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July 2012 Archives

70 George Street

Malcolm Gillis and Don Ferguson

Posted by Stan Kennedy

70 George Street.JPGA home that was formerly one of Sydney's finest, is about to be demolished.

70 George Street has fallen into such disrepair, it's been condemned.

Malcolm Gillis is Manager of Development with the CBRM, and Don Ferguson is the Chair of Resi-Care Cape Breton.

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Take Back The Night

Helen Morrison, Wanda Erhart & Lynda Ceresne

Posted by Robert Doublett

It wasn't that many years ago that violence against women was a women's issue.  

However,  if the community interest and support that seems to be shaping up around the Take Back The Night March this weekend in Sydney is any indication, interest in fighting this social problem is now seen as a community issue that knows no gender, no age, no socioeconomic group.
We spoke with three organizers about why the issue is attracting public interest again
we spoke with Helen Morrison from the Transition House, Wanda Erhart from Every Women's Centre and Lynda Ceresne who is a local psychologist.

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2012 Wine Spectator Award

Chef Alexander Herbert

Posted by Robert Doublett

The Keltic Lodge, just over a year ago changed the menu at the Purple Thistle Dining Room, they changed it back to fine dining.

This turnaround has earned the restaurant the 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This is a global competition.

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Road Repair Request

Monica Conohan and Lauren Cholock

Posted by Robert Doublett

Two ten year old girls have asked Cape Breton Regional Municipality to fix their street.

Monica Conohan and Lauren Cholock say Royal Avenue is used by many people and there are many potholes and other problems.

The girls wrote a letter to the paper talking about the problem and asking that someone from the municipality do something.

CBC reporter George Mortimer met with the girls today to find out why they are speaking out about the situation.

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Remembering Carol Kennedy

Carol Beaton

Posted by Robert Doublett

Today we remember with fondness, our friend, and visual artist Carol Kennedy.

Carol passed away this morning after a battle with cancer, but her life time of contributions will forever have an effect on Cape Breton Island.

Carol Beaton is with the Cape Breton Center for Craft and Design, they've been friends for many years.

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Calling it Quits

Cecil Clarke

Posted by Robert Doublett

Cecil Clarke is moving on. He will not be completing his three year consulting contract with the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority . 

The former Provincial Cabinet Minister signed a three year deal the agency last September.

CBC reporter George Mortimer met with Clarke today to talk about why and what happens now.

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Residential Addictions Treatment CB?

Minister of Community Services: Denise Peterson Rafuse

Posted by Robert Doublett

The province will go ahead with a request for proposals for a new residential addictions treatment centre in Cape Breton.

Talbot House in Frenchvale had been providing the service until this past March.

The Board of Directors decided to discharge the patients at the facility following a government report that raised concerns about its operations.

The board took issue with many of the problems cited in the report.

In June the minister of Community Services met with the Board and postponed the request for proposals.

But this week the department changed course and confirmed it will go ahead with the request for proposals for a recovery center.

Yesterday reporters asked Community Services Minister Denise Peterson Rafuse about when the Department will issue the RFP and why.

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the 'Lone Star State' Container Terminal

CBRM Mayor John Morgan

Posted by Robert Doublett

Mayor John Morgan made a visit recently to the 'Lone Star State' to talk container terminal.

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has served notice that it wants to commercialize Sydney harbour by establishing an international terminal.

A group of companies from the U.S. requested a meeting about a proposal it's developing for such a project.

The mayor talked with CBC reporter Hal Higgins about who he met down in Galveston, Texas.

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Nova Scotia wins Jazz jobs.

Premier Darrell Dexter

Posted by Robert Doublett

The Dexter Government just won a bidding war with Ontario over 150 aircraft maintenance jobs.

Jazz will shut down its London Ontario maintenance facility as it expands its operation at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport.

To make that happen, the Nova Scotia government is handing Jazz a 2 million dollar grant to recruit and train employees.

The province is also giving Jazz another 2.5 million dollar forgivable loan tied to the number of jobs created, and a 12 million dollar loan with interest.

Premier Dexter told reporters he has no qualms about bidding against other provinces for jobs.

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MV Miner - Departure

Amanda MacDougall

Posted by Stan Kennedy

People in Main-a-Dieu are happy to see a passing tourist leave the area that was not welcome in the community.

The bulk carrier M.V.Miner has been stuck off nearby Scaterie Island since it ran aground last September.

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Muskrat Falls - Escalating Costs

Premier Dexter

Posted by Stan Kennedy

The premiers of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland met yesterday and both agree the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project will be more expensive than originally planned.

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Blueberry Honey Coconut Cups

A Paleo Summer Treat

Posted by Robert Doublett

Blueberry Honey Coconut Cups large.jpgPrep time: 8 mins
Total time: 8 mins
Serves: 12


  • 1 cup Coconut Cream Concentrate or 1 cup homemade coconut butter
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup cashews, chopped (or other nut of choice)


  1. Place a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add your blueberries and honey. Mix to help break down the blueberries.
  3. Once your blueberries have esploded (that means exploded, but is just more fun to say that way), add your coconut oil and coconut cream concentrate.
  4. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Remove from heat and add your shredded coconut and cashews.
  6. Line your muffin tin with silicone liners or paper muffin liners, pour mixture into each cup to a height that you prefer, then place in freezer for 20 minutes.
  7. Consume.
  8. Store in freezer if you have self control.

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The Paleo Diet

Scott McIntyre

Posted by Stan Kennedy

Also known as the caveman diet, the paleo diet focuses on a presumed diet of foods that were consumed during the Paleolithic era. The diet includes fish, meats, vegetables, fruit and nuts while excluding any processed foods such as grains, oils, salt and sugars.

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CBU - Refreshed Vision

Dr. Keith Brown

Posted by Stan Kennedy

At the core, the statements demonstrate CBU's commitment to respect and support the Cape Breton community and its vibrant cultures while continuing to nurture innovative research and education that resonate local to global.

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MV Miner - Salvage Project

Chris Conohan

Posted by Stan Kennedy

Some fishermen and other residents of Main a Dieu turned out today for a meeting with a salvage company representative about getting work on the M.V. Miner salvage project.

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Government Jobs and Rural Communities

Premier Dexter

Posted by Stan Kennedy

Only five of seventy one union workers who were asked to move to rural Nova Scotia have opted to make the move, and fifty seven have asked to be transferred to a different department in Halifax.

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