Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey, left, listens during a Financial Condition Index briefing in Halifax last May. Furey, the province’s new business minister, said Friday the government is not ready to tell the public what programs and services will be affected by a $17-million cut to business-related grant funding. (INGRID BULMER/Staff).
PATRICIA BROOKS ARENBURG and MICHAEL GORMAN STAFF REPORTERS
The province is cutting $17 million in business-related grant funding but it’s not ready to tell the public what programs and services will...

Lynn Jones in Halifax’s Africville Park. When the activist first heard the term environmental racism, somthing clicked. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / Staff)
BRETT BUNDALE STAFF REPORTER
It was 1995 when Lynn Jones first heard about environmental racism. Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Nigerian environmental activist who spoke out against...

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, a collapsed building is seen in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu Saturday. A strong earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / Zhou Shengping / Xinhua)
BINAJ GURUBACHARYA and MUNEEZA NAQVI The Associated Press
KATHMANDU, Nepal — A top Nepalese police official says at least 1,130 people have been confirmed dead following a powerful earthquake that...


Mayor Cecil Clarke leads a group of about 80 supporters in prayer in a boardroom outside council chamber prior to Tuesday’s council meeting, to make a point about Supreme Court ruling against prayer during council meetings. (TOM AYERS / Cape Breton Bureau)
JOHN DEMONT
They did many things, the 30-odd municipal leaders who gathered at the Atlantic Mayors’ Congress in Halifax late this week.

Cape Breton University president David Wheeler speaks to reporters about the school’s nearly $49-million operating budget that was passed on Friday. (ERIN POTTIE / Cape Breton Bureau)
ERIN POTTIE CAPE BRETON BUREAU
SYDNEY — Cape Breton University’s forthcoming budget will usher in tuition hikes and the loss of a women’s varsity team and an...

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Van Bernard, 7, smiles as he checks out his family’s new wheelchair van outside the Steele Ford dealership in Halifax on August 26, 2014. Van has spinal muscular atrophy and his family used crowdfunding to help buy the vehicle. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)
After Victoria Martin’s cousin was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, she wanted to do something to support people with the disease. She...

Amanda Bagley consoles a group of pallbearers after her son Oaklee Bagley’s funeral at St. Joseph Church in Port Hawkesbury on Friday. Oaklee died of injuries sustained in a fire at his Port Hawkesbury home on April 3. (ANDREW RANKIN / Cape Breton Bureau)
PORT HAWKESBURY — This is a “terrible beauty.” Rev. Conrad Edwards called on the words of Irish poet William Butler Yeats to express the tragic loss...
Opinions
Claire, author of a book on prostitution in Halifax, doesn’t specify where the brothel where she worked was located but it was apparently on or near Gottingen Street — pictured here in 1962.
Her name is Claire and almost nothing is known about her. The only information I could find about her background was that she was a prostitute...
Finance Minister Diana Whalen makes a pre-budget speech to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce in Halifax in March. Bill Black writes that the Liberals have stumbled on issues like the film tax credit as they’ve tried to reform government.(INGRID BULMER/Staff)
There were many articles, letters and commentaries on the proposed changes to the Film Industry Tax Credit (FITC). Under the circumstances, it is...
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Business

A Starbucks store closes Friday in Phoenix because of computer issues. Starbucks says a sales register computer glitch has disrupted sales at company-operated stores in the United States and Canada. Stores were open on Saturday. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
SEATTLE — Starbucks is back in business early Saturday after a computer outage forced thousands of its stores to close early the night before. The...
Philip Holmans pours Darjeeling tea at his World Tea House shop in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford on Thursday. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
Nova Scotia customers pass a lot of coffee shops before arriving at one of Philip Holmans’ World Tea House locations in downtown Halifax or in...
Sports

Alan O’Leary, shown at CFB Halifax Curling Rink in Halifax earlier this month, skipped his Dartmouth rink to a silver medal at world senior curling championship in Sochi, Russia. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / Staff / File)
SOCHI, Russia — It wasn’t the colour Alan O’Leary wanted but the Dartmouth skip is coming home with a medal from the men’s world senior curling...

Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston, right, and Windsor Express owner Dartis Willis Sr. pose for a photograph before Game 3 of their NBL championship series on Thursday at the Scotiabank Centre. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)
Sure, the Halifax Rainmen and Windsor Express are battling for NBL Canada supremacy. But the owners of each league finalist have something else on...
Arts & Life

Bruce Jenner spoke to ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview that aired Friday night. (ABC)
NEW YORK — In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary...
Guysborough’s Main Street as seen from across the harbour. (FRANCES WILLICK)
No word of a lie: recently, I was motoring (very slowly and carefully) along a pothole-riddled dirt road somewhere outside Guysborough, musing to my...
Wheels
General Motors CEO Mary Barra. (AP)
DETROIT -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra is dismissing any talk of a possible merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Barra tells analysts on a...
The M3 owner’s community reports that the 2007 to 2013 M3 is a reliable performance machine that’s fantastic to drive and free of serious issues.
Vehicle type: Performance Sedan/Coupe/Convertible History/description: For fans of high-strung, German-engineered performance cars, it doesn’...

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