Members of the Halifax Regional Police Public Safety Unit pull a mock protester behind their line during a training exercise Tuesday in Waverley. The unit uses specialized armour, weapons, and training for crowd control situations. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / STAFF)
SELENA ROSS STAFF REPORTER
While some Canadian police flirt with military-style equipment, Halifax police say old-school tactics still serve them well. The newest recruits...


Public Works Minister Diane Finley signs a steel beam during a news conference at the Halifax Shipyard on Sept. 3. Reports surfaced this week that Ottawa is considering scaling back the number of Arctic offshore patrol ships to be built in Halifax. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
PAUL McLEOD OTTAWA BUREAU
OTTAWA — Officials are rejecting a report that Ottawa will scale back the number of ships to be built in Halifax. The Canadian Press reported this...


The provincial ombudsman claims former CEO and director of the Human Rights Commission, David Shannon, pictured at the right in this 2013 file photo, mismanaged public funds during his tenure. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / STAFF)
MICHAEL GORMAN PROVINCIAL REPORTER
Nova Scotia’s acting ombudsman says the former CEO of the provincial human rights commission violated procurement policies and misused or...

Const. Eric Hofley, Winnipeg Police Service information officer, addresses a news conference to discuss their findings. (JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
CHINTA PUXLEY and STEVE LAMBERT The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — Police say the discovery of as many as four dead infants in a storage locker is “tragic beyond belief” but it was not...


A Surete du Quebec officer investigates an overturned vehicle in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., on Monday after two Canadian soldiers were struck by a car driven by a man who was later shot by police officers. (CHRISTINNE MUSCHI / Reuters)
THE CANADIAN PRESS
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. — Police say a car was driven deliberately into two soldiers, killing one of them in what Public Safety Minister...

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, resurgent in recent polls, delivers a speech in Ottawa on Monday. “When Trudeau tripped last month, it was Mulcair and not Harper who got a bit of a hand up,” writes Chantal Hébert. (SEAN KILPATRICK / CP)
A year out from the 2015 federal vote, Stephen Harper’s worst-case election scenario probably looks like the Ekos poll that Radio-Canada and the...

A transmission tower stands next to the Tufts Cove generating station in Dartmouth. “Much of what might be done co-operatively, as new electric supply develops, has been tried elsewhere in North America. Greater interaction among provinces and utilities can thus draw lessons from experience elsewhere,” writes energy analyst Gordon Weil. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
Atlantic Canada is moving toward major changes in electric generation and has opportunities to develop more efficient and economic regional...
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I have a confession to make; and I warn you now - it's rather boring. The thing is, I have never bought a lightbulb in my life. 27 years in (...
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Signs intended to remind motorists to slow down and watch for children will soon be cropping up on private property throughout the Bedford area....
What kind of people design a place where a coffin is the perfect place to hide? Who comes up with the idea that seeing an electrocution is the best...
After losing their training space due to fire, Yang’s Martial Arts Centre is looking to move on by focusing on their future.