Forensic investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office investigate the scene where 45-year-old Tarpon Springs police officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed. (AP)
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TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s...

Barry William Brugger, 21, climbs out of the Sheriff's van for a court appearance in 2011, about a week after he was arrested. (ERIC WYNNE / Staff / File)
STEVE BRUCE Court Reporter
Vile. Inhumane. Degrading. Disturbing. Sadistic. Those were just some of the words a judge used to describe the crimes committed against a 16-year-...

A woman holds a Canadian flag and the images of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, the two fallen Canadian Forces members, as she stands near the National War Memorial after the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa on Nov. 11. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
TORONTO — Two Canadians killed in cold blood on home soil for simply wearing a soldier’s uniform have been selected the country’...

Allison Kiley, left, with the help of her friend Shelbi Allen, decorates a tree dedicated to the memory of her brother on Saturday along Highway 102 near Bedford. Alexander Kiley died Dec. 21, 2012, a week after a car crash near Exit 3. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / Staff)
It flashes by in a burst of glitter and colour. Motorists only catch a glimpse of the fully decorated Christmas tree, just steps away from the...

Anne Marie MacDonald shows a letter given to her by a stranger who gave her money after helping her look for a lost wallet in Halifax. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)
It was Dec. 9 and I was headed to downtown Halifax to do some Christmas shopping with $600 in cash that I had been putting away for this time of...

Dalhousie University president Richard Florizone: “Let me assure you there will be consequences for this obscene and offensive behaviour.” (PETER PARSONS / Staff)
Dalhousie University has been shaken to its core by Facebook comments about female dentistry students at our institution. I speak on behalf of the...

Protesters march at Dalhousie University on Friday in the wake of revelations that a group of fourth-year dentistry students posted offensive comments on a Facebook site.(INGRID BULMER / Staff)
Part of me wants to thank those Dalhousie dentistry men for unwittingly outing themselves as threatened misogynist creeps and thugs. Their hateful...
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Halifax's Natural Forces Wind Inc. has asked the province to approve a proposed three-turbine wind project near Amherst. (FOTOLIA)
A Halifax wind developer is seeking provincial environmental approval for a three-turbine project in the Amherst area that has encountered community...
Michael Smith of, a company that brokers IKEA purchases for Nova Scotians, believes Ikea will return to the Halifax-Dartmouth market when it opens 10 small-format stores across the country.
A Nova Scotia expert on Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture is preparing to welcome Ikea Canada back to the Halifax-Dartmouth market after the retail...
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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up on the morning of your feast knowing that much of the prep is already is done?(Bruce Jollimore Photography)
My favourite thing about a holiday feast is sharing it with family and friends — wouldn’t want to change that. My least favourite thing...
Steve installing a new battery in his electrically heated jacket. Design refinements allow the battery to be kept in the front pocket or side. (Robert Maxwell)
Living in a cold climate drives people to do things southerners would never dream of, and wearing the equivalent of an electric blanket outdoors is...

What do you get when you challenge the community to take a plunge in the icy Atlantic in early December for a good

Even through the staggering bouts of fatigue and nausea, Hayden Desrosiers always did his best to be kind.

He has a way of

It’s taken many steps to expand the recreational trail system known as as “rails to trails” across the Annapolis Valley since rail service