A woman shouts toward Province House as unions joined together to protest the Health Authorities Act introduced by the Liberals. (ERIC WYNNE/Staff)
MICHAEL GORMAN PROVINCIAL REPORTER
Nova Scotia’s four health-care unions are beginning to preach different approaches as the Liberal government’s Health Authorities Act gets closer...

A vice president of the NSGEU was arrested Tuesday, a move NDP MLA Gordie Gosse questioned at Province House Wednesday. (INGRID BULMER / STAFF)
MICHAEL GORMAN and SELENA ROSS STAFF REPORTERS
Halifax police are on the defensive after the arrest of a union executive Tuesday was caught on videotape, drawing criticism from an MLA. Jason...


Victoria Levack, 23, with Terry Richard, 51. Levack co-founded the disability rights group Independence Nova Scotia. She says getting around Halifax with physical challenges can be challenging. (BRETT BUNDALE)
BRETT BUNDALE HALIFAX CITY HALL
Victoria Levack is like most 20-somethings. The vibrant 23-year-old with cropped red hair and cat eyeglasses likes hanging out with friends,...


Rail cars and axles are shown outside the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway repair shop in Sydney's north end. (STEVE WADDEN)
ERIN POTTIE CAPE BRETON BUREAU
SYDNEY — A Nova Scotia railway company will soon apply to abandon its Sydney line. The Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway will file a...

Duane Rhyno, seen in an undated photo from Facebook, faces sex, human trafficking and prostitution-related charges.
By IAN FAIRCLOUGH and STEVE BRUCE Staff Reporters
A Lower Sackville lawyer will be back in a Valley courtroom Thursday to face sex, human trafficking and prostitution-related charges. Duane Alan...

News
City inspectors and a security guard look at the damage from a deck collapse on Brussels Street last weekend. Six people were injured. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)
If you are in the market for a home that includes a raised deck, or have already been living with one and are wondering if it’s secure, get a...

The penalties for talking on a cellphone or texting while driving are going up. (FILE)
Nova Scotia is getting tougher on distracted drivers. Beginning Feb. 1, fines for using hand-held devices while driving, including use of a cellphone...
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Dr. Edward Goodman, epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, speaks about the nature and treatment of the Ebola virus during a news conference at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Wednesday. Health officials say the recent Ebola case in Dallas is being contained. (L.M. OTERO/AP)
News on Wednesday that the first case of Ebola diagnosed in North America had been confirmed in Texas no doubt worries many Canadians about the risk...

Marleen Spencer, a nurse at the QEII site of the Halifax Infirmary, puts signs up around Province House on Tuesday as health-care workers protest union merger provisions in Bill 1. (INGRID BULMER
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Staff)
Bullies. Union-busters. Oppressors of women. Those are some of the accusations union members are levelling at the McNeil government because of Bill 1...
Editorial Cartoon
Business

 Yarmouth County business Cook’s Dairy will close this month after many decades of service. (BRIAN MEDEL / Yarmouth Bureau)
YARMOUTH — A venerable Yarmouth County business — Cook’s Dairy — will close this month after many decades of service.
Greg Wilson, chief executive officer of Vida Cannabis Corp., with the 315,000 square foot building in Stellarton it is renovating to grow medical marijuana. (AARON BESWICK/Truro Bureau)
STELLARTON — Fourteen months ago, Greg Wilson happened upon a CNN documentary about medical marijuana. On Wednesday, the Ontario businessman...
Sports
C.P. Allen kicker Greg Hutchins is drawing interest from colleges and universities on both sides of the border. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)
Have boot. Will travel. Bedford’s Greg Hutchins is one of the top players in Nova Scotia high school football and his kicking talents are...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass in the first half of their NFL game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday in Chicago. Rodgers and the Packers host the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
You might say the Minnesota Vikings are pondering a quarterbacking dilemma. Their veteran starter, Matt Cassel, is gone for the season with a broken...
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Wheels
The 2015 Kia Soul EV.
SOMEWHERE IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Panic. When it comes to electric vehicles, panic has been standard equipment since their re-introduction to...
The 2015 Ford Mustang. (Handout)
It is the shiny paint and styling that first attracts buyers to new vehicles, but it is features such as handling, powertrain performance or comfort...

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I was leaving my apartment the other day down the back hallway that some would describe as "creepy." Personally, I would just say it has...
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Throughout her 18 years teaching skating with the power skating and CanSkate program in North Sydney, Marylnn Hurley has heard a complaint from...
There’s no foolin’ around at the James McConnell Memorial Library. Take this past Friday, for example. The Sydney centrepiece —...
A $4.7 million renovation and expansion to the Clark’s Harbour Elementary School is getting rave reviews from students, staff and parents....