Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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Closing arguments have concluded at the murder trial of a man accused of killing a Halifax yoga instructor.

Defence lawyer Peter Planetta told the 13-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury that Nicholas Butcher was acting in self-defence and did not intend to kill Kristin Johnston on March 26th, 2016.

The Crown told the second-degree murder trial that Butcher deliberately killed Johnston after realizing their relationship was deteriorating.

Justice Joshua Arnold will deliver his closing instructions tomorrow morning, after which the jury will begin deliberating. (The Canadian Press)



A union head is renewing calls for the Nova Scotia Health Authority to do an independent risk assessment on violence in the workplace, after a pregnant nurse was allegedly assaulted while on the job.

Jason MacLean, who is president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, says the nurse was 33 weeks pregnant when the alleged incident occurred.

He says the nurse was left vulnerable because her personal security alarm was not within reach and was held together with masking tape.

Halifax Regional Police confirm they are investigating an alleged assault of an employee at the East Coast Forensic Hospital that occurred on Monday. (Global News)



R-C-M-P are asking for the public's help as they investigate the theft of copper wire from two Maritime Electric stations in Prince Edward Island.

Mounties say someone cut a hole in the perimeter fence around the stations in West St. Peters and Cardigan last week and took more than 500 dollars worth of the wire.

Investigators say the copper wire that was stolen is part of the grounding system that protects the facility.

The thefts pose a serious safety issue since the perimeter fence can become energized with a lethal voltage if the grounding system is disabled. (The Canadian Press)



The lawyer for a 19-year-old Halifax alleged to have breached Nova Scotia's freedom-of-information website says he's more convinced than ever that the man was downloading information he believed to be in the public realm. …

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