Laura Fraser

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Laura Fraser is an award-winning journalist who writes about justice, health and the human experience. Story ideas are welcome at laura.fraser@cbc.ca

Latest from Laura Fraser

Meet the N.S. Mountie who saved a pregnant goat from a black bear

While some police officers might be fazed by a report involving a black bear and pregnant goat, this wasn't Const. Matt Doane's first rodeo.

A Snowbird flew over Nova Scotia, hoping to bring comfort to his home

As Nova Scotians gazed up at the Canadian Forces Snowbirds soaring through the clouds last weekend, Matt MacKenzie was looking down and feeling the weight of successive tragedies that had enveloped his home province. 
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This tear-stained letter from a Nova Scotia boy brought comfort to mourning RCMP officers

A tear-stained thank you letter written from the heart of an eight-year-old boy has touched RCMP officers across the country as they mourn the loss of one of their own. 

This Nova Scotia nursing home is going viral, but in the best possible way

Residents at a rural long-term care centre in Nova Scotia are going viral through cheeky messages they've shared on social media to keep up everyone's spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How the Desmond inquiry could change the lives of veterans and their families

Two families in Guysborough County, N.S., became forever bound by tragedy in 2017 after an Afghanistan veteran with a complex mental illness — and a history of conflict in his marriage — fatally shot his wife, mother, daughter and himself.
DAY 17 OF INQUIRY

Nova Scotia firearms officer testifies at Lionel Desmond inquiry

The chief firearms office of Nova Scotia does not have the power to get a second medical opinion after reinstating a gun licence, unless the applicant gets flagged by police, a doctor or someone from the community. The was the information provided to the Lionel Desmond fatality inquiry on Monday.
DAY 16 OF INQUIRY

Lionel Desmond's wife inquired about peace bond on day he killed her, himself

Hours before Shanna Desmond's husband fatally shot her, she called a domestic violence crisis line to learn how to file a peace bond in Nova Scotia, a fatality inquiry heard Tuesday.
DAY 15 OF INQUIRY

Doctor who signed off on Lionel Desmond's firearms licence says he didn't pose risk

The doctor who signed off on Lionel Desmond's firearms licence review did so in the same visit the Afghanistan veteran told him he'd been referred to an in-patient program to treat his complex post-traumatic stress disorder.
DAY 14 OF INQUIRY

Inquiry judge tackles bureaucracy that prevented officials from sharing veteran's history

The judge overseeing the Lionel Desmond inquiry questioned the layers of bureaucracy that kept health, military and public safety institutions from sharing information about the Afghanistan veteran who ended up killing three members of his family and then himself in 2017.
DAY 13 OF INQUIRY

Why firearms officers returned Lionel Desmond's gun licence after suicide attempt, police calls

A firearms officer who reviewed Lionel Desmond's gun licence after a suicide attempt explained how the Afghanistan veteran with complex mental illness was able to get the licence back.
DAY 12 OF INQUIRY

Firearms officers tell inquiry how a veteran with PTSD was able to keep a gun licence

The focus of the Desmond inquiry shifts this week from access to health-care to access to weapons.
DAY 11 OF INQUIRY

Veterans Affairs let Lionel Desmond 'fall through the cracks,' inquiry judge says

The Lionel Desmond fatality inquiry will end in recommendations for change rather than blame, but Judge Warren Zimmer made it clear Thursday that Veterans Affairs failed the former soldier when he left military care.
DAY 10 OF INQUIRY

Veteran's wife asked for divorce before he killed his family and himself, therapist testifies

In the hours before Lionel Desmond killed his family and himself, he called his therapist and told her that his wife had asked for a divorce, the inquiry into their deaths heard Wednesday.
DAY 9 OF INQUIRY

Crisis nurse testifies veteran had 'anger issues' and outbursts that scared his daughter

The Desmond fatality inquiry has heard from three of the doctors who saw Afghanistan war veteran Lionel Desmond in the months before he killed his family and himself at their Nova Scotia home — but Tuesday it heard from another point of view: that of the nurses.
DAY 8 OF INQUIRY

Gaps in treatment affected Afghanistan veteran's PTSD before fatal shootings: psychiatrist

The first civilian psychiatrist to meet Lionel Desmond after he was released from the military's care testified on Monday that the veteran's complex mental illness likely worsened due to a gap in treatment.

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