New CRA Survey Says Liberals Still Favourites

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 17:28:00

According to new figures from Corporate Research Associates, the Liberals would still get the most votes in the province. 58% of those surveyed would vote for them, although down from 64% in November. Tory support rose to 20% from 18, while the NDP had 18%, up from 15. The Green Party was unchanged at 3%. 31% of respondents weren't sure who they'd vote for.

CBU Wants Free Tuition

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 17:27:37

Cape Breton University wants free tuition. Their student union, faculty association and President signed a letter today asking the Harper government and other federal parties to talk about the possibility. School President David Wheeler says a system of federal taxation and provincial grants would fund tuition, and that many G20 nations do that.

No Summer Jobs With MLAs After All

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 17:27:19

There won't be student summer jobs with MLAs after all. The McNeil Government was going to use $290,000 to create them, but Minister Michel Samson says that's been kiboshed over the backlash. The money would've come from the Economic and Rural Development and Tourism department, which just announced tourism cutbacks last week.

Dartmouth Man Missing Since Early February

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 17:26:33

Police need your help locating a missing Dartmouth man.

41-year-old Bruce Jollimore was last seen early February around the Dartmouth Common, and last in contact with family in early December. He was reported missing last Friday.

Jollimore is white, 5'10", 174 lbs., with shaved brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a US Army jacket with "Jollimore" on the front, and carrying a backpack and sleeping bag. Call police with any information.

101 Nova Scotians Take Advantage of Apprenticeship Loans

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 17:26:12

Employment and Social Development Minster Pierre Poilievre addressed the Canadian Home Builders' Association's annual conference today in Halifax, highlighted the Harper Government's ways to help Canadians get the job skills they need. Locally since January, 101 apprentices have received the new Canada Apprenticeship Loans in Nova Scotia.

Not Enough Young Students Achieving Literacy Goals

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 17:25:39

The Halifax Regional School Board released its annual report on early years literacy last night. The Herald reports it showed only 50% of the 939 English-program Grade 1 students who got extra help with reading in 2013-14, hit provincial benchmarks by the end of the year. 66% of the 351 grade 2s hit them.

Stolen Credit Card Suspect Needs ID

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 17:25:13

Halifax Police need your help identifying a suspect who stole and used credit card. A woman called police February 1st to report that her car was broken into at Mount Saint Vincent University. Officers found her credit card was used at several businesses in Halifax and Dartmouth. The suspect is described as white, in her 20s with blonde hair, wearing a long dark winter coat with a fur hood and sunglasses. She also drove a Saturn Ion. See pictures on the police website, and call with any info.

Infirmary E-R jammed

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:33:11

Halifax Infirmary's ER Chief says a bad year for the flu has significantly overcrowded his department. Dr. Samuel Campbell says the ER is the jam point with people waiting long times to see a doctor. One of the reasons is that there aren't enough beds in the rest of the hospital for patients too sick to be sent home. On Monday there were 13 ambulances lined up in the driveway with patient in them because the E-R couldn't take them.

Tory health critic Chris d’Entremont is afraid someone is going to die while waiting to see a doctor at the Infirmary.

City info line getting upgrade

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:32:48

It's been more noticible lately with people calling to complain about snow removal. They get a busy signal at the city's information line 3-1-1.

The Chronicle Herald reports staff say the info line has older, outdated technology and can only handle 50 calls at a time, otherwise you get a busy signal. So they are looking at a $740,000 upgrade. Another aspect is that if you do manage to file a complaint about snow clearing, the system is designed so that when the next storm hits, complaints about the last one are wiped off the system.

Deputy Mayor Lorelei Nicoll says that's when residents call councillors.

Tip on MicMac Mall threat came from Crime Stoppers

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:31:51

Halifax Police say it was a call to Crime Stoppers that tipped them off about threats made against MicMac Mall. Police also say one of those arrested in Clayton Park learned he was the subject of the tip because of a document accidentally left behind in his apartment by officers.

Police stressed, however, the document did not reveal the identity of the person who left the tip because anyone calling Crime Stoppers is guaranteed anonymity .

Car-ped accidents

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:30:46

Halifax had 24 car-pedestrian accidents in January, 42% were in crosswalks. 8 people were uninjured, 11 slightly hurt, 3 more so and 2 died.

Missing woman

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:30:02

Police need your help locating a missing Halifax woman.

22 year old Hannah Jessica Bauer was reported missing last Wednesday, and was last in contact with family by phone three days earlier. Bauer is known to frequent the Spring Garden Road area but she hasn't been seen since the 22nd. Bauer is white, 5'5", 120 lbs., with short brown hair and blue eyes.

There's nothing to suggest foul play is involved, but police are concerned for her well-being. Call them with any information.

Slippery but slow-moving suspect snagged

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:29:45

Police had a slippery suspect on their hands early this morning.

They were called by a woman to Bishop's landing on the waterfront after she found a seal sitting under her car. Officers arrived and found the seal had tried to make a getaway squirming down Lower Water Street. They carefully wrapped it in a blanket and ushered it back into the harbour where watch commander, Sgt. Don Mosher, says it gave officers its seal of approval.

Money for MLAs to hire students

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:28:49

Students needing a summer job can work for an MLA if they want. The McNeil government will be providing a pool of $290,000 to MLAs so they can hire a student for 14 weeks during the summer.

Michaela Sam, chair of the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia branch, says the money would be better spent on jobs elsewhere. She says students deserve equal access to publicly funded summer jobs, regardless of their political affiliation.

City wants input on University Ave. bike lane

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:28:24

The city is inviting you to weigh in on the proposed University Avenue bike lane. There are two ways to do so: an open house next Wednesday, the 11th from 4-8pm at Dalhousie's LeMarchant Place, and online at shapeyourcityhalifax.ca by the 18th.

Life with no parole

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:27:52

Critics say Prime Minister Harper's move to institute life with no parole is not needed and just motivated by politics.

The P-M says his government will table a bill next week to make sure the most dangerous violent offenders die in prison.

The NDP's Francoise Boivin says the current system already ensures most dangerous killers are denied parole...and this bill appears aimed more at scoring political points with Harper's right wing base than actually making Canadians safer.

Burnout at Vets Affairs

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:27:29

Burnout seems to be pretty high in the Veteran's Affairs offices across the country.

A recent survey of morale shows it's pretty low....the level of disatisfaction at twice the average for federal civil servants. Many complain they have fewer resources to do their jobs and there's not much stability in the department.

Boston Marathon bombings trial

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:26:49

The lawyer for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admits her client is one of the Boston Marathon bombers who killed three people and injured 260. Trying to save her client from the death penalty, she claims he was under the influence of his older brother, who died in a shootout with police.

Hacker threat for Apple and Google customers

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:26:18

Apple and Google are distributing software updates to fix a newly-discovered security flaw known as a FREAK attack. Some internet brokers and websites can still be tricked into accepting weaker software, which makes it easier for hackers to get sensitive information you send online.

SPORTS

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-05 07:25:23

In Q-League hockey....the Mooseheads pounded the Titans 7-4 at Scotiabank Centre.

NHL action...the Canadiens lost 3-1 to the Ducks in Anaheim. Senators downed the Jets 3-1 in Winnipeg. Avalanche beat the Penguins 3-1.

NBA... the Raptors lost 120-112 to the Cavaliers. Celtics edged the Jazz 85-84.

Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs improved to 9&0 at the Brier assuring them a playoff spot.

News stories from 2015-03-04.