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NS: Information Morning

Information Morning kick starts the day on mainland Nova Scotia with news, survival information, compelling stories and opinions from all perspectives in the province.

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The last U.S. Blockbuster thrives on great customer service

The Bend, Ore., location became the last Blockbuster standing when 2 stores in Alaska closed

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Narcotic Farm

This Narcotic Farm in Kentucky played a major part in shaping the culture around mid-century heroin use in the U.S.

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Franklyn: Heartbreak in a digital world

Franklyn revokes his access to tracking his ex-wife's whereabouts through her phone. It's his last connection to her.

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Pups On A Plane: Flying Rescue Dogs To New Owners

We heard about a local charity that links travellers up with rescue organisations to move dogs around the country.

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MMIWG Inquiry Update

Nova Scotia professor Naiomi Metallic gives us an update on where things stand with Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Metallic presented to the inquiry.

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Remembering a royal fashion expert

Royal fashion expert Deirdre Murphy died in May at the age of 42. Two friends remark on her legacy on the eve of a celebration of life in her honour in Halifax.

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Nova Scotia's Public Health Office concerned with rise in cases of HIV in the province

Cases of HIV have been on the rise this year in Nova Scotia, particularly in Halifax, we spoke with Matt Numer who teaches sexual health at Dalhousie and chairs a group called the PrEP Action Committee.

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The Heritage Trust weighs in on increasing density in the Halifax core and the city's new Centre Plan

Andrew Murphy, a long-time Halifax resident, small-scale developer, and the new president of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia stopped by to give us his thoughts on the Centre Plan, which is expected to be finalised in the next six months.

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Development Series # 3 - Tall buildings and height

How high is too when it comes to condos and apartments in HRM? coming up: We ask a councillor, a developer and an urban planner.

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Development Series #2 - Changing HRM demographics: Who will live in all the new buildings?

Who's moving into all the new condos and apartments being built in HRM? We talk about density with a councillor, an urban planner and a developer - in part two of our series.

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Cumberland County firefighters want their own boat

Two recent water rescues in Cumberland County highlight a gap in first responders coverage. Why firefighters there say they really need a boat. CBC Reporter Paul Palmeter has more.

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Development Series #1 - Notable new construction in HRM

There seems to be a crane on every corner in Halifax. We ask a councillor, an urban planner and a developer what they see as most notable new developments in HRM.

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The dangers of sleeping pills, especially for seniors

Nova Scotians are some of the biggest users of sleeping pills in the country. But researchers and governments are increasingly concerned about the effects of these drugs ....which include sedatives and tranquilizers such as lorazepam, diazepam, zopiclone, and Ambien. David Gardiner is a pharmacist who teaches in Dalhousie School of Medicine. His research focuses on improving the safe and effective use of medications.

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Development Series #6 - The Centre Plan, and developers and HRM councillors' campaign funding

A road map to development in urban HRM. The Centre Plan and how it will influence development in Halifax for years to come. We ask an urban planner, an HRM councillor and a developer for their thoughts.

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Development Series #5 - Lack of Affordable Housing

Too many renters in Halifax spend too much of their income on rent and utilities. How to tackle the challenges of building affordable housing in HRM. We ask an urban planner, an HRM councillor and a developer for their thoughts.

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Development Series #4 - Too much retail space?

Many new buildings in HRM require retail space at street level. So how much retail is too much? We ask an urban planner, an HRM councillor and a developer for their thoughts.

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Bedford man stranded in Egypt

A family in Bedford has found itself caught in limbo with Canadian immigration officials. CBC Reporter Michael Gorman talks to the Kafafy family about the roadblocks on their quest for answers.

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Starting the conversation about cannabis in the workplace

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is holding an event today on cannabis in the workplace and workplace cannabis policies. Event moderator Shawn King and speaker Ian Brown stopped by to fill us in.

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Why "not criminally responsible" verdicts can be hard on victims

When a court decides someone is not criminally responsible for an offence, it can be really tough for victims and for healthcare providers. Those issues were the focus of a recent workshop at the East Coast Forensic Hospital.

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CBC Investigates working conditions at Burnside jail

An inside look at conditions at the Burnside Jail. A CBC Investigation shows why some corrections officers are so concerned. CBC Reporter Elizabeth McMillan has the details.

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No Pipe Rally

Protestors will gather in Pictou today. They're against Northern Pulp's plan to put an effluent pipe in the Northumberland Strait.

