Richard Cuthbertson

Richard Cuthbertson is a journalist with CBC Nova Scotia. He can be reached at

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Magic mushrooms, hatchet seized from hotel room of Bridgewater fugitive

Police seized a hatchet and 23 grams of the hallucinogenic drug magic mushrooms from the hotel room where fugitive Tobias Doucette is accused of trying to murder an officer who was responding to a domestic violence call.
CBC Investigates

A booming niche industry goes bust, quietly taking millions in public money with it

Mink farms that supply furs to the overseas luxury fashion market have been pummeled by bad prices. But upwards of $100 million in provincial and federal bailouts haven't saved the sector.

Yearning to see their students again, but nervous about what lies ahead

Teachers and guidance counsellors are looking ahead with a mix of hope and trepidation, wondering what profound changes are coming to Nova Scotia schools when they finally do reopen.

In the 1950s, Canada faced a terrifying epidemic. Here's how it was conquered

While the current COVID-19 pandemic has drawn comparisons to the Spanish flu of 1918-20, which killed millions worldwide, polio represents a more recent health crisis within the living memory of many Canadians.

Judge rules in favour of class action launched by special operations veteran

A former special operations member with the Canadian Forces who challenged how disability payments are calculated said the case is important to thousands of injured veterans who served in especially arduous conditions.

Alcohol sales soar amid panic buying, and officials face hard choices

Alcohol sales in Nova Scotia have tripled this week amid panic buying during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the decision whether to keep liquor stores open is fraught with complications that include serious health questions.
CBC Investigates

Inside the secret, million-dollar world of baby eel trafficking

An undercover investigation by Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans into a $1.3-million poaching case is uncovering a little-known but enormously lucrative fishery with a global reach.

Whale carcass washes up on popular Nova Scotia beach

The Marine Animal Response Society was notified Wednesday about a dead minke whale lodged on rocks at the south end of Queensland Beach near Hubbards, N.S.
CBC Investigates

Halfway houses across Canada refused to take this high-risk offender — except one

Convicted sex offender Chris Watts was deemed so high risk that no halfway house in B.C., Ontario or Quebec would take him. So he was flown to Nova Scotia for his release. Documents obtained by CBC News reveal the challenges authorities face dealing with high-risk offenders who've served their time.
CBC Investigates

The $3.6M fraud case that seems right out of a Seinfeld episode

The Nova Scotia companies operated by three sisters and their mother had no employees, and in some cases no bank accounts. But they claimed tens of millions of dollars in sales, according to court records — transactions the Canada Revenue Agency says were fake.
CBC Investigates

The common pill that's killing in the shadow of the opioid crisis

Benzodiazepines, a group of sedatives that include medications like Valium, Xanax and Ativan, have been prescribed for half a century. But when combined with opioids, the results can be lethal.
CBC Investigates

Anxiety pills that promise so much leave behind a hidden 'epidemic'

Addiction experts have long worried about what they view as the widespread misuse and overprescribing of benzodiazepines. With 26 million prescriptions for anxiety pills and related drugs written in Canada in 2017, there's a push to come to grips with a problem that crosses generations.

In the quest for cleaner fuels, a scientist turns to Tim Hortons coffee grounds

Dalhousie University chemical engineer Sophia He is turning coffee grounds into fuel that could power cars. She's part of a broader push to turn everything from kitchen scraps to sawdust into biofuel.

The man behind a huge small-town bank heist wants out of prison

Last month, a 68-year-old Nova Scotia man still behind bars for one of the largest bank-branch heists in Canadian history applied to the court for early release to care for his ailing mother. She has since died.
CBC Investigates

Stakeouts and microchipped lobster: Inside DFO's probe of a First Nations fishery

Microchips secretly planted on lobster. Surveillance in the middle of the night. Court documents detail the response to allegations of black market sales linked to Canada's most lucrative lobster grounds. But not everyone thinks the scrutiny is fair.