Jean Laroche


Jean Laroche has been a CBC reporter for 32 years. He's been covering Nova Scotia politics since 1995 and has been at Province House longer than any sitting member.

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NSLC to more than double number of cannabis outlets

Nova Scotians eager to get their hands on legal cannabis closer to home will get their wish in 2020. NSLC cannabis stores will grow from 12 to 26 within the year.

Stephen McNeil's meeting with premier-turned-lobbyist draws fire

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is once again under fire for having met with an unregistered lobbyist. This time it's former Quebec premier Jean Charest, who lobbies for an aerospace association.

Premier tells businesses they will get tax cuts in next N.S. budget

Premier Stephen McNeil surprised hundreds of business people, government officials and others gathered for a luncheon in Halifax by announcing tax cuts coming in his upcoming spring budget.

Pre-primary to be available at every elementary school in N.S. this fall

The Nova Scotia government is expanding pre-primary to another 48 schools next September, making the program available at every elementary school in the province.

Mystery vault at Province House not so mysterious to archeologist

Although the find sparked international interest, the mystery chamber discovered at Province House is less interesting to Nova Scotia's archeology curator.

N.S. government still coming to grips with impact of Northern Pulp shutdown

Members of the provincial team created to try to cushion the blow of the shutdown of Northern Pulp have been given $50 million to come up with plans and programs for displaced workers, but the group still doesn't have a firm idea how many will need help.

Arts groups push for end to 10-year provincial funding freeze

Nova Scotia's Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage offers operating grants to 153 not-for-profit artistic, cultural and heritage groups annually. The $6.5-million grants budget hasn't risen in 10 years.

Email suggests N.S. government had imposed gag order on QEII plans

The issue emerged last week when Coun. Waye Mason said the city had been forbidden from telling nearby tenants about the province's controversial plan to build a hospital parkade on Summer Street. Both Premier Stephen McNeil and the province's top transportation official denied any knowledge of it being kept confidential.

Mystery chamber at Province House to remain a mystery for now

Questions about a vault discovered during work on the grounds at Province House in August, 2018 will remain unanswered, at least for now, because provincial archaeologists don't consider the discovery a priority.

Premier, cabinet ministers defend controversial parkade planned for Halifax

The cabinet minister responsible for the QEII redevelopment is confident work will begin on a controversial plan to build a seven-storey parkade in Halifax this May.

QEII redevelopment official says controversial parkade key to plan

The senior official overseeing the redevelopment of Nova Scotia's largest hospital has told a legislature committee the province has not been secretive, and it is willing to meet with groups worried about plans to build a seven-storey parkade on land partially owned by the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Deputy minister of education 'thrilled' with progress on inclusion

The deputy minister responsible for making Nova Scotia classrooms more inclusive is happy with the progress to date, but Cathy Montreuil has told a legislature committee much more needs to be done.

Province guarantees loans for forestry contractors caught up in Northern Pulp shutdown

Forestry contractors hit hard by the fact Northern Pulp is no longer buying wood may be eligible for up to $180,000 in short-term loans to tide them over while they search for new buyers. The Nova Scotia government is guaranteeing the loans.

Premier rejects call for all-party committee to deal with Northern Pulp closure

Premier Stephen McNeil has dismissed a call by the Official Opposition to create an all-party committee of the Nova Scotia Legislature to tour the province so that elected officials could hear directly from those who will be most affected by the impending shutdown of Northern Pulp.

CBC you later! TV building coming down to make way for Halifax hospital expansion

The Nova Scotia government has issued a tender to demolish the historic CBC building on Bell Road that has hosted popular national television programs like Don Messer's Jubilee, Street Cents and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.