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October 2011 Archives

It was a dark and stormy night....
David Rhodenizer

Posted by Robert Doublett

IMG00075-20111031-1033.jpgThe Island was pelted by high winds and rain.

Thousands were left without power.

David Rhodenizer speaks for Nova Scotia Power.

Reporter Joan Weeks spoke to him earlier today.

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Red Brick Row
Marcia Smith

Posted by Robert Doublett

try 1.jpgA very special open house was held today in Sydney Mines. Red Brick Row was built in 1829 and has had a facelift with some help from friends. It's now used as affordable housing.

We stopped by the open house, to get a tour.

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Halloween Fire Safety
Fire Service Instructor Stephen MacVicar

Posted by Robert Doublett

IMG00068-20111027-1238.jpgThe Cape Breton Regional Fire Service put on a disturbing demonstration at the Grand Lake Fire Station today.

Fire fighters had purchased a few Halloween costumes at local stores and earlier this afternoon, they tried to set them on fire.It wasn't hard.

The Fire Service has learned that well over half the costumes being sold locally, are flammable.

As a result, they've issued a fire safety alert to warn people about the dangers.

Today's event  was put on by Fire Service Instructor Stephen MacVicar, with the help of Scotchtown fire fighter Jennifer MacKinnon.

Here's part of that demonstration.

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What we found.

Bruce Hatcher

Posted by Robert Doublett

It's been more than a month since the lobster relocation project got underway in Sydney Harbour.

And three weeks since the harbour dredging began.

The lobster, crab and other marine life were moved out of the way of the huge dredging vessel.

Monday, the marine biologist in charge of the relocation project, sifted through some of the dredged sediment from the outer region of the harbour.

Bruce Hatcher tells reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith what he found.... and what he didn't find.

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Boat Rescue
Chief Lenny Barrington - New Waterford Fire Department

Posted by Robert Doublett

Two men were rescued from a burning fishing boat off the coast of Glace Bay this morning.

Regional Police , the coast guard and New Waterford fire rescue responded to the call just before 8.30.

CBC reporter George Mortimer spoke with Chief Lenny Barrington from the New Waterford Fire department just after he arrived back from the scene .

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On the Road Again
Don Shebib

Posted by Robert Doublett

Thumbnail image for 20101020_shebib1.jpgIt's next-to-impossible to talk about Canadian cinema without talking about Shebib's 1970 feature Goin' Down the Road.

For those who don't (or are not old enough to) remember it, in 1970 Joey and Pete leave Cape Breton Island heading west to try life in the big city.

No film spoke to the story of Cape Bretoner's better than it.

For those who've always wondered what happened to Joey and Pete we find out in Goin' Down the Road Again. The new film revisits these characters 40 years later.

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Cape Breton's Worst Driver
Shirley Sampson
Nominated by daughter, Janis

Posted by Robert Doublett

shirley-179.jpgBegining October 24th on Canada's Worst Driver (which airs on the Discovery Channel) we'll meet Caper Shirley Sampson. Shirley is only comfortable driving in the small towns of Cape Breton. Recently retired, she wants to start visiting her daughter, Janis, in Halifax.

However, driving to Halifax involves the frightening task of modern high speed merging.

Shirley cannot stay in her own lane; she does not know basic road signs, and she is a disaster backing-up, but Shirley's worst habit is stopping when she gets confused.

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Sydney Harbour Silt Plume

resident of the Sydney Harbour Fishers Association: Melanie Sampson

Posted by Robert Doublett

Thumbnail image for SydHarbrPlume.jpgConcerns were raised this week about a plume of sediment being stirred up by the dredging of Sydney's harbour.

It's commonly known that contaminants from the Sydney Steel Plant ended the lobster fishery in the inner harbour a few decades ago.

Environment Canada says it is now investigating a complaint filed about the sediment plume by Public Works.

The plume is in the outer harbour, where a thriving lobster and crab fishery still exists.

