Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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(NS-Cannabis)

Nova Scotia's justice minister is defending the province's plan to sell recreational cannabis in existing liquor stores, despite critics who say it poses a public health risk.

Mark Furey says the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation has a proven track record with regulated products.

He says the N-S-L-C is following a federal marijuana panel's advice on protective measures, which include proper staff training.

Twelve cannabis stores are to open inside N-S-L-C locations on October 17th, but the province says the two retail areas will be kept separate. (The Canadian Press)

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(NL-Offshore-Agreement)

Premier Dwight Ball says an agreement with Equinor Canada to develop Newfoundland and Labrador's deepest offshore oil site at Bay du Nord will spark many new opportunities for the province.

The project is expected to deliver its first oil by 2025, with an estimated operating cost of 10.9 billion dollars.

The province has taken a 10 per cent equity stake in the project, which will cost 6.8 billion dollars to get off the ground.

Ball says he's confident that eventual revenues on the project will outweigh the early investments. (The Canadian Press)

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(NS-Surplus)

Nova Scotia Finance Minister Karen Casey has released figures for the province's 2017-18 fiscal year end, showing a net surplus of 120-million dollars.

That comes despite nearly 479-million dollars in extra spending -- the most registered since fiscal 1999-2000 when then-premier John Hamm's Tories spent more than 658 million.

The largest extra costs include more than 82 million dollars for remediation of Boat Harbour and nearly 73 million for a trust fund for rural internet service.

The province's net debt at the end of the year was about 15-billion dollars. (The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Dead-Dogs)

New Brunswick's provincial veterinarian says he's waiting for test results on two of three dogs who died after playing in the Saint John River. …

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