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New legislation on intimate images

Nova Scotia has passed new legislation on intimate images. Wayne MacKay is a professor emeritus at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law and Information Morning's legal columnist.

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Learning from messages in a bottle

Message in a bottle. CBC Reporter Brett Ruskin tells us how an old "drift experiment" taught researchers about the ocean and the people who live near it.

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Bicycle bells remind everyone to share the trails

Users of a trail running between Halifax and Lunenburg say cyclists are riding too fast and not using their bells and creating a safety hazard. The association responsible for the multi-use trail is giving out bicycle bells as a safety precaution.

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What do you do when the business responsible for credit reporting makes a mistake and damages your credit?

Sometimes your name and date of birth aren't enough to identify you. We'll hear how a credit monitoring company caused some real headaches for one woman.

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Long-term care regulations separating couple that have been together for 85 years

Hazel and Bryce Gibson met on a schoolyard 85 years ago, and they've pretty much been together ever since. But due to long-term care regulations in Nova Scotia, Hazel isn't allowed to have a bed in Bryce's facility, Camp Hill Veteran's Memorial Building, because she is not a veteran.

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Assistive tech opening doors for people living with disabilities

Two independent living simulation suites are opening at the province's rehab centre. We heard why one is equipped with eye-gaze technology and an Amazon Echo.

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A for adventure: grab a bus to enjoy nature

B is for bus. Our A for Adventure team says not to worry if you are stuck in the city this summer without a car. Take the bus to swim, bike or hike in HRM!

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Follow the money: How provincial equalization payments work

Pam Berman has the details on how Nova Scotia's municipal equalization payments are calculated, and which municipalities are receiving the most equalization money

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Federal government investigating alleged misuse of Métis membership cards

The federal government is looking into whether some members of a Métis community in Nova Scotia are improperly using their membership cards to buy certain things without paying tax.

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New citizenship class for grade 9 students

The biggest shake-up of the social studies curriculum in a generation is set to roll out at school across Nova Scotia this fall. We got a preview of "Citizenship Education",

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Family receives $6 million settlement

After 7 years of litigation, a Nova Scotia family has received a $6 million settlement in order to provide 24-hour care for their son Cullan.

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A tribute to Nova Scotia musician Matthew Grimson

Grimson was a prolific songwriter whose work and spirit inspired many people in Halifax's music community, including Chris Murphy, Erin Costelo and Joel Plaskett. Grimson died this week in Halifax, he was 50 years old.

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Province ordered to reveal previously redacted fish farm info

A NS Supreme Court judge has ordered the Province to release information about a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm. Kathleen Milan lives near the farm, and first asked for the info years ago. She got help from East Coast Environmental Law with the legal process since then.

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A court decision that could affect how incarcerated indigenous people are treated

A recent Stats Canada report says the number of people incarcerated across Canada is going down, but the percentage of indigenous people in prisons is going up. A recent court decision could affect that. Wayne MacKay is Information Morning's legal columnist.

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Politics of school site selection

Our political panel looks at yesterday's by-election results in Jamie Baillie's old seat of Cumberland South and the politics of selecting school sites now that school boards no longer exist.

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The story of a quilt, a lock of hair and two strangers

How an unusual request involving a quilt brings two strangers together.

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Oldest profession - or a form of oppression?

A conference at the Halifax Public Library today will look at ending what's been called the "world's oldest profession". Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald are two of the speakers. They are grassroots lobbyists who fight what is called "non-state torture".

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Syrian family's daunting battle with muscular dystrophy

Five members of the Harb family have a genetic disease that causes their muscles to fail. Emma Smith introduces us to the family who spent years dealing with a seemingly mysterious affliction and how they finally got answers in Halifax.

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Legal issues around giving someone a breathalyser

The tragic death of a Cape Breton teen poses some questions about when police should use a breathalyser. Our legal columnist Wayne MacKay takes a look.

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Dads helping Dads in NICU support group

There's a new support group at the IWK that's just for Dads. These are fathers whose babies have spent time in hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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After 10 years with 'the folks' Sister Jovita heads to St. FX

For years, she's walked the streets of Halifax, tending to people in need. Now Sister Jovita MacPherson is moving on. We find out what is next.

