Cassie Williams


Seasick marine biologist, turned journalist. I live in Halifax. I can be reached at

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Family seeks answers after death of patient in N.S. forensic hospital custody

Gregory Hiles, 39, had been found not criminally responsible for assault causing bodily harm. He died after being found unresponsive in his cell last week at the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth, N.S.

Video of teen swimming near deadly Peggys Cove rocks worries lifeguard service

A video posted to Facebook showing someone swimming off the dangerous black rocks at Nova Scotia's Peggys Cove is drawing concern, given the site's long history of drownings. 

Public to get sneak peek of 106-year-old CSS Acadia's massive restoration

CSS Acadia survived the Halifax Explosion and two world wars. On Thursday and Friday, the public will get a chance to see the massive amount of work that's been done so far to restore the 1913 vessel to her former glory.

Man drowns at waterfall near Tatamagouche that's been site of other tragedies

A 38-year-old man from Three Fathom Harbour, N.S., had been swimming with his family at Drysdale Falls when he went under the surface and did not come back up, according to RCMP.

Mogul, wandering North Atlantic right whale, spotted off coast of France

Mogul, 11-year-old male right whale on a walkabout, was spotted June 21 feeding off the coast of Penmarc'h, France, in the Bay of Biscay.

Rules aimed at helping right whales based on outdated info, says scientist

A biologist says recent speed restrictions put in place in the Gulf of St. Lawrence don't cover the right geographical area and aren't enough to stop endangered North Atlantic right whales from being struck.

Right whale grandmother known as Punctuation killed by ship strike

Scientists have determined a whale grandmother known as Punctuation died as a result of being hit by a ship, news that comes as another critically endangered North Atlantic right whale has been discovered dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Dead right whale towed to Cape Breton in hopes of solving mystery of its death

The second critically endangered North Atlantic right whale to be found dead in Canadian waters this year has been towed to Cape Breton to be examined.

QuadrigaCX founder used aliases, moved assets into personal accounts: report

The deceased founder of the now defunct QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency used Star Wars-inspired pseudonyms like Aretwo Deetwo and Seethree Peaohh to transfer users' money to competing exchanges, according to a new report.

Minivan carries decades of right whale DNA research to new home in Halifax

The DNA history of all right whales sampled since the 1980s was recently packed up into a rented minivan and driven 1,700 kilometres to its new home at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

Dalhousie researchers using laser technology to diagnose hearing loss

Researchers in Halifax are using existing laser technology in a novel way to diagnose middle ear problems in people suffering hearing loss.

Diana, the last of the Public Gardens geese, has died

Staff found Diana, a Toulouse goose bred in Nova Scotia, dead in her enclosure near the main gate of the Public Gardens early last week.

Former correctional officer accused of sexual assault speaks out

Three female inmates are suing the federal correctional service, alleging they were sexually assaulted at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro, N.S. The former correctional officer at the centre of the lawsuit says he's been wrongfully accused.

'Trophy bruises' a badge of honour hiding risks for some rugby players, says father

A retired teacher from Cape Breton whose daughter suffered two concussions playing rugby is warning about the safety risks of the sport as controversy swirls across the province.

Top Nova Scotia doctors question sudden decision to ban high school rugby

The decision to cancel high school rugby has been widely skewered by students, athletes, coaching staff and parents, who have even garnered support from Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang.