News Digest: April 6-9

News from around the peninsula, as reported by other news outlets.

Boy, 9, dies in Halifax hospital after house fire, mother remains in critical condition (Metro News) 

A nine-year-old boy lost his life Monday morning at the IWK Health Centre due to critical injuries from a house fire. The fire took place on Friday evening in Cape Breton, where police said they found the boy and his 34-year-old mother standing outside the burning home. His mother remains in critical condition and police say the investigation is ongoing.

Shell Canada’s $600K donation to Dalhousie University spurs protest (CBC News)

Students gathered on campus Tuesday to protest Dalhousie University’s relationship with oil and gas companies. The students were rallying against the university’s decision to accept $600,000 from Shell Canada, $100,000 of which will be dedicated to offshore exploration.

 Three-year wage freeze for Nova Scotia MLAs, non-union civil servants (The Chronicle Herald)

Halifax’s provincial government introduced a three-year wage freeze for MLAs and non-unionized government workers Tuesday. It also announced that the public service award would be frozen at current levels and inaccessible for new non-unionized workers. The MLA traditional allowance, which has a maximum payout of $89,000 when a fully pensionable member leaves office after 12 years, has also been cancelled. Finance Minister Diana Whalen said the government is looking at changing austerity measures to improve the province’s finances.

Police seek help in search for missing teen, 14 (Global News)

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing on Tuesday. Ashley Mombourquette was last seen inside her Dartmouth home at around 11 p.m. Monday. Police say there is no evidence to suggest foul play but that there is concern for her well-being given her age.

N.S. forecasts $98M deficit, cuts public sector, hikes tobacco taxes (CTV News)

Nova Scotia is cutting public sector jobs, changing the restrictions on tuition fee increases and increasing tobacco taxes in a new budget with the attempt to bring down the province’s deficit. Reductions in the provincial tax credit for the film and TV industry were also made. Finance officials say this change might weaken the province’s ability to compete with other jurisdictions for film sector money. The budget predicts a deficit of $97.6 million for 2015-16 with the net debt pegged at $15.1 billion.


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News Digest: April 3-7

Other local news as reported by other media.

Trailer Park Boys appeal to government to save film tax credit (CBC Halifax)

Mike Smith, Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay, also known as the famous Trailer Park Boys trio, took to the Internet as their television personas to rally support to stop any cut that might be made to Nova Scotia’s Film Tax Credit. Though Diana Whalen, Nova Scotia’s finance minister, claims that companies who receive the tax credit do not pay taxes, others disagree. The actors’ public service announcement, viewed hundreds of thousands of times and counting, encourages the public to contact Whalen and ask her to reconsider the possible cut.

‘Something to experience:’ Caution tape, sculpture used to challenge art gallery visitors in Halifax (Metro News)

John Greer’s retroActive, a show currently being shown at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS), places art in the space in ways that challenge the gallery’s visitors, an example being his use of caution tape across doors to force viewers into different positions. Visitors crouch, bend and travel through the gallery to see his work. Greer is a professor at NSCAD University who has also won the Governor General Award.

Winter clinic closures leads to blood shortage in Atlantic Canada (Global News Maritimes)

Due to a challenging winter, Canadian Blood Services had to cancel 60 clinics this past year in Atlantic Canada. Canadian Blood Services says it is short 2,300 units of blood from what it expected to collect. Because blood is perishable, the poor road conditions and bad weather caused problems for transportation of both donors and deliveries.

Street snowboarders are riding high in Halifax (The Coast)

Jibbing, a subgenre of snowboarding, is done by taking a snowboard to the streets for your winter ride. Ian MacArthur and friends take their boards in search of poles to ride and the ideally formed snowbanks for a smooth ride. The stormy winter has provided more spots than previous ones with consistent heavy snowfall, and despite having boarded on the West Coast, MacArthur still enjoys coming home to explore the East Coast landscapes.

Canada beats Finland to win world curling bronze (News 95.7)

This year, the Canadian curling team made the move to the podium, beating out Finland to win the bronze medal at the Sunday morning game of the world men’s curling championship in Halifax. The team played a confident game in front of a 2,801 person crowd at Scotiabank Centre.

Halifax News Digest: March 30 – April 2

Other news from around the peninsula, as reported by other media outlets.

Bedford Institute of Oceanography nets $3.5-million in funding for structure upgrades (Metro News)

The Bedford Institute of Oceanography will receive funding as part of the government’s $5.8-billion plan to rebuild infrastructure across the country. The money will allow the institute to upgrade the older buildings, some of which are more than 50 years old. Most of the funds will come from the fisheries department, with a smaller contribution from Natural Resources Canada.

Open Sesame! Officials investigating late-night wanderers at new Halifax library (Metro News)

An investigation is underway after four people entered the new Halifax Central Library late Friday night. A witness said that they were outside the library at around 2 a.m. Friday and were surprised to see a young couple walk in through the unlocked doors. The couple said that there were already people inside when they entered, and the security team at the library acknowledges that security footage shows unauthorized people in the library at approximately 2 a.m.

Damaged N.S. tall ship towed inshore after difficult rescue at sea (CTV News Atlantic)

A tall ship from Nova Scotia is now moored near Portsmouth, New Hampshire, according the U.S. Coast Guard. After the ship experienced engine trouble and problems with the mainsail, the captain called for help. No one aboard the ship was injured. All nine crew members were rescued by a coast guard boat.

Maritime Reptile Zoo to close (CBC News Nova Scotia)

The Maritime Reptile Zoo has announced on its Facebook page that it’s closing, citing financial problems. Nova Scotia’s harsh winter has been hard on local businesses, and the zoo’s Facebook page says that the weather has left them “unable to recover.” All the animals are alive and well and are being relocated to other facilities in Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Transit tweets roll in: Halifax Transit hosts digital town hall (Metro News)

Halifax Transit’s recent meeting at city hall encouraged Twitter users to make their voices heard using the hashtag #maketransitbetter. Some suggested that Mayor Mike Savage try using the transit system. Other suggestions included on-transit wifi, buses that run later in the evening, and consequences for people smoking at bus stops.

Bus driver helps Keiko the dog get home (The Chronicle Herald)

A two-year-old husky named Keiko jumped the fence surrounding her home and was found dodging traffic by someone waiting for the bus, who held onto her until the bus arrived. The driver, Gerry O’Donnell, bent the rules and brought Keiko on to the bus, where the dog remained well-behaved and sat looking out the window until O’Donnell finished her shift. O’Donnell brought Keiko to her home and the dog was reunited with her owner through the Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network Facebook page, where the post has since gone viral.

News Digest: March 27-31

Catch up on news happening on the Halifax peninsula, as reported by other media outlets

Roof of former Halifax high school caves in under weight of snow (Metro News)

Early Friday morning a security guard found sections of the roof of the former St. Patrick’s high school, located on Quinpool Road, had caved in. Two sections of the walls were taken out, and the building, which has been closed since 2012, is set to be demolished in the coming months.

Dalhousie deals with fresh scandal (The Chronicle Herald)

Dalhousie students have been found to be involved in a sex scandal, as an Instagram account called “The Dal Jungle” has been brought to light. The account held pictures of students engaging in sex acts as well as nudity, and the account was only available to males. However, the Instagram account has now been de-activated and five students have been kicked out of residence, as well as 15 students have been banned from drinking alcohol.

Four arrested in drug raids in Kings, Yarmouth, Lunenburg counties (The Chronicle Herald)

On Thursday and Friday four men from Kings, Yarmouth and Lunenburg counties were arrested in connection to drug raids.

Two men, ages 33 and 43, from King’s County, were arrested in relation to 400 marijuana plants being seized, as well as grow operation equipment, and an unsafely stored firearm. Both men were charged with drug trafficking.

Police also arrested a 29-year-old man from Yarmouth and a 51-year-old man from Eastern Passage.

Plane hit antenna array before crash: TSB (Metro News)

Early Sunday morning Air Canada flight 624 crashed and slid off the runway at the Halifax airport. There were 133 passengers on the flight and 5 crew. 25 people were taken to the hospital, and all have been released except for one. Air Canada says that despite the snowy weather, the conditions were safe for the plane to land. The Transportation Safety Board says that the plane hit an antenna array which ripped off its main landing gear. The plane also lost one of its two engines. Investigations are ongoing as to the reason for this occurrence.

McNabs Island cottage to be set on fire (Metro News)

An abandoned cottage on McNabs Island will be burned Tuesday morning, says the Department of Natural Resources. The bad condition of the cottage could pose a threat to visitors of the island and it has been determined that burning is the best option, and will be done by trained professionals. The cottage is not one of the historic homes on the island.







News Digest: March 23 – 26

Catch up on happenings on the Halifax peninsula, as reported by other news outlets.

Trouble Inmate sets herself ablaze at Truro prison (Chronicle Herald)

A women, unofficially identified as Camille Strickland-Murphy of St. John’s, set herself on fire at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro. Strickland-Murphy suffered second degree burns. In November, she was sentenced to 36 months in prison for attempted robbery and breach of probation. According to an anonymous source, the women stuffed her pant legs with paper and using a match or an outlet started the fire. Pamela Goulding, a provincial court judge, said Strickland-Murphy suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder. She also has a history of alcohol and drug abuse.

Whalen on N.S budget: Prepare to ‘feel some pain’ (Chronicle Herald)

On Wednesday, Finance Minister Diana Whalen delivered a warning about the upcoming provincial budget. She said the new budget will change the way government does business, including a complete review of department and services in order to cut back. Whalen also announced that the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency would become a Crown corporation led by a private-sector board.

NSCC hikes tuition by three per cent in most programs (Metro News)

On Thursday, Nova Scotia Community College announced that it would raise 2015-16 tuition rates by three per cent for most programs. A three per cent increase, for most students, adds up to an extra $90 in annual tuition costs. Tuition costs for the following programs will not go up: recording arts, health information management, certified welding, gas technician, heavy equipment operator, process operations 4th class, and aviation programs.

Halifax company says industrial snow melters could have conquered Old Man Winter (CTV News Atlantic)

A Halifax company said it has equipment to melt snow. Trecan Combustion builds industrial sized machines to melt snow faster and more efficiently than hauling it away. After the snow is loaded, it is melted in the machine and is driven over a manhole where the water empties into a sewer. Industrial snow melters are currently used at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and the Halifax Shopping Centre. Halifax Regional Municipality considered using the machines, but ultimately found that they would not be worth the time or money due to high diesel costs.

Assault charges dropped against N.S woman with brain disorder (CTV Atlantic News)

Three charges against a women with an intellectual disability have been dropped. According to police, Nichele Benn allegedly struck an employee with a foam letter and a shoe at the Quest Regional Rehabilitation Centre on Dec. 12, 2013. The Crown decided not to proceed with charges of assault with a weapon.

News Digest: March 16-19

What happened this week on the peninsula, as reported by other news outlets.

Residential streets should see plows by nightfall, mayor says state of emergency not needed

Darrin Natolino, Halifax’s winter operations superintendent, informs media that by Thursday evening all residential streets should be plowed. The city is also saying that they want to have the buses up and running between the hours of 3 and 8 p.m. on Thursday. Halifax Transit is providing free bus and ferry services starting Thursday until Sunday. Mayor Mike Savage says that the extra power from voicing a state of emergency is not necessary. Street parking is currently closed to allow for snow removal to take place, but CFB Halifax is allowing residents to park for free on two of their lots.

Sackville man charged with sexually assaulting girl at March break camp for people with disabilities

Anthony Leo Gough from Middle Sackville has been charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl who was attending a March break camp for people with disabilities. Social Opportunities and Rec Society (SOARS), a non-profit organization for young adults ages 16-35 with intellectual or physical disabilities, was running the camp. Gough is the executive director of SOARS. On Wednesday Gough was expected to be arraigned at the Dartmouth provincial court. Police are asking for people to come forward if they have any information on the alleged incident.

Fire service: Roof collapse threatens hospital food supply

Sysco Food Services had their warehouse roof collapse, which may be a threat to Nova Scotia hospitals. Firefighters were called to the warehouse on Wednesday afternoon around 4 p.m. Employees evacuated the building after hearing creaking sounds and the beams started to bend. The fire department encouraged Sysco to remove the snow and have an engineer look at the building before permitting workers to re-enter the building.

N.S health minister promises review after boy dies following years in hospital

Dominick Benoit, an 11-year-old boy died on Sunday from the flu. Benoit was suffering from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. He was living in a Kentville hospital for two years and was about to finally move into a specialized long-term care room when he died. His mother Renee Benoit is advocating for the provincial government to speed up the process for people who are in need of long-term care, like her son. Nova Scotia Health Minister Leo Glavine is currently reviewing the case.

First responders, TV reporters help pregnant Halifax neighbours get to hospital

Brett Ruskin, a Global Halifax television reporter, helped a woman in labour during Wednesday’s snowstorm while covering a story about another pregnant woman who was experiencing complications. When the first woman left in an ambulance Ruskin was leaving the scene and heard a woman cry for help. He rushed into the snow bank to find the woman in labour and called 911, explaining that there was a second woman in the same location who needed an ambulance. He then started tweeting about his experience, which caught the eyes of many Canadians.

Halifax News Digest: March 14-16

Catch up on happenings on the Halifax peninsula, as reported by other news outlets.

Halifax protesters take aim at federal government’s anti-terrorism law (Metro Halifax)

Krista Simon organized a protest against the federal government’s proposed C-51 law, and she hopes that the protest will create a “national dialogue against Bill C-51.” Bill C-51, also known as the “anti-terrorism act” will give police even more power, and allow for the detainment of terror suspects, as well as give more power to Canada’s spy agency. There were many other rallies taking place on Saturday in places such as: Toronto, Montreal, Saskatoon and Calgary. These protests were called “Defend our Freedom.”

‘Fast and furious:’ Sunday’s storm one of the worst to hit Halifax this winter (The Metro)

Darin Borgel, a meteorologist for Environment Canada, says that Sunday’s winter storm was “one of the worst the city has experienced this season.” The storm, which began late Saturday evening, dumped between 12 to 35 centimetres of snow. Some flights were cancelled or delayed. Halifax Transit buses were put on a snow plan as a result of the storm. Environment Canada predicts another weather system that is headed straight for the province.

Dentistry student Millet agrees to remediation process (The Chronicle Herald)

Ryan Millet, the self-professed whistleblower of the misogynist Facebook group, is agreeing to take part in a remediation process in order to educate himself on the subjects of misogyny, sexism and homophobia. Those subjects were common among many of the Facebook posts in the group Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen. Millet’s single action of blowing the whistle was determined “not enough” by Dalhousie’s academic standards class committee.

Air Passenger advocate launches constitutional challenge (CTV News)

In Gabor Lukacs’ recent battle with the Canadian airline industry, the 32-year-old is challenging the operations agency. He claims that the airline refused to disclose evidence of passenger complaints – which is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Lukacs says that his advocacy is “less about his personal experiences and more about seeing an area where he feels he can make a positive change for Canada.”

Canadians now reach out to Lukacs with their transportation frustrations, and he often gives them advice on how to handle situations.

Halifax police officer cleared of wrongdoing after woman breaks arm in custody (CTV News)

After reviewing hospital surveillance footage of an incident involving a Halifax police officer and a 51-year-old woman that resulted in the woman breaking her arm while in custody, the police watchdog report confirms that the officers actions were reasonable and no charges will be laid. The woman was arrested in August 2014 after she was found yelling and screaming in a parking lot at the Dartmouth Crossing shopping area. The woman was taken to a Halifax hospital after the arrest, where she would wait to undergo a psychiatric assessment. However, while waiting, the woman became very upset and the police officer who stayed with her at the hospital was forced to use handcuffs on her, resulting in the woman breaking her arm.

Costco Canada’s fish import licence suspended (The Chronicle Herald)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says that Costco Canada is in violation of federal fish inspection regulations. However, there is no specific product recall as a result of the suspension. The suspension came as a result of Costco Canada implementing inadequate control of food safety. The company will not be allowed to import fish into Canada until appropriate action is taken and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is satisfied with the changes. Costco Canada’s suspension of fish imports went into effect on Feb. 26.


In other news: March 9 – 12

Top news this week from other news sources.

‘Thrown under the bus for a bike lane’: proposed two-wheel route in Halifax raises concern (Metro)

The City of Halifax and Dalhousie University are planning to install a protected bike lane on campus. Avid cyclists think this is what the city needs, while others claim it isn’t worth losing the three accessible parking spots that will have to be removed if the lane is made. The project would cost $200,000, and the city would lose $70,000 annually from 24 parking meters that would be removed. It was suggested that this type of bike lane would be more useful on a street such as Robie Street.

Dalhousie plans to hike tuition, cut faculty budgets (Chronicle Herald)

Dalhousie plans to increase tuition by three per cent and cut faculty budgets over the next year. Nova Scotia tuition is already around eight per cent higher than the national average. The faculty budget cuts will only affect departments with decreasing enrolment. This includes arts, social sciences, law, dentistry and sustainability. Departments with increasing enrolment will receive more funding. This includes science, computer science, engineering and medicine.

Former Dalhousie University startup rejects $500,000 Dragons’ Den offer for its booze bottles (Metro)

Daniel Bartek, Cam McDonald and Bobby Besant pitched their company, Sage Mixology, on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. The episode aired on Wednesday. They were offered $500,000 in exchange for 40 per cent ownership of the company and a distillery licence. They turned down the offer, because they say they want to focus on making their product better before continuing in their enterprise.

Kalin Mitchell says prepare for at least 20 cm of snow on Sunday (CBC)

Kalin Mitchell, a meteorologist for CBC, says to expect heavy snowfall late Saturday night. The storm is a result of a low pressure system out of the Gulf of Mexico, and will also affect southern New Brunswick and P.E.I., with P.E.I. seeing the worst of it. Parts of Halifax may see up to 30 to 45 cm of snow. Environment Canada has issued special weather statements about the weather disturbance.

Burning cigarette to blame for fire in Halifax’s north end (CTV)

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency crew were called to Agricola Street around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The crew found a storage shed on fire that had been used by a construction crew working on a local project. After an investigation it was determined that a cigarette had been disposed of into a pile of debris, and started the fire. Nobody was hurt.

News Digest: March 7 – 10

Catch up on news happening on the Halifax peninsula, as reported by other media outlets.

1. Halifax regional councillor Reg Rankin’s drunk driving trial adjourned (Chronicle Herald)

The Halifax regional councillor’s trial on impaired driving charges has been postponed. Rankin was charged with impaired driving and failing a breathalyzer test after a vehicle struck his house during a winter storm in March 2014. He pleaded not guilty. Rankin represents Clayton Park, Beechville, and Timberlea on regional council. He is now expected to appear in court to stand trial on Aug. 18.

2. Salmon Fishery nets $400,000 boost from Ottawa (Chronicle Herald)

The federal government gave Nova Scotia $400,000 in an attempt to restore dwindling Atlantic salmon stocks, as well as to promote sustainability, and to repair and rebuild many of the fishways in the province. Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea made the announcement in Dartmouth on Monday. There has been a decrease in salmon returns over the past year.

3. Father of Rehtaeh Parsons speaks out against cyberbullying to the United Nations (Metro News)

Glen Canning, the father of Rehtaeh Parsons, says he told the United Nations his personal experience with the impacts of cyberbullying on Monday. He contributed to the discussion panel entitled Violence in the Digital Age. Canning wanted to spread awareness of the harmful effects of cyberbullying and sexual violence. Rehtaeh, a victim of cyberbullying, died after she tried to kill herself.

4. Dartmouth taxi company, driver fined for discrimination (Chronicle Herald)

Bob’s Taxi Ltd. and one of its drivers, Aleksey Osipenkov, have been ordered to pay $27,500 for discriminating against customers. A Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission board of inquiry found that Osipenkov used racial slurs towards Javonna Borden and her two nephews, after one of the boys, 13 at the time, sat in the front seat.

5. Halifax student wins Chronicle Herald Nova Scotia Spelling Bee (Chronicle Herald)

Thomas Duck, a Grade 7 student at St. Agnes Junior High, made a comeback Saturday in the Chronicle Herald Nova Scotia Spelling Bee. After a competitor misspelled the final word, Duck spelled the word “vernation” correctly, taking home first place. He will now represent Nova Scotia at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., this May.

More Halifax News: March 2 – 5

Catch up on happenings on the Halifax peninsula, as reported by other news outlets.

Nova Scotia to amend bill on sexual assault, removing time limits on civil suits (CBC Halifax)

Lena Diab, Nova Scotia’s justice minister, promised to amend a bill on sexual assault regarding time limits on civil lawsuits on Thursday. The changes would allow victims of sexual assault to launch civil lawsuits regardless of when the assault took place. The statute of limitations on criminal charges is not affected by the proposed amendment. The Limitation of Actions Act currently removes the statute of limitations for any future victims of sexual abuse. The proposed amendment would apparently allow for retroactive lawsuits. Meanwhile, the province is getting requests from individuals regarding Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh, whose convictions for sex crimes in the 1970s were overturned on appeal.

Police rescue young harbour seal taking leisurely stroll down middle of Halifax street (Metro News)

Around 12:30 a.m., two officers were flagged down by a woman who wanted to help a harbour seal she had found under her car. The seal then wandered down Lower Water Street. According to a release from police, officers used “gentle persuasion” to wrap the seal in a blanket and took it back to the harbour. Dozens of local female harbour seals give birth in late January to early February, and nurse their pups for four to six weeks before sending them out on their own. Young seals have been known to find their way into parts of the city as they figure out where to find their own food.

