Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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(Street-Checks-Apology)

A veteran black police officer -- who's written about racism within policing in Canada -- says it will take more than an apology from Halifax's police chief to improve relations with Nova Scotia's black community.

Calvin Lawrence says the apology is a good start, but it will take a change in attitude by individual police officers on the street, and the advancement of more black officers in the ranks before there's real change.

Lawrence, a former police officer in Halifax and later the R-C-M-P, has written the book "Black Cop" about his 36-year career in policing and racism he experienced.

On Friday, Halifax Police Chief Daniel Kinsella issued a formal apology to Nova Scotia's black community over the practice of street checks, describing it as a first step to counter a series of historic wrongs. (The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Chat-Doctor)

A New Brunswick doctor who was found guilty of misconduct in England after an online chat with a cop posing as a teen has been suspended from practising in New Brunswick for nine months.

The suspension, announced Saturday by the New Brunswick College of Physicians and Surgeons, matches a suspension earlier this month by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in the United Kingdom.

Doctor Hazeez Awan was sanctioned after making "sexually motivated" remarks to someone who identified herself as a 13-year-old girl.

Awan -- who has an office in Saint John -- will be able to resume his practice after the nine months are up. (The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Cops-Kill-Man)

The family of a man who was fatally shot by police in Bathurst, New Brunswick nearly five years ago is offering a 10-thousand-dollar reward for information surrounding his death.

Michel Vienneau was shot in his vehicle outside the Bathurst train station in January 2015.

Police were acting on a tip the 51-year-old businessman and his common-law partner were in possession of illegal drugs after returning from a trip to Montreal. …

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