Simon Smith

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Simon Smith is a reporter with CBC Ottawa. He can be reached at, on Twitter as @SimonR_Smith

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They got engaged last Valentine's Day. 1 year later, they're still countries apart

Maryam and Mohammad are waiting to reunite, waiting for his spousal permanent residency application to make it through Canada's immigration system. Reflecting on one year since getting engaged, the couple wrote love letters to each other and read it to each other through video chat.

'Wind phone' for grief helps restaurant owner whose husband died of COVID-19

A "wind phone" located behind L'Orée du Bois restaurant in Chelsea, Que., was opened to the public last month to help people process their grief through speaking into an unconnected phone, an idea that originated in Japan.

Faced with rising costs, some N.S. restaurants close, while others adapt

After enduring COVID-19 lockdowns, some restaurant owners in Nova Scotia are making difficult decisions as high costs brought on by inflation shrink their profit margins.

N.S. selects five wind projects to produce electricity from renewable sources

The five projects are expected to generate 372 megawatts or 1,373 gigawatt hours per year of electricity — approximately 12 per cent of Nova Scotia's total energy consumption, the province's procurement administrator said in a news release Wednesday. 

Halifax Bangladesh Festival brings community closer together

Members of Halifax's growing Bangladeshi community came together this weekend to put their culture on display at the city's first Bangladesh Festival.

Homeless sector groups call for alternative to police action at Meagher Park

Homeless sector service providers and advocacy groups in Halifax are calling on the city to reconsider its decision to involve police in the relocation of residents living in a park in the city's west end.

Construction of new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia put on hold

The new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia planned for the Halifax waterfront is indefinitely paused, the province announced Wednesday.

Police working security nothing new, but more clarity needed, board chair says

The chair of Halifax’s police board says more clarity is needed around the city’s policy for extra duty employment, a program where officers are paid an hourly rate by private companies, public bodies or events to work security in full uniform outside their normal working hours.

Police patrolling Superstore locations in Halifax has some customers concerned

Several people in Halifax say they've seen armed Halifax Regional Police officers in uniform patrolling Superstore locations in the municipality in recent days and want to know why they are there.

Developer of Fall River seniors' complex to review water study following concerns from neighbours

The developer of a seniors' residential complex planned for Fall River, N.S., will review a water study it conducted for a new sewage treatment plant on the property amid concerns from residents about their drinking water, Nova Scotia’s environment department says.