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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Province House installing generator to ensure outages don't derail debates

A power outage last fall which plunged downtown Halifax into darkness also forced a sudden shutdown at Province House.

Mike Savage tells mayoral forum he wants Halifax to lead when it comes to a living wage

A mayoral forum hosted by more than a dozen Halifax-area business groups heard two of the three candidates seeking the city's top job tell them they want to pay municipal employees more.

Premier confirms chief of staff eyeing leadership run

Premier Stephen McNeil says he's talked to many people considering leadership bids and he intends to remain neutral.

Premier's chief of staff considering leadership run: sources

Laurie Graham, a reporter turned political staffer, is said to be making calls to gauge support for a leadership bid for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. The winner automatically becomes premier.

Province eases restrictions for some people who leave N.S. for work

The rules are changing for Nova Scotians with jobs outside the province. Those with work that takes them from home for set periods of time, such as oil work in Alberta, will no longer have to self-isolate upon return.

Legislature committees in N.S. about 'democratic accountability,' says professor

A health policy specialist and a one-time politician who offers advice internationally on democratic principles and practices both say Nova Scotia legislature committees should continue to sit, even virtually, to ensure people are kept properly informed during COVID-19.

Nova Scotia PC leader wants inquiry panel into mass shooting to be beefed up

The leader of Nova Scotia's Official Opposition wants Ottawa and the province to create a five-member panel, three from outside the province, to preside over the public inquiry that will examine April's mass shooting.

Cleanup of contaminated Harrietsfield salvage site to begin soon

The Nova Scotia government has awarded a Dartmouth, N.S., company a $7.2-million contract to clean up an abandoned construction and demolition landfill site in Harrietsfield.

Premier is going but don't expect him gone until 2021

Now that Stephen McNeil has announced his intention to step down, it's up to the dozen or so members of the Liberal Party's provincial board to pick the date a new leader can be chosen so that the premier can actually leave office.

Opposition PCs would pump millions into long-term care in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia's PC Party has outlined its proposal for long-term care that promises to hire 2,000 nurses and continuing care assistants. They also want to build thousands of new single rooms and bring in a new supportive living model.

N.S. government sells Liscombe Lodge, the last of its provincial resorts

Nova Scotia taxpayers are no longer in the business of running resorts. The provincial government has sold Liscombe Lodge on the Eastern Shore to a former hotel owner who paid $450,000 in exchange for a promise to put $1-million worth of work into the place and keep it running as is until the end of 2022.

Auditor general's closer look at contaminated sites uncovers even more problems

The Office of the Auditor General of Nova Scotia has once again found fault with the way the provincial government tracks and monitors contaminated sites across the province.

Some nursing homes face major insurance roadblocks as visitor restrictions ease

Some long-term care homes in Nova Scotia are considering delaying visits from friends and families of residents or offering a scaled-back version of the eased restrictions that Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang announced Friday.

Chester MLA Hugh MacKay subject of court order after series of emails

Hugh MacKay, the MLA for Chester-St Margaret's, has faced multiple charges related to impaired driving. Now, according to court documents, an emergency protection order has been granted against him after a series of threatening emails.

Nova Scotia's new information commissioner makes old plea

Nova Scotia's new information and privacy commissioner, Tricia Ralph, is sounding a lot like her predecessor, calling on the McNeil government to "update" the law that governs access to information and privacy in the province.