Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

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(NB-Abortion-Clinic)

The medical director of the only private abortion clinic in New Brunswick says the province is to blame for its closure.

Dr. Adrian Edgar says the clinic is Fredericton is shutting down due to financial instability.

He says the closure has been caused by the province's refusal to allow medicare to cover the cost of a patient who comes to him for an abortion procedure.

The province only covers abortions provided at two hospitals in Moncton and one hospital in Bathurst, and Edgar says federal party leaders should be focusing during the election campaign on protecting universal health care -- and in specific abortion services in New Brunswick. (Global)

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(NS-Elections-Act)

The Nova Scotia government is taking steps to force provincial MLA's to resign their seats as soon as they win a nomination for another level of office.

Justice Minister Mark Furey says the legislative amendments he introduced today will protect against potential conflicts of interest.

The amendments follow the decision of three Progressive Conservative MLA's and one New Democrat to run in the federal election later this month.

Premier Stephen McNeil had criticized them for not resigning their seats as soon as they won their federal nominations -- saying they should not continue to receive their provincial salaries while campaigning for another office. (The Canadian Press)

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(Chief-Police-Arrests)

Halifax Regional Police chief Dan Kinsella says three members of his force who were arrested within the last month will be held accountable for their actions.

Kinsella says he's disappointed by the incidents but they shouldn't overshadow the good work his officers do each day.

He adds charges will be pursued against all three officers.

Nova Scotia’s police watchdog is investigating after an officer was arrested in Eastern Passage on Monday in connection with a threats complaint, another was charged with sexually assaulting a homeowner on September 18th and a third was arrested September 13th after a theft at a business. …

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