Melanie Sampson heads the Sydney Harbour Fishers Association. It's has 42 members from North Sydney and South Bar.

Joan Weeks asked her about their  involvement with the harbour dredge and whether they're worried sediment plume will hurt the fishery.

photo by: Gerry Langille

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Braemore's licencing
Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse

Posted by Robert Doublett

The province is taking immediate action to address serious issues identified in a report on Braemore Home Corporation's programs and operations, released today.

Effective immediately, the province is suspending Braemore's licence and appointing the Cape Breton District Health Authority's Board of Directors to act as the Sydney facility's interim board.

Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse says the first priority is the care and well-being of residents and that the province is acting immediately to address Braemore's most serious issues.

The province has formed a team of experts to develop a strategy to address issues at Braemore.

The full report can be found online at the Department of Community Services website.

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Cape Breton District Health Authority Budget Cuts
CEO John Malcolm

Posted by Robert Doublett

The Cape Breton District Health Authority is going to have to surgically remove than 7 million dollars from its budget next year.

That's what its estimated the Province's 3 percent cut to Health Districts will mean for the Authority.

Johh Malcom is CEO for the District.

Reporter Bobby Nock spoke to him.

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Celtic ColoursSince 1997, the Celtic Colours International Festival has featured hundreds of musicians from all over the Celtic world and attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Cape Breton Island.

For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive line-up of workshops, a visual art series of exhibitions, and a nightly Festival Club.
Over the years, artists have traveled from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Brittany, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Norway, and Cuba as well as from across the United States and Canada to join the finest of Cape Breton's musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and tradition-bearers for the annual Autumn celebration.

Every year during these nine days we take up a temporary home at Knox Presbyterian Church in Baddeck chatting with musicians, hearing the music and sharing it with you.

Join us every weekday afternoon between 4-6pm as we rebroadcast sections of our daily recordings from Knox Presbyterian Hall in Baddeck.

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Rachel Davis & Buddy MacDonald
Cape Breton

Posted by Robert Doublett

BUddy-MacDonald-cc08-by-murd.jpgBuddy's career as a singer, song-writer, entertainer, began over thirty years ago. Born and brought up on the Northern Shores of Cape Breton Island, he was exposed at an early age to the singing and story-telling of some of the great Celtic singers of his native Island. Much of his song-writing is still influenced by this style he was so familiar with as a young boy. 

Over the years he has travelled and entertained audiences throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Scotland and the Scandinavian countries, performing as a solo act and in different combinations with other musicians from Cape Breton. He has performed on stage with many of Eastern Canada's traditional artists such as Natalie MacMaster, Howie Mac Donald, Ashley MacIssac, Dave MacIssac, John Allan Cameron and more. 

Since Celtic Colours International Festival began in 1997, Buddy has been the host of the late night Festival Club, and he has performed all over the Island with musicians from all over the world, including Scotland's Dougie MacLean and Archie Fisher, Ireland's Tommy Makem and Michael Black, and a host of others. Buddy's songs, along with his own recordings, have been performed and recorded by artists throughout the country. His material has been recorded by such artists as John Allan Cameron, McGinty, Dave Gunning, theatrical casts of the Summertime Revue, cast of the Toronto production "Needfire", which played for months to sold out crowds in Toronto, Canada. 

Buddy continues to tour and chase audiences to wherever they will sit down and listen. Whether in a small country hall, pub, festival or concert theatre, his love of writing, singing and entertaining comes across to bridge the gap between performer and listener. You will find yourself singing along, clapping along and feeling very glad you came.

