to test its weeding and fertilizing robot

Technology has changed farming greatly over the years. One Nova Scotia startup is at the forefront of the next big leap in high-tech agriculture. Nexus Robotics just won the weed-and-feed competition at Indiana's agBOT Challenge, a competition for agricultural robots.

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Is it right to sell Nazi memorabilia

A Halifax antique store is causing controversy with some of the items it's offering for sale. Finer Things Antiques and Curios, on Quinpool Road, has Nazi war medals on sale. Peggy Walt noticed the items recently when she was shopping. Her husband Shimon Walt was born a Russian Jew. Much of his family died in the Holocaust.

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Many people do not like the sound of their own voice, but for some transgender women it brings worry and anxiety

New York artist Sarah Hennies will debut her film Contralto in Halifax on Friday as part of the Obey Festival. The film explores how having a deeper voice can prolong gender dysphoria for some transgender women, and prompt them to try to feminize their voice. CBC's Jayde Tynes has the story.

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The idea of putting up a flood control gate system on the Digby neck

Four municipalities are looking into the possibility of putting up a kind of gate system where the Annapolis Basin connects with the Bay of Fundy. Bill MacDonald is the Mayor of Annapolis Royal.

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Wayne MacKay looks at the legal implications of doctors passing on information about blood alcohol levels of people in car crashes

Recently we spoke to Dr. Robert Green, the medical director of Trauma Nova Scotia. He told us ER doctors are seeing more cases of severe trauma, many of them seemingly related to alcohol. Green says some doctors wonder about passing along results to police, when they find elevated blood alcohol in toxicology tests from people involved in crashes. To look at that possibility, our legal columnist Wayne MacKay. He is a professor emeritus at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law.

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Concern over state of federally owned wharves across Nova Scotia

Residents say chronic under funding and climate change means that many of the 200 federally owned wharves in nova Scotia are falling apart. Wayne Smith is a fisherman in LFA 34. Shelly Hipson manages the Harbour Authority of Lower Sandy Point and Ingomar.

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A for Adventure tackles B for Biking, and E for Easing people back in

It will soon be Bike Week across Nova Scotia, running from June 1 to 10th. Chris Surrette and Jan Sebastian LaPierre have tips on ways people can get comfortable behind the handle bars.

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Allegations of sexual abuse in Shambhala Community

Andrea Winn is a second generation Shambhalan in Halifax. She has written a report called Project Sunshine, about sexual abuse that she says is embedded in the Shambhala community. Joshua Silberstein is Chair of the Kalapa Council, which is the leadership group for Shambhala Buddhism.

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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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