In The Spotlight

Fire Prevention & Safety

**** HRFE Release Fire Prevention & Safety HRM has an exceptional fire service but fire and smoke can travel very quickly. Underwriter Laboratories (UL), a not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization, determined that “fires today are more dangerous and pose more risks than in the past. Fire spread is faster, and time to flashover, ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Midnight

**** Info via NS SPCA NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Midnight Midnight is a very handsome and snuggly guy. If you are searching for an affectionate cat to add to your home, look no further! At only 10 years old Midnight still has lots of love to give a home. He was surrendered due to ...

Truth and Reconciliation Day Recognized in Nova Scotia

**** CNS Media Release Truth and Reconciliation Day Recognized in Nova Scotia —————————————– Nova Scotia will annually recognize Sept. 30 as Truth and Reconciliation Day beginning in 2021. Provincial government offices, public schools and regulated child care will be closed. Businesses will have the choice, as they do on other occasions, to remain open. “We ...

On Sept. 2, 1998, 229 souls boarded Swissair Flight 111

On Sept. 2, 1998, 229 souls boarded Swissair Flight 111. Tragedy struck shortly after take off and the plane crashed into the ocean killing everyone onboard. From Peggy’s Cove and surrounding a massive operation scrambled for a hopeful rescue quickly realized to be recovery operations. Many people were affected by this crash along with family, ...

Discarded garbage is a big problem for baby turtles

**** Info via NS Turtle Patrol When one hears garbage and turtles in the same sentence most people think of difficulties that Sea Turtles face. However discarded garbage is also a big problem for baby freshwater turtles. Since baby turtles are only days away from hatching here in Nova Scotia the NSTP is busy once ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Peppermint Patty

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Peppermint Patty Are you looking for a nice and calm senior kitty companion?​ Peppermint Patty is a lovely cat who is estimated at 12 years old, and she will be an ideal roomie! Her stunning calico colors will surely catch your eye but wait till you ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Nellie

**** Info via NS SPCA NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Nellie This boisterous female American Staffordshire Terrier is Nellie. At 4 years old she has found herself in search of a new loving home as the only animal. Nellie seems to be reactive to other animals and with this will need an experienced owner able ...

Officially established in 2008, the National Peacekeepers’ Day date was chosen to commemorate the events of August 9

**** RCMP Media Release Officially established in 2008, the National Peacekeepers’ Day date was chosen to commemorate the events of August 9, 1974, when nine Canadian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt and Israel lost their lives when their plane was shot down over Syria. Every year, police, veterans and military ...

Halifax Harbour boardwalk BioKit circuit

**** Info via Canadian, ca Halifax Harbour boardwalk BioKit circuit Introduction Welcome to your Halifax Harbour Boardwalk BioKit Circuit. Use the activities in this circuit, with the HRM Urban BioKit, to explore the natural treasures and unique places in this park – utilizing your keen powers of observation. Location: Along the Halifax Harbour boardwalk between Purdys Wharf and ...

A non-profit group in Dartmouth wants you to know what kinds of life live in our waters and to bring awareness on why it’s important to protect our fragile oceans ecosystem

***** Info via Back to the Sea A non-profit group in Dartmouth wants you to know what kinds of life live in our waters and to bring awareness on why it’s important to protect our fragile oceans ecosystem by displaying an interactive touch tank system in Dartmouth.  You may be surprised at what you’d learn ...

The might of volunteers – Halifax Search and Rescue

The might of volunteers – Halifax Search and Rescue Chances are, at some point, you’ve seen the big orange trucks, the bright orange clothes, and the utilities of the Halifax  Search and Rescue.  You may have seen them in person at active scenes, training, or even at public relation events such as with the HRFE ...

Nova Scotia Observes Emancipation Day

**** AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN AFFAIRS Nova Scotia Observes Emancipation Day ——————————————————– Nova Scotia will observe Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day, recognizing the anniversary of the abolishment of slavery across the British Empire. Ceremonies in the province began with a virtual launch event held today, July 28. The Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which took effect on ...

Municipality observes Emancipation Day 2021

***** HRM Media Release Municipality observes Emancipation Day 2021 ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality is encouraging residents to observe Emancipation Day on August 1. ​ (via HHB) The Province of Nova Scotia officially designated August 1 as Emancipation Day, in recognition of the history and impacts of slavery in our region. ​ As this year ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Callie and Silver

***’ NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Callie and Silver This adorable pair is Silver and Callie. These little guinea pigs are young adults and are looking for a home with children 12 years and older. They have lived with children previously, but we’re very frightened and so staff feel they would feel ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Christof

***** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Christof Floofy boi alert!! Christof is so floofy it is too much too handle. Estimated at 7 years young this big guy is the newest candidate for our Palliative Care program. He was diagnosed as Hyperthyroid and to help keep this under control he does require ...

Bide Awhile – Introducing Shelbie! She is looking for a home in our Long-Term Foster/Palliative Care Program

**** Info via Bide Awhile Introducing Shelbie! She is looking for a home in our Long-Term Foster/Palliative Care Program. Shelbie is a domestic short hair brown tabby female, 15 years old. She has hyper thyroidism and requires medication daily – but don’t worry, she takes it very well. She is a little more shy than ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Troy and Corbin

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Troy and Corbin Bonded pair Corbin and Troy are the cutest little pair. These brothers came into the shelter throughout TNR program (Trap, Neuter and Return). This means that they were born outdoors and up until recently had very little interactions with humans.​ These siblings came ...

Bide Awhile – Featured Adoptable

**** Info via Bide Awhile Featured Adoptable Shadow is a beautiful white and grey cat who is around fourteen years old. She is a quiet girl who is timid at first and takes awhile to come out of her shell. Once she does, though, she is an absolute sweetheart. Although she is a little shy ...

The Turtle Patrol’s goal is to help our native turtles survive in the wild, to share turtle news and talk turtles with like minded individuals

**** Info via the NS Turtle Patrol The Turtle Patrol’s goal is to help our native turtles survive in the wild, to share turtle news and talk turtles with like minded individuals. If you see a turtle in the wild we want to hear about it. Thank you for taking an interest in our turtle ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Kira

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Kira Kira Approx Age:​ 5 years Gender:​ Female Site:​ HRM Animal Redemption Centre Meet Kira, a shy sweetie who likes things calm and quiet. Kira can be an anxious cat and likes to find a cozy corner where she feels safe and warm. This young feline is estimated at ...

Busy street comes to a stop as snapping turtle steals the show

Turtle power! A young snapping turtle (20 – 30 years old) faced multiple hurdles today as the instinct to move drove the little dinosaur to move from one lake to a nearby connecting lake. Problem one was a joining pipe which had a grate. The turtle repeatedly tried to find a way in, which would ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Cliff

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Cliff The SPCA is seeking specialized adoption homes that meet strict criteria. The criteria will ensure the dogs best chance of success at long term rehabilitation. Cliff is a medium to large sized guy. He loves attention and is very treat motivated! Staff have been working ...

Bide Awhile – Please meet Newt! He is looking for a foster home

**** Via Bide Awhile Please meet Newt! He is looking for a foster home. Newt is a diabetic cat and a part of our Long Term Foster/Palliative Care Program. What kind of fella is he? Newt is a 16 year old cat with the inner spirit of a kitten. He is a playful, handsome boy ...

NS SPCA Update on 77 Rescued Dogs

**** NS SPCA Release (Video link below) Some people may watch this video and think “okay what is the big deal? Walking dogs.” 🤔 But not our wonder-fur SPCA supporters. 🐾 What we all see is their transformation. 💙 These are some of the 77 dogs and pups who used to be absolutely terrified of ...

Premier’s Statement on Racism

**** PREMIER’S OFFICE Release Premier’s Statement on Racism ——————————————————– NOTE: The following is a statement from Premier Iain Rankin. ——————————————————– Nova Scotians and Canadians – of all ages and from all different backgrounds and ethnicities – were heartbroken by the hate-motivated killings of four members of a Muslim-Canadian family in London, Ont., last weekend. These ...

