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A huge public backlash has forced the Nova Scotia government to back off on its plan to close shelters for battered women and cut $800,000 from their budgets.

Transition home supporters and both opposition parties have been hammering the Tories over their plan since they introduced it in the budget earlier this month.

The turning point was a candlelight vigil in Halifax, held at Government House, the posh residence of the provinces Lieutenant-Governor. It was recently revealed that the residence underwent $320,000 in renovations including $16,000 worth of Christmas decorations.

Community Services Minister Peter Christie says no shelters will be closed.

CUPE shelter workers in Amherst, New Glasgow, Sydney and Yarmouth were at the center of the fight-back activities.