Satya Bella performs during Buskerfest in Halifax on Saturday. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)
Our staff photographers were out and about Saturday as thousands of people enjoyed Natal Day weekend festivities, and the sunshine. Check out...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to officially launch the federal election campaign Sunday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / File)
THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA — Stephen Harper has an appointment at Rideau Hall this morning, where he’s expected to trigger an 11-week election campaign in...

New Tory attack ads portray NDP Leader Tom Mulcair as an unethical opportunist who looks out for himself at taxpayers’ expense. (HANNAH YOON / The Canadian Press)
JOAN BRYDEN The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Conservatives are finally training their sights on NDP Leader Tom Mulcair just as Prime Minister Stephen Harper is about to...

Michael Hames, right, stands with his wife, Jane, in their Annapolis Royal shop Harris House Fine Art & Antique Lighting. The couple, who moved from British Columbia to Nova Scotia seven years ago, is leaving the area because of municipal red tape and other issues in the town. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / Staff)
MICHAEL GORMAN PROVINCIAL REPORTER
The sale beginning today at Harris House in Annapolis Royal is the kind no business hopes to offer. After moving to the community from the West...

Photographer Brent Stapelkamp, front right, shown with colleagues in the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Stapelkamp, a lion researcher and part of a team that had tracked and studied Cecil the lion for nine years darted him and attached a collar last year. He was probably the last person to get up close before Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed the now-famous lion. (DEREK WHALLEY / The Associated Press)
By Gerald Imray
JOHANNESBURG — When Cecil the lion’s carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by...

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HitchBot sits next to Aurenn MacIntosh, 11, at the Institute for Applied Creativity at NSCAD port campus in Halifax last July. (INGRID BULMER / Staff / File)
PHILADELPHIA — A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S. The Canadian researchers who created...

Vanessa Lynn Marie Burgess, 32, was convicted Friday of manslaughter in the 2011 death of her father. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff / File)
A Halifax woman has been found guilty of manslaughter in the 2011 death of her father after a suspicious fall down the basement stairs at his...
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Canadian actor Donald Sutherland plays the role of President Snow in a scene from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. “I am on your Walk of Fame in Toronto. My sense of humour is Canadian. But I can’t vote,” he complains in a letter to the Globe and Mail. (MURRAY CLOSE
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When I was a Canadian expat, I didn’t vote in Canadian elections. I didn’t vote because I didn’t know it was an option. But even if I’d been aware, I...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pondering an early election call. Surely it wasn’t the intention of the fixed-date election reform to have needlessly longer campaigns, to double the cost to taxpayers and to turn elections into a lopsided war of taxpayer-subsidized financial attrition. (ADRIAN WYLD
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If a flurry of media, pundit and insider speculation has it right, Canadians are about to embark — perhaps as soon as tomorrow — on the longest...
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Brenda Clarke carries fresh bread in her Elmsdale Subway store on Monday. Clarke began as a Subway employee in P.E.I. more than 25 years ago and now owns three stores. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
The uniforms have changed, along with some of the ingredients and even the way the food is made. But after 28 years with Subway, Brenda Clarke can...
Marc Poulin, president and CEO of Empire Co. Ltd., the parent company of Sobeys, saw his total compensation nearly double for fiscal 2014-15. (ANDREW VAUGHAN / CP)
Marc Poulin, president and CEO of Empire Co. Ltd., saw his total compensation nearly double for fiscal 2014-15.
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Some people are stupid-rich, and want to spend lots and lots of money. This concept turns the brains of us normal folks into zoodles, though because...
The 2015 GMC Canyon SLT 4WD Crew Cab. (Richard Russell)
Pickups are big, small pickups are not — at least in the U.S. Our neighbours to the south lost interest in compact pickups a few years ago...

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As the Gen Xers continue to improve and invest in their homes, luxury-sporting items are again in demand. Whether pools, saunas, or tennis courts,...
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Hello, readers! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? With summer finally in full swing, I’m going to try and get back into my weekly

There was fun for everyone at the 32nd annual Founders’ Days festival on Shelburne’s historic waterfront from July 16 to 19.

Music, food,

If you examine new aquaintenances’ book shelves when you visit their home, or if you have ever glanced repeatedly, surreptitiously at a book a