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December 2011 Archives

Big changes at Sydney's Loaves and Fishes
Executive Director Adrienne Cogswell

Posted by Robert Doublett

The new year brings some big changes at Sydney's loaves and fishes soup kitchen.

Executive Director Adrienne Cogswell retires today after 26 years service.

CBC reporter George Mortimer went to loaves and fishes today to speak with Adrienne about her experiences and her memories.

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Accreditation
John Malcom, CEO for the Cape Breton District Health Authority

Posted by Robert Doublett

The Cape Breton District Health Authority has recently been put to the test for more than 26-hundred standards.

The review is meant to measure safety and quality of care.

It was carried out by an independent, national organization called Accreditation Canada.

For more on the accreditation process and to find out how the Authority did, we reached John Malcom, CEO for the District.

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Never let him go
Sam Moon

Posted by Erin Ashley

StudioA_SamMoon.jpgLegendary Cape Breton singer-songwriter Sam Moon has not released a full-length album in close to three decades.

Not since 1982's "New Moon" have loyal Moon fans had a recording to anticipate.

It's taken almost 30 years for Sam Moon's follow up album, Never Let Me Go, to find its way to our ears. Wendy asked him why . . .

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Community group's appeal dismissed
MEA Co-Chair, Neal Livingston and Environment Minister, Sterling Belliveau

Posted by Erin Ashley

As we've been hearing in the news, the Margaree Environmental Association is taking its fight against oil drilling to court.

In October, the Association filed an appeal of a permit granted to Toronto-based Petroworth Resources.

The province has given the company approval to drill a 15-hundred metre conventional test well in West Lake Ainslie.

Today, Minister of Environment Sterling Belliveau dismissed the Association's appeal.

Neal Livingston is co-chair of the Margaree Environmental Association.

He spoke with reporter Bobby Nock.

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The Association is now taking the province to court over its granting of a permit to allow oil exploration in West Lake Ainslie.

Earlier this afternoon, reporters in Halifax spoke with Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau.

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The WeirdBeard Puppet Troupe
Joannie Cunningham

Posted by Erin Ashley

There's a little theatre company in Cape Breton that is looking to raise a some money to help them put their show on the road.

The "WeirdBeard Puppet Troupe" wants to stage a presentation of "The Three Little Pigs" in the spring...

The WeirdBearder theatre company are all folks with special needs, those who support them are friends and family.

Joannie Cunningham is working on fundraising and puppet making.

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The Gaelic College responds

Posted by Erin Ashley

Gaelic.jpgWe continue our coverage of the Gaelic College's curriculum debates by posting a Q&A document released today by the institution.

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.......as well as response from the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia.

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Doormen rescue elderly woman.
Kareem Foster, Michael Postlewaite and Charles Brockett

Posted by Erin Ashley

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Out for a smoke break last night, these men smelled smoke and went to investigate. Hours later, without proper sleep, they dropped by Mainstreet to tell Wendy their story.

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Our nation's worst driver, drives in Cape Breton
Shirley Sampson

Posted by Erin Ashley

shirley-179.jpgReality TV has proven to a woman from Cape Breton what her family, friends and neighbours already knew.

Shirley Sampson of Donkin is Canada's Worst Driver.

Shirley spoke to reporter Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith on Wednesday.

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The dancers response
Highland Dance Instructor, Kelly MacArthur

Posted by Erin Ashley

On Monday, Wendy spoke with the Gaelic College's, Board of Governors' Chair, Maureen Carrol, about proposed changes to pipe bands and highland dance at the college.

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Today we hear the response.

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Cape Breton business man asks for skating oval
Owen Fitzgerald

Posted by Erin Ashley

CanadaGamesOval-Newlocation.jpgSydney businessman Owen Fitzgerald has started a Facebook page in an attempt to initiate a conversation about building a skating oval on the remediated tar ponds site.

He spoke with the CBC's, Wendy Martin yesterday.

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Provincial bailout for NSCAD
Reporter, Jennifer Henderson

Posted by Erin Ashley

As youve heard on the news, the cash-strapped Nova Scotia College of Art and Design has been given three more months to come up with a survival plan.

NSCAD is 19 million dollars in debt and the province is picking up its 2.4 million dollar deficit this year.

In return, the university has promised to review its operations and departments to see where savings can be achieved and where collaborations with other unviersities may be possible.

Those are the recommendations of Howard Windsor, the consultant appointed by the province after NSCAD failed to come up with a plan to address its deteriorating finacial situation.

Jennifer Henderson has been following the story, she spoke with Wendy, last night.

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Feeding Feed Nova Scotia
Dianne Swinemar

Posted by Erin Ashley

Kelly Clelland - fns.jpegEach year Feed Nova Scotia looks after about 25,000 hungry Nova Scotians. This could not happen without the generous support of the community at large.

As tough as fundraising can be, Dianne explains she is always optimistic.

