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November 2011 Archives

Jim St. Clair - The Story Of Canoe Lake

Posted by Glenn Carey

Our Community Historian Jim St. Clair has added another book to his Cape Breton collection called "The Story of Canoe Lake, Cape Breton", by Annie Munroe MacLean, and its one he highly recommends. (runs 7:17)

David Diviney Exhibit

Posted by Glenn Carey

"Head for the Hills" is a new exhibit at Cape Breton University, Halifax artist David Diviney explains how to take a coyote pelt, a cinder block, and a ball of yarn - and turn it into a work of contemporary art. (runs 8:36)

Holiday Spirit 2 - Lynda Lou MacIntyre

Posted by Glenn Carey

A Handmade Sale... Lynda Lou MacIntyre from Sydney is a jeweler and artist who works with watercolour and silk, she will be featured in the 'Holiday Spirit' market at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design this weekend. (runs 7:54)

Closing Time

Posted by Glenn Carey

After 70 years of selling used furniture, a fixture of Charlotte Street in Sydney - Sid's Used Furniture is closing. Current owner, Frank Currie, known as "Sid the Third", reflects on his business and his nickname. (runs 5:11)

Legal Showdown

Posted by Glenn Carey

The Nova Scotia SPCA has presented a new deadline to the former Cape Breton branch. The local organization now calls itself the Cape Breton Humane Society, and they are represented by Sydney lawyer Robert Sampson. (runs 8:40)

Université Sainte-Anne Arts

Posted by Glenn Carey

Post-secondary arts education is coming to the Cheticamp area. Find out about the new performing arts program from Rene Aucoin, Director of the Saint-Joseph-du-Moine campus of the Université Sainte-Anne. (runs 5:21)

Holiday Spirit 1- Katherine Scott

Posted by Glenn Carey

The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design is hosting a Christmas craft market, featuring the work of Cape Breton artisans. This week, we'll meet some of the artists who will present their wares at 'Holiday Spirit'. Katherine Scott is a paper and book artist based in Gabarus, at the "Little Pink House Studio". (runs 9:15)

Light Up A Life 2011

Posted by Glenn Carey

As we launch this year's Light Up A Life campaign, we talk with the Executive Director of Feed Nova Scotia, Diane Swinemar, about the demand for food bank services in Cape Breton, and how your donations will help. (runs 5:47)

West Side Story

Posted by Glenn Carey

Find out about the new West Side Performing Arts Co-operative in Inverness County from the secretary for the Board of Directors, Diana McKinnon. (runs 6:16)

Our New Meteorologist

Posted by Glenn Carey

Meet the new guy. Kalin Mitchell is our new CBC Morning Meteorologist for the region... he'll be providing a daily forecast each morning for Information Morning Cape Breton.  (runs 5:47)

Leaky Breaks Workshop

Posted by Glenn Carey

Getting schooled in issues of child and adolescent mental health. We find out about a unique learning session coming up with the Cape Breton District Health Authority and the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board. (runs 8:51)

River Hill Players

Posted by Glenn Carey

It's a fact. The River Hill Players production of "Rumours" takes the stage at Strathspey Place in Mabou this weekend. Some cast members present a preview of the play. (runs 7:37)

Homes For The Holidays

Posted by Glenn Carey

Decking the halls and trimming the tree... all for a good cause. Reporter Holly Conners toured one of the seasonally decorated homes in Sydney that are raising money for the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. (runs 7:04)

CBRM Animal Control

Posted by Glenn Carey

The tail wagging the dog. We hear why the Cape Breton Regional Municipal council decided to maintain its contract with the former Cape Breton SPCA, now called the Cape Breton Humane Society. (runs 9:28)

Nursing Home Wait Lists

Posted by Glenn Carey

Waiting lists for nursing home beds are growing across Nova Scotia. Nowhere are they as long as here in Cape Breton. Reporter Joan Weeks explains why the health care system is pushing home care as the solution. (runs 6:25)

Creature DIS-Comforts

Posted by Glenn Carey

Allegations and accusations have been presented to the Cape Breton branch of the SPCA by the provincial SPCA. Reporter Wendy Martin offers a re-cap of events unfolding at the local branch in Sydney. (runs 9:30)

Tempest In A Playhouse

Posted by Glenn Carey

The director of Cape Breton University's production of The Tempest along with one of the main characters, who has also composed some original music for the play, tell us about their production. (runs 9:47)

Velo Cape Breton AGM

Posted by Glenn Carey

Two new programs will be launched to make the Island a more bicycle friendly place. Andree Crepeau, the President of Velo Cape Breton, explains how they are about to put cycling on the map... literally. (runs 8:49)

Family Discount Card

Posted by Glenn Carey

A new loyalty card program has launched in Cape Breton with thirty small businesses participating. They offer a variety of products and services through the Family Discount Card. Reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith has the story. (runs 8:19)

Vegan Cleanse

Posted by Glenn Carey

Hundreds of people in the Sydney area are going nuts this month... that is, they're going in for nuts, seeds and legumes. It's a fall cleaning of sorts -- for the digestive system. Coralie Murphy, a massage therapist in Sydney, explains. (runs 8:56)

