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December 2011 Archives

Musician Joe Waye

Posted by Glenn Carey

For four decades, he's been strumming his guitar playing a wide range of music. But now, Sydney musician Joe Waye has released his first solo CD of the music he enjoys most - Jazz. (runs 14:29)

Year End MLA Quiz 2011

Posted by Glenn Carey

It's our annual Year End MLA Quiz... featuring Frank Corbett, Alfie MacLeod, and Geoff MacLellan. The three Cape Breton's MLAs - who are used to squaring off in the House - square off again this year with host Steve Sutherland in the Speaker's Chair asking the questions. (runs 14:25)

Literary Diners

Posted by Glenn Carey

A couple in Middle River give new meaning to the term "Cook Book". They offer you great food based on great literature at their farmhouse. Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee visited them at the "Dancing River Sprite". (runs 7:19)

Year-ender One - NS Premier Darrell Dexter

Posted by Glenn Carey

Now, a Year-end series of one-on-one conversations with influential figures who have an impact on the lives of Cape Bretoners. First up, the man at the helm of the good ship Nova Scotia - Premier Darrell Dexter on the year that was... and the one that might be. (runs 18:29)

Cape Breton Sports 2011

Posted by Glenn Carey

Information Morning's Sports Guy Charlie Cuff swings by to reflect on the year that was in Cape Breton sports. From High School to University, from individuals to teams, local athletes have had an interesting 2011. (runs 8:40)

Ron MacLean "Cornered"

Posted by Glenn Carey

Thumbnail image for Ron MacLean1.jpgHockey Night in Canada's Ron MacLean recently published his biography called "Cornered". Information Morning Producer Don Munro spoke to the popular hockey host about his Cape Breton roots and Coach's Corner. (runs 17:25)

Christmas Cartoon

Posted by Glenn Carey

Here is the cartoon Steve and Yvonne talked about on Information Morning.
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Merry Christmas to all the staff at "Information Morning".

All the best for the New Year.  (Enclosed is a cartoon for the season!)

Barry Smith

CBC Cape Breton Moving

Posted by Glenn Carey

The new year brings a new home for CBC Cape Breton. The Managing Director for the Maritimes, Andrew Cochran, shares the news of our move from Alexandra Street to downtown Sydney. (runs 4:47)

New Mid-Eastern Grocery

Posted by Glenn Carey

Interested in international cuisine? Nooshin Parvizi is the founder and owner of Shiraz Market, a new mid-eastern grocery store and deli on Welton Street in Sydney, Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee visited the shop. (runs 6:22)

Stack-a-Buoy Update

Posted by Glenn Carey

It can be a challenge floating new technology in a traditional industry like the fishery. Blair Gotell of Arichat-based Stack-a-Buoy updates us on how the company has weathered the past few years. (runs 8:29)

Investing In Billdidit Inc.

Posted by Glenn Carey

Christmas came early for a Cape Breton company that makes drum accessories, and other products. Joe Menchefski, President of Billdidit Inc., updates us on the company and the recent investment of $300-thousand by the province. (runs 7:18)

Sports Themed Gifts

Posted by Glenn Carey

Our Sports Guy Charlie Cuff suggests how to score with your gift-giving this Christmas... he has some last-minute sports-themed suggestions for the sports fan on your list. (runs 7:23)

New Performance Space

Posted by Glenn Carey

A new space for Christmas concerts, Celtic Colours shows and more. A group linked with Sydney's French school, Etoile de l'Acadie, explains why it wants to build a soft-seat theatre and cultural centre in downtown Sydney. (runs 7:27)

NSCAD - CBCCD Residency Partnership

Posted by Glenn Carey

This summer, two NSCAD grads will be setting up shop in the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. Sharon Blanchard, director of the School of Extended Studies at NSCAD in Halifax, explains their new residency partnership. (runs 7:03)

Another Old Hockey Stick?

