Richard Woodbury


Richard Woodbury is a journalist with CBC Nova Scotia's digital team. He can be reached at

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Behind the Music: Nova Scotia, the '90s math rock band from Washington state

When the Olympia, Wash., rock band Shady Lane decided they needed a new name in the mid-1990s, one of its members suggested Nova Scotia. Here's the story of the group and their Spinal Tap-esque U.S. tour in 1998.

Sexual predator William Shrubsall pleads guilty to bail jumping, criminal contempt

A notorious sexual predator who embarked on a two-year reign of terror in Halifax after he fled Niagara Falls, N.Y., while on trial in 1996 pleaded guilty to bail jumping and criminal contempt in a New York court on Thursday.

Why this Smithsonian astronomer has a donair website

Like many Nova Scotia expats, Glen Petitpas found himself craving a donair. Luckily for him, his sister had a recipe from a Halifax donair shop, so he started making donairs and created a website to share the recipe.

Friend of slain Texas man speaks out about suspect's arrest in Halifax

A Texas woman says she's relieved the man accused of killing a close family friend was apprehended in Halifax last week. "I felt like I could exhale," said Debra Nizza.

Shoplifting report in Halifax leads to arrest of Texas homicide suspect

A man wanted for homicide in Texas was arrested Monday afternoon after an alleged shoplifting incident at a business in Halifax.

Lawsuit launched against sex offender Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh

A Nova Scotia man who had convictions for sexually abusing minors thrown out due to Charter violations is being sued by six complainants who say they suffered a lifetime of emotional harm from alleged sexual abuse inflicted on them by Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh.

Fixing a piece of WW I history a sign of respect for Yarmouth man

One of Ed Telfer's great-grandfathers served in the First World War. He says it's his duty to clean up a German machine gun that was damaged after being stolen from the cenotaph in Arcadia, N.S.

Why the Halifax Pop Explosion has its sights on the northeastern U.S.

Despite its geographic proximity for Canadian musicians, touring in the U.S. comes with many complications. Despite traditionally focusing on helping artists break into the European market, the Halifax Pop Explosion is turning its efforts this year toward helping artists break in the northeastern U.S.

U.S. judge turfs William Shrubsall's bid to have bail jumping charge tossed

An American judge has ruled William Shrubsall's right to a speedy trial on a bail jumping charge in New York state wasn't violated and the reason for the delay was because the notorious sexual predator fled to Canada.

Sports economist says CFL group keeps fumbling Halifax bid

A sports economist says the backers of a proposed CFL franchise in Halifax should take a page out of the playbook of the HFX Wanderers FC to get more public support.

Letters to premier shed light on public sentiment toward stadium for Halifax

Since last September, about 50 members of the public have sent emails, letters or left messages for the premier regarding taxpayer support for a proposed stadium in Halifax that would house a CFL team. Most people were against the idea.

Halifax brothers fighting for Team Canada at international student games

A lot of brothers fight, but Halifax siblings Jackson and Hunter Carroll do it six days a week — with good reason. The pair are heading to Italy on Wednesday to compete in taekwondo at the Summer Universiade.
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New parole details raise fresh questions about William Shrubsall's controversial deportation

Notorious Halifax sex predator William Shrubsall misrepresented facts and downplayed the severity of his crimes during the Parole Board of Canada hearing that led to his deportation to the U.S., where he could be freed in a matter of years.

'It causes questions': Crown corp. official backed winning bid for beer garden

Develop Nova Scotia is facing questions about why an official who wrote a reference letter for the winning bidder of the Halifax waterfront beer garden contract was also involved in scoring parts of the bids.

Why astronomy played a pivotal role in setting D-Day date

While D-Day was originally planned for June 5, 1944, it occurred a day later. What often gets overlooked is why June 5 was a possibility in the first place. The reasons come down to a mix of military strategy and astronomical calculations.