Katy Parsons

Associate Producer

Katy Parsons has been a journalist with CBC in Nova Scotia for more than 10 years. She's worked on news, current affairs and lifestyle programming. Contact her with story ideas at katy.parsons@cbc.ca.

Latest from Katy Parsons

Northern Pulp is no longer in production. So what's ahead for Pictou County?

For years, the Northern Pulp mill has been a huge economic driver in Pictou County. Now, faced with its closure, people in the community are wondering what's ahead? An expert in the sustainability of rural communities talks about what happens when industry leaves.

Amid opposition to N.S. salmon farms, minister touts benefits of aquaculture industry

Nova Scotia's Fisheries and Aquaculture minister says his department is taking people's concerns "very seriously" about a multinational salmon farming company's plan to establish operations in the province.
Health Hacks

Do health-care workers wash their hands enough?

One out of every 10 patients will develop an infection while in hospital. Health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton says the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection in hospitals is handwashing.

Why taking Facebook quizzes is a really bad idea

Social media quizzes may look harmless. But taking them for fun can leave you vulnerable to fraud, says cybersecurity expert Nur Zincir-Heywood.

Projects that would include Lunenburg waterfront, seabed concern community group

A community group in Lunenburg is raising concerns about developments being floated by a manufacturer that could alter the appearance of the heritage town's iconic waterfront.

What a Truro woman is doing to help badly burned koalas in Australia

Amber Lilly says nursing Australia's iconic creatures back to health is just one of the challenges rescuers face. An estimated 30 per cent of koala habitat has been destroyed by the raging bush fires.

Walmart pulls costumes after it's accused of making 'mockery' of black culture

When Allanique Hunter, a Bahamian student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., saw a picture of a dashiki and an afro wig on a "hippie dude" costume at Walmart, she was offended.

N.S. Power contractor cuts down trees containing protected bird's nest

A Bear River, N.S., homeowner says it was a shock to see a Nova Scotia Power contractor cut down trees that included a bird's nest protected under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act.

N.S. production of Waiting for Godot scrapped after 'discriminatory' legal rider

An artistic director in Nova Scotia has cancelled plans to mount a production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, after Beckett’s estate insisted that only “male actors shall play male roles.”

Kejimkujik to be first Parks Canada campground with all gender-neutral washrooms

The work is part of a $3-billion Parks Canada plan to upgrade outdated facilities at national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas across the country.

Why ponytails will no longer become wigs for the Canadian Cancer Society

Wigs made of real hair made life much better for many cancer patients. But advancements in wigs made from synthetic materials have led to a decline in the need for donated hair.

South Shore Nova Scotia community piloting free beach bus in July

Nova Scotia's most popular beaches can be out of reach for low-income families. A free beach bus is being piloted next month on the South Shore of Nova Scotia to improve access.

Trudeau's retaliatory tariffs may threaten recreational boating in Canada

Canada’s recreational boating industry says it’s bracing for big losses if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's proposed countermeasures against American tariffs go ahead on July 1.

72,000 Nova Scotia homes can't access high-speed internet

A report released Monday by the province details its road map to connect underserved and unserved homes to high-speed internet across the province.

This firefighter was metres from the Mont-Blanc when it exploded. He survived

'I guess there wasn’t room in hell for me,' said pumper driver Billy Wells, who somehow survived the Halifax Explosion.