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.

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Software glitch damages part of new Canadian science vessel

A software malfunction is being blamed for damaging a critical piece of equipment on board Canada's new offshore fisheries science vessel, Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir John Franklin.

Trade pact will slow Canadian lobster sales to China, says expert

Even though a new U.S.-China trade agreement does not eliminate heavy Chinese tariffs, the deal will still result in a loss of Canadian seafood sales to China, according to an expert.

Some Trudeau government ocean initiatives greeted with skepticism in Halifax

The Trudeau government's plans for ocean protection were front and centre Wednesday as the new federal fisheries minister met for the first time with her counterparts from Canada's five eastern provinces.

Clearwater Seafoods keeps Canadian surf clam monopoly for 2020

Clearwater Seafoods will keep its monopoly on Canada's lucrative Arctic surf clam for another year. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan said the company will retain the fishery's fourth licence ⁠— 25 per cent of the quota — which has been set aside for Indigenous participants.

Canada imposing mandatory gear marking for some fisheries in 2020

Specially coloured rope will become mandatory in every lobster and crab fishery in Eastern Canada this year. The rope must identify the region, species being fished and individual fishing area.

Lobster caught under Indigenous licences sold by accident, businessman tells judge

Sheng Ren Zheng, who's accused of illegally selling lobster caught by Indigenous fishermen under food, social and ceremonial licences, made his closing statements in a Digby, N.S., courtroom on Thursday.

Crown argues businessman illegally sold lobster caught under Aboriginal licence

Sheng Ren Zheng and his defunct company, Guang Da International of Belliveaus Cove N.S., were charged after a federal fishery officer intercepted a shipment of lobster at the Halifax airport in October 2017.

China is close to becoming Canada's largest export market for live lobster

China overtook the United States as the largest market for Canadian live lobster from August through October last year, continuing a trend of "dramatically increased" sales to China following the advent of a trade war between the superpowers.

Rising costs drain contingency fund for Canada's new fisheries science ships

Escalating costs at the Seaspan Shipyard in Vancouver in 2019 depleted the multi-million dollar contingency fund set aside as part of the budget to build three offshore fisheries science vessels under Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Fish boom prompts energy conglomerate to spend $14.5M to bury subsea cables

The parent company of Nova Scotia Power disclosed this week to the Utility and Review Board that it spent almost $14,492,000 this summer to bury its Maritime Link cables lying on the floor of the Cabot Strait between Newfoundland and Cape Breton.

Ocean tech company to map 5,000 square kilometres of Atlantic ocean floor

In the coming months, the Ocean Seeker will undergo a $2-million retrofit to carry sophisticated sonars and lasers capable of capturing highly detailed images of the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

Nova Scotia opens competition to remove massive tidal turbine

Tidal power developers offered long-term deal at high price in exchange for removal of OpenHydro's orphaned turbine.

Why smaller may be better when it comes to harnessing Bay of Fundy tides

This week, Nova Innovation Canada Ltd. was awarded a five-year marine renewable energy permit to install up to 15 turbines on the bottom of the Petit Passage on Digby Neck.

N.B. seafood giant won't be disciplined after animal cruelty investigation

An investigation by the State of Maine says Cooke Seafood corrected problems that were revealed in a hidden-camera exposé done by an animal rights group. Video showed salmon being smashed against posts, stomped on and discarded at a Maine hatchery.

Trudeau and McNeil meet in Ottawa, praise each other

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil exchanged praise and pleasantries in a brief appearance before the cameras in Ottawa Tuesday afternoon.