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.