Bide Awhile – We are looking for a long term foster home for Newt who is diabetic

**** Via Bide Awhile   We are looking for a long term foster home for Newt who is diabetic. He is part of our Long Term Foster/ Palliative Care program. This is what his current foster mom has to say about him.. “For a 16 year old cat Newt is still as playful as he ...

Cornwallis Park is now officially Peace and Friendship Park.

**** HRM Media Release Cornwallis Park is now officially Peace and Friendship Park. (A worker begins work to remove the Cornwallis statue 2018) Regional Council approved changes to Administrative Orders 46 & 29, which allows for more flexibility when naming assets (streets, buildings, parks, commercial vessels, ferries, etc). Regional Council has approved the renaming of ...

New Proposed Protected Area Near St. Margarets Bay Added to Consultation

**** ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE CHANGE/LANDS/FORESTRY Release New Proposed Protected Area Near St. Margarets Bay Added to Consultation   The Nova Scotia government has added a wilderness area near St. Margarets Bay to the list of proposed protected areas slated for consultation. The 5,000-hectare Ingram River area is three times larger than peninsular Halifax. It includes Island Lake ...

Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency unveils new fire rescue boat

**** HRFE Release Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency unveils new fire rescue boat ​ To better support Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency’s (HRFE) fire and rescue capabilities, the municipality is launching a new harbour fire rescue boat. The ‘Kjipuktuk (Halifax)’ is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, June 17.​ ​ The new fire rescue boat will ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Ellie

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Ellie Beautiful calico seeking quiet loving home.​ Ellie is a sweet and gentle 8 year old female cat. She loves to receive head pets and gentle conversations. She will quickly become your shadow and be an amazing feline companion.​ Ellie is searching for a home with ...

First celebrated in 2011, the National Animal Rights Day is a growing global movement

**** Info via the Marine Animal Response Society First celebrated in 2011, the National Animal Rights Day is a growing global movement to give a voice to all animals and raise awareness for their rights (anyone else think of the Lorax?) We’re celebrating the progress that is being made towards ending the suffering of animals ...

HRFE Capt Thompson reached a milestone recently. She has made 150 donations at Canada Blood Services

(Health) HRFE Capt Thompson reached a milestone recently. She has made 150 donations at Canada Blood Services! Giving life both on and off duty. You can book an appointment to give here http://myaccount.blood.ca/en/donate?_ga=2.119341641.1188215536.1622728910-1951835551.1622728910 Good job and thank you Captain ...

NS SPCA – Donations of Cat Carriers needed

**** Info via the NS SPCA 🐾 Donations of Cat Carriers needed 🐾 We have found ourselves very low on cat carriers/kennels and are seeking the help of the community. Do you happen to have an extra cat kennel/carrier around your house that you may no longer have a use for? We would love to ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Keeta

**** NS SPCA Release Adoptable Highlight – Keeta I spy with my little eyes, a loving, beautiful, happy doggo! Keeta is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix and is estimated at 6 years old, but you would never guess! This lovely lady gets so excited to see her humans, that she shows you the biggest smile ...

NS SPCA – We are happy to share that 27 of the 77 dogs have found loving, forever families

**** NS SPCA Release 𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝟰𝟮 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀. 42 days since we finished bringing in 77 dogs and pups. 42 days of feeling your amazing love and support. 42 days of hope and hard work. We are happy to share that 27 of the 77 dogs have found loving, forever families. Socialization and training continue ...

NS SPCA Adoptable Highlight – Felix

**** NS SPCA Release Adoptable Highlight – Felix He wants you to look deep into his eyes. They are the colour of honey, and just like that tasty treat, Felix is sweet as can be!​ This 3-year-old guy is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix who would do best in a single-family home (no apartments or ...

Adoptable highlight – Princess and Bella

**** NS SPCA Release Adoptable highlight – Princess and Bella This bonded duo is Princess and Bella. These lovely gals are searching for a family willing to adopt them both and give them a loving home.​ Princess is a 5 year old brown and black tabby cat. She is a little shyer and more reserved ...

Happy International Firefighters’ Day

Via HRFE and HRP Happy International Firefighters’ Day everyone. Thank you for your support, each and every day. #InternationalFirefightersDay HRP : On this #InternationalFirefightersDay, Halifax Regional Police wanted to give a shout-out & salute to Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency and our own Sgt. Regan Fong’s brother Richard Fong, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Platoon ...

ABOUT THE MARINE ANIMAL RESPONSE SOCIETY, HOW TO CONTACT THEM AND HOW TO VOLUNTEER

**** Info via MARS ABOUT THE MARINE ANIMAL RESPONSE SOCIETY The Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) is a Nova Scotia-based charitable organization dedicated to marine animal conservation through response, research and engagement. Our goal is to build relationships that result in the conservation, recovery and stewardship of all marine animals and ocean ecosystems. WHAT WE ...

Are you or someone you know looking for a working cat?

**** NS SPCA Release Are you or someone you know looking for a working cat? The cats in this program are not your typical house cat, they have come from an environment where they have lived outside for most or all of their lives. For various reasons we are not able to release these cats ...

HRFE are pleased to present our first annual report. 

**** Info via the HRFE HRFE are pleased to present our first annual report.  The successes in this report are a direct reflection of our members’ dedication and commitment to serving their communities. Career and volunteer fire crews at 51 fire stations throughout the Halifax Region provide a full range of emergency services including: fire ...

Bide Awhile : Muffy can’t quite understand why she hasn’t found her forever home yet, and neither can we!

**** Info via Bide Awhile Muffy can’t quite understand why she hasn’t found her forever home yet, and neither can we! Muffy is a gorgeous black and white cat, who is around eight-years-old.  She is a quiet girl who is an absolute sweetheart. Muffy does have a few health concerns that will need to be ...

Nova Scotians 60 to 64 Now Eligible to Book Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines

****HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Nova Scotians 60 to 64 Now Eligible to Book Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines —————————————————————- Starting today, April 19, people 60 and older can book appointments at community clinics and participating pharmacy and primary care clinics offering the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Most community clinics and participating pharmacies have available appointments ...

77 dogs and puppies are receiving urgent care and desperately need your help!

**** NS SPCA Release ❗ EMERGENCY ❗ 77 dogs and puppies are receiving urgent care and desperately need your help! The Nova Scotia SPCA is asking for help caring for 77 dogs and puppies in need of urgent treatment and rehabilitation. All the puppies and dogs came from one property in Cape Breton. The large ...

What happens when you report sexual assault?

**** HRP Media Release What happens when you report sexual assault? Someone sexually assaulted me. Now what? We know this is a very difficult time for you. It’s important for you to know that we are here to help. The decision to report to police is entirely yours. Some survivors say that reporting and seeking ...

Have you heard about Bide Awhile’s mother/kitten program?

**** Info via Bide Awhile Have you heard about Bide Awhile’s mother/kitten program? 🐾 If your cat is pregnant or recently had kittens, keep reading! As part of this program, Bide Awhile will have your mother cat spayed at no cost to you, and under our care, we will have all kittens vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, ...

Nova Scotia March to Remember 23

**** Info via Facebook Event Nova Scotia March to Remember 23 This is a March to Remember the 23 people who were murdered in Portapique in April 2020. It is also to honor those RCMP officers who risked their lives and in some cases their careers when they responded to the “war zone” that was ...

Bide Awhile Featured Adoptable

**** Info via Bide Awhile 🐾 Featured Adoptable 🐾 Muffy is a gorgeous black and white cat, who is around eight-years-old.  She is a quiet girl who is an absolute sweetheart. Muffy does have a few health concerns that will need to be considered.  She will need to be on medication for hairballs, as this ...

Nova Scotia RCMP welcomes new Public Information Officer

**** RCMP Media Release Nova Scotia RCMP welcomes new Public Information Officer The Nova Scotia RCMP​ is introducing new bilingual Provincial Public Information Officer (PIO), Corporal Chris Marshall.​ Originally from Saskatchewan,​ Cpl. Marshall​ spent a portion of his childhood in Nova Scotia before moving to Montréal, where he remained until he joined the RCMP in 2011. ...

