Brett Ruskin


Brett Ruskin is a reporter and videojournalist covering everything from local breaking news to national issues. He's based in Halifax.

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Veteran booked followup at hospital the same day as triple murder-suicide

The opening stage of a long-awaited inquiry into what happened prior to Lionel Desmond killing his mother, wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself in 2017 began Tuesday.

Geologists begin testing the Oxford sinkhole to predict its final size

The hole, which appeared last summer in a park in the Nova Scotia town, is now nearly as big as an Olympic-sized pool.

Piece of rail from Halifax construction project given to streetcar buff

A section of rail uncovered during the construction project to replace the CN Rail bridge on Quinpool Road has been given to a local author and researcher.

How the navy's 'grim reaper' scraps Canada's old military ships

Mike Stege is involved in dismantling the former HMCS Athabaskan, and it is bittersweet because he used to serve aboard the ship.

Likely hundreds of cargo containers damaged by fire aboard Halifax-bound ship

Shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has not released an exact number of cargo boxes affected, but shipping experts say it could be more than 400.

High-flying crane operators keep containers moving through Halifax

Almost everything sold or consumed has spent time in a container, and it may have been swung off a ship by Terry Smallwood of Halifax.

Drones expected to fly missions from Canadian naval ships within decade

Canadian military to put out requests for proposals for the naval drones in 2020 and a contract will be awarded sometime in 2021.

NHL totem poles called 'blatant cultural appropriation' pulled from some stores

Decorative totem poles featuring hockey-themed figures and logos for teams including the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been removed from shelves at nine Lawtons drugstore locations in Nova Scotia.

Halifax Transit union criticizes move to put supervisors in 'race cars'

The Halifax Regional Municipality has issued a tender to purchase a pair of high-powered, "pursuit-rated Dodge Chargers" for transit supervisors.

Fishermen train for a rescue in an industry full of danger

The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia has been travelling across the province this year teaching fishermen how to stay safe while out on the water.

Public inquiry recommended for Halifax police who alleged PTSD discrimination

A human rights commission officer says the complexity of the police officers' complaints and the far-reaching consequences of any decision led to the recommendation for a public board of inquiry.

NSLC fixes website after internet videos show how underage users can order pot online

By modifying the cookies associated with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation website, users found a way to access the cannabis catalogue without an age-verified code.

First Nations give province 1-year notice of plan to open marijuana shops

First Nations members in Nova Scotia say they have the jurisdiction to set their own rules when it comes to cannabis, but want to work with the province to adhere to their guidelines. Chiefs from across the province have agreed to give the government one year before opening on-reserve stores.

Dalhousie University student with visual impairment alleges discrimination

An engineering student with a degenerative eye condition has filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission after Dalhousie University staff did not abide by recommendations from his doctors and vision experts.

Video captures collision between whale and tour boat

A group of whale-watchers got an up-close experience off the coast of Nova Scotia last week, when a humpback whale approached the small boat they were on and hit it with its tail.