Stories by Benjamin Elliott

Ben Elliott

Ben Elliott is a reporter for the Signal at King's College in Halifax. He got his HBA in Communication Studies from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He spends his free time hiking, reading and re-watching movies.

Small-town living. Big-city prices. A crisis of affordability

Hot housing markets and short-term rentals once only affected metropolitan areas. Now, they are threatening rural towns across Canada.

Jun 27, 2022

Those experiencing homelessness in Toronto have continued sleeping in public spaces like Grange Park during the pandemic.

COVID in TorontoStaying safe a daily struggle for the homeless

City's efforts to house the most vulnerable fall short

Apr 28, 2021

A pine tree sapling planted in Sioux Lookout Ont.

‘A lot of people are being challenged right now’: Forestry sector searching for solutions

With Northern Pulp out of the picture, the silviculture industry is hoping to stay rooted

Feb 8, 2020

A 'for rent' sign outside a property on Jubilee Road in Halifax.

‘Sometimes we feel like we’re helpless’: what a low vacancy rate means for vulnerable groups

CMHC report suggests overall rent increase of 3.8 per cent across HRM

Feb 7, 2020

The extra dollar will give Nova Scotia the seventh highest minimum wage in the country.

Minimum wage hike: ‘It’s a step in the right direction’

The Minimum Wage Review Committee recommended an additional 55 cents each year until April, 2022.

Jan 31, 2020

An LPI (leading pedestrian intersection) at Spring Garden Road and Queen Street. LPI's give pedestrians a head start to cross before vehicles get the green light.

‘How much is it going to cost?’: The price of pedestrian safety

HRP reports 168 pedestrian collisions last year, down from 217 in 2018

Jan 24, 2020

Paul MacKay, who manages the King's Co-op Bookstore, holds an advanced copy of Desmond Cole's The Skin We're In.

Bookstore manager 'stunned' after Facebook blocks ad for event

Ad policy requires ID verification and a disclaimer for any ads promoting social issues

Jan 22, 2020

The Halifax Nordic Ski club offers access to six parks across the municipality. Lorenzo Caterini hopes the grass trail at Oakfield will lead to a longer season.

‘We’re pumped to have a new venue’: New cross-country ski trail opens in Oakfield

New partnership aims to keep youth engaged with the sport

Jan 17, 2020

Vape stores carry hundreds of different flavours for customers to purchase. When the provincial legislation goes into effect, the only ones available will be tobacco flavoured, or non-flavoured.

‘The consumer impact is going to be disastrous’: Provincial legislation could shutter local vape stores

Provincial ban on flavoured e-liquid aims to reduce youth vaping

Jan 16, 2020