Aly Thomson

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Want to buy local? Look for this label in N.S. grocery stores

A new initiative is making it easier for Nova Scotians to find local products in grocery stores. Shoppers will now find labels, logos and signs at all Sobeys, Walmart, Costco and Loblaws stores in Nova Scotia, indicating which products are locally grown or produced.

Halifax researcher studies how cannabis affects brain function in young adults

A researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax is looking at how smoking pot can affect brain function in young adults.

Eastern Passage bridge next to popular Fisherman's Cove to be replaced

A bridge in Eastern Passage, N.S., next to a restored 200-year-old fishing village is being replaced this year — a project the area councillor says will make Fisherman's Cove more accessible to pedestrians.

Laughter is the best medicine for IWK's newest therapeutic clown

John Lang has been staying at the IWK Health Centre for over a month and is usually in pain, but the boy with cerebral palsy is always good for a boisterous laugh when the hospital's newest staff member visits. After all, she’s a clown.

Man convicted in 'atrocious' stabbing death maintains innocence

A man convicted in the brutal stabbing death of Nadia Gonzales in Dartmouth, N.S., more than two years ago maintained his innocence Friday as he was sentenced to life in prison.

N.S. declined to seize insurance money granted to mentally ill man who killed wife

Nova Scotia’s Justice Department twice told the province’s Supreme Court it would not apply to seize life insurance money granted to a Cape Breton man found not criminally responsible for killing his wife.

These feral cats once roamed a remote N.L. island. Now they live in Maritime barns

It's quite a step up from roaming the rocky shores of a remote Newfoundland island in sub-zero temperatures, scrounging for food and shelter. After travelling 1,000 kilometres by land and sea, 40 feral cats from Little Bay Islands, N.L., are settling into their new homes in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. 

Majority of plastic recyclables in Halifax being turned into synthetic lumber

It's possible the plastic shopping bags you recycled last week could eventually be turned into a bench you'll one day sit on. That's because the majority of plastics recycled in the Halifax area are now going to a local company that turns the waste into lumber.

Vintage goes social: Instagram-based second-hand shops on the rise

A new generation of vintage lovers are ditching dusty antique stores and scouring for hidden gems on their phones. Instagram-based vintage shops allow customers to scroll feeds to purchase second-hand housewares and clothing in their communities.

Eskasoni lobster fisherman 'saddened' after boat vandalized

The first mate of a lobster fishing crew from Eskasoni First Nation says his vessel was vandalized while docked at St. Peters Canal over the holidays. Four holes were discovered in the boat, which was found underwater by crew members on Boxing Day.

37 feral cats from N.L. getting ready for rehoming in N.S.

After a harrowing 1,000-kilometre journey by land and sea through harsh weather, 37 cats who once roamed a small Newfoundland island are adjusting well to life in Nova Scotia. Volunteers are preparing to rehome the cats, either to foster homes, forever homes or barns.

N.S. researcher using science to improve taste of frozen lobster

A Nova Scotia professor is blurring the boundaries between fresh and frozen. Dr. Shah Razul of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., has developed a technology that improves the process of freezing cooked lobster without jeopardizing taste.

Mental health assessment complete for son charged in mother's death

A mental health assessment for a man charged with murdering his mother and trying to bury her body in his backyard is complete. But lawyers in the case of Ryan Richard Lamontagne told a Halifax provincial court judge on Monday they needed more time to assess the document.

How a N.S. couple plans to go plastic-free this Christmas

A couple from Hammonds Plains, N.S., is dreaming of a green Christmas: Megan McCarthy and Zan Gallant are endeavouring to go plastic-free this holiday season. They're hand-making Christmas decorations, gifts and cards, and showing remarkable creativity.

Hockey Nova Scotia forming task force after racial slurs hurled at teen player

A teenager from Whycocomagh, N.S., who says he faced racist taunts at a recent hockey game has been overwhelmed by the support he's received — including from a former NHL player — as Hockey Nova Scotia forms a task force to help address discrimination.