Blair Rhodes


Blair Rhodes has been a journalist for more than 35 years, the last 27 with CBC. His primary focus is on stories of crime and public safety. He can be reached at

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Psychiatrist unable to conduct assessment due to Jimmy Melvin's many relocations

Notorious Halifax crime figure Jimmy Melvin Jr. was bounced through seven maximum security prisons in western Canada in the last six months, his lawyer said Friday, making it impossible for a psychiatrist hired by his defence team to conduct an assessment on him.

Trial set for Halifax police officer accused of sexual assault

A Halifax police officer will go to trial next spring on a charge of sexual assault. The lawyer for Const. Pierre-Paul Cadieux appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Thursday morning.

Ex-Mountie dismisses provincial inquiry in Assoun wrongful conviction

One of the first people to question whether Glen Assoun was really the man who murdered Brenda Way is speaking out. Retired RCMP Const. Dave Moore was an analyst whose work suggested serial killer Michael McGray, or perhaps another man, were more likely suspects in Way’s killing.

Serial sex offender pleads not guilty to latest charges

A serial sex offender has pleaded not guilty to the latest charges he faces. Donald Duane Bartlett, 50, appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax Thursday morning via videolink from jail.

N.S. woman granted publication ban in civil case against British government

A Nova Scotia woman who claims she was gang-raped by British sailors had to fight the British government Wednesday to keep her name from being published while she pursues legal action. In the end, the court agreed to have her identified only by initials as her civil case makes its way through the courts.

False B.C. fugitives tip sends Nova Scotia police scrambling

For a few brief moments Tuesday morning, it looked like the massive hunt for two B.C. fugitives wanted for murder might suddenly centre on a town in northern Nova Scotia.

12-year-old N.S. girl a victim of sextortion, say RCMP

RCMP in Nova Scotia are investigating a case of alleged sextortion involving a 12-year-old girl from Yarmouth County.

N.S. woman accused of driving drunk, killing 3-year-old passenger

A woman suspected of driving drunk early Sunday afternoon in Antigonish County, N.S., is accused of killing a three-year-old boy who was a passenger in her pickup truck.

It's up to N.S. to call inquiry in Assoun case, says justice minister

The federal justice minister says it's up to Nova Scotia to call a public inquiry into the wrongful conviction of a man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend.

N.S. justice minister calls Assoun case 'miscarriage of justice'

Nova Scotia’s Justice Minister said Thursday that what happened to Glen Assoun was "a miscarriage of justice." But Mark Furey maintains he cannot comment further on the case until he is fully briefed by his staff.

N.S. justice minister getting briefed on Assoun wrongful conviction

Nova Scotia's justice minister is offering his first public comment on the Glen Assoun case since being cleared by the province's conflict of interest commissioner, but Mark Furey isn't saying much. At least, not yet.

Sentencing delayed for killer and accomplice in Tylor McInnis murder

Sentencing for two brothers convicted in the killing of Tylor McInnis and leaving his body in the trunk of a stolen car in a North Preston, N.S., cemetery has been postponed, a move that's upset the family of the victim.

Justice Minister Mark Furey cleared of conflict in Assoun case

Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey, a former RCMP officer, has been cleared of any conflict of interest in the wrongful conviction case of Glen Assoun.

Richmond County denies wrongdoing in firing CAO

The Municipality of the County of Richmond and three of its council members say they did nothing wrong when they fired the municipality’s chief administrative officer, Kent MacIntyre.

How a key witness in Glen Assoun murder case changed her story

A key witness in Glen Assoun's murder trial changed her story years later. Assoun was exonerated for the murder of Way earlier this year.