Thumbnail image for Rachel-Davis_f2c4342a578b0747841a441a850bc483.jpgRachel Davis is a fiddler from Baddeck Cape Breton. She picked up the fiddle when she was 12, first taking lessons from her grandfather, Clarence Long. She continued on to learn from Karen Beaton, and also from Stan Chapman and Kyle MacNeil through her studies at Cape Breton University, where she is a recent graduate. Rachel has performed at many ceilidhs, concerts, and festivals throughout Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI, and the Eastern United States. During the 2007 Celtic Colours International Festival, she was presented with the Tic Butler Memorial Award, for outstanding contribution to Cape Breton culture. Rachel was chosen as the 2009 recipient of the Frank "Big Sampy" Sampson award, given by the Festival Volunteer Drive'er Association and Lakewind Sound Studios, sponsoring an up-and-coming Cape Breton musician to make their first recording.

Rachel is a fiddler from Baddeck Cape Breton. She picked up the fiddle when she was 12, first taking lessons from her grandfather, Clarence Long. She continued on to learn from Karen Beaton, and also from Stan Chapman and Kyle MacNeil through her studies at Cape Breton University, where she is a recent graduate. Rachel has performed at many ceilidhs, concerts, and festivals throughout Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI, and the Eastern United States. During the 2007 Celtic Colours International Festival, she was presented with the Tic Butler Memorial Award, for outstanding contribution to Cape Breton culture. Rachel was chosen as the 2009 recipient of the Frank "Big Sampy" Sampson award, given by the Festival Volunteer Drive'er Association and Lakewind Sound Studios, sponsoring an up-and-coming Cape Breton musician to make their first recording.

bio: Celtic-Colours.com

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Celtic Colours 2011 - Ashley MacIsaac
Knox Presbyterian Church

Posted by Robert Doublett

Thumbnail image for ashley.jpegHailing from Creignish, Inverness County, Ashley MacIsaac now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Since the early 1990s, Ashley has made numerous albums which run the gamut from traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, to boundary busting rock'n'roll-styled fiddle arrangements, to fronting a full on rock band as lead singer.

Ashley's career has taken him all over the world. performed at Carnegie Hall six times, opened for Sting at a May Day concert in Rome, Italy and played in Australia, Mexico, China and all over North America and Europe.

Aside from countless live performances over the years, Ashley has appeared in several movies, and has had several documentaries made on his life.

Ashley's new album, Crossover, was released earlier this year. During Celtic Colours, Ashley will be performing with piano-player Barbara MacDonald Magone.

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Crowdis Bridge
Cape Breton

Posted by Robert Doublett

Thumbnail image for crowdis-bridge-bnd-shot.jpgCombining a bluegrass influenced playing style with poignant lyrics and a modern folk feel; the Crowdis Bridge sound is truly unique.

Both vocally and rhythmically, Jason Rudderham brings a refreshing and modernized dynamic to the traditional bluegrass genre.

Jason's rock and Celtic background allows him to generate unique and complimentary rhythms that are the backbone of the Crowdis Bridge sound.

Whether it is banjo, guitar, mandolin or singing, Ben Furey's inherent talent and musical upbringing gave him the tools to provide subtle color to anything he plays. His playing style is aesthetically pleasing with the right mix of creativity and technical ability.

Andrew Fedora's guitar playing and singing offer a somewhat traditional sound in a somewhat nontraditional fashion. Lyrically, his songwriting achieves an impressive present-day level of depth and poetry while maintaining a timeless appeal.

All multi instrumentalists, vocalists and songwriters, the Crowdis Bridge sound is dynamic and synergistic, appealing to as many different crowds as they have influences.

bio: Celtic-Colours.com

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Cabot Gypsum
Reg MacLeod

Posted by Robert Doublett

Wallboard, gyprock, sheet-rock; whatever you call it.... they are making here in Cape Breton again.

A new company has taken over the bankrupt Federal Gypsum plant in Point Tupper.

Cabot Gypsum bought the assets earlier this year and is leasing the building from the province.

Reg MacLeod is the sales manager at Cabot.

He spoke earlier today with CBC reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith.

