David Burke


David Burke is a reporter in Halifax who covers everything from politics to science. His reports have been featured on The National, World Report and As it Happens, as well as the Information Morning shows in Halifax and Cape Breton.

Latest from David Burke

Burnside road's design is 'problematic' and needs fixing, says councillor

After 14 crashes in the past year and a half on a stretch of road in the Burnside Industrial Park, the councillor for the area wants to see the design of the road upgraded.

How cybercriminals sell their skills so the average Joe can steal money

By offering up their services for a fee, cybercriminals make it possible for almost anyone with a computer and internet connection to steal money and personal information.

Health-care workers 'scared' about rise in weapons showing up at hospitals

Both the Nova Scotia Nurses Union and the Canadian Union of Public Employees say their members are seeing more and more patients showing up to hospitals with knives and guns.

New fire marshal's office will aim to prevent fatal fires in Indigenous communities

Homes hollowed out by fire have become an all-too-common sight in Indigenous communities across the country, prompting a plan to create a national Indigenous Fire Marshal's Office to fix glaring gaps in fire prevention programs across Canada. 

Shoplifting and other petty-crime cases are being dropped by courts

Across Canada, people accused of petty crimes like shoplifting, minor assault and fraud are walking free — because the justice system doesn't have time to deal with their cases, as it struggles to move more serious crimes through the courts.

Rare war medals can fetch $150K or more — but do your research before selling, expert says

War medals can be an example of a Canadian's sacrifice to their country "and so to lose that history and to lose that personal connection with those who have gone before us, I think is a sad thing," says the chief curator of the Army Museum at the Halifax Citadel.

Bridgewater wins $5M from federal program to improve energy efficiency

Bridgewater, N.S., has won $5 million from the federal government to help people renovate their homes to be more energy efficient.

Drones can be crucial for search and rescue teams. So why don't we use them more?

Confusing regulations and high costs are keeping some Canadian search and rescue organizations from using drones, even though the devices are described as one of the "greatest tools" in a first responder's tool kit.

How medical marijuana use could make one Nova Scotia man homeless

Philip Bennett broke the rules in his apartment building by smoking and vaping his medical marijuana on his balcony, now he's being kicked out. Because he has little money and needs a place that's wheelchair accessible he hasn't been able to find a new home.

Why retailers' shoplifting fears are wrapped up in reusable bags

Some retailers are worried that as more people bring reusable bags into stores, some of those bags will become tools for shoplifting.

22-year 'nightmare' CPP fight finally pays off for Nova Scotia man

For more than two decades, Anthony Harris has been fighting two battles: one against his badly damaged body and another against the federal government.

Sweden has figured out how to keep food free of salmonella. Why can't Canada?

Sweden has strict regulations to keep chickens and other animals salmonella-free. As a result, few people in that country get sick from the bacteria, while outbreaks caused by contaminated food continue to happen in Canada.

Why breaded chicken makes so many people sick, and what's being done about it

Hundreds of Canadians have become sick from raw breaded chicken contaminated with salmonella. Now the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is making a bold move to protect people from both the bacteria and themselves.

Legendary Codco comedy troupe reunites in Halifax

It was the first time Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones, Andy Jones and Greg Malone have been on stage together since their sketch comedy show Codco went off the air in 1993.

Why shame prevents people from reporting cybercrime

Both police and a cybersecurity instructor believe that cases of cybercrime are woefully under-reported, making it hard for authorities to know exactly what's going on online. 'There is a war taking place and we're losing,' says one cybersecurity expert.