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Advocates concerned about unsafe coastal development in Nova Scotia

Since Danielle Robertson's childhood in Hunts Point, N.S., she's seen the South Shore community change — over time, the coastline has moved landward, including during Hurricane Dorian, when the ocean reached across the community's road. 

Woman suing RCMP after N.S. officer forcibly tried to remove her bra

Tracey Jordan is suing the RCMP for discrimination following a forcible strip-search in 2013 that was deemed unlawful by the RCMP’s Civilian Complaint Review Commission.

Internal documents reveal how N.S. handles dangerous and nuisance black bears 

Emails obtained by the CBC are shedding new light on how the Nova Scotia government makes decisions about black bear management in a province with limited space for wildlife. 

This barren N.S. ecosystem is a rare biodiversity hotspot. Scientists want to preserve it

Over hundreds of years, human activity has reduced Nova Scotia's sand barrens to roughly 3 per cent of their original size. Scientists and a community organization are trying to build awareness about the importance of the ecosystem and stem further decline.

Researchers race to protect Nova Scotia's hemlocks from invasive pest

In a shaded, mossy hemlock stand in Kejimkujik National Park, trees span generations — from young hemlocks with spindly trunks to multi-centenarians thicker around than two people can reach. But these trees have something in common. All are threatened by an invasive insect.

Advocates say nature can be powerful tool in adapting to coastal climate change

With sea levels rising faster in Nova Scotia than almost anywhere in the country, experts say the need for coastal property owners to take action to mitigate against erosion is more important than ever.

New online tool helps Nova Scotians manage tick risk

A new citizen-science tool, eTick, aims to ensure more Nova Scotians identify the ticks they find — and whether those ticks pose a risk to their health.

A century after the Spanish flu hit N.S., historians now chronicling the impact

One hundred years ago, Nova Scotia was grappling with the deadliest virus the world had ever seen: the Spanish Flu. Two historians say there are important lessons to draw from what happened in Nova Scotia, which fared better than other parts of Canada.

How this mysterious structure buried in the sand is now shedding light on Nova Scotia's history

A mysterious structure on a Cape Sable Island beach in southwest Nova Scotia is revealing its secrets, thanks to the actions of dedicated locals and a young archeologist.

Why Halifax's vacancy rate is making it even harder to find affordable housing

Affordable housing service providers say changes in the housing market in Halifax have meant that a provincial rent supplement program, a tool that helps provide affordable housing, is losing its effectiveness.