Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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(StatCan-Crime-ATL)

Statistics Canada says Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island were among the few provinces where police-reported crime did not increase last year.

The agency says the national crime rate rose one per cent, while the police-reported Crime Severity Index increased two per cent.

New Brunswick posted the largest increase in its C-S-I -- 11 per cent -- with fraud and breaking and entering being identified as important factors.

A six per cent increase in the C-S-I was reported in Nova Scotia. (The Canadian Press)

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(NS-MacKay-Apology)

A Nova Scotia politician is apologizing for a Facebook post he made that suggested the high cost of health care in the province could be due to the "lifestyle choices" of its residents.

Hugh MacKay, the Liberal member for Chester-St. Margaret's, said in a post yesterday that smoking, poor diet and inactivity have led to Nova Scotians being plagued by chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and cancer.

MacKay said he realized his words were tough, but that he was elected to "tell it like it is."

The message has since been deleted and MacKay has posted an apology saying he failed to properly address the social determinants of health. (Global News)

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(NB-Languages-Commissioner)

New Brunswick has launched a national search for its next commissioner of official languages.

The province says a selection committee has been set up to identify qualified candidates and to submit a list of them to the Legislative Assembly.

The new commissioner will replace Katherine d'Entremont, who was appointed to the position in 2013 but has now retired.

The commissioner's job is to investigate complaints under the Official Languages Act, to report on and make recommendations on compliance with the act, and to promote the advancement of both official languages in the province. …

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