Actor Henry Winkler gives the keynote speech at the Emergent Learning conference in Halifax on Thursday. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)
MICHAEL LIGHTSTONE Staff Reporter
  Called a “dumb dog” as a child, the boy from the Big Apple with undiagnosed dyslexia grew up. He grew to become an Ivy...


The water along the Halifax waterfront was brown and discolored on Thursday. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
BRETT BUNDALE CITY HALL REPORTER
A mystery plume of brown sludge billowed into Halifax Harbour on Thursday amid a heavy spring downpour. Downtown office workers and residents first...


John Kuto, right, and Areobics First’s Luke MacDonald check out some of the more than 100 pairs of sneakers collected by Kuto to send back to Kapsabet in his native Kenya. (TED PRITCHARD / Staff)
KELSEY POWER
To John Kuto, running shoes represent the American dream. That’s why he’s collected worn ones to send home to Kapsabet, Kenya. He’s flying the...

Pat O'Shea of Sydney talks to high school students at Sydney Academy about his wife Norma's death and the positive results of organ and tissue donation. (TOM AYERS / Cape Breton Bureau)
TOM AYERS CAPE BRETON BUREAU
SYDNEY — You could have heard a pin drop as Pat O’Shea told about 100 Sydney Academy students how his wife Norma suffered a fatal...


Premier Stephen McNeil wants Ottawa to remove the provincial portion of the harmonized sales tax charged on top of the tax drivers pay for gasoline in the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Premier Stephen McNeil said Thursday he intends to approach Ottawa about removing Nova Scotia’s portion of the harmonized sales tax that is charged...

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Sean Neary is hatchery supervisor at the Margaree Fish Hatchery. (AARON BESWICK / Truro Bureau)
MARGAREE — Statistical certainty doesn’t breed miracles. But the Margaree River does. And as you read this, some of those miracles are swimming down...

Apples growing in Centreville, Kings County. (FILE)
Nova Scotian apple growers are worried about getting lumped together with the controversy surrounding Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The...
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Economic and Rural Development Minister Michel Samson says the new Invest Nova Scotia Fund will act less like a major lender and will support sector and area development, applied research and pilot projects. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / Staff)
When the Liberal government this week announced the broad strokes of its long-awaited changes for administering economic development funds in the...

The Dartmouth ferry passes by oil rigs in Halifax Harbour in March 2004. Paul Einarsson says government offshore regulatory agencies are disseminating his firm’s private seismic offshore studies as though they were in the public domain. (ERIC WYNNE
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Staff)
What if the Canadian government were to tell Microsoft that, to do business in Canada, it will now have to allow the government free copies of all of...
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Business

Rebecca Power, who owns and operates B n F Designs, a handcrafted jewelry business, stands near her Halifax Stanfield International Airport kiosk Thursday. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE/Staff)
Two-and-a-half years after a car accident left Rebecca Power in chronic pain and unable to work, she decided to turn her love of handcrafted jewelry...

Nora DeVries packs apples at Scotian Gold in Coldbrook. Franco DiLiberatore of Scotian Gold says the buy local movement has helped the company compete against big U.S. producers. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE/File)
In the face of growing competition from big retailers in the United States, there is fresh opportunity for local growers and Loblaws after its 2013...
Sports
Halifax Mooseheads’ Jonathan Drouin handles the puck against the Val-d'Or Foreurs during their QMJHL playoff hockey game in Halifax on April 19. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)
When the whirlwind of the playoffs is in full force, it can be hard sometimes to step back and take stock of what you’re witnessing. So...
Halifax Mooseheads’ Andrew Ryan and Val-d’Or Foreurs’ Jeremie Frasier fight for the puck during their QMJHL playoff game in Halifax on April 18. Ryan was a key contribuer to the Mooseheads’ wins in Val-d’Or, collecting five points. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)
Even though the Halifax Mooseheads have all kinds of momentum right now, they will welcome a bit of a break before their next game against the Val-d...
Arts & Life
Redcoats repel rebellious Americans in a scene from The Book of Negroes, now being shot at Fortress Louisbourg as a Canada/South Africa co-production and TV miniseries for CBC and BET. The miniseries is based on the bestselling novel by Canadian author Lawrence Hill. Filming continues in Halifax Shelburne and Lunenburg. (ELISSA BARNARD)
The filming of The Book of Negroes is a tale of harsh temperatures and hard travel. Costume designers made Oscar Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding...

Quanda Johnson rehearses at the Dalhousie Arts Centre for a concert called Oh! To Be Free being held Friday. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
Her voice rises to the sorrow song. Up, up and away into the ether. “LORD, how come me here?” Quanda Johnson sings, as a plea and a prayer. “Lord,...
Wheels
The computers on today’s vehicles are very sophisticated pieces of equipment. They can detect when an engine misfire occurs long before the driver will ever notice. If a misfire occurs too often, the computer will turn on the 'Check engine' light to indicate something is wrong. (123RF)
Many of the questions I have from drivers over the years fall into the vague area of vehicle performance. I say vague, because performance can mean...
The Beverly Hillbillies was a popular and long-running television show that spread the American dream of instant wealth associated with oil.
During John F. Kennedy’s presidency, a new socio-economic development was spreading throughout the western world. It was based on the story...

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