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.
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.