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You don't have to be a soldier to suffer from PTSD

PTSD effects more people in more ways of life, than many of us think. The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia has introduced an ad campaign with the tagline, "PTSD isn't always born on a battlefield". Sherry Blinkhorn is a mental health advocate and one of the people featured in the campaign.

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Halifax fire worried about pot fire risk

Halifax's fire service says there's an increase in the number of fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials. That raises concerns about what will happen when marijuana is legal. Roy Hollett is the Deputy Fire Chief with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency.

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Company defends suicide prevention programs

After criticism yesterday on Information Morning, a company that offers suicide prevention programs responds. The company that runs programs that help with suicide prevention says their system work. That's despite the opinion of a Dalhousie University researcher.

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Solutions to internet issues not high speed

Recently the provincial government released its strategy to bring high-speed internet to 72-thousand homes in rural Nova Scotia. The plan is to lay roughly 9-thousand kilometres of cable, and set up 55 wireless towers. But customers are still not satisfied.

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Frost devastating for blueberry farmers

This week's frost has caused major damage to Nova Scotia's wild blueberry crops - especially in northern counties. Peter Rideout is the Executive Director of the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia.

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Learning about the earth

E is for Environmental Education and P is for Planet Earth. Our A for Adventure team are on Parliament Hill taking part in World Environment Day.

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The story we're hearing about racism in Halifax has opened wounds for the family of a man who died 11 years ago

A Metro transit employee known as YZ won his discrimination case at a Human Rights Commission inquiry and is now suing the city for more than a million dollars. He is a white man married to an African Nova Scotian, and he says his supervisor, Arthur Maddox harassed him because of that. YZ also says the harrasment got worse when he became friends with Randy Symonds, a co-worker who was black, and who he says also faced discrimination. Arthur Maddox was fired from Metro Transit in 2001 but got his job back the next year. Now, the Symonds family is speaking out about the incidents they've only recently learned about. The CBC's Elizabeth Chiu spoke with Ranyd's widow, Marie Symonds, and his 18 year old daughter, Carol.

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Breast cancer breakthrough: Chemo not needed in all cases

Good news for women diagnosed with breast cancer. A long awaited study shows that most women with a common form of early cancer can be treated with surgery and hormones. And safely skip chemotherapy altogether.

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The challenge of balancing the needs of parents, adult children and health care providers

Part two in the investigation of an incident at Sunset Community in Pugwash. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor has more.

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Mother's visits to daughter restricted after dispute with care home

A woman who lives in a care home in Pugwash could be forced to move out. It has to do with a communication breakdown between her mother and the home's administration. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor has more in this CBC Investigation.

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Eastern and Western Canadians debate what makes a real donair.

Should lettuce in a donair be considered sacrilegious? A Halifax donair-maker says the green stuff does not belong in a "proper" donair. But an Edmonton donair slinger disagrees.

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NSTU's new president

It's been a tumultuous time for the Nova Scotia Teaches' union. But they elected a new president last night. Paul Wozny is the new president.

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Do not spray your own spray foam insulation

Spray foam insulation is a popular product in both old and new homes. It is a good insulator and it also serves as a vapour barrier. But there are a lot of cautions that come with using it. CBC Reporter Yvonne Colbert tells us more.

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Death of veteran paramedic prompts call for better PTSD care

The sudden death of a veteran first responder last week has left the province's paramedic community mourning. Scott Barteaux passed away suddenly on May 23rd. It is not known whether PTSD was a factor in Barteaux's death. But paradmedics union says more needs to be done so that first responders have timely access to mental health treatment from workplace stress. Terry Chapman is CEO and business manager for IUOE Local 727, which represents paramedics in Nova Scotia.

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Senior raises concerns about spray foam insulation

Many people have spray foam insulation in their homes. And many have it because of government sponsored programs to make houses more energy efficient. The building code requires the foam to be covered by materials that protect against fire. But one Nova Scotia senior was surprised to learn her insurance company had a problem with the material used in her home.

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A local startup is looking for farmers to test its weeding and fertilizing robot

Technology has changed farming greatly over the years. One Nova Scotia startup is at the forefront of the next big leap in high-tech agriculture. Nexus Robotics just won the weed-and-feed competition at Indiana's agBOT Challenge, a competition for agricultural robots.

