Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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A Nova Scotia woman who reported the abusive and disrespectful behaviour of her male firefighting colleagues has received a public apology, following a 12-year battle.

Fifty-three-year-old Liane Tessier won the apology from Halifax's fire chief and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

Fire Chief Ken Steubing formally apologized to Tessier and other female firefighters, admitting systemic gender discrimination in the historically male-dominated service.

The human rights commission also apologized for the time it took for Tessier's case to be dealt with. (The Canadian Press)



Christopher Garnier's lawyer has asked a Halifax jury to find his client not guilty of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body, saying Catherine Campbell's death was accidental.

Joel Pink said during his closing arguments that Garnier's case is not one of culpable homicide.

The Crown alleges Garnier punched and strangled Campbell -- a 36-year-old off duty police officer -- after they met at a bar, and used a compost bin to dispose of her body.

Pink said the defence of automatism is available to Garnier on the charge of interfering with a dead body, suggesting he was not consciously aware of what he was doing when he dumped her body.

The prosecutor also gave her closing address today in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, saying the Crown had proven its case against Garnier. (The Canadian Press)



Police say no charges will be laid after a photo posted on social media showed a beef cow standing outside a house in blowing snow in Torbay, Newfoundland.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary investigated, but say the animal was not harmed and there was no violation of the national Beef Cattle Code of Practice.

While the photo prompted social media outrage, police say beef cattle have thick hides, fur and fat and are accustomed to cold temperatures. …

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