Premier Stephen McNeil and his Liberal caucus are under fire for a taxpayer-funded mailout to three constituencies where byelections will be called soon. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff / File)
MICHAEL GORMAN PROVINCIAL REPORTER
Elections Nova Scotia is investigating a taypayer-funded mailout that promoted the work of Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government. The large...

Former paramedic James Duncan Keats leaves Windsor provincial court Tuesday after closing arguments in his trial on two charges of sexual assault and two of breach of trust. (IAN FAIRCLOUGH / Valley-Southwest Bureau)
THE CHRONICLE HERALD
There is more than enough evidence to convict former paramedic James Keats of sexual assault, the Crown attorney in the case said Tuesday....


Cab driver Frank Lewis received a parking ticket after picking up an elderly passenger in a no-stopping zone on Spring Garden Road on Monday. Lewis is contesting the ticket since he says the passenger had difficulty walking and it would have been hard for her to walk further down the street. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)
LAURA FRASER STAFF REPORTER
There are rules, and then there’s common sense, says a Halifax taxi driver. And Frank Lewis admits he broke the rules Monday afternoon when he...


Tony Diab, owner of the Express Way Rite Stop on Woodlawn Ave. in Dartmouth, rings through a purchase in his store on Tuesday. Diab, and other convenience store owners, are unhappy with the short amount of notice they were given regarding a ban on many kinds of flavoured tobacco. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)
MARY ELLEN MacINTYRE STAFF REPORTER
As of Saturday midnight, no menthol cigarettes, flavoured rolling papers and flavoured cigarillos under five grams will be sold in Nova Scotia. At...

Sam Rockwell is Eric Bowen and Rosemarie DeWitt his wife Amy, desperately trying to hold onto Kennedi Clements, their youngest daughter Madison, who’s been targeted by terrifying apparitions in the film Poltergeist. (KERRY HAYES / 20th Century Fox)
THE CHRONICLE HERALD
It's a good day to take advantage of Cheap Night, with a couple of new releases that are getting mixed reviews from the critics. Or spend...

News

Andrella David alleges that a Sobeys store employee’s accusation she was shoplifting was based on racial profiling. Sobeys denies any discrimination occurred. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)
Jennie Barnhill says she knows the way she approached Andrella David about her shoplifting suspicions was inappropriate. But the 42-year-old Sobeys...
APRIL 12, 2014-NOVA SCOTIA NDP POLICY CONVENTION HELD IN DARTMOUTH- Acting provincial NDP leader Maureen MacDonald during speech Saturday morning at the Nova Scotia NDP Policy Convention held in Dartmouth. TED PRITCHARD/ Staff
Acting NDP leader Maureen MacDonald thinks anyone who sits on a provincial agency, board or commission should be a permanent resident of Nova Scotia...
Opinions
Maine Governor Paul LePage has jumped ship on his promise to ask the state legislature to guarantee a $5-million line of credit for Nova Star’s Yarmouth-Portland ferry. (ROBERT F. BUKATY/AP)
It’s not what Nova Star Cruises or the Nova Scotia government wanted to hear. But it can be no surprise to either that Maine Governor Paul...
Air Canada has announced plans to clamp down on carry-on baggage that doesn’t follow size and weight restrictions. (MARK BLINCH/CP)
It’s hard to muster much sympathy for those complaining about Air Canada’s recently announced move to crack down on oversized carry-on...
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Business
Mark Brown, director of project development for Pieridae Energy Ltd., attends an earlier open house on the liquified natural gas project in Goldboro. (AARON BESWICK / Truro Bureau)
Pieridae Energy Canada has received approval from the United States Department of Energy to export American natural gas to countries with which the U...
Eastlink's new connectivity service 'brings a whole other level to energy management and cost management,' says Jason Brunt, director of home automation. (STAFF / File)
Two years after launching a home security system, Eastlink has developed a new service that will allow consumers to be remotely connected to their...
Sports
Gymnast Ellie Black is shown following a news conference announcing nominees for the 2015 Ricoh Sport Awards on Tuesday in Halifax. Black is nominated for female individual athlete of the year. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / Staff)
Ellie Black had a rare opening in her busy schedule to attend Tuesday’s news conference announcing this year’s Ricoh Sport Awards...

The Dalhousie Tigers take on the Cape Breton Capers in university women’s volleyball action in Halifax last year. Halifax will be competing against several major Canadian cities to become the national team’s home for the 2017-to-2020 period. (STAFF / File)
Expect interest within the Nova Scotia volleyball community to build over the next few months in anticipation of Volleyball Canada’s decision on the...
Arts & Life

Participants walk city streets, listening to an audio guide and conversing in real time with a stranger in a different city using text messaging in LANDLINE: A Game Of Unlikely Rendezvous, by Dustin Harvey and Adrienne Wong, June 27 and 28, as part of the Stages Theatre Festival in Halifax. Shown here is Cory Bowles. (CONTRIBUTED)
Charlie Rhindress is lucky in his friendships. Comedian, actor and writer Cathy Jones, of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, is one of his best friends. “She...

Winnipeg blues rocker Romi Mayes performs at the Seahorse in Halifax on Thursday night. It’s her only Nova Scotia show on a CD release swing through the Maritimes. (CONTRIBUTED)
There’s nothing cartoonish about the music of Winnipeg singer/guitarist Romi Mayes; there’s the adult, hardscrabble tone of a survivor in her songs,...
Wheels
Another common cause of poor AC performance may be a blocked condenser. This vital part resembles a miniature radiator, and typically becomes clogged by leaves, dead bugs, sand or dirt over time. Learn where your condenser is, and make sure it’s kept clean to ensure proper operation. If you’re not sure how, ask your mechanic. A careful blast from a high-pressure hose, or a little handiwork with a shop-vac can work wonders to keep your AC condenser working perfectly.
In winter, it’s likely your older battery or dirty fuel system that’ll conk out, more likely than not when it’s 37 below, and you...
The 2015 Mitsubishi RVR. (Handout)
Little utes are taking over the world. Not long ago, there were almost none. Today, Buick, Subaru, Jeep, Chevrolet, Nissan, Honda, Fiat and...

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Homes
I’ve got a bone to pick. Yes, as per the title of the blog, in this case I am the “tiger.” You can call me Tiger, Tig, or el...
First item to address is the cabinets. Chances are you have the golden oak doors or the flat panels. If you do, they’ve got to go white. Primer, some semi-gloss, and some elbow grease. If you think it is crazy to paint wood, let me assure you that white kitchens sell. (123 RF)
We all know these homes. They’re not new enough to be new, and not old enough to be old. They’re middle-aged. Typically they are in the...
Community

Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Assc. recently held its first annual Night in White Gala event to raise money and awareness for its program.

After what seemed like an eternal winter, spring has finally sprung, and soon to follow will be summer. With the weather getting nice

Four Dartmouth schools had a visit from a star last week.

Two-time Canadian Country Music Award nominated recording artist Ryan Laird popped by