A pooch named Phil chews on a stick in front of a pile of recently purchased firewood in the driveway of his owner’s Crichton Park area home in Dartmouth on Monday. There is a provincewide shortage of firewood. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
AARON BESWICK TRURO BUREAU
Think you’re going to save money by switching to a wood stove? Think again. A firewood shortage across Nova Scotia is sending prices up...

Finance Minister Diana Whalen gives a fiscal update at One Government Place in Halifax on Monday (INGRID BULMER / Staff)
BRETT BUNDALE Staff Reporter
The Nova Scotia government is counting on last-minute restraint measures and a smaller civil service to keep the province’s projected...


Caution tape surrounds Saint Andrew's Church in Halifax after fire in July. Church administrators told parishioners that more than $400,000 was stolen. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)
EVA HOARE STAFF REPORTER
Someone has stolen nearly half a million dollars from a well-known church in Halifax. Members of St. Andrews United Church were notified in an...

The charred remnants of a commercial building near Gottingen Street in Halifax are seen on Monday morning. The building at 5426 Portland Place was destroyed in Sunday morning's blaze. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)
MARY ELLEN MacINTYRE and EVA HOARE STAFF REPORTERS
Residents of a row of attached brick houses in Halifax known as the Twelve Apostles could be out of their homes for up to two weeks after...

Gulluk the Labarador Husky ran away from his Middle Sackville home last spring. The ensuing race to save Gulluk became emblematic of the dying breed. (Tim Krochak / Staff)
CHARLES MANDEL
While the nor’easter raged, Gulluk curled into a tight ball under the shelter of trees. The 11-year-old Labrador husky was tired and hungry...

News

Bruce Aylward, left, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization sits next to Valerie Amos, UN under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, as he holds a report on the Ebola virus during a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
GENEVA — The World Health Organization is warning that the number of Ebola cases in West Africa could double every three weeks. The estimate comes...

This home on Federal Avenue was cordoned off by police tape as officers continued their investigation of shots being fired at the house early Tuesday morning. (FRANCES WILLICK)
No one was injured after shots were fired at homes in two similar incidents in Halifax on Tuesday morning. Police received a report of gunshots fired...
Business
Halifax firefighters pour water on a blaze that destroyed a commercial building on Portland Place in Halifax on Sunday. (TED PRITCHARD / Staff)
A fire that destroyed a commercial building in Halifax on Sunday caused concern for fans of famed photographer Wallace MacAskill and blocked foodies...

Peter Conlon, CEO of LED Roadway Lighting, stands in the lab at their Chain Lake Drive location in Bayer’s Lake Businiss Park in Halifax on Friday. Conlon took over the post two weeks ago. (INGRID BULMER / Staff)
PETER CONLON likes puzzles — both the recreational and corporate variety. In his spare time, the former chief executive of Nautel Inc., a radio...
Arts & Life
To help you narrow down the latest offerings at the box office we've collected trailers and reviews of what's playing in Nova Scotia this...
Pictou County native Angus Swantee won a Canadian Comedy Award for his short film Torturous. (CONTRIBUTED)
Funny Nova Scotians picked up five awards Sunday at the Canadian Comedy Awards in Toronto. Halifax-produced CBC series This Hour Has 22 Minutes won...
Wheels
The 2015 Subaru WRX. (Handout)
A few weeks back, I wrote a review on the latest Subaru WRX, explaining how the model is an all-season Canadian performance favourite, that the new...
The 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited with Technology. (Photos: TODD GILLIS)
The 2014 Subaru Legacy we tested a few months ago earned the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick (ninth consecutive year Legacy has won) with a ‘...

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Homes
Goodness gracious, is it a mess outside or is it just me?  Currently, in my neck of the woods (the location of which I will never divulge)...
Use a piece of sharpened chalk to write out your message -- “Home is where the heart is” -- and you’re done!
The last thing my house needs is more wall art. Well, I suppose if we’re getting technical, the last things it needs are wooden monograms, dust...
Community
Leading Internet security experts are meeting in Halifax and offering parents a free education session on cyber safety and cyber bullying. “...
The official sod- turning of the Children’s Memorial Dragonfly Park took place last week. Located on the bank of Sullivan’s Pond...
During the 17 years Cleveland Munroe and his partner have lived on Riverside Drive, their home has been flooded five times. “This has...