The Dartmouth SPCA currently has 3 sets of bonded guinea pigs seeking their furever homes

**** Info via NS SPCA 🐾 Available for Adoption 🐾 The Dartmouth SPCA currently has 3 sets of bonded guinea pigs seeking their furever homes Ducky arrived at the SPCA when her owners were no longer able to care for her. Once an x-ray was completed, we realized she was pregnant and was sent to ...

Transit transfer art of iconic Halifax clock created by local teen

This is super cool. Info via Halifax Transit “Incredible collage depicting the #Halifax Town Clock, using #hfxtransit transfers! This beautiful piece was created by 17-year-old Halifax student, Allie Martin. http://instagram.com/allie.art.acc/“ ...

Beaver rescue update

**** Info via Hope for Wildlife Beaver rescue update Over the weekend we received a beaver who had found itself in the middle of the road. With some help from a member of the public and an RCMP officer who was passing by, they were able to escort the beaver into a carrier. He went ...

Today marks 25 years of an amalgamated fire service

Happy anniversary HRFE “Today marks 25 years of an amalgamated fire service, which combined 38 community departments. We are proud to look back and acknowledge those who built our fire service into what it is today.” ...

(Update) RCMP Name the Foal contest

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP Name the Foal contest Hey kids, we have a contest just for you! Canada’s national police force has welcomed new foals born at the RCMP breeding farm in Pakenham, Ontario, and these new additions are special – they may grow up to become Musical Ride horses! We’re asking for your ...

NS SPCA – Weekly Highlight – Dixie

**** Info via NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Dixie Snuggly Dixie is in search of the perfect place to lay her paws. This large lady is estimated at 3.5 years young and is a very unique breed. Dixie is a Dogo Argentino. Before applying to adopt we ask that you review the attached link to ...

NS SPCA: Available for Adoption

**** NS SPCA Release ‼ Available for Adoption ‼ The days of 80’s glamour shots are not behind this stunning bun 🐰 Sapphire knew that perms, tie dye and neon were the way to go. During our photo shoot today 📸 Sapphire was ready to strike a pose, much like Madonna 👩‍🎤 She asks that ...

“That’s how I would want my parents treated”

When HRFE responded to investigate a concern of an elderly person, firefighters ended up helping by shoveling the step and the walkway for them. “That’s how I would want my parents treated” (photo contributed) ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Sasha

**** Info via NS SPCA NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Sasha **Palliative Care Candidate looking for a retirement home** Sasha is a 13-year-old calico colored cat. She has found her way to us and is now looking for her furever home. The ideal home for Sasha is one with no other animals or children. She ...

NS SPCA: Weekly Highlight – David Hasselhop

**** Info via NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – David Hasselhop David Hasselhop, hippity hopping his was right into your heart. This young bunny is estimated at around 1 year old. David Hasselhop is a sweet boy, he would prefer a home with someone who is experienced in caring for bunnies. David came into our care ...

Camp Courage is thrilled to announce that Camp Courage is going national!

**** Info via Camp Courage We are thrilled to announce that Camp Courage is going national! Camp Courage is a camp designed to introduce young women aged 15-19 to careers as first responders, primarily paramedics, police officers, and firefighters. Did you know that females represent only 5% of firefighters, 22% of police officers and just ...

NS SPCA: Weekly Highlight – Letty

**** Info via NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Letty Check out Letty! This young and exuberant female is full of energy and has such a zest for life. If you are an experienced dog owner who can help Letty live up to her potential of being an amazing companion, please contact us today!​ Letty is ...

NS SPCA: The Bodj von Grundfeld® Scholarship

**** Info via NS SPCA The Bodj von Grundfeld® Scholarship The Nova Scotia SPCA is launching a new scholarship opportunity for students passionate about animal welfare. The new Bodj von Grunfeld® Scholarship is open to students entering their second year of a post-secondary education program accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. One student will ...

Home fire safety checklist

**** Info via HRFE Home fire safety checklist Keep your home safe from fire by taking a few simple precautions. Here’s a list of potential fire hazards:  unnecessary or excessive storage of rubbish and trash, both inside or outside  storage of flammable liquids (gasoline) and flammable gases (propane)  improper storage of paint materials, oily rags, ...

NS SPCA:  Weekly Highlight –  Petey

**** Info via NS SPCA NS SPCA:  Weekly Highlight –  Petey Check out Petey! This loving young American Staffordshire Terrier mix is only estimated at 2 years young.​ Petey is an energetic, enthusiastic and sensitive boy. He is curious and likes to explore new environments with his nose and his paws. Petey is also highly ...

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

**** HRP Media Release Human Trafficking Awareness Day ​ February 22 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day and the integrated Human Trafficking Team wants victims of human trafficking to know that police are here to help. Our first priority is the safety of victims. Members of the Human Trafficking Team work with community partners to support ...

Bide Awhile Featured adoptable!

**** Info via Bide Awhile 🐾 Featured adoptable! 🐾 Sophie is a unique case who will need a special person and a quiet home. Sophie has a condition called hyperesthesia, which is a type of compulsive disorder that causes a sensation of uncontrolled itching and discomfort along the lower back. This can be distressing and ...

Name the Puppy Contest 2021: Help RCMP name the puppies that will become Canada’s future RCMP Police Dogs

**** RCMP Media Release Name the Puppy Contest 2021: Help RCMP name the puppies that will become Canada’s future RCMP Police Dogs. Names must begin with the letter “P”, be 1-2 syllables and have no more than nine letters. Contestants must live in Canada and be 4 to 14 years of age. The deadline for ...

National Pink Shirt Day is this month: Bullying Awareness

**** HRP Media Release #NationalPinkShirtDay this month, consider having a conversation about bullying with your child. Through listening parents & guardians provide reassurance that being the victim of bullying is not a child’s fault. Tips to deal with bullying Bullying has a negative impact on families in our communities. Here are a few tips and ...

This Valentine’s Day give a homeless pet a treat

This is pretty sweet.  Via the NS SPCA Noses are wet 🐾 Slobbery kisses are sweet 😽 This Valentine’s Day Give a homeless pet a treat Check out the SPCA Gift Guide at www.novascotiaspca.ca/giftguide for the purrrrfect present for that special animal lover in your life. 🎁 You will receive a *printable certificate* that you ...

Fire Prevention & Safety: Prevention | Detection | Escape

**** HRFE Release Fire Prevention & Safety Prevention | Detection | Escape HRM has an exceptional fire service but fire and smoke can travel very quickly. Underwriter Laboratories (UL), a not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization, determined that “fires today are more dangerous and pose more risks than in the past. Fire spread is faster, and time to ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Tiny

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Tiny Sweet little Tiny is approximately a 3 month old hamster. We believe Tiny is a female. This little one is still adjusting to being handled, but staff have been able to spend time working with her and she is doing amazing. She would be a ...

Province Repays Fine and Court Cost of Viola Desmond

**** AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN AFFAIRS Release Province Repays Fine and Court Cost of Viola Desmond———————————————————– A virtual ceremony took place today, Feb. 3, to honour the legacy of Viola Desmond by repaying her sister Wanda Robson for the court costs and fines associated with Mrs. Desmond’s 1946 court case and using the funds to support ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Nike

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Nike This beautiful lady is ready to find her forever home. Nike can be quite vocal at times, especially when she is on leash walking. However, she loves spending time with her people and can be quite affectionate. She unfortunately does not like other dogs and ...

Not only is he a Jedi Master, he is a sweet bun and gifted in the ways of the force (of cuteness)

**** NS SPCA Release In a galaxy 🌠 far, far away 🌌 There is a rabbit seeking his furever home. That rabbit is Obi Bun Kenobi 🐇 Not only is he a Jedi Master, he is a sweet bun and gifted in the ways of the force (of cuteness) 😁 Obi Bun Kenobi is seeking ...

Career firefighter recruitment drive underway

**** HRM Media Release Career firefighter recruitment drive underway Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) is launching its career firefighter recruitment drive. ​ Do you want to make a difference in your community? HRFE is inviting applications for the development of a candidate pool for permanent full-time career firefighters.​ ​ HRFE is committed to developing ...

