Kayla Hounsell

Senior reporter

Kayla Hounsell is a network reporter with CBC News based in Halifax. She covers the Maritime provinces for CBC national news on television, radio and online. She welcomes story ideas at kayla.hounsell@cbc.ca.

Latest from Kayla Hounsell

Grocery store staff fed up with 'social' shoppers who flout pandemic rules

As they put their health at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep Canadians fed, grocery store employees are imploring shoppers to follow a few simple rules for the sake of others: Don't stop to chat, shop alone, and only shop once a week. And channel any anger and frustration elsewhere.

'They need to reach out to us': Canadians on Norwegian Jewel trying to get on government's radar

A Canadian tourist who says there are hundreds of Canadian passengers aboard a cruise ship that is being turned away from one port after another during the COVID-19 crisis, has a message for the federal government: "They need to reach out to us."
Climate Change

Thousands of blood-sucking ticks found on bodies of Canadian moose

Researchers from the universities of New Brunswick and Laval are studying how ticks survive in the climates of New Brunswick and Quebec and how that affects moose. Capturing a moose in a net shot from a helicopter, researchers find the animal covered in thousands of ticks.

Shanna Desmond's family hopes for help to move from home where murder-suicide took place

Canadian Armed Forces veteran Lionel Desmond shot and killed his wife, daughter and mother before turning the gun on himself. An inquiry set to begin Monday, but now adjourned until January, will examine whether Desmond had access to proper mental-health services and should have been able to buy a gun, and whether health-care providers were properly trained.

How does climate change affect the fall colours? One researcher aims to find out

Lynsay Spafford has set up 13 cameras at various sites around Nova Scotia, capturing six images per day of 300 trees, in an effort to study the impact of climate change on the fall foliage.

Greens look to capitalize on provincial success in the east

The Green party is hoping to capitalize on provincial success in P.E.I. and New Brunswick. But unseating federal Liberals in Atlantic Canada won’t be easy.

New Canadians more optimistic than the rest of the country, poll suggests

A new poll commissioned by CBC News shows that new Canadians are much more likely than the general population to be optimistic about the future. They're also much more likely to say the country is on the right track, trust the government to do the right thing and to say they don't think corruption is a problem.

Thousands of Saudi students remain in Canada, despite Riyadh's pledge to axe scholarships

Thousands of university students from Saudi Arabia remain in Canada despite being ordered out of the country by their government last August, and planning is underway to mitigate the impact on Canadian universities when those students graduate and are not replaced.   

This English same-sex couple fathered twins who are half-siblings — and a Canadian surrogate helped them

An English same-sex couple cherishes the twin toddlers they have as the result of an arrangement involving a Canadian surrogate and Canadian surrogacy laws they feel are more progressive than those on the books in the United Kingdom.

'There's no shortage of negative things': Pregnant Meghan faces online bullying

Since marrying into the Royal Family, Meghan Markle has become one of the most watched women in the world, but now the scrutiny online has turned from a general interest in the new royal to unpleasant, distasteful and racist comments.

Archeologists advance toward proving Acadian burial site at Annapolis Royal, N.S.

Archaeologists say they've made a promising discovery at Fort Anne, Canada's first national historic site, by using ground-penetrating radar to explore a burial ground. Fort Anne is located in Annapolis Royal, N.S., and became a national historic site in 1917.

Veterans Affairs reverses decision, opens beds for Allied war vets

Veterans Affairs will expand access to Halifax’s Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital after a veteran was denied access because his wartime service wasn’t with the Canadian military. Now the minister of veterans affairs says 25 beds will be opened to Allied and modern-day veterans.

Canadian war vet denied access to N.S. veterans hospital

A Canadian war veteran is being denied access to a Halifax veterans hospital, even though there are empty beds in the facility, because he wasn’t Canadian at the time of his wartime service.

N.S. woman choosing to die earlier than she wants due to 'extreme' assisted-dying law

A Nova Scotia woman who is choosing a medically assisted death says she will end her life earlier than she really wants because she's worried doctors will deny her the procedure if she loses her mental capacity to consent before that time arrives.

Divisive bilingualism debate rears its head in N.B. election campaign

With less than two weeks to go until New Brunswickers go to the polls, the divisive issue of what languages political leaders speak is once again rearing its head in Canada’s only officially bilingual province.