Paul Withers


Paul Withers is an award-winning journalist whose career started in the 1970s as a cartoonist. He has been covering Nova Scotia politics for more than 20 years.

Latest from Paul Withers

Why Nova Scotia wants to poison a lake to kill off invasive species

Nova Scotia says chemicals are a last-ditch effort to stop the invasive smallmouth bass from entering the St. Marys River system.

N.S. Liberal MP goes against party, calls on DFO to put First Nations fishing rules in writing

The MP representing Kings-Hants, where the Sipekne'katik First Nation is located, is calling on his own government to define the rules for a moderate livelihood fishery. Kody Blois says doing so could help end "the ambiguity and uncertainty."

Hurricane Teddy creates lull in fishery dispute in southwest N.S.

With the arrival of Hurricane Teddy, Mi'kmaw and commercial fishermen were off the water Tuesday, creating a lull in a dispute over the First Nations' lobster harvest in southwest Nova Scotia. It came as two federal cabinet ministers issued a statement signalling their frustration with protesting commercial fishermen in the area.

Protest over Indigenous lobster fishery turns confrontational at N.S. wharf

Hundreds of commercial fishermen briefly blocked access to a wharf Tuesday morning in southwestern Nova Scotia being used by First Nations fishermen harvesting lobster.

Some Canadian seafood sustainability labelling can't be verified: report

A new report on seafood labelling contains good news and bad news about the sustainability of seafood Canadians buy at their local grocery store.

'Fluke' sighting of endangered Atlantic whitefish brings hope for survival

There was an encouraging sign this week for a critically endangered Canadian fish teetering on the brink of extinction in the wild. Six adult Atlantic whitefish were observed in an isolated Nova Scotia lake for the first time in six years.

Mi'kmaq planning their own moderate livelihood fishery outside DFO seasons

Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is downplaying plans by Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq to create their own moderate livelihood fishery, characterizing the move as part of ongoing negotiations to implement a 21-year-old Supreme Court ruling.

Ottawa pledges $9.6M to try to harness Bay of Fundy tidal energy again

The goal of generating large amounts of electricity from the powerful tides that sweep the Bay of Fundy received a $9.6-million boost Wednesday from the Trudeau government.

Clearwater gives up piece of offshore lobster monopoly to N.S. First Nation for $25M

Halifax-based Clearwater Seafoods is selling two of its offshore Nova Scotia lobster licences to the Membertou First Nation for $25 million.

Video game developer from Norway hopes to lure players with fishing simulation set in N.S.

When a Norwegian company needed help testing its new video simulation game Fishing: North Atlantic, one of the people they turned to was a 16-year-old honour student from a tiny fishing port in eastern Nova Scotia.

Trump turns an election-year eye on Canadian lobster

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has launched a trade investigation to assess the impact of worldwide Canadian lobster exports on the United States lobster industry.

Nova Scotia fishermen say a First Nation lobster harvest is being abused

Several hundred fishermen protested Thursday outside the constituency office of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan — demanding her department stop out-of-season commercial lobster harvesting and sales by First Nations in Nova Scotia.

Lobster pound owner found guilty of illegally selling lobster

The Chinese owner of a lobster pound in Nova Scotia has been found guilty of illegally selling lobster caught by Indigenous fishermen who were not allowed to sell their catch under the licences they held.

Cape Breton snow crab fishery escapes impact of right whale closures

The lucrative snow crab fishery in Cape Breton has managed to escape the impact of closures due to recent sightings of the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Emera finds new Nova Scotia Power president in Ontario

Emera has appointed a new president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. Peter Gregg, the president of the Independent Electricity System Operator in Ontario, will start in November.