Acclaimed writer Alistair MacLeod in Halifax in 2009. He has died at the age of 77.(PETER PARSONS/ Staff)
TOM AYERS CAPE BRETON BUREAU
SYDNEY — Acclaimed author Alistair MacLeod has died, which many consider a major loss for Cape Breton, and Canadian, literature. The...

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter speaks to a crowd at Palookas Boxing Club in Halifax in 2009. (DARREN PITTMAN)
THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former American boxer who became a tireless campaigner for the wrongfully convicted...

A residence at 327 Portland Street in Dartmouth, where a police officer discharged his gun at 4:30 a.m. after two dogs ran out in an aggressive manner. (TED PRITCHARD / Staff)
Sherri Borden Colley STAFF REPORTER
A Halifax Regional Police officer fired three shots at two dogs and struck one of them early Sunday morning on Portland Street in Dartmouth....


Canada post letter carrier, Greg Baller, is seen leaving a Crown Drive home while working his route in Halifax earlier this month. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
By HILARY BEAUMONT
Greg Baller’s key offers a rare glimpse into a south-end apartment building’s mailroom: a windowless L-shaped hole with cold fluorescent lighting....


Souls Harbour Rescue Mission board member Jamie Stacey signals for two open places during the mission’s Easter lunch held Saturday. The Cunard Street mission served about 300 Easter meals to needy men, women and children of the community. (TED PRITCHARD / Staff)
MICHAEL LIGHTSTONE Staff Reporter
Up to 300 needy people were served an Easter meal in Halifax on Saturday, courtesy of a local emergency centre and the benefactors who donated food...

News
Air Canada has come under criticism after a video showing baggage being dropped was posted to YouTube. (THE CHRONICLE HERALD / File)
Air Canada is apologizing after a video apparently showing a baggage handler dropping luggage from roughly six metres off the ground hit social media.
With a grandnephew who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, Scotsburn firefighter Robert Littler had a personal interest in the annual Easter collection to fight the neuromuscular disorder. (MONICA GRAHAM)
Robert Littler began collecting funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada 19 years ago as a volunteer member of the Scotsburn Fire Department. He had no...
Opinions

Kevin Little: “Being kind to Mother Earth is also profoundly social. When I am walking, or on the bus, I am not in a car by myself.” (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
For many years, I spent Earth Day picking up garbage in the ditch around our home. People in the suburbs will spend thousands of dollars giving their...

Solar technician Robert Michacko brazes a heat exchanger’s core and shell at Thermo Dynamics facility in Burnside in 2013. The company supplies state-of-the art solar thermal products worldwide. Peter Hayes argues a green hub could generate 1,000 jobs in the Annapolis Valley. (PETER PARSONS / Staff)
Timely, insightful, and provocative, the One Nova Scotia Report: Now or Never, An Urgent Call to Action, paints a provincial picture of crisis and...
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Business

Employment Minister Jason Kenney recently lead a Canadian delegation to Germany and Great Britain to study their apprenticeship programs. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / File)
OTTAWA — A respected American labour specialist says governments, educators and employers should work together to boost the number of apprenticeships...

Dannena fills out an order as her colleague, Yvonne, watches her bottle a mix of Omega Crunch at the Flower Cart in New Minas. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
The president now lives in B.C. and the chief raw material is from Manitoba, but Omega Crunch is still “a Nova Scotia company, a hundred per cent.”...
Sports
Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon celebrates a goal against the Minnesota Wild in the first period of Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday in Denver. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
DENVER — Teenager Nathan MacKinnon is growing up fast. Almost as fast as he skates. The speedy 18-year-old delivered another stellar...

Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas reacts after being called for a foul during their 94-87 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in NBA playoff basketball action in Toronto on Saturday. (CHRIS YOUNG / The Canadian Press)
TORONTO — Deron Williams and Joe Johnson had 24 points each to lift the Brooklyn Nets to a 94-87 win over Toronto on Saturday, giving the Nets Game 1...
Arts & Life
Alistair MacLeod in 2001. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / File)
ALISTAIR MACLEOD frets about seeming pompous when he talks about his work. "Sometimes people say, 'You're the voice of Cape Breton,...

Scotty, an eight-year-old beagle, is available for adoption from No Chains All Love. (CONTRIBUTED)
Scotty is an eight-year-old beagle who is full of life and needs a loving home. He was chained outdoors his entire life and came from very bad...
Wheels
Davide gives the Tucson its first sponge bath of the year. (TODD GILLIS PHOTOS)
I think I can 'officially' say that our long-term 2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD tester has survived winter.   But not only has it...
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