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Is it right to sell Nazi memorabilia

A Halifax antique store is causing controversy with some of the items it's offering for sale. Finer Things Antiques and Curios, on Quinpool Road, has Nazi war medals on sale. Peggy Walt noticed the items recently when she was shopping. Her husband Shimon Walt was born a Russian Jew. Much of his family died in the Holocaust.

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Many people do not like the sound of their own voice, but for some transgender women it brings worry and anxiety

New York artist Sarah Hennies will debut her film Contralto in Halifax on Friday as part of the Obey Festival. The film explores how having a deeper voice can prolong gender dysphoria for some transgender women, and prompt them to try to feminize their voice. CBC's Jayde Tynes has the story.

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The idea of putting up a flood control gate system on the Digby neck

Four municipalities are looking into the possibility of putting up a kind of gate system where the Annapolis Basin connects with the Bay of Fundy. Bill MacDonald is the Mayor of Annapolis Royal.

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Wayne MacKay looks at the legal implications of doctors passing on information about blood alcohol levels of people in car crashes

Recently we spoke to Dr. Robert Green, the medical director of Trauma Nova Scotia. He told us ER doctors are seeing more cases of severe trauma, many of them seemingly related to alcohol. Green says some doctors wonder about passing along results to police, when they find elevated blood alcohol in toxicology tests from people involved in crashes. To look at that possibility, our legal columnist Wayne MacKay. He is a professor emeritus at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law.

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Concern over state of federally owned wharves across Nova Scotia

Residents say chronic under funding and climate change means that many of the 200 federally owned wharves in nova Scotia are falling apart. Wayne Smith is a fisherman in LFA 34. Shelly Hipson manages the Harbour Authority of Lower Sandy Point and Ingomar.

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Allegations of sexual abuse in Shambhala Community

Andrea Winn is a second generation Shambhalan in Halifax. She has written a report called Project Sunshine, about sexual abuse that she says is embedded in the Shambhala community. Joshua Silberstein is Chair of the Kalapa Council, which is the leadership group for Shambhala Buddhism.

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A for Adventure tackles B for Biking, and E for Easing people back in

It will soon be Bike Week across Nova Scotia, running from June 1 to 10th. Chris Surrette and Jan Sebastian LaPierre have tips on ways people can get comfortable behind the handle bars.

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Meeting the firefighter that caught him from a window 25 years ago

Daniel Graham was six months old when a Windsor firefighter saved his life from a burning building. That firefighter was Greg Lake. He's now retired, but Greg and Daniel have reconnected 25 years later.

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Report confirms old growth forest cut

In Nova Scotia old growth forest on crown land is supposed to be conserved, not cut down. But a report released yesterday by the department of natural resources found that 30 hectares of old growth forest has indeed been harvested by Port Hawkesbury Paper. Daniel George is a veteran logger and forester. Margaret Miller is the Minister of Natural Resources.

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The story behind the song Powerless by Classified

The song "Powerless" by Classified has received a great deal of attention during the last few months. It tackles the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. And other stories of sexual violence. The rapper from Enfield says he was motivated to write it after hearing from survivors. Now a CBC Investigation looks more closely into one of the stories referenced in the song.

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Why fundraising perks vary from school to school

Fundraising varies widely in elementary schools in the Halifax area. And that can have an impact in the classroom. Information Morning's Nina Corfu has been looking into this.

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Changes to art education designed to offer students more

There are changes coming to arts education in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The Halifax Regional Centre of Education is replacing 16 teachers at elementary schools with art specialists.

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Changing how art is taught in Halifax schools

The Halifax Regional Centre for Education says it is expanding arts teaching in elementary schools. The specialists will work with teachers. Karen Schlick spent 30 years as an art teacher in Dartmouth.

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No family doctor, no nursing home bed

Like many seniors, Mary Jane Copps' mother-in-law wanted to stay home for as long as possible. And for many years, the family was able to keep her with them. But the 87 year old has dementia and needs extra care. Her family found a spot at a facility in Bridgetown. All they needed was an up to date medical certificate from a family doctor.

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La Presse goes not-for-profit

The Montreal publication La Presse made Canadian history yesterday, when it announced it would become a not-for-profit. It will now accept charitable donations as part of its revenue stream. Colette Brin is a journalism professor and director of the Centre for Media Studies at Laval University.

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Nova Scotia coasts ideal for sea kayaking

As the weather warms up, it's time to make your plans to get out on the ocean. Sea kayaking is one of the best ways to do that. Our A for Adventure team knows many great coastal kayak routes.