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the Alan Kelly Gang
Ireland

Posted by Robert Doublett

Alan Kelly.jpgFronted by Ireland's piano accordion maestro, described by New York's Irish Voice as 'in league with the best piano accordionists in the world', and with three of Ireland's finest musicians {Tola Custy (fiddle), Steph Geremia (flute & vocals) and Tony Byrne (guitar)} all critically acclaimed masters of their own craft, The Alan Kelly Gang (formerly quartet) has been creating quite a stir on the traditional & folk circuit taking their audiences by storm and impressing both music lover and critic alike.  Performing beautifully arranged songs and instrumental pieces from throughout the Celtic regions including Ireland, Brittany, Asturias and Louisiana as well as original compositions that stem from a deep traditional sensitivity, skillfully executed and soulfully delivered, their sound is fresh and unique with their strong dynamics, driving rhythms and buoyant harmonies. Their music will draw even the most fainthearted listener into the passion that they put into the music they play - magical,  joyous and uplifting!  "The arrangements are world class, as are the musicians, and Ireland is always somewhere in the mix." Irish Music Magazine 

One of Ireland's most accomplished musicians in any genre, Alan Kelly is piano accordionist, composer and arranger utterly at home in his own skin. To date, Alan has released four critically acclaimed albums including his most recent solo venture, 'After the Morning', named as one of the 'top ten musical highs of 2009' by the Irish Times who described it as a "humdinger of a collection". In September of this year the Alan Kelly Gang released their first band album titled ' Small Towns and Famous Nights".

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What to do with all that zucchini....
Sandra MacPherson

Posted by Robert Doublett

It's a question many people are asking these days with the fall bounty upon us.

Well... with a little imagination, it could be part of a delicious stir fry, or lasagna!

It's that kind of thinking that is making for some changes at the Glace Bay food bank.

Co-ordinator, Sandra MacPherson and her small group of volunteers have come up with a plan
to encourage healthy eating... with the added benefit of reducing food waste.

It's called "Taste Your Way to Health".

It gives clients a chance to taste test, a healthy home-made dish, right at the food bank!

MacPherson explains the program to reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith.

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CBRM Crime Stats
Chief Peter MacIsaac and Deputy Chief Lloyd MacCormack

Posted by Robert Doublett

The Cape Breton Regional Police have released the CBRM crime statistics for 2010.

The numbers show criminal activiity is down, especially violent crime which dropped 33 per cent. The CBRM also had fewer severe crimes last year, although robberies are up.

The Regional Police presented the numbers at a Police Commission meeting in Sydney today.

After the meeting, Chief Peter MacIsaac and Deputy Chief Lloyd MacCormack spoke with reporters.

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April Verch Trio
Ontario

Posted by Robert Doublett

9-2-April-Verch-trio.jpgWhen you see April Verch perform, the first thing that strikes you is the pure energy that infuses her fiddle playing and stepdancing. When you listen to her though, what draws you in are more subtle things--her pure voice, the finely detailed elegance of her fiddle phrasing and the depth of a repertoire that ranges through material from bluegrass to Brazilian to Celtic, from a jaunty Canadian folksong to a poignant contemporary ballad. 

April is from the Ottawa Valley, an area with a rich, distinctive musical and stepdancing tradition shaped by the diverse roots of the immigrants drawn to the region's lumber camps. With her band, she plays traditional and original songs that draw from all over the world, but are clearly filtered through her immersion in the style she grew up with in the Ottawa Valley. 

April has released seven recordings to date. Her most recent release, Steal The Blue (2008), was co-produced by Stephen Mougin 
of the Sam Bush Band and Jon Weisberger. It is both a compelling collection of vocal and instrumental selections and the best portrait yet of April as a performing artist, while testifying to the esteem in which she's held by Nashville's bluegrass and roots musicians. 

The April Verch Band consists of world-class musicians Clay Ross on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo. Verch leads the band with her own simultaneous fiddling and dancing and together they have been selling out prestigious venues and festivals for years. They have toured across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe and last year made a six week tour in Australia for the first time. They have established a reputation as consummate performers with boundless energy on stage that inevitably brings audiences to their feet.