Police shut down Mic Mac Mall after threat, later release three (Chronicle Herald)

Three people were arrested and later released by the Halifax Regional Police on Tuesday in connection with a potential threat against Mic Mac Mall. During police investigation, two men and a woman were arrested around 3:40 p.m. in an apartment in the 200 block of Willett Street in Halifax. Police said they were co-operative with investigators and are not believed to be involved in the matter at hand. Mic Mac Mall reopened at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday with increased security measures. Police investigation is still ongoing.

ER crowding levels at Halifax hospital called critical (Chronicle Herald)

The emergency department of the Halifax Infirmary is experiencing an influx of patients, and not enough resources or space to deal with them. The department typically sees 180 patients daily. It saw 198 on Tuesday, while on Monday it had 242. According to the doctors who work there, an ailing and aging population has resulted in 30 per cent more patients over the last two years. Lack of capacity at the ER is the key problem. Patients in need are advised to consider all options, including 811, rather than going to the emergency room as a first choice.

Pictures released of suspect in stolen credit card case (Chronicle Herald)

Police responded to a vehicle break-in report at Mount Saint Vincent University mid-afternoon on Feb. 1. The victim had found her car window smashed and her purse missing. Later, police learned the victim’s credit card had been used after the robbery. On Thursday, police released pictures of a woman who allegedly used the credit card. She is described as being in her 20s, white, with blond hair. She was wearing a dark coat with a fur hood and sunglasses, and drove a dark-coloured Saturn Ion. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 902-490-5016.

More Halifax news: Feb. 28-March 2

Catch up on news happening on the Halifax peninsula, as reported by other media outlets.

Monday morning snowfall causes Monday morning mayhem on Halifax roads (Metro News)

By 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, a total of 32 traffic accidents had been reported to police due to heavy snow and bad driving conditions. The accidents included a mixture of head-on collisions, rolled vehicles and vehicles gone off the road. During the morning rush hour, the Bedford Highway was clogged with traffic reaching all the way to Hammonds Plains. Buses were also delayed or on detour.

23rd night of Halifax parking ban, more than 6,000 vehicles ticketed (The Chronicle Herald)

As of  March 1, over 6,000 vehicles have been ticketed for failing to heed the overnight parking ban that has been enforced for 23 nights. Jennifer Stairs, municipal spokeswoman, said that five rented graders and loaders have been acquired by the city in an attempt to clear the ice-filled streets of Halifax. She said that salting and scraping was still continuing on sidewalks. The city has received complaints about snow clearing after two winter storms in the first week of February and is withholding pay to five contractors due to unsatisfactory road conditions.

Dalhousie dentistry students say public attention has been harmful (CBC News)

The 29 fourth-year students of the Dalhousie University dentistry program have come forward to express how they have been affected by the public reaction to misogynistic Facebook comments made by 14 male members of the program. The Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen Facebook group started by the 14 males has gained negative public attention that other dentistry students say is hurtful and sometimes threatening to individuals, friends and family. The statement, posted in sections, has a separate section for commentary from the affected women and the members of the Facebook group.

Former Halifax coach who sexually assaulted girl gets day parole (The Chronicle Herald)

After serving one-third of his 6½-year prison sentence, Stanley Robert Lowther has been granted day parole for six months. A Parole Board of Canada decision released to the Chronicle Herald said that Lowther, a former soccer coach, has completed sex offender programs that helped him keep his behaviour, emotions and thoughts under control. Lowther claimed that loneliness, resentment and attraction to a young female were factors that contributed to his criminal behaviour. While on day parole, he cannot be in presence of girls under the age of 18 and must report to his parole officer about relationships, both sexual and non-sexual. After serving his prison term, Lowther must be registered as a sex offender for 20 years.

Municipality launches public engagement campaign to try and get more people to vote (Metro News)

The city of Halifax is trying to get more people to vote and cast a ballot through a new public engagement campaign. The seven-week campaign began on Monday. It includes an online forum and questionnaire on the Shape Your City Halifax website. This campaign is part of an attempt to get citizens of Halifax to be more interested and engaged in future elections. A public panel is scheduled for Apr. 11 at the Halifax Central Library. Themes for discussion include voter engagement, new voters and accessibility.