NS: Information Morning

 
 

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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Digby Neck Collective building and inspiring optimism

Can do attitude. Gwen Wilson is one of the organizers of the Digby Neck Collective.

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Information Morning Hour 1 Friday Sept 21 - Portia Clark returns to Sandy Cove

Information Morning is on the road. The show comes to you from Sandy Cove on the Digby Neck. Portia Clark returns to where she grew up.

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Information Morning Part 3 Friday Sept 21 - Portia Clark returns to Sandy Cove

Information Morning is on the road. The show comes to you from Sandy Cove on the Digby Neck. Portia Clark returns to where she grew up.

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Information Morning Hour 2 Friday Sept 21 - Portia Clark returns to Sandy Cove

Information Morning is on the road. The show comes to you from Sandy Cove on the Digby Neck. Portia Clark returns to where she grew up.

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Leila's Lodge a labour of love for Digby Neck pastor

A labour of love. A couple in Tiddville have opened a seniors home, to give room and board to people who would otherwise be all alone.

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Student sent to drunk tank says he was not intoxicated

A night on the town in Halifax became a nightmare for a university student. He says he wasn't drunk, but he ended up in the drunk tank for the night. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor has more.

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NS woman choosing to die earlier than she wants due to "extreme" assisted-dying law

Hear why Canada's assisted dying law is making some people end things before they would like to. One terminally ill woman says that's going to bring about her death earlier than if the condition weren't part of the law. Audrey Parker spoke with the CBC's Kayla Hounsell about medical assistance in dying.

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Introducing CBC Kids News

CBC's new website for kids news went live this week. We talk to Nina Corfu one of the producers behind the site.

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Trans fat ban finally happening

This week Canada finally banned trans fat at the grocery store. Laurie Wadsworth is a professor of human nutrition at St. FX University in Antigonish. She was a member of the Trans Fat Task Force which delivered its report to the federal minister of health in 2006.

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Senator Kim Pate says Joshua Evans should have been put in care, not jail.

We spoke with Senator Kim Pate about the case of a man who died in the Burnside jail last week.

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Minister Iain Rankin on proposed clearcut

Minister of Lands and Forestry Iain Rankin responds to concerns about a proposed clearcut in Upper Vaughn, N.S., after a hunter said it might hurt endangered species.

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A former youth advocate explains how the position could help children and caretakers in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is weighing whether to hire a child and youth advocate. We heard what the job entails, from someone who used to do it.

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Hunter worried clearcut targets deer habitat

A Hants County man urges the province to stop a clearcut planned near Upper Vaughn. He says the area provides winter shelter for deer.

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Growing frustration with conditions at Burnside jail

The Justice Minister says there are no problems with the way the Burnside Jail is manged. This after a prisoner died in the jail. Jason MacLean is president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union.

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Support for new bill to create child and youth advocate

Nova Scotia doesn't have a Child an Youth Advocate. Some say we should. A new bill asks for someone to look out for the interests of children.

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Legal struggles around the size of Toronto's city council

Wayne MacKay looks at legal issues around Doug Ford's use of the Notwithstanding clause.

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Canadian Nurses Association thinks medical marijuana program should continue

Do we still need medical marijuana after pot is legalised in October. The Canadian Nurses Association says there should still be separate streams for medical and recreational cannabis.

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The East Coast Prison Justice Society is supporting a protest by inmates

Prisoners across North America finished a nearly three-week-long protest yesterday, on the anniversary of the Attica prison riots. As they were at Attica, prisoners were protesting conditions behind bars. Sheila Wildeman is an associate professor in Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law, and a member of the East Coast Prison Justice Society.

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Nova Scotia Health Authority updates on doctor recruitment

There have been some changes in the top ranks of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. We find out what that means for physician recruitment.

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Shelburne Mayor says Premier McNeil has to recognize there's a "health care crisis" in rural Nova Scotia

Karen Mattatall says Stephen McNeil's comments about improvements in health care and new physicians being hired are misleading. She's the Mayor of Shelburne.

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A life sentence doesn't mean you'll live out your life inprison

Lindsay Souvannarath was sentenced for planning to kill dozens of people in a mall shooting in Halifax. Christopher Garnier was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer and disposing of her body in a compost bin. Both are appealing their life sentences. Wayne MacKay is a professor emeritus in Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law and Information Morning's legal columnist.

