Cassie Williams


Seasick marine biologist, turned journalist. I live in Halifax. I can be reached at

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Ring-necked pheasant takes Cape Breton mail carrier under his wing

A mail carrier in Cape Breton says he's thinking of attaching a mail carrier's bag and putting a male pheasant to work. The pheasant has been following him along his mail route for weeks.

Syrian behind Peace By Chocolate becomes Canadian citizen

Cheers erupted today at Halifax's Pier 21 as the founder of a growing Antigonish, N.S., chocolate company who came to Canada as a refugee from Syria became a Canadian citizen.

Northern Pulp prepares to shut down amid protests on both sides

Hundreds of protesters rallied Thursday in support of Northern Pulp, as others urged the Nova Scotia government to make good on its promise to close the mill's effluent treatment plant at Boat Harbour by the end of January.

How to give Nova Scotians in need that 'extra special feeling' this Christmas

Instead of giving a material gift this Christmas, you might want to think about making a more meaningful gift in someone's name to the dozens of charities that support Nova Scotians right across the province.

All-male panel talking about virtues of women in security sparks outcry

In the wake of criticism, organizers of the Halifax International Security Forum have added two women to what was originally an all-male panel discussing the critical role women play in global security.

How a 27-year-old DJ from Dubai ended up winning Nova Scotia island

Thanks to some lucky dice rolls, Dubai's Brendan Lopes is now the proud owner of a small private island off Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore.

TSB says poor communication played role in plane skidding on icy Halifax runway

The Transportation Safety Board has released a report underlining the importance of communication, especially during periods of bad weather, after a plane skidded 180 degrees on a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in March.

New Halifax emergency alert app raises privacy questions

Halifax privacy lawyer David Fraser says he has questions about the amount of personal information demanded by a new emergency alert application available to people in Halifax.

Family seeks answers after death of patient in N.S. forensic hospital custody

Gregory Hiles, 39, had been found not criminally responsible for assault causing bodily harm. He died after being found unresponsive in his cell last week at the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth, N.S.

Video of teen swimming near deadly Peggys Cove rocks worries lifeguard service

A video posted to Facebook showing someone swimming off the dangerous black rocks at Nova Scotia's Peggys Cove is drawing concern, given the site's long history of drownings.