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More than 1,600 men have called seeking help since a hotline quietly launched in N.S.

More than 1,600 Nova Scotia men have called a 24-hour helpline since it launched a year ago in response to increasing requests for help from men at the start of the pandemic. An expert witness at the Lionel Desmond inquiry testified that these services are critical at preventing domestic violence.

To curb domestic violence, N.S. must do more to help violent men: Desmond inquiry witness

To reduce the level of domestic violence in Nova Scotia, the province needs to offer more resources to men who use violence in relationships — both in terms of education and offering housing, an expert witness told the Desmond fatality inquiry.

N.S. firearms officers told to expand background checks under Bill C-71, Desmond inquiry hears

The fatality inquiry into the deaths of Lionel Desmond, his wife, his daughter and his mother heard from Nova Scotia's chief firearms officer Monday about changes in law that may have given investigators more tools, but could also limit the time of an investigation.

Dartmouth man, 86, lay in driveway for 3 hours waiting for ambulance

Ross O'Brien lay in his driveway for more than three hours after falling and breaking his hip Monday — and then it was a police vehicle, rather than an ambulance, that took him to hospital.

At 9, Charlie Stewart is one of the youngest Nova Scotians to sink a hole-in-one

Many golfers will spend their lifetime chasing that elusive hole-in-one, but Charlie Stewart has done it at just nine years old. That makes Charlie the youngest person to sink an ace at Oakfield Golf and Country Club in Oakfield, N.S., the club's general manager says.

Turning 'anger into something good,' this Mi'kmaw boy is walking 200 km for residential school survivors

When Landyn Toney, 12, laces up his shoes for the last day of his walk, the Mi'kmaw boy will have already covered 180 kilometres — pushing himself through each step with the reminder that his ancestors were forced to walk through their pain. He hopes to raise money and awareness for residential school survivors.

After their owner was airlifted to hospital, these dogs were taken in by N.S. first responder

When Matthew Van De Riet saw a basset hound’s sad eyes at the side of a Nova Scotia highway on Monday morning, he didn’t expect to find a car crash just up ahead.

Veterans Affairs internal review called for changes after Desmond triple-murder suicide

A Veterans Affairs internal review conducted after Lionel Desmond killed his family and himself in rural eastern Nova Scotia four years ago found 12 areas where the department could improve helping veterans with complex needs make the transition to civilian life.

'Bureaucratic barriers' delayed care for veteran with PTSD who shot family and himself, inquiry hears

The Veterans Affairs case manager assigned to Lionel Desmond faced 'significant bureaucratic barriers' that resulted in the months-long delay in getting him clinical services in Nova Scotia after he was discharged from an in-patient psychiatric facility, a provincial fatality inquiry heard Tuesday.

Veteran Lionel Desmond became controlling of wife before murder-suicide, inquiry told

Afghanistan war veteran Lionel Desmond became more controlling of his wife — taking away the keys to her car and changing their banking information — in the months before he fatally shot his family and himself at a rural eastern Nova Scotia home, his sister-in-law has testified.