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New panel will look at future of long-term care in Nova Scotia

Health Minister Randy Delorey has struck the panel, which will include a GP, a nurse and Janice Keefe, Director of Mount Saint Vincent University's Centre on Aging.

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Doctor raises concerns about pregnancy pamphlet

Yesterday we talked about a group at Acadia University that offers help for unplanned pregnancy. Some students and doctors were concerned the group isn't clear about its affiliations. Today we hear from a doctor who takes issue with an information pamphlet given out to mothers in the Valley.

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Know your wild plants

Our A for Adventure team tells us about wild plants that are good to eat.

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Helping Syrian refugees brings peace to former soldier

Communities Assisting Refugees Now has helped three Syrian families get to Pictou - and a lot of that has to do with one of the people involved. The CBC's Moira Donovan has more.

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Questions about a pregnancy counselling centre at Acadia

A student at Acadia University facing a potential unplanned pregnancy was only interested in a free pregnancy kit. Instead, she got a disturbing consultation with a group on campus. The CBC's Zak Markan brings us her story.

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Rich Aucoin tells story behind Information Morning's new theme

Information Morning has a new theme. It's a tune by Halifax musician Rich Aucoin.

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New hope for bats in Nova Scotia

White-nose syndrome almost wiped out Nova Scotia's bat population. But researchers have discovered a hidden colony. CBC's Steve Berry takes us there.

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Dal prof says the way people use Facebook in Myanmar is stoking against the Rohingya

Robert Huish has studied Facebook's role in the Rohingya crisis, and how military generals there use their accounts to spread hate and misinformation. He teaches in the department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University.

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Better cell service could save lives: A deputy fire chief speaks out

A deputy fire chief raises concerns about the lack of cellphone service in Northern Nova Scotia. She says that lack of coverage can have life or death consequences

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Theologian David Deane's thoughts on what needs to happen in the Catholic church

We look at what the leadership of a reformed Catholic Church could like under a new proposal circulating among church members. Theologian David Deane shares his thoughts.

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Theologian calls for overhaul of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis finds himself in the middle of controversy over sexual abuse. David Deane with the Atlantic School of Theology looks at the issue.

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Black Battalion honoured in France

A town in France is putting up a memorial to honour Canada's first and only Black Battalion. Douglas Ruck tells us about the group.

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Bikers mourn their friends and call for action

Five motorcyclists have died on Nova Scotia's roads in the past month. An organisation that advocates for safer roads for motorcyclists say the government needs to step in to ensure the safety of vulnerable road users.

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Legal questions raised in recent acquital in sexual assault case

Last week a judge acquitted a former groundskeeper at Saint Mary's University of sexually assaulting a student at the university. 35 year-old Matthew Percy is still facing three more charges of sexual assault. In last week's decision, Judge Bill Digby acknowledged that the woman involved believed that she had been sexually assaulted. But then ruled that "the Crown had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman did NOT consent". Our Legal Columnist Wayne MacKay reflects on that and other aspects of the case.

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Jail guards want more training on body scanners

Nova Scotia's Department of Corrections has installed body scanners at four of the province's jails. But jail staff are asking for more training to operate the machines. The CBC's David Burke has the details.

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Immigration key to Nova Scotia future

An Angus Reid poll this week suggests half of Canadians would like to see immigration targets decreased. We talk to the head of Nova Scotia's immigrant association Jennifer Watts.

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Diggstown ground breaking TV drama set in Nova Scotia

Making Canadian TV history. Diggstown is a new crime drama coming to CBC next year. It's set in Nova Scotia and it's filmed here.

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A for Adventure: Exploring Nova Scotia islands

I is for island. Our A for Adventure team tellus about the best places to go for your Nova Scotia island expedition.

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Ross Creek explores reconciliation with Mi'kmaw play

A Mi'kmaw artist's play about reconciliation premiers this week at a long-running Kings County theatre company. Elapultiek will be performed around a campfire as part of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre's fireside productions.

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Advocate has high hopes for forestry review

A long-awaited review of Nova Scotia's forestry practices will be out later this morning. The review's mandate was to look at current forestry policies. And make recommendations on methods including, for example, clearcutting. Raymond Plourde is the Ecology Action Centre's Wilderness Co-ordinator.

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Wife becomes surrogate for twin

Matt and Ryan Currie are identical twin brothers. Matt is married to Michael and Ryan is married to Lauren. Lauren is now seven months into a surrogate pregnancy for Matt.

