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January 2012 Archives

Tribute to the Carpenters

Laurel Martell

Posted by Robert Doublett

Carpenters.jpgOne of the most successful musical groups of the 1970s, brother and sister duo, the Carpenters, introduced a unique and inimitable sound that changed the world of popular music forever.

Many of the contemporary female singers we hear these days all refer to Karen Carpenter as one of their main influences.

Jann Arden, KD Lang, and Shania Twain to name a couple.

If you happen to be anywhere even close to the Savoy Theatre on February 12th you will want to check out the show 'Tribute to the Carpenters' featuring Laurel Martell.

This tribute features the vocals of Laurel Martell, a performer who fell in love with the Carpenters at the age of eleven. Laurel is backed by a talented group of local musicians assembled and directed by studio owner (Lakewind Sound) and multiple East Coast Music Award winner, Fred Lavery.

Listen (runs 10:15min)

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Canada's Country Gentleman
Tommy Hunter

Posted by Robert Doublett

Tommy.jpgOn March 20th, 2012, Canada's country gentleman will rest his guitar against a stool, bringing to a close his concert touring days.

It will be a bittersweet goodbye for Tommy Hunter as he celebrates his 75th birthday in London Ontario on that date - the city where it all began 65 years ago when as a young boy of 9 he picked up his first guitar.

The final leg of what has been a two part final tour of Canada, will begin mid-February and cover Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, PEI and then move into Ontario before ending in London.

Listen (runs 19:26)

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BrainScreen
Scott Knight, executive director of BrainScreen

Posted by Robert Doublett

A University of Toronto Psychology Professor believes a test to measure a driver's cognitive ability would go a long way in making Canada's roads safer. As Canadian clinicians become more aware of disorders that impact cognitive ability, such as post concussion syndrome, and dementias, such as Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Konstantine Zakzanis believes it's becoming increasingly important to measure a driver's cognitive ability.

Zakzanis has developed a 15-minute online screening test called BrainScreen. It is patent pending, available in 20 languages and is the first test of its kind in North America.

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Canadian Coast Guard 50th Anniversary
Executive Director: Captain Lise Marchand

Posted by Stan Kennedy

Today is a big day at the Canadian Coast Guard. They are celebrating their 50-th anniversary.

Reporter, Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith dropped by the Coast Guard College in Westmount this morning to check in on the plans for today's party.

Before checking out the anniversary cake, Yvonne spoke to the executive director of the college: Captain Lise Marchand.

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Executive Chef Troy Baglole and Pastry Chef Gary Surrette

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While at the college in Westmount, Captain Marchand also took Yvonne to see the galley... to meet the men who are making the cake for today's big anniversary.

Executive chef Troy Baglole and pastry chef Gary Surrette.

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Provincal Energy Ventures

Provincial Energy Ventures President: Ernie Thrasher

Posted by Stan Kennedy

A company called Provincial Energy Ventures will invest 75 million dollars in the development of a new bulk terminal in Sydney Harbour.

Provincial Energy Ventures president Ernie Thrasher made this announcement earlier today at an economic development conference in Sydney.

Thrasher spoke with reporters about the plans.

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Inverness Operating Room
Nova Scotia's Health Minister Maureen MacDonald

Posted by Stan Kennedy

People in Inverness county turned out by the hundreds this past weekend to show their concern for changes at the local hospital.

The Operating Room there is no longer open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Emergency surgeries that happen overnight or on weekends will now be sent to either Sydney or Antigonish.

The Cape Breton district health authority says it has no intention of reversing the decision, despite concerns in the community. Nova Scotia's health minister says she has no intention of getting involved either.

Maureen MacDonald spoke with the CBC's legislative reporter, Jean Laroche.

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CBC LIVE: The Haggis Taste Test

Posted by Robert Doublett

January 25 is Burns' Night, where Scots the world over will celebrate the life of Robbie Burns by eating haggis and drinking whisky... Haggis gets a bad rap, so CBC Live's Calum Shanlin asked some of the stars of CBC to help us prove that it is, in fact, delicious.

