Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

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A Nova Scotia judge who said in a sexual assault case that drunks can consent has now seen hundreds of complaints against him dismissed by a review committee.

The Nova Scotia Judicial Council says most of the complaints about provincial court Judge Gregory Lenehan focused on the comments he made during the trial of a cab driver charged with sexually assaulting an intoxicated female passenger.

In a decision released today, the independent review committee says it found no evidence of impermissible reasoning or bias.

The committee says its role was not to determine whether the judge erred in law but rather whether he was guilty of judicial misconduct. (The Canadian Press)



Nova Scotia's N-D-P is calling for measures to maintain the land link between that province and neighbouring New Brunswick.

The New Democrats say they'll introduce a private member's bill that would require Nova Scotia's agriculture minister to take steps to maintain the low-lying area.

They say the governing Liberals should spend at least 10 million dollars each year for the next five years to strengthen and maintain the dikes at the narrow isthmus that joins the provinces.

The mayor of Amherst has previously raised concerns about the condition of the historic Acadian dikes and their ability to hold back rising sea levels caused by climate change. (The Canadian Press)



The Crown has presented its opening statement at the trial of a 35-year-old man accused of killing a popular Halifax yoga instructor.

Prosecutor Tanya Carter says Nicholas Butcher was in a relationship with 32-year-old Kristin Johnston when he murdered her and then tried to kill himself at her home in March of 2016.

Carter told the jury that Johnston told friends she wanted to break up with Butcher just hours before he murdered her. …

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