About Me

Nicola Seguin is a multimedia journalist based on the East Coast of Canada. She is a political science and sociology grad from St. Francis Xavier University and has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of King's College. She has a passion for social justice and political reporting and has learned to capture life and issues on the East Coast through her smartphone. She has written and produced audio and video for CBC Nova Scotia and The Signal, and has written for Maclean's Magazine. 

She is living and working on unceded Wolastoq and Mi'kmaw territory. 

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Halifax police respond to dummies 'dining' at Quinpool Road eatery | News

The owner of the Ardmore Tea Room in Halifax had a surprise Thursday morning when he saw police looking in the window of his restaurant. Officers were responding to a call about people eating in the dining room of the restaurant, breaking the current COVID-19 lockdown rules in Nova Scotia that only allow for takeout. The owner, Mike Cormier, said what the caller must have seen were the mannequins he has been using for over a year to block off certain tables and ensure physical distancing in th

Emerald ash borer infestation in Bedford worse than previously believed | News

The emerald ash borer is proving to be a greater threat to ash trees in the Halifax area than expected. Crispin Wood, the superintendent of urban forestry for the municipality, says it was originally believed the ash borer was only present in the DeWolf Park and Waterfront Drive areas of Bedford. But careful monitoring efforts have now determined the pest is "pretty well all through Bedford." He says DeWolf Park-Waterfront Drive is "ground zero" of the infestation and has the highest tree mort

Despite pandemic pressures, Habitat for Humanity keeps hammering | News

Scribbled messages line the wooden framing that will soon be the walls of the new McIntosh Street duplex. "Wishing you many years of happiness together in your new home," one note from a volunteer reads. This is Habitat For Humanity Nova Scotia's latest project — a duplex in Spryfield, N.S., with three bedrooms in each unit and a large backyard. Two families, with five kids in total, will be getting the keys to their new homes in June. Habitat for Humanity is a charitable organization that us

Once an inmate and now an elder, Mi'kmaw sweat lodge keeper brings healing to prisoners | News

Three decades ago, Toby Condo was an inmate beginning a sentence at the Springhill Institution in northern Nova Scotia. Now, he works there as an Indigenous elder. Condo, of the Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia, is a Mi'kmaw sweat lodge keeper who offers cultural and spiritual advice to inmates at the medium-security prison. Using traditional ceremony and sacred medicine, Condo helps treat mental health struggles, trauma and addiction among Indigenous and non-Indigenous inmates. He knows

The downside to the real estate boom in Nova Scotia | News

Christina Provost moved into her rental home in Prospect, N.S., a year ago. She decorated the house, she enrolled her kids in school nearby, and she expected to stay for years. About a month ago, Provost's landlord told her she was selling the house. Provost and her three kids had to find a new place to live by July 1. "I am devastated," Provost told CBC News. "I made this my home. Even though she owns it, it's still my home and I'm being displaced with absolutely no options whatsoever." Prov

A test of faith: Virtual worship in a COVID world

How religious groups in Nova Scotia are meeting the challenges of the ‘new normal’ The rock band warms up as masked worshippers trickle into the spaced-out seating at Halifax Christian Church. It’s Sunday morning and the lights overhead are twinkling as announcements flash across a huge screen at the front of the church. Downstairs, the control room is alive. Technicians work on multiple monitors to program the church’s YouTube channel while sound-checking and directing the camera operators ups

Making Halifax's Out Of The Cold Shelter feel more like home

A current affairs segment by Nicola Seguin for The Signal Radio in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on February 5, 2021. It tells the story of Halifax's Out Of The Cold emergency shelter, and how its staff is working to make the space feel more dignified for its residents. It features the voices of Chloe Budd, the shelter co-ordinator, and Dr. Jeff Karabanow, one of the co-founders of the shelter. Photo credit: Alexandrea Guye.

They Were Loved: Honouring Canada's COVID-19 victims

The magnitude of COVID-19's impact on Canadians' lives is difficult to fathom. Canada has already lost more than 14,000 people to the pandemic, with the number ticking steadily upwards; each of those losses has cascaded through families and communities, leaving many thousands more bereaved. Public health guidance around social distancing has resulted in restrictions around traditional mourning customs and rituals—heart-wrenchingly, many were unable even to say goodbye. They Were Loved is an obi

They Were Loved: Honouring Canada's COVID-19 victims

The magnitude of COVID-19's impact on Canadians' lives is difficult to fathom. Canada has already lost more than 14,000 people to the pandemic, with the number ticking steadily upwards; each of those losses has cascaded through families and communities, leaving many thousands more bereaved. Public health guidance around social distancing has resulted in restrictions around traditional mourning customs and rituals—heart-wrenchingly, many were unable even to say goodbye. They Were Loved is an obi

New online courses for N.S. doctors speeding up access to gender-affirming hormones

The wait time for 2SLGBTQIA+ patients has gone from nine to three months New online courses for N.S. doctors speeding up access to gender-affirming hormones When the Halifax Sexual Health Centre’s wait time for patients seeking gender-affirming hormones had grown to nine months, Abbey Ferguson started to worry. It was the beginning of 2020, and 2SLGBTQIA+ patients were being sent to the centre by doctors who did not have the confidence or knowledge to prescribe, said Ferguson, a health promot

At this Dartmouth boxing gym, it’s ‘community helping community’

Mi'kmaw-owned Tribal Boxing is looking for sponsorship for new free classes for youth Bridget Stevens wants to help everyone. Her gym, Tribal Boxing Club, offers free boxing classes to youth ages 12-17. Now she’s branching out and developing a program to help even younger kids. “I always get the children who are damaged,” Stevens said in a recent interview. “Why can’t I get kids before they’re damaged? So I can give them the strength to not have to go down that bad road.” Stevens will be sta

Top doctor urges Nova Scotians to be ‘COVID guards’ amid community spread

New COVID cases in N.S. cannot be linked to travel As COVID cases creep into Nova Scotian bars, businesses, and schools, the province’s top doctor warns we are now at the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic. “I’m starting to think we are on a roller coaster. There are many different paths we can take, some are going to be more gentle than others depending on what choices we make,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang said at a COVID briefing on Tuesday. During the briefi

Lack of housing security for women in HRM has reached crisis level, says deputy mayor

Lack of housing security for women in HRM has reached crisis level, says deputy mayor Halifax’s new women’s advisory committee is making the lack of affordable and accessible housing for women one of its top priorities. “It’s extremely urgent,” Deputy Mayor Lisa Blackburn, a member of the committee, said in an interview Tuesday. “I don’t know if others have gone so far to say that it’s a crisis, but I certainly am saying it’s a crisis.” The committee met on Nov. 5. It was the first meeting t

Shelburne activist tackles environmental racism with new video

In the time of COVID-19, when most people were just trying to cope and get by, Vanessa Hartley found her voice. As the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement swept across North America and the world, it spread into her small town of Shelburne, N.S. Along with other community members, she organized a BLM march that brought 600 people to the streets. Hartley said for the first time, she defined herself as an advocate and now has a chance to take part in a new form of activism. Hartley, an eighth-gen
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