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WITS
RCMP Constable Andre Sparkes

Posted by Stan Kennedy

Children in the First Nations community of Chapel Island in Cape Breton are getting some help in dealing with bullies.

A new program was launched at the Chapel Island school today. It's called WITS.

Chapel Island is one of six test sites across Canada for the program, and the only one in Nova Scotia.

The CBC's Wendy Martin dropped by as RCMP Constable Andre Sparkes met with the students to explain how it works.

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Job Cuts - Centre for Policy Alternatives
Senior Economist David MacDonald

Posted by Robert Doublett

Atlantic Canada will lose a disproportionate number of jobs in the next round of federal civil service cuts according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The group is releasing a report called "Cuts Behind the Curtain" because the federal government has not revealed which programs and services are on the chopping block.

The CBC's Jennifer Henderson spoke with David MacDonald.  He's a senior economist who wrote the report.

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The town of Canso will cease to be
Troy Greencorn

Posted by Robert Doublett

July 01st, the town of Canso will be amalgamated with the municipality of the district of Guysborough.

The community of Canso is one-hundred eleven years old.

It has a history that has an impact across the nation and, in fact, it's a storied history and there's a book about it.

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The New SPCA
Nova Scotia SPCA executive director, Kristin Williams

Posted by Robert Doublett

SPCA cat.jpgSupreme Court Justice Patrick Murray has ruled in favour of the provincial SPCA.

That granted an injunction against the former branch.

Since then Kristen Williams and Michael Mombourquette have made their way to the facility in Whitney Pier, where we reached her by phone.

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Federation for Scottish Culture
Tom Wallace

Posted by Robert Doublett

It started with the debate about what would be taught at the Gaelic College in St Ann, but it exposed a rift that we have never really explored on this show...the space between the "Scottish Federations"  and the Clan  Societies, and the Gaelic community.

We aren't creating an artificial polarity.  Last year, for Tartan Day, st St Francis Xavier university pitted Gaels against the Tartan army, it was heat and written about in International publications.

So late last year, when the online debate about the role of the Gaelic college came, it shouldn't have surprised anyone that there would be some squaring off.  What was surprising was the tone.

Tom Wallace, president of the Federation for Scottish Culture in Nova Scotia said Tuesday the Scottish societies, clans and associations across the province are watching events unfold at the Gaelic College.
"There is an isolationist element in the Gaelic community that is disavowing cultural traditions like Highland dance and competitive piping that borders almost on xenophobia..."
Wallace said.
"We are one people with one common culture and, while it's important to focus on language, it shouldn't come at the cost of Highland dance or piping."
However, in the comments section below one of your professors Dr Tom Newton responded.
"Why ask that Braveheart tartan buffoon Tom Wallace for his opinion? He knows as much about Gaelic culture as he does Tuvan throatsinging. Who is he talking about when he says, "We are one people...? He is not a Gael and is too ignorant to understand the difference".
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There's coal in them thar waves!
Dr. John Harker

Posted by Robert Doublett

An article in the Globe and Mail today talked about a seam of coal just off the coast of Donkin which may contain 300million tonnes of coal.

That's more than has ever been mined in the history of Cape Breton.

That article made the list of the 'most shared' items of the day.

Dr John Harker, joined us in studio to talk about our offshore coal.

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Possible Church Closures.
John MacEachern and Father Donald MacGillivray

Posted by Robert Doublett

Yesterday parishioners from the various Catholic churches in the Sydney area had their first look at a proposal from the Pastoral Planning Committee.  

Over the last several months there have been meetings to attempt to deal with some of the issues facing the Catholic Churches in the Sydney Deanery....declining, aging populations, aging buildings, shortage of priests.  

Yesterday parishioners had a look at the first draft proposal that would see some churches close, and others share a priest....

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Intelligence officer accused of passing secrets
Debrief by Steve Puddicomb

Posted by Robert Doublett

Jeffrey Paul Delisle.jpgToday we've been following the story of a Canadian Naval Intelligence Officer who faces two charges for violating the Security of Information Act by communicating information to a foreign entity.

