Shaina Luck


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Nail gun shooting was an accident, defence witness testifies

The trial continues for Shawn Wade Hynes of Trenton, N.S., who is accused of shooting a young carpenter with a nail gun on a worksite

Victim in nail gun shooting tells Pictou court 'I knew it wasn't a safe place to be'

A black construction worker in Pictou County who says he faced racial comments on the job testified Tuesday at the trial of a man accused of shooting him in the back with a nail gun. Shawn Wade Hynes of Trenton has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with a weapon and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

Halifax police chief orders review into rape case at centre of complaint

A Halifax woman who endured an 18-month police investigation into her rape case with little result is going to court to try to change police processes for the future. Meanwhile, Halifax police say they will conduct an internal review.

Sexual assault trial of former Bridgewater police chief wraps up

The sexual assault trial of former Bridgewater, N.S., police chief John Collyer has wrapped up. The judge has reserved her decision until Oct. 24.

Former Bridgewater police chief denies sexually assaulting teen

The former Bridgewater, N.S., police chief accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl took the stand Tuesday at Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater.

Trial of former Bridgewater police chief accused of sex assault resumes

The trial of the former Bridgewater, N.S., police chief accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl resumed Monday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court after a break of almost two months.

Hurricanes threaten infrastructure, farmland in Atlantic Canada

As the season for Atlantic hurricanes starts in earnest, people who live on the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are hoping critical transportation links won't take a direct hit this year.

Marissa Gootjes back on the ice after battling cancer amid vaccination debate

Two years after a brain cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy left her with a compromised immune system, student and hockey player Marissa Gootjes hopes New Brunswick will make measles vaccinations mandatory for everyone.

Access Nova Scotia mistake lands Halifax driver fine, ticket

Nova Scotia's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal acknowledges a clerical error by one of its employees led Anne Irwin to get a ticket for driving an unregistered vehicle and a fine of $180, but it says her only option to get out of it is to go to court.

As ocean temperatures rise, photographer seeing more warm-water fish off Nova Scotia

Halifax-based scuba diver Lloyd Bond says in the last three years he's seen increasing numbers of butterfly fish, seahorses, cornet fish, trigger fish, puffer fish, and many other species not native to Canadian waters.

Ocean temperatures off N.S. dip after record-breaking year

Following a season of record-breaking surface temperatures last year, ocean temperatures in the waters around Nova Scotia have moved back to normal this summer, says the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Festival for artists with disabilities moves to historic, accessible location

An annual festival showcasing Halifax artists with disabilities moved into a new location this year, after renovations to a historic building opened up a space that was previously tough for people with physical disabilities to access. 

Cannabis partnership with Mi'kmaw investment ready to turn over a new leaf

An official with a cannabis company in Lower Sackville, N.S., whose ownership is majority owned by Nova Scotia's 13 Mi'kmaw communities says the company is close to taking its product to market.

Transportation Safety Board releases new details in Enfield train-SUV crash

The train was travelling at more than 80 kilometres per hour when it struck an SUV in a private crossing at North Fork Road, near the Oakfield Golf and Country Club, according to information released by the Transportation Safety Board.

'The final closet': Researcher seeks solutions for long-term care for LGBTQ seniors

A Halifax researcher is heading across Canada this fall in an effort to find solutions to a fear among many LGBTQ seniors that if they go into long-term care, discrimination may force them back into the closet.