Gerald Regan, former Nova Scotia Premier, has died
Former beleaguered, Nova Scotia Premier, Gerald Regan passed away this week at the age of 71. Regan could have spent his final years in prison after multiple historic allegations of sexual abuse were prosecuted in the mid 1990s, which many thought should have resulted in convictions.
His highly publicized trial resulted in acquittal but many of the charges against him were stayed and never reached court. As a result, his acquittals have little effect on the public perception that he was guilty and got away with it because his lawyer was the legendary, also now deceased, Eddie Greenspan.
A Halifax man who was found not criminally responsible for killing his wife in their Nova Scotia home will receive the entirety of her life insurance policy.
In April 2017, Richard MacNeil (real name Richard Maidment) killed his wife Sarabeth Forbes, who had been married and had a child together. Maidment had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2012, which forced him to quit his job as a welder and collect long-term disability.
In December 2017, Maidment was found not criminally responsible for killing Forbes on account of a “mental disorder.”
Forbes’ mother had since been taking care of the couple’s son, and had applied to be to recipients of her life insurance.
A Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ruling, though, found that it would be Maidment who was to receive the funds.
Due to Maidment being listed as the policy beneficiary and their son as a “contingent beneficiary,” Maidment would still be receiving Forbes’ full life insurance.
Though there is policy in place to ensure that criminals do not benefit from crimes they’ve committed, the court’s ruling stated that Maidment was not criminally responsible for his crimes, meaning he would still be eligible for the insurance.
“That public policy rule has no application to this case. Richard has been found to be not criminally responsible,” wrote Justice Frank Edwards in his ruling. “He is not a criminal.”
Forbes had Maidment as the 100 percent sole beneficiary of the policy.
“There is no lawful reason to disqualify Richard from benefitting under Sarabeth’s life insurance policy,” said the ruling.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, 2019 was an unusually bad year in Atlantic Canada for accidents such as drownings and house fires.
The organization notes that residential fires have claimed the lives of at least 24 people in 2019 across the Atlantic provinces.
CTV reported that Nova Scotia saw at least twelve deaths due to fire-related incidents, while New Brunswick saw nine. Both P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador had two fire-related deaths
A single house fire in Halifax claimed the lives of seven children in February. They were children in a family of immigrants who moved to Canada from Syria.
In 2019, Atlantic Canada had about 34 deaths that were water-related. One of the incidents took the lives of seven men who crash landed into a lake while flying in a float plane last July. The plane was on route to a fishing lodge in Labrador.
Apart from the plane crash, Newfoundland and Labrador saw at least eight more water-related deaths in 2019
There were 14 reported water-related deaths in Nova Scotia, P.E.I saw four and New Brunswick saw one.
Canadian weather can really ruin your day.
According to Global News, more than 60,000 homes and businesses across the Maritimes were without power on Tuesday morning, after heavy storms including heavy rain and high winds took out power lines.
As of 8:20 am, Nova Scotia Power was reporting 247 outages affecting 50,315 customers.
In New Brunswick, 100 outages were affecting nearly 11,000 NB Power customers.
Outside of power outages, the wind was so strong that it blew the roof of one apartment building. According to Environment Canada, top wind speeds reached between 90 and 110 kilometres per hour in some areas.
In response to the massive storm, Saint John has established a temporary centre at Simonds High School for displaced residents. Due to the power outage, the Halifax Regional Centre for Education has also closed dozens of schools.
Sometimes you get a whole lot more than you wanted.
According to two Nova Scotian parents from Coldbrook, their child received a candy that looked like cannabis-based edibles.
In response, Police are investigating the area, including running tests on the product and searching for other kids who may have received edibles while trick-or-treating.
According to the Mounties, the parents found a Halloween-themed package containing several jujube-style candies.
“We’re having the item analyzed to make sure what is actually in it,” said Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, an RCMP spokeswoman, based in Halifax.
According to the parent, the central location of where the candy came from will be hard to determine, as the kids visited homes in Cambridge, Kentville and Coldbrook.
While the idea of edibles in Halloween candy is exceptionally worrying, after further investigation, Police have said that no other child received edible cannabis while trick-or-treating.
The presence of consumable marijuana products in Halloween candy comes at a precarious time as edible items made with THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in Marijuana, became legal for adults nationwide only this October.
While the product has become legal, due to the regulatory process, no merchandise is expected to hit the Canadian legal market until December at the earliest.