Black History Matters: African Heritage Month 2021​: Halifax Public Libraries Invites Everyone to Learn, Listen, Share, & Act​

**** Halifax Libraries Release Black History Matters: African Heritage Month 2021​ Halifax Public Libraries Invites Everyone to Learn, Listen, Share, & Act​ ​ On January 28, Halifax Public Libraries launches the 2021 TD Presents African Heritage Month with the annual Opening Night Celebration. Opening Night is a virtual sharing of greetings from local community leaders ...

Nike is a dog that prefers one on one time with her people

**** NS SPCA Release Oh my gosh, is that the puparazzi. Luckily, Nike was ready for her photo op! Miss Nike was strutting her stuff and working it for the camera – between snuggles of course 🥰 Staff are baffled that this sweet lady is still at the shelter. Nike is a dog that prefers ...

Thursday January 28, 2021 is Bell Let’s Talk Day!

**** Info via Bell Thursday January 28, 2021 is Bell Let’s Talk Day! On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Oakley and Izzy

**** NS SPCA Release Weekly Highlight – Oakley and Izzy This sweet bonded pair of bunnies are seeking their furever home together! They were seperated for a short period of time (to prevent babies as they are male and female) but Oakley became so depressed he stopped eating and began losing weight. They were reunited ...

NS SPCA: Available for Adoption

**** NS SPCA Release ✨ Available for Adoption ✨ We would like to introduce the sweetest kitty 😻 Andy! Staff are shocked this guy is still here, although we are not complaining because he is the most entertaining office buddy! You see, Andy is a big boy (about 21lbs) and he is much too big ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight: Biscuit and Pumpkin were surrendered together

**** NS SPCA Release Looking for love this Valentines Day? 🥰 Look no further! Biscuit and Pumpkin were surrendered together. Pumpkin (darker) is 9 months old and Biscuit (lighter) is 4 years old. Pumpkin joined Biscuit when he lost his rabbit friend 🥺 Since then they have been attached at the hip. These boys would ...

Work for Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency

**** Info via HRFE Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) will soon be accepting applications for the development of a candidate pool to fulfil hiring requirements for permanent full-time career Firefighters. Work for Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) will soon be accepting applications for the development of a candidate ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Nike

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Nike Nike is an estimated 7-year-old female American Staffordshire Terrier mix. (~21 kg) She is looking for a home with children at least 16 years old or older. It is required that she is the only animal in the home. She is not available for apartments/condos ...

Premier Reflects on 2020’s Tragedies and Graces

**** PREMIER’S OFFICE Media Release Premier Reflects on 2020’s Tragedies and Graces———————————————————–NOTE: The following is an op-ed from Premier Stephen McNeil———————————————————–Tragedy. Strength. Horror. Resilience. Fear. Compassion. Sorrow. Kindness.All of these words come to mind – and I’m sure you can think of a few more – as we look back on 2020, a year we ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Ola

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Ola Name: Ola Age: 3 years old Breed: Amstaff mix Sex: Neutered male Weight: 36.4 kg (80lbs) Energy Level: Low – medium Recommended for Children: Yes, kids that are 12+ Homed with Dogs: Dogs his size yes, no small dogs Homed with Cats: No Dear Santa ...

The annual RCMP Christmas Eve blood donor event has more than one special meaning this year.

**** CBS Media Release The annual RCMP Christmas Eve blood donor event has more than one special meaning this year. Every year, the RCMP in Dartmouth donate blood on Dec. 24 to ensure patients have the blood they need over the holidays. But this year, the event also honours the memory of fellow officer, Corporal ...

FIGHT4LIFEHALIFAX calendars are still available, and money raised goes towards FIGHT4LIFEHALIFAX programs

**** Info via Fight4LifeHalifax FIGHT4LIFEHALIFAX calendars are still available, and money raised goes towards FIGHT4LIFEHALIFAX programs. Fight4LifeHalifax has been established to support our first responders to maintain mental wellness and deal with the challenges they face in their day to day work place activities. The “2021 Firefighters and the Pets” calendar showcases our local firefighters ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Cookie

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Cookie This handsome cat is available for adoption at the Pictou SPCA shelter. Please follow the link below to show your interest in adopting this feline friend!   Don’t let his age fool you, at just 10 years old Cookie is young at heart! He loves ...

Emergency service workers come together to give blood as the Sirens for Life 2020 challenge kicks off in Halifa

Emergency service workers come together to give blood as the Sirens for Life 2020 challenge kicks off in Halifax Emergency service workers in Halifax Regional Municipality are continuing to answer the call to help save more lives as part of this year’s Sirens for Life campaign. The friendly challenge between Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, ...

The SPCA Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients at their brand new state-of-the-art animal hospital

**** NS SPCA Release The Nova Scotia SPCA has established the province’s first full service, not-for-profit veterinary facility. The newly renovated animal hospital is open and accepting new patients. Located at 7 Scarfe Court in Dartmouth, families can book services including medical, surgical, wellness and preventive health care. Appointments can be made by contacting the ...

Canadian NORAD Region is ready to track Santa with announcement of 2020 escort teams and trackers

**** CAF Media Release Canadian NORAD Region is ready to track Santa with announcement of 2020 escort teams and trackers ​ The countdown to December 24th has begun! With the clock ticking as the big night approaches, we at the Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Region are today naming our CF-18 Hornet pilots, ...

NS SPCA: We have a special update for you on the rescued kitties

**** NS SPCA Release Happy Caturday! 😻 We have a special update for you on the rescued kitties. Five more cats were brought into our care bringing our final tally to 85 cats and kittens rescued. 🐾 Thanks to generous animal-lovers, they are receiving the care and support they need. And that’s not all There ...

Free menstrual products now available in municipal facilities​

**** HRM Media Release Free menstrual products now available in municipal facilities​ ​ The Halifax Regional Municipality will now be offering free menstrual products at municipal recreation facilities, community centres, and Halifax Transit terminals. ​ Tampons and sanitary pads will be available and restocked daily. Products will be available at the following locations: ​ Acadia ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Forrest and Cove

**** NS SPCA Release Weekly Highlight – Forrest and Cove “Dear Santa Paws, My sister, Forrest and I were born in care when our mum was rescued as a stray. We are 6 months old, very sweet, and active rabbits, who are spayed, microchipped and up to date on our flea medicine. We now have ...

Today we honour the 14 women murdered during the Montreal Massacre at l’École Polytechnique

Via Wimen and Gender Equality Canada “December 6, 1989 is a day forever remembered by Canadians. Today we honour the 14 women murdered during the Montreal Massacre at l’École Polytechnique. This year, we ask you to add a virtual white ribbon to your profile pic to remember those who lost their lives. http://ow.ly/aE2850CDXnb We #RememberThe14 ...

Newfoundland soldier of the First World War identified

**** CAF Media Release Newfoundland soldier of the First World War identified The Department of National​ Defence​ and the Canadian Armed Forces​ have identified​ the remains of Private John Lambert, a First World War soldier of The Newfoundland Regiment. Private Lambert died on August 16, 1917, at the age of 17. The Newfoundland Regiment is ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – 3 ratty girls

**** NS SPCA Release Weekly Highlight – 3 ratty girls These 3 snuggly sweeties are Pixie, Candy and Rio. This trio is looking to find a home able to adopt all three as they have lived their whole lives together. They are very curious and kind and would make a great first pet. If looking ...

NS SPCA: 21 of the 80 rescued kitties have already found loving, forever families

**** Info via NS SPCA We have a special update for you! 💙 21 of the 80 rescued kitties have already found loving, forever families! 🐾 One of the lucky kitties adopted was sweet Terrance – the kitty that was first featured in our urgent ask for support. Terrance is settling into his new home ...

(NS SPCA) Weekly Highlight – Gray Jay

**** Info via the NS SPCA (NS SPCA) Weekly Highlight – Gray Jay Gray Jay, a stunning merle border collie, is hoping his new forever family is out there. At around 5 years young he is seeking a dog savvy family able to help him live his new and improved life.​ Because of Gray Jay’s ...