As we know a Halifax based intelligence officer with the Canadian Forces has been arrested for allegedly passing secrets to a foreign entity or terrorist group.

A senior defence official told CBC News that Delisle joined the reserves in 1996 and became a regular Canadian Forces member in 2001. He was promoted to officer in 2008.

The official said the alleged breaches did not pose a threat to public safety. He said Delisle worked for a unit called HMCS Trinity.

Trinity is an intelligence facility at the naval dockyard in Halifax. It tracks vessels entering and exiting Canadian waters via satellites, drones and underwater devices. The centre is a multi-national base with access to secret data from NATO countries.

A source says the Canadian Forces counter-intelligence branch is conducting a damage assessment as a result of this case.

The accused would have had clearance to at least top secret information, if not higher, depending on which project he was assigned to, according to the official, who would not say which other country was involved.

Jeffrey Paul Delisle, who lives in the Bedford area of Halifax, was arrested over the weekend.

He appeared in court in Halifax on Tuesday morning for a bail hearing.

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As you've been hearing in the news...
Andrew Feldstein, expert in Family Law

Posted by Robert Doublett

Thousands of same-sex marriages performed on foreigners visiting Canada may not valid.

The confusion stems from a court case involving a lesbian couple who got married in Toronto in 2005.

When the couple sought a divorce, a Department of Justice lawyer argued their marriage was never, in fact, legal.

This... because the couple could not have been married in Florida or England, where they are from.

With more on what this could mean for gay marriage in Canada, here's family lawyer Andrew Feldstein.

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Marine Atlantic Fare Hike
Marine Atlantic's Vice President of Customer Experience, Don Barnes

Posted by Robert Doublett

Marine Atlantic's Vice President of Customer Experience, Don Barnes, today released released the Corporation's rate structure for 2012. This year's rate structure includes the introduction of a new $2.50 security fee to recoup some of the costs associated with security initiatives such as inspections, personnel and infrastructure.

Mr Barnes says these ongoing investments are required to meet Canada's Domestic Ferry Security Regulations.

The new fee will be introduced on a passenger ticket after February 12th, and will be charged on adult fares.

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Paws Pause for the Cause
Jenn MacNeil: Volunteer at PAWS Mart

Posted by Robert Doublett

Life at the Sydney animal shelter is anything but normal these days.

The shelter is in a court battle with the Nova Scotia SPCA.

That body has applied for an injunction to take over the shelter in Sydney, claiming that animals are being mistreated, and records falsified.

While all that unfolds in Supreme Court  - it is business as usual at the store that raises money for the animal shelter.

It's called Paws Mart - it's on Victoria Road in Sydney.

The CBC's Wendy Martin dropped by.

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JobsHere program lacks targets.
Liberal MLA Geoff MacLellan

Posted by Robert Doublett

jobsHERE.jpgYou've no doubt heard the about jobsHere. It's the Dexter government's key economic strategy designed to bring jobs to the province and safeguard those already here.

The province has been promoting jobsHere for weeks in print ads and on TV.

What you may not know is the strategy is not being measured by how many jobs it creates or how many jobs it saves.

In fact there are no job targets at all associated with the program something Liberal MLA Geoff MacLellan wanted to talk about when senior bureaucrats were called before a committee of the legislature today.

After a power-point demonstration, MacLellan put this question to the bureaucrats.

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The Detroit auto show........
Phil Edmonston

Posted by Robert Doublett

Thumbnail image for 2010-Detroit-auto-show-logo.jpg........rolled out today.

With car sales set to increase this year, the industry is hoping to woo buyers with fuel efficiency and design.

For his take on this year's crop of new vehicles, we've reached Phil Edmonston.

He's a car expert and author of the Lemon-aid guides.

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ACAP's Big Year
Executive director Susan King and Education manager Hannah MacDonald

Posted by Robert Doublett

ACAPlogosmall.jpgIt's their twentieth year working on environmental issues in this community, and there are lots of events planned over the coming year to celebrate.

The first happens tonight with a kick-off at the ACAP offices in Sydney. There will be live music, some eats and a guest speaker.

