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  • Council nixes plans for restaurant patio insurance increase

    Hillary Windsor 0

    After weeks of push-back on a proposed increase, city council has agreed to keep patio insurance at a collective $2-million for restaurant owners in Halifax. At first, council wanted costs bumped up to $5-million, then they took that number down to $3-million, but after last night’s public hearing on the matter, patio insurance is going

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  • Halifax City Hall

    Council gives preliminary approval for property tax increase

    Hillary Windsor 4

    If a preliminary approval moves forward, property tax in Halifax could go up an average of 1.8 per cent. The potential tax hike has been approved by Regional Council as the city plans for next year’s budget — something senior staff said will be balanced, but it’s going to take some work. Mayor Mike Savage

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  • Argyle-Barrington MLA Chris d'Entremont was ejected from question period Tuesday.

    PC MLA ejected over Yarmouth ferry spat

    The Canadian Press 1

    HALIFAX – The Progressive Conservative house leader in Nova Scotia was ejected from question period Tuesday following a heated debate over the ferry service from Yarmouth to Portland, Maine. Chris d’Entremont, whose riding borders Yarmouth, asked whether the government signed a bad deal for taxpayers with Nova Star Cruises. Premier Stephen McNeil then accused d’Entremont

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  • The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children is pictured in this Nov. 2012 file photo.

    No appeal of legal fee ruling in Home for Colored Children case

    The Canadian Press 1

    HALIFAX – The lawyer who represents people who allege they were abused at a defunct Halifax orphanage says he will not appeal a ruling that rejected his compensation proposal from a $34-million class-action settlement in the case. Ray Wagner says his firm doesn’t want to cause any further harm to former residents of the Nova

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  • Inverness MLA broke down in tears after a speech about sexual abuse survivors.

    Inverness MLA breaks down after sexual abuse speech

    The Canadian Press 0

    HALIFAX – A provincial politician broke down in tears today after delivering a speech in the provincial legislature in support of sexual abuse victims. Allan MacMaster, who represents the Cape Breton riding of Inverness, says he wanted to acknowledge the bravery of sexual abuse survivors who have come forward. When asked by reporters after his

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  • Nova Scotia Tourism Minister Michel Samson announces an additional $5 million in funding for the Nova Star ferry at Province House, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

    Nova Star gets $5M from province to recoup losses

    The Canadian Press 3

    HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government is spending another $5 million to support the restored ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine. Economic Development Minister Michel Samson said the additional funding for Nova Star Cruises is intended to help cover outstanding costs from its sailing season. The service has encountered problems in its inaugural season,

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  • Premier Stephen McNeil gives former resident of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Tony Smith a pat on the back after his apology to residents.

    Colored home apology delivered in NS legislature

    The Canadian Press and Zane Woodford 0

    HALIFAX – Premier Stephen McNeil has apologized to the former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children for the abuse and neglect they faced at the Halifax orphanage. McNeil says it is one of his province’s great tragedies that their cries for help were met with silence and the pain that some of

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  • Unions representing health care workers in Nova Scotia protest new legislation outside Province House on September 29, 2014.

    Mediator appointed in health-care merger

    The Canadian Press 0

    HALIFAX – A mediator from British Columbia is being appointed to help cut the number of bargaining units in Nova Scotia’s health-care system. James Dorsey worked on health care restructuring in British Columbia, which resulted in the bargaining association model that is used by unions in that province. His appointment is being made under legislation

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  • Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill with DNR's Allan Eddy

    Western Nova Scotia gets Crown timber plan

    Hillary Windsor and The Canadian Press 0

    A new ten-year plan for timber in the western part of the province will see roughly 700,000 metric tonnes of Crown forest made available for harvesting. Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill said the province will collect feedback from the public before any major cutting is done. “We want to make sure there’s a high level

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  • The legislature's Assembly Chamber, where the public accounts committee meets

    Communications Nova Scotia debates making polling research public

    Hillary Windsor 0

    The legislature’s public accounts committee heard officials from Communications Nova Scotia detail some important staffing and spending numbers this morning, but there’s still a lot of information that seems to be unclear. MLA Dave Wilson questioned why the government’s communications department doesn’t make polling results open to the public. Communications Nova Scotia’s associate deputy minister

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