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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Under pandemic pressure, NovaScotian Crystal to close next month

NovaScotian Crystal is shutting down with COVID-19 at least partially to blame. The company that bills itself as Canada's only maker of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal made the announcement Thursday.

Axe, missing windshield lead to drunk driving arrest

A bizarre set of circumstances has netted a Nova Scotia man a drunk driving conviction. RCMP were called to a section of Highway 103 outside of Bridgewater on Dec. 3, 2019 for a motor vehicle complaint against Trent William Lewis.

N.S. lawyer found guilty of professional misconduct but cleared of stealing funds

A Nova Scotia lawyer has been found guilty of professional misconduct for events that led to the collapse of his law firm. But a disciplinary panel of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society found that the most serious charges against Adam Rodgers were not supported.

Former Halifax cop loses appeal of voyeurism conviction

A former Halifax police officer has failed in his bid to have convictions for voyeurism and breach of trust thrown out.

Ontario police charge St. FX student with human trafficking

A 20-year-old student at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia is facing a slew of charges related to human trafficking. Justin Barrett of Brampton, Ont., was arrested Dec. 13 in his home province in connection with the procurement and exploitation of a 16-year-old girl in the sex trade.

N.S. justice minister concerned about sex assault cases tossed over delays

Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey says dismissing one serious criminal charge because it's taken too long to go through the courts is one charge too many.

Halifax businessman fined $113K for tax evasion

The fine equals the amount of GST that Pantelis Panagiotis Giannoulis, also known as Peter Giannoulis, evaded.

Battle over Nova Scotia judges' salaries returns to court in May

The battle over who decides how much Nova Scotia provincial court judges should be paid will be heading to court in May for a two-day hearing.

Man charged after Pictou County home set ablaze with 2 people inside

RCMP in Pictou County have accused a 52-year-old man with trying to kill two people by setting fire to a home in Abercrombie.

N.S. Appeal Court upholds sex offence conviction against businessman

Nova Scotia’s highest court has upheld the conviction of an Ontario businessman for a sex offence involving a 15-year-old girl. Paul Christopher Coburn was convicted of obtaining, or communicating for the purpose of obtaining, sexual services for consideration.

Amherst surgeon's licence suspended over relationship with patient

A surgeon in Amherst, N.S., has had his licence to practice medicine suspended for 18 months after he admitted to having a sexual relationship with a patient.

N.S. Crown prosecutors to ask Supreme Court of Canada to reinstate sex assault charge

Nova Scotia Crown prosecutors will ask the Supreme Court of Canada to reinstate a sexual assault charge that was stayed because the case took too long to complete. The charge is against 34-year-old Jordan Michael Ellis.

N.S. court struggles to clear lengthy backlog of jury trials

The delicate balancing act required to schedule jury trials in the Halifax area resumed Friday.

N.S. firefighting school facing labour charges in fatal training accident

Representatives of the Nova Scotia Firefighting School will be in court early in the new year to answer to charges under the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act relating to a training accident that led to the death of a firefighter.

Halifax police seek witness in Morris Street murder investigation

Halifax Regional Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a witness who was seen talking to the suspect in a recent murder.