Michael MacDonald

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Groups 'shocked' by minister's approach to inquiry into Nova Scotia mass murder

A coalition of groups devoted to eliminating gender-based violence across Canada is urging Ottawa and Nova Scotia to refrain from using a restorative justice approach for a promised inquiry into the mass killing that claimed 22 lives.

Seeking to explain Nova Scotia shootings: Inside the 'threat-sensitive brain'

More than seven weeks after a man disguised as a Mountie killed 22 people in rural Nova Scotia, the RCMP have finally hinted at what may have motivated one of the worst mass killings in Canadian history.

Canadian Hurricane Centre warns to prep for storm season early to avoid lineups amid pandemic

As the Canadian Hurricane Centre warns of another active hurricane season, one of the country's top meteorologists said the COVID-19 pandemic could make it more difficult for people to prepare for a long line of tropical storms.

Nova Scotia mass killer should be subjected to psychological autopsy: experts

Experts say a psychological autopsy — an investigative technique involving extensive interviews with family, friends and co-workers — of the gunman who killed 22 people in Nova Scotia last month could shed more light on the motives for his violent actions.

The geography of grief: Portapique saddled with the stigma of mass killing

As the starting point for one of the worst mass killings in Canadian history, the rural enclave on Cobequid Bay has joined a long list of small communities that have become synonymous with horror and grief.

TSB examining 3rd runway overrun incident in 2 years at Halifax airport

Three investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are trying to determine why a passenger jet skidded off the end of a runway at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport over the weekend — the third such incident in the past two years.

McAdam's sale of $1 housing lots a success, mayor says

A year after a tiny village in New Brunswick announced it would sell 16 housing lots for one dollar apiece, the mayor says the novel bid to attract newcomers to McAdam has been an unqualified success.

Mint's new glow-in-the-dark coin features Canada's most famous UFO

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a glow-in-the-dark coin that captures the eerie scene more than 50 years ago when what has been officially documented as a UFO crashed into the waters off Shag Harbour in southwestern Nova Scotia.

Hurricane Dorian to hit Atlantic Canada with high winds, downpours

Hurricane Dorian is expected to spin into Atlantic Canada this weekend as either a Category 1 hurricane or a strong tropical storm, churning out sustained winds up to 130 km/h.

International shipping industry under microscope as whale death toll grows

The shipping industry is under increased scrutiny after two cargo ships were fined for sailing too fast through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where the rising death toll among endangered North Atlantic right whales has been partly blamed on collisions with vessels.

FBI reaching out to users of the defunct QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange

The victims services section of the FBI has posted a survey on its website asking potential victims of QuadrigaCX's demise to disclose details about their account balances, transactions and other financial records.

'Predator' prison guard accused of sexually assaulting 3 women

Three women who say they were sexually assaulted by a prison guard in Nova Scotia have launched a lawsuit against the federal correctional service.

Investigation of QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency debacle turns up $28M in assets

The accounting firm trying to recover more than $200 million owed to users of the now-defunct QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency platform has turned up only $28 million in assets — virtually all of it in cash.

Lawyer for Desmond family says inquiry limits 'stifling access to justice'

Nova Scotia's Justice Department is trying to muzzle the inquiry into the death of an Afghan war veteran who killed his family and himself more than two years ago, a senior lawyer says.

How a court battle over 'Grabher' licence plate reflects wider societal debate

The Nova Scotia plate — "GRABHER" — has sparked a heated debate between prominent academics about freedom of expression and "rape culture."