Posted by Glenn Carey

James Jessome from Little Bras d'Or is stickhandling his way through the old hockey stick dating game. He's trying to prove he has vintage lumber from hockey's early days. (runs 7:29)

Internal Organ Exploration

Posted by Glenn Carey

Meet Peter Fraser, the organist at St. Andrews United Church in Sydney, as he gives our Associate Producer Nicole MacLennan a lesson in the inner workings of the huge pipe organ at the Church. (runs 10:15)

"Parents PEACE" Program

Posted by Glenn Carey

Reporter Joan Weeks re-visits the "Parents PEACE" program in Sydney, which has just been recognized for its help for families. It helps parents better understand interactions with their children, every Monday night at the South End Community Learning Centre. (runs 8:31)

Holiday Fitness Routine

Posted by Glenn Carey

Christmas can throw up a road block to your workout routine. Our sports guy Charlie Cuff has a look at the challenges of keeping to a fitness routine over the holidays. (runs 8:08)

Designing A Better Future

Posted by Glenn Carey

Jim Mills is a member of the Board of Governors of NSCAD - Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. He talks about the dire financial situation at the province's only fine arts school. (runs 6:42)

A Knockout Night

Posted by Glenn Carey

Meet Tyler Reid of Hillside Road (Mira) and Jon MacKinnon of Coxheath, 2 Mixed Martial Artists from Cape Breton who are getting set to compete in the Canadian Extreme Cage Rage 5 in Moncton, New Brunswick. (run 6:55)

Convent Conversion

Posted by Glenn Carey

The Untility and Review Board held a hearing and heard about the rich history of the old convent in Ashby, but says that's all irrelevant to it being re-developed into a dorm for university students. Reporter Joan Weeks brings us the story. (runs 7:21)

Book Panel 2 - Best CB Book Of 2011

Posted by Glenn Carey

The Information Morning Book Panel tells us their picks on the best Cape Breton Book of 2011, and the best non-fiction read. Bev McGee is with the McConnell Library in Sydney, Ken Chisholm is a playwright and writer, with a regular column in the Cape Breton Post. And, Paul MacDougall is an instructor in the Health Studies Department at Cape Breton University. We begin with Bev's pick -- a title called "The Reading Promise" by Alice Ozma. (runs 12:07)

Book Panel 1 - Best Of 2011

Posted by Glenn Carey

The Information Morning Book Panel share thoughts on some of the best books they read over the past year. Bev McGee is with the McConnell Library in Sydney, Ken Chisholm is a playwright and writer, with a regular column in the Cape Breton Post. And, Paul MacDougall is an instructor in the Health Studies Department at Cape Breton University. (runs 12:13)

A Catholic Conversion

Posted by Glenn Carey

A former convent in Sydney could be turned into a dormitory, but opponents say that would have far reaching consequences across the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Reporter Joan Weeks spoke to nearby residents. (runs 6:33)

John Harker Leaving

Posted by Glenn Carey

It's all academic. John Harker has announced he will leave his post as President of Cape Breton University in 2012, we find out why and what he feels he's accomplished over his term at the helm of one of Cape Breton's most important institutions. (runs 7:41)

The Art of Mismanagement

Posted by Glenn Carey

A report into the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design shows the school is deeply in the red, and it doesn't mean paint. We hear from the author of the report, Howard Windsor, on how the province's only art school can survive. (runs 8:55)

Workplace Column - Office Parties

Posted by Glenn Carey

Are you getting ready to party down with the boss?  Our workplace issues columnist Pierre Battah talks about the pitfalls and perils of the office holiday get-together.  (runs 6:06)

Beyond Borders / MacIntosh Decision

Posted by Glenn Carey

People may still be shaking their heads in disappointment following last week's acquittal ruling regarding Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh. The head of the Winnipeg-based group, "Beyond Borders", says there are plenty of questions that need to be answered about the handling of this case. (runs 6:36)

Pardon My French - CBU

Posted by Glenn Carey

Research at CBU. Dr. Bernard Mulo Farenkia is a linguistics professor at Cape Breton University who's studying how being polite varies in different forms of French in Cameroon, Canada and France. (runs 7:30)

The Phoenix Program

Posted by Glenn Carey

Reporter Wendy Martin has details of the Phoenix Entrepreneurial Training Program at the Cape Breton Business College in Sydney. The program helps those who have had brushes with the law brush up on how to run their own legitimate business. (runs 7:38)

A Grave Issue

Posted by Glenn Carey

Norm MacDonald, President of the Cape Breton Genealogy and Historical Association, tells us about the group's efforts to document old graveyards on Cape Breton Island and why they need your help. (runs 6:46)

MacIntosh Ruling

Posted by Glenn Carey

"The Law is an Ass", wrote Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist. And those words may be on the minds of some following news that Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh is a free man. Reporter Joan Weeks has more on the noteworthy court ruling. (runs 7:47)

Certified Organic Or Not

Posted by Glenn Carey

Reporter Rob North has been looking into information from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that reported certified organic produce in various parts of Canada sometimes contained pesticide residue.  (runs 9:10)

'Tis The Season To Give

Posted by Glenn Carey

We speak with 3 people representing three charities who are helping to make Christmas a little more comfortable for Cape Bretoners in need. (runs 12:40)

Paws For Thought

Posted by Glenn Carey

Hear from members of the group "Friends of the Sydney SPCA" and what they'd like to see next in the unfolding situation, as well as, a response from CBRM Mayor John Morgan. (runs 9:47)

Jim St. Clair - Christmas Island

Posted by Glenn Carey

Next to the North Pole, the post office at Christmas Island is arguably the most famous in Canada. On "Then and Now", our jolly community historian takes us back in time to talk about the origins of the Christmas Island post office. (runs 8:24)

Would You Like To Dance?

Posted by Glenn Carey

After Cape Breton Regional Council voted against renting any municipal buildings for teenage dances. Councillor Kim Deveaux didn't dance around the issue, she presented another motion to include the teens to come up with another solution. (runs 3:08)

Flint Island Book

Posted by Glenn Carey

The great library of Cape Breton history has just added another title to its stacks. The new work is called "Flint Island: The Silent Republic", we speak with author and Port Morien booster, LeRoy Peach. (runs 7:07)

Sexting Reaction

Posted by Glenn Carey

Are Cape Breton Regional Police over stating the case when it comes to charges teens face related to sexting and child pornography. Paul Rappoport, the former editor of "Going Natural" magazine, shares his thoughts. (runs 7:51)

Yoga Rocks / Peaceful Talks

Posted by Glenn Carey

Lynda Ceresne, a psychotherapist, and Nancy Bona, a yoga instructor, team up to present a six-week program that uses yoga to help girls between 14 and 17 cope with the stress of seeing... or experiencing abuse. Reporter Joan Weeks spoke to them. (runs 5:51)

Graham Dennis Remembered

Posted by Glenn Carey

In a sea of corporate control, The Chronicle Herald newspaper has been an island of independence. The man who kept it out of the hands of bigger publishers, Graham Dennis, has passed away. We reflect on his role in shaping journalism--and events--in Nova Scotia's history. (runs 6:45)

Unsightly Premise

Posted by Glenn Carey

The CBRM Council combats what many call an "embarrassment" in Sydney's northend. The unsightly premise is the former Sydney Engineering and Drydock building on the waterfront. Reporter Hal Higgins has an update. (runs 7:39)

Fairway To Heaven

Posted by Glenn Carey

Some in Inverness continue to raise concerns about losing access to an old beach path. Others, though, say it's a small price to pay for access to jobs at the new Cabot Links golf course. Reporter Norma Jean MacPhee has the story. (runs 11:13)

NewPage Debts

Posted by Glenn Carey

Contractors who are owed money by NewPage face a difficult financial decision. Brent MacInnis of Hugh MacInnis Lumber in Frenchvale talks about the "take it now or gamble for later" proposition set out by the re-structuring of the troubled mill. (runs 6:36)

Holiday Spirit 4 - Sarah Beck

Posted by Glenn Carey

We conclude our series of interviews with artists taking part in the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design 'Holiday Spirit' market. Meet the owner of Wildfire Pottery on the North Shore, Sarah Beck.  (runs 8:12)

Snow Plow Cut

Posted by Glenn Carey

The Department of Transportation's Area Manager for Cape Breton County, Roy MacDonald, tells Reporter Bobby Nock how it plans to get by with one less snow plow in the County this winter.  (runs 5:47) 

A Full Serving Of Dedication

Posted by Glenn Carey

At the end of the year, the Executive Director of Loaves and Fishes will retire. Adrienne Cogswell talks about her 26 years of service offering help and hot meals in downtown Sydney. (runs 9:48)

Holiday Spirit 3 - Irene MacKinnon

Posted by Glenn Carey

Crafts for Christmas. Meet Irene MacKinnon, she's a jeweler who lives and works in Sydney, and an artisan who will be taking part in the 'Holiday Spirit' show and sale at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. (runs 8:36)