This bunny is hoping to hop into your heart

**** Info via NS SPCA This bunny is hoping to hop into your heart ❤️​ Sweet Munchkin is looking to find a calmer home with older children and no dogs. Munchkin is a lionhead bunny and has an amazing mane! Still a young adult, he has plenty of spunk and playfulness and would love a ...

Weekly Highlight – Diesel

**** NS SPCA Release Weekly Highlight – Diesel Diesel is an estimated 7-year-old male neutered Labrador retreiver/American Staffordshire Terrier mix. (~30 kg) He would prefer a home with children 16 years old and older. It is required that he be the only animal in the home. Look at that goofy smile and you can already ...

Are you or someone you know looking for a barn cat?

**** NS SPCA Release Are you or someone you know looking for a barn cat? The cats in this program are not your typical house cat, they have come from an environment where they have lived outside for most or all of their lives. These cats can not be rehabilitated without often years of intensive ...

National Senior Safety Week, a time for seniors and their loved ones to reflect on and talk about ways to stay safe and secure

**** RCMP Media Release It’s National Senior Safety Week, a time for seniors and their loved ones to reflect on and talk about ways to stay safe and secure. The RCMP’s Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security has information and tips on a range of topics that will help get the conversation started. The more ...

Bide Awhile: Palliative Care Adoption

**** Bide Awhile Release 🐾 Palliative Care Adoption 🐾 Gwen is ready to find her forever home. Please read the full description before reaching out! Gwen is a sweet girl who is around 10-years-old. She is a gentle lady who loves receiving attention from humans but would prefer not to have any feline companions at ...

(Update) 72 cats and kittens were rescued and transported to the Nova Scotia SPCA for urgent medical care. They expect even more to arrive soon.

**** NS SPCA Release ❗ EMERGENCY ❗ 72 cats and kittens were rescued and transported to the Nova Scotia SPCA for urgent medical care. Tragically, we expect even more to arrive soon. The Nova Scotia SPCA is asking for help from the community after rescuing 72 cats and kittens in need of urgent medical care. ...

Canadian soldier of the Second World War identified

**** CAF Media Release Canadian soldier of the Second World War identified ​ The Department of National​ Defence​ and the Canadian Armed Forces​ have identified​ the grave of a Canadian soldier of the Second World War as that of Trooper Henry George Johnston. Trooper Johnston was buried as an unknown soldier in​ 1945​ in​ the​ ...

November is #DomesticViolenceAwarness month

**** HRP Media Release November is #DomesticViolenceAwarness month. Every day of every month is a good time to help someone find freedom from violence. If you’re a victim or know someone who is, don’t be silent. Connect with HRP Victim Services Unit and get help today. Victim services in Halifax Halifax Regional Police offers support ...

The Quint firetrucks are on duty with the HRFE

The Quint firetrucks are on duty with the HRFE. These trucks provide an impressive array of resources for modern day firefighters in the HRFE. Quints are large, multipurpose trucks. They carry a water tank allowing a limited, but at times critical supply of water to initiate a quick fire attack before connecting to a fire hydrant. ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Smokey

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Smokey How handsome is this tabby boy?? Looking at him it is hard to believe that he is a senior kitty at 13 years young! Smokey, like most older pets, you start to notice some troubles with them and this fella is no exception. This fella ...

HRFE introduced and inaugurated a Spiritual Advisor, Elder Debbie Eisan, to the fire service

Photos HRFE introduced and inaugurated a Spiritual Advisor, Elder Debbie Eisan, to the fire service in a small ceremony. Her role as a Spiritual Advisor will be a valuable addition within the HRFE service. . . . . . . ...

Premier Proclaims HMCS Kootenay Day

**** PREMIER’S OFFICE Media Release Premier Proclaims HMCS Kootenay Day————————————————————- Premier Stephen McNeil has proclaimed today, Oct. 23, as HMCS Kootenay Day in Nova Scotia in remembrance of the worst peacetime accident in the history of the Royal Canadian Navy.On Oct. 23, 1969, nine crewmen died and 53 were seriously injured after an explosion at ...

Cst. Heidi Stevenson’s name was unveiled on the Wall of Honour at Nova Scotia RCMP Headquarters

**** RCMP Media Release Cst. Heidi Stevenson’s name was unveiled on the Wall of Honour at Nova Scotia RCMP Headquarters in Dartmouth during a private ceremony for family and invited guests. Etched in stone on the granite memorial wall of the Nova Scotia RCMP Headquarters are the names of those Nova Scotia RCMP members who ...

A rally in solidarity with Mi’kmaq Fisher folks took place in Grand Parade

A rally in solidarity with Mi’kmaq Fisher folks took place in Grand Parade. “We are all Treaty people and it is our duty to uphold Mi’kmaq treaty rights.” They are calling for the DFO to uphold the 1752 treaty of peace and friendship and the Marshal decision to support the Mi’kmaq right to a moderate ...

NS SPCA: Weekly Highlight – Linden

**** NS SPCA Release Weekly Highlight – Linden Let this little one hop right into your heart! Linden is still just a baby at only 5 months old. He is a neutered male who was born in care with his siblings and he is now ready for adoption. He did spend time with his littermates, ...

RCMP officer helping women in Iraq

**** RCMP Media Release RCMP officer helping women in Iraq RCMP Supt. Marie-Claude Côté is in Iraq on an international peacekeeping assignment to help improve women’s participation within the security sector.   The desire to broaden her horizons prompted RCMP Supt. Marie-Claude Côté to consider international police peacekeeping. The 26-year RCMP veteran joined the Combined Joint ...

Keep Your Pets Safe in an Emergency: 8 Things You Need to Know

**** NS SPCA Release (By Judy Layne) It is National Pet Preparedness Month! Are you and your pet ready if disaster strikes?  The best way to protect your family is to have a plan in place Keep Your Pets Safe in an Emergency: 8 Things You Need to Know Emergencies come in many forms – ...

(NS SPCA) Weekly Highlight – Eric

**** NS SPCA Release Weekly Highlight – Eric Big, bold, and beautiful! Eric is a very handsome American Staffordshire Terrier and is only about 1.5 years old. He is still young and full of energy and would benefit from an owner willing to work on his leash manners.​ He is big lovable guy who wants ...

Big heart, big shave! Sophie shaves her head for cancer

**** Written by Crystal Yeo for WFMHFX Back in February, we shared a story about Sophie, an 11 year old who was embarking on an act of kindness to help a stranger. On her 12th birthday, the moment of truth occurred! The fun event started with a $5 donation to cut a braid, which was ...

Safety in the kitchen – Fire Prevention Week 2020

**** HRFE Media Release Safety in the kitchen – Fire Prevention Week 2020 ​ Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE) is encouraging residents to assess their kitchen for fire safety.​ ​ National Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 4-10 and the theme this year is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” ​ Kitchen fires are ...

Here’s a list of adoptable cats and kittens at Healing Animal SCARS – Sonya’s Cat & Animal Rescue Society

**** SCARS Release Here’s a list of adoptable cats and kittens at Healing Animal SCARS – Sonya’s Cat & Animal Rescue Society (Some photos below) Mr. Avery Guysborough – he is a timid short haired male brown and black tabby kitten with white toes. He is about 4 months old and very playful. He must ...

Treaty Day Honours Relationship with Mi’kmaw People

**** ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS Media Release Treaty Day Honours Relationship with Mi’kmaw People—————————————————————–Treaty Day is celebrated today, Oct. 1, in Nova Scotia. The day honours the relationship and important contributions of the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.“On Treaty Day, we come together in the spirit of peace and friendship to celebrate our relationship,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, ...

Queenie is still looking for her forever home

**** Info via Bide Awhile 🐾 Queenie is still looking for her forever home! 🐾 Queenie is a gorgeous girl who is around eight-months-old. She came into our care in the early stages of renal disease, which we believe to be congenital. Because of her renal disease and the extra care this will require, she ...

Fundraiser aims to help a dog in need of a life-saving heart surgery

**** Fundraiser Months ago, the HRFE lost the comforting and loving therapy dog Hicks from sub-aortic stenosis and pulmonary stenosis. Annette, Hicks’ handler, now wants to help another friend in need with this fundraiser, dedicated in Hicks memory. Camo has pulmonary stenosis and needs razor balloon surgery, the same type of surgery Hicks had. “In ...

