Liette MacCoul reads from her book The Monkeys at My School for fellow students at the international school near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (CONTRIBUTED)
FRANCIS CAMPBELL TRURO BUREAU
Liette MacCoul can tell some tales out of school. The 12-year-old girl shares those stories in The Monkeys at My School, a 24-page children...


Assaults nearly doubled last year at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, according to reports obtained by The Canadian Press. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
Michael Tutton THE CANADIAN PRESS
HALIFAX — The number of assaults at Nova Scotia’s largest jail nearly doubled in the first six months of last year compared to the same period in...

Another winter storm is headed to Nova Scotia, with up to centimetres of snow expected to fall in the Maritimes. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / Staff / File)
MARY ELLEN MacINTYRE STAFF REPORTER
A bad winter storm is now scheduled to hit the southwestern part of Nova Scotia Monday morning and will rip through Halifax by noontime. But it...


Firefighters remain on scene after a volunteer fire station in Harrietsfield caught on fire Thursday. The province has announced it will keep the $500 volunteer tax credit, despite a consultant’s report recommending otherwise. (INGRID BULMR / Staff / File)
MICHAEL GORMAN PROVINCIAL REPORTER
The provincial government will preserve volunteer tax credits. Among the many — and more controversial — recommendations in the tax and regulatory...

The Poseidon Princess was about 55 nautical miles south (102 kilometres) off Yarmouth when a distress call went out at about midnight. Four people were rescued. (JARROD DAVID / Contributed / www.shipspotting.com)
FRANCES WILLICK STAFF REPORTER
It was a nightmare scenario for any fisherman: being stranded in the North Atlantic in the middle of the night in January. When fishing captain...

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David Lane runs the Planewave 0.6-metre CDK24 telescope at the Burke-Gaffney observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. (Staff)
The other day, with the grey and gloom closing in, I felt the need to know that we’re part of something bigger, that this earthbound world...

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson walks into a committee meeting on Canada’s response to ISIL last Thursday, followed by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson. However, by his own definition, Lawson did not “accompany” Nicholson and Baird because the Canadian military has its own distinct interpretation of that word, Scott Taylor points out. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Operation Impact, Canada’s military mission to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is certainly having an impact domestically as politicians...
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The Nova Centre construction site from the corner of Sackville and Grafton streets in Halifax. (INGRID BULMER / Staff)
Construction of the Nova Centre complex in downtown Halifax is still going as planned, despite what some people may be saying.
Alex Olmstead,who graduated in May from Mount Saint Vincent University, works full-time in sales and marketing at Atlantic Digital Reproductions in Dartmouth. He started in a seven-month placement through Work Smarts, a program run by Saint Mary’s University and funded by Service Canada. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
On-the-job training and networking opportunities — that’s how Alex Olmstead has gotten his foot in the door as a new university graduate...
Sports

Cape Breton Tradesmen Branden Dauphinee (22) and Wolfpack Major Midgets Andrew Martell (20) fight for the puck in the first period of Major Midgets Hockey League playoff action Sunday in Cole Harbour. (TED PRITCHARD / Staff)
The Cole Harbour Wolfpack tied their first-round playoff series after a 5-1 win over the Cape Breton Tradesmen on Sunday morning in the Nova Scotia...

Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche poses for a portrait after a news conference that welcomed him as the No. 1 NHL draft pick in 2013. MacKinnon, after winning the NHL rookie of the year award last season with 24 goals and 63 points, has fallen to an ordinary nine goals and 20 assists in his first 50 games this season. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Part of what made Nathan MacKinnon’s rookie season in the NHL so spectacular, especially at age 18, was the ease with which he seemed to make the...
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The 2015 Audi TTS Quattro Coupe Competition. (TODD GILLIS PHOTO)
All German luxury-vehicle manufacturers offer a two-door sports car. Audi’s version is the TT. The first generation, introduced in 1998,...
The 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS. (Justin Pritchard)
Put the central masses — the engine, occupants and fuel — in the middle of a car and you lay the foundation for a machine that’s...

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Do my kids really share a room? I’m not sure. Their clothes are in the same room. That room has two beds and a multitude of shared toys. But...
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More than 250 people gathered at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Convention Centre on Jan. 26 to view a live feed of

While the words “Delicious, Fast and Friendly” adorn the front of Elle’s Bistro on Barrington Street, owner Mary Elle Planetta finds that only

Their blood is pumping, the bass is thumping, and local seniors are grinning from ear to ear.

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