Moira Donovan

Associate Producer

Moira Donovan is a journalist with CBC Nova Scotia. She's worked in Lyon, London and now reports from Halifax. She can be found on Twitter @MoiraDonovan

Latest from Moira Donovan

Internal documents reveal how N.S. handles dangerous and nuisance black bears 

Emails obtained by the CBC are shedding new light on how the Nova Scotia government makes decisions about black bear management in a province with limited space for wildlife. 

This barren N.S. ecosystem is a rare biodiversity hotspot. Scientists want to preserve it

Over hundreds of years, human activity has reduced Nova Scotia's sand barrens to roughly 3 per cent of their original size. Scientists and a community organization are trying to build awareness about the importance of the ecosystem and stem further decline.

Researchers race to protect Nova Scotia's hemlocks from invasive pest

In a shaded, mossy hemlock stand in Kejimkujik National Park, trees span generations — from young hemlocks with spindly trunks to multi-centenarians thicker around than two people can reach. But these trees have something in common. All are threatened by an invasive insect.

Advocates say nature can be powerful tool in adapting to coastal climate change

With sea levels rising faster in Nova Scotia than almost anywhere in the country, experts say the need for coastal property owners to take action to mitigate against erosion is more important than ever.

New online tool helps Nova Scotians manage tick risk

A new citizen-science tool, eTick, aims to ensure more Nova Scotians identify the ticks they find — and whether those ticks pose a risk to their health.

A century after the Spanish flu hit N.S., historians now chronicling the impact

One hundred years ago, Nova Scotia was grappling with the deadliest virus the world had ever seen: the Spanish Flu. Two historians say there are important lessons to draw from what happened in Nova Scotia, which fared better than other parts of Canada.

How this mysterious structure buried in the sand is now shedding light on Nova Scotia's history

A mysterious structure on a Cape Sable Island beach in southwest Nova Scotia is revealing its secrets, thanks to the actions of dedicated locals and a young archeologist.

Why Halifax's vacancy rate is making it even harder to find affordable housing

Affordable housing service providers say changes in the housing market in Halifax have meant that a provincial rent supplement program, a tool that helps provide affordable housing, is losing its effectiveness.

After Dorian, N.S. farmers grapple with thousands of dollars in losses

Dorian's path of destruction through Nova Scotia brought widespread damage to some farms in the province, flattening crops and blowing fruit from trees.

As Dorian approaches, some N.S. communities fear for aging wharfs

Some communities in southwest Nova Scotia are concerned their aging wharfs could be seriously damaged by Hurricane Dorian.

Proposed Annapolis Co. partial harvest could threaten endangered bat, says naturalist

A Nova Scotia naturalist says the proposed harvest of a forest in Annapolis County could jeopardize the survival of the little brown bat, an endangered species that's already been decimated by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that attacks hibernating colonies.
CBC Investigates

Universities spend big on recruiters in scramble for foreign students

Universities in Atlantic Canada have turned to international students as an antidote to dwindling enrolments. Documents obtained by CBC show institutions are now spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on third-party agents.

High Arctic lab once again threatened with closure as federal funding runs out

A unique research lab in the High Arctic is once again facing the possibility of closure, as funding for research at the station is set to run out in September.

How do you ship a 300 million-year-old tree stump? Very carefully

A fossilized tree stump at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax is being prepared for shipping.
ATLANTIC VOICE

'It's like my mission is over': Kandahar veteran helps Syrians come to Canada

Donna Collins always felt guilty about the people she left behind in Afghanistan. The Pictou, N.S., woman eased her burden by helping Syrians come to Canada.

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