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RCMP under scrutiny one year after mass killing that left 22 dead in Nova Scotia

RCMP still deny claims pivotal information was released too late. Gunman traveled over 150 km before he was fatally shot at a gas station.

'Queen of the North Atlantic:' N.S. schooner Bluenose launched 100 years ago

The Grand Banks fishing schooner Bluenose was launched in Lunenburg, N.S., exactly one century ago.

Lawyer says spouse of Portapique shooter could face unfair trial

A lawyer representing the spouse of the man who murdered 22 people in Nova Scotia has told a court hearing that Lisa Banfield's right to a fair trial could be jeopardized if a redacted document is unsealed.

Number of Atlantic Canadians over age 75 will double in 20 years, report says

Atlantic Canada's population is already the oldest in Canada, and a new report estimates that by 2040, there will be three seniors for every two young people in the region.

Justice minister says scheduling snafus stalling Desmond inquiry, but lawyer isn't so sure

Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey says scheduling snafus are getting in the way of restarting a high-profile inquiry investigating why former soldier Lionel Desmond killed his family and himself in January 2017.

Lawyers question long delay to resume inquiry into slaying of N.S. veteran's family

Lawyers taking part in an inquiry investigating why former soldier Lionel Desmond killed his family and himself in 2017 say hearings won't resume until next year, a delay they say is difficult to comprehend.

No word on when Desmond fatality inquiry will resume

Provincial Justice Minister Mark Furey confirmed Thursday that work is underway to either expand the existing hearing room or find a larger venue to ensure the inquiry can comply with physical distancing protocols.

Memorial to N.S. mass shooting victims to be removed, partly to deter gawkers

The councillor for the Portapique, N.S., area says residents have grown weary of vehicles stopping at a makeshift memorial and then heading to nearby Portapique Beach Road, the neighbourhood where the lone shooter killed 13 people on April 18 before murdering nine others the next day.

N.S. mass shooting case: media outlets challenge redactions in search warrants

A lawyer representing eight news media outlets is challenging the decisions of a Nova Scotia provincial court judge who authorized heavy redactions of RCMP search warrants used in the investigation of the mass shooting in April that claimed 22 lives.

Mountie questioned over need for redacted warrants in N.S. mass killing case

RCMP Sgt. Angela Hawryluk was cross-examined by media lawyer David Coles, who repeatedly asked the officer to justify why large sections of the warrants remain blacked out and beyond public scrutiny.

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