Alex Cooke


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Reopening Donkin coal mine was 'an atrocity,' says Elizabeth May

Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May had strong words about the controversial coal mine in Donkin, N.S., as she made a campaign stop in Halifax Wednesday.

Educators raise concerns over funding for menstrual products

Earlier this month, the Nova Scotia government announced that all schools will begin providing menstrual products for all students grades four and up. Some educators say it was unclear where exactly this money would come from.

Taxi driver charged with sexual assault months after getting licences back

Police allege the 44-year-old driver sexually assaulted a female passenger after driving her to a residence.

Film shot in Nova Scotia 'a pleasure' to work on, says actor Willem Dafoe

Dafoe, who was in Halifax on Thursday night for The Lighthouse's Nova Scotia premiere, said he thinks the horror flick "really has gotten under people's skin."

Nail gun shooting was an accident, defence witness testifies

The trial continues for Shawn Wade Hynes of Trenton, N.S., who is accused of shooting a young carpenter with a nail gun on a worksite

Gerard Dunn, whose birthday card bonanza lit up the internet, has passed away

Gerard Dunn received cards and letters from around the world for his birthday last year. While he passed away Monday night, his daughter said his kindness and fun personality will live on through the people he touched.

N.S. now providing free menstrual products in public schools

Education Minister Zach Churchill made the announcement on Tuesday, saying "no student should come to school and worry about where or how they will access menstrual products."

Halifax Mac and Cheese Festival leaves sour taste for attendees

The Mac and Cheese Festival, which landed in Halifax over the weekend, left many attendees unimpressed with its high prices and long lines.

'Amazing' coincidence reunites couple with lost wedding ring 11 years later

Robert Melski lost his wedding ring while taking a swim in the Bras d'Or Lake on his one-year anniversary. Eleven years later, it turned up again.

Lawyer says sexual abuse victims still waiting for money from Catholic Church

Another victim of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest has reached a settlement with the Archdiocese of Moncton, but he, along with over two dozen others, doesn’t know when he’ll see the money.

New Brunswick health-care workers under 'constant threat of violence'

The president of the New Brunswick Medical Society is raising alarm bells over the state of workplace violence in hospitals across the province.

Hampton nursing home's new greenhouse lets seniors garden year-round

The greenhouse — dubbed "the Garden Room" — will officially open at the Dr. V.A. Snow Centre in Hampton on Friday. Residents are already buzzing about what they're going to grow.

Opposition leaders not high on how N.B. sells cannabis

As Cannabis NB continues to show lacklustre revenues, opposition parties are calling for changes to how the province sells cannabis.

'A lot of cleanup ahead' after Parlee, Murray beaches fall victim to Dorian

Employees and residents say Dorian left a "devastating" path of damage through two of southeastern New Brunswick's provincial parks.

New Brunswick town left in the dark about new family doctor

St. George was told it would get a new doctor to replace the town’s sole GP. But that doctor will be going to a nearby village instead — and the town said it wasn’t informed.