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Elections watchdog alleges N.S. man broke political contribution rules

Elections watchdog alleges N.S. man broke political contribution rules

The person tasked with policing elections in Canada has laid five charges against a Nova Scotia man over allegations that he violated strict limits on political donations.
Retailers offered new free online course to prevent racial profiling

Retailers offered new free online course to prevent racial profiling

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has launched a new online course aimed at preventing racial profiling at retail outlets.
OFF SCRIPT: Maverick MLAs walk tightrope between party loyalty, conscience

OFF SCRIPT: Maverick MLAs walk tightrope between party loyalty, conscience

‘I hated losing my independence, having to vote the party line,’ recalls Francene Cosman. ‘I found that very difficult because I’m very much an independent thinker. So, that was the toughest role for me, was learning to toe the party line.’
‘Duty to consult’ slanted in government’s favour, law prof argues

‘Duty to consult’ slanted in government’s favour, law prof argues

Governments call the shots regarding the duty to consult First Nations peoples about projects that affect their rights and resources, lawyer Naoimi Metallic said at a recent forum on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Scores turn out for healing service after North Preston church fire

Scores turn out for healing service after North Preston church fire

Congregants clad in white gathered Sunday for a healing service in a community gym across the street from a fire-ravaged historic church.
PHOTOS: Canine convention in Dartmouth

PHOTOS: Canine convention in Dartmouth

One of the biggest pooch-centred events in the province was held Sunday at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Photos by Eric Wynne.
“The only thing I did wrong was have a baby:" Dartmouth woman laid off two days before returning to work after parental leave

“The only thing I did wrong was have a baby:" Dartmouth woman laid off two days before returning to work after parental leave

Not all parents who take time off from work to care for a newborn have a job to return to. Loopholes in labour standards can leave parents unexpectedly unemployed, even if they follow all the rules.
GRANT FROST: Are sanitized report cards still relevant?

GRANT FROST: Are sanitized report cards still relevant?

The time and effort expended by my daughter’s teacher on crafting report cards so they follow a prescribed template might be better spent elsewhere.
Halifax debates developers' influence as it undergoes condo boom

Halifax debates developers' influence as it undergoes condo boom

A suggestion that Halifax councillors who accept money from developers should stop voting on their proposed buildings has rekindled a debate over whether such campaign contributions could amount to a conflict of interest.
OFF SCRIPT: In din of politics, constituency concerns are loudest cry

OFF SCRIPT: In din of politics, constituency concerns are loudest cry

'Usually, the thing that you want the most is to get re-elected,' former NDP finance minister Graham Steele told us. 'Your voters — you learn very quickly — your voters have no idea what is going on in the legislature. And you can work your pretty little brains out to be the best legislator ever, and the people at home don’t care.'