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Fire destroys lobster facility in southwest Nova Scotia amid escalating fishery tensions

A large fire that police are calling suspicious levelled a lobster facility in Middle West Pubnico, N.S., early Saturday. It follows two raids by commercial fishermen on lobster pounds in southwest Nova Scotia earlier this week.

Halifax teen working to 'Build the Earth' in Minecraft

A Halifax teenager is one of thousands of people working to recreate the earth on a 1:1 scale in the popular video game Minecraft.

'Do your job': Sipekne'katik chief calls on PM to protect Mi'kmaw fishermen

The chief of Sipekne'katik First Nation has penned a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for better protection after a mob of commercial fishermen attacked two lobster pounds where Mi'kmaw fishers were storing their catches.

COVID Alert app now available in Nova Scotia

The COVID Alert app is now available in Nova Scotia, the province announced in a release Thursday morning. This comes as no new cases of COVID-19 and one recovery was reported.

Nova Scotia's plastic bag ban to go ahead, premier confirms

Nova Scotia's plastic bag ban will go ahead as planned, Premier Stephen McNeil confirmed Tuesday in a media briefing.

N.S. to ramp up testing, pilot gargle test at IWK Health Centre

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, announced today that the province will ramp up testing, as well as pilot a gargle test at the IWK Health Centre.

Break-ins at Syrian-owned businesses in Bedford bring back painful memories

The co-owner of a Syrian-owned ice cream shop on the Bedford Highway says a recent break-in reminded him of the chaos he escaped from in his home country. Booza Emessa was one of two businesses targeted by thieves over the weekend.

Workers stranded on container ship to be repatriated

Seven workers who have been stuck on board a container ship for more than a year will be repatriated on Saturday. Hundreds of thousands of seafarers, many of whom are from China, India and the Philippines, have been stranded on cargo ships around the world since the start of the pandemic.

Mi'kmaw fishermen launch self-regulated fishery in Saulnierville

Mi'kmaw fishermen and their supporters gathered on a wharf in Saulnierville, N.S.. Thursday to launch their own self-regulated fishery outside of the regular fishing season.

How this Nova Scotia camper ended up accidentally floating toward the Atlantic Ocean

A man who set up camp on his way to visit family in Cape Breton got the surprise of a lifetime when he woke up and found himself floating toward the Atlantic Ocean.

Nova Scotia's most recent COVID-19 case was home-care nurse who previously tested positive

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, has provided more details about Nova Scotia's most recent case of COVID-19 that was found Monday. The new case was a home-care nurse in the central region who previously tested positive in early May.

Demonstrators demand paid sick days for all workers at Halifax Labour Day rally

Demonstrators took to the streets of Halifax on Labour Day to demand 10 days of paid sick leave for all workers in Nova Scotia. They say a recent program announced by the federal government doesn't go far enough.

Tangled cormorant rescued from Bedford Basin thanks to help of passing kayakers

A group of people came together to rescue a cormorant that was tangled in fishing gear in the Bedford Basin Sunday. A Hope for Wildlife volunteer says it was the second tangled bird she rescued that day.

Tribute to hope: Atlantic Canada's first garden for cancer survivors almost finished

A Nova Scotia couple who have both survived cancer have created a garden for cancer survivors in downtown Dartmouth. They say it will officially open in the near future.

Province considers move to online learning when bad weather strikes

Nova Scotia Education Minister Zach Churchill says the idea of using online learning to cut back on days lost to bad weather is an ongoing conversation. He says the government learned a lot about at-home learning last year during extended school closures due to COVID-19.