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Community Services responds to criticism that current child welfare system is letting down social workers/clients

A report this week by the Canadian Association of Social Workers says child welfare programs across Canada are in crisis. Wendy Bungay is Executive Director of Placement Services at the Community Services Department. Nancy MacLellan is Associate Deputy Minister.

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Nova Scotia's Chief Medical officer weighs in on the pesticide Glyphosate being allowed for use in the province

Health Canada has approved use of the pesticide in Canada, and the NS government has allowed if for use in some forests. That's despite a landmark ruling in the U.S. last week that order Glyphosate-maker Monsanto to pay nearly $290 million USD to a man who worked with the product. Dr. Robert Strang is Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

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Social Workers say children are being harmed by the shortcomings of their profession

The Canadian Association of Social Workers say the child welfare system is in crisis right across the country. In a report published today, the Association goes into detail, talking about social workers with unmanageable work loads, who face violence in their jobs, and are leaving the field in large numbers, because of stress. Alec Stratford is executive director of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. Debbie Reimer is executive director of Kids Action Program in Kentville. She also sits on the board of the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

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Out-going Halifax Police Chief reflects on time in roll, challenges of the job

It's been a busy six years for Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean Michel Blais - issues such as missing drug evidence, damning streetcheck stats, calls for access to PTSD treatment, and the Valentine's Day mall plot. Now Chief Blais is getting ready to retire, and the search has begun to replace him by March 2019.

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F.O.R.C.E. is continuing its tidal work in the Minas Basin, despite Emera and OpenHydro pulling out of tidal research

On Monday, Emera announced it's done with its stake in Cape Sharp Tidal, which comes after OpenHydro's French parent company pulled the plug on its share of the project. But Cape Sharp is only one of five "berth holders" at the Fundy Ocean Research for Energy, or F.O.R.C.E. Tony Wright is general manager of F.O.R.C.E.

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A male cheerleader in Dartmouth reacts to news that the NFL is allowing male cheerleaders for the first time ever

The L.A. Rams and the New Orleans Saints have hired their first male cheerleaders. Ayjay Colley started cheerleading when he was fourteen. Last year, he was voted coach of the year at Nova Scotia's biggest annual cheer competition. Information Morning's Nina Corfu dropped by the Legacy Cheer Atlantic gym in Dartmouth - where Ayjay was coaching a class.

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A Pictou resident/author says NS should ban pesticide glyphosate, especially given California legal decision

A California jury has ordered the chemical company Monsanto to pay $289 million USD to a former groundskeeper with cancer, because the company failed to warn people about the cancer risks of its glyphosate based weed killers, including Roundup. Joan Baxter is an author who lives in Pictou County and has been pushing for years for a ban on glyphosate.

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A new billboard in Dartmouth says Canada has "No Abortion Laws", but a lawyer says that's misleading

A billboard on Windmill Road in Dartmouth has got people talking online. It states: "Canada has no abortion laws" in big bold letters. It's one of 30 billboards that the group "We need a law" has placed across Canada. Mike Schouten is director of the group. Sarah Baddeley is a practising lawyer and chair of LEAF Halifax.

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Debate: Alternatives to boosting minimum wage (guaranteed income, basic person exemption)

We've discussed the impact on workers and businesses - but what are the alternatives to raising minimum wage? Our expert panel debates the issue.

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Legal issues around facial recognition software used with drivers' licence picture

The N.S. Registrar of Motor Vehicles says that software information will only be used to prevent people from getting a second licence under a different name. It wouldn't be handed over to law enforcement officials unless they had a warrant. Wayne MacKay is Information Morning's legal columnist.

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Debate: Our panellists discuss what it means for employees to survive on minimum wage in N.S.

The idea of increasing the minimum wage has been a hot topic in recent years. Alberta is bumping its to fifteen dollars an hour in October. And the wage for most workers -- except students and servers -- reaches that milestone in Ontario this January. In Nova Scotia, experienced workers get eleven dollars an hour. That's not enough, according to Haligonians. We decided to convene an expert panel on the subject.

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Debate: The impact on businesses if N.S. were to increase minimum wage to $15/hr

Time now for part two in our ongoing discussion about minimum wage. Alberta and Ontario are moving toward paying most workers fifteen dollars an hour within the next few months. In Nova Scotia, experienced workers get eleven dollars an hour. Our panel debates what the impact is on businesses - big and small.

