Halifax Regional Council has cleared the way to demolish St. Patrick's High School. (FILE)
BRETT BUNDALE CITY HALL REPORTER
Halifax regional council has declared the old St. Patrick’s High School surplus, clearing the way for the demolition of the 1950s building and sale...


Joel Plaskett on stage during performance in Dartmouth on Canada day in 2010. (TED PRITCHARD / Staff)
PAUL McLEOD OTTAWA BUREAU
Canadian artists are going to court to overturn a new royalties schedule that pays them only one hundredth of a cent every time one of their songs...

David Wheeler addresses the crowd at the fracking information meeting in Amherst on Tuesday afternoon. (FRANCIS CAMPBELL / Truro Bureau)
FRANCIS CAMPBELL TRURO BUREAU
AMHERST — David Wheeler’s travelling hydraulic fracturing review show met with a chorus of naysayers Tuesday afternoon in Amherst....


RCMP Const. Mark Skinner demonstrates the force’s new drone on Tuesday in Dartmouth. (DAN ARSENAULT / Staff)
DAN ARSENAULT CRIME REPORTER
It weighs no more than a Christmas turkey, costs $30,000 and flies for up to a kilometre in the service of the Nova Scotia RCMP. The force’s five...

Senator Mike Duffy is shown in Kensington, P.E.I. on Friday. Among other allegations, Duffy is accused of charging taxpayers for personal travel to funerals and giving money to three people under the guise of a consulting contract.  (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA — The RCMP alleges that Sen. Mike Duffy charged taxpayers for a personal trainer, a makeup artist and for the cost of personal travel...

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Cory Patrick Blinkhorn, 22, of Sydney Mines, is escorted into the Sydney courthouse by Cape Breton Regional Police on Tuesday. (STEVE WADDEN)
A Sydney Mines man charged with attempted murder in the brutal beating of a homeless man in North Sydney will remain in jail until a court appearance...

Dr. Mike Silver, chief of diagnostic imaging for the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority, warns patients are being put at risk by aging equipment. (AARON BESWICK / Truro Bureau)
ANTIGONISH — After a public outcry by one of its doctors, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish may soon be getting two new ultrasound...
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Mike Duffy is seen in Prince Edward Island on Friday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
“Give me a good funeral any day.” That statement was uttered years ago, as a comparison between weddings and funerals, by my favourite member of the...
Dan Christmas, senior adviser at Membertou, is seen next to the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre and its pedway connecting the facility to the Hampton Inn. Across the street, Membertou Development Corp. has begun preparing the ground for a sports and wellness centre that is expected to begin construction later this year. (TOM AYERS/Staff)
As Membertou First Nation gears up for a possible referendum this fall on giving management of its land to the band council instead of the federal...
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Business

Realtor Jan Malone stands in front of the St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Glen Margaret on Tuesday. Malone has a listing for a 48-hectare tract of land adjacent to the church with an asking price of $299,000. The property for sale includes access next to the church. (RYAN TAPLIN/Staff)
Imagine an exotic property off the beaten path, capable of boggling the mind of even the most seasoned of international travellers and available at a...
Eastlink's Dan MacDonald: 'Eastlink leads the industry in enabling customers to choose individual or small groups (or) themes of TV channels from a wide selection of personal picks and theme packages.' Lee Bragg, CEO of Eastlink is also pictured in this November 2012 photo. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff / File)
It sounds like an unbelievable statistic but according to someone who knows, about 75 per cent of households in Atlantic Canada have access to at...
Sports
Boxer Custio Clayton from Dartmouth talks with reporters at a Canadian team news conference at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday. (ANDREW VAUGHAN / CP)
GLASGOW — Around this time four years ago, Canadian team general manager Scott Stevenson was scrubbing floors at the Commonwealth Games...

In this Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Donetsk’s Douglas Costa, right, gets away from Manchester United’s Alexander Buttner during their Champions League group A soccer match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England. Six South Americans, including Costa, have refused to return to Ukraine to play for their football club in Donetsk as conflict rages around the city, risking possible fines and suspensions for breach of contract. (JON SUPER / AP)
Douglas Costa says he and his fellow players who are refusing to return to Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk do so because the conflict in the...
Arts & Life

Dr. Mel Crane stands with part of his herd of wagyu cattle on his farm outside Kensington, P.E.I. (BILL SPURR / Staff)
Part science lab, part foodie paradise, Dr. Mel Crane’s farm on the outskirts of Kensington, P.E.I., is home to the only herd of wagyu cattle in...
Weird Al Yankovic poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Billboard reported that Yankovic's Mandatory Fun debuted at No. 1 this week with more than 80,000 units sold. That’s almost double the amount his last album, Alpocalypse, sold in its debut week in 2011. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
TORONTO — With the release of his new record Mandatory Fun, Weird Al Yankovic satisfied the obligations of an album contract that he says acted...
Wheels
John Flemming climbs from his #97 Happy Harry's Affordable Building Center Dodge victorious in the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body (MIKE MCCARTHY)
John Flemming of Halifax knows how it feels to lose an IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body at Riverside International Speedway on a restart...
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Ultimate. (Justin Pritchard)
Would you pay 60-plus grand for a Hyundai? Hyundai thinks you would, especially considering a European luxury car with equipment and performance...

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Ah summertime. Undoubtedly the best time of the year. It is the heavyweight champion of all seasons for many years running now. You have your...
Today, let's talk sleep schedules. And no, I'm not talking about the kids. I’m tired a lot of the time. Go to bed earlier, you say....
Community
If we’ve learned one thing from the recent power outages that resulted from post tropical storm Arthur’s assault on the Maritimes, it...
An event that celebrates Lunenburg’s maritime history and connection to shipbuilding is returning to the town’s waterfront this weekend.
Beach season is finally here, and the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative is hoping that you’ll add a camera and some celluloid to your list of...