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The pipers debate
Maureen Carrol

Posted by Erin Ashley

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The Gaelic College has announced it will bring back it's piping program . . . But with a few changes. Changes that have sparked a debate about tradition.

Wendy spoke with the board of governors chair, Maureen Carrol, yesterday.

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The first Christmas . . . Tour
Matt Minglewood

Posted by Erin Ashley

Matt Minglewood started his music career in the mid sixties. Forty five years later he's decided to put together a Christmas show and tour.

On Friday, Wendy asked him how this all came about . . .

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Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh cleared of all charges
Joan Weeks

Posted by Erin Ashley

A man convicted on 30 charges of gross indecency and indecent assault involving six boys, has been cleared of all charges.

Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh was a businessman in Port Hawkesbury during the 1970's.

During the 1990's, several men from that area came forward saying he had abused them.

By that time Macintosh had moved to India.

It took years to bring him back and more time passed before he was brought to trial.

All in all 14 years.

Today Nova Scotia's Court of Appeal ruled that delay is too long and it affected Macintosh's ability to defend himself.

As a result, all his convictions have been quashed and he is a free man.

Joan Weeks has reported extensively on the MacIntosh case and joins us in studio

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The birth of Feed Nova Scotia
Dianne Swinemar

Posted by Erin Ashley

Feed Nova Scotia, executive director, Dianne Swinemar describes how the organization of Feed Nova Scotia came about.

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A journey to food banking
Dianne Swinemar

Posted by Erin Ashley

Feed Nova Scotia executive director, Dianne Swinemar, explains how she got involved in volunteering with food banks.

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Surprise! It's Dave Gunning!

Posted by Erin Ashley

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Award winning musician, Dave Gunning, is in Sydney to play Kiju's Restaurant tonight.

He stopped by our studios last night and spoke with Wendy about his recent wins at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

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A celebration of women
Kelly McNenly, Kay MacKinnon and Hazel Latimer

Posted by Erin Ashley

Sydney's, Every Woman's Centre, has found a way to celebrate the unsung hero's of our community. They've put together a day planner which features an outstanding female volunteer every month.

The Centre's chair, Kelly McNenly, stopped by with movers and shakers, Kay MacKinnon and Hazel Latimer.

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Developing a strategy for safe teen dances
Chief Peter MacIsaac

Posted by Erin Ashley

Cape Breton Regional Chief of Police addressed council about teen dances held in municipally owned buildings yesterday.

Here's some of what he had to say . . .

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Sext Education
CB Centre for Sexual Health, Executive Director, Cathy Penney

Posted by Erin Ashley

Sexting was all the talk in Cape Breton last week.

Regional police sent out stern letters to area high schools.

They say at least 50 young people have been texting and posting explicit photos.

And they are warning students - - if the photos involve anyone under the age of 18, it's considered child pornography.

Cathy Penney says teaching kids about the dangers of "sexting" needs to be part of a wider community effort.

As a sex educator, she spends a lot of time in schools, talking to kids about sex.

Penney is the executive director of the Cape Breton Centre for Sexual Health.

She spoke with the CBC's Wendy Martin.

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Sexting Students
CBRP Chief, Peter MacIsaac

Posted by Erin Ashley

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit material by cell phone and it turns out - lots of local teens have been doing it.

So many, that the Cape Breton Regional Police have sent a letter to area high schools.

The letter warns students that texting or posting nude photos of anyone under the age of 18 - even themselves - constitutes a charge of making or distributing child pornography.

Teachers have been reading the letter to their classes - the CBC's Wendy Martin spoke to a couple of students outside Sydney Academy about what's been happening.

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Peter MacIsaac is the chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police.

He also spoke with reporters.

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Tune in to Mainstreet this afternoon, we'll follow the story by speaking with the Cape Breton Centre for Sexual Health.

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Optimistic about New Page sale
RBC analyst, Paul Quinn

Posted by Erin Ashley

A forestry analyst says Nova Scotians should be optimistic about two companies bidding for the New Page paper mill.

Paul Quinn is the Paper and Forest Products Analyst for RBC Capital Markets.

Quinn says, both companies have experience and solid reputations in the forestry sector.

He shared what he knows about them with CBC's Joan Weeks, yesterday:

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Sydney animal shelter is not going anywhere
Danny Ellis and Leo MacIsaac

Posted by Erin Ashley

Board members of the Sydney animal shelter spoke publicly - about their ongoing battle with the provincial SPCA - for the first time on Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, the executive director of the provincial organization came to Sydney to fire the director of the shelter and take control of the facility.

Kristin Williams said that an audit had found some alarming problems at the shelter, including improper cleaning, falsified records and failure to provide proper medical care.

But staff at the shelter refused to leave.....and twice more, have defied orders to surrender the building.

The local board of directors says it owns the facility - it's not going anywhere - and it has faith in the care that the staff are providing.

The provincial society says it's now prepared to go to court to gain control of the shelter, and the animals.

Leo MacIsaac and Danny Ellis are both long-time board members at the shelter.

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