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Debate: Final statements on boosting minimum wage, plus your feedback

Our expert panel discussed what it would mean if Nova Scotia increased minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. We talked about the impact on workers, the implications for businesses, and possible alternatives. In this final instalment, our panellists summarize their views.

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How art has helped one woman deal with trauma

This weekend the Art of Disability Festival will showcase the works of about 30 talented Nova Scotians. The event is run by Independent Living Nova Scotia. It will showcase works in many different mediums -- everything from dancers and chocolatiers to painters and DJs. 72-year-old Carol Johnstone will be there with her art -- work that reveals details of her unusual life story. She came to Canada 30 years ago and she's been everywhere from Tehran to Paris. She spoke with the CBC's Samantha Schwientek about her art, disability and how she learned to deal with trauma.

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Could Ontario's buck-a-beer change work in Nova Scotia?

The new Ontario PC government has lowered the minimum price for beer to just a dollar, and promised incentives for brewers to help achieve that. How easy would it be to lower beer prices here? Tim Pellerin is senior vice president and chief operating officer of the NSLC.

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Get ready for a 5 degree increase in global temps, even if we meet carbon reduction targets

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests the planet is at risk of getting up to five degrees hotter. To parse that, we're joined by Dal physics and atmospheric science prof Tom Duck.

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A Vermont woman returns to Nova Scotia to see her brother's grave, learn more about his life

Diane Hood and her husband drove from Vermont to Dartmouth, where her brother Jean Paul Charles DuQuet is buried. Jean Paul took his own life in 1979, and his death shaped Diane. She spoke with the CBC's Natalie Dobbin.

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President of Right To Know coalition reacts to pharmacy breach of privacy

The case of a pharmacist breaching her clients' privacy points to the need for better whistleblower legislation, according to one expert

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A Hedley fan explains why the recent charges against the lead singer of the band won't change the way she feels about the music

Yesterday we heard from a Hedley fan who has taken the posters off her wall. Today we'll hear from a fan who says the recent charges against the lead singer won't shake her loyalty for the band.

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The inspiring story of a man that went from being homeless to running his own business

A Dartmouth man explains how he went from a life on the streets to running his own marketing firm

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NS privacy commissioner concerned about Sobey's pharmacy privacy breach

Nova Scotia's privacy commissioner has criticised Sobey's and the Health Department for their handling of a privacy breach involving a rural pharmacy

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Boatbuilding workshops empower marginalised youth

We spoke to a researcher about boat building workshops that are helping marginalised youth build confidence, as well as indigenising elementary school curricula.

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A 15-year-old and her mother react to charges against the Hedley's frontman

We heard from Hedley fans who say their passion for the band is changing in light of recent charges against the band's lead singer.

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12-Wing Shearwater celebrates one-hundred years of operation

We spoke with a Canadian Forces major about what the base has in store for it's centennial celebrations.

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Meeting our renewable energy target

Energy prof on the demise of OpenHydro and Nova Scotia Power agreeing to use Donkin coal. Is our 2020 renewable energy target still feasible?

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Hospital sees substantial drop in bedsores

A doctor who works at Dartmouth General explains how the hospital has decreased incidences of bedsores among its patients.

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Halifax mayor attends international school for mayors

Mike Savage spent a week in New York, to attend a leadership program for city leaders from around the world.

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Making sure whales have enough to eat

Herring Seiners versus the whales. A woman who's been studying humpbacks in the Bay of Fundy for thirty years things the seiners could be catching the whales' food.

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Immigration lawyer on temporary foreign worker program

Immigration lawyer provides some perspective on how the temporary foreign worker program works.

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Teaching teachers about mental health issues

An online course aims to teach teachers about mental health issues.

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A for Adventure: Cooking in the great outdoors

F is for food. Our A for Adventure team share tips for cooking while camping.

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Care facility in Pugwash to move client after conflict with mother

A breakdown in communication between a mother and her daughter's care home means the daughter might have to move far away from her family. Information Morning's Phlis McGregor has more.

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Efforts to have Ontario's new/old sex education curriculum declared unconstitutional

Wayne MacKay looks at the trend to shape public policy through court challenges - in this case a constitutional challenge to the decision to change Ontario's sex-ed curriculum.

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Senator urges province to open adoption records

The Senate looked at forced adoptions in the postwar years, and they have some lessons for today's society. Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard wants Nova Scotia to finally open its adoption records.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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