Aly Thomson

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Waves of Change

Divers plunge for trash on World Oceans Day

A toilet, a stereo and a two-day-old newspaper were among the items plucked from the ocean floor Saturday by divers in Terence Bay, N.S.

Gordie Sampson reflects on 10 years of namesake 'baptism by fire' songcamp

Every summer inside cabins overlooking a coastal cliff's edge in Ingonish, N.S., dozens of songs are written in rapid-fire succession by some of the region's most promising young artists who hone their skills by co-writing with their cohorts.

Hundreds of N.S. youngsters with autism wait for intervention program

Children are on a lengthy wait list for diagnosis and then on another for early intensive behavioural treatment, says the executive director of Autism Nova Scotia.

Community rallies to repaint neglected Lawrencetown Beach house

The community was fed up with looking at the dilapidated beach house so they took it upon themselves to give it a fresh coat of paint. They made a statement in the process.

Nova Scotia volunteer firefighter, 23, dies in motorcycle crash

Brogan Connor Gunn’s obituary says his impact on the Annapolis Royal community was immeasurable.

Halifax looking at buying cellphone charging stations for youth

The municipality recently issued a request for bids for roughly five wall-mounted cellphone charging stations, to be installed in some youth recreational facilities.

Halifax police boosting patrols for Memorial Cup final

Halifax Regional Police are ramping up patrols in downtown Halifax for Sunday’s Memorial Cup final.

Shrieks, snorts, an 'epic bear fart:' How a Canadian brought Game of Thrones dragons to life

Sound designer Paula Fairfield said the final season of the HBO fantasy drama was an enormous challenge.

Ottawa announces $100M for Boat Harbour cleanup

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser has announced $100 million in federal funds to help restore Boat Harbour, Nova Scotia’s largest environmentally contaminated site.

Halifax sculptor wins appeal of CRA demotion to 'hobby artist'

Installation artist Steve Higgins said his tax accountant received verbal confirmation this week that he won his appeal of a 2018 ruling, and is now considered a professional artist by the agency.

Nova Scotia Power blames millions in overspending on more storms

The Utility and Review Board has approved millions in overspending by Nova Scotia Power, including more than $7 million for the unplanned replacement of deteriorated equipment.

Nova Scotia woman 'played dead' during knife attack on Virginia trail

A Nova Scotia woman suffered multiple stab wounds and an American man was killed in an attack by a man allegedly wielding a knife on a Virginia hiking trail. A West Yarmouth, Mass., man has been charged with murder and assault with the intent to murder.

Disbarred lawyer Duane Rhyno files lawsuit amid criminal charges

Duane Rhyno is facing two criminal harassment charges and has filed a lawsuit against a slew of people alleging fraud.

Looters likely raiding sunken treasures off Nova Scotia, experts warn

Beneath the choppy waves off Nova Scotia's rugged coast are thousands of shipwreck sites sprinkled with lost treasure: centuries-old coins, cannons, and perhaps even historic booty stolen from the White House.

Student felt 'blindsided' after learning groundskeeper recorded sexual assault

A young woman who was raped in her Halifax dorm room says she was "anxious to the point of getting sick" in the weeks afterwards, and felt compelled to seek justice after learning the sexual assault had been videotaped.