Woman Arrested At Halifax Airport

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 17:09:57

A South African woman was arrested at Halifax Stanfield International Airport today for allegedly assaulting two flight attendants on a plane from London to Toronto. RCMP Sgt. Al LeBlanc said the flight was diverted to Halifax around 12:30, where they made the arrest. No one was hurt.

Several Car Break-Ins In Waverley Overnight

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 17:07:00

Halifax RCMP are reminding you to lock your car and remove valuables following a number of thefts overnight in the Waverley area. RCMP got nine complaints and determined about 15 vehicles were broken into. In most cases, car doors were left unlocked making it easy for criminals to access valuables.

Cole Harbour Woman Wins Trip For Name

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 17:06:31

A Cole Harbour woman has scored a free round-the-world trip just for being named Elizabeth Gallagher. The 23-year-old was among 18 Canadians with that name who offered to join Jordan Axani of Toronto on the trip, which he offered for free last month to any Canadian with the same name as his ex. Gallagher and Axani leave next week.

Tender Issued For New Scotiabank Centre Seats

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 17:06:07

A tender has been issued to replace seats in the Scotiabank Centre. Other upgrades are coming: expanding the concession area is on and bathroom renos are due to start next month.

No Charges In Parsons Publication Ban

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 17:05:46

Justice Minister Lena Diab says the province won't be prosecuting any media for using Rehtaeh Parsons' name in coverage of the high-profile child pornography case, unless used in a derogatory way. While a publication ban was put in place, her identity was already widely known, and criticism of the policy, led by Parsons' father, had been widespread.

New Online NS Art Gallery Exhibit

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 17:05:23

The Nova Scotia Art Gallery has a new exhibit, and you can see it online.

Gold: A Nova Scotia Treasure tells the 150 year story of gold in the province. It opens today, and you can view the website at novascotia.gold.ca...or follow them on Facebook or on Twitter.

Justice Minister Won't Prosecute After Parsons's Name Disclosed

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 10:14:20

Justice Minister Lena Metlage Diab clarified that the province won?t be prosecuting any media source for disclosing Rehtaeh Parson?s name in coverage of the high-profile child pornography case, unless it is used in a derogatory way. While courts had put a publication ban in place, her identity was already widely known, and criticism of the policy, led by Parson?s father, had been widespread.

The issue came to a head when the Chronicle Herald disclosed her name in a report on the case. Diab said education among both parents and teens is part of the legacy of Parsons, who took her own life after an explicit picture was widely distributed through social media.

Unusual car-pedestrian accident

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 08:01:40

A Newport Station woman is facing charges after an unusual car-pedestrian accident yesterday.

A woman called police from the Bedford Commons Shopping Plaza around noon to say someone had left two children, aged 1 and 2 unattended in a vehicle. While police were on their way the mother came out, got in her car and drove into the woman who was trying to stop her from leaving. The woman wasn't injured.

Police arrested a suspect a short time later near exit 3 on Highway 101. The 25 year old woman is facing charges of assault with a weapon and dangerous driving.

Police investigate suspicious fire

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 08:01:14

Police were called to the scene of a suspicious fire early this morning.

Fire Fighters got the call just before 2:00 to the 0-100 block of MacDonald Avenue where a mobile construction trailer was on fire. No reports of any injuries.

Dalhousie investigating sexual harrassment claims

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 08:00:52

Dalhousie University President Richard Florizone says Dal has a responsibility to ensure its female students don't suffer harassment. The university is investigating complaints of online sexual harrassment of female students in the Dentistry School on a facebook page. Florizone says the university has also postponed exams due to students being upset by the incident.

Weapons charges laid against two young men

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 08:00:14

Two young men face charges of unsafe storing of firearms after officers seized 72 guns last week.

Police believe the two are collectors and weren't using the weapons for criminal purposes. They searched an apartment and vehicle in Halifax last Wednesday and another residence in Lantz two days later. 34 handguns, 31 rifles and 7 shotguns were seized.

The men, aged 21 and 27, will be in court January 29th to answer to the charges.

Former political insider pleads guilty in assault case

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 07:59:50

Premier Stephen McNeil's former communications director has changed his plea to guilty in a domestic abuse case.

Kyley Harris was due to go to trial next month in connection with the assault last May. He'll be back in court for sentencing March 19.

Premier Stephen McNeil fired Harris for waiting four days after the incident to tell him he had been charged.

Experts call for tougher regulations on aquaculture

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 07:59:18

Two Dalhousie Professors have issued a report calling for an overhaul of the regulatrions governing aquaculture.

Instead of banning it, they say risks posed by the industry can be dealt with through strong regulations, such as designating areas as suitable or not for an aquaculture operation.

Man dies in confrontation with police

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 07:58:39

SIRT has been called in to investigate the death of a man after an assault at a special care home near Stellarton.

An RCMP officer was trying to arrest a 49 year old man at Valley View Villa in Riverton under the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act. During the arrest the man showed signs of medical distress and died. No name has been released yet.

Government to study homecare system

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 07:58:05

The McNeil Government has hired a consulting firm to study the province's home care system. Gordon Kyle and Associates will look at how services are provided. Home care can include personal and respite care, meal preparation and light housekeeping.

New chair for School Board

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 07:57:38

Melinda Daye is the new chair of the Halifax Regional School Board. Ms. Daye, who is the African Nova Scotian representative, was appointed yesterday for the term which begins immediately and will last until next November.

Daye, a retired teacher and administrator, was first elected to the school board in October 2012.

Options studied for supply ship replacements

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 07:57:04

The Defence Minister now has a list of options on his desk on how to fill the gap until new supply ships are built for the Navy.

Rob Nicholson probably won't see some oher contentious suggestions. New navy support ships, to be built in Vancouver, are at least eight years away. DND has been trying to put together an interim plan to keep our fighting ships supplied at sea, now that HMCS Preserver and HMCS Protecteur are being decommissioned ahead of schedule.

One report recommends buying a French Navy landing ship and converting two civilian-grade tankers rather than building new supply ships.

Quebec rejects fracking

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 07:56:32

Another province is saying no to shale gas.

Quebec is ruling out development of that province's shale gas deposits...for now at least. Premier Philippe Couillard says his citizens are largely against fracking because environmentalists warn it could contaminate surface and ground water.

Death toll keeps climbing in Taliban attack

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 07:56:08

Funerals are already under way for the people killed yesterday in the Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan.

Three days of mourning have been declared in the country for the victims, which now has climbed to 148, mainly children.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper along with many world leaders condemned the attack, saying it's beyond comprehension why anyone would attack innocent children.

SPORTS

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-17 07:55:05

In the NHL...Alex Galchenyuk scored his first-career hat trick as the Canadiens handled the Hurricanes 4-1. Phil Kessel scored twice as the Leafs won their sixth straight 6-2 over the Ducks. The Oilers lost another close one in overtime 2-1 to Arizona. Rangers put out the Flames 5-2. Jets soared over the Sabres 5-1.

News stories from 2014-12-16.