Cassie Williams


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

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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.

Viola Desmond $10 bill wins international banknote of the year design award

Last year, the federal government unveiled the vertical banknote design featuring the Nova Scotia civil rights pioneer and a map of her north-end Halifax neighbourhood.

Woman describes family's 'nerve-racking' escape from fire with minutes to spare

Janelle Sparks said her neighbour climbed over the barrier separating the deck of the duplex, went through her patio door and ran up the stairs to where Sparks and her family were sleeping. It may have saved their lives.

Parents had to drop kids to firefighters below to escape Windsor house fire

The Windsor, N.S., fire chief is crediting a neighbour's bravery in saving a couple and two children from fire that destroyed house.

AG says Nova Scotia hasn't completed more than 30 audit recommendations

In his latest report, released Tuesday, Michael Pickup said the government has only completed 71 per cent of the 113 recommendations it agreed to in 2015 and 2016.

Grieving dad calls for change to mental health system after son sent home from ER

A Bridgewater man says the government needs to fix the 'failed mental health system' in Nova Scotia after his 20-year-old son was told it would take months to access mental health services.

People urged to leave stuffed animals on porches for 7 victims of Halifax fire

Two Halifax women have taken inspiration from the Humboldt Broncos tragedy to show support for a family and a community mourning the loss of seven children in a tragic fire.

Family that lost 7 children in fire came to Halifax as refugees in 2017

Seven children, ranging in age from four months old to 14 years old, are dead following a fire early Tuesday — the deadliest house fire in recent Nova Scotia history.

Quadriga mystery deepens with little evidence of cold wallets containing $250M

A cryptocurrency analyst says there is little evidence that tens of millions of dollars of assets allegedly trapped on hard drives belonging to the deceased founder of Canadian cryptocurrency are being stored in so-called cold wallets.

Dashcam video shows car speeding wrong way down Highway 101 before crash

Eyewitnesses say driver pulled a weapon out of car after he crashed and forced man out of pickup before driving truck into an Irving station in Lower Sackville, N.S.