Remember This? When Isaac met Blanche

As the young American showman walked by Government House in Halifax, he suddenly halted in his tracks. The building was majestic, but that wasn’t what stopped him. There, sweeping the steps on that balmy July day, was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. Blanche Stoutley was a month shy of her eighteenth birthday. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, she was working as a maid to help support her mother and five younger siblings. Normally she didn’t talk to strangers, but there was something about this handsome, well-dressed young man who stood there beaming at her. He introduced himself and gave her a ticket to his show. At age twenty-five, Isaac Willis – The Great Boomsky – was

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Freezing rain possible Monday into Tuesday

The long weekend could end with freezing rain thanks to an elongated, slow moving system making its way to our region. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for all of Nova Scotia. Meteorologists don’t yet have specific details for the Halifax area, but say snow is expected to start falling over most of the province Monday evening. It’s thought that will switch over to ice pellets and/or freezing rain Monday night into Tuesday before changing to rain. “Latest indications show a potential for between 4 to 12 hours of freezing precipitation possible for some parts of the province, with the greatest risk over areas furthest inland as well as the northern half of the province on Tuesday,” the

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Contagious variant of COVID-19 now identified in all 10 provinces as P.E.I. logs case

A contagious variant of COVID-19 has now made its way to all 10 provinces in Canada, officials announced Saturday as the nation’s top doctor warned yet again of the dangers of lifting public health restrictions at this stage of the pandemic.  Prince Edward Island confirmed its first case of the variant that originated in the United Kingdom on Saturday in a patient who was first diagnosed on Feb. 4 and has a history of international travel.  “We’ve been bracing for this reality. This news is not unexpected. And in fact we are the last province to record a case of the U.K. variant,” Premier Dennis King said.  He noted that this case is one of only two that are active

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N.L. announces new rules for rotational workers, reports 26 cases of COVID-19

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador is tightening its rules for rotational workers travelling in and out of the province amid a surge of COVID-19 cases connected to a variant of the virus that’s swept through the St. John’s area. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says effective immediately, all rotational workers returning to the province must self-isolate away from families for a full 14 days and can no longer take a COVID-19 test on day seven in a bid to shorten their quarantine. Any rotational workers who have recently returned to the province and haven’t received their day seven test will not be able to get one and must start self-isolating away from family members. Officials

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P.E.I reports first U.K. variant case of COVID-19 in previous identified

CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island has become the last province to report a case of COVID-19 connected to a variant strain of the virus first identified in the United Kingdom. Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison made the announcement today, saying the case involves a man in his 20s who has a history of international travel. The case was first identified and reported on Feb. 4 and the individual is in self-isolation. Morrison says the variant case was found through routine testing done by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. With P.E.I’s announcement, all 10 provinces in Canada have now identified cases of the novel coronavirus variant first discovered in the U.K. Premier Dennis King says the active case

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Senate skips witnesses in Trump trial, moves toward vote

WASHINGTON — House Democrats began wrapping up their impeachment case against Donald Trump on Saturday after a chaotic morning in which they gave up a last-minute plan for witness testimony that could have significantly prolonged the trial and delayed a vote on whether the former president incited the deadly Capitol insurrection. An unexpected vote in favour of hearing witnesses threw the trial into confusion just as it was on the verge of concluding. But both sides ultimately reached a deal to instead enter into the record a statement from a Republican House lawmaker about a heated phone call on the day of the riot between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that Democrats say established Trump’s indifference to the

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Strong quake hits Japan’s northeast coast; no tsunami alert

TOKYO — A strong earthquake hit off the coast of northeastern Japan late Saturday, shaking Fukushima, Miyagi and other areas, but there was no threat of a tsunami, officials said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said there were no irregularities at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which experienced meltdowns following a massive quake and tsunami 10 years ago. There were no immediate reports of irregularities from other nuclear plants in the area, such as Onagawa or Fukushima Dai-ni, government spokesperson Katsunobu Kato told reporters. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake had a magnitude of 7.3, raising it from a preliminary magnitude of 7.1. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that some 860,000 homes were without power as a result of the

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AP sources: GOP leader McConnell will vote to acquit Trump

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told colleagues Saturday that he will vote to acquit Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, ending suspense over what the chamber’s most influential Republican would decide and all but slamming the door on chances that the former president would be found guilty. The longest-serving GOP Senate leader in history made his views known in a letter to fellow Republican lawmakers, according to two sources familiar with McConnell’s thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss his decision. Word of McConnell’s decision came minutes before the beginning of Saturday’s session of the Senate trial, which is expected to be a final day of proceedings. Trump is charged with inciting the deadly Jan. 6

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Shots fired at Larry Uteck Boulevard residence

Halifax Regional Police is investigating a shooting that occurred last night on Larry Uteck Boulevard. Around 11 p.m. on Feb. 12, police responded to reports of a shooting in the 100 block of Larry Uteck Boulevard near Starboard Drive. “The investigation is in the early stages and is ongoing,” says a news release. “Updates will be provided when available.” Anyone with information about this incident should call police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or by using the P3 Tips app.

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Which GOP senators are seen as possible votes against Trump?

WASHINGTON — Most every senator has pledged to listen to the evidence in Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial, but most minds were likely made up before the trial began. Democrats would need a minimum of 17 Republicans to vote with them to convict Trump of incitement of insurrection, and that appears unlikely. Still, Democrats say they are holding out hope they will win over enough Republicans to convict the former president for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, in which five people died. If Trump were convicted, the Senate could take a second vote to ban him from running for office again. A final vote is likely on Saturday. A look at the Republicans whom Democrats are

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