Shaina Luck


Shaina Luck covers everything from court to city council. Her favourite stories are about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Email:

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Halifax police say they will purge 14 years of street check data by 2020

The Halifax board of police commissioners is set to discuss street checks from several different angles at its monthly meeting Monday afternoon, including how the police force intends to purge roughly 14 years of records from its database.

West Chezzetcook parishioners protest abrupt church closure

Parishioners at a church on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore are protesting the abrupt closure of their church in West Chezzetcook.

Advocates studying human trafficking 'corridor' between N.S., other provinces

Police agencies have long said human traffickers are moving people — mostly young girls — from Nova Scotia and the other Maritime provinces to Montreal and Toronto. But it's difficult to analyze the pattern in those stories as there is no national data collection mechanism for human trafficking.

Virtual bicycle allows seniors to tour the world, or revisit their childhood home

An Eastern Passage, N.S., continuing care home recently added a new piece of technology to its exercise equipment that's proving a big hit with the people who live there.

Shelburne councillors lobby for changes to role of nurse practitioners

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is asking people in the health-care system to get behind an idea they believe could ease some pressures in rural emergency rooms. 

'Held hostage': Halifax woman's immigration application stuck in Sydney

A Halifax woman who is applying to become a permanent resident of Canada says the federal immigration system is keeping her and many others in limbo waiting for a decision. 

'She will go on': How organ donation is helping one man grieve his wife's death

Phil Gardner's wife, Mabel, died of a heart attack in December 2018. He hopes more people will be open to organ donation after hearing her story.

Halifax Chinese language mental health support group starting

Two Chinese-Nova Scotians are setting up a mental health support service aimed at the growing community of international students from China.

Riders question safety of Halifax Transit's wheelchair restraints

A wheelchair user and his support worker say the current wheelchair strap system on most Halifax city buses is dangerous and training for drivers on how to use it is inadequate. 

Halifax council won't add Afghan war dates to front of cenotaph

Municipal staff concluded in March 2018 that adding more dates to the front would crowd the statue and take away from its historic value. At the time, city council agreed with the staff assessment. An effort to change that decision failed Tuesday.

Ontario man testifies girl initiated sex during massage call to Halifax hotel

Paul Christopher Coburn, 47, is on trial in Halifax provincial court and faces five charges, including sexual assault and communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a child.

Yoga class aims to fill 'dearth' of activities for those with brain injuries

A new program in Halifax aims to help people with brain injuries restore some calm to their lives through meditation and yoga. 

Sexual assault centres call for more help in wake of Avalon wait-list situation

The province's two sexual assault counselling centres outside of Halifax are joining the Avalon Sexual Assault centre in calling for more aid for people who have been subjected to sexual violence.

Falmouth flower grower 'shocked' at proposed water-rate hikes

A move to consolidate three water utilities and standardize water rates in West Hants has a local flower business worried that its water bill is about to skyrocket.

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre temporarily not taking on new counselling cases

As staff struggle to provide service for an overwhelming number of calls from people seeking help, the Halifax organization is temporarily not adding new counselling cases to its wait list, said executive director Jackie Stevens.