Runner Tammy Mercier, near Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, is on her way back to the Boston Marathon. She finished last year just before terrorist bombings that killed three and injured hundreds. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)
MONTY MOSHER SPORTS REPORTER
There was no reason for her feeling of foreboding. Halifax’s Tammy Mercier had run dozens of marathons in dozens of places, faced heat...

Mary Lloyd of the Pictou County Injured Workers Association. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
MONICA GRAHAM
NEW GLASGOW — A Workers’ Compensation Board report that workplace injuries have decreased in the province is “all smoke and...


Some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel originally for the Keystone oil pipeline is stored in Little Rock, Ark. (AP)
THE CANADIAN PRESS
WASHINGTON — The Canadian government demanded an answer immediately on the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. It has now received a reply from the...

Trevor Umlah takes shots from his daughter Alison in 2011. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff / File)
LAURA FRASER STAFF REPORTER
A pair of lungs, a liver or a heart that once belonged to someone else comes with an extra sense of responsibility. You promise yourself you...

Julie Sutherland, co-owner of Doktor Luke's coffee shop on Kings Road in Sydney, stands next to a gated tunnel leading to Wentworth Park that has remained closed since its construction in 2005. (ERIN POTTIE / Cape Breton Bureau)
ERIN POTTIE CAPE BRETON BUREAU
SYDNEY — What good is a tunnel that’s never open? That’s a question being asked about an underground walkway at Wentworth Park...

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Todd Ballah, a firefighter with the Sydney Fire Department, stacks pump tanks onto a truck in preparation for grass fire season. (ERIN POTTIE / Cape Breton Bureau)
SYDNEY — Mother nature may have delayed its start, but officials say grass fire season is just around the corner. Brent Denny, deputy fire chief for...

Susan Norwood in her Lake Echo home with Efficiency Nova Scotia light bulbs. (INGRID BULMER / Staff)
A Lake Echo woman has pulled the plug on compact fluorescent light bulbs in her home after discovering the low-energy bulbs promoted by the province...
Opinions

The new Halifax logo, created by Revolve Branding Inc. of Bedford.
Will renaming Halifax Regional Municipality as Halifax stop out-migration of youth to Alberta where jobs are more plentiful and the pay better? Will...

Energy Minister Andrew Younger speaks at a Maritimes Energy Association breakfast at the Westin Nova Scotian in March. Columnist Bill Black says the Liberals are failing to keep their promise to make Nova Scotia Power pick up costs for Energy Nova Scotia. (RYAN TAPLIN
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Staff)
The Liberal plan for Efficiency Nova Scotia (ENS) bears no resemblance to its campaign promises. Their platform said "We support Efficiency Nova...
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Business

Dannena fills out an order as her colleague, Yvonne, watches her bottle a mix of Omega Crunch at the Flower Cart in New Minas. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
The president now lives in B.C. and the chief raw material is from Manitoba, but Omega Crunch is still “a Nova Scotia company, a hundred per cent.”...
Heritage Gas, installing a line along Summer Street in 2008, will not be raising its distribution rates next year, company president Bill Swan said Thursday. (ERIC WYNNE/STAFF)
Heritage Gas, the province’s natural gas distributor, is holding the line on distribution rates in 2015. “Thanks to the progress...
Sports

Rory MacDonald, left, exchanges punches with Robbie Lawler during a UFC 167 welterweight bout on Nov. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. MacDonald, ranked No. 2 among welterweight contenders, trains at the same Montreal gym as former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre. (ISAAC BREKKEN / AP)
Georges St-Pierre’s departure from the welterweight scene, temporary or otherwise, changed the playing field for everyone in the UFC’s 170-pound...
The Halifax Mooseheads lost the series opener 5-2 to the Val-d'Or Foreurs Friday night at the Metro Centre. Game 2 is Saturday, also at home...
Arts & Life

One of the characteristics of lungwort is that the flowers often change from pink to blue as they age. (JODI DELONG)
One of the absolute best perennials for early bloom, gorgeous foliage and shade appeal is pulmonaria, which has a number of common names: lungwort,...
Asparagus, red peppers and goat cheese celebrate the arrival of spring in this colourful and easy to make frittata. (NADINE FOWNES)
Before you start nibbling the ears of that chocolate Easter bunny Sunday morning, may I suggest you at least start the day with a healthy breakfast...
Wheels
Davide gives the Tucson its first sponge bath of the year. (TODD GILLIS PHOTOS)
I think I can 'officially' say that our long-term 2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD tester has survived winter.   But not only has it...
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If you’ve just emerged from the underside of your vehicle, after reading about my undercarriage care tips here last week, let me first start by...

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If you haven’t started your garden, this is the time to get it going. Don’t make the mistake I make every year and leave it to the last minute. So...
The span of time between New Year’s Day and Good Friday seems to drag on forever, but now we’re on the eve of a long-weekend holiday (and...
Community
Last Movember, Dalhousie University students sprouted quite a lot of moustaches, and raised quite a lot of money in the process. In doing so, they...
There’s more to GPAC than greyhounds. Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada is a volunteer organization dedicated to placing retired racers with...
A 30-metre telecommunication monopole could soon be a regular fixture on the Fall River skyline, but at a recent public meeting on the topic nobody...