Susan Allen

CBC Nova Scotia Investigative Unit producer

Latest from Susan Allen

The 6 communities that rely most on money from the equalization table

There's been debate over how the Nova Scotia government dishes out $32 million to towns and municipalities in the province. Here's how much some depend on the funding.
CBC Investigates

How a woman came to be temporarily banned from visiting her disabled daughter

Sunset Community in Pugwash has placed restrictions on a mother’s access to her intellectually-challenged daughter.
CBC Investigates

Province scolded for kicking single mom out of program that collects child support

An ombudsman's report obtained by CBC News concludes Justice Department officials didn't think of the children when it kicked a single mother out of the maintenance enforcement program.
CBC Investigates

Cultural gem or 'tax grab'? $20M in Annie Leibovitz photos caught in Canadian quandary

Four years ago, a Toronto family donated a collection of photographs worth $20 million to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. To this day it's never been displayed, caught up in a complex quagmire that could mean the works by noted photographer Annie Leibovitz will never hang on the gallery walls.
CBC Investigates

Landowner left to 'twist in the wind' over road dispute hopes for compensation

Mark White of Colchester County said he could no longer stay in his home on Little York Road after a neighbour blocked the laneway, claiming it was his.

Guysborough officials slammed for 'indulgent' expenses

Former warden and current cabinet minister Lloyd Hines among those singled out in a report released Friday by Nova Scotia's ombudsman.

Man who won $10K after racial discrimination by police wants street checks to end

Boxer Kirk Johnson is calling for an end to police street checks after a CBC News investigation found that black people are three times more likely than white people to be targeted in checks carried out by Halifax Regional Police.
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A call for help: what it takes to get treatment for opioid addiction

CBC called 20 drug rehab facilities in Nova Scotia to learn what treatment is available in the province. Front-line workers were sympathetic and helpful, but the advice varies widely and the process of finding help is draining.
CBC Investigates

Nova Scotia pushing more opioid addicts to methadone, away from detox

A CBC News investigation has found the Nova Scotia Health Authority is taking a controversial approach to treating people with ‘liquid handcuffs’ rather than inpatient therapy

'Culture of entitlement' in Richmond County, says watchdog's report into expense scandal

The report, posted online Monday, finds a “culture of entitlement” in the Cape Breton county, where the warden and chief administrative officer expensed tens of thousands of dollars on travel, meals, and alcohol with little documentation or oversight.

Richmond County officials feeling the heat after ombudsman report

Politicians in Richmond County are feeling the heat after CBC obtained a scathing ombudsman's report into expense claims this week.
CBC Investigates

Taxpayers pick up dinner bill for Guysborough MLA Lloyd Hines

Former Guysborough Warden Lloyd Hines was treated to meals on the municipality's tab at least seven times in the three years since he was elected MLA, records show.
CBC Investigates

Critics question 'extravagant' spending by Guysborough councillors and staff

Councillors in a Nova Scotia municipality are being criticized for acting "like school kids out on a high school trip" after expensing thousands of dollars worth of alcohol and travel to taxpayers.
CBC Investigates

More than half of Nova Scotia municipal CAOs earn over $100K

More than half of Nova Scotia's top municipal administrators are making more than $100,000 annually, with the highest compensation going to CAOs in Halifax, East Hants and the Cape Breton region.
CBC Investigates

New tally shows 2 municipal conferences cost taxpayers nearly $700K

The final tally for two municipal conferences shows that taxpayers in towns and counties across Nova Scotia were on the hook for close to $700,000, a CBC News investigation has learned.