Nova Scotia studying creation of enforcement unit for tenant-landlord disputes

The Nova Scotia government has hired a consultant to examine the feasibility of an Ontario-style enforcement system for landlords and tenants, where trained officers could advise parties and issue fines for abusing the law. The Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic says situations such as the temporary removal of a stove from a rooming house, white building on the right as shown in this handout image, in Halifax, are the kind of cases where such a reform could assist. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic The Nova Scotia government has hired a consultant to examine the feasibility of an Ontario-style enforcement system for landlords and tenants, where trained officers could advise parties and issue fines for abusing the law. The Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic says situations such as the temporary removal of a stove from a rooming house, white building on the right as shown in this handout image, in Halifax, are the kind of cases where such a reform could assist. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic

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U.S. downs Chinese balloon, a flashpoint in U.S.-China tensions

The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast on orders from President Joe Biden, after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America, becoming the latest flashpoint in tensions between Washington and Beijing.

In this photo provided by Brian Branch, a large balloon drifts above the Kingston, N.C. area, with an airplane and its contrail seen below it. The United States says it is a Chinese spy balloon moving east over America at an altitude of about 60,000 feet (18,600 metres), but China insists the balloon is just an errant civilian airship used mainly for meteorological research that went off course due to winds and has only limited "self-steering" capabilities. (Brian Branch via AP)