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.







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.