Richard Woodbury


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

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This N.S. historian spent years researching the Spanish flu. Now she's living in a pandemic

When Ruth Holmes Whitehead started research in 2017 for a book looking at the Spanish flu pandemic in Nova Scotia, she had no idea she'd end up living in one.

Bridgewater teen laces up cleats for elite Alberta baseball academy

A Bridgewater, N.S., teen hopes an elite baseball academy in Alberta is his ticket to playing Division 1 U.S. college ball.

N.S. fisherman's buoy ends up in Massachusetts, 5 years after another landed in Norway

A Nova Scotia fishing buoy has seemingly ignored COVID-19 travel restrictions by taking a trip to Marblehead, Mass. This isn't the first time a buoy belonging to Nova Scotia fisherman Terry Saulnier has gone on an epic trip.

3 months after Dylan Ehler went missing, his parents renew plea for tips

Almost three months after toddler Dylan Ehler went missing in Truro, N.S., his parents are pleading for anyone with information to come forward. The three-year-old boy was playing in his grandmother's yard when he disappeared on May 6.

2 decades after fleeing U.S. for Halifax, William Shrubsall sentenced for bail jumping

Twenty-four years after he faked his own death and fled the U.S. for Halifax, serial predator William Shrubsall was sentenced Wednesday in a New York state court for bail jumping.

'It was terrifying': Halifax woman had a window seat for VE-Day Riots

After the Germans surrendered in Europe during the Second World War, Halifax erupted into a celebration. After years of living under strict wartime conditions, the city was ready to party. But things turned ugly on May 7-8, 1945.

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.