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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MIKE DUFFY FOLLOWED COLLEAGUE'S DIRECTION ON EXPENSES

Senator Mike Duffy says a senior Conservative colleague told him to file expense claims that indicated he lived primarily in Prince Edward Island.

Duffy, who's testifying for the second day at his trial in Ottawa, says it was done in order to insulate himself from criticism that he wasn't qualified to represent the province.

Where Duffy lived while he was a senator is one of the central issues of his trial on 31 charges, including fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

He is accused of defrauding the public purse when he filed expense and travel claims that said his cottage in P.E.I. was his primary residence.

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CONTINUED MORATORIUM NEEDED ON FISH FARMS: ECOLOGY GROUP

An environmental group says a moratorium on new fish farms should continue until new regulations are improved in Nova Scotia.

The Ecology Action Centre released an analysis of the new provincial aquaculture rules Wednesday, saying they fall short of recommendations from a 2014 report on the $60 million industry.

The Liberal government released new rules for fish farms in October and also created an agency to regulate the approval of new licenses.

But the ecology group says the protections don't go far enough and warns the entire coastline is still wide open to industrial scale fish farms.

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MAN SENTENCED TO JAIL TIME OVER COURTHOUSE CHAINSAW INCIDENT

A man who prompted a lockdown at a family courthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Forty-three-year-old Jason Bruce Collins pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance and assaulting a police officer in the Sept. 2 incident in St. John's.

Collins was arrested after a sheriff's officer spotted him approaching the courthouse revving a chainsaw and the building was quickly locked down.

Collins, who said he was emotionally exhausted and extremely frustrated at the time of the incident, was also handed 18 months of probation and a 10-year firearms ban and ordered to seek anger management counselling. …

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