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Urban designer urges Halifax to protect its heritage

Between the cranes, the construction and the massive holes in the ground, Halifax is certainly a city in flux. The municipality's Centre Plan is supposed to be a guide for that growth. Jennifer Keesmaat is a former chief planner for the city of Toronto and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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Homeless shelter in Truro causes controversy

A 15 bed homeless shelter has been operating on the main street in downtown Truro for six months. The Hub House is in an unassuming building, that once was a hair salon. But it's sparked significant debate in town about how to deal with homelessness. The CBC's Moira Donovan has more.

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Behind scenes of negotiations for aboriginal fishey

How an act of reconciliation with Indigenous communities, leads to a bidding war for control of a fishery - with lots of manouevering behind the scenes. The CBC's Paul Withers has the story.

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The Happy Community Project is set to launch in Sackville Beaverbank

People in Sackville and Beaverbank are taking steps to ensure their grandchildren have a happy place to live twenty years from now. Barry Braun came up with the idea for West Hants. Jason Craig is running with it in the Sackville and Beaverbank area.

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Longtime Ecology Action Centre staffer Susanna Fuller fired following a dispute over a grant.

The former senior marine conservation coordinator at the EAC is taking legal action against the organization. She says she was wrongfully terminated, and was not given severance.

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Math curriculum doesn't add up

Nova Scotian students scored below the national standard in test results released this week. These are the Pan-Canadian Assessment program results. Local students scored low in math and science. Genevieve Boulet thinks they might do better if we just overhauled the math curriculum.

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Delay in free Halifax bus passes causes hardship for low income people

When the Nova Scotia Government announced it would be providing free bus passes for people on income assistance, advocated greeted the news as an important break for low-income families. But a month after recipients say they were told the passes would start, they're still waiting.

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Pro vs hobbyist artist takes on CRA

Should artists have to actually sell their work to get a business deduction for their expernses? That's the issue in the case of Halifax artists and instructor Steve Higgins. CBC Reporter Paul Withers has the details.

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Helping people understand their own biases

Nova Scotia Conservatives may be about to get some sensitivity training, after the MLA for Cumberland made some head turning comments earlier this month. The party's interim leader has suggested all the party's MLAs may get cultural sensitivity training. Shakira Weatherdon is an equity and inclusion consultant at the NSCC. Ann Divine is the CEO of Ashanti Leadership and Development Services.

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Debating the relevance of radio, on the radio!

Halifax has a few schools that often do well in national and even international debating competitions. This year, three local teams did well enough in the prestigious Queens University Debate tournament to get an invitation to the Oxford Cup, in England. To give you a taste of their debating prowess, we've invited one student from each two-person team in to our studio. Julia Wright is from Sacred Heart School of Halifax. Tessa Davis goes to Armbrae Academy. Eamon Roach is on the Fountain Academy team.

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Aquaculture Association responds to Federal audit

A federal auditor says the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is falling short of its commitments to monitor salmon aquaculture. The audit covered most of Canada's coastal jurisdictions, but skipped Nova Scotia because it had recently been done by the provincial auditor general. Tom Smith is Executive Director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia.

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Auditor General slams salmon farming industry

Salmon farming is a billion dollar industry in Canada. But a new report from the Auditor General's office says Fisheries and Oceans Canada is doing a very poor job of regulating the industry. Julie Gelfand is Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, and lead author of the report.

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Take me out to the ball game...and put me behind home plate

One of Canada's top umpires says more women should be doing the job. She's giving a clinic for girls this weekend in Dartmouth.

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Preparedness key for happy campers

As the warm weather returns, the idea of camping in the great outdoors becomes more enticing to people. Our A for Adventure team give us some tips for camping.

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Behind the scenes of police investigation into Valentine's Day plot

On Valentine's Day 2015, people in the Halifax area were shocked to find out how close they'd come to a mass shooting. Two young people had been arrested for planning an attack on the Halifax Shopping Centre, and a third had killed himself as police closed in. RCMP Staff Sergeant Lisa Stuart is in charge of the general investigation section of the Integrated Crime Unit. She led the investigation that foiled the plot.

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Recycled plastic to become fence posts and patio furniture

The city's trash could be a treasure for a Halifax company. Turning our plastic bags into something we can sit on. CBC Reporter Pam Berman has more.

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