Richard Cuthbertson

Richard Cuthbertson is a journalist with CBC Nova Scotia. He can be reached at

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High-risk offender shipped across Canada for release wins legal challenge

A high-risk offender sent across the country to live in a Halifax-area halfway house after federal officials deemed him too unsafe for release in B.C. has won a legal battle and $1,000 in costs against Corrections Canada.
The Big Spend

The pandemic unexpectedly saved thousands from financial ruin. But there's a reckoning on the horizon

The COVID-19 pandemic, surprisingly, helped thousands of debt-ridden households in Atlantic Canada, and many low-wage workers found themselves actually better off than before. But the financial distress that had been expected at the beginning of the pandemic might instead come near its end.

Magic mushrooms, hatchet seized from hotel room of Bridgewater fugitive

Police seized a hatchet and 23 grams of the hallucinogenic drug magic mushrooms from the hotel room where fugitive Tobias Doucette is accused of trying to murder an officer who was responding to a domestic violence call.
CBC Investigates

A booming niche industry goes bust, quietly taking millions in public money with it

Mink farms that supply furs to the overseas luxury fashion market have been pummeled by bad prices. But upwards of $100 million in provincial and federal bailouts haven't saved the sector.

Yearning to see their students again, but nervous about what lies ahead

Teachers and guidance counsellors are looking ahead with a mix of hope and trepidation, wondering what profound changes are coming to Nova Scotia schools when they finally do reopen.

In the 1950s, Canada faced a terrifying epidemic. Here's how it was conquered

While the current COVID-19 pandemic has drawn comparisons to the Spanish flu of 1918-20, which killed millions worldwide, polio represents a more recent health crisis within the living memory of many Canadians.

Judge rules in favour of class action launched by special operations veteran

A former special operations member with the Canadian Forces who challenged how disability payments are calculated said the case is important to thousands of injured veterans who served in especially arduous conditions.

Alcohol sales soar amid panic buying, and officials face hard choices

Alcohol sales in Nova Scotia have tripled this week amid panic buying during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the decision whether to keep liquor stores open is fraught with complications that include serious health questions.
CBC Investigates

Inside the secret, million-dollar world of baby eel trafficking

An undercover investigation by Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans into a $1.3-million poaching case is uncovering a little-known but enormously lucrative fishery with a global reach.

Whale carcass washes up on popular Nova Scotia beach

The Marine Animal Response Society was notified Wednesday about a dead minke whale lodged on rocks at the south end of Queensland Beach near Hubbards, N.S.