John Mazerolle

John Mazerolle is a frequent contributor to CBC. He's obsessed with travel, A Song of Ice and Fire and the Tragically Hip. He lives in Charlottetown.

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Volunteers to launch free fire-safety program for newcomers

Moved by the Barho family tragedy, a group of volunteers will be offering fire prevention and awareness training to newcomer families across Nova Scotia.

Storm surge warning expanded to include Guysborough County

A storm surge warning for Nova Scotia has been expanded to include the entire southern shoreline from Shelburne County to Guysborough County.

Storm surge batters coast from Shelburne County to Halifax

Parts of Nova Scotia's Atlantic Coast are being battered by high waves with four counties under a storm surge warning.
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Gord Downie's muse: 4 topics that influenced his songs

Gord Downie is known primarily as a chronicler of Canada, but his lyrics also dealt with bigger ideas, writes John Mazerolle.

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip frontman who united a diverse array of music lovers with his commanding stage presence and Canadiana-laced lyrics, has died.

You could hear a pin drop: Chess challenge qualifier draws 53 students

Chris Felix, tournament director of Nova Scotia's Provincial Chess Challenge, says the atmosphere was positive, but there was also "absolute quiet" as students from Grades 1 through 12 tried out for the Canadian Chess Challenge.

Halifax-to-Vancouver hitchhiking odyssey documented by student filmmakers

Two student filmmakers who started a cross-country hitchhiking odyssey in Halifax say they learned a lot about the country, Canadians and hitchhiking itself.

Blizzard shuts down most of Nova Scotia for 2nd day

The blizzard is slowly moving through northern parts of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton with 10 to 15 centimetres more snow expected to fall Tuesday.

Upset parent invoices Nova Scotia Teachers Union for 'priceless' opportunities lost

A Halifax parent angry at work-to-rule has sent an invoice to the Nova Scotia Teachers Union asking for $40 in school-trip cancellation costs — and an acknowledgement of the "priceless" cost of disappointment and loss of opportunity for students.

Appealing brew: Nova Scotia brewer creates beer with locally grown oranges

A Nova Scotia brewery creates what is likely the first-ever beer to feature oranges grown in the province.

Maritimers rally in support of Women's March on Washington

People wearing pink hats and hoisting signs reading 'The Future is Female' and 'Make America Kind Again' sang, chanted and cheered together in many Maritime cities.

Hope Blooms founder glad Arlene Dickinson spoke 'her truth' about Kevin O'Leary

The founder of Hope Blooms, a youth-run business that sells salad dressing, says she was surprised but appreciative to find the Halifax group mentioned in a blunt critique of federal Conservative leadership hopeful Kevin O'Leary.

Firm wants fresh start on controversial Nova Scotia quarry project

The company behind a controversial quarry proposal in the Fall River, N.S., area says it is dropping a legal review of the province's decision to revoke its operating permit so it can focus on a new application for the same project.

The Cat Came Back and 364 other stories in new P.E.I. weather calendar

During the record-breaking snowfalls of 2015, Howard Hogan and Lucina Costain of St.-Felix, P.E.I., lost their cat, Bubba.

Circle of Health, created 20 years ago on P.E.I., now used worldwide

A tool for health promotion created on Prince Edward Island 20 years ago has been so successful it's being used today in countries as far flung as Brazil and Serbia.