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

Despite labour shortages, Nova Scotia's ocean tech sector is booming

Nova Scotia's ocean tech sector is quietly designing, building and selling products in Canada and around the world. While a skilled labour shortage has always been a problem, it's 'much worse now than it's ever been,' says one industry official.

Trudeau government moves heavy-icebreaker job out of Vancouver

The federal government has decided to move construction of Canada's new heavy icebreaker out of Vancouver's Seaspan Shipyards, fuelling speculation construction of Canada's polar icebreaker will be moved to Quebec's Davie shipyard.

Legislation increasing protection for fish and habitat clears Senate

Trudeau government legislation that enshrines the independence of Atlantic Canada's inshore fishing fleets and enhances protections for fish stocks and fish habitat has cleared the Canadian Senate.

After months of waiting, groundwork for Ocean Supercluster is in place

The ground rules for Atlantic Canada's Ocean Supercluster project are now in place and will allow for more than $300 million in spending between the federal government and the private sector on ocean-related projects over the next four years.

Ocean tech companies 'showing off the toys' in Nova Scotia

The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) hosted its first demo day on Wednesday, showcasing ocean technology from Nova Scotia and international companies.

How ocean mapping changed the way a seafood giant fishes

North America's largest shellfish company showcased some of its advanced ocean mapping technology Tuesday at an Oceans Week conference in Dartmouth, N.S., illustrating how it is making the industry more efficient and sustainable.

Picnics welcome, drones banned in Canada's national wilderness areas

Aerial drones will be banned, dog leashes made mandatory and small group picnics allowed inside Canada's 55 national wilderness areas under a proposed overhaul of rules governing access to federal wilderness lands.

Researchers focus on oil spill cleanup methods for use in Arctic waters

Two Dalhousie University research projects are being funded under a $45-million federal program to improve oil spill response in Canada, especially in northern waters.

Should Canada cull grey seals to try and save this 'ugly' bottom feeder?

A 'striking conservation success' in Atlantic Canada has turned into a 'serious conservation problem' as rebounding grey seal herds threaten depleted bottom feeding fish in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, according to a new research paper from Canadian and U.S. scientists.

Oldest ship in Canadian Coast Guard fleet out of action until 2020

Maintenance work on CCGS Hudson was supposed to be done by this fall, but Fisheries and Oceans Canada now says more work is needed, prompting it to charter some private vessels for three fall science missions.

Atlantic Canada mackerel quota cut by 20 per cent

Some in the fishing industry say the quota cut is unnecessary, while environmentalists say it doesn't go far enough.

Nearing extinction, optimism surrounds future of Atlantic whitefish

The ancient relative of the Atlantic salmon survives in only three landlocked lakes near Bridgewater, N.S., but there are a few promising signs for the future of the Atlantic whitefish.

Tracking devices show some canny great white sharks searching for seals off N.S.

Two great white sharks spent last summer off Nova Scotia searching for grey seals either around or migrating from Sable Island, according to new research from Canadian scientists trying to figure out where the endangered predator lives when in Canadian waters.

Clearwater sees sales grow in China despite diplomatic tensions

China accounted for almost 27 per cent of Clearwater's sales in first quarter of 2019, up from almost 18 per cent a year prior, with no indication business is slowing.

'Like a bad dream': Parks Canada fights back against invasive species in Keji

From a single fish captured less than a year ago, Parks Canada says chain pickerel are being found throughout Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.