Shipbreaking Ship Recycling

Posted by Glenn Carey

The dirty secrets of re-cycling ships in India. Tony Puthucherril is a graduate student from India who's studying environmental law at Dalhousie University, and he knows about the issue first hand. (runs 7:53)

Cape Breton SPCA Reaction

Posted by Glenn Carey

Mel Neville is the Chair of the Board of the Cape Breton SPCA. He reacts to the recent actions of the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia SPCA to shut down and excuse the local board of their duties. (runs 5:51)

A Meaty Issue

Posted by Glenn Carey

Nova Scotia's Agriculture Minister tells us what he thinks of the Auditor General's criticisms and concerns about meat inspection facilities that pose a public health risk. (runs 9:44)

Cape Breton SPCA Shake-up

Posted by Glenn Carey

The provincial SPCA says the Cape Breton SPCA board of directors failed to address animal health and cleanliness issues. Kristin Williams, executive director of the Nova Scotia SPCA, explains their decision to dissolve the local board. (runs 7:53)

NS Auditor General's Report

Posted by Glenn Carey

We get into the "meat" of the Nova Scotia Auditor General's report. We ask Jacques Lapointe what he discovered about inadequate meat inspections... and talk about other highlights from his annual report. (runs 15:32)

Leaders In Their Fields 20 - Kevin Lynch

Posted by Glenn Carey

Kevin G. Clerk185.jpgKevin Lynch has sat at the right hand of two Canadian Prime Ministers, Stephen Harper and Paul Martin. As Clerk of the Privy Council, he was Canada's top bureaucrat, the head of the public service and the deputy minister to the PM... basically, responsible for keeping Cabinet informed and on track and the government running smoothly.

He has also served as deputy minister at the Department of Finance and the Department of Industry. He was a member of Canada's public service for more than 30 years.

Kevin Lynch is from northend Sydney. He's now serving as Vice Chair of the board of BMO Financial Group and he sits on the advisory board of the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University.  (runs 17:52)

Shakespeare In The Flesh

Posted by Glenn Carey

We find out how and why the Bard will be making personal appearances in some Cape Breton classrooms soon. Scott Sharplin is a theatre instructor at Cape Breton University, and he's prepared a primer of sorts for students. (runs 9:04)

Workplace Column - Office Conflicts

Posted by Glenn Carey

Our workplace issues columnist, Pierre Battah, discusses touchy subjects and other on-the-job annoyances that can irritate you and your co-workers, including the office fridge. (runs 7:49)

Cape Breton Dialects

Posted by Glenn Carey

How she goin' bye?!  Wha?  Ah, go on witch ya!  Matt Hunt Gardner is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, he's working on a thesis about Cape Breton dialects. (runs 9:56)

                               Email:  Matt                               Facebook:  Cape Breton English

Jim St. Clair

Posted by Glenn Carey

Jim St. Clair185.jpgHis voice you already know. He's been a teacher and a university professor - a writer, an actor and a storyteller. His interests range from ancient Greek and Latin, to old-time fiddle music and modern-day economic development. Jim St. Clair has been the voice of the Information Morning history column for a generation now. While he lives in the old family homestead in Mull River, he's been deeply involved with the evolution of Cape Breton. His commitment to Cape Breton history and heritage has earned him an honourary doctorate from Cape Breton University. Jim St Clair has deep-seated opinions when it comes to the past - and the future - of Cape Breton Island.  And he's never shy about sharing them - ALWAYS in the most gentlemanly way possible.  (runs 17:47) 

Hot Houses, Hot Market

Posted by Glenn Carey

Homing in on Cape Breton real estate, Reporter Wendy Martin takes the temperature of the real estate market in Sydney and the surrounding area, and offers this evaluation. (runs 10:10)

Gordie Sampson

Posted by Glenn Carey

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When country super stars like Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Martina McBride step on stage to perform, there's a good chance they'll have a Gordie Sampson song in their repertoire. The Big Pond Native makes his home in Nashville now where he's helped write songs for some of the biggest names in the business.

He won a Grammy in 2007 for co-writing "Jesus Take the Wheel", for which he also won a Juno. He's also won several East Coast Music Awards and Canadian Country Music Awards. And when he isn't writing for other artists, he writes a few songs for himself. He released a new album this summer called "Almost Beautiful". (runs 17:34)

Workplace Column - Job Cuts

Posted by Glenn Carey

What do you do when you know the axe will fall, but you don't know where it's going to land? Our workplace issues specialist Pierre Battah shares some advice on what to do in a climate of pending job cuts. (runs 8:38)

M/V Miner... Now

Posted by Glenn Carey

If it had gone according to plan, workers in Turkey would now be busy taking apart the M/V Miner. Instead, bad planning and finger pointing mean the ship is still stranded on the rocks off Scaterie Island. Reporter Joan Weeks took a trip to the vessel yesterday and tells us what she saw. (runs 7:17)

