Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in Atlantic Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in Atlantic Canada

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What's making news in Atlantic Canada

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COMPANY BIDS $82 MILLION FOR EXPLORATION OF NOVA SCOTIA'S OFFSHORE

Nova Scotia's energy minister says the awarding of offshore exploration licences to a Norway-based oil and gas company will generate economic activity for the province.

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board has awarded Statoil Canada two deepwater parcels for a total of about $82 million.

The industry regulator says there were no bids on the other seven parcels that were available.

The two exploration licences will be issued in January, once provincial Energy Minister Michel Samson and federal Natural Resources Minister James Carr sign off.

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OFFICER SUFFERS BROKEN ANKLE TRYING TO ARREST IMPAIRED DRIVING SUSPECT

A New Brunswick police officer is recovering from a broken ankle.

Saint John police say the officer was conducting a traffic stop early Thursday when he believed that a 27-year-old driver was showing signs of impairment.

It's alleged the male suspect became combative as he was being taken into custody and that the officer broke his ankle during a struggle.

The man arrested faces several charges including refusing a breathalyzer test and assault causing bodily harm on a police officer.

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APPEAL COURT HEARS JURY GIVEN 'CONFUSED' INSTRUCTIONS IN MURDER TRIAL

The lawyer for a Nova Scotia man appealing his murder conviction for the death of a 19-year-old woman says the jury received confused instructions on how to interpret key evidence.

The lawyer for Christopher Alexander Falconer told the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal on Thursday that the jury may not have understood whether evidence had to be accepted as fact during Falconer's trial for the murder of Amber Kirwan.

Falconer was given an automatic sentence of life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years after he was convicted of first-degree murder in January. …

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