Paramedics Recognized During Medic Monday

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Paramedics Recognized During Medic Monday —————————————————————– Every day paramedics work on the front lines of the provincial health-care system, providing care and comfort to Nova Scotians. On this eighth annual Medic Monday, the province wants to recognize and thank the many highly skilled and dedicated paramedics for their service. “When Nova ...

The Halifax Regional Municipality will be painting the words “Black Lives Matter” on the following streets beginning Saturday, Sept. 26

**** HRM Media Release Black Lives Matter street art installation ​The Halifax Regional Municipality will be painting the words “Black Lives Matter” on the following streets beginning Saturday, Sept. 26: ​ Alderney Drive between Ochterloney and Queen streets from 7 p.m. Saturday, September 26 until the installation is complete. Brunswick Street between Carmichael and Prince ...

Twenty-one Paramedics Recognized for Exemplary Service

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Twenty-one Paramedics Recognized for Exemplary Service ————————————————————– Twenty-one Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal for their dedication to the health and safety of all Nova Scotians. These paramedics have dedicated their careers to providing high-quality care to Nova Scotians in their time of greatest ...

NS SPCA: Weekly highlight – Spud

**** Via the NS SPCA NS SPCA: Weekly highlight – Spud Spud is a handsome boy with lots of energy to burn off. He loves to be outside going for walks or just hanging out in the backyard. This young guy does have some separation anxiety that we are working with so he would require ...

Bide Awhile: Chaz is a special guy looking for a special home

**** Bide Awhile Release 🐾 Featured Adoptable 🐾 Chaz is a special guy looking for a special home. Chaz has been with Bide Awhile a little longer than most, as it took some extra time for him to adjust to life in our cat room. While he is still adjusting to shelter life, we truly ...

Women Making Waves 2020

**** East Coast Surf School Release Women Making Waves 2020 East Coast Surf School is offering it’s 4th annual women’s surfing clinic on Friday, September 18th! (4pm) * Pre-registration is necessary! Please email: event.womenmakingwaves@gmail.com prior to Friday September 18th, 2020 to sign up! Looking for more rad gals to surf with? New to surfing? Feeling the ...

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), on 10 September, is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). If you know someone who is struggling, reach out. If you need help, call the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team 902.429.8167 or 1.888.429.8167 ...

Bide Awhile: Palliative Care Adoption

**** Bide Awhile Release 🐾 Palliative Care Adoption 🐾 Queenie is a gorgeous girl who is around eight-months-old. She came into our care in the early stages of renal disease, which we believe to be congenital. Because of her renal disease and the extra care this will require, she will be adopted through our palliative ...

NS SPCA: Weekly highlight – Piper, Peaches, and Peppa

**** NS SPCA Media Release NS SPCA: Weekly highlight – Piper, Peaches, and Peppa Who could say no to these little piggies??​ Peaches (under 1 year), Piper (momma), and Peppa (5 months old) have asked us to help find them a new home. This trio is a bonded set and we are looking for a ...

NS SPCA: BOTTLE BABY KITTEN FOSTERS NEEDED

Via the NS SPCA “❗️ BOTTLE BABY KITTEN FOSTERS NEEDED ❗️ It is kitten season and we have our hands full with innocent itty bitties. 😿 Are you ready to put up a helping paw and foster some neonatal kittens? 🐾 Along with their cuteness, orphaned kittens require scheduled care every few hours. This includes ...

Today is the 22nd anniversary of the Swissair Flight 111 tragedy

Today is the 22nd anniversary of the Swissair Flight 111 tragedy that killed 229 people in the crash. Many people were affected by this crash along with family, including residents of the area, first responders, military members and volunteers who worked tirelessly in various roles after the tragic event. ...

HIAA’s Emergency Response Services team is always onsite and ready to respond

**** HIAA Release HIAA’s Emergency Response Services team is always onsite and ready to respond, including our team of firefighters. The Platoons respond to requests for aircraft assistance upon landing and medical calls on the airport property. In 2019, the Emergency Response Services team and Duty Managers responded to 48 flight diversions and over 600 ...

NS SPCA: Some warm fuzzies to kick start your weekend

Happy news via the NS SPCA “Some warm fuzzies to kick start your weekend! 💞 Bilbo Waggins was medically cleared and posted for adoption online our website on August 4th. Applications came flooding in! We began booking meet-and-greets to match Bilbo up with the perfect fit. 🐾 On August 12th, after receiving interest from several ...

Meeting the heroes: A family says thanks after toddlers life is saved.

(FAMILY) This is a special story originally posted elsewhere during the summer of 2019. It meant a lot to those involved so I am reposting here Meeting the heroes: A family says thanks after toddlers life is saved. Sasha and Matt, proud parents, and twin brother Zach, with son John were able to meet the ...

NS SPCA. Weekly Highlight – Mocha and Magnolia

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA. Weekly Highlight – Mocha and Magnolia These little cute ratties are Magnolia and Mocha. They are hoping to find a loving, kind, and rat experienced home to help them bloom into the social little ladies we know they can be. At around 1 year old Magnolia and Mocha have ...

NS SPCA : Kira is available for adoption from the Dartmouth SPCA

**** NS SPCA Release 🥰⬇️ Available for Adoption ⬇️🥰 At the age of 10, sweet Kira was un-spayed and pregnant when she was brought to the SPCA by a kind volunteer. After giving birth and sending all of her kittens off to loving forever homes, Kira is hoping her turn is next 💙 Since being ...

The might of volunteers – Halifax Search and Rescue

The might of volunteers – Halifax Search and Rescue Chances are, at some point, you’ve seen the big orange trucks, the bright orange clothes, and the utilities of the Halifax  Search and Rescue. You may have seen them in person at active scenes, training, or even at public relation events such as with the HRFE ...

Looking good, Bilbo! NS SPCA rehabilitation makes significant difference for Yarmouth dog

Looking good, Bilbo! The NS SPCA say an update on this lovable pooch will be coming up within a week, but I thought I would check in before hand and see how this survivor was doing. Bilbo was rescued after an enforcement officer noticed the dog in Yarmouth.   He was sickly, and underweight for his ...

NS SPCA : Adoptable Weekly Highlight – Hailey

**** NS SPCA Release NS SPCA : Weekly Highlight – Hailey There is not enough good things that we can say about this dog, Hailey!​ She made her way in to our care back in April of this year and was noted to have some discomfort with her rear legs. After examination from our vets ...

9 August also commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

9 August also commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It is celebrated around the world and marks the date of the inaugural session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations at the United Nations in 1982. (Info via the UN) ...

Today is “National Peacekeepers’ Day”

Saturday, August 9 Today is “National Peacekeepers’ Day National Peacekeepers’ Day was established in Canada in 2008. It provides an opportunity for Canadians to express the pride and respect they have toward personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and provincial and municipal police forces, as well as Canadian diplomats and ...

In August, we get to celebrate two of our favourite days…

Cat day is on a caturday! Via the NS SPCA “Pet lovers, it’s time to mark your calendars! ☑️ In August, we get to celebrate two of our favourite days… 🐱 National Cat Day on August 8 and 🐶 National Dog Day on August 26! Be sure to give your furry friends an extra snuggle ...

Premier Stephen McNeil is stepping down.

**** Via Premier Stephen McNeil PREMIER’S OFFICE–Premier’s Statement on Leaving Office —————————————————————– NOTE: The following is a statement from Premier Stephen McNeil. ——————————————————————– Yesterday, I celebrated my 17th year in elected office. These past seven years, as your premier, have been the most rewarding of my professional career. It has been a privilege and an ...

Have you been waiting to get your pet fixed? Are you on a reduced or fixed income? We can help!

**** NS SPCA Release “*SPACE AVAILABLE for cat neuters* Have you been waiting to get your pet fixed? Are you on a reduced or fixed income? We can help! 💙 You can apply for a subsidized neuter for your male cat at our SPCA Animal Hospital. 👩‍⚕️ Having your pet fixed has many health and ...

