Stories by Ellen Riopelle

Ellen Riopelle

Ellen is a journalist currently living in Halifax. She has a penchant for travelling, hammocks, craft beer and good stories.

Inder Kaur at a protest outside the minister of immigration's office

COVID-19 exposing cracks in Canada's immigration system

Canadians who have spousal sponsorship applications in process are facing increased delays due to COVID-19

Feb 22, 2021

Adams Funeral Home.

Home is where the heart aches

Hockey pucks. Bylaw officers. This is a strange time for funeral directors.

Dec 17, 2020

A cargo plane being loaded at the Halifax Stanfield Airport.

Coronavirus sends Nova Scotia's lobster industry into ‘uncharted waters’

Local industry on edge over recent suspension of all direct cargo flights to China 

Feb 14, 2020

Dalhousie's synchronized swimming team holds a bent-knee position.

Dalhousie's synchronized swimming team to make a splash at national competition

The university's synchronized swimming team is growing — but the sport as a whole is still flying under the radar

Feb 6, 2020

Amal Ragab shows off some of her jewelry that will be on display at the market on Saturday.

‘To start a business is hard, but to be an immigrant and start a business is even harder’

Overwhelming response from immigrant vendors for new university student-run craft and food market

Jan 31, 2020

Nova Scotia Health Authority is continuing to develop support systems for doctors administering medically assisted deaths.

Medical assistance in dying: expanding support for Nova Scotian doctors

As medically assisted death becomes more common, the province’s health authority is expanding its team of experts

Jan 26, 2020

Minimum wage in Nova Scotia is currently $11.55 and is set to increase to $12.10.

‘Something needs to change’: When the minimum just isn’t enough

Minimum wage is set to raise to $12.10 on April 1, but some Nova Scotians say this isn't enough

Jan 23, 2020

A new questionnaire about medically assisted death laws is open to all Canadians until Jan. 27.

The right to die: Who is left out?

Nova Scotians have one more week to weigh in on MAID laws in Canada

Jan 21, 2020

Mary Mclean, Connie Macmillan and Cindy Jussup show off their pink boxing gloves.

Punching out Parkinson's: How a boxing class is supporting people living with Parkinson's

The program started in June 2019 with eight regulars, now new people show up every week

Jan 17, 2020