In November, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists began reporting on a trove of leaked documents it called the Paradise Papers: The Paradise Papers documents include nearly 7 million loan agreements, financial statements, emails, trust deeds and other paperwork from nearly 50 years at Appleby, a leading offshore law firm with offices in Bermuda and beyond. The...
Surveyors have been working along a property line in the Hobsons Lake area behind Kearney Lake, raising speculation that Hobsons Lake is part of the land the city is buying for the proposed Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Park. That purchase was approved by Halifax council during a closed-door meeting on November 28....
This once pristine tidal estuary, Boat Harbour has been used as an industrial waste lagoon for the Abercrombie pulp mill (now Northern Pulp) near Pictou for fifty years. Photo courtesy Dave Gunning. You could cut the tension in the room with a knife. Earlier this month a delegation of fishers from Nova Scotia, PEI, and […]
In August, Lawrence O’Neil, the Associate Chief Justice of the Family Court, awarded custody of a five-year-old boy to the child’s father, who has a history of domestic violence, even though the father had previously signed away his right to custody. A troubled relationship The names of the parents and child in this story are […]
Just before the last provincial election, the Nova Scotia Liberals announced a seven-year, $390 million commitment to highway building and twinning. It was a distinct change from the stance they had taken the previous year during tolling consultations, when they made clear that Nova Scotia could not afford to twin highways without collecting tolls. One […]
Sometimes, chasing a story that runs into a brick wall can be revealing. Two weeks ago, I decided to do an update on LED Roadway Lighting, the Nova Scotian company completing the changeover of the Halifax Regional Municipality’s 37,000 street lights into fixtures that consume sixty per cent less energy and are supposed to deliver...
En route to the famous pilgrimage site of Taktshang, also known as Tiger’s Nest, Paro. Photo: Linda Pannozzo Man passes through the present with his eyes blindfolded. He is permitted merely to sense and guess at what he is actually experiencing. Only later when the cloth is untied can he glance at the past and […]
This article contains accounts of sexual abuse of children. A Halifax man who has been convicted of sexually abusing three boys was sued yesterday by three other men who say they were also his victims. Another two alleged victims have already filed suit against the man, and an active police investigation is looking at the […]
One of the first orders of business for the newly elected Liberal government in 2013 was to announce the construction of new schools in Bridgetown and Tatamagouche, in the ridings of Premier Stephen McNeil and Education Minister Karen Casey respectively. The two schools jumped from #26 and #28 on the new school construction list to be included among 10 school […]
No one would have called it “greenwashing” at the time, but from the very beginning the pulp and paper industry in Nova Scotia was engaged in it. In 1929, when industrialist Izaak Walton Killam founded the province’s first pulp and paper mill in Brooklyn on the banks of the Mersey River estuary, the forests of […]