Bide Awhile: Adoptables: Lilly and Myla

**** Via Bide Awhile ADOPTABLE LILLY Female Approx. 3-years-old Short-haired Brown and white tabby If you have any questions or want to book an appointment, please call the shelter at 902-469-9578.. . ADOPTABLE MYLA Female Approx. 8-years-old Long-haired White cat If you have any questions or want to book an appointment, please call the shelter ...

NS SPCA Weekly highlight- Pete

**** NS SPCA Weekly highlight- Pete These pictures do not do this cat justice! Check out Pete! At 9 years old he was found wandering the streets in Yarmouth. Despite this difficult start in life Pete has shown us nothing but love and sweetness. His teeth were in poor condition, but thanks to some much ...

Bide Awhile: Little miss Nicole is still waiting for her forever home

**** Bide Awhile Release Little miss Nicole is still waiting for her forever home 🐾 If you are looking for a gal that LOVES to cuddle and be brushed, look no further. Nicole is an eight-year-old sweetheart, without a tail, but has lots of love to give. She is shy at first, but once she ...

On behalf of Bilbo, we want to thank all the generous animal-lovers who have donated to help cover the cost of his care on his journey to recovery

**** NS SPCA Release Sometimes a smile says it all 💙 On behalf of Bilbo, we want to thank all the generous animal-lovers who have donated to help cover the cost of his care on his journey to recovery. 🐶 Bilbo has felt your love and support from all throughout Canada! Bilbo is receiving around-the-clock ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Betsy

**** NS SPCA Release Betsy is such a sweet girl! She came into our care through no fault of her own and finds the shelter life a bit stressful so is looking to find a quiet place to call home. She has some issues with her hind end (typical with this breed), but her mobility ...

(Update) NS SPCA: Bilbo Waggins is fighting for his life and needs your help! 

**** NS SPCA Media Release Update below Bilbo Waggins is fighting for his life and needs your help! Our SPCA Enforcement Officers were heading back to the shelter when they spotted Bilbo running at large. He was nothing more than skin and bones. As a direct result of Bilbo’s poor physical condition and a pending ...

NS SPCA: Weekly Highlight – Emily

**** NS SPCA Release Our sweet Emily has found herself in our care once again. This poor girl was returned for a second time, by no fault of her own! Still quite young at only 2 years old, and she needs a very special home that is patient and understanding.​ Emily is very shy and ...

NS SPCA: Darling Precious is only 6 years old and needs a forever home

**** NS SPCA Release Darling Precious is only 6 years old and needs a forever home Full of zest and vigor, not so little, Precious has found her way back in to our care to hopefully find that forever family. Her stunning green eyes pop against her sleek grey tabby coat. She is noted to ...

The names of the RCMP foals have been “S”-tablished!

**** RCMP Media Release The names of the RCMP foals have been “S”-tablished! The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is happy to announce the winners of the Name the Foal contest. This year, the contest took on added significance, with many families staying home and looking for something fun and entertaining to do together during this ...

Canadian Red Cross: Boating Safety

**** Canadian Red Cross Release Boating Safety Equipment Requirements Along with your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you are required by law to carry marine safety equipment. At a bare minimum, you should always have with you: Canadian-approved flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each passenger on board Buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres in ...

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

**** Via Canada.ca June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, ...

NS SPCA: Well here he is! The main man, the one and only, Ghost! 

**** NS SPCA Media Release Well here he is! The main man, the one and only, Ghost! 👻 This lovely man is looking for his furever home with no small animals as he steals all the love (and can be quite jumpy). Ghost can be unsure of meeting new people but once you’re in his bubble ...

(Update) Hope for Wildlife calls for changes after bear cub seized, destroyed

**** Published by Hope for Wildlife A step forward. Via Hope for Wildlife. “We would like to give everyone an update on our current bear situation. The Minister of Lands and Forestry has agreed to meet with us to discuss the policy, along with several other bear experts from other provinces. As we continue with ...

National Blood Donor Week

**** Canada Blood Services Info National Blood Donor Week Each year, during National Blood Donor Week (June 8–14) and World Blood Donor Day (Sunday, June 14), we proudly recognize and celebrate the essential role donors play in strengthening Canada’s Lifeline. This year marks the 12th anniversary since the parliamentary legislation — introduced by Senator Terry Mercer ...

(Found) Missing kittens in Dartmouth

**** Happy news! They have been found! . Missing kittens: Info via owner. If you have any info please message us and the owner will be informed. “Four nine-week-old kittens (1solid grey, 3 tabbies with distinct markings, missing from 33 to 43 block of Lahey Road from fenced-in yard, June 9 between 13:50 and 14:00. ...

Idol is just shy of 5 years old and is looking for a forever home

**** NS SPCA Media Release This beautiful gal is Idol. She is just shy of 5 years old and is looking for a calm home with no other pets to spoil her. Idol is a loving and affectionate cat who enjoys the company of her family. A few loving pets and she will be your ...

This JUNE, every DOLLAR raised through Canada Helps is an entry to give Bide Awhile a chance at winning $20,000 through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

**** Bide Awhile Release This JUNE, every DOLLAR raised through Canada Helps is an entry to give Bide Awhile a chance at winning $20,000 through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! If Bide Awhile were to win the Great Canadian Giving Challenge, we would put the funds towards our Palliative Care Foster Program, allowing us to ...

NS SPCA Weekly Highlight – Tito and Brady

**** NS SPCA Media Release Weekly Highlight – Tito and Brady How cute are these boys? Tito and Brady are looking for a new forever home. Do not let their age fool you, they are full of love and are still very spry. At 14 year old this dynamic duo and are both neutered.​ A ...

Meet Chester. This little firecracker is still looking for her forever home

**** Bide Awhile Release 🐾 MEET CHEREZ 🐾 This little firecracker is still looking for her forever home. Cherez is around eight-years-old and is miss independent. She is a playful girl when she wants to be, but mostly enjoys long cat naps in her favourite cat bed. Cherez is looking for a home with owners ...

Adoptable highlight – Stella

**** NS SPCA Media Release Adoptable highlight – Stella We would like to introduce you to the stunning and sweet, Stella! This gal is short in stature, but she does not let that slow her down.​ Stella came into our care when her owner could no longer look after her. She is around 3 years ...

Statement on behalf of the Stevenson Family

**** RCMP Release Statement on behalf of the Stevenson Family The Stevenson family would like to thank our community, the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, as well as Heidi’s extended RCMP and policing family for the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received in the last couple of weeks. Your stories and memories ...

Sophie’s Story Part 2: The big heart and big donation for a stranger

**** Written by Crystal Yeo for WFMHFX Back in February, we shared a story about Sophie, an 11 year old who was embarking on an act of kindness to help a stranger. Inspired by her grandfather, who has now recovered from his battle with prostate cancer, Sophie wanted to help someone in need and decided ...

Truro Police Service will be posting a weekly “Storytime with Truro Police Officers” on our Facebook page starting Wednesday, May 6th

**** Truro Police Release The Truro Police Service will be posting a weekly “Storytime with Truro Police Officers” on our Facebook page starting Wednesday, May 6th, 2020. Our officers will be taking turns reading different story books each week. Many people are doing their very best to come up with ways to keep children busy ...

May is Asian Heritage Month 

**** HRM Media Release May is Asian Heritage Month Celebrate the rich culture and history of peoples of Asian descent. Over the past two centuries, individuals and families have immigrated to Halifax from East Asia, Southern Asian, Western and Southeast Asia. With them, these new Canadians brought a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities ...

International FireFighters’ Day (IFFD) – Monday, May 4

International FireFighters’ Day (IFFD) – Monday, May 4 International Firefighter’s Day is a time where the community of the world recognise and honour the sacrifices of the firefighter’s who make their communities and environment safe as possible. This day is to remember those firefighter’s who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives ...

A Message from Chief Stuebing

**** HRFE Release A Message from Chief Stuebing: Yesterday, General Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff has announced the tragic death of Sub-lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough. Abbie was a respected member of the Union Fire Club Pipes And Drums band, practicing and participating in many events over the years to represent Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency ...

