Jon Tattrie


Jon Tattrie is a journalist and the author of two novels and five non-fiction books. He won the RTDNA's 2015 Adrienne Clarkson Award. Find him at

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Halifax UFC fighter Gavin Tucker reflects on his Edmonton redemption

Halifax-based UFC fighter Gavin Tucker opens up about fighting back from his first MMA loss, training with Georges St-Pierre, and ignoring Conor McGregor.

With hammer and chisel, this mystery artist makes the rocks talk

Brent Reeve never trained as an artist, or even as a carver. He drove trucks. He also worked in quarries. When he looked at rocks, they looked back at him. He saw faces. Or flowers. Or suns. Or sailing boats. But he left them hidden in stone.

Stinky Nova Scotia town uses tree-root biofilter to clear the air

A stench that has hung over Lunenburg, N.S, for the last few summers has been defeated by a new biofilter at the town’s sewage treatment plant.

Mourning Miss Amyoony, the librarian who gave north-end Halifax a voice

People in North-End Halifax are remembering Adelia Amyoony, a community member who gave decades to helping young people at the library.

Money problems force Cape Breton Highlanders to 'opt out' of basketball league

The Cape Breton Highlanders won't play the next season in the National Basketball League of Canada, but the owners still hope the team will rebound in future seasons.

Maritime Conservatory supporters demand public meeting on building's fate

A dozen people connected to the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts are calling for an immediate public meeting on the centre’s future, but the board of governors says there’s nothing secret about the challenges facing the conservatory.

Lizard rescued from Halifax house fire

Kennedy Turner called 911 around 12:15 p.m. when she saw the home of her 'awesome neighbours' in Halifax go up in flames.

This tiny library is a huge hit with little readers

A Dartmouth, N.S., couple have celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary by building a tiny free library that encourages kids to read year-round.

Grandmother, granddaughter graduate from high school on same day

A Nova Scotia grandmother and granddaughter are graduating from high school on the same day this month, decades after the grandmother left school to raise her children.

Crews to start clearing land for new Bedford school this summer

Crews will start clearing land in Bedford, N.S., this summer to build a new school to relieve the chronic overcrowding in the area. 

Young raccoon on the mend after nearly strangling on plastic ring

When a friend of Hope for Wildlife brought in a raccoon that was struggling to breathe, the Nova Scotia rescue centre figured it had gotten caught in a snare.

Obama 'Hope' artist tells Halifax convention to obey this legal threat

The Obey Convention started as a punk festival 12 years ago. It morphed into a multi-genre festival, but got a loveless letter from a lawyer on Valentine’s Day that is forcing it to get a new identity.

Memorial Cup tickets reselling at NHL prices since Mooseheads made final

Tickets sold out before the Halifax Mooseheads even secured their spot in Sunday's championship game. Those tickets went for $50 to $75, but are now being resold for hundreds of dollars.

Parts of Argyle Street in Halifax to close on weekends until October

The two-block stretch between Prince and Blowers streets will be closed to vehicles all weekends this summer and it could be the start of a permanent pedestrian passage, the Downtown Halifax Business Commission says.

Man falls to his death from Dartmouth building

A man fell to his death from a building in Dartmouth, N.S., Monday night.