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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Halifax's Maritime Conservatory ponders move out of aging building

The Conservatory is now housed in its own building on Chebucto Road and a petition is being circulated on social media urging against moving to a new facility.

After 18 years in prison, Hells Angels hitman can now apply for parole

A long legal battle involving a hitman for the Hells Angels came to a close Friday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court when lawyers agreed that Dean Daniel Kelsie can now begin applying for parole.

Murder trial set for next spring in disappearance of Dartmouth woman

A 43-year-old Dartmouth, N.S. man will go to trial next spring on charges of second-degree murder in the death of Karen Lee MacKenzie.

Nova Scotia Appeal Court upholds power of ombudsman's office

Nova Scotia’s highest court has reaffirmed the power of the ombudsman’s office to investigate allegations against government departments and agencies.

N.S. Appeal Court reserves decision in case of former border agent convicted of rape

Nova Scotia's highest court has reserved its decision in the case of a former Canada Border Services agent who was convicted of raping and extorting a woman facing deportation from Canada.

Lawyers for Glen Assoun seek to keep some info in murder case sealed

Lawyers for a wrongfully convicted Nova Scotia man are trying to permanently conceal the names of three men who helped get his murder conviction overturned.

Appeal court reserves decision in assault case

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has reserved a decision in the case of a Dartmouth man accused of a violent sexual assault against a teenage girl with whom he had a relationship.

Convicted sex offender charged after escaping Dartmouth halfway house

Joshua James Turner was charged with breaching a long-term supervision order after he escaped from the Jamieson Community Correctional Centre in May.

Man faces sex charges after alleged Cole Harbour hot tub incident

Nova Scotia RCMP have laid sex-related charges against a 28-year-old Halifax man for an incident earlier this week at a sports and fitness complex in Cole Harbour.

Cultural assessment may delay sentencing in murder case

One of two men convicted in the killing of Tylor McInnis could have his sentencing delayed while a cultural assessment is prepared.

Appeal hearing for convicted killer William Sandeson set for January

Former Dalhousie University medical student William Sandeson must wait until next year to make his case for a new trial for killing fellow Dalhousie student Taylor Samson.

Mother who sexually abused her children says she can't explain her actions

A 40-year-old Bedford, N.S. woman who sexually abused her two youngest children for the entertainment of an American man watching online says she doesn’t know why she did it.

Crown calls mother's sexual abuse of children 'vile' and 'monstrous'

The actions of a 40-year-old Bedford, N.S., woman who sexually abused her two youngest children for the online entertainment of an American pedophile were called "ghastly" and "horrific" by a prosecutor Tuesday.

Mother who shared videos of her sexually abusing children faces sentencing

Sentencing is underway for a 40-year-old Bedford, N.S., woman who sexually abused her own children and shared video of it with an American man.

N.S. Court lifts veil of secrecy in lawyer's battle with regulator

In a decision released Friday, a judge of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal rejected a bid by Blois Colpitts to maintain publication bans and sealing orders in his battle with the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, the group which regulates the legal profession.