Jim St. Clair - Rebecca MacIntosh

Posted by Glenn Carey

In a pre-Remembrance Day edition of our history column Then & Now: Jim St. Clair profiles a nurse from Pleasant Bay in the Canadian Army Medical Corps, who went overseas during the First World War - and never came back. (runs 8:15)

Stand Up And Be Counted On

Posted by Glenn Carey

After another meeting last night, Meghan Farrell of the group "Stand up to Bullying Cape Breton" offers an update on the groups latest efforts.  (runs 7:46)

Up In The Air

Posted by Glenn Carey

The Silver Dart replica has run into turbulence of a different sorts. Its back in Cape Breton, but it could be years before it goes on display again. We find out about its uncertain future. (runs 9:33)

Liquid Language

Posted by Glenn Carey

In our on-going look at interesting and innovative research being done at Cape Breton University, we meet Professor Dana Mount who's been looking at the words the world uses when discussing water and the impact of that. And she's prepared a document for the United Nations on the topic. (runs 8:53)

Amy Cotton

Posted by Glenn Carey

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Amy Cotton has spent most of her life taking it to the mat... the Judo mat. She's a member of Canada's National Judo team. She has competed internationally since her teens.

Amy represented Canada at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, where she finished ninth over all. She's won numerous international titles, she won a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, she has several world cup medals including a Gold she won this summer in Venezuela.

Amy is currently ranked 17th in the world in the half heavyweight division. She's originally from Judique but she's currently living and training in Quebec.  (runs 17:07)

An Un-Appealing Prospect

Posted by Glenn Carey

When a Cape Breton couple is evicted for suspected illegal activity, their lawyer launches an appeal of the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act. Reporter Joan Weeks has an update. (runs 9:51)

Ship Recycling Facility

Posted by Glenn Carey

Is it an Ocean's worth of opportunity? Sydport could be home to a facility that would recycle old ships and vessels. The man floating the idea is Wayne Elliott, founder of Marine Recycling Corporation, based in Port Colborne, Ontario. (runs 4:55)

Virtual Job, Real Pay

Posted by Glenn Carey

After lay offs at the Signature Styles Call Centre in New Waterford, 2 managers started a virtual call centre - Lexon Communications. Reporter Joan Weeks spoke to co-owner Earl Johnston and has an update on their efforts. (runs 4:58)

Send a resume for employment opportunities to:  Resumes

Dr. PJ Devereaux

Posted by Glenn Carey

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Go big or stay home might be an expression close to the heart of Dr. PJ Devereaux. He's been involved and continues to conduct some of the largest clinical trials in the world. While other trials might use hundreds of patients, he recruits, thousands, tens of thousands. He's currently recruiting 40,000 patients from all over the world for research on perioperative cardiac care.
Dr. Devereaux is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. He's received a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Career Investigator Award. And when he's not conducting huge clinical trials involving patients all over the globe, or teaching, or seeing patients, he's writing, Dr. Devereaux has published over 120 peer reviewed papers and 30 editorials, book chapters and commentaries.
Dr. PJ Devereaux is from Sydney River, NS  (runs 17:34)

Superintendent Beaton Resigns

Posted by Glenn Carey

Jack Beaton who has been the superintendent of the Strait Regional School Board since February of 2009 is resigning. He made the announcement at last night's School Board meeting. (runs 7:32)

The Science Of Stem Cells

Posted by Glenn Carey

After a man in North Sydney shared his story of travelling to Mexico for a controversial procedure, Dr. Mick Bhatia, the Scientific Director and Senior Scientist at the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute at McMaster University, offers a reality check. (runs 10:23)

The Power Of A Paper Clip

Posted by Glenn Carey

Linda Hooper is an American educator who came to Cape Breton to share how her school taught students about the horrors of the Holocaust... and how the students responded in a unique way. (runs 15:36)

Learn more about their project at the website:  One Clip At A Time

Jim St. Clair - Alexandra St. Land

Posted by Glenn Carey

As CBC officially celebrates its 75th anniversary today, Jim St. Clair whisks us back in time to talk about life on Alexandra Street, long, long before the CBC arrived. (runs 9:08)

Interfaith Symposium

Posted by Glenn Carey

Getting to know you. We have an interview with the national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslims in Canada, Lal Khan Malik - who's in Sydney for an Interfaith Symposium on Freedom of Conscience. (runs 8:31)

Our New Hat

Posted by Glenn Carey

Our New Hat 1a.jpgOn November 1st, CBC Cape Breton celebrated its 63rd birthday. So, what do you get the program that has everything? How about a new Green Hat?  Barbara Longva of 'Sew Inclined' in Wreck Cove along the Cabot Trail made one for us.  (runs 10:46)

Workplace Column - Hot Jobs

Posted by Glenn Carey

Pierre Battah is a workplace consultant... he talks about 'hot jobs', the best opportunities for students looking for a career or for people thinking about a second one. (runs 5:36)

Beach Concerns

Posted by Glenn Carey

The dream of re-building Dominion Beach is crashing into the reality of nature's plans. But that's not stopping one group of citizens lobbying to see the public area re-stored. (runs 5:23)