Sue Goyette named new Halifax Regional Municipality Poet Laureate

**** HRM Media Release Sue Goyette named new Halifax Regional Municipality Poet Laureate  The Halifax Regional Municipality is pleased to announce that Sue Goyette will become the municipality’s eighth Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador and advocate for literacy, literature and the arts, and reflects the vitality of our community through appearances ...

Remembering Constable Heidi Stevenson, Regimental #45161​

**** RCMP Media Release Remembering Constable Heidi Stevenson, Regimental #45161​ On April 19, Nova Scotia RCMP​ lost a hero. Cst. Heidi Stevenson was killed while protecting others during an active shooter incident. ​ Heidi graduated from Depot, the RCMP Training Academy, on February 2, 1996. She spent most of her career in Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, ...

2020 Volunteer Award recipients announced

**** HRM Media Release 2020 Volunteer Award recipients announced As part of National Volunteer Week, the Halifax Regional Municipality is honoured to announce the recipients of the 2019-20 Volunteer Awards. These awards are given to outstanding individuals or groups in recognition of their extraordinary volunteer contributions to their community. The recipients are as follows: District ...

Sojourn Signs #NovaScotiaStrong fundraiser continues to help

**** Sojourn Signs This is great. Sent in by Sojourn Signs ** Update   In the aftermath of the devastating events of April 18 & 19, we would like to show our support for the victims and families of this heinous crime. We would especially like to honour the selfless sacrifice that Cst. Heidi Stevenson ...

UPDATE regarding adoptions at Bide Awhile

**** Bide Awhile Release UPDATE regarding adoptions 🐾 After much discussion, we have made the decision to re-open for adoptions as of Friday, April 24. Our new adoption process will look much different from what we are all used to so please read this full post before reaching out. The welfare of our animals is, ...

Statement from Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman

**** RCMP Media Release Statement from Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman Today is a devastating day for Nova Scotia and it will remain etched in the minds of many, for years to come. What has unfolded overnight and into this morning is incomprehensible and many families are experiencing the loss of ...

RCMP- Name the Foal contest

**** RCMP Media Release Name the Foal contest Hey kids, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has a contest just for you! Canada’s national police force has welcomed new foals born at the RCMP breeding farm in Pakenham, Ontario, and these new additions are special – they may grow up to become Musical Ride horses! ...

Gilbert needs round the clock care and your help

**** Info via the NS SPCA Gilbert needs round the clock care and an incubator to survive! 💔 When Gilbert was born, his mother refused to feed him. He was losing weight and his life was in danger when SPCA staff started feeding him with a bottle. He was rushed into foster care where he ...

Family is thankful for responders who saved 11 day old son

The Sweet family are grateful for the fast response of first responders and the care their son received in hospital after a casual day turned to terror not long ago. Dad Adrian says that one day, while out and about, the family stopped for gas in Upper Tantallon, a simple routine.​ Adrian noticed that his ...

Meet Fred! This handsome 6-year-old boy came to the SPCA mid-February when his owner moved and could not take him along.

**** NS SPCA Adoptable Meet Fred! 😻 This handsome 6-year-old boy came to us mid-February when his owner moved and could not take him along. Fred is looking for a quieter home 🏡 with older children as he dislikes loud noises, being picked up, and anyone putting their fingers near his bowls; like Joey Tribbiani, ...

Adoptable: Apollo is looking for a kind care giver

**** Info via the NS SPCA “This handsome American Stafford-shire​ Terrier has come a long way since coming into our care. At only 1 yr old Apollo is still quite shy, given some time he is affectionate and playful. Apollo is looking for a kind care giver with a lot of patience who is interested ...

Thinking of getting your first tattoo? Bishop’s Tattoo has some advice to think about

Thinking of getting your first tattoo? Bishop’s Tattoo has some advice to think about Tattoos have become a big part of modern day culture, with their popularity rising as a way to express yourself.  And Halifax has a considerable tattoo businesses and talent to help get you started. Tattoos, however, shouldn’t be jumped into without ...

Bounce into spring in a BIG way!

**** Not an ad!  Info via Big Entertainment Inflatables (and a special offer below) Big Entertainment Inflatables Inc. (BIG) is gearing up for another amazing season of entertainment and fun. Whether its a birthday party, school function, spring fair, major city event, wedding or even a private gathering we have you covered. Proud sponsor of ...

Meet Bea, who is available for adoption from the Dartmouth SPCA branch

**** NS SPCA Release Adoptable! Info via the NS SPCA “Although in this photo, Bea looks like your disapproving neighbour that doesn’t like when children kick their toys in her yard, we promise she truly is the sweetest senior lady. At 14 years of age, she is looking for an amazing home that spoils her.​ ...

Family operated, family focused, and anti-bullying!  A new training center is coming to Sackville

Family operated, family focused, and anti-bullying!  A new training center is coming to Sackville ​The Clinch Training Studio is a new family run and family oriented self defence studio that plans to open in Sackville soon. ​ Erica and Adam are long time practicioners of several types of martial arts.​ The Flecks got their start ...

Bide Awhile: Hi – my name is Sammy! I need a home!

**** Via Bide Awhile Hi – my name is Sammy! I came to Bide Awhile because I have allergies and my owner wasn’t able to take care of me anymore. I am SUPER lovable with people but I do try and beat up the other cats, so I will need to be the only cat ...

Halifax Regional Police Bully Hotline

**** HRP Media Release Halifax Regional Police Bully Hotline Support & advice to address bullying: call or text 902-490-SAVE (7283)  email bullyhotline@halifax.ca The team is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday. After hours and on weekends, please leave a message and a team member will get back to you the next business day. Students: You don’t ...

Meet this loving 7 year old shepherd mix named Gemma. Gemma is one of the sweetest pups you will ever meet.

**** NS SPCA Adoptable Meet this loving 7 year old shepherd mix named Gemma. Gemma is one of the sweetest pups you will ever meet. She loves to spend time with people getting lots of snuggles. Unfortunately she has not been socialized with other animals and so she would prefer a quiet home where she ...

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency is gearing up with a renewed program that will train up to 120 members for extreme rescue conditions

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency is gearing up with a renewed program that will train up to 120 members for extreme rescue conditions. The HRFE is one of only 6 Canadian teams that will be trained in the HUSAR program, which stands for Heavy Urban Search and Rescue.​ This program will prepare these firefighters to ...

(Update) Meet Kermit. He is a four-year-old cat who needs your help to get a needed surgery!

**** Via Bide Awhile Update: You probably remember Kermit, who was in need of surgery for his luxating patella (slipping kneecap). We are pleased to share that Kermit had his surgery this week and it went great! He is now on mandatory cage rest and will be closely monitored by our Animal Care Attendants and ...

Sophie’s Story: a caring act of kindness to help a stranger

11 year old Sophie is about to do something to help out another, and it’s personal. Inspired by her grandfather, who is fighting prostate cancer with treatments, Sophie knows that the big, ugly C word has countless obstacles for patients and families.​ One thing we take for granted, Sophie has thought about:​ Hair. ​(From her ...

Donations are what keeps this fantastic and unique Camp Courage going!   

**** Info via Camp Courage Donations are what keeps this fantastic and unique course going! Experience Camp Courage The First Responders Society is an incorporated non-profit company established by firefighter Andréa Speranza, in January 2006, for the purpose of introducing young women aged 15- 19 to careers as first responders; primarily paramedics, police officers, and ...

This is a special story originally written the summer of 2019: Meeting the heroes: A family says thanks after toddlers life is saved.

(FAMILY) This is a special story originally posted elsewhere during the summer of 2019. It meant a lot to those involved so I am reposting here (and eventually on the webpage) Meeting the heroes: A family says thanks after toddlers life is saved. Sasha and Matt, proud parents, and twin brother Zach, with son John ...

HRFE Chief Stuebing Officially Appointed Assistant Chief Corey Beals

Today, HRFE Chief Stuebing officially appointed Assistant Chief Corey Beals to the position of Deputy Chief Community Risk Reduction, Professional Development & Logistics (CRRPDL). Congratulations! ...