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‘It means a lot to us, to our people’: North Preston church damaged by fire

‘It means a lot to us, to our people’: North Preston church damaged by fire

Halifax firefighters battled a fire Wednesday at Saint Thomas United Baptist Church on Simmonds Road that damaged parts of the structure's upper section.
JOHN DeMONT: The quietly profound pleasure of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia

JOHN DeMONT: The quietly profound pleasure of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia

It gives me, says the Local Xpress columnist, a peculiar thrill to walk over to the shelf of old city directories from back in the days when listings were categorized by street as well as surname. 
Panel recommends increased mental health supports in Nova Scotia schools

Panel recommends increased mental health supports in Nova Scotia schools

The panel tasked with examining the province's approaches to mental health and addictions wants more emphasis put on programs in the schools.
OFF SCRIPT: Tug of party leash is strong for MLAs learning the ropes

OFF SCRIPT: Tug of party leash is strong for MLAs learning the ropes

In the face of uncertainty and confusion, it should be no surprise that most MLAs choose the safety of clarity that comes with siding with their party, even when their consciences might feel tested.
OFF SCRIPT: And the nomination goes .... according to political script, usually

OFF SCRIPT: And the nomination goes .... according to political script, usually

Even though the people who show up to vote at nomination meetings aren’t overly partisan, and even though the results of most contests are unsurprising to the candidates involved, that doesn’t mean nail-biters don’t happen now and then. These contested ones are — from what we have heard — quite rare, and are the stuff of legend.
JOHN DeMONT: Can we please stop fearing the new and ‘unfamiliar’?

JOHN DeMONT: Can we please stop fearing the new and ‘unfamiliar’?

Did your spirits sink, as mine did, reading the results of the latest Corporate Research Associates poll released earlier this week?
‘Hard times’: On strike 13 months, a daughter follows in her dad’s footsteps

‘Hard times’: On strike 13 months, a daughter follows in her dad’s footsteps

It was 1957 when 400 union members, my dad among them, walked off the job at the gypsum quarry just outside Windsor. Six decades later, I've learned what it was like to be in his shoes as I walk the picket line at the Chronicle Herald. Thirteen-month-long strikes seem to run in my family.
‘Mistrust’ is a two-way street, Blais says during heated street-check debate

‘Mistrust’ is a two-way street, Blais says during heated street-check debate

Marcus James said he's been arrested three times while locking up the library where he works in Halifax's historically black north end — twice by police officers he had trained about diversity. His was one of several concerns fielded by Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais and two other panellists Thursday evening during a heated, and at times, confrontational discussion about so-called street checks.
Precarious employment jeopardizing workers’ rights, Dal audience told

Precarious employment jeopardizing workers’ rights, Dal audience told

Cost-conscious employers seeking efficiencies through such measures as hiring casual workers and contracting out jobs has led to an increasing number of Canadian workers employed in insecure situations. At the same time, the impact of trade unions in this country is diminishing, a Dalhousie University audience heard Thursday.
Dartmouth waterfront project gets multimillion-dollar boost from Irving Shipbuilding

Dartmouth waterfront project gets multimillion-dollar boost from Irving Shipbuilding

Irving will invest $4.52 milion in a project that will transform a former coast guard site into an ocean research and development facility.