Executive director Susan King and Education manager Hannah MacDonald spoke with Joan Weeks earlier today.

Joan began by asking Susan what the highlights of the last 20 years have been:

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RCMP settle lawsuit in Simon shooting
Brian Arbuthnot, director of operations with the Wagmatcook Band Council.

Posted by Robert Doublett

The Wagmatcook Band Council describes it as the final step in the chain of events that followed the fatal shooting of John Simon.

Today, the RCMP announced they have reached a  settlement with Simon's widow and his mother.

The family sued for loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and mental anguish after Simon was shot and killed by an RCMP officer.

The settlement prevents the case from going to court.

The family has signed a non-disclosure agreement so details of the agreement are not known.

Brian Arbuthnot is director of operations with the Wagmatcook Band Council.

He spoke with CBC's Joan Weeks about, where this leaves the community.

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CBU = (annual operating grant - 3.1%)
Dr. John Harker, President and Vice-chancellor, Cape Breton University
and Chair, Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP)

Posted by Robert Doublett

Nova Scotia's university leaders are deeply disappointed with the Government's decision to reduce its annual operating grant to their institutions for the second straight year.

The government's announced three plus percent (-3.1%) reduction to the annual operating grant ($10.5 million) to Nova Scotia's universities for 2012-13, "...is another blow to the quality and national competitiveness of the province's universities" said, Dr. John Harker, President and Vice-chancellor, Cape Breton University and Chair, Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP).

The 2012-13 cut to the system plus absorption of annual, inflationary cost increases by the universities will amount to approximately $33 million in an overall funding reduction.
In 2011-12, the Government cut the operating grant to universities by four percent (4%) plus forced the absorption of annual cost increases. That resulted in an overall funding reduction of $42 million to Nova Scotia's universities.

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Bishop Lahey gets time served for child porn.
Brian Dubreuil

Posted by Robert Doublett

BishopLahey.gifThe disgraced former bishop of Antigonish is a free man today.

Raymond Lahey was sentenced this morning to 15 months in jail, for possessing and importing child porn.

However, with credit for time served, Lahey gets out of jail this afternoon.

He is under a number of conditions. Among other things, he will be a registered sex offender for the next 20 years.

The CBC's Brian Dubreuil has covered the Lahey story since September 2009, when the bishop was caught at the Ottawa airport with a laptop loaded with child porn.

Brian is in Ottawa today, for the sentencing. 

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Emera Utility Services calls temporary lay off.
Sasha Irving, Director, Corporate Communications, Emera Inc.

Posted by Robert Doublett

A company that repairs power lines and builds wind turbines has laid off much of its staff.

Emera Utility Services is based in Halifax but has facilities across the Maritimes....including an office in Sydney.

The company says... the layoffs are temporary.

Sasha Irving speaks for Emera.

CBC's Joan Weeks reached her earlier today to ask for details on the lay-off.

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Your Health with Dr. Brian Goldman

Posted by Robert Doublett

2834-Goldman doctors.jpg Dr. Brian Goldman
.....is a veteran ER physician and one of Canada's most trusted medical broadcasters. He has been an award-winning medical reporter for CBC Television's The Health Show as well as The National. He's known across Canada as CBC Radio One's "House Doctor." Brian has a proven knack for making sense of medical baffelgab. On 'White Coat, Black Art', he takes listeners past medical bluff and bluster and shows what really goes on at hospitals and clinics. Brian is also author of The Night Shift, Real Life in the Heart of the ER, which takes readers to the front line of emergency medicine and offers a compelling inside view into an often shrouded world.

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Technology with Anshuman Iddamsetty

Posted by Robert Doublett

Anshuman Iddamsetty began as a freelance print journalist but soon crossed the floor to public broadcasting after being awarded the CBC Radio Peter Gzowski internship, an experience that swiftly detonated any interest in newsprint. A Torontonian by way of Newfoundland, Anshuman has gone on to curate audio for GO!, break stories at Spark, and blog for CBC Books. We're told he does a mean version of Bobby Darin's "Beyond The Sea".

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