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Blazin' Fiddles
Scotland

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Thumbnail image for Blazin' Fiddles.jpgTake a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and you've got the award winning Blazin' Fiddles on your hands. Having grown from a showcase tour of individual fiddlers highlighting the distinctive flavours of Highlands and Islands fiddle music, no other band has quite captured the excitement, passion and the sensitivity of Scottish music as Blazin' Fiddles. During a performance, the audience has the opportunity to hear pieces featuring the regional styles of each fiddler followed by all hands jumping in for a wonderful explosion of music. Fiddles and bows blaze away with guitar and piano for one of the most exciting and memorable fiddle ensembles ever to take the stage. 

European festival appearances have included The Cambridge Folk Festival, The Sidmouth International Music Festival, Lorient, Tønder Festival, the Falun Festival and Scotland's premier event Celtic Connections. 

Past performances have included their own project With Strings Attached, debuting at Celtic Connections 2005 featuring singer songwriters Eddi Reader, Justin Currie (Del Amitri) and Colin MacIntyre (Mull Historical Society). In 2005 they made a welcomed return to Cambridge Folk Festival and also played the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall following the release of their last album "Magnificent Seven" which picked up the Best Album Award at the Scots Trad Awards 2005. 

The band released their fourth album, Blazin' Fiddles Live, in lead up to their 10th year anniversary in 2008. The band released their fifth and latest studio album, Thursday Night in the Caley, earlier this year. 

Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin' Fiddles draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the highlands and islands. From solo to ensemble sets, they all come together in a fiery blend that raises the roof. Fiddlers Jenna Reid, Bruce Macgregor, Allan Henderson and Iain Macfarlane are joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Andy Thorburn on keyboard to form one of the best live acts today.

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Ingonish Grief Councling
Debbie MacIsaac

Posted by Robert Doublett

As we heard yesterday, the entire community of Ingonish is in mourning following Monday nights tragic accident.

Two young people in the community were killed when their van left the road.

The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board immediately arranged for a Grief Counselling team to visit the local schools.

Unfortunately, Cabot High was closed yesterday because of a school in-service and again today because of a power outage.

Debbie MacIsaac is Program Coordinator with the School Board.

She spoke with Joan Weeks about the latest plans to help students and staff cope with their loss.

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A New Appointment for Cecil Clarke
CBRM Council

Posted by Robert Doublett

Cape Breton Regional councils Committee of the Whole has voted to support Cecil Clark's appointment as a senior executive adviser on economic development issues for the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority.

NorthSide area Councillor Gordon MacLeod moved the motion at todays meeting.

He says he's fed up with some of the negative comments from those who say it was a political appointment.

Clarke ran unsuccessfully for the conservatives in the last federal election .

Macleod asked the councillors to work with Clarke in helping them with important municipal issues.

Here is some of the debate including comments from councillor Kim Deveaux.

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Harbour Dredging Begins
manager of dredging operation for Sydney Ports Corporation: Jim Wooder

Posted by Robert Doublett

After years of planning and lobbying, Sydney Harbour is being dredged.

The Dutch vessel Oranje arrived on the weekend.

It began sucking up the seabed yesterday and will continue the work for about two months.

Jim Wooder is leading the project. He is with the Sydney Ports Corporation.

He explained the work underway to reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith this morning, near the site of where the dredged material is being deposited.

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CBC Cape Breton 75th Anniversary Open House

Posted by Robert Doublett

"We have long been fortunate in this region to have a big, appreciative audience for CBC. Still, when we invited the public to come by and say hello as part of our 75th birthday celebrations and Culture Days, they came in record numbers, streaming into each of our six Maritime locations, thousands of them. They came in strollers and walkers, wheelchairs and runners, young families, extended families, long-time fans and new Canadians. The thing that stood out to me was how everyone was so happy -- happy to see us, so delighted to see the faces and